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Peet’s Coffee & Tea closing in Poly Canyon A Tacos-To-Go style restaurant will take the coffee shop’s place, Cal Poly Campus Dining officials say


Cal Poly’s contract with Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a coffee shop located in Poly Canyon Village (PCV), will expire in June, and the restaurant will shut down that month as well. The contract originally expired in December 2012, but Cal Poly Corporation obtained a six-month extension in order to keep the operation open for the remainder

of the academic year, Marketing and Public Relations Manager Yukie Nishinaga said. Peet’s Coffee & Tea is not as popular as the other coffee shops on campus, so the contract will not be renewed, Nishinaga said. “We are taking this opportunity to review and improve

upon the portfolio of food services offered in Poly Canyon Village,” Nishinaga said. The Inter Hall Council conducted a survey among students living on campus in order to assess the type of food students would like to have in PCV. More than 1,500 students responded to the survey,


and it was clear that Mexican food was their top food choice, Nishinaga said. Based on previous surveys and data collected, students clearly expressed they would like a concept similar to Tacos ToGo, a food stand located near see PEET’S, pg. 2

Kick off your boots


Rush deferment may soon be policy of past

ASI bans boots, stomping at Chumash line dances


Deferred rush, which bans freshman males from rushing any fraternity until winter quarter of their first year, may soon change. Administration and several student groups are in discussions to come to a compromise on the policy’s future, which was first enacted in 2010. The policy was a reaction to the 2008 hazing incident that left 18-year-old freshman Carson Starkey dead from alcohol poisoning, Fraternity and Sorority Life coordinator Diego Silva said. At that time, it was decided that a deferred rush for campus fraternities would help encourage safer greek life. “I think Carson Star-



Remember to leave your cowboy boots at home and to not stomp your feet next time you are line dancing at Chumash Auditorium. Cal Poly’s Country Line Dancing Club hosts six barn dances per year at Chumash Auditorium, but new rules put in place by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) have banned stomping feet and wearing cowboy boots to the event. After January’s event, the club received a call from ASI concerning video footage it had received of the University Store’s windows shaking as a result of the dancing and stomping taking place in the auditorium above. “If you have ever been there (Chumash Auditorium)

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when there are a lot of people, the floor does bounce up and down,” Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said. “Part of this rule is to protect the structure of the building and the other part is to make sure the floor is not damaged.” ASI and the club have partnered to create a set of rules that would keep the event safe within the facility, said child development senior Olivia Giorgi, the club’s barn dance coordinator. Giorgi said while some may be disappointed by the boot and stomping ban, the club is trying to maintain the integrity of country line dancing as much as possible given the new safety features. “The vibe will be change(d) a little,” Giorgi said. “It maybe won’t feel as country to our active members, but change is a difficult thing, and our dancers and officers will make the best of this change.” Though the officers anticipate that

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Fraternity raises $5,500 for Aware Awake Alive LAURA PEZZINI

Cal Poly fraternity Delta Sigma Phi raised $5,500 for the alcohol awareness organization Aware Awake Alive at the fraternity’s golf tournament philanthropy Friday. “(It) was awesome because it was about $500 more than last year,” Delta Sigma Phi president Sam Tearle said. In a post-tournament awards ceremony, Aware Awake Alive co-founder Julia Starkey received the check and shared the story of her son, Carson Starkey, a Cal Poly student who died in a Sigma Alpha Ep-

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key passing away definitely caused the university to rethink their role with fraternities and sororities on this campus,” Silva said, “and in the long run to create the best possible environment we can for our students.” The deferment, which has been in effect for three rush cycles now, is an attempt by the administration to give freshmen more time to adjust to the college life while simultaneously protecting their health and safety, Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said. “Deferred rush provides the ability for someone to mature into their identity as a college student and be less likely to make high risk decisions to

silon fraternity hazing incident in 2008. The philanthropy event was put on by the active Delta Sigma Phi fraternity members as well as Cal Poly Delta Sigma Phi alumni, and was the second annual golf tournament to benefit Aware Awake Alive. Delta Sigma Phi alumni chairman Jim Larson said the event, held at Monarch Dunes Golf Club in Nipomo, was a huge success. “This weekend was gorgeous,” Larson said. “And at the end of the day, we were able to increase the donation to Aware Awake Alive.” see PHILANTHROPY, pg. 2


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Dexter Lawn. After reviewing students’ wishes and considering the retail space allocation and design, Peet’s Coffee & Tea will be converted into another Tacos To-Go restaurant, Nishinaga said. The existing Tacos To-Go will remain in its current location, but PCV will gain the luxury of having a Mexican fast food restaurant in the area. The plan is to open the new Tacos To-Go this upcoming fall quarter, according to Nishinaga. The new restaurant will accept all forms of payment, including dining credits for students who have meal plans. The fast food restaurant will serve Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will even operate during late night hours — a change

