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Projected enrollment for first time
New kids on the block Cal Poly enrolls ‘least white,’ most gender-equal class in history
Suha Saya @SuhaSaya Cal Poly is projecting an enrollment of 4,488 first-time freshmen and 760 transfer students this year — and enrolling 383 fewer freshmen and 187 fewer transfer students than last year. After the May 1 Intent to Register deadline, the admissions office calculated the number of students who accepted Cal Poly’s offer and subtracted that by a predicted “melt rate” — the difference between those who accept the offer and those
who actually enroll. The enrollees, currently at approximately 100 more students than the target number of 4,358 freshmen and 730 transfers, include Cal Poly’s most racially diverse, gender-equal class in history, Associate Vice Provost for Marketing and Enrollment Development James Maraviglia said. “Right now, I can tell you this will be the least white class ever,” Maraviglia said. “I could also tell you it will probably have the largest number of national and international students ever … that’s what I’ve schemed so far. We’ve also looked at gender ratio, and it seems to be the best we’ve ever had.”
In Fall 2013, the gender ratio stood at 52.4 percent male and 47.6 percent female. The Fall 2014 enrollees’ ratio will be at 50.8 percent male and 49.2 percent female. “It’s the closest gender mix,” Maraviglia said. “Underrepresented minorities should also come in close to well over 18 percent, and the rest of it is all based on melt rate. It’s the most multi-racial class and also has the highest percentage of traditionally low-income students.” >>
see ENROLLMENT, pg 2.
SLO Mini Maker Faire
unites makers of all ages Kelly Trom @kttrom PREVIEW
JOSEPH PACK | MUSTANG NEWS ILLNESS IN INDIO | The Norovirus symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting and body aches, last approximately 48-72 hours.
Norovirus plagues Stagecoach attendees Samantha Sullivan @ssulli04 PREVIEW Those who traveled to Indio, Calif. for Stagecoach Country Music Festival this past month may have returned with more than three days of memories. The Health Center has seen 27 cases of Norovirus as of May 8, 25 of which attended the popular country music festival in Indio. The other two cases got the virus by being in contact with those who did attend. >>
see NOROVIRUS, pg 4.
Baseball takes series from UCI Rafael Salinas @CPMustangSports PREVIEW The No. 5 Cal Poly baseball team clinched its series against No. 16 UC Irvine with a 10-3 win over the Anteaters on Senior Day at Baggett Stadium on Sunday. The Mustangs are now a half game behind the Anteaters in the Big West standings with four games left to play in the regular season. >>
The second-annual SLO Mini Maker Faire took over the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza this past Saturday. The event drew crowds of all ages, from young tykes to Cal Poly students and members of the community. Cal Poly clubs and organizations were in attendance, along with students showcasing their individual projects such as liberal arts and engineering studies senior Alexandra Burns, who displayed her hand-sculpted horse statues. >>
see MAKER, pg 6.
JOSEPH PACK | MUSTANG NEWS HIGH FIVE | Junior right fielder Nick Torres had three hits and three RBIs on Sunday.
News... 1-4 | Arts... 5-7 | Opinion... 9 | Classifieds... 10 | Sports... 8, 11-12
see BASEBALL, pg 12.
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Armstrong expands on his 2022 vision Kyle McCarty @KyleMMcCarty Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong expanded on his vision for Cal Poly in an interview with Mustang News on May 9, speaking about diversity, the university’s capital campaign, quarters vs. semesters, graduation rates and potential businesses on campus. Armstrong gave a full presentation of his vision in a keynote presentation in the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center on May 2. In the speech, he called for the university to increase graduation rates, house more students on campus, increase enrollment, enhance publicprivate partnerships and increase diversity. The impetus behind creating the vision was to allow students, faculty and staff to picture the future, Armstrong said. He decided on 2022 because it was far enough in the future to make the presentation about a vision rather than an immediate action plan. However, eight years is not too far in the future, meaning the university’s current population can feel affected by the changes, Armstrong said. Diversity Increasing diversity is one of Armstrong’s primary objectives. “Continuing to get closer to the demographics of California’s college-ready population, that’s what I declare success,” Armstrong said. Increasing diversity beyond just the student population is also a goal, Armstrong said. “The other component of success will be having more diversity in our faculty and staff,” Armstrong said. “People like to see people like themselves in those role model positions, in front of the classroom and in leadership roles.” Armstrong provided a number goal for the university’s Latino population. He would like to see Cal Poly become a “Latino-serving
Enrollment continued from pg 1. However, according to Associate Director of Admissions Terrance Harris, the competitiveness of the incoming Fall 2014 class is also impressive. “The biggest news is that the competitiveness of our applicant pool continues to grow regardless of the gender or ethnicity,” Harris said. “Year after year, the caliber of the student that is both interested in applying, and interested in actually enrolling, continues to go up and continues to bring strength to the value of students’ degrees.” Though the difference in target and projected enrollment
