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INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION FROM THE CAL POLY RECREATION CENTER

THE UNEXPECTED WAY I MET MY BEST FRIEND

AND HOW YOU COULD MEET YOURS

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS THERE IS MUCH MORE THAT GOES INTO A GOOD COMMUNITY THAN SIMPLY LIVING TOGETHER

JANUARY 2017


TABLE OF CONTENTS INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION FROM THE CAL POLY REC CENTER................... 3 STAYING HEALTHY DURING WINTER QUARTER............................... 4 UNEXPECTED WAYS TO MEET FRIENDS WHILE AT COLLEGE............................ 6 CAL POLY GREEN CAMPUS TEAM..................... 8 COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS................................. 9

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INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION FROM THE CAL POLY RECREATION CENTER The Cal Poly Recreation Center managed by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), offers an amazing selection of fitness activities and programs, but did you know there are offerings focused on health and wellbeing? Here’s a list of the healthy lifestyle highlights that you may have missed:

PERSONAL TRAINING

The Cal Poly Recreation Center’s nationally certified personal trainers are available to individuals or small groups to provide specialized fitness programs and training. Our trainers know the right form in all exercises from stretching to weight lifting and are ready to help you find your favorites based on your specific goals. P.S.—your first session is free! Schedule your session now by calling the Recreation Center at 805-756-1366 or visiting the facility’s front desk.

HEALTHY LIVING SERIES

The Cal Poly Recreation Center has launched a new expert-led Healthy Living Series with many upcoming workshops offered soon! In February, learn from Louellen Ferreira, a certified health coach and former athlete of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and University of North Carolina National Championship Women’s Soccer Team athlete. She will be offering lifechanging sessions to teach, mentor, and guide participants to achieve their goals. For more information and to register for the February 22 session, “Top 5 Reasons Why the Scale is Not Moving,” and the February 28 session, “Finding Your Balance: It’s Not About the Food,” visit ASI Access at access.asi.calpoly.edu or the Pro Shop located inside the Recreation Center.

UNIQUE CLASSES

Some of the most popular group fitness classes at the Cal Poly Recreation Center have been staples since the facility’s reopening five years ago, but did you know there are also specialty classes offered including Muay Thai, Karate, Gymnazo, and Belly Dancing? These are only a few of the many unique classes that are available to students outside of the more traditional fitness classes. Check-out ASI Access at access. asi.calpoly.edu to browse currently offered and upcoming specialized fitness offerings!

RELAXATION ROOM/STUDY SPACE

At the end of each quarter, a section of the Recreation Center transforms to a relaxing oasis to help students foster mental health and relieve stress. The Relaxation Room is always quiet and filled with giant beanbag chairs and blankets while the Study Space is stocked with tables and chairs to finish up those demanding projects and cram for finals. Drop by during dead week and finals week of each quarter to de-stress and avoid the Library crowds. 

STOP BY THE FACILITY ANYTIME YOU’RE READY FOR RECREATION! The Cal Poly Recreation Center is open weekdays from 6am-midnight and weekends from 8am-midnight. The Lap Pool is open weekdays from 6am–9pm and weekends from 8am–9pm. The Leisure Pool and ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park open hours are dependent on weather conditions. Learn more about all of the Cal Poly Recreation Center and ASI Recreational Sport offerings by visiting asi.calpoly.edu/recreation_center.

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TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY BY GENIE KIM, DIRECTOR OF WELLBEING & HEALTH EDUCATION

As we recover from the shorter days, colder weather and cold & flu season, staying healthy can be difficult, but not impossible. The winter months can have a lingering effect on our physical and mental wellbeing. Here are a few tips and resources to help you weather the storm.

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GET ADEQUATE REST & SLEEP

As busy as students are, there is always room for self-care and proactively getting adequate rest and sleep. According to the 2016 American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment, 24% of Cal Poly students reported having “more than a little problem” with sleepiness during daytime activities. The college lifestyle can affect sleep, especially when trying to manage classes, studying, extracurricular activities and fitting in a social life. Sometimes students find themselves energy deprived, tired, stressed or having trouble concentrating. According to research conducted by Kelly Bennion, an Associate Professor at Cal Poly in Psychology and Child Development, sleep greatly affects the brain’s ability to regulate emotions. If possible, get 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If needed, take a 30-minute power nap too boost energy during busy weeks; however, naps lasting longer than 30-minutes can impede the benefits of the “power nap”. Avoid the use of stimulants like caffeine and Adderall. The regular use or abuse of stimulants can affect sleep.


