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2013: History will be written again Friday night at 7 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. 2012: George Malki slotted home the only goal, and Cal Poly swept the season series against UCSB. 2011: Trailing in the 79th minute, the Mustangs knocked in two goals to steal a win. 2010: Chris Gaschen brought fans on the field with a golden goal just minutes into overtime. In case you didn’t notice, soccer has taken over. See pages 4-8 and 12 for much, much more.
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9-6-1 2-3-1 36 23
Overall record Big West record Goals scored Goals allowed
11-4 6-0 25 14
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Brewing at home: a guide
NICK LARSON JAKE DEVINCENZI
Kinesiology senior Nick Larson and aerospace engineering senior Jake Devincenzi are Mustang News beer columnists. The hardest part of anything is starting. Brewing beer is no exception. We talked for months about getting our brewing equipment until we finally researched everything we needed. Then, we made our way to Doc’s Cellar, the local hub for anything ‘home-brew.’ Doc’s has a pre-set starter kit with about everything you need to begin. In addition to the starter kit, we also bought a glass carboy, (which houses the beer during fermentation), a 5-gallon pot and a pale ale starter recipe. The pot and carboy are necessary, and we’ll delve into the recipe situation soon. There are alternatives to Doc’s online, but if you’re in SLO, it’s a great option as you don’t have to pay for shipping, and they can answer any questions you may have. When it comes to picking your recipe, there are basically three options: Use a base recipe from a place such as Doc’s or any online vendor, find a “clone” recipe online of any beer you know you like or, if you’re feeling brave, make your own recipe from scratch. We used the pale ale recipe from Doc’s our first time brewing. Long story short, it was our first time brewing and it was aw-
ful. It tasted like watered-down crap, or what we imagine that would taste like. It was great watching most of our friends and family trying to tell us it wasn’t bad, but we knew better. Now, it was our fault, not the recipe’s. We made multiple mistakes through the process to get to that point. However, we tend to stay away from pre-made recipes, favoring the “clone” recipes which can easily be found online. We highly recommend this method, as you can have an idea of exactly what your beer should taste like. It’s easy to obtain the contents of the recipe at Doc’s, where we walk in, tell them what they need and they put it together for us. Another benefit of this is having a reference point, as you’ll be able to taste the difference between your beer and the one you attempted to copy. It’s a great way to gauge your skill (or lack of) as a brewer. This is the way we learned what we needed to improve on and what we were doing well — it’s a lot of trial and error at first. Once you’re confident in your brewing prowess, you can start making your own recipes. We began by tweaking recipes of clones, and even at this point, we only have one recipe we have made fully from scratch. This method is for the brave, but it can pay off. It’s a very rewarding feeling to know you crafted something great. Beginner’s guide to brewing Much like any craft, brewing your own beer is half direction-following and half
ingenuity. And half funding. And half desire to consume copious amounts of alcohol. Screw math. Basically, you could follow the best directions in the world, but without your own understanding of the nuances of beer, your brews will taste like cardboard. Similarly, you could know all about beer’s secrets, but without the fundamentals of the brewing process, your beer probably won’t even qualify as beer. Throughout this year, we hope to educate you about the subtleties of the beer world we have come to love, but for now, let’s just go over the basics of the brewing process. Note that there are two types of brewing: allgrain and extract brewing. This will cover how to brew with liquid malt extract. Sanitize your equipment Brewing beer isn’t the most difficult thing in the world. Your 8-year-old little sister could brew a batch on par with Coors Light if given a list of instructions and permission to use the stove. However, no matter how much you know, if your brew gets contaminated, it will taste like crap. Invest in some good sanitizing solution (we recommend Star San) and make a 5-gallon solution of it to sanitize all of your brewing equipment. (By the way, the correct ratio is 1 oz of Star San to 5 gallons of water ... We didn’t know this our first time and, well, we don’t give away any of that batch).
Steep your grains Add approximately 2.5 to 3 gallons of water to a 5-gallon pot and bring it to between 145 degrees and 155 degrees. “Oh, Jake and Nick, what if it gets out of that temperature range?” NO! Brewing beer is not a spectator sport. Monitor the temperature of your water as you steep your grains. Please. Once you reach 150 degrees (yes, that is Fahrenheit, for the less scientificallyinclined), place your grains in a grain sock, tie off the top of a sock and set the sock in the water. Let them steep for 30 minutes, and be sure to monitor that temperature.
tasted a little bit, shall we say, smokey. Once the LME is mixed in, pump up the gas and bring your wort to a boil. This will take a while, so be patient. Bubbling means your wort is boiling and your boil time has started. Most boils last 60 minutes, and ingredients (hops, fruit, honey, etc.) are added at different times. Add your ingredients at the times denoted on the recipe, making note that the time is the time remaining, so 60-minute hops are added at the beginning, 15-minute hops are added 45 minutes in, and 0-minute hops are added as you turn off the heat (called flameout).
Extract addition and the boil
For anyone who enjoys craft beers, this is where things get exciting. The boil is where you get to add all the tasty ingredients that will make your beer yours. It’s also where hopheads like Jake get to enjoy the fresh aroma of nature’s air freshener. Once your 30-minute steeping is done, pour in your liquid malt extract (LME). As we noted earlier, there are two types of brewing: all-grain and extract. Basically, extract brewing means the sugars of the grains have already been extracted into a caramellike liquid, ready to be added to your wort (beer that has not been turned alcoholic). As you pour in your LME, make sure your heat is turned off and you stir the LME so it does not burn. Failure to do so will result in burning. Remember that first batch we brewed? We didn’t have this tip … It
After any tough workout, it’s important to ice. Your beer is no different. Cover your wort and move it to an ice bath, or some other cooling area. We usually use a 10-gallon garbage can, filled with an ice bath solution of 40 lbs of ice. Be sure to cover the wort to prevent contamination. Leave the covered pot in the ice bath until the wort has reached 72 degrees. Note that the faster you cool your wort, the less chance it has to become contaminated. If you elect an option other than an ice bath, make sure it is quick. Let’s get alcoholic Once your wort is properly cooled, you will need to transfer it to your fermenter. There are many methods to doing this, but we like to first transfer it to a bottling bucket, then use a funnel to
move it to the fermenter. Don’t forget to sanitize everything. After your wort is added to the fermenter, you will add what is called the “top-up” water. Add additional water until your mixture equals 5 gallons. Since some of your initial water will have evaporated in the boil, we recommend marking off a 5-gallon level on your fermenter. After you reach 5 gallons, cover the fermenter with sanitized aluminum foil, then shake it vigorously for five minutes. This will oxygenate your wort. Why do you want to oxygenate your wort? We aren’t scientists, but we believe the scientific formula is sugar + oxygen + yeast = alcohol. Pitch your yeast into the fermenter, add your air-lock, let it sit for 30 minutes, give it a couple spins to activate the yeast and place your fermenter in a dark room for primary and secondary fermentation. Finishing up Congratulations! You have brewed your first batch. There are a lot of factors that go into the fermentation process, but they are specific to each recipe. Do some research and look up the following things for your specific brew: - Fermentation time - Fermentation temperature - Dry hopping And do not worry, we’ll talk about all of those in future columns.
