It’s always a great idea to warm up with smores and hot dogs at a bonfire!
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The weekend before Thanksgiving, my girlfriend, our friends Ben and Gabbi, and I decided to take a trip to Anaheim’s very own Disneyland. Before meeting up with our friends, Abby and I decide to grab food at a place called Bruxie’s, a restaurant near Chapman University that specializes in using waffles in their various types of foods (sandwiches, desserts, etc.). I, myself, bought a turkey-avocado club sandwich with waffle fries and Abby got the special chicken-and-waffle sandwich with one of their chocolate shakes. Needless to say, these were delicious.
My waffle sandwich. ‘Twas a wonderful treat.
After grabbing lunch, we left to meet with Ben and Gabbi. Our location to meet them was the point in between the parks, after going through the security checks. We had park-hopper tickets that allowed us to go from park to park however we pleased, so we were ready to have fun. Around 12 PM, we all showed up, ready for the long day ahead of us. We decided to go into the Disneyland park first to take care of some of our favorite rides.
Abby and I right after entering the park. Let’s do this!
We ended up going on several rides—to list the exact details of everything we did would take way too long and would be way too intricate. So I will just name some of the highlights. For the Disneyland fanatics, we hit up several of the more renowned attractions—Splash Mountain, Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Star Tours, and, of course, Space Mountain. Utilizing Fast Passes was key in making sure we were able to get on all of these (we had to time everything correctly and were largely successful). Aside from some of the more major rides, we also went on smaller attractions…the names of which I can’t remember exactly. After spending hours in Disneyland, we chose to switch things up and head to California Adventures.
Abby and I mobbing in one of the car-driving rides. Had to hold my phone tight for this one.
Once reaching California Adventures, we immediately knew which rides we wanted to go on—California Screamin’ and the Tower of Terror. We were luckily able to go on both, but the lines were EXTREMELY long, over an hour for both. Worth it, though. We also visited Cars Land, and the line to go on the main ride there was ridiculous—roughly 2 hours—but we decided to stick through it. In between the major rides, we went on very minor ones that practically had zero wait time, a good break from the hours of standing and waiting.
All four of us on the Tower of Terror. Fierce.
Finally, after a long day, the parks were closing and it was time to head home. With a day of standing, laughing, having fun, fireworks, and spending a huge amount of money on only corndogs finally over, we definitely knew that the day was worth it. The park is always a great place to spend time with good company, and I am looking forward to my next venture there.
It’s nearing the holidays! My friends and I decided to try out some new recipes to bake for the holidays to share with friends and family. We decided to try out the “Ultimate Oreo Brownies” - what is that you ask? Three layer brownies!
We decided to use the easy method by purchasing pre-made ingredients so the process could be faster. We bought one roll of pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough, one package of Oreos, and one box of brownie mix.
1. We greased the cupcake/muffin pan to make sure the brownie will not stick (very important step!)
2. We pre-heated the oven to 375 degrees.
3. We flattened the cookie dough for the bottom layer.
4. We put an Oreo on top of the cookie dough
5. We poured the brownie mix on top of the Oreo.
6. We baked the three layer brownie for 45 minutes, and then used a toothpick to test whether it is ready or not.
7. Let it cool.
Of course, if you’re one of those people who loves baking from scratch - you can always look up the recipe online! Either way, the “Ultimate Oreo Brownie” is scrumptious. Baking is definitely a new hobby - as well as a great way to bond with friends! I will be looking for more recipes to bake!
Three layer brownie!
The implementation of student projects is a special feature that UC Irvine holds. Last school year, the “Before I Die” wall (started by David Ly Khim, Francis Cailles, Jesse Oduro, Justin Ho, Kendrick Wang, and Tim Casasola) was a huge hit amongst fellow anteaters, with the intentions of inspiring them to follow their dreams. This quarter, The UP Lab brought another project to campus – the “Looking Up” Project.
In light of Thanksgiving, The UP Lab started the “Looking UP” Project (idea pitched by Victoria Wang) to give students the opportunity to show appreciation for anyone who has made a positive impact on their lives. Students wrote names on different colored arrows with captions like “_____ inspires me,” “_____ gives me hope,” “_____ is my hero,” and “_____ saved my life.” Students then pinned the arrows to three large bulletin boards in the shape of the letters “U” and “P” and an up arrow.
By the end of the week, anteaters definitely showed that they had a lot to be grateful for.
Photo credit: Justin Ho and Wyatt Sing
Check out our newest AntLeader Spotlight featuring 3rd year Kevin Tanaka: http://search.dos.uci.edu/leadership/antleader/profile.php?who=kmtanaka
Also, if you know anybody who is benefiting both the campus and community, feel free to nominate them here: http://search.dos.uci.edu/leadership/antleader/nomination.php
Southwest Airline’s Spirit magazine recently posted a “how to” guide on creating an origami anteater out of a dollar! Thanks, John Montroll!
Who is going to try to make it?
