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The California State Student Association (CSSA), a nonprofit student association that represents the California State University (CSU) system on the state and national level, is working to implement a system-wide fee that would provide funding for the organization. The fee, which is currently being discussed with CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, is estimated to be approximately $1 per person and

would provide consistent funding for CSSA. CSSA is recognized as the official voice of all 23 CSU campuses, and currently receives funding solely from university memberships. Each CSU has the choice of whether or not to be a part of CSSA and pays a yearly base fee on top of the 60 cents per student to maintain membership. Though membership fluctuates from year to year, all 23 campuses are currently members. The Chancellor is only one step in the process to getting the fee approved. CSSA’s “Stability Plan” maps out the yearby-year timeline that the group plans to take in order to implement the fee. From November 2010 to now, the goal was to talk to Reed and work with him to approve the fee. If that didn’t work, the organization planned to sponsor legislation in order to pass the fee. And if that failed, members intended to seek implementation members through student referendums in spring 2012. Despite the timeline, CSSA is still working with Reed to implement the systemwide fee. Cal Poly Associated Students, Inc.

(ASI) President Kiyana Tabrizi said she doesn’t necessarily disagree with the proposition, but she does disagree with the approach CSSA is taking to enact the fee. “We want a system-wide fee in order to fund this organization to speak on behalf of students and fight for students,” Tabrizi said. “But we, Cal Poly ASI, think there’s a right way to do it, and we don’t think that going through legislation is right. We don’t think it makes sense. And we don’t think asking the Chancellor makes sense.” Tabrizi said she believes the only right way to go about implementing a system-wide fee is to ask the students their opinion. “First of all, it makes us look pretty naïve and not very politically savvy if we’re against all fees, but we want one for (CSSA),” she said. “We have to be smarter about that. And secondly, I think one of the fears is that if we ask the students on every campus, students might say, ‘No’.” Tabrizi would rather present the information gathered from a student referendum to the Chancellor, whether positive or negative, and let him make the decision, she said. CSSA Executive Director Miles Nevin disagreed. He said he doesn’t feel going to students is the best route. “Students don’t know what CSSA is,” Nevin said, “so how is CSSA going to go to each campus and try to run 23 referenda and try to get those passed?” Being afraid that students will say “No” is not a valid reason and should only fuel CSSA to make students more aware of the organization, Tabrizi said. “I tell them all the time, we might be scared, but that should just fuel us to present our message as well as we can and to be available to students to get (them) to realize the importance of this and how far see CSSA, pg. 3

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Cal Poly’s ‘centerpiece’ set to be finished in one year DYLAN HONEA-BAUMANN were some heavy rains which caused some challenges; however, completion of the Every week, approximately project is still scheduled for 120 construction workers May 2013. come to Cal Poly to con“I think the building is gotinue building the new six- ing to be fabulous,” Cal Poly story Center for Science and President Jeffrey Armstrong Mathematics. The $132 mil- said. “It’ll be a centerpiece for lion project was funded by us. There’s a lot of open space, state education construction there’s places where students bonds which were approved can congregate; in addition by voters, plus $20 million to, of course, classrooms and places for learning.” from private donations. College of Science and Construction broke ground on Oct. 10, 2010, when the Mathematics Dean Philip north side of the old Science Bailey expanded on what building, which was approx- Armstrong said about the imately 40,000 square feet Center for Science and Mathand built in the ‘50s, was de- ematics being Cal Poly’s molished to make room for centerpiece. He said having the new one. The new build- the building in the center of ing located in the center of campus is a symbolic thing. “The symbolism is powcampus is 197,000 square feet, close to five times the erful because science and size of what was demolished. mathematics are central to During the excavation pe- the polytechnic curriculum, riod of the project, there and the Center for Science

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and Mathematics is at the geographic center of campus,” Bailey said. Bailey currently teaches organic chemistry in a portion of the old Science building (building 52) that remains. The conditions there are worse than those in the building that was demolished, Bailey said. The university is still looking into what the old building will be used for in the future, though, and there’s talk about it being used for student projects, he said. “It isn’t that building 52 is a bad thing, it’s just not a good place for science,” Bailey said. “We’ve called it the ‘Big Squeeze.’” He said the college is currently taking all the classes that were offered in the old building and squeezing see CENTERPIECE, pg. 2

