Quidditch Isn’t Just for the Wizards Anymore

Ask anyone under the age of 70 who Harry Potter is and you are bound to evoke conversation or at least an acknowledging smile, considering one of the biggest literary successes of the 21st century is hands down J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. With eight feature films, a theme park, an interactive website, tons of merchandise, and much more, Harry Potter has grown to be a phenomenon all its own. Even after the final book and film, the magical world of Harry Potter continues to captivate and inspire the muggle world, and the latest Harry Potter attraction has people riding on broomsticks and chasing after a Golden Snitch.

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Spotlight: UCSB Rowing

It’s generally assumed that great college athletes are built in the years before they enter universities, that becoming members of nationally recognized university sports teams requires years of detailed planning and training in high school. Yet one nationally distinguished UCSB sports team has managed to draw the gaze of countless rival intercollegiate teams throughout the country, demanding no prior experience from its recruits.

That team is the UCSB Rowing team.

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Gauchos Gallop Back to UCSB Campus for All Gaucho Reunion

On the morning of Saturday, April 27, the 6th annual Gaucho Gallop will take place on the UC Santa Barbara campus, in conjunction with the 7th annual All Gaucho Reunion. The day includes many exciting events including the Diogi Dog Dash, 5K and 10K runs, the Gaucho Challenge, and a Kids’ Dash. Although there are discounted fees for UCSB students, alumni, faculty and staff, these events are open to all members of the Santa Barbara and Goleta communities.

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Freshman Fifteen Fear

Gaining 15 pounds during freshman year is a fear many entering college have. It is no myth that many students start to gain weight, probably because of the sedentary lifestyles they begin leading at the start of their college career. In high school, lots of students lead active lifestyles. Whether it is varsity sports or whatever extracurricular physical activities Mom and Dad make you sign up for, many high school students are constantly in motion. However, upon entering college many high school athletes either do not have the time or do not have the skill to continue playing their sport at the University level.

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Instant IQ. Ace your next test with snacks that feed your brain

It’s 11:00 PM and you’re cramming for your 8:00 AM chemistry exam. That super hard one. And it’s the first time you’ve opened your textbook. You need an energy boost ASAP to get through three more chapters. All these molecules and equations and charts and little
numbers on the page are making you hungry. What munchies will you reach for to help you burn the midnight oil and ace that test?

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Be a Dorm Room Champ

You want to look good. We get it. But it’s cold outside, and the gym is a good 15 minute bike ride away. It’s late, you’re tired, and the thought of going to the gym sounds just as exciting as reading about different evolutionary anthropology theories. You want to relegate your workout to yet another evening and watch reruns on TiVo instead, but you can’t shake that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that’s telling you to get off your butt and move. You fear the dreaded freshman (or sophomore, or junior, or senior) 15. You also know that once you bike in the foggy cold all the way to the gym, it might be twenty minutes before someone decides to get off the elliptical and let you have a go. You are faced with a dilemma.

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Have Your Beer and Drink it Too

Close your eyes and try to imagine a world where six pack abs were a thing of the past and beer bellies were the new sexy look all the Hollywood celebrities were sporting. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Instead of spending hours sweating it out at the gym, we could spend hours at the bar with martinis in our hands.

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Meet Rec Cen Goer of the Month, Natasha Grant

Natasha Grant is a 3rd year Sociology Major at UCSB. Even though she is an employee at UCSB’s Recreation Center, she spends an extra couple hours there five days a week just to get her work out on. Here she reveals all about her workouts, the importance of fitness in her life, and tips on how to beat the freshmen 15.

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Goal Oriented: Coach Tim Vom Steeg and His Team’s NCAA Success

During the Fall quarter, UCSB’s Harder Stadium rings with the chant “Olé! Olé! Olé! Olé! Gauchos! Gauchos!” UCSB students as well as Santa Barbara residents flock to the stadium to watch their school’s favorite sports team, the men’s soccer team, triumphantly conquer another opponent. The team most recently earned the 2006 Division I title for the NCAA Championship. Their victory must be attributed, in large part, to their head coach, Tim Vom Steeg who has coached the Gauchos for eight seasons straight.

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