Yearly Archives: 2017

Westmont professor fascinated by new discovery

Westmont College physics professor Ken Kihlstrom has been reading up on a new discovery reported in Nature magazine. During an interview near the campus planetarium, Kihlstrom said he was exited to hear about a planet discovered 40 light years away that may be inhabitable. more

Gerald Carpenter: Westmont Orchestra to Spin Romantic Yarns

The Westmont College Orchestra — fresh from a President’s Day performance at the 2017 Capital Orchestra Festival in Washington, D.C. — plays its Spring Concerts this weekend, conducted by Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship. The concerts will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave., both in Santa Barbara. more

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Cold night in Costa Mesa foils Westmont teams

Westmont College’s hopes for a Golden State Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship were dashed by an 87-72 defeat at Vanguard on Tuesday night. more

Chet Kammerer: Meet the man in charge of the Miami Heat’s NBA draft scouting team

When Erik Spoelstra was asked in December about his involvement in the organization’s draft evaluation process, the Heat coach immediately shot down the question… That connection led Pfund to hire Kammerer as the Heat’s West Coast scout in 1996. But Kammerer was better known as a coach at the time, as he spent 27 years as a college basketball head coach — 10 years at Grace (Ind.) College and then 17 years at Westmont College — before becoming an assistant coach at the NBA level. more

Westmont Men Stumble at Vanguard

Shooting just 38.5 percent from the field, NAIA No. 16 Westmont fell to the Lions of Vanguard by a score of 87-72 in a GSAC men’s basketball game on  Tuesday in Costa Mesa… The Warriors (22-6, 10-5 GSAC) made just 25 of 65 shots.Vanguard shot 58.8 percent (30 of 51) from the floor, including 38.5 percent (5 of 13) from three-point range. The Warriors made just 18.5 percent from beyond the arc (5 of 27). more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Warriors lose first of season

Travis Vander Molen belted his first home run of the season and drove in two runs for the Westmont baseball team on Monday, but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors, who lost their first game of the season to British Columbia, 8-7, on Monday at Russ Carr Field. more


The preternaturally blue-eyed, level stare of the young man in Gucci’s Pour Homme II fragrance campaign is striking in its dare-you audacity… As for Jeff Aquilon, Bruce Weber revisited him for L’Uomo Vogue in October 2006. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and four kids in Santa Barbara, where he teaches computer technology at Westmont College. more

Westmont Suffers First Baseball Loss of Season

Westmont surrendered three home runs and suffered its first loss of the season, 9-7 against the Thunderbirds of British Columbia (10-1). British Columbia hit a pair of two-run homers and a three-run blast to overcome a 5-0 Westmont lead. more

Blood Wedding

The Westmont College Festival Theatre presents Blood Wedding, a tragedy written by Federico García Lorca, one of Spain’s popular and controversial dramatists. The play takes place on February 24-25 and March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre (955 La Paz Rd.). more

How the World Fighting Federation channels aggression into events

Sports always have been a passion for Brandy Pierce and Thom Ortiz.

Growing up in Scottsdale, Pierce ran track and cross country at Phoenix College and at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, while Ortiz was a conference champion wrestler at Arizona State University.

Ortiz, a Tucson native, recently was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame as well as the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.

The two married in 2009, with Ortiz serving as head coach of the ASU wrestling team and Pierce working … in Scottsdale, Pierce ran track and cross country at Phoenix College and at Westmont … more