UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang was among a delegation of 12 U.S. college and university presidents who visited Japan, South Korea, and China earlier this month to recruit international students. The delegation was led by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Assistant Secretary of State Dina Habib Powell. Yang said that he hoped the visit fosters intellectual exchange and cultural enrichment. He refuted the idea that the motive was to improve the university’s competitiveness for research funding by recruiting science scholars.

For the second time in three years, the UCSB men’s soccer team has battled its way into the Final Four of the NCAA soccer tournament. Thanks to a hat trick of goals from junior midfielder Tyler Rosenlund, the Gauchos eked out a 3-2 victory Saturday night over Northwestern University. More than 9,500 screaming fans were on hand at Harder Stadium as the Gauchos continued their against-all-odds march toward a possible national championship (they began the season with a lackluster 7-6 record). The boys will be back on the pitch this Friday night in St. Louis, Missouri, when they take on the number two seeded Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University, with the winner headed to the national championship.

Concern about a taser gun incident at UCLA migrated to Goleta last week. At least one UCSB graduate student voiced concern about the incident, in which a UCLA campus police officer was filmed striking a passively resisting student with a taser five times in a row. In response, UCSB spokesman Paul Desruisseaux told The Independent, “We do not use or own tasers.” But some Isla Vista sheriff’s deputies are coming to the defense of the pain-inducing control devices. Last Saturday, for example, officers drew guns and tasers on parolee John Darren Dutton, 30, after watching the suspect climb through an apartment window wielding a large knife. According to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Mike Durant, the suspect “seemed to take note of the taser’s red light and immediately became compliant.”

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