SPORTS, pg. 10: Men’s basketball snags first win
Monday, November 25, 2013
EDITORIAL, pg. 7: Greeks and administrators make all the wrong moves
Volume LXXVIII, Number 21
Critics blast ‘Nava-hos’ party SEAN MCMINN
Student drowns in Spain J.J. JENKINS
Matt Yount, a business administration junior, and a member of the Cal Poly golf team died Thursday in Spain, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said Friday morning. A report from Diario de Sevilla, a newspaper in Sevilla, Spain, states an American student — identified as Matthew R. Y. — jumped from a bridge and drowned in the Guadalquivir River at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. The article goes on to say another student jumped with Yount but survived the strong currents and cold water before quickly summoning authorities to search for Yount. His body was recovered several hours later, according to the article. The State Department declined to comment on circumstances surrounding Yount’s death, but said its U.S. embassy in Madrid is in contact with his family. Friends turned to Twitter and Yount’s Facebook page Thursday to express their grief. “You were an awesome golfer, teammate and most of all, an amazing friend,” one post read. “Your smiles were timeless. Smile over us. I’ll never forget you.” An email from Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey called Yount’s death “an apparent swimming accident” during his trip to Spain as part of a CEA Global Education study abroad trip. Cal Poly will host a memorial service for Yount after students return from Thanksgiving break, according to the email. “Our hearts go out to Matt’s family, teammates, and friends,” Armstrong and Humphrey wrote. “We have lost a talented student, a determined athlete, and a highly regarded member of the Cal Poly family.” Sean McMinn contributed to this report.
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Attendees at a campus forum Friday spent more than an hour criticizing a “Colonial Bros and Navahos”-themed party Cal Poly is investigating, as well as the students who participated in it. No one at the forum in Chumash Auditorium publically defended the theme or “offensive” nature of the party, which has prompted a university investigation and made national headlines this week. Interfraternity council public relations director Alex Horncliff apologized for the party on behalf of the greek community. “As director of public relations, I apologize formally,” Horncliff, a kinesiology junior, said. “We messed up.” After leaders of Cal Poly diversity groups made remarks condemning the party as racist and sexist, students, faculty and staff spent more than an hour calling for change in students’ attitudes toward minorities on campus. “We are not adults, be-
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Despite the responses from students who defended greek life on social media, nobody defended the party at the forum. cause an event like this happened,” English senior James Kelly said. “We need to have a greater understanding and greater maturity and recognize that there are consequences, even when you do not have malicious intent.” Native American faculty and students also spoke,
echoing the message of a statement issued nationally by Jennifer Rose Denetdale, a member of Navajo Nation Human Rights. Sarah Lamar, a biological sciences senior and member of the American-Indian Student Association, told the forum that incidents like the
fraternity party took away from the excitement she had coming to Cal Poly. “It is very disheartening to come to a school like that,” Lamar said. Other students told stories of larger patterns of discrimination at Cal Poly. “As a member of greek life,
and as a white male, I am not OK with the things that go on,” said Alex Thomas, a junior who works with Safer, Cal Poly’s sexual assault prevention center. “I am not OK with the racism and objectification of women.” see PARTY, pg. 2
Learn By Doing viral video was leaked SUHA SAYA
A video focusing on both Cal Poly’s international student population and Learn By Doing culture went viral on campus earlier this year — but some complained when Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA) wasn’t included in the video. But the video was never meant to be released at that time, said Elaine Sullivan, director of marketing for International, Graduate and Extended Education. “We hadn’t finished,” Sullivan said. “It had nothing to do with leaving anyone out.” The video, funded by Extended Education, is currently being produced and filmed by Peregrine Media Group. Robin Chilton, director and cinematographer for the Learn By Doing film, said the video was leaked before it was supposed to be released. “As a business, we’re allowed to contractually show our work to clients and people that we want to work for next,” Chilton said. “(The video) had a password protection that was on it. But one day, I had a client that wanted to see the video; because of that I unlocked the password and in that one evening, one person saw it on my Vimeo site and passed it around.” The video received 300 views overnight, but this
wasn’t when it officially went viral, Chilton said. “We turned it off … and then I spoke to (Cal Poly) and asked if it mattered if I kept this video up to show to my clients,” Chilton said. “The video then opened up again for a short time so that my clients could see it.” The video was found by another individual and shared on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Chilton said. “Before I even knew what happened, the video had 5,000 views,” Chilton said. “We took it down the next day, when it had about 10,000 views. But we decided to put it back up for that day to let it run its course … People were liking it and we didn’t want to disappoint.” Because the video leaked, Chilton said, Peregrine Media Group did not have a chance to properly finish the film. “It was never supposed to be up,” Chilton said. “It was a mistake that it went out. To be honest, we had no idea that it would receive that kind of attention, simply because it’s intended for another type of audience.” Peregrine Media Group also struggled with finding international students from every college — especially when only three, a biomedical engineering major, an architecture major and a business administration major (who wasn’t in the original video) came forward and demonstrated work that showed Cal Poly’s Learn By
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One of the College of Liberal Arts Learn By Doing programs is the University Graphic Systems, see VIDEO, pg. 3 where students — including Emma Lacey (above) — learn how to operate a printing press.
