The Return of Pied Piper: ‘Silicon Valley’ Looks to Innovate and Diversify in Season Two

Ethan Mendoza The second season of HBO’s tech sitcom Silicon Valley began earlier this month, adding another gem to HBO’s brilliant Sunday lineup, which includes Game of Thrones, Veep, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show’s eight-episode first season was strong, if a bit uneven, and creator Mike …

Sizing Up The Superheroes of Television

Amy Chase Illustration by Amy Chase, Staff Illustrator It’s no secret that comic book culture has slowly risen its way to power in modern media. Between the powerhouse production of superhero movies and the publication of monthly comic serials, hundreds of stories have been told about the most classic characters. …

Through the Looking Glass: How Found Footage Films Might Be Best Left Unfound

Thea Cabrera In this new era of social networking, micro-budget filmmaking, and the proliferation of front-facing cameras, someone had to come along to combine these three. Out of this brief flash of genius, the Found Footage style of filmmaking was born. And, regardless of opinions, this genre is undeniable.

“And the Award for Worst Awards Show Goes To…”

David Wills Staff Writer Illustration by Carrie Ding, Staff Illustrator Only on an MTV awards show would The Fault in Our Stars win the award for “Movie of The Year.” Last week, MTV aired the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, handing out awards to all of 2014’s greatest films and actors; …

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Live Coverage and Results of the 2015 AS Elections

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Isabelle Geczy

News Editor

As follows are the results from the 2015 Associated Students elections at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Evicted Families Secure Compensation Through Settlement

April 22, 2015 No Comments
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Kelsey Knorp
Isla Vista Beat Reporter

The Isla Vista Tenants Union announced last week that its campaign to secure financial compensation for the six families evicted from apartment complex Abrego Villas last summer has succeeded, by way of an out-of-court settlement between the tenants and landlord Majestic Asset Management.

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International Edition: 700 Shipwrecked in Mediterranean, Europe’s Immigration Crisis

April 22, 2015 No Comments
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Gilberto Flores
National Beat Reporter

Hundreds of would-be migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea after their 70-foot-long boat capsized about 120 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa on April 19. With only 28 survivors and up to 670 feared drowned, the incident is the largest migrant sea disaster in history. The growing death of migrants trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean points to a larger immigration issue facing Europe and the effects of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Isla Vista Flea Market Offers Deals, Community Building

April 22, 2015 No Comments
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Thea Cabrera Montejo
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Through devoted social media marketing, Senga Park coordinated a humble yet successful Isla Vista Flee Market on Saturday, April 18. The second-year student at University of California, Santa Barbara wanted to create an opportunity for the community of Isla Vista to purchase or sell second-hand goods.

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Q&A with Joseline Garcia, Independent Candidate for Student Advocate General

April 20, 2015 No Comments
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Interview Conducted by Gilberto Flores

National Beat Reporter
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Why do you want to be the next Student Advocate General (SAG)?

I’ve been asked this question a couple of times already. So I’ve seen the office throughout the years and how it’s worked as an outside observer and I value a lot the work that the office does. I believe that case work and the opportunity to work one-on-one with students is something very unique in comparison to the other offices and I believe that it gives you the opportunity to create individual change which I believe is extremely important and that’s one of the reasons why I’m running for that–to continue that work. And another reason I’m running for it is because, like, my skills and my experiences can bring back, can bring the the advocacy to the student advocate general’s office. I feel like my experiences are very different, however, I think that those experiences are very much needed in an office, especially right now where so many things are going on in terms of tuition hikes where mandatory pell grants are being cut and 9.5 million students depend on that program and where sexual assault and rape culture is such a big problem here on our campus and out in IV and our institution’s judicial affairs they’re doing very little about it and they’re not enforcing their policies so I feel like to actually combat these issues and to do something about it you need someone who has been a student organizer for the past three years here in Santa Barbara who has worked with the National Student Association of the country and has been trained by grassroots leaders how to organize, how to put out demands, how to get the things that you want in order to better the experiences of students here in college because we are paying tons of money for something that is a right and not a privilege. And so I think that my experiences would be very beneficial for how tense things are right now.

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Q&A with Anais Zalala, Independent Candidate for Student Advocate General

April 20, 2015 No Comments
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Interview Conducted by Gilberto Flores

National Beat Reporter
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Why do you want to be the next Student Advocate General?

