Famous Actor Gives Generous Donation to College

UCSB alum and Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas donated $500,000 to the College of Letters and Science as part of a $1 million endowment establishing the Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts chair for the university’s largest college. In addition to the actor’s contribution, the UC Presidential Funds gave a $500,000 donation that will be […]

Adam Sandler Entertains, Opens up to Students at Film Screening

Campbell Hall was filled to capacity last night for an advanced screening of Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, “That’s My Boy,” followed by a Q&A with comedian and co-star Nick Swardson. The sold-out screening of “That’s My Boy” left many students reminiscent of their childhood “Happy Gilmore” days — Sandler’s most renowned flick in the Happy […]

Police Respond to Bomb Scare, Sexual Assault Attempt in I.V.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to reports of an attempted sexual assault of a female early Tuesday morning and an unrelated bomb scare in the neighboring area shortly after. SBCSD personnel were dispatched to an apartment complex on the 6500 block of Seville Road at approximately 1:25 a.m., where a victim was allegedly […]

Newborns Help Boost Population of Local Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed two pairs of babies in the past three months to its golden lion tamarin and meerkat exhibits. The endangered tamarin species — named for their golden coats and “lion-like” facial expressions — is native to southeastern Brazil and threatened by deforestation. The exhibit, opened in 1983, houses three adults — […]


Local Publication Throws Funky Music Fiesta

UCSB’s WORD magazine will host its first annual “WORDSTOCK Music Festival” this Sunday, featuring a lineup of local bands and Los Angeles-based DJs. The event will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Sea Lookout Park, colloquially known as “Dog Shit Park.” Admission to the festival — which will include an art installation, […]

City To Add Electric Vehicle Outlets to Local Lots

The Santa Barbara City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to install six modern electric vehicle charging stations in three downtown parking structures for vehicles including the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. Coulomb Technologies will provide the city with six “ChargePoint” stations located in downtown parking lots Six and Seven and the Helena Avenue Lot. The program […]

Farr Discusses Students’ Concerns

Third District Supervisor Doreen Farr held an open meeting with UCSB students Tuesday afternoon to discuss her role in Isla Vista redevelopment and other local issues. The 3rd District Supervisor met with a small group of students around 2 p.m. in the Flying A Meeting Room of the UCen. Although the turnout was lower than […]

Author Pens Book About Life, Love in I.V.

UCSB alumnus Kyle Rutkin is a 27 year-old author from San Francisco who has written four books as well as a rap parody, “Pussywhipped,” which asserts that “of course Bride Wars is a motherfucking classic!” Not surprisingly, Rutkin thrived in Isla Vista from 2003 to 2007 and describes his third work, This is Your Heart […]

Activists Reveal Inmate Rights Issues

Local advocacy group Families ACT! and several community members gathered for a press conference yesterday outside the Santa Barbara County Jail to address the growing issue of inmates receiving inadequate treatment for psychological disorders. Members of Families ACT! — founded in 2007 after a series of Santa Barbara dually-diagnosed patients died in the winter of […]

Police Book Conman on Burglary Charges

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested 21 year-old Arkansas resident Mathew Brian Hensley on Wednesday morning for his alleged involvement in a recent string of Goleta burglaries. The SBCSD and Goleta Police Department issued an alert Tuesday morning warning residents in the Scripps Crescent Street area to be on the lookout for a thief […]

Locals Protest Passage of NDAA

Protesters gathered at Santa Barbara’s De la Guerra on Tuesday afternoon to testify before the Santa Barbara City Council in opposition to the controversial National Defense Authorization Act. President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law on Dec. 31, 2011, authorizing $662 billion in funding for various national security and defense programs during the 2012 […]

Bird Deaths Prompt Investigation

The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is investigating a series of attacks against wild pelicans that have taken place over the past month. The organization’s rehabilitative specialists examined six deliberately injured birds — euthanizing five and declaring another dead — and determined a human likely committed the attacks. Local animal care officials are issuing pelican […]

Cops Apprehend Student Suspected of Firebombing

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested 23-year-old UCSB senior Keith Keiper in connection with the Molotov cocktail attack on the Isla Vista Foot Patrol station on New Year’s Day. Keiper, who is believed to have acted alone, was arrested on Jan. 25 and pled not guilty to charges of felony arson of an inhabited […]

Police Confront Budget Constraints

The Isla Vista Foot Patrol station at 6504 Trigo Rd. has closed its doors temporarily and is seeking volunteers to work as desk clerks while the office’s usual attendant is unavailable. While IVFP deputies are still patrolling the streets of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara County Sherriff’s Department Public Information Officer Drew Sugars said the station’s […]

Police Department Institutes Free Emergency Alert System

The Santa Barbara Police Department has implemented an emergency notification service that provides local residents with free, real-time updates about local news via email and text message. The service began operating last week through the Community Information Service program Nixle, which is designed to efficiently circulate information to large audiences. Nixle publishes messages from four […]