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ILLUSTRATION BY MEGAN HEDDINGER AND SEAN MCMINN A PATTERN | In order from January 2012 to April 2014 above: Nine assaults have been reported in which a suspect attempts to take off a woman’s clothes before fleeing. Police say the same person could be responsible for several.

Brooke Sperbeck @BrookeSperbeck7 For students who have been on campus long enough, they know the email. It brings

news from university police of the latest instance of an attempted sexual assault. The victim is caught from behind by a suspect who tries to remove her clothing,

then runs once she screams or fights back. The University Police Department (UPD) and the San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) are working

together to investigate two of these kinds of sexual assaults that happened this past month, UPD Chief George Hughes said, and they could be related to a string of at-

tacks that happened on and around campus in 2012, when a suspect approached a woman from behind and tried to grab her underwear on four different occasions. Police

also reported two similar attacks in February 2013, both on Foothill Boulevard.

see ASSAULTS, pg 3.

BASEBALL CROWNED BIG WEST CHAMPS

COURTESY PHOTO WHAT THE FOLK | Local band Próxima Parada is taking the University Union Plaza stage on Thursday.

Próxima Parada Sam Gilbert @samgilbert279 PREVIEW

MUSTANG NEWS FILE PHOTO REGIONAL BOUND | The Mustangs will likely host an NCAA Regional starting on May 30 at Baggett Stadium.

see BASEBALL, pg 12.

Local folk and soul band Próxima Parada is taking the University Union Plaza stage on May 22. The group is comprised of Bryson Bailey, Kevin Middlekauff, Nick Larson and Andy Olson. The band’s 5-song EP, Makes You Wanna, is available on iTunes and Spotify. Thursday’s show is free for students and the foursome is slated to take the stage at 11 a.m.. >>

see FOLK, pg 5.

Vice president and mayor fail to curb pre-graduation alcohol service downtown Anne Knapke Special to Mustang News Graduating seniors: Don’t put away your party hats just yet. The traditional 6 a.m. bar crawl before commencement is still an option for students to attend with their family and friends, despite the letter sent by Cal Poly and City of San Luis Obispo officials to downtown bars asking them not to serve alcohol until 9 a.m. Cal Poly Vice President for Student of Affairs Keith Humphrey and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx wrote the letter, which questions alcohol consumption and safety during graduation weekend. The letter stirred controversy among students, parents and faculty, as several were unaware of the increase in inebriated students during the ceremony Humphrey and Marx described. The letter says commencement ceremonies have become overshadowed and unsafe because of the conduct of intoxicated students who visit downtown bars prior to the ceremonies. >>

see BARS, pg 2.

NHA HA | COURTESY PHOTO CHEERS | Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said he has seen intoxicated and disruptive students waiting to pick up their diplomas at commencement.

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Pepper spray OK on campus, but not always best choice Celina Oseguera @celinaoseguera Stacie Silva, an agricultural systems management freshman, was walking home to the on-campus Cerro Vista apartments from Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering (building 8). It was evening and she was alone. Silva suddenly noticed someone walking not too far from her. The figure looked suspicious and seemed to follow her. Feeling nervous, she rummaged through her backpack. Her hands finally found what she was searching for: pepper spray. She pulled it out and, shortly after, the figure turned the corner and disappeared. Perhaps the unidentified individual saw the spray and decided to leave, or perhaps there was no threat. Either way, Silva was happy she had it. “I’m a paranoid person, and I’d like to know that if someone attacked me, I’d have a fighting chance,” Silva said. The spray could have come in handy that night. Silva was permitted by Cal Poly policy to have it on campus. Though according to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities Standards for Student Conduct, students are not allowed to possess “chemical agents” on campus.

Bars continued from pg 1. Marx, who lives near Cal Poly’s campus, said she’s attended many graduation ceremonies and hasn’t seen students vomiting or too drunk to move across the stage. Humphrey brought the issue to her attention, she said. “Keith Humphrey asked me if I would be willing to be in support of what he wanted to do, which was a request that the downtown bars hold up opening on graduation day until 9 a.m.,” Marx said. “So I signed it.” Humphrey, who started working at Cal Poly in December 2012, has only participated in one Spring Commencement. He said the letter was the result of campus feedback from academic leaders and faculty who expressed concern about disruptive students who over-consumed before attending the ceremony. Humphrey said he’s personally witnessed students who were disruptive and disrespectful while waiting to pick up their diploma. “Others on the commencement policy and commencement operations committees have much longer histories of experiencing disruptive student behavior as a result of drinking,” Humphrey said. University Police Depart-