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Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is continuing to prepare for the transition into the 2012-13 school year with newly-elected representatives; one of whom was agricultural sciences senior Kaitlin Harr who was voted the next ASI chair of the Board of Directors at the group’s meeting last Wednesday. Harr was one of four candidates, including Nate Honeycutt, Derek Majewski and Tatiana Prestininzi. During the three-hour meeting, each candidate gave a five-minute presentation and answered questions from fellow board members. After the Q-and-A portion, candidates were asked to leave the room and the current board discussed each candidates’ presentation and experience. The candidates then returned to the room, and as roll call was taken, each board member gave their vote. Harr won with a majority vote of 13 out of the 25 board members present. Harr’s current position is vice chair of the board, which has prepared her to transition to chair, she said. “We learned so much that I can’t imagine coming in next year and not having those lessons in my mind,” Harr said. The lessons she learned as

vice chair included the responsibilities of the chair who has the job of facilitating the bimonthly board of directors meetings “You’re there to make sure that you provide a comfortable environment and an atmosphere where board members can truly be the best representative of their college and bring forth ideas,” she said. There are many different perspectives and ideas because of the unique opinions that come with each director being involved in so many outside activities, Harr said. “I think the most important thing for the chair is that neutral welcoming atmosphere because you can think something is ridiculous,” she said, “or you can think something is the best idea ever, but it doesn’t matter because it’s not your decision ultimately.” The chair of the board also serves as a facilitator outside of meetings by helping any director that has an issue or problem they would like to discuss. “You have board members coming in and they could want to talk about something going on in their personal life or they could want to talk about a bill or resolution that they want to happen,” Harr said. “So it’s being open and being really approachable to all of that.” On top of facilitating and

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supporting, the chair of the board is also part of the leadership team, which consists of the ASI president, chair of the board, vice chair of the board, chief of staff and University Union Advisory Board chair and vice chair. “Officers work closely with academic senate and administration and the university president,” she said. “So you have to be up on all of the issues going on in that level that a lot of students never really see or are never involved with.” During the past school year, Harr worked closely with the current chair of the board, agricultural sciences senior Katie Titus. Titus is excited to watch Harr continue to grow in a new position, she said. “I think that (Harr) is going to do an amazing job,” Titus said. “She’s really got to see the insight of my position and what chair of the board is like behind the scenes. She’s a really strong leader.” ASI President-elect Katie Morrow has also had experience working with Harr during the past school year and said she thinks Harr has a lot to bring to the table, she said. “(Harr) is going to do a great job at the role because she had a chance to play the support position all year and she got to watch and learn,” Morrow said. “She wasn’t necessarily calling the shots, but she got to be in the support position.” With her experience as vice chair, Harr is excited to have the opportunity to work with the board and continue her support position, she said. “I value being a support system a lot more than I do chair of the board,” Harr said. “I kept saying it during the meeting: ‘It’s not my board; I’m your chair.’ And that’s how I really feel.”

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them into other places for the time being. “Current students are getting a good education, it’s just not as good as what we’ll have,” Bailey said. “I can imagine people would say this isn’t a good situation, but it’s just what you got to do to rebuild.” Bailey also said he is looking forward to the changes to come with the new building. Currently, both organic chemistry labs have 16 students and there are two exhaust hoods per lab room. The organic chemistry labs in the new building will have nine fume exhaust hoods each, he said. Each one of the old fume exhaust hoods uses $3,000 to $5,000 worth of electricity a year: One hood takes the same amount of electricity as three to four houses do in a year. Bailey said he doesn’t know how much energy the new ones will use, but they’re computer operated and the energy used will be just a fraction of what the old ones use. The project manager for the construction of the Center for Mathematics and Science, Barbara Queen, discussed additional features of the new Center for Science and Mathematics. Types of rooms in the building will include offices, integrated lab and lecture rooms, club rooms, utility closets, restrooms, storage rooms and conference rooms, Queen said, and there will be men’s and women’s restrooms on every floor approximately five fixtures each. With the new integrated studios that allow for class and lab activities to happen in the same room, there’s greater flexibility in adding more classes, Queen said. There are approximately 100 labs, more than 70 offices and about 6,000 square feet of student interaction space, Queen wrote in an email. There are also different roofs at different levels of the building. On the west side of the third f loor there will be a green roof, which will be sedum, a plant that‘s very low maintenance. Students, faculty and staff will have viewing access to the roof. Queen said maybe in time, biological sciences students and faculty might even want to use the green roof for research. Another portion of the building will be the atrium, which contains the offices and interactive space. The atrium will be open f loorto-f loor. On the fourth through sixth floors, there will be natural ventilation with automated windows. The point of using this type of ventilation is to make people feel like they’re outside rather than inside, Queen said. The building also has passive heating and coolingtype chill beams. It will feature radiation panels that heat or cool the air at ceiling level, and the air distributes down at a low velocity. Another unique thing the building has is a commuter shower room. It’s a single-

