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Westmont's win provides hope for all

The Westmont men’s soccer teams’ 3-2 double-overtime win over Holy Names meant more than just advancing to the second round of the NAIA playoffs. It gave the students and faculty who lost everything they had in the destructive Tea Fire a reason to smile. more

Hill plays role in healing process

Westmont College sophomore Harrison Hill doesn’t usually plan his celebrations for scoring goals. Hill would rather remain modest and not draw attention to himself. But the Westlake Village native made an exception last Monday. more

Alum reflects on Westmont

As diverse as Los Angeles is, there is one thing all good Angelinos do. We wait. We wait in our cars, stuck in traffic on the 10, the 110 and the 405. We wait in line to get into a club, a bar, a concert venue. We wait for a table at one of our favorite restaurants. As busy as this city is, we spend a lot of time waiting. This past Thursday night I was doing exactly that. While waiting for a table at a popular pizza place in Eagle Rock, my friend Kris called me. Westmont College, my alma mater, was on fire. Students were being evacuated from their dorms. It was not looking good. more

Westmont: Juggling Plan A and Plan Tea

The Tea Fire caught Westmont College in the middle of its largest construction project in decades, and the devastation wrought by the blaze actually could speed the campus makeover even as it causes some vexing problems for officials. The private, Christian-oriented college for some 1,200 students had pulled building permits for two brand new buildings just 48 hours before the fire broke out Nov. 13. more

Tremblay Bowl Kicks Off Saturday at La Playa Stadium: THANKSGIVING SATURDAY

Admission will be free to Saturday’s NAIA Men’s National Soccer Championship first-round game between Westmont College and Holy Names at UCSB’s Harder Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. Westmont plans to honor the firefighters, officials and volunteers who came to the aid of the school and the communities of Montecito and Santa Barbara during last week’s Tea Fire. more

Police Verify Fire Suspects Go to SBCC

Local authorities have confirmed that the nine of the 10 individuals involved in the bonfire that sparked last week’s Tea Fire are students at Santa Barbara City College. The fire also torched numerous buildings on the Westmont College campus. In a statement, Scott Craig, manager of media relations at Westmont, said the college is working to reopen the campus in wake of the fire, amid rumors of student involvement. more

From Fire Storm to Storming the Field

Dave Wolf, Westmont head men’s soccer coach, has already begun creating new memories after losing his home in the Tea Fire. Less than four days after his family’s home in the Las Barrancas neighborhood was reduced to ashes, Wolf led the Warriors to a stunning 2-0 upset victory over #5 Azusa Pacific Nov. 17 to capture the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship. more

Westmont Fire Protection Plan Activated

The fire moved rapidly, and Westmont College was one of the first areas hit. Scott Craig, Manager of Media Relations at Westmont tells us that students and faculty are attempting to regain normalcy this week after losing eight structures and fourteen faculty homes adjacent to the campus; classes are scheduled to resume December 1. Three of the 17 buildings that make up Clark Halls (F, M and S), Bauder Hall, the physics building, the old math building and two Quonset huts were lost in the blaze. The latter three buildings were scheduled for demolition in the coming weeks to make way for new facilities on campus as part of Phase I of the college’s Master Plan. more

Westmont student in disbelief after 'Tea Fire'

When Alisha Heglund headed off to college after graduating from Temescal Canyon High School in 2006, she settled into the beautiful Montecito campus of Westmont College. One of the things she loved most about the 111-acre campus was its beauty. That beauty unfortunately succumbed to the fury of a firestorm fueled by 70 mph winds on Thursday, November 13, resulting in the loss of homes for 50 students and 14 faculty members and their families, as well as the loss of several other buildings. more

Westmont College men's soccer team rises from Tea Fire ashes to clinch championship spot

We have a heartwarming story to tell you about from a place that has seen its fair share of devastation. The Westmont College in Montecito was badly damaged in the Tea Fire. Dozens of students and faculty lost everything. But when the men’s soccer team clinched a championship title on Monday, new hope was born in Westmont.  more video