samuel smith brewery|yorkshire, england|organic Chocolate stout
It’s Guinness. ‘Nuff said.
This may be the best-tasting set of recommendations I’ve had so far. This beer is amazing. It’s made with tons of chocolate, and after one sip that will be clearly apparent. The aftertaste is comparable only to chocolate milk, and for less than $5, it’s a steal.
green flash brewing company|san diego, calif.|double stout
north coast brewing co.|fort bragG, calif.|old rasputin
This stout is phenomenal. The first stout I ever enjoyed, Green Flash, delivers yet again with this 8.8 percent alcohol by volume behemoth. Notes of chocolate and honey, coupled with the sweet alcoholic yeast taste make for a great introductory stout, worthy of a nod from any beer snob.
alesmith brewing company|san diego, calif.|speedway stout I may be a NorCal native, but I’ll admit that San Diego breweries make hella good beer. This stout is imperial, which is the classy way of saying “contains a truck-ton of alcohol.” It clocks in at more than 12 percent alcohol by volume, and will accompany any classy meal or fireside sitting.
I’ve had this Russian Imperial Stout on tap at a few places, including Eureka!Burger downtown, and it is delicious. It’s best when served on nitro, which makes it smoother and bar-none the best stout you’ll commonly find along the California coast. At 9 percent, it’ll start (or end) your night with a bang.
clown shoes brew|ipswich, mass.|Porcine Unidragon Perfection. Pure, dark, bourbon barrel-aged perfection. I’ve had this beer once, and will never pass on the chance to drink one. It’s a barrel-aged version of Clown Shoes’ normal stout, which allows the full flavor to come out. At 12.5 percent, it’s not for the faint of heart.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
STREAKING GAUCHOS SEEK REVENGE
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No Cal Poly sporting event gets so packed that students have to buy tickets beforehand. And rarely does an event sell out — well, except for one. And it can only mean one thing. The Gauchos are coming.
Senior George Malki is no rookie when it comes to the Blue-Green Rivalry. The midfielder netted the winning goal last season when the Mustangs pulled ahead in the 77th minute. And, as he can attest, there’s something special about this time of the year. “There’s a buzz around cam-
pus,” Malki said. “All you hear is ‘Friday’s game, Friday’s game ... Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara. ’I just tell those who ask that we’re going to play our way and we’re just going to come out and compete. When we compete, it’s difficult to break us down.” But while the “buzz” is very much alive at Cal Poly, No. 21
UC Santa Barbara will return to Alex G. Spanos Stadium with bitter memories. Cal Poly executed a fullseason sweep of the Gauchos last season for the first time since 1997. But believe it or not, the Mustangs' victory wasn’t what put the nail in the coffin of the Gaucho’s 2012 campaign. After a more-than-disappointing season last year, Friday’s matchup can be considered a “do over” for the UC Santa Barbara soccer team. Just last season, the Mustangs hosted the Gauchos following UC Santa Barbara’s announcement that even if the team made playoffs, they would reject any opportunity to compete in postseason play. Hopes for playoff contention ended for the Gauchos when senior defender Peter McGlynn was handcuffed and escorted off the field following an altercation with a referee in their game against UC Davis. After a one-game suspension was issued to head coach Tim Vom Steeg and McGlynn’s dismissal from the team, UC Santa Barbara had nothing left to lose.
But the Gauchos believe in second chances. “I think that they have a renewed motivation,” head coach Paul Holocher said. “They have a team that’s hungry and young, and they want to make life difficult for their opponents with their style of play. With their big team, they play a very direct, physical style. They’re going to be looking to compete.” Currently sporting their longest winning streak since 2010, UC Santa Barbara (114, 6-0 Big West) is coming to San Luis Obispo after winning its last seven matches. Talk about a turnaround. Respectively, Cal Poly has lost three of its last six conference games — most recently tying UC Davis 1-1 on Tuesday night. Now, Cal Poly will aim to bolster its postseason chances with a victory on Friday night. For, as everyone on the team can admit, leading Division I in goals is great, but it doesn’t mean a thing when the wins aren’t coming. UC Santa Barbara is "on a roll right now,” Holocher said. “They’ve won five games in a row. They’re a very, very good team. They’ve got a lot of good
players, they compete, so it’s a great challenge for us. They want to utilize their size, and we want to utilize our passing game. So the styles are different, but it makes for an intriguing matchup.” Senior forward Mackenzie Pridham, currently the Mustangs’ leading scorer, has also seen his share of the Blue-Green Rivalry. And, like Malki, the Big West Offensive Player of the Year can't wait to play in front of the mass of supporters once again. “The hype behind the rivalry and the crowd we bring with all the fans is pretty special,” Pridham said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to come out at Santa Barbara with some fire and just play our game. We want to play for our fans and give them all a show.” So on Friday night, the fans will clench their tortillas, the Mustang Manglers will blow their vuvuzelas and a solid portion of the crowd will sport their “Buck the Gauchos” T-shirts as they cheer on their Mustangs in a game that has been called the best rivalry in Division I soccer. And, as Holocher said, it’s a rivalry that can’t help but make for an interesting soccer match.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A personal account: the Nike Women’s Marathon As I was tempted to walk during mile 10, I thought of the woman with short hair I had seen earlier in the race who had a sign on her back that read, “This sucks less than chemo.” Seeing her and other cancer survivors running was the ultimate motivation, and pushed me to finish strong during the last few miles. BROOKE SPERBECK
It’s 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday, and I’m standing in 45-degree weather across from Union Square with 30,000 other people. As a full moon descends behind us on Post Street, spotlights flash and Beyoncé’s voice floods the speakers. The emcee finishes his countdown and fireworks go off as a mob of runners makes its way past the start line. More than a quarter of a million women (and a few brave men) from around the world have flocked to this scene in San Francisco during the past 10 years. Nike has rewarded finishers of the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon with Tiffany & Co. necklaces in lieu of medals and, more importantly, raised more than $134 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I ran my first half marathon
in San Luis Obispo in April, and was inspired to try another race to improve my time of two hours and four minutes. After hearing people rave about the Nike run — the biggest women’s race in the world — I decided to see what all the hype was about. Upon signing up for the half marathon, I discovered college students are guaranteed acceptance into the race (normally you have to go through the lottery process) and pay a discounted registration fee. This student perk likely accounted for the high number of college-aged women I saw running; 5,070 women aged 20-24 made up approximately 17 percent of the runners. Although Nike wouldn’t release the number of Cal Poly participants, at least 127 runners were from San Luis Obispo, according to the race results. My training began in mid-