occupant-style room with a shower and bathroom for faculty who commute more than 10 miles to campus. “We’re trying to encourage people to be more energy efficient,” Queen said. “You really need to qualify to use the room. It’s not just a onesize-fits-all type of thing.” This is one of the first commuter-style services available in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building used for academic purposes at Cal Poly, she said. According to the U.S. Green Building Council website, LEED certification “provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.” LEED has four levels of certification that run on a point system based on the amount of “green” building criteria that a construction project meets. The certification levels include certified, silver, gold and platinum — the highest level of certification. The current goal is for the Center for Science and Mathematics to receive gold certification. The old building had accessibility issues, Queen said, which led to a lower efficiency rating. There are also hallways that don’t meet current standards, which is a liability for the campus, Queen said. According to Queen, approximately 50 percent of the lab service facilities don’t operate properly. Current teaching methodologies require computers in every room, unlike in the ‘50s when the old building was built, she said. Another problem with the old building is the presence of empty rooms with windows open while the heater is running. With the ventilation system in the new building, this won’t be a problem, Queen said. In addition to designing the building to meet current standards and implementing unique features, providing more community space for the campus is also a main part of the project plan. One major part of the community space will be Centennial Park, an area that will feature green space, walkways and a plaza. The funding for the Center for Science and Mathematics project will pay for half of the park, Queen said. There will also be a new path to connect Via Carta to the Center for Science and Mathematics. In order to enforce all the expected changes, Queen coordinates and runs ideas through Johan Uyttewaal, the associate director of Facilities, Planning and Capital Projects. His is one of the final signatures needed for changes to the project. “My role with the new Center for (the) Science and Mathematics building project is supervising all the project managers and focusing on things like financing

and negotiation,” Uyttewaal said. The new science and mathematics building had been an idea for at least 10 years before the project broke ground, he said. “I think we’ve accomplished the vision that was made for the building,” he said. “The new building will be state of the art and more energy efficient than the old building.” Uyttewaal also said the construction plan aimed to conserve a portion of the existing vegetation. “We protected some of the trees on the north side of the building and built around them,” Uyttewaal said, “and there’s a tree that’s pretty close to the building in the back on the south side.” Another project that was paid for through the Center for Science and Mathematics funding is the Central Plant Project. Though money for the project came from the same funding, it has a different project management. The purpose of the Central Plant Project is to have more chilled water, which is used for cooling buildings and equipment on campus. Features of the project include a large thermal energy storage tank that is covered with tan insulation (it was red until last quarter) between the Engineering South and Graphic Arts buildings, an additional large chiller and the completion of the campus chilled water loop. As far as the actual construction and safety goes, Uyttewaal said the contractor of the project is on top of security and safety, and the project has been injury-free so far. The contractor owns the contract site, for Cal Poly’s security. The biggest challenge has been delivery of materials and circulation around the building, Uyttewaal said. The University Police Department has helped with traffic during deliveries, but it hasn’t been needed for anything else related to the project yet, he said. Another aspect of the project that was planned for was providing parking for the 120 construction workers that work on the project each day. They have a parking zone, which is reserved at the big parking lot on Grand Avenue, he said. In addition to the contracted construction workers, some construction management students, led by professors, have put on hard hats and protective gear to visit the site as a Learn By Doing opportunity. Uyttewaal said this is giving some benefits to the campus courses during construction. Students are also utilizing the construction site as an opportunity for the projects in their academic program. A couple of the students are looking at the rigidity of the building as it goes up, Uyttewaal said. “We’re very proud of this project,” Uyttewaal said. “It’s a great project for the campus and for the students. I think they’re going to be pretty happy with their building ... that’s really the most important thing.”


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opinion of going through a student referendum, though, and have threatened to stop being part of the organization, Tabrizi said. ASI President-elect Katie Morrow also said a referendum makes the most sense, and she plans to continue pushing for one after Tabrizi leaves, she said. Cal Poly ASI created a resolution and submitted it to the organization. The resolution states ASI is in support of CSSA and knows funding is a key component of their effectiveness. “We are committed to a system-wide fee if it’s passed through student referendum by a majority of students on a majority of campuses,” Tabrizi said. Amber Diller contributed to this article.

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The battle between the Obama administration and some prominent Catholic institutions intensified Monday when 43 Catholic groups, including the archdioceses of Washington, D.C., New York, Notre Dame and Catholic universities, filed suit across the country challenging a federal mandate requiring them to provide contraception to employees. The organizations said the administration’s contraceptive requirement would compel them to violate church teaching.

