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Cal Poly fraternities and sororities gathered in the University Union to promote their philanthropies on Thursday.
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FROM HOMEWORK TO ENTERTAINMENT, TECHNOLOGY INFILTRATES THE WAY STUDENTS LIVE THEIR LIVES. NOW, IT’S EVEN IMPACTING HOW THEY DATE. It all started with a hashtag. A few months ago, anthropology and geology senior Paige Hernandez uploaded a picture of the beach to Instagram with “#calpoly” in the description. Among the likes and comments from local friends, a Cal Poly alumnus living abroad had commented on her photo and said he was jealous of her and missed going to his alma mater, she said. During the next several months, the two would comment on and like each other’s photos. Then they began to message online, and eventually got each other’s phone numbers and now text and occasionally Skype from across the Atlantic Ocean. “I definitely still have a guard up when I talk to him because basically I’m still talking to a stranger, because we have never met,” she said. “He’s not being creepy or aggressive like most college guys are. He’s trying to be a good friend to me and he wants to keep finding out who I am, and maybe meet up one day.” Hernandez’s connection, sparked via Web communication, is not an unprecedented case. Millennials often converse through screens rather than faceto-face. A recent New York Times article examined how most of the initial stages in relationships of getting to know one another are developed within some kind of technology. In fact, a survey of young people in America found that 38 percent would cancel a date because of something found during online research, 28 percent said they’d dated someone they met online and 48 percent of women and 38 percent of men had researched a date on Facebook before meeting. Hernandez said Web interactions are an OK way to start making a connection with somebody, but she personally wouldn’t rely solely on technology, the Internet, Instagram or Facebook to foster a relationship. “It’s a good start to provide common ground and a safe way to talk to someone, but eventually you’re going to have to meet
Philanthropy was the word of the day this past Thursday, as Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic (PHA) and United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC) fraternities and sororities gathered in the University Union to raise awareness for charities. The organizations showcased each of their respective philanthropies to show being greek is more than any stigmas. USFC philanthropy vice president and political science senior Adriana Vasquez said greeks agree there is a negative stigma toward fraternities and sororities, and while those negative aspects do exist, there are also positive components. “With anything, there is good and bad,” she said. “We
and develop a relationship in person,” Hernandez said. Mostly, interacting through technology allows people to circumvent conflict. Hernandez said texting becomes a crutch to say things when she’s upset, or for other people to send her messages that share emotions and feelings, she said. It’s easy to be guarded when texting somebody because emotions aren’t exchanged face-to-face. “When I’m upset with someone and tell them my feelings in a text message, that person has the ability to not respond, or they can send a message saying we can talk once I cool down,” she said. “Essentially, you are just getting out of the situation because you know you can; the conversation is just swept under the rug.” Assistant psychology professor Jason Williams said there are two reasons why people like communication via text messages versus face-to-face: first, it reduces anxiety, and second, it allows for time to craft exactly what the user wants to say. Conversations through technology allow for a low level of risk, he said. It deflects anxiety and gives people the opportunity to write with a lot of ambiguity. For instance, someone can invite another person on a date, but bury the invitation in JASON WILLIAMS the message so much so that ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR the person on the other end isn’t sure if they have really been asked out, he said. “You can craft a persona more easily to what you think someone will be attracted to,” Williams said. “If you have time to think of a lie, you’re going to do it.” Williams said it is interesting that the tools used to help people communicate more actually result in people communicating less. Messages are direct and to the point, so impromptu conversations rarely evolve during non-face-to-face
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The resignation of two executive board members led to Cal Poly Panhellenic Council restructuring at the beginning of the quarter, but the organization’s new leaders are hoping to keep moving forward in spite of the changes. “It was a minor setback, but the women really rallied and powered through it,” Cal Poly Student Life and Leadership fraternity and sorority life coordinator Diego Silva said. “We are back to fulfilling our goals for the year.” Silva has taken over for former Panhellenic adviser Renoda Campbell, who —
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want to inform the community that we do service, and it’s not because we have to, but because we want to.” Every Cal Poly fraternity and sorority does philanthropic work with a specific humanitarian foundation. The event showed Cal Poly’s campus the charitable work greek life does, but it was also a way for the greeks to unify, support one another and share the spirit of volunteering. And that “love to give back” resulted in some big bucks during the past few years. Chi Omega sorority raised $22,000 last year through fundraising and gave all proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in San Luis Obispo County. So far this
after serving on the council for five years — left to take a position in Cal Poly Student Academic Services in January. In his capacity as greek life coordinator, Silva said he had worked closely with Campbell for years, so it was natural for him to take over. “I was second in command,” he said. Silva himself has worked in greek life on campus since January 2011, and worked previously as a consultant for the Sigma Nu fraternity at the national headquarter level. He said he will be filling in as adviser until they find a new person to fill the position. Campbell wasn’t the only see PANHELLENIC, pg. 2
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interactions, he said. “They limit the scope of interactions to get what information people want,” Williams said. “We lose incidental interactions to talk about real things. Efficiency may not be the best for interactions.” Cell phones and the Internet are not just a common place to socialize once a person has met someone, but are also frequently used to meet for the first time. Business administration senior Tyler Prone uses the dating app Tinder. Tinder is a flirtatious app that connects user profiles through Facebook. Tinder profiles have a capacity of up to five pictures, along with a short written profile. The simple interface allows users to view other users’ profiles. If the user finds that profile unappealing, a quick swipe to the
left and the words “Nope” are splattered onto the picture. A swipe to the right means a profile is liked. If both users end up liking each others’ profiles, a chat room is opened where the two can message and meet up. Prone was showing the app to some friends at a party when he came across the profile of a girl who was standing in the same room. “I knew of her and I thought it was hilarious, and her pictures were kind of revealing, so I walked over and said I liked her Tinder pics,” Prone said. “She laughed, but at the same time she seemed kind of embarrassed.” However, Prone did not feel a spark with the woman when they met in person, he said. Generally, Prone dislikes using social media to meet people because they are devices to make people look cooler than they really are, she said. “It’s a great way to break the ice, but it’s a little odd,” he said.
