UCSB Ranked No. 6 in Public Schools, No. 30 in Colleges Nationwide in 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges Ranking

The university jumped one spot in the public university category and four spots in the national university category compared to last year’s rankings.
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Wildfire Smoke Triggers Santa Barbara County Air Quality Alert

Particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns — known as PM2.5 on the rating scale — is most affected by the smoke.
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SBSO Successfully Deploys Naloxone on Overdose Victim in Isla Vista

After determining that the man was suffering from an overdose, one of the deputies deployed naloxone shortly before paramedics arrived on scene.
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In Photos | With College-Linked COVID-19 Outbreaks Nationwide, Maskless Parties in I.V. Draw Hundreds to the Streets

Amid growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in I.V., the Nexus sought out to document the current state of partying during an average weekend in quarantine.
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Student Health Ramps Up Flu Shot Efforts For New UC-Wide Vaccine Requirement

The new mandate anticipates additional spikes in COVID-19 cases in the community, come fall, and an increased strain on UCSB’s — and the rest of the UC campuses’ — medical systems.
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Amid Backlash and Uncertainty, UC Regents Hold Heated Discussion on Future of TMT

Until July’s meeting, those for and against the Thirty Meter Telescope have rarely sat at the same table. 
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The “Uphill Fight that the Black Community in America has Constantly Been Fighting Towards”: UCSB and IV Community Speak on Black Lives Matter Movement

As protest headlines disappear from mainstream news, it remains unclear how the Black Lives Matter movement has changed, or will change, the community of Isla Vista and UCSB.
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UC Announces Influenza Vaccine Requirement For All Students and Employees Come Fall

This is the first time the UC has required the flu vaccine.
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In a Reopening Roller Coaster, Barber Shops Are Cutting Profits Thin

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Richie Ramirez said he has shuttered and reopened his barber shops three separate times, turning a profit for only six weeks out of the last six months. 
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In an Unwavering Fight Against Brain Cancer, a Gaucho’s Legacy Shines Through

Several of Raul Garcia's friends spoke to the Nexus about the ways in which he brings joy to their lives and why their friendships with him are everlasting.  
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Police Arrest Suspect For Breaking Into Vacant Isla Vista Apartment and Refusing To Leave

Donald Cameron was arrested on one count of burglary, vandalism and obstructing a peace officer. He is currently in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $50,000 bail. 
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California Hair Salons and Barbershop Services Permitted To Reopen Outdoors

Isla Vista barbershop services and salons such as Wanderlust Hair Studio, Richie’s Barber Shop and Campus Cuts Hair Salon can once again reopen under the new guidelines, albeit outdoors.
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Poke Theory SB Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Since learning that an employee tested positive, Poke Theory SB has begun operating under stricter cleaning protocols as a precaution, the manager said. 
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iV Menus Owner Sentencing Postponed To September

Galoustian’s sentencing will be based on the eight felony charges he pled guilty to in December 2019, two years after his initial arrest. 
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International Students Allowed To Stay In U.S. Following I.C.E. Policy Reversal

Under the previous guidelines, international students enrolled in only online classes would have either had to leave the U.S. or transfer to a U.S. university offering in-person instruction.
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