Girls vs. Boys: Selfies

If you are reading this, take out your cellular device and check how many photos you have. Now count how many of them are selfies. You probably know that a “selfie” is a photograph of yourself, taken by yourself. It's the self-portrait of the digital age. Many people take selfies in their spare time, me being one of them. Justin Denison, senior vice president of product strategy and marketing for Samsung, stated that people take an average of 25,000 selfies during their lifetime. Another cool fact is that the word "selfie" was named Word of the Year in 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, beating "twerk" and "binge-watch." The picture to your left is the famous Ellen Degeneres Oscar selfiethat was retweeted more than 1 million times on Twitter, breaking the previous record set by former president Barack Obama after his re-election. You can see A-list celebrities such as Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Peter Nyong'o,...
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2001 Isla Vista Car Massacre: What do we recall and why?

On the night of February 23, 2001 a horrific incident arose in the streets of Isla Vista. A UCSB student named David Attias was driving under the influence, ran over, and killed 4 students. To remember these 4 victims a small memorial was built on the side of Little Acorn Park, on Sabado Tarde Road, closest to where this incident occurred. If you were to just be walking by it, you would not notice that it was a memorial. For example, UCSB student, Gaby Islas, said she "never noticed this thing until today." Once walking up to it and seeing the names of the victims and their timelines, she recognized that it was a memorial. The memorial is in the shape of a circle with a mosaic rock right in the middle, surrounded by blue broken bits of plastic. There are plaques for each of the victims around the outside of the circle. The names of the students who were killed...
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La Cumbre: Memories That Last a Lifetime (Assignment #4)

Let me take you back to your senior year of high school. What mattered the most? Prom? Grad-night? Graduation? All of these things, I'm sure. However, the one long-lasting item that you and many seniors may have been eager to have was the yearbook. For the seniors who buy them, yearbooks function as a way to look back at their final year of school. All the memories made throughout the year are captured throughout the pages, and friends sign the back promising to "keep in touch!". Nowadays, yearbooks are typically associated with high school -- however, there was a time when yearbooks were a key aspect to colleges everywhere. Here at UCSB, La Cumbre was the long produced yearbook dating back 91 years from it's last production in 2011. It featured many similar aspects to modern-day high school yearbooks, including the sections for the dedication, academics, campus events, and seniors. However, yearbooks of the past -- such as the 1970 edition of La Cumbre -- went...
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