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A team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges will visit Cal Poly to report on the university’s capacity to educate students and achieve the goals of its self-study on Feb. 12. The visit is part of the accreditation process done every 10 years and necessary to receive federal funding and value of the school’s degrees. A six-member group made up of peer university administrators and faculty will spend two days meeting with the president, provost, deans,

faculty and students to determine if the school has the capability to meet its mission objectives. The visiting team will be led by Samuel Smith, president emeritus of Washington State University. Other members include professors from University of Redlands, University of California, Davis, CSU Sacramento and the chief financial officer from CSU Los Angeles. David Conn is co-chair of Cal Poly’s WASC steering committee and previously served as part of an accreditation team for University of California, Riverside and CSU Fresno. He said the accrediting team is

looking at buildings, the library, faculty, staff and funding. “They look at Cal Poly’s resources and make a recommendation to WASC from their findings,” Conn said. They have also been instructed to consider the current budget crisis in the CSU system and the impact on the school, he added. The visit is part of the association’s three-phase process for universities to receive accreditation. The organization’s visits are used to collect evidence that students are learning at Cal Poly, Conn said. Accreditation is voluntary, but Conn

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and his fellow co-chair Bruno Giberti of the steering committee said it is required to receive federal funding, including financial aid, and gives credibility to the institution’s degrees and credits. “It’s a big stick the federal government wields,” Giberti said, adding that students wouldn’t be eligible for Pell grants without accreditation. Conn said it doesn’t make sense for a large institution like Cal Poly to not be accredited through the association because of the financial consequences. WASC is one of six non-government, regional organizations recog-

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A documentary aimed at changing the perception of mental illnesses in San Luis Obispo County was released Feb. 4 at the Supervisor’s Chambers at the County Government Center. Cal Poly graduate and documentary director Alec Ramsey said the

people he knew suffering from mental illnesses influenced his project. “While I was at Cal Poly, 90 percent of the subjects I explored in my art, were dealing with mental illness,” he said. “It is definitely something that spoke to me personally.” The documentary is part of a campaign funded by San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services and was completed by Transi-

tions Mental Health Association and 20/20 Creative Group. It explores three mental illnesses: depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This partnership was formed to show that mental illness is not an unsolvable problem, Hannah Brown, a representative from Transition Mental Health Association, said. Even if see Campaign, page 2

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Neil Travis, Curtis Poppenberg and Becky Carroll (from left) were featured in SLO the Stigma, a documentary designed to alter public perception of mental health issues in San Luis Obispo County.

nized by the Department of Education to confirm that schools provide an education worth something to their students. The association was formed in 1949 and endorses schools in California, Hawaii and Pacific U.S. territories. It is broken into three commissions serving elementary schools, community colleges and universities. The organization’s Web site said the commission for senior colleges and universities is in charge of the process for schools offering a bachelors and post-graduate degrees. Every

The Western Regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally College Conference will be hosted at Cal Poly for the first time in the event’s 20 year history. The event will be coordinated by the Cal Poly Pride Center and will feature speakers, workshops and discussions aimed to teach guests about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At least 17 UC, CSU and private colleges from across California are registered to participate. Campus organizers are expecting at least 650 people to attend, approximately 400 more attendees than in 1996 when numbers were first recorded. The event, which began on the UC Davis and the UC Santa Barbara campuses, will present speakers and hold 31 workshops for supporters and members of the queer community about sexual health, coming out, religion and LGBTQA education. The theme for this year’s conference is “Honor the Past, Impact the Present and Define Our Future.” With the theme, Pride Center Coordinator Erin Echols said event organizers want conference attendees to reflect on the history of the same-sex community such as their civil rights struggles, the hurdles they face now and ways to improve the future. “Each workshop is listed as a different track so if health issues were of interest to you, you could go to a health workshop in almost every session,” Echols said. “Our goal was to give people an opportunity to learn about topics that maybe they already

have some experience in or try out something completely different that they’ve never even heard about and get a beginner’s education in that.” Animal science senior Daniel Pfau, chairperson of the conference committee, said the event would create an environment where homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders would be the norm compared to what many experience in their daily lives. Pfau said the event would add much needed diversity to Cal Poly’s campus and benefit students looking to learn more about differences in the world and in their lives. “I think it’s a great honor for Cal Poly,” Pfau said. “I think it says a lot that we are branching out to something that has been a struggle for the school, in my opinion meaning diversity.” Genevieve Flores, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,Transgender Assembly executive director at the University of Southern California, said the visiting colleges will host seminars during the event, including a workshop on how to start LGBT outreach programs. One thing she’s most looking forward to is meeting LGBTQ members from other schools. “I’m expecting to spend a weekend with like-minded people and get a chance to meet other queer students from California,” Flores said. “Here at USC we have been working more with L.A. colleges so it’ll be really cool to meet with other colleges outside of the Los Angeles area.” The three-day event will also feature lectures and presentations from former Gay and Lesbian Allisee Conference, page 2


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people are not directly affected by mental illness, they need to be more informed, she added. “People tend to fear the unknown. The less someone knows about mental illness, the more they fear it,” Brown said.“We are trying to change that.” Though many seem to fear mental illness, it is more common than people might think. A report on mental health from the surgeon general estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population is affected by a mental disorder each year. People affected by mental illness tend to keep their condition to themselves. Frank Warren, program supervisor at the San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services, said that the documentary is a way to tell people that it is alright to talk about not feeling OK. Talking about mental illness is one way to get people suffering out of isolation. “Isolation was a big theme,” Ramsey said. “When I was doing sketches and brainstorming I got the vision of this dark.” Cal Poly graduate and photography director Barry Goyette had the challenge of shooting the documentary according to Ramsey’s vision. While concentrating on specifics like microphones and composition, Goyette said he was stuck while shooting the documentary.

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“One of the things that was really striking to me was how normal everyone was,” Goyette said. “While we may have a picture of mental illness being very extreme, quite often it is someone that you know.” Whether they are acquaintances or close friends, the people telling their stories had a powerful effect on

Everyone in the room was at one point choked up. I was honored to know what kind of impact I would have with the documentary. —Alec Ramsey SLO the Stigma director

audience members. While watching the interviews with the subjects for the documentary, Ramsey couldn’t contain his emotions. “Everyone in the room was at one point choked up. I was honored to know what kind of impact I would have with the documentary,” he said.


