UCSB Works With NASA, Cal Tech For Robotics Engineering Contest

UCSB engineers are currently participating in a competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, commonly known as DARPA, which is searching for a robot that can successfully assist in common rescue efforts, such as in the case of natural disasters. The UCSB engineers are teaming up with members of […]

Health & Wellness Program Seeks Support for Services

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UCSB Health & Wellness Program is requesting a lock-in fee of $7.13 per quarter for undergraduate and graduate students to support their services including Dog Therapy Day, free massages and HIV testing and educational sessions on healthy eating, sex, relationships and positive psychology. Health & Wellness services are utilized by over 90 percent of UCSB […]

SB Offers Awesome Alternative to Coachella


This weekend, thousands will flock to Santa Barbara’s Live Oak Campgrounds for Lucidity — a three-day music festival featuring live music, including hip-hop duo Zion I — as well as art, workshops, organic food and much more. The festival calls itself “open-source” because many of its activities are interactive, as attendees are invited to actively […]

Assemblyman Proposes Bill to Exempt Textbooks From State Sales Taxes

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of the 33rd District of California has introduced the Textbook Tax Relief Act, Assembly Bill 479, which aims to exempt textbooks from any state sales tax in order to reduce the cost of higher education. Through freeing college textbooks from the additional 8 percent tax in Santa Barbara County, the act aspires […]

Summer 2013 Will See New Bookstore In Downtown SB


Granada Books, the first Santa Barbara-based independent bookstore to open in 20 years, is slated to open its doors this June in a building next to the Granada Theater on State Street. Despite the fact that many local bookstores have closed in recent years, owners Emmett McDonough and Sharon Hoshida are optimistic about their prospects […]

Student Group Holds Drag Show to Raise Funds for LGBTQIA Event

Last Thursday, the Queer Student Union hosted a drag show at the University Center Hub as an effort to raise money for the group to attend the 2013 Western Regional LGBTQIA College Conference. During the fundraiser, numerous drag performers lip-synced and danced to Top 40 songs, including tracks like “Diamonds” by Rihanna and “Beauty and […]

Shatner Brings Santa Barbara Into His ‘World’

“Star Trek” and “Boston Legal” fans alike gathered Friday night at the Arlington Theatre to see William Shatner perform his one-man Broadway show: “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.” Shatner goes where no man has gone before, taking the stage in Santa Barbara and electrifying a crowd of Trekkies with stories from both his […]

New Keystone Class Examines Immigrant Experiences

A newly offered senior capstone course at UCSB titled “Uncertainty Experiences Among Undocumented Immigrants in Santa Barbara County” explores the struggles implicit in the constant uncertainty experienced by undocumented immigrants in the Santa Barbara area. Taught by communication professor Walid Afifi, the class is a collaboration with organizations such as UCSB’s IDEAS, a club that […]

Goleta Skateboarding Movement Helps Create Interim Skate Park

The increasing popularity of skateboarding in Goleta, along with the efforts of the Goleta Skateboarding Movement, have led to the proposed design of a tempo- rary skate park in the city, which will become permanent if the structure generates enough interest. Formed in 2012, Goleta Skateboarding Movement is a nonprofit organization that seeks to support […]

Magic Lantern Screens Cult Classic Film, Hosts Director Q&A

UCSB Magic Lantern Films presented a screening of the romantic drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” last Friday at Isla Vista Theater, allowing student questions to be answered by the book’s author, screenwriter and director — Stephen Chbosky — during a Q&A session after the film. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a […]