Monday, March 4, 2013 “It’s all very superficial and for aesthetics, especially for dating and looks. And because I know this, it’s hard for me to take social media seriously.” While it’s easy to whip a phone out of the pocket and fire off messages to serenade a potential lover, some students still thrive on human interaction. Economics senior David Silveira said he has no excuse to not meet women in a traditional, in-person way. Face-to-face introductions are a lost art, he said. People rely heavily on social media and electronic communication and no one knows how to approach someone and engage in a conversation and look people in the eye. “Everyone is hesitant to say things or afraid to look and sound stupid, but you can send a text message to say whatever you want,” Silveira said. “It’s kind of like taking advantage of the system.” Anxiety and stress are nor-
mal feelings when trying to get to know someone, Silveira said. People should be feeling these emotions and need to deal with them, but people want to rely on social media, drugs or alcohol, he said. “College in itself is a real life social networking site,” Silveira said. “You have so much opportunity to meet people, the classrooms, house parties and the downtown scene — take advantage of what’s in front of your face.” Women’s and gender studies professor Jane Lehr argues that exchanging messages through technology allows people to take preemptive steps before initiating conversations, but premeditated actions prior to meeting a potential suitor are not a new thing. Someone can be very conscious of the clothes they are wearing and the things they will say before meeting someone in person to convey a certain identity, she said. “It’s inaccurate to think
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year, Chi Omega has accumulated another $22,000 and is trying to exceed the amount, according to agribusiness sophomore Megan Carmazzi. “I wish people could see there is much more to greek life then what’s reported,” she said. “We are all very passionate about philanthropy.” The types of organizations paired with individual fraternities or sororities are eclectic, and some greek philanthropic hands reach across borders. Latin-interest sorority Lambda Theta Alpha, with the aid of the Corazon de Vida Foundation, developed a
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resignation to impact the council that month. Recently elected Panhellenic president Melissa Smitheram also chose to resign in January. The nutrition junior had been installed into her position at the end of fall quarter, following an election in November, but at the beginning of winter quarter announced she could not continue in her role because of personal matters. “She was unable to fulfill her duties fully to her attention,” now-president Anca Todor said of Smitheram’s decision. At a Jan. 24 panel meeting, delegates agreed Smitheram’s
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face-to-face is pure interaction,” Lehr said. “We are always trying to position ourselves and constructing different pathways for people to get to know us.” Lehr said people can fall in love over email exchanges or video chatting through Skype, but finding a potential longterm relationship is not the norm of how technology is used today. “Managing what you want to know, the types of material and information people end up exposing, it changes disclosure,” she said. “Basically, you are fully disclosed
when you add somebody as a friend. But it’s also a really fantastic opportunity to be playful and to explore and engage with people.” Facebook allows a person who’s been accepted as a friend to delve into all of the personal information someone presents on their profile, Lehr said. This amount of unexposed and free information about a person is a unique attribution to dating in the 21st century. “The meditation isn’t different, but rather the levels of information and the amount of control,” Lehr said. “We are losing control.”
