Supriya Yelimeli


Bay Area

Supriya Yelimeli

A reporter with experience covering crime, local government, business, and human stories in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


Rapist Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison After Brutally Attacking Woman on UCSB Campus in 2014

Surrounded by friends and family in the Santa Barbara Superior Court on Friday, a young woman delivered a harrowing account of being raped and attacked on the UC Santa Barbara campus three years ago. The woman, referred to as Jane Doe in court proceedings, spoke at a final hearing to sentence Daniel Jiang Chen to 36 years in prison for two felony counts of rape and one felony count of robbery.
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McNair Program May Be Cut if President Trump’s Federal Budget is Approved

President Donald Trump’s education budget released on May 23 calls for a $9.2 billion rollback in spending for several educational programs. Among them, the McNair Scholars Program may face the steepest cut. The McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement is a federal scholarship offered to first-generation, low-income students or those who belong to underrepresented minorities in the United States.
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Bluff Collapse Leaves 28 Residents Without Homes

A bluff collapse on Sunday evening that left 28 residents without a secure home has UC Santa Barbara students scrambling to find new housing by Thursday. The bluff was a communal backyard for the nine units on 6653 Del Playa Drive, known as The Oasis housing. After emergency personnel responded to the sudden collapse Sunday, a Santa Barbara County building inspector determined that Units 1, 4, 5 and 9 would be evacuated to preserve the residents’ safety.
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How Far Is Isla Vista From the Thomas Fire?

The Nexus is tracking the Thomas Fire to provide updates on its distance from UC Santa Barbara and Isla Vista. Zoom in on the map and click on individual areas for details. The Thomas Fire first began on Monday night north of Santa Paula, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. It had burned across approximately 230,500 acres toward Ventura County by Saturday and is 15 percent contained.
Daily Nexus, University of California Link to Story

Documents Show 6 UCSB Employees Violated Title IX Policy

Six UC Santa Barbara faculty and staff members violated sexual violence and harassment policy between January 2013 and April 2016, according to documents obtained by the Nexus on Wednesday. UCSB and nine other UC campuses first released Title IX documents on Tuesday in response to a California Public Records Act request made by the Daily Californian over a year ago.
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Interview with Man Who Helped UCSB Student After Attempted Suicide

Santa Barbara resident Jeffrey Brown was biking on his usual route from Hope Ranch to the Bacara Resort when a woman flagged him down for help at the western end of Ellwood Bluffs, asking if he had a knife. She directed him toward a Eucalyptus grove, where a man was hanging from a rope tied to a tree, with his feet approximately three feet from the ground.
Daily Nexus, University of California Link to Story

Over 1,000 UC Santa Barbara Students Protest After Trump Elected President

Approximately 1,000 UC Santa Barbara students took to the streets in protest early Wednesday morning after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. The crowd formed on the San Nicolas Residence Hall lawn at 1 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after election results were confirmed. Students soon began running out of the residence halls toward the University Center to join a crowd that swarmed through the Pardall Tunnel into Isla Vista.
Daily Nexus, University of California Link to Story


Supriya Yelimeli

I'm the former editor in chief of the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara's independent student newspaper since 1930. I graduated with a degree in Communication from UC Santa Barbara in January 2018, and am currently looking toward a career in journalism.

I can be reached quickly through messenger and phone call, but I respond best to cats and strong coffee. Live music, candor and food outings make me the most happy.

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