Tuesday, December 18

Fourth-year English student Derek Nguyen incorporated his research of the human eye in his short film “Dilation,” which follows a vigilante who targets sexual predators. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)
Fourth-year English student Derek Nguyen incorporated his research of the human eye in his short film “Dilation,” which follows a vigilante who targets sexual predators. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

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Movie review: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” builds Han Solo piece by piece but falls just shy of a compelling narrative. As the second stand-alone film outside of the sequel trilogy, “Solo” chronicles the story of the galaxy’s favorite grizzled outlaw, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), and his path from a hopeful young thief to a disillusioned smuggler. Read more...

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The musical adaptation of "Spring Awakening" is often performed, but graduate directing student Evelina Stampa chose the original play to address sensitive topics like sexuality. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)
The musical adaptation of "Spring Awakening" is often performed, but graduate directing student Evelina Stampa chose the original play to address sensitive topics like sexuality. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Mariachi de Uclatlán at UCLA practices the various styles of mariachi music, such as son jalisciense and huapango. The ensemble features both more traditionally Western instruments, such as the harp, violin and trumpets, and Mexican instruments such as the guitarón and vihuela. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)
Mariachi de Uclatlán at UCLA practices the various styles of mariachi music, such as son jalisciense and huapango. The ensemble features both more traditionally Western instruments, such as the harp, violin and trumpets, and Mexican instruments such as the guitarón and vihuela. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Austin Newton, a third-year business economics student, wore cut-up boxes of Capri Sun over his head and his hands at Dance Marathon 2018. Newton is the mascot for Team Green, which took third place at the Color Wars fashion show. (Emma Skinner/Daily Bruin)
Austin Newton, a third-year business economics student, wore cut-up boxes of Capri Sun over his head and his hands at Dance Marathon 2018. Newton is the mascot for Team Green, which took third place at the Color Wars fashion show. (Emma Skinner/Daily Bruin)

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Environmental film festival work discusses parrots in LA urban landscape

Citizens of Pasadena, California, may be familiar with the parrots constantly squawking in and around the city, but few know about their native Mexican origins. The red-crowned parrots, first brought to Los Angeles through the exotic pet trade in the 1970s and 1980s, are the primary focus of “Urban Ark Los Angeles,” one of two environmental documentary shorts produced by the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Read more...

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(left to right) Robert Valencia, a third-year neuroscience student, Angelo Pacumio, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, and Jason Gong, a third-year psychobiology student, discuss ways in which to involve a greater amount of the student body in hot seat conversations. Utilizing pointed questions directed toward a single volunteer, the Hot Seat Club seeks to promote empathy and understanding among the individuals present. (Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)

Hot Seat Club grills participants without heat or pressure

The Hot Seat Club has no rules or obligations besides confidentiality, a condition Angelo Pacumio said is key to its success. Every week, members of the Hot Seat Club gather in Franz Hall and sit in a circle of chairs until someone steps forward to be in the “hot seat.” After someone volunteers, all other members focus their attention on the individual and ask any questions they wish, although no answers are required. Read more...

(left to right) Robert Valencia, a third-year neuroscience student, Angelo Pacumio, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, and Jason Gong, a third-year psychobiology student, discuss ways in which to involve a greater amount of the student body in hot seat conversations. Utilizing pointed questions directed toward a single volunteer, the Hot Seat Club seeks to promote empathy and understanding among the individuals present. (Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)