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Volume LXXVIII, Number 4
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Top: Traffic backed up throughout campus on Sept. 17 as freshmen students moved into the on-campus residence halls. University police were out in force to direct cars to alternate routes. Bottom left: Parents who braved the traffic lines with their students were rewarded by sending them off on their Cal Poly experience. Bottom right: Muir Hall was just one of the residence halls housing more students than in past years.
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Cal Poly recently welcomed the largest freshman class in university history, sparking changes affecting agencies across campus. According to a Cal Poly Admissions trend report from this month, 4,883 first-time freshmen and 949 new transfer students enrolled this fall. In 2012, approximately 4,500 new freshmen and transfer students enrolled. This is the first year California funded enrollment growth for in-state students, Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said. Though Humphrey wasn’t at Cal Poly when the university faced huge budget cuts that
fueled tuition increases and staff cutbacks, he said a voterapproved proposition to fund education and California Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget allowed Cal Poly to fund the enrollment growth. “Knowing we were getting the funding, we were able to grow,” he said. With the increase in students also came an increase in faculty. Humphrey said Cal Poly was able to hire approximately 70 new faculty members this year. “Our money, first and foremost, that comes in goes into instruction,” he said. Additionally, there is a slight increase in fee money, he said. Associated Students, Inc. and Health and Counseling Services were two examples
4,883 first-time freshmen
Humphrey gave of areas that received a “small financial bump.” Health and Counseling Services took the projected growth as a chance to hire a new counselor to meet demand, he said. “It’s not the most permanent money,” Humphrey said. “Not sure if it will be there next year so we don’t often make longterm commitments.” Cal Poly also saw a large number of students graduate last spring, Humphrey said, which created room for new students
in classes that could have otherwise been far over capacity. “The registrar office, the provost, (they) always work to make sure they are looking at where students are at academically to offer the right number and amount of classes to meet their needs,” he said. University Police Department (UPD) Chief George Hughes is also hoping to get a bump in staff during the next few years. UPD currently has 14 full-time police officers, though Hughes is looking to hire two new officers by 2018. “When you increase your population in any community, you are going to need to increase resources to meet that demand,” he said. Hughes, however, does not foresee an increase in tensions
among students and community members in San Luis Obispo. “I don’t think so because we want to increase the population on campus instead of in the community,” he said. Not only is this the largest class, it is also the most diverse.
Diversity of applicants: Latino applicants increased by 244 percent African-American applicants increased by 88 percent
Cal Poly consistently keeps diversity in mind when recruiting incoming classes, said James Maraviglia, associate vice provost for marketing and enrollment development. The university adopted partner schools in California with a large number of first-generation college students and also participates in out-of-state events in 32 states, Maraviglia said. The campus used to partner with 25 high schools with a large number of students on sponsored free lunch programs — it has now tripled that number of schools. “They recruit in targeted areas where we want to increase enrollment,” Humphrey said. Latino applicants increased see NEW CLASS, pg. 2
Student dies from gunshot wound in neighborhood near Cal Poly campus Police are calling the Wednesday afternoon death an “apparent suicide.”
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One Cal Poly student died from what police are considering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head near Cal Poly on
Wednesday drawing heavy law enforcement presence and university officials to a popular student housing area near campus. Police responded to a call reporting the sound of a gun firing in the 200 block of Hathway Avenue on Wednesday
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afternoon, Sgt. Fred Mickel of the San Luis Obispo Police Department said. Officers found one male student dead in the house who sustained a gunshot wound to the head while at least one roommate was home, Mickel said.