The nine documentary subjects are locals found through personal recommendations and a Craigslist ad. Curtis Poppenberg suffers from depression; he was asked to participate by a friend involved in the project. He has shared his illness with some of the people close to him, but being a part of the project meant sharing with the public. “I get up in the morning and I take the first five minutes of everyday and I ask, ‘God, what do you want me to do?’” Poppenberg said. Being involved in SLO the Stigma was one of the opportunities he has taken because he asked this question, he said. The participants knew that being a part of this project would mean sharing their illnesses with a large audience. Amanda Nelson, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said when she lived in a big city it was easy to disappear into the crowds, but it is different in San Luis Obispo County. “I know more people when I walk down the street,” Nelson said. “This community is great; as long as we can get rid of the stigma, it can be even better.” Ramsey said the sharing of the stories will help society understand mental illnesses. “We want this to be something that is talked about normally without fear of labeling,” he said. “As soon as we can reduce that fear and make it a dialogue, then more people will come forward.”

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ance Against Defamation executive director Joan Garry, poets Buddy Wakefield and Andrea Gibson and a keynote address from Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign, an organization that promotes the No on Prop 8 campaign and samesex marriage. “(Wakefield and Gibson) both identify as members of the LGBTQ community and they have some great things to say, some things that inspire people so that when they leave the conference, they’ll just be really psyched to go back to their campus,” Echols said. Echols said she hoped the diversity

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10 years, the university is evaluated for “educational effectiveness.” Conn said it’s a multi-year improvement review and not just a checklist. Schools propose a plan for approval and host two site assessments. The self-study is used to see what the university needs to do to enhance the education and experience for students. Giberti said the university also has to meet benchmarks related to its purpose, integrity, compilation of student body and educational standards for accreditation. The process started for Cal Poly in spring 2007 when a committee of administrators, faculty and students was formed to create a proposal and carry out the study. Giberti and Conn head the WASC steering committee, working with members such as Linda Halisky, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Anna Gold, associate dean for public services at Kennedy Library. The committee focused on defining what it means to be a comprehensive polytechnic university and the “learn by doing” philosophy, Halisky said. They also looked at continued education for instructors and how to be a part of the entire learning experience students get while at college, Conn said. “The aim now is that all Cal Poly students are polytechnic and to accomplish the goals of the University Learning Objectives (ULO),” Halisky

Monday, February 8, 2010 of attendants will create a networking opportunity for students and campus officials of all sexual preferences and allow them to learn about topics they might not be able to in classes. “Here there’s all these things that you wouldn’t be able to take a class on here at Cal Poly that just might be new, something that strikes you of interest,” Echols said. “And an opportunity to meet people of other campuses too, to really branch out. If you want to see diversity on Cal Poly’s campus, this would be a good way to see diversity.” The conference, which is open to the public, kicks off Friday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. and goes to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21. Tickets can be bought at the door in the University Union or through the conference’s Web site,

said.The ULO were formed from the last accreditation review in 2000. She said the committee’s vision is for the university to be the premiere comprehensive polytechnic school. Halisky said it will likely lead to a more balanced mix of units in sciences and technology for humanities and art programs and vice versa for science, engineering and architecture majors. Part of that goal is to find a more concrete definition of what learn-by-doing means for each college, Conn said. A survey by the committee showed students think learn-by-doing is associated with the major and not general education courses, Giberti said. One of the goals for the outcome of this process is to change the perception students have about what it means to “learn by doing.” Gold said the opportunities for this type of learning are amazing and include “problem solving, research, hands-on design, leadership, service and creative work.” The committee also considered the balance needed between teaching and research time for faculty. “To be a great teacher, it’s important to be involved in scholarship or the faculty member may become obsolete,” Conn said. The study calls for further support and education of the importance of research so instructors can provide the highest quality education. Giberti said the WASC team will observe and report to the commission about Cal Poly’s ability to achieve these objectives. Three reviewers will host a forum Thursday during UU hour in University Union building room 218. Halisky, Giberti and Conn said the team members may approach students around campus to ask about their experiences and how the budget is affecting the level of education. Conn said students can also expect to be asked their opinions about the CSU chancellor’s freeze of studentapproved college-based fee increases last year.The team will do a presentation of its findings Feb. 12 at 8:15 a.m. Gold said the committee will receive a report from the group before starting the next phase of the process. The report findings will determine if the university is ready to move forward to the third phase of demonstrating students are learning by using indicators like six-year graduation rates Giberti said. Conn said Cal Poly has a 73 percent graduation rate the best in the CSU system. A second visit from the accreditation association will happen in October 2011 for the education effectiveness review. “It’s ultimately about student learning. That’s the most important thing,” Giberti said.

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Five dead in Connecticut power plant explosion, many more injured Edmund H. Mahony, Eric Gershon and Daniela Altimari mcclatchy newspapers

“Turn the Page” by Metallica -Trevor Galbreath, industrial engineering junior

“Shut Up and Drive” by Rihanna -Grant Garcia, communication studies sophomore

“Popular” by The Veronicas

“One Good Spliff” by Ziggy Marley

-Erin Hurley, journalism sophomore

-Colby Glieden, agribusiness freshman

“Going to California” by Led Zeppelin

“Just Impolite” by Plushgun

-Justin Louen, forestry and natural resources junior

-Eugene Bistolas, computer engineering sophomore

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — A devastating explosion that was heard and felt for miles destroyed a power plant Sunday morning as workers purged a natural gas piping system, killing at least five and injuring many more, emergency response officers said Homeowners miles away said the 11 a.m. EST explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems power plant created a shock wave so intense they mistakenly thought the central part of the state had experienced an earthquake. Rescue officers worked throughout the day in an effort to prepare a casualty list. Middletown, Conn., officials confirmed at least five dead and dozens injured at 5:30 p.m. just before a press conference about the accident. Hours after the shocking blast, which blew out windows and cracked foundations of neighboring houses, state police with specially trained dogs continued to poke through the rubble of twisted steel, looking for victims. Middletown Councilman Ronald P. Klattenberg said late Sunday afternoon that five people were missing, but the number of injured is not as large as initially feared. “There are bodies everywhere,” a witness said in the hours immediately after the explosion. Later in the afternoon rescue personnel said victims may still be buried in rubble. Middletown Deputy Fire Marshal Al Santostefano said there were “confirmed fatalities” but he did not know how many. He said there were probably no more than 50 construction workers on the site. Initial reports were that as many as 100 workers may have been at the site. “It was a massive explosion” Santostefano said. Eddie Reilly, president of build-


An aerial view shows the aftermath of an explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant where five were killed and more injured. Theplant is located along the Connecticut River in Middletown, Connecticut, on Sunday. ing trades council in Hartford, Conn., confirmed there were about 50 tradesmen on site Sunday morning. The plant, which has been under construction for years, was nearing completion. It was designed to generate electricity by burning natural gas. Neighbors said they believed the explosion was the result of an operating test. Santostefano said the explosion was related in some fashion to natural gas, but that the cause was still under investigation. He said the explosion appears to have occurred when operators attempted a “blow down” of natural gas pipelines, a procedure that involves the purging of gas from the pipelines. The power plant site, carved into a rocky bluff over a bend in the lower Connecticut River, consisted of nu-

merous structures. But Santostefano said he believes the explosion occurred in the largest, a massive, square steel structure known as the power block building. Klattenber said the explosion blew out all sides of the power block buidling. “Parts of the walls are just flapping in the wind,” Klattenberg said. Santostefano said “They are taking the building apart, piece by piece. If they do find anybody, they would be under the rubble.” He said rescue workers were “search and rescue mode.” He said authorities believe many of those on the site at the time of the explosion worked for O&G Construction, the general contractor building the plant, which was more than 95 percent complete.


