Monday, October 14

SINGLE-MINDED: Sweet songs for Valentine's


In my column this week, I wrote about my semi-autobiographical soundtrack to a relationship. Predictable, I know, but it's Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy the songs and can draw on them in the future if you need to.

"To Whom It May Concern" by The Civil Wars "“ This song is about as delicate as can be. The male and female vocalists harmonize wonderfully through lyrics that sound like letters written to each other, backed by predominately acoustic guitar. The song is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

Image Courtesy of Sensibility Music


Bruins blow early lead, still lead Beavers 29-24

At the conclusion of Thursday night’s win over Oregon, UCLA men’s basketball coach Ben Howland said he wanted an easy game in which his team could get a big lead and hold on to it.

It looked like he was going to get his wish Saturday against Oregon State in the first half until the turnover bug bit the Bruins as it has all season.

The Bruins closed the half leading the Beavers 29-24 after opening the game with a 25-6 lead. Oregon State didn’t go away quietly, going on a 18-4 run to close the half, capitalizing on 14 Bruin turnovers. Oregon State’s freshman forward Devon Collier led the way for the Beavers with seven points.


VIDEO: UCLA postgame press conference after 64-54 win over Oregon

The UCLA men’s basketball team overcame a slow start again Thursday night, defeating Oregon 64-54.

Junior guard Malcolm Lee led the way for the Bruins with 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting, including two 3-pointers.

Junior guard Jerime Anderson continued his improved play off the bench, scoring 10 points and distributing three assists.

The Bruins trailed by five early in the second half but took a 44-41 lead that they would never relinquish on an Anderson 3-pointer with 8:43 to play.

UCLA (17-7, 8-3 Pac-10) is now alone in second place in the conference and one game behind first-place Arizona. They will take on Oregon State (9-14, 4-8) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.


UCLA sits behind Oregon at half, 28-25

The only thing less exciting than the basketball game at Pauley Pavilion was a minute-long trivia question on medical injuries from UCLA Health Services.
The Oregon Ducks took a 28-25 lead into the half, after both teams slogged through the opening 20 minutes.


China Care Bruins' FUSE will shed light on issues pertaining to Asian American, multicultural backgrounds

Today from 6-8:30 p.m. at Kerckhoff Grand Salon, the China Care Bruins will host its third annual awareness night, FUSE.

Each year, China Care Bruins hosts an event with the purpose of shedding light on various issues pertaining to Chinese and Asian American culture.

The purpose for today’s event is to cultivate discussion on cultural identity issues, not merely relating to the Asian American community, but to all students who identify with a multicultural background.

The event will feature musical performances by singer-songwriter Jane Lui and singer Ryan Huang, as well as DJ Dr. Weissberg.


Fire in the Kitchen: Is culinary school worth the expense?

I found a new future hobby this week "“ culinary school attendance.

Fourth-year physiological sciences student Ryan Tong came to teach me a bruschetta recipe that he learned in the Professional Culinary Institute of California a few summers ago. Read about how it turned out here.

One of my goals since starting this column has been to successfully flip a pancake on a pan, like people who can cook do in the movies. At first, culinary school seemed like an ideal hobby for me "“ I would get taught how to cook from a professional and then I could impress house guests by flipping pancakes at random times.


LA fusion band Fool's Gold blends Western music and African rhythms with variety of instruments and a cowbell

UCLA, I need more cowbell.

I had to bite my tongue from yelling this (I can't resist a classic Saturday Night Live reference) as the fusion band Fool's Gold performed in Bruin Plaza Wednesday at noon. The instruments onstage outnumbered the band members, and the interesting use of three electric guitars, a saxophone, traditional African instruments, drums, bongo sets and, of course, a cowbell, made for an entertaining show that literally had people dancing in the streets.

The laid-back music provided the perfect soundtrack as students and faculty strolled by, and standing in the 70-degree weather, I felt as though I was at an eclectic outdoor venue or a poolside barbecue, rather than stopping outside Ackerman Union after class.


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