Wednesday, April 26

UCLA alumna Marta Savina directed a film based on the true story of Franca Viola, an Italian woman who refused to marry her rapist.  She learned about Viola's story in a bookstore in Florence, Italy. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

UCLA alumna Marta Savina directed a film based on the true story of Franca Viola, an Italian woman who refused to marry her rapist. She learned about Viola's story in a bookstore in Florence, Italy. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

UCLA alumna premieres film shining light on story of Franca Viola


Marta Savina was browsing through a bookstore in Florence, Italy, when she came across the story of Franca Viola. The UCLA directing alumna picked up a book about women who changed history – a subject that already interested her – and randomly opened it to the story of Viola, a Sicilian woman who was the first Italian woman to refuse what was called a “reparatory marriage” to her rapist, even though such marriages often took place in 20th-century Italy.

First-year music student Will Stevens discovered his passion for the oboe in seventh grade. (Emma Skinner/Daily Bruin)

Student oboist finds friendship and niche in UCLA Philharmonia


It was love at first sound when 12-year-old Will Stevens witnessed a live performance of an oboe solo at a Southern California honors band event. Just a day after witnessing the oboe solo, Stevens’ teacher coincidentally opened a position in the middle school band for an oboe player.

State audit criticizes UC administration for misleading budget practices

University of California President Janet Napolitano defended the practices of the UC Office of the President after a state audit claimed it had amassed $175 million in undisclosed funds. (Grace Zhu/Daily Bruin)

This post was updated April 25 at 7:15 p.m. The University of California Office of the President has misleading budgeting practices, which resulted in accumulating a surplus of $175 million it did not disclose, according to a state audit released Tuesday.

Founding chief of pediatric surgery remembered for innovation, devotion

Eric Fonkalsrud served as the founding chief of the department of pediatric surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. (David Geffen School of Medicine)

Eric Fonkalsrud would often invite students to his office to share a soda and popcorn while teaching them surgical procedures. Throughout his life, Fonkalsrud developed connections with students, and performed more than 15,000 operations, according to a UCLA statement.

Sandra Wenceslao: UCLA Dining should switch to reusable straws for zero waste

Wang’s Word: Weed out feeble drug policies by focusing on coaches, self-disclosure

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The Quad: How to brew your own kombucha

The SCOBY ferments in the smaller tea and store-bought kombucha jar, while the larger jar is used to brew the homemade kombucha. (Giselle Abcarian/Daily Bruin)

While debates continue on whether kombucha can cure a hangover, boost your health or is simply just a weird tasting tea with no benefits at all, there is one thing you can be sure: it costs a pretty penny.

The Quad: The problem with people who dismiss microaggressions

Throwback Thursday: The medical benefits of LSD




Gallery: Women’s water polo defeats USC 11-7


Gallery: Will Stevens and the art of the oboe

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Radio reporter Jonaki Mehta, photographer Sonja Bartlett and an external translator, Ravindranath Chandran, spent nine days in Vadamanappakkam covering the progress and effectiveness of Project RISHI’s initiatives and exploring the complexities of this rural village and its residents. This project was made possible by the Bridget O’Brien Scholarship Foundation, which has funded UCLA’s student journalists for eight years to cover stories of a global reach and local impact.

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Last week, the Daily Bruin ran an opinion column arguing for the UCLA administration to require written assignments be turned in and graded exclusively online, perhaps via pre-existing systems such as Turnitin. The column argued the interim solution to achieving a paper-less campus would be to mandate that any written assignments longer than six pages be turned in and graded exclusively online. What do you think about this? Submit View results without voting »