Santa Barbara Independent

30-minute Decathlon Honors Dave Thoreson

When the sun broke through the clouds over Montecito,
Jim Sobieszczyk  said, “I can feel his presence.” He was talking about Dave Thoreson, the namesake of the Thoreson 30-minute Decathlon, which had eight athletes rushing though ten events (100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110 hurdles, discus throw, pole vault,
javelin throw, 1500 meters) at the Westmont College track last Saturday morning. … more

Del Playa’s Jesus Burgers: Where Religion Meets Meat – Mission Isla Vista Hands Out Free Hamburgers to College Revelers Every Friday Night

You’ve been asked “Any fries with that?” when you order a hamburger. What about a side of blessings instead?

That’s the meal deal with Jesus Burgers, which is simultaneously an address, a weekly event, and a group of people dedicated to serving hungry Isla Vistans. Run by the youth group of Mission Isla Vista, the house on the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive serves up steaming-hot burgers every Friday night for free. That’s made the place a hotspot in Isla Vista, where plenty of weekend revelers are ready for a burger after Friday-night beers. What most hungry attendees don’t know is the rich history and tight-knit community behind the Del Playa phenomenon. … Students from Westmont College in Montecito often take on the duty of the traditional ketchup and mustard patterns. more

Game of the Week: The Master’s at Westmont Women’s Volleyball Battle Between Top Two Teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference

The top two teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference go at it. The Master’s (21-3, 10-0 in the conference) took over first place last month when they swept the Warriors, ending their 34-match winning streak against GSAC teams going back to 2016. Westmont (16-4, 7-3) slumped in the absence of injured All-American Libby Dahlberg but has since rebounded with five wins in a row heading into this week. more

Make State Street Unique

Thank you so much for your honest coverage of what’s happening. I’m not local, but I love Santa Barbara and graduated from Westmont College. Been visiting as a “tourist” since I was 5 years old, over 60 years, when my grandmother would take me on the train. more

The Golden Mic of John Martony Santa Barbara Foresters’ Announcer Calling Games with Style for Nearly Four Decades

It was a game that the Santa Barbara Foresters would just as soon forget, but one that the Coastal Cubs will long remember. The Foresters were ambushed last Friday night in their final appearance of the summer on their home diamond at Pershing Park. They lost 5-2 to the Cubs, a team of community college ballplayers, supposedly inferior to the Division 1 talent on the Foresters. … His gigs include SBCC football and Westmont College basketball (lately on 1290-AM radio, as are the Foresters), high school football games televised by Cox, and special events like Magic Johnson’s first on-court appearance since his HIVdiagnosis, an exhibition game at UCSB in 1992. more

Drew Edelman Earns Second Golden Eagle Ring: UCSB Basketballer Achieves Top Athlete GPA; Plus, Track & Field and the State Street Mile

After signing a contract to play professional basketball in Israel, Drew Edelman had another piece of business to finish up. The UCSB senior submitted her master’s thesis at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. … Westmont College sophomore Pieter Top won the decathlon at the NAIA Championships. His final score of 6,833 was the best by a Warrior in 35 years. Also finishing as All-Americas were Westmont’s Michael Oldach (second in the men’s 1,500), Seth Wilmoth (third in the pole vault with a school-record 16′¾″), and Emily Parks (third in the women’s 400 hurdles). more

UCSB Student Art Exhibition Takes Center Stage Art MFAs Present Graduate Works in ‘The Chess Club’

The student exhibition can be a pivotal moment in the life of an artist. Being in it teaches pupils that being an artist requires more than just creating work. From framing and mounting to writing text descriptions and artist statements, the process of putting on a show is paramount to art’s reception. And while some student shows are simply a learning process for the amateur aficionado, others, particularly at the graduate level, can be the moment when an artist’s career is launched. … At Westmont College, 14 graduating seniors presented in Degrees of Separation: Westmont Graduate Exhibition from April 5 through May 5. Working in media ranging from yarn bombing to stop-motion animation, the students tackled themes including mental health, environmentalism, gender stereotypes, and faith. more

The Nuts and Bolts of Success with Lady Ridley-Tree

“I don’t think of myself as a philanthropist. I think of myself as having the enormous privilege of sharing, and sometimes I get very emotional about it because … I wish I had more to give,” said Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. … As part of the “old guard” of Santa Barbara philanthropists, Paul and Leslie Ridley-Tree have given to myriad organizations, among them the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (including its Ridley-Tree Education Center), Santa Barbara City College, Westmont, UCSB, more

Sports — Summer Camp 2018

Cate Sports Academy
Bring your child to the next level of sports. Located on a mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Cate Sports Academy offers tennis, basketball, water polo, swimming, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, volleyball, softball … Westmont Summer Sports Day Camps
Westmont College is offering 10+ sports camps this summer! Directed by mostly Westmont varsity coaches, campers will be taught basic sport skills as well as how to excel at a sport they already have an interest in, including baseball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, archery, cheer, dance, soccer, track, and more. more

‘J’ Is for Journalism

Three years at Westmont College landed Julia Lee a degree in business and good friends through track competitions, but she found her passion in racial justice. more