Sunday, July 21

Alumna Maria Tuadi was diagnosed with arthritis in college and took a break from making music to focus on film. However, after regaining a sense of confidence, Tuadi channeled her feelings into writing "Still," which won the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in May. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

UCLA alumna channels, overcomes struggles through songwriting, singing

Maria Tuadi was in the middle of an emotional breakdown when the chorus to her award-winning song “Still” materialized in her mind. The alumna’s single “Still” is a 2016 Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and received the 2016 Lennon Award for R&B in May. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Maria Tuadi was diagnosed with arthritis in college and took a break from making music to focus on film. However, after regaining a sense of confidence, Tuadi channeled her feelings into writing "Still," which won the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in May. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Alumna Maria Tuadi was diagnosed with arthritis in college and took a break from making music to focus on film. However, after regaining a sense of confidence, Tuadi channeled her feelings into writing "Still," which won the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in May. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Cindy Thai poses in front of the first dorm she ever stayed in at UCLA. She documented the process of moving into the Rieber Vista dorm in a vlog which has since garnered more than 600,000 views on YouTube. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Student creates YouTube videos on life at UCLA, inspires others to vlog

Cindy Thai documented the entirety of her Rieber Vista dorm room during her move-in day vlog, which has since amassed over 600,000 views on YouTube. “In the video I am shrieking with happiness half the time,” Thai said. Read more...

Photo: Cindy Thai poses in front of the first dorm she ever stayed in at UCLA. She documented the process of moving into the Rieber Vista dorm in a vlog which has since garnered more than 600,000 views on YouTube. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Cindy Thai poses in front of the first dorm she ever stayed in at UCLA. She documented the process of moving into the Rieber Vista dorm in a vlog which has since garnered more than 600,000 views on YouTube. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

JazzReggae Festival features powerful performers, brightens up Sunset Rec

The smell of barbecue ribs and the sound of reggae pop remixes wafted through the air Monday at UCLA’s JazzReggae Festival. Concertgoers filed through the gates of the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, sporting multicolored tinted glasses, crop tops and brightly patterned flannels. Read more...

Photo: Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Second-year psychobiology student Tia Liu has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram by photographing models and YouTube personalities for their social media. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

UCLA student gains following photographing social media influencers

Tia Liu remembers watching Meredith Foster’s YouTube channel in middle school. Now, she photographs Foster and other social media influencers for an audience of tens of thousands on her social media. Read more...

Photo: Second-year psychobiology student Tia Liu has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram by photographing models and YouTube personalities for their social media. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Second-year psychobiology student Tia Liu has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram by photographing models and YouTube personalities for their social media. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Eva Barrosse (left) and David Miller (right) took home the Northern California Alumni Grand Sweepstakes Award and the award for best duet at Spring Sing 2017. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Duet Eva B. Ross and David Miller wins top award at Spring Sing 2017

This post was updated May 21 at 1 p.m. Third time’s the charm for Eva B. Ross and David Miller. On Friday, the duet, comprised of Eva Barrosse and David Miller, won Spring Sing’s top prize – the Northern California Alumni Grand Sweepstakes Award – in addition to winning best duet. Read more...

Photo: Eva Barrosse (left) and David Miller (right) took home the Northern California Alumni Grand Sweepstakes Award and the award for best duet at Spring Sing 2017. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Eva Barrosse (left) and David Miller (right) took home the Northern California Alumni Grand Sweepstakes Award and the award for best duet at Spring Sing 2017. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

(Kaley Powers/Daily Bruin)

Spring Sing 2017

On Friday, contestants for Spring Sing 2017 will take the stage of Pauley Pavilion. The annual event brings together music, rap, dance and comedy performances into one evening. Read more...

Photo: (Kaley Powers/Daily Bruin)

(Kaley Powers/Daily Bruin)

Stefan Dismond will perform rap music with the band Stefan Dismond and the Love Supreme for the group's first time at Spring Sing. He started out creating ringtones and now will be one of the first rappers to perform at the talent show in several years. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Spring Sing 2017: Stefan Dismond and the Love Supreme brings rap back to the competition

Stefan Dismond appreciates how rap gives a voice to people whose voices aren’t normally heard. The third-year English student will be performing his rap music with the band Stefan Dismond and the Love Supreme at Spring Sing. Read more...

Photo: Stefan Dismond will perform rap music with the band Stefan Dismond and the Love Supreme for the group's first time at Spring Sing. He started out creating ringtones and now will be one of the first rappers to perform at the talent show in several years. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Stefan Dismond will perform rap music with the band Stefan Dismond and the Love Supreme for the group's first time at Spring Sing. He started out creating ringtones and now will be one of the first rappers to perform at the talent show in several years. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)


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