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LOCAL ROUNDUP: No. 2 Warriors fall at home

Natasha Coyle recorded a hat trick and Katie Farris added two more goals to lead the 15th-ranked The Master’s women’s soccer team to a 5-0 Golden Stat Athletic Conference upset over No. 2 Westmont College at Thorrington Field on Saturday. more

Warriors finish in draw

Despite dominating on offense and recording its third shutout in a row, the Westmont men’s soccer team was only able to muster a 0-0 draw in its Golden State Athletic Conference match with The Master’s at Thorrington Field on Saturday. Led by San Marcos High alum Cody Howen, the Warriors (5-2-1, 2-0-1) outshot the Mustangs 21-14, including an 8-5 advantage in shots on frame. A stout back line, anchored by goalkeeper Josh Glover, gave Westmont its fifth shutout of the season. more


ON THE TOWN: Montecito Motor Classic revs up funds

The “Gun Your Engines Gala” was the opening event of the Montecito Motor Classic weekend. Held at the Montecito Country Club, it was full-speed ahead with a fresh vibe, new faces and an unbeatable enthusiasm.  … Ruth Fuentes, a poised young lady, told her story that underscores the value of the Police Activity League (PAL) in providing teens an alternative to gangs and street life. She thrived in PAL’s environment, which offers training and leadership opportunities, and now attends Westmont through scholarships. more

National Chemistry Week poetry contest

The California Los Padres Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is celebrating National Chemistry Week by sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. … To enter, email a scanned copy of the illustrated poem, along with the attached entry form and release form to Paper copies will also be accepted at the following mailing address: Kristi Cantrell, Westmont College Department of Chemistry, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara CA 93108. more

IN BRIEF: Public education subject of lecture

Several local educators will examine and analyze the challenges facing public education in a free public lecture next month. “Challenges Facing American Public Education” will examine possible solutions for improving both elementary and secondary education locally and nationwide, according to a Westmont College news release. more


Global Warming Soaks Up Attention: Planning Commission Approves Energy and Climate Action Plan

If there was a week to be hip to climate change, this was it. With the echo of the 400,000 activists who marched through New York City streets on Sunday hitting the South Coast, three planning commissioners on Tuesday gave the green light to the county’s plan ​— ​years in the making ​— ​to combat global warming, forwarding the final decision to the Board of Supervisors. Gathered ahead of this week’s United Nations Climate Summit ​— ​where President Barack Obama said global warming was an “issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other” ​— ​100 supporters of Measure P, the November ballot measure aiming to ban all new fracking, acidizing, and cyclic steam injection operations, rallied in Plaza Vera Cruz Park. And on Wednesday, Representative Lois Capps joined Supervisor Salud Carbajal at UCSB to discuss how Santa Barbara County can gird itself against the ravages of a warming world. … Westmont College doesn’t adhere to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment, which advocates against investing in the energy sector, and invests in a managed fund rather than individual companies. more

New desktop application for emergency notifications

CSUN has just installed a new desktop application to all campus PCs, with Macs soon to follow. Alertus is a warning system that relays immediate emergency messages to students via pop-up alerts on campus computers. … Jamie Underwood, an employee at Alertus, said almost 500 higher education campuses are now using the system including Purdue University, Azusa Pacific University, CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) and Westmont College. more

Golden Gate Bridge has new face in Priya David Clemens

The Golden Gate Bridge has a new public face, and it’s familiar to Bay Area residents. Priya David Clemens — a former KTVU Channel 2 and CBS News national reporter — has been selected as the new spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. …Clemens was born in Chennai, India. Growing up she spent time in Virginia, California, Brussels and London. She graduated with honors from Westmont College in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California in 2002. more


Star Viewing at Westmont Observatory to Zoom In on Summer Triangle

A triangle of constellations that holds some of the finest open clusters in the night sky will be the starring attraction of this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning after 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. more

IN BRIEF: Observatory holding viewing

A public viewing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Westmont Observatory as a triangle of constellations holding some of the finest open clusters will star this month. The viewing, which is free to the public, is held the third Friday of each month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, according to a Westmont College news release. more


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