ARTS, pg. 4
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Monday, November 25, 2013
Getting the grade: Cal Poly’s sexual health AJA FROST
The sexual health of this campus is not rated on a new list comparing universities across the country, but the researcher in charge of it took a look at Cal Poly’s sexual health programs and found areas to improve on. Cal Poly didn’t make the list of the 140 American schools Trojan Brand Condoms and America’s BestPlaces ranked according to sexual health because the graded schools were chosen on size and NCAA Division status, according to Bjorn Trowery, public relations representative for Trojan Brand Condoms. Trojan has released an annual Sexual Health Report Card for the last eight years. Schools are graded across 11 categories, including health center hours of operation, contraceptive and condom availability, website usability and sexual health education programs and organizations. Although Cal Poly wasn’t
ranked, Bert Sperling, head researcher of the project, looked at how it would stack up. “One of the most important categories is what’s available on the Web for students,” Sperling said. He explained these days, if students are looking for information on sexual health and services, they are more likely to use their computer or phone instead of making an appointment with the health center. Cal Poly’s website, he said, “was kind of lacking in that regard. Our ideal would be to have a section of the website with all the different information people need for sexual health issues. Things like STI and HIV tests—how much? Where do you get it done? How long does it take? Is it confidential?” The Cal Poly website is also missing resources about contraception. The website has material about Plan B but not other types of contraceptive. The Health Center’s hours can also negatively affect Cal
We’re that safe place where people can come and talk about sex because no one really wants to discuss it openly. LINDSAY BOLLA EROS STUDENT LEADER
Poly’s sexual health. Students can come in from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Trowery said these times aren’t ideal for those who have class or extracurricular activities during the day. Comparatively, Princeton University, which was ranked first on the list, has 24-hour care, seven days a week. Cal Poly does well, however, with its peer groups and health programs, Sperling said. Educational Resources On Sexuality (EROS) offers private consultations with students and gives presentations on birth control and contraception, STIs, pap smears and healthy relationships. “We’re that safe place where people can come and talk about sex,” EROS student leader and business administration junior Lindsay Bolla said. “Because no one really wants to discuss it openly.” This quarter, EROS held Freaky Fall, a Halloween event with quizzes, condoms and candy. They gave more than 10 in-class presentations on safe sex. Bolla said the team is looking to expand into greek life and collaborate with Safer, the Cal Poly group dedicated to reducing sexual assault. In the spring, EROS is holding Love Carefully. “We’re going to have booths,
and we’ll talk to the people who walk by,” Bolla said. “It will mostly be about birth control, condoms and STIs.” These events would earn Cal Poly extra credit in its ranking, Sperling said. Counseling Services’ sexual assault support would also improve Cal Poly’s score. Counseling Services has an active outreach program for sexual assault, works closely with Safer to help victims and offers a confidential place for students to receive therapy, Director Dr. Geneva Reynaga-Akibo said. In addition, the department recently formed a response team of six therapists who consider sexual assault their area of expertise. But Reynaga-Akibo said there is room for improvement, specifically online. “We need student-friendly information on the website,” she said. “(I want to work on) not only the messages, because I don’t love all the wording, but expanding the resources available as well.” Bolla felt EROS’ page could improve, as well. “Definitely, it could be improved,” Bolla said. “We’re putting more of our information on there, so that people can go on-line and look things up instead of having to come here.” Bolla said they’re currently working with their IT team on expanding the website.
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Condom availability was one of the factors Sperling and his team looked at when ranking the sexual health of schools. At Cal Poly, students can take up to five free condoms. One of the main goals of the Sexual Health Report Card is to spark a discussion about how sexual health resources could be enhanced, said Mark Gromosaik, group product manager at Trojan Brand Condoms. “It’s about inspiring action to ensure students have the accurate information they need to make responsible decisions,” he said. “Now, in
its eighth year, we continue to see great strides made on campuses nationwide, with students and faculty using the Sexual Health Report Card as a tool to shed light on the sexual health resources available to spark change on campus.” With the number of schools being surveyed increasing, maybe next year Cal Poly will make the grade.
President’s communications director to retire in January KAYLA MISSMAN
Chip Visci, director of communications in the Office of the President, will retire early next year. Since joining Cal Poly nearly five years ago, Visci “led several important initiatives including a redesign of the Cal Poly web site, implementation of branding standards, a restructuring
of the Alumni Association’s finances and a reorganization of the Association’s Board of Directors,” Chief of Staff Betsy Kinsley said in an email announcing Visci’s retirement. Visci hopes he won’t have to miss Cal Poly too much, since he lives in the area. “(Cal Poly) is a really special place,” Visci said. “I mean, one of the great things is we always say faculty and
staff are devoted to success, but they really are … The students have been great. I would have liked to have a lot more interactions, but the ones that I’ve had have been very pleasant.” His biggest challenge was unifying the university’s website, he said. “All of the colleges had different websites, they had different colors. Some weren’t even green
and gold,” he said. “I helped get all the college websites in the university to look and feel like the same place. We really value Learn By Doing and student success, and that’s the message they send now.” After 30 years of reporting, editing and publishing in the newspaper industry, Visci served as Cal Poly’s associate vice president for strategic communications before be-
coming the director of communications in the Office of the President. Post-retirement, Visci looks to add flexibility into his schedule — he will be traveling with his wife and choosing specific projects he’d like to work on, such as helping companies with crisis or internal communications. Visci said Cal Poly hopes to hire his successor by February.
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Faculty and staff in attendance, as well as some students, appeared to mostly favor more required education in cultural diversity as part of general education requirements. But among those who didn’t volunteer to speak in front of the hundreds of people at the forum, some weren’t as convinced of how inappropriate the party was. As he left the forum, bioresource and agricultural engineering freshman Logan Honeycutt said he thought the event was, “a big waste
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Leaders of Cal Poly diversity groups made remarks condemning the party as racist and sexist. of time.” “It just turned into a pity party,” he said. “People were just coming and complain-
ing and basically just generalizing Cal Poly as a racist campus and saying they are a minority, they feel scared
… no one’s out to get them like they think. I’m offended they’re generalizing Cal Poly as a racist campus.”