However, University Police Department Chief George Hughes said Silva wasn’t breaking any rules, because mace and pepper spray do not fall under the category of dangerous chemicals and agents. “There are several things that can be considered a dangerous chemical,” Hughes said. “People can make chemical weapons out of acid or other things. We are trying to capture those things that people carry around that can be mixed into a dangerous mixture. Since pepper spray is allowed on campus, then I guess it wouldn’t be considered a dangerous chemical.” Mace and pepper spray are also allowed in the University Housing units on campus, according to its student handbook. “(University Housing) said that it is allowed as long as it’s not inappropriately used,” Hughes said. Hughes did mention there are pros and cons to allowing students to carry spray on campus and in residence halls. The most obvious benefit is the spray can be used as a self-defense tool, Hughes said. But there can also be a potential for students to use it inappropriately or to commit a crime. Hughes said he has not heard of students using pepper spray for wrong reasons, and neither have his fellow officers. As a result, Hughes said the benefits ment Cmdr. Brenda Trobaugh said she didn’t have any evidence of fines or arrests during commencement within the past few years. “We don’t want to ruin students’ and parents’ graduation day, so if we see a student that is inebriated, we make sure that they are with a sober friend,” she said. Despite mixed evidence about the number of problems at commencement, Marx said if students and families want to get really drunk before graduation, they can do so with or without the bar’s help. Colin McCarthy, manager of McCarthy’s Irish Pub, said there are safeguards in place to prevent overconsumption of alcohol at bars. California Alcoholic Beverage Control laws prohibit bartenders from serving alcohol to a customer who appears to be very intoxicated. Whether its 6 a.m. or 6 p.m., bars aren’t permitted to let students or anyone else to leave their bars completely hammered. “If you’re bartending responsibly, nobody is going to get that drunk in the first place,” McCarthy said. Myron Basch is the father of a Cal Poly alumnus who took part in last year’s traditional pre-commencement drinking at a local pub. “When I first heard about (the tradition), I didn’t think it was a good thing to

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SELF-DEFENSE | University Housing allows mace and pepper spray in residence halls, as long as it’s not used inappropriately. seem to outweigh the risks of inappropriate use. Though mace and pepper spray can be effective in self-defense, RISE — a crisis intervention and treatment center in San Luis Obispo — education services coordinator Ashleigh Zereen said

using physical actions such as punches and kicks may be more effective. A student may not always have their pepper spray, Zereen said, and it would be wise to know how to use the body against an attacker. And even if a student does

have their spray, two issues can come up, Zereen said. First, the spray can be intercepted by the attacker and used against the student. Second, an adrenaline rush may cause the student to forget how to use the spray or not immediately grab it.

Zereen recommended students, both male and female, learn basic self-defense tactics such as how to escape a headlock or grab, simple kicks and punches and knowing where to hit the attacker to cause the most damage to protect themselves.

do and I couldn’t believe it,” Basch said. “But once I was there, I understood why. In a college, it’s very social,

this is like a farewell for that. So I was very happy for them being there, and it was a nice time.”

“A lot of kids were screaming and yelling the whole time, but that’s been going on forever, I think, at any gradu-

ation,” Bash added. “I think it’s normal just expressing being there, but nothing was disruptive or disrespectful.”

“Others on the commencement policy and commencement operations committees have much longer histories of experiencing disruptive student behavior as a result of drinking.” KEITH HUMPHREY | VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS

MAGGIE K AISERMAN | MUSTANG NEWS

PUBBIN’ | Downtown bars will remain open on the morning of graduation despite a request that they close to prevent disruptive behavior.


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Cal Poly Democrats return to campus Kyle McCarty @KyleMMcCarty The Cal Poly Democrats are returning to campus after almost two years of inactivity. Economics and political science junior Daniel Estes decided to restart the Cal Poly Democrats after seeing a need for a group that would allow students on the liberal end of the political spectrum to come together and express themselves. “We have a great opportunity for the Republicans to express themselves on campus, but we don’t necessarily have that with the Democrats, or anyone just more toward the liberal side of things,” Estes said. Estes said he has been expanding the club through social media and visiting political science classrooms and clubs with interests that align with the Democratic Party. The group had its first meeting on May 15. Estes said approximately 15 people attended, and goals for the club were discussed

