Doctors said Wurst STUDENTS GET SCHOOLED would never pitch again. BY BLUE MAN GROUP They were wrong ARTS, pg. 4
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Huang toxicology report shows alcohol, no drug use MUSTANG DAILY STAFF REPORT
The cause of death for biological sciences sophomore Brandon Huang, who died in early February, is still unknown, San Luis Obispo County sheriff ’s officials say. Toxicology reports revealed that Huang, who was pronounced dead after university police responded to a medical aid call in Poly Canyon Village at 11:56 p.m. on Feb. 9, had no illegal
substances in his blood except for alcohol, according to a sheriff ’s office press release. Huang’s blood alcohol content was 0.03 percent, but the press release says it did not factor into his death. Investigation into the cause and manner of his death is still open, according to the release. University police were alerted to a need for medical aid Feb. 9, when an unidentified student called and said Huang was having trouble breathing. Police
responded and administered CPR on the scene, but Huang was pronounced dead at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center late that night. A memorial service was held Feb. 13 in the Cal Poly University Union Plaza. Speakers included Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey, Associated Students, Inc. President Katie Morrow and Huang’s parents, Tony and Melissa. Kaytlyn Leslie contributed to this staff report.
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A candlelight vigil (right) was held for Brandon Huang (left) on Feb. 13. Huang’s toxicology report revealed the biological sciences sophomore had alcohol in his system, though that was not a factor in his death.
15,000+ hit Deltopia
GrC looks to add master’s program
Nearly twice as many people flocked to the annual spring break party this year, resulting in double the arrests and triple the hospitalizations
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From magazine covers that light up to grab the attention of readers, to food packaging that changes color when the food gets too old, to 3-D objects from printers: The field of printed electronics and functional imaging is growing and Cal Poly’s graphic communication department wants to be an even bigger part of it. The graphic communication department proposed a Master of Science degree in printed electronics and
functional imaging. It is pending approval for Fall 2013. Graphic communication professor Malcolm Keif is helping to lead the program’s development. There is an audience and a need for this program, Keif said. “We are on the ground floor of starting something special and something new and Cal Poly students could be among the few people in the country that have a master’s degree in printed electronics,” Keif said. Printed electronics have engineering, science and manufacturing components, Keif said. see GRC, pg. 2
‘White trash’ themed party draws criticism MUSTANG DAILY STAFF REPORT
A white trash-themed party scheduled for tonight at Buffalo Pub & Grill is prompting criticism from a Cal Poly administrator, but the downtown restaurant’s owner said she did not anticipate the theme causing controversy. The bar, which is located on Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, advertised the event on
As many as 18,000 partygoers flooded Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista near University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) this past weekend. Sunny weather brought with it an unprecedented large crowd and more than 400 calls to law enforcement. MUSTANG DAILY STAFF REPORT
The spring break event Deltopia, held near University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) this past weekend, drew 15,000 to 18,000 people to Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista, five to 10 thousand more people than last year, according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff ’s Office press release. Although environmental management and protection sophomore Matt Norcott attended the event, and said he didn’t think the scene was out of control, he said hoards
of people stretched across the lawns and balconies of the neighborhood. “People were on every balcony,” Norcott said. “There usually were five or six people on every other car. Everybody had huge squirt guns and some were filled with alcohol and they were shooting them at everyone who walked by.” Norcott said he saw a lot of police officers giving citations for open containers or public drunkenness, but that overall, the scene felt like a typical college party. The number of calls to law enforcement increased from
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243 in 2012 to 440 this year, according to the sheriff ’s office. Of those calls, 44 resulted in transportations to the hospital for injuries or alcohol consumption. The sheriff ’s department and University of California Police Department gave 71 citations and made 23 arrests for fighting, assault, battery, sexual battery, public intoxication and theft, according to preliminary numbers released by the sheriff ’s department. Santa Barbara County Sheriff ’s Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover said in light of see DELTOPIA, pg. 2
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Facebook and with posters on Cal Poly’s campus. The Facebook event page encourages attendees to “Bust out those wifebeaters and jean shorts, because (it’s) time for our WHITE TRASH PARTY!!!” Annie Holmes, Cal Poly’s executive director for campus diversity and inclusivity, said she did a “double-take” after first seeing a sign for the event on campus. The poster includes two Confederate flags and a disheveled man raising a beer while smoking a cigarette. see PARTY, pg. 2
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The graphic communication department is really part of the manufacturing and application side. Cal Poly is one of the leaders in terms of the manufacturing process and knowledge of printing equipment. The master’s degree could really boost the leadership role. “Printed electronics is really focused on having the electrical application,” Keif said. “Functional imaging is the broader term for basically printing for some type of a function but not necessarily an appearance. Functional imaging includes 3-D printing, security printing, active packaging and printed electronics.” Food companies use active packaging that can turn a different color when the food is ripe or expired, Keif said. Governments use security printing to print money to ensure people can’t just go out and make their own. There is a future in printed electronics, graphic communication sophomore Steven Berger said. “3-D printing is where you can legitimately print out a 3-D object,” Berger said. “Right now, they have even printed out stem cells.”
