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THEIR LIPS ARE SEALED Safer coordinators start new year with fully confidential counseling


SAFE AND SOUND | Fear of having their information shared may have deterred survivors from seeking help, Safer assistant coordinator Cheri Love said. Now, counselors can provide completely confidential support. Kyle McCarty @KyleMMcCarty Safer, Cal Poly’s on-campus sexual violence resource center, now offers completely confidential counseling to survivors of sexual assault. Previously, when someone came to Safer seeking counsel, the organization was required to share any reports of sexual assault with the university’s Title IX coordinator, Dean of Students Jean DeCosta.

The affected student would be contacted and told that the university is aware they were affected by sexual or gender violence and inform the student of their options. Cheri Love, an assistant coordinator at Safer, said that even though an official investigation would only be pursued with the survivor’s consent, the prospect of their information being shared with a campus entity still deterred survivors from seeking help. “I think when people hear that there’s a mandated report to the

Women’s soccer wraps up nonconference schedule

Dean of Students, or university reporting if they come to an entity on campus, there’s a misconception that their name is somehow going to be released,” Love said. “Because of those myths, or those misconceptions, I think Safer has been underutilized.” >>

see SAFER, pg 3.

Aaron Carter 7:30 p.m. tonight at SLO Brewing Co.


ABU | Sophomore forward Megan Abutin leads the Mustangs with 4 assists in nine games this season. The women’s soccer team (4-5) will host two West Coast Conference opponents this weekend, marking the end of the Mustangs’ nonconference schedule. Cal Poly will face Saint Mary’s at 12 p.m. on Friday and San Francisco at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Big West Conference play begins on Oct. 3 at Long Beach State.


ASI launches voter

registration drive with ‘fancy’ videos Brooke Sperbeck @brookesperbeck7

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) student government leaders are encouraging Cal Poly students to register to vote for state and national elections. Their medium of choice? Video. As part of the campaign, ASI has created a four-part video series that will be sent to students through emails and played on housing and dining televisions. The first video, which features ASI President Joi Sullivan rapping, was posted on ASI’s Facebook page Monday morning. >> COURTESY PHOTO | ASSOCIATED STUDENTS, INC.

see ASI, pg 3.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Water flow restrictions come to campus bathrooms Sean McMinn @shmcminn No, the bathroom sink isn’t broken. It’s supposed to be like that. The apparent decrease in water pressure in faucets around Cal Poly is actually due to low-flow aerators attached to faucets in an attempt to save water during California’s drought, and they’re accompanied by a number of other measures. “In public restrooms throughout the campus, the common restrooms in the dorms and in shower heads throughout, we got them all,” said Dennis Elliot, Cal Poly’s assistant director for energy, utilities and sustainability. The faucet modifications, which are screw-on pieces attached to the end of faucets, limit water flow to .5 gallons per minute. A standard sink uses between 2.5 and 3.5 gallons per minute, Elliot said. Students quickly noticed the change in flow. “Interestingly, we got a few calls within the first few days after that had happened, people thinking that their building water pressure had dropped because the flow was noticeably different,” he said. In addition, Cal Poly spent part of the summer making similar changes to showers in the residence halls. Most were already “ultra-low flow” at 1.5 gallons per minute, Elliot said, but those that were using more were reduced.


SLOW FLOW | Faucet modifications limit flow to 0.5 gallons per minute. A normal sink uses 2.5-3.5 gallons per minute. The shower heads use 1.5 gallons per minute. The reductions in water flow come as California experiences a drought so severe Gov. Jerry Brown declared a water emergency in January and ordered state

agencies to limit their water usage. As a result, Cal Poly is required by 2016 to be using 10 percent less water than it does now, and to lower it another

10 percent by 2022. “I think certainly we are in for a bumpy ride, and I think hopefully that we got some good rain in the years com-

ing up,” Elliot said. “But we’re in for some things we’ve never seen before.” Cal Poly is also looking at converting lawns into low-wa-

ter use or zero-water use areas, though Elliot said he recognizes students are fond of several lawns around campus and would be sad to see them go.

