News in Brief: Nov. 8 to Nov. 14


Shomik Mukherjee
News Editor


A National Philanthropy Day event on Wednesday at Storke Tower will allow UCSB First, a University of California, Santa Barbara student division in the UCSB Division of Institutional Advancement, to showcase UCSB philanthropy efforts and announce the winner of the 2018 Senior Class Gift. As part of the annual gift, UCSB First runs a fundraiser for a specific entity on campus. The 2017 gift was awarded to Associated Students Food Bank, in the amount of $2,312.02.

Presidential historian and contributing editor at TIME Jon Meacham will speak at Campbell Hall on Thursday, an event that will cost just ten dollars for UCSB students to attend. Meacham has written for media publications for the past two decades and has published seven books about United States presidents.

The UCSB men’s basketball team began newly-hired head coach Joe Pasternack’s tenure with a 85-66 home victory over North Dakota State at the Thunderdome. Sophomore guard Max Heidegger logged 33 points and a game-high of eight three-pointers in the season opener. Pasternack previously coached at the University of Arizona, joining the Gauchos after former head coach Bob Williams’ contract was not renewed following a 6-22 start to the 2017-18 season. Williams concluded his stint at the helm of the Gauchos with a 307-238 record.


El Sitio, the Isla Vista Mexican restaurant that closed before the 2017-18 school year, will “reopen its doors” for just one day, as the Kappa Chapter for Gamma Zeta Alpha fraternity at UCSB will host a fundraiser Thursday at the restaurant’s former location on Pardall Road. The proceeds will go to outreach programs that bring “low income, first-generation” high school students to UCSB, according to a Facebook page for the event.

A year after a 2016 ballot tax failed, leaving the Isla Vista Community Services District (CSD) without a real source of funding, the CSD will host an open house Saturday at its meeting place at the I.V. Community Room to brainstorm long-term solutions to its financial situation. The event, titled “Better IV For You and Me,” will host discussion among community members to think over ways the CSD can find a permanent revenue source.


Fifty percent of registered voters in Santa Barbara turned in ballots in the city’s mayoral election, Noozhawk reported, leading to democrat Cathy Murillo securing the title of Santa Barbara’s next mayor. Murillo finished with nearly 7,000 votes, good for 28.4 percent of the vote and steadily ahead of runner-up Frank Hotchkiss — the ballot’s only republican — who received 5,025 votes.

“Immigration — what’s the current situation in Santa Barbara?” A panel of speakers will attempt to address that very question Wednesday at the Santa Barbara Public Library downtown. The forum purports to provide updates about “immigration actions and policies currently in place,” according to a Facebook page for the event. Websites live-streaming the event will provide Spanish language translations, according to the page’s description.


A gunman killed at least four and wounded ten others in an unincorporated Northern California community before police shot him down. The shooting occurred near Rancho Tehama Reserve, a community with a population of 1,500 people. Two of the injured individuals are children, the New York Times reported.