Yearly Archives: 2014

Review: Chakaia Booker at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum

Like fingerprints and footprints, tire tracks are what forensics refers to as “impression evidence.” The FBI keeps an extensive file of tread designs, and police investigators are trained not only to identify the vehicles that suspects drive but also to uncover a whole range of other facts about the scene just from looking at the patterns rubber leaves on asphalt. In Chakaia Booker’s beautiful, moving new exhibition at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum, not just the treads but whole tires are reclaimed from this kind of scientific objectification and elevated — through a highly expressive, gestural process — to the level of fine art. more

Evangelical Colleges: Unlikely Allies in #BlackLivesMatter On conservative Christian campuses across America, demonstrations and protests have sprung up that would seem to defy conventional wisdom about the religious right.

Responses to the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18 year-old Michael Brown have mostly been split down party lines. But on evangelical Christian college campuses across America, demonstrations and protests have sprung up that would seem to defy conventional wisdom about the religious right. Students at campuses like Seattle Pacific University and Westmont College (my alma mater) have been organizing walk-outs, die-ins, and vigils to show their solidarity with proponents of movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpWalkOut, which aim to raise awareness about law enforcement’s criminal treatment of blacks and protest the deaths of people like Michael Brown and Eric Garner, a black man who died in Staten Island, New York, after being put in a chokehold by a white police officer. more

ON STAGE : Dickens with a twist

Lit Moon Theatre Company will perform “Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol,” its take on the Charles Dickens classic, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Westmont College’s Porter Theatre, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. more


The team was packed with hard-working and talented volleyball players, including three seniors, Libby Dahlberg, Kate Nicknig, andMikaela Nocetti. … Standing 6’2’’, Dahlberg committed to playing volleyball to use her height to her advantage and follow in her mother’s footsteps, who also played high school volleyball. … She was recruited by Westmont College in Santa Barbara and this is where she committed to play volleyball. more

MBK: Carlin’s last-second shot lifts Westmont, 68-67

Daniel Carlin hit a 3-footer with five seconds left, lifing Westmont to a 68-67 non-conference men’s basketball victory at Pomona Pitzer on Saturday night. Cory Blau hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 66-65 lead with less than a minute to go. But Pomona Pitzer responded with an 18-footer to retake the lead. more

Christmas Fest Inspires Crowds

More than 2,700 people enjoyed the 10th annual Westmont Christmas Festival at four performances held over three days from December 5-7. Each performance ended with a rousing audience-sing-along of “Hark the Harold Angels Sing.” more

Dance Concert ‘Unfolding’ at Westmont

The Westmont Fall Dance Concert, “Unfolding,” which features choreography by students and faculty members Susan Alexander, Christina Sanchez, and Brooklyn Hughes Melton, is Friday, December 12, at 8pm, and Saturday, December 13, at 2pm and 8pm, all in Porter Theater. more

Museum Hosts Premiere of Tire Sculptor

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, hosts the West Coast premiere exhibition of internationally famous sculptor Chakaia Booker from December 11 to January 31. A free, public opening reception with Booker is Thursday, December 11, from 4 to 6pm. more

Feast Your Eyes

The SB Arts Fund just keeps getting bigger and better. They were in the Funk Zone before it was the Funk Zone. …He has served on the Westmont College faculty for 25 years. more

Seniors sign National Letters of Intent at Hall of Champions

On Nov. 12 10 Westview seniors signed their National Letters of Intents at the San Diego Hall of Champions during the held ‘Signing Party’. In doing so, they have officially agreed to attend a specific college for at least one year and that college has agreed to provide financial-aid to them as a future student-athlete. … “I think that the NAIA allows students to play a competitive sport, but also have a life set apart from the court or the field,” Macy Gipson (12) said. Gipson will be playing basketball next year for Westmont College. During the recruiting process, larger Division I and II schools scouted Gipson but instead she choose Westmont, which is a much smaller liberal arts college. “I like the intimacy of the school and with NAIA and Westmont, I know I won’t be just a number on campus. I will be a valued student,” Gipson said. “Competing at the NAIA level also gives me the opportunity to go home during breaks and get internships and jobs catered to my specific major.” more