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WOW event preview Students moved in
Featuring Paul Wesselman as keynote speaker
8 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Stadium
Awareness Gallery opens for WOW groups WOW-A-RAMA All WOW groups meet at Sports Complex for icebreakers and games
Social activities: Spikeball, hypnotist, line dancing, cosmic bowling, bonfire
Alcohol awareness presentation Social activities: Smile and Nod, hypnotist, scavenger hunt, open mic Service projects
WOW closing 9:15 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center
Awareness series: bystander intervention
Music festival at lower Sports Complex Men's soccer game: Cal Poly vs. San Francisco
WOW group activities begin
Fall kickoff: ASI president, President Armstrong and student-athletes welcome new students
Students meet with their colleges
Parent/supporter welcome reception
WOW groups meet
Mustang Way to Success: Mini conference with 17 breakout sessions Meet with academic advisors, learn about changing your major, studying abroad, etc.
Club showcase: Located on Mustang Way Clubs set up booths for new students to get involved
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A look behind the scenes of WOW Olivia Proffit @oliviapolis College is an intense transition. Students leave home and move to a new city, live with a stranger, go to a new school on a huge, unfamiliar campus and take challenging classes while trying to make new friends. The good news is Cal Poly knows college is no walk in the park, which is why the university created Week of Welcome, better known as WOW, which helps students adjust to their new lives and have fun doing it. Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting, director of New Student and Transition Programs, has been working on Cal Poly orientation programs for 20 years now. “We have a unique way of connecting students to one another and introducing them to Learn By Doing and The Mustang Way,” Kaiwi-Lenting said. “We
do this in a format that empowers our student orientation staff and leaders to showcase their university, while assisting new students and their family with their transition at Cal Poly.” The importance of WOW should not be overlooked. It’s more than just a giant social gathering to help freshmen make friends. It’s a way to show new students what they’re getting into — what Cal Poly stands for, what the culture is like and what college is all about. “We introduce students to the academic expectations of Cal Poly, to the community, to the culture of our students, our campus, our local area,” KaiwiLenting said. Though the university likes to toot its own horn at the success of Cal Poly’s orientation program, it isn’t the only one around. Of course, there are programs at nearly every campus across the nation. However,
3 Leads 3 Graduate students 5 Board members 70 Soar members 700+ WOW leaders
what makes WOW different is the amount of time, planning and work that makes the program as great as it is. A large number of students are involved with the process to make sure WOW is successful. “We probably have the largest volunteer group of students in the country,” Kaiwi-Lenting said. “It’s truly because (WOW leaders) want to share an experience with students … You just feel that whole culture of Cal Poly come to life.” Students are assigned to WOW leaders to guide them for the week. With more than 700 leaders, they are essentially the heart of the program. Food science senior Jessica Lee was a WOW leader for two years. “As a leader, we show our WOWies that college is a fun place where they can enjoy all the resources around campus and town,” she said. WOW leaders are expected to
put in a lot of behind-the-scenes work, starting the moment they sign up. Prospective WOW leaders go through an application process and, once accepted, begin training, where they attend a threehour class once a week to learn about being a WOW leader. Students memorize the orientation schedule and attend workshops and presentations where they learn how to give an effective tour of Cal Poly. “It was almost like an extra class each week about Cal Poly,” political science sophomore and WOW leader Dana Ocampo said. “I don’t think WOWies are even aware that their WOW leaders have all that information at their disposal.” During the actual week, WOW leaders have a lot on their hands. They have to get up early each day to communicate with their WOWies and attend presentations and activities, following a
strict schedule. “A lack of sleep was a problem,” Lee said. “However, it was easy for me to overcome because I would just grab a coffee and get hyped up for the day with my co (leader) and other leaders.” WOW board members also contribute to the load of student involvement. Board members are selected to help plan and monitor the complicated process of WOW. Many of them are advanced leaders who have been involved with WOW before, most likely as WOW leaders. According to Kaiwi, the board members work 15-20 hours during fall quarter, maintaining a 20-hour workload. Once spring quarter comes around, they work 25-30 hours weekly and are paid for 20. If not enrolled in classes, those on WOW board can work up to 40 hours during summer. “They truly put in a lot of volunteer hours,” Kaiwi said.
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The planning starts long before the actual event. For WOW 2014, planning started in September 2013. Many people are involved in the planning process including five board members, three “leads,” three graduate students, 70 SOAR members, WOW leaders and on- and offcampus partnerships. Summer is the time to coordinate events, solidify activities, choose guest speakers, order materials, build displays, organize the schedule and finalize all happenings before WOW begins in September. At Cal Poly, WOW is taken seriously, which is why so many dedicated people are involved. According to Lee, it’s important for the students to have a good time and for the school to show off all it has to offer. “Overall, WOW helps build part of the foundation of our school spirit and connectedness here at Cal Poly,” Lee said.
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Key Office of the President Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong became the university’s ninth permanent president in February of 2011. Armstrong is involved in numerous California State University (CSU) committees and serves as the primary contact between Cal Poly and the CSU system. He reports directly to CSU Chancellor Timothy White, as well as the CSU Board of Trustees. Furthermore, the president maintains a presence in all of Cal Poly’s administrative departments, colleges and organizations.
Academic Affairs Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathleen Enz Finken reports to Armstrong on academic planning and policy concerns. The provost hears from each of the deans of the six colleges and overlooks the management of admissions, Financial Aid, graduate programs, the Academic Senate and other departments within Academic Affairs.
Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey manages all non-academic aspects of Cal Poly's student life, including Cal Poly’s student government, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). Humphrey reports to Armstrong.
Administration and Finance Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance Karen Webb serves as the chief financial officer for the Administration and Finance department, which covers the Office of the Vice President, University Police Department (UPD), Cal Poly Corporation, Facilities, the Performing Arts Center, Human Resources, Administrative Compliance Services, Finance Business Services and Network and Technology Services.
Vice President for University Advancement Deborah Read manages university support from alumni, corporate partners, investors and parents. Her division allocates private support funds toward programs that benefit students.
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Chief George Hughes heads UPD, which works with campus to enforce the law, maintain peace and order and provide a safe community for students, faculty and guests.
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Cal Poly has six academic colleges: the College of Architecture and Environmental Design; the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; the College of Engineering; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Science and Mathematics. Each college has a dean who reports directly to the provost. The deans oversee all issues related to their individual college and hear from their college department heads.
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities holds students accountable when they do not adhere to the CSU Standards for Student Conduct. Led by Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities Adrienne Miller, the Office addresses student behavior problems including plagiarism, hazing, on- and off-campus alcohol policies and sexual misconduct, among other issues.
Student Life and Leadership
Student Life and Leadership oversees student clubs and organizations, including Week of Welcome (WOW), Soar, greek life and Safer — Cal Poly’s resource for addressing sexual assault issues.
Associated Students, Inc.
Joi Sullivan, a graduate student in the Masters of Public Policy program, said her role as Associated Students, Inc. president is “to represent all Cal Poly students to organizations within and outside of the university.” Additionally, the ASI president represents ASI as a whole and oversees the Board of Directors as well as the University Union (UU) Advisory Board.