The application deadline is near – which means that recruitment season is almost over. What does that mean? For admissions counselors (like me), it means that my daily travels all over Southern California are done – and that I will most likely be in my office each day instead of visiting different schools. It also means that I need to remember to pack a lunch to bring to work. Well, I forgot to pack my lunch today, so I decided to have lunch on campus. There are a lot of different options to grab a quick meal when you are at UCI. You can go to the Dining Commons and have an all you can eat buffet or you can stop by Wendy’s, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Panda Express, Subway, the Pub, Organic Greens- to-Go, Topio’s Pizza or Bene’s Pasta – and that’s just to name a few. So what did I decide to have the day before Thanksgiving? The day before I eat entirely too many sweets and carbs … I chose to have a salad. It’s all about balance, Anteaters. :)
The salad bar!
I decided to go to Organic Greens-to-Go to enjoy their made to order salads (they have wraps too)!
I love a good deal!
Depending on the type of meal you want, your can get one of their signature salads or you can make your own. You can pick between vegetables, cheeses, fruits, and beans to top your salad – as well as your choice of a crunchy item (like croutons) and a protein (chicken, steak, tofu, etc.) Then they add your dressing, mix everything up for you, give you a roll (wheat or white) – and you are ready to have a great and healthy lunch!
My salad with beets, feta cheese and garbanzo beans plus my roll and balsamic vinaigrette on the side. Yum!
I should forget to pack a lunch more often!
Two weeks ago, I attended UCSA’s (University of California Student Association) Student of Color Conference that was hosted at UCLA. Student of Color Conference is an annual conference that serves as a safe space for student delegates from all of the UC campuses to come together to address the different issues that students of color face in their respective campuses and communities. The conference consisted of workshops, caucuses, entertainment activities, and downtime to meet students throughout the UC system.
The first workshop I attended (“Hip Hop & the Portrayal of Black and Brown Communities”) focused on the positive and negative effects hip hop has on communities of color and its portrayal of these communities. The second workshop (“Unpacking and Decolonizing the Hypersexualization of Asian Women”) revolved around the way Asian women have been objectified, sexualized, and portrayed as an “exotic fetish”, especially in pop culture. As a Pilipina-American student, I found the Pilipin@* caucus to be an open space for dissection on challenges that Pilipin@ students face in their communities and campuses. Furthermore, it led to discussion on steps to progress from said challenges. In addition to attending workshops, I was able to partake in my first peaceful protest where students marched and sat in solidarity down Westwood Boulevard to endorse the IGNITE campaign (Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transforming Education). Lastly, entertainment activities ranged from a spoken word performance by Sy Stokes (“The Black Bruins”) to a dance.
My first Student of Color Conference was definitely an eye-opening learning experience where I gained more knowledge on different issues that are affecting the plethora of communities of color. Ultimately, this conference helped create a sense of community and solidarity amongst students of color across the UC system.
*note:”@” used for gender inclusiveness
So being a Middle Earth Housing Office Attendant is definitely one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had. I get to work with all of the RA’s and Community Staff, I have the chance to meet so many of the new freshman, and I get to help out at all of the Housing events! I actually don’t even mind having to answer phones and doing paperwork anymore. All was going perfectly well … until I had to try to referee the Middle Earth Basketball Tournament.
Every quarter, Middle Earth hosts friendly competition between the resident halls through sports. There’s one for every season: Basketball in the Fall, Dodgeball in the Winter, and Volleyball in the Spring. I remember my first year, they were a lot of fun to watch. Sometimes I even played photographer since I’m not exactly the athletic type. Everyone would get excited and pumped for the games and regardless of win or lose, we’d celebrate and congratulate all the players. Of course we’d want to win, but that wasn’t really the point. Cheering for our hallmates and seeing how hard they worked was the best part.
So when I hear that the Basketball tournament was coming up for Middle Earth, I got all nostalgic and excited to see all that hall spirit again. But then my managers told us we had to referee the games, and seriously, I died a little inside. I’ve never played basketball and I’ve never wanted to because of all the injuries it gave my Dad and my brother. Basketball ran in the family, but I never really liked it much. So I never learned the rules, don’t watch NBA games, and don’t even play for fun. I’ll play HORSE, but that’s pretty much it for my basketball experience.
I didn’t even know how to regulate free-throws before this.
It was more than me being nervous about ref-ing the game; I didn’t want to make any bad calls so that the residents would get angry and upset. They are kind of rare, but there are some students that will take these games incredibly seriously. Make a call, get yelled at. Don’t make a call, get screamed at. Some residents can’t keep their temper down, and I admit, it gets a little intense when your hallmates worked so hard and all that stands between them and winning is a referee’s calls. But believe me, us attendants are not specially trained for this. We are doing this out of the goodness of our hearts because we want you to have a fair game. Sometimes, that doesn’t get through to people.
During a timeout in one of the semifinal games.
But anyways, when I finally got to referee, I was a nervous wreck. I was awkward when having to follow the ball, I barely blew my whistle, and I didn’t want to talk to anyone. Seriously, it was scary. One of the other attendants had to stop and talk to me at halftime. I’m not really sure what makes me so nervous about authority, but I have to learn it. If I’m going to be a good attendant and referee, I need to be more confident. I’m slowly learning to work around how introverted I am. I guess college can teach you the skills you never thought you could get. But I’m doing this for Middle Earth. It’s an amazing community and I have to do my part and contribute one way or another.