program called “Backpacks 4 Kidz,” which sends backpacks filled with school supplies, basic toiletries and toys to children at Casa Hogar Ebenezer Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Psychology junior Jasmine Rubalcava said she appreciates how other organizations helped Lambda Theta Alpha establish “Backpacks 4 Kidz.” “We all united for this philanthropy and it feels really good to help others in need,” she said. “We try not to think about ourselves and incorporate others even if they aren’t near us.” Other greek philanthropy groups shed light on problems for minorities. USFC fraternity Lambda Phi Epsilon works with the Asian
American Donation Program to raise awareness about the needs for minorities to be marrow donors. The fraternity’s interest was sparked when a brother from another chapter was diagnosed with leukemia, computer science senior Peter Tran said. Ethnicity plays a big role in finding donors, and right now there are predominantly Caucasians in the registry, he said. Members of Lambda Phi Epsilon volunteer by teaching minorities the importance of registering to help other minorities in need find a proper match, Tran said. “Just being on campus is a privilege already, so why not give back to the campus and community,” Tran said.
role would be taken over by Todor, an economics junior and council vice president. They also voted to make Kelly O’Rouke — the then-council secretary — the new vice president. “Of course we had become close as a board, and we were sad to see her go,” Todor said. “But we decided to support her decision and act quickly to proceed because we are so early in the school year.” The announcement came as a surprise to Silva as well. “It was definitely unexpected, but we respected her decision for doing so and her privacy for why,” he said. So far, the transition has gone over well, Vice President for Public Relations Danielle Durante said. “I would say everyone was
very supportive and understanding because all of us were elected by all of the houses,” Durante, a business administration sophomore, said. “They had faith in us that we would proceed well.” Both Durante and Todor said the executive board has a lot of plans for the upcoming year. They have been working closely with the Pride, Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention and Gender Equity centers. “One of our goals is to become really involved with the clubs on campus: reach out to non-greek organizations and support the community,” Todor said. Jessica Burger contributed to this staff report.
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Rodman to Obama: Call Kim Jong Un JEFFRY BARTASH MarketWatch
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has a few words of advice for President Barack Obama: Give North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a call.
They also shared a long dinner. “He’s a great guy. He’s just a great guy,” said Rodman, a former NBA rebounding champ known as “The Worm.” Rodman, 51, said Obama and Kim could use their shared love of basketball to break the ice.
(Kim Jung Un is) a great guy. He’s just a great guy. “Pretty tough right now. I just joined a fraternity and that’s hard to balance with classes.” • Ian Leonard civil engineering freshman
“I’m only taking two classes, so it’s going pretty well.” • Katelyn Beer political science senior
DENNIS RODMAN FORMER NBA PLAYER
Just back from a surprise trip to North Korea, Rodman appeared on the Sunday morning news show “This Week” to discuss the results of his visit. He said Kim Jong Un doesn’t want war with the U.S. and that the North Korean leader wants to open a direct line of communications to the White House. “He wants Obama to do one thing. Call him,” Rodman said. ‘“I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.” Rodman palled around with the North Korean dictator for several days last week, watching a basketball game with the Harlem Globetrotters, visiting an aquarium and going ice skating.
Bakersfield woman dies after nurse refuses CPR HAILEY BRANSON-POTTS Los Angeles Times
“It’s going.” • Brad Ludwig bioresource and agricultural engineering sophomore
“It’s going well because I don’t have class on Fridays.” • Tyler Huff philosophy freshman
“He loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, “Obama loves basketball.’ Let’s start there,” Rodman said. Asked about the repressive nature of the North Korean regime, Rodman said he didn’t condone Kim’s actions but he also offered a defense. “The kid is only 28 years old. He is not his dad. He is not his grandfather,” Rodman said. “He is 28 years old.” Kim’s father, Kim Jong II, and his grandfather, Kim II Sung, ruled North Korea since its creation in 1948. Kim Jong Un took over after his father MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE died in 2011. His exact age is unknown, but he’s thought to Former NBA player Dennis Rodman (top), visited North Korea on Thursday and met with be 30 or slightly younger. the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Un (bottom).
Fire dispatcher Tracey Halvorson pleaded with the woman on the other end of the line to start CPR on an elderly woman who was barely breathing in Bakersfield, Calif. “It’s a human being,” Halvorson said, speaking quickly. “Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?” The woman paused. “Um, not at this time.” According to a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department, the woman told Halvorson that she was a nurse at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in Bakersfield. But the nurse refused to give the woman CPR as directed by the dispatcher, saying it was against the facility’s policy for staff to do so, according to the tape. The elderly woman was identified by KGET-TV Channel 17 as 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless. She died Tuesday at Mercy Southwest Hospital, the station reported. Jeffrey Toomer, executive director of Glenwood Gardens, issued a statement on behalf of the facility, extending his sympathies to the Bayless family. But Toomer also de-
fended the nurse, saying she followed policy. “In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives,” he said. “That is the protocol we followed. As with any incident involving a resident, we will conduct a thorough internal review of this matter, but we have no further comments at this time.” On the tape, a different Glenwood Gardens employee said that an elderly woman had passed out in the facility’s dining room while eating. She was barely breathing and, according to KGET-TV, did not have a do-not-resuscitate order. For the next several minutes, Halvorson begged the nurse to begin CPR, saying something had to be done before an ambulance arrived. After the nurse repeatedly refused, Halvorson asked her to find a passerby or anyone who would be willing to help. Halvorson said she would talk someone through performing CPR. “I understand if your facility is not willing to do that,”
Halvorson told the nurse. “Give the phone to that passerby, that stranger ... this woman’s not breathing enough. ... She’s going to die if we don’t get this started. ... I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient.” The nurse could be heard talking to someone else at the facility. “She’s yelling at me,” she said of Halvorson, “and saying we have to have one of our residents perform CPR. I’m feeling stressed, and I’m not going to do that, make that call.” When Halvorson asked the nurse if she was going to let the woman die, the nurse said, “That’s why we called 911.” After a few minutes, the nurse said the ambulance had arrived. The tape ended with Halvorson sighing. Bakersfield Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza said Halvorson followed protocol and that dispatchers give CPR instructions over the phone numerous times each year. Bayless’ daughter told KGET that she was a nurse and was satisfied with her mother’s care at Glenwood Gardens, the station reported.