Board of Directors
The ASI Board of Directors is comprised of 25 elected students who meet monthly to discuss campus issues. Multiple members represent each of Cal Poly’s six academic colleges. This school term, the Board will be led by agricultural business senior Nicole Billington, Chair of the Board and one of five students representing the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.
University Union Advisory Board
The University Union Advisory Board reviews financial matters and makes recommendations to Armstrong and ASI Executive Director Dwayne Brummett regarding the Cal Poly Recreation Center, the Julian A. McPhee University Union and the Cal Poly Sports Complex. The board is made up of eight student representatives led by Chair Brady Hiob.
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Cal Poly Corporation provides services that generate an alternative source of revenue for the university.
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Armstrong’s vision starting to become a reality Brooke Sperbeck Students new to campus this year are likely unfamiliar with Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong’s “Vision 2022,” a road map outlining what the university will look like eight years from now. According to Armstrong, the vision is an “aspirational view” of Cal Poly, guided by the university’s principles of Learn By Doing, student success, excellence through continuous improvement and a comprehensive polytechnic model. “I think it’s going to be a magnified version of what we are now,” Armstrong said. “I believe we’ll be nationally and internationally recognized as the premier polytechnic university.” Though Armstrong’s vision will not be complete until 2022, students entering Cal Poly this fall can expect to see some of its more immediate effects before they graduate. A residential community Armstrong is focused on trans-
forming campus into a “unique,
vibrant residential community that links academic and social life.” In the long term, students can expect to see new residence halls built by fall of 2018 that will provide space for all freshman students and 1,000 additional sophomores, Armstrong said. Other services such as expanded hours at the health center and hosting more Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) entertainment events are also part of the goal to achieve a more residential community, Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said. “It is about us providing leadership for how campus changes the way it serves students who are living there,” Humphrey said. “Really, the campus becomes their city.” Within the next year, students can look forward to a new healthy protein shake location at the Recreation Center, a “Pluto’s-like” chopped salad restaurant and fresh sushi at Campus Market, Humphrey said. Humphrey is also looking at how to adjust the meal plan policy for freshmen so that students can possibly have either more Plu$ Dollars or more flexibility on where they can use a meal credit. Though Humphrey hopes to eventually renovate facilities such as VG Cafe and 19 Metro Station, he is work-
ing with Campus Dining on shorter-term options to meet students' needs. “We’re trying to, in our existing facilities, start to change out menu options to be more reflective of student needs while at the same time looking at how we are going to feasibly renovate,” Humphrey said. More undergraduate research Students returning this fall will
@BrookeSperbeck7 university is looking at ways to support faculty with better time distribution in their class schedules so they can engage in more outside scholarship, she said. “The more and earlier you can engage students in research activities, the more it enhances the students experience and their learning environment,” Pedersen said. “We feel very strongly that our faculty should be engaging as many undergraduates in the work they’re doing as possible.” Interdisciplinary studies
joined with business entrepreneurship and engineering.” The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) has also hired four interdisciplinary faculty members who are working between departments, Pedersen said. In addition, the college has developed four new minors. “CLA has proposed four new interdisciplinary minors that have just gone through the review process this year, and all of those four areas are very interdisciplinary,” Pedersen said. “We’re really moving in that direction and we feel it’s extremely important.”
ahead of our target the first two years,” Armstrong said. Armstrong has talked with alumni who have plans to make donations “of such magnitude that it will be very significant,” Armstrong said. “I think the students that are coming in this fall are going to experience and witness some donations to Cal Poly that are going to be transformational in nature,” Armstrong said. A diverse population Though the incoming fresh-
Increased funding As part of his goal to “se-
benefit from more emphasis on research and the teacher-scholar model in the classroom, according to Associate Vice Provost Mary Pedersen. “The teacher-scholar model is that our faculty not only need to be engaged in outstanding teaching and putting teaching as No. 1, but they need to maintain scholarship and be active researchers in their field,” Pedersen said. In the past, heavy teaching loads have prevented faculty from dedicating time to research, Pedersen said. The
Students will have new opportunities to collaborate with their peers from other colleges this year as part of Armstrong’s goal that students leave Cal Poly with a “holistic, interdisciplinary experience.” “We have new faculty coming in that are working across traditional disciplinary lines,” Armstrong said. “For example, we have one professor that is
cure the financial future of the university,” Armstrong hopes to fundraise $500 million by 2022. “Our target at the end of the second year of the campaign, which was June 30 of this year, was to be at 90 million and we’re at 93 million, so we’re
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man class is the most diverse ever, Armstrong hopes to further increase diversity by 2022. “It is critical for success of all students that we better reflect demographics of California, particularly the college-ready population of California,” Armstrong said. The university is also revamping its hiring process, which Armstrong hopes will result in a more diverse faculty, as well.
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CHIEF | Armstrong hopes to complete his vision in 2022. Higher graduation rates Armstrong’s vision calls for increased graduation rates as a way to enhance student success. He hopes to raise the four-year rate from 40 percent to more than 75 percent, and the five-year rate from 68 to 90 percent. The university is looking at ways to help students register for the classes they need to graduate, and “coming up with a new model that might be a little more appropriate,” Pedersen said.
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Dos and don’ts of WOW Samantha Pryor
Week of Welcome (WOW) is already here, and new students will become part of their new home: the Cal Poly community. Through a series of activities, events and presentations, incoming students will finally understand the hype of WOW. However, they should take certain tips into account prior to beginning the seven-day adventure of excitement, cheer and exhaustion from exploring the wonders of San Luis Obispo.
Rip your ‘cool card’ Students are going to hear this phrase many times throughout the week, so it’s best to introduce it now. Ripping your "cool card" means stepping outside your comfort zone and opening yourself to trying new things. Communication studies sophomore and WOW leader Kathy Saldivar stressed the importance of taking advantage of such opportunities to make an impression and connect with fellow Mustangs. “You have the choice to sit back and watch or to just throw yourself in the mix, act silly and let loose with everyone else,” she said. “What you decide to do really determines how your week will turn out.”
Know about the San Luis Obispo nightlife Many fraternities and upperclassmen will hold parties during the week and invite new students to celebrate. Be aware of how to tackle the week safely. According to University Police Department (UPD) Chief George Hughes, Cal Poly’s campus has historically seen an increase in public disorder and crimes such as intoxication, disorderly conduct, urinating in public, vandalism and noise violations during WOW. Police will be providing extra patrols to address these behaviors throughout the week. Hughes’ best advice is not to consume alcohol and other drugs. In addition, he advises students to keep an eye on others by intervening to keep each other safe. “The decision (to consume alcohol or drugs) impacts one’s decision-making abilities, resulting in unsafe, unhealthy and illegal choices,” he said. “These choices can have tremendous and long-lasting impacts on the individual.” The fines for public disorder crimes are commonly doubled during this time of the year to help discourage the conduct. UPD’s jurisdiction extends one mile off campus, which allows UPD and the San Luis Obispo Police Department to work together and enforce proper behavior.