Assaults continued from pg 1. “We’ve had two recent attacks, one on campus and one just off campus that SLOPD is investigating, and obviously there are similarities in those two attacks,” Hughes said. The most recent assault allegedly occurred April 18 near the East Foothill Boulevard area of Mustang Village, and the other was April 8 in the Morro building of Cerro Vista Apartments. In both instances, a person approached the victim from behind and grabbed under her skirt. Descriptions of the suspects — a white or Hispanic male in his 20s — and the times of both attacks also appear to be consistent. Hughes said these similarities indicate the same person could have committed attacks. “We are looking at it that way, and that’s why were working with SLOPD together on this, because since they are similar and the descriptions are similar,” Hughes said. “They obviously could be the same person.” An investigator is looking back at the 2012 assaults to see what kind of connection exists between them. “There are similarities there also, so could this potentially be the same person, because it is the same M.O. also,” Hughes said. The police departments are following up on several leads, but Hughes declined to give specifics on the investigation. Sexual assault is “endemic” on college campuses, with one in five college women being sexually assaulted before they graduate, according to assistant sociology professor Christopher Bickel, who teaches about sexual assault in his criminal justice classes. “I think it’s a product not

along with bringing speakers to campus. Members voiced a desire for the club to facilitate political expression, Estes said. Additionally, members expressed interest in partnering to present a debate among candidates for Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) office, such as the one Cal Poly College Republicans and Mustang News hosted this past month. In the near term, the Cal Poly Democrats are focused on the June 3 California primary. The club would like to see Lois Capps reelected to Congress, as well as many local politicians into their respective offices, Estes said. Nate Honeycutt, psychology senior and president of the Cal Poly College Republicans, said he is glad to see the Cal Poly Democrats returning to campus. “I think it’s great; I think the club has a lot of catch-up work to do,” Honeycutt said. “It’ll be interesting to see what they actually end up doing.” Honeycutt said the College

Republicans would be interested in collaborating with the Cal Poly Democrats to host debates and forums, in which each side could voice their opinions and have a discussion. Estes was also interested in collaborating. The two groups could also work together on projects that each side agrees on, such as increasing voter registration among college students, Honeycutt said. Honeycutt said he was not upset to see his club’s position as the most active political voice on campus challenged. “Maybe it’ll make our jobs a bit more difficult, but it’s always good to have something keeping us on our toes and keeping us accountable,” Honeycutt said. But despite a willingness from both sides to coexist on campus, political differences are still unavoidable. “The club is going to be right there, holding their toes to the fire, especially given the current presidential administration and their track record,” Honeycutt said.

so much of criminal minds as it is a product of how we’re socializing young men to be, in terms of their sense of entitlement when it comes to what they can and can’t do with women’s bodies,” he said. The kind of attacks reported at Cal Poly, however, aren’t the typical assaults that happen on a college campus. “That’s actually the rare type of sexual assault; the stuff that actually happens quite frequently at Cal Poly that doesn’t enter the statistics is more of the acquaintance, the date rape,” Bickel said. The act of sexual assault is less about sex and more about power, Bickel said. Though the suspect or suspects in April didn’t rape the victims, their actions indicate the potential for more​ serious ​assaults in the future. “There’s definitely a problem where something has gone wrong and that person thinks this is an acceptable thing to do and doing that repeatedly,” Bickel said. “And that’s not going to desist unless there’s an intervention.” But intervention is unlikely unless the person is caught, which is difficult because not all assaults are reported. “There’s a lot of reasons why women may not report it, because the environment isn’t conducive where women feel safe to do so,” Bickel said.​ “But as long as people aren’t reporting it, most people get away and so it’s likely to happen over and over again.” Instead of addressing the root of the problem of sexual assault, Bickel said he believes the university ​has often put the responsibility on potential​victims. Bickel remembers an email from a past university administrator that addressed a sexual assault on campus by encouraging women to travel in groups and be careful.

The email never addressed the perpetrators who commit the crimes. “I never saw anywhere in his email that said, ‘Hey guys, we have to do better than this,’” Bickel said. Dean of Students Jean DeCosta said the university addressed last month’s assaults through emergency alerts and encouraging safe practices. “We try and remind students through our different housing programs and other interactions that we have with students and our staff to practice good safety measures to go out with friends, stay with friends; where you go with a friend, come home with a friend,” DeCosta said. “Be aware of your surroundings, be mindful that you’re doing what you need to do in order to stay safe.” One way UPD has addressed the assaults is by extending the hours of the escort van services until 2 a.m. Hughes said the assaults in April were one factor in the decision to extend hours, along with the latenight hours of new food locations such as Subway and Yogurt Creations. He’s also asked for help from on-campus groups to improve the van service. “I have asked ASI and Safer to help me pull together a student-led focus group to discuss and propose what they would like to see in a campus escort program,” Hughes wrote in a statement to Mustang News. There used to be red handprints on Cal Poly’s campus where a sexual assault occurred, which Bickel said were important in bringing attention to the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. Those red hands were removed by a joint committee of Safer and the women’s safety committee, according to DeCosta. The committee decided a memo-

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KICKIN’ IT WITH CAPPS | From left: Alexa Arndt, Congresswoman Lois Capps, Daniel Estes and Emilio Horner pose for a photo on May 17, when the Cal Poly Democrats met with the congresswoman.

