Hot Chip’s Funky Synthpop Comes Across Loud and Clear in ‘Why Make Sense?’

Kyle Roe Staff Writer Photo courtesy of Domino Recording Company Futuristic synthpop/alternative dance group Hot Chip just dropped their newest, highly danceable album Why Make Sense? on May 18, continuing their musical trek into Prince-style funk that they began with in their 2012 release of In Our Heads. The group glistens …

Disneyland Without the Lines: The Shallow, Theme Park Fun of ‘Tomorrowland’

Ethan Mendoza Staff Writer Disney’s new live-action adventure Tomorrowland is being called science-fiction, but that’s almost a misnomer.

Mobile Gear Solid: Konami Shifts Focus to Mobile Gaming

Janani Ravikumar Staff Writer Illustration by Silvia Quach, Staff Illustrator There was a time when it looked like the gaming company Konami was destined for success. They had a new Silent Hill game in the works, directed by Hideo Kojima (of Metal Gear Solid fame) and Guillermo del Toro in collaboration with …

Practical Magic: Effects in the Era of Digital Filmmaking

Marissa Perez Executive Managing Editor Illustration by Amairani Palacios, Staff Illustrator As technology has advanced, computer-generated digital effects have only become cheaper, more realistic, and overall better—but filmmaking still has an overwhelming reliance on practical effects, which are done on set rather than on a computer. Last week’s smash hit …

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Senate Discusses QComm Appointments, Library Construction

May 29, 2015 No Comments
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Gwendolyn Wu
Staff Writer

The newly appointed Associated Students Senate of the University of California, Santa Barbara failed to approve Queer Commission’s officer appointments and passed A Resolution for Queer Commission’s Appointments at the May 27 meeting, causing backlash and a veto of the resolution by President Jimmy Villareal.

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Hundreds Gather For Second Annual Memorial Paddle Out

May 27, 2015 No Comments
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Kelsey Knorp
Isla Vista Beat Reporter
Photo by Tiffany Wu, Staff Photographer

Students, Isla Vista residents, and other local supporters gathered by the hundreds at the beach bordering the University of California, Santa Barbara on Wednesday, May 27 for the second annual Memorial Paddle Out to honor the victims of the tragedy in IV on May 23 of last year.

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UC Regents Review Budget and Plan for Systemwide Reforms

May 27, 2015 No Comments
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Kelsey Knorp
Isla Vista Beat Reporter

The University of California Board of Regents held the final session of its monthly meeting at UC San Francisco on May 21 to discuss matters such as the California state budget and student food security, as well as hear testimonies on issues such as mistreatment of subcontracted workers and gun divestment.

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Refugio Oil Spill: Pipeline Company Had History of Safety Violations, Wildlife Affected

May 27, 2015 No Comments
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Gilberto Flores
National Beat Reporter
Photo courtesy of Andrew Westerman

An oil pipeline ruptured and sent thousands of gallons of crude flowing toward the ocean at Refugio State Beach on May 19, roughly 14 miles north of the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. The spill created an oil slick stretching nine miles along the pristine coastline, endangering wildlife and closing down beaches as they became covered with crude. Cleanup efforts continue as officials try to skim the ocean for oil, remove crude from soiled beaches, rescue affected wildlife, and find the cause of the spill.

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In Remembrance: Community Gathers on Anniversary of Tragedy to Honor Students’ Lives

May 27, 2015 No Comments
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Hector Sanchez Castaneda
Staff Writer
Photo by Leah Armer, Staff Photographer

University of California, Santa Barbara students, alumni, faculty and staff; along with local law enforcement, Isla Vistans, politicians, visitors, and family members of the tragedy’s victims—all gathered for a candlelight vigil at Storke Plaza on May 23 to remember and commemorate the lives of the six students who died in last year’s tragedy: George Chen, Katherine Cooper, Cheng Yuan “James” Hong, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, Weihan “David” Wang, and Veronika Weiss.

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UCSB Professors Give Historical Perspective on ISIS

May 27, 2015 No Comments
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Marissa Perez
Executive Managing Editor
Photo by Frances Castellon, Staff Photographer

“A historical perspective gives us the tools to reject the dangerous claim that ISIS is the inevitable outcome of Islam,” said University of California, Santa Barbara assistant professor Sherene Seikaly, during a talk entitled “ISIS: A Historical Perspective,” held on May 20 in Buchanan Hall.

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2015-2016 Senate and Executives Sworn In, Vending Machine and AB 3 Resolutions Introduced

May 27, 2015 No Comments
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Gwendolyn Wu
Staff Writer
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The 2015-2016 Associated Students Executive Officers and Senators were sworn in on May 21, at 1:54 AM, following the conclusion of the 2014-2015 AS Senate meeting.

The incoming Senate began their first meeting shortly after the swearing-in, introducing a number of bills and resolutions for the upcoming year. Among those were A Resolution to Re-Establish the School Supply Vending Machines Group Projects, authored by Off-Campus Senator Isabelle Ninh and On-Campus Senator Lacy Wright, and A Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill 3, authored by College of Letters and Science Senator Ashcon Minoiefar and Off-Campus Senator Louis Mariano.

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Hot Chip’s Funky Synthpop Comes Across Loud and Clear in ‘Why Make Sense?’

27 May 2015

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Kyle Roe Staff Writer Photo courtesy of Domino Recording Company Futuristic synthpop/alternative dance group Hot Chip just dropped their newest, highly danceable album Why Make Sense? on May 18, continuing their musical trek into Prince-style funk that they began with in their 2012 release of In Our Heads. The group glistens …

Disneyland Without the Lines: The Shallow, Theme Park Fun of ‘Tomorrowland’

27 May 2015

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Ethan Mendoza Staff Writer Disney’s new live-action adventure Tomorrowland is being called science-fiction, but that’s almost a misnomer.

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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

Takata Recalls 34 Million Vehicles with Defective Airbags

27 May 2015

Peter Crump Staff Writer In one of the largest automotive recalls in history, Japanese car parts manufacturer Takata has agreed to recall nearly 34 million defective airbags that have caused six deaths and over 100 injuries over the last several years. While Takata has consistently defended the quality of its airbags, …

30 Going On 13: Researchers Renew Youthfulness in Adult Brains

27 May 2015

Joanne Rhee Staff Writer It seems that every day we’re getting closer and closer to the fountain of youth—except this time it’s for our brains, not our appearances. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have found a way to revert brains to their former, youthful stage.