Exclude yourself from participating in activities Some of WOW’s greatest treasures are the activities that are meticulously planned to make sure students have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Limiting yourself because of fear of the unknown may be inevitable, but it is important to fight that urge and see the week through, business junior and orientation team member Peyton Porche said. “Some students don’t think WOW is for them or are afraid because they don’t know what to expect,” she said. “I always encourage them to give it a chance. Don’t give up after just one day.” Push yourself to discover what the week has to offer. The focus of WOW is about you — making you feel comfortable, welcome and happy.
Hesitate to make the most of your college experience The energy and craze of WOW is what makes new students’ experiences remarkable. The best way to enjoy yourself is to enjoy the moment and not hold back. “There is nothing like WOW,” Saldivar said. “It’s tough to explain the feeling I get; it’s a mix of emotions and makes me want to go back to that week every time because it’s such a unique experience.”
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ASI president talks the ‘Jois’ of serving
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A JOI-FUL DAY | Then-political science senior Joi Sullivan is embraced by her campaign team after hearing the results of the 2014 Associated Students, Inc. presidential election on April 24.
Savannah Sperry @SavannahSperry1 During her time at Cal Poly, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Joi Sullivan has kept herself busy. While serving as ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts, co-president of the political honors society Pi Sigma Alpha and roles in two ASI presidents’ executive cabinets, Sul-
livan managed to graduate in three years and was accepted into Cal Poly’s Master of Public Policy program. During the Spring 2014 election, Sullivan was elected ASI president for the 2014-15 school term. “Campaigning was an adrenaline-filled experience,” Sullivan said in an email to Mustang News. “Each and every day I was reminded of what an amazing place Cal Poly is and what makes
it special: the people.” In the months leading up to the election as well as during the active campaigning period, Sullivan connected with many students, making her campaign “one of the best experiences of my life.” It is most important, Sullivan said, that she makes sure students’ voices are heard. “My job is to represent students — all students,” she said. “If I consistently reach out to
the student who is generally too afraid to speak up and voice their concerns and make them feel comfortable enough to express their opinions, then I have been successful.” Sullivan wants students to use her to help put their concerns to rest. “When students have an issue on campus and don’t know who to turn to in order to solve the problem, I am their resource,” she said.
It is important that students feel they can approach her when they need support, Sullivan said. “My goal is for students to feel comfortable enough to send me an email or walk into the ASI Student Government office when they have a problem,” she said. “(I want) them to know with absolute certainty that they will receive an email back or walk out with a solution, or at least a next step.” Sullivan has made it her mis-
sion to give back to the those who have contributed to her positive experience at Cal Poly. “People have defined my experience at Cal Poly thus far, reminding me again and again of the joys of serving and what life is all about,” she said. “Throughout this experience, I know I will meet a myriad of people with different ideas, opinions, personalities and ambitions, and I could not be more ecstatic about that.”
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RUSH | Applications for Panhellenic recruitment are due by Sept. 24. Inter Fraternity Council rush begins on Oct. 7. To get involved with the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, contact current members.
Guide to going greek Lindsy Mobley @lindsymobley Greek. To many, the word may have no more meaning than a cheesy ABC family show or a side salad. But to others, it’s much more than that. So how are you supposed to know if greek life is for you? Recruitment and rush seasons are just around the corner, and there’s no better way to figure out what the greek community is all about than to try it yourself. According to Panhellenic President and business administration senior Danielle Durante, come spring quarter, many girls regret not giving recruitment a try. “(When) going through recruitment, you are not required to accept a bid and you don’t end up having to join,” Durante said. “So there’s really no harm, no foul by just going through it for a week, and it’s a great opportunity — if anything — to meet other women in the community.” This is the same for the Inter Fraternity Council (IFC) and the United Sorority & Fraternity Council (USFC). When rushing, there is no require-
ment for a student to join. Students can simply see if it’s right for them. Here’s how to get involved. Panhellenic recruitment There are two methods for joining a sorority: formal and informal recruitment. Informal recruitment is not required by all sororities. Sororities individually decide if they will hold informal recruitment quarter to quarter, Durante said. However, every fall, Panhellenic holds formal recruitment, which is mandatory for all sororities, Durante said. “That’s how the majority of our women join their individual sororities,” she said. To sign up for formal recruitment, students can visit the Panhellenic website, where the registration forms are located, Durante said. According to the website, there is an application fee of $55 from May 15 to Aug. 31. The fee goes up to $65 starting Sept. 1. All applications and fees are due by Sept. 24 by 11:59 p.m. “Recruitment is a completely mutually selective process,” Durante said. “It’s designed so that the first two days, you will see all the different houses and
really see where you fit in or where you think you might fit in. And then from there, you end up dropping two houses a day, and again, that’s a completely mutual selection.” The first two days are designated for potential new members to visit every hous. The third day is philanthropy day, followed by sisterhood day, preference night and bid day. Though many students go into college with the mindset that they are going to be new people, Durante advises incoming students to be themselves. “I would say just be true to yourself and then you will really find a group of girls that you know are your own people,” she said. “And that’s really the group you should be with.” IFC rush Joining a fraternity is a very different process. There are no applications or fees, and rush begins with an informal barbecue on Oct. 7, IFC President and kinesiology and communications senior Alexander Horncliff said. “All male students are invited to come out and look at the fraternities who will be on Dexter Lawn,” he said. “Various members will be working the booths throughout the day, and those booths will be up all week. And additionally, each fraternity has its own list of events that they hold. Some fraternities change up their events year to year, and some fraternities have traditional events that they have every year.” Rush is a week-long process, but each fraternity’s events vary. “Many fraternities will do half a week of open rush
events,” Horncliff said. “And then they’ll find out who their prospects are — who they would like to join their house — and they’ll bring those people to interviews. And if the interview goes well, they will invite them back to separate events where people do things at Pismo Beach or at their house or just formal things to say, ‘Hey, we have an interest in you.’” On the last day, fraternities may extend a bid to prospective members, Horncliff said. The following day is the day of silence, where the fraternities are forbidden to speak to prospective members and sway their decision. Once the potential member accepts the bid, communication is allowed, and the official bid acceptance takes place on the last Thursday. “As president, I think the best thing I can advise anyone is to find the house that suits you personality-wise,” Horncliff said. “Find a place that fits you so that you have a gut feeling that it’s the place that you feel that you belong. And honestly, if you don’t feel like you belong anywhere, that’s OK. Don’t try and change yourself to try and fit into the
world of a fraternity.” USFC recruitment The United Sorority and Fraternity Council
unites multicultural greeks on Cal Poly’s campus, USFC President and political science senior Ly Ho said. “What we want to do is just expand, make it more diverse and let them know that we are here for students with anything we can do,” she said.
To get involved with USFC, all students have to do is contact the organization. However, there are no on
line forms. USFC recruitment is a more personal experience with only face-to-face interaction, Ho said. However, students can learn about each USFC fraternity or sorority on their individual websites. “We request face-to-face (interaction) because that’s how you really get to know someone,” Ho said. “Just because it’s not about competition, it’s just about making sure that someone’s comfortable and that this is right for them.” The recruitment process begins with the Week of Welcome showcase, a recruitment kick-off barbecue in the University Union plaza, an official week of rush events, interviews and then bid day.