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Graduates of the new program will have skill sets nobody else will have, graphic communication assistant professor Colleen Twomey said. “Right now, there is not much cross pollination between electronics and printing,” Twomey said. “The great thing about this master’s degree is students can carve their own way and essentially create jobs that may not exist right now.” The master’s degree really has the potential to boost Cal Poly’s prominence in the field of functional imaging, Keif said. It would expand the department’s knowledge base and the credibility it has in graphic communication to a market segment that’s growing, Twomey said. The master’s degree would go beyond the production of printing. It would apply functions from materials science, electrical engineering, computer science and possibly biological sciences to printing. Jonathan Sehmer, an operating systems analyst at Cal Poly, has taught Emerging Technologies (GRC 452), as a lecturer. There is real potential for success for students who participate in this master’s degree program, he said. “I think with us being in the west so close to Silicon Valley,
there is going to be a lot of application for IT companies where students are going to be able to get jobs when they graduate,” Sehmer said. Companies are beginning to want to produce printed electronics profitably and they need people to help develop these technologies, Twomey said. Graduates from the master’s program would understand the production process, file preparation and conductive inks. Printed electronics could be an upcoming trend in packaging, graphic communication sophomore Olivia Goree said. “I would definitely consider a master’s in printed electronics especially because I am minoring in packaging,” Goree said. The master’s degree is currently in the Academic Senate portion of the approval process, Keif said. The department is hoping to get the master’s degree approved by the Academic Senate and then the California State University Chancellor’s Office. “I’ve heard the chancellor’s office can be a long process,” Keif said. “I would love for it to be approved by April but hopefully May or early June. Our goal is to start in the fall.”
options,” Hoover said. “We’re meeting with county, UCSB and all of our public safety entities to discuss measures that we can take to make the event safer.” Deltopia, previously known as Floatopia, was renamed a few years ago when local beaches were closed in an effort to curb the environmental impact of the event on the coast. “We shut down the beach-
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the huge turnout, the number of law enforcement calls and the death of Cal Poly sociology freshman Giselle Ayala, local law enforcement will examine many possibilities to prevent another tragedy from occurring next year. “We’re looking at all of our
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It was all positive and fun on our part, and I don’t want people to look at it and think we’re not welcoming to all sorts of people.
“My concern is that many people may not understand some of the symbols like the Confederate flag and just what that may entail,” Holmes said. “And it may exclude people who are in that socioeconomic situation in their life and don’t really make fun of living in a trailer park.” Biological sciences junior Michelle Tyson, who walked by the poster on campus Wednesday evening, said the Confederate flags seemed “pretty bad and racially insensitive.” “I don’t know if black students would be offended by it or not,” Tyson said. Buffalo Pub & Grill owner Myriam Olaizola said she didn’t expect the event to offend locals. Olaizola, who comes from a French background, said she didn’t initially understand the white trash theme when an employee proposed it to her. “It sounds like I should have looked at that poster a little more in detail — I certainly didn’t intend any harm with it,” Olaizola said. “We’re open to everybody, and I don’t believe in
stereotypes. It was all positive and fun on our part, and I don’t want people to look at it and think we’re not welcoming to all sorts of people.” The feedback regarding the party has been positive so far though, Olaizola said. She noted no one younger than the age of 21 will be allowed to attend, and she expects attendees to wear “old, worn” attire and “couch-potato” clothing. Though Holmes, who was hired in March to lead Cal Poly’s administrative efforts on diversity, expressed concerns about the theme, she said she does not want to regulate which off-campus events students attend. She did note, however, that Cal Poly is working with the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association to improve cultural diversity and inclusivity in the community. It is appropriate, Holmes said,
for local businesses to consider how they might exclude parts of the community with events such as tonight’s. “I’m really not sure who they’re spinning this kind of party to,” she said. Racial- or stereotypicalthemed parties have been criticized in college towns in the past. A Duke University fraternity was suspended from national affiliation two months ago after complaints regarding an Asian-stereotype themed party, according to Time Magazine. The party, originally named “Asia Prime” and then changed to “International Relations,” sparked a 200-student protest against the use of Asian stereotypes. The party will be at 10 p.m. at Buffalo Pub and Grill.