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Rainstorm in L.A. area spurs Protesters amass ahead of Olympics mudslides; 40 houses damaged Kim Murphy los angeles times

VANCOUVER, Canada — While past Olympics have been magnets for protests over issues such as aboriginal rights in Australia and oppression in Tibet, the Vancouver Winter Games are preparing to host one of the biggest displays ever of organized opposition to the Olympics themselves. Building on years of disgruntlement over the increasingly corporate nature of the Games — and widespread alarm over a projected $5.6 billion price tag — a resistance network has vowed to post thousands of protesters outside venues, some of whom aim to disrupt the events. Security analysts have warned that such domestic protesting is as great a threat to the seamless unfolding of the Games as the possibility of a terrorist attack. Canadian officials, however, have promised to give the demonstrators as much leeway as possible, backing off plans to ban signs, cordon off protesters and use high-tech sonic weapons to disperse unruly crowds. That open door reflects not only British Columbia’s tradition of tolerance and commitment to free speech, but also an acknowledgment of Vancouver residents’ reservations about hosting the Games, the infrastructure for which will probably take years to pay off. In recent weeks, politicians and small-business owners have been among those raising questions about whether the two-week event, which begins Friday, can possibly be worth the large public expenditures, traffic disruptions and environmental damage. “Some people are always going to love the Olympics, but most people just want it to go away,” said

Chris Shaw, an ophthalmology professor at the University of British Columbia who wrote a book arguing that Vancouver’s bid was an excuse for real estate developers to launch a multibillion-dollar, publicly financed building boom. “These games are going to bring out a lot of people who are not your traditional protesters,” Shaw said. “You’re going to see a lot of maand-pa people out there, standing there talking to tourists and passing out leaflets.That’s a sea change.” The protests, organizers say, are intended to be nonviolent: noisy rallies, street marches and possibly attempts to block spectators and competitors from reaching the venues. An array of groups with individual agendas will descend on Vancouver, much as they have during other high-profile events like World Trade Organization and G-20 meetings: North American aboriginal groups that claim the games are being hosted on unceded “stolen land.” Conservationists alarmed at the construction of the 62-mile Sea to Sky Highway connecting the city to the skiing venues at Whistler. Opponents of tar sands oil development in northern Canada. Anti-poverty activists who say the Olympics have further marginalized Vancouver’s poorest residents. They will join under the umbrella of the Olympic Resistance Network, which has been organizing the effort through its Web site, “The goal is to ... make clear to the world and to other residents in Canada that the Olympics are not all they’re hyped up to be — and to highlight the increasing number of Canadians who believe the Games see Olympics, page 5

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LOS ANGELES — An unexpectedly powerful rainstorm Saturday unleashed a torrent of mud that inundated more than 40 houses Saturday, leaving La Canada- Flintridge’s northernmost neighborhood in the Los Angeles area awash in boulders, dented cars and broken homes. The force of mudflow appeared to catch residents and officials off guard, as the forecast initially called for a light to moderate rainstorm. No evacuations had been ordered on Thursday or Friday, when the rain began to fall. But before dawn on Saturday, an intense band of rain cells formed over the mountains burned in the massive Station Fire.What was supposed to be a fast-moving storm instead stalled, dumping rain at an alarming rate. The power of the debris flowing off the mountain pushed a 10 ton boulder into a critical catch basin in La Canada-Flintridge. The boulder clogged the drain like some giant stopper and the ashen muck had no where to go but through the Paradise Valley neighborhood. Mud flowed two miles downhill. “It looked like the Niagara Falls was coming down the street,” said resident Amanda Manukian. She said she saw firefighters scramble out of her neighbor’s home uphill when a burst of rainfall poured down, threatening the crew. The wrath of the mudflow twisted garage doors into dented accordions, disintegrated walls of sandbags and knocked over 4,000-pound concrete barriers that lined the road to divert water away from homes. About 25 vehicles were damaged, flowing down the street and smashing up against walls, trees and each other. Despite the damaging mudflows, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries reported. By nightfall, more than 500 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders, which were effective in several communities, including La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Altadena and Sierra Madre. Of the 43 homes that were damaged, 31 had mud or other debris enter the house, while 12 suffered major structural damage. About 30 were located in Paradise Valley, while the others were scattered elsewhere in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta Elsewhere in the Los Angeles region, the rainstorm flooded freeways and caused numerous accidents, caused scattered mudslides in hillside neighborhoods, and washed out portions of at least two mountain roads — Angeles Crest


A home in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., suffered extensive damage in a mudslide on Saturday. Weather forcasts predicted light to moderate rain. Highway and Ortega Highway near Idyllwild. Scattered power outages were also reported. But the damage was worst at the top of the hill in La CanadaFlintridge’s Paradise Valley. The rains made good on worst-case scenario predictions that geologists and emergency officials have been warning about since the Station Fire denuded 250-square miles of the San Gabriel Mountains. Some residents were awakened by water flooding waist-deep into their home. Two men rescued a screaming, bedridden 86-year-old woman trapped in her room, tethered to an oxygen tank, her bed floating in the rising waters. P. Michael Freeman, chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, acknowledged that crews were operating on weather forecasts that turned out to be incorrect. “I think it’s imperative that everybody understand the unpredictability of predictions,” Freeman said. By Saturday night, the precipitation had largely cleared out of the Los Angeles area. Forecasters expected dry and warmer conditions Sunday and Monday, but there is a chance rain can return on Tuesday. The National Weather Service had forecasted that up to 1 inch would fall on the coast and in the valleys and as much as 3 inches would fall in the mountains and foothills by Saturday. But actual rainfall was more intense, with about 4 inches of rain falling in the mountains. Downtown L.A. saw 2.85 inches of rain since Thursday night; Santa Monica, 3.24; and the Hollywood Reservoir, 4.09.