Monday, November 25, 2013
CLA dean pushes for fee increase RACHEL SUN
The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Dean Doug Epperson proposed a fee increase earlier this month to bring tuition for CLA students up to par with other colleges within Cal Poly. The fee will be a $112 per quarter increase for full-time CLA students and $58 increase for part-time students. If the proposal passes, funding will increase by $1 million dollars per year, Epperson said. “Based on careful consideration of numerous factors, we believe that our students deserve the very best education we can provide for them,” Epperson said. “It just doesn’t seem fair that students are deprived of opportunities students in other colleges have. We are currently
using almost 100 percent of Student Success Fees for course access. Thus, the proposed increase in the College-Based Fee (CBF) to be at the same level as what other students pay.” The revenue could purchase instructional equipment and create more Learn By Doing enrichment activities, Epperson said, though it is unclear exactly how the money will be spent. Epperson cited the Cal Poly Music Department as one area that demonstrates the College of Liberal Art’s highcost needs are on par with the rest of the university. One baby grand piano, he said, costs upward of $100,000. “Most of the music department’s equipment inventory is aging and in need of replacement,” Music Department Chair Terrence Spiller said. “All of the practice room,
Based on careful consideration of numerous factors, we believe that our students deserve the very best education we can provide for them. DOUG EPPERSON COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS DEAN
classroom and rehearsal room pianos need replacing — this can run into several hundred thousand dollars.” When CBFs were originally implemented in 2002, the Liberal Arts dean did not think CLA students needed to pay as much as students of other colleges, Epperson said. But, after years of budget cuts, CLA’s tuition is still lower than other colleges’. In 2009, there was a vote to increase CBFs across campus, which would have raised CLA tuition. Then-Cal Poly President Warren Baker recommended approval, but the California State University Chancellor denied it. “One of the issues that I’ve heard is that it has the fallacy that CLA is less than other colleges, that it’s not as difficult or polytechnic in nature,” Associated Students, Inc. President Jason Colombini said. “The fee kind of adds on to that belief, which is completely not true. Every college at Cal Poly has the difficult parts to it, the easy parts to it and the things that make it what it is.” Epperson plans to advertise the CLA’s high-tech and highcost needs to clear up any false assumptions that liberal arts students don’t need more funds. “I will be doing my best to make sure that faculty and stu-
dents are appropriately informed of what the proposal is and what the potential uses of the additional revenue might be,” Epperson said. “I will meet with any college club that wants to meet with me to answer questions, encourage department chairs to meet with students in their department about this and assure that expenditures will be done through consultative student advisory committees.” Epperson and other proponents of the fee increase will have to work to gain student support to get the proposal passed within the next three months. “The main challenge is that anytime you talk about any type of increase in fee, the initial reaction is negative,” Epperson said. “It’s a normal and appropriate human reaction. My view, at the end of the day, is that student judgment will be made based on what the return is of their investment.” Epperson doesn’t know where the money will go yet, he said, because the consultative process hasn’t been completed. First, the proposal goes to the College Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC), a committee with three students and six Cal Poly employees that reviews university fee increases. Based on an initial review, CFAC makes a
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recommendation to Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong. As of its meeting on Nov. 6, the CFAC decided the proposal was worth moving forward. At the second CFAC meeting on Nov. 13, the dean’s office presented an objective statement. They reviewed drafts of a timeline, a list of action items and alternative consultation strategies. Two students will write pro or con statements for the proposal. The CFAC met on Nov. 20 to finalize the documents. The 30-day public notice period will begin after the CFAC’s final meeting on Jan. 15. During this time, the CFAC will tell students about the proposal
through their Student Communication Plan. The CLA student vote will be collected during the last week of February. When the votes are tallied, they will be sent to the university president. From there, Armstrong and Chancellor Timothy White make the final decision. “At the end of the day, the merit of the idea either carries the vote, or it doesn’t,” Epperson said. “Whether the idea prevails or not, it’s the result of a very careful and thoughtful process driven by our desire to better serve majors — to ensure that they have opportunities equal to those students of other colleges.”
FIRE criticizes Cal Poly investigation into party SEAN MCMINN
Cal Poly’s investigation into an “offensive” fraternitysorority party is now facing criticism from the legislative and policy director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Joe Cohn, who works at FIRE’s headquarters in Philadelphia, said Thursday that Cal Poly’s investigation is unconstitutional based on the information the university has made public so far. The theme of the party in question — “Colonial Bros and Nava-hos” — is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Cohn said. “University officials issued their statement that there’s no place for events like these in the Cal Poly community,” said
Cohn, who was on campus to speak at a Cal Poly College Republicans club event earlier this month. “That claim is just flatly and universally wrong.” The claim Cohn referenced is from a campuswide email President Jeffrey Armstrong and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey sent Monday. In it, they decried the party for being “offensive” to Native Americans and women. Dean of Students Jean DeCosta launched an investigation into the party after receiving complaints from neighbors and Native American faculty, Humphrey said. The students or organizations involved with the party could be found responsible of harassment or intimidation, he added. But case law on the subject is clear that themed par-
ties are not considered harassment, Cohn said. Even launching an investigation into such a party, he said, is against the law. “The investigation in itself kills speech,” he said. “If anyone who made a statement against Obamacare was subject to an investigation, might that silence speech against Obamacare?” University counsel Carlos Cordova declined to comment on Cohn’s remarks. The U.S. Supreme Court defines university harassment as behavior “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victim-students are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities,” according to
FIRE’s website. A misguided party theme does not meet that definition on its own, Cohn said. “Schools try all the time to protect students from offensive speech, and we confront them when they do,” Cohn said. “And it’s really problematic. And how they play out largely depends on how much the students who are subjected to it want to fight it.” Cohn said FIRE would review the Cal Poly case more closely if a student in one of the organizations under investigation brought a complaint to him. FIRE’s legal services are free to students. In contrast to Cohn’s criticism of the investigation, he applauded Cal Poly’s choice to have an open forum discussing racism and sexism Friday.