August, and I (loosely) followed a 12-week plan that I found on Hal Higdon’s website. One week before the race, I did my longest run of 10.5 miles and was sure I’d be able to complete the course without a problem. But I felt less confident that I could run a personal best on a course notorious for its brutal hills. I drove to San Francisco on Saturday and met some friends at our hotel before going to Union Square to check out the race “expotique,” a.k.a. every female runner’s dream. As we walked inside the red tent that covered Union Square, we were handed freebies from sponsors such as Neutrogena, Luna Bar and Whole Foods. Special edition Nike gear — in Tiffany & Co. blue, of course — was displayed in glass cases and a disc jockey played upbeat pop music from the stage. I
College-aged women made up approximately 17 percent of the runners. College students were guaranteed acceptance into the marathon and received a discount on registration fees.
picked up my race packet and bib number and then went to load up on carbs at a nearby California Pizza Kitchen. At 5 the next morning, my alarm went off. After a banana and Balance Bar, we walked a few blocks to Union Square where our nine-minute-permile pace group was lining up. Any nerves I had vanished when I got to the starting area. Women of all sizes, skills and backgrounds were united in the dark streets of San Francisco to run together and support one another. It was inspirational to see so many strangers bonding over a common goal. One random runner even offered my friend Alex Kinnee, a Cal Poly history senior, a bagel as they stood together waiting for the race to start. I started the run with friends, but I got separated COURTESY PHOTO from them and ran miles five After following a 12-week training program, Brooke Sperbeck through 13 alone. It wasn’t beat her time of two hours and four minutes for a half marathon. until mile six, in the face of a hill with an elevation gain of the scenic marina and making mark — reaching my goal. 175 feet over one mile, that I it impossible to see the ocean. With my last bit of energy, I wished I had someone next to This left me with no choice but sprinted to the finish and was me to keep me motivated. to look straight ahead and pray greeted by a firefighter with Kinnee, who ran the race with the hills would end soon. a little blue box, containing Luckily, inspiration from the silver Tiffany necklace I her roommate Pippa Whitefellow runners took my mind haven’t taken off since. hand, a Cal Poly nutrition seoff my aching legs. As I was There’s nothing like the feelnior, said having a running tempted to walk during mile ing of crossing a finish line, partner made all the difference. 10, I thought of the woman celebrating your accomplish“Last year I ran it by myself, with short hair I had seen ment and knowing you deand it was really overwhelmserve to eat as many calories ing and scary because there earlier in the race who had a sign on her back that read, as you want that day. It’s safe are so many people that are “This sucks less than chemo.” to say I’ll be back at the Nike running it,” Kinnee said. “I Seeing her and other cancer race next year and will be enfeel like I didn’t hit a breaksurvivors running was the couraging everyone I know ing point this year because we were running it together, ultimate motivation, and to join me. Whether you’re and it’s really nice to have pushed me to finish strong an experienced runner or just want to do it for fun, the during the last few miles. moral support.” Nike Women’s Marathon is an At mile 13, I could see the The beauty of the course itunforgettable weekend filled finish line only a tenth of a self would have been a good with empowering women, mile away. I knew from the source of distraction, if only I some bad blisters and a whole timer on my phone that I could have seen it. A thick fog lot of jewelry. was just under the two-hour blanketed the course, covering
More students, more problems KAIT FREEBERG
The largest freshman class to date — totaling 4,800 — was welcomed to the Cal Poly community for the 2013-2014 school year. Although the numbers are not final, this is an increase of 1,100 freshmen from last year, said James Maraviglia, the associate vice provost for marketing and enrollment development. This increase impacted the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo communities. “Every time I have been to
Starbucks, Subway or Tacos To-Go there has been a line,” history senior Megan Manning said. Students can see evidence of the increase in longer lines, but other community challenges aren’t as obvious. Even with more freshmen, on-campus living needs have to be met. June Serjeant, the associate director of University Housing, said they were able to accommodate all incoming freshmen. However, this affected transfer and returning students’
housing options. Serjeant said transfer and returning students who had already paid and applied to live on campus were turned away at the beginning of May. “Housing Management worked out different plans to provide additional housing spaces for the freshmen,” Serjeant said. “These plans included adding additional triple rooms to the North Mountain residence halls, converting some of the Cerro Vista’s four-person apartments into six-person “suite-style” rooms
and using the Gypsum building in the Poly Canyon Village (PCV) complex for freshman housing. Poly Canyon’s ‘design capacity’ is 2,660 students. This fall, 2,744 students live in PCV, with 472 of them in Gypsum — which is all freshmen.” For returning Cal Poly students, seeing an entire PCV building house only freshmen was a shock. “I think it’s silly that Cal Poly has to put the freshmen in there,” business administration see FRESHMEN, pg. 3
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Secure Mustang Wireless to run faster with new Internet system BENJY EGEL
Cal Poly’s reputation for cuttingedge technology was one of the main reasons business administration freshman Ted Scranton accepted his admission. Since coming to San Luis Obispo, though, Scranton has been greeted by snail-paced start-up times from the campus’ Internet system, Secure Mustang Wireless. “I’ve had problems connecting, especially in the big classrooms,” he said. “(It takes) 10 or 15 minutes of just continually sitting there, and then sometimes it’ll connect, then kick you off really quick.” To fix this problem, Information Technological Services (ITS) switched its campus authentication systems Wednesday morning. ITS switched from Cisco Systems, Inc. to Aruba Networks, which allows many more users to log on to Secure Mustang
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senior Caitlin Martin said. “If they don’t have room for them in the freshman dorms, then they shouldn’t be admitted. It’s just adding to the impacting problem we already have.” University Housing doesn’t have plans to accommodate more freshmen next year, but they do plan on keeping the current room conversions, Serjeant said. There is only talk about building a new University Housing residence. “As far as I know, there is preliminary discussion for a potential housing complex to
