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With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, UC Santa Barbara head coach Andrew Checketts motioned toward the away bullpen at Baggett Stadium. Into the game came reliever Dillon Tate, a hard-thrower who struck out Cal Poly’s senior catcher Chris Hoo the previous night to secure the save and a 1-0 win for UC Santa Barbara. With the bases loaded and the score tied at 7, Hoo stepped into the batter’s box hoping to create a different result than the previous night’s — a result that is already a foregone conclusion in the catcher’s mind. “I just honestly thought I was going to win the game,” Hoo said. “I told (Mark) Mathias, who was hitting behind me, ‘Dude, you are not getting up right now, I am going to win this game, he is not going to get me again.’” Hoo smacked a game-winning single as chants of “HOOOOO” sounded from the soldout home crowd as he ran up the first baseline. The moment was a special one for the senior, one of many in a memorable season for the Mustangs, which are now ranked in the top 10 nationally in most major polls. >>
see HOO, pg 7.
IAN BILLINGS | MUSTANG NEWS
Admiration fills veteran storyteller’s final chapter Katharine Gore Special to Mustang News Joanne Sbranti-Estrada remembers the first time she met Jim Hayes. It was 1976 and she had just transferred to the Cal Poly journalism program from another college. She’d been an editor and worked at three newspapers prior to Cal Poly, and she was confident in her writing skills. Hayes, who was teaching an upper-division reporting class, told her if she did well in the class’s first assignment, she only had to attend for the first week and would get an “A” for the quarter. Sbranti-Estrada worked hard on the assignment and was feeling like “hot stuff” when she handed it over to Hayes. “He ripped me up one side and down the other,” Sbranti-Estrada said. “But it was in a way that was really showing me how I could have written and made it better.” >>
see HAYES, pg 2.
KELLY HAYES | COURTESY PHOTO THE LEGEND | Jim Hayes, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, taught journalism at Cal Poly for 24 years and worked as department chair for two years.
Introducing Bonaventure: Local blues-folk band sets sail
Meet the faces behind Bonaventure
see BAND, page 4
PAIGE CROSS | MUSTANG NEWS FEELIN’ BLUESY | Local blues-folk duo, Bonaventure, played at this past weekend’s Flavor of SLO event. The twosome is currently focused on recording and landing gigs. They hope to release an album by the end of June.
News... 1-3 | Arts... 4-6 | Opinion & Sports... 7 | Classifieds... 8 | Sports... 9-10
NEWS | 2 Hayes continued from pg 1. Estrada said the experience made her realize how much she had to learn. Within two weeks of graduation, Sbranti-Estrada landed her first full-time reporting job and has worked for newspapers since, spending the past 25 years as a reporter for The Modesto Bee.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 Sbranti-Estrada, like many others, is spending time remembering Hayes, who taught journalism at Cal Poly for 24 years, from 1969 to 1992, and worked as the journalism department chair for two years beginning in 1986. Now in his late 80s, the former professor and writing coach for newspapers such as The Los Angeles Times has been di-
agnosed with terminal cancer. He has decided against treatment and is on home hospice care in Los Osos. When word spread of his declining health, stories and kind words poured into his home, as well as a “We Love Jim Hayes” Facebook group. “No matter where Mr. Hayes was on campus, people gathered around him,” Sbranti-Estrada said. “He
COURTESY OF JOANNE SBRANTI-ESTRADA
SEE ME! | Hayes uses his classic red Flair felt pen to edit a student’s story in his office in 1978.
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told great stories about his days as a reporter, and most of those tales had some kind of poignant point.” The red pen If Hayes’ students misspelled a word or made a typo, they got an automatic “F” on the assignment and a note that said “See me!” to explain why they failed the assignment. Mark Looker, the former student of Hayes who created the “We Love Jim Hayes” Facebook group, said the “See me!” notes are among the many things the group’s more than 360 followers remember about Hayes. “What Jim Hayes taught me was the importance of accuracy, and I think that’s what stuck with a lot of us all of these years,” Looker said. Looker graduated from Cal Poly with a journalism degree in 1976. Hayes helped him get his second job in journalism at a small weekly newspaper, and they kept in touch over time. Hayes, the first director for the Brock Center of Agricultural Communication at Cal Poly, got Looker involved on the industry advisory council at the Brock Center. “The thing about Jim is he always kept up on everything, and so once Facebook came about, he got on it,” Looker said. After Hayes’ diagnosis, people started to exchange stories about him on Facebook. Looker set up the group to share stories. Hayes’ daughter Dayle Hayes said her father never sought the spotlight and