UCLA Trivia

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Where and when did the college football “bowl game” originate?
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The Rose Bowl, 1923
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During rivalry week, what happens to the Bruin Bear statue?
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It is covered by a wooden box with the sign "The Bruin Bear is Hibernating" as students stand guard to protect it from vandalism.
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UCLA set the record as the most applied-to university in the nation. How many applications were received for the fall of 2014?
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More than 105,800
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What's the name of this Orientation tradition where new students officially become Bruins?
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Bruintized
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What do the UCLA colors represent?
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All UC colors represent the state's attributes. Blue for the ocean and local wildflowers. Gold for the Golden State, California poppy and sunsets. Learn more.
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What year did UCLA confer its first degrees and how many graduates were in that class?
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1923, 28 students
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UCLA Slang
If I'm in a jam, I'll call my homie who's straight money.
What Is It?
Straight money - Someone/something that can always be counted on for anything, anytime.
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How much money was raised during Campaign UCLA from 1995-2005?
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$3.053 billion
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Which sports team helped UCLA become the first school to win 100 NCAA championships in May 2007?
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Women’s Water Polo.
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In 1974, UCLA Men's Basketball ended their 88-game winning streak by losing to what team?
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Notre Dame.
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What disaster resulted in the start of classes on the Westwood campus on March 18, 1929, months before its opening?
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A fire in the Vermont campus chemical lab. Read More »
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On Jan. 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake rocked Southern California. Which UCLA facilities were significantly damaged by the earthquake?
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Kerckhoff Hall, Royce Hall, Powell Library, Dykstra and UCLA Medical Center. Read More »
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On Jan. 20, 1931, Kerckhoff Hall was dedicated as UCLA's first student union. What was William G. Kerckhoff's successful line of business?
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Lumber and hydroelectric power. Read More »
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What were the first 13 departments authorized as major fields of study at UCLA?
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Chemistry, economics, English, French, history, Latin, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, Spanish and zoology
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Name the UCLA professor emeritus of economics and mathematics who won the Nobel Prize last year?
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Lloyd S. Shapley won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
UCLA Slang
"You need to slow your roll. She's clearly not interested."
What Is It?
Slow your roll - Calm down. Stop coming on so strong.
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Which UCLA player was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Answer
Jonathan Ogden. He was inducted on Aug. 03, 2013. Ogden was a four-year starter at offensive tackle for UCLA in the 1992-95 seasons.
UCLA Slang
"Now that the election is over, I hope people quit throwing shade on facebook."
What Is It?
Throwing Shade - To criticize, demean or insult.
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In the year the Bruins made the Rose Bowl their new home stadium, what bowl game did they end up with at the end of the season?
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The Rose Bowl game, winning 24-14 over Michigan. Read More »
UCLA Slang
"Your picture looks so much better when you smize."
What Is It?
smize - smile with your eyes, as coined by Tyra Banks in America's Next Top Model
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During the 1984 Olympics, what UCLA center was designated by the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee to create the first Olympic drug testing facility in the United States?
Answer
UCLA Medical Center. (UCLA: The First Century, page 203)
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What Is It?
Crutch phrase - Relying on overworked clichés because of a speaker's difficulty to articulate ideas.
UCLA Slang
At the end of the day we have to think outside of the box if we are to successfully leverage our resources.
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The junior prom of 1949 was held at Paramount Studios with master of ceremonies Bob Hope. The prize of the evening was a date with which famous child star, whose film Little Women was released that year?
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Elizabeth Taylor. (UCLA: The First Century, page 330)
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UCLA Slang
“What ya'll talmbout?”
What Is It?
Talmbout - A contraction of the words talking and about.
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What UCLA tradition began in the 1940s with fraternities competing for the title of “Champion Serenaders of Sorority Row”?
Answer
Spring Sing. (UCLA: The First Century, page 339)
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UCLA Slang
“I have yet to receive the data for our annual report. Please advise.”
What Is It?
Office vernacular for "What the heck?"
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A three-time Olympic gold medalist, which pitcher was the first softball player to win the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation’s top female collegiate athlete?