WET

LATHER

SCRUB

WASH YOUR HANDS

Not only does adequate rest help your body fight and fend off cold and flu, but also washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best forms of prevention. According the Center for Disease Control, inadequate hand washing contribute to almost 50% of all foodborne illness. Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine and is simple and effective. Try singing happy birthday to yourself while washing your hands to make sure you are spending enough time under the spout, not to mention giving you a little mood booster in the process. The CDC recommends washing your hands before and after meals, after using the restroom, and after coughing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands, but they do not eliminate all types of germs.

RINSE

DRY

WEATHERING WINTER BLUES

For some, winter months can affect mental wellbeing, also known as seasonal affective disorder. According to the National Institute of Health, seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Individuals with seasonal affective disorder will display symptoms beginning in fall, lasting through winter and ending in spring. Symptoms often include low energy, excessive sleepiness, overeating, weight gain and social withdrawal. If symptoms preside over a long period, consider seeking professional support. Campus Health & Wellbeing has a wide range of services available for students, such as Counseling and our Health Education/Peer Health Education program. More information at chw.calpoly.edu.

WELLNESS PROMOTION SPECIALIST

Campus Health & Wellbeing in partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health is offering a part-time Wellness Promotion Specialist to assist Cal Poly students, staff and faculty in connecting to community resources.

AVAILABLE HOURS Campus Health & Wellbeing Building 27, Room 173B T & Th 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Students interested in more information can contact Lauren Rocha at lrocha@co.slo.ca.us or call (805) 503-2101. More information about these services at wellbeing.calpoly.edu.

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THE UNEXPECTED WAY I MET MY BEST FRIEND

AND HOW YOU COULD MEET YOURS BY BIANKA PANTOJA; SANTA LUCIA RA So far, you have been a few months into college and you probably have not found a group of friends to hang out with on the daily basis. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Making friends in college is different than high school, so put yourself out there. No matter how uncomfortable or awkward it feels. Take advantage of every opportunity. You WILL meet people, and if you are like me, it could happen when you least expect it.

she was fine, but her finger began to lose its natural color. She bled through the bandages and medical gauzes from the first-aid kit that one of the girls so happened to pack to college. Weird. I took the initiative to rush her to the Community Center outside of our apartment. Immediately after arrival, we struggled to get the attention of our

apartment to unwind. Just as I began to unpack, thinking my day was coming to an end, I was startled to hear my apartment-mates panic in the kitchen. My initial thought as I approached them was, ”Oh soand-so probably broke a nail.” Nope. I saw a giant knife, red drops on the floor, and a blood gushing cut index finger. My first instinct was to aid her.

Resident Advisor as Wi-Fi hungry, recently high school graduated teenagers, pleaded for internet access. As soon as I expressed concern for my roommates wounded finger, I sensed his confidence and lack of alarm when he said, “Don’t worry, I’m first-aid certified!” By observing his reaction, I began to doubt him as he nervously examined my roommate’s digit. He attempted to apply further bandage and antiseptic. However, when vital fluid began to leak through once

“My initial thought as I approached them was, It was the summer before I “Oh so-and-so probably started my first official quarter broke a nail.” Nope. I of college at Cal Poly. I was participating in a summer saw a giant knife, red program where I met my best drops on the floor, and friend the first night I moved into the Cerro Vista Apartments. a blood gushing cut After a long, hectic first day index finger. My first of “unofficial college,” I was instinct was to aid her.“ relieved to finally return to my