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Cal Poly should try to diversify and get a new type of food instead of another taco place. SARAH MARCHETTI AGRIBUSINESS SOPHOMORE

from the original restaurant which closes at 5 p.m. PCV resident and agribusiness sophomore Sarah Marchetti only went to Peet’s Coffee & Tea approximately once every couple weeks, and said she does not see the need for a coffee shop in PCV. Though she likes the idea of a restaurant having late hours, Marchetti said she doesn’t think adding an additional Tacos To-Go is a good use of space. “Cal Poly should try to diversify and get a new type of

food instead of another taco place,” she said. “I’d rather see a pizza restaurant or a frozen yogurt place.” Computer engineering sophomore Max Kellogg is also a resident of PCV, and he has never even entered Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Kellogg said he likes the idea of having a restaurant-type food place in PCV where students can purchase a whole meal, but price is really his No. 1 concern. “The type of food does not really matter to me,” Kellogg said. “Cost is my main concern. Tacos To-Go is pretty cheap for being campus, but not as cheap as I want.” Kellogg said he would rather see an affordable fast food chain on campus than a new Cal Poly restaurant, or a re-edition of one. “Tacos To-Go would be an OK option,” Kellogg said, “but I’d rather see Taco Bell on campus instead.”

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The club officers eliminated more than 15 dances in which choreography specifically said to stomp or jump, Giorgi said. Despite this new rule, there are modifications in place that will maintain the structure of the line dances. “The ones remaining are all steps, but some people like to add flare, so they stomp,” Giorgi said. “It is going to take our attendees remembering that it is a step and not a stomp.” The club officers initially looked into finding another location, but the 300-person

capacity level and convenience for students without cars make Chumash Auditorium an alluring location, Giorgi said. “Chumash is the most feasible option for us on campus,” Giorgi said. “The whole point is to bring line dancing to campus for those who can’t make it to The Graduate. Cost and accessibility are major factors for us.” The next barn dance will be held this Friday at 7 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium.

impress a group,” Humphrey said. “There are hundreds of other organizations that students can become affiliated with on campus.”

Randa also said he doesn’t think all fraternities should take the fall for one’s bad decision. “The policy was put into place in response to (Starkey’s) death, but it doesn’t seem fair to me, just because one fraternity didn’t practice appropriate risk management,” Randa said.

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The policy has created some controversy among Cal Poly fraternities, however, because it can hinder matriculation for freshmen into fraternity life. In addition, freshmen who may seek leadership roles within their new house miss the chance to run for a position their first year because of deferred rush, business administration junior and Theta Chi fraternity member Cameron Randa said. “Some fraternities are on a yearly schedule and some are on an academic schedule and this helps determine when fraternities decide to hold elections,” Randa said. “If it is between the end of fall or during winter, the freshmen miss out and are unable to run for a position.”

The various opinions aside, student life and leadership, fraternity presidents and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) are working toward a solution acceptable to all involved parties, according to IFC President and ASI presidential candidate Jason Colombini. “Now we are in the third year (of deferred rush), and we are hoping that with the way the IFC has been moving, and the direction and change in the atmosphere of greek life, (that this) is the direction the administration wants to see in order to come to that compromise,” said Colombini, an agribusiness junior. The compromise will not only be between the administration and greek life, but also

between the different fraternities, Humphrey said. While each of the fraternities and administration unanimously agree on abolishing the policy, they all have different ideas surrounding the best way to do this, Humphrey said. Though the administration will come to a decision on deferred rush within the coming months, any new policy change will take two or three years to implement fully, Humphrey said. To help out, some fraternities have volunteered to test out potential policies. One possible compromise is a delayed recruitment, which would allow fraternities to begin recruiting in week four or five of fall quarter, an intermediary between the old policy of recruiting during week two of fall quarter and the current policy of deferred rush, Colombini said. Though there is current uncertainty with where the policy reform is headed, Humphrey said it is important for students to get involved with organizations on campus, including greek life.


and really managed to get some activity going from the local community.” The tournament raised money by having a sponsor for each hole of the golf course. Most of these were local businesses, but alumni and active members were also involved. “Each hole of the golf tournament was sponsored by either a local business, Delta Sigma Phi alumni or active brothers,” Tearle said. Larson said the Delta Sigma Phi alumni were happy to see active members taking this initiative for the benefit of the philanthropy. “It was great to have them not just talk about it with their mouths, but to go out and actually sponsor one of the holes to make a difference,” Larson said. The nearly 30 sponsors were made up of mainly San Luis Obispo businesses, whose donations ranged up to $1,000. “Of course, the money comes mainly through the local sponsors,” Larson said. Larson said the two largest sponsors, each donating $1,000, were the national Delta Sigma Phi fraternity organization and Plante Moran Financial Advisors. In addition, local establishments such as Novo Restaurant Lounge, Enzo’s East Coast Eatery and Campus Bottle Shoppe became involved through donations. Larson said Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong was also invited to be a part of the event because he is on the Aware Awake Alive board of directors, but was unable to attend. Tearle said the philanthropy was a success not only in rais-

