Monday, February 27

Long lines at a computer science job fair at UCLA. (Keshav Tadimeti/Daily Bruin)

Lost in Boelter: Finding a purpose

“What career do you want to pursue?” I’ve had my fair share of being on the receiving end of that question. But of all my countless encounters with it, one incident in particular stands out in mind. Read more...

Photo: Long lines at a computer science job fair at UCLA. (Keshav Tadimeti/Daily Bruin)

Long lines at a computer science job fair at UCLA. (Keshav Tadimeti/Daily Bruin)

Icebreakers can be a social lubricant that eases members into group situations. (Creative Commons photo by Christopher.Michel via Flickr)

In defense of icebreakers

I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve come to appreciate icebreakers. Back as a first-year student, I dragged my feet doing icebreakers with my RA in the lounge. Read more...

Photo: Icebreakers can be a social lubricant that eases members into group situations. (Creative Commons photo by Christopher.Michel via Flickr)

Icebreakers can be a social lubricant that eases members into group situations. (Creative Commons photo by Christopher.Michel via Flickr)

Beyonce's appearance in a recent music video for the Coldplay song "Hymn For the Weekend," which is set in India, has been criticized for appropriating cultural practices native to the area. (YouTube screen shot)

Cultural appropriation or appreciation?

The line is blurry, but cultures can be appreciated rather than appropriated – and sometimes, claims of appropriation are overblown. Read more...

Photo: Beyonce's appearance in a recent music video for the Coldplay song "Hymn For the Weekend," which is set in India, has been criticized for appropriating cultural practices native to the area. (YouTube screen shot)

Beyonce's appearance in a recent music video for the Coldplay song "Hymn For the Weekend," which is set in India, has been criticized for appropriating cultural practices native to the area. (YouTube screen shot)



Hearthstone, a free-to-play online collectible card game, is unique from other popular eSports titles in that it can be played on a computer, tablet or smartphone. (Creative Commons photo by Sergey Galyonkin via Flickr).

eSports at UCLA: Hearth of the cards

Traditionally, when someone thinks about eSports, the games that come to mind are fast-paced action titles, be they first-person shooters or strategy games. However, Blizzard Entertainment has been challenging that notion in the last few years with the uncanny popularity of their free-to-play online card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Read more...

Photo: Hearthstone, a free-to-play online collectible card game, is unique from other popular eSports titles in that it can be played on a computer, tablet or smartphone. (Creative Commons photo by Sergey Galyonkin via Flickr).

Hearthstone, a free-to-play online collectible card game, is unique from other popular eSports titles in that it can be played on a computer, tablet or smartphone. (Creative Commons photo by Sergey Galyonkin via Flickr).

WeChat, an instant messaging app, has recently bolstered its marketing efforts in North America, with brand ambassadorship as one of the methods. (Creative Commons photo by Premkumar Masilamani via Picasa)

Don’t drink the brand ambassador Kool-Aid

Become a brand ambassador – it’s a great way to gain experience doing nothing, and annoy people on campus. During the fall quarter of my first year, when I should have been studying for my imminent Chemistry 14A final, I was carousing around Westwood with a bunch of actors in grey shirts promoting WeChat, the direct messaging application most popular in China. Read more...

Photo: WeChat, an instant messaging app, has recently bolstered its marketing efforts in North America, with brand ambassadorship as one of the methods. (Creative Commons photo by Premkumar Masilamani via Picasa)

WeChat, an instant messaging app, has recently bolstered its marketing efforts in North America, with brand ambassadorship as one of the methods. (Creative Commons photo by Premkumar Masilamani via Picasa)


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