Wireless at the same time. Aruba can authenticate more than 300 devices per second, while the old system was limited to about 100 connections per second, Director of Enterprise Systems Paul Jurasin said. When ITS sent out a schoolwide survey in the first week last year, 6,000 wireless devices were reported. This year, the same survey showed 14,000 devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. “A single person might have an iPhone, an iPad and a laptop with them, and all three of those need to authenticate into the network,” Jurasin said. Wireless devices cannot connect to Secure Mustang Wireless outside of school buildings. Every time someone moves from one building to another, his or her devices must re-sync with the Internet. “If you ever get wireless outside, it’s just leaking in from one of the buildings that has wireless,” Jurasin said. “When there’s
lots of people walking into a building that has wireless, all those devices are automatically logging in at the same time.” Aruba’s login capabilities should improve Secure Mustang Wireless’ speed, Jurasin said. Bandwidth speed, often associated with slow Internet, is not much of a problem with the new system. Cal Poly switched from Mustang Wireless to Secure Mustang Wireless last year to protect users’ sensitive materials from being accessed by others. On Mustang Wireless, users had to manually log in every time they wanted to access the Internet. Secure Mustang Wireless’ automatic connection causes devices to sync once being turned on, resulting in more simultaneous connections and slower Internet speed. Jurasin said Cal Poly hopes to implement an outside WiFi network at some point. “When wireless was first put
in on campus by the CSU … what was funded was to put wireless in the buildings,” he said. “It wasn’t funded to have wireless access outside in the open space, (but) we do plan to do that in the future.” The residence halls’ WiFi system, ResNet, has been using Aruba for years, but the largest freshman class in school history necessitated a campus-wide upgrade, which administrators didn’t expect. ResNet is not without problems of its own, Scranton said. The Wi-Fi in his residence hall only reaches devices on the first floor, he said, prompting some freshmen to set up their own routers. While Apple’s iOS 7 update prevented students at other universities from accessing campus Wi-Fi on their iPhones and iPads, Jurasin said the new software had little connection to Cal Poly’s Internet problems. Though many students down-
be built on the current Grand Avenue parking lot site,” Serjeant said. On-campus housing was not the only entity affected by the increase in the new class. Off-campus entities, such as California-West, Inc. — a real estate management company — saw a difference in numbers as well. There is normally a fluctuation in the number of applicants that California-West, Inc. sees. From 2008 to 2010, the numbers were low, but they are picking up. “We saw approximately a 15 percent increase in rental applications this past season, from April through August,” California-West, Inc. Presi-
dent Derek Banducci said. Lease renewals with the company and their residents were consistent in past years, but something changed this year. “Many property owners did increase rents compared with the previous year,” Banducci said. “Typical increases were around 5 to 8 percent.” The Cal Poly Recreation Center noticed changes as well. Greg Avakian, assistant director of Associated Students, Inc. recreational sports, said its busiest hours still remain at noon, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. However, he said there has been a noteworthy increase in the number of people using the gym between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
To adjust to this increase, more staff members were added to the membership and front desk areas. “We did process 3,960 new hand key registrations in the month of September,” Avakian said. During Week of Welcome, the Recreation Center was open until 1 a.m. to accommodate potential needs, Avakian said. The Recreation Center’s busiest day in the first week of Fall Quarter was Tuesday, Sept. 24, with the entry number reaching 6,591 people, Avakian said. Robert E. Kennedy Library also saw increases in student visitors. In the first two weeks
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Respondents to a school-wide survey reported 14,000 wireless devices — an increase from the 6,000 reported last year. loaded the update at the same time, Secure Mustang Wireless’ high bandwidth allowed devices to run smoothly. ITS sent out a campus-wide email on Friday saying iPhone and iPad users must install the new mobile configuration pro-
files on Cal Poly’s website. Mac OS X and iOS users should click “OK” if prompted with the informational certificate “clearcampuspass.” Windows and Android users should see no programming interruptions.
of school, students entered the library more than 70,000 times, which is an increase from last year by 7,000, university librarian Anna Gold said. Over the summer, more furniture was ordered to provide more seating for the third floor to accommodate the change, Gold said. The library also ordered more mobile whiteboards to provide collaboration areas for students. “One of our challenges this summer was to create new space on the third floor of the library for an expanded home for the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, which is currently based on the second floor in the library,” she said.
“We moved over 200,000 books to achieve this goal, and we’re very pleased that we still gained seats for students in the process.” Students can also expect to see more computers and seats in the 216B computer lab in November, Gold said. The freshmen increase in the student body was not just by chance. There was a plan. “Overall funding for Cal Poly, combined with increased graduation rates, provided more opportunities for new student growth,” Maraviglia said. Maraviglia also said that the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering will see the most growth.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
School spirit is more than just a game MUSTANG NEWS STAFF REPORT
Once again, it’s here. Thousands of students will rush to Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Friday night in hopes of watching Cal Poly trounce UC Santa Barbara’s soccer team. And though these thousands will be screaming their Cal Poly support, swearing at referees and hoping for another storm-the-field victory, it will be nothing more than an annual anomaly at Cal Poly. Because aside from one night in late October each year, sports at this university don’t receive the support they deserve. Generous estimates from Cal Poly athletics say the average football game draws 2,000 students and each soccer game brings in 1,300. Assuming those numbers are on point, only one in nine students bother to come out to a game. Friday, we expect 11,075 attendees to be there. The vast majority will be students. Aside from its obvious impact on school spirit — an issue so lacking at Cal Poly one Associated Students, Inc. presidential hopeful ran an entire campaign on it this past year — fan support is an important factor when it comes to game play. Athletics Director Don Oberhelman told Mustang News earlier this week that head soccer coach Paul Holocher believes Cal Poly can win a national championship if only the stands fill up more regularly.