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Doing approach, Chilton said. “First of all, it is not that (CLA students) weren’t included,” Chilton said. “What happened in this was that we went to produce this video primarily for international students. So we searched the international student body at Cal Poly and the students that came forward were in certain colleges.” In the video, one student is from India, one is from Ireland and one is from China. Chilton hoped the video would be used as a general Learn By Doing video and exemplify Cal Poly for what it is, not highlight any particular majors more than others. “We didn’t have any options for CLA in the amount of search time that we had,” Chilton said. “The CLA was never not planned on being included,” Chilton said. “Wherever that information came from is incorrect. Liberal Arts is going in the video. Marketing has a strong desire to include the CLA in the video … and while we didn’t have students to shoot with, we did shoot additional material to actually be put in for Liberal Arts … Cal Poly said themselves that we have to in-
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Cal Poly’s University Graphic Systems lab is located in Graphic Arts (building (26). clude them, so we are working on that. It’s just that the video got out before we were actually able to make that happen.” CLA will be portrayed through journalism and performing arts aspects of Learn By Doing, Chilton said. Sullivan hopes the completed video will be posted as soon as possible. “On one level, it was wonderful that people loved it, but it was frustrating to not have it have its launch and have us be able to make a big deal out of it,” Sullivan said. “Because we will and want to
make a big deal out of it.” Chilton agreed about the leaked-video mishap. “The sharing was a mistake,” Chilton said. “However, the actual existence of it on Vimeo was not a mistake — we’re allowed to do it.” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong agreed excluding CLA from the video was unintentional. “They are going to reshoot and balance (the video) from a college perspective,” he said. “It will be back. That was a Learn By Doing moment … it wasn’t intentional.”
“The forum is launching a discussion about these issues, and it’s bringing these issues to the forefront instead of letting them fester,” he said. “I think that’s the silver lining with it. But I think it’s really unfortunate it’s coming with the very real threat of censorship.” Before the forum, Safer Coordinator Christina Kaviani said one goal of Friday’s forum was to give students who are angry or have negative feelings a place to voice them. The event aimed to bring people together to come to a common resolution that this type of behavior is wrong and shouldn’t happen again, she said. Most themes have a sexist component to them, and this theme was racist as well, Kaviani said. “It’s always oppressive to women when there are themed
parties with ‘hoes,’ and it is really demeaning to women,” she said. “The themes usually have the man in the more powerful position, and that’s already creating a problem.” Kaviani believes this problem should be treated with a punitive and educational response. Students should be taught this behavior is not acceptable, she said, and Cal Poly should adopt policies to make sure similar parties don’t happen again. Greek organizations have the spotlight on them and people can use it for good, she said. “I was pretty surprised because I do know a lot of members in the greek system who are fantastic people, and I don’t think it’s a representation of the greeks in general, I think it’s a representation of not thinking something through,” she said.
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Stringing hope BRENNA SWANSTON @Brenna_Swanston
Ash and Ember began as a simple, do-good senior project for four Cal Poly students. Now, the project is sparking empowerment and hope in the Haitian community of Montrouis. A group of men and women in Montrouis spend hours every day hand-crafting beads, many from recycled paper. Ash and Ember purchases the beads, uses them to design jewelry, sells the jewelry and gives its profits back to the bead makers in Montrouis. Approximately twothirds of the money goes toward rent, food and educational expenses for the Haitians. The rest goes to jewelry-making supplies. Psychology senior Lauren Swart said she had no idea what was in store when she adopted Ash and Ember as her senior project. She has since traveled to Haiti, met the bead makers and fallen in love with Ash and Ember’s mission. “It makes such a difference when you see a piece of jewelry and the name of the woman who made all these beads, and you know her face and you know her name,” Swart said. “She’s not just ‘someone.’” Ash and Ember aims to provide its bead makers with a stable, sustainable income, she said. This inspired the program’s name. “Ash” represents the darkness, brokenness and severe poverty in Haiti, while “ember” symbolizes hope glowing within the ash. “The little bit of hope that they still have in actually having a sustainable income with this program could start a wildfire,” Swart said. The idea for Ash and Ember began with the program’s adviser, Breanne Minefee, Swart said. Minefee worked with Christian missionary organization Impact Ministries, which sent annual missions to Haiti. Impact’s missionaries tried out several different methods for local Haitians to make sustainable incomes. When they stumbled upon the idea of bead making,
it showed potential, but required a market in the United States to be effective. Minefee turned to Cal Poly students, hoping some might take interest in creating a market for the bead-making program. Swart, along with psychology senior Devrie Donalson, sociology senior Nicole White and business administration senior Caroline Dozier accepted the challenge. Thus, Ash and Ember was born — but the project was not always smooth sailing. Ash and Ember had a rocky start because the Haitians were not used to working for financial relief. “The women weren’t excited about it because they have never had to work hard for a living,” Minefee said. “They’ve just lived and someone has paid for their rent and made it work for them.” Every year, thousands of organizations travel to Haiti to give relief, Minefee said. Most, however, resort to giving financial handouts. “That’s what white people do in Haiti,” she said. “It’s a lot of God providing for them in those ways, but it’s also not empowering them to do it themselves.” Impact’s bead making program sought out community members who were willing to work in return for money to cover rent, food and education, Minefee said. “For half of them, it’s boring, or they think it’s too much work, or they’re not getting paid what they think they should,” Minefee said. “But half of them see it as an opportunity to improve their lives, and to make a difference in their families and save money and start their own businesses.” Ash and Ember has generated approximately $3,000 since September, all of which went toward either jewelry-making supplies or the