was often embarrassed by the attention he received. The Facebook group was no different. “I’ll tell you ... he wasn’t exactly thrilled about the idea, and when I told him about it he kind of gave me a look,” Looker said. “And I said, ‘Well, I’m going to do it anyway, because it’s a great way to share stories.’” Jeanette Trompeter, now the evening news anchor and a reporter at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, is another one of Hayes’ former students. She said there isn’t anyone she went to school with and took a class with Jim Hayes who didn’t get an “F” and “See me!” note at one point. “He figured if you can’t get someone’s name right, how can anyone trust you to get the details of the story right?” Trompeter said. But the students always got a lesson out of their “See me!” notes, Trompeter said. Dayle said her father values accuracy in all aspects
of his life. “He is, although some of these things are starting to slip now, fastidious, in terms of how he dressed, remembered people’s birthday’s … all those kinds of things,” Dayle said. Now, Dayle said, Hayes has five grandchildren, and he’s interested in their stories and experiences. “It’s all about the story,” Dayle said. Meeting his expectations Sbranti-Estrada said Hayes always made her feel as if she was his favorite student. She didn’t realize until many years later that he made many of his students feel that way. “He was more than an adviser,” Sbranti-Estrada said. “He was an inspiration, a mentor and a friend.” Trompeter said Hayes had a unique skill of instilling fear in his students, while simultaneously causing them to want to please him. “There was a definite intimidation factor with him,” Trompeter said. “I don’t know that I — or most colleagues that I’ve talked to over the last few months — ever felt like we were worthy or like we could meet his expectations. However, he had a way of correcting you and giving you the confidence when you walked out the door that if you gave it your best, you could be good.” Trompeter said he didn’t have much patience for idiocy in any way. “If you weren’t going to try and you really didn’t care, he didn’t have much use for you,” Trompeter said. “You either had the hunger to be a writer or a journalist or you didn’t, and if you had the hunger, he’d work on the skills with you.” Trompeter said writing didn’t come naturally to her, but Hayes influenced her more than any person in her life when it came to writing. Hayes also taught his students how to ask the right questions. He would pretend to be a source and have the students act as reporters and ask him questions — then point out the important questions that they missed. Looker said Hayes’ legacy is his approach to journalism ethics. “He taught people about how important it is to be accurate, to be fair, to work hard and get your story done,” Looker said. “And I think that’s just as relevant today as it was back when he was teaching.” Sbranti-Estrada, Looker, Trompeter and Dayle said Hayes kept in contact with his
students and had a broad network of people that he mentored, talked to and spent time with for decades. Family and fans Since he elected to not get treatment, Hayes has been receiving hospice care at home for almost three months. He has a caretaker who comes in at night, but his five children care for him in rotating shifts every day. “The two youngest siblings who live here have mainly done the heavy lifting,” Dayle said of Jason and Kelly Hayes. Dayle lives in Montana and travels to Los Osos regularly to care for her father. Hayes’ other sons, Joshua and Patrick, also come when they can. “We are all tremendously dedicated to him, just like the fans,” Dayle said. Dayle said the outpouring of support, affection and gratitude has been wonderful and heartwarming for the family. She reads her father the stories his former students post on Facebook. “He, at this point, is no longer able to read, which is very sad for someone whose life depended on words and reading,” Dayle said. If every college had a Jim Hayes... Trompeter said Cal Poly needs to value professors like Hayes, who can teach as well as give students insight into the world outside college. “It’s a Learn By Doing school, and I was better equipped to get into journalism because I had a professor like Jim Hayes who taught me realworld skills and expectations,” Trompeter said. Hayes worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Fresno Bee and the Evening Star in Washington, D.C. before he taught at Cal Poly, so he came with authority and knowledge. “I just think if every college had a Jim Hayes, the world would be full of a lot of higherquality journalists than it is today,” Trompeter said. Looker said Hayes embodies all the good things about journalism. “He helped create the great journalism program, and it is just as strong now as it has ever been,” Looker said. Sbranti-Estrada said Cal Poly faculty need to commit to students and put them first, like Hayes did. Teachers, she said, should make it their life’s work to inspire their students to achieve. “When I think ‘Cal Poly,’” Sbranti-Estrada said, “I think of Jim Hayes.”