Queen Elizabeth II hospitalized MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to a London hospital Sunday with symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace said. “This is a precautionary measure,” said a spokesman for the queen. “She was not taken into hospital immediately after feeling the symptoms. This is simply to enable
doctors to better assess her.” Elizabeth, 86, is expected to stay in King Edward VIII Hospital hospital for two days. She canceled a planned visit to Wales on Friday after complaining of intestinal problems and stayed in Windsor for the weekend. She had been expected to fly with her husband, Prince Philip, for a two-day visit to Rome this week.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Art After Dark includes Cal Poly ARYN SANDERSON
A salon, chocolate shop and pub were only some of more than 20 nontraditional-venues-turned-art-galleries featured in Friday’s Art After Dark event. But maybe the most surprising stop at ARTS Obispo’s Art After Dark was the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center (PAC). For the first time in Art After Dark’s 12-year history, the PAC was converted into a featured gallery. Melody Klemin, outreach services director for the PAC, said the venue and ARTS Obispo began brainstorming the collaboration more than a year ago. “It came together as kind of this perfect storm of factors,”
Klemin said. “We’ve been wanting to partner with ARTS Obispo for a while because we serve the same target population. And although Art After Dark has generally just been about visual art downtown, the arts council wanted to break into more performing arts as well.” Klemin said the PAC was already going to have the Cal Poly Jazz Band’s open rehearsal at the same time, so everything fell into place seamlessly. Then the management team found out it was also Arts Education Month. “We thought, ‘Oh man, perfect,’” Klemin said. Along with complimentary Cal Poly wine and hors d’oeuvres that included Cal Poly chocolates, the PAC provided a free shuttle service.
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Local artist and Paso Robles Art Association member William Tuck was the featured artist at the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center’s debut Art After Dark exhibit on Friday. The shuttle ran in a loop from the PAC to downtown throughout the night. Patrons were encouraged to park in the Grand Avenue structure, start their art tour at the PAC and then continue their tour via the shuttle. Bre Goetz, an academic adviser for the College of Liberal Arts, supported the addition of the PAC to the monthly art trek. “I haven’t been back to Art After Dark in years, since I was a student at Cal Poly, but I know one of the coordinators,” Goetz said. “There’s free food and drink, and it’s
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on campus this time, which is a very convenient location.” Although Goetz is not a habitual Art After Dark patron, the regulars agreed with her. Psychology junior Lorin Farr has attended Art After Dark monthly since her freshman year. “It’s got a small community feel,” she said. “I’m biking from here to downtown, but it’s still nice to start at the PAC. It’s an easy meeting place, and the shuttle’s a good idea too.” Art After Dark attendees such as Goetz and Farr converged upon the PAC’s Rossi Grand
Library to see a collection of student works from the Cal Poly University Art Gallery and local artist William Tuck’s watercolors, landscapes and still-life paintings. After retiring from a position with the Department of Defense, Tuck turned back to art, his first passion. When Tuck, a member of the Paso Robles Art Association, found out he was chosen as the Performing Arts Center’s featured artist, he was humbled. “Quite frankly, I was honored by my selection,” Tuck said. Tuck’s artwork is diverse
with abstracts, landscapes, political pieces and introspective works. “They’re like my children,” he said. “You don’t just have a favorite.” Still, Tuck is partial to “The Road Narrows,” an abstract watercolor that represents the idea of aging. “‘The Road Narrows’ is about exactly that,” he said. “When you’re young, you’ve got the whole world ahead of you, and as you grow older, things start to narrow out. You have all the options while you’re young, but you find your path.”