university,” which means a quarter of students would be Latino. Now, the Latino population at Cal Poly makes up less than 15 percent of the student body, Armstrong said. The university is implementing pilot scholarship programs to increase enrollment of underrepresented groups at Cal Poly, he said. Students whose parents make less than $80,000, first-generation students and students of color, such as Hispanic or Latino students, accept admission to Cal Poly at a lower rate, he said. The university has seen an increase in acceptances from these groups when they are offered scholarships, Armstrong said. In his speech, Armstrong said he would like to see more recruitment at high schools with a significant number of students on public lunch programs. There are approximately 200 such high schools in California, and Cal Poly reaches out to approximately 30-40 percent of them, Armstrong said. “We’re trying to reach out to them more, but it’s limited because it takes funding to have our personnel and recruiters visit the high schools,” Armstrong said. Pub and hotel Armstrong wants a pub or similar establishment to be built or started on campus by 2022. Armstrong said this goal goes hand in hand with his objective of creating a residential community and increasing the number of upperclassmen living on campus. “Maybe it’s a hotel, maybe it’s a facility near the stadium, or just somewhere on campus that we’ll be building a restaurant, or a sports bar or a pub,” Armstrong said. “We can’t expect juniors and seniors to live on campus if we don’t have all the components of a mature residential society.” At a Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) meeting in April, Armstrong mentioned the idea exists, Harris said it is too early to know the exact number of enrollees, because the summer melt rate is unknown. “There are some students that will say they are going to enroll at Cal Poly and for whatever reason — financial or otherwise — will choose to enroll elsewhere,” he said. “There are also some students who won’t meet our terms and conditions of admission.” Waitlists at other universities are also a contributing factor. “Someone who says they’re coming to Cal Poly may actually choose to go elsewhere once they’re taken off a certain waitlist — maybe a (University of California) or private school,” he said. “So the enrollment number can change.”
of having a hotel conference center that could function as a business and a learning opportunity on campus. “Since I’ve arrived, we’ve had various people in the hotel hospitality business indicate that Cal Poly needs a program of this nature, and that the Central Coast needs a program of this nature,” Armstrong said. The university is investigating the feasibility of creating a hotel conference center by consulting with faculty, deans and a third-party consultancy that is preparing a report on the financial viability of such an endeavor. “We believe that part of it will pencil out,” he said. “We believe there is a demand for additional hotels in the San Luis Obispo area and in this county.” Armstrong said before construction of a hotel conference center can begin, it would have to be determined that the development enhances student success and makes financial sense. Capital campaign Cal Poly is currently implementing a fundraising campaign, seeking to raise $500 million. The campaign has been underway for three years, Armstrong said. So far, the campaign has raised approximately $110 million. Armstrong said he will work with colleges and departments on campus to prioritize how the money will be spent, and that it will be used to enhance each department’s priorities. Donors frequently specify the department or program they would like to give their money to, Armstrong said. Admission numbers and graduation rates Cal Poly’s incoming freshmen make up the most selective class in Cal Poly history. “We had a higher number of students come in last year than we expected, so this year, we had to adjust,” Armstrong said. Armstrong said Cal Poly will not sacrifice quality and class sizes to increase
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8-YEAR PLAN | Armstrong delivered his keynote address — “Vision 2022” — on May 2 on campus. enrollment. He saw the university’s increasing selectivity as unfortunate because Cal Poly has to turn away a lot of good students. “I know how much our alumni, our employers and how much the state of California appreciates and values Cal Poly grads,” Armstrong said. Armstrong said graduation rates have been steadily increasing, and hiring advisors and faculty using money from the Student Success Fee has driven increased graduation rates. Using PolyPlanner, a student course-planning tool, will also increase graduation rates going forward, Armstrong said. However, Armstrong said he is not hung up on stu-
dents finishing their degrees in four years. He noted majors such as engineering and architecture — which have higher unit requirements as well as opportunities that require students to take time away from the university — don’t allow students to finish in four years. “What really hangs me up is the students that don’t finish,” Armstrong said. Quarters vs. semesters Armstrong said he is in support of the quarter system for Cal Poly. Armstrong decided to create a task force to investigate the issue. He initially thought the semester system would be better for Cal Poly; but his
opinion changed after working with the task force, he said. “That’s not what our group said with regard to Cal Poly; they said quarters are better for Cal Poly,” Armstrong said. “Why? The variety of the courses and the pace.” Armstrong said he believes if the university continues to push the change to semesters into the future, it may never have to make the change at all. The expense required to switch to the semester system is “an insurmountable hill,” Armstrong said. The cost would be a major distraction to alumni and would take momentum out the university’s fundraising campaign, Armstrong said.
NUMBER OF FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN PROJECTED TO ENROLL AT CAL POLY FOR FALL 2014 Currently, the incoming Fall 2014 class is approximately 570 students smaller than the Fall 2013 class. However, the projected number of enrolled students at the university for Fall 2014 may have been estimated higher by approximately 240 students, Associate Vice Provost Kimi Ikeda said in an email to Mustang News. According to Ikeda, as Cal Poly continues to encourage timely graduation, more students could be graduating than in past years.