ing money for Aware Awake Alive, but also for spreading the word of alcohol awareness. “We do care about the cause and we do care about the issue and we do want to make a difference at Cal Poly and in San Luis Obispo, as well as nationally,” Tearle said. Tearle added that he hopes this support of alcohol awareness has an impact on Cal Poly’s greek system as a whole. “It was really awesome to see ourselves come together as a fraternity,” Tearle said. “We just really want to prevent any other instances so that we can retain the standard of our greek life here at Cal Poly.” Delta Sigma Phi philanthropy chair Soroush Sedigh said the philanthropy was a step in tackling the issue of hazing in greek life. “As a fraternity, we are a huge supporter of the Aware Awake Alive foundation,” Sedigh said. “Alcohol hazing should not be an issue and in our eyes, the Starkeys have done a great job raising awareness, and we just wanted to do our part.” Sedigh said even with this year’s success, the fraternity is looking to increase its support even more next year. “Five-thousand five hundred dollars is great, but it would be even better if we raised $10,000, so we’re setting that as our goal for next year,” Sedigh said. According to Larson, turning an annual entertaining event into a philanthropy to benefit such a relevant cause has succeeded in the past two years in terms of funding and awareness. “Having a good time and playing golf was just a side effect,” Larson said.

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attendees will follow the rules, they, along with ASI, will attend the dance and make sure the new rules are obeyed. “We want to keep our club charter and stay on good terms with ASI and abide by the rules they have set up for us,” Giorgi said. “For the first offense, we aren’t going to kick you out, but if it becomes a problem, you may be asked to leave the dance.”

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Larson said the event started years ago with the tradition of a Delta Sigma Phi alumni golf tournament every year during Cal Poly Open House, which turned into a philanthropy event two years ago when some alumni suggested they use the tournament to benefit a charity. “We always had a golf tournament, but two years ago we decided to pick a charity and support that,” Larson said. “The guys just stumbled across the Aware Awake Alive initiative that Cal Poly had picked up, and they said that they would like to make this the house’s philanthropy.” Both alumni and the active members of the fraternity were involved in choosing which charity to benefit. Larson said they chose to collaborate with Aware Awake Alive because of its relation to Cal Poly and because they found the issue of alcohol safety to be pertinent to the fraternity and to the school. “The partnership has turned out well,” Larson said. “I know it’s a really big deal at Cal Poly about Carson’s passing.” Thirty golfers participated in the tournament itself, but Larson said that altogether, approximately 120 Delta Sigma Phi alumni participated in the philanthropy by donating or attending the awards ceremony and barbecue following the tournament. “We had probably 120 or so alumni as well as brothers and guests,” Larson said. “The active chapter went out

Hillary Kaiser contributed to this staff report.

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Boston bombs: weapons of mass destruction MICHAEL DOYLE LESLEY CLARK McClatchy Newspapers

The Justice Department on Monday publicly charged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with using a weapon of mass destruction.

the bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 200. Massachusetts has no death penalty. “Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and our coun-

Today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and our country. ERIC H. HOLDER JR. ATTORNEY GENERAL

In unsealed court filings that shed new light on what investigators think happened before, during and after the lethal explosions on April 15, prosecutors charged Tsarnaev with one count of using and conspiring to use a WMD resulting in death. The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen, a naturalized U.S. citizen, also was charged with one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. If convicted on either federal charge, Tsarnaev faces the death penalty or life in prison. He also faces the possibility of state criminal charges, as well, in connection with

try,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a prepared statement. In a ceremony Monday, the FBI turned Boylston Street — which had been considered a crime scene — back to the city. A bagpiper played as the flag that flew over the finish line during the race was presented to Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The street won’t be open to the public until buildings along it have been inspected for structural damage, city officials said. The charges against Tsarnaev, filed under seal Sunday, were presented to him Monday in his room at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he has

been listed in serious condition since his capture Friday. FBI officials said Monday that Tsarnaev was wounded in the head, neck, leg and hand after two shootouts with law enforcement officers. “The government will always seek to elicit all the actionable intelligence and information we can from terrorist suspects taken into our custody,” said Carmen Ortiz, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts. At the same time, rejecting calls made by congressional Republicans, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration would not designate Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant. The designation would have permitted additional interrogation of Tsarnaev, but Carney said it was unnecessary. “It is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists,” Carney said. The weapon-of-mass-destruction charge is rooted in a fairly broad definition of the term. Under U.S. law, a weapon of mass destruction may refer to a chemical, biological or radiological weapon of any size. It also may refer to a bomb, mine or rocket, or similar kinds of “destructive devices.” The statute does not specify a certain number of casualties for a weapon to be considered one of “mass destruction.”