“We have to have the students there,” Oberhelman said. “They make the atmosphere; they make the energy. Students have the ability to impact the outcome of a contest. If they come en masse, support our programs, they can impact the outcome of a contest. “One can’t do it, 50 can’t do it. Six thousand sure can.” But it’s not just soccer that’s worth attending to. In the past year, the football team won a share of the Big Sky conference title and earned a spot in the FCS playoffs. The women’s basketball team won the Big West tournament for the first time in history and traveled to the NCAA tournament. And the baseball team earned its second-ever bid to the postseason and won for the first time in the NCAA tournament. Though each of those culminating tournaments took place away from San Luis Obispo, each team provided quality play week in and week out on Cal Poly’s campus. Students came in force to some more notable games, including the baseball team’s series against Norte Dame, but often they deserve a better showing. The men’s basketball team turned Mott Athletics Center — which generally sells out for its UC Santa Barbara game and fills stands for weekend matchups — into a formidable home because of the number of students who showed up. The team is currently riding a 14-game home winning streak in conference play. When speaking with players after the more raucous events,
they leave no doubt that students in the stands can help turn the tide in the game. That leaves only one question to be answered: Will students take a break from their studies and make that difference more
often across more sports? If you doubt how much fun it is to cheer on your school with your most passionate peers, keep Friday night’s energy going for Saturday’s football game against Northern Arizona. You’ll see
what you’re missing. 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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Thursday, October 24, 2013
MEET THE MEN ON THE PITCH 1 Wade Hamilton Sophomore goalkeeper
KIp Colvey Sophomore defender
Connor Drechsler Senior defender
Ruben Duran Sophomore defender
Mike Hocker Senior midfielder
Kody Wakasa Sophomore defender
Matt LaGrassa Sophomore midfielder
Chase Minter Sophomore midfielder
George Malki Senior midfielder
Ronald Medrano Williams Senior midfielder
Mackenzie Pridham Senior forward
Ismaila Jome Freshman forward
Nick Depuy Freshman forward
Paul Ehmann Freshman forward
Drew Murphy Freshman midfielder
Fifi Baiden Senior midfielder
23 Goffin Boyoko Senior midfielder
Peter Schmetz Senior defender
Daniel Welsh Senior defender
Achille Campion Senior defender
Kevin Garcia-Lopez Junior defender
Josh McNeely Freshman goalkeeper
‘Whatever works:’ the heroes of years past J.J. JENKINS
The 8,125 fans packed into Alex G. Spanos Stadium on a chilly night in 2010 remember Chris Gaschen’s right-footed dart that buried itself in the top corner of the net and sent the crowd into a frenzy. But he doesn’t. “The thing I remember the most was the moment after the goal,” Gaschen said. “I remember being mobbed, but in all honesty, I don’t remember striking the ball at all.” Immortalized in a YouTube video, a giddy head coach Paul Holocher led the charge from the sidelines to mob Gaschen on the field. He was soon joined by students pouring onto the field in spontaneous jubilation. “It was just exciting,” Gaschen said. “I was like, ‘That’s a lot of people.’” But, unnoticed by the commotion, he slipped away from the celebration to collect his breath and walked past streams of revelers that failed
to notice the 5-foot-6 forward who had just changed Cal Poly soccer forever. “In the moment, I didn’t really care if I got recognition, because it wasn’t about me,” he said. “But for the next few months, people would come up to me and say ‘Hey, great goal.’” Recently, a student stopped Gaschen and said the reason he came to Cal Poly was the atmosphere he saw while watching Gaschen’s strike and the ensuing celebration on television. Still, Gaschen wasn’t done torturing the Gauchos. In the three years since his goal, the men’s soccer game against UC Santa Barbara has been named the best rivalry in college soccer and Spanos Stadium has sagged under
the weight of a sellout crowd each time the Gauchos came to town. In 2011, the Big West Conference moved the rivalry game from its traditional Wednesday night slot — which had forced
the stands that night in 2011 was quickly zapped by the Gauchos when Sam Garza netted a goal to put UC Santa Barbara ahead in the 12th minute. Then Cal Poly's senior left back Wes Feighner suffered a knee
I hit my spot and the party was on. PATRICK SIGLER FORMER CENTER BACK, MEN’S SOCCER
students to sprint down the hill after finishing midterms to attend — to a more fan-friendly Friday night matchup. The program was rewarded with its first sellout since a 1-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara in 2008. The energy piercing through
injury and was forced to the sideline in the 30th minute. For more than an hour, the Mustangs desperately searched for a goal that looked as if it might never come. That was, until Cal Poly earned a corner kick in the 79th minute. Kyle
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Former men’s soccer forward Chris Gaschen ended Cal Poly’s seven-game winless streak against UC Santa Barbara when he scored a golden goal in the 2010 installment of the Blue-Green Rivalry. The Mustangs have now won three straight at home.