“It was a higher intensity than we have gotten yet this year,” said Sue Cannon, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Saturday’s storm also moved more slowly than anticipated. A ridge of high pressure over the central United States unexpectedly stalled, causing the storm over to sit over L.A. and give the region a more thorough drenching, said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service. Other hillside residents in the region were affected by the storm. In the Hollywood Hills, Susan Morris, 42, was roused at 5 a.m. by a tenant living in her guest house who saw mud coming through the ceiling. She said her husband, PJ Pesce, 47, ran outside and saw mudslides had filled the road with tons of dirt, forcing flood water toward their 1940s ranch house. With the help of a neighbor, Morris said she and her husband dug a trench to redirect water away from their house and into the canyon. The couple, had tried to protect their home with sandbags, but the mud pushed its way past that barrier, a fence and a cement retaining wall, Morris said. As they watched, a firefighter attempted to climb up the hillside toward them and was knocked to his knees by mud as thick as wet cement, Morris said. “We live with reminders of all that is out of our control,” says Eric Grey whose house missed the mudslide but backyard was destroyed. “We love the house and love being in Southern California. This is just a little dirt and rocks. The sun will shine again.”

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have a lot more negative impact than positive,” Harsha Walia, a spokeswoman for the network said. The protesters are united, Walia said, by the perception that the Olympics “industry” is benefiting a few while ignoring the needs of citizens who might have been helped by the money being spent to host the Games. According to the Vancouver Organizing Committee, the official operating budget is $1.65 billion, with a total venue construction cost of $542 million. But that doesn’t include the $825 million cost of expanding the Vancouver convention center, which will serve as the media headquarters; the $748 million spent on the Sea to Sky Highway; and the 11.8-mile, $1.9 billion new light rail line from Vancouver International Airport, a portion of which was paid for by a private partner. Those projects, government officials said, were planned anyway and will be long-term resources for the province. “Thank goodness that we have such a spectacular facility that will drive economic activity for years into the future,” British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said during the convention center’s grand reopening in April. There have been other estimates, including one recently undertaken by the Vancouver Sun newspaper, that put the total Olympic price tag at closer to $5.6 billion. Some say that may be on the op-


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Monday, February 8, 2010 timistic side. Local boosters also appear to have miscalculated the bonanza they expected to spin off from the Games. On the eve of Vancouver’s successful 2003 bid, Campbell predicted that the Olympics would bring $10 billion in economic benefits to the province, including 228,000 jobs. Officials have persisted in predicting at least $4 billion in benefits, including tourism. But a PricewaterhouseCoopers study in November found that, through the end of 2008, British Columbia had seen at most an $884 million increase to its gross domestic product, including 20,780 jobs. According to the resistance network’s Web site, activists plan to kick off their “anti-Olympic convergence” with a series of workshops Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a “take back our city” demonstration on the day of the opening ceremonies. On Feb. 13, an ominously titled event: “Heart Attack: Street March to Clog the Arteries of Capitalism” is planned. It promises to “respect diversity of tactics and ... disturb ‘business as unusual’ on the first day of the Games!” “It’s hard for people to grasp,” said Sara Jennings, a Whistler native who is helping organize the demonstrations there. “You grow up with the idea of the Olympics being a wonderful thing, you watch it on TV and you think it’s all about the athletes and all about the world coming together. “But the reality is it’s become more of a corporate creation whose primary motive is greed. And the people that need the most support are the people that get trampled on when things like big corporate sporting events come to town.”






SAN LUIS OBISPO (MCT) — County agricultural officials are dealing with a second infestation of the light brown apple moth, an invasive pest. Two adult male apple moths were found in September in a canyon off Zenon Way in Nipomo.The discovery prompted state and county farm officials to establish a quarantine area there. The quarantine applies to farms, nurseries and other businesses that could spread the moth. Growers in the quarantine area are required to undergo regular inspections, said Marty Settevendemie, deputy county agricultural commissioner. Officials are planning an eradication effort in the Nipomo area. The effort involves placing thousands of twist-ties containing the moth’s mating pheromone in shrubbery.

CHICAGO (MCT) — The U.S. economy was front and center on the talk shows Sunday, with administration officials past and present expressing guarded confidence it’s in a recovery mode. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” said he thinks the economy is back in growth mode and, “We’re seeing some encouraging signs of healing” following better-than-expected unemployment data released Friday. Still, Geithner added, “This is going to take a while, and it’s going to be uneven, but there are encouraging signs in this report.”

Machu Picchu (MCT) — The switchback railroad used by 90 percent of tourists to reach Machu Picchu will be closed at least two months for repairs, spoiling the travel plans of thousands and affecting the economy of the area of southeast Peru that depends on tourism. Late last month, the last of 3,900 tourists, who were stranded in Machu Picchu after torrential rains and mudslides swept away parts of the Transandino Railroad, were evacuated. The rail line was damaged in eight places. The Inca Trail, the walkway hikers use to approach the site, was also destroyed in places. About 500 Americans were among those stranded. One Argentine tourist and his Peruvian guide were killed.


LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Women’s health advocates, health care professionals, breast cancer survivors and consumers will be in Sacramento on Monday to discuss and protest cuts to the statewide “Every Woman Counts!” program, which provided free mammograms to underserved women. On Jan. 1, the state suspended free mammography screening for new patients until July. And when services are reinstated, the program will no longer screen women ages 40 to 49.


WASHINGTON (MCT) — Sarah Palin said Sunday she might run for president in 2012 if she decides it’s good for her family and country. Fresh from a speech to conservative activists at a “tea party” gathering in Nashville, the former Alaska governor said President Barack Obama could be defeated in 2012, that she’s boning up on foreign and national policy and that she would run if it felt right. “I would,” she said on Fox News, where she’s a paid contributor. “I would if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family. Certainly, I would do so.”


KIEV, Ukraine (MCT) — Viktor Yanukovich, the former mechanic who just six years ago was shunned as a pro-Moscow stooge, declared victory in Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday after early exit polls showed him leading by a slim margin. Three exit polls showed Yanukovich leading by 4 to 5 percentage points in a runoff election that threatens to deepen political instability in the contentious former Soviet state. His opponent, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, refused to concede.