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Lisa Fernandez ’95. (UCLA: The First Century, page 312)
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UCLA Slang
“Beyoncé did such a great job at the Super Bowl halftime show. Cough thought ‘Blackout!’”
What Is It?
When you say something rude, mean or insulting but try to cover it up by coughing loudly.
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Which softball star became an orthopedic surgeon and went on to win gold at the 1996 Olympics?
Answer
Dot Richardson ’84. (UCLA: The First Century, page 312)
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UCLA Slang
"Hey you, how's that thing coming along?"
What Is It?
Hey you - Greeting used when you forget the person’s name
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In February 1932, Royce Hall overflowed with students for what thinker’s latest theory?
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Albert Einstein discussed his latest thinking on the theory of relativity. (UCLA: The First Century, page 50)
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UCLA Slang
"She's sporting a peace sign and duck lips on her selfie."
What Is It?
Selfie - A photo of oneself, often looking away from the camera or making a kissy face, taken at arm’s length and uploaded onto a social networking website.
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On January 15, 1932, all classes were cancelled for the day so that students could enjoy what unusual occurrence?
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The Big Snow; two inches of snow in Royce Quad
UCLA Slang
"I want to party with her Gangnam Style."
What Is It?
Gangnam - Korean pop song by rapper Psy, critiquing the reputed trendy and lavish lifestyle of the Gangnam district residents in Seoul.
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What notable American speaker delivered the UCLA Charter Day address in 1963?
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Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. (UCLA: The First Century, page 154)
UCLA Slang
"My bridesmaids are all my besties."
What Is It?
Besties - Short for best friends.
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In 1975, the first “chamfer cylinder design surface” was developed at UCLA Medical Center. What does this invention do?
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The "chamfer cylinder design surface" is more commonly known as a durable artificial hip.
UCLA Slang
"Check out George. He’s going screensaver."
What Is It?
Going screensaver - When you notice a coworker spacing out or dozing off in a meeting.
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Who decided that UCLA's fraternity and sorority houses should be on opposite sides of campus - and why?
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Dean of Women Helen Laughlin felt that the fraternity and sorority houses should be separated to discourage unseemly hanky-panky.
UCLA Slang
"That combo meal gave me a food baby."
What Is It?
Food baby - When you eat so much that your stomach looks pregnant.
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Eugene Hilgard, Joseph Le Conte and Charles Gayley all have Westwood streets named after them. Do you know who they were?
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The three were professors at UC Berkeley – professors of Herbert Foster, the engineer who later helped lay out the Westwood streets.
UCLA Slang
"Did you see our center posterize that Trojan at last night's game?"
What Is It?
Posterize - to dunk emphatically over a defender in basketball.
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Which Bruin, who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2005 for Sideways, received a second Oscar in the same category this year?
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Alexander Payne, M.F.A. ’90.
UCLA Slang
"Hey buddy, everyone wants to know where you want to meet up. Drop the pin!"
What Is It?
Drop the Pin – Term that means letting people know where you are through Google maps or any app that shows your location on a map.
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Who coached UCLA to its first NCAA team championship, in any sport?
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William C. “Bill” Ackerman (Men’s Tennis, 1950).
UCLA Slang
"Can you put down your freakin' crackberry for a second and pay attention to the movie?"
What Is It?
Crackberry - term used for Blackberry devices constantly being checked by their users
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What was the first residence hall built on UCLA’s campus?
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Dykstra Hall – UCLA’s first dormitory. Thanks to the new on-campus housing, UCLA was no longer a commuter school.
UCLA Slang
"I would consider a person to be tatted out if they had sleeves."
What Is It?
Sleeves - tattoos covering the whole arm, from the shoulder to the wrist
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In what year was UCLA first elected to membership in the Association of American Universities?
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1974. UCLA's election to this nonprofit association of preeminent public and private research institutions marked the first time that a university system had more than one campus as a member.
UCLA Slang
"Did you see her score that goal? That was boss!"
What Is It?
Boss - very good, cool, awesome
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How much does UCLA's Founders’ Rock weigh?