“This, of course, would then reduce the number of continuing students, which would then reduce the total number of undergraduate students,” Ikeda said. According to Maraviglia, graduation rates play a role in why the enrolled class is smaller this year. “Last year’s numbers do not impact the overall amount,” he said. “The biggest role is what the overall number is, and what are we projecting is graduation rates … If you
graduate more students, you have more openings and if you retain more students, that impacts long-term graduation rates, but also short term — shrinking the number of openings.” Though final details on academic profiles of the projected enrollees have not been released, Harris anticipates the enrolling class will be very strong because students in the applicant pool already stand at an alltime high GPA of 3.97.
“I think that there’s something tremendous to be said about the strength of the student that attends Cal Poly,” Harris said. “We continue to see very qualified, engaged and talented students coming here and it’s a great thing to see, and it’s a testament to not only the faculty and staff that work here, but also the quality of the students right now — that they draw other students like them to come to Cal Poly.”
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Kevin Londerholm Delta Chi
Brandon Scott Delta Sigma Phi
Yashar Moayedia Delta Sigma Phi
Alex Horncliff Lambda Chi Alpha
Owen Schwaegerle Zeta Beta Tau
John Herrero Zeta Beta Tau
Cyrus Ebadat Annalee Akin Samantha Kin Zeta Beta Tau Kappa Kappa Gamma Kappa Alpha Theta
Lexie Bonestroo Sigma Kappa
Brooke Bernardy Gamma Phi Beta
11 of the 24 Associated Students, Inc. Board of Directors representatives for the 2014-2015 school year are members of greek life.
of Cal Poly students are members of greek life.
of 2014-2015 ASI Board of Directors members are members of greek life.
New ASI Board features heavy greek life presence Benjy Egel @BenjyEgel Only 16 percent of Cal Poly students are members of social fraternities and sororities, but their presence is much larger within student government. Nearly half of next year’s Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Board of Directors — 11 of 24 members — are involved in greek life. That number is actually smaller than the current board, which has 15 members in fraternities or sororities. Current ASI President and agricultural business senior Jason Colombini, who recently finished his second term as Zeta Beta Tau’s new member educator, served as the Interfraternity Council (IFC) president last year. People who join fraterni-
ties and sororities are often leaders by nature, Colombini said. For those who might need a little more prodding to get involved, brothers and sisters are there to encourage them. Many greek-affiliated Board of Directors members have served in leadership positions within their chapters, such as College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) representative and Alpha Chi Omega President Brea Haller. IFC and ASI leadership share many of the same ideas and strategies, such as meetings run by Robert’s Rules of Order. Panhellenic meetings tend to be even more meticulously planned out and organized, Colombini said. Colombini encouraged new Board of Directors members and Zeta Beta Tau brothers
Owen Schwaegerle, John Herrero and Cyrus Ebedat to run for office this year. Before open campaigning began, he made sure they knew being in a fraternity does not automatically equal earning a spot on the board. “You still have to get out there (and) talk to people in clubs, people within your college,” Colombini said. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m a fraternity or I’m in a sorority, (so) I’m going to win.’” Incoming ASI President and political science senior Joi Sullivan is not part of greek life, but she made sure to reach out to fraternities and sororities while running for office and employed members of Zeta Beta Tau, Delta Chi, Chi Omega and Gamma Phi Beta on her campaign team. Sullivan visited many fraternity and sorority chapter
meetings when garnering votes, assuming many of them would vote. Since members of fraternities and sororities will often log on to vote for one of their own for Board of Directors, they are also likely to vote in the presidential race, especially if they are familiar with a candidate like Sullivan. “It’s a political strategy,” Sullivan said. “You look at the groups that are most involved and probably the most likely to vote. If you don’t reach out to them, you’re not accurately representing a huge chunk of campus.” Sullivan has not named her executive cabinet yet, as applications are not due until May 12, but said during campaigning she hoped it would contain at least one member of greek life. Five of the nine on Colombini’s staff are members of fraternities or sororities.
“The greek community is a very involved group on campus, and I think student government is a great way to get involved,” Sullivan said. While the Board of Directors’ main job is to represent the students of their respective academic colleges, they also vote on legislation approved by the chair of the Board. Being in greek life can help win elections, but it isn’t necessary to reach office within ASI, Colombini said. Taking full advantage of the 10-day open campaigning window is more important than establishing connections beforehand. “If you’re a good, qualified leader and you go out there and campaign hard, you go to the clubs and put posters up, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get (elected),” he said. “Greek life helps,
but like I said, it’s not the end-all, be-all.” IFC President Alex Horncliff, who was recently elected to represent the College of Science and Mathematics on the board, could not be reached to comment for this article. Complete list of 2014-15 greek Board of Directors members: Kevin Londerholm (Delta Chi), Brandon Scott (Delta Sigma Phi), Yashar Moayedian (Delta Sigma Phi), Brooke Bernardy (Gamma Phi Beta), Samantha Kin (Kappa Alpha Theta), Annalee Akin (Kappa Kappa Gamma), Alex Horncliff (Lambda Chi Alpha), Lexie Bonestroo (Sigma Kappa), Owen Schwaegerle (Zeta Beta Tau), John Herrero (Zeta Beta Tau), Cyrus Ebadat (Zeta Beta Tau).