Montgomery flung the ball into the box where Cameron Walters met it with a vicious header that tied the game. Gaschen, who had received an elbow from a Gaucho defender when Walters netted the equalizer, was on the sideline as his bloodied face was stitched up. Returning to the field with less than 10 minutes to go, Gaschen found himself in a familiar situation — over the ball in the attacking zone with the game on the line. “He made a couple people dive in and at the last minute he passed the ball off to Kyle,” then-center back Patrick Sigler said. “It was a great pass because he drew a defender in, which gave Kyle the opportunity to run at the last guy. … He beat the guy and the guy took him out.” The referee raised his hand and pointed to the spot. The coaching staff looked to the only man who would ever take a penalty in that situation: Sigler. “They got up and pointed directly at me; they didn’t really say anything,” Sigler said. “I just nodded my head and didn’t talk to anyone as I went up.” He picked his location and walked into the box in front of 11,075 onlookers. “I hit my spot and the party was on,” he said. The photo of Sigler running toward the sidelines with his arms raised like an airplane is now immortalized in a banner on campus. “At the end of the day, it was like, ‘Did we really just come back in the last five minutes and win?’” Gaschen said. “It was sick.” The following year, the Gauchos came back to San Luis Obispo sensing the rivalry might be slipping away from them. For
the first time in 14 years, the Mustangs had gone into Goleta and defeated the Gauchos using an equalizer from midfielder George Malki with a minute to go and a game-winner from Mackenzie Pridham to steal a win on the road. The last time UC Santa Barbara won in San Luis Obispo was 2008. In 2012, the game was deadlocked late, a familiar place for the two teams. Only one game in the past four years had been decided by more than a goal. “It was a back and forth game, like they always are,” Malki said. “One team has momentum, then the other team takes it away.” The Gauchos began to pressure the ball in the 76th minute, center back Nolan Moore spotted Gaschen open upfield. Moore chipped the ball to Gaschen, but he was too close to the goalkeeper to place a shot on the frame and instead blasted the ball into the keeper, who couldn’t hang on. “I was making a diagonal run from the right side and the ball just popped loose right to me,” Malki said. He took a touch, then placed the ball gently into the far corner. “And after that, it was the most unreal feeling I’ve ever experienced,” he said. “Unreal is the word; it was euphoria. I was on a high.” The team closed out the final 15 minutes and sent fans on the field for the third consecutive year. It marked the first time since 1997 that Cal Poly had defeated UC Santa barbara twice in the same year. Now with Sigler and Gaschen lost to graduation, Malki, senior defender Connor Drechsler and senior forward Chris Bernardi are the only players left who mobbed Gaschen after his wonderstrike in 2010. But that doesn’t mean Gaschen’s advice can’t live on. “Whatever works to get the goal,” he said.
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THE RIVALRY: A HISTORY
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1,123. That’s about 10 percent of Alex G. Spanos Stadium’s current total capacity. And that’s how many fans attended the Cal Poly soccer team’s home match against UC Santa Barbara in 2006. Paul Holocher had just taken the reins as head coach, and the newly renovated Spanos Stadium became the new home of Cal Poly football
and soccer. The Gauchos were victorious in that mid-October match, extending their win streak against Cal Poly to 11. Though that 1,123 attendance mark was Cal Poly’s highest in 2006, Holocher wasn’t satisfied. He came to Cal Poly with a vision. He wanted the community of San Luis Obispo to connect with Cal Poly soccer. He wanted to create an exciting environment around the ri-
valry. And importantly, he wanted to shatter the attendance records. The Blue-Green Rivalry has existed since 1994, but it exploded in 2007. On Oct. 17, Cal Poly held a “Break the Attendance” record night against UC Santa Barbara. “The former attendance record for soccer was about 3,000 fans,” Holocher said. “That night we had over 7,000 people attend.” 7,143, to be exact. And for the first time in seven years,
Cal Poly won. Just 10 months after the Gauchos claimed their firstever NCAA Division I Championship, Cal Poly came out on top with a 2-1 victory. “2007 was my second year at Cal Poly, and it was just an amazing feeling to beat them,” Holocher said. “Ever since that first day, the games had been incredibly competitive. One goal games. Overtime games. Rushing-the-field type games. There hasn’t been one of these games that haven’t been absolutely thrilling. There’s so much energy in the stands and so much adrenaline on the field.” And the next year, that energy was at capacity. For the first time in Spanos’ history, 11,075 fans filled the stands, marking the first ever men’s soccer sellout. One of those spectators was Mackenzie Pridham, now the Mustangs’ leading scorer in his fifth season at Cal Poly. That 2008 sellout was Pridham’s first taste of the BlueGreen Rivalry; as a senior in high school, his official visit to Cal Poly happened to fall on the same day. “It seemed to be like another realm of Europeantype feel to it,” Pridham said. “The entire student body was going crazy. Constant chants and cheering for the team and the soccer was obvious-
ly so intense as well. When I came in as a freshman I was so excited for that game.” Since that night, Pridham has become a fixture of Cal Poly soccer. Last year, the senior forward became the first player in program history to earn Big West Offensive Player of the Year honors. He’s also seen his fair share of UC Santa Barbara. Pridham scored a game-winning goal against the Gauchos last year to give Cal Poly its first victory in Goleta since 1998. “I think they have a lot more respect for us now than they did back then,” Holocher said. “We were just the standard kid on the block back then. Now they realize that when they come up to Cal Poly, they’re coming into the lion’s den in a way.” In his Cal Poly career, Pridham has played in or been on the sidelines for nine BlueGreen Rivalry games, but there’s been no loss of intensity through the years. “The only way it’s changed in my eyes, is I feel I’ve become more of a crucial player in the game,” Pridham said. “Being able to step on the field and be there, the only way I can explain it is, once you get out there, you get the chills up your body from excitement and adrenaline.” Midfielder George Malki feels that sensation from the time he rests his head the night