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STRIKE A POSE | “Don’t worry as much about what other people think,” kinesiology senior and PolyRep Jeff Miles said. “Go after what you’re passionate about and whatever makes you happy.”
Advice for adjusting to freshman year Lauren Piraro @laurenpiraro
Here’s some advice on how incoming freshmen can better adapt to college.
Classes are just around the corner, and though you may have already managed to get lost in each building you’ve toured, it wasn’t too long ago that you were just a freshman in high school getting used to new surroundings. In many ways, college is a completely different ball game than high school, with an entirely different set of rules. What made you successful during your last four years might not be so useful for the next four. The most comforting feeling is realizing that everyone — and we mean everyone — has felt those initial college adjustment pains.
Ditch the collectivist mindset Your college years are the best and most crucial time to grow and further develop passions and skills. When you’re pursuing your own personal goals and dreams, it’s counterproductive to rely exclusively on the opinions of others, especially if they are negative. “Don’t worry as much about what other people think,” kinesiology senior and PolyRep Jeff Miles said. “Go after what you’re passionate about and whatever makes you happy. As long as you’re enjoying what you do, nothing else really matters.”
Don’t be afraid to try out for a new sport on your own or eat by yourself in between classes. Look around. Everybody’s doing it. Go home less For the first few weeks, residence hall life may seem fun and exhilarating with your newfound independence. A month into fall quarter, you may start feeling overwhelmed and homesick. Naturally, you’ll want to find any way possible to see or visit your family. “The transition to college is difficult and sometimes scary; the temptation to run home where it feels comfortable and safe becomes irresistible,” English senior Hanna Bovberg said. Bovberg, who was a Week of
Welcome leader for two years, said students should fight the urge to go home every weekend. “What I have learned was how much one can miss out in dorm life by leaving on the weekends,” said Bovberg. “It is crucial to form relationships that first quarter to aid in discovering which niche one belongs to.” Show your true colors to make true connections One of the hardest parts of adjusting to college is finding a comfortable and supportive group of friends to share the highs and lows with. Making long-lasting friendships requires hard work and a bit of luck. But according to agricultural business junior Morgan Levy, a
former resident advisor, you’re never as alone as you think. “Every single college student is internally struggling with something and, more often than not, the people around you in college are struggling with the exact same thing that you are,” Levy said. “Unfortunately, nobody talks about it.” Make an effort to be honest with yourself and with others. Be bold and share your thoughts with the people around you. The only way to attract like-minded individuals is to be the kind of person you would want to hang out with. Eliminate the pressure of having the “perfect college experience” early on. College is never going to live up
to the exploits seen on television shows such as “Blue Mountain State” — and it might not even meet your own expectations. Beating yourself up because you’re not living up to college norms will only make you wish you’d cut yourself some slack. Economics junior Samson Wu, president of AIESEC San Luis Obispo, advises freshmen to take a positive outlook on anything and everything they do in college. “I used to always think, ‘If only I didn’t do this’ or, ‘I would have been better if…,’ but that only drove me insane,” Wu said. “It’s okay to reflect on the past sometimes, but only if you see it as a part of who you are in the bigger picture and that ‘who I am today’ is a product of it.”
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Discover SLO’s best study spots Olivia Proffit
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Fountain behind Orfalea College of Business If you like to just sit on a bench and read a book, you can’t go wrong with the miniature waterfall behind Business (building 3). It seems to remain a secret spot, as it’s usually empty. There are only two benches in front of the waterfall, so if you are lucky enough to find a spot, kick back under the sun and listen to the sounds of nature.
Warren J. Baker Center The new Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (building 180) shouldn’t be dismissed as just a building filled with classrooms. It’s the perfect place to sit down and study. Because it’s a fairly new building, it hasn’t become the hottest study spot yet. On the third floor is a small but comfortable area filled with couches and tables. The first floor is scattered with seats perfect for last-minute cramming between classes. Due to the building’s open and bright interior, it boasts a relaxing ambiance — perfect for concentrating on your work.
If there is any undeniably great study spot on campus, it’s the library. No matter how you study, at least one floor of the library will suit your needs. The atrium in the middle of the building is an overlooked yet fabulous place to study if you’re looking for serenity and comfort. With outdoor tables and couches under the shade, it also makes for a great place to collaborate on group projects. If working outside doesn’t appeal to every group member, move to the second floor, where you don’t have to worry about being too loud. Also on the second floor is Julian’s Patisserie, where you can grab a coffee and snack for late-night studying.
Juian A. McPhee University Union Inside the second floor of the University Union, right next to Chumash Auditorium, is a giant space filled with comfortable chairs and couches. This is the perfect place to be if you want to study in the center of campus. If you’re coming from the residence halls, it’s not too far of a walk. It’s just upstairs from Starbucks and Yogurt Creations, so there is no excuse to study on an empty stomach. It usually remains pretty quiet — ideal for studying.
Residence Halls Studying away from home isn’t for everybody. The residence halls provide study area options as well, with either study rooms or community centers, depending on the hall. Because these areas are so close to your room, they are good places to study if you plan on pulling an all-nighter. The spots are usually crowded during midterms and finals, but remain pretty low-key the rest of the year, making privacy less of an issue.
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Kreuzberg, CA Another great coffee shop in the area is the Berlin-inspired Kreuzberg, CA. With several pieces of obscure artwork and unique couches, its cool ambiance is inviting to any college student looking to study in a unique scene. The shop brews fresh coffee daily and offers food such as sandwiches and salads. Though the inside lighting is a bit dim and could make studying slightly more difficult, it also gives the shop a relaxed and laid-back vibe, making it almost impossible to get too stressed out about schoolwork. If you are the type of person who longs to study in a stereotypical college coffee shop, this is the place for you.
Black Horse Espresso & Bakery In addition to Kreuzberg, CA and (of course) the beloved Starbucks, this is another coffee shop perfect for studying. Black Horse Espresso and Bakery has four locations around San Luis Obispo â€” just a short bus ride away from school on either Foothill Boulevard, Higuera Street, Broad Street or Los Osos Valley Road. This cafe offers the typical hot drinks, such as coffee and hot chocolate, as well as cold drinks such as Italian sodas and iced teas. The bakery, also a part of the shop, serves delicious baked goods and paninis. It never seems to get obnoxiously crowded or loud, making it a fantastic study spot.
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SLO Donut Co. SLO Donut Co., also referred to as SLODOCO, takes the cake for the coolest donut shop around. With donut options ranging from the unique Fruit Loop cereal or Oreo donut to the classic chocolate or old-fashioned donut, itâ€™s hard to go wrong with any choice. Grab a delicious donut and a hot chocolate before studying your heart out. Enjoy the free Wi-Fi, too! SLO Donut Co. is a hot spot during finals and midterms, so be sure to get there early.