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75 tons.
UCLA Slang
"That blonde across the room is a dimepiece."
What Is It?
Dimepiece - a good looking person; a perfect 10
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Which school has produced No. 1 draft choices in the NFL, NBA, MLS and MLB?
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UCLA, of course.
UCLA Slang
"I didn’t meet my major’s unit requirement, so I’m taking a victory lap."
What Is It?
Victory Lap – each additional year a college senior takes to obtain a degree
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What MVP quarterback overcame food poisoning to lead UCLA to 45-9 victory against Illinois in the Rose Bowl in his final game as a Bruin?
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Rick Neuheisel.
UCLA Slang
"Don’t be such a PAM! Just ask her out already!"
What Is It?
PAM - Asian male who is unable to approach the opposite sex. (Passive Asian Male)
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Why were the original men’s gym and women’s gym constructed at the bottom of a hill on campus?
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In 1929 construction began on the gyms as two of the first eight buildings on campus, under the design concept that the top of the hill was for the mind and the bottom of the hill was for the body.
UCLA Slang
"That kid thinks he’s so 1337 because he hacked into my computer."
What Is It?
1337 (leet) - superior, better than anyone else especially in computers; derived from elite
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Ackerman Student Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary. How many bowling lanes did it house when it first opened?
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Ackerman featured a 10-lane bowling alley, rooms for billiards and table tennis, indoor and outdoor dining areas and space for other leisure activities.
UCLA Slang
"I recently met my ex-fiance’s new spouse at a party. Awkward turtle."
What Is It?
Awkward Turtle - comment made in an awkward situation (usually accompanied by hand gesture where one hand is placed on the back of the other hand and both outstretched thumbs are wiggled)
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In what year was Pauley Pavilion officially introduced to the university?
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Pauley Pavilion was introduced to the university at the June 1965 Commencement exercises, dedicated and named for Regent Edwin W. Pauley, the principal donor to the building fund.
UCLA Slang
"Man, have you been working out? You look swoll."
What Is It?
Swoll – very large and muscular; buff
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Which UCLA alumnus won the award for best screenplay at the 2009 Academy Awards?
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On Feb. 22, 2009, Dustin Lance Black ’96 won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Milk, a biographical drama about martyred gay activist politician Harvey Milk.
UCLA Slang
"The hipsters have taken over Echo Park."
What Is It?
Hipster: Elitist, pseudo-intellectual person who is involved in the indie culture (including fashion, music, art and film), wears tight pants, often plaid, owns many cloth scarves and may own a fixie.
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Jackie Robinson was the only Bruin athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports. What were they?
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Robinson earned letters in baseball, football, basketball and track.
UCLA Slang
"The teacher was cranky and put me on blast when I got the answer wrong."
What Is It?
Put on Blast – to embarrass (someone) in front of a group.
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Who is the only person to not attend UCLA, yet be named Alumnus of the Year?
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John Wooden was named Alumnus of the Year in 1973. In 1969, the Alumni Association had designated him an honorary alumnus.
UCLA Slang
"Hey there, Powell Ranger, what time are we studying?"
What Is It?
Powell Ranger – A person who spends an excessive amount of time at Powell Library
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What UCLA graduate and current Google honcho is known as "Father of the Internet?"
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Vinton Cerf M.A. '70, Ph.D. '72, an American computer scientist, is the person most often called "Father of the Internet."
UCLA Slang
"My friend always goes out on Thursday night because she has FOMO."
What Is It?
FOMO – Fear of missing out on something
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What notable landmark inspired the original design of UCLA’s Inverted Fountain?
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The bubbling mud pots and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park inspired the design of UCLA's Inverted Fountain.
UCLA Slang
"I had a ridonkulous night yesterday in Los Angeles."
What Is It?
Ridonkulous - ridiculous, crazy, unexpected
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What was the original name of the UCLA yearbook?
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Southern Campus. The title alluded to the campus's original name: Southern Branch of the University of California. In 1983, the book came to be called Bruin Life, the name it currently holds.
UCLA Slang
"I am helly jelly that she is going to my favorite band’s concert."
