On January 17th, 2014 it was
declared that California was in a state of emergency caused by drought.
California’s Governor has asked all residents to reduce their water use.
Santa Barbara County has joined the State in declaring a drought
emergency and has asked for a 20% reduction in water usage.
Coinciding with the State’s and the County’s efforts, we ask you to
please be mindful of your water usage. We appreciate your personal
efforts in helping our community reduce our water use as a whole.
Here are some things to think about when you are using water, which can assist in our conservation efforts:
When brushing your teeth, don’t let the faucet flow. Use a glass of water for rinsing your teeth.
Wait until you have a full load of laundry before you do a load. You’ll save water, energy, and money for laundry.
One way to cut down on water use
is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to
rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of
Report any water related maintenance issues immediately to the Tropicana Front Desk.
Together we can conserve and extend Santa Barbara County’s limited water supply.
If you’re like me, nothing screams comfort more than a hot Starbucks drink on a chilly day.
One thing I’m not the hugest fan of, though, is the amount of fat, sugar, and calories that tempt me on the menu when I’m ordering. While I definitely treat myself to unhealthy drinks occasionally, I try to make a habit of ordering lighter items most of the times so that the only thing getting damaged is my wallet!
Since the weather is getting cooler and finals are approaching, I think that we all could use a guide to which Starbucks drinks provide a winning combination of flavor and healthier nutritional stats!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for hibernating in hoodies and sweatpants, gaining some extra fluff is not on my to-do list! Here’s how lightening up your drink can help:
Order nonfat milk: I personally barely notice the change from 2% (Starbucks standard) to nonfat milk in my drinks, especially with flavored lattes. By ordering your drink to be made with nonfat milk, you can cut around 1/3 of the calories and around 7 grams of fat in most tall drinks!
Go with a smaller size: As Americans, we’ve gotten so used to humongous portion sizes in both meals and drinks. By simply ordering a smaller size, you’re cutting unnecessary calories, fat, and sugar from your drink while still getting a pretty sizable treat.
Skip the whipped cream: Whipped cream can add around 120 calories and 11 grams of fat to your drink. What a ripoff! You could drink two nonfat lattes for the amount of calories whipped cream tacks on and save on all 11 grams of fat. If whipped cream is a must for you, though, order “light whip” so they go easy on the good stuff.
Add spices for flavor: I love adding a bit of cinnamon into my drink for a punch of delicious flavor and the soothing smell! In fact, spices such as cinnamon have been shown by studies to have positive health effects such as regulating your blood sugar, reducing LDL (the bad kind) cholesterol, and reducing inflammation.
Tropicana hosted a fantastic Cross Enrollment seminar, presented by the helpful and knowledgeable counselors from the SBCC career center. Cross Enrollment allows SBCC and UCSB peers to unite in an academic setting as City College students work towards their transfer goals. As a transfer student myself, I thought I had seen most opportunities that were offered for those attending a community college. Cross Enrollment was a surprising new opportunity that I did not have at my community college in my home town. This goes to show what a unique opportunity students have at Santa Barbara City College, the #1 Community College in the Nation!
At the beginning of the informational seminar, students were given the foundation to Cross Enrollment with a quick lesson in”Transfer 101.” Students learned the basic requirements to transfer to any 4 year college institution, as well as interesting facts about incoming students. Did you know that the average G.P.A. of a UCSB incoming Freshman was a 4.1? When you transfer from SBCC to UCSB however, you only need a 3.2 G.P.A. Why? Because once you have completed your unit requirements, you will have proven you are capable of handling college level work equivalent to UCSB’s lower division coursework.
Another interesting fact about transferring is the unit requirement and its relation to units earned for Cross Enrollment. You will need 60 units to transfer, and you can max out at 70 units. In total, you will need 120 units to graduate from a university with your Bachelor degree, or equivalent.