“In public restrooms throughout the campus, the common restrooms in the dorms and in shower heads throughout, we got them all.” DENNIS ELLIOT | CAL POLY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR ENERGY, UTILITIES AND SUSTAINABILITY

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VOTER DRIVE | ASI and president Joi Sullivan created four videos to encourage students to vote in both state and national elections. The deadline to vote is Oct. 20. ASI continued from pg 1. “The videos that we’re going to be rolling out not only encourage students to vote, but they explain why students need to vote and some of the issues that can affect them,” ASI Chief of Staff and agricultural business senior Jake Rogers said. Voting could also get students involved in matters outside of

SAFER continued from pg 1. Love believes the value of confidentiality trumps mandated reporting. “I think it’s really to acknowledge that it’s up to the person that’s been affected by violence, for them to choose what their next steps are,” Love said. “They didn’t ask to be put in that position, and they just need to take care of their own healing process.” Confidential reporting can influence the amount of official reports made by survivors. When survivors can weigh their options confidentially, they may feel more comfortable making an official report, Love said. A Mustang News investigation in June 2014 found that

campus, Rogers said. “Here at ASI, we’re really interested in getting students engaged, and we feel that it’s really important for them to be engaged not only on campus, but off campus as well,” Rogers said. “One way we saw we could do that is through a voter registration and education drive.” On Sept. 16, ASI partnered with the President’s Office to launch a voter registration drive

as a way to increase the number of Cal Poly students registered to vote, Rogers said. “The unique thing about our drive is all of our voter registration is completely online,” Rogers said. The drive uses a service called Turbo Vote, a nonprofit organization that sets up personalized websites for universities across the nation where students can register to vote, Rogers said. Ac-

the sexual assault report rate at University of California, Santa Barbara was six times that of Cal Poly. UCSB has offered confidential reporting at their Safer-equivalent longer than Cal Poly, and the higher report rate could be indicative of survivors feeling more comfortable coming forward. Safer now joins the Counseling Center as one of two places on campus that are not required to share reports of sexual assault with the Dean of Students. All other Cal Poly employees are required to report to the Dean of Students. Love — along with two students certified by the state to provide crisis counseling — is available to speak with survivors at Safer. Crisis counseling hours are available at the Safer office

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group is also partnered with the RISE center in San Luis Obispo, which provides 24/7 counseling services. Since RISE is not officially affiliated with the university, they do not have to report to a Title IX coordinator and are therefore completely confidential. The change comes from Cal State University (CSU) Executive Order No. 1097, which was put in place this past June. Under the new policy, sexual assault counselors and advocates are no longer required to make reports. Mike Uhlenkamp, a CSU spokesperson, said the Executive Order was issued to reflect changes in the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law updated in March.

“(Survivors) didn’t ask to be put in that position, and they just need to take care of their own healing process.” CHERI LOVE | SAFER ASSISTANT COORDINATOR

cording to the Turbo Vote website, Cal Poly is one of 202 universities using the service. Students can choose to register to vote in any city or state, not just in California. If a state does not have an online voter registry, Turbo Vote will send the student the necessary forms in the mail for free, Rogers said. ASI had voter registration booths set up during Week of Welcome (WOW). Rogers said

he and his executive cabinet plan to continue setting up weekly booths for students to register throughout the fall. “We’re also going to have voter registration booths set up throughout campus — so there should be one in the library,” Rogers said. “We’ll have some set up on Dexter on certain days, in Metro, in the University Union, things like that.” Business administration fresh-

man Steven Andrews registered to vote at ASI’s booth at the WOW Club Showcase on Sunday. Andrews said he’s always wanted to register to vote, but never had the opportunity. “I was looking for the opportunity and it was conveniently here right in front of me at the club fair,” Andrews said. “It was really easy, just follow the steps.” Andrews, a San Diego native who registered to vote in his hometown by mail, said he is looking forward to voting in this year’s elections. “I don’t have a party in mind or anything yet, but I want to be a part of the voting system, so I’m glad I registered today,” Andrews said. Though Turbo Vote mails students absentee ballots for free, Cal Poly is paying to use the service, Rogers said. “We partnered with the President’s Office on this, so ASI is the hands and feet and the voice and doing the work behind the drive, and the funding is coming from the President’s Office,” Rogers said. As of mid-afternoon Sunday, Rogers said 160 students had registered to vote on the Turbo Vote site. ASI is hoping to have at least 2,000 students registered by Oct. 20, he said. “At the very minimum, we would like to get 10 percent of the Cal Poly population, which is about 2,000 students, but we’re really trying to shoot for the stars on this and hoping to exceed that goal by quite a bit,” Rogers said. Cal Poly students have been “really excited” about the new voter registration system, Rogers said, especially freshmen registering to vote for their first election. “As soon as people have heard they have this opportunity and it only takes about 5 minutes, they’ve been super receptive,” Rogers said. The campaign ends Oct. 20, the last day to register to vote for this year’s California general election.