es, and they … moved it into town, to Del Playa (Drive),” Hoover said. The partygoers have flooded Del Playa Drive, which stretches alongside the cliffs overlooking the ocean in Isla Vista, in previous years, although the crowd of more than 15,000 this year was unprecedented. It became clear Saturday morning that Deltopia hadn’t passed without tragedy strik-
ing when Ayala was found deceased in the surf. An autopsy conducted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Coroner’s Office on Tuesday found that Ayala sustained injuries consistent with a fall from the cliffs near where she was found. Following Ayala’s death, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Hum-
phrey informed the Cal Poly community of her death with an email Sunday morning. “In times like these,” they wrote, “we ask that all members of our community uphold the principles of The Mustang Way and exercise the extra care for each other that will help us face this challenge.”
MYRIAM OLAIZOLA BUFFALO PUB & GRILL OWNER
Sean McMinn and Aryn Sanderson contributed to this staff report.
Holly Dickson contributed to this staff report.
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Immigration rally hits the Capitol
Hundreds of protestors took to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, demanding an easier path to citizenship for approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. REBECCA LURYE McClatchy Newspapers
Nancy Chavez feels the pain of being away from her 2-yearold every time she leaves her Salinas, Calif., home to go to work in the fields picking broccoli and lettuce. Hopes of a better future haven’t materialized yet, said the 21-year-old, who recently dropped out of high school to help her single mother, an immigrant who’s in the United States illegally, support her family. But when Chavez parted with her daughter Tuesday, it was less bittersweet: She was going to join thousands of people rallying for immigration legislation in Washington as senators draft a bill that might bring sweeping changes to the country’s immigration policy.
“Things didn’t work out like I’d hoped, like my parents hoped,” said Chavez, who is a legal resident, her voice breaking. “But I have faith things are going to change, and this is going to be our year.” Hundreds of delegations from across the country took to the Capitol on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to ease the path to citizenship for the 11 million residents living in the country without proper documentation. A group of eight senators, often called the “gang of eight,” might act as early as Thursday to present an overhaul bill that would legalize those workers, strengthen border security and penalize businesses that hire immigrants without proper documentation, among other measures. Several groups, such as
the grass-roots organization NumbersUSA, worry that the proposal would take job opportunities away from millions of unemployed U.S. citizens. “If the gang of eight could look out on the (National) Mall and see all those Americans shut out of the job market, would they really make their highest priority a bill to immediately give work permits to seven million illegalalien workers while increasing visas for new foreign labor?” NumbersUSA leader Roy Beck asked in a statement. But with chants of “Obama, escucha! Estamos en la lucha!” (Obama, listen! We are in the fight!) many paperless workers were making their voices heard Wednesday. One young woman worked her way through the crowd wearing a graduation cap and gown to
support passage of a DREAM Act, which would legalize many immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. “I think it’s the right time for our country to pass reform that allows everyone to be treated equally,” said the woman, 24-year-old Elizabeth Morales of Grand Rapids, Mich., who recently received deferred action through Michigan’s state version of the DREAM Act. “We’re not just gonna stop fighting.” As a sea of supporters for a path to citizenship braved the hottest Washington afternoon yet this year, the rally kicked off with chants and speakers. “Now is the time, because 11 million people cannot continue to live in the shadows,” co-emcee Jaime Contreras, the vice president of the Service Em-
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Hostage standoff ends with gunman dead ANDRIA SIMMONS The gunman was killed and the four firefighters who were held hostage had minor injuries after a SWAT standoff in Gwinnett County on Wednesday. SWAT officers used “flashbang” or concussion grenades to catch the suspect off guard as they entered the Suwanee home around 7:30 p.m. They exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was shot and killed. An officer was wounded, possibly in the hand or arm. The firefighters suffered some cuts and scrapes and were transported to a local hospital. Gwinnett Police Cpl. Ed Ritter said the suspect faked a heart attack and demanded from police that his utilities and cable be turned back on. The utilities and cable had been shut off because he was having some financial problems. “It’s a very bold act,” Gwinnett fire Capt. Thomas Rutledge said. “People can often be desperate. We don’t know what the situation could be.” Rutledge said the department is thankful that police got the firefighters out unharmed. “It’s an incident people in public safety train for but hope never comes,” Rutledge said. “Tonight it did.”
