Princeton Ly – USIE

Last quarter I applied and was accepted into UCLA’s innovative Undergraduate Student Initiated Education (USIE) program, which allows upperclassmen to develop and facilitate seminars on topics of their choice, with the close supervision of a faculty mentor. The course I proposed is called “Controversies in College Athletics: Race, Politics, Gender, and Beyond” and uses UCLA’s…

Princeton Ly – UCLA Trivia

Did you know that the most successful Division I coach in NCAA history is UCLA’s Al Scates, with a record 19 NCAA men’s volleyball titles? Scates is believed to be the only current NCAA coach to have won titles in five decades, starting in the 1960’s! Did you know that Campbell Hall was originally built…

Princeton Ly – Coach

There is only one person in UCLA history that can be known simply by the name “Coach”. That man is Coach John Wooden, famously described by a former player as an “intergalactic treasure“. The statistics are recited so often that they almost lose their shock value, but here they are again: ten national championships, an…

Princeton Ly – New Beginnings

Happy New Year, dear reader. I hope you had a refreshing break (if you were indeed lucky enough to have one at all!) full of family and friends. One of the benefits of being in college is that the quarter ends before Christmas vacation, meaning that there is not much bothering you once school lets…

Princeton Ly – Study Time

  It’s hard to believe that the quarter is almost over. They’re already playing Christmas music on the radio! In any case, for us college students, the approaching holidays mean that we must overcome one last major obstacle between now and complete freedom: finals. One of the hardest things to do in studying for finals…

Princeton Ly – It All Comes Together

One of the classes I’m currently taking as part of my Marine Biology major is Ichthyology, or the study of fishes. Taught by the Merlin-esque Professor Buth, the class is one of the most interesting I’ve taken in a long time. For instance, our laboratory exams involve identifying the taxonomic information of around three hundred…

Princeton Ly – Thoughts on Liberal Arts

It’s interesting to think that when UCLA was founded, it was mainly tasked with producing educated professionals – think teachers and accountants. Nowadays, UCLA has morphed into a sprawling public research university, with the bulk of its graduates receiving degrees from the College of Letters and Science. Education and Accounting have been regulated to minors,…

Princeton Ly – Big Time

One of the not-so-secret things you need to know about UCLA is that it is huge. Over 25,000 undergraduates and maybe half as many graduate students, a pretty good balance, in my opinion. (Often lost in the shuffle is the fact that there is about one paid administrative staffer per undergraduate student – ludicrous!) Of…

Princeton Ly – Time to Eat

Los Angeles gets bagged on sometimes because it does not historically boast the haute cuisine that many cities back east have built up over centuries. This stigma has been somewhat ameliorated in recent years, as the city’s food “scene” has taken off and become more recognized in America and around the world for its innovation…

Princeton Ly – UCLA Swag

Hello there! So I recently ran across a spate of UCLA-themed hip-hop references in the last week or so and thought I would share them with you all. The first is a tribute to the greatest UCLA basketball player of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then Lewis Alcindor: Yes, that is the rapper Twista you see…