Monday, March 4, 2013
Supergroup Atoms for Peace runs ‘Amok’ Super from the start
Kyle Loomis is a journalism senior and Mustang Daily music columnist. Whenever a supergroup forms, the music community holds its collective breath, wondering whether this new conglomerate will blow our minds, or if it will be another example of what typically happens when you have too much of a good thing. On Feb. 25, I was trying to decide which category Atoms for Peace’s debut album, “Amok” (XL Recordings), falls into. After a week of scrutiny, I’m still not sure. What I do know is this indecisiveness does not bode well for the album’s chances of appraisal. The term “supergroup” was coined many years ago to define bands or groups of artists who have already become famous with other acts or as a solo artist. Case in point: Atoms for Peace, which consists of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, R.E.M. drummer Joey Waronker and Brazilian instrumentalist Mauro Refosco. Yorke’s most noteworthy side project before Atoms, his 2006 brainchild album “The Eraser,” was not as dynamic as the best of Radiohead, though Yorke was commended by critics for his artistic ventures into a heavily synthetic, tremulous and bizarre world only found far outside the box. “Amok” takes you to the same faraway places as “The Eraser,” but with more texture, and more mass. Many of the album’s tracks were developed by Yorke and Godrich in 2009 and 2010, around the time when the
polyPHONIC non-Radiohead-originated band members only had time for a handful of performances, often under the name “Thom Yorke????” At Coachella 2010, I had not even realized I was listening to Flea, Waronker and Refosco materializing Yorke and Godrich’s synth shadows into full-bodied vessels, through which listeners are able to probe the deep abyss of Yorke’s universe, rather than waft aimlessly without embarkation nor destination. Though Flea’s bass playing and the others’ percussion provide some substance to tracks driven by Yorke’s hushed, diffident vocals and distorted, fuzzy (sometimes spacey) synthesizers. The densely layered and heavily produced results are reminiscent of psychedelic ambience, as if Radiohead’s “Kid A” (2000) had a baby with any Aphex Twin song. Unfortunately, “Amok” is artistically intriguing at best, falling short of the “Holy sh*t!” level of expectation that comes with forming an “all-star cast” of musicians. Yorke, while as delightfully cryptic lyrically as ever, doesn’t dominate the tracks with the same vocal gravitas that propels Radiohead songs forward. And Flea’s
Yorke and company aren’t the first supergroup experiment. Atoms for Peace is just one of the latest collaboration projects that have been attempted by artists. Some supergroups are hugely successful, commanding massive fan bases and changing the face of music, while others turn out to epic disappointments (sorry, Audioslave). Here are five supergroups that were a great idea.
1. Traveling Wilburys Shame on you if you don’t know about the Traveling Wilburys. This group, formed in the late ’80s by Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, produced two albums. Known for hit singles such as “Handle With Care” and “End of the Line,” the Traveling Wilburys was a folk-rock band that boasted the best qualities of its members: Dylan’s songwriting, Harrison’s guitar, Orbison’s and Petty’s vocals and Lynne’s utility as a multi-instrumentalist.
2. Them Crooked Vultures
Thom Yorke distances himself from the funky, slap-alicious bass lines the Chili Peppers are known for — which leaves “Amok” rhythmically complex, but lacking spice. Nevertheless, Atoms for Peace is definitely worth checking out if you are a Radiohead fan. The album’s title track is a post-apocalyptic jam with space-odyssey drones and a strut-style rhythm. “Judge Jury and Executioner” adds some rare organic sounds with acoustic guitar to Yorke’s highregister crooning. “Dropped” illustrates a sci-fi carnival of noise with insistent synthesizers, an exotic drum beat and a melodic bassline. See the sidebar to the right for other supergroups that found the winning formula.
Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) made a huge splash in 2009 when they announced the formation of Them Crooked Vultures, a hard, blues-rock supergroup that released one self-titled album in 2009. The band toured that year and the following year, including a number of festival appearances. The group won a Grammy for best hard rock performance for the track “New Fang.” Other great jams are “Mind Eraser, No Chaser” and “Scumbag Blues.”
3. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) CSNY is a textbook example of a supergroup that has reached the highest level of success possible, because its members have become more known for this act than their past bands (except for Neil Young, who is separated from the group more often than not). For those of us not alive before CSNY was formed, it’s easy to never realize Graham Nash was a member of the Hollies, David Crosby a member of the Byrds, and Stephen Stills a member of Buffalo Springfield. One day they discovered how well their voices harmonized and rock ‘n’ roll was never the same.
4. Blind Faith Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton is so talented that any band he was with remains a staple in the rock music community today: Cream, the Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominoes, his solo career and Blind Faith are only some of his associated acts. Clapton formed Blind Faith with Traffic’s Steve Winwood, Cream’s Ginger Baker and Family’s Ric Grech to make only one (amazing) self-titled album in 1969.