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ployees International Union local 32BJ of the Washington area, yelled to the crowd. “Now is the time, because communities have suffered a broken system that has hurt economic growth and turned immigrants into a scapegoat.” For 37-year-old Luis Zarco of Charlotte, N.C., an overhaul would halt deportation proceedings that began in 2011 when he was pulled over for running a red light. The hardest part of the past two years has been dealing with the trauma to his 9-year-old daughter, who came with his wife to retrieve his car the
night of his arrest. “She saw everything, and tried to take me out of the (law enforcement) car and open the doors.” said Zarco, who traveled to Washington with more than 200 people from North Carolina. “For a long time, she thought every person with a uniform was coming for me or her mom.” Children should have to think only about school and playing, he added, not fear that their parents will be deported. “For the real, good people, I think they deserve an opportunity to have legal status in this beautiful country,” Zarco said.
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We’re not just gonna stop fighting.
The unidentified man originally had five hostages, but released one firefighter to move the fire truck, authorities said. SWAT went to the scene on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters had responded to a medical call at the home and shortly after arrival, around 3:10 p.m., they were taken hostage, authorities said. One fire engine and one ambulance arrived in response to the call. In Gwinnett, firefighters are cross-trained as emergency medical responders and a medical emergency is a routine call for them, Rutledge said. He said the firefighters were given no reason to suspect they were walking into a dangerous situation, or else their protocol would have been to stage themselves outside and wait for police to enter the home first. Residents were being prevented from entering the subdivision. Across the street, a baseball game at Collins Hill High School scheduled for 6:30 pm was delayed and students lingered around the entrance to the school to watch police activity. Neighbor Jaime Gossan said that she and her husband live three doors down from the home where the firefighters are being held. She said her husband saw the firefighters
enter the home, and later saw SWAT officers — 30 or more — surround the house. She said that her husband, who is still in the house, also saw a robot go up to the house. Gwinnett County police have a robot equipped with microphone and speaker through which they can talk to barricaded suspects. A Comcast cable truck was allowed into the subdivision at approximately 6:15 p.m. The Walnut Grove at Richland is a newer subdivision full of two-story traditional houses, across the street from Collins Hill High School. Neighbors said it was a quiet and safe neighborhood. “I’m blown away,” said Steven Hayes, who moved in with his fiance and two children about eight months ago. “You’d never expect this here.” His fiance, 8-month-old daughter and 4-year-old son were forced to remain in their house a few doors down from the barricaded suspect’s home as Hayes waited anxiously at the subdivision entrance Wednesday night. His fiance told Hayes that officers were coming in and out of their house to use the bathroom, and one officer had borrowed a phone charger.
Stanford researchers have turned a dreary gray brain into an object as transparent as apricot Jell-O — an approach that will reveal new secrets into the most mysterious of organs. The process, called CLARITY, transforms the brain’s tissue — replacing opaque fat with a clear gel — and creates a limpid organ with all of its essential circuitry intact and in place. “Brain tissue is very dense,” researcher Kwanghun Chung said. “We have developed a technique that makes tissue transparent … so we can visualize the architecture, necessary to understand the function of the complex organ.” The technique ushers in a new era of whole-organ imaging, offering hope for improving the study of such devastating neurological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It was conceived by a team led by bioengineer and psychiatrist Dr. Karl Deisseroth, one of the 15 experts on the “dream team” that will map out the goals for the $100 million brain research initiative announced April 2 by President Barack Obama. “This feat of chemical engineering promises to transform the way we study the brain’s anatomy and how disease changes it,” according to a prepared statement by Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. “No longer will the indepth study of our most important three-dimensional organ be constrained by
