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Student start-up climbs to new heights Kait Freeberg | Special to Mustang News Courtesy Photo
It’s a cool Friday morning, and Sander DiAngelis bikes to the Starbucks on Foothill Boulevard. He sits at a table with a warm drink in his hand, sporting a plaid shirt. On his head sits a green hat — a hat that’s been there and back with him on every adventure. His computer is open to flashy sites like REI, Mountain Gear and North Face. He’s scoping out the competition. “I pull my hair out every time I am on a computer website (like this); my eyes bleed,” said DiAngelis, a business administration senior and founder of MOJA Gear, a rock climbing website. To help develop his website, DiAngelis has worked closely with The Hatchery program on campus, a part of the Cal Poly Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “MOJA Gear is not a retailer, per se, but a community-driven rock climbing marketplace that divides its efforts among personal engagement, high-quality content and products,” DiAngelis said. >>
see MOJA, page 4
Women’s hoops wins OT thriller Erik Chu @CPMustangSports PREVIEW
JOSEPH PACK | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
PolyPlanner consequences revealed
IAN BILLINGS | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Suha Saya @suhasaya Though PolyPlanner’s demand data will first influence the Winter 2015 schedule, consequences for not using the tool will go into effect for the Fall 2014 registration cycle. More than 10,000 students logged onto PolyPlanner since its release three weeks ago. However, the number of students who actually used the tool was half of that — only 5,000. In the future, students will be assigned to the last registration rotation and will not be allowed to use any priorities if they do not take advantage of the tool, university registrar Cem Sunata said. >>
see POLYPLANNER, pg 4.
5 things you missed at DAVID JANG | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
92-87 The Cal Poly women’s basketball team used senior Molly Schlemer’s second career 3-pointer to send the game and eventually beat UC Irvine 92-87 on Senior Day at Mott Athletics Center. >>
see WOMEN’S HOOPS, pg 12.
SLO Craft Beer Festival David Jang @davidjang_ PREVIEW
Missed the SLO Craft Beer Festival? Don’t worry, be hoppy. We have a list of what you missed. >>
see CRAFT, pg 5.
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Armstrong, Capps, Colombini convene in Washington, D.C.
MEETING OF THE MINDS | (Clockwise from center) Colombini, Armstrong and Capps discussed Cal Poly’s Tournament of Roses award and the university’s recent wave energy research grant. Katharine Gore Special to Mustang News Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Jason Colombini met with Rep. Lois Capps (D-Ca) during a trip to Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26. The meeting was part of California State University (CSU) Hill Day, with representatives and students from more than half of the 23 CSU universities advocating for system-wide issues.
“It was nice to go over there and show that we were taking it to the capitol,” Colombini said. “I was able to advocate for the system, advocate for students and advocate for Cal Poly.” Armstrong and Colombini met with Capps because she is the representative for San Luis Obispo County. “They had a great conversation surrounding the big projects that are going on at Cal Poly and some of the recognition that the university is receiving,” said C.J. Young, a
spokesperson for Capps. One talking point of the meeting was the award Cal Poly received at the Tournament of Roses this year, which is tied to the congresswoman’s work on cut flowers, Young said. The Cal Poly float was the only float in the Rose Parade to be certified California-grown, which means more than 85 percent of the flowers used were grown in the state, Young said. Armstrong, Colombini and Capps also discussed the im-
portance of financial aid and student loan availability for Cal Poly students, Young said. “Specifically, both President Armstrong and Congresswoman Capps expressed strong support for the Pell Grant Program,” Young said. “Twenty percent of Cal Poly students receive Pell Grant, and both the president and the congresswoman believe that we need to continue to support the program and ensure that we expand it in the future.” Colombini said Cal Poly needs to have more access
to financial aid for students who need it. “A university degree is a public good,” Colombini said. “It betters the country as a whole.” Young said Armstrong, Colombini and Capps also discussed the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a program under the United States Department of Agriculture. “They’re looking to see how Cal Poly and ARS can enhance cooperation, and how the congresswoman can help facilitate that relationship so that ARS has additional infor-
mation and Cal Poly can use some of the research services that are available through the program,” Young said. Colombini said other topics discussed were the $750,000 grant Cal Poly received to study wave energy research, as well as research for the new California Strawberry Commission on campus. “It was a good meeting,” Colombini said. “It was a good balance between government relations, President Armstrong’s view of Cal Poly and the student’s perspective, too.”
