False Confessions and Your Right to Silence

    Michael Lyons explains your best course of action when faced with dubious questions from law enforcement

    Weekend Warriors: First Weekend Back

    A pictorial overview of the past weekend’s happenings.

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    Should the Next Xbox Require Constant Internet Connection?

    Rumors have been circulating that the next Xbox will always require an Internet connection to use the console. These rumors resulted from twitter posts made by a creative director at Microsoft Studios named Adam Orth. He publicly tweeted that he didn’t understand “the drama around having an ‘always on’ console” and hammered in his tweet […]

    Right Said: Giving Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act the Boot

    Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder. The case concerns Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which stipulates that particular areas of the country that do not meet a certain threshold for minority participation or have a history […]

    Hats Are Changeable; It’s The Head Beneath Them That Stays With You For Life

    I learned the difference between dissociative identity disorder and role-play in my first year at UCSB. My freshman roommate, who declared in psychology during Zero Week, went a long way to help me understand. One day, early in our first quarter, he came back from class breathless; his bike ride had been into the wind […]

    Alumn Pleads: “Mark Massari, tear down that sign!”

    On behalf of the tens of thousands of UCSB students who transformed our Campus Events Center into one of the loudest, most raucous places to watch a college basketball game in the mid ’80s through the late ’90s, we ask UCSB Athletic Director Mark Massari to tear down the Thunderdome sign and rename the venue […]

    To the Lady Elephant: Think Before You Trumpet

    The Lady Elephant’s article published Friday, Nov. 30 reminded me of an important truth: Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but that does not mean all opinions are created equal. Let’s start with the Elephant’s generalizations. She seems to believe all communication majors are rich girls in yoga pants who are too ‘cheap,’ or perhaps […]

    Why the “Fucking Fag” Faces Homophobia (A Response to Last Week’s Letter, “Why A “Fucking Fag” Has Had Enough of the Homophobia in Isla Vista”)

    It’s a paradox really. To have one of the most gay-friendly campuses in the UC system, with numerous programs dedicated to, and for, the support of the LGBT community and then less than a 20-minute walk away have a community where anti-gay slurs are commonplace. It makes me think of São Paulo in Brazil, glimmering […]


    Globe Theater’s Simplified Hamlet is Refreshing

    Returning to UCSB after a hit performance and critically-acclaimed (cough, by me, cough) West Coast tour of A Comedy of Errors last year, the actors of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater graced Campbell Hall’s stage once again on Friday, Nov. 9, to perform Shakespeare’s metaphysical tragedy upon tragedy, Hamlet. Capable of capturing the essence of Elizabethan theater […]

    Prop 34: A Matter of Justice, Efficiency and Morality

    You’ve seen the signs and heard the arguments: vote for Lois Capps, yes on Prop 30, no on Prop 32. But what haven’t you heard? (Besides the obvious conservative argument, of course.) Where’s all the discussion on Prop 34? Perhaps it’s the fact that the economy trumps all other talking points thanks to our current […]

    Prop 37: Don’t Let Frankenfoods Scare You

    Like any student riding their bike to class, I am forced to see the mass of political signs along the bike paths. However one sign during this election season has caught me off guard: A sign asking voters to say yes to Prop 37, which wants to label genetically modified foods (GMOs). Now I have […]

    Men’s Lax Travels to San Diego

    The UCSB men’s lacrosse team will travel down to San Diego this Saturday to face San Diego State University for their second-to-last game of the regular season. The game will be at Westview high school in San Diego at 2 p.m. Last weekend’s win against Loyola Marymount brought the Gauchos’ record to an impressive 3-0 […]


    I still don’t know how I feel about “Secretary.” I can’t call it a bad film, because it wasn’t. I can’t say it wasn’t well acted, because it was. I can’t say it was badly written. I can’t really say anything negative. In fact, I know for a fact that there were sequences that I […]

    Track and Field Continues Season Play

    Last week, both the men and women’s track and field teams excelled at the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo, finishing in first place with respective scores of 141.5 and 98. The men’s squad took first in the 400m and 800m dashes, the 110m hurdles, the 3000m steeplechase, shot put and high jump. The […]

    Gauchos Dominated by No. 1 Baylor in First Round of NCAA’s

    The UCSB women’s basketball team experienced firsthand why Baylor is the No. 1 team in the nation this past Sunday when the Lady Bears handed the Gauchos an 81-40 defeat in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With the win, Baylor continues its campaign for a perfect record, improving to 35-0 overall on the […]