bead makers. In addition to giving financially to local Haitians, Ash and Ember also provides empowerment. Many female bead makers are unmarried with children, and Ash and Ember allows them to independently provide for their families — a rare opportunity in their gender-segregated society. “For husbands to be able to provide is a big deal,” Minefee said. “But for these women to be able to provide on their own without needing a husband, to do that for them is a really big deal.” Right now, Ash and Ember’s biggest obstacle is its inability to build inventory. Each piece of jewelry Ash and Ember places on Facebook or its website sells within one or two days. Buyers are usually people who have visited Haiti or who are involved with Impact and sympathize with Ash and Ember’s mission. The program’s only full-time jewelry makers are the four Cal Poly seniors and Minefee. They try to hold monthly volunteer days, providing snacks and drinks in exchange for people to help make jewelry. “I think it can be successful, but we need to get someone on the ground in Haiti,” Minefee said. “Someone from here who has knowledge and experience and a desire to walk with those people and help them stay motivated, to figure out new and inventive ways for them to make a life for themselves.” Swart and Donalson spent a month in Haiti over the summer working with the bead makers. Despite their cultural differences and language barriers, meeting the Haitians who worked with Ash and Ember changed Swart’s perspective on the program, she said. “It was a really cool thing, not even being see BEADS, pg. 5
Monday, November 25, 2013
SLO Bacon Fest goes ham KELLY TROM
It was a bacon lover’s heaven and every pig’s worst nightmare. It was the first SLO Bacon Fest held this past Saturday at the Alex Madonna Expo Center. Local vendors from restaurants, breweries, wineries and sweet shops donated bacon-inspired samples to raise money for Ward House Charities to start an after-school program to feed hungry children in San Luis Obispo County. Attendees wandered through the Expo Center with food piling high on tiny brown plates. Some even showed their devotion to bacon with their outfit choices. One man wore a T-shirt with Ron Swanson’s face, a “Parks and Recreation” TV character that loves bacon and breakfast food. Another had bacon pajama pants emblazoned with the words, “Bacon is my life.” Even more attendees
sported bacon-related shirts, one with the infinity sign made of bacon. The number of bacon-related food seemed infinite as well. Local vendors brought some of their most popular bacon menu items. For example, Woodstock’s Pizza served up barbecue bacon pizza. SLODOCO brought another crowd pleaser: the maple bacon donut. But restaurants were not limited to what was on their regular menu, they could be creative. Chino’s Rock and Tacos brought the heat with bacon-wrapped jalapeños and Creekside Brewing Company served a bacon stout brownie. And of course, there were breakfast favorites supplied by Old West Cinnamon Rolls and House of Bagels. They contributed bacon cinnamon rolls and breakfast bagels with eggs and bacon, respectively. Even the most fanciful combinations came true, with Old San Luis BBQ Co. serving not only a tri-tip sandwich with
candied bacon, but also a chocolate shake complete with bacon bits that were small enough to be sucked up the straw. And if all of the pairings of local wine and beer weren’t enough to satisfy your bacon cravings, Bakon Vodka was served by the self-titled company based in Seattle. Paso Robles resident Taryn Pollack came to the event with friends to sample all of the unique bacon pairings. “We love bacon, beer and wine, and we are always looking for new events in the area,” Pollack said. Despite the crowds moving up and down the four main aisle ways, Pollack and friends were able to make their way to a table to enjoy their samples. “It is a little bit crowded, but I think the vendors are doing a good job at getting people through,” Pollack said. “There are some open spaces that you can hang out and get away from the crowd, which is nice.” Pollack’s friend and Ventura
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resident Megan Hellerstein liked the more traditional samples. “My favorite sample was the G. Brother’s sandwich,” Hellerstein said. “It was super flavorful.” Animal science junior Samantha Smith, decked out in a pink tutu and pig snout, had been looking forward to
the Bacon Fest for months. “I have been following the event on Facebook since May or June and telling all of my friends about it, and that was before they even released the date,” Smith said. She came to enjoy all of the bacon samples and prove her
devotion to bacon through the Bacon Queen Pageant. “I am actually a meat science concentration and have had an internship in the meat industry,” she said. “It sounds nerdy to say, but it has always been a big part of my life.”
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I know those faces. I held their hands. I smiled at them. I cried with them. I know these people personally. LAUREN SWART PSYCHOLOGY SENIOR
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able to directly communicate with these people, but they knew the heart we had for this program and we knew their gratefulness and how thankful they were,” Swart said. “Those are the things you can feel without words — the unspokens.” Swart was able to bring skills she learned from her psychology courses into Ash and Ember as well as her experience in Haiti. “I learned a lot about cross-cultural needs,” Swart said. “With psychology, it’s all about people and getting to know them and their thoughts and the reasons behind why they do the things they do. I was prepared as I could be to go into a thirdworld country and be multiculturally competent.” Swart also learned how to work with a team in which each member has a different educational background. “Each individual person’s gifts can bring something new
to a really big project,” she said. “It’s a huge dream, and just to see where it’s come so far, I can’t believe that these things are happening already. I know it wouldn’t have happened without the creativity, dedication and different visions of all the girls.” Swart now hopes to make Ash and Ember her livelihood after graduation. “It would be really rewarding to see this turn into a business that flourishes and that I would be able to put so much time and effort into because I don’t have to put it somewhere else, trying to make a living,” she said. However, Swart often finds herself distracted by school and concerns for her future. “It definitely goes in waves,” she said. “It’s not constant fire and passion for this. It’s so easy to get distracted, especially in a college bubble. You’re so selfish and self-centered and worried about your future.” When Swart becomes sidetracked by school or gets exhausted or frustrated by the program’s demands, she simply looks at photos from her trip to Haiti. Seeing the
bead makers’ faces renews her drive for Ash and Ember. “I know those faces,” Swart said. “I held their hands. I smiled at them. I cried with them. I know these people personally.” Swart no longer feels only an academic obligation to her senior project, but a moral one as well. “They have a need, and I have the opportunity to help,” she said. “How dare I not take advantage of that? How dare I not offer everything that I have for this program?” White also tackled Ash and Ember for her senior project. She wants to work with nonprofit organizations in her future, and Ash and Ember has given her invaluable tools for achieving that goal, she said. “This has taught me more than anything else could have,” White said. “Through things we’ve done well, things we’ve failed at, unexpected challenges or really awesome opportunities — I’ve just learned an incredible amount.” White hopes to see Ash and Ember flourish in the future. “I just really want this to be
something that can grow and really help create something sustainable for the people
we’re working with,” she said. “We have a long way to go and a lot of things to work on
and do, but I really see potential in it, so I hope that it continues after this year.”
