Santa Barbara Independent

Same Dream, Same Game: Special-Needs Athletes Take the Field; Veterans Marathon This Weekend

Helping out at La Cumbre last Sunday were members of the Westmont College women’s soccer team. The Warriors, ranked No. 3 nationally in the NAIA, will host a conference tournament match Friday, November 8, at 2 p.m. more


More than 570 students from 15 California high schools join the Westmont College Choir at the ninth annual Westmont Fall Choral Festival on Friday, Nov. 1. more


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Westmont among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in its annual list. The report, which named Westmont No. 83, features colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. more

The Pirates of Penzance at Westmont: Gilbert and Sullivan Get an Exciting Revival

With this new version of The Pirates of Penzance, Westmont’s John Blondell and his marvelous cast and production team have shed nearly all the weight of precedent and created something as light, bright, and pleasing as one of the many helium-filled balloons that float across the stage in Danila Korogodsky’s brilliant scenography. more

ANNUAL COLLEGE FAIR SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 6: Five Tips for Making the Most of Your Visit

The popular event normally draws about 1,200 people. Sponsors include Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), University of California Santa Barbara, Westmont College, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and Cal-SOAP. more

John Blondell Directs The Pirates of Penzance – Westmont’s Beloved Shakespearean Takes on Gilbert and Sullivan

As a director, Westmont College professor John Blondell has received acclaim on two continents (so far) for his incisive interpretations of the plays of William Shakespeare. But for his latest production, he is turning to a very different part of the British theatrical canon. more


Russell Howell, who has taught mathematics at Westmont for 35 years, will be installed as the Kathleen Smith professor of natural and behavioral sciences Friday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. more

Kissinger Speaks in Santa Barbara – Controversial Statesman Addresses Hot-Button Topics

Westmont President Gayle Beebe led the Q & A and asked Kissinger several questions from cards submitted by audience members. Specific inquiries included chemical weapons in Syria, relations with Russia, radical Islam, instability in Benghazi, Turkey and the European Union, Napoleon Bonaparte, America’s reputation, immigration, and his new book about world order and global culture. more

When Bad Dogs Do Good Things: Talking with Iran After 35 Years of Silence

In a striking coincidence, the day before Majd spoke at SBCC, Westmont College sponsored a talk at the Coral Casino by former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who helped precipitate the Iranian Hostage Crisis in the first place. more

Quieting the Limbic Lizard: Sports Psychologist Steve Smith Says Let the Robot Take Over

Sports psychologist Steve Smith would say that Uribe let his robot do the job. His robot? That’s what Smith calls the cerebral cortex, the part of the human brain that provides a calming focus in situations fraught with anxiety. “The robot is logical. The robot plans. The robot understands. The robot stays cool,” Smith said last week in a presentation at Westmont College. “The robot tells the limbic lizard to be quiet.” more

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