two-dimensional methods,” he said. The technique, described in Thursday’s online issue of the journal Nature, was successful in showing the neural structures in a piece of the brain of an autistic 7-yearold boy. It also offered a glimpse inside the brain of a zebrafish, as well as a fingernail-sized rat brain. The brain is a natural wonder that boggles the scientific mind. There are more neurons encased within a single human skull than there are stars flung across the universe. And it is complex; projecting from each neuron is a cable called an axon, which splits and branches like the canopy of a vast tree. But the brain is too dense to see inside, because of fatty molecules called lipids. Lipids are important because they help form cell membranes and give the brain much of its structure. But they can also be a nuisance, because they are impermeable both to chemicals and light. When they’re removed, the lumpy brain falls apart. So brain research usually requires slicing or sectioning the organ — a frustrating approach that is like trying to learn a computer language from a pile of electronic parts like floppy disks, CPUs and CD-ROM drives. “Slicing and imaging individual sections, then reconstructing them, is very laborious and time-consuming,” Chung said. “It hasn’t allowed us to see the entire structure and connectivity,” he said. The Stanford team came up with a complete differ-
ent approach: immerse the brain in a liquid “hydrogel.” Heat it slightly, so the gel congeals into a supportive mesh. Then extract the gray and yellow fats. What remains is a threedimensional brain with all of its important structures — neurons, axons, dendrites, synapse, proteins, nucleic acids and so forth — clearly visible. “It looks like Jell-O,” Chung said. “We want to find out the differences — in terms of brain wiring or molecular structures — between a normal and diseased brain.” The team took another big and startling step: They added an internal glow. Using fluorescent antibodies that seek out and attach themselves to specific proteins, the team got certain brain structures to light up, when illuminated. This will help researchers trace neural circuits through the brain and explore the brain’s wiring. This approach can be used even in tissues that have been preserved for many years, they said. Will the technique reveal the hiding place of love, or hope, or despair, or wisdom? It’s not yet known what these now-visible connections mean for emotion or behavior. But they show where to look. “Studying intact systems with this sort of molecular resolution and global scope — to be able to see the fine detail and the big pictures at the same time — has been a major unmet goal in biology,” said Deisseroth, in a written statement, “and it’s a goal that CLARITY begins to address.”
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There are seven barbershops in San Luis Obispo, a city with a population of approximately 45,000. The barbershops farthest from one another, University Barber Shop and SLO Town Barber Shop, are a mere 3 miles apart. Ray’s Barber Shop, Anderson Barber Shop, The Barber, Clippers Barber Shop and Kut to be the Best Barber Shop all sit somewhere in between. The ability for seven barbershops to coexist in such close proximity without razor-sharp competition is a testament to each one’s uniqueness. No two barbershops are alike, and in this series, several of these will be spotlighted. This week, Kut to be the Best on California Boulevard shows off its swagger. Barbershop bantering Terry Guilford Jr. moves a sharpened blade carefully up a man’s bare cheek. Guilford’s hand is steadily controlled, but his lips move as he spits
We’re just getting started. I want to be the McDonald’s of barber shops. TERRY GUILFORD JR. KUT TO BE THE BEST OWNER
out rap lyrics in time with the music surging through the shop. Hip-hop undulates throughout the barbershop. But hiphop doesn’t just come out of the speakers; it’s the undercurrent to Kut to be the Best’s culture. It’s a hip-hop barbershop, one that’s carved out a niche in San Luis Obispo: a suburban community that’s only 1.8 percent black. Of a population of 44,948, only 809 are black, according to the 2011 Community Economic Profile Demographics. Kut to be the Best is a center for minority community culture in San Luis Obispo, Guilford Jr. said. “If you’re from a bigger city with a bigger black population, this is one of the only places in town where you can get that feeling, that feeling that maybe
you’re at home for a while,” Guilford Jr. said. If there’s one word to describe Guilford Jr., it’s unapologetic. “This is our shop, these are our people,” he said. “If you’re not cool with rap music and graffiti, then you’re not for us, and we’re not for you.” Receptionist Suzy Roberts, a Cuesta College student, chimes in. “Our music is unedited,” Roberts said. “It says ‘pussy’ and ‘fuck’ and stuff. My high school math teacher came in the other day, and he got a culture shock, but we don’t compromise our shop’s culture.” Guilford Jr. shrugs and interjects. “We’re a modern barbershop with traditional techniques,” continued on pg. 5
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PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: (1) Owner Terry Guilford Jr. gives a young boy a trim. (2) Receptionist Suzy Roberts greets a patron. (3) Customer shows support for his team with style.