Cross Enrollment classes are unique in that they can be applied towards the initial 60 units needed to transfer OR they can be applied to the units earned at a 4 year university. This means that you can earn UC credit for $31 a unit, and it can be applied towards transferring or completing your degree at the UC in less time.
To be eligible for Cross Enrollment, you must meet the following requirements:
Be a California resident (not a California resident? See below for more information about Open University opportunities at UCSB).
Have completed at least one term at SBCC
Be enrolled and complete at least 6 SBCC units during the term of cross-enrollment (student must maintain at least 6 units during the entire semester at SBCC)
Have a minimum 2.0 SBCC G.P.A.
Be an undergraduate
Have all current SBCC fees paid
Speak with a Transfer Academy counselor for admittance to Cross Enrollment
If you are attending SBCC, local or from out of state, you can take UCSB classes through Extension. UCSB offers the Open University Program (formerly known as the Open Enrollment Program), which allows all types of students to take classes at the UC and earn transferable units, without being formally admitted to UCSB.
This meeting, while informative, is just a stepping stone to your success. You are encouraged to join SBCC’s Transfer Academy and meet with the counselors in the Transfer Center on a regular basis. Together, you and your counselor can make plans for complete your transfer goals in 2 years. You can also begin working towards completing requirements towards your TAG (Transfer Agreement Guarantee). A TAG is a contractual agreement between you, SBCC, and a four-year college or university. Students who meet and maintain stated admission and major requirements are guaranteed admission to a specific four-year college or university, such as UCSB.
To find out more information about Cross Enrollment or transferring, please contact the following email addresses:
Santa Barbara, CA – August 1, 2013 – Tropicana Student Housing is
proud to welcome Michael Jordan Flight School 2013 basketball camps for
the 18th year. Campers, who range in age from 7-18, will be staying at Tropicana Gardens
and Tropicana Del Norte residence halls. With its convenient proximity
to the UCSB Thunderdome, Tropicana’s residence halls are within easy
walking distance for the campers, with suite-style accommodations and an
on-site Café for meals.
“Every year, I am so excited to work with the Michael Jordan Flight School and their staff. They are so professional, organized and they really work hard for all their participants to have such a great experience.” said David Wilcox, Executive Director. “I believe this is why they have so many participants that come back every year!”
Mark Raveling, Michael Jordan Flight School Camp Director, says, “We
have been hosting the MJ camp at Tropicana and UCSB since 1995 and
always look forward to coming back each year. We are excited for our 18th year.”
Michael Jordan Flight School is among the world’s finest youth
basketball camps, where girls and boys can learn the fundamentals of
shooting, dribbling, rebounding, passing, and defense from NBA great,
Michael Jordan, and his first class coaching staff. For more
information, see the Michael Jordan Flight School website.
About Tropicana Student Housing
Tropicana Student Housing offers residence hall and apartment living
to more than 1,000 students attending the University of California at
Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Tropicana
Del Norte Residence Hall caters to UCSB freshmen; Tropicana Gardens
offers SBCC students a college residential living experience and the
Villas at Tropicana is an upperclassman apartment community. Tropicana
is the Official Student Housing Sponsor of UCSB Athletics.
Tropicana Student Housing provides accommodations for more than 90
summer camps annually. Camp directors love Tropicana’s convenient
locations to the UCSB campus, including the Thunderdome, pools, gyms and
baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse fields. Summer campers enjoy
furnished suite-style accommodations with meals included at a dining
hall right on the premises. For more information on hosting a summer
camp, contact Dave Wilcox, Executive Director at (805) 968-4319 or email@example.com.
Throughout high school, I had my “independence baby steps,” aka little things to prove to myself, and my parents, that I would be able to take care of myself as an adult. Little things like cooking for myself, doing my own laundry, obtaining a job, and the big one—driving. I think the first thing I did when I got my license was book it to American Apparel to buy a top I’d been eying. But who could blame me? I had a car, I had my freedom!
