Monthly Archives: November 2009

Going Native: "Westmont Downtown" Lecture Focuses on Native American Influence

Earlier this month, Westmont historian and acting provost Richard Pointer presented his audience at the University Club a rarely voiced perspective on the “direction of influence” in early America. Tales of European conquest and the forced assimilation of Native Americans give an incomplete picture of the influence the groups had on one another, according to Pointer’s careful research of the period. Pointer’s lecture, “Going Native,” urged the audience to wonder about the influence Indian peoples had on European settlers, and to “give justice to all the actors in American history.” His research goal is to reveal examples of significant influence on settlers by native groups, specifically focusing on religious life. more

Noteworthy — The Westmont Orchestra grows in size and sound

It’s a cold night at Westmont College, but in a picturesque chapel hidden behind tall buildings, an orchestra has warmed the air with a stirring crescendo. Deane Chapel is so crowded that there’s barely enough space to walk around the 60 musicians and their music stands. Two young women glide their hands across towering harps that fit in one corner; a male percussionist gently plays the timpani in another. Men and women with oboes, clarinets, trumpets, French horns and flutes add rich layers, soft and loud, to the music as they rub elbows in the back rows. In front of the room, violinists and violists play melodies, both graceful and bold. Cellists are seated at the feet of conductor Dr. Michael Shasberger, who smiles at what he’s hearing. It’s the sound of success. more

Finishing in unique style: What we learned on Day 3 of the 40th Hong Kong International School Holiday Basketball Tournament

Musings, mutterings and the occasional schmahts as Ornauer sadly realises he can stop yelling “Corpsman!” for Stanley is not in the cards this evening: — No, it only seems as if I’ve been around long enough to have seen Tine play (I was born the same year Tine finished 10th in the nation in scoring for Westmont College of southern California). But I consider it a tremendous privilege and honour just to know the man. more

Media source in Isla Vista takes small steps towards a cleaner earth

Zak Weinberg, Chief Editor and Founder of Ole Today, had a vision for an environmentally friendly news publication in Isla Vista and Santa Barbara. When he created, it was just a few articles a week being indexed online with a couple of close friends. With the help of Craigslist and viral word-of-mouth, Ole Today quickly took off and now receives almost 2,000 unique visitors each month. … This is only the beginning for Ole Today, as the editors have already expressed plans to expand to other campus communities and give the same experience to students across California, and eventually the United States; the program launches next year at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and, depending on its success, spread from there. more

ART REVIEW : Threads Lost, Found and Redefined — Resourceful, artful generations of African-American quilters from Gee's Bend, Ala., have created a tradition straddling art and craft, and folk art and 'outsider art' as well

Occasionally, some artistic “finds” sneak into the probing yet highly selective and fickle view of the fine art world. Such is the case with the increasingly popular and wonderfully idiosyncratic tradition of quilting in the remote, river-wrapped hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Ala. Going back through generations of African-American women, this distinctive quilting tradition has found itself thrust into the art world’s gaze, at the Whitney in New York City, and recently at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. As seen in a fascinating exhibition at Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery, this quilting tradition defies categorization or cultural sorting as easily as it lures the eye and senses. Is it folk art transformed by enterprising art-world powers-that-be into a pocket of “outsider art”? Is it high art or high craft? Do we need to put a label on this work, other than to say these are things of beauty — and indigenously American beauty? more

Steve Scauzillo: A rare play in the world of sport

When my oldest son was playing Little League baseball, his mother and I thought he should have been picked for the All-Star team. Instead, he received the league’s sportsmanship award. What was seen as an after-thought turned out to have lasting value. In the nearly 10 years that have passed, that’s the award that I’ll remember him getting the most. It’s also the one that occupies a prominent spot on his bedroom wall. … The APU team was set to play rival Westmont College for the Golden State Athletic Conference Soccer Championship. The winner would go on to play in the NAIA national championship game. Then, life intervened. Less than two days before the scheduled game, the “Tea Fire” ravaged the hills of Santa Barbara and Westmont College, destroying dorms and buildings and leaving many soccer players with just the clothes on their backs. more

As Schools Go, So Goes the Wi-Fi Nation: On-campus WLAN usage

Company co-founder and CEO Sanjit Biswas says the idea for the higher education study came in response to a trend that the company’s executives had noticed in the wireless market over the past few years. “Whatever goes on in higher ed ends up happening in the rest of the world a few years later—so higher ed ends up being essentially a crystal ball for wireless trends,” he says. … Perhaps most importantly, students consume 3.3 times more bandwidth per device than the general population—and on one campus that Meraki examined more closely, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, mobility is particularly notable: students have an average of 1.54 devices each, and 60 percent of all devices connect to the wireless network from 10 or more different locations on the campus. more

Wolves solid inside and outside this season

South Kitsap’s girls basketball team showed it was capable of transition a year ago. … South returns its leading scorer from a year ago, 6-foot-2 senior Molly Werder. She averaged 10.2 points per game and also led the team in rebounds (6.4) and steals (1.9). … Werder, who is drawing interest from Alaska Anchorage, Montana Tech, Whitman and California’s Westmont College, is excited to show that South can return to state. The Wolves open Dec. 1 at Graham Kapowsin, a Class 4A South Puget Sound League South Division school. more

The Independent’s Local Heroes, John Blondell: Theatrical Visionary

For 18 years, John Blondell has led the Lit Moon Theatre Company on a worldwide pilgrimage toward fresh theatrical aesthetics and cross-cultural exchange. In addition to producing innovative shows both in Santa Barbara and at theater festivals around the world, Lit Moon has become the sponsor of a series of Shakespeare and world theater festivals that bring to Santa Barbara outstanding examples of physical theater from places as far afield as Belgium, Prague, Finland, and Macedonia. Dozens of European theater artists have made their first trip to the United States thanks to Blondell’s tireless activity on behalf of the global theater community. more

KIDS PLAYING NICELY : Santa Barbara Youth Symphony faces down Bach, Dukas, Elgar and Hanson without blinking

Santa Barbara has supported a training orchestra for gifted young musicians for over 50 years. The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s present incarnation celebrates 35 consecutive seasons under the wing of the Santa Barbara Symphony. With a professional musician as its conductor (Andrew Radford, principal bassoon of the Santa Barbara Symphony) the Youth Symphony has carved a permanent niche in the infrastructure of this city’s exuberant arts life. … Rebecca Shasberger (daughter of Westmont College’s Adams Chair of Music and Worship, Michael Shasberger) played two movements from Edward Elgar’s E minor Cello Concerto stylishly and from memory. more