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Marti’s Bar and Grill goes ‘Local’ Anieca Ayler mustang daily

Marti's Bar and Grill transformed into ‘Local,’ which features locallyproduced food and later hours than most downtown restaurants. Corporate chef Shaun King, 30, said the makeover will advance the restaurant from typical to unique. "I like to describe it as upscale bar food with local prices," King said. With the addition of late kitchen and bar hours, as late as 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., King anticipates attracting college students who want a downtown hangout area to eat and, with free WiFi, even study. King, who grew up in San Luis Obispo, said while he was in school, wished there were a place to eat and socialize at night to take a break from

studying. "(Local) is what I wanted — good food late at night," he said. He envisions students getting out from a late movie during the week, in want of good food and a modern, comfortable setting to eat, talk and drink wine. Along with the new hours, Local's draft system includes six beers on tap, mainly from California breweries — the component general manager Brad Sturgis, 25, is most excited about. "It's a new concept to this town," Sturgis said. In accordance with its name, "Local" uses food from all local vendors including grass-fed beef and meat from Hearst Ranch in San Simeon and green vegetables from Windrose Farms in Paso Robles. Local remained open during the

construction that started about four weeks ago and had its first official "soft opening" last Tuesday night that brought close to 150 customers to its new polished doors. After a total of only six weeks and $50,000,Sturgis plans to have Local fully operational by Valentine's Day or soon after. The outside of the Higuera Street restaurant is painted an orange rust color, the inside a warm cream that emphasizes the dark wooden accents and furniture, the entire visage reminiscent of a Mediterranean theme. The sets of long tables and stools forecast a style of communal eating King says is integral to the new concept of Local; the "mix, mingle, and share" is the target interaction King, Sturgis and owner Billy Hales want to see in their restaurant. Their policy of "no hostess, no servers, no reservations" was designed to make the atmosphere more engaging. Consequently, money that would be spent employing hostesses and serves are instead transferred to food costs, maintaining low prices and high quality. "There really aren't any restaurants you can get this quality of food with no servers," Sturgis said. And by playing artists like Thievery Corporation whose mellow music can be played unnoticed in the background, the atmosphere is easily conducive to conversation Despite King's and Sturgis' obvious enthusiasm and optimism

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Formerly Marti’s Bar & Grill, new restaurant ‘Local’ features food from local vendors and will remain open later to cater to busy students. about the restaurant's anticipated success, the upscale does come with downside. Marti's was a good concept, Sturgis said, but inadequate for their desired clientele. "Some people still want it to be Marti's, but with the times changing, we had to adapt," he said. "It was time for a face lift and a concept change." King acknowledges the slight

backlash they have received and may soon get, but also feels the change was much needed. "It's still a bar, we just serve great, great food," he said. Local is open Tuesday and Wednesday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., with the kitchen closed at noon; Thursday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., kitchen closed at 1 a.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Called one of the most underrated poets in the country by one of her contemporaries, Wendy Barker read from her latest novel in prose poetry entitled "Nothing Between

Us: The Berkeley Years" to an audience of more than 60 people in Phillips Hall Friday. The poetry she writes addresses many different universal themes including gender relations, race, sex and love. Even though the story took place during the 1960s, the

issues addressed apply to today's world. Prose poetry is a form of poetry which does not incorporate the normal line breaks associated with poetry and includes many metaphors throughout. "Prose poem is a hybrid form that cuts through boundaries," Barker said. "It’s neither all poetry nor all prose. Some of the pieces are hard to pigeon hole. One of things I’m saying through the book is that race is hard to pigeon hole as well." Barker's latest book, her fifth full-length manuscript, is a fictional story based on her personal experiences of living and teaching in Berkeley during the 1960s. The story centers around a young, white female English teacher and her relationship with a Black physical education teacher. Barker moved to Berkeley from Phoenix in 1968 to teach in a pubsee Poet, page 7

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lic school that was set in a primarily African-American neighborhood. She said it was quite a different experience for her teaching in a new setting. "It’s one thing to say we are going to do something," she said. "It’s another thing to then be dealing with the range of deep feelings that people have." Barker said she enjoys how poetry allows for ambiguity and cuts through the usual kinds of judgmental characteristics which people make. She said the writing itself is her greatest personal pleasure and

loves sharing poetry of all kinds with others. Barker said she wrote this book to try to make sense of the time for herself since it was such a tumultuous period. She hopes the book will move people and cause discussions regarding the complexities of the time period and today. "For Cal Poly students, I would hope the book would cause a lot of contemplation about sex, gender and race," Barker said. Donald Ryujin, the acting department head chair for ethnic studies, said prejudices towards interracial relations will still remain as long as some racism exists. He said people are not meant to be mean or evil, but that their culture instills


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stereotypes in them because of the differences which exist. "Some of it is non-conscious," Ryujin said. "It is hidden in the fabric of the culture that one group is a little less humane towards the other group." Barker was invited to read at Cal Poly by her good friend, professor Kevin Clark. He said her latest book is very provocative and interesting since the rhythm and flow of the poems are created by the sentence. "It's really remarkable how she weaves the races and two people together," Clark said. "Each poem comments back and forth on each other to create the story." Barker's reading is sponsored by a program called WriterSpeak

which has brought numerous recognized poets and writers to Cal Poly for more than two decades. Clark said the program is run by Cal Poly Arts and financed by the College of Liberal Arts and the English Department. "The purpose of the program is to expose students at Cal Poly to the best poets and fiction writers of the era," Clark said. Clark incorporates Barker's latest book into his advanced poetry class. He said his advanced poets learn from her book through class and benefited from hearing the work presented in her own voice. One such student who appreciated hearing Barker's story was English senior Elise Denes.

7 "Her book is an impressive use of prose and chronicle of the time period," Denes said. "Racial barriers still hold true today." Another English senior was also impressed with Barker's reading. Amy Thrash said it absolutely makes a difference in hearing a poet read their own work since they know how it is supposed to sound. She said she enjoyed how Barker offers no answers regarding racial relations. In the future, Barker said she is excited to get back to work and already has another manuscript in progress. "I'm eager to get back to new poems," Barker said. "There are lots of new poems in the hopper."


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Hipster: The Magnetic Fields' latest album leaves us awaiting the next The Magnetic Fields have just released a companion piece to their 2008 album, "Distortion." This new offering, "Realism," was intended to be the technical obverse to "Distortion's" reverse. The layers of amplified reverberation and screeching feedback that defined the last record have been completely stripped away, leaving voices and instruments unmolested. The production has gone from noisy to, well ... folksy. So, you might be thinking, "folk record". Well, whether that means The Kingston Trio or Fleet Foxes (which amounts to the same thing), you're wrong. The Magnetic Fields have used "clean" production before, and "Realism" is a return to the baroque creations featured prominently on "69 Love songs Volume 3." If you liked the Renaissance Faire sensibility that drove songs like "For We Are the King of the Boudoir," then you'll be happy to know this album is awash in mandolins, harpsichords and glockenspiels. But, in many ways, this approach makes for the most difficult and least accessible record possible. Consequently, "Realism" is an especially difficult proposition for anyone who loved the chaos of "Distortion." Thankfully, the

opening track, "You Must be out of Your Mind," serves as a soothing reassurance that all is in order, and that Stephin Merritt's songwriting remains both overtly literate and overwhelmingly bitter: "I want you crawling back to me, down on your knees, yeah/Like an appendectomy, sans anesthesia." One nice side-effect of the nearly-naked production is the easy decernability of the lyrics. Another plus is the prominence of the melodies; a good thing because there's some really pretty stuff here. Arguably the prettiest song on the album, "I Don't Know What to Say," is an oxymoronically articulate description of utter inarticulation (if that makes any sense). Occasionally, these pretty melodies are actually ... uplifting. "Everything is One Big Christmas Tree" is a rousing number that has a wonderful German singalong and encourages us to start drinking beer instead of reading books, while "The Dada Polka" similarly urges the listener to "Gyrate like a Gyroscope/Collide like a Kaleidoscope." Even more fun, "The Dolls' Tea Party" is essentially "California Girls" moved backwards in time, attacking breezies from 1910 in-

stead of 2010: "At the Dolls' Tea party we fritter away the long afternoon of a long summer day/ With extended pinkies and pink cloisonnĂŠ." The plinking, kitschy arrangement makes this song feel somehow more cutting than the open threat in "California Girls" to ax down countless emptyheaded blondes. No doubt, there's a lot to like about this record. As befitting any Magnetic Fields outing, it's full of cleverness -- both musically and wordily. It's also a beautiful, beautiful exercise in sound production with no dirty tricks, allowing the real instrumentation to stand on its own real merit. But, as much as I enjoy this record, I can't wait until then next one -wherein the band will revive their rich history with synthesized strings, thumping drum ma-

chines and all other things dancey, filthily artificial and otherwise wonderful. Jesse Bo Widmark is a KCPR DJ and a Mustang Daily music columnist.

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The doubt and dangers of anthropogenic climate change continue to climb

“The science is settled” has been a popular phrase when it comes to global warming, but that statement has come under fire, and even more so recently. The question of whether or not global warming is anthropogenic (caused by humans) has huge ramifications for our environment, economy and our quality of life. Before Nov. 17, 2009, it was unknown that data (including more than one thousand e-mails and thousands of other documents) had been stolen from a server at the Climate Research Unit, but on Nov. 17th that data was uploaded onto a hacked server of the RealClimate website with the message “A miracle just happened.” An administrator at RealClimate promptly noticed the server intrusion and deleted the uploaded information. A report on this information by the Science & Public Policy Institute details what the information reveals. “The Team had tampered with the complex, bureaucratic processes of the UN’s climate panel, the IPCC, so as to exclude inconvenient scientific results from its four Assessment Reports, and to influence the panel’s conclusions for political rather than scientific reasons. “The Team had conspired in an attempt to redefine what is and is not peer-reviewed science for the sake of excluding results that did not fit what

they and the politicians with whom they were closely linked wanted the UN’s climate panel to report. “They had tampered with their own data so as to conceal inconsistencies and errors. “They had expressed dismay at the fact that, contrary to all of their predictions, global temperatures had not risen in any statistically-significant sense for 15 years, and had been falling for nine years.They had admitted that their inability to explain it was ‘a travesty.’ This internal doubt was in contrast to their public statements that the present decade is the warmest ever, and that ‘global warming’ science is settled.” The incident was later dubbed “Climategate,” but despite the information brought to light by it, many argue against its impact on the theory of anthropogenic climate change. This is understandable as there have been many years of global warming talk and some ideas have become embedded in people’s minds. The belief in anthropogenic global warming has opened the door to some dangerous political policies, which only increase the need to understand things properly when it comes to Earth’s climate. The first that comes to mind is Cap and Trade, which is a huge energy tax that is supposed to curb our carbon emissions. If don’t believe me that Cap and

Trade is a huge tax, believe the President (who is a proponent of Cap and Trade) when he says “under my plan of a Cap and Trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Furthermore, there have been proposed climate treaties that pose a threat to our sovereignty. To my knowledge none of them have been signed, but there was a lot of momentum for the U.S. to sign a treaty in Copenhagen, which would have made the U.S. accountable to foreign entities, and eligible for penalties if it did not meet the goals enumerated in the treaty.This is ridiculous; we should not be signing up to be subservient to any foreign countries or groups. We must be a leader in our own right and conduct ourselves according to our own wishes. The whole global warming discussion seems to have turned into an

issue of peer pressure, on an almost elementary-school level. It’s far too common for people who express any sign of doubt of anthropogenic climate change to be met with charges of being a conspiracy theorist, crazy, or being bought and paid for by the oil companies. When there should be debates, there is instead name calling and blacklisting. In response to the saying that “the science is settled”, I reply, with all due respect, that the science is not yet settled. In fact, the more people just claim that it is, the more they do harm to their own cause by not actually convincing anyone of the science. The less people explain things, the more skeptical of them I become. Aaron Berk is a computer engineering junior and Mustang Daily political columnist.

the words “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.” CBS said the church’s commercial was rejected because of a policy against airing ads that “touch on and/or take one side of a current controversial issue.” The broadcasting company policies that apply to this type of ad are not an outright ban, but require preapproval from the corporation. That might leave a little wiggle room if there was consistency in applying the policy overall. In 2009 and 2010 CBS rejected dating Web site’s commercial. The ad shows two men in football jerseys watching a game. The men’s hands touch in a potato chip bowl and they start making out. CBS said there was a question of the company’s credit; the dating site said they were paying cash. Mancrunch wasn’t alone in being denied one of the coveted time slots.’s spot was rejected because there was a chance it might

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CBS ad policy discriminates once again It looks like the advertising executives at CBS might have some homophobic issues. The company rejected two commercials featuring gay men for this year’s Super Bowl and this isn’t the first time. Reports about the commercials exploded when Planned Parenthood and women’s advocacy groups expressed outrage over the decision to air an anti-abortion ad during yesterday's Super Bowl. featuring University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. The controversial ad highlighted a CBS-implied policy to ban ads with any homosexual theme. Ads previously denied include an ad bought by the United Church of Christ for both the 2004 and 2005 Super Bowls, which depicted gays and lesbians being accepted as members of their church. It began with two men holding hands, later showing them being turned away by bouncers.The ad cut to a screen with

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offend people.The ad shows a madeup football star in a pink outfit who starts a lingerie company when he retires. The domain host is known for its racy material, but this would appear to be one of its more tame commercials. Neither of the rejected ads advocate anything more than promoting their businesses through the most popular spots in television. CBS broke their “long-standing” rule of banning advocacy advertisements when it aired the Tebow antiabortion commercials Sunday. At the end of each of the 30second ads, audience members are advised to visit Focus on the Family’s Web site for more of the Tebow story. Focus on the Family is known for its anti-abortion and anti-gay stance. In an interview with Jim Daly, president of the religious organization, Bob Tebow advises young women with unwanted pregnancies to not choose abortion. The organization

offers counseling for same-sex attraction and calls it a “violation of God’s intentional design for gender and sexuality.” The decision to air a commercial by a group so strongly opposed to choice and homosexuality, while denying commercials depicting gay men and inclusiveness, demonstrates CBS' bias. The corporation said it approved the ad because of the economy and policy changes made to stay modern. If that’s the case why turn away an additional $5 million in ad revenue? Looking at their actions, it’s easy to see something far deeper at work. If they were looking to keep people from being offended they did a poor job. CBS needs to review not only their policy, but the people who are applying it and the reasons behind it. Rhiannon Montgomery is a journalism senior and Mustang Daily reporter.