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Mickel said there was no threat to the surrounding area after the shooting, though initially declined to call the incident a suicide. Later Wednesday, San Luis Obispo Police Lt. Bill Proll said officers are treating the shooting as an “ap-
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parent suicide,” though he declined to discuss details of the case because of its sensitivity. “Because of the nature of the ongoing investigation — the coroner’s office is see STUDENT DEATH, pg. 2
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Freshman iCommunity forms in PCV ARYN SANDERSON
To compensate for Cal Poly’s largest-ever incoming freshman class, some first-year students are being housed for the first time in Poly Canyon Village, which is typically reserved for sophomore and transfer students. This new residence option, called iCommunity, houses 472 students. iCommunity is the entire Gypsum building, which has 88 apartments. The other eight Poly Canyon Village buildings do not house freshmen. With 4,768 freshmen living on campus, a 28 percent increase from last year, the university turned to Gypsum as a “necessary option,” said Tina Muller, a learning community coordinator. “Past statistics and studies that the university has done, and that have been done nationally, show that folks who live in University Housing and on-campus housing do better in terms of transitioning to the institution and academically,” Muller said, “So the university really wanted to offer as many spots as possible on campus to students.” Cal Poly faced a similar strain in 2011, when an incoming freshman class of 4,316 — the largest at that time — flooded University Housing. To deal with inadequate space then, University Housing added more triple rooms and also modified study lounges into living spaces, which at least six students shared. Though there are still tri-
ple rooms this year, study rooms are no longer being modified into living spaces because of iCommunity. With 7,132 students living on campus this year, University Housing is completely filled, according to June Sergeant, associate director of University Housing. Still, no freshmen were denied on-campus housing, according to Muller. And approximately 50 percent of freshmen received their first choice of halls, Sergeant said. Industrial engineering freshman Owais Sarfaraz was placed in iCommunity, but it wasn’t his first choice. “After fate played its hand, I was sent here, and I love it,” Sarfaraz said. “First off, the community here is awesome. Beyond that, we have two bathrooms per apartment, a small (recreation) center just for here, a heated pool, and the food here, you can get all the stuff you need within a two minute walk and you have a kitchen.” Still, he said there are drawbacks. “The downside to it is that it’s far from campus,” Sarfaraz said. “But at least every day is leg day over here. Also, the negative reaction you get from people when you say you live in the PCV apartments puts a damper on things.” But Sarfaraz, who shares his room with two others and his apartment with seven, wouldn’t change his living situation. “Honestly, it’s great,” he said, “We have eight room-
mates, and we all look out for each other. It’s like a small brotherhood. It’s not really living alone like a lot of people think. With 100 percent honesty, I can say I feel like I would not have been this hap-
Also like Cerro Vista, iCommunity has community advisers instead of resident advisers. iCommunity advisers will go on rounds, do bi-weekly apartment visits and per-
After fate played its hand, I was sent here, and I love it ... The community here is awesome. OWAIS SARFARAZ INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING FRESHMAN
py in a dorm.” Sarfaraz, an industrial engineering freshman, is part of the majority in iCommunity. iCommunity is almost 65 percent engineering majors, with 305 students. Accordingly, programming for iCommunity is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. iCommunity’s monthly speaker sessions will feature the HomeSlice team — a group of Cal Poly students who created an app — and the Career Center, among other guests. iCommunity residents will be encouraged to fill out a StrengthsQuest test, and there will be a quarterly “Shark Tank”-themed program. For this program, each “pod” – a group of students in iCommunity, similar to a wing or tower in other residence halls - will collaborate on and present a project. Industry representatives and pod members will vote on winners. While students seem excited about the innovation-centric programming, students’ main concern was originally dining, Muller said. “Now, with Tacos To-Go added in and Einstein’s added to the meal plan option, Subway being so close to us and Starbucks right over there in Campus Market, people have seemed a lot more excited,” she said. Each iCommunity apartment has its own kitchen too, similar to Cerro Vista Apartments.
form other duties similar to Poly Canyon Village community advisers. iCommunity advisers are going to put extra effort into getting to know their first-year residents and having “intentional conversations,” Muller said. But, contrary to rumor, there will be not additional anti-drinking measures in iCommunity. Along with five community advisers, iCommunity also has four programming assistants, Hallie Bereny, who is one of the four assistants, said. Programming assistant is a new position, which only iCommunity has. Each community adviser is paired with a programming assistant, and they work together to bring in social, fun programs to enhance the hands-on, student-focused iCommunity experience. The first iCommunity social program will be a courtyard dance this Saturday, sociology junior Bereny said. Other upcoming social programs will include activities such as writing a letter to their future selves and making stress balls near finals time. “Everyone’s really excited for iCommunity because they’re the first ones going through it, and they’re trying to embrace it and make it their own,” Bereny said. As of now, there have been no formal complaints and no requests to transfer out of iCommunity, according to Muller.