“He literally changed my life and set the course for me to be a journalist. He kind of changed the world.” JEANETTE TROMPETER | KSBY REPORTER AND FORMER STUDENT OF HAYES
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More students taking classes outside Cal Poly Suha Saya @suhasaya Biomedical engineering senior Michael Dewitt, who took psychology and macroeconomics courses at Foothill College last winter, didn’t take a normal community college class. He took it all the way from Texas — online. “There’s no other way I could’ve done it or taken the classes if it wasn’t online,” Dewitt said. “It was while I had an internship, so the idea was that I could take a couple easier courses while working and continuing degree progress.” Dewitt is one of an increasing number of students taking classes outside Cal Poly, with data from the Office of the Registrar showing more than 16,000 classes transferring into the university since the 2006 academic year. The trend increased from a low of approximately three courses transferred per 100 students in 2006 to 16.5 courses transferred per 100 students in 2012 — a roughly 500 percent increase. The number fell to 11 classes transferred per 100 students in 2013. According to Vice Provost for International, Graduate and Extended Education Brian Tietje, there are three main reasons students want to take classes outside Cal Poly: limited variety in Cal Poly’s general education requirements, convenience of outside classes and difficulty of classes at Cal Poly. “The basic premise is we know there’s a lot of it going
on,” Tietje said. “Because I run summer term, the biggest explanation is that as an institution, Cal Poly has not embraced online.” This coming summer, Cal Poly has only four online courses scheduled. “While other community colleges and CSUs are offering far more online courses, students who want to travel or go home or do internships are more attracted to those programs,” he said. Students heading home and conveniently taking local community college courses is also a factor, Tietje said. “So whether they do it faceto-face or whether they do it online, they’re opting for those courses,” he said. But according to a GE student survey sent out in February, students don’t prefer online options, said Josh Machamer, chair of the Academic Senate General Education Governance Board. “Online classes was fairly low in terms of the things that prompted narratives of what could GE be doing better for the most part,” Machamer said. “It’s interesting that both the things that could be improved and that students liked the most was the sense of flexibility and variety of classes, and we’re in the process of trying to quantify that information.” The variety of Cal Poly’s GEs — some of which are quite narrow, according to Tietje — could also play a part in the lack of students taking courses at Cal Poly. For example, GE area C2
at Cal Poly is defined as philosophy (writing intensive), whereas at other community colleges, it includes a broader list of courses under the definition of humanities such as literature, philosophy or languages other than English. During the past five summers, from 2009 to 2013, 1,003 students satisfied their C2 requirement by transfer coursework. “If you go to ASSIST.org, Hancock offers 27 courses that satisfy C2,” Tietje said. “Cal Poly faculty is choosing to limit that in a very narrow way because they’d argue that other courses aren’t as meaningful … but that’s part of the reason students take it elsewhere.” In addition, competition from community colleges continues to make it difficult for Cal Poly to run courses during summer. Because summer session is self-supporting, meaning it’s not subsidized by state dollars, there are fixed costs attached to the courses, Tietje said. “When you look at what students are paying, you have to have a certain number of students in that class for it to break even,” he said. “That number is usually at least 20 students … so if you’re facing that challenge and meanwhile Cuesta or Hancock or others are offering courses for much cheaper, it becomes more difficult for us to hit breakeven.” Recently, the mechanical engineering department noted an increased amount of students taking classes
500 APPROXIMATE PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COURSES TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY FROM 2006 TO 2012.
COURTESY PHOTO | THE CUESTONIAN
CROSSTOWN RIVAL | Community colleges make it hard for Cal Poly to offer summer classes. outside Cal Poly — typically general education courses. Many Cal Poly faculty started to wonder if the cost of Cal Poly’s summer program was driving students away or if it was the challenging courses, mechanical engineering professor James LoCascio said. “We started noticing the (junior college) advertisements — I’m sure you’ve seen Cuesta — and realized we can’t compete,” he said. “Not only are students thinking they’re saving money, but now they’re telling each other which general education course at which junior college is easiest.” The “saddest part,” he added, is students are discounting the value of general education.
Tietje has also heard many students say taking classes at community colleges is less of a challenge. “In this specific case, you have a writing-intensive philosophy course in comparison to an online class, where you can possibly do little work and still transfer it,” he said. “While I believe that students might be doing so because it’s easier, I also believe that Cal Poly students, at the deepest level of motivation, value the academic challenge.” If the price was closer, Tietje thinks students would be willing to pay a little more for a Cal Poly class. “I bet you, if the price was closer, they would want to pay more and would be up for the challenge,” he said.
“But it’s so far-fetched — $60 a unit vs. the summer cost of $289 a unit here — so the price differential is big, we don’t offer it online and we’ve made it so specific that it’s harder to take here.” The specificity of general education courses, Tietje said, might just be the breaking point. “My biggest takeaway is that I embrace the comprehensive polytechnic theme, and thus I think there’s a great deal of value in our general education, but I think at times, we take it too far to specify it,” he said. “As a result, students find it easier to take classes with more variety outside of Cal Poly … in choosing to be so specific, we’re only hurting ourselves.”
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Thursday, May 8, 2014 PAIGE CROSS | MUSTANG NEWS
Local blues-folk band sets sail Brenna Swanston Most couples aren’t ready for a big commitment after just six months. New local blues and folk band Bonaventure, however, has a different story. James Statton and Joseph Fischer sat elbowto-elbow at local eatery and wine-tasting event Flavor of SLO this past Sunday, ready to tell the tale of how they joined musical forces. Their joking ease, tight performance abilities and natural music partnership might have fooled anyone into believing they were longtime friends. In truth, however, they’ve only known each other for half a year. Taking root The duo met in late 2013 while working as telemarketers for MINDBODY in San Luis Obispo. Statton was a recent Cal Poly graduate and Fischer had bounced from North Carolina
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to Santa Barbara to Arizona and, finally, San Luis Obispo. It wasn’t long before the two found a connection: music. “At that point, I was trying to do more with music, so I recorded a song and started pushing it out,” Statton said. “Joe heard it and he mentioned that we should jam someday, so I went over to his place and found out that he’s a really good musician.” They came together with different but complementary tastes in classic genres: Fischer liked Cat Stevens, Van Morrison and Paul Simon whereas Statton preferred Michael Jackson and James Brown. “If James could be one musician, he would be James Brown,” Fischer said. “Hands down,” Statton agreed. “But I’m pretty far from that.”