5. The Postal Service The Postal Service features the vocal and instrumental talents of Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, producer Jimmy Tamborello (known on stage as Dntel) and Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. Hipsters rejoiced when the trio of indie artists released its first and only album, “Give Up,” in 2003, with the memorable track “Such Great Heights.” The supergroup recently released a new track, “A Tattered Line of String,” and will be touring this year, including stops at Coachella and the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo on April 12.
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Obama gets dangerous with defense HOWARD P. “BUCK” MCKEON
Los Angeles Times
Mindful of the repeated rounds of cuts the military has already endured, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, recently delivered a grim warning: “If you want (the military) to be doing what it’s doing today, then we can’t give you another dollar.” His worries reflect reductions that started in 2009 and have reached crippling levels, even in President Obama’s proposals to avert sequestration. I take the general at his word, but I am concerned that the president does not. Sequester hurts national security, not just because 50 percent of the cuts fall on the military’s 18 percent share of the overall budget but because the Pentagon has been the only place the president is willing to cut. For four years he has mismanaged our nation’s most vital resource, our uniformed military, fomenting the sequester-inspired readiness crisis it faces today. His actions, his underresourced strategies, accelerated withdrawal plans and lead-from-behind policies have left the Pentagon far less able to shoulder the burden of another 10 percent cut. The wide swath of missions Dempsey referred to benefit Americans in varied ways. Some are obvious, like fighting ter-
rorism; some are subtler, like patrolling our airspace and shoring up our economic security by keeping vital avenues of commerce free — on the seas and in space and cyberspace. Those are missions the military should be able to perform without putting undue stress on the armed services as a whole. Actually, I want them to be fully prepared if they are called on to do much more. While there is no question the Pentagon was long overdue for a housecleaning, we have cut down so rapidly and so blindly that we’re in danger of breaking the back of the force. And, perhaps more important, the sequester will cripple our military’s ability to fulfill its primary role: to keep this nation out of war. Already, Pentagon planners are going through the laundry list of missions that could be cut. The Navy has been forced to keep a carrier in port rather than send it on a scheduled deployment to the Middle East. That message is not lost on the Iranians. Sequestration manifests itself in less prominent but no less potent ways. For example,
tons of illegal narcotics are intercepted annually by military patrols in the Caribbean. The Navy is now shuttering operations that will leave the door open for those drugs to find their way to America’s suburbs. The Navy may also have to curtail its ballistic missile defense patrols — even as North Korea successfully launched a missile into space in December and conducted a nuclear test in recent weeks. The Air Force will be hit so hard, its leadership is being forced to cut flight hours for air crews. If they cannot train adequately enough to deploy, our pilots may well be grounded during the next national crisis. The Marine Corps faces an equally dire outlook, where cuts are so deep we risk losing the Marines as a deployable force. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, warned in congressional testimony that because there will be no amphibious ready group around Africa, the Marines can no longer provide quick-reaction support to our embassies there. The next time America needs to call 911, we may not be able to call in the Marines.
The Army faces similar challenges, as do the industries that support the Defense Department. In California alone, it is estimated that we could lose 126,000 private sector jobs, 20,000 active-duty military jobs and more than 15,000 civilian Defense Department jobs. I have spent the last year and a half talking with my constituents who will be directly affected by these cuts. It is unbelievable that the president would support a plan that would dissolve a highly skilled and dedicated workforce at installations such as the Antelope Valley’s Plant 42. Remember, many workers in California and across the nation have lost their jobs because of previous dramatic defense cuts. Sequester only adds to this pain. That brings us to a choice. If there were a proposal on the table that spared the troops and heeded Dempsey’s warning of not a dollar more from t h e
armed forces, I would ask House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to consider it. But after cutting defense three times, the president’s solution to replacing sequester means another $250 billion out of the armed forces and more taxes. The choice the American people are being given is “break the military” or “break the military and new taxes.” Let’s be clear: Even if the president were given every dollar in new taxes he has requested, it wouldn’t make a difference in our national debt. Entitlement programs will continue to grow out of control, and the amount we spend on interest to service the debt soon will start to outpace even what we spend on the military. The cuts he continues to insist on, while below the level of sequestration, are still severe enough to hollow out our force. This approach forces me to conclude that the president, for all his stump speeches and props, wants the sequester to happen. The president is forcing America to indulge him in this dangerous experiment with national security. It is unworthy of the sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands in uniform whom he has directed into harm’s way over the last four years. It is a reckless experiment when one takes stock of the growing threats and commitments that occupy our forces around the world.