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Multiple police agencies came to Hathway Avenue on Wednesday following the apparent suicide of a student in the student-filled neighborhood. Cal Poly officials joined police and students there throughout the day.
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now investigating — it’s too early to say what’s going on,” Mickel said. Cal Poly spokesperson Matt Lazier said the university is working with San Luis Obispo police, who are handling the case. The Cal Poly Office of Student Affairs was aware Wednesday of the student death, but Lazier said it was
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244 percent, African American applicants increased 88 percent and underrepresented minorities applicants increased 235 percent. White applicants have increased 40.3 percent over the past decade. White applicants comprise 39.4 percent of the overall applicant pool, compared to 54.5 percent a decade ago, according to the report. For transfers, Latino appli-
too early to begin arranging specific services for friends of the victim. The university will work with the victim’s family to decide if a memorial should take place on campus, Lazier said. In addition to police, Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and Associated Students, Inc. President Jason Colombini were also present. Colombini said he was there to “help the members who are grieving,” several of whom were wearing fraternity T-shirts. cants increased 260 percent and African American applicants increased 133.3 percent during the past decade. White applicants increased 54 percent during the decade, though they now are 41.1 percent of the applicant pool for transfers, compared to 53 percent 10 years ago. The reason for the increase of overall students is a mix of several factors, according to Humphrey: “I think first and foremost it is a signal of people’s recognition of the quality of Cal Poly, the value of a degree from Cal Poly.”
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tacos To-Go bites into new location
Something is sizzling in Poly Canyon Village (PCV), and it isn’t just the heat. Tacos ToGo, the on-campus Mexican cuisine cart, has expanded to a dine-in sized restaurant found in the heart of PCV, offering more options and more elbowroom. Though Tacos To-Go has technically been open to the public since this past Sunday at 5 p.m. when the meal plan went into action, the official grand opening is planned for this Thursday. With the recent influx of freshmen, many new students have been roomed in PCV buildings, which are far from dining venues such as VG Cafe and 19 Metro Station. To compensate, Einstein Bros Bagels is now accepting swipes for the meal plan, as is
the new Tacos To-Go. The Tacos To-Go Express, located near Dexter Lawn, will remain despite the new location. The popularity of the original Tacos To-Go spurred the idea to implant a larger, updated restaurant in place of Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Campus Dining Operations Manager Jenna Bailey said the change was motivated by student input. “The decision was made last year when we knew our Peet’s contract was up, and the decision was really made by the students,” she said. “We asked them what foods they wanted and we heard them. They love Tacos To-Go and Chipotle, and they wanted a build-yourown Mexican bar, so that’s what we gave them.” Favorites from the original Tacos To-Go have been made bigger and bolder in the PCV restaurant. “We’re giving students more
bang for their buck and everything is made to order,” Campus Dining Executive Chef Chris Dunham said. Variety also separates the establishment from its food truck counterpart. “There are so many options here,” Dunham said. “You could come here everyday for seven days and not have the same thing. The kids can never get bored of what we’re serving here. We have four different meats, two types of beans, cilantro rice, salsas and guacamoles.” Campus Dining Marketing and Public Relations Manager Yukie Nishinaga said the grand opening will be a lively event. “Students can come from 11 to 2 this Thursday and just have fun down here,” Nishinaga said. “We’ll have a photo booth for them to take pictures and we’ll be raf-
fling off everything from Cal Poly T-shirts to pompoms to Campus Dining gift cards.” Tacos To-Go also launched the $15 Iguana Burrito, consisting of three tortillas, a choice of meat and beans, 8 ounces of rice, 4 ounces of lettuce, 4 ounces of salsa. It requires a two-person team to construct the beast. This colossal burrito is not to be triﬂed with by the weak. “We had a kid, the ﬁrst time
we opened, ask for the Iguana,” Dunham said. “An hour and a half in, he was about two-thirds of the way in and he threw the white ﬂag. It was a nice attempt though.” The premise behind the burrito was simple: create a challenge worthy of “Man v. Food.” “We wanted to make something that was the talk of the campus,” Dunham said. “Hopefully, we can get some football players in here to try
it. I know there will be some kids that will conquer it, so we’re waiting for that first one.” Those who are able to down the Iguana will have their picture taken for a wall designated to fellow Iguana-slayers and will receive a free T-shirt. But Tacos To-Go is about about more than one new burrito. “We have all this beautiful food and equipment and I think we’re going to have a really good run,” Dunham said.