“We have a great opportunity for the Republicans to express themselves on campus, but we don’t necessarily have that with the Democrats.” DANIEL ESTES | ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE JUNIOR

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INVESTIGATING | Police reported two sexual assaults on Foothill Boulevard in February 2013.

“...it’s a product not so much of criminal minds as it is a product of how we’re socializing young men to be, in terms of their sense of entitlement when it comes to what they can and can’t do with women’s bodies.” CHRISTOPHER BICKEL | ASSISTANT SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR rial pole in the University Union Plaza would be more effective in remembering sexual assaults that happened, she said. Bickel said he thinks erasing the hands doesn’t com-

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municate the message ​ of the university being ​​ dedicated to stopping assaults. “Universities try to sweep this issue under the rug because parents see a lot of sexual assaults happen and

they may fear for the safety of their children,” Bickel said. “But I would like to see a culture saying, ‘Until we actually eliminate this, we’re always going to keep this as a powerful reminder.’”


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Current and former Cal Poly students roll out new mobile apps

MORGAN BUTLER | MUSTANG NEWS

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THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT | Cal Poly graduate David Harms created the landscape design application Prelimb, and five Cal Poly students will launch Expresso by the end of the school year.

‘Prelimb’ aims to transform landscape design, gardening. Morgan Butler @morganbutlercp Prelimb puts landscape design in the palm of your hand. The app, created by Cal Poly graduate David Harms, is an augmented reality platform that allows for the design and landscape of a garden from a mobile device. “I thought, how great would it be if somebody could grab the eyes of a landscape archi-

tect or a designer, and understand what different plants are going to grow like, and how to take care of them in a very visual way?” Harms said. Users can drag 3-D models from an extensive plant library onto their existing garden to see how it will look. Prelimb also features a growth slider, which allows the user to visualize how the plants will look for up to 10 years. The idea began as a senior project, and Harms — who is the Prelimb, Inc. technical director — never imagined it going further until he signed up for the SLO HotHouse Accelerator Program. The HotHouse provides office space for small startups, as well as mentorship and guidance. “Every day, we’re learning

something in here about business,” Harms said. “I’m not from a business background. Marketing and finances and incorporating all these different aspects of business — it’s all a learning game; there’s lots of failures and picking yourself back up, but I think that’s the point.” Harms never imagined owning his own business after he graduated from college, but he said he has no plans of stopping. “As long as I can continue to be in a world where it feels like we are empowering people, especially in terms of gardening and landscaping, you know I’m all for it,” he said. Prelimb will be available for download from the iTunes App Store on May 26.

Skip the coffee line with ‘Expresso.’ Morgan Butler @morganbutlercp There’s a new app in development that could allow you to skip the line next time you get coffee. The concept for the app, Expresso, came from Startup Weekend — the team’s pitch was for an app that would allow a user to order coffee right from their phone and pick it up when it’s ready, skipping the line. While the competition only required a mock-up, the team of five Cal Poly students decided to go a step further

and create the app. “The idea of the app is the minimal amount of clicks you would need to get your coffee,” programmer and biomedical engineering senior Michael Dewitt said. “So you’ve picked your store, and now all within one screen, you are able to customize as many drinks as you want, add them to your order and then check out — all right there.” With their business pitch, the Expresso team earned second place in the competition, but the team is looking to take the app even further. “What Expresso is trying to do is make it so it opens momand-pop shops everywhere,” interface designer and graphic communication freshman Cameron Oelsen said. “We’re starting in San Luis Obispo, but we’re going to try to open

up the mobile pace for coffee shops everywhere.” The team hopes its unique design sets it apart from other coffee shop apps available. “What we’re trying to deliver, though, is much more user-coffee shop interaction,” Dewitt said. “For example, you place your order, but then you’re also notified when it’s being made (and) the barista is receiving a picture of you. So you’re not losing any of that interaction you would get from going to the store — you’re just skipping the line.” The first coffee shop in San Luis Obispo to use Expresso will be the downtown location of Blackhorse Espresso and Bakery. The team hopes to launch Expresso by the end of the school year.