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Tax hikes take over 2013 ROBERT BLUEY
The Heritage Foundation
President Obama is crisscrossing the country to scare Americans about sequestration. But what are really frightening are the 13 Obama tax hikes that took effect in 2013. These tax increases, which range from new health-care taxes to a payroll tax hike on workers, will slow the economy. Incoming Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint has noted that these tax hikes have the potential to cause more harm than the budget cuts that will happen as a result of sequestration. “The policies the president has in place, especially the tax increases that just got in, are going to hurt our economy, probably actually bring it down. “The president is desperate to blame it on Republicans. He wants to blame it on a reduction in government spending. But the taxes are taking almost two-anda-half times more out of the economy than this sequester will.” So how do the tax hikes compare to sequestration? It’s a whopping $149.7 billion in taxes vs. $85 billion in spending cuts. Tax increases take money out of the economy that could have been spent on hiring workers and
they change the incentives against productive work and investment, which slows growth over the long term. We don’t expect Obama to mention these tax increases as he campaigns against the sequester. But consider this list of Obama’s 13 tax hikes, which was put together by Curtis Dubay, a senior policy analyst at Heritage: Tax increases the fiscal cliff deal allowed: 1. Payroll tax: increase in the Social Security portion of the payroll tax from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent for workers. This hits all Americans earning a paycheck — not just the “wealthy.” For example, The Wall Street Journal calculated that the “typical U.S. family earning $50,000 a year” will lose “an annual income boost of $1,000.” 2. Top marginal tax rate: increase from 35 percent to 39.6 percent for taxable incomes over $450,000 ($400,000 for single filers). 3. Phase out of personal exemptions for adjusted gross income (AGI) over $300,000 ($250,000 for single filers). 4. Phase down of itemized deductions for AGI over $300,000 ($250,000 for single filers). 5. Tax rates on investment: increase in the rate on dividends and capital gains from 15 percent
to 20 percent for taxable incomes over $450,000 ($400,000 for single filers). 6. Death tax: increase in the rate (on estates larger than $5 million) from 35 percent to 40 percent. 7. Taxes on business investment: expiration of full expensing — the immediate deduction of capital purchases by businesses. Health-care tax increases that took effect: 8. Another investment tax increase: 3.8 percent surtax on investment income for taxpayers with taxable income exceeding $250,000 ($200,000 for singles). 9. Another payroll tax hike: 0.9 percent increase in the Hospital Insurance portion of the payroll tax for incomes over $250,000 ($200,000 for single filers). 10. Medical device tax: 2.3 percent excise tax paid by medical device manufacturers and importers on all their sales. 11. Reducing the income tax deduction for individuals’ medical expenses. 12. Elimination of the corporate income tax deduction for expenses related to the Medicare Part D subsidy. 13. Limitation of the corporate income tax deduction for compensation that health insurance companies pay to their executives.
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Monday, March 4, 2013
Weekend recap: basketball teams go 4-0
Lotito captures Pac-12 title in freshman season MUSTANG DAILY STAFF REPORT
Five Cal Poly teams competed on the road this weekend to come away with a total of seven victories and an individual Pac-12 championship. Men’s basketball The men’s basketball team has started to win on the road just in time for the Big West Tournament. Having won just two games away from Mott Athlet-
ics Center going into this past weekend, the Mustangs (15-12, 10-6 Big West) won two away games against Cal State Northridge and Hawaii. The victories moved Cal Poly into a tie for third place in the Big West standings with two games remaining in the regular season. The Mustangs raced away from Cal State Northridge on Thursday night with the help of a record-setting performance from beyond the arc. Cal Poly hit 12-of-15 3-pointers against the Matadors, the highest percent-
age made in program history, and won 81-61. Senior Dylan Royer led the way from long distance, hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers on eight attempts. He and junior forward Chris Eversley led the team with 23 points apiece. Jamal Johnson dished out nine assists, a career high, as part of Cal Poly’s 22 total assists, the most under Joe Callero’s tenure. The team traveled to Honolulu for its final Big West road game against Hawaii. Chris Eversley
continued his hot shooting with 25 points in a 64-61 victory over the Warriors. The Mustangs used 3-pointers from unlikely sources Jamal Johnson and Drake U’u to turn a two-point halftime advantage into a 13-point lead with less than four minutes to play. However, the Warriors rallied with longballs of their own and the Mustangs failed to convert a pair of one-and-one attempts, letting Hawaii back into the game. The Warriors had possession for one last 3-point heave to tie the game, but the Mustangs defense kept a shot from getting off to seal the victory. The team returns to Mott Athletics Center, where the Mustangs are 11-1 during the season on Thursday, to face the Big West’s last place team, UC Riverside. The team ends its regular season against Cal State Fullerton, which defeated the Mustangs 77-60 in Fullerton on Feb. 20. Women’s basketball
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Senior point guard Drake U’u is averaging 5.4 points per game to go with 65 his assists to 33 turnovers. He scored three points in the Mustangs 64-61 win over Hawaii on Saturday.