At their first jam session, as Fischer picked up a guitar and Statton stepped toward the microphone, Fischer threw out a spontaneous idea: covering Van Morrison’s “Moondance.” Fischer asked Statton if he could sing it. Statton said he thought so, and they went for it. “I hadn’t tested his vocals yet,” Fischer said. “But he just crushed it. He was all over it.” After that, Fischer said, Statton was clear about his intentions to keep playing together. “James was pretty set on it,” Fischer said. “It just worked out. We have similar music tastes. He has the voice, and I do the more technical stuff.” The twosome immediately began booking shows and seeking out open mic nights. They played at Kreuzberg, CA for both an open mic night and a full-length set, then opened for local band The Simple Parade for an event at a private residence. It was this simple, six-set show that confirmed their musical compatability — but not because they performed well. “We just played atrociously,” Fischer said. Statton agreed: “Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I forgot the words, and the chords, and the timing — it was just a lot of noise.” But their worst show became one of the most memorable, because it tested their chemistry, Fischer said. “When we got out of it, we were both just laughing,” he said. “And that’s when I was like, ‘You know, this is a good time.’” And to Bonaventure, that’s what matters most. “Whenever it stops being fun for us, we’re done,” Fischer said. “We’re definitely in it for the good time and being able to play music together and having friends that you can play with. We like having that environment rather than, ‘Oh, let’s make a lot of money.’” Statton agreed, but said if they do find a way to pay the bills with their music, they certainly wouldn’t complain. “We’re really open to actually pursuing something,” he said. “I have my mind set on it. I know both of us, if we could make a living playing music, (we) would definitely do that above other jobs.” “Oh, we’ll be rock stars by Thursday,” Fischer added.
Statton, laughing: “Oh, yeah. The Hollywood Bowl. If not, then we’re failures.” And maybe on some far-off Thursday, Statton and Fischer will achieve that goal, but for now, they’re focusing on recording and booking shows. In fact, the duo hopes to have a CD out by the end of June and spend the upcoming weekend recording — one of Statton’s favorite musical pastimes. “Maybe I was starved for attention as a child or something, but I like performing a lot,” he said. Getting musical However, Fischer’s sister, Kellye Vargas, however, said Statton’s childhood was all but attention-starved. “I would say he was the clown of our family,” said Vargas, who is two years older than her brother. “When he was in the room, he was making jokes and making us all laugh. He had a way of making everyone around him enjoy their time.” Statton, Vargas and their younger sister Marissa took seven years of piano lessons, starting at age 7, per their parents’ requirement, Vargas said. Statton didn’t seem to enjoy the lessons much, but after he finished them, his love for music became evident. Once Statton hit high school, he taught himself guitar and began writing his own music. “He was always very gifted and loved coming up with his own stuff,” Vargas said. “He has a really unique sound and gift of blending different genres, and his lyrics are very colorful as well.” Vargas could always envision her brother eventually becoming serious about his music. “I saw all these things that would make him a great musician and give him a platform as a unique artist,” she said. After years of watching him play small shows throughout high school, Vargas looked forward to seeing him play a bigger event at Flavor of SLO. “I’ve seen him in lots of little shows, or
see BONAVENTURE, pg 5.
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The Anthem to connect both audience and poet Kelly Trom @kttrom At most performances, the crowd erupts into loud applause to show appreciation and understanding. Upcoming poetry slam The Anthem will bring plenty of that, but what most poets strive for is a moment of silence. At least, that’s the goal of performing slam poet Tatyana Brown. “Spoken word has this amazing ability to make it so that everyone in the room is feeling the same thing at the same time,” Brown said. “Music does that in a loud chaotic, way. Spoken word can do that with silence.” On May 11 at 6 p.m., Brown will be joined by four other slam poets: returning champion “Simply Kat” McGill, Levi the Poet, Terisa Siagatonu and Sam Sax. Prentice Powell will emcee the event and perform one “calibration poem” to set the evening’s tone. The focus of slam poetry is an authentic connection between the audience and poet. Brown first got involved in slam poetry when she realized conventional workshops at her own college were not providing feedback for her to achieve that connection. “I was aware that my peers weren’t necessarily concerned if they were being relatable or accessible,” Brown said. “It seemed like the goal was to be as clever as possible instead of being as connected as possible.” She discovered slam poetry by watching a YouTube video of poet Marty McConnell performing. She watched the video over and over for ap-
Bonaventure continued from pg 4. playing worship in church — I’ve seen him in that genre,” she said. “But it’s exciting to see how he’s grown as a performer and how he expresses himself in front of a larger crowd and how he captivates his audience.” The event Vargas stood among other spectators as Statton and Fischer climbed onto the stage outside Jack House and Gardens, ready to play for an audience of vendors and wine-tasters. Statton and Fischer both picked up acoustic guitars, accompanied by two brand-spankingnew Bonaventure members: bassist Will Perschau and drummer Kyle Hodgkinson. They dressed simply, in Vnecks and jeans or shorts. Their footwear ranged from Rainbows to Clarks to nothing at all. A small glass of
