Responses to the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18 year-old Michael Brown have mostly been split down party lines. But on evangelical Christian college campuses across America, demonstrations and protests have sprung up that would seem to defy conventional wisdom about the religious right. Students at campuses like Seattle Pacific University and Westmont College (my alma mater) have been organizing walk-outs, die-ins, and vigils to show their solidarity with proponents of movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpWalkOut, which aim to raise awareness about law enforcement’s criminal treatment of blacks and protest the deaths of people like Michael Brown and Eric Garner, a black man who died in Staten Island, New York, after being put in a chokehold by a white police officer. more
Evangelical Colleges: Unlikely Allies in #BlackLivesMatter On conservative Christian campuses across America, demonstrations and protests have sprung up that would seem to defy conventional wisdom about the religious right.
Lit Moon Theatre Company will perform “Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol,” its take on the Charles Dickens classic, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Westmont College’s Porter Theatre, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. more
The team was packed with hard-working and talented volleyball players, including three seniors, Libby Dahlberg, Kate Nicknig, andMikaela Nocetti. … Standing 6’2’’, Dahlberg committed to playing volleyball to use her height to her advantage and follow in her mother’s footsteps, who also played high school volleyball. … She was recruited by Westmont College in Santa Barbara and this is where she committed to play volleyball. more
On Nov. 12 10 Westview seniors signed their National Letters of Intents at the San Diego Hall of Champions during the held ‘Signing Party’. In doing so, they have officially agreed to attend a specific college for at least one year and that college has agreed to provide financial-aid to them as a future student-athlete. … “I think that the NAIA allows students to play a competitive sport, but also have a life set apart from the court or the field,” Macy Gipson (12) said. Gipson will be playing basketball next year for Westmont College. During the recruiting process, larger Division I and II schools scouted Gipson but instead she choose Westmont, which is a much smaller liberal arts college. “I like the intimacy of the school and with NAIA and Westmont, I know I won’t be just a number on campus. I will be a valued student,” Gipson said. “Competing at the NAIA level also gives me the opportunity to go home during breaks and get internships and jobs catered to my specific major.” more
John Moore made a mark at Westmont College long before reaching his 60th birthday and 500th basketball coaching win the last two months. He made that mark in chalk, writing on the wall of an old campus work barn during the summer of 1977. more
Tuesday December 9
Christmas Tree Lighting: 5 p.m. Westmont College, Kerrwood Lawn, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. Following caroling and the annual Pickle Address, a mystery tree lighter will throw down the massive switch that lights a 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as the Pickle Tree. Free. 565-6051. more
CHRISTMASTIMING PARADE LINE-UP: Turkeys have flown the coop, as seasonal symbols go, and Christmas trees are all the temporary rage, along with the annual roster of perennial shows of the music sort, and thensome. This weekend’s yuletide musical includes the 10th annual Westmont Christmas Show, an often sold-out music, narration – and more – show, from Friday through Sunday in its usual hearth and home, the First Presbyterian Church. more
Pee Dee Vipers’ coach Andre Bovain could hardly believe what he was hearing through his cell. … Niko Brooks, a 5-9 guard out of Westmont College who has played professionally in Canada, will start the season as Tate’s backup at the point. more
Martin Methodist of Tennessee denied Westmont College any shots on goal while pulling out a 1-0 victory in Tuesday’s second round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Warriors (16-4) did out-shoot Martin (14-5-1) 6-3, with Tiffany Dimaculangan attempting two. But a Westmont turnover in the 70th minute led to Katie Reid’s game-winning chip shot over Lauren Dorr as she charged out of goal. …more
Cory Blau put on his hard hat and put in a good night’s work for the Westmont men’s basketball team, leading the Warriors to a 77-63 win over NAIA defending national champion and top-ranked Vanguard in the GSAC opener on Tuesday night in Costa Mesa. … more