continued from pg. 4 he said. “Either you like it and want to be a part of it or you’ll stay away.” Still, despite being a self-described “black barber shop,” Guilford Jr. says approximately 65 percent of Kut to be the Best’s customers are white. What’s it like being a black barbershop in a white community? “A fucking goldmine,” Guilford Jr. said. “We’re just getting started. I want to be the McDonald’s of barber shops,” he said. “And you know McDonald’s, they’re everywhere — black or white, ghetto or suburban.” Man with a mission Guilford Jr. has a three-tenet mission: to inspire hygiene, self-confidence and community responsibility. Kut to be the Best Barber Shop is one of only two barbershops in San Luis Obispo — along with SLO Town Barber Shop — that do straight-razor facial shaves. “We’re one of the only real barber shops in SLO because we use a straight-razor shave,” Guilford
Jr. said. “You can’t be a real barber without it. It’s disrespectful. It’s like being a construction worker without a hammer.” Razor shaves, tapers and fades are Guilford Jr.’s specialties. For him, inspiring self-confidence is key. “The best thing about my job is I get to make people feel good,” he said. “I could go around and pass out business cards all day, but really, at the end of the day, this is my business card,” Guilford Jr. said, motioning to Cal Poly running back coach Aristotle Thompson’s head. “When I first started, I told the football coach, ‘I’m gonna help you guys get better,’” Guildford Jr. said. “What player wants to come here if there’s no real barbershop? And how’re they gonna play their best if they don’t feel their best?” “Look good, play good,” coach Thompson says from his seat. Guilford Jr. also emphasizes community outreach and responsibility. “It’s important for me being a black person in a white community to set a positive example,” he said.
“I realized it back when I was working at my other barbershop,” Guilford Jr. said. “It was in a bad neighborhood, and I realized that if I didn’t help these kids, they were gonna be robbing me in five or 10 years.” Guilford Jr. opens his shop up to high school boys who work there, sweeping floors and other manual labor tasks. “It keeps them out of trouble,” Roberts said. “Who knows? If they keep doing this, they might be barbers one day with their own businesses too.” Kut to be the Best also works closely with outreach programs, such as the Salvation Army and Prado Day Center, Roberts said. Fade out Barbershops have long been a place where community and commerce intersect, and Kut to be the Best prides itself on continuing that tradition. Mechanical engineering sophomore Nate Holder waits to get his hair cut. “This barbershop is about community,” Holder said. It’s a community Guilford Jr. cut out himself.
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Margaret Thatcher: feminist?
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Thursday, April 11, 2013 Volume LXXVII, Number 88 ©2013 Mustang Daily “A strand of hair for every head.”
As the world marks the passing of Margaret Thatcher at age 87, some of the attention has inevitably focused on her unique status as Britain’s first and only female prime minister. When Thatcher was elected in 1979, she was only the eighth woman in world history to lead a state without being a hereditary monarch. Yet Thatcher’s legacy as a female public figure of towering achievement is a paradox. Too often, she is rejected by feminists who shudder at her conservative politics — and embraced by conservatives who ignore her feminist life. Thatcher did not call herself a feminist. Indeed, she has been quoted as saying, “I hate feminism. It is poison” — though this statement
comes from the recollection of the former Thatcher adviser, author and historian Paul Johnson, who is himself a critic of feminism. Whatever her beliefs, Thatcher was certainly a trailblazer. She was a grocer’s daughter who became the first person in her family to go to college — Oxford, no less. She got a degree in chemistry, became active in politics and trained as a lawyer, gaining admission to the bar in 1953. A few years ago, feminist writer Zoe Williams wrote in the British newspaper The Guardian that Thatcher was “against single mothers, working mothers, women in general” and only “made an exception for herself.” Not true. As a rising conservative politician, the future Iron Lady wrote a letter to a newspaper lamenting that many women were held back
from professional success by the prejudice against women combining marriage and career. This letter, titled “Wake Up Women,” was published in 1952 — more than 10 years before Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique.” Thatcher herself was a working mother, winning a seat in Parliament when she had 6-year-old twins. Later, as prime minister, she came under fire for making critical remarks about a generation of “creche” (nursery) children; but this was less about traditional gender roles than state-funded day care. Thatcher had a lifelong antipathy to activist government, fearing that it would inevitably lead to authoritarianism. Unlike many of her fellow conservatives, both British and American, Thatcher extended her opposition to interventionist government to moral as well as economic
matters. In the 1960s, she was one of the few conservatives in Parliament who voted to decriminalize male homosexuality and legalize abortion. In a 1978 interview for The Catholic Herald, she harshly lectured the interviewer when he asked what the government should do about rising divorce rates, telling him, “Governments aren’t Big Brother.” Thatcher generally did not concern herself with “women’s issues;” but when she did address them publicly, it was to support women’s advancement. In 1988, she spoke out in favor of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church, for example. She was also a feminist role model by being utterly unafraid to be seen as harsh or unlikable. That’s a refreshing alternative to so-called feminists who wring their hands
over how victimized women supposedly are by the slightest whiff of social disapproval. Although feminists may wrongly mock Thatcher, conservatives fail to acknowledge the ways in which she defied their own shibboleths. Far too many on the right still cling to stereotypes of women as nurturing and unambitious, or they warn — either with glee or with supposed concern — that successful women are doomed to misery because no feminine woman can find happiness with a less powerful man. Yet Thatcher’s marriage to her husband, Dennis, seems to have been loving and satisfying. In all the ways that matter, Thatcher was a feminist. It’s time for both her feminist detractors and her conservative admirers to admit it.