proximately 20 minutes before she realized this form of poetry was something that appealed to her over the conventions of written poetry. Brown’s poetry is inspired mainly by her and others’ interactions with society’s presumptions and stereotypes. “I spend a lot of time thinking about the given expectations that people have of females, of poor people, queer people and how that both shapes me and gives me something to push back hard against,” Brown said. Her poems are a way for her to express herself and work through her own history. She hopes her work will inspire others to do the same. “I want people to walk away from my poems feeling empowered, feeling permission to speak their minds and take big risks, and challenge the assumptions of who they are meant to be in the world,” Brown said. Brown will share her poetry in at least the first two rounds of The Anthem. The poetry slam will take place in four rounds, the first two of which will have all poets perform two poems each. The third round will be the top two poets performing. Finally, there will be a victory round in which the chosen winner will perform one poem. Random members of the audience hold up scores for each poem, ultimately choosing the competition’s winner. “It is sort of interesting to have writers who really do this for a living getting scored by an audience of college students,” Brown said. “I feel like that is a really interesting angle and it is super humbling.” wine balanced atop their keyboard while they tuned, sound-checked and chatted. “This is just the soundcheck song, so don’t get too excited,” Statton warned as he began strumming the chord progression to “Fans” by Kings of Leon. Then, only moments later: “So for our first song, we’re gonna play the soundcheck song, except all the way through.” Bonaventure continued with “Fans,” showing off musical tightness beyond their mere months of experience playing together. They performed with a full sound, largely revolving around vocals and acoustic guitar, with their originals honing in on lyrics as well. “James’ ability to put words to music and to weave these deep, intricate scenes of life within the music he plays is really exciting,” Vargas said. And the stories aren’t just in their lyrics — even Bonaventure’s newly coined band name
SLAM DUNK | The Anthem will host poets Tatyana Brown (above), “Simply Kat” McGill, Levi the Poet, Terisa Siagatonu and Sam Sax. The Anthem committee member and English junior Hannah Wertzberger has been planning the event for month, contacting poets that have performed before and discovering new poets on YouTube in an attempt to find high-energy, talented performers. The poets involved all have diverse styles and themes — it’s not the type of poetry someone would be assigned in an English class. It is spoken in contemporary, relatable terms, according to Wertzberger. English senior Carly Demetre has been to The Anthem on several occasions. She is especially a fan of Brown’s work, particularly “The Breakup, 0r How To Move Into a House That Is On Fire.” has an anecdote behind it. Stealing a name The story is Fischer’s, dating back to his days working on sailboats and preparing them for launch at the Santa Barbara Harbor. “I got this job, and this lady doesn’t even ask for my last name or anything,” Fischer recalled. “She gives me keys to seven nice sailboats and says, ‘Go prep these for launch and get the sails out.’” Fischer did, resulting in a nine-hour work day in the blistering heat. At his shift’s end, he sprawled out on the final sailboat and reflected. “I’m sitting on this sailboat,” he said. “And I thought, ‘What if I just stopped and took this sailboat and left?’ My boss didn’t even know my last name. She didn’t know anything. She talked to me for, like, five minutes.” Fischer didn’t steal the boat, but he did remember its name: Bonaventure.
“Poetry can be seen as a performance in itself, and bringing this artistic form to the
stage really brings the words to life for me,” Demetre said. The Anthem will take
place in Chumash Auditorium this Sunday and is free for students.
“Spoken word has this amazing ability to make it so that everyone in the room is feeling the same thing at the same time.” TATYANA BROWN | SLAM POET
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Raise your glasses for American Craft Beer Week
Something’s Brewing Nick Larson and Jake Devincenzi @njlarson8 and @jake_devincenzi Kinesiology senior Nick Larson and aerospace engineering senior Jake Devincenzi are Mustang News beer columnists. What are you doing next week? Studying for midterms? Finishing up that senior project? Wrong. So wrong. If you thought you had plans next week that involved anything other than drinking beer, you need to cancel them. Like,
now. Put down your textbooks and pick up your pint glasses, because next week is the week. It is the culmination of 51 weeks of drinking and brewing. Every beer you’ve poured in the past year, every brew you’ve consumed, every last sip you’ve savored, have been preparing you for next week. “Why is next week so special?” you ask. Well, our young beer protégé, next week is the week your mama warned you about. It’s the one, the only … American Craft Beer Week. More American than a Bald Eagle pulling Saddam Hussein out of a hole by his
knickers whilst singing a duet of the national anthem with Abraham Lincoln and eating a piping-hot piece of apple pie, American Craft Beer Week is the week in May, right before the busy summer beer season, when craft beer lovers across America gather to enjoy the one thing we love most in this world: craft beer done the American way (the right way). Gone are the days of Europeans scoffing at American beer with jabs like, “How do you turn a German beer into an American beer? Drink it.” German beers are cute and all, but we prefer our IPAs
with an extra dose of Bald Eagle. Leave your pilsners at home and let’s celebrate. American Craft Beer Week began in 2006 when the Brewers Association realized, “Dang, we make good beer! Let’s have a holiday. Nay! Let’s have a holi-week.” In the years since, participation grew from 124 events in 2006 to more than 1,200 in 2013, with events spanning each and every state in our beautiful nation. So without further ado, let’s get into a few of the events we will be attending in the coming week of delicious beer glory. Hops on hops on hops We love hops more than the Easter bunny. The little flowers that give IPAs that delicious bitter taste you find yourself craving after a long day of studying are the only thing that keep us sane during these midterm-filled weeks. And since we owe so much to our tiny green friends, it’s time we celebrated them in all their glory. What better way to do so than with over 15 bitter-biting IPAs on tap at your favorite Amphibian
