“God will think we’re sinning!”
A voice yells out of the crowd, followed by loud booing and laughter at the first meeting of the quarter for Slugs in Fishnets, a student group providing UC Santa Cruz’s answer to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
A student-run organization formed in 1984, Slugs in Fishnets has taken a time-tested teenage ritual and made it more accessible for UCSC students.
The Santa Cruz City Council met Tuesday night to decide on the long-debated issue of the La Bahia Hotel Project. With a 5-1 vote, the council approved the proposal, with one member absent.
An enterprise in the works since 1994, the project will turn the historic La Bahia building, which is located opposite Main Beach near the Boardwalk, from low-cost housing into an upscale beachfront hotel.
As Earth Day 2009 quickly approaches, Santa Cruz is gearing up to celebrate the big day and uphold its reputation as one of the most environmentally aware cities in the world.
While Earth Day is officially celebrated every year on April 22, the city of Santa Cruz, Ecology Action and other nonprofit organizations will host several events this Saturday in the Benchlands at San Lorenzo Park on Dakota Street.
Fueled by the many recent occurrences of devastating gang crimes in Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) has created a new branch to tackle the heightened violence.
The launch of the new unit follows the creation of similar units devoted to gang activity in Watsonville and Salinas. The recent gang-related shootings in Oakland that made international headlines serve as just one illustration of the ongoing cycle of gang crime in the Bay Area.
When California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano first introduced Assembly Bill 390 — the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act — to legalize sale and personal use of cannabis in California, it was widely seen as a bombshell. However, AB 390’s promise to feed over $1 billion into California’s starving economy has gained surprising momentum, fueled by the recession and a need for more public revenue.
By applying a tax of $50 to every ounce of cannabis sold, Ammiano said, AB 390 would boost state funds and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts and resources toward more serious crimes. The bill seeks to strip away penalties for cultivation, distribution and possession of cannabis for adults 21 and over.
A passage from Acts 2:42 reads, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
The Acts 2 Christian Fellowship — simply known as A2 — has come to adopt and follow this idea since their conception over five years ago.
Toiling away under the harsh sun, with bandanna and welding gun in hand, Dana Ashton has spent most of her recent weekends in UC Santa Cruz’s metal shop. Tucked away at the Elena Baskin Arts Center, Ashton is welding together the mounting for her latest project, entitled “Unclothed.”
Of late, budget cuts have seriously put Ashton’s workspace, and many other unique campus facilities frequently used by students but largely hidden from the rest of the student population, in danger.
German politician Helmut Kohl once said, “I have been underestimated for decades. I have done very well that way.”
The same could be said about the UC Santa Cruz men’s baseball team, which is starting to get some of the recognition its success warrants. The team has spent numerous years unnoticed due to its status as a club sport and not an NCAA Division team.
The versatile Ari Shine, along with his wife and co-record company owner Adrienne Pierce, will return to his alma mater April 21 to play for the second time at the annual Earth Day College Night event hosted by Stevenson College.
Shine now lights up stages all across the globe and co-owns the boutique record company Bloomerang Records in Los Angeles. His work has been featured on the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “American Idol: Rewind,” “Next,” “L.A. Ink,” “The Hills” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” among many others. Shine’s roots, however, lie with the theater department of UC Santa Cruz.
For the UC Santa Cruz women’s tennis team, this has been a season that will truly make them or break them. After their tough 8-1 home loss to San Jose State last Tuesday, the team is 1-15 heading into two difficult games against Notre Dame de Namur and Cal State Stanislaus this weekend. However, all seven members of the team and head coach Erin Ness look at this season not as a failure, but as a valuable learning experience.