There are so many options here. You could come here every day for seven days and not have the same thing. The kids can never get bored of what we’re serving here. CHRIS DUNHAM CAMPUS DINING EXECUTIVE CHEF
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
JIMMY EAT WORLD ROCKS THE STAGE
PHOTOS BY SPENCER SARSON/MUSTANG NEWS
Twenty years of music in two hours. Sound impossible? Not for the veteran musicians of Jimmy Eat World. Band members Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Zach Lind and Rick Burch were up for the challenge and delivered on some of their biggest hits at SLO Brewing Co. this past Tuesday night. Indie rock band Matt Pond PA opened up the show with a mellowed-out start. The New York-based band hit on some of its most popular songs including “Starting” and “Love to Get Used.” The audience bobbed their heads to the melodic, relaxed tunes. In the middle of the set, Matt Pond yelled out, “How you doing, San Luis? Is that how you say it? I’m just trying to speak your language.” The crowd laughed and yelled back with approval. The energy tangibly amped up as Jimmy Eat World took the stage. The excitement reverberated off SLO Brew’s brick walls as lead vocalist Jim Adkins sang the first line of “I Will Steal You Back” with the sharp, clear and fresh sounds that defines the band’s 2013 album, “Damage.” Though the band played some of its more recent music, it also delivered on its promise to touch on all of its past albums. From 1999’s “Clarity” to 2013’s “Damage,” all of Jimmy’s previous sounds, motifs
and attitudes echoed throughout the small room. “You guys are getting too crazy. You can’t have the up without the down. This is one of our saddest songs,” Adkins said as he strapped on his acoustic guitar in preparation for the next song, “Please Say No.” The slow songs continued with one of the band’s more well-known tunes. The crowd sang out with Adkins for the famous lyrics, “There’s no one in town I know/You gave us some place to go/I never said thank you for that.” The results were chill-inducing as “Hear You Me” emerged as a clear highlight of the night. The audience knew the favorites they wanted to hear, and one fan screamed out a song request for “23.” “It’s too early to yell shit you haven’t heard yet. There is a good chance we’ll play it,” Adkins responded while
glancing at the set list with a devilish grin. As the set progressed, Jimmy Eat World played songs from the same albums back to back. This setup lent itself to a musical journey for fans to listen to how the band’s sound has both evolved and remained the same. “This is an old one. We’ve got plenty of those now,” Adkins said with a laugh as he delved into “Goodbye Sky Harbor.” As they transitioned from slow songs to the high-energy tunes the band is known for, strobe lights pulsed for the song “Pain.” The crowd raised its arms, sang out and were captured in the moment. The small room allowed fans to see sweat drip from Adkin’s tousled hair as he poured himself into the music, droplets being caught in the beams of white light. Of course, no Jimmy Eat World concert would be
complete without a salute to one of its first big hits: “The Middle.” The band closed the show with the beloved song in an encore. Audience member and Los Angeles resident Aaron Bornhart especially loved the atmosphere of the smaller venue. “You really get to experience (the band) and feel the energy,” Bornhart said. “Not every band is willing to play in smaller venues and Jimmy Eat World certainly doesn’t need to. But it is cool that they do.” Adding to the venue, SLO Brew General Manager Monte Schaller said the locale has become a more popular venue throughout the years. “We treat the artists so well and they enjoy spending a day in SLO so much that we have gained a great reputation in the music industry,” Schaller said. “From L.A. to Austin, SLO Brew has be-
Not every band is willing to play in smaller venues and Jimmy Eat World certainly doesn’t need to. But it is cool that they do. AARON BORNHART AUDIENCE MEMBER
come a popular destination for them to seek out to play and is no longer just a stop for gas and food as it may have been 10 years ago.” Self-proclaimed super fan Jillian Lane has been listening to Jimmy Eat World since she was 13. “I lived in Arizona and would sneak out of the house
and see them at house parties,” Lane said. “I am like their oldest fan. It’s interesting to watch them move from house parties to tours.” Whether they play in small venues or big arenas, Jimmy Eat World brings that same energy and sense of history to its audience of dedicated fans, old and new.