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How to eat healthily on campus
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MIXIN’ | “Be creative by mixing and matching different things so that you don’t get bored,” nurtrition junior Erin Heidenreich said. “Use the Mexican station to get salsa and put that on the chicken from the Italian station.”
Kelly Trom @kttrom Every college freshman deals with a heap of new responsibilities, not the least of which is diet control. For many, taking responsibility for food consumption means loading up on everything their parents wouldn’t keep in the house. Despite all the temptations to eat unhealthily, it is very possible to eat three well-balanced meals per day on a Campus Dining meal plan, Campus Dining registered dietitian Megan Coats said. “A lot of students get here and they eat the same thing every day,”
Coats said. “Then they don’t feel that they have options on campus, when in fact that is not true.” Exploring all of the eating venues is necessary for students to eliminate boredom from their diets and eat a variety of healthy options. But first, students must educate themselves on what “healthy” means to them.
Find your definition of healthy
For many students, their dietary knowledge came years ago from a high school health class. Some may need to brush up on the daily recommended values of nutrients. The Campus Dining website has many resources for
students to research what is healthiest for them. This is one of the most important steps to complete before even stepping foot in a dining hall, food science and nutrition lecturer Arlene Grant-Holcomb said. “Once you have decided what your definition of ‘healthy’ is, then you can start seeking out foods that fit into that pattern,” GrantHolcomb said. For some, “healthy” means low fat; for others, it’s low sugar; and still for others, it is minimally processed local foods. “It really is all about balance,” Coats said. “Your parents were right, you should be eating your
fruits and vegetables and eating things that are colorful.”
The Internet has many wellsourced articles about nutrition, but some students may find other information about juice cleanses and gluten-free trends that aren’t necessarily based on a well-balanced diet. “Students really want to be in the know about what is new, but usually those aren’t the best ways to eat,” Coats said. “There is a reason why trends go away. They aren’t the best way to eat for lifelong health.” Students should do their re-
search carefully, and if they have any doubts about whether a certain dietary trend is unhealthy, they should ask a welltrusted source.
One of the most important things you can do to alleviate boredom and infuse variety in your diet is to visit all of the dining venues and mix and match. Nutrition junior Erin Heidenreich had to be even more creative than usual while eating on campus her freshman year because she has Celiac disease, which means she cannot eat gluten. She would mix things from the salad bar with other foods that she kept in her residence hall room. Currently, 19 Metro Station has a gluten-free and allergen-free window any student can use. Students can also look online at the nutrition calculator to select entrees that do not have certain ingredients in them or look at the nutrition values of anything served on campus. It is updated two times per week. “Be creative by mixing and matching different things so that you don’t get bored,” Heidenreich said. “Use the Mexican station to get salsa and put that on the chicken from the Italian station, things like that.” Mixing hot entrees with some type of grain such as pasta, brown rice or quinoa can keep things interesting.
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VG Cafe barbecues lean meats ev-
ery week to switch things up from its regular entrees. The grilled tritip doesn’t have too much excess fat and can be a delicious change from grilled chicken. At Sandwich Factory, Coats recommended loading up on vegetables and keeping condiments and cheese to a minimum. These don’t have much nutritional value and add extra fat to to your sandwich. At every venue, choose the whole grain option whenever possible. This means choosing brown rice over white rice and whole wheat tortillas over corn or flour tortillas. Nutrition labels are located next to the food being served at all venues, so when in doubt, look at those to make sure your choices match your definition of healthy.
Be an active participant
If students want to get more involved with Campus Dining, they can join the student dining committee. The committee meets three to four times each year to discuss what new things are rolling out for Campus Dining. “I got involved my freshman year because I wanted to know more about what was going on,” Heidenreich said. “They tell you how the Cal Poly Corporation works, how we get our food, the new things coming up and they ask for students’ feedback on what we would like to see.” Any students interested in being on the committee can email firstname.lastname@example.org this quarter.
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HUNGRY? | Students can download an app called “Plus Dollars” to keep track of their budget.
Get a bang for your buck with Cal Poly’s dining plan Sam Gilbert @samgilbert279 Between buying color-coordinated throw pillows and daydreaming about Week of Welcome, the last thing on a freshman’s mind is his or her meal plan. Then suddenly, it’s the first day of school, and the struggle between deciding to use Plu$ Dollars or a meal credit begins. Though it may be tempting to avoid the meal plan completely and go straight to Starbucks, it’s vital to remember the importance of pacing. Nobody wants to be that kid with $0 left one month before the end of the quarter. Einstein Bros. employee Dylan Buchanan said a good way to manage meals is to stay consistent with using them throughout the week. “A lot of times, it’s the end of the week, and I’ll see somebody trying to get rid of like 10,” Buchanan said. “If they keep an eye out and progressively check how many they have, then that won’t happen.” Whenever a student swipes a card for a meal, the number of meals left for the week will be displayed on the screen. Campus Dining director Mike
Thornton said most students are on the Freedom Plan, which evens out to approximately one meal credit per day. “Be sure you know which plan you are on and how many meals per week are loaded on your card to use,” Thornton said. According to a recent survey conducted by Mustang News, the top five restaurants are Einstein Bros., Subway, Campus Market, The Avenue and the Burger Bar at Sage Restaurant. “Campus Dining works to make it easy for students to use all their dining credits by accepting them at five different locations, serving a diverse selection of foods and maintaining hours that support the student lifestyle,” Thornton said. There are dining locations open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. However, what happens when it comes down to a decision between a location that only accepts Plu$ Dollars and one that accepts the meal plan? Buchanan said to try new things and go in with an open mind. “A lot of people have a stigma about what’s good and what’s not on campus,” Buchanan said. “Those who work here are trying to change what’s not right, so places that have a bad reputation are a lot better now.”
Buchanan said there have been huge changes in regard to the quality of Campus Dining’s food and customer service. In addition, a smart phone app was created to make freshmen’s lives easier. Electrical engineering sophomore Cory Mayer created an app called “Plus Dollars,” available for free in the App Store. The app provides information on a student’s Plu$ Dollars balance, meal credits left and how much money is available on Campus Express. A valuable piece of advice from an upperclassman to a new student is to keep track of how many Plu$ Dollars are left on the card. Between venues such as Starbucks and Lucy’s Juice, it’s unbelievable how fast they go. Thornton said students typically spend them pretty evenly among the retail operations. “Plu$ Dollars account for about 40 percent of a student’s total dining plan, so most students use their Plu$ Dollars at retail venues to eat meals,” Thornton said. “Students tend to also use them for snacks at venues like Starbucks and Yogurt Creations.” Freshmen, be wise and cherish the supply of prepaid food.