What Is It?
Helly Jelly - to be extremely envious of something/someone. Short for “hella jealous.”
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Long before the card show at UCLA football games, what used to be the trademark of the UCLA cheering section?
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Originated in 1935, light stunts were the trademark of the UCLA cheering section in 1930s. The cheering section was wired and each student given four light bulbs, each of a different color. Next »
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In 1953, because the light bulbs and wiring were not only difficult to handle but expensive to maintain, the students developed a card similar to the type used in ordinary card stunts. Next »
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It has eight different light filters placed in a circular pattern. Each student was given a flashlight to shine through the filters.
UCLA Slang
"We might as well go for it, YOLO!"
What Is It?
YOLO - You Only Live Once. Recently made popular by the song “The Motto” by Drake, featuring Lil’ Wayne.
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What was the first structure completed on UCLA's new Westwood campus?
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The Arroyo Bridge (buried in Dickson Plaza) was the first structure erected at UCLA. The top of the bridge, still in use today, is the road that connects Royce, Powell, Haines and Kinsey halls with Murphy Hall.
UCLA Slang
"I’m finna leave right now." Or, "I’m finna get an A in this class."
What Is It?
Finna- to be going to, to be about to
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How many Bruins competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics?
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UCLA sent a total of 36 Bruins to the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. 31 were athletes - 27 alumni, 3 current students, 1 incoming student - and 5 were coaches.
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What currently occupies UCLA’s former Vermont Avenue campus?
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Los Angeles City College currently sits on the site of the former UCLA campus.
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What famous Hollywood glamour queen crowned the 1962 UCLA Mardi Gras king?
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Jayne Mansfield crowned the Mardi Gras King in 1962. The king was typically a favorite professor or University employee. The winner was voted on and announced the night of the carnival. Next »
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Mansfield's connection to campus didn't end there, however. Two decades later, Mansfield's daughter, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, enrolled at UCLA.
UCLA Slang
"Why’d you open the door for her?" "’Cause that’s my steaze."
What Is It?
Steaze - style (style + ease)
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What did Greg Graffin ’87, M.S. ’90 do before he taught Life Science at UCLA?
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Greg Graffin first found fame as lead singer of the groundbreaking band Bad Religion. In addition to his UCLA degrees, he holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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What year was UCLA host to a U.S. Presidential debate?
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In 1988, Pauley Pavilion was the location of the Bush-Dukakis debate.
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Why is the C on UCLA's basketball jerseys a different color?
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The C represents the Roman numeral for 100, commemorating UCLA as the first to win 100 NCAA Championships.
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Who was John Wolfskill and what is his connection to UCLA history?
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In 1884, John Wolfskill paid $10 an acre to buy the land on which the UCLA campus now stands. The land became an avocado grove.
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The UCLA campus newspaper has borne five names in its history. Can you name all of the monikers used?
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Cub Californian (1919-24), California Grizzly (1924-26), California Daily Bruin (1926-43 & 1944-48), California Bruin (1943-44) and UCLA Daily Bruin (1948-present)
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Who was the first sitting U.S. president to visit UCLA?
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On Feb. 21, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos met at UCLA on Charter Day.
UCLA Slang
"I don’t really want to shave my neard today."
What Is It?
Neard - hair on the neck (neck + beard)
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What building served as the model for Royce Hall?
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Architect Daniel Allison used the Basilica di San Ambrogio, a 12th-century Romanesque church in Milan, Italy, as the model for UCLA's Royce Hall.
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In February 2002, UCLA students organized an event that is now one of the largest student-organized annual fundraisers in the U.S. What is it?
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Winter formals have long since gone out of fashion at UCLA, but school dances are still alive. Dance Marathon at UCLA raises awareness and money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Next »
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Each year, UCLA students organize a 26-hour dance-athon to support the battle of children suffering from AIDS. Dancers stay on their feet for the duration of the event and raise funds through sponsorships.
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Which former U.S. general began teaching at UCLA in 2006?