Video reviewed by investigators appeared to show the Tsarnaev brothers carrying large knapsacks as they walked along Boylston Street about 11 minutes before the first explosion. Further video and still photographs reportedly show one of the brothers slipping off his knapsack in front of the Forum restaurant and walking away. About 30 seconds before the first explosion, Genck recounted, video shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appearing to talk into his cell phone. The charges were unsealed in federal court in Boston shortly before the usually bustling city calmed for a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m., the approximate time of the first bomb explosion a week earlier. At Logan InterMCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE national Airport, passengers paused for about a minute. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (above) “A few seconds after he fin- has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction ishes the call, the large crowd of and one count of malicious destruction of property. people around him can be seen reacting to the first explosion,” sure cookers, BBs and nails, a the three who died in the atGenck recounted, while Tsar- low-grade explosive and a fuse. tacks was held Monday. Masnaev “virtually alone among A search of Tsarnaev’s dorm sachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick the individuals in front of the room at the University of Mas- and Sen. William “Mo” Cowrestaurant appears calm.” sachusetts at Dartmouth un- an, D-Mass., were among The video then shows Tsar- covered clothes that resembled those who attended the sernaev leaving his knapsack on those seen in the videos, as well vice for Krystle Campbell, 29. the ground and walking away, a “a large pyrotechnic” and Boston University was to Genck said. Ten seconds later, BBs, according to the affidavit. hold a memorial service the second bomb exploded. “The mayhem they created Monday night for graduate Investigators subsequently is unheard of,” Menino said student Lu Lingzi. The unidetermined that both bombs at a news conference Monday. versity has set up a scholarwere constructed from presThe first of the funerals for ship in her name.

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Hundreds gathered for the moment of silence (below) in Boston, Mass. on Monday in memory of the three people killed in the bombings. The first funeral for victim Krystle Campbell was also held Monday. Funeral plans for the other two victims have not yet been finalized. Massachusetts Institute of Technology will hold a memorial service for Sean Collier, the campus police who was shot to death in the midst of the manhunt this past week.


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When Darlene Howard went through chemotherapy in Orange County, she couldn’t keep any food down — except frozen yogurt. But when Howard tried fro-

zen yogurt in San Luis Obispo, she got sick. San Luis Obispo’s frozen yogurt options were “way too laden with chemicals,” she said. So, on Jan. 13, Howard opened Dlish on California Boulevard. But what Howard didn’t

know is that San Luis Obispo’s hottest competition is its chilliest confection: frozen yogurt. San Luis Obispo, a city with a population of approximately 45,000, has six frozen yogurt franchises within 3.6 square miles. With so many options in such a small town, compe-

tition has emerged for business and, most importantly, brand loyalty. Tart competition Only 15 years ago, Bali’s Soft Serve Frozen Yogurt and Froggie’s Café were the only frozen yogurt shops in town. In 2008, Yogurt Creations expanded its franchise to downtown San Luis Obispo. A year later, Snofari opened in the Laguna Village Center. With the additions of Teaberry, which opened the last week of 2011, and Dlish, which opened just more than a month ago, San Luis Obispo’s frozen yogurt market is getting crowded. Fighting to be the cream of the crop Half of the frozen yogurt options are grouped closely together downtown. Yogurt Creations and Teaberry Frozen Yogurt are the farthest apart. They are 0.1 miles apart — a two-minute walk, according to Google Maps. The closest together are Bali’s Self Serve Frozen Yogurt and Yogurt Creations at 174 feet apart, a 37-second walk. To stand out, each frozen yogurt shop has its own strategy. Bali’s customers are typically families and locals. Bali’s Self Serve Frozen Yogurt was the first frozen yogurt shop in San Luis Obispo, and its customers come “to support the original,” employee Chelsea Busso said. Bali’s relies on long-time customers for its survival, Busso said. On the other hand, relative newcomer Teaberry Frozen Yogurt is popular with the college crowd, owner Tom Stennett said. “We have 60 to 70 percent college students,” he said. “I think they say that frozen yogurt buyers are 60 percent female in general and we see a lot of females, but our average consumer is really just the average Cal Poly student.” Although Teaberry is a “frozen yogurt” destination, on an average night, out of 10 flavors, about two are frozen yogurt; the rest are soft-serve gelato or custard. While Teaberry features gelato and custard, Yogurt Creations owner John Bolton said Yogurt Creations is

