Recent Press

Spring Arts Preview – Theater

Fans of Westmont College’s theater program will want to see Tink on March 27 or 28, Sarah Halford’s senior project about Tinker Bell, and an original play by Westmont artist-in-residence Lila Rose Kaplan.  Late April is also the time for Westmont’s annual Fringe Festival, which runs April 21-25. more

Character counts for Westmont

The NAIA nationals are already starting off well for the Westmont College women’s basketball team. On Tuesday night at the NAIA tournament banquet in Jackson, tenn., the eve of their first-round Division I tournament game against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), the Warriors were honored with the Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Award. more

Not Guilty Pleas Entered for 10 Defendants in Tea Fire Probe

Attorneys on Tuesday entered not guilty pleas on behalf of their clients, the 10 people charged with trespassing and starting an illegal campfire in the Tea Garden the night before a devastating wildfire ignited Nov. 13. The fire burned through the Westmont College campus and left the renowned Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery in ruins. more

The Palmers: 'First Comes Love Then Comes Money'

Scott and Bethany Palmer, a Westmont alumna, have done financial plans for thousands of couples and they have seen relationships torn apart due to financial infidelity. The Palmers define financial infidelity as any money decision (whether it is big, small, one that you can afford, or one that you can’t) that is made without the knowledge or consent of your partner. Financial infidelity is seen every day in America, particularly in the break-up of our country’s marriages. more

Collectors putting sentiment up for sale

Ron Reiner, a Fletcher Hills recording engineer, has been trying for a year to sell sports memorabilia – signed baseballs, jerseys, photos, a pair of boxing trunks worn by Muhammad Ali. Reiner started collecting about 15 years ago and hoped to pass them along to his son, a student at Westmont College near Santa Barbara. more

Mexico drug violence has many altering travel plans

Drug violence has Americans thinking twice about traveling to Mexico. Bookings for all-inclusive resorts are down, organizations are canceling popular spring-break trips and fewer people are buying auto insurance to drive across the border. This week, 210 students from Westmont College, a Christian college in Santa Barbara, plan to travel to Ensenada, where they will help build homes, organize Bible study sessions, and play soccer with local kids. more

Westmont Polo Team Rides to Nationals for 3rd Straight Year

For the third straight year, the Westmont Men’s Club Polo Team has won the U.S. Polo Association Western Regionals, and a berth in the USPA national intercollegiate championships in Charlottesville, Va., April 6-11. Westmont beat Stanford, 20-4, for the championship Saturday, after powering past Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 33-6, on Friday. more

Santa Barbara Music Club Offers Play Days This Month

The Santa Barbara Music Club will offer two free concerts this month. Soprano Jane Hahn will sing François Poulenc’s La courte paille, followed by a lightning survey of the A cappella repertoire from the 18th through 21st centuries sung by the Westmont Chamber Singers under the direction of the eminent Grey Brothers. more

Polo with horses, not pools

There is a good chance that, upon hearing the word “polo,” the typical USC student would conjure up images of impossibly large Southern Californians swimming around in skimpy Speedos. Stanford, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Westmont, UC San Diego and San Diego State represent the rest of the interstate competition. more

Out & About : Anderson wins artist award

Scott Anderson has won The Arts Fund 2008 Individual Artist Award for print design. He and other winners will participate in a group exhibition Friday through April 24 at The Arts Fund Gallery, 205-C Santa Barbara St. Mr. Anderson is a Westmont College assistant professor of art. more