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Greek Week 2014 hits Cal Poly Celina Oseguera @celinaoseguera A long-running Cal Poly greek life tradition has arrived again — Greek Week. And with this year’s “Hunger Games” theme, it’s going to be a week of intense competition. The week-long event, beginning Monday, is both a competition among the different greek organizations on campus and a chance for the organizations to raise money for philanthropic causes. According to Panhellenic Special Events Coordinator Jenny Jacobs, the teams will have the opportunity to raise money for local restaurants, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Lucia Mar school district through the week. Here are seven big Greek Week activities. 1. Football at the complex Date: Monday Time: 5-10 p.m. Place: Damon-Garcia Sports Complex
What: Greek teams will throw the pigskin. 2. A talk on the true meaning of life Date: Monday Time: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Place: Spanos Theater What: After the football games, Corey Ciochetti will speak to students about his life experiences and how they taught him that life’s meaning isn’t just about attending school and making money. 3. Eat rubber! Dodgeball at the Multi Activity Center Date: Tuesday Time: 6-9 p.m. Place: Multi Activity Center (MAC) What: Greek teams pelt each other and dodge their way to victory at dodgeball matches in the MAC. 4. Basketball at the gym Date: Wednesday Time: 5-9 p.m. Place: Recreation Center upper courts What: The competition
hits the hardwood. 5. More fútbol Date: Thursday and Friday Time: Matches are Thursday from 5-8 p.m.; finals are Friday from 1-6 p.m. Place: Recreational Center turf fields What: After the greek teams play football on Monday, they return for more fútbol action. The soccer matches will be played tournament-style, with the finals on Friday. 6. Day at the beach Date: Saturday Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Place: Pismo Beach What: Sun and sand. 7. Lip syncing the night away Date: Sunday Time: 4-8 p.m. Place: Chumash Auditorium What: To close out the week, greek teams will lip sync their hearts out to beat the competition.
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DISTRICT GREEK | The theme for Greek Week 2014 is “Hunger Games.” Events kick off Monday.
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SICK AFTER STAGECOACH | The Health Center has seen 27 cases of Norovirus as of May 8.
Norovirus plagues Stagecoach attendees Samantha Sullivan @ssulli04 Students suffering from Norovirus may have gotten it from attending Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Recreation, parks and tourism junior Chloe Krey went to Stagecoach with a group of friends for the first time this past April. She loves country music, and said “it was the best weekend.” She came back on Monday following the festival and her friends had a cough, she said. The next day, things got worse. Her stomach began to hurt and she felt faint, she said. “I went to class, and in the middle of class, I just started feeling so sick,” Krey said. “I knew I had some sort of stomach bug. I went home and all night was getting sick.” Krey saw on Facebook that many of her friends were also sick.
According to Health and Counseling Services family nurse practitioner June Stanley, the Health Center has seen 27 cases of Norovirus as of May 8. All of these people attended the Coachella/Stagecoach venue in Indio, Calif., except for two, who got the virus through being in contact with those who went, she said. The Health Center was able to collect a stool sample for culture, which tested negative for bacterial infection, she said. They sent the sample to the county to test for viral infection. The county told the Health Center it was the Norovirus on Friday afternoon. Stanley speculates the virus may have started at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and was then picked up by those attending Stagecoach. With most infections, it’s usually one person — a worker or attendee — that has the virus and passes it along by touching a surface or other object people come into contact
with. From there, it continues to be spread, Stanley said. “When venues or areas are used for more than one event, they sometimes don’t get cleaned to perfection,” Stanley said. An email sent by Mustang News to the festival producers for comment was not returned. The numbers of visits to the Health Center with Norovirus have decreased recently, Stanley said. The most important thing students can do is pay attention to self-care: hand-washing, sanitizing surfaces in residence halls and homes and not touching your face. Doing this prevents the illness from “fanning out” to others, she said. “It can become an epidemic, but it sounds like people are doing good,” she said. The incubation period for this illness is approximately 24-48 hours, and the symptoms last for approximately 48-72 hours. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches, Stanley said.