and Fruit Pub in downtown San Luis Obispo? Have you ever had the urge to numb each and every taste bud in your mouth? Well, this is the event for you. If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday, come kick it with us at Frog & Peach Pub and hop on the IPA bandwagon. Taps flow at noon. Be there. It may not be 4/20, but it’s high time San Luis Obispo got Stoned! News flash, San Luis Obispo: contrary to what Costco will have you believe, Stone Brewing Co. brews more than just an IPA. Gasp! Known for its arrogant and adventurous brews, Stone has been ranked in the top 10 craft breweries in the nation for years. It’s taken the nation by storm, and now it’s ready to do the same thing at Spike’s Pub. You know those 35-ish taps Spikes normally has from “around the world?” Sorry Belgium, this is AMERICAN Craft Beer Week. And in the spirit of America, Spike’s will have 35 Stone beers on tap. That’s right, sports fans, 35 different Stone beers. For all those computer science
majors, thats 100011 different taps. So leave those “Around the World” cards at home, throw on your American flag bro tank and come get Stoned with us this Monday night at Spike’s. Oh, and the Stone Brewmaster, Mitch Steele, will be there. So that’s cool. Pucker up — It’s gonna be a sour ride If you couldn’t tell from our past articles, or you are a newcomer to this awesome column, we happen to be large fans of sour beers. After an entire week of incredible beer events, May 17 tops them all with the greatest beer event known to man: Sour Fest. You thought Tax Day Sour Fest at Spike’s was impressive? Well, it was, but this will be just as awesome — if not better. Eureka!. 11 a.m. 31 sours on tap … Need we say more!? And it gets better. These are just the three events we are most excited for. There are beer-tivities happening every single night of Beer Week in San Luis Obispo. And to anyone who finds us at any of these events, we’ll buy you a beer. Cheers!
“More American than a Bald Eagle pulling Saddam Hussein out of a hole by his knickers whilst singing a duet of the National Anthem with Abraham Lincoln and eating a piping hot piece of apple pie ... ”
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When innovation goes wrong Zachary Antoyan is a political science senior and Mustang News liberal columnist. These views do not necessarily reflect the opinion or editorial coverage of Mustang News. Oh come on, six mini-Californias aren’t that bad of an idea. Just imagine how easy it would be to break into the political sphere of your new state. That’s, like, five new governor positions, 10 new U.S. Senator seats, and a handful of new U.S. Congressional spots, all totally up for grabs. And you know what that means for students? Internships, internships, indentured servitude to elected officials — I mean, internships! Hooray, more representation … All right, I can’t keep this up. So currently there is this guy, his name is Don — no wait, Tim — Draper, and he is this big Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Mr. Moneybags over here has played a major role in the successes of companies such as Skype and Hotmail — which is totally still relevant — so naturally, he feels entitled to use this background to make domestic policy. His proposal is
that we split up the Golden State into six smaller, more manageable states. Just for the chucklegoofs. The states include: Jefferson all the way at the top, which is practically Oregon; North California, with Sacramento in it; Silicon Valley, which includes San Francisco; Central California with Fresno, Bakersfield and Stockton (that’s the fun state); West California with Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and little old San Luis Obispo; and finally, South California, including San Diego and Orange County. His reasoning is as follows: “California, as it is, is ungovernable. It is more and more difficult for Sacramento to keep up with the social issues from the various regions of California. With six Californias, people will be closer to their state governments, and states can get a refresh.” I can see how such a big place with such a large budget and population size can be hard to govern; California state politics are notoriously convoluted. But Draper also believes issues around California today are systemic, or that they derive from a lack of representation. He wants
“You don’t come up with your best ideas after the third bong rip, and just because your idea is rooted in greater representation, doesn’t mean the government will be more responsive.” ZACHARY ANTOYAN | LIBERAL COLUMNIST
HOO continued from pg 1. But who is Hoo? The senior signal-caller has seemingly come out of nowhere to become, as his brother and teammate Michael Hoo said, “The heart and soul of the team, and the best catcher on the West Coast.” Not only can the catcher — who has sported a batting average north of .300 while batting out of the ninth spot in the lineup for much of this season — provide a hit when the Mustangs need it most, he also guides a pitching staff that has shut down the strongest offenses the Big West Conference has had to offer. It started in 2009, when the then-junior in high school was
surveying the collegiate athletics landscape for schools that might be interested. It came as a relief when Cal Poly, the school his older brother Michael had already committed to, reached out to Hoo in an effort to lure him to the Central Coast. His decision was cemented by the school’s strong academic reputation. “This is the tightest group I have ever been around — seniors are hanging out with freshmen, Hoo said. “Over the years, I have noticed the change, and this year’s team is special.” As a freshman, Hoo played in 31 games and committed only one error. As a catcher, he displays exceptional defense both with his lethal arm and his ability to provide
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the true progressive to split California so each state can compete with each other while being more responsive to local issues. Unfortunately for Draper, there is no link between his solution and the problems in California that he identifies. The measure’s website claims splitting California will increase jobs, provide better education, create more affordable housing, result in better water management and decrease the volume of congestive traffic. Look out, we’ve got the saving grace of policy over here. The funny thing is each one of these points is accompanied only by one supporting paragraph, and quite literally zero statistics or references. We have no guarantee that these benefits will come about as a result of this measure, and no facts to back up the claims. You don’t come up with your best ideas after the third bong rip, and just because your idea is rooted in greater representation, doesn’t mean the government
