Santa Barbara Independent

View Jupiter Rising Tonight

The observatory at Westmont College hosts the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit’s possible final summer viewing of Jupiter rising in the evening sky Friday, June 16. The telescope is made available every third Friday of the month, and tonight’s sky views — starting at 8 p.m. — should include a glimpse of the Cassini Division that separates the rings of Saturn. The planet is currently heavily tilted in its alignment with Earth. more

Kento Perera’s Record-Breaking Streak

The consistency of Kento Perera and the leadership of Morgan Mays will go down in the history of their schools’ tennis programs… Westmont College won the Golden State Athletic Conference men’s tennis championship for the first time since 1997. more

Lessons from a Bike Accident

With knees too worn down to absorb the shock of running, I turned to cycling as my primary physical activity…  They were a diverse group — from retired coach George Terzian, who played at Westmont College 60 years ago, to NBA player Alan Williams, just two years out of UCSB — but all were bonded by a game in which building relationships is paramount. more

UCSB’s Gary Cunningham Earns Coach Wooden Award

Westmont College has hosted many Olympic athletes at its track-and-field facility and has accrued an impressive set of track records. The most distinctive was set last Friday by Derek Drouin of Canada when he cleared 2.28 meters (7‘5¾”) in the high jump. more

Santa Barbara Royals Take Hockey Crown

Although derailed in the Golden State Athletic Conference semifinals, the Westmont men (24-7) expect to be invited to the NAIA Nationals at Kansas City, and the Warrior women (26-4), who played for the GSAC title Tuesday night, are a lock to be highly seeded in their national tournament in Billings, Montana. more

“Blood Wedding’ at Westmont

What happens in tragedy? At the level of plot, such familiar formulas as “a reversal of fortune” or “a fall from on high” might seem adequate descriptions, but beyond that, in a real tragedy, there’s always something bigger going on, a sense that something sacred has been profaned, that a trust that can never be restored was breached, and that society will have to live in the resulting fallen state from now on. In Westmont College’s excellent new production of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, the sense of de-consecration is there from the outset, and evident even in the title. A June wedding? Great. A destination wedding? Sure. Even a small wedding, well, okay. But a “blood” wedding? No thanks! more

Big Games for Santa Barbara’s Women Basketballers

In a defensive donnybrook between two of the top women’s teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Vanguard’s No. 5 Lions came into Murchison Gym last Tuesday, February 7, and outlasted No. 3 Westmont in overtime, 64-57. Westmont (21-3, 10-2) is now two games behind Vanguard (24-1, 12-0) in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) standings. more

Belief in God, Climate Change Not Mutually Exclusive

Climate change is a myth. Global warming is a natural cycle. The world is going to end anyway. God is in control. On Monday, evangelical atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe spoke at Westmont College about why these “smoke screens” to deny climate change are so commonly tossed around in Christian communities — and why it is crucial that we debunk them. more

Devereux California’s 70-Year Evolution

Amid the great blue herons, horse stables, and grad student townhomes near UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve, Devereux California exists as a beacon of hope for the developmentally disabled and their families. Most famous for being the place where Dustin Hoffman perfected his Rain Man character, the Santa Barbara facility began at the current site of Westmont College in 1945. more

Mira Vista Estate

The transition of Montecito from an agricultural region to a wealthy residential community may be traced to the early 1890s… Mira Vista remained in the Henshaw family until 1945, and, in the following year, the property was sold again, this time to Westmont College, which transformed the main house into a dormitory for women students. more

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