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Próxima Parada: Folk and soul fusing on campus

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GOOD FOR THE SOUL | Local folk-soul band Próxima Parada is performing in the University Union Plaza on May 22. The foursome, all Cal Poly alumni, is set to take the stage at 11 a.m. Sam Gilbert @samgilbert279 Local folk-soul band Próxima Parada is slated to perform in the University Union (UU) Plaza this Thursday. Cal Poly alumni Bryson Bailey, Andy Olson, Nick Larson and Kevin Middlekauff set out to perform on campus for the first time in more than a year. “We all saw bands perform in the UU as students, and it is so cool to come back and play,” said Middlekauff, who plays bass and mandolin. Business administration se-

nior Rachel Hendra is working with the band as part of professor Lynn Metcalf’s Marketing Projects (BUS 454) class to help launch its upcoming album, as well as other miscellaneous tasks to take Próxima Parada to the next level. Hendra expects a lot of people at the show. “They already had a following before we started working with them, and then we’ve obviously been working on getting their name out more in the Cal Poly community, so I think it’s going to be a great turnout,” Hendra said. “I don’t think there’s going to

be a specific type of person that comes because I think everyone can relate to it, especially here at Cal Poly.” Hendra said the band can’t be categorized under just one genre. “It’s really hard to describe what their music is, because it’s folky, but not; it’s upbeat, but then there are some songs that aren’t,” she said. Hendra said college students will like the show, especially students from San Luis Obispo, since everyone likes a variety of music. “We have found our music has appealed to baby boom-

ers down to middle and high school kids,” said Bailey, who sings vocals and plays lead guitar. “We feel good that we are doing what we love and people are liking it.” “People can appreciate when you are passionate about something and people will pick up on it,” Larson added. Hendra said the performance will be different because of the band’s charisma. “They’re definitely a fun group of guys, and you can see it through their music,” she said. “They’re extremely witty and have their own sense of style that veers from the mainstream.”

Próxima Parada is currently working on a full-length album that is set to be released in September. Hendra has only heard a few snippets of the new album, but she said it’s going to be interesting. To publicize its upcoming album and the band itself, Hendra and her team began using social networks such as Facebook and Instagram, putting on previews for sororities and exploring festivals where the band could potentially perform. “Not necessarily within the next couple of months, but in the long-term, we’ve been

publicizing them locally and giving them the tools they need to get in contact with venues, festivals and music blogs for after we graduate this quarter,” Hendra said. Hendra said they’ve created strategies for the band, and press releases will help once the tracks are mastered and ready for release. “I think that they are definitely on a path to success,” Hendra said. The concert will begin at 11 a.m. and is free to students. Melissa Nunez and Gianna Brigantino contributed to this article.


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Radical Something gives SLO Brew early summer Brenna Swanston

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RADICAL | Hip-hop/rock group Radical Something took the stage at SLO Brewing Co. this past Thursday night. The trio is composed of Josh Hallbauer, Alex Lagemann and Mike Costanzo. Night fell in downtown San Luis Obispo this past Thursday, bringing relief from the 100-degree day. But the heat raged on inside SLO Brewing Co., where hip-hop/rock group Radical Something partied onstage. The trio — comprised of vocalist Josh Hallbauer, vocalist and guitarist Alex Lagemann and instrumentalist Mike Costanzo — jumped around the stage to an audience sporting tank tops, shorts and flip-flops, left over from the sweltering heat. Hallbauer was excited to be back in his home state of California, kicking off the band’s summer tour, he said.

The trio’s set ramped up with “California,” “Escape” and “Step Right Up,” while spectators drank, clapped, danced and sang along as if summer had begun and there would be no sign of school the following morning. The band members rotated instruments. Hallbauer was almost always on the microphone, but Lagemann switched between rapping and playing guitar while Costanzo covered bass, guitar, keyboard and backing vocals. For some songs, all three band members dropped their instruments and took up microphones. Lagemann was stoked on the summer-like vibe, he said.

“When everybody’s sweaty and packed into a room, the one thing they want to do is dance,” Lagemann said. They launched into “Say Yes,” during which Lagemann set down the guitar, rapped and extensively flipped off his audience — who happily returned the gesture. Between songs, Hallbauer suggested a photo break, asking the crowd to squeeze in as close as possible beneath the stage lights for a photo. The trio posed with its fans while its guest drummer snapped the shot. The group wasn’t done making friends with its audience. Lagemann asked a specific member from the

crowd up to the stage. “A girl named Olivia is turning 19,” he said, waving up an embarrassed-looking woman. Hallbauer serenaded her with a slow and sweet rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Then it was time to get back to the show. Lagemann returned to his acoustic guitar and revved up for “We Were Just Kids,” inspiring the audience to raise their drinks and sing along passionately. As the night wore on, security wove into the audience to lift women off their friends’ shoulders and keep the craziness to a minimum. The band interacted closely with its listeners, with cat calls and call-and-response

chants. It played fan favorite “Cheap Drink,” during which Lagemann called out Cal Poly students, driving his audience nuts. Hallbauer then made a special announcement. “You are about to become the first people to ever hear this song right now,” he said. They kicked off a new, appropriately themed tune entitled “Cali Get Down.” The audience might not have known the lyrics, but they danced and threw their arms and middle fingers in the air as if it had been their favorite song for years. Next up was “Long Hair Don’t Care,” after which Lagemann once again returned to the subject of perspiration.