will be more responsive. More representation does not mean better government. Nor is this a reset for the proposed states. It’s not as if we make the split and then — poof — all fiscal responsibilities go away and each state has its own system of government automatically set up (i.e. a constitution, tax codes, a capitol and more). Poorer states such as Jefferson would inherit the budgetary issues of its area, leaving it alone to deal with them, while 20.8 percent of its constituency suffers in poverty. Meanwhile, Scrooge McDuck in the state of Silicon Valley only has to deal with where to plug in his Smart car. The wealth distribution between these two states would be astronomical, and the poorer states would be hard-pressed to find the tax revenue to close the gap in any way. I won’t make any claim about the rich wanting to distance themselves from
the poor, but with so little research to support claims of the benefit of this measure, we are left to determine Draper’s reasoning on our own. This is not an innovative solution, and Draper is a fool to think government can be run like a business, in which innovative solutions are used to increase a profit margin. Just because things don’t work doesn’t mean starting over is the solution. And even if you do pass it in California, good luck trying to get it passed at the federal level. I’m sure Democrats would be more than happy splitting up the 55 electoral votes that go Democrat in every presidential election. This is Zachary Antoyan, going placidly among the noise and haste, trying to remember what peace there may be in silence. Have a fantastic week, everyone.
a stable backstop for the occasional ball in the dirt. But while his defense was more than solid, Hoo struggled to adjust to the elite pitching the Cal Poly baseball team faces throughout its regular season schedule. His average ended up at .209. His sophomore season was a breakout year for Hoo. He nabbed first-team All-Big West Conference honors after hitting .377 in the last six weeks of the season while only committing five errors in 46 starts. But after a lukewarm junior season in which he split catching duties with Elliot Stewart, who is now the Director of Baseball Operations, Hoo was out to prove himself in his final season at Cal Poly. “He had a down year last
year,” Michael said. “He struggled a lot, he was really disappointed in the way that he played last year, and he took that upon himself to work hard in the offseason.” With the end of last year’s season still fresh in his mind — the team squandered a late lead in the Los Angeles Regional Tournament against eventual national champion UCLA — he knows his days donning a Cal Poly uniform are numbered. Hoo is poised to lead the Mustangs to the postseason for the second straight year. “It was a big learning experience,” Hoo said. “For a lot of these guys, it was our first time in regionals and it was such an awesome experience.,” Hoo Said. “We are
confident that we could do well, because we were in every game against UCLA. After that happened, we found our identity … We learned that we were better than them.” While the team’s “new identity” has served them well in a season with an increasing amount of national scrutiny, Hoo has been successful in adapting to his new role as an anchor for both the defense and the offense. His crucial dual role is the reason head coach Larry Lee said, “He is the most valuable player on the team. He is the one player that if you take out of our lineup, it would most affect us.” “(Chris) is the best defensive catcher I have had since I have been coaching,” Lee said. “Great receiver, great blocker, accurate thrower, works well with our pitchers, gives us coaches valuable information on opposing hitters in addition to being the hitter with the most meaningful RBIs for the team this season.” But instead of assuming the identity of a defense-first, offense-second catcher, Hoo has bloomed into an accomplished hitter who can spray the ball to both fields and “loves” hitting in clutch situations. “As a kid, I always wanted to be in those tough situations,” he said. “When I am out here now and it’s the same situation in real life, it is such an awesome thing, but you still have to keep it simple.”
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GOOD EYE | Senior catcher Chris Hoo has had a breakout season at the plate batting .308 with 34 RBIs heading into this weekend.
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No. 5 Cal Poly faces No. 16 UC Irvine in home finale Evan Morter @CPMustangSports The No. 5 Cal Poly baseball team will host arguably the biggest Big West series of the year this weekend as No. 16 UC Irvine travels to Baggett Stadium in a battle for first place in the conference standings. UC Irvine (33-14, 14-1 Big West) took advantage of the Mustangs’ recent four-game skid to take a 1.5 game lead over Cal Poly (39-9, 14-4) in the conference. Three of the Mustangs’ four losses last week came against conference foes, while the Anteaters have won 12 consecutive Big West games. Cal Poly remains in the top 10 nationally in four of the five major polls, and UC Irvine has moved as high as No. 16. The Mustangs relish the opportunity ahead, sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell said. “This is going to be the biggest series of the year for us,” he said. “It’s going to be the battle for the conference championship. Now that we’re back down, we have to prove ourselves again. We play our best baseball at home.” The team is on a mission to preserve its 25-2 home record and earn its first-ever regional bid at Baggett Stadium. “It’s a must,” head coach Larry Lee said. “To give us the best possible chance to be successful in the playoffs, that’s what we need to do. But our guys understand that, and it’s easier said than done.” The Mustangs are projected to host a regional round at Baggett Stadium, according to ESPN. All regional sites
will be announced on May 26 on ESPNU. As the club awaits Selection Monday, Cal Poly has three weeks and six conference games remaining, followed by a bye week to end the regular season. “It was a tough stretch to go through,” Lee said. “We lost our identity. We were always the hunters. We always played with a chip on
our shoulder and played for respect. But once we reached the so-called top or pinnacle, we kind of changed our personality and we didn’t respond to it very well.” Few teams make it through the year without a losing streak, but now that the Mustangs have experienced one, the team is thrilled to have made it out of the tunnel, Lee said.