My roommates and I tried to decide if she needed medical attention or not. She was surprisingly calm and insisted 6

more, he then called another advisor for assistance. They both came to a consensus that my roommate and I needed to seek transportation to a nearby hospital for medical preference to treat my roommate’s injury. Since it was our first day moving into Cal Poly, we were unaware of anyone who could drive, let alone own a vehicle, so we tried to seek the attention from a room full of incoming college freshmen in the Community Center. I was ignored and heard no responses as I yelled, “Does anyone know someone who can drive?” I yelled again, “Can someone give us a ride to the hospital?” Suddenly, as I received blank stares, I heard a voice in the back respond, “I’ll do it!” And the next thing I knew, I was in a car rushing to the hospital with two strangers I just met: my injured roommate and our altruistic chauffeur. What did I do that put me in this position? On the way there I could not help but fear of the thought of my parents finding out or even trying to explain to them how I got in a car with not one, but two strangers. On the way to the hospital, I could tell how nervous our chauffer was as he broke multiple laws while he drove. He continuously kept his eyes off the road to look at us panic in the back seat. Although my


roommate claimed she could not feel her finger, we could not help but laugh as we explained to our chauffer how we ended up in his dirty SUV. It really was a funny story. We laughed as we recalled the faces of every person that was repulsed by my roommate’s wound each time she unwrapped the red stained gauzes to reveal the horizontal gash on her pale finger. Upon arrival to the Emergency Room, we immediately met with a nurse who examined her right away. “Is Cal Poly already back in session? We need a break,” the nurse said frustrated as she explained the endless amount of drunk college student visits the Emergency Room receives. We reassured her as we explained my roommate’s little accident. What had happened was that she was helping our other roommate open a package of clothing hangers that had been securely closed with zip ties. However, she used a brand-new knife that effortlessly cut through the plastic and deeply into her flesh. As the nurse examined the gash on my roommate’s finger, she poured a saline solution and was surprised how my roommate had a high pain tolerance. The cut on her finger was long and deep enough for stitches; however, the nurse did not believe a medical procedure was necessary. She wanted to help and get us out of there as soon as possible, so she had us avoid the hospital cameras. She secretly used Dermabond to seal the wound and advised us to come back if her now glued finger got infected. The look on our

chauffer’s face was expressed with total shock as he listened to the nurse’s instructions about avoiding contact with anyone in the building and advising us to leave quickly. Before we knew it, we were on our way back home as if we were never there. She risked her job to relieve the anxiety of recent high school graduates, who did not know any better about the situation, and to this day we are forever grateful. Since she did not give us her name, I know she did not anticipate any reward for her altruistic behavior that required self-sacrifice. My experience of the first day of “unofficial college” is a unique one. I probably would not have created such a close friendship with my roommate if it was not for that night. Now we are inseparable, as if our friendship had been glued by Dermabond that night. Because of our dramatic experience, we are constantly questioned if we knew each other before our arrival to college. That night, and to this day we continuously laughed at the idea of how we will always remember our first day of “unofficial college.” We laughed each time we tried to explain to people of what had happened to us that night. That Saturday night involved a selfie around ten at night in front of the Emergency Room and an adventure full of nonstop laughter that I will always cherish.

most random moment in my life, where my actions led me to make a new friend.

“Now we are inseparable, as if our friendship had been glued by Dermabond that night.” Now, not everyone makes friends easily in college. It happens unexpectedly. It is normal to feel as if you haven’t found a group of friends. It will happen as long as you make some kind of effort. For instance, the person sitting next to you during lecture might need a study buddy, and who knows, it could possibly lead to a friendship. The person sitting alone at Metro every time you go in for lunch is possibly alone for the same reason. The club that always has a table outside your class can be full of opportunities. The dead GroupMe that was started during the Week of Welcome can be revived with a simple message. The group of friends you want are out there, if anything, your future best friend probably has not gotten their finger cut… just yet. 

I wonder what would have happened if I did not do something about it. If somebody else helped her, we probably would never have become best friends. What was a bloody accident led to the 7


CAL POLY

GREEN

CAMPUS

TEAM

The Cal Poly Green Campus Team has involved on-campus residents in conservation practices and environmental awareness through several programs, namely: The Annual Conservation & Diversion Challenge (ACDC), Eco Reps, and Green Room Certifications. All three of these have resulted in notable success for the team. ACDC is a two-week competition between six residence halls on campus to have the greatest reduction in energy and water consumption. In the Fall 2016 competition, there was a 17% overall energy reduction (15,160 kWh of energy total) and a 6.4% water reduction (55,000 gallons of water total), the competition saved housing $3,060. Eco Reps is a program that provides passionate, dedicated, young students with opportunities to be impactful on-campus by creating projects that further Cal Poly’s progress towards becoming more sustainable. Approximately 30 students were chosen to represent the residence halls as Eco Reps. Within this group, there was an additional application process to create the Eco Rep Leadership Board which includes six committed, driven, and foresighted Eco Reps helping to guide the program both this year, and in the extended future. This group of natural stakeholders was brought together to help institutionalize the program and make sure it becomes an impactful staple of a sustainable experience at a Cal Poly.