Monday, November 25, 2013
The audio files
English is so 2012: Destroyer releases EP of Spanish covers Parker Evans is an economics senior and Mustang News music columnist. English isn’t an easy language to master. It has a wide range of sounds, a specific grammar and syntax, and depending on your definition, the largest vocabulary found anywhere in the world. Even so, Dan Bejar is kind of
over English. After almost 10 years as the only constant member of Vancouver indie rock band Destroyer and part-time songwriter for The New Pornographers, Bejar announced Destroyer would be releasing an EP, straightforwardly titled Five Spanish Songs. “The English language seemed spent, despicable, not eas-
ily singable,” the accompanying statement read. “It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it.” The only foreign language Bejar knows is Spanish (not French like a good Canadian), so Destroyer recorded and released an EP covering five songs from Spain’s own Sr. Chinnaro. For the uninitiated,
Sr. Chinarro is the pen name adopted by Antonio Luque. Constant across every one of Luque’s songs is a dry humor and a confident baritone voice — think Bill Callahan — but the music never gets in the way of his impressive descriptive talents, which are immediately apparent to even novice hispanohablantes. Five Spanish Songs gets off to a relatively strong start with “Maria De Las Nieves.” Originally from Sr. Chinarro’s fantastic Presidente, the opener finds Luque’s lyricism at its finest, depicting a captivating scene where partygoers are “esterilizantes con alcohol, practicantes de una rara religión.” Bejar’s adaptation here is faithful, perhaps too much so, but it highlights the problems inherent in Five Spanish Songs. Bejar’s Spanish is surprisingly passable (for a Canadian), but his voice lacks the authority required for Sr. Chinarro’s detached, observational judgments, and fans who recognize Bejar as “that other guy from the New Pornographers” will know that his reedy,
thin voice isn’t exactly a baritone. Equally problematic is the fact that too many of the covers themselves seem half-baked. “El Rito” starts out with an energetic power pop riff that Bejar can’t quite seem to capitalize on, and “Del Monton” might as well be a parody of insipid European café muzak. In every instance on Five Spanish Songs, the original trumps the cover. In some sense, even if all this EP does is turn more listeners on
the table. There’s a disconnect between artist and listener persisting throughout the 18-minute run time that goes deeper than a simple language barrier. Spanish does afford some creative liberties that go beyond being a novel diversion for an English-speaking band — for one, it allows Luque to rhyme the words “Franz Kafka,” which might be challenging in English — but it would be a stretch to call Five Spanish Songs anything more than a poorly conceived stunt. English is the native tongue of Mark Twain and Bob Dylan and David Foster Wallace, hardly “spent” and “despicable.” Right now, the Spanish-language indie music scene is better than ever (check out Chile’s Gepe and Alex Anwandter or Venezuela’s La Vida Boheme). It certainly doesn’t need Dan Bejar. It’s hard to tell just how tongue-in-cheek Bejar’s statement was. Regardless, if Five Spanish Songs had been designed as a tribute to an elite songwriter rather than a kiss-off to an entire language, perhaps it would have been more honest and creative.
... if Five Spanish Songs had been designed as a tribute to an elite songwriter rather than a kiss-off to an entire language, perhaps it would have been more honest and creative. to Sr. Chinarro, it will have been a success, but Destroyer can’t bring anything new to
Monday, November 25, 2013
Immature party, inappropriate reaction MUSTANG NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD
From the actions of greek life to those of campus administrators, the “Nava-hos” incident this past week showed some of the worst of our university to the world. The organizations that held a “Colonial Bros and Nava-hos”themed party earlier this month need to reevaluate of their judgment and sensitivity. Those who hosted the party need to own up to their mistake to everyone on campus, not just send their public relations director to apologize after being called out at a campus forum. But Cal Poly also needs a reminder in its duties as part of the state government; free speech cannot fall by the wayside, even when students engage in ideas that are as insensitive as the fraternity party. That’s not to say the actions of those greeks involved in the event are defendable. Though its been pointed out several times now, it is still important to say: Everyone, not just
Native Americans, should be offended by the fact this party happened. Men should be offended by it. Fraternity men, those who claim to be the top leaders on campus, took a cheap shot at women by exploiting their sexuality with a reference to the rape and slaughter of Native Americans. Those who thought it was OK to have this party poorly represent the men on campus who treat women with respect and recognize the gravity of what American colonials did to indigenous people. To the men who participated in it, it was your responsibility to say something. For those of you who did not, your inaction created an environment at your university where all female students can be labeled as “hos,” simply for being women. That environment has now made local, national and international news, casting Cal Poly as a racist and immature campus to people far beyond San Luis Obispo. Native Americans, of course, should
reject what happened. As our editorial board contains no one of native descent, we’ll leave it Jennifer Rose Denetdale, an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and member of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission to say why. She wrote a response to the party published in Indian Country Today Media Network, a national newsmagazine for natives in the U.S. “To invoke ‘Colonial Bros,’” she wrote, “is to refer to one of the most darkest moments in American history and certainly for the Navajo people, it is a reference to one of the most brutal, humiliating, and devastating experiences under American colonialism. “To refer to the scantily clad women who came as ‘Nava-Hos’ is to not only diminish the Navajo people as whole, because the term connotes ‘whore’ and ‘prostitute’ and suggests that Navajo women were sexually available to the white soldiers; it says that it is not possible to rape or sexually assault Navajo women, because they are inherently rapable. ‘Colonial Bros and NavaHos’ is also a slander on Navajo women who have survived
rape and sexual assault that was a part of conquest.” And women need to take these events seriously, too. Yes, faculty from the Women and Gender Studies Department rightly called out greek life for its immaturity at an open forum Friday, but the outrage isn’t as widespread all over campus. In an online survey by Mustang News, the majority of responses defended greek life. These “bros and hos” parties regularly draw hundreds of women — and they’re often from sororities. Change in this area needs to come from a commitment by sorority leaders to discourage members from attending these parties. These leaders need to stop condoning their members as they label themselves as “hos” and “sluts” by attending these kinds of parties. How they choose to dress is irrelevant. Events with misogynistic titles alienate women who might otherwise attend. And just as these leaders can express their own personal opinions, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong can do the same by denouncing this party as something that offends his own beliefs.