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Former supreme allied commander of NATO and Democratic presidential hopeful Gen. Wesley Clark joined the Burkle Center for International Relations as a senior fellow in fall of 2006.
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How many years did Charles E. Young M.A. '57, Ph.D. '60 serve as chancellor?
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Young served as UCLA chancellor for 29 years, 1968-97. He is the only UCLA alumnus to serve as the university's chief executive.
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What took possession of the space UCLA vacated when it moved to Westwood?
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Los Angeles Junior College was established on Sept. 9, 1929 by the Los Angeles Board of Education. In 1938, the Board of Education changed the institution's name to Los Angeles City College.
UCLA Slang
"John and Kate were dating a long time so last night they had a D.T.R. to see where their relationship was going."
What Is It?
D.T.R. - conversation between a couple concerning the status of their relationship (Defining The Relationship)
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What Nobel Peace Prize laureate spoke on April 22, 1965, preceding Martin Luther King Jr. in the ASUCLA Speakers Program?
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Ralph Bunche ’27, who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke a month before King. The scheduling was a response by program organizers to the civil rights marches in Selma, Ala. Next »
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Bunche was the first African-American to receive the prize and, at age 34, King was the youngest.
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Coach John Wooden was the first person inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. For what college or university did Wooden play?
Answer
Wooden was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961as a player for Purdue University, 1928-32. He was inducted as a coach in 1973.
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What non-Bruin creature can be found at the bottom of the Royce Quad flagpole?
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Originally a gift from Jake Gimbel, the flagpole's brass plaque bears a bas relief replica of a South American fish, the porotergus gimbeli. Next »
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In 1910, Gimbel had sponsored an expedition to explore the rivers of Brazil. Native legend told of an "electric" fish that would shock larger fish before attacking them. The mythical fish was found. Next »
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It was brought back to the U.S, scientifically catalogued and named in honor of the expedition's benefactor. Gimbel had the fish added to the plaque on a whim when he presented his gift in 1937.
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John Lithgow, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and many more campus and entertainment luminaries gathered on campus April 4, 1998. Why?
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On April 4, 1998, UCLA hosted the Royce Hall Gala Reopening, giving the public its first official look at the transformed campus icon. Next »
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Proceeds from the gala benefited UCLA students and programs and the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts so that it could continue to bring to Royce Hall the finest performing artists in the world.
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What precious object did the Trojans surrender in 1942?
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The UCLA Victory Bell. A gift of the UCLA Alumni Association to campus, it was kidnapped by Trojans in 1941. After negotiations, the Trojans agreed to return the bell on one condition. Next »
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The condition was that the Victory Bell will become a trophy of the annual cross-town rivalry. On Dec. 12, 1942, the Bruins beat the Trojans for the first time and took the Victory Bell home.
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What Bruin was the only man in NBA history to be a first-round draft choice without ever starting a game in his collegiate career?
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Swen Nater, a community college All-American in 1970 before playing behind NCAA Player of the Year Bill Walton under Coach John Wooden, and a member of two UCLA national championship squads. Next »
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He went on to become an NBA first-round draft pick in 1973 and the ABA Rookie of the Year in 1974.
UCLA Slang
"I ROFLed when he slipped on that banana peel."
What Is It?
Rolfed
1. To laugh a lot
2. That’s really funny (interjection.) (Rolling On the Floor Laughing).
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When did UCLA get its first Josephine Bruin?
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In 1961, alumni presented UCLA with the first Josephine Bruin, a little Himalayan bear. Josephine lived in the Rally Committee chair’s backyard. But as she grew, Josephine was moved to the San Diego Zoo.
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"Hail to the Hills of Westwood" is UCLA's alma mater, but it's not the university's first. What was UCLA's previous alma mater, and when was it retired?
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"Hail Blue and Gold," written by a UCLA student in 1925, preceded "Hail to the Hills of Westwood." The current alma mater was adopted in 1960. Until 1925, UCLA shared UC Berkely's alma mater.
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Which team won UCLA's 99th NCAA title?
Answer
Women's Water Polo.
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Who is the only UCLA chief executive to have earned a degree from UCLA?
