Santa Barbara News Press

Foot in the door: Local women solve fashion dilemma and create badly needed jobs for Hondurans

Jamie Rivadeneyra and Holly Malmsten are two stylish 40-somethings with a combined total of eight children, ranging in age from 6 to 16.  … “I love them. Don’t most women? Especially in California? The problem is that there is a big gap between a comfortable flip-flop and a stylish sandal. Those that are comfortable all day are often bulky and frumpy while those that are petite and fashionable aren’t,” said the 43-year old native of Corvallis, Ore., who came to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1993 in business/economics and psychology. more

Westmont president visits Pope Francis

It’s a rare occasion when Catholics and Protestants seek to find common ground on an issue, but that was the case on Thursday as Westmont President Gayle Beebe joined 14 others in a private visit at the Vatican. In a group of politicians, theologians and pastors from all over the world, Dr. Beebe was included for his strong background in higher education, along with his publications addressing great leaders in history who were members of the Roman Catholic Church. more

Providence graduates all college-bound

Sixteen graduates from Providence Christian School in Santa Barbara received their diplomas during a formal ceremony Friday in front of hundreds of guests at Montecito Covenant Church.  … All the members of the Class of 2014 have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley, the University of Notre Dame, Loyola Marymount University, Pratt Institute, Chapman University, Howard University, Texas Christian University, Westmont College, Biola University, Gordon College, Azusa Pacific University, Point Loma, Cal Baptist, and international universities in Canada, Italy, and Scotland. more

Green Star returns for seconds at USA Open

The Green Star Coffee Shots enjoyed a seamless promotion to the top division of non-professional indoor volleyball, coming within just three points of a national title. The local team, last year’s USA Open National Champion in the women’s A Division, lost in the final of this year’s AA event in Phoenix, Ariz. to defending champion Wasabi of Georgia, 25-22. … McGolpin, former UCSB star Stacey Schmidt and Westmont alumnae and coach Patti Cook were all voted to the all-tournament team. A glaring omission McGolpin said, was former UCLA libero Lainey Gera. more

Metzger qualifies for state match

NAIA Awards

Westmont’s Tim Goranson was named to the NAIA All-American first team after a singles record of 16-3 and a doubles record of 17-3. Warriors Rodrigo Schaefer, John Bertram and Joshua Barnard received honorable mention recognition. more


Things are relatively calm and quiet up in the idyllic hillside acreage with a view that is Westmont College these days. Although a pared-down “May session” is underway, the official school year ended a few weeks ago, and the Museum of Art sent off the student body with an annual Senior art show. Thus, according to the museum’s calendar, the time is nigh for a visitation from artists in the community, via the annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition. Going by the winking, but fitting title “Made You Look,” this year’s sampling of locally-based artists was chosen by Meg Cranston, an artist, curator and critic who also chairs the art department at Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art and Design. more

$8.6 million in scholarships handed out

Nearly 3,000 students from Santa Barbara County will continue their education with help from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. The organization handed out a record $8.6 million dollars in scholarship money this year and recipients had the chance to thank the donors during a ceremony Wednesday in the Courthouse Sunken Garden. … Jasmine Lozano is among those students who needed the extra help with college tuition. She will graduate from San Marcos High School this year and plans to attend Westmont College in the fall. more

HAJIC, Winifred Jacqueline

Winifred Jacqueline Hajic, 83, died Mother’s Day morning May 11, 2014 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She is survived by her loving family: husband Earl J Hajic & three sons – Gregory J (Barbara), Kenneth J (Christine Alexander) and Steven J (Margaret); and her latest two joys – grandson Zachary J and step great-grandaughter Sofia Alexander. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry L & Evelyn E Schwenker (nee De Klyen) of Rosemead, CA, her grandmother Catherine De Klyen and her Uncle Charles Novak & Mabel De Klyen Novak.  … She enjoyed reading Gothic mysteries, completing crossword and scenic puzzles, sewing & knitting, cooking & baking, shopping, bowling, swimming at Westmont and strolling on the beach collecting stones & shells with one or more of the family. She was a caregiver to many. more

THE POLO SET: Brecheen grabs the nice silverware on Mother’s Day

To many, it was fitting that Leigh Brecheen — a mother of two — won the Maserati Cup on Mother’s Day at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. She led the Film Finances/Antelope team to a 13-9 victory over Wildcat. Her team took all of the tournament awards: Jesse Bray was named Most Valuable Player, and Santiago Trotz’s horse, Pampiano, was best playing pony. … Patrick Uretz, a regular for Westmont College’s team during the winter, is rated at three goals. The Maserati Cup-winning patron said, “Jesse and Patrick lived up to their reputations as rising stars of polo.” more

Letters : Opinion : For Mr. Sterling’s apology, I apologize

I apologize for this column. If I hadn’t been duped, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t be typing these words. I’m not really like this. I’m Someone Much Better, a person you’d like if you just forgave me one tiny mistake. As we consider Donald Sterling’s muddled apology (and mine), a couple of reminders are in order. Not all apologies are equal – and forgiveness doesn’t eradicate the need for consequences. Mr. Sterling might like us to forget these truths. …

There’s a choice that might actually be redemptive.

Greg Spencer is Professor of Communication Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more