“Are you guys sweating more than you’ve ever sweated in your whole life right now?” he asked. Perhaps the dancers were, but it didn’t stop them — the faux summer-nightbeach-party vibes Radical Something evoked lasted throughout its set. Architecture junior Alexis Church has been a fan of the group for more than a year, and its SLO Brew show was her first time seeing them live. “I’m so glad I came,” she said. Their music transports her to summer days, she said. “They’re just so chill and fun at the same time,” Church said. “It totally makes me feel the California vibe.”


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California Festival of Beers set for this weekend Keenan Donath @Keenan_Donath If you’re looking for an excuse to drink beer in the afternoon, look no further. The California Festival of Beers — commonly known as Beer Fest — is right around the corner. The festival, which will take place on May 23-24, will feature more than 60 breweries, all in the name of charity. One hundred percent of this year’s proceeds will go to Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, a volunteer organization that has offered community services free of charge since 1977. Beer Fest attracts more than 4,000 people each year to its scenic Madonna Inn Meadows location. Not only will there be plenty of beer, but the event will also

feature fine dining and musical entertainment from local band Louder Space, alt-soul band The Big Bang and vocalist Judy Philbin accompanied by guitarist Adam Levine. During the past couple years, the event has seen an increase in local popularity. “We see a lot of both alumni and current students,” event director Gracie Rey said. “It has become an event where students are reconnecting with alumni.” The 28th installment of the festival brings with it a rich, hoppy tradition. After hosting the first festivals in the back parking lot of a local pub, the event was moved to the Avila Beach Golf Resort before relocating to the Madonna location for the 2013 festival. Each occasion

is highlighted by a variety of craft and local beer, as well as live music for entertainment. Rey also said safety is an important concern, and there will be designated-driver tickets for people who choose to enjoy the event sober. Bartenders will also keep a keen eye out for those who have had too much to drink. Rey said her team is working with SLO Safe Ride on a shuttle system for attendees. Biological sciences senior Alexa Garrett attended the event this past year and reflected positively upon her experience, even though she doesn’t prefer the festival’s signature beverage. “It’s a fun time, definitely,” she said. “There is music and a lot of people around, and everyone was having a really good time.”

“There is music and a lot of people around, and everyone was having a really good time.” ALEXA GARRETT | BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES SENIOR

WHEN: May 23 and 24 WHERE: Madonna Inn Meadows

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THE CRAFT | The California Festival of Beers returns to San Luis Obispo on May 23 and 24.


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The California Honeydrops sweeten up SLO Parker Evans @parker_d_evans Parker Evans is an economics senior and Mustang News music columnist. “Y’all need to get this place to stay open later,” Lech Wierzynkski urged the SLO Brewing Co. crowd at the end of his band’s second set on Friday night. “Ain’t nothing a DJ can do that we can’t!” Wierzynkski knows what he’s talking about — the music of The California Honeydrops is a better conduit for dancing than any bass drop, and the evidence was in the sweat stains on every shirt in the house. The genre fusion of the Honeydrops is overflowing, drawing from blues, soul, swing, rock, reggae, Americana, ragtime and everything in between. At the core of the Honeydrops’ essence, however, is an effortlessly fun jam band. Fortunately for the crowd, long saxophone solos and extended horn riffs are always more effective when seen live. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more charismatic frontman than Wierzynkski, who certainly didn’t need an opener to get the crowd warmed up. With his white shirt and wavy blonde hair, he wore himself out wailing

on the trumpet, getting down for his bandmates’ many solos and generally being an entertaining, interactive force of nature. The Honeydrops’ synchronicity — first practiced as a street band in Oakland — was on full display as Wierzynkski navigated a packed house through two long sets and an encore, stretching most songs past nine or 10 minutes. The crowd at the 21+ show was among the most agediverse I’ve ever seen. The college and young graduate crowd didn’t mingle much with the older folks, but the music didn’t discriminate. Most of the Honeydrops’ publicity is through word of mouth, and after playing on the Central Coast many times, the word about this band gets around fast — I overheard one 20-something tell her friend the Honeydrops played a couple years ago at the best college party she’d ever been to. In between sets, those who didn’t swarm the bar poured out onto Garden Street to get some fresh air. Some went to Linnaea’s Café to grab a pick-me-up while others milled around bumming smokes, but the intermission was only 15 minutes, and the crowd scurried back full-strength to hear the second set open with rousing sing-along “When It Was Wrong.”