NRA should aim away from guns in school JAMES MULVANEY
Los Angeles Times
Theodore Roosevelt was appalled by the lack of firearms training within the constabulary when he was appointed president of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Board of Supervisors, a rank now known as police commissioner. He would, I suspect, be equally appalled by a National Rifle Association (NRA)-funded study released last week that recommended putting guns in every school in America. Upon becoming New York’s top cop in 1895, Roosevelt recognized the danger of large numbers of undertrained officers carrying firearms in crowded urban environments. He created a “shooting gallery” to train city cops how to shoot, when to shoot and how to hit what they were aiming at. The shooting gallery became the country’s first police academy, which eventually begat John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Since that time, the evolving science of law enforcement has come to recognize that lethal force decisions require training and professionalism. That science doesn’t appear to have influenced the NRA’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. To the group’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, the solution seemed simple: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” There is a fundamental problem with that logic: I am a good guy, I am a smart guy, and I am a good shot at a target range. But I am not competent to be in a shootout with a bad guy surrounded by children. Shooting a weapon during a crisis is a difficult thing. According to the New York Times, NYPD officers opened fire
on individuals some 60 times in 2006 (the last year for which data were available). Their “hit ratio” was 34 percent, which means they missed the person they were aiming at with two out of three shots. The NYPD, which has among the best-trained officers in the nation, claims its “hit ratio” compares favorably with departments across the country. The LAPD hit rate for the same period was 29 percent. The NRA-funded study proposes placing an armed security guard or staff member in every American school. It suggests that armed staff members at schools would need 40 to 60 hours of training at a cost of $800 to $1,000 per officer. By contrast, NYPD cadets get 13 days of weapons training (more than 100 hours). Federal air marshal trainees are required to take 155 hours of firearms training. Do we think that the “school resources officers” proposed in the study would be more accurate shooters with less training? And, if they’re not, do we really want two out of three shots fired by security to be ricocheting down school corridors? Another unanswered question is who will fill these jobs. According to a national survey, the average armed security guard makes $21,000 a year in major urban areas, and closer to minimum wage in most of the country. That’s less than one-third the pay of a veteran NYPD officer. So we are going to compete with McDonald’s for top talent, give a person a gun and $1,000 worth of training and put them into a crowded elementary school? As schools across the country are making do with less, will they buck market trends for more expensive security guards? Another concern relates to types of weapons. The Transportation Safety Administration has spent much time choosing the weapons and ammuni-
tion used by air marshals. An armed lunatic or terrorist on a plane must be put down quickly. But heavy-duty rounds can go right through targets and rip through the fuselage of a plane, potentially creating greater catastrophe. For that reason, the TSA recommends special ammunition that combines stopping power with a slug that stays in the first body it hits. What kind of weapons and ammo does the NRA propose as being right for schools? I found no mention of special ammunition in the 225-page study. So, what would Teddy Roosevelt say? My guess is that he would look at the NRA-funded study and implement many of its recommendations, especially those related to preventing crime through environmental design, a concept to use architecture to make buildings less vulnerable to
attack and provide safe zones when the unthinkable happens. He would also agree that everyone needs more training. School staff members need to learn how to recognize ticking time bombs like the shooter students at Columbine, and schools need to have evacuation, reverse evacuation and lockdown drills. There is some complaint that such drills would traumatize children, but we have fire drills that don’t seem to terrify students. And I suffer no identifiable long-term effects from my elementary school Cold War-era training to hide under my desk in case of Soviet attack. But as a student of Roosevelt and a teacher at a school that grew from his legacy, I’m terrified by the idea of the NRA plan to put a gun in every school.
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Is the best in front of Wurst? STEPHAN TEODOSESCU
Loaded with an arsenal of riseballs, inside curves and a devastating screwball, Chloe Wurst mowed down Pacific’s hitters pitch by pitch en route to a 3-0 complete-game shutout in Sat-
urday’s second game of the Cal Poly softball team’s doubleheader against the Tigers. Wurst allowed just five hits in that game to counter a 7-0 loss earlier in the day, where she was pulled after allowing five runs in the first 2 1/3 innings as the starter.