The following are two corrections on “Professor gender gap a work in progress,” which ran in print on Feb. 27: Correction 1: The caption that ran with this photo on Feb. 27 in the print edition of Mustang News misidentified the woman in the photo as Visiting Professor Jody Lisberger. The woman is actually Assistant Professor Jenn Yost. Correction 2: This article also mistakenly attributed Jody Lisberger as saying departments that traditionally employ more women, such as the College of Liberal Arts, pay their employees considerably less. Though this is accurate, she did not say it.
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ASI hopefuls ready to campaign The Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) election filing period ended this past Friday. If no structural changes are made, here’s what the ASI Board of Directors candidates are vying for. Elections take place April 23. College of Architecture and Environmental Design
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
College of Engineering
College of Science and Mathematics
21 CANDIDATES College of Liberal Arts
SPOTS 4 CANDIDATES
Orfalea College of Business
Data from ASI Facebook post.
MOJA continued from pg 1. The word “moja,” which means “one” in Swahili, is the foundation of DiAngelis’ brainchild. After a failed attempt at making a website similar to eBay that donated all of its money to charity, he came up with the idea for MOJA Gear during the summer of 2013. “It’s a hybrid between Etsy and eBay, but for the outdoors,” DiAngelis said. “Much more engaging.” Still, DiAngelis wanted some portion of the website’s earnings to go to charity. With every sale, 1 percent goes into the community and is donated to either Access Fund or The American Safe Climbing Association. Jake Disraeli, the innovation coordinator at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, said other climbing websites are often elementary and boring. Disraeli sees everything from food to hardware companies, and he said he believes in MOJA Gear and DiAngelis’ vision. In December 2013, DiAngelis brought on Sara Roudebush to join the MOJA Gear team as the marketing and community engagement director. She was placed in charge of marketing and community engagement, but said she does “a little bit of everything.” “We make most of the decisions together,” Roudebush said. “But (DiAngelis) has the final say.” Andy Peterson, a software engineering freshman, was recruited to do design work and web development. These are the main people who are working to further the company, though DiAngelis has also sought help from students working on their senior projects. Roudebush described DiAngelis’ leadership style as relaxed, hands-off and open-minded. “If you come up with an idea, he always encourages it,” Roudebush said. Moving forward
While the site’s main focus is rock climbing and gear, DiAngelis said his dream is to add surfing and yoga aspects to the site. “I am really passionate about this sport. I wake up excited about every day.” DiAngelis, who studied in New Zealand during his sophomore year, was able to climb during his trip. He also spent six months as a guide for beginning rock climbers in Vietnam. “Giving people experiences that they will remember forever, it was really life changing,” DiAngelis said. Having to choose between a favorite hobby or a money-making job after graduating is not something DiAngelis said students should have to do. “The question is, how can you bring them together?” he said. After graduating in June, DiAngelis plans to work full time with MOJA Gear, combining his rock climbing interest and making it into a career. Community sellers MOJA Gear has several hundred fans on Facebook and and an active presence on social media. With the hashtag #climbmoja, many people in the climbing community have tagged themselves in photos on MOJA Gear’s Instagram. Chris Sharma, who was called the world’s best rock climber by NPR, was tagged in a photo on their site. “We want to engage our user base,” DiAngelis said. “In these early days, we are trying to engage and grow our trust.” The climbing market is a multi-million dollar annual industry. “We believe we can be a prominent player in that market,” he said. The expense of climbing gear such as carabiners, ropes, chalk bags and shoes has forced MOJA Gear to look at other options for their site. They have reached out to community sellers on the internet to bring in more traffic.
