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College Students Face Hunger, Turn to Free Food

Food banks are for the homeless and out-of-work, right? Contrarily, college students are also turning to food banks to find their next meal.

The rising costs of tuition, housing and textbooks are making it hard for some students to find the extra money for food. Colleges are opening up on-campus food banks, so students don’t have to go to class on an empty stomach.

“We’re here to help students who have to decide between buying textbooks or buying food,” said Laura Pick, coordinator of Oregon State University emergency food pantry.

While in grade school, children have the option of receiving free or reduced-price lunches with the federally-assisted National School Lunch Program. However, once students get to college, they no longer receive this kind of food aid, Pick said.

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Brett Hoebel’s Education and Fitness Background

For all of you Biggest Loser fans, this is a name you’re going to want to be familiar with: Brett Hoebel. Hoebel is an international fitness expert, personal trainer for celebrities, and could quite possibly be the newest Biggest Loser trainer for season 11.

Hoebel is not just some muscular guy who spends too much time in the gym. He developed his workout plans based on his studies as an undergraduate and graduate student. As an undergrad, Hoebel majored in biomedical science with hopes of becoming a doctor. Then, in his post-grad studies, he studied functional strength training, nutrition, yoga, and holistic health.

According to ExtremeBodyWorkout.com, he is also certified in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching, Metabolic Typing, Holistic Exercise Kinesiology, Hatha Yoga, and Prenatal & Postpartum Conditioning. He also has published papers with UCLA, New York University, and Princeton University.

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Randy Jackson’s Education Background

randy jacksonRandy Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is best known for his musical talents and his role as a judge on American Idol, where he has been complimenting contestants by calling them “dawg” since 2002. He is also the executive producer for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.

Jackson attended Southern University in Baton Rouge. He graduated in 1979 with a BA in music. Jackson has appeared on more than 1000 albums, putting his degree to good work by playing bass and keyboards.  He also taught recording industry classes at UCLA for several years in the 1990s.

Jackson has been married twice. He has one child, Taylor, with his first wife, Elizabeth Jackson and two children, Zoe and Jordan, with his second wife, Erika Riker. Read the rest of this entry »



At UCLA, Teaching Doctors with Art

Artist: Daphne Hill

Artist: Daphne Hill

Second year students at University of California, Los Angeles take a break to visit an art exhibit. The show is titled “Venereal Narratives and Other Cautionary Tales,” created by Daphne Hill, and features colorful collages that combine images of romantic couples and the microorganisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases. The show is part of a project that tries to teach medical students about the importance of showing compassion for their patients. “We’re learning about infectious disease right now, so this exhibit is really humanizing,” said medical student Lauren Wolchok. The artist describes her work as a way to deal with her fears about infectious diseases.

In order to prevent medical students from beginning to see patients as  “subjects,” rather than people, the initiative was developed by artist in residence Ted Meyer and Senior Associate Dean LuAnn Wilkerson. It features a series of exhibits at UCLA’s Learning Resource Center. “The Doctoring Program is already about learning how patients experience illness,” Wilkerson said. “Doing this requires really being able to see life from a different perspective.”

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College Students Face Hunger and Homelessness

With rising tuition costs, college is becoming less affordable for some students. With the tough job market, several young adults are finding that the only way to be successful is with a college degree.

Graduate hopefuls like Diego Sepulveda, a 22-year-old UCLA student, are facing hunger and even homelessness to stay in school.homeless

After Sepulveda lost his job at Subway, he had to be resourceful when it came time to find a place to sleep. Sometimes he would sleep on a couch in the college library. Other nights, he would find himself crashing in a friend’s living room. As for showers, he used the student activities center, which has a pool and locker rooms.

“You’re always thinking, ‘How am I going to pay for next quarter? How am I going to get through the rest of the days here at UCLA?” he says. Read the rest of this entry »



College World Series: South Carolina Gamecocks Beat UCLA Bruins

South Carolina starting pitcher Blake Cooper. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

South Carolina starting pitcher Blake Cooper. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

When you only allow two runs in two games, it’s a safe bet that you’re going to win a lot of baseball games. And behind a stellar pitching performance, the South Carolina Gamecocks just won the biggest game of them all.

With a dramatic 2-1, 11-inning victory, South Carolina beat the UCLA Bruins two games to none in the best-of-three College World Series Championship.

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College World Series: UCLA and South Carolina in the Finals

UCLA's pitcher Trevor Bauer. Image Via: Crystal LoGiudice, US Presswire

UCLA's pitcher Trevor Bauer. Image Via: Crystal LoGiudice, US Presswire

The finals of the College World Series are set, and the two participants will be UCLA and South Carolina.

The Bruins plated five first-inning runs and never looked back, routing Texas Christian 10-3. Ben Dunlap stunned the Horned Frogs early, ripping a three-run home run into the left-field bleachers. Dunlap finished 3-for-5 on the day.

That support was more than enough for Bruin starter Trevor Bauer. Despite a heat index of 107 degrees, Bauer threw 84 of his 135 pitches for strikes and fanned 13. Although the Horned Frogs chipped away at the lead, closing to 6-3 on the second of Bryan Holaday’s two home runs, they never seriously threatened.

UCLA plated two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, ending any chance of another miracle TCU comeback. The Horned Frogs trailed Florida State 7-2 in a game earlier in the CWS, but came back to win.

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College World Series: Texas Christian Stays Alive, Roth Shuts Down Clemson

college world seriesThe Texas Christian Horned Frogs were facing elimination yesterday at the College World Series. Thankfully, that had Matt Purke on the mound, and in case you didn’t know, Purke doesn’t lose.

Really.

Purke moved to 16-0 on the season by retiring the first 11 hitters he faced–nine on ground balls–as TCU staved off elimination with a 6-2 win over UCLA. Purke didn’t allow a hit until Chris Giovinazzo bunted his way on base with one out in the fifth with the Bruins down 3-0, drawing a smattering of boos from the pro-TCU crowd.

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College World Series: Seminoles Hold Off Gator Rally, Bruins Win Behind Cole

UCLA's Gerrit Cole. Image via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

UCLA's Gerrit Cole. Image via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

The Florida State Seminoles used three home runs to jump on top of the rival Florida Gators in the College World Series yesterday, but were forced to withstand a late rally before winning 8-5.

Mike McGee struck the big blow on offense with a three-run home run in the third inning. Stephen Cardullo and Tyler Holt also hit home runs for the Seminoles.

But the Gators nearly made Florida State pay for leaving 11 runners on base when they staged a rally in the ninth. Preston Tucker ripped a bases-loaded double down the left field line to make it 8-5 and forcing the Seminoles to bring in McGee to try and close it out.

But McGee wasn’t quite as fortunate on the mound as he was with the bat and allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases up again and bring Mike Zunino to the plate as the leading run. Zunino ripped a ball to Cardullo that, for a fraction of a second, looked like it might get into the gap. But Cardullo caught it, and doubled the runner off second, ending the fifth-ranked Gators’ season.

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College World Series Games Recap

college world seriesThe College World Series (CWS) kicked off in Omaha yesterday, and although both games wound up blowouts, both came about quite differently.

In the Texas Christian versus Florida State opener, the Horned Frogs erased a 1-0 deficit three hitters into the game and wound up with a five-run first inning in their 8-1 victory. Florida State had a few rallies snuffed out, including one in the fourth inning when the first two hitters reached base.

But TCU’s Matt Purke got a double-play ground ball and a strikeout to escape the jam. After that, the Seminoles had pair of runners on in both the seventh and eighth innings but failed to score.

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