The scene is replayed in college basketball arenas all over the country: Fans rushing the court to celebrate with their team after a big win.
But leave it to UCSB to do it differently last Friday.
The Gauchos rushed their fans, climbing into the Thunderdome's student section after the final buzzer to revel in their first win ever over Cal.
Far into our area's past, a key to transportation and contact with the outside world for Californians was by sea. As Richard Henry Dana described of his visit to Santa Barbara in "Two Years Before the Mast," sailing ships anchored off shore and then put small boats over the side to row to shore.
Years later, the building of piers and wharfs became the key to successful visitation and trade.
Until the advent of the railroad and easily traversed highways, More»
No, this is not an announcement for the new high school edition of the classic sit-com, "Friends," with Joey as the class clown, Monica as the class slut, Chandler as the class nerd, etc. Nor is "The Movie" being made.
This is about the impact teen friends have on our teens. Let's face it, that impact can be more powerful than whatever dads or moms have to say. More»
Caller: "Yes, I am a teacher at Columbine High School, there is a student here with a gun, he has shot out a window I believe um "
Dispatcher: "Columbine High School?
Caller: "I don't know what's in my shoulder, if it's just some glass or what. OK."
Our lackluster economy, replete with budget cuts, appears to take its toll on everything, including wildlife.
Brown pelicans were finally taken off the federal endangered species list in 2009 after 39 years of slow recovery. They had been reduced to extremely low numbers from the effects of the pesticide DDT in the food web.
Fish such as sardines and anchovies had ingested minute amounts of DDT in their tissues as they fed. More»
Want to do more? Get more done? Have more time? Then the trick is to maximize your magic 20. What's your magic 20? You already know what it is. The hard part is getting out of your own way and doing what you do best when you are at your best.
Many of us know the Pareto Principle, where 80 percent of results come from 20 percent of effort. More»
"It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it."
Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862
War is hell! We know that. There is no debate. Although we would all like to believe that the war is over for the brave men and women once they return home, for many it is upon returning home when the harshest battles begin. Rigorous and exhaustive training prepares our troops for warfare, More»
Wildfire in the chaparral (brush land) on the south flank of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara or on parts of the Riviera Hills or Mesa Hills that moves into urban areas above is capable of destroying hundreds of homes in a matter of a few hours.
It is not impossible that a wildfire could move from the chaparral through the city, causing a true catastrophe. More»
December weather may loom, but that doesn't mean South Coast residents have to pack away their gardening tools and forgo the lively flavors of homegrown veggies. Luckily for locals, the temperate nature of the region's winters offers suitable growing conditions for a number of cool-weather crops, including crispy greens and earthy roots.
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa), which tends to fry in the summer sun, fares better during the cool, (hopefully) damp winter months. Sow such seeds as Romaine, bibb, More»