Answer
Chancellor Charles Young M.A. '57, Ph.D. '60 remains the only Bruin also to have led UCLA.
UCLA Slang
"I’m rickrolling all my pages." Or, "Are we getting rickrolled here in the car?"
What Is It?
1. To program a webpage to take users to Rick Astley’s video "Never Gonna Give You Up" rather than whatever they clicked on.
2. To play “Never Gonna Give You Up” for (someone).
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What two distinguished guests came to Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 13, 1988, and why?
Answer
Presidential nominees Michael Dukakis and George Bush debated at UCLA. Dukakis would later return to campus as a visiting professor.
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In which 1969 film did the UCLA Band appear as part of a parade?
Answer
Hello Dolly!
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How many gallons of water does the Inverted Fountain recirculate per minute?
Answer
A campus landmark since 1968, the Inverted Fountain recirculates 10,000 gallons of water per minute.
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What historic structure inspired the architecture of Kerckhoff Hall?
Answer
Henry VII's chapel at Westminster. Kerckhoff Hall is the only Tudor Gothic building on campus.
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Including both alumni and faculty, how many Nobel recipients can UCLA currently claim?
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Six UCLA alumni and five UCLA faculty members are Nobel Laureates. Next »
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Faculty: Louis J. Ignarro, Physiology or Medicine, 1998; Paul Boyer, Chemistry, 1997; Donald Cram, Chemistry, 1987; Julian S. Schwinger, Physics, 1965; Willard F. Libby, Chemistry, 1960. Next »
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Alumni: Richard F. Heck, Chemistry, 2010; Elinor Ostrom, Economics, 2009; William Sharpe, Economics, 1990; Bruce Merrifield, Chemistry, 1984; Glenn Seaborg, Chemistry, 1951; Ralph Bunche, Peace Prize, 1950.
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How old is the UCLA School of Public Affairs (formerly the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research)?
Answer
The School of Public Affairs was established in 1994 to set a new direction for policy education, research and action.
UCLA Slang
"It isn’t a big deal; you don’t have to Q.Q."
What Is It?
Q.Q. - to cry, complain (originally an emoticon)
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How many volumes does the UCLA Library house?
Answer
The UCLA Library reported housing nearly 8.4 million volumes, more than 50,000 serial titles and some 230,000 electronic resources in 2007-08, the last year for which statistics are available.
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How many times has UCLA taken the field for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game?
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The Bruins have played 12 New Year's Day games at the Rose Bowl, assembling a 5-7 record. The first appearance was in 1943, and the most recent in 1999.
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Where and when was the first assembly held on the Westwood campus of UCLA?
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The first assembly on the Westwood campus was held in Royce Hall on September 23, 1929.
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In 1928, UCLA began holding Commencement at the Hollywood Bowl. When did Commencement move to the Westwood campus?
Answer
In 1941, Commencement was held in the Open Air Theater, now the site of the Center for the Health Sciences.
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The College of Letters and Science houses a majority of UCLA's academic departments. How many majors does the College offer?
Answer
Organized into 5 divisions - humanities, physical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, honors and undergraduate programs – it offers 106 majors and 69 minors as of 2010.
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How much economic activity does UCLA generate each year?
Answer
$9.3 billion in 2010.
UCLA Slang
"Don’t come around here unless you have my skrilla."
What Is It?
Money.
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UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History is one of the top university museums in the nation. How many objects are in the museum's collections?
Answer
The collections include more than 150,000 art and ethnographic and 600,000 archaeological objects.
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In what year was the Southern Branch Alumni Association - the forerunner of today's UCLA Alumni Association - established?
Answer
1925.
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What percentage of UCLA undergraduates receives financial aid?
Answer
Approximaters 64% in 2010. Among the nation’s 50 top universities, UCLA continues to have the largest proportion of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants for students from low-income families.
UCLA Slang
"Do you agree with me? Totes"
What Is It?
Totes - totally (abbreviation)
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In 1954, the Bruin football team clinched the Pacific Coast Conference title and National Championship. Who was the head coach and what was the team’s season record?