The show reminded us why we can’t wait until SLO Brew moves to its new location on Higuera Street. On Friday, the sextet was crammed onto the venue’s tiny stage. While the effect may have been charming and intimate for a band like the Honeydrops, it might have been interesting to see what they could have done with more real estate. More importantly, the two giant support beams in the crowd and on the edge of the stage will not be missed when we finally say goodbye to SLO Brew’s current home. The highlight of the night, strangely enough, was when the band was reduced to just a three-piece during the first set. Weirzynkski’s guitar made a rare appearance and Beau Bradbury’s bass was brought to the forefront, but the crowd went wild when drummer Ben Malament left his kit, came to the center of the stage and slung a washboard over his neck for an old-timey rendition of “Pumpkin Pie.” The smile on Malament’s face during the washboard solo alone was worth the price of admission. With San Luis Obispo as a regular tour stop in the Honeydrops’ backyard, they’ll surely make another visit before long. When they do, snatch up the tickets fast, or risk missing out on a fantastically entertaining live show.

“At the core of the Honeydrop’s essence, however, is an effortlessly fun jam band.” PARKER EVANS | MUSIC COLUMNIST

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Paul Harvey’s conservative blueprint 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. For decades, Paul Harvey was the morning alarm for thousands of Americans. His thundering voice and rightwing opinions mixed with his nimble words to make him a staple of radio. He wasn’t flashy, but he told life how he saw it. To many Republicans, he was a prophet speaking out of the book of Reagan, even before Reagan became popular. To me, Harvey’s “If I Were the Devil” speech, first written in 1964 and expanded on through 1999, represents the epitome of conservative thought. His catchy phrases strive to depict the slow — but critical — advances of social progressivism in America. Harvey’s 50-yearold speech still resonates today, perhaps more than ever. I’ve picked out some of the most indicative lines to show just how real Harvey’s speech was, and how incredibly relevant it remains today. At the beginning of the speech: “In the ears of the young married, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be ‘extreme’

in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.” Look, I’m not here to say a cocktail party isn’t a good way to blow off steam. It may come as a shock to few, but conservatives aren’t that stuck up. One thing conservatives universally believe in is the power of hard work. Too often today we see hard workers or religious zealots dismissed as “extreme.” The first person that comes to my mind is Tim Tebow. On the field, his religious affection and nose-to-thegrindstone attitude allowed people to dismiss him as “extreme,” while passively ignoring his on- and off-thefield success. Politically, Republicans are often portrayed as patriotic “extremists,” too. The media jumps on any chance they can to depict prominent Republicans such as John Boehner and Marco Rubio as extreme hawks or patriots, as if being a patriot is a bad thing. While extremism is consistently roped in with passion, they are far from the same. This country was born on shrewd, hard-working, passionate people whose call for independence would nowadays likely be passed off as “extreme.” What a different world this would be. Toward the middle of the speech, Harvey says, “I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.”

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Boeing to consider moving some work elsewhere. Paul Harvey ends with: “If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.” If there is one sentence that sums up anti-conservative thought any better, please show it to me. Conservatives are all about “earning,” but hardly about “handing out.” Clearly President Barack Obama’s administration knows how to poke the nerves of conservatives. In 2011, spending on welfare jumped to more than $1 trillion, a big bruise to Republican’s budget-reducing philosophies. Yet what hurts conservatives most is that this huge amount of money spent on welfare is simply full of “handouts.” Our welfare system does nothing to provide training for those who need it. Through technical skills and trained trades, we can replace apathy with ambition. There’s a big difference between training people for careers and giving them jobs. Jobs are just something that make money and take up 40 hours per week. Careers create incentive for success and allow for an opportunity to climb

the career ladder. Now, reading or listening to any of Harvey’s whole speeches (I highly recommend them) from 1964 to 1999, there are an incredible number of comparisons that can be made to today’s life. Some are religious convictions, but many are not. He chimed in on high taxes, big government and just about everything else. He had the mind of today’s conservative mouthpieces, but was almost universally well-liked (read: nothing like Rush Limbaugh). What may be the most impressive — or concerning — part about Harvey is most of his predictions and intuitions have come to be correct. His typically optimistic and grounded view on life was refreshing, but his warnings continue to hold. As a conservative and an American, I heed Harvey’s predictions. If they’ve been true for 50 years to date, there’s a good chance they’ll continue to stay true. Perhaps Harvey’s words say it best: “In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.”

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SPORTS | 11

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Men finish 2nd, women 6th in Big West track championships Evan Morter @EvanMorter

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HOME STRETCH | Senior David Cardona (right) finished fifth in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Big West Conference Championships.

