Recent Press

Oxnard College held up transcript for former basketball player

A former Oxnard College men’s basketball player, declared ineligible last season, had his transcript held up by the college for nearly two months before it was released last week, allowing him to enroll and play basketball in Arizona. Danny Benson, who participated in Ventura’s preseason scrimmage Tuesday night against Westmont College, is the only one of the six still enrolled at either school. more

Dandenong board member Lou Godfrey has become the Rangers’ recruiting guru

LOU Godfrey has done it again. The recruiting specialist who brought Americans Lester Strong and Vince Inglima to the Dandenong Rangers has snared another gem in Jenni Benningfield. His first acquisition was a powerful forward from Westmont College in California. “The first guy I brought over was Brian Gomes and he ended up playing in the SEABL all-star five that year (2001),” Godfrey recalled this week. more

Cold Springs—West Fork: Gateway to Tangerine Falls and a historic water tunnel built in 1905

Though not a long nor well-known trail, it leads up a very pretty canyon to Gibraltar Road. A side trip along the way leads to Tangerine Falls and the upper end of the Middle Fork canyon…Turn right and continue up past Westmont College to Mountain Drive. more

'Blue Tempest' a light entry to Shakespeare fest

As host of the World Shakespeare Festival, Lit Moon’s own theater company owed audiences at least one play. “Blue Tempest” is John Blondell’s more metaphysical take on “The Tempest” in which, he explained in an opening introduction, the “domestic comedy” themes of the play would be explored. But the big surprise of Friday’s performance at Westmont’s Porter Theater was how the company opted for a relatively straightforward reading of the play. The “Blue” could have fallen off the marquee, and no one would have been the wiser. more

Westmont expansion appealed : Residents argue developer never considered the no-project option

The future of Westmont College’s expansion is in the hands of the state Court of Appeal for the 2nd District. Attorneys representing Citizens Concerned over Westmont Expansion appealed a December 2007 Santa Barbara County Superior Court ruling, which upheld the county Board of Supervisors’ unanimous approval of Westmont College’s master plan to add 345,000 square feet of building space. more

More middle-class professionals join homeless ranks

Colin never thought he’d wind up on Skid Row. As a middle-class father and business owner, he had achieved the American dream. But that all came crashing down recently when his coffee-bean importing business went under and the home he was renting in El Segundo went into foreclosure.

With nowhere else to turn, the Westmont College graduate sought shelter for his family at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. more


Westmont Breaks Ground on Campus Construction

A day after a California Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments from opponents of Westmont College’s Master Plan, school officials broke ground on the first phase of campus construction, which is expected to add roughly 166,000 square feet of new buildings to the campus in less than three years. Barry Cappello, attorney for Concerned Citizens Over Westmont Expansion, argued his case in front of the three-judge panel gathered in the Board of Supervisors room Wednesday, the one day this year the Court of Appeals will make a trip to Santa Barbara to hear cases. more

Layer by Layer

After winning last year’s Individual Artist Award in printmaking from the Arts Fund, young local artist Nicholas Price got busy, preparing for the exhibition aspect of the IAA award. An artist with a focus on printmaking, and also a graduate of the Westmont English and Studio Art departments, Price set out to create the body of work that would amount to the first solo exhibition in his fledgling career. more

The Bard and Boo!

Shakespeare and spooks come to Santa Barbara this weekend. Dress up or down, depending on your mood, to see plays or get started on Halloween. John Blondell’s “Blue Tempest” takes its inspiration from the color blue, banjo playing and silent movies. It’s performed at Westmont College’s Porter Theater at 7 p.m. tonight and 4 p.m. Sunday. more

Westmont College Breaks Ground on Two New Buildings

Westmont College officials broke ground on two new buildings Thursday, the first significant construction on the Montecito campus in 24 years. Trustees and other college dignitaries wielded gold shovels to turn dirt at the sites for the Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics. more