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NEWBIES | Music sophomore Kevin Hegyi (left), computer science sophomore Javier Torres (center) and music sophomore Thomas Sypkens (right) are three members of Pleasantly, which played its first show Sunday.

KCPR features California-wide bands at WOW showcase Morgan Butler & Kelly Trom @morganhbutler & @kttrom While roaming through club booths at the Week of Welcome (WOW) showcase, incoming students were able to discover some new music, courtesy of KCPR — Cal Poly’s student-run radio station — which presented three California-based indie rock bands at the University Union (UU) Plaza stage Sunday. Recreation, parks and tourism administration junior Connor Griffith, a KCPR disc jockey who goes by “Kid Chameleon,” played music between sets. Last year, KCPR presented Proxima Parada and Swan Thief, but this year, they brought in some new blood, he said. “A main goal of KCPR in general is to introduce people to new music, and this showcase was expanded off of last year,” Griffith said. “It started off local, and we want to keep some of it local, but

we also wanted to expand it to bring in new bands that people haven’t heard.” Griffith has started playing a lot more local music on his on-air radio show, Incense and Peppermints. The first band of the showcase, Pleasantly, was requested by one of Griffith’s listeners recently. Pleasantly originated from music sophomores Thomas Sypkens and Kevin Hegyi. The two met on the Cal Poly music department’s Facebook page and discovered they had the same taste in music. “Our style is cathedral pop,” Sypkens said. “It’s not a genre yet, but we are getting there. Imagine you are sitting in a cathedral and you have all these huge harmonies. It is very floaty and makes you feel good about yourself.” Hegyi and Sypkens started writing music together months before the band was complete with electrical engineering freshman Dan Potts on drums and computer science sophomore Javier Torres on keys. The band is excited to start writing collaboratively, Sypkens said. The group’s upbeat, positive sound reverberated through the UU Plaza as the members played their first show together. “It went a hell of a lot better than I thought it would,” Hegyi said. “It

was cool playing for a bunch of people walking by, and I think some people enjoyed it.” Bringing a Northern California vibe to the stage, San Franciscobased band sea knight was up next. The band, which has a melodic, folksy feel, consisted of haunting vocals, drums, guitar, bass and violin on occasion. A lion from the Chinese Student Association danced to sea knight’s songs from their album, Where Are You, adding to the showcase’s eclectic variety. Indie folk rock band Second Cousins closed out the showcase. Originally from San Diego, Second Cousins describes their sound as old, folky rock ‘n’ roll with a modern twist. The four band members have been playing together for two years. “It started with Tim and I writing songs and sharing them,” vocalist Austin Burns said. “It was the first relationship I had where I felt they had way better input than I would have thought of originally. Maybe not way better, but it was a really healthy musical relationship, and then it spurred into this.” Until Second Cousins’ next performance on Oct. 22 in San Diego, you can listen for them on KCPR.









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Thursday, September 25, 2014

SLO Brew invites indie and EDM artists to the stage Sam Gilbert @samgilbert279 Textbooks are stacked high and flashcards are ready to be studied. It’s official, kids — school is back in session. But despite the painful reality of school, SLO Brewing Co. has presented a lineup so original, it’s bound to stop even the most severe cases of post-summertime sadness. “We’re doing a lot more indie and electronic dance music (EDM) artists,” SLO Brewing Co. general manager Monte Schaller said. “We haven’t really worked with that industry very often the last two to three years, and there are a lot of tickets to be sold for that.” The venue prides itself on providing a wide variety of music. The San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly communities have a vast range of music tastes, and SLO Brewing Co. has committed itself to catering to a large array of interests. Schaller said every night at the venue has a different feel. “Sometimes, there are acoustic shows where it’s