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Making the most of your freshman living experience Will Peischel
Thousands of empty minivans have finally departed campus, accompanied by tearful, proud parents. The freshmen have arrived for the next four years of their lives. As they unpack their bags, they may find themselves contemplating things like, “The dimensions of this room look smaller than they did on the website,” or “This is a lot of people for one bathroom.” However, University Housing and Cal Poly students have advice for this year’s freshmen to help make this experience a positive one. Valla Hardy, the community standards coordinator at University Housing, sees a year in the residence halls as a time that provides special opportunities for students that shouldn’t be squandered. “This is the only time in your life you’re going to have this experience; make the best of it,” she said. “Take the opportunity, have fun, be safe, make good choices. You don’t get to do this again in life ... Ultimately, this is going to be a pretty short-lived experience.” Hardy points out that the residence halls on campus are advantageous for meeting new people, especially given that everyone is in the same situation: They’re new. “Everyone is in the same boat as you,” she said. “Everyone is
new to the institution; everyone is trying to make new friends. Some peoples’ best friends are the ones they meet on the first day they move in.” In addition, on-campus housing is a conducive academic environment. It provides students with various resources to help maintain a high GPA. Hardy said she has even seen professors in the residence halls helping students study. “There are studies that prove that living in the residence halls actually overall increases the students’ GPA and brings them to graduation,” she said. “You have a higher likelihood of graduating from an institution if you live in residence halls. In addition, we have academic and social support. We have resident and community advisors that will answer any questions students have. They’re very well-connected to the campus, which gives a lot to offer to students beyond the dorm.” Hardy also noted that the living space is more than just a place to study. It’s important to transform the empty residence hall room into a home. “You want to have things around you that make you comfortable,”
she said. “This is going to be the home away from home. While trying not to overpack, bring elements that remind you of home — that bring that sense of peace and calm to you.” Enthusiasm for the residence halls is hardly limited to University Housing. Students who have spent time in the halls also look back on the experience in a positive light. Journalism sophomore Katelyn Piziali reminisced about the polaroid photo-covered walls of her room in Yosemite Tower 2. “Everyone on my floor became so close,” she said. “At the end of the day, we’d all be in the common room and chill out and play Cards Against Humanity and tell stories.” She had a few words of advice as well: “Remember shower shoes, because that’s just nasty.” Tom Holt, a mechanical engineering sophomore, lived in North Mountain. He carries advice to sum up his on-campus experience. “Have a printer and a little rotating fan because there’s no A/C,” he said. “It gets pretty hot sometimes. Also, be ready for your roommate to wake you up at 2 in the morning and say, ‘Let’s go hiking.’”
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Top 10 things to do in SLO Brenna Swanston @Brenna_Swanston
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One of Week of Welcome’s (WOW) most stressful quirks is the truckload of suggestions to WOWies about what they absolutely must see or do now that they have arrived in San Luis Obispo. Between school, activities and blossoming social agendas, it’s nearly impossible to experience everything. But never fear — Mustang News has compiled a handy list of the top 10 sights and scenes every San Luis Obispo newcomer must visit.
Sunset Drive-In Theater
All Cal Poly freshmen must at some point trek from the residence halls to Foothill Boulevard for a Nutella pillow from SLO Donut Co. It’s the law. Vase said she has friends in Santa Barbara who once drove up to San Luis Obispo specifically for a warm, sugary treat from the famous donut shop. She also took her WOWies to SLO Donut Co. for breakfast one day, and it was a huge hit. “They just loved it,” Vase said. “I think it’s something about arriving in the morning, when they’re fresh-baked and have a variety of different options.”
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San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce marketing coordinator Molly Kern suggested the theater to “give movie nights a twist.” Bring your car, a blanket and some freshly popped microwave popcorn for the perfect date night, or pile your pals into a flatbed or hatchback for a fun group activity. As a plus, double features at the drive-in are only $8 — perfect for the penny-pinching WOWie!
Art After Dark
For fresh-faced Mustangs looking for a local artsy hipster vibe, Kern recommended heading downtown on the first Friday evenings of each month for Art After Dark. “Part of what makes Art After Dark so unique is that it is such a collaborative community event,” she said. Both emerging and established local artists display their work at the event, for which both galleries and non-traditional spaces such as restaurants, boutiques and salons serve as venues for art, photography and music.
Tri-Tip Tri-Top Challenge
Hike Cerro San Luis, Bishop Peak and the P before inhaling a tri-tip sandwich from Firestone Grill — all in under four hours. The challenge kills four birds with one stone, taking its participants through some of San Luis Obispo’s most popular hikes and one of its best-known meaty sandwich spots. If the challenge sounds like too much of a, well, challenge, break it up into several activities. WOW-leading veteran and business senior Priya Vase took this approach with her WOWies, who she said loved the hikes. “I think that when you get to SLO, the best way for people to experience it is to be outside and see its different hiking areas,” Vase said.
Country Night at The Graduate
Make sure to hit up The Graduate for line dancing on Thursday nights. Regular dancing starts at 9 p.m., but show up an hour early for a lesson from Cal Poly’s Line Dancing Club. The Graduate hosts additional Country Nights on Saturdays, with the exception of the first Saturday of each month and any Saturday of a UFC bout. Vase described line dancing as a cultural experience. “It’s nice to have an agriculture-related activity, but even if you’re not super country, I think anyone would enjoy line dancing,” she said. “It’s a good way to get a feel for the culture in San Luis Obispo.”
Matinee Monday at The Palm Theatre
If Art After Dark wasn’t enough to curb your hipster appetite, an indie movie at The Palm Theatre sure should. The theatre charges matinee prices all day on Mondays — a deal Kern described as “can’t-miss.” An environmental plus: The Palm Theatre has been powered by 98 solar panels since 2004, making it the first solar-powered movie theater in the United States.
Concerts at SLO Brew
SLO Brewing Co. regularly hosts all-ages concerts featuring all kinds of artists, from local bands to international rock stars. Especially for those under 21 looking for a taste of San Luis Obispo’s downtown nightlife, Kern said these shows are the place to be. “It’s an ideal place to watch emerging and well-established musicians and bands,” Kern said.
Vase said one of her most successful WOW adventures was kayaking in the oceans surrounding San Luis Obispo. She and her WOWies explored Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and Avila Beach via kayak and loved every moment of it, she said. “That was definitely one of the highlights for almost all my WOWies because you got to go out and be in the water,” Vase said. “They really enjoyed that.”
Downtown San Luis Obispo is chock full of small businesses, from clothing boutiques to cafes to We Olive, your one-stop shop for all things olive oil. Overdose on San Luis Obispo charm by strolling downtown and peeking your head into each shop that catches your eye. Vase recommended Sally Loo’s and Splash Cafe as starters because her WOWies loved visiting those spots. “No matter where my WOWies were from, they hadn’t necessarily seen that aspect of San Luis Obispo before,” she said.
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA)
Scour your residence hall for a friend with a car, then beg them to go to the SVRA, because it’s most certainly worth the trip. A measly $5 will grant your vehicle access to drive on the beach from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. From there, enjoy an ocean sunset from the snuggly warmth of the passenger seat or a tailgate party/beach bonfire hybrid — it’s a perfect Friday night to kick off an inevitably incredible Cal Poly experience.