before game day. It takes Malki hours to fall asleep, and the time leading up to kickoff feels like an eternity. “Once we get in that locker room, you don’t even need motivation; you have unlimited energy,” Malki said. “The atmosphere is so electric. The adrenaline takes over. You can’t really feel anything. If you have a knock, you don’t feel it. Energy is at an all time high. That day, I get goosebumps just thinking about it.” But Malki’s favorite part of the Blue-Green Rivalry comes after the game, assuming Cal Poly is victorious. For the past few years, the winning team’s fans pour onto the field and celebrate alongside the players. “Never gets old,” Malki said. “In my four years here, it’s probably my favorite moment every year, getting that W against SB and all those fans rushing the field. It makes us as a team happy. We’re giving these fans what they deserve.” C ollegeS occerNews.com ranked the Blue-Green Rivalry college soccer’s number one rivalry. With a game of that stature, it’s easy to get caught up in the noise. “To be honest, on the field it’s hard to hear yourself,” Pridham said. “The stadium is just roaring, you can barely see HISTORY, pg. 7
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talk to your players that are just five yards away. It’s a little hard to get too distracted because of how much you need to focus. When a ball goes out of bounds — even when there’s a light break — walking away and looking at all the people, it’s pretty special.” And at the end of the day, the UC Santa Barbara game is one of 10 Big West Conference games for the Mustangs. Holocher acknowledges the significance and admires the tradition of the rivalry, but remains focused on the game. His players assume the same levelheadedness as well, he says. “As a coach, every game is equally important,” Holocher said. “You can’t deny that the
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And Oberhelman credits soccer’s overall popularity increase to the annual home match against UC Santa Barbara. “I think it totally has everything to do with (Holocher) and the job that he’s done in creating, masterfully, this rivalry with them — in creating this energy and this buzz around this one game,” he said. But Holocher isn’t satisfied yet. “We hope, in the future, that we can create even more rivalry feels against UC Davis, against Northridge,” he said. And in order to do that, he hosts marketing meetings once a week with the Manglers, now an official Cal Poly club, and a group of student marketing interns. President of the Manglers and biological sciences junior Kean Vaziry said those meetings consist of planning ahead and brainstorming outreach ideas with the coaches. “(Holocher) is super passionate about getting a large, loyal turnout to all the games,” Vaziry said. “He’s just like one of us; he’s excited to be out there. He loves the sport, he loves the team, he wants the Manglers to personify all the happiness and love he feels.” “We feel everyone is a potential fan of soccer,” Holocher said, revealing the logic behind his strategy. “At some level, everyone’s played the game. Maybe you played a
game is special in its own right. I just enjoy the fact that this is a great memory for the students and for the community and for the players. We want to go out there and embrace the opportunity and embrace the passion that’s in the air.” That passion will be in full force this Friday as the BlueGreen Rivalry’s next chapter is written. Cal Poly has its first winning streak against UC Santa Barbara since the late 1990s, but the Gauchos are as strong as ever, posting a perfect 5-0 conference record and ranking at No. 3 in the NCAA Division I RPI poll. “Every game has grown in excitement and attendance,” Holocher said. “And, quite honestly, in the level of play as well. You’re looking at future professionals on the field. But,
more importantly there’s two great schools that are really clinging the spirit of what college athletics are all about.” Seven years ago, nearly 10,000 seats in Spanos Stadium were empty when UC Santa Barbara came to town. This Friday, Cal Poly students and spectators alike will flood down South Perimeter Road into the depths of Spanos Stadium, filling it to the brim. Fans will climb trees and scale fences, just to catch a glimpse of college soccer’s No. 1 rivalry. “It’s grown into something even more than I originally envisioned,” Holocher said. “But not something I thought was impossible. I think now it’s truly an example at the national level of what college soccer can be as a spectator sport.
couple years of soccer growing up. Maybe they just need to revisit the game and see more people out there to catch the bug.” Oberhelman believes that assumption — “everyone’s played the game” — is another factor contributing to the rising popularity of college soccer. “What’s different now versus 20 years ago is you all played soccer,” he said. “And, my generation ... very few of us played soccer.” And the vibe on campus reflects that. That’s why, much to Oberhelman’s frustration, Cal Poly is often referred to as a “soccer school.” In a survey of 59 Cal Poly students, 52 — or 88.1 percent — wrote they consider soccer to be the most popular sport on campus. Four said football and three said basketball. “I don’t want to be associated with just one sport,” Oberhelman said. “I want to be Cal Poly. And I don’t want to be pigeonholed into somebody thinking we’re only decent in one sport, because we’re pretty good across the board.” Not only is it frustrating to Oberhelman to be “pigeonholed” — it’s confusing. Both he and Associate Athletics Director Chris Baker are quick to point out football is still the lead in terms of student attendance. On average, approximately 2,000 students attend each home football game, while 1,200 attend soccer games,
according to Baker. Those numbers, based on the 2012 season, were gathered by counting the number of student tickets distributed at the entrance of each game. And while Baker has witnessed soccer’s popularity increase since Holocher took over, he believes the game against UC Santa Barbara skews the big picture. “The student interest, for the most part, is based on one soccer game,” Baker said. Of the 52 students surveyed who chose soccer as the most popular sport on campus, 18 of them cited the UC Santa Barbara game as proof. Still, there’s a clash between the data collected from Cal Poly Athletics and the general feeling on campus. There are a number of variables that could contribute to the conflict, including the days of the week each team plays, the number of games they have before students arrive on campus and the accuracy of the ticket-counting method. The student attendance numbers don’t peg soccer as the most popular sport on campus, but the rise is undeniable. In 2006 — Holocher’s first year as head coach — an average of 486 people attended each home game. By 2012, that number increased by more than 500 percent to 2,709 fans. “It was always a vision to increase the fan support,” he said. “I didn’t know that it would get this big.”