Answer
Fifty years ago, Head Coach Henry "Red" Sanders led the team to a perfect 9-0 season record. Tommy Prothro, who would later become head coach himself, was a key assistant coach in that season.
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Where and what was "Gayleyville"?
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"Gayleyville," located along Gayley Avenue and Strathmore Drive, was set up during the post-World War II years to provide housing for married students. Next »
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Gayleyville was made up of 20 units with 14 apartments, which offered proximity to UCLA, low rent and scenic views of green grass and hills. Gayleyville was torn down in the 1960s.
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In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black American to play modern major league baseball. In which year did the UCLA Alumni Association name him Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year?
Answer
Robinson was named Alumnus of the Year in 1962 - the same year he became the first black American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
UCLA Slang
"Now that Trader Joe’s opened, I don’t have to go to Whole Paycheck."
What Is It?
Whole paycheck - Whole Foods
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What Spring Sing emcee went on to become president of the United States?
Answer
Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan emceed Spring Sing in 1952. Later, of course, he was elected president of the United States.
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Which winner of the Nobel Prize in physics spoke at UCLA in 1932?
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Albert Einstein addressed an overflowing crowd in Royce Hall on February 15, 1932, elucidating his latest thinking on his theory of relativity.
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In 1965, the NCAA champion and preseason No. 1 pick UCLA men's basketball team played its first game in Pauley Pavilion. Who did the team play and who won?
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Pauley's opening game saw UCLA's NCAA championship team lose to its own freshman squad, 75-60. Next »
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In defense of the champions, though, the winning freshman squad included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar '69, Lucius Allen and Lynn Shackelford '69. Pauley officially opened with a UCLA victory over Ohio State, 92-66.
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Can you name the date, opponent, score and coach of UCLA's first Rose Bowl victory?
Answer
On Jan. 1, 1966, Coach Tommy Prothro and the Bruins defeated Michigan State 14-12 in UCLA's first Rose Bowl victory.
UCLA Slang
"I just shot you in the face with my zombie character. Pwned!"
What Is It?
Pwned - I got you (interjection).
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Who was Josiah Royce, Royce Hall’s namesake?
Answer
Josiah Royce, a California-born philosopher, received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1875 and earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. Next »
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A professor at UC Berkeley and Harvard, Royce published 13 books and some 200 articles and reviews. At Harvard, his colleagues included Ernest Carroll Moore, UCLA’s first provost. Next »
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UCLA’s first dean of the College of Letters and Science, Charles Rieber, was a graduate student under Royce.
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In what year did the first class graduate from the UC Southern Branch’s College of Letters and Science?
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1925.
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Along with “Pomp and Circumstance,” the commencement program often includes UCLA’s alma mater, “Hail to the Hills of Westwood.” Do you remember the lyrics?
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Hail to the hills of Westwood,
To the mighty sea below;
Hail to our Alma Mater,
She will conquer every foe. Next »
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For we’re loyal to the Southland,
Her honor we’ll uphold;
We’ll gladly give our hearts to thee,
To the Blue and to the Gold.
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What is the English translation of the motto that appears on the official UCLA seal?
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“Let There Be Light,” from the Latin motto Fiat lux.
UCLA Slang
"We decided to ghost ride the whip down Wilshire last night."
What Is It?
Ghost Ride the Whip – To slow down a car and have all the passengers exit and dance alongside as it moves down the street
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What’s a fourragère, and what does it mean?
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A fourragère is a loop of braided cord worn at the shoulder. Used by the military and many universities, it signifies that the wearer has been singled out for special distinction. Next »
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At UCLA, the gold fourragère, recognizing academic achievement, is awarded to the top 15 percent of bachelor’s degree candidates each quarter. It is worn on the left shoulder at Commencement. Next »
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The blue-and-gold fourragère designates the Chancellor’s Service Award given in recognition of community service. It is worn on the right shoulder at Commencement.
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In what year did the UC Regents establish the master’s degree at UCLA?
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1933.
UCLA Slang
"I can't believe they intentionally lost their badminton match to get better seeding. smh"
What Is It?
smh - Shaking my head.
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