A federal judge Monday sentenced a former top official of Haiti’s state-owned telephone company to nine years in prison, after describing his testimony as “ludicrous” that the bribes he took from two Miami businesses were gifts for doing a good job for them. “It’s perjurious,” U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez said of Jean Duperval’s trial testimony in March. Duperval testified that the nearly $500,000 in bribes he received from two local telecom contractors were “tokens of appreciation.”

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A judge ordered a former Rutgers student to serve a threeyear probationary sentence with 30 days in jail, 300 hours of community service, counseling and a $10,000 fine after he was convicted of bias crimes for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate’s liaison in a case that has riveted the nation. The judge had ordered Dharun Ravi to report to Middlesex County Jail at 9 a.m. EDT May 31, but the state plans to appeal so that’s stayed. Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, ended his life in September 2010 days after Ravi watched live-streamed images of him kissing another man, then wrote about it on Twitter. He encouraged Twitter followers to watch a planned second encounter between Clementi and the man, identified only as M.B. in court, but Clementi prevented that from occurring when he unplugged Ravi’s computer. The judge said he did not believe that Ravi hated Clementi but said he acted with “colossal insensitivity.” “This was cold, calculated and methodically conceived,” Berman said. A tired-looking Ravi, appearing in a dark suit, pink shirt and tie, did not speak during the three-plus-hour proceeding but cried while his mother tearfully begged the judge for leniency. “Dharun dreams have been shattered and he has been living in hell for the last 20 months,” Sabitha Ravi said. “As a mother I feel that Dharun has really suffered

enough. My 20-year-old son has too much of a burden on his shoulders.” Their pleas countered those of Tyler Clementis’ mother, Jane, father, Joseph, and brother, James, who argued for a prison sentence because they said Ravi has never shown remorse for his actions. James Clementi said he has been waiting a long time to see remorse exhibited by Ravi to no avail. Instead, he said he saw Ravi falling asleep and laughing with his attorneys at trial. “He discovered Tyler was gay and dismissed him as unworthy of acceptance and kindness,” he said. “He thought he had found the perfect target in Tyler.” Her voice breaking at some points, Jane Clementi recalled the first day she met Ravi when she helped her son unpack in his dorm room. She said Ravi, who was working on his computer, did not acknowledge Clementi and his family until Ravi’s father told him to. “Getting to know Tyler was not what he had in mind,” she said, referring to Ravi only as the roommate. He didn’t get to know “the smart, articulate, humble, funny, talented caring, thoughtful, generous and trustworthy person Tyler was. All he found out was that Tyler was gay.” All three also said it was painful to have to listen to what they considered lies brought by the defense. M.B. was not in the New Brunswick courtroom that was overflowing with family and friends of both the Clementis and Ravis as well as media outlets such as truTV, which aired the proceeding live. But in a statement read by

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Dharun Ravi (left) and attorney Steve Nettl (right) listen to Judge Glenn Berman at the beginning of court on Monday. Ravi was sentenced on charges of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and witness tampering charges. his attorney Richard Pompelio, M.B. said Ravi’s “cruel and childish” actions have caused him great pain and left him feeling embarrassed, empty and fearful. In calling for Ravi to serve some prison time “to reflect on the serious harm he has caused,” he said he believed Ravi exploited his relationship with Clementi in an attempt to gain popularity and attention with new college friends. “I do not believe that he has taken responsibility for his conduct, and to this day he seems to blame me for the actions he took,” M.B. said. “His attorney made it very clear at the trial as did Mr. Ravi in his gratuitous media appearances that I was to be his scapegoat.” Ravi was convicted of all 15 charges including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and witness and evidence tampering, and had faced between five and 10 years in prison. Since the March verdict, Ravi supporters mounted a campaign seeking leniency for the outgoing student whose lawyers have said has unjus-

tifiably become the symbol of anti-gay bias. Members of the IndianAmerican community held a rally at the State House in Trenton, arguing the state’s bias intimidation law should never have been applied to Ravi. They also called for him to receive probation and sent a petition to President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seeking a pardon for Ravi. Berman said the petition to Obama has no legal significance because the president can only pardon crimes committed against the U.S., not the state. Clementi’s family and M.B. supported an unspecified prison term sought by prosecutors. One gay advocacy organization, Garden State Equality, took the position that Ravi deserved to go to prison, although not for the maximum 10 years. Clementi’s suicide sparked a national debate about cyber bullying and teenage suicide that led to the passage of a state anti-bullying law. It also prompted his parents to establish the Tyler Clementi Foundation in honor of their son.