The Mustangs are on a hot streak at the right time in the season. The team has won its past five contests and put itself in position to capture a piece of the Big West Conference regular season title for the third consecutive year. After notching a pair of blowout victories this past weekend, Cal Poly (18-9, 12-4 Big West) would capture the first seed in the Big West Tournament with two wins at home this weekend by virtue of its two victories over current conference leader Pacific. On Thursday, the team was nearly flawless in the first
half, jumping out to a 50-13 lead after 20 minutes. Head coach Faith Mimnaugh used the entire Cal Poly bench, as four players scored in double figures, including center Molly Schlemer who led the team with 16. The team beat Cal State Fullerton 72-47 on Saturday, despite leading by just one point at halftime. The Mustangs held the Titans to 15 points in the second half while scoring 39 points of their own. Schlemer, the team’s leading scorer, had 16 points to lead the Mustangs on the night. She also pulled down 11 rebounds for her sixth doubledouble of the season. The team faces UC Irvine on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and Long Beach State at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday to close out the regular season. Wrestling One year, one Pac-12 title. Freshman 133-pounder Devon Lotito wasted no time in making himself a force to be reckoned with in the conference as he captured first place at the Pac-12 Tournament and will advance to the NCAA Tournament on March 21-23. To set up his title bout, he received a bye in the first round, then won by forfeit in the semifinals, earning a rematch with Oregon State’s Brian Owen. Lotito fell to Owen 6-3 in December at the Reno Tournament of Champions, but he avenged the loss on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. in a 5-2 decision that clinched his place at the NCAA Tournament. No other Cal Poly wrestler finished in the top three.
Baseball The wins just keep piling up for the Cal Poly baseball team. Despite dropping their first loss of the year on Friday against Washington, the Mustangs rallied to take the series with two wins on Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore right fielder Nick Torres hit three home runs during the series, swatted two doubles and batted in seven runs. His two home runs during Saturday’s 5-3 victory accounted for all of the Mustangs’ scoring. On Sunday, sophomore right hander Bryan Granger pitched five innings, allowing just one unearned run to notch his third victory of the season. Jimmy Allen hit a three-run double in a four-run fourth inning and helped move the Mustangs win 5-1. The victory moved the Cal Poly’s record to 9-1 on the season. The team plays a midweek series against Holy Cross on Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Kansas State on Friday for a three-game set. Softball After starting the Easton Invitational with a 10-3 win over Indiana on Friday, the Cal Poly softball team dropped its next four games. In their four losses, the Mustangs combined for six runs, while giving up 34. The team jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Wisconsin on Sunday, but the Badgers answered with two runs in the second. Neither team got on the board for the remainder of the game as the Mustangs fell to 5-14-1 on the year.
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When the start beep sounded, she stopped thinking. When Rachel O’Brien finished her race, she was a school record holder — potentially heading to the NCAA championships. The senior swimmer found her stroke in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship meet on Feb. 23, and broke the Cal Poly record in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute,
57.27 seconds and scored her team 20 points. In addition to her record-setting performance, O’Brien took the 100-yard butterfly the night before and both of her times have put her in a group of swimmers who may qualify for the NCAA championships. But until other conferences’ championships are done, O’Brien is playing a waiting game. She won’t find out whether she qualified until later this week. While her teammates are falling into offseason practice hours, she’s in the pool with the men’s team, preparing for the possibility of racing one more time this year. “It’s kind of weird,” she said. “I’m in the pool with the boys, but they’re doing their thing. It’s weird being the only one in the locker room.” Despite solitude in the pool this week, though, O’Brien said she feels the love from her teammates, and that their support probably played a big role in her success this past weekend. “It’s so exciting to be there with them,” she said. “They’re here cheering for me; we’re all here cheering for each other.” Cal Poly finished fifth at the meet, with 374.5 points. UC Davis took the meet with 673.5 points, but O’Brien urged the team score doesn’t very clearly reflect the performances of individuals. “It might not have been where everyone wanted to be, but that’s only going to drive them to do better next season,” she said. But for O’Brien, there isn’t a next season. The senior will
graduate this June and could potentially be done with her swimming career. While she’s in limbo now waiting to hear from the NCAA, she said she will be proud to end her career like this, regardless of whether or not she has another meet ahead of her. “I’m just kind of acting like I got it,” she said. “But if I didn’t, I’m happy to end my career like this.” The end of the season is bittersweet for junior Rachel Cleak, who finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly race. She said she and her fellow teammates will have big shoes to fill next season, and she’s sad to see the seniors go. “(O’Brien) is my teammate, but she’s also my mentor,” she said. “And we’re losing a lot of breastrokers and distance swimmers, too.” As far as the offseason goes, there isn’t much of one. Cleak and the rest of the team will continue training for summer season, though offseason hours are more flexible. Summer season for swimming runs in long course meters, and can qualify for the Olympic trials and various international events at summer meets. After summer season, they take a two-week break and then prepare for the NCAA season. “We have a lot of athletes who can really step up this year,” Cleak said. “And I think we have a group that can really rise to the occasion.” Hannah Croft contributed to this staff report.