Why do students choose to pursue higher education in Santa Cruz County? The redwoods? The beach? The virtually unlimited supply of artisan ice cream? Not bloody likely! Here at Dilated Pupil, we understand that you’re here for the exacting academic standards, which is why we’re sure you’ll appreciate articles in this issue like “Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics” and “Statistical Methods in Extragalactic Astronomy.” Ha ha, just kidding! We’re a bunch of liberal arts majors; we can’t tell our asteroids from a hole in the ground! But when all that lecturing from Professor Nerdy McNerderson and Dean Vernon Wormer start to get you down, why not find refuge in our stories about the real Santa Cruz, like where to people watch, and how to find underground comedy shows? Take our self-guided courses in finding places to surf, get a tattoo and do your laundry. Now that’s applied physics.
STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF