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Professor explores Native American symbolism in the Roman Catholic Church in new book.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Officials say cuts Governor visits SLO to discuss employment rates will not impact campus diversity Hillary Preece special to the mustang daily

California State University (CSU) campuses must now comply with a mandate from the Chancellor’s Office to reduce undergraduate enrollment. Cal Poly must cut 1,648 of 17,349 stu-

However, Cal Poly administrators such as Provost Robert Koob say the university will be able to avoid this. “By lowering totals, we don’t anticipate to inappropriately impact the minority groups,” Koob said. The decrease may very well

I think more on the mindset that everyone here is equal with the same opportunities and chance of making it here, regardless of being a minority. —Adonna Anderson electrical engineering junior

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed how his legislation would create more jobs at businesses like REC Solar in San Luis Obispo yesterday. The legislation package will provide more than $3,000 reimbursement for employers who hire and train previously unemployed Californians. There were about 20 people waiting to try to get a glimpse of the governor as he quickly moved from the building to his armored vehicle.

dents, but administrators said the cuts should not affect diversity on campus. Reducing the number of admitted students proportionately reduces the number of available spots for eligible minority applicants, Chancellor Charles Reed said in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Stricter admissions policies are often thought to discriminate against minority students, who might not have access to the same academic opportunities.

change the racial makeup on campus but will do so inadvertently, he added. There are three ways Cal Poly will reduce the number of incoming students: graduating more students, reducing the size of the incoming class and enforcing academic disqualifications. Graduating eligible students reduces the number of students on campus and is not related to race or ethnicity. The university is also see Enrollment, page 2

Severance tax on oil and gas for higher education fails to pass Jessica Barba mustang daily

The California State Assembly Appropriations Committee failed to approve an oil and gas severance tax that was expected to generate $1 billion in revenue to California’s higher education system last month. In its place, the committee will require an annual report on the amount that would have been put toward public higher education if the tax were enforced. The Board of Equalization collects all state sales and use taxes, and funds the state government, counties and

special districts. The bill, denied Jan. 21, would have placed a 9.9 percent severance tax on oil and natural gas, which would amount to about $600 million for the California State University (CSU) system and between $25 and 30 million for Cal Poly. The bill is sponsored by the California Faculty Association (CFA). “We have not given up on our efforts to provide a stable source of funding for the CSU and will continue to forcefully and effectively pursue avenues that will provide us these needed funds,” CFA President Lillian Taiz said in a press release. “AB 656, coupled

with our years of efforts to inform the public about the problems facing CSU, has placed higher education at the forefront of the state’s concerns. We will continue our efforts to ensure the long-term health of the CSU is not sacrificed in the name of short-term economic expediency.” The opportunity to gain the required two-thirds vote for assembly passage would have only been possible with the support of assembly republicans in addition to the bill’s potential costs to the state general fund, according to the CFA press release. Despite the bill’s dismissal,

members of CFA still consider it somewhat of a success, CFA communication specialist Brian Ferguson said. “It was a very successful bill leading up to this,” Ferguson said. “There have been previous severance taxes that did not pass, but this cleared two committees, the education committee and revenues and tax committees.” According to the CFA press release, the refusal of the bill’s passage was not a major loss because it has created dialogue that motivated the governor’s decision to increase the CSU budget by at least $305 million in his January

budget proposal. The CFA also supported the approval of Senate Bill 218 as a step forward in continuing legislative efforts to provide oversight and accountability of the $1.34 billion in hidden funds held by CSU campus auxiliaries and foundations. SB 218 forces university bodies such as the Cal Poly Foundation and the Cal Poly Corporation to open their books to the public. “We are looking into all possibilities to rerunning the bill and finding other alternatives to help support our campuses and universities,” Ferguson said.


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block-scheduling some students, especially seniors, to ensure they graduate. Though graduating students will help alleviate some of the pressure to lessen the number of students enrolled, the undergraduate student body will be most impacted by the acceptance of fewer students and disqualifying currently enrolled students. Cal Poly had a record number of applications for its fall 2010 quarter with nearly 39,000 submissions. Race is not a variable in this process, said James Maraviglia, as-

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sistant vice president of admissions, recruitment and financial aid. While more than 600 first-time freshmen already accepted early admission offers, Cal Poly still has no record of how diverse the new class of students is, Maraviglia said. According to state laws, race cannot be a factor in the admissions process. California’s Proposition 206, passed in 1996, says California State University campuses cannot admit students with consideration to race, sex or ethnicity. “The admission that we do is truly race and ethnicity free, solely dependent on qualification,” Koob said of Cal Poly’s admission process, which is largely based on standardized test scores and high


school grades. This is unlike other universities which include more components, including essays in their admissions decisions. Prospective applicants will face a more competitive pool because of the limited spaces and undefined number of available spots, he said. Reducing the incoming class is only one change, though. A more immediate effect of the budget is reducing the number of Cal Poly students through academic disqualifications. Disqualification is based on a student being placed on academic probation for consecutive or multiple quarters. Academic probation occurs automatically when undergraduate students earn less than a

2.0 grade point average. Only a small percentage of students on academic probation each quarter are disqualified because Cal Poly has not yet rigorously enforced the policy, Koob said. But Cal Poly asked each college to evaluate students eligible for academic disqualification more strictly. Electrical engineering junior and Black Student Union president and electrical engineering junior Adonna Anderson said disqualification does not automatically affect minority students. “I think more on the mindset that everyone is equal with the same opportunities and chance of making it here, regardless of being a minority,” Anderson said.

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John Murtha dies at 77 James Oliphant tribune washington bureau

WASHINGTON — John Murtha, the Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania whose fierce opposition to the Iraq war helped catalyze public sentiment against the conflict, died Monday. He was 77. Murtha died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington,Va. He had been hospitalized for a little more than a week with complications from gallbladder surgery. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; his daughter, Donna; his sons, John and Patrick; and three grandchildren. Murtha was known inside Washington for decades as the consummate behind-the-scenes deal maker, an old-line power broker and physically imposing figure who unrepentantly delivered billions of federal dollars to his home state. In his later years, Murtha became a favorite target of critics demanding an end to Congress’ earmarking largesse. He was never charged with a crime, nor found to have committed an ethical breach. As a result, Pennsylvania’s longestserving member of Congress leaves a complicated legacy — praised by antiwar liberals for his courage while pilloried by government reformers. Still, it was no small thing for the then 73-year-old Murtha, a decorated Vietnam veteran and longtime champion of the armed forces, to stand before television cameras in 2005 and call for an immediate pullout of American forces from Iraq. In

doing so, he became the unlikely face of congressional opposition to the war. “Our military’s done everything that has been asked of them,” Murtha said then. “The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily,” he said. “It’s time to bring the troops home.” His view was, in turn, savaged by President George W. Bush and congressional Republicans and supported, but not embraced, by nervous Democrats. “Jack Murtha went out and spoke for Jack Murtha,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, now the White House chief of staff, who then headed the Democratic House election effort. John Patrick Murtha Jr. was born in New Martinsville, W.Va., on June 17, 1932. His family soon moved across the border to Pennsylvania. Murtha enlisted in the Marines after the Korean War broke out in 1950. He returned to Pennsylvania to take over the family business, a car wash and a gas station, and resume his studies, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He also joined a Marine reserve unit, then volunteered for active duty in 1966 as the war in Vietnam escalated. Wounded twice, he was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Murtha entered politics upon his return to the United States, first securing a seat in the state Legislature and then winning a special House election in 1974, becoming the first

Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress. He immediately established himself as a Democratic hawk, voting to fund the war in Vietnam long after the national mood had soured. During his fourth term in the House, Murtha faced a political test, becoming ensnared in the FBI’s Abscam bribery investigation. He was videotaped speaking to an FBI agent posing as a lawyer for a rich Arab sheik, refusing to take $50,000 in cash — supposedly in exchange for help obtaining a visa for the sheik. The Justice Department cleared him, and he testified against two other congressmen, John Murphy and Frank Thompson, who later were convicted. Murtha was re-elected. In 2008, federal agents raided a lobbying firm in Washington, the PMA Group, that specialized in securing military contracts for its clients, and another firm in Johnstown that was largely funded through Murtha’s earmarks. Both donated heavily to Murtha’s re-election efforts. The investigations are ongoing, but the Office of Congressional Ethics closed an investigation of Murtha in December. The probes were concurrent with calls in the House to clean up the earmark process. Murtha, however, was never apologetic for using his congressional power to benefit his economically depressed home. “If I am corrupt,” he said in a March 2009 interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “it is because I take care of my district.”




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FRESNO (MCT) — A Fresno City College instructor is wrongly presenting religious-based and antigay views as fact in an introductory health class, the American Civil Liberties Union charged Monday. The organization outlined complaints against full-time instructor Bradley Lopez in a letter sent to City College President Cynthia Azari. The ACLU — which requested a response by Feb. 15 — demanded the campus ensure that health science classes teach unbiased and medically accurate information.

MIAMI (MCT) — As Haiti begins digging out from under 60 million cubic meters of earthquake wreckage, U.S. companies have begun jockeying for a bonanza of cleanup work. It’s unclear at this point who will award the cleanup contracts, but there is big money to be made in the rubble of some 225,000 collapsed homes and at least 25,000 government and office buildings. At least two politically-connected U.S. companies have enlisted powerful local allies in Haiti to help compete for the high-stakes business.

JERUSALEM (MCT) — A U.S.-based philanthropy that funds human rights groups in Israel is under fire amid accusations that its recipients provided the bulk of evidence to a U.N. commission that issued a report highly critical of Israel’s Gaza Strip offensive a year ago. Leaders of the Washington-based New Israel Fund, whose recipients include several organizations that promote Palestinian rights, said Sunday that they are being unfairly targeted by conservatives in Israel seeking to silence opposing viewpoints. “It’s an attempt to stifle dissent,” said Daniel Sokatch, chief executive of the fund, which donates about $15 million annually to human rights and civil society groups in Israel.


LOS ANGELES (MCT) — In an effort to better regulate the number of hikers using the cable system to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park will begin requiring day-use permits for the popular climb when the cables are put back up in May. This interim program, implemented by the National Park Service, is being conducted in an effort to address safety issues that have arisen from crowding, which has led to unsafe conditions and long waits. The Half Dome day-use permits will only be required on weekends, including Fridays, as well as holidays. Four hundred will be issued per day, with 100 of those to be included in wilderness permits. About 84,000 people climbed to the top of Half Dome in 2008.

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CHICAGO (MCT) — Scott Lee Cohen, the pawnbroker whose surprise victory in last week’s Illinois’ Democratic lieutenant governor primary was followed by scandalous revelations about him, quit the race Sunday during the half time of the Super Bowl, saying he didn’t want to “put the people of Illinois in jeopardy in any way.” Cohen made the tearful announcement just hours after a spokesman for powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state Democratic chairman, said Madigan had urged Cohen to quit in a private meeting Friday. “For the good of the people of the state of Illinois and for the Democratic party, I will resign,” an emotional Cohen told a crowd of supporters and reporters.


BEIJING (MCT) — The Chinese Web site, Black Hawk Safety Net, online academy for hackers has been shut down. Police announced they had closed down the operation, which state media said was the largest training site for Chinese hackers, and arrested three of its ringleaders. Black Hawk is accused of collecting more than $1 million in tuition from 12,000 subscribers and 170,000 others who took its online courses, according to Chinese media.

The drug, one of the most widely used general anesthetics in the nation, is so dangerous that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says only those trained in anesthesia should administer it. Murray told police that he had been giving Jackson nightly intravenous doses of propofol for six weeks, about the time he began working for the performer, according to police affidavits filed in court. Murray, who was in debt and behind on child support payments, earned $150,000 a month treating Jackson and closed practices he op-


erated in Las Vegas, where he lived, and Houston to join the performer in Los Angeles for rehearsals. According to the affidavits, Jackson told the physician that for years other doctors had treated his chronic insomnia with doses of propofol, a white liquid the singer called “milk.” Through his attorney, Murray has maintained his innocence and said he did nothing that should have caused Jackson’s death. In his only public comment — a one-minute video released in August through his lawyer — a somber-looking Murray expressed confidence that he would be exonerated. “I told the truth, and I have faith the truth will prevail,” he said.


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Word on the Street

“Do you go to Farmers’ Market?”

Autism twice as likely when moms are over 40 Thomas H. Maugh II los angeles times

“Yes, I go for good food and the fun atmosphere.”

“Yes, I live right downtown. I like to look around, buy vegetables and watch the bands.”

“No, I don’t because I’m usually doing homework Thursday night. I’ve been a few times and it’s pretty fun.”

-Chelsea Knighton, graphic communication junior

-Derek Baptista, industrial engineering junior

-Tyler Yero, software engineering sophomore

“No, I don’t really have time to go.”

“Yes, I live downtown. I buy produce and hang out with friends.”

“I used to go at the beginning of the quarter but I’m too busy now.”

-Matt Schultz, biochemistry junior

-Melissa Daughtery, biological sciences graduate student

-Sophia Lim, business administration freshman

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LOS ANGELES — Women who give birth after age 40 are nearly twice as likely to have a child with autism as those under 25, California researchers reported Monday. Surprisingly, the age of the father plays little role in the likelihood of the disorder unless the mother is younger than 30 and the father is over 40, according to the analysis of all births in California in the 1990s. The number of women over age 40 in California giving birth increased by 300 percent in the 1990s, while the diagnosis of autism increased by 600 percent. At first glance, it might seem that the rise in older pregnancies could be responsible for the rise in autism, which is now thought to affect as many as one child in every hundred. But the authors of the paper, from the University of California Davis, calculate that older mothers account for less than 5 percent of the increase in autism diagnoses. “There is a long history of blaming parents for the development of autism,” said Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the UC Davis MIND Institute, the senior author of the report.“We’re not saying this is the fault of mothers or fathers. We’re just saying this is a correlation that will direct research in the future.” Researchers have long known that the age of the parents plays a role in the risk of developing autism, but how big a role and how that role varies with the sex of the parent has remained confusing, with contradictory results reported in different studies. To investigate, Hertz-Picciotto, Janie E. Shelton and Daniel J. Tancredi analyzed all the single-

ton births in California during the 1990s for which information was available about the ages of both parents, a total of about 4.9 million births and 12,529 cases of autism. Because of the large sample size, they were able to show how the likelihood of autism was affected by each parent’s age. They reported in the journal Autism Research that women over 40 were 77 percent more likely to deliver an autistic child than those younger than 25 and 51 percent more likely than those aged 25 to 29, independent of the age of the father. For men over 40, there was a 59 percent increased risk of autism if the mother was younger than 30, but virtually no increased risk if the mother was over 30. The researchers also calculated that the recent trend toward delayed childbearing contributed about a 4.6 percent increase in autism diagnoses over the decade. “Five percent is probably indicating that there is something besides maternal age going on because we are seeing a rise in every age group of parents,” Shelton said. “We don’t know what the biology is. ... We can’t say if it is age or something that is a proxy for age,” such as lifetime exposure to environmental pollutants, which accumulate in the body over the years. Also, noted Hertz-Picciotto, older women are more likely to have problems with fertility and require intervention. They may be followed more closely during pregnancy, which would mean more ultrasounds. They are more likely to suffer gestational diabetes and to develop autoimmune disorders, which have been shown to play a role in autism. All are fertile areas for further research. “We still have a real long way to go” in determining the causes of autism, she concluded.


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Michael Jackson’s doctor pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter Harriet Ryan, Victoria Kim, Jack Leonard and Richard Winton los angeles times

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Associate professor Lorraine Donegan has been teaching in the graphic communication department at Cal Poly since 1997. Where did you attend school? Most of my K-12 years I lived in New Mexico, but I came to SLO and attended Cal Poly in graphic communication. What did you do before becoming a professor? I worked in the restaurant business for many years working my way through school. After graduation, I worked as a graphic designer for a software firm, then worked in a design studio. What classes do you teach? I teach Digital Typography (GrC 218), Book Design Technology (GrC 439), Magazine Design Technology (GrC 440) and Web Design and Production (GrC 339). What made you interested in your subject matter? I’ve always loved type but didn’t know I was a “type nerd” until I took professor Jim Hutchinson’s typography course when I was a graphic communication student. What do you hope your students learn from you? I hope they learn something that is of value to them in their future … whether it is related to a class or a little bit of Lorraine-ism that gets them the job. Where are you when you aren’t teaching? I have a husband and two daughters who both play sports, so we keep busy. For myself, I love to play golf, but I don’t get in much during the school year … that’s what summer is for. What is your favorite thing about Cal Poly? I love the students, the setting (it doesn’t get much better than SLO) and the “learn by doing” philosophy. I also enjoy working in my department.We have a great team in graphic communication. If you had a million dollars how would you spend it? I would travel for a while with my family (and maybe take my best girlfriends on a separate trip), then buy a nice home on Kauai (Hanalei Bay) to keep as a second home. What are your goals in life? To live a full life with my husband (we’re on the right track) and watch our daughters grow up to be successful and strong women. Where is your favorite place in SLO? I love the coastal towns in SLO county. I love to drive up Highway 1 as you approach Cayucos, it’s breathtaking! I love Cambria, specifically Sea Chest Oyster Bar! Do you have a funny, inspiring, crazy or interesting teacher you want to know more about? Send teacher suggestions to:

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s personal physician entered a plea of not guilty Monday afternoon at a standing-room-only arraignment attended by Jackson’s parents and several siblings. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz set bail for Conrad Murray at $75,000 — three times the standard for involuntary manslaughter cases. The judge also forbade Murray from prescribing heavy sedatives, including propofol, to his patients. “I don’t want you sedating people,” the judge told Murray. Murray, dressed in a light gray suit, remained silent throughout the hearing, other than to answer “yes” in a soft voice several times when the judge asked if he understood the terms of his bail and the rights he waived. At the conclusion of the hearing, Murray was taken into custody by sheriff ’s deputies and escorted from the courtroom. Earlier Monday, prosecutors charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter in connection with administering a combination of surgical anesthetic and sedatives blamed in the music legend’s death last summer. In the last hours of his life, Jackson was given a powerful anesthetic — propofol — at a level equivalent to what would be used in “major surgery” and in a manner that did not live up to medical standards, according to the singer’s autopsy report released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office Monday. The complaint filed by the county district attorney’s office alleges that Murray “did unlawfully and without malice kill Michael Joseph Jackson, a human being, in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection.” Jackson’s parents, Kathryn and Joe Jackson, as well as some of his brothers arrived at the courthouse shortly after the charge was filed. In a news release, the district attorney’s office said Deputy District Attorney David Walgren, a prosecutor in the major crimes division, would try the case. Walgren also is handling the attempt to extradite movie director Roman Polanski to face sentencing in a 3-decade-old


Dr. Conrad Murray, the late Michael Jackson’s former doctor, is escorted by a law enforcement officer into the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles for his arraignment on murder charges Monday. child-sex case. The release credited the Los Angeles Police Department and the county coroner’s office for building the case against Murray. “Both agencies worked diligently and exhaustively to collect the evidence leading to the filing of the case,” the statement said. Murray walked into the courthouse at 12:55 p.m. Pacific time to shouts of “murderer” from a handful of Jackson fans whose presence was dwarfed by an international contingent of media that began camping out at the courthouse last week. Brian Oxman, Joe Jackson’s attorney, said some family members were disappointed that the physician was charged only with involuntary manslaughter. The criminal case comes after a seven-month investigation that stretched from the master bedroom of Jackson’s rented Los Angeles mansion to the heart clinic that Murray ran in a poor neighborhood of Houston. The focus, however, rarely left Murray. Within weeks of Jackson’s death, detectives described the doctor as a manslaughter suspect in court papers that said he admitted leaving the singer alone and under the influence of propofol — used to render surgical patients unconscious

— in a bedroom of the sprawling home. The coroner’s office ruled Jackson’s death a homicide and said the cause was “acute propofol intoxication” in conjunction with the effect of other sedatives Murray acknowledged providing. Despite the almost immediate focus on Murray — authorities first questioned him in the hospital where doctors were working in vain to revive Jackson — the multiagency investigation that included federal and local investigators progressed slowly, and the doctor was not formally accused of wrongdoing until the district attorney’s office filed its complaint. Involuntary manslaughter is the least serious homicide charge available to prosecutors, its maximum punishment of four years in prison far less than the life sentence for murder or the 11 years for voluntary manslaughter. The charge, which applies to an unlawful killing committed without malice or intent to kill, turns on Murray’s possible negligence in allegedly giving Jackson propofol for an unapproved purpose — the treatment of insomnia — and outside the normal operating-room setting. see Jackson, page 5

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arts & Entertainment editor: cassandra keyse

Musicians take over Steynberg Gallery Daniel Triassi mustang daily

The Steynberg Gallery knows how to set an intimate mood: a single silhouette in front of a sequined red backdrop, a dusting of dim lighting and a window looking out to an early evening sky. This was the scene at “Songwriters at Play,” a showcase of singer-songwriters hosted by Steve Key that features local and touring professional musicians. Peter Steynberg, owner of the Steynberg Gallery, was impressed by the caliber of the performers.

“The quality of the music and the talent was incredible,” Steynberg said. “People are missing out if they don’t come.” The musicians let their virtuoso guitar playing do the talking as their fingers danced across their guitar strings. Their songs were honest — just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But the heart and the energy with which they were sung captivated the audience and even made them sing along. Singing with soul, the first performer to make his way to the stage was San Francisco-based

singer-songwriter Chi McClean. McClean describes his style as “acoustic rock songs marked by a haunting Southern style.” Following McClean was local folk rock band Honeyguide, featuring Shannon Savage on vocals and Benedict Erchul on bass. Savage and Erchul said they were thankful to be there and had the audience tapping their feet and nodding their heads. “It’s a pleasure to be here surrounded by so much talent,” Savage said. The night continued with songs with tough questions and vivid ideas as Tom Hepner from Gilroy, Jody Mulgrew from Morro Bay and Kyle Williams from Chico each performed. Mulgrew addressed the audience with humor in between ballads. “There’s so much love, I’m go-

ing to start drinking,” Mulgrew said. “I always get a cookie before I get out of here … mmm beer and cookies.” More than an hour into the night, featured act Catherine Feeny took the stage. Feeny has had critical success with her most popular song, “Mr. Blue.” The song was picked up for the film “Running with Scissors,” featured in “The O.C.,” and reached the top of the charts on Britain’s most listened-to radio station, BBC Radio 2. Feeny wore plaid socks that perfectly matched the colors in her shirt and sang dreamy, meandering ballads about her life that soothed the audience. “Goodbye ocean, goodbye England/I hope tomorrow treats you well/It’s not your fault/It’s probably me, but I’m getting out if I still can,” she sang. The audience listened intently

— barely a murmur could be heard in the room. At one point, Feeny asked the crowd if they could move up to the front to make her feel better as well as sing along. Key described his experience hearing Feeny for the first time. “She was just great, one of those performers who starts singing in a noisy bar and everyone just shuts up. It’s magic when that happens now,” Key said. Key, a local singer-songwriter and host of Songwriters At Play, created the series three years ago. He has 30 years of experience participating at open mic nights in college, hootenannies in New York in the late ‘80s, writers’ nights in Nashville in the ‘90s and hosting showcases on the Central Coast since 2007, he said. “The most fun I have now is see Songwriters, page 10

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Catherine Feeny headlined “Songwriters at Play” Friday at the Steynbery Gallery. She engaged the crowd by inviting them to move closer to the stage and through sing-a-longs. Her most popular song, “Mr. Blue,” has been featured in the film “Running with Scissors,” the television show “The O.C.” and on BBC Radio 2.

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sex & dating column

Sex kills

Not all sexual activity is risk-free


Despite what we may have learned from our high school health class, sex usually won’t kill you — usually. Most obviously, unsafe sex could lead to the contraction of an STI, which can sometimes lead to death if left untreated, so sex could kill you, eventually. Or it could kill you while you’re still having it.While a great deal of us jokingly say we would prefer to die during sex, most of us don’t want to die yet. If this is you, then read on. The tamest deaths by sex occur from a heart attack or stroke during the act. Both of these lifethreatening conditions are caused by blood clots suddenly blocking the blood flow to the heart or brain, with higher risk in people

with high blood pressure. Sex, like any good cardiovascular exercise, can help strengthen your heart and lower blood pressure if done regularly. However, a sudden increase in activity can put strain on a weak circulatory system, increasing blood pressure temporarily, which

could send clots careening toward the major organs. You, my intended audience of college students, are not usually at risk for heart attacks or strokes. Our hearts are, for the most part, strong enough for a little sex. But things can go downhill once people start mixing sex and drugs. For instance, a 28-year-old Russian man had a fatal heart attack after taking a whole bottle of Viagra. Although you can overdose on any drug, this story is included because he took too many pills in an attempt to have sex for 24 hours. Although some may say it was worth it, I disagree. When you’re having sex, there is often very little else that you can see Risky sex, page 11


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discovering talent locally as well as online,” Key said. He continues to host weekly songwriter showcases in three locations, and bi-monthly in Solvang, he said. Last year, he booked more than 1,000 musicians. His main motivation is keeping busy and staying close to music, he said. “I can feel when I talk about music I’m passionate about it, I’m interested,” Key said. “I’ve tried other jobs, and I’ve had difficulty just showing up. I don’t really care all that much about someone else’s business.” Also passionate about the local music scene is audience member Prism King. King attends and videotapes most of Key’s events and puts them on his YouTube channel he describes as “community service.” “It’s rewarding in providing something,” King said. “I want more people to be aware of the channel so they can see the great local talent.”

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Cal Poly professor writes book on Native American symbolism in Catholicism Aimee Vasquez mustang daily

Cal Poly ethnic studies assistant professor Kathleen Martin recently co-authored a book about the use of Native American symbols in Catholicism, which will be used in her general education course “Native American Cultural Images.” The book,“Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church:Visual Culture, Missionization and Appropriation,” addresses the Roman Catholic Church’s appropriation and use of Native American symbols. It claims the oppression of visual messaging continues to frame the lives of indigenous peoples in the United States, despite the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act of 1978.

The 300-page book is an extensive compilation of photos, images, stories, personal narratives and data analysis. It contains the work of many Native American writers, many of whom are members of the American Academy of Religion. Martin co-authored and edited the book and took 600-700 photographs, conducted interviews and visited 50 to 60 reservation churches. “The main purpose of the book is to examine the appropriation of things that are indigenous or native and their use in a context that is often inappropriate,” Martin said. Angela Blaver, Ph.D, contributed a chapter and co-wrote the book’s conclusion with Martin. She said the book addresses the use and effect of symbols in the human experience and that each chapter deals with colonization and/or missionization to some degree. “Ultimately, people are social beings, and this book shows a variety of ways that distinct groups have combined, tolerated, collided and even rejected one another’s understanding of the world,” Blaver said. She added that the book discusses symbolism from a wide variety of angles, including personal experience, historical context, religion, education and socialization. Ethnic studies assistant professor Elvira Pulitano, who works with Martin, said the book would be an interesting read even for people unfamiliar with the subject. “This is a book that might educate readers on an aspect of U.S. history not frequently taught in our curricula and/or known among the general public,” she said. The book developed out of

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The Roman Catholic Church is not new to controversy. In her new book, assistant professor Kathleen Martin says the Catholic use of Native American symbolism is often inappropriate. Martin’s interest in the cross between Catholicism and Native American symbolism. Her father was part Dakota, and some members of her family were Catholic. “I got really interested in the use of native symbols in the Catholic church. I have a number of aunts who were nuns,” Martin said. Martin, a native of Minnesota, has taught at Cal Poly since 2002 and holds dual master’s degrees in Native American Traditions and Confluent Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizations. She has a background in indigenous history, education, religious studies and sociology. In addition to teaching at Cal Poly, Martin is the advisor of the American Indian Student Association (AISA) on campus. AISA co-president, earth science junior

Colin Lawson, said Martin is wellsuited for the topic. “The main thing I’ve noticed about Kate is she’s really passionate about Native American issues and Native American culture,” Lawson said. Lawson recently took an AISA field trip to a New Mexican mission and discussed the way the mission blended Native American art and symbolism in the colors, shapes and symbols that were used in the decor. “If they use it correctly, it’s kind of a sign of respect,” Lawson said. “But if the symbol is used in a way that totally defeats the purpose of what it means, that would be bad.” The book was published Feb. 1 and will be available in El Corral Bookstore Feb. 19.

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think about. This could be bad for your health if you need to focus on other things, such as driving. The popular practice of “road head,” or performing oral sex on someone while they are driving, is not directly illegal, but it definitely qualifies as reckless driving. People tend to lose control of their vehicles during orgasm, which could kill them, their passenger or people in nearby cars. If you survive something like this, you can get up to six months of jail time, up to a $1,000 fine and a lovely story to tell your parents. To avoid danger, try to limit your thrill-seeking to parked vehicles, or at least stoplights. For many people, sex is enhanced by a sense of danger. Besides the risk of a car crash, another well-known thrill is erotic asphyxiation, or breath control play. Asphyxiation is much more dangerous when done alone. More than 300 people die from it every year in the United States alone, at an average of 25 years old. Another thrilling danger is selfbondage. If the restraints cannot be quickly and easily removed, they could be a serious risk to your life in the event of an emergency, such as a fire. Most practitioners recommend having a backup strategy, such as a cell phone to call a friend for help. This could be embarrassing, but could save your life. Finally, anal play can be nervewracking, and it won’t comfort you to know that it can be deadly. Peritonitis occurs when the intestine is broken, contaminating the rest of the body and leading to infection. This can occur when inserting something sharp into the rectum, although it could also be caused by something too long. This is why Kenneth Pinyan died after having sex with a horse, an act immortalized in an infamous Internet video. Peritonitis is rarely deadly if treated properly, but could cause death within hours if it isn’t, so once again, it is preferable to take embarrassment over death. For thousands of years, humans have excelled at doing stupid things. We have also been pretty good at learning from the mistakes of others. So this year, try to avoid doing all the above things, unless you want to give the Mustang Daily its most popular issue ever.


Students to join hands in support of LGBTQ rights Daniel Triassi mustang daily

The Cal Poly Pride Center (the center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally students) is sponsoring a same-gender hand-holding day today. The event encourages the LGBTQ community and allies to hold hands with someone of the same gender. and walk in a march led by students, beginning at Mott Lawn and ending at Dexter Lawn. Erin Echols, the coordinator for the Pride Center, said she expects more than a hundred participants rallying with signs and flags. “Every year we change the event,” Echols said. “We hope people return every year and get something new out of it.” This year, the Pride Center is changing the march to stay current and relevant with the samesex rights debate. To address the present issue of gay marriage, there will be a mock wedding on Dexter Lawn complete with a “civil union” cake and refreshments. The participants will also walk down an aisle where a judge will stand and demand them to

go their separate ways. Last year, the event featured chants such as, “What do we want? Equality! When do we want it? Now!” and “Ho, ho, homophobia’s got to go.” Participants also held a variety of signs during the march, which included messages such as “Hate is not a Cal Poly value,” “It’s only love” and “No on Prop. 8.”

“There are always people shouting at us, ‘You make us sick,’” Brown said. Being visible is also significant for Brown. “(The event) is important because it shows that we’re here,” he said. The Pride Center is one of the three cultural centers on campus. Journalism sophomore and Pride Center student assistant Ebony Chetto is the director of this year’s event. “A lot of people don’t understand how important equality is,” Chetto said. “It’s not just about marriage; it’s about love.” At Cal Poly, the samegender hand-holding day has been held annually — Ebony Chetto near Valentine’s Day for journalism sophomore eight years. Dave Watkins, a London resident and gay Physics senior Chris Brown held rights activist started a similar day an “I’m with cupid” sign. This year, worldwide. he will be a part of a quartet playing Watkins’ event takes place monthmusic at the mock wedding. ly and asks participants around the “I think the event reveals a lot globe to e-mail pictures of themabout the campus’ support for ho- selves standing hand-in-hand. mosexual rights,” Brown said. “It’s a great campaign. I mean that In general, Brown thinks there it really forces you to question your are more supporters on campus own attitudes and your attitudes to than those who are in opposition to your loved ones,” Watkins said in an same-sex rights. Still, there are always interview on people on campus against them. Last The same-gender hand-holding year, the event got a lot of “rally- event begins today at 11 a.m. on rowsers,” he said. Mott Lawn.

A lot of people don’t understand how important equality is. It’s not just about marriage, it’s about love.

Anthony Rust is a biological sciences junior and Mustang Daily sex columnist. Always in color

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Editor in chief: Emilie Egger Managing Editor: Alex Kacik


Global resiliency must include responding to the end of oil availability before the problem exacerbates itself. The time for action is now!

With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, a monumental transformation occurred that has provided us with an advanced ability to reshape the very world that surrounds us.We have developed technologies, made major advances in modern medicine and propelled our species to a position of ultimate power over all others. If you examine the foundation for this great success, you will find that it lies adherent in our discovery, exploration and use of fossil fuels as the lifeblood of our global economic engine. Holding the climate debate firmly aside, we are still positioned at the crossroads in our need to find a reliant and sustainable form of energy that creates a myriad of renewable energy jobs, diversifies energy generation and provides the mechanism by which we advance sustainability into the future. The history of energy For 150,000 years the human species has developed to live off of current solar income. That is, the sunlight fell on the fields and grew plants.The animals ate the plants, we ate the plants and animals and wore clothes made from both. The sun was our food, heat, and light supply, all resources made possible by current sunlight. In turn, the amount of energy that fell in a given period of time was the maximum amount of energy we could use. We then discovered small pockets of ancient sunlight, coal and oil. Since that time, we have invested our entire

The Earth has been working hard for the past 3.8 billion years to create all of these different networks, cycles, relationships, that allows us to thrive in this exact environment. And now, the man almighty has come trying to shape the world as he desires, not

global economy in the use of ancient solar income.

Toward resiliency To say that we cannot shift toward true sustainability simply undermines the vast attributes inherent in our species’ ability to adapt to new environments. If it weren’t for the Industrial Revolution, we simply would not be in a position to develop this change, and for that I am grateful.We must therefore utilize the many positive outcomes of this age and blend it with solutions that help propel the next Sustainable Revolution.We must be resilient in our virtue to garner all

that we have learned and advance ourselves in a direction that allows for proper management of energy, water, and resources, thus incorporating systems thinking about social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability at a global level. The future simply cannot wait. Tyler Hartrich is a city & regional planning senior, Empower Poly Coalition Vice President and Mustang Daily columnist. If you would like to contribute to The Green Spot e-mail mustangdaily@gmail. com.

The peak oil theory M. King Hubbert is noted for accurately predicting the US oil production peak in the 1970s, which we now know to be true. He later developed projections for global peak oil, which is estimated to manifest between 2000 and 2025. Hindsight suggests, however, that we will not know when global peak oil will occur until many years after the fact. That said, many experts agree that peak oil may already be underway. In twenty years, we might very well look back and ask ourselves why we waited to make the switch to renewable forms of energy with all of the data that we currently have available. The elephant in the room The evidence is clear. We know that peak oil is rapidly approaching, yet we have made no significant investment in alternative forms of energy. So what happens when peak oil occurs and we do not have the means to transition to a reliable source of energy? Besides the harsh political ramifications associated with the onset of peak oil, the transition toward alternative forms of energy will indeed be much more difficult once it is known that peak oil is in full swing. The elephant has been laying peacefully in the corner of the room for some time, but is now crowding a small room as it begins to move front and center. Making a transition steadfastly will help minimize the threat of peak oil

realizing the extent that his actions are having on this planet. Anthropogenic climate change is threatening human sustainability, how do you expect me not to bring up sustainability when you are doubting the impact that humans are having on this planet? By the way, since you brought up sustainability, what does it mean to you? —Jorge Montezuma In response to“The Doubt and Dangers of Anthropogenic Climate

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Change” Before you can do this, you need a plan that lists all the costs and makes a net profit within a reasonable time. Your value is going to be psychic reward for being green as well as convenience for students. If you can do this, you will get investment from students and, likely, local businesses. However, if your plan can’t make a profit, then nobody invests in your future projects, which means your

plan is unsustainable. —Dan Levitan In response to“Students disapprove of student-led sustainability fund” NOTE: The Mustang Daily features select comments that are written in response to articles posted online. Though not all the responses are printed, the Mustang Daily prints comments that are coherent and foster intelligent discussion on a given subject. No overcapitalization, please.

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Iran’s lies now visible in pictures Joshua Prager los angeles times

On June 20, a young Iranian woman was shot dead at one of the mass protests that followed the contested re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Millions of people around the world watched video of Neda AghaSoltan hemorrhaging on Tehran’s Karegar Street, and hers became the tragic, beautiful and galvanizing face of the reform movement in Iran. Witnesses implicated a member of the Basij, the governmental militia, in Agha-Soltan’s death. But an Iranian ambassador and ayatollah quickly pinned her shooting on the CIA and her fellow protesters, while a broad-

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casting official — and a government-sponsored documentary that aired last month — said the death had been simulated by the Western news media and by Agha-Soltan herself. Thirty years ago, another iconic image of a shooting death in Iran raced round the world. It too triggered a cycle of public protests and creative denials by the then-new Islamist government of Iran. Those denials foreshadowed how the leaders of the Islamic Republic would react to Agha-Soltan’s death. And they demonstrate how the lies of a government can do nothing to suppress the power of an image. In August 1979, seven

months after the ouster of the shah, the euphoria of revolution had given way to the realities of Islamic fundamentalism — black chadors, broken wine bottles, censorship, public executions. Protests in Tehran were drawing enormous crowds, while in Kurdistan, separatists were demanding an independent Kurdish state. On Aug. 16, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini dispatched Iranian troops to put down the movement. The troops had been killing Kurds for 11 days when, on Aug. 27, 11 more “counterrevolutionaries” were sentenced to die in Sanandaj. Among the condemned were Ahsan and Shahriar Nahid. Ahsan, an engineer in Tehran, had joined a Kurdish separatist organization after the revolution and moved to Sanandaj. Shahriar, a medical student, had been visiting his brother when the two were arrested at a military checkpoint. Their mother, Monir, raced from Tehran to try to help her sons. She found them under guard in an army hospital and an airport control tower. But when she returned to the latter with a change of clothing, she learned that the young men and nine others had been shot by a firing squad on a dirt airfield. She threw down the Quran she carried in her blouse. “Min itr Musulman nim,” she said in Kurdish. “I am no longer a Muslim.” The next afternoon, a photograph of the execution ran in Ettela’at, Iran’s oldest paper. Suddenly, the estimated 500 victims of the ayatollah’s firing squads had a face. Newsstands in Tehran sold out. The next day, the photo

ran on the front pages of papers around the world. A week after the Nahid brothers were buried in Talah Cemetery in Sanandaj, their brother, Farhad, spent his savings to photocopy the picture of their execution; he and friends canvassed Tehran with it. Their mother then brandished the photograph at meetings with Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan, cleric Mahmoud Taleghani and essayist Haj Seyyed Javadi. The government did not respond as Monir Nahid had hoped. Sadegh Khalkhali, the judge who had sentenced her sons to death (and granted permission to the Ettela’at photographer to take the photograph), declared on state TV that she had fabricated the photo and that she was related to the sister of the deposed shah. (She wasn’t.) Later, the judge went back on television and declared that the photograph had been forged by Israel. And on Sept. 9, Ahmad Azari Qomi, the prosecuting attorney of the Islamic Revolutionary Council, issued a statement that cited the famous image. It began: “Following the order of Imam Khomeini ... journalists should refrain from insertion of bold phrases and headlines, evocative pictures which could incite people.” On Oct. 8, one day after the brothers’ mother addressed a crowd of students at Tehran University, the police raided her

apartment one story above Seyyed Khandan Street. But she had flown at 6 a.m. to Germany on a passport registered under her maiden name. Twenty days later, she flew to the United States. She now lives in Los Angeles. In April 1980, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize. The prizewinning photographer, Jahangir Razmi, remained anonymous until, with his permission, I told his story in the Wall Street Journal in 2006. The next year, at a dinner in New York, Nahid embraced the man who had captured her sons’ deaths on film. Six months ago, Nahid, then 84 years old, watched video of the death of Agha-Soltan and listened to the lies that followed. She says that just as after the deaths of her sons, Iranians today know their government is lying—and the government knows its people know the truth. But, she notes, there is a difference. In 1979, the Iranian people wanted to believe the lies that followed her sons’ deaths because they came from a government the people had recently ushered into power. Today, she says, the lies that followed Agha-Soltan’s death have fallen on deaf ears because they came from a government so many Iranians had voted to remove from power—only to see their votes ignored. And so, says Nahid, the government has reason to be scared.




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weekend, Pami locked horns with No. 13 senior Keegan Davis. In a battle between two nationallyranked wrestlers, Pami defeated Davis 14-5. Away from the mat, Pami and Maldonado take advantage of living on the Central Coast exploring the outdoors, going to the beach, surfing, bodyboarding and hiking. Within San Luis Obispo, Pami and his friends like to participate in normal college life activities: going downtown, to the movies, to Farmers’ Market as well as getting coffee and especially going out for dinner. “We do a lot of eating out,” Maldonado said. “We like to try new things, new experiences.” Pami is in his last season of collegiate wrestling and is set to graduate in June as a communication studies major. He does not intend to stop wrestling after graduation but finds the end of his collegiate career bittersweet. As a senior, he has more independence in his training schedule, knowing how his body reacts, when he needs to take time off and therefore needs less coaching. But while his experience has granted him certain privileges, Pami is looking forward to the end. “The closeness and things you share with your teammates, and being a college athlete in general has been a great experience, but it’s sweet because (I’ll be) kind of done with it,” he said. “I’ll have a little bit more freedom.” Pami’s life after graduation


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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in June will initially be centered around the 2012 Olympics — a personal goal several years old and something his parents have always encouraged him toward. Pami also received support from a pastor in high school who believed he would be an Olympic champion. Pami tucked away this hope, storing it in the back of his mind. “I always held on to it,” Pami said. “I kind of always thought that this is something God wants me to do. I have all these talents, I have this ability. Why not use it for God’s glory? Just use what I’ve been given and not let it sit there.” After the Olympics, his future is undecided, but he enjoys helping people and hopes to coach or do ministry work. Among the skills Pami has developed and mastered through 13 years of wrestling — impeccable self-discipline, organization, determination, steadfastness — is his ability to stay focused and true to the beliefs that define his character. One Bible scripture in particular he said summarizes what he has learned from his experiences as a wrestler: Philippians 4:12. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Faith remains Pami’s priority. “Regardless of winning or losing, I’ve learned to become satisfied in whatever state or situation I’m in,” Pami said. “That happens because at the end of the day, I know God still loves me.”

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centage with a 51 percent average. She also ranks 12th among conference performers with 12 points per contest. Monday’s honor was the conference-leading fourth Player of the Week award for Cal Poly this year. Junior forward Kristina Santiago is the only other Mustang to grab the award this season—she has earned the award three times. “It could have been a shared award for a couple of players on the team—it was definitely a group performance,” Clancy said. “Everybody stepped up in all the games.” Clancy’s uncontested looks can be attributed to Santiago’s dominance. Nonetheless, it’s hard to pin the team’s success on one player. “It could have been anyone on the team. I’m flattered,” Clancy said. “I definitely did not expect it.” Tuesday, February 9, 2010


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Chase Pami stays humble on and off the mat Anieca Ayler mustang daily

You may recognize Chase Pami as the 157-pound-weight-class wrestler with a 22-5 record. You might know he’s a National Collegiate Athletic Association AllAmerican and two-time Pacific-10 champion. But mention that his intimidating record matches the nononsense, cross-armed figure on the wrestling posters plastered around campus, and his face assumes the “Oh no!” look.

He wants to reach his goals but in the process wants others to reach theirs as well. —Eric Maldonado Cal Poly wrestler

“I hope I don’t look intimidating,” he said. “They just tell me to stand there and do different poses. And there were some funny ones, too! Why don’t you use some of the funny ones?” While Pami’s awards and recognitions prove his athletic success, wrestling does not consume his

life. “I definitely wouldn’t say it’s the most important thing, as far as things on my priority list go,” Pami said. “It’s pretty far down there compared to my family, my faith, my friends, but it definitely is a tool that I’ve been able to use. I think God’s given me a lot of talent, so I always like to make sure I keep Him centered and not let the sport override that, keep Him the focal point.” Pami’s faith was an important factor in his decision to attend Cal Poly. His shared beliefs with head coach John Azevedo, who watched Pami wrestle as he was growing up in Las Vegas, made choosing a college easier. “It’s rare that you find a Christian coach,” Pami said. “It’s rare that you find someone you can share that commonality with (in the wrestling community).” Azevedo said he has a connection with Pami because of their faith and that he has enjoyed watching him grow as a wrestler and person. “There is definitely a bond there because of our faith,” Azevedo said. “He trusts me and I trust him. Spiritually speaking, I can be a leader for him and that helps.” Pami has also developed lasting friendships with other members of the team, because most of his friends and all of his roommates are wrestlers. He considers his team its own family. “You’re with the guys on trips,” he said. “You’re with the guys wrestling. You’ve got a couple centime-

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Chase Pami has helped Cal Poly earn a (7-4, 4-2 Pac-10) record. Individually, he is 22-5 this season. ters of clothing between you at any time during practice. You sweat on each other. You grunt and breathe on each other. So, you kind of grow close through all of that.” The team captain’s relationships have grown on and off the mat. Co-

captain, roommate and best friend of five years, Eric Maldonado, has watched Pami grow as a wrestler, leader and man of faith. “He’s selfless,” Maldonado said. “He cares about other people. He wants to reach his goals but in the

process wants others to reach theirs’ as well.” Pami entered this past weekend ranked No. 11 in the nation. Against Oregon State this past see Wrestling, page 15

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In a battle for the number one spot in the conference, junior guard Rachel Clancy scored 14 points against UC Davis last Thursday. Against Pacific on Saturday, Clancy scored a game-high 23 points.

Junior guard Rachel Clancy earned her first Big West Conference Player of the Week honor Monday afternoon. Clancy averaged 19 points per game in two Cal Poly victories against UC Davis and Pacific last week. “I was very happy with my individual performance, but more so definitely with my team’s performance,” Clancy said. At the start of last week, the second-seeded Mustangs were looking up at the top team in the conference. With a 69-48 victory against conference leader UC Davis, Cal Poly took sole possession of the number one spot in the Big West. “It was the first time we have ever had first place in our sights,” Clancy said. “We did a really good job of grasping it.” Clancy hit four of seven threepoint attempts against UC Davis and finished with 14 points against the Aggies. Clancy, who has started all 22 games for Cal Poly (15-7, 8-2) this season, also recorded five assists against UC Davis. “Knocking off Davis in such a big way really gave me confidence as an individual for the next game,” Clancy said. “To come on top the

way we did was definitely a good way to grab first place.” Two days later during a 99-66 pummeling of Pacific, Clancy converted all five of her three-point attempts and seven of nine shots, totaling a game-high 23 points. She added five rebounds and five assists. “I think our up-tempo style really caught Pacific off-guard,” Clancy said. “We ran so hard that I found myself open a lot — a majority of my shots were uncontested.” Clancy enters Cal Poly’s matchup at Long Beach State on Thursday, leading all Big West players with a 51 percent three-point mark. She is ranked second in field goal per see Clancy, page 15


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