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Facebook Inc. shares skidded on their second day of trading on Wall Street, falling below the initial public offering price of $38. The stock plunged more than 13 percent at several points during the day, and closed at $34.03, off 10.99 percent from Friday’s close. A number of analysts on Wall Street have criticized the stock’s performance, and blamed banks who advised Facebook for pricing the shares too high. There were also complaints that Facebook flooded the market by floating too many shares, and that insiders were cashing out. However, the broader market moved higher after stocks were punished last week. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 135.10, or 1.09 percent, to 12,504.48. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq rose 68.42, or

2.5 percent, to 2,847.21; and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 20.07, or 1.5 percent, to 1,315.31. The social networking juggernaut made its stock market premiere on Friday. Shares initially jumped to about $42 a share on the day of the IPO but wound up settling around their initial $38 price, disappointing investors who were hoping for a first-day pop. Facebook’s premiere was also marred by glitches at the Nasdaq stock exchange, frustrating investors and traders. Over the weekend, Nasdaq Chief Executive Robert Greifeld said the exchange was “humbly embarrassed” by the trading problems and the exchange would work to correct problems in the future. Trading of Facebook’s shares were originally delayed. And when it opened, brokers were unable to determine if their orders went through.


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Cal Poly students are prepared to dance the night away at this year’s sold-out spring dance concert, “Catalyst.” With performances on May 24 and 25, the concert will feature various dance styles including modern, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and break dancing. “A definition of a catalyst in the body is something that causes a reaction, so we thought that would kind of incorporate all of the ideas we had for the show,” co-director and kinesiology junior Tyler Ratcliff said. Sponsored by the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department, the spring concert is an entirely student-run and choreographed show. “It wouldn’t be possible without (the department),” co-director and biological sciences senior Misty Moyle said. “(Faculty member Diana Stanton) oversees everything that we’re doing, but for the most part, all of the work is done by students.” Not only are the dancers and directors students, but the choreographers are as well. “Some of them are dance minors, some of them are not,” Ratcliff said. “Some of them have taken dance at Cal Poly and some of them haven’t; some of them are just interested in dancing.” Moyle and Ratcliff, both dance minors, worked as interns for the dance company, Orchesis, last year, which led them to co-directing the spring dance concert this year. “(The concert is) an idea of everybody working together and bringing all these different ideas and backgrounds together to create a product,” Moyle said. “The goal is Learn By Doing.” Although this is Moyle’s first time directing the concert, she began participating in the spring show her freshman year and choreographing her sophomore year. “I took a dance class my freshman year, and that’s how I heard about the spring dance show,” Moyle said. According to Moyle, the goal of the spring dance show

is to provide the opportunity of dance to Cal Poly. “Catalyst” will feature 18 dances in various styles, and according to Ratcliff, audience members can expect diversity. “We have a lot of variety in the styles of dance, in the show particularly,” Ratcliff said. “(Audience members) can just expect to have fun, be entertained.” Different from Orchesis, the spring dance show has a minimum time commitment of two hours per week, per dance, while Orchesis has a minimum of eight hours per week. “(The) spring show is totally open to anybody off the street, anybody can come in and dance with us,” Ratcliff said. “We have an audition, but we take anybody. The audition is just for the choreographers, really, to see which dancers they would like to work with.” Choreographer and food science sophomore Brandon Takahashi performed in the concert last year, which he

said made him want to be involved again this year. “Last year, I just performed because it was my first year of doing it,” Takahashi said. “(This year) I’m choreographing (a dance) which I’m also performing in.” In addition to choreographing and dancing in the same piece, Takahashi is performing in two other dances. Like Moyle and Ratcliff, Takahashi is a dance minor. He first heard of the spring show when one of his professors mentioned it in class. “(Being involved), I got to know more of the dancing community at Cal Poly,” Takahashi said. “It’s a lot of fun.” Ratcliff said the show is aimed at those who just enjoy dance. “It’s not a class, it’s just for fun,” Ratcliff said. “That’s the whole point of it — to dance ‘cause you like it.” Catalyst begins at 8 p.m. in Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre. Both nights are already sold out.

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Parents take over internship, house hunts Linda Campbell is a columnist and editorial writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Finding temporary housing in London was easier, I swear it. A couple of days after arriving not knowing anyone, I went by a grad student dorm that was too gloomily Jane Eyre-ish, then found a listing through the university I’d be attending. Toting an indispensable A-Z (pronounced A to Zed), I found my way to a cozy home on a quiet working-class street where I rented a tiny room and kitchen with a shared bath from an Irish family with a little dark-haired boy who had deep pink cheeks and impossibly blue eyes. Of course, nostalgia makes the heart grow fonder, so maybe it just seems like the housing hunt by snail mail and bulletin board postings was easier 33 years ago, before Al Gore envisioned the Internet or Mark Zuckerberg brought social media to the masses. A 2012 search for a summer sublet in New York City, conducted over the course of a month using Facebook, Padmapper, Airbnb, Craigslist, cellphone, e-mail and the invaluable guidance of a generous network of city veterans, proved once again that life is an adventure in which you’re never too old to learn new things. First lesson: Nail down housing for a summer intern by spring break, even before the job offer comes in. The dorms go early at NYC universities that will put up students who aren’t attending there. Don’t wait to start looking after deadlines