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Where to go when you don’t have a car
Annie Vainshtein @annievain San Luis Obispo is home to more than just Cal Poly — it features hikes, beaches, shopping and music venues. And while most students want to explore all of what the city has to offer, many don’t have cars. In fact, for most freshmen, cars are a luxury, and often not an option. Discouraging as it may seem, fear not. There are a handful of places within the city that are accessible by foot and bus. The bus route is a viable mode of transportation for those looking
to get off campus and is especially popular among Cal Poly students. According to SLO Transit transportation assistant Dee Lawson, the most popular bus routes used by Cal Poly students are the 4, 5, 6a and 6b. Lawson added that the 4 and 5 bus routes take students to Target and Costco. Students are riding buses much more often than in the past, Lawson said. SLO Transit recorded 40,000 more rides in this past year than in the previous year. San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (SLO RTA) director Geoff Straw explained that the bus routes have become extremely popular, resulting in the addition of extra buses to avoid overcrowding. Straw added that the RTA provides traffic congestion relief along
the two main roadway corridors in San Luis Obispo County (U.S. 101 and Highway 1.) SLO Transit bus routes usually cost $1.25, but students who show their Cal Poly ID can ride for free. With or without the bus, check out these options for places to go when you don’t have a car. Friday nights don’t have to be boring anymore. Whether or not you decide to walk, bike or take the bus, there are a number of fun and interesting places and activities to explore around town. Take advantage of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone — that’s what freshman year is for.
The Experimental Structures Facility, commonly known as the Architecture Graveyard, is not too far from Cal Poly’s main campus. It’s a great hiking location for those with an eye for design. The hike is approximately three miles round-trip and features an eclectic collection of architecture and engineering projects by former Cal Poly students. Students can even climb on the structures for stargazing.
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Cal Poly’s “well-kept secret,” the Leaning Pine Arboretum is a garden area with a sizable display of plants, trees and shrubs open to anyone looking to relax and enjoy nature. The arboretum is located on the north side of campus, behind the Environmental Horticulture Science (EHS) facilities. Hours are from 8 a.m to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
If you don’t know where the P is, it’s not hard to find. The P, a Cal Poly landmark, is essentially a hill with a great view. You can see it from most places on campus — it’s been decorated and personalized to spread messages on many occasions. The P, while an exceptionally beautiful sunset spot, is equally fun day or night and only requires a relatively short hike.
The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market is a popular spot for students and members of the community to relax, eat food and listen to music. Held every Thursday night on Higuera Street, it offers a variety of fresh produce and live music from local artists. Bus routes 4, 5, 6a and 6b ride through downtown — students can take any of those routes if they’d like to visit the Farmers’ Market.
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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS | Chris Eversley celebrates the Cal Poly men’s basketball 61-59 victory over CSU Northridge on March 15 to claim the Big West Conference championship.
Cal Poly looks toward new year in sports Nick Larson @njlarson8 Cal Poly sports fans were spoiled last year. They watched the women’s soccer team dominate the Big West Conference, the baseball team host an NCAA regional as the No. 1 seed and the men’s basketball team play and win an NCAA tournament game for the first time in its history. But what’s done is done. This fall, it all begins again. The Cal Poly football team will
look to bounce back after a somewhat underachieving season in 2013. A 5-3 conference record saw the Mustangs finish in a tie for fourth place in their second year in Big Sky, a slight drop-off after a share of the title in 2012. The Mustangs led the FCS in rushing yards last year, mainly thanks to head coach Tim Walsh’s implementation of the triple-option offense. Cal Poly kicked off its season Aug. 28 at New Mexico State. The quality of soccer at Cal Poly is as high as ever. The men’s team is thriving under its new attack-
ing mentality. Last year, it was the seventh-highest scoring team in Division I with 43 goals, the most in program history. The women’s team is coming off a 7-1-0 season in the Big West Conference, winning its eighth Big West championship. Forward Elise Krieghoff returns, looking to follow up her 21-goal sophomore campaign. The Division I goals-per-game leader was invited to the U.S. women’s national team U-23 training camp in Chula Vista this past June. Fans witnessed history on the court last March when the men’s
basketball team overcame tremendous odds, winning the Big West Conference tournament as the seventh seed. The Mustangs were not done there, taking down Texas Southern in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The victory was the first for the Cal Poly men’s basketball program in the NCAA tournament. This year, expectations will be high. Last year put Cal Poly men’s basketball on the map, but this season will determine how long it stays there. Keep an eye out for some marquee matchups this season, as head coach Joe Callero will likely pounce on the opportunity to load the team’s nonconference
schedule with difficult matchups against perennial powerhouse programs. Cal Poly baseball followed in the steps of the men’s basketball team, taking the program to new heights in the 2013-14 season. The Mustangs played their way to a 47-12 overall record, 19-5 in Big West action. At one point, they were ranked as high as No. 1 in the country in certain polls. Following the departure of a few key players, Cal Poly will look for new stars to emerge. Junior second baseman Mark Mathias has had a whirlwind summer, touring with the USA Baseball Collegiate national team. Mathias was one of two players to start all 28 games,
hitting safely in all but two of them. He tallied seven doubles, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored. Outfielder Zack Zehner will also be in a Cal Poly uniform next season after declining to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, who drafted him in the seventh round. The junior college transfer emerged as a major contributor to the team’s success in the 2014 season. His return next year will be a boost after losing a few starters to professional teams. Last year was memorable, but next year is shaping up to top it. It’s time for fans to regroup and anticipate a new year of Cal Poly Athletics.
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PITCH PERFECT | In the first round of the NCAA San Luis Obispo regional tournament, left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof contributes to Cal Poly’s 4-2 victory over Sacramento State to advance.
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FIELD TRIP | The Cal Poly baseball team storms the field after sweeping Cal State Fullerton.
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LUCK Y 13 | Junior forward Elise Krieghoff looks to improve on her 21-goal sophomore campaign.
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ADAM OLSEN At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, psychology freshman Adam Olsen appears to be a rather large and imposing center-forward. Many would assume Olsen is the tall forward, the target of crosses from the wing — a master header of sorts. But Olsen, a new addition to the Cal Poly soccer team, strongly disagrees with this singular role. “When people see me on the field, their first thought is, ‘Oh, he’s tall and can hold off defenders,’” Olsen said. “But really, I pride myself on being a technical player who services his teammates, passes well and finds space on the pitch.” When asked who he tries to emulate in style, Olsen cited the imposing Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Olsen explained that while both he
and Ibrahimovic are tall, strong and fast, their technical soccer ability is what makes them excellent players. Adam’s commitment to strategic play makes him the right fit for Cal Poly’s 2014-15 campaign. He was highly soughtafter by former head coach Paul Holocher, who recruited Olsen despite an injury in his junior year of high school, when most Division I-bound soccer players make their commitments to colleges. “I decided pretty late about where to go to college,” Olsen said. “But coach Holocher made it obvious he really wanted me to come to Cal Poly. He was the biggest influence on my decision.” According to Holocher, Olsen’s combination of size and speed should enable him to challenge
and get behind opposing and imposing defenders. “He’s an intelligent and technical player with good mobility,” Holocher said. But like Olsen, Holocher emphasized the intelligence and technical ability of Olsen rather than his size and raw talent. “He has the ability to comfortably enter the midfield from above, find good spaces and bring his teammates into the game” Holocher said. The team is looking to Olsen, among others, to replace the seven attacking players who have departed from last year’s record-setting lineup. Those who departed include Ariel Lassiter, who signed a contract in late July to play professionally for GAIS, a second-division Swedish team. Holocher’s endorsement of Olsen is well warranted. Olsen’s
playing history demonstrates serious talent. Olsen was a major part of two teams that participated in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League in Southern California. He spent time with the Chivas USA and Real SoCal under-18 development squads. The idea behind this academy is to provide a tighter talent pool for the United States men’s national team, which performed admirably in the World Cup over the summer. However, Olsen isn’t focused on the big picture; he comes to Cal Poly with two goals. “Firstly, I want to make the starting squad — nothing is guaranteed — but I also want to be the focal point of the attack as the center-forward in the 4-3-3 formation,” he said. Olsen reflects an attitude and
demeanor that any coach in any sport would envy. The only thing in Olsen’s view is a desire to work hard, play soccer and win. A coach cannot ask for much more from an incoming player who hasn’t seen a single day of practice with the team yet. Soccer even pervades Olsen’s recreational activities. Prior to his interview, Olsen had just finished playing a game of “FIFA 14” — his favorite (and only) video game. Olsen emphasized his excitement to be in an environment where improving at soccer is the main focus. He went so far as to say he was even excited for twoa-day conditioning and training. Olsen enters Cal Poly with this message for the fans who will attend his games this year: “I just want to win and get to the tourney.”
