September 18, 2011 – Brad Wright spent his college years in the ’80s shooting hoops alongside UCLA stars like Bill Walton and Reggie Miller. An Angeleno born and raised, as a youngster Wright wasn’t always sure if he was good enough to play basketball on a professional level. But he earned a full scholarship to UCLA and once his time there was up, he went on to play in the NBA.
A few years ago, doctors told him they’d found tumors in his body. He wasn’t sure if he would survive the ordeal. But he did, and now he’s back in the basketball business as the commissioner of the Venice Basketball League. The job has provided a way for Wright to restart the shot clock on his life and set his sights on a new challenge.
August 15, 2011 – Watch the Throne is the highly anticipated full-length album from hip-hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z. Does it dazzle above and beyond the loftiest expectations ““ the album art itself is dazzling enough ““ or does it fail to impress? Album artwork courtesy of Universal Music Group. [5:45]
May 30, 2011 – A guitar-playing man named Rich Nixon is a regular in Westwood village, occupying the same bench twice a week to serenade the city by day. By night, students run through apartment parties and end the night at Bruin Cafe. As we say on the show, everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours?
December 22, 2010 – Touching Home is a story about two twin brothers who love baseball, with a dream to make it in the pros. But their alcoholic dad stands as a reminder of their troubled past. Senior Reporter Armen Madikians shares his thoughts on this new indie flick, which is playing at the Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood this week. [4:05]
September 20, 2010 – Richard Best received a master of architecture degree from UCLA in 1982 after studying under the world-renowned architect Charles Moore. Since his time at UCLA, he’s been engaged in many sustainable architectural projects and has even been a contestant on a reality TV show. And his plans for the future are even more ambitious. [4:36]
May 19, 2010. Bruins for Israel, Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Middle East Peace Coalition are hosting UCLA’s Middle Eastern Comedy Show. The goal is to get students to forget about their political differences and come together for a night of fun. Armen Madikians and Betty Huang report. [3:46]
The biking culture in Los Angeles is relatively unknown to most Angelenos. But on April 8, the Hammer Museum celebrated all things bicycle at the second-annual Bike Night. Bike Night was coordinated by HSA, the Hammer Student Association. Not only did the event give recognition to the growing cycling community in Los Angeles, but it also served as a forum for bikers to come together and enjoy a night of music, art and food. If you’re thinking about attending some events at the Hammer, you should check out their events calendar at http://hammer.ucla.edu/calendar.
Greece is in a financial topsy-turvy. Burdened with a $400 billion debt, the Greek government has used tax hikes and wage cuts to minimize this crisis as quickly as possible. The small Greek student population at UCLA has its own concerns about Greece’s budgetary woes. Yet if you think Greek students at UCLA are far enough away from their home country to remain unaffected by this financial upheaval, think again.
UCLA has seen a growth in the size of discussion sections as a result of recent budget cuts. This increase has affected both undergraduates and teaching assistants, and there is debate in regards to the severity of the change.
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