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Lighght transcends the visual spectrum Parker Evans @parker_d_evans Parker Evans is an economics senior and Mustang News music columnist. The emotional core of Lighght comes at the album’s midpoint on 2014’s most touching love song involving two eon-spanning deities creating and destroying the universe, “Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her.” When singer/violinist/wizard K Ishibashi — the man behind Kishi Bashi — hangs on the word “synesthesia,” the color and vibrancy of Lighght takes on a new, triumphant meaning. Ishibashi burst onto the scene two years ago with a bolt from the blue in the form of 151a. That album was an inventive fusion of violin mastery, creative use of looping pedals and a joyous energy that felt fresh. That same energy carries over to Lighght, which explodes into color no less vivid than that of Sigur Rós or Explosions in the Sky. The album’s title (pronounced “light”) comes from Aram Saroyan’s one-word poem that kicked off a heated national controversy over what constitutes art. Fortunately, Lighght does justice to its namesake in its brazen un-
conventionality. Ishibashi’s taste for avant-pop is refreshingly imaginative — lead single “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!” masterfully walks the line between whimsy and serious sentiment, but it’s never anything less than happy. “Picture our wedding, it’d be summer sour and summer sweet,” Ishibashi sings over impatient drums and campfire guitar. “We’d paint the ceiling red, we’d go straight to the Greek and straight to the street.” That feel for pop was already evident on 151a, but a stint as part of Of Montreal’s touring band helped shape it. The influences from that band’s history of pop weirdness are evident on Lighght — Kevin Barnes even plays an immediately recognizable bass on “Once Upon a Lucid Dream (in Afrikaans).” That track, along with pure pop cut “The Ballad of Mr. Steak” (“Mister Steak, you were Grade A!”) are fun, danceable slices of prog-pop in the tradition of Electric Light Orchestra. Ishibashi’s versatility as a songwriter and musician is on full display with Lighght. Once he has the poppier bits out of his system in the first half of the album, he opens up with a two-part suite titled “Hahaha” that shifts from Passion Pit-styled synth giggles to late-period Beatles horns to a
The audio files prog/classical fusion entirely unique to Kishi Bashi. In fact, Lighght’s only weak link is “Q&A,” which is intended to be a departure from the complicated machinery of the preceding art-pop tracks, but ends up being too sparse and clichéd. The Japanese chorus is overly saccharine and the song can’t quite skirt by on charm alone, but even Lighght’s low points are eminently listenable. The closer, “In Fantasia,” could have been equally well-served as Lighght’s opener. Ishibashi sets aside his recurring theme of sim-
ple love in favor of his other favorite lyrical subject: the painting of impossibly colorful ethereal dreamscapes. “Darkened bridges sink away into the brackishness, swirling sin into a rainbow of atrophy,” he sings in a lower tenor too often foregone for his enchanting falsetto. The focus on Ishibashi’s violin isn’t as concentrated on Lighght as it was on 151a, but when he breaks into a soaring outro more focused on invoking a mood than displaying virtuosity, the progress made
“Ultimately, the greatest strength of Lighght — and Ishibashi’s music in general — is it grabs you after a single listen.” between albums is clear. Ultimately, the greatest strength of Lighght — and Ishibashi’s music in general — is it grabs you after a single listen. It’s the album equivalent of a good page-turner: When one
track wraps up, the listener is already possessed by a curiosity about what Ishibashi will pull out of his magician’s hat next time. What we do know is his fans won’t be able to wait for the follow-up.
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SLO Mini Maker Faire Kelly Trom Participants of all ages wove through the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza this past Saturday at the second annual SLO Mini Maker Faire with homemade puppets, origami shapes and fix-it kits in hand. They dodged frisbee-throwing robots and learned maker techniques at interactive booths. Tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, crafters, authors and artists from the local community demonstrated their specialty skills. Makers with expertise in everything from soldering, to crocheting, to children’s books were there to share their knowledge with anyone interested. The first Maker Faire began in 2006 in San Mateo, Calif. and was organized by MAKE Magazine. It has since spread to cities around the world, expanding to San Luis Obispo last year. Cal Poly clubs and organizations co-sponsored and participated in the faire. Electrical engineering junior and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member Taylor McClain helped participants learn to solder using old, outdated integrated circuits. IEEE also attended the first SLO Mini Maker Faire. “It’s awesome to see that it has gotten bigger and that there is more participation,”
@kttrom McClain said. “It looks like there is a lot of craft stuff on top of all of the engineeringtype stuff. It brings a lot of neat people together.” Individual Cal Poly students participated to showcase their side projects, such as liberal arts and engineering studies senior Alexandra Burns, who displayed her collection of hand-sculpted horse statues. Burns was originally inspired by Breyer toy horses she received from her grandmother. “I started repositioning them, cutting their legs off and bending their legs in an attempt to resculpt them,” Burns said. “I just gradually started doing my own sculptures from scratch.” She read more on the sculpting process other artists had posted online, learning by trial and error — a common theme among makers at the Faire. Now, Burns focuses on the sculpting and leaves the casting process to others, though she also wants to learn to cast. Her horses are made of bronze and resin, and she is in the process of planning a bear sculpture. Many of the makers were more process-based, making tools that would help build another creation. Materials engineering senior Aaron Ludlow showcased handmade knives, which he