have long passed. Why wasn’t your daughter doing this herself, you ask? She and her summer roommate were searching — in between studying and pulling all-nighters to finish major projects. When they finally carved out a day to go look at places, they ran into discouragement and shysters ready to take advantage of neophytes: Rooms that claimed to be available suddenly rented already. Brokers (I warned them

couldn’t visit them; she had to take final exams and get her dorm room packed up last Friday, when we were supposed to start driving back to Texas. My plan: I was flying up to meet her last Thursday anyway, so I’d head straight for the city and visit the apartments. We’d secure something before heading home. Thursday went like this: Leave my house at 6:30 a.m. for a short walk to my regular bus stop,

First lesson: Nail down housing for a summer intern by spring break, even before the job offer comes in. to avoid brokers!) trying to rent them unfurnished locations and directing them to short-term furniture rentals (almost surely done by fellow scammers). In jumps bigfoot mom, who, besides London, has rented places in Arlington, Fort Worth, Austin and Washington, D.C., and once spent three weeks in a New York apartment house provided by the company that sent me there. Night after night of scouring listings and sending e-mails resulted in three potential sublets. But my daughter

large purple rolling bag in tow. Catch 6:45 a.m. T bus to downtown Fort Worth. Trinity Railway Express to CentrePort Station. Shuttle to DFW Airport’s Remote South parking. Shuttle to Terminal E. Delta flight to Atlanta, arriving with 45 minutes until connecting flight. Dash through Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, reaching the gate 20 minutes before departure. Flight to Newburgh, N.Y. Wait 45 minutes for $1 shuttle to Beacon train station. Beacon train ($14 off-peak) to Harlem/125th Street station in New York City. Walk 20 minutes to first potential rental. Almost 9 p.m.: Visit with friendly, chatty

journalism graduate student who’s going to South Africa for the summer. Cab ride ($10 with tip) to next place, a building with a doorman off Central Park West. About 9:30 p.m.: Visit with social worker who has grown children and a second house in New Jersey. Just after 10 p.m.: Another cab ($13 with tip) to a building next to the Lincoln Tunnel, walking distance to the Garment District. Contact turns out to be a broker who’s been in the city just six months and is renting small but newly renovated multiroom apartments in a building where out front a cat-size rat scampered on the sidewalk. Each place could have walked straight out of a “Law & Order” episode: distinctly New York, but in a distinctly different way. After consulting my daughter and husband, I made a deal on one of them that night. And, no, I’m not revealing where my daughter’s staying for the summer. Friday morning, I walked the mile and a half to Grand Central Station for the train to Poughkeepsie. The streets were noisy, dirty and vibrant with people. As I stood at the corner of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street, it struck me. We’re sending our still-teenage daughter to New York City for the summer. Are we out of our minds?

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“Some weird stuff happened at Coachella.”

First World Problems

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As a grad student, I’m old enough to have “seen President Reagan’s example of leadership and fiscal responsibility”. Amongst the modern presidents, Reagan was the least fiscally responsible. I’ll “use solid statistics to hammer (my) points.” From the beginning of his term to the end, after eight years, Reagan increased the national debt 189 percent at an average annual rate of 23.6 percent. No president since WWII even comes close. On 12/31/1980, at the end of Carter’s term, the National Debt was $930,210,000,000. By 12/31/1988, it was $2,684,392,000,000. Do the math. Divide the second number by the first and you get 2.88579138, subtract a 1 keeping everything the same, multiply by 100 and you get 189 percent increase in the debt. The notion that Reagan was fiscally conservative is in no way born by the facts. No wonder people think conservatives live in an alternate universe. Up is down, austerity is good, deficits don’t matter, Reagan was fiscally conservative, Jesus wants you to get rich and keep it, screw the poor. You are out of your mind. Let’s compare apples to apples. At the end of Reagan’s third year (12/31/1983) he had exploded the debt to 1,410,702,000,000. Again, divide the second by the first, subtract one, multiply by 100, and you get 52 percent increase. For Obama, the numbers are $12,311,349,677,512 and $15,125,898,976,397. Doing the math, you get a 22 percent increase in the debt. Obama is 30 percent more fiscally conservative than Reagan. I leave everyone with this one fact to drive the point home. Last week, the Murdock owned, conservative Wall Street Journal, 100 percent of Republicans voted to blocked consideration of a Democratic measure to keep the interest rate on new subsidized federal student loans from doubling. One hundred percent of Republicans want your student loan rates to double. Republicans and conservatives don’t care about students. Brendan, stop lying to the people to make your point. I feel bad telling a senior at Cal Poly how to do basic math, but since you obviously can’t do it, I am compelled. Keith Cody MBA student — Orfalea College of Business BA Economics — UCSB

