Santa Barbara News Press


The years 2008 and 2009 mark important educational anniversaries in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is an education community, with UCSB at its heart, and also encompassing Santa Barbara City College, the Santa Barbara Elementary and Secondary School Districts and other elementary and secondary public districts, many fine private K-12 schools, and Westmont College, Brooks Institute of Photography, the Music Academy of the West and other private, post-secondary schools. more

Gauchos ranked 19th in preseason soccer poll

The men’s soccer season is almost two months away, but UCSB has received its first acknowledgement with a preseason ranking of No. 19 from College Soccer News. UCSB, which opens at home against Westmont College on Aug. 22, has finished each of the last seven years ranked in the coaches’ (NSCAA) top 25 – a school record. more

Letters: Firefighters don't call selves heroes

This is re: the Sunday guest commentary saying that firefighters should not be viewed as heroes. As a retired Los Angeles County firefighter, I am very knowledgeable regarding Santa Barbara. I fought the 1955 Refugio and 1964 Coyote fires, and have consulted on several projects in Santa Barbara, including the Botanic Garden, Westmont College, Rice Ranch in Santa Maria, as well as Vandenberg Village. more

All-comers' meets to make another run in Carpinteria

While local runners can cover distances from 5k to the ultra marathon without ever leaving the area, track competitors have often had to travel to Los Angeles to compete. Van Latham is helping to change the latter while helping a longtime coach in the process. The first meet will be a benefit for longtime coach John Larralde. Larralde, who was Carpinteria High’s long-time coach before Latham took over in 1986, also coached at SBCC and is currently an assistant at Westmont College. more

Crabbe caps big week with stellar outing

Twenty four hours after giving a game away, the Foresters converted two miscues into early runs to help starting pitcher Tim Crabbe defeat the California Wahoos 7-1 at Uyesaka Stadium in a Saturday Game that was shortened to eight innings due to darkness. The Westmont College junior struck out nine and pitched six shutout innings to get his second win for the 6-2 Foresters. Manager Bill Pintard said that his pitcher was vital to Saturday’s victory more ways than one. more

Breakers have to wait to back to WCBL final

The Santa Barbara Breakers and the Ventura County Jets were ready to play in their WCBL semi-final match-up Saturday night at San Marcos High School’s ThunderHut.  Santiago Aguirre, however, turned things back around for the Breakers. Aguirre, who attended Santa Barbara High School and Westmont College, sparked a 16-8 run with a no-look pass to Jeremy Vague for a dunk. more

Crabbe tops Day 2 picks

Five more UCSB baseball players joined Gauchos ace Joe Gardner in the roll call of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, but Westmont College pitcher Timothy Crabbe topped all of the area’s second-day selections on Wednesday. Crabbe, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior right-hander, was chosen by Cincinnati in the 14th round with the 419th player overall selection. “It’s exciting,” Crabbe said. “There are still a lot of questions. I have (another year of college) eligibility, so I need to negotiate with the Reds (today) and over the weekend.” more

Westmont hires new coach to break in new home

Westmont College will have a new coach to go with its new baseball stadium next season. Robert Ruiz, an associate head baseball coach at Azusa Pacific, was named as the successor to Scott Deck, athletic director Dave Odell announced on Friday. “He’ll bring a ton of energy and a lot of experience in our league to Westmont,” Odell said. “He’s like a baseball player who has five tools, with all the pieces necessary for a unique place like Westmont. more

ART REVIEW : Building on art about buildings – Fielding Graduate show focuses on charms of architecture

Some kind of sympathetic vibration or poetic justice sneaks into the cultural equation of the new group exhibition “Architectural Visions” in a building which, by Santa Barbara standards, has some claim to architectural fame, or at least significance … By contrast, John Corlander — who has long been a professor in the Westmont College art department — adopts a very different approach to paintings of Old World travels and sightings, in Venice and Japan. more

ART REVIEW : Insider's vantage points – For the final exhibition of the school year, Westmont's Reynolds Gallery hosts a vast school year-ending group show

As is the tradition at Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery, the final exhibition in the academic year falls under the umbrella heading of “Views and Visions.” This year’s exhibition finale, juried by the UCSB Art Museum’s curator of exhibitions, Elyse Gonzales, is further narrowed down — yet also opened up to interpretation — by the show title’s designation of “Interior Space.” Of course, the seemingly innocent but also loaded phrase can be viewed from many angles, which it is, in this suitably vast and varied showing. more

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