But using university resources to investigate and try to stop these parties is an absolute violation of students’ right to free speech. In an email to campus telling students about this party, Armstrong and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said that “events like these have no place in the Cal Poly community.” While the two might believe this, it isn’t true. Courts have ruled again and again that citizens — including those at universities — have a right to say what they want, even if it’s unpopular. Party themes can be tasteless; costumes can be objectifying. But unless students are targeted and lose access to state resources because of it, there’s no legal reason the state should stop that speech. Based on what Cal Poly has released so far about why it is investigating — that some people found the party theme and dress “offensive” — the university should immediately drop its investigation. In this case, it is appropriate for university leaders to call out the party’s hosts for their ignorance and immaturity in choosing this theme. They’d be correct in doing so. But as long as the First Amendment stands, it is not Cal Poly’s place to try to stop this act of free speech through the threat of investigation or punishment. This represents the opinion of the Mustang News editorial board, which includes J.J. Jenkins, Carly Rickards, Sean McMinn and Olivia DeGennaro.
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Free speech trumps ignorant party Eric Stubben is a mechanical engineering sophomore and Mustang News conservative columnist. These views do not necessarily reflect the opinion or editorial coverage of Mustang News. Eighteenth century French writer, Voltaire, once wrote, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to death your right to say it.” Ironically, he also had a not-so striking revelation: “Common sense is not so common.” I’m not sure I can find any two quotes to better summarize the events of last weekend’s “Colonial Bros and Nava-hos” party. Although the party’s theme is quite creative, it clearly wasn’t thought out. Any public party theme that mixes a derogatory, slang word for women with a race or ethnicity is certain to cause a stir. What concerns me isn’t the party itself, but Cal Poly’s administrative response to the party. First of all, realize this is only a fraternity party. I guarantee this isn’t the first frat party that uses the word “hoe” or other degrading terms. Thrusting the theme of a fraternity party into the spotlight of the entire university is an irresponsible, shoot-fromthe hip reaction. Our administration is bringing an issue to the forefront that can have no form of punishment. The United States Constitution protects freedom of speech in the First Amendment. Referenced in a Mustang News article last week, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on university harassment sets a high level of offense before words exceed free speech and are labeled “harassment.” Words or actions must be “so
severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from victims’ educational experience, and the victims are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities.” The party clearly did not overstep any of the Supreme Court’s outlined boundaries. It’s rare that a party actually affects one’s educational experience, and this one certainly did not. The most important thing in defense of the party’s theme is that while it may have offended and frustrated some, it did not forcefully restrict access to any of Cal Poly’s resources or opportunities. Women, minorities or others offended by the party’s theme did not have to attend. Cal Poly’s United Sorority and selves to Cal Poly. a poor play on words at a fraterFraternity Council (USFC) byAlthough our administra- nity party. laws state that the purpose of the tion set up a forum to discuss Not one student stood up council is to, “ensure a pleasant the issue, it seemed like noth- and defended the party’s First social atmosphere,” and “foster ing more than a waste of time. Amendment right at the focultural awareness both on and More than 100 people gath- rum. Why? I presume the off campus.” While the party ered in Chumash Auditorium overwhelming number of most likely did not foster cultur- to beat the terms “racism” and pro-punishment supporters at al awareness, the the forum crewording of the byated such a blaWith our administration’s laws is vague and tantly one-sided no punishments atmosphere that overreaction to the party, are defined. it would’ve been If Cal Poly hard to hear one any punishment will be highly truly wants to voice from propursue a punFirst Amendpublicized and could be ishment against ment activists. highly unconstitutional. the party’s host, This whole isthe school may sue is jeopardizbe in danger of escalating the “tolerance” to death. Some even ing race relations and the future current issue into national went as far as to say they felt of diversity at Cal Poly. Presiheadlines. Racism, oppression uncomfortable on campus and dent Armstrong stated in his and bigotry will reflect upon generalized Cal Poly as a racist agenda at the beginning of the Cal Poly on a national stage. and oppressive school. Another year that improving diversity While these are the ideals our student stretched Native Amer- on campus is one of his main administration feels it must ican relations into a comparison goals. By magnifying such an issubdue, they are exactly the with the Holocaust. These gen- sue into the spotlight, President ideals that are gaining media eralizations are far more insult- Armstrong and his staff are seattention and attaching them- ing to students at Cal Poly than verely hindering the success of
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this goal. With our administration’s overreaction to the party, any punishment will be highly publicized and could be highly unconstitutional. When all is said and done, the students of Cal Poly need clarity on the issue. What is the greater concern? Is it the racial play on words, the degradation of women, or the lack of diversity at Cal Poly? None of these will be solved quickly, let alone through a forum. What we need to know is if Cal Poly is willing to respect our freedom of speech. While racial tensions and degradation of women are problems that still exist in modern society, a breach of our constitutional right to freedom of speech is significant. Cal Poly’s administration does not have to agree with everything said on campus, but they must respect our right to say it.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
Volleyball drops match to CSF on senior night EVAN MORTER
The Cal Poly volleyball team ended its home season on a somber note Saturday night with a loss to Cal State Fullerton. The Mustangs lost one of their key players to injury and dropped the match 3-1, leaving them in sixth place in the Big West Conference standings with two matches remaining on the schedule. Cal Poly began the match with a 25-19 win in the first set, but dropped the next three. In the fourth set, Chelsea Hardin’s lower leg injury hurt the team’s chances as they fell 25-19 in that final set. “When Chelsea went down, we never really recovered," head coach Sam Crosson said. "It was like the wheels came off and then the passing got a little shaky.” Hardin came into the match with the second-best kill-per-set ratio on the team (2.94) and had 12 kills before the injury. The Mustangs also had minor lapses in focus, which proved to be costly, Megan McConnell, who leads the team in kills, said. “I think we were really focused in the first set and then let up a bit," she said. "This was the last match for the seniors, and sometimes emotions get the best of you.” The Mustangs got off to a quick start led by McConnell and her five kills to earn the win in the first set. Cal State Fullerton then fought back to win two tightly contested sets, 25-22 in the second and 25-23 in the third. In the fourth, Hardin’s injury had an evident impact on the team as the Mustangs
quickly found themselves trailing 21-9 and fought back until a 25-19 scoreline sealed their fate. “(After Hardin’s injury), I think we were a little rattled, but came back and made a good run in the end," McConnell said. "I’m really proud of our effort in the end.” Cal Poly now will look ahead to its final two games of the season against UC Irvine on Friday and Long Beach State on Saturday. “These are two teams we haven’t seen since the first week of the conference, so a lot has changed in 10 weeks," Crosson said. "I think both Long Beach and Irvine are playing better now than the first time we saw them.” Long Beach (10-5) is currently in fourth place and UC Irvine (5-10) is currently tied for sixth with Cal Poly. Two wins for the Mustangs could move them into sole possession of fifth in the conference. “We’re fighting to finish as high as we can in the conference," Crosson said. "It’s gut-check time. It’s time to figure out whether we’re going to go down there and compete and fight to win, or whether or not we’re satisfied with where we are right now.” The next two matches will be the last played by the seniors in a Cal Poly uniform, and McConnell said it’s going to be an emotional ending. “It’s been a long five years, and this is my home away from home, so it’s going to be hard to move on," McConnell said.
