The Dalai Lama will visit UCSB for the fourth time on 4/24, the university announced last week. This will be his first visit since the school established the Dalai Lama Chair in Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies in 2001. The exiled Tibetan leader will deliver two public lectures during the visit, his only one scheduled for Southern California in 2009. Tickets go on sale 12/6. (/dalai1120)
The University of California Student Association reported that the 11/4 election saw an enormous increase in UC student voters. At UCSB, 81.5 percent of students voted, making it the official winner of the Ultimate College Bowl, a national competition to increase college-student-voter turnout. For winning, the campus will hear rock band Death Cab for Cutie and Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy play a free show, the logistics of which are still being hashed out by UCSB officials.
The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Public Life at UCSB and Santa Barbara’s Nonprofit Support Center have jointly created a new internship and public service program. Ten UCSB juniors and seniors will be selected to participate. They will earn class credit while performing public service with one of the nearly 900 nonprofit organizations in the area.