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A year after piecing together one of the most dominant seasons in program history, Cal Poly held a 4-7 record in 2009. The Mustangs racked up four consecutive losses for the first time since 2002 and ended their sixconsecutive winning seasons streak by finishing last in the Grean West. “It was a disappointment; I’m disappointed, I’m sure our players disappointed, I know the fans are disappointed,” head coach Tim Walsh said at a press conference at the end of last season. “It wasn’t exactly the way we scripted it. But the reality of the situation is that is where we are. We can bury our head in the sand and try to ignore it or we can go back and we can research it.” Last week, Walsh announced a recruitment class last week that will help fill the gaps. “We had a great class,” Walsh said. “We were able to pinpoint the young people that we wanted in our football program and then had the opportunity to go get ‘em...With the addition of the guys that we did sign, I think, will give us the opportunity to help us become who we want to become as a football program.” This year’s class consists of 12 high school graduates, two community college transfers and one four year college transfer: two defensive linemen, three linebackers, three defensive backs, one wide receiver, three offensive lineman, two running backs and one kicker. Of the group, two recruits hail from the Central Coast. Santa Maria native K.J. Cusack rushed for 1,845 yards with 22 touchdowns as a senior at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria. He car-


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connected on his second three of the game and a 26-25 lead. But the Mustangs couldn’t hold off Pacific as they regained the lead, 31-30, on a lay up by Nyika Williams with 1:45 left in the half. Pacific went into the break with a 37-32 lead. The Tigers opened the second half with a lay up by Sam Willard; Cal Poly responded when Lewis slammed home a dunk. Pacific extended its lead to 5338, but the Mustangs responded when Kyle Odister hit a three of his own to make the score 53-41. Drawing closer, the Mustangs got to within 10 at 53-43 when Charles Anderson broke free for a fast-break lay up with 9:37 left. Keeler then made a lay up with 28 seconds left to put Cal Poly within five, but would not get any closer. “I am not too discouraged from tonight, I am very couraged … (It was) a great step in the right direction,” Callero said. “We are still very happy we are 5-5 in conference play; we are still tied for third with four other teams.” — Brian De Los Santos contributed to this article

ried the ball 134 times and averaged close to 14 yards per rush, helping fuel the Knights to a 12-1 record. Cusack produced eight games of 100 yards or more rushing, including four games where he breached 200 yards. “I don’t know if we have a guy that is more talented than him,”Walsh said. “With the ball in his hands he is just special” Cusack’s highlight tape resembles something that mirrors a Reggie Bush running style, but critics question his size. He is listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds.To Walsh, that is no problem. “We know he is not the biggest guy ... but he has the instincts at running back that I think you cannot teach,”Walsh said. “K.J. is an explosive guy with the football and he is probably more physical than anybody will allow you to believe.” Another recruit that heads to Cal Poly from local ground is Kevin Britt. Britt caught 53 passes for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns at Nipomo High School. While Britt saw playing time on both sides of the ball,Walsh has recruited Britt to play defensive back. “This man can run. He can flat run, and can make plays and he made plays against some high-quality opponents,”Walsh said. Britt recorded 19 solo tackles among his 71 total stops in his senior year. Fresno State and San Diego State were among several other Division I schools showing interest in Britt. “We can’t find guys that are 5-foot11 or 6-foot that can run like he can run, but play corner,”Walsh said.“I am not going to say that two years down the road he can’t be a wide receiver, but right now he is a corner. We are happy that we have some height at that position.” Last year, Cal Poly’s receiving corps

got help from UCLA transfer Dominique Johnson.This year, another FBS transfer is heading to Cal Poly to wear green and gold — former West Virginia running back Mark Rodgers. Rodgers will have two years of eligibility left with the Mustangs. Last year he backed up Noel Devine and mostly saw the field as a kick return specialist. His most extensive playing time as a Mountaineer came his freshman year when he rushed 15 times for 80 yards against Marshall. In high school he rushed for 4,819 yards and 50 touchdowns in his last two seasons at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale. “He is a very exciting football player,” Walsh said. “He is extremely strong and a very gifted young man that we think can be a differencemaker.” Other recruits include: defensive end Kyle Murphy: Cardinal Newman High School/Santa Rosa Junior College; linebacker A.J. Caviglia: Buchanan High School/Fresno Community College; wide receiver Lance Castaneda: Grace M. Davis High School; offensive lineman Joseph Coleman: Moreau Catholic High School; strong safety Dave Douglas: Oakland Senior High School; linebacker Nick Dzubnar: Mission Viejo High School; offensive lineman Joshua Hines: Jesuit High School; linebacker Brandon Howe: Dana Hills High School; defensive back Vante Johnson: Edison High School; kicker James Langford: Foothill High School; defensive tackle Chris Lawrence: De La Salle High School; offensive Lineman Lefi Letuligasenoa: Elk Grove High School. “The addition of the guys that we did sign I think will give is the opportunity to become who we want to become as a football program,” Walsh said.


Davis, two nationally ranked wrestlers. Despite these Mustang victories, the second half of the dual meet belonged to Oregon State. Cal Poly 165-pounder Steven Vasquez battled Oregon State’s Dan Brascetta to a 3-3 draw after two periods, but Brascetta earned an escape and take-down in the third period and held on for a 6-4 decision. At 197, Mustang Ryan Smith and Beaver Chad Hanke traded escapes in the second and third periods after a scoreless first period. The bout appeared to be heading into overtime, but Hanke scored a take-down with 11 seconds left for a 3-1 decision, tying the dual meet at 18-18. At heavyweight, Mustang Jim Powers recorded a take-down with 1:09 left in the third period to close the gap to 3-2; but No. 14 Clayton Jack earned an escape with 56 seconds left and clinched his match. The escape also clinched the dual meet for Oregon State with a takedown with 20 seconds remaining for the 6-2 victory. Cal Poly’s only winner in the final five bouts was Ryan DesRoches. Ranked No. 19 at 174, DesRoches moved up to 184 and earned a 15-5 major decision against Ty Vinson, improving his record for the season to 30-7. Cal Poly hosts UC Davis for its final dual meet of the season next Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Mott Gym.