MOJA Gear reached out to Ambatana Threads, which employs refugee women from Kenya and Iraq, to make handmade chalk bags out of their studio in Salt Lake City. By bringing in small, community-driven businesses such as Ambatana Threads, MOJA Gear is becoming a retail platform. They have a business model worked out for each sale: 80 percent goes to the seller, MOJA Gear takes 19 percent commission and one percent is donated back into the climbing community. “This model is great for them, great for us (and) gives them more exposure,” DiAngelis said. DiAngelis and his team are now working on making connections with community sellers that share MOJA Gear’s passion and workplace ethics — and bringing them onto the site. “We only want to carry brands we believe in,” he said. With the goal of adding 3040 more climbing businesses to the community portion of their website, they have some work to do. Only five sellers are on the site now. Though DiAngelis dreams of expansion, he said he will not become like his competitors. “It is always placing our
mission first,” he said. Not just making money Though the MOJA Gear team is not keen on setting goals, according to DiAngelis, they are focused on the future. “Between now and summer, we are growing our user base and obtaining investors for the summer,” DiAngelis said. The company could easily look to Silicon Valley to find some wealthy investors, but DiAngelis said they want to find people who believe in the mission of MOJA Gear, not just people who want to make money. For the summer, DiAngelis will search for investors from the San Luis Obispo area. “There is a community here that wants to see more entrepreneurship and innovation,” DiAngelis said. “Within the next nine months, we want $50,000 to $100,000 invested in MOJA Gear.” That money will go toward purchasing more products to sell on their site. DiAngelis and Roudebush will represent MOJA Gear in the LeanModel Start-Up Competition later this month. “I think we have a really good sense of self,” Roudebush said. “So we are pretty far ahead of some companies.”
ROCK OUT | “It’s a hybrid between Etsy and eBay, but for the outdoors,” Sander DiAngelis said. “Much more engaging.”
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Neknomination hits Cal Poly Sara Natividad Special to Mustang News Pour the beer, tilt your neck back and chug. That’s the only requirement to fulfill the Neknomination challenge, an international trend that has recently hit Cal Poly. Whoever is nominated must chug a beer — or another creative alcoholic concoction — within 24 hours of being nominated to complete the challenge. After chugging (and maybe a few burps) the participants nominate three more people to complete the challenge. And the cycle continues. The trend is believed to have originated in Australia approximately one year ago. It is becoming widespread because most people post videos of their nominations on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #neknominations. Some videos consist of a simple chug, but many par-
PolyPlanner continued from pg 1. “In order to make the consequences more relevant, we wanted to make that for the immediate term,” he said. “It’s not necessarily the term that needs the data, but the term they’re registering (for) right now.” During March, students will be required to build their own PolyPlan for Summer 2014 (if they are taking summer classes), Fall 2014 and Winter 2015, an email from the Office of the Registrar said.
ticipants have gotten creative with their challenges. Different mixed drinks have been created, sometimes shots are taken with the beer, videos are filmed in unique locations and many dress up in outrageous costumes. Others decide costumes aren’t their forte, and chug half-naked instead. The most common participants in the U.S. are those most famous (or infamous) for drinking and stunts: college students. They tend to nominate at least one person from their school, and usually nominate students attending different schools which may be in different states — spreading the challenge across the nation. “I’ve seen people nominating each other from all over the country,” agricultural and environmental sciences junior Brandon Malm said. Malm was nominated by a friend from Cal Poly whom he has known since freshman year. He completed the
challenge Thursday afternoon after his class — an ideal time for a beer. “It’s all fun and games, and a different way of saying ‘what’s up’ to buddies you haven’t talked to in a while,” Malm said. Malm nominated a friend from Cal Poly who has been studying abroad in Ireland, in an effort to “shout out to him,” he said. But Neknominations aren’t just a “bro” thing. History senior Emily Kurtz was nominated Monday afternoon in a Facebook video by her friend from Cal Poly. “I was really excited because I knew she got nominated,” Kurtz said. “She kept talking about the nomination and I was hoping she would pick me. All of the videos I’ve seen are really funny.” Kurtz’s three nominations include a Cal Poly student, her best friend from home and “one of the funniest guys she knows,” she said.
“They need to plan at least one year out during the month of March to really impact class schedule,” Sunata said. “Obviously, if they’re graduating earlier, that’s a different story.” According to the Office of the Registrar, if a student decides not to participate, it will be on them. “They do not have the right to jump ahead of all the students who participated and who told us their demand,” Sunata said. “To us, that means that they don’t necessarily have that need to be the first one to get classes
and probably don’t have a problem being last.” The deadline for using the tool will be set every quarter. As the deadline approaches, the Office of the Registrar will send reminder emails to students who have been inactive on PolyPlanner. “Those dates are almost a quarter long away from each other,” Sunata said. “This shows that it’s not exactly a meaningless consequence; it’s very meaningful.” PolyPlanner, Sunata added, should be taken advantage of by everyone ��� including those in special circumstanc-
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CHUGGIN’ | Junior Brandon Malm is one student who’s been “neknominated” on social media. es, such as students who are changing majors. “First of all, students’ change of major is not final until the registrar’s office, in cooperation with their ICMA (Individualized Change of Major agreement) coordinator, enters the final change of major into the system,” he said. In the current change of major policy, students are expected to still make degree progress in their current majors while taking their desired major’s classes. If they do not meet requirements of the ICMA, they will be denied entrance into the major and will never be able to apply to that same change of major again. To Sunata, this means until that change is finalized in the system, students are still in that major and expected to make degree progress in that specific major. Therefore, PolyPlanner is still relevant, he said.