unites makers of all ages started making in high school. “I was looking for a senior project and jokingly, my senior project advisor was like, ‘Why don’t you make a sword?’” Ludlow said. “Well, that sounded sort of cool, and I found a blacksmithing shop back in my hometown who told me that I couldn’t make a sword.” They did, however, teach him how to make a knife. Ludlow takes approximately 25-40 hours to craft one knife. He makes them out of steel from old leaf springs he finds in scrap metal yards. He also uses the knives he’s made; for example, he takes them to bonfires to split firewood. Makers from the local community were present as well. San Luis Obispo resident and welder Paul Saueressig displayed steampunk metal sculptures he made in his spare time. His end goal was to make a small, functioning race car out of aluminum. However, he started making home decor, specifically hanging lamps. Saueressig’s collection includes a head modeled after Sleestak, a character from “Land of the Lost,” a fish complete with a motorized torpedo for a back fin, multiple lights and an in-progress race car. He uses a combination of old
tools he found at flea markets, an English wheel and other tools in his shop. The process is very time-consuming — so far, the race car has taken 250 hours of work. This was Saueressig’s first time participating in the SLO Mini Maker Faire. “I am glad to see that young people can keep their hands busy by learning rather than sitting around pushing buttons and playing video games,” Saueressig said. Another artisan, San Luis Obispo resident Ginger Hendrix, displayed rugs made of old T-shirts and reclaimed fabrics. “Fabric stores freak me out, and I was in a thrift store and saw some old napkins, and thought that I could make something out of them,” Hendrix said. “After I made a bunch of aprons, I thought, ‘I bet they sell fabric here.’” Hendrix uses a single crotchet needle to knot together fabric strips into rugs that she puts in her home, gives as gifts and teaches others to make on her blog. “Any time I find something that was going to be thrown away, the thing that is wonderful about making it is that it is low stakes then,” Hendrix said. “If I screw this up, I’m not saying to myself, ‘Gosh, I just spent $80 on that fabric.’ I’m like, ‘This was going to be trashed and look what I turned it into.’” Each rug takes approximately one day. She also
makes other things out of reclaimed fabrics, such as quilts and laundry tags. “When we make things, we are less crazy, we are happier,” she said. “When we use trash to make things, we are more likely to keep making them.”
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EDM scene hits Central Coast with Avila Beach Party
FEELING NERVO-US | Electronic dance music is coming to the Central Coast with this year’s Avila Beach Party. Nervo, TastyTreat, Manufactured Superstars and Cash Cash are performing at the event. Annie Vainshtein @annievain The fourth annual Avila Beach Party is slated for May 23 at Avila Beach Resort for dance music lovers. This year, the concert’s lineup includes Australian electronic dance duo Nervo, as well as other headliners such as TastyTreat, Manufactured Superstars and Cash Cash. The event is presented by Collective Effort Events, Otter Productions and Cali-
fornia Roots. Collective Effort Events was founded in 2010 by Cal Poly alumni Tyrone Galgano and Taylor Stevens. The two spent the entire year planning and booking the following year’s lineup of artists for the inaugural Avila Beach Party. Past artists include LMFAO, The Cataracs and Above & Beyond. This year, the beachfront concert will headline four sets. Other Avila Beach parties have not always had multiple headliners. “We utilize our large network
of fans and employees on the Central Coast to find out what artists they want to see,” Galgano said in an email to Mustang News. “Most work diligently to bring them their top choices that you’d normally need to drive to the city to see perform live.” TastyTreat has been to the area before, when they performed in Santa Barbara this past weekend. Its style includes electronic dance music as well as “bass music.” Graphic communication senior Eric Smejkal has
gone to several shows at Avila Beach Resort and said he enjoys the venue. “I love the people that show up there,” Smejkal said in an email to Mustang News. “I also know the guys of TastyTreat, so I am supporting them.” Smejkal, an avid electronic dance music fan, also enjoys Nervo’s music. This will be Cuesta College business administration freshman Taylor Inase’s third Avila Beach Party. Inase saw Nervo for the first time this past New Year’s Eve,
and is excited to see them perform again at Avila Beach. “It’s a fantastic production,” Inase said. “They are a duo of twin blonde sisters that throw down like nobody’s business.” General admission tickets are currently $40, and can be purchased online or at several stores including threadHUB, Boo Boo Records, The DJ Shop and Clark Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. There is a VIP Beach Club Balcony option, which grants
concert-goers admission to the second-story level of the Avila Beach Resort VIP Beach Club Balcony and Lounge. The VIP Beach Club is 21+ only. There will be food and beverages for sale at the venue. This is an all-ages event. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 5:30 p.m. “Fans should expect a high-energy dance concert featuring some of electronic dance music’s hottest artists in a picture-perfect beach party atmosphere,” Galgano said in the email.
