Tuesday, June 19

Photographer showcases graduates’ personalities to make shoots memorable

Taj Shaikh takes photos of graduating UCLA students, experimenting with both traditional graduation photography, such as simple-posed smiling portraits, and more eccentric, edgy photos of her clients. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

Taj Shaikh takes photos of graduating UCLA students, experimenting with both traditional graduation photography, such as simple-posed smiling portraits, and more eccentric, edgy photos of her clients. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

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Taj Shaikh’s photography portfolio features graduating students playing with fidget spinners, shotgunning beers and posing nude. Shaikh began taking photos at UC Santa Barbara before moving to Los Angeles and snapping shots of her graduating UCLA friends.


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Album review: ‘Liberation’

Christina Aguilera’s “Liberation” aims to paint a picture of female empowerment, but leaves listeners with a muddled image instead. Six years after the release of her pop-driven album “Lotus,” Aguilera hearkens back to the R&B and soul influence that characterizes her earlier work, also layering in more modern elements, such as trap beats reminiscent of Migos’ music. Read more...

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Reprise 2.0, a reboot of an old theater company, will stage "Sweet Charity" on June 20 at the Freud Playhouse in partnership with UCLA. Theater department chair Brian Kite said students will take an active role in the production process.  (Courtesy of Peter Goldman)
Reprise 2.0, a reboot of an old theater company, will stage "Sweet Charity" on June 20 at the Freud Playhouse in partnership with UCLA. Theater department chair Brian Kite said students will take an active role in the production process.  (Courtesy of Peter Goldman)

Jumo Yang, a third-year design media arts student, is helping create a video game using photogrammetry, a technique that consists of creating physical objects and scanning them into a 3D format on a computer. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)
Jumo Yang, a third-year design media arts student, is helping create a video game using photogrammetry, a technique that consists of creating physical objects and scanning them into a 3D format on a computer. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year cognitive science student Maddie Gavin, whose stage name is Officer Gavin, performs as a DJ in a sphere dominated by men, she said. Although she doesn't necessarily want to be labelled a 'female DJ,' she recognizes her position in inspiring others like her at UCLA. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)
Fourth-year cognitive science student Maddie Gavin, whose stage name is Officer Gavin, performs as a DJ in a sphere dominated by men, she said. Although she doesn't necessarily want to be labelled a 'female DJ,' she recognizes her position in inspiring others like her at UCLA. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year art student Luke Jaffar manages his own streetwear clothing line, which he said aims to critique capitalism in American society. (Bilal Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Fourth-year art student Luke Jaffar manages his own streetwear clothing line, which he said aims to critique capitalism in American society. (Bilal Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior 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)
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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