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BYOH: Bring your own horse (to school) ANDREA KANG

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Entering her second year at Cal Poly, Kalysa Hamilton knew a big part of her college experience was missing — her best friend. So she had this friend shipped across the ocean to live at school with her. Hamilton, from Hawaii, has grown to know her big-eyed, hoofed companion, Amber, very well during the eight years she’s owned her. Horses are best known for their keen senses, speed and endurance, but what Hamilton said she treasures most is the friendship horses offer their owners. The relationships with her horses are so important that she is the only Cal Poly student who had her two animals flown overseas to be boarded at the university’s rodeo facility.

“I think it’s important to have something where you can have an out from school,” the animal science senior, who also participates in the Cal Poly Rodeo Club, said. “I still have time to go out and hang out with friends, but I have equally as much fun being out (on the rodeo grounds).” Hamilton makes sure to feed, groom and ride her horses every day. She practices often with her male horse, Smokey, but competes with Amber because of the mare’s unusual skills, she said. Amber is a nationally-recognized award winner; the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association recently named her the 2012 Horse of the Year at the West Coast Regional College Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas. Amber’s title is attributed mostly to her unique

talent in several rodeo events rather than just one, Hamilton said. The duo has been successful in women’s rodeo events including roping, goat tying and barrel racing. “A lot of the time, people have a single horse for each event,” she said. “Especially barrel horses aren’t mixed with roping events, but with (Amber), you can rope on her and then run barrels on her, which is just not heard of. And she’s really competitive. It shows she has a lot of talent and a lot of heart to try for you.” Another reason the horse is specially recognized, Hamilton said, is her natural athletic ability paired with her compatibility and bond with her owner. “It’s amazing what a horse can pick up on,” she said. “So when you’re nervous, there are a lot of times your horse will get ner-

vous too. Confidence is key.” And confidence is needed when your horses’ original name sounds like a cooking utensil. Amber registered as Foxy Cookie Cutter, a name given to her by her previous owners as a combination of her parents’ registered names. For short, she was already called Amber, which is fitting due to the animal’s very girly and princess-like personality, Hamilton said. For Hamilton, her time with horses came long before she owned Amber. She began taking horseback riding lessons at age 5 and has competed in rodeo since she was 6. “She’s overcome a lot of obstacles,” said Hamilton’s family friend, Mike Smith, who helped Hamilton with her roping skills back in Hawaii. Smith witnessed firsthand the

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Senior Kalysa Hamilton brought her horse, Amber, from Hawaii to Cal Poly before her sophomore year. Cal Poly charges students approximately $400 a month to keep their horses in stalls, but she said it’s worth it.

biggest obstacle Hamilton faced when she was in eighth grade, he said. She was practicing running breakaways ­— where the rider’s goal is to rope a calf — when her horse bucked her off. With one end of the rope tied tight around the horse, she was dragged across the arena and hit her foot hard on a bench post, leaving her foot hanging off her leg by mere tendons and skin. Luckily, Hamilton’s foot was reattached successfully, and she continued with rodeo events after it healed. “Coming back from that pretty much made her a hero in my eyes,” Smith said. “I don’t know many people who would stay positive from that. From that point on, she always worked hard. … I’m glad she’s had success and that all her hard work paid off.” Even after the injury, Hamilton remained passionate about rodeo throughout high school. Upon arriving at college, she instantly felt lost without her horses and did something about it, Hamilton said. Transporting her animals from Hawaii to campus required a good amount of effort, she said. First, the horses must go through the quarantine process, where they receive veterinarian tests to check for diseases. Then Pacific Airlift, Inc., a company specializing in transporting livestock to and from Hawaii, took them on a five-hour flight along with a shipment of cattle. From there, Hamilton and her dad picked them up from Los Angeles International Airport and drove them to campus by trailer. “(Flying is) really easy on the horses, because if you send them by boat, that takes over a week, and usually, they lose a lot of weight and they get stressed,” Hamilton said. “So the plane is pretty much as simple as loading them into your trailer to drive them.”