The Cal Poly men’s track and field team finished second at the Big West Conference Championships, while the women followed up with a sixth-place finish at Woody Wilson Track in Davis, Calif. this past weekend. The Long Beach State men won their second consecutive conference title Saturday with a score of 218.5 points, while the Mustangs finished with a score of 144.5. In the women’s meet, UC Davis came out on top with a total score of 194 points, and Cal Poly finished with 69.33. It was the men’s first secondplace finish since 2006, and head coach Mark Conover believes the team is one of the best in recent years. “We had very successful results,” he said. “We got a lot of people on the podium. Probably the most we’ve ever had.” The men’s team was led by seniors Chris Frias, Sean Davidson and Jamison Jordan. Frias finished third in the 10,000 meters on Friday, then took the title in the 5,000 meters on Saturday. “Chris is a team player,” Conover said. “He loves to help his teammates.” The Ventura, Calif. native was also a member of the Cal Poly cross-country team, where he was a two-time Big West Conference champion. He has had a record season in track and field, as well. “He just got better every single year,” Conover said. “He is totally committed to the lifestyle needed for success.” However, it is unfair to address Frias’ accolades without mentioning his fellow

senior teammate Sean Davidson, Conover said. Davidson made headlines Friday for smashing the previous meet record in the 10,000 meters by approximately 43 seconds with a 29:08 finish. Jordan finished first in the men’s 200 meters and second in the 100-meter dash with a personal record 10.41 finish to earn second place in the event. Jordan came into the most important part of the year in the best condition of his Cal Poly career, Conover said. “He’s been really steady,” he said. “He’s looking the best I’ve seen since he’s been at Cal Poly.” The seniors said they have nothing to lose, and are seeking to take advantage of the upcoming NCAA West Preliminary Round because their days at Cal Poly are numbered. “It’s always a big motivator because it’s their last one,” Conover said. “The senior does not want to leave anything on the track. With the way those guys are running, they have a shot.” On the women’s side, sophomore Rachel Bush earned allconference accolades as she finished third in the 5,000 meters. The Mustangs also had three runners, sophomore Ashley Windsor, junior Elaina Cromer and sophomore Kristen Narum, score in the 800. In the women’s triple jump, sophomore Kendal Nielsen finished fifth with a leap of 39 feet, 7 inches. “I’m enthusiastic because we have a lot of young people and they’re winning now,” Conover said. “We’ve done a lot of work and continue to get rewarded.” The Preliminary Round will be held in Fayetteville, Ark. May 29-31.


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Mustangs snag first Big West crown

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CHAMPS | The Cal Poly baseball team swept Cal State Northridge in the final series of the season this past weekend to win the conference title and earn its third regional berth in program history. Mustang News Staff Report @CPMustangSports The No. 6 Cal Poly baseball team defeated Cal State Northridge 3-2 on Sunday to give the Mustangs their firstever Big West Conference title and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA postseason. Coupled with Cal State Fullerton’s sweep of secondplace UC Irvine, the Mus-

tangs won the championship outright and put themselves in a good position to host a NCAA regional starting May 30. Before Cal Poly’s sweep this weekend, PerfectGame. org projected that the Mustangs would host Sacramento State, Pepperdine and San Diego State. The Mustangs finished the year 45-10 overall — its highest single-season win total in school history — and 19-5 in Big West play.

After suffering a seasonlong four-game losing streak from April 26 to May 2, the Mustangs went on to win nine of their final 10 games, including their last six games. On Sunday, senior catcher Chris Hoo, sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen and sophomore first baseman John Schuknecht notched the RBIs for Cal Poly, while junior reliever Danny Zandona (4-0) earned the win on the mound. Junior left fielder Zack Zehner

led the Mustangs at the plate with three hits on the day. The Matadors made it interesting, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to close the deficit to one, but junior reliever Reed Reilly stranded the bases loaded to finish the game. This season will mark the third time in program history that Cal Poly made the postseason, after making it in 2009 and 2013. Regional sites will be an-

nounced on May 25 at 6 p.m. and the selection show — where all 64 teams competing in the tournament will be revealed — is scheduled for May 26 at 9 a.m on ESPNU. Tickets will be made available to the public once the sites are selected. The NCAA Tournament consists of 16 regional sites where four teams compete in a double-elimination tournament. The winner of the regional advances to a Super Regional,

a three-game series against another regional winner. The eight Super Regional victors advance to Omaha, Neb. for the College World Series, where the teams are split into four-team brackets and compete in another double-elimination round. The winners of those brackets move onto a three-game series to decide the national champion. Stephan Teodosescu contributed to this report.

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