Mustangs charge past Bears MUSTANG NEWS STAFF REPORT
The Cal Poly football team used three touchdowns from senior fullback Akaninyene Umoh to defeat Northern Colorado 42-14 in Greeley, Colo. on Saturday afternoon. It was the team's final game of the season. Senior quarterback Chris Brown also accounted for three touchdowns against the Bears as he passed for two
scores and ran for another. He finished the game with 101 rushing yards and completed 10 of 16 passes for 129 yards. With the win, Cal Poly improved its overall record to 6-6 and its Big Sky mark to 5-3, which was good enough for a fourth-place tie with UC Davis, Montana State and Southern Utah. Northern Colorado finished the season 1-11 (0-8 Big Sky) after the Bears dropped their last 11 games of the season following a season-opening
win against Langston. Senior safety Alex Hubbard recorded Cal Poly’s first kick return for a touchdown in 11 years with a 94-yard return in the fourth quarter. Cal Poly was held to 36 yards and no points in the first quarter but broke out for 21 points in the second frame to pull away from Northern Colorado. The Mustangs racked up 466 yards of total offense, 307 of which came on the ground, while they held Northern Colorado to 334 yards.
Cal Poly picked off Bear’s quarterback Seth Lobato four times Saturday. Senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz grabbed his first-career interception in his final game in a Cal Poly uniform. Lobato finished with 206 yards of offense on 22 of 34 passing for the Bears. Freshman receiver Carson McMurtrey led the pass-catchers with 48 yards on three receptions for Cal Poly, while junior slotback Kristaan Ivory finished with 85 yards rushing.
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Sophomore quarterback Chris Brown accounted for three touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Cal Poly routs Bethesda, 78-39
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Coming off three straight losses to open its season, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team snapped the slide against arguably its weakest opponent on an otherwise tough non-conference schedule. The Mustangs used a careerhigh 14 points from sophomore wing David Nwaba as 12 different Cal Poly players scored in a 78-39 rout of Bethesda inside Mott Athletics Center on Saturday afternoon. “We didn’t play too well in the Fresno game, so we knew we had to step it up a little bit and play more aggressive,” Nwaba said. “That’s what Coach talked about and I think we did that.” Bethesda, a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, is an Anaheim-based university in just its second year with a basketball program. “Anybody who saw the game
could tell we had the physical advantage,” head coach Joe Callero said. “We had them by two inches and 20 pounds at most of the positions. Our point is, well, we go into a lot of games and we’re in a physical disadvantage.” Cal Poly’s sophomore forward Brian Bennett added 10 points and five rebounds while senior forward Chris Eversley poured in five points and grabbed eight boards for the Mustangs. “I don’t think we’re going to get too many opportunities to see 12 guys score,” Callero said. “Getting eight would be a good number, or 10. I don’t see myself playing 12 guys on a regular basis.” Cal Poly dropped its seasonopener to then-No. 5 Arizona before losing its home-opener to Nevada and another to Fresno State this past week. But the Mustangs got into the win column on Saturday, marking their 13th victory in 14 previous contests at home. “It’s always nice to get a win,”
senior guard Jamal Johnson said. “It’s always nice to get a win at home. Seeing as we struggled at home last time it was nice to come out and get the win.” Bethesda jumped out early with a layup from Daniel Chavez before several 3-pointers put the Flames up 10-7 with 14:42 to play in the first half. Cal Poly made a run to close out the first half, though, outscoring Bethesda 27-8 headed into the locker room. The Mustangs picked up where they left off as Nwaba completed a 3-point play on their first possession of the second half. Using a 13-0 run sparked by junior forward Anthony Silvestri’s 3-pointer midway through the second half, Cal Poly went on to score 44 points in that closing frame. “The second half was the first time that I thought that we really physically overwhelmed somebody,” Callero said. “We were more aggressive to the ball, more aggressive to the
I don’t think we’re going to get too many opportunities to see 12 guys score. JOE CALLERO
MEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH
rebound and more aggressive handling the ball.” Only three Cal Poly players played more than 20 minutes while 14 total saw action on the night. Highly-touted freshman guard Markel Leonard made his first collegiate appearance when he came in with 4:22 left in the game. He ended the night 0 for 1 shooting. “We really feel that guards need to play,” Callero said of redshirting his backcourt play-
ers. “Bigs can afford to have that development year, but guards develop more by getting on the court.” Cal Poly out-rebounded Bethesda 47-26 and shot 47 percent from the floor. The team also shot 50 percent in the second half. Alex Reynolds led the Flames with nine points and four rebounds as Bethesda shot 28 percent from the field. Chavez added seven
points on 3 of 6 shooting. The Flames didn’t attempt a free throw, a feat that has never occurred in Callero’s five-year tenure at Cal Poly. The Mustangs return to the floor Friday when they take on North Dakota in the opening round of the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge hosted by Oregon. Cal Poly will then play Pacific on Saturday and Oregon on Sunday in the later rounds of the tourney.