Shipping their horses to campus by trailer is, in fact, what most Cal Poly students choose to do. Forty-five to 50 horses are boarded at the university’s rodeo facility, all of which are student property. Each owner has one to three horses, Cal Poly rodeo coach Tony Branquinho said. Most students do not own a trailer, so they hire a shipping company to get the job done. Shipping companies typically charge a base fee between $50 and $500 and an average of $1 to $5 per mile, depending on the company. Once the horses arrive to campus, students are charged $300 per stall, plus a bit more than $100 each month to maintain the stall and are required to feed and clean after their horses. Despite the effort and costs required to ship horses to college and maintain them, it has its perks, Branquinho said. “What I’ve noticed is that it gives the students a release from all the high demands of education,” Branquinho said. “It gives students a chance to keep part of what they’ve grown up doing.” Peyton Burns, a computer engineering sophomore who brought her horse from Missouri, agrees having a horse at school can help cope with the difficulties of college life. “It definitely improves my college experience,” she said. “I just had a midterm this morning and went out to the barn afterwards. … It kind of gets rid of stress. There’s nothing like galloping full speed when you just feel completely alive and completely free.” Hamilton will graduate next month and said she is grateful for the rewarding experience her horses and the rodeo club have given her. “I couldn’t imagine not doing this in college,” Hamilton said. “It keeps me sane.”

SLO-Op climbing gym takes city by storm CONOR MULVANEY

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It’s 11 a.m. at SLO-Op Climbing Gym, a warehouse comfortably tucked near the end of Prado Road that houses a perennial playground for climbers and athletes alike. Music bounces off the hardened concrete walls and reverberates through the gym, creating an astute warmth where the most talented, sponsored climbers assist beginners, giving them support with the more basic routes. Each climber is there for different reasons, but the fact remains that SLO-Op Climbing Gym provides a haven for all shapes and sizes based off of a simple fact: a love for bouldering. “You will see some of the most advanced climbers there totally cheering on the total beginners,” head route setter Chris Bersbach said. “It’s not one of those communities where if you don’t climb as strong as someone, you can’t hang out with them. SLO-Op is very inclusive of a wide range of abilities; there is an openness to all climbers.” SLO-Op is filed as a “501(c)7 non-profit social club” where the majority of its income comes directly from membership, and all profits go directly back into the gym’s funds for improvements to the gym. It is the country’s first non-profit climbing gym. Because of the gym’s sturdy business model, best-selling author Chris Guillebeau has included SLO-Op Climbing Gym in his newest book titled “The $100 Startup: Reinvent

the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future,” which features the uncommon techniques followed by many entrepreneurial start ups. Yishai Horowtiz founded SLO-Op, which was originally based out of a self storage unit, in 2002. “When I moved to San Luis Obispo, there were no real climbing gyms,” Horowtiz said. “I remembered a gym in a basement in New Zealand that was a co-operative, and it inspired me to start one here.” The gym itself rests in a 3,500-square-foot warehouse surrounded by 16-foot walls with various holds that make up a route (a hold is a grip placed upon the rock wall; a route is a series of holds that lead to the top of the wall). Routes vary from V0 (set for beginners) to V15 (set for experts). SLO-Op tops out at anywhere from a V11 to 12 depending on the current routes set by their route-setting team. “If you are new, you’ll be right in there with people who are super good,” Bersbach said. “People having the right attitude, being friendly makes people less shy about being a beginner. It makes getting better much easier because you don’t have to worry about being judged.” To showcase the abilities of their climbers, SLO-Op holds approximately two competitions per year with the most recent of which was in April. The event displays the level of camaraderie throughout the climbing community as it isn’t

one climber against the next but more so a group of individuals cheering on the successes of one another. Prior to the competitions, nearly three days of route setting takes place completed by local and guest route-setters whose goals are to set a series of routes with a varying level of intricacy. Each route merits a different point total, with the

more difficult ones being worth more points and the less difficult worth less points. “You will see two people who want to win,” Bersbach said. “But when one is climbing on the boulder, the other will be cheering him on and helping him get to the top.” When the initial round is completed and scores are totaled up, the top five men and

women from each division with the highest point total advance to the finals, where three completely new routes are set that participants have never climbed. With nearly the whole gym surrounding the routes cheering on the competitors, the finals begin. Screams and music fill the air, amping the finalists up as they chalk their hands in

preparation of their last climbs; however, everyone hopes for the success of their fellow climbers in the competition. “There was a huge support system in the crowd,” environmental engineering senior Corissa Bellis said. “The climbers were going at it and all the people watching were cheering them on, making them climb really hard.”

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“It’s not one of those communities where if you don’t climb as strong as some, you can’t hang out with them,” head route setter Chris Bersbach said. “SLO-Op is very inclusive of a wide range of abilities; there is an openness to all climbers.

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