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UCLA Students Snapchat During School Lockdown

On Wednesday, June 1st, a murder-suicide took place at the UCLA campus. While news of the crime was still developing, students had little details as to what exactly was happening. This lead many to assume the worst and enter a state of panic as they faced something no one is ever prepared for. These UCLA students documented what it was like for them to live during this tragedy.

Bernardette Pinetta, 21, had no idea what was happening outside her dorm until she received a Bruin Alert.

The Bruin Alert is a system only available to UCLA students. UCLA’s Twitter accounts also kept students updated with information on the lockdown status.


Martin Quiroz, 21, was much closer to the crime scene.

Students who were on their way to campus, like Martin, were immediately turned away and directed to a safe area.


Artemis Chavez, 20, was headed to work near the engineering building. She didn’t think anything abnormal was happening until she started receiving orders from police.

She explains what scared her most was when cops started yelling “get down, get down!”


She was immediately taken to a safer space.

Students had to make sure no one got through the doors.


Students naturally couldn’t help but imagine the worst.

In May 2015, a shooting near the UC Santa Barbara campus occurred where four people, including two students, were injured.


Like “what if they come to the dorms?”

Bernardette is a resident advisor for her dorm. Her biggest concern was making sure all her residents were safe. She reached out through various platforms like Facebook and texts.


Martin, who is also an RA, started messaging friends to let them know this was a serious threat, and they needed to take precautions.

He made it a point to tell friends and tenants there was an “active shooter.”


On the other hand, Bernardette made sure she talked to her mom to keep her from freaking out.

Out-of-state relatives were more worried than her parents, who live in LA, because they weren’t receiving immediate updates.


Because after watching the news, UCLA moms and family members had a million questions.

“The first thing [my mom] told me was how close are you to this Boelter thing?”


Others chose not to reach out to parents…

To keep them from worrying in case they hadn’t heard the news.


Fear really started setting in when they realized their doors don’t lock.

“Oh my goodness, we’re in a room that can’t be locked.”


Most doors in classrooms don’t lock and they open out, so they can easily be opened from the outside.

Students started improvising to keep any intruders out.


Students started piling desks against the wall and tying the handles with belts to try to prevent doors from opening.

Martin also told us people were tying belts around doorhandles to keep doors shut.


Fortunately, Bernardette, Martin and Artemis are safe.

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UCLA will hold a vigil to commemorate the victims of this shooting.


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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

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Social media challenges are everywhere and some of them are super fun. However, J.Lo’s attempt to create a social media challenge for the anniversary of her song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.” The challenge has drawn more trolling responses than genuine and here’s why.

J.Lo was probably expecting a different reaction to #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

J.Lo’s song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” was released 20 years ago and it was a very important moment in Latino pop culture. We all know the song by heart and if you say you don’t then you aren’t being honest. Yet, J.Lo’s way of trying to celebrate the song’s release is, well, bizarre. We should keep in mind that we are dealing with an ongoing pandemic and it is winter, but J.Lo wants you to find a beach, walk around, and through your clothes and jewelry everywhere?

In fact, one of the responses questioning the challenge has more likes than the original post.

J.Lo literally just walked on the beach and threw her jewelry and clothing around. Like, what is happening here? There are so many questions right now and the text of the original tweet offers no real guidance. How is this a fun challenge?

@_nellerita makes a good point. We don’t have valuables that we can just throw around for a social media challenge. Most challenges involve dances, which gives a set parameter of what to do. This is just too open ended and, quite frankly, a wild concept.

Legit, people have a lot of questions about what is happening with the challenge and the tossing of jewelry.

A lot of people don’t have jewelry just laying around, tbh. We might have an Apple watch that is the only real thing we wear but why would we throw it? It is clear that J.Lo was hoping to see people recreate the iconic scene of the music video when she stripped down to go into the water. While the moment is iconic, it is something that we are not super eager to recreate as we stay isolated during this Covid winter.

Overwhelmingly, this has been the reaction to the #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

Most of Twitter is just sitting there trying to figure out what exactly is going on with J.Lo and her challenge. We appreciate someone getting people involved and mobilized. We also want to see our people succeed. However, some things need to be thought out a little bit more than this social media challenge.

READ: J.Lo Posted BTS Super Bowl Footage And Shared Her Booty Shaking “Tutorial” With Shakira

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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