sticking with high-quality frozen yogurt. The shop welcomes the competition, Bolton said. “We notice the competition of course, but we let our products speak for themselves,” Bolton said. “We’ll put our strawberry against any other strawberry flavor from another shop in a blind taste test, and I promise you, ours will come out on top.” Yogurt Creation also stays relevant by carrying flavors that appeal to the city’s demographics, Bolton said. Bolton said Yogurt Creations makes sure to keep Euro-Tart in stock for the college students. “The crowds in San Luis Obispo are as urban as you get in a small town because lots of the students come from cities, so they have more sophisticated palettes,” Bolton said. “In stores like the ones in North County, we don’t carry Euro-Tart because it doesn’t sell. But we know that if we took it out of San Luis Obispo, there’d be riots in the streets.” New kid on the block Outside of the nucleus of downtown, Dlish Frozen Yogurt on California Boulevard targets Cal Poly students too, owner Darlene Howard said. When a competitor’s frozen yogurt distributer came into Dlish, Howard said, they told her she was going to fail. “He said, ‘You’ll fail. I know what you need to carry,’ but when he went to the bathroom, I saw he was trying to snoop through my stuff and see what I use,” Howard said. “I didn’t want to carry the same yogurt that everyone else did in town.” Howard pushes organic ingredients instead. “A cup of yogurt didn’t make me all, ‘Oh my gosh, I had this frozen yogurt and now I’m all better’ after chemo, but, for a moment, it made my day better,” she said. “And if I can help the students here feel the same way by giving them a better, healthier option than that stuff with chemicals, I’m going to.” The store’s proximity to Cal Poly’s campus — 0.6 miles from Alex G. Spanos Stadium — helps bring in students. But Dlish is still struggling

to convert the college crowd, she said. “Kids here are very loyal to their old favorites, and I don’t think they understand that ours is the healthier choice yet,” Howard said. Blair Buckley, a communications studies senior and self-described “formerly faithful Yo-Cré person,” jumped ship when she discovered Dlish. Now, Buckley is a Dlish advocate who tries to limit herself to only coming in every other day. The other side of town Snofari Frozen Yogurt also sees its share of regulars, owner Teri Williams said, and the store touts easy parking as its biggest asset. “People are going to go to a yogurt shop because it’s convenient, not because it’s got better yogurt,” Williams said. “We mostly all use the same distributors anyway, but we’re more convenient with easy access parking.” Snofari on Madonna Road also fills the void for a shop on “this side of town,” she said. But, although Snofari is outside of downtown San Luis Obispo, it is not exempt from competition. Froggie’s Café, which has been serving frozen yogurt for more than 15 years, is just 3.6 miles from Snofari. Froggie’s frozen yogurt is soft-serve, but it isn’t selfserve, owner Bev Pratt said. Patrons pay according to sizes, which range from the kid-size “ribbit” to the quartsize “toad.” “On a Friday afternoon, Froggie’s is a hotspot,” Pratt said. “If it’s a hot day, after school, we can get a line out the door of parents and their kids.” On thin ice Though there are six frozen yogurt franchises in San Luis Obispo, the number of shops will soon increase. Yogurt Creations is opening another location at Cal Poly in the Julian A. McPhee University Union around June, Bolton said. For fledgling frozen yogurt shops such as Howard’s Dlish, it looks like a rocky road ahead because, in the city of San Luis Obispo, there’s not much room left for dessert.

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The therapeutic effects of music Sam Gilbert is a journalism sophomore and Mustang Daily health columnist. Ever heard a song on the radio that reminds you of the past, so you melodramatically turned to look out the window with one elegant tear rolling down your cheek like you’re a character in a movie? If so, don’t be embarrassed — well, too embarrassed — because I guarantee approximately 90 percent of the people reading this have done the same. Music evokes emotions unlike anything else. I’ll be honest, if anyone saw me at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend during Of Monsters and Men, they’d agree. That’s why music is actually used therapeutically, for both mental and physical ailments. Music therapy is a process in which a therapist uses music’s physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual assets to help improve or maintain a client’s health. According to the American Music Therapy Association, therapists “assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills through musical responses.” These aspects can be addressed through music sessions in accordance to the exact problem using music improvisation, receptive

Apparently, there is a reason doctors’ offices usually blast Enya and Norah Jones ... music listening, songwriting, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance and learning through music. Individuals of all ages can be helped through this process. However, most specifically, people with metal health needs (especially anxiety or depression), developmental or learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical injuries and acute or chronic pain. When I first heard about this, I wondered why I would waste my money on a therapist when it seems like the real therapist is my iTunes library. However, what happens in the sessions actually appears to be an incredibly unique and beneficial experience. According to Boyer College of Music and Dance’s website, a musical experience of some kind is incorporated into each session in order to focus on what needs to be changed. For example, improvisation is used most often on cli-