I want to be the next Student Advocate General because I really love helping students. My sophomore year when I first applied for the office, I applied with just the interest, you know, “I haven’t really done anything my freshman year. I want to get involved some way.” I thought I wanted to go to law school and so I applied for the Office of the Student Advocate. Little did I know that I was actually going to find what I considered the place for me. I build really strong relationships with the staff, and they’re all so friendly and I learn so much from all of them…I found that I was really good at what I did. I was able to help students, I was able to learn from everybody–the Student Advocate General, the Chief of Staff, even all my coworkers, the other caseworkers in the office. So I just really want to keep helping students in any way. I have some really great plans, things I’ve already started working on, since I have been working in the office for two years. Because I have been working in the office, I have seen how we have had some setbacks, like with the resignation of Bailey Loverin and we didn’t have a Student Advocate General during Fall quarter, so my coworker and I kind of acted as unofficial Student Advocate Generals. [We] kind of ran the office together, and that’s when I really learned what it took to be an executive. Then Ethan got elected and we have been working on some really great stuff, and I just really want to keep doing what I do.

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Q&A with Brandon Morse, Free Thinking Patriots Candidate for External Vice President for Local Affairs

April 20, 2015 No Comments
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Interview Conducted by Mathew Burciaga

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What do you think the EVPLA could have done better this year?

First of all, I’d like to say that I have a lot of respect for the EVPLA, but I definitely think he tempered his message in areas he really shouldn’t have. A few areas–AB 3, definitely. I think that we are losing opportunities right now: we have momentum for representation in the area. There is not only support from the local community but we’re also gaining support in Sacramento. I think that some of the concerns that have been raised against cityhood have some validity to them, but I think they can all be addressed relatively easily. We’re an institution of higher learning; we should be able to think outside of the box on some of these things. I think that [the EVPLA’s] response to Deltopia and Halloween as far as the relationship between the UC and the sheriff’s department–while a step in the right direction–was lacking substantially. I think that allowing our community to be placed under martial law like it was is a poor reflection on his ability to come up with solutions that are based in rationality and logic–that are student-based solutions. I think it’s easy to go to the Board of Supervisors or go to the sheriff’s department and rely on their experience. I believe I have a substantial amount of experience working with the County Board of Supervisors and the sheriff’s department. I would not have allowed the MRAP. I would not have allowed the martial law: the fences, the horses. I would not have allowed that to happen in that community. To his credit, there’s limited power that the EVPLA has in directly challenging that, but I think that one of the biggest powers that the EVPLA has is organizing the student body and community of Isla Vista, which he didn’t quite do as good of a job in that respects.

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The Return of Pied Piper: ‘Silicon Valley’ Looks to Innovate and Diversify in Season Two

22 Apr 2015

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Ethan Mendoza The second season of HBO’s tech sitcom Silicon Valley began earlier this month, adding another gem to HBO’s brilliant Sunday lineup, which includes Game of Thrones, Veep, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show’s eight-episode first season was strong, if a bit uneven, and creator Mike …

Sizing Up The Superheroes of Television

22 Apr 2015

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Amy Chase Illustration by Amy Chase, Staff Illustrator It’s no secret that comic book culture has slowly risen its way to power in modern media. Between the powerhouse production of superhero movies and the publication of monthly comic serials, hundreds of stories have been told about the most classic characters. …

Multimedia

Creative Culture Block Party

24 Apr 2014

Creative Culture Block Party

The Student Resource Building at UC Santa Barbara held its first ever Creative Culture Block Party on Friday, April 17th.  Student artists and performers were given the opportunity to display their works, ranging from drawings, photography, songs, dance, spoken word, and other media, which was funded by the Micheal D. …

Record Store Day

23 Apr 2014

Record Store Day

On April 17th 2014, Record Store Day was celebrated across the US and internationally. Started in 2007, it celebrates vinyls and the culture of independently owned record stores. Video by Crystal Chen Music by: Tommy Tutone – Jenny

UCSB Celebrates Holi

23 Apr 2014

UCSB Celebrates Holi

UCSB Indus, a group that aims to increase cultural awareness of South Asian culture on campus, celebrated Holi, the South Asian festival of colors, on Sunday Apr. 13 2014. UCSB Indus strives to bring students together for a time of celebration and fun to kick in the spring. Pooja Pujara …

Technology

UCSB Engineer Develops New Material Using Geometry

22 Apr 2015

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Judy Lau Staff Writer University of California, Santa Barbara mechanical engineer Jonathan Berger has used geometry to design Isomax, a solid foam that is stronger, more efficient, and higher quality than other materials currently on the market.

Mosquitoes in Goleta Test Positive for West Nile Virus

22 Apr 2015

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Janani Ravikumar Staff Writer According to Santa Barbara County’s Public Health department, mosquitoes collected at Lake Los Carneros in the city of Goleta have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first time a mosquito pool has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Santa Barbara County since …