To the UC Santa Barbara community,

It goes without saying that we are living in strange times. We are not the first to tell you this, nor will we be the last. That being said, we are also not the first to look beyond our current situation and hope for a better future. 

Associated Students elections, like just about everything else, are being carried out digitally this year. For those who may not know, A.S. elections give you — the students of UCSB — the opportunity to choose student representatives to serve in a governing body that controls millions of dollars in student funds. It is no small matter. 

In addition to voting for students to represent us in a political arena, A.S. elections also allow students to vote on student lock-in fees — either to reaffirm an existing fee or to create a new one. This year, the Nexus is among those up for reaffirmation. 

As a completely independent, entirely student-run newspaper, the Nexus relies on these lock-in fees to continue providing our community with factual, unbiased and timely coverage of events that matter to you. This allows us to remain independent from the university and to ensure that our content has absolutely no outside involvement. 

In these tumultuous times, the importance of free, independent journalism cannot be overstated. Our staff works around the clock to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings both on and off campus. We provide coverage on everything from the COLA strikes to the Cave Fires to happenings in Isla Vista. To continue informing and engaging with the community, we need your support.

We wholeheartedly encourage you to vote YES to reaffirm the Daily Nexus on G.O.L.D. from April 20 to April 23.

Sincerely, 

Hannah Jackson, 2019-20 Editor in Chief
Harper Lambert, 2020-21 Editor in Chief

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Hannah Jackson
Hannah served as the Editor-in-Chief from 2019-2020 and was previously Social Media Manager and Opinion Editor. She is a dancer, an avid napper and has killed every succulent she ever owned.
Harper Lambert
Harper Lambert is the Editor in Chief for the 2020-2021 school year and previously served as Opinion Editor. Long ago, she dreamed of becoming a child actor. She hopes it is not too late for her.