That single day outing summed up Wurst’s everyday approach out on the field perfectly. No matter the circumstances, she can put a poor performance behind her immediately because win or lose, the La Verne, Calif. native’s mentality in the circle is
always the same: just live to see another pitch. “Pitch each pitch like it’s your last,” Wurst said. “And that’s the mentality I try to go for every pitch.” And for good reason, because that mindset once had a more literal connotation than a cliché one for the redshirt sophomore. In fact, she was once told that she indeed had thrown her last pitch and would never see the inside of a pitcher’s circle again. While home from school in her freshman season at NCAA Division II West Texas A&M, Wurst went to bed New Year’s night with severe shortness of breath. She awoke the next morning unable to breathe and had to be immediately rushed to the hospital by her parents. There, Wurst and her family learned that the once-high school MVP pitcher had a rare and conceivably devastating disorder for an athlete her age. The doctors told her that she had two pulmonary embolisms — blood clots in the main artery servicing the lungs — a potentially fatal condition. “My world just tumbled,” Wurst said. “For the first time, I felt completely worthless as a person. That feeling like when you’re realizing you can’t do anything on your own, that true dependence on someone else (feeling), just completely took over.” She was immediately placed on anticoagulants to prevent her blood from clotting any further and to treat the existing condition, but at the cost of her career and her active lifestyle, she said. Doctors told Wurst she would likely never exercise again, let alone play softball. The risk that a minor injury, no matter how menial, suffered would lead to severe internal bleeding was too great because of the nature of the blood thinners. “It was a depressing ex-
Pitch each pitch like it’s your last. And that’s the mentality I try to go for every pitch. CHLOE WURST REDSHIRT JUNIOR PITCHER
perience,” Wurst said of the treatments. But she wasn’t about to give up her career that easily. With the encouragement of her dad, Cliff, and a desire to do anything but sit around, Wurst began walking daily. Walking then turned into jogging, jogging turned into sprints and sprints turned into weight-lifting before her better-than-expected recovery finally allowed her to once again play softball. “I kind of just said, ‘screw it,’” Wurst said. “I went out exercising on my own and eventually I went to the doctor’s and passed a conditioning test to be fit to play softball again.” Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon had scouted Wurst before, and after seeing her stellar senior year performance at Bonita High School coupled with a trusting relationship with Wurst’s club coach, Condon became interested in her softball talents despite her not having thrown a single pitch at the collegiate level, not to mention her health. Willing to take the risk, Condon offered the left-hander a scholarship before this past season to play for the Mustangs. “Recruiting is all about gambling as it is,” Condon said. “Some risks pay off and some you don’t necessarily get what you’re looking for. For us, I don’t think we ever waivered about bringing her in.” Wurst had originally been recruited to play for West Texas A&M after a solid junior year at Bonita put her on the scouts’ radar. As per usual in softball, she signed after that season committing to play for the Lady Buffs before she got any major scouting attention in her senior year. But following a 19-4 record with a 0.82 ERA in her final season at Bonita, Wurst saw offers from powerhouse schools such as Michigan, Texas A&M and UNLV trickle in. Admittedly, she panicked in
signing early and realized she wanted to play softball closer to home. Her condition only helped her realize that more. “We were excited about her potential,” Condon said. “We always assumed and hoped that she would come back as strong as she was before she got sick.” Condon’s hope has turned into reality this season as her decision to bring Wurst aboard has paid dividends for the Mustangs. According to fellow sophomore pitcher Jordan Yates, her hiatus from the game may have even helped her come back stronger this year. “I think stepping away helped her put the game into perspective,” Yates said. “It can be taken away so quickly and so I think she is thankful for the opportunity that she’s been given.” After getting thrown into the starter’s role early last season, Wurst is 9-10 overall, owning victories over two ranked teams (No. 18 Washington and No. 13 Georgia), and leads the team with 130 innings pitched. She has posted shutouts in three of her past five outings and even earned her firstcareer Big West Pitcher of the Week award this past week by throwing back-to-back shutouts against Cal State Fullerton. “I didn’t believe it at first because I found out on April 1 (about the award) and I thought it was an April Fool’s joke,” Wurst said. “But it’s a huge accomplishment because not a lot of people receive that and this team has been battling, so any type of award or accolade at this school is an extreme honor.” Through her unconventional path to Cal Poly, Wurst has even emerged as one of the Mustangs’ team leaders, a responsibility Yates said comes with nature of the position. “Being a pitcher you definitely have to be a leader,” Yates said. “She’s kind of stepped up to the plate with that role and taken it on well.”