Posted by John T. Reed on Sep 14, 2018
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My UCSB son never lived in Isla Vista. He went to a party there once and someone broke off his car side mirror for the fun of it.
If UCSB wants a serious academic reputation I think they should buy Isla Vista and end its current Lord of the Flies existence with something, anything else. UCSC arguably has a similar problem with pot and such. I doubt the people who run the UCs would ever so the slightest thing that would displease students who are culture war volunteers.
Yes, I earned a doctorate in European history at UCSB eons ago. There are first-rate faculty there, but the I.V. “lifestyle” and its reputation continues to degrade the value and caliber of the university’s academics. Until I.V. is gone or radically transformed as a student community, UCSB will never be a serious academic challenger to UCLA in the eyes of most people.
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