Saturday, March 25

Alumna Susan Egan originated the role of Belle in the first Broadway rendition of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" in the 1990s. (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

Q&A: Alumna discusses her experience as original Broadway’s Belle

Susan Egan arrived at the final callback for the character Belle in Disney’s first Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” in 1994. The 23-year-old sat in the corner of the room and read “The Mists of Avalon,” a King Arthur story, to keep herself centered and calm among the other young actresses vying for the coveted role. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Susan Egan originated the role of Belle in the first Broadway rendition of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" in the 1990s. (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

Alumna Susan Egan originated the role of Belle in the first Broadway rendition of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" in the 1990s. (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)


In the final edition of Dorm Dining, Daily Bruin columnist Andrew Warner spiced up traditional rice cooker rice with a rice pilaf dish cooked in carrot juice. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Dorm Dining: Carrot rice pilaf proves sweet yet savory treat for tastebuds, eyes

Life on the Hill doesn’t exactly allow ample opportunity for experimentation with cooking, leading to a routine diet at the dining halls. Over the course of the quarter, columnist Andrew Warner sets out to break the culinary monotony of dorm life, armed with a rice cooker and a few pantry staples. Read more...

Photo: In the final edition of Dorm Dining, Daily Bruin columnist Andrew Warner spiced up traditional rice cooker rice with a rice pilaf dish cooked in carrot juice. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

In the final edition of Dorm Dining, Daily Bruin columnist Andrew Warner spiced up traditional rice cooker rice with a rice pilaf dish cooked in carrot juice. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

First-year art student Ofri Shmul found inspiration for a sculpture, titled "Distracted," after she noticed how much time students spent looking at their phones throughout their day. She used tools such as pliers to shape wire into a human figure holding a lightbulb. (Hannah Burnett/Daily Bruin)

Art student showcases themes of distraction in sculpture

Ofri Shmul’s broken phone sparked her interest in exploring how technology distracts students from the real world. The first-year art student began to notice students gazing not at the scenery on campus, but down at the brightly lit screens of their digital devices while walking to class. Read more...

Photo: First-year art student Ofri Shmul found inspiration for a sculpture, titled "Distracted," after she noticed how much time students spent looking at their phones throughout their day. She used tools such as pliers to shape wire into a human figure holding a lightbulb. (Hannah Burnett/Daily Bruin)

First-year art student Ofri Shmul found inspiration for a sculpture, titled "Distracted," after she noticed how much time students spent looking at their phones throughout their day. She used tools such as pliers to shape wire into a human figure holding a lightbulb. (Hannah Burnett/Daily Bruin)

UCLA Asian American studies professor Renee Tajima-Peña helped direct the documentary film "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" about the 1982 murder of a Chinese man who was beaten to death by two white men. (Courtesy of Claudio Rocha)

Q&A: Professor reflects on role of documentaries in guarding civil rights

A UCLA professor’s documentary turned 30 years old this year, but its plot bears eerie parallels to the hate crimes of today. Renee Tajima-Peña, a professor of Asian American studies, helped direct “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” which documents the murder of Chin, a Chinese man beaten to death by two white autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz in Detroit in June 1982 . Read more...

Photo: UCLA Asian American studies professor Renee Tajima-Peña helped direct the documentary film "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" about the 1982 murder of a Chinese man who was beaten to death by two white men. (Courtesy of Claudio Rocha)

UCLA Asian American studies professor Renee Tajima-Peña helped direct the documentary film "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" about the 1982 murder of a Chinese man who was beaten to death by two white men. (Courtesy of Claudio Rocha)

Third-year international development studies student Juri Watanabe was the first Japanese winner of the Miss Asia USA pageant, which brought her closer to her culture. Her beauty routine includes NuSkin cleanser, Too Faced bronzer and Yves Saint Laurent eyeshadow. (Emma Skinner/Daily Bruin)

UCLA student reconnects with heritage as first Japanese Miss Asia USA

Juri Watanabe uses 12 different products on her face when preparing for a pageant – and that’s before she starts putting on makeup. Watanabe, a third-year international development studies student, was the first Japanese delegate to win the Miss Asia USA pageant in November 2016. Read more...

Photo: Third-year international development studies student Juri Watanabe was the first Japanese winner of the Miss Asia USA pageant, which brought her closer to her culture. Her beauty routine includes NuSkin cleanser, Too Faced bronzer and Yves Saint Laurent eyeshadow. (Emma Skinner/Daily Bruin)

Third-year international development studies student Juri Watanabe was the first Japanese winner of the Miss Asia USA pageant, which brought her closer to her culture. Her beauty routine includes NuSkin cleanser, Too Faced bronzer and Yves Saint Laurent eyeshadow. (Emma Skinner/Daily Bruin)

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Album review: ‘Heartworms’

Many indie bands have consigned to a political agenda in response to today’s controversial political atmosphere, but The Shins have remained blissfully aloof. Fellow indie rockers, such as How To Dress Well and Toro y Moi, have focused their artistic efforts toward an anti-Trump agenda by adding their songs to the protest compilation “Our First 100 Days,” but The Shins have remained mostly quiet in the years following their last album release of 2012’s “Port of Morrow.” “Heartworms,” The Shins’ fifth studio album released Friday, is a refreshing escape from the political debates found online. Read more...

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