ents in order to work on spontaneity, creativity, freedom of expression, communication and interpersonal skills. “Improvising enables these clients to communicate and share feelings with others, while also helping them to organize their thoughts and ideas in a meaningful way,” the Boyer College of Music and Dance website states. The website also notes that composing music is an interesting aspect to the therapy, as it is used “to learn how to make decisions and commitments, and to find ways of working economically and within certain limitations.” By creating a song or music, an idea is put down on paper and emotions can suddenly be addressed. This has been found to be a good way to discover underlying fears or feelings. By actually playing an instrument, physically disabled patients begin to improve motor skills and coordination. By also reading sheet music, clients can improve in visual and auditory

wellness101 motor skills as well. By learning to play an instrument, emotionally disturbed children can also work on behavior by finding an outlet to control impulsivity. I’ve never been seriously emotionally disturbed, but through my experience learning to play the guitar, I’ve found a way to release any bad feelings or thoughts by just playing the instrument. It not only gave me goals to focus on by wanting to get better, but I also found satisfaction and achievement by continually playing and growing as a musician. Just saying. The most interesting aspect of music therapy, in my opinion, is the listening portion. Therapists use this with clients to soothe

them physically, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually. Apparently, there is a reason doctors’ offices usually blast Enya and Norah Jones — in order to ease the stress. According to an article by U.S. News Health, discoveries about neuroscience and brain imagery revealed exactly how music affects the brain. “Beyond improving movement and speech music can trigger the release of moodaltering brain chemicals and once-lost memories and emotions,” Oliver Sacks, a noted neurologist and professor at Columbia University, is quoted as saying in the article. Music has also been found to positively impact those diag-

nosed with Parkinson’s disease, as well as people who experience a stroke. The brain is attuned to respond to rhythmic music and “it’s thought that the music triggers networks of neurons to translate the cadence into organized movement,” according to the U.S. News Health article. “Slow rhythms can ease the muscle bursts and jerky motions of Parkinson’s patients with involuntary tremors,” Concetta Tomaino, co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City, is quoted as saying in the article. If you ask me, this is the perfect excuse to buy an Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival ticket. Hey, it’s for mental health.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Volume LXXVII, Number 95 ©2013 Mustang Daily “I cannot keep these nuts in my mouth.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Get the facts, choose news wisely Ashley Pierce is a political science freshman and Mustang Daily conservative columnist. After a long day of classes I always try to make it to the gym — that, or I eat my feelings. On the days I do make it to the gym, I spend my time flipping through the three major news outlets: CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Being conservative, yes, Fox News is usually my main choice (that Greg Gutfeld is hilarious) and during commercial breaks I flip to CNN and MSNBC. CNN, I admit, I only ever catch during the Piers Morgan block and all I’ve learned from him is that he hates guns. He really, really hates guns. I think that’s the only thing I’ve seen him speak on besides an interview with a woman who escaped the Westboro Baptist Church (which I was genuinely intrigued to hear about). While I generally agree with Fox News’ points on issues, I can get just as agitated watching a Fox show as when watching MSNBC. Fox almost always has a liberal and a conservative commentator to present the two sides to each argument, giving conservatives another side to hear out. While their anchors may generally have Republican beliefs, both sides are almost always presented and there are independent and liberal anchors such as Bill O’Reilly and Shepard Smith. The Pew Research Center did a study that found Fox News is 55 percent opinion

WORD ON THE STREET Do you think Fox News is biased?

and 45 percent factual reporting. CNN is 46 percent opinion and 54 percent factual reporting (good for them — though their opinions can lean left). Last but not least, MSNBC came in with 85 percent opinion and 15 percent factual reporting. Eighty-five percent opinion. That would be like Mustang Daily running almost entirely opinion columns and then pretending it was actual news. If MSNBC was openly honest with the public that its station was mostly opinion — and a liberal leaning one at that — there wouldn’t even be a problem. MSNBC, however, continues to consider themselves a “news” station, even when less than a quarter of its output actually contains factual information. The station’s anchors deny their bias repeatedly even with a slogan of “Lean Forward” which hints of progressiveness: a com-

mon liberal ideal. Political commentators can surely lean any which way they please, but that certainly is not the case with the news anchors or reporters. I acknowledge that Fox News has an inclination to lean conservative and has its own bias, but at least its entire programming isn’t opinion-based. When opinions are given, Fox almost always has a liberal and a conservative expert on screen who give their arguments for both sides of the issue being discussed. Not to mention, Fox remains one of the only news networks that isn’t leaning left. I don’t blame Fox for making up for the other channels by leaning a little bit to the right. Normally I wouldn’t consider this particularly worthy of an article, but considering the blatant attacks I see on Fox News every single day, I couldn’t quite resist the chance to share the findings of

this study — as I bet they will be reported on very little by anyone other than Fox. Know what you’re watching folks, understand that sometimes news stations aren’t giving you the full story. CNN did the best in the study with only 46 percent of its programming being opinion (though with Piers Morgan as its primetime host, viewers may be gaining more left-leaning bias than MSNBC programming). I encourage avid news watchers out there to flip through the channels, at least. If MSNBC is your cup of tea, more power to you. But during the commercial break, try to take in some O’Reilly, Gutfeld or Morgan. Some of you will take nothing from this and forever find Fox News or Faux News (as people lovingly like to call it) the most vile, polarized, brain washing news station out there. But just know — the facts are showing otherwise.