seated, and we put candles out,” he said. “We also have EDM shows where we have the smoke on, lasers out and it’s a Vegas-like show.” Kinesiology freshman Jessica Eisenhauer said she moved in just one week ago and has already heard of SLO Brewing Co.’s concerts. “I’m a freshman, so I don’t know much about it, but I’ve heard that a lot of people go and there are live bands,” Eisenhauer said. “I’m really into country and alternative music, so I’d like to see bands like that this quarter.” Good news: The managers at SLO Brewing Co. feel the same. According to the lineup, this quarter incorporates many new faces and firsttime artists. “Just because the general public hasn’t heard of a band doesn’t mean that it’s going to fail,” Schaller said. “The resources for people to discover music is so plentiful right now — Spotify and Pandora are great examples.” Kinesiology graduate student Alyssa Britt said she wants to see more low-key, current bands. “I really like SLO Brew, and I’d love to see smaller-named bands play there,” Britt said.

A lot of alternative, local bands create names for themselves by starting at SLO Brewing Co. — Proxima Parada is one of them. The band, set to perform Friday, Sept. 26, began as a group of Cal Poly students with a dream. Now, they’re performing for an expected sold-out show for their CD release party. “We have the ability to cater to national touring acts, but whenever we have that, we use it as a way to get exposure for the local bands by having them open for a sold-out show,” Schaller said. In addition to the line of rising stars, SLO Brewing Co. also includes artists with a wide recognition. Kalin and Myles, rising stars on the Top 20 Sirius Radio for “Love Robbery,” are set to play on Nov.

10; hip-hop artist Twista expects to play for a soldout show on Oct. 26.; and Aaron Carter will take the stage on Sept. 25. “Aaron Carter is definitely one of the favorites, because everyone knows who he is,” Schaller said. “Go ask any 22-year-old girl right now about him, and they totally geek out on it.” Though most of the bands are new, returning artists for this quarter include Through the Roots on Sept. 30 and the English Beat on Oct. 3. SLO Brewing Co. typically announces upcoming events via Twitter and Instagram approximately six to eight weeks before the show. “Come to the opening bands,” Schaller said. “You never know who will surprise you.”

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Defending our first line of defense Eric Stubben @Eric Stubben Eric Stubben is a mechanical engineering junior and Mustang News conservative columnist. Sept. 9, 2008 was a day I’ll never forget. As the door to the police car slammed shut and red and blue lights flickered in the window, I didn’t know what to feel. I rode across town, caught in the moment — yet embarrassed because the swarms of people on the sidewalks could see me. When the car finally stopped, I stepped into a football stadium full of thousands of law enforcement officers, many of them in tears. No, I wasn’t in trouble. I was mourning. We all were. The death of local police deputy Anne Jackson one week earlier rocked the entire northwest community, from British Columbia down to Seattle. As I sat through the memorial on that abnormally hot summer day, I knew things wouldn’t be the same for a long time. I watched big, burly police officers break down in tears as they felt the pain of losing a coworker and friend. Maybe it’s obvious by now, but I was raised as a police officer’s son. Through countless nights of late police calls and one horribly emotional memorial, I taught myself that police authority is to be respected and appreciated. So when I watched the riots and looting in Ferguson, Missouri this summer, it wasn’t the police behavior that horrified me — it was the national news coverage. The overuse and inaccuracy of the term “militarization of police” was and is sickening. No, Jackson wouldn’t have been saved by some “militaristic” police behavior; she was killed in a psychotic shooting spree. But one thing I can guarantee is no family, friend or community should go through the pain of having one of their protectors gunned down. For that reason, any law or ideol-