“These programs are just some of the impactful actions the Green Campus Team is working on!” The Eco-Reps program successfully completed 313 Green Room Certifications across campus; in a successful attempt to foster sustainable lifestyles and awareness within freshman living communities. Additionally, Eco-Reps have also been coordinating with their RA’s and CA’s to increase sustainable messing within their housing community. These programs are just some of the impactful actions the Green Campus Team is working on!  8


COMMUNIT Y HIGHLIGHTS

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PCV HIGHLIGHTS

Murder Mystery Program

SLOchella Program 10

Come to PCV Floor Dinners!

Succulent Program


SLNM HIGHLIGHTS

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CERRO VISTA HIGHLIGHTS “My skin absorbs the sun’s rays; my hair defies gravity; You cannot tell me I’m not magical.” – MYSISTARSKEEPER #Blackgirlmagic #Myblackisbeautiful #Blackhistorymonth

SEQUOIA HIGHLIGHTS

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SIERRA MADRE HIGHLIGHTS HELLO SIERRA MADRE!

Hard to believe that this quarter is already halfway over, and even more scary to know that we are halfway through our freshman year! That being said, Community Council is working hard to bring you the best events and activities to finish out the quarter. • Valgrams go out: February 14th • Open Mic Night: February 22nd • Battle of the Towers – Capture the Flag: March 11th Plus many more!

Keep a lookout for any events put on by the RAs, Community Council, and IHC Event Team, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@todayatmadre) and Snapchat (Sierramadrelive). We look forward to seeing everyone out there!

TENAYA HIGHLIGHTS

Tenaya won the capture the flag contest thrown by IHC and community councils. This is their second year in a row winning!

Community Council students shopping for “Tenaya Wonderland”. We had a dance to celebrate the end of their first quarter in which over 100 students from several communities came to. 13


MUIR HALL HIGHLIGHTS

MADE IN MUIR

This quarter, Muirtians are showing off their creative side through art. Our Community Council and our RAs are hosting “Made in Muir” nights, which feature a specific craft that everyone can make as well as a series of “Art After Dark” programs for our creative night owls to de-stress.

LOFTS HIGHLIGHTS

This was at the Plant and Pour we had – decorating pots, planting succulents, and pouring apple cider. 14


TRINITY HIGHLIGHTS Trinity has been “buzzing” with events lately! In the past few weeks, we’ve gone on hikes, made trail mix, had a game night, painted mason jars, played fun games like glow in the dark bowling and hide and go seek with socks, and had a Valentine’s Day party. Trinity also has a social runners group that meets every Tuesday and Saturday to explore SLO. Despite being busy, busy bees, many residents have shown up to the various programs, which has really helped build a greater sense of community in our little “bee hive.” 

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PREPARE FOR SPRING BREAK MARCH 25 – APRIL 2

STAYING WITH US?

Campus housing will remain open during spring break. So that we can plan for your safety and security, please let us know if you are staying with us. Complete our survey by Thursday,

March 23: bit.ly/CPspring-break-2017

LEAVING CAMPUS? Before You Go » » » »

Close & lock all windows & doors Close drapes & blinds Turn heaters off Turn off and unplug alarm clocks, stereos & computers

Before You Return

» Remove perishables » Empty trash & recyclables into outside dumpsters » Store bicycles in your room » If your room is not at full occupancy, empty the vacant area so the room is move-in ready for a new roommate

Bedbugs are commonly found after breaks, when many students travel. Follow these steps to keep from bringing them back to Cal Poly: bit.ly/CP-bed-bugs

CAMPUS SERVICES DURING BREAK: HOUSING FRONT DESK HOURS

Muir: 805-440-8906

The Sierra Madre Hall (756-5650) & Aliso (756-9340) front desks are open 12 – 10 p.m. daily. All other desks will be closed until 3 p.m., Sunday, April 2.

