I meet with a few fellow students each week to talk about writing and workshop our latest pieces. We usually meet in one of the study rooms in Rivera because it’s most convenient, and I can usually just reserve a room same-day online. Today, though, I went to reserve a room and found that they were all full, with bold black bars blocking out the names of entire rooms. I was momentarily surprised, and then I remembered:
We’re at the tail-end of Week 10, which means that Red Bull and Rockstar are seeing sharp increases in sales at UCR, and every Starbucks within five miles is being swarmed by dead-eyed students seeking Butterbeer frappuccinos. Oh, the humanity! Don’t worry, gentle Highlanders. We’ve got you covered with our five must-have finals week essentials.
It’s the running joke of my life: I’m allergic to everything. Chances are, if it’s delicious or inexpensive, it’s coated in gluten, dipped in shrimp, and deep-fried for a few hours. Luckily, my allergies have recently become trendy. Yelp exploded with “gfree” dining ratings in my hometown, but finding gluten-free food in Riverside was a struggle at first. Here are some food hacks for avoiding gluten without breaking the bank:
I hopped on the bus outside Getaway Cafe thinking that I was going to stop by Project Food for maybe an hour, long enough to talk to some volunteers then get out of the way before the event actually started. What actually ended up happening was four hours of talking to individuals in the community about all the amazing people who provide and benefit from the resources offered by the First Congregational Church of Riverside.
This past Wednesday I braved the rain and attended Comedy Apocalypse 9, a quarterly event hosted by KUCR and the Barn that brought three comedians for a night of inappropriate jokes and amazing food, all for the low price of 5 dollars! I knew what to expect because it wasn’t my first time attending this event, but for the three newcomers I dragged along with me, they were pleasantly surprised.
This quarter’s Apocalypse hosted Jerrod Carmichael, Beth Stelling and Hampton Yount. I know what you’re thinking: You don’t know any of these comedians, so why go? The first Comedy Apocalypse I decided to attend featured a comedian I knew from the Chelsea Lately roundtable, and after loving the comedians that opened for him, I decided it was an event worth watching again.
One of the amazing things about going to UCR is the availability of cultural and social resource centers. UCR is home to Chicano Student Programs, Native American Student Programs, Asian Pacific Student Programs, the Middle Eastern Student Center (the first of its kind in the UC system!), African American Student Programs, the Women’s Resource Center and the LGBT Center — alongside countless other clubs and organizations to meet the needs for our diverse student body.
Since freshman year in college, I’ve been involved with the Asian Pacific Student Programs. We have a ton of really great programs dedicated to spreading awareness of Asian American issues.