“Yes, because that’s what my parents watch and I do not agree with them at all.” • Brian Burnett computer science senior

“I honestly don’t think I know enough about the news, but I know some news stations favor one side over the other.” • Evelyn Gelatti food science freshman

Post-Hugo winners and losers CHARLES SHAPIRO

Los Angeles Times

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council declared Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late President Hugo Chavez, the winner in the presidential election recently. But it was a victory in a compromised system that tilted the table in his favor. Now Maduro must deal with an economy that is a shambles. He has no clear mandate and lacks legitimacy in the eyes of nearly half the voters. The numbers are telling. In the October 2012 election, Chavez won by more than 10 percentage points. If the Electoral Council figures are accurate, Maduro’s margin was 50.7 percent to 49 percent. He got just 230,000 more votes than Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate. Capriles demanded a recount, citing more than 3,200 irregularities. Maduro initially agreed and then changed his mind. He was quickly certified as the winner. Protests, charges of conspiracy and violence followed, resulting in eight deaths. So who really won and who lost on Sunday? LOSERS Nicolas Maduro. Maduro let a double-digit lead in the polls slide out of his grasp, receiving 686,000 fewer votes than Chavez had in October 2012. Capriles increased his vote by almost exactly the same number. Maduro lacked the charisma, communications skills and magnetism of

Chavez. He came across as a substitute trying to channel Chavez. Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, Maduro’s rival within the government, is calling for “profound self-criticism.” Hugo Chavez. His dying wish was for his supporters to vote for Maduro. Nearly 700,000 voters ignored his instruction. Inflation forced the devaluing of the currency by 30 percent in February. The resulting price increases cost Maduro dearly. Chavez spent so much government money on the October election that he left Maduro with empty coffers in April. National Electoral Council. The Chavista-controlled Electoral Council ensured that the rules applied only to candidate Capriles. He got four minutes each day on national television. Maduro spent hours on TV inaugurating government projects in thinly disguised campaign events. Although all campaigning was required to end on April 11, the council raised no objections when every TV and radio station carried a Maduro political speech on April 14, election day. In previous elections, the results were released quickly because the vote is electronic. On Sunday, the council held the results for hours, raising suspicion of fraud. The council also refused to invite international observers to watch the proceedings. Had they done so, the observers might well have validated Maduro’s victory. Pundits and politicians. Many interpreted Chavismo as poor people striving for political and economic inclusion. They saw

the opposition as the wealthy, the white and the powerful. That distorted vision was upended by the opposition’s 49 percent share of the popular vote. Those 7.3 million votes span the social classes of the country. THE JURY’S STILL OUT United States. The U.S. lacks leverage to affect the actions of the Venezuelan government. By not responding aggressively to Maduro’s campaign charges of conspiracy, sabotage and assassination attempts, it avoided becoming a foil for the candidate. The Obama administration is carefully and deliberately calling for a “credible and transparent process” to “reassure the Venezuelan people of the (election) results.” Meanwhile as production of U.S. and Canadian oil has increased, Venezuelan oil has become increasingly irrelevant for the United States. China and Brazil. These two nations supported Chavez, and now they support Maduro. They believed that Chavez’s Socialist Party was the natural party of power in Venezuela and put all their eggs in that basket. This paid off during the 14 years of Chavez’s presidency with huge increases in Brazilian and Chinese exports to Venezuela and in Chinese access to Venezuelan oil. Now China and Brazil may wish to reconsider their policies. WINNERS Cuba. As far as the Cubans are concerned, what’s important

is keeping free Venezuelan oil flowing to Cuba. Maduro’s victory, however tenuous, assures that, at least for now. A UC San Diego colleague who just returned from Havana reports that Cubans — from taxi drivers to government officials _ heaved a collective sigh of relief Sunday night. They dodged a bullet. Venezuelan opposition. The opposition coalition surprised itself. Even though its candidate lost, it won. A leader is in place. The opposition is well organized. Its factions buried their internal differences. The call for a recount and the ham-fisted responses by the government will keep opposition forces energized. Although it may be premature to assume that the opposition is on the way up and Chavismo is in decline, the opposition has internalized an important lesson: Elections are won not in Washington or at the International Court of Justice but in Venezuela. Henrique Capriles. In response to the election protests, the Chavista leaders and their bully boys have displayed an essential thuggishness in the streets and in the National Assembly. There is great potential for things to go from bad to worse as Maduro and his team try to hang on to power but without the savvy and political instincts of the departed Chavez. Capriles has called for his supporters to “take a break” and avoid violence. He looks like the statesman, while Maduro asks himself, “What would Hugo do?”

