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Coach gets son in his eyes when rivals meet

Robert Crawford never dreaded riding in a team van more than after Thursday’s San Marcos-Santa Barbara High baseball game. Rob once served as the head coach at Westmont College. He stepped down in 2006 after the school decided to drop the sport, but not until after convincing officials to keep the program going for three more years. more

Swim team headed to Santa Barbara

The Cathedral City High School swimming team is headed off again on its annual bonding trip to exotic locales across the country. Twenty-one members of the team will take the four-hour van ride up to Santa Barbara, where they will visit the University of California at Santa Barbara and Westmont College, from which, incidentally, coach Brad Fleener is an alumnus. more

Summer Camp Guide 2009

Bravissimo!: ThinkCamps presents its fourth annual music and theater camp. There will be instruction in acting, singing, choreography, set design, and lighting, culminating in a full-stage production of Cinderella! Sponsored by Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts. more

Polo Advances to Semis at National Championships

The men’s and women’s polo teams head onward in the intercollegiate national championships for polo this week. Both teams have qualified for the semifinals with strong finishes in their previous two matches. The men, who finished the regular season with a solid thrashing of Maryland, took home a 16-4 overall record. The team opened their championship bid against Westmont College. The Red breezed through the early round matchup, 22-15. more

Moore Gains Induction

Kirsten Moore, women’s basketball coach at Westmont College, is one of a dozen who will be inducted into the charter class of the Redwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. It’s a prestigious group, which includes USC football coach Pete Carroll, USC baseball coach and former major leaguer Chad Kreuter, 1985 World Series hero Buddy Biancalana of the Kansas City Royals, and two-time Olympic hammer thrower Ken Flax. more

The best sports stories of the year? Look no further

Bill Plaschke was honored as one of the nation’s top columnists (all L.A. Times efforts were judged in the largest-circulation category, 250,000+). He placed fifth for a body of work that included: Soccer team helps Westmont College rise from ashes: The story of a college soccer program holding together a community that was all but wiped out by a wildfire. more

Does God exist?: Craig, Hitchens address issue in front of sold-out crowd

Things were anything but dull as the acclaimed William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitchens debated the question of God’s existence in front of 10,000 people across 30 states and four countries Saturday night. Student press from academic institutions like Westmont College and Cal State Fullerton as well as spectators from places like Placerville, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz. traveled to witness the event. more

Between Two Fires: A Palestinian Christian's Perspective

Myriad voices have been heard over the decades that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has dragged on, and last week a voice from a small faction in Gaza came to Santa Barbara to be heard. Hanna Massad is one of a very small number of Baptists from Gaza: There are only 200, out of 1.5 million Gazans. Speaking to Westmont College Professor Chandra Mallampalli’s class on the topic of imperialism, Massad told students how he and most of his small congregation, which he now ministers, were forced to leave Gaza a year and a half ago when Islamic militants murdered the church’s leader during a persecution of non-Muslims in the area. more

Charting a spiritual direction: Ruthanne Svendsen enjoys her ‘Main Street’ ministry around town

What Ruthanne Svendsen remembers most about attending church as a youngster is having her hair curled for the occasion and being outfitted in dresses so frilly she had to stand up on the front seat of the car so they wouldn’t wrinkle…She took the next step at age 17 when she climbed on a train in Missoula and headed to Santa Barbara’s Westmont College, an evangelical fundamentalist school. more

PRINCETON: ‘Can science and faith coexist?’

The Westerly Series on Art & Faith, a program of Westerly Road Church in Princeton, will host an evening of discussion around a contemporary question, “Can science and faith coexist, or are they mutually exclusive?” The panelists include Jonathan Mitchell of the Institute for Advanced Study, who holds a B.S. in Physics from Westmont College. more

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