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Faculty receives first pay raise in six years
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It made sense that such a transformative change would be accompanied by a new brand.
The California Faculty Association (CFA) and California State University (CSU) amended their Collective Bargaining Agreement on Aug. 26, raising faculty’s pay for the first time in six years. The CSU awarded approximately $19 million for the CFA to split evenly among all full-time employees, including tenure-track professors, lecturers, librarians, coaches
and counselors. Part-time lecturers were awarded raises based on their workload, Glen Thorncroft, a CFA representative and Cal Poly mechanical engineering professor, said. “The CFA was pleased at the relative smoothness of this bargaining process,” Thorncroft said. “We feel pretty good about the way the chancellor handled the bargaining.” Negotiations took approximately two or three months because both sides had similar
expectations, CSU Director of Media Relations Mike Uhlenkamp said. California’s education system received $125 million from taxpayers thanks to the voterapproved tax created by Proposition 30. Other government organizations like the CSU Employees Union, which represents staff in the system, will also receive money to compensate teachers. “If you look at our budgets over the last several years, we’ve always been cut,” Uhlenkamp said. “This year we received an increase, so we’re putting some of those resources towards (hiring personnel) resources.” While $19 million might sound like a lot of money, each full-time teacher will receive around a $960 annual raise — less than 1 percent for nearly all faculty. Professors have not received raises since 2007, when the Great Recession began. As inflation has occurred over time, the dollar value of their salaries has weakened. CSU Chancellor Timothy White originally proposed trimming the professors’ fully state-funded health care, which angered many CFA members, Thorncroft said. While most state employees pay for at least 10 percent of their health care, the CSU pays for all faculty’s medical bills and
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Faculty at Cal Poly protest during contract negotiations in 2011. The California Faculty received for this academic year its first salary raise in six years. 90 percent of their dependents’. White originally wanted to give faculty bigger raises while slashing health benefits, Thorncroft said, which would have resulted in a net pay decrease. The plan was quickly abandoned, but it sent a message to union leaders. “We feel, at the CFA, that is a shot across the bow,” Thorncroft said. “Other state employees pay 10 percent of the health bill, but they also have these other raises we don’t get.” The CSU has been bleeding money for years, and has a $335 million deficit despite substantial tuition increases, Uhlenkamp said. Paying 100 percent of faculty health care takes a toll on the state budget. “We are having to turn away students, or we’re having to cut services, or we’re having to do things because we’re not able to operate,” Uhlenkamp said. “We have overturned every single rock to find ways to save money.” The CFA and CSU’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which runs from October 2012 to June 2014, allows both sides to reopen salary discussions at any time. If the CSU proposes docking health care in further negotiations, the CFA will respond with a similarly hard-and-fast stance, Thorncroft said. “The CFA will represent the faculty view, and the faculty view is ‘no way,’” he said. “I think the faculty would really feel nickel and dimed if that were to happen.” The CFA wants to see the state compensate professors without cuts to other areas, Thorncroft said. “It would be one hell of a thing to give the faculty a raise with
one hand, and then literally take away our pay on the other hand by saying, ‘We’re going to dump a bill on you,’” he said. Uhlenkamp said though California has a tight budget, the state is invested in higher public education. “(The lack of funds is) a reflection of the state of California and the United States,” Uhlenkamp said. “We made the determination to defer some of that towards compensation increases for our employees.” White’s bargaining team’s focus on education made negotiating easy, CFA Director of Representation Kathy Sheffield said. “We’re really hopeful with the new chancellor that we see a commitment to bargaining fairly,” she said. All members of the faculty will receive the same raise without consideration to tenure. Most distributions are percentage-based, Sheffield said. Professors who began after 2007 have yet to receive a raise of any kind, so the CSU is giving them a greater percentage increase than more established teachers, Thorncroft said. “People on the low end of the salary range have really been suffering,” he said. “So they got a slightly bigger percentage raise.” The two sides met for three days in July, two days in August and spent a few more hours wrapping up the agreement through a conference call. Most of the discussion revolved around whether to pay full-time faculty a flat rate or an increase based on tenure. “We wanted something that would more fairly distribute the money to all of our members,” Sheffield said. “So we spent a lot of time talking about that.”
