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Posted on October 5 at 8:28 a.m.
Excellent article written by someone who actually lived in IV. While I believe that drinking is the main reason for most young girls getting themselves into a situation where they are vulnerable, one thing no one has discussed is the permissive environment in high schools. If you can believe the studies, more and more high school students are engaging in multiple sex partnerships. So when these kids hit college, I would venture to say that many young men rather expect young women to be as interested in "hooking up" as they are. Fueled by alcohol and unencumbered by parental oversight these situations are fairly common at parties no matter where they occur. Fraternity parties are not the only place where alcohol is available. In fact, I would say fraternities that have alumni overseeing their activities would have less of a problem. It was no different in the early 1960's in Isla Vista; we had plenty of parties with beer and hard liquor. If you were intoxicated and caught by campus police you were placed on probation. That was another era. By the way, most SBCC students living in IV come from out of the area - they are not local kids. The whole reason for staying local is to save money on room & board. The problem is that there is no housing provided by SBCC when they attract kids from abroad and from other places who want to transfer to UCSB. These out of the area students pay a higher tuition than local students and SBCC encourages more of them to come here.
On Sex and Rape in Isla Vista
Posted on August 12 at 10:38 a.m.
Walnut Park Lane is in the county not in the city of Goleta. This is a very sad tragic situation for this family and certainly scary for the immediate neighbors too. The neighborhood is in the Foothill School attendance area and I know many people who live close by. Very sad day indeed.
On Multiple Murder Victims Found in Home Near Goleta
Posted on May 29 at 12:08 p.m.
I forgot to make a comment about the politics of excluding Isla Vista in the City of Goleta. The reasons given by many residents of the county and the city of Goleta (a relatively new city by the way) is that local residents felt that the students in Isla Vista were too transient a population to be allowed to vote on local issues that affected local property owners. You can understand that is a concern because students wouldn't be affected by the consequences of their vote when they move away in a couple of years. I believe the university went along with the county on this issue.
On Isla Vista: The Unwanted Child
Posted on May 29 at 11:52 a.m.
I went to UCSB from 1960 to 1965, lived in the Alpha Phi sorority house off campus. After I graduated, my dad along with his 3 partners built a residence hall for freshmen boys off campus. I worked for the owners and knew all of the student-residents, one of whom was John Zant. At that time the Isla Vista landlords were mostly local Santa Barbara owners. Jack Schwartz, Jim Ventura, Richard Phinear were a few. In fact, Jack Schwartz lent his little office to the priest who first started to say Mass in Isla Vista. Because it was too small, Jack asked my dad if Dos Pueblos Hall would open its dining commons and it became the site to hold church services for the community before St. Mark's was built. I realize today it is quite different. I always said the university made a huge mistake not buying up the land adjacent to the university for housing and classroom buildings. However, maybe they could buy up apartment buildings closest to campus as they come up for sale. It might be the best investment they ever made. I am still active as an alum in my sorority so I visit Isla Vista often and see all the improvements being made. Hopefully the future for students will include more opportunities to demonstrate leadership off campus as well as on campus. Over the years I have met many mature and capable UCSB students, mostly female, who are so smart and have so much to offer. Isla Vista needs their help and I am sure if given a chance these young people will step up and provide it. UCSB is a terrific school and Isla Vista is a very unique place to live. I truly hope this tragedy does not overlook all the positives that happen in this little community. Don't forget that Kinko's was born in Isla Vista in 1970 and look what that wonderful hippy-looking kid Paul Orfalea accomplished!! There will be many more like him from UCSB I am sure.
Posted on June 30 at 9:51 a.m.
I was under the impression Sears owns the property the store is located on and that Macy's owns its property as well. They are not actually part of La Cumbre Mall management.
On Rick Caruso Takes Over Paseo Nuevo
Posted on October 1 at 1:45 p.m.
I was a senior in 1965 and knew Coach Curtis because he was my dad's partner in an off-campus residence hall known as Dos Pueblos Hall. John Zant would remember because he lived there as a freshman. Does anyone remember the universal gym in the weight room in front of the building? --It was built because Jack wanted a proper place for the team's training table and I believe the universal gym was the only one in Santa Barbara at the time. My husband survived throat cancer several years ago and I believe you will succeed in this fight too! Terry Spring Utterback '65
On UCSB Football, Circa 1967