Santa Barbara News Press

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Gauchos cough up lead to Aggies

The UCSB baseball team took a three-run lead into the sixth inning before surrendering to a rally by UC Davis in a 4-3 road loss Friday. … An RBI double by Warrior third baseman Luke Coffey in the first inning got Westmont started on a lopsided Golden State Athletic Conference win at Russ Carr Field. more

ART REVIEW: Degrees of Diversity, Elegance, and a Touch of Potty Talk

Over the still-young history of the ever-inviting local art treasure that is the Westmont Museum of Art, a special brand of intrigue has settled into the space, right around this time of year. more

Finding good news in sports

The news in sports is supposed to be good half the time. You’ve got a winner and you’ve got a loser … although soccer and hockey do like to sneak in the occasional tie. … But then you have a place like Westmont College, the small Christian campus in the scarred but scenic hills of Montecito, where you don’t have to sell your soul to win a trophy. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: UCSB out of Big West Tourney

The season came to an end for the UCSB Gauchos at the Big West Conference Tournament in Long Beach on Thursday night. … John T. Joens three-set victory in singles clinched a 5-3 win for Westmont over San Diego Christian in a semifinal match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Joens defeated David Samardzija, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, which was the Warriors’ fifth point of the match. Jordan Strandness and Corey Stephens also recorded straight-sets wins in singles for Westmont. more

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: O’Connor leads Gauchos to win over USC

McClain O’Connor drove in four runs with two singles and a walk to lead UCSB to an 8-5 nonconference baseball win at USC on Tuesday night. …


 Hendry Hedeen’s three-run home run keyed an eight-run fourth inning for the Warriors. Hedeen also had an RBI single in a five-run third. more

Westmont to honor sheriff, KEYT team

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and KEYT Channel 3 will receive the Westmont Medal during the school’s commencement 9:30 a.m. May 5 at Russell Carr Field. more

ON STAGE: Westmont to host ‘Fringe’ fest

The annual Westmont College Fringe Festival will feature 11 original plays Thursday through Sunday at the college’s Porter Theatre, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito, and the Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. more

User data abuse not limited to Facebook, experts say

After being grilled over mishandling personal information of as many as 87 million unsuspecting users, Facebook could be the first of many platforms to come under scrutiny for data heists, cyber security experts say. … Dr. Don Patterson, a cyber security professor at Westmont College, told the News-Press that although Google is collecting far more data, it is not as concerning to Congress because it isn’t in the arena of political speech. more

ON the TOWN: Westmont Women’s Leadership Council: ‘The Only Way Through is Together’

The third annual Westmont Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon had been postponed after the floods and was now taking place in a sunny room at Belmond El Encanto. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: WSC-leading Vaqueros win again

The SBCC baseball team is finding its groove at just the right time, as it remained in first place in the Western State Conference North Division standings with an 11-2 victory over Oxnard at Pershing Park on Saturday. …


The Warriors finished off a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference sweep of the Oaks with an offensive explosion at Carr Field. more