“You cannot put your life on hold for two quarters thinking that you will change your major,” Sunata said. “Students can intelligently take general education courses that apply to both majors or support both majors … So from that perspective, it’s (beneficial) to students.” When a student does change their major, their degree audits automatically change. PolyPlanner’s roadmap will show requirements for the new major path, he said. “This does not affect change-of-major students, because PolyPlanner is not limiting you to take degree applicable courses,” he said. “You can take other courses as well.” Associate registrar Debbie Arseneau agreed. “If a student is looking to change their major, or are actually in an ICMA, they can simply right-click in
any term and add any class they plan to take.” The tool will give the Office of the Registrar the ability to provide course demand information to academic departments when they are beginning to build the schedule of classes for a particular term. Departments will take into account students’ plans, Arseneau said. Sunata said the Office of the Registrar simply wants to take students’ input into consideration. “The students are the ones suffering during registration, saying that they’re not getting classes or that their priority is not high enough,” he said. “I don’t want students to concentrate on the mandatory nature of this … I want students to think that this is their opportunity to influence the class schedule because they’ve never before been given an opportunity like this one.”
APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO USED POLYPLANNER OUT OF 10,000 WHO LOGGED ON.
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things you missed at SLO Craft Beer Fest Photos by David Jang
For accompanying photos, check out MustangNews.net 1. The tasting of Firestone Walkersâ€™ Sucaba from 2011-14. 2. Beer columnist and aerospace engineering senior Jake Devincenzi poured for Green Flash Brewing Compnay. 3. Cal Poly graduate Noelle DuBois from Bang The Drum Brewery delivered with a chipotle porter. 4. There was a Band-Aid found in the beer dump bucket. 5. Dogfish Head Brewery served its Midas Touch, which is more than 2,000 years old.
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The Ataris continues reunion tour at SLO Brew
Kelly Trom @kttrom Punk rock band The Ataris is back together for one tour and one tour only. San Luis Obispo is the fourth stop on its reunion tour, with the band’s show on March 3 at SLO Brewing Co. The tour highlights what the band believes is the best album of its time together, So Long, Astoria. The album will be played from start to finish — something they have never done before, even in the recording studio. The Ataris has put in two months of non-stop rehearsal time to prepare for the
tour. This is the first time it has played together in approximately 10 years, since it disbanded in 2004. “It’s a lot of nostalgia to come back and do this tour,” guitarist John Collura said. “It’s a celebration of what the four of us accomplished as a band.” The band formed in 1996, and sold hundreds of thousands of albums on the independent label Kung Fu Records. It signed to Columbia Records in 2001 and produced its career-defining album on that label in 2003. A year later, the band members went their separate ways. “I haven’t seen these guys
in forever,” drummer Chris Knapp said. “It’s going to be crazy.” Each of the members started on different paths, some pursuing different bands and others quitting music altogether. “I am just so happy that we got to do this again because I missed them bad,” bassist Mike Davenport said. “You just don’t realize how much until you are back together. It’s sort of like an old girlfriend that you get to hook up with again; that doesn’t happen very often.” The band traveled the world together in small vans and close quarters for the nine years it was together. “I look at it like a mar-
riage,” Davenport said. “Being in a band — a touring and professional band — you are cooped up together, and it is a business, too.” After years of nonstop touring, the band got the opportunity it was waiting for from Columbia Records. “They told us to stay home for an entire year and write a record,” Davenport said. “That’s what So Long, Astoria was. It was us being able to come home and relax and really try to focus while writing music.” A culmination of the band’s career, the album contains hits such as “The Saddest Song” and their iconic version of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer.” “(The album) is sort of our swan song,” Davenport said.
