Articles written by: Chris Benham

Opinion

“When the Government Puts the Interest of the Few Above the Interests of the Many, It’s Time for a Change”

A long, long time ago a group of guys got together to solve a problem they all had: mainly, they weren’t making enough money. They were all hardy, entrepreneurial folk blessed with a classical liberal arts education, a strong work ethic and the wealth necessary to put it into play. […]

Opinion

Fifth-Years Know Best: Get Your Ass Off the Curb, Freshman

Well … After four years of sweaty adolescent suffering you’ve made it. Congratufuckinglations, and welcome to UCSB. Welcome to a university so totally awesome that even today the occasional moron will call it “The Harvard of The West,” not realizing that, in fact, comparisons to Harvard only make Harvard look […]

Opinion / Staff Editorial

Who Knows What Awesomeness Hides in the Mist?

I like Isla Vista in the fog. People whisper and walk deliberately. Loud music gets muted, and streetside joint smoke disappears like it never was. In the dark, even the bros take off their imitation Ray-Bans for fear of walking into a hidden street sign. Particles of mist whirl around […]

Opinion / Staff Editorial

The Real World: Ready or Not, Here It Comes, Seniors

A while ago, when I was a much wilder and uncivilized version of the gentleman scholar that I am today, I found myself stranded in Lima, Peru for two weeks. I’m not particularly sure how or why, because Lima is not by any measure a particularly interesting or beautiful city, […]

Opinion

A Little Neighborly Kindness Goes a Long Way in Isla Vista

I was walking home late one Friday night when I was stopped by a crying girl. Instantly I was suspicious. Before college, it seemed like girls cried all the time; if you made fun of their hair or forgot an anniversary or if there was a potential pregnancy — there […]