The CFA was pleased at the relative smoothness of this bargaining process. GLEN THORNCROFT CAL POLY CALIFORNIA FACULTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT
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Men’s soccer looks to extend win streak
After four straight victories, the No. 23 Mustangs travel to Air Force and Denver this weekend before Big West play begins JEFFERSON P. NOLAN
Before the men’s soccer home match against UC Santa Barbara this past season, head coach Paul Holocher pulled his team aside and told the young athletes that they needed to compete on the soccer field as if they were ninjas. Using Bruce Lee as an analogy, Holocher explained to his team that they weren’t street thugs out on the field; they needed to act like martial artists, protecting themselves on defense and picking the right moment to attack — continuously in control. “We use analogies like those from movies all the time,” Holocher said. “Last year, it was ninjas, this year it’s going to be Jedi’s.” And whether they are Jedi’s, ninjas or even gladiators out on the field, Holocher and his team have set themselves up for a successful 2013 campaign. This year, Holocher is hoping that his team has what it takes to finally push through to the NCAA tournament — a feat the program has yet to accomplish. After shutting out then-No. 6 UCLA 3-0 in their third match of the 2013 season, the Mustangs have reason to believe that this year will be something special. “We’ve got (25) goals scored in these past eight games, when the team notched only 25 last year,” Holocher said. “And it’s spread out among the players. We’re getting a lot of shots and creating a lot of chances.” Now entering his eighth season at the helm of the men’s soccer program, Holocher is seeing the results of an offensive lineup he set in
motion a year ago. “We’re not reliant on one player,” Holocher said. “We use the whole field when we play. When you pass the ball and look to switch the point of attack, you’re not as predictable; that’s part of our philosophy: to use everybody and use the whole field.” A new season spawns new ambitions and new aspirations; however, advancing past the semifinal round of the Big West Conference Tournament remains to be an untapped goal for Holocher and his team. The Mustangs concluded the 2012 season after losing in the first round of the tournament to Cal State Northridge. “We have terrific leadership from our seniors and very good young players who have now been playing in the system for two years,” Holocher said. “We’re just a little bit more mature, and we’re hungry.” Returning to compete in his last year of college eligibility, senior forward Mackenzie Pridham will be expected to continue his success from the 2012 season. Last year, the Toronto, Ontario native led Cal Poly in goals, notching 11 on the season. He finished second among conference players in that category. His record-breaking season earned him the title of Big West Offensive Player of the Year — the first player in men’s soccer program history to achieve the honor. “I’m trying to keep a clear head, focus on each day of training, each game one-by-one,” Pridham said. “I’m working hard, staying healthy and trying to help the guys perform — just as they help me.” Another standout on the
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The Cal Poly men’s soccer team is ranked in the top 25 for the first time in four years. Through eight games, senior forward Mackenzie Pridham leads the Mustangs with five goals on the season. team includes senior defender Connor Drechsler who, in the Mustangs’ recent matchup against Yale, headed in the third goal of his career as Cal Poly erased an early 2-0 deficit and won the game. “It’s hunger,” Holocher said of Drechsler. “He’s a senior, and he has confidence. He’s had another great summer of training, and that makes a difference.”