SLNM: 805-305-4735

Cerro Vista Apartments: 805-471-8303 or 805-471-8304

Sequoia: 805-440-8075 Tenaya: 805-305-4733

PCV 1 (Aliso, Buena Vista, Inyo): 805-602-6195 or 805-602-6196

Trinity: 805-305-4734

Yosemite: 805-503-9474

CAMPUS HEATH & WELLBEING

Sierra Madre: 805-503-9422

PCV 2 (Corralitos, Dover, Estrella): 805-602-6197 or 805-602-6198

Open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays Open 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays

EMERGENCY SERVICES Nurse response line: 1-866-439-2012 After-hours counseling: 1-866-439-2012 Sierra Vista Hospital: 805-546-7600 French Hospital: 805-543-5353 Emergencies: 911 UPD Business Calls: 756-2281

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RA AFTER-HOURS ASSISTANCE

LEAVING CAL POLY?

PCV 3 (Foxen, Gypsum, Huasna): 805-503-9420 or 805-503-9421

MAIL

All mail will be distributed March 27-30 only. The residence hall package center will be closed. Residents can call Canyon Post to schedule package pickup 12 - 5:45 p.m., Monday Thursday. Apartment mail and packages will go on as normal.

CAMPUS RESTAURANTS

Campus restaurants are open limited hours. See: www.calpolydining.com/restaurants/.

PARKING

Parking rules are enforced throughout campus

SAFETY & MAINTENANCE

Routine maintenance and safety inspections are conducted at the beginning of the break by your CSD or RA to check safety standards and to ensure vacant rooms are move-in ready.

If you are withdrawing from the university or will be away for spring


for a new roommate

Before You Return

Bedbugs are commonly found after breaks, when many students travel. Follow these steps to keep from bringing them back to Cal Poly: bit.ly/CP-bed-bugs

CAMPUS SERVICES DURING BREAK: HOUSING FRONT DESK HOURS

RA AFTER-HOURS ASSISTANCE Muir: 805-440-8906

The Sierra Madre Hall (756-5650) & Aliso (756-9340) front desks are open 12 – 10 p.m. daily. All other desks will be closed until 3 p.m., Sunday, April 2.

SLNM: 805-305-4735

Cerro Vista Apartments: 805-471-8303 or 805-471-8304

Sequoia: 805-440-8075 Tenaya: 805-305-4733

PCV 1 (Aliso, Buena Vista, Inyo): 805-602-6195 or 805-602-6196

Trinity: 805-305-4734

Yosemite: 805-503-9474

CAMPUS HEATH & WELLBEING

Sierra Madre: 805-503-9422

PCV 2 (Corralitos, Dover, Estrella): 805-602-6197 or 805-602-6198

Open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays Open 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays

EMERGENCY SERVICES Nurse response line: 1-866-439-2012 After-hours counseling: 1-866-439-2012 Sierra Vista Hospital: 805-546-7600 French Hospital: 805-543-5353 Emergencies: 911 UPD Business Calls: 756-2281

PCV 3 (Foxen, Gypsum, Huasna): 805-503-9420 or 805-503-9421

MAIL

All mail will be distributed March 27-30 only. The residence hall package center will be closed. Residents can call Canyon Post to schedule package pickup 12 - 5:45 p.m., Monday Thursday. Apartment mail and packages will go on as normal.

CAMPUS RESTAURANTS

Campus restaurants are open limited hours. See: www.calpolydining.com/restaurants/.

PARKING

Parking rules are enforced throughout campus

SAFETY & MAINTENANCE

Routine maintenance and safety inspections are conducted at the beginning of the break by your CSD or RA to check safety standards and to ensure vacant rooms are move-in ready.

LEAVING CAL POLY?

If you are withdrawing from the university or will be away for spring quarter, you need to provide a written 30-day notice to cancel your Student Housing License Agreement. Come to University Housing (Bldg. 31) or the Aliso Admin. Office (Bldg. 171-A02) to complete the form.

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