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The Diastema - Spring 2013

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2UCLA School of Dentistry | ASDA
“And the winner is…DENTISTRY!”
Screams of joy echoed o the walls
of the LA Tennis Center from a massive
group of ecstac dental students, led by2nd year Sports Chair Eric Mejia, as they
charged towards the podium to collecttheir prize: not a perfect NBDE Boards
score, but rather, a huge trophy engravedwith the coveted tle, Grad Games Cham
-
pions. Hugs, high-ves, and chants of “DRILL! FILL! KILL!” ensued shortly aer, as
students from all four dental school classesmarveled in their moment of glory. April4th was a night that many would not soon
forget. For the second year in a row, TeamDenstry reigned victorious in the UCLAGrad Games Tournament.Grad Games, a week-long tourna
-ment founded
in 2012 by
UCLA medical
students, ral
-lies studentsfrom many of UCLA’s gradu-ate programsto go head-to-head in a
friendly, yeterce, ath
-
lec compe
-
on. This
heated tourna-ment involves
ten sporng
events over aperiod of four nights. Sports range from
classics like ag football, basketball, andsoccer, to childhood favorites such asdodgeball and kickball. There are alsoindividual sports, such as track and rac
-
quetball. Points are awarded to each par
-
cipang grad school based on its team’sperformance in each sporng event; pointsare tallied at the end of the week to deter
-
mine the overall Grad Games champion.Spring quarter took o with a bang as
students from over 15 graduate schools
sprinted, spiked, and tackled their way to
-
wards a hopeful victory for their respecveschool’s team. The teams represenng the
dental school entered the 2013 tourna-
ment with a heightened compeve spirit.When it came to this year’s games, TeamDenstry let nothing stand in its way.
“Defending our championship was
denitely a priority,” stated Eric Mejia.“The compeon was so close last year
that literally every single person’s contri-
buon was essenal to victory. I especiallylike seeing the compeve edge come out
in the people you least expect it from.”
This year, Mejia collaborated with 1styear Sports Chair Erik Balinghasay to re
-
cruit players for every Grad Games sportevent, with some
events having twoor more teams
represented by
the dental school.A total of 69 den-tal students played in thisyear’s games. Despite
long days lled with labwork and paents, stu
-dents re-energized them-selves and threw on spir-
ited athlec gear, rushingto the intramural elds
or the Wooden Center to
catch their rst game of the night. Many students parcipated inmulple sports, with some occurring back-to-back on the same night!What made Grad Games so appeal
-
ing to the dental students? Perhaps it wasthat burning desire to pulverize the medi
-
cal school team, denstry’s biggest rivalin the compeon. Or, maybe it was therare opportunity to rekindle a former pas
-
sion in a sport. Or, maybe it was simply
the chance to escape from the stressful en-vironment of dental school to have somegood old-fashioned fun!
Whatever the driving force, the dental
school pulled away with several impres-
sive wins throughout the Grad Games, all
of which culminated in earning the overall
tle of Grad Games Champions. Arguably
one of the most rewarding endeavors was
the dodgeball event, in which denstrybarrel-rolled their way around an intense16-team draw while taking down three
medical school teams. The soccer event
turned out to be another equally impres
-
sive feat; the two parcipang dentalteams snatched rst and second place,leading to an excing all-dental nal show
-
down! Denstry also won 1st place inWomen’s Racquetball, Women’s Track, andKickball, and placed2nd in Football andBasketball.“Our greatest
advantage was that
we really knew ourstrengths and weak
-
nesses,” reected2nd year Gizelle Pera,
captain of the dental
school’s dodgeball
team. “While mostother teams onlyplayed the same peo-
ple for the enrety of a match, our dentalteams recruited enough people to be ableto substute players, so that everyone wasgiven an equal chance to play. I believeour combinaon of unselshness alongwith our athlecism was what drove us to
win the whole thing.”
For many parcipants, the Grad Games
fostered a strong sense of camaraderie
among the dental classes, and provided a
great opportunity to mingle with peoplefrom the other graduate schools. “It wasfun to meet upperclassmen and to [get to]
know some beer, as well as other gradu
-
ate students,” remarked Max Bachour, a
1st year dental student who played on the
ulmate frisbee, dodgeball, and kickballteams. In addion, fellow dental schoolclassmates who were not parcipangocked over to the courts to cheer on allof the teams, adding to the excitement of 
the games.
What’s in store for next year’s GradGames? Will denstry retain the tle fora third year? Our message to the othergraduate schools: GAME ON.
Dental students by day,champion athletes by night:
Team Dentistry takes Grad Games by storm
COVER STORY 
by Briany Ko (2015)
 
 
The
Diastema
 
Spring 2013
Vol.
9 Issue 43
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Cover Story: Grad Games...........................................................................2 ASDA President
s Address...........................................................................3 ASDA Lobby Day.........................................................................................
.....4
 ASDA Annual Session.................................................................................4-5First 5 LA.......................................................................................................
...
6Dental Education Outreach..................................................................7 Where is 2013 Going Next Year?............................................................
8-9
Hallmark of a Dentist..............................................................................10Remineralizing Chewing Gum...............................................................11 ASDA Core Buildup Day..............................................................................12Photos From ASDA Dental Olympics....................................................13Ode to the Crock Pot.............................................................................
.14Comic: Tired..............................................................................................15Editors
Note............................................................................................15
Comic: Just Another Day at UCLA SOD.................................................16
Hello, UCLA ASDA!As the 2012-2013 school year comes to a close, I would like to recap some of the events, men
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toring, and advocacy that UCLA ASDA has accomplished this past year. We successfully hosted ourannual events, such as the golf tournament, vendor fair, and Dental Olympics. Excing new eventswere also created this year, which I would like to highlight here.In the fall quarter, we hosted a social event for students from all four Southern California dentalschools (UCLA, USC, Loma Linda, and Western). It was held at Belasco in downtown LA, and over300 dental students aended! It was a great opportunity to network with students from neighbor
-ing schools.
In the spring quarter, we held the rst ever UCLA ASDA Core Buildup Day. It was a summit for pre-dental students, in whichwe gave advice about applying to dental school. We reviewed personal statements, held mock interview sessions, and providedfeedback on how students could improve their applicaons. The pre-dental students greatly appreciated our eorts.I am also very excited about a new UCLA ASDA project that is in the works: collaboraon with two non-prot organizaons,Homeless Not Toothless and with Meet Each Need With Dignity, to provide dental care to underserved populaons in the LAarea. Stay tuned for more informaon about these volunteer clinics!In recognion of our hard work, three naonal awards were presented to UCLA ASDA at this year’s Annual Session in At
-lanta:
Most Outstanding Acvies – 1st PlaceCommunity Denstry – 2nd PlacePre-dental Recruitment – 2nd PlaceWhile it has been a lot of hard work for everyone involved, I am thrilled with the results. I hope next year’s cabinet canconnue our projects and build upon what we have accomplished this year.I would like to thank the execuve cabinet: Lindsay, Salina, Jane, Jay, and Adrien–it has truly been a pleasure working withyou. Thank you to all the ASDA commiee chairs for your eorts; I really appreciate your hard work and the me that you putinto your posions. And nally, thank you to the enre UCLA ASDA community for your parcipaon and contribuons - youare what makes our chapter great!Sincerely,Barre NordstromUCLA ASDA PresidentUCLA School of Denstry, Class of 2014
ASDA President’s Address

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