Saturday, April 21

Columnist Alissa Evans took a trip to Westwoof, the new dog park in Westwood, in hopes of alleviating the stress of finals week. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can increase the production of oxytocin in the brain. (Bilial Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Stress Less: Puppy therapy, crying can help to alleviate stress as finals approach

Alissa Evans’ experience with stress stems primarily from her inability to definitively choose a major, a recently received D that taints her otherwise mediocre GPA and her complete and utter confusion regarding the abstract concept commonly referred to as her “future.” In the midst of a mid-college crisis, the Daily Bruin columnist decided to try a different stress-relieving activity every other week of winter quarter and chronicled her quest for mental homeostasis in Stress Less. Read more...

Photo: Columnist Alissa Evans took a trip to Westwoof, the new dog park in Westwood, in hopes of alleviating the stress of finals week. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can increase the production of oxytocin in the brain. (Bilial Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Columnist Alissa Evans took a trip to Westwoof, the new dog park in Westwood, in hopes of alleviating the stress of finals week. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can increase the production of oxytocin in the brain. (Bilial Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff)

(Claire Sun/Daily Bruin)

Reel Representation: Inclusion riders a step in right direction to diversify Hollywood

This year’s trending Oscars buzzword wasn’t #OscarsSoWhite – instead, everyone was talking about the inclusion rider. Frances McDormand ended her Best Actress acceptance speech at the Oscars with the term, referencing a provision actors and actresses can put in their contracts to stipulate specific representation standards for films that are proportionate to real-world population breakdowns. Read more...

Photo: (Claire Sun/Daily Bruin)

(Claire Sun/Daily Bruin)

(Courtesy of Nonesuch Records)

Album review: ‘American Utopia’

David Byrne’s “American Utopia” keeps listeners on their toes right from the first minute of the album. Wistful piano melodies begin the first song before delving into hard industrial beats, giving listeners a taste of how Byrne turns musical norms on their heads throughout the album. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Nonesuch Records)

(Courtesy of Nonesuch Records)


(Courtesy of Chris Whitaker)

Theater review: ‘Sell/Buy/Date’

“Sell/Buy/Date” features an elderly woman, a Jamaican sex worker and a former pimp, all played by the same person. Running March 7 through April 15 at the Geffen Playhouse, “Sell/Buy/Date” is set in a futuristic society in which a British university professor named Serene Campbell teaches a class about people’s experiences as sex workers from the early 1990s to the 21st century. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Chris Whitaker)

(Courtesy of Chris Whitaker)




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