“That’s why we are playing it from beginning to end. We never got to do anything like that before. You always want a challenge. You record it one song at a time, and not necessarily in that order.” Davenport’s favorite song to perform live is “In This One the Hero Dies.” He wrote part of the song when he was in Hawaii. “It is one we wrote as a band together,” Davenport said. “Astoria is the accumulation of all of our hard work; that is the best part about the album of the best part of the band.” But before The Ataris performs and the nostalgia begins, opening band Versus The World will take the stage. Davenport is opening with Versus The World, the
band he started playing in after The Ataris disbanded. “I actually have to play in two bands and do double duty, so it is going to be pretty interesting.” Davenport said. “I have never done that before. Hopefully, I won’t be dead by the time we get through.” Davenport is no stranger to SLO Brew, as he grew up in Santa Maria and currently lives in Santa Barbara. SLO Brew events and promotion supervisor Jessica Puchli expects a mixed crowd in the audience. “I think the crowd might be a little older (25-30) for this one, seeing as how the album So Long, Astoria came out in 2003, but there
see ATARIS, pg 7.
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Drive-By Truckers back on music road with new album
The audio files Parker Evans @parker_d_evans Parker Evans is an economics senior and Mustang News music columnist. Drive-By Truckers songs take place in towns like Huntsville, Ala. Maybe the narrator gets pulled over driving through Rogersville, Tenn. or recalls a fling he had in Texarkana, Ark. For most of us on the Central Coast, those settings might as well be foreign countries, but for Drive-By Truckers, the South is almost always the lead character. Master songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are the only remaining members from the original 1998 lineup. Drive-By Truckers came into its own with 2002’s master-
ATARIS continued from pg 6. is definitely a cross-generational appeal to the album,” Puchli said. Reunion shows, such as Pennywise’s show at SLO Brew this past year, are unique in their atmosphere, Puchli said.
piece Southern Rock Opera, which brought distinctly Springsteenian characters and settings to life, set against the backdrop of northern Alabama. After moving to Athens, Ga. — a hub for Southern bands that wouldn’t mind if Nashville were bombed into oblivion — Drive-By Truckers cemented its reputation as a hard-nosed, whiskey-soaked rock band with a Skynyrdesque three-guitar attack and a stable of capable storytellers. Nobody does righteous anger better than Drive-By Truckers (see “Three Great Alabama Icons” or “Sink Hole”), so it’s exciting to see them return to the rich vein of Southern politics after 2011’s more story-driven GoGo Boots. This time, Hood and Cooley use a couple of songs to turn their guns on the prominent Georgian po“I think it adds to the excitement when a band hasn’t played together as its original lineup in some years,” Puchli said. “It will be great together, to have the guys back together on the San Luis Obispo stage.” Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. The show is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.
WHEN: March 3, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: SLO Brewing Co. TICKETS: $16 advance, $18 at the door
litical strategist Lee Atwater — sort of a proto-Karl Rove whose ruthless and ethically questionable campaigns helped elect Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. On a typical Drive-By Truckers album, Hood writes and sings most of the material with occasional contributions from the other members, but English Oceans has Cooley take a heavier songwriting load. Possibly his best work to date is the title track, written from Atwater’s perspective as he describes his process of hoodwinking voters. I’ll admit I got a bit nervous when the band announced in 2013 it was working on an album titled English Oceans, but the titular reference to Atwater’s false promises sets the album’s tone perfectly. “They’ll live
it like it’s gospel and quote it like it’s scripture,” Cooley sings over an atypically subdued acoustic arrangement. Hood is a bit more direct on “Part of Him,” which constantly threatens to explode but maintains an even keel throughout. “He was an absolute piece of shit, to tell the truth,” Hood sings with a tinge of sadness in his voice. “But he never told the truth to me.” For better or worse, English Oceans is a much more controlled album than we’re used to seeing from Drive-By Truckers. Hood’s “Hanging On,” in which a father kicks his lazy son out the door, might have been a deafening throwdown were it written five years ago, but on English Oceans, its calm composure makes the song much more affecting and impactful.