“So what am I getting at?” you might be asking. Well, just as soon as many of us have gotten our licenses, we are shipped off to college and must resort back to our early years when our bike, skateboard, or public transportation were our only means of getting anywhere on our own.
So I’ve put together a guide, one might say, to how everything will be okay without a car.
Your skateboard can get you pretty much anywhere in Isla Vista, and you don’t have to worry about the time or hassle of locking it up because you can simply carry it with you. Skateboarding can easily get you to the Rec Center, IV Deli, Freebirds (for world-famous burritos!), and the beach. And if you are one of the many who has not yet mastered the art of balancing, might I suggest you dig out that trusty scooter you refused to let your parents give away? Come on, you kept it for a reason.
Your second means of transportation: your bike. We know you still have it from those glorious years of high school, so bring it with you to college. (If you don’t have a bike, don’t fret. There is a bike shop just a few blocks away that has a wide variety of pretty colors). Tropicana Gardens has bicycle racks throughout the property, so you won’t have to worry about where to lock it. Take advantage of all of the bike paths throughout UCSB and Goleta. I highly recommend biking over to the Farmer’s Market at the Camino Real Market Place.
However, if you’re not up for the challenge, the bus becomes an excellent resource. Your SBCC student ID works as a bus pass on the Santa Barbara MTD and can take you to many other places besides school. You can look over to the Santa Barbara MTD website to get a more descriptive look at which busses will take you where. The 24x will take you to the Kmart/Costco Shopping center and it runs about every 30 minutes. The 24x will also take you downtown to the transit center. Finally, the 15x express bus will become your new best friend because it will take you directly from Trop to school and back!
Yes, taking the bus to school can take some planning (you’ll have to wake up a little earlier to secure a seat), but it’s also a great opportunity. Many SBCC students use the bus each day, so what better way to get to know people? Everyone is super friendly and eager to meet new people, especially those first few weeks.
So what if you are one of the luckiest people on earth who gets to bring their car with them to school? Don’t take this for granted. In addition to being able to easily get to Kmart, you will also be able to venture throughout Goleta. You can hit up Trader Joe’s, Michaels craft store or Bed Bath & Beyond. You will also have the opportunity to venture to Santa Barbara’s beautiful downtown, perhaps to visit the famous Mission, or to the many hiking trails Santa Barbara has to offer.
Now if you have a car, I highly recommend finding people who have classes at SBCC at the same time as you. You can offer to carpool with them, which will get you a pass to the carpool lot, saving you a lot of time trying to find a parking spot on campus in the morning. I’m sure those who you’re giving a ride will be generous and chip in for gas. But all in all, it’s just nice to have someone to accompany you.
I hope this information makes getting around in Santa Barbara a little simpler and a lot less uncertain.
Santa Barbara, CA – July 10, 2013 – Tropicana Gardens
is proud to welcome Kobe Basketball Academy for its 2013 summer camp.
This year, Tropicana will be providing housing for over 600
participants, who range in age from 8-18. With its convenient proximity
to the UCSB Thunderdome, Tropicana Gardens is in easy walking distance
for the campers, with suite-style accommodations and an on-site Café in
its residence hall.
“Being a basketball fan myself, I am excited that Tropicana Gardens
is again hosting Kobe Bryant’s amazing camp this summer,” said David
Wilcox, Executive Director. “The kids love that they get to meet Kobe
and get a signature from him while attending the camp.”
Zellie Hudson, Kobe Basketball Academy Camp Director, says, “We look forward to another great year at UCSB and Tropicana Gardens.”
Tropicana Gardens residence hall is just blocks from UCSB’s main
campus. During the academic year, Tropicana Gardens provides Santa
Barbara City College students a campus residence hall living experience
with furnished suites, and an unlimited dining plan and a direct bus to
SBCC. Tropicana Gardens is known for its exceptional student life
programs, its lush resort-style setting and amenities such as a heated
pool, fitness room, rec room and 24-hour study lounge.