Unmasking Isla Vista: University & Students

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09 August, 2021

KCSB News and Sports · Unmasking Isla Vista: University & Students

In episode two of our series, Unmasking Isla Vista: University & Students, KCSB’s Ashley Rusch and Daily Nexus reporter Sindhu Ananthavel narrow in on UC Santa Barbara’s response to four major topics: academic dishonesty, mental health, international students, and housing.

We speak with Geo Lucero, the 2021-22 Student Advocate General and former Internal Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Student Advocate, regarding the university’s response to academic dishonesty during the pandemic. UCSB Communication professor Walid Afifi offers insight into student mental health; we explore mental health from an international lens, highlighting the perspectives of UCSB graduate Tianyi Huang, an international Chinese student, and External Vice President for Statewide Affairs Esmeralda Quintero-Cubillian. Additionally, we speak to Billy Jankowski, the Associate Director for Residential and Community Living, discussing housing turbulence here in Isla Vista.

Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive is accessible as both a Daily Nexus article and a KCSB newsletter. You can find new articles and podcast episodes at dailynexus.com/unmasking-isla-vista/

Stay tuned for episode three of our series! Next week, KCSB’s Yulene Teagle and the Daily Nexus’ Atmika Iyer examine the efforts of UC Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Public Health Department in mitigating the spirit of the coronavirus in Unmasking Isla Vista: Testing & Vaccines.

An enormous thank you to those who contributed to Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive.

KCSB Journalists: Alexandra Goldberg, Daniel Huecias, Pia Ramos, Ashley Rusch, Yulene Teagle, and Jennifer Yoshikoshi

Daily Nexus Journalists: Sindhu Ananthavel, Atmika Iyer, Holly Rusch, Asumi Shuda, and Katherine Swartz

Daily Nexus Videographers: Evan Cacatian and Juliana Zappitell

Daily Nexus Artists and Graphic Creators: Hannah Appel, Noelle Chan, Luca Disbrow, Emerson Domingo, Natalie Fiorindo, Daniella Gomez, Alex Rudolph, and Kelly Yan

KCSB Artists: Madeline Miller and Shirley Wang

Daily Nexus Photographers: Pia Ramos and Kaiyi Yang

Thank you for listening!