“For better or worse, English Oceans is a much more controlled album than we’re used to seeing from Drive-By Truckers.” The songwriting on English Oceans is also a bit less consistent than normal. It’s hard not to view “Natural Light” or “Primer Coat” as little more than filler, but there are certainly some gems mixed in. Hood’s eye for detail and car crash imagery on “When Walter Went Crazy” make for the gorgeous kind of character sketch the band perfected
on Go-Go Boots. Ultimately, English Oceans suffers from a mild overreliance on mid-tempo songs and a too-light touch on the guitars after the vintage onetwo openings of “Shit Shots Count” and “When He’s Gone.” Still, a new Drive-By Truckers album is a cause for celebration, and English Oceans reminds us Southerners tell the best stories.
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Putin refreezes Cold War Eric Stubben is a mechanical engineering sophomore and Mustang News conservative columnist. These views do not necessarily reflect the opinion or editorial coverage of Mustang News. Irony is when a deep cold front sweeps across America the same week Russia eerily brings back Cold War tensions. Or maybe it’s all just coincidence. Either way, Vladimir Putin’s incompetent decision to remind us the Cold War mentality is still very much alive in Russia rings up brutal memories. As the rest of the world stands by and watches, Russia is slowly assisting the unraveling of Ukraine. Their actions are strikingly similar to their attacks on the small country of Georgia in 2008. Hopefully this time, the world reacts differently. On Saturday, President Barack Obama stated in a press conference, “The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future,” followed by a message to Russia that “there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.” On this, President Obama is on point (no, that’s not a typo), but the problem remains that these “costs” are very limited. Of course, the first step will be immediate meetings and decisions made
within NATO and the United Nations (U.N.). Though economic sanctions on Russia are likely, they are unlikely to have much of an effect in the short term. Political sanctions such as removing Russia from the G8 talks will have some effect, as they isolate Russia’s trading power from the world’s top seven economies. However, because Russia has other political allies, including warming relations with China, even G8 removal would only put a dent in Russia’s politics and economy. Economic sanctions must be carefully tread upon, though. Russia is our 28th largest export trade partner and 18th largest import trade partner. We also receive almost 5 percent of our oil from Russia. It may not seem like a lot, but tens of billions of dollars add up quickly. The message the United States and allies send to Russia must be strong. After last year’s humiliation over the Syrian conflict, this isn’t the time to be soft. As one of the first Republican politicians to assert his opinion of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, Marco Rubio recommended “any and all discussions and negotiations with Moscow on any issue unrelated to this crisis should be immediately suspended.” His stern tone is refreshing, though immediate action is difficult with the U.N. and NATO’s diplomatic processes. Perhaps the most frightening, genuinely scary and apocalyptic thought about this
“The western world will exhaust all options before allowing one foreign troop to step foot between Russian and Ukrainian conflicts.” ERIC STUBBEN | CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST
the right angle entire situation is the idea of nations going to war with Russia. It’s a situation that will be avoided at all cost and reserved for a last ditch effort. However, the possibility is still very real. Currently, Russian troops are only occupying Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula with strong local allegiances to Russia. In fact, Crimea belonged to Russia until a 1954 deal gave the island to Ukraine, then a part of the Soviet Union. However, the chance of Russian troops marching north or west through Ukraine isn’t one to bet against. Russia’s parliament gave unanimous approval (90-0, to be exact) to allow troops to occupy Ukraine, with Putin declaring Ukraine’s unrest as a “threat” to Russia. Much of southeast Ukraine is friendly to Russia, so Russian troops could cut through the region like butter. Resistance wouldn’t be met until halfway up the country, near central Ukraine where allegiances become strongly pro-Ukrainian. Even then,
Ukraine’s government expressed doubts their military could fend off the power of Russia’s military. The threat of American military intervention doesn’t actually lie within Ukraine. In fact, Ukraine and Russia will probably be able to tussle for as long as necessary without any outside military intervention. The only problem lies outside Ukraine’s borders. NATO members Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania all border Ukraine, while Turkey lies directly across the Black Sea with strong ethnic ties to Crimea. If any action is taken against these countries, collaterally or not, all hell could break loose. But enough of my accidental scare mongering. In reality, war with Russia isn’t an immediate option and is highly unlikely. The western world will exhaust all options before allowing one foreign troop to step foot between Russian and Ukrainian conflicts. This is a crucial point in western foreign diplomacy. Rus-
sia’s invasion of Ukraine deals a heavy blow to United StatesRussian relations, but the sovereignty of Ukraine can still be salvaged, and we have to take the lead. President Obama can’t allow European leaders to head mediation. Because of Russia’s still-prevalent Cold War mentality, in their minds we are still their biggest enemy. It’s time to prove we’re the tough America we once were. Some countries have already taken action, and rightly so. Canada recalled their ambassador from Russia, and I’m sure other countries will follow. Swift action is necessary from the international community. If Russia is able to get around international organizations such as the U.N. and NATO, they seriously compromise the integrity of such organizations. Russia is no joke, and the West needs to prove we are no joke either. It’s time for the west to finally prove to Russia democracy is not a game, but an opportunity every country deserves.