May 23 | Avila Beach Resort | Tickets $40
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Softball finishes 2014 with win over UCR Erik Chu @CPMustangSports Freshman right-hander Sierra Hyland led the Mustangs to a 3-0 win against UC Riverside on Senior Day as she pitched a complete-game, seven-hit shutout and drove home every run with a pair of doubles at Bob Janssen Field on Saturday. The final game of the season was not as significant as the Mustangs would have wanted, after Cal Poly was eliminated from Big West Conference championship contention with a seriesopening split against UC Riverside on Friday. However, the 2013-14 campaign was the program’s best since it won the 2009 title. Saturday's victory marked the final collegiate game for seven seniors: third baseman Jillian Andersen, right fielder Cami Brown, catcher Mariah Cochiolo, center fielder Lauren Moreno, second baseman Ashley Romano, shortstop Kim Westlund and designated player Shea Williams. “They came in every day and worked their tails off to turn this Cal Poly program around by creating a winning culture,” head coach Jenny Condon said, reflecting on the loss of the seniors. Hyland had similar sentiments. “All these seniors have meant so much to my development; they set an example every day on how to do things the right way,” she said. Still, a talented group of underclassmen has emerged this year, which was demonstrated on Saturday in the early going. Junior left fielder Emily Ceccacci set the plate
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BITTERSWEET | The Cal Poly softball team wrapped up its 2014 season with a 3-0 shutout of UC Riverside. The Mustangs finished the year 33-19 (14-7 Big West). with a single, followed by another single by freshman designated player Courtney Tyler. Hyland then unloaded the bases with the first of her two doubles — those two runs turned out to be the only runs the Mustangs needed against the Highlanders. In the circle, Hyland (268) made her Cal Poly singleseason record 34th start and 42nd appearance, and was once again dominant. She conceded two hits through the first four frames. She is one of 10 finalists for
the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy, as she boasts 263 strikeouts, 12 shutouts, 264.1 innings pitched and a 1.51 ERA. She also hit a team-leading .366 in 2014, proving herself one of the conference's most dangerous dual threats. As a team, Cal Poly posted its highest overall and Big West win totals with 33 and 14, respectively. The Mustangs also finished 14-6 at home this season.
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Cal Poly 14 7 UC Santa Barbara 14 7 Cal State Fullerton 13 8 UC Davis
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Sports diplomacy connects nations 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. I’m a firm believer that the most important life lessons can be learned through sports. Sports teach us commitment, teamwork, perseverance and countless other lessons that can be applied to various aspects of life. For this reason, I’m a strong supporter of “sports diplomacy,” the use of sports to combat cultural differences and bring people of various nationalities together. Using sports to bring people together is nothing new. During the Cold War, the United States and the USSR set up a series of track and field meets in Palo Alto, Calif. that were credited with further engaging productive talks between the two nations. Overseas, in South Africa, sports were a driving force in progressing civil rights and ending the Apartheid. And of course, as made famous by Forrest Gump, Henry Kissinger’s prized “pingpong diplomacy” featured a series of pingpong matches between the United States and China, which eased some tension and allowed for talks and progress between the two countries. In the United States today, we have a strong sports diplomacy program known as SportsUnited, run through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). They write on their webpage, “Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and
bring people together.” SportsUnited is split into two separate factions: sports envoys and sports visitors. Sports envoys are American coaches and athletes that are sent abroad to lead sports clinics in foreign countries. Naturally, sports visitors are young, “non-elite” (as the program describes them) athletes who come to America for two-week sports programs. The programs range from men’s and women’s basketball to figure-skating, snowboarding and even disability sports. Most importantly, SportsUnited has gotten elite, transcendent athletes to act as ambassadors. Retired baseball players Ken Griffey, Jr. and Cal Ripken, Jr. along with figure skater Michelle Kwan are all listed as “American Public Diplomacy Envoys” used for sports diplomacy. While sports diplomacy is important to embolden current relations, its main success is in bolstering future international relations. Sports are generally more popular with young people, and with 43 percent of the world’s population under 25 years old, sports diplomacy has a huge target demographic. We use sports diplomacy politically for the same reason the NBA sends teams to play in Japan, the NFL plays games in London and MLB opened its season in Australia: new, unique sports attract young people. During childhood, we look for new, exciting things to fill the void of adventure in our lives. For many, sports fill that void and provide unique excitement. Culturally, sports are incredibly important and create bonds between fans and athletes of varying cultures.
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the right angle Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners member Barry Sanders writes that “the volume of international sports travel by the participants makes it the largest multilateral global exchange program apart from general tourism.” Young fans and athletes traveling to amateur events often get their first taste of international culture through sports, a key to developing early cultural sense. It’s also important to note that sports can affect younger generations outside of politics and crosscultural expansion. Though sports should never be relied on as a career, baseball often gives young Central and South Americans an opportunity to come to America and build a career, while other sports have offered increasing international opportunities as well.