“We’ve been resilient all year and it was good to get out of that funk as soon as possible, but we still have work ahead of us,” he said. The preparation for the Anteaters’ arrival will have to be well-rounded as the Cal Poly pitching staff allowed 26 runs during its streak and only scored nine in that stretch. Since then, the pitching staff
has allowed just eight runs, and the offense has produced 19 runs in three games. “Now we understand again who we are and what we want to accomplish,” Lee said. “We’re feeling good about ourselves again.” The last game of the series on Sunday will signal the final home game of the regular season as the Mustangs’ final four games will
be on the road, where they are 14-7 on the year. Friday night’s game will feature a pair of the Big West’s top pitchers as Cal Poly’s junior southpaw Matt Imhof (8-3, 2.47 ERA) will face Andrew Morales (8-0, 0.91 ERA) on the hill. Imhof is coming off his shortest career outing, while Morales boasts a spotless 18-0 record in his career at UC Irvine.
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IN THE ZONE | Junior right-hander Danny Zandona picked up his second win of the year with five scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory against Pepperdine on Tuesday night.
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Men’s tennis draws No. 6 UCLA in NCAA Tourney Jefferson P. Nolan @Jefferson_Nolan If the Cal Poly men’s tennis team is going to go all the way in the NCAA Tournament, it will eventually have to play the best. Predictably, the Mustangs drew No. 6 UCLA (22-3) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins, considered to have one of the top programs in the history of college tennis, will host four teams for the first two rounds of the 64-team bracket. In Cal Poly’s most recent clash with UCLA in 2013, the Mustangs fell early at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, 4-0. But as Cal Poly has proven in the latter part of the 2014 campaign, this year’s team has the potential to surprise a few people. Though head coach Nick Carless and his team hope for a different outcome than that of their last trip to Los Angeles, there’s no doubt the Mustangs have hit their stride. Last week, the Cal Poly men’s tennis team claimed their second Big West Championship in three years by defeating Hawaii 4-1 in Indian Wells, Calif. But as Cal Poly’s Naveen Beasley bounced the tennis ball to serve at match point, the junior’s hand would not stop shaking. “Before the point even started, I looked at my hand, and my racket was shaking uncontrollably,” Beasley said. “It was shaking so bad that I couldn’t make it stop. All I could do was just keep gripping the racket.” Beasley missed his first serve.
But after his fault, he put the ball in play, and after two returns, Pavel Liska’s shot was denied by the net. Beasley’s shaking hand relinquished his racket as he screamed to his teammates rushing the court. Following their Big West title, several Cal Poly tennis players were honored with awards. Ben Donovan: All-Big West First Team selection, Big West Freshman of the Year; Marco Comuzzo: All-Big West First Team selection; Jurgen De Jager: All-Big West First Team selection; Corey Pang and Devin Barber: second team doubles choice; Matt Thompson: honored with Comuzzo as first team doubles selection; head coach Nick Carless: Big West Coach of the Year. The only two left out were injured freshman Garrett Auproux and Beasley. But while a conference accolade would certainly be appreciated by the junior, Beasley insisted the greatest honor he could receive is winning for his teammates. “We’re playing for each other out there,” Beasley said. “When (my teammates) are encouraging each other, it’s not just for the banter of college tennis. It’s the actual wanting of each other to succeed. Not just on the tennis court, but in life. That desire pushes us to new levels to win championships.” Redshirt sophomore Devin Barber agreed the awards are humbling, but he insisted there is no other teammate of his he would rather have clinch a championship than Beasley. “The awards are great,
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NO. 1 | Senior Marco Comuzzo (left) finished the regular season with a 16-15 record, while junior Naveen Beasley (right) went 9-17. but Naveen doesn’t really need that,” Barber said. “Nobody cares because Naveen clinched the two biggest matches of the year for us. He gets to say that he clinched a conference championship. Nobody else
gets to say that.” But after celebrating their conference victory this past week, the men’s tennis team knows despite the beach weather in Southern California, they will be walking into a storm at the UCLA
tennis courts. “I think we are running into the most talented team in the country,” Carless said. “But this time of year, anything can happen. You realize you don’t have anything left to lose. (The Bruins) are amaz-
ing tennis players, but so are we. We are going to go down there, toss the tennis balls up, and we’ll see what happens.” The Mustangs will take on the Bruins at noon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Saturday.