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The No. 18 Oregon State University wrestling team won four of the final five bouts to rally from a 14-6 (18-1, 6-1 Pac-10 Conference) deficit and beat No. 16 Cal Poly (7-4, 4-2) 21-18, Saturday night in Mott Gym. Oregon State has won 17 straight matches since a 25-7 loss to Pac-10 leader Boise State on Nov. 22. The Beavers have beaten Cal Poly 18 straight times, raising their series advantage to 35-10-2. Oregon State won the first two bouts as Jason Lara earned an 11-5 decision over Micah Ferguson and Kelly Kubec posted a 7-5 victory in overtime versus Boris Novachkov in a match-up of nationally-ranked wrestlers at 133 pounds. It was Novachkov’s second loss in 23 matches this season. Cal Poly won the next three matches to build a 14-6 lead. Filip Novachkov improved his record to 20-5 with an 11-2 major decision over Mike Mangrum at 141. Nick Fisher pinned No. 17 RJ Pena to win the 149-pound bout. Mustang 157-pounder Chase Pami completed the run with a 14-5 major decision against Keegan


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The Saints earned their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history with a 31-17 win against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. The Saints rallied back from a 10-0 deficit in the first quarter behind quarterback Drew Brees, who went 32 of 39 with 288 yards and two touchdowns. Peyton Manning finished the game 31 of 45 with 333 yards and one touchdown. Manning, threatening to take the lead, threw a key 74-yard pick six to cornerback Tracy Porter in the fourth quarter. Monday, February 8, 2010


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Cal Poly women’s basketball rode record-setting shooting in its lopsided win against Pacific Saturday night. If there were any questions of the Mustangs (15-7, 8-2 Big West) falling victim to a trap game against the Tigers, they silenced critics with a record-setting 99-66 victory against Pacific (3-18, 1-9). The Mustangs tied the program record for most home victories in a season. Cal Poly also set a program record for three-point percentage and tied the NCAA record for consecutive three-pointers. Head coach Faith Mimnaugh was pleased with the way her team performed as the team on top in the conference. The Mustangs took sole possession of the number one spot with a victory over the UC Davis Thursday night. “We sure did play well this week, I think that we did play championship-level basketball,” she said. The shooting barrage was led by junior guard Rachel Clancy who went a perfect five for five from long range on her way to a team high 23 points. “We’re a team of great shooters. I feel like we feel it everyday. Sometimes it drops and sometimes it doesn’t and tonight it just dropped for everybody,” Clancy said. Four of Clancy’s three pointers came in the first half as the Mustangs came out of the gates hot, including a perfect seven for seven from long range. “Sometimes when I make a couple early (baskets) I get extra confidence,” Clancy said. “So if I get off to a good start I kind of have more confidence to let it fly. And we were pushing so hard in transition that I felt wide open at times.” Though the Mustangs were up 31-14 at one point in the first half, Cal Poly went through a bit of a lull as Pacific closed the gap near the end of the half to keep things close. “Our mentality was definitely just keep attacking and don’t let up at anytime,” junior forward Kristina Santiago said. “We kind of

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Senior guard Ashlee Stewart (5) went 3 - 3 from beyond the three-point stripe against Pacific. She finished the game with nine points and a team-high six assists. Rachel Clancy led the Mustangs in scoring with 23 points. did at the end of the first half. We let up a little bit but we came back out in the second half re-energized and took it at them again.”

We sure did play well this week; I think that we did play championshiplevel basketball. —Faith Mimnaugh Women’s basketball head coach

In her last game at Pacific, Santiago had 27 points and a then career-high 13 rebounds. Feeling a little under the weather Saturday, she only played 25 minutes and scored 16 points while getting five rebounds and four steals. “We definitely knew we couldn’t take the teams lightly so we came out really hard, attacking and shot amazingly (well),” Santiago said. Pacific was quick and aggressive on the defensive end; head coach Lynne Roberts had her team in a full court press for almost the entire game. Helping out in the second half effort was senior forward Becky Tratter and junior guard Desiray Johnston. Tratter opened the sec-

ond half with back-to-back rebounds and a bucket to spark an 11-2 run. Then with 15 minutes to go, Johnston almost nailed Pacific’s coffin. She first broke the press and pulled up for three-pointer. On the next possession she took the outlet pass and went coast-tocoast for the lay-in. She then added another three and assisted on a three for Clancy to effectively end the game. “We did a good job of bunkering down, I think in the second half regaining that lead. Everyone did a good job coming off the bench, all the starters too, so it was a really good team win,” Clancy said. The team turned from the hunter to the hunted after its victory against former leader of the conference UC Davis on Thursday night. In a contest featuring the toptwo teams in conference, the Mustangs ran away with a 69-48 win against the Aggies. “We haven’t earned anything yet,” Mimnaugh said at the end of the UC Davis game. “If we have a let-down I will be sorely disappointed.”

coach Joe Callero said. “Ninety percent doesn’t win at this level, or any level ... We thought we we’re going to win by just showing up.” Saturday night that wasn’t the case. As the Mustangs (8-14, 5-5 Big West) lost to Pacific (15-7, 8-2) 67 – 61, Callero said this game was a

step in the right direction. “Generally, I have been very disappointed for the last two weeks,” Callero said. “But tonight’s performance was the best effort and most competitive that we have been (in our four-game losing streak).” Two of the last three losses were decided by 20 or more points. In all three games, one Cal Poly starter scored double digits. “I think we finally hit rock bottom and we are coming up for air,” Callero said. Against Pacific, junior Shawn Lewis scored a team-high 16 points, while senior Lorenzo Keeler, the leading scorer in the conference, added 13 for the Mustangs. “I have been saying all year the most important thing in coaching is that you have to feel like you are getting better,” Callero said. “What was disappointing was that the prior 10 days, we really hit a wall. Tonight was the night where we said enough was enough, it was time to compete with the top team (in the Big West) on the road.” Pacific opened the game with a 12-0 run before Keeler put the Mustangs on the board. The Tigers rallied on a threepoint play by Allen Huddleston to give the Tigers a 19-9 lead with just under 11 minutes left in the half. With the deficit at 20-9, Cal Poly was not ready to give up. Lewis and David Hanson hit back-to-back threes to cut the lead to 25-23, forcing a Pacific timeout. The Mustangs grabbed their first lead of the game when Hanson see Round-up, page 11

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Cal Poly men’s basketball head coach Joe Callero diagnosed his team’s effort in recent contests a product of “altitude sickness.” “You think you’re playing hard, but you’re only playing 95 to 90 percent speed,” Cal Poly head

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Junior guard Shawn Lewis led the Mustangs with a team-high 16 points Saturday night at home. Senior guard Lorenzo Keeler added 13 points.


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