Recently, sports diplomacy has been stronger than ever. Both George H.W. and George W. Bush invited foreign leaders to attend their beloved Texas Rangers baseball games, and President Barack Obama invited British Prime Minister David Cameron to a basketball game in Ohio. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of sports exchanges during her time in office, “When I go to other countries around the world and we talk about what kind of exchanges that people are looking for, very often a leader will say, ‘How about a sports exchange?’” Perhaps President Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un’s mutual love of basketball, especially the Chicago Bulls, can spark some conversation between the two. Well … Maybe I went too far there. Whether we choose to be-
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Men’s tennis eliminated by No. 6 UCLA in NCAA Tournament
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LAST STAND | Senior Marco Comuzzo’s singles match vs. No. 2-ranked Marcos Giron went unfinished in Saturday’s NCAA Tournament match against UCLA. He finished 16-15 in singles play in 2014. Jefferson P. Nolan @Jefferson_Nolan Though Cal Poly true freshman Ben Donovan was on a path for victory against UCLA’s Clay Thompson, the top-ranked collegiate tennis player in the nation, his match went unfinished as the Bruins had already clinched the match. Cal Poly men’s tennis fell 4-0 at No. 6 UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Despite the 4-0 margin on the scoreboard at the Los An-
geles Tennis Center, the shutout did not reflect UCLA’s narrow margin of victory. The Bruins claimed the doubles point when seniors Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson, as well as freshman Corey Pang and junior Devin Barber, dropped their respective matches to the Bruins. But as Donovan claimed the first few games of the first set against Thompson, eyebrows began to raise. The freshman was hitting every corner of the court, especially driving off his back-
hand, and took the 6-foot-6 Thompson by surprise. But as junior Naveen Beasley lost on the No. 6 court 6-3, 6-1, Cal Poly’s Thomson followed suit, losing 6-1, 6-3. With UCLA up 3-0 on points, senior Jurgen De Jager was unable to keep UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald at bay. De Jager fell to McDonald — the 35thranked player in the nation — 6-4, 6-3 as both Donovan and Comuzzo battled on the first and second courts of their singles matches. Comuzzo, competing against
UCLA’s Marcos Giron — the second-highest ranked player behind Thompson — rallied on the court adjacent to Donovan. As De Jager finally fell, Donovan was winning in the third set 3-0, while Comuzzo had a 3-2 lead in his third set over Giron. “It’s surreal still, but we went down swinging,” De Jager said. “It’ll hit me later, but I can’t even begin to explain how much I love these guys. We came together after a bad start, and we play for each other.” Donovan said he keeps in
mind that the Mustangs began the season with a sevengame losing streak. After earning a Big West Championship ring and having an opportunity to face off against one of the premier teams in the nation, Donovan fully appreciates the success of Cal Poly’s 2014 campaign, he said. “Everyone hung in there,” Donovan said. “The fact that Marco (Comuzzo) and I were able to get to the third set means that everybody was hanging in there against the No. 6 team in the country.”
Heading to the locker room after the match, head coach Nick Carless sat his team down for the last time this season. “I just told them I loved them,” Carless said. “It’s hard to get the words out to these guys at the end of the year. I told them that I’m going to miss them and that I’m really proud of them. Every season will end. Our goal was to play our best tennis on the last point of the year. And we did; we just ran into a team that’s very, very good.”
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Mustangs win pivotal series against UC Irvine Rafael Salinas @CPMustangSports The No. 5 Cal Poly baseball team moved closer to earning its first-ever NCAA regional bid on Sunday afternoon with a 10-3 victory and series win against No. 16 UC Irvine. The Mustangs — who won on Saturday after dropping Friday’s series opener — moved to within a half-game of the conference-leading Anteaters and improved their Big West record to 16-5. UC Irvine’s conference record now sits at 15-3. The Mustangs have three conference games remaining, while UC Irvine has six, including a series at third-place Long Beach State in the final weekend of the season. A conference title would likely help the Mustangs earn a regional bid to give them home field advantage for the first round of the postseason. The Mustangs went 27-3 at home this year. “All that we can control is taking care of St. Mary’s on Tuesday,” junior right fielder Nick Torres said. “We just have to handle business and we’ll go from there.” Wins similar to Sunday’s dominating performance will need to become habitual again if Cal Poly hopes to move deep in the postseason. After scoring two runs in Friday’s series-opening loss and one in Saturday’s win, Cal Poly’s offense broke out for two runs in each of the first five innings on Sunday. JOSEPH PACK | MUSTANG NEWS “It’s all about thinking STAND UP | Senior catcher Chris Hoo went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs during Sunday’s win over UC Irvine. small and not thinking big,”
head coach Larry Lee said. “Our guys aren’t thinking past Tuesday.” Junior outfielder Zack Zehner hit a two-RBI single — made possible by a UC Irvine error — in the first to set the tone early. In the second inning, junior center fielder Jordan Ellis hit a single through the left side to score sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen. Torres then got jammed on a pitch and sent a blooper just over the outstretched glove of Anteaters first baseman Connor Spencer to score another run later in the frame. In the third inning, backto-back triples by Zehner and senior catcher Chris Hoo added one run, while a well-executed squeeze play by Van Gansen scored Hoo from third. Torres capped the Mustang scoring barrage in the fifth inning with a two-run home run over the 385 sign in left field. “This is the best we’ve felt,” Torres said. “We had a good streak in the middle of the year, then a rough patch, but now we’re back to playing
our best baseball.” Sophomore starting pitcher Casey Bloomquist got the win as he threw six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. If the Mustangs sweep Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine loses at least two of its remaining six contests, Cal Poly will clinch the Big West crown. For each additional Cal Poly loss next weekend, the Anteaters would have to lose another game for the Mustangs to take the title. “We play at home really well,” Torres said. “We have a good routine at home. On the road, the big thing that throws you off is that you’re not in your usual routine.” UC Irvine has two conference series remaining against two top-tier teams in the Big West. The Anteaters host Cal State Fullerton for three games before visiting the 49ers in Long Beach for another series to end the regular season. Cal Poly takes on St. Mary’s in a non-conference game on Tuesday before finishing up the season against Cal State Northridge this weekend.
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