ogy preventing our law enforcement officers from having the best protection possible is unjustified. The media attention given to the idea of barring police from attaining surplus military equipment is ludicrous. Selling used military equipment to police departments around the country via the Department of Defense 1033 program has a wide variety of benefits. Monetarily, the Department of Defense retains some sell-back value on the weapons and protection without having to scrap it. In fact, more than $5 billion worth of equipment has been sold to local authorities since the 1990s. Local police departments also benefit monetarily through the 1033 program. Buying surplus military equipment allows authorities to spend less money compared to buying new equipment. And if you’re worried about these surplus goods being used against you, think again. Police officers have to go through what is known as a “use of force continuum” before being able to use lethal force. The continuum progresses from mere police presence to verbalization, hand control and nonlethal force before lethal force is even an option. Even then, significant, life-threatening danger must be present. Ideologically, police knowing military tactics is also promising. Think back to the destruction and terror of 9/11. What if the terrorists who controlled and crashed the planes weren’t the only ones trying to do damage? Local police would be our first line of defense against a further attack. Would you want them protecting your life and your family with limited force because they were unable to obtain the force they needed at a reasonable price? Think of the Boston Marathon bombing. After a day-long manhunt, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wasn’t caught by our military, but by a local police SWAT team. Without precise “militaristic” training, who knows how much damage could have been done. It’s not unreasonable to think that our country could be attacked again one day. When or if that time comes, we will want all the homeland protection we can get.

the right angle Now, think back to Ferguson this summer. Was police behavior really that militaristic? Sure, the rights to peacefully assemble and speak freely are protected in the Bill of Rights, but last time I checked, looting and violence are not considered peaceful. The use of heavy armor and SWAT teams wasn’t to drive back protests but to control the significant amount of violence in the area. Maybe I haven’t addressed the most important question yet: Why were we so wound up in the idea of police militarization, anyway? Of course, the killing of Michael

Brown and ensuing riots consumed national news for weeks on end. Emotional cries from Brown’s family and members of the Ferguson community provided emotionally compelling arguments against police force. Now, let’s be honest. We have no idea what happened in Ferguson. Eyewitness accounts conflict and tell stories with a 180-degree difference. There’s no video — no evidence of Brown doing anything wrong, but no evidence of his innocence. One day a judge will give a verdict, slam a gavel and America will move on — with or without

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Football opens

conference play in Flagstaff Mustang News Staff Report @CPMustangSports The Cal Poly football team (1-2) will be looking to spoil its opponent’s family weekend against Northern Arizona (2-2) in Flagstaff. The Mustangs are carrying the momentum of a 42-14 victory in their home opener against Portland State, their first win of the season. Northern Arizona is coming off a road loss to South Dakota, seeing their prior ranking at No. 22 disappear. Cal Poly is still winless on the road, but is coming off a very impressive performance at home, where two players in Cal Poly’s backfield set career highs in yards. Senior fullback Brandon Howe scored two touchdowns and added 81 yards on the ground, while sophomore running back Kori Garcia rushed for 103 yards and a score. Cal Poly amassed 470 total rushing yards in the victory. In their loss against North Dakota State, the

Lumberjacks surrendered 304 yards rushing, bringing the average rushing yards against them up to 191 per game. This is a key matchup for the Mustangs and their run-heavy tripleoption attack. The Cal Poly defense had some stand-out performances by junior defensive backs Karlton Dennis and Chris Fletcher, as well as freshman Alex Suchesk. The Mustangs limited Portland State to just 106 yards through the air, and should see plenty of action again against a similarly balanced Lumberjacks offense, which is led by junior quarterback Kyren Powe. Powe is averaging 224 yards per game, fourth-most in the Big Sky Conference. Senior linebackers Nick Dzubnar and Cameron Ontko led the Mustangs with six tackles each, with 2.5 of Dzubnar’s resulting in a loss of yardage. Dzubnar leads the Mustangs in tackles this season with 41. Cal Poly’s previous meeting with Northern Arizona was a low-scoring, competitive affair, with the Mustangs on the losing end of a 17-13 final score. The Mustangs threatened late, but on

4th-and-1, Northern Arizona linebacker Ryan Reardon leapt over the line of scrimmage for a sack and the No. 1 spot on the SportsCenter top plays that evening. The Mustangs can take solace in the fact that Reardon is no longer on the Northern Arizona roster. Last season, Northern Arizona finished 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Sky, earning its fourth FCS playoff berth in school history. The Mustangs went 6-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big Sky and did not earn a playoff berth. Cal Poly vs. Northern Arizona kicks off at 4:05 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Arizona. Rafael Salinas contributed to this report.


RUN IT | Junior quarterback Chris Brown rushed 12 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns in Cal Poly’s 42-14 dismantling of Portland State on Saturday. The Mustangs amassed 470 yards on the ground.

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