It was always a vision to increase the fan support. I didn’t know that it would get this big. PAUL HOLOCHER MEN’S SOCCER HEAD COACH
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THE RISE CARLY RICKARDS
Athletics Director Don Oberhelman can’t pick a favorite Cal Poly sport — to him, it would be like a parent trying to pick their favorite child. But he also can’t deny the obvious: Soccer is on the rise. “And it’s going to continue to go; it’s going to continue to rise,” Oberhelman said of soccer’s increasing popularity among Cal Poly students — which he largely attributes to men’s soccer head coach Paul Holocher. Holocher’s marketing tactics are near-famous on campus; a student who participated in a Mustang News survey about Cal Poly athletics wrote, “A lot of people don't realize that it is Coach Holocher who really puts in the effort to fill those seats at every game. It is really
because of his efforts ... that drives the popularity of our soccer team.” During an interview with Holocher in his cluttered, bustling office (four people knocked on his door during the span of a 20-minute interview), a half-listening midfielder George Malki interjected only once — at the mention of Holocher’s marketing strategies. “The best in town,” Malki said, nodding at his coach. But Holocher, a former business major and professional soccer player, doesn’t fit the archetype of a marketing expert. He isn’t aggressive or pushy; in fact, he speaks softly and his sentences are full of thoughtful pauses. “When I came here, there wasn’t a lot of fan support, maybe a few hundred people per game,” Holocher said. “So we saw a great opportunity to develop the product on the field,
develop the quality of play and also develop the fanbase.” So he did. On Oct. 17, 2007 — 18 months after becoming head coach — Holocher and his team broke both the attendance record for Cal Poly soccer and a 12-match losing streak against UC Santa Barbara. More than 7,000 people showed up to that match, and the Mustangs won 2-1. “The next year, we had 11,000 people,” Holocher said, meaning Alex G. Spanos Stadium was at maximum capacity. According to both Oberhelman and Holocher, the BlueGreen Rivalry was virtually nonexistent prior to that win. “We lit the fire for that rivalry,” Holocher said. “We were getting beat by them for 13 years and basically we said, ‘Enough of this. We can beat you. We can play with you.’” see RISE, pg. 7
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Food Network’s Alton Brown to serve up a stop at PAC TAYLOR STEINBECK
Food Network star Alton Brown blends the art of cooking with the mechanics of science in a way that would make Walter White envious. His Edible Inevitable Tour will showcase Brown’s droves of talents, including standup comedy, singing and, of course, culinary chemistry. He will stop by the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Oct. 26, and it promises to be a food experience like none before. This past year, Brown held a lecture on food science and a post-show meet and greet. Now, Brown’s performance is a “much larger production,” Cal Poly Arts Director Steven Lerian said. Brown’s Edible Inevitable Tour is a multi-course performance
showcasing an entree of culinary kookiness, a side of humor and a science lesson à la carte. “There are effects, all this interesting lighting and lots of hands-on demonstration,” Lerian said. “There’s also a poncho zone, which means there’s lots of things flying around. You may be splattered with water, food, whatever might be propelled from the stage.” Architecture sophomore Carmen Muller, who attended Brown’s 2012 event, is a selfproclaimed fan of Brown’s. “I didn’t really know what his show would be like, but I wanted to go see him because I like his humor and that he brings science into cooking,” she said. “His show was very entertaining. It was different from any other type of show I’ve been to.” Brown’s tour is a concert, a lecture, a comedy routine and a cooking demonstration
all in one. “(My tour) is a culinary variety show,” Brown said. “It is a combination of two very large, very
ing or juggling, but other than that, we’ve got it.” Though Brown is known as one of the primary faces of
I’ve never thought of myself as a chef. I’m a filmmaker who makes entertainment products surrounding food. ALTON BROWN FOOD NETWORK HOST AND CHEF
strange food demonstrations that I promise no one has seen before,” he said. “There are puppets, there’s stand-up comedy, there’s a good bit of audience interaction and there’s four or five songs. So that will all go together to hopefully make an enjoyable couple of hours. There’s no danc-
Food Network for his longrunning show “Good Eats” and as the host of “Iron Chef America,” food was not his first love. In fact, cooking began as just a gimmick. “(Cooking) was something that I really got into when I was in college as a hobby because
it helped me get dates,” Brown said with a chuckle. “Back in the 1980s, it was unusual for guys to cook, so it got me a little extra attention.” Brown attended University of Georgia and studied cinematography and video directing. Having a career surrounding food, however, hasn’t dwindled Brown’s fondness for film — it’s enhanced it. “I’ve never thought of myself as a chef,” Brown said, “I’m a filmmaker who makes entertainment products surrounding food.” And Brown, the inventive food-equivalent to Bill Nye the Science Guy, provided a quick solution for students on a budget and time crunch: a panini press. “When I was a college student, I would steal food from the cafeteria, go home and cook the food in my panini
press,” Brown said. “You can cook anything in a panini press, including fresh vegetables. I use one all the time, but I almost never cook paninis in it.” Outside of food, in Brown’s small amount of free time, he dabbles in a multitude of eclectic areas. A true renaissance man, Brown has penned several books, plays various instruments and has even piloted planes. “Life is short,” he said. “You got to do everything you can do, and do it as well as you can do it. I put a lot of stock trying to innovate and be original with what I do and that just kind of keeps me driven.” Never found without donning a bow-tie, Brown adds a dash of geeky genius to his craft that is not only intellectually stimulating but also manages to appeal to all age groups. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Empire of the Sun to take Avila by storm KELLY TROM
Electronic duo Empire of the Sun will hit the Central Coast for the first time Saturday night at Avila Beach Resort as part of its larger tour promoting its new album Ice on the Dune. The Australian band is known for its first single “Alive” and the global hit “Walking on a Dream.” The band can be recognized by its unique electronic dance-style music as well as crazy costumes COURTESY PHOTO
that call to mind both ancient and futuristic civilizations. Fresh off headlining the HARD Summer festival, the eccentric duo will bring that same theatrical energy to the stage on the beach. “Their whole experience is jaw-dropping visuals, dancing swordfish girls and worldly special effects,” Collective Effort Events co-owner Tyrone Galgano said. “It is almost like a theatrical performance. There are costume changes through-
out the performance.” MTV Australia described the band as a mixture between the world of “Sparta” and the computer game “Tron” with back-up dancers from “Blade Runner.” Audience members who are inspired by the band’s playful and dramatic vibes are encouraged to dress up in costume, especially since the concert is so close to Halloween. “The music is very upbeat, so it is definitely going to keep
people on their feet and dancing throughout the night,” Galgano said. “One of their hit singles is titled ‘Alive,’ and everything is focused on that word itself.” Chemistry junior Jenny Stenger-Smith first started listening to Empire of the Sun in high school and is excited to attend the concert this weekend. “I like their music because it is catchy and really fun to dance to,” Stenger-Smith said. “I’m most excited to have an amazing time danc-
ing to awesome music with the rest of the crowd.” The opening act, indie rock band Basic Vacation, will be playing hits off of its self-titled debut album that was released this month. The venue boasts a southfacing beach, a wide open grass lawn, a full bar and food available for purchase. Seating is general admission, so audience members can move around the venue or even bring a lawn chair and sit in the putting area
toward the back. “If you want, you can muscle your way up to the stage and be close to the stage and enjoy the concert from that view,” Otter Productions, Inc. owner Bruce Howard said. “Or if you want to get a beer or glass of wine, or just go and chill, you are not stuck in one place.” Tickets are still available and Cal Poly students can receive a $10 discount by buying tickets at the PolyTix office anytime this week.