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Men’s basketball drops 55-48 decision to UC Irvine Mustang News Staff Report @CPMustangSports Despite a career-high 20 points from sophomore wing David Nwaba, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team couldn't rally against UC Irvine as the Mustangs dropped a 55-48 decision to the Big West leaders on Saturday night. Sophomore forward Brian Bennett’s layup with 8:40 to go in the game gave the Mustangs a 3-point lead, but UC Irvine went on an 8-0 run from there to close out the game. Nwaba scored 12 of his
team’s 16 first-half points and grabbed nine rebounds in that first frame. He finished with a team-leading 13 boards. Senior forward Chris Eversley added 10 points and six rebounds, while Bennett scored eight points. With the loss, the Mustangs (10-18, 6-9 Big West) dropped to sixth place alongside Cal State Northridge in the conference standings. Cal Poly will close the regular season at home against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. Stephan Teodosescu contributed to this report.
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CAREER NIGHT | Sophomore wing David Nwaba scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a loss to UC Irvine.
Big West Standings MEN’S BASKETBALL No. 1 20-10 11-3
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Women’s basktball rallies for 92-87 OT win
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Erik Chu @CPMustangSports The Cal Poly women’s basketball team capped off senior night with a 92-87 overtime win against UC Irvine on Saturday in Mott Athletics Center. Senior center Molly Schlemer scored 13 points, all in the second half, and led the team with 11 rebounds to notch her 13th doubledouble of the season. With 11 seconds left, Schlemer hit a clutch 3-pointer — her second career long ball — to tie the game at 82 and send it to overtime. “It was honestly an out-of body-experience,” Schlemer
said of her 3-pointer. “I saw that my teammates were covered and knew that time was running down, so I just launched it.” With the victory, the Mustangs (16-12, 10-5 Big West) remain in second place in the conference standings, while UC Irvine fell to 14-14 overall and 7-7 in conference play. Before the game, Cal Poly’s four graduating seniors, Schlemer, Jonae Ervin, Nwamaka Ofodu and Ariana Elegado, were honored with their families supporting them on the court. However, Cal Poly’s seniors were off to a slow start in the first half. Schlemer was limited to just four minutes of play
in the first period because of foul trouble, and point guard Elegado struggled from the field as she shot hit 1 of 9 from the field. Despite the starters’ struggles, key members of Cal Poly’s bench kept the Mustangs in the game as they accounted for 43 points on the night. Junior Kristen Ale hit 4 of 8 from the field and two of five from 3-point land. Her 17 point outburst from the bench kept the Mustangs in the game late. Cal Poly sophomore Beth Balbierz scored a careerhigh 17 points off the bench, 15 of which came in the second half. She hit 5 of 8 shots from behind the arc to help
bring the Mustangs back within striking distance with several minutes remaining. In overtime, Balbierz hit a pair of 3-pointers and Ervin hit four free throws to secure the win as the Mustangs outscored UC Irvine 10-5 in the extra session. Ofodu added 10 points as she hit 4 of 5 from the floor and both attempts from long range, and also added nine rebounds in the effort.
The overtime thriller saw 21 lead changes and 14 ties in the marathon win for the Mustangs. Cal Poly shot 39 percent from the floor and hit 13 3-pointers. “I thought our Mustangs showed great pride and heart in this game, especially when it was gut-check time when we were down 10 points in the second half,” head coach Faith Mimnaugh said. “So many contributions from
both our seniors and underclassmen make this game such a great team win.” Kelly Meggs and Camille Buckley each scored 22 points to lead the Anteaters. Vanessa Aguilar added 14 points and Lauren Spinazze scored 12 points. The Mustangs will play their regular-season finale on March 8 when the team travels to UC Santa Barbara. Tipoff is set for 2 pm.