Gwendolyn Wu


Location icon United States of America

Gwendolyn Wu is a third year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying history and sociology. She currently serves as the Executive Content Editor for The Bottom Line, the campus investigative news source, and as editorial interns at TakePart and HelloFlo.

She covers breaking news, social issues, education, food and tech. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling and sampling ice cream in different countries.

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Featured Work

The Bottom Line
Impromptu Student Protest Rallies Against Trump Victory

Hundreds of students gathered at the University of California, Santa Barbara and marched through campus and Isla Vista Tuesday night after news outlets announced that Republican Donald Trump won the 2016 United States presidential election.

With the Nation's Toughest Ban, S.F. Puts the Smackdown on Styrofoam

San Francisco residents will soon have to drink their to-go cups of coffee out of something else, because those soft Styrofoam cups will be no more. On Tuesday the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a ban on the sale of polystyrene foam, popularly known by the trademarked name Styrofoam.

Activists to Feds: Closing Private Prisons Won't Help Most Inmates

The United States is known for having the largest prison population in the world-a dubious distinction that's the result of decades of "get tough" policies, including mandatory drug sentences and three-strikes laws. Now thanks to an announcement Thursday by the United States Department of Justice, fewer federal inmates will be locked up in privately owned penitentiaries.

The Bottom Line
#MillionStudentMarch: Students Rally in Support of Higher Education Reform

An estimated 1,500 students gathered at Storke Tower on Thurs., Nov. 12 as part of the nationwide Million Student March, which took place at over 110 campuses across the country. The three demands of the movement are to make public universities tuition-free, eliminate all student debt and establish a $15 per hour minimum wage for all campus workers.

Additional Clips

The Bottom Line
Behind the Microphone with KCSB DJ Megan Neikirk

A radio DJ may evoke images of a charismatic, chatty guy hyping overplayed Top 40 songs and making not-so-funny jokes between songs. Quite to the contrary, one of KCSB-FM 91.9's DJs is actually a keen, animated, and intelligent girl whose eye makeup game probably puts yours to shame.

The Bottom Line
Delirium Tickets Skyrocket Online, to Some's Disappointment

Gwendolyn Wu Executive Content Editor How much would you pay to see one of your favorite artists perform on campus? Many UCSB students showed their excitement on social media when Associated Students Program Board announced that rapper YG was coming for the annual Halloween concert, Delirium, which happened Saturday at the Thunderdome.

Apps Are Helping Struggling Schools Find the Teachers They Need

With back-to-school season getting under way, teachers are bracing for lesson plan preparation and assignments to be graded. Many are dealing with the additional stress of learning the campus climate at a new school. A 2015 Department of Education study found that 15.8 percent of the nation's 3.1 million public school teachers moved to a different school after their first year of teaching.

School's Out, but Lunch Is Still in Session for the Summer

While some students boycott unappetizing food served at their public schools, the campus cafeteria is often the only place where millions of low-income children eat a regular, healthy meal. When the bell rings to mark the beginning of summer vacation, for some it also marks the beginning of hunger pangs.

The Bottom Line
UCPD Ticketing Policies Leave Students Reeling

University of California, Santa Barbara students and Isla Vista residents are aghast at a spike in ticketing for bicycle violations. With students facing up to $197 in fees, many are split on whether Isla Vista and campus culture should prevail over law enforcement's efforts to regulate bike safety.

The Bottom Line
Rethinking Mental Health with Siavash Zohoori

Fourth year sociology and economics double major Siavash "Vash" Zohoori had just finished getting a gyro at now-defunct Pita Pit on May 23, 2014. He’d been unsure if he had heard firecrackers or gunshots coming from the direction of Pardall Rd., so he decided to take a different way home to his dorm in San Rafael Hall.

The Bottom Line
Windows 10: The Breakdown

For most PC users of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, a small Windows icon hovered in their desktop windows tray for the past few months, bugging them to upgrade for free to Windows 10.

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became a Pop Culture Phenom

Ever heard of the Notorious R.B.G.? A community on the micro-blogging platform Tumblr turned Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg into a cult icon. The blog has garnered considerable attention in recent times, including shout outs from other blogs and even the official White House Twitter.

The 2016 Presidential Candidates on Women's Issues?

This was part of a weekly series on how the then-presidential candidates stacked up on women's issues prior to the 2016 presidential primaries. Here are additional stories and a follow-up published following the June primaries.

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