“Sometimes they are, but every now and then I think they’re pretty equal.” • Zach Gordon biological sciences freshman

“Yes, very. They don’t show both sides of the story.” • Elizabeth Hazlett agribusiness freshman

“No, they just tell the truth. They give another side of the media.” • Drake U’u business administration senior


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Oxnevad finds success on courses and courts RAY AMBLER/CAL POLY ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS


On the first day of practice for the Cal Poly women’s tennis team, jaws dropped. The team knew Louise Oxnevad could hit, but she could also play. “She came in on the first day, and when the girls saw how she hit the ball, they all said, ‘Wow,’” head coach Damon Coupe said. “She has this humongous game. We knew she could do some special things if she continued to work hard.” Now playing as the No. 1 starter for the Mustangs, the lefty tennis star is a winner. And she’s been winning long before she even thought about

picking up a tennis racket. A native of Queenstown, New Zealand, Oxnevad grew up hitting the ski slopes of the mountains where the wellknown “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed. By the time was 14, she was ranked as the No. 1 ski racer in her country. “I started off ski racing when I was about 2,” Oxnevad said. “It was my main sport until I was about 14.” But her mother played tennis, and one day, Oxnevad picked up a tennis racket of her own. She was a natural. A budding architect After dedicating herself to

tennis and competing around the world, Oxnevad wanted to attend a school that would support her dream of playing professionally. But the tennis star also wanted to pursue a second passion. Growing up in a family of architects, designing houses was all Oxnevad ever wanted to do. She committed to Cal Poly in large part because of the school’s internationally acclaimed architecture program. “It runs in the family,” Oxnevad said. “I just love looking through magazines and looking at the model homes.” In her final year of high school, Oxnevad attended a graphic school and even de-


Freshman Louise Oxnevad recorded a 6-12 record as Cal Poly’s No. 1 player in the 2013 season. The team begins Big West Conference Tournament play on Thursday.

signed a home for one of her parents’ clients. But like most freshmen, the transition to college was somewhat of a struggle. “I had (what turned out to be) two of my easiest classes on my first day, and I started freaking out,” Oxnevad said. “I said, ‘I don’t know how to do this.’ It was only Precalculus and Introduction to Environmental Design. I had a real tough first quarter; I didn’t sleep much.” But after learning to balance tennis and her workload, Oxnevad began to see results on and off the court. ‘Give it heaps’ With each forehand and serve, she grits her teeth in pain. Oxnevad suffers from a shoulder impingement (when the bone and the nerve are too close together). But while she is playing with pain, there are more than a few of her teammates who can’t even do that. This season, the Mustangs have seen more injuries than they thought possible. “It’s been an absolutely freak season with injuries,” Coupe said. “In the 11 years I’ve been coaching, I’ve never had injuries like this before. Through it all, the team has just kept a great attitude. We knew our backs were up against the wall.” But after competing in individual sports her entire life, Oxnevad has embraced the team ideology that differentiates college tennis from other levels of competition.

She came in on the first day, and when the girls saw how she hit the ball, they all said, ‘Wow.’ DAMON COUPE WOMEN’S TENNIS HEAD COACH

“Louise came in really not knowing how to be a part of a team,” said Haley Kepler, a freshman on the team. “But she’s done a really good job of figuring out how to be a part of it. She’s such a sweet, comforting person and she’s become one of my best friends.” And when Kepler is pitted against an opponent in her match, it is not uncommon for her to hear Oxnevad yell, “Give it heaps!” from her own court in her thick Kiwi accent. The transformation When the women’s tennis team piles in a van to embark on a road trip, Oxnevad cannot wait until a Taylor Swift song is played on the radio. It’s not that she has a passion for the singer-songwriter, she just knows her coach hates it. Naturally, she always sings at the top of her lungs. But while Oxnevad brings a playful attitude to the team with her vocal performances and a few obscure New Zealand phrases, within the court’s lines, the women’s tennis player is unrecognizable, even to her closest teammates. “On the court, she becomes a totally different person,” Kepler said.

But when you’re a freshman pitted against the highest ranked seed in every match you play, a transformation may be required. “I hate losing; I take losing very hard,” Oxnevad said. “I was probably the most competitive child to the point it was almost embarrassing. I’m trying to handle that a bit better, but you can’t get pushed around out there, especially as a freshman.” Now, the Mustangs are finished with conference play, and they are looking ahead to the Big West tournament, which commences on Thursday. Oxnevad’s parents are making the 13-hour flight to watch their daughter compete in a Cal Poly uniform. And for the budding architect, it’s just one more reason for her to want to win.


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