And while the Mustangs are now more comfortable with the 1-4-3-3 formation they practice, their home stadium is not ideal for the style of play Holocher has preached to his team. The Mustangs fuel off the crowd’s energy while playing at home, but dimensionally, Alex G. Spanos Stadium is an extremely narrow stadium. While the first
The Weekend Ahead Football Sept. 26 @Portland State 7:15 p.m. Women’s volleyball Sept. 27 UC Irvine 7 p.m. Sept. 28 Long Beach State 7 p.m. Men’s soccer Sept. 27 @Air Force 6 p.m. Sept. 29 @Denver 6 p.m. Women’s soccer Sept. 27 @Saint Mary’s 4 p.m. Sept 29 @Santa Clara 1 p.m. Cross-Country Sept. 28
few games of this season featured road matches for the Mustangs, their return to San Luis Obispo instigates necessary adjustments to be made. “Spanos Stadium is a lot narrower and smaller of a field,” Pridham said. “It’s harder for our style of play. Being able to adapt to that (it being our home field) was a change because we’ve been playing on basket
fields the first couple games. But those little tweaks help us win games.” The Cal Poly soccer squad has two remaining non-conference matchups before it hosts UC Riverside for its first match of the Big West Conference play. On Friday, the team will travel to Air Force, looking to extend its winning streak to five games.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Football takes on Portland State IAN BILLINGS/MUSTANG NEWS
Head coach Tim Walsh must have one heck of a halftime speech. Through three games this season, the Cal Poly football team (1-2) has played well, but only half the time. In its loss to Fresno State, the Mustangs were shutout 34-0 through the first two quarters, then rallied back for a 25-7 second half. The following week, Cal Poly gave up only seven points to Colorado State in the second half, after allowing 27 points in
the first. “For whatever reason we’ve got to learn how to play first halves and come out both sides of the ball,” Walsh said. “We have not played well the first half as a team. We’ve got to play better. It’s more about us than I think it is about our opponent.” Cal Poly faces Portland State on the road Thursday night in its first Big Sky Conference game. The Vikings were kept at bay through all four quarters of Cal Poly’s 37-25 victory at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in 2012. “It’s just learning to play consistent and good for 60 minutes
and just playing a full game to the potential that we’re capable of,” linebacker and team captain Johnny Millard said. “That’s what we’re trying to focus on and hopefully attain by Portland State.” That consistency will be critical for Cal Poly, particularly on defense. Portland State possesses one of the toughest offenses in the Big Sky, leading the conference with 612 yards, 328 rushing yards and 24.2 first downs per game. “When you go against a good offense, you have to be fundamentally sound because if you’re not, that’s
how they expose you,” Millard said. “I think that’s the biggest thing we’ve got to do — be consistent, make them work for touchdowns.” The Vikings are also notorious for busting out big plays. Last September they launched a flea flicker on their first possession at Spanos Stadium. “We can’t allow that,” Walsh said. “If that’s happening, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble. For us to slow them down, we’ve got to play four quarters of good football. We have to make sure that we’re sound in what we’re doing, that we tackle better than we’ve been tackling.” On offense, Walsh will look to quarterback Chris Brown, who was thrust into the starting role after beginning the season third on the depth chart. On Sept. 7, the sophomore took over for Vince Moraga, who left the Fresno State game with a torn ACL and cartilage in his knee. “He’s our guy right now, but he needs to continue to play better,” Walsh said. “He’s still a work in progress. (The starting job) is his right now and he’s playing well enough to hold onto it. But at some point in time, he’s got to take the next step and become a
We have not played well the first half as a team. We’ve got to play better. It’s more about us than I think it is about our opponent. TIM WALSH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
more consistent player at that position.” In his first start, Brown threw for 167 yards and one touchdown while notching 11 completions over 20 attempts. With more playing time under his belt, Brown says the game should slow down a little bit in his eyes. “The other starters that have been playing for a while, they’re doing a good job at making sure that I’m calm,” Brown said. “I try to do what I can to make sure that our position group is ready to go, our line’s ready to go, our whole offense is ready to go.” As if Cal Poly’s first Big Sky matchup of 2013 wasn’t meaningful enough, there’s Walsh’s history with Portland State. He knows the Vikings’ style of play well because he spent 14 seasons as their head coach. “That makes it something a little special,” Walsh said. “But
in reality, once the game starts, I’m not going to be thinking about anything else but what we can do to help the 2013 get off to a 1-0 start in the Big Sky at Cal Poly.” For the first time, Walsh will man the visitor’s side of JeldWen field Thursday. He led the Vikings to four postseason berths during his tenure, landing him a spot in the Portland State Hall of Fame. “We’re all aware that that was where he was,” Brown said. “But we’re not even thinking about that, to be honest. We’re just thinking about coming up and being ready to play when that day comes.” Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m., and emotional ties aside, Walsh is focused not on his past with Portland, but on the first of Cal Poly’s eight conference games in 2013. “We need to win,” Walsh said. “We must win.”