MAT Puts on a Show
By Montecito Journal   |   June 28, 2022

The USCB Media Arts and Technology (MAT) Department held their End of the Year Show (EoYS) at the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology (SBCAST) for June’s 1st Thursday. The MAT Department is a “transdisciplinary graduate program that fuses emergent media, computer science, engineering, electronic music and digital art research, practice, production, and […]

Can We Just Write This Headline Tomorrow?**The College Application Process Procrastination is Real . . .
By Mentors 4 College   |   November 23, 2021

It’s midnight on the night before my son’s college applications are due and we’re huddled in his room editing his supplemental essays for 12 different colleges. Did I mention I was also eating an entire chocolate cream pie? I thought we had started far enough in advance to get these done early, but no, I […]


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Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   October 24, 2019

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