YERS TO WATCH ABBY BACHARACH Three California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) individual championship trophies, two league individual championship trophies and one team-wide CIF and league championship trophy belong to incoming tennis player Abigail Bacharach. But there’s more where that came from. Abby is the youngest of three siblings and the child of Cris Bacharach, all tennis players. Cris played at UC Santa Cruz and was the school’s first AllAmerican athlete. Abby’s sister Bryn transferred to Cal Poly last year from UCLA and currently plays on the tennis team. Her brother Brett is a sophomore tennis player at UC Davis. “We really play each other hard, and it helps us all get better every day,” Bacharach said of the sibling rivalry.
When a sport runs through the veins of the family, the youngest is often the improved product of an evolutionary line. Bacharach is no exception. She comes to Cal Poly with an impeccable tennis record. Bacharach was the No. 1 player and captain on her tennis team all four years at Del Oro High School in Loomis, Calif., and finished her senior year undefeated. But Bacharach is looking for a bigger challenge as she makes the jump to collegiate sports. “In high school, I played with everyone my own age but not necessarily the same talent level,” Bacharach said. “In college, I’m looking forward to battling hard; I know every player will be tough.” She comes to Cal Poly ranked 140th overall in the class of
2014 and is the 19th-ranked player in California. Her goals? “I want to be a top-six starter and see myself get one to two levels better this year,” Bacharach said. According to head coach Damon Coupe, Bacharach plays as a “workhorse who has tremendous upside and will be pushing the rest of our players.” To have an incoming freshman who pushes the rest of the team really says something about the type of player Cal Poly tennis is receiving. “I’m stubborn, I fight through adversity and always try to compete and find a way to win,” Bacharach said. She said she wants to bring high energy and help others through her work ethic this year. Though she has talent and a strong work ethic,
Bacharach acknowledged that the mental aspect of tennis is the most difficult. “It’s hard to keep positive sometimes, because there’s no one else to blame out there; it’s all on you,” she said. But Bacharach is also looking beyond tennis in her first year at Cal Poly. During her visits here, she was attracted to the entire environment of San Luis Obispo. “I felt a strong sense of belonging,” she said. “It just really felt like where I was meant to be.” Bacharach is looking forward to not only the challenges of collegiate athletics, but also to growing as a person and finally being on her own at Cal Poly. “I want to focus on school, friendship and tennis in my first year,” Bacharach said. “That’s all I think I’ll have time for.”
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C A L P O LY S P O R T S Eric Chu @CPMustangSports Intramural sports not only help students become more active by showing off personal skills, they also help students make new friends. Each quarter, intramural sports leagues include basketball, flag football, futsal, soccer, volleyball, softball and dodgeball. Leagues are divided into divisions and gender leagues, including Division I (highly competitive), Division II (moderately competitive), Division III (recreationally competitive) and co-recreational leagues. Member registration is the first Thursday of each quarter. Membership costs approximately $160 per team. Cal Poly’s fitness program, another easy-to-access sports option for students, is particularly popular because of Cal Poly’s recently remodeled Recreation Center and its facilities. The Recreation Center is entirely student-run, Outdoor Recreation Program Coordinator Nancy Clark said. “The students voted for it and are the ones that make sure it runs smoothly, so as a result, we can accommodate all different interests and provide a multitude of activities for everyone — from squash to yoga to weightlifting,” Clark said. “All modes of fitness are equipped for students to take advantage of.” The fitness program offers group exercise classes,
specialized fitness classes and personal training. More than 15 group exercise classes — everything from 6-Pack Abs to Power Yoga — are offered seven days a week at various times throughout the day. Class durations range from 30-90 minutes and are taught by highly skilled, certified instructors. Signing up is easy for students, as they simply sign in at the Recreation Center’s Pro Shop before the class starts. Classes are on a first-come, firstserved basis. Cal Poly’s fitness program also offers specialized fitness classes, designed to expand fitness horizons via the latest trends in fitness and wellness. Classes include Muay Thai, Krav Maga and Total Resistance eXercise (TRX). The Recreation Center also offers personal training, providing individuals with specialized and tailored fitness programs suited simply for students’ needs. “We hire Cal Poly students that are nationally certified personal trainers,” Clark said. “Students are given a specialized workout aimed to achieve personal goals.” Students can contact the Recreation Center front desk to set up an appointment with a personal trainer. Perhaps the most unique option for staying active at Cal Poly is Poly Escapes, where students are able to break away from their day-to-day routine with life-changing adventures on and off campus. Poly Escapes offers approximately 20 low-cost trips
per quarter to beautiful locations off campus. Trips vary from one-day local journeys to full weekend getaways and are led by experienced student trip leaders. Adventures include hiking and backpacking at locations such as Yosemite, Los Padres National Forest and Death Valley. On-campus activities include the famous climbing park, located right outside the Recreation Center, where students can rope climb on the 42-foot climbing wall or free climb on the 13-foot bouldering rock. Registration is available at the Poly Escapes office in the Recreation Center or online at the Associated Students, Inc. website. History sophomore Camile Caldwell took a weekend getaway to Big Sur her freshman year via Poly Escapes. She enjoyed the trip because not only did she get to explore a new place, but her experience was extremely convenient, Caldwell said. “Aside from renting a backpack and sleeping bag — if you don’t already have one — Poly Escapes takes care of all the rest of the logistics of the trip,” Caldwell said. “I went on the trip with a couple friends from my dorm floor, but I would love to go on another trip solo and make some new friends on it because it’s a great way to meet lots of different kinds of people at Cal Poly and share some really incredible experiences with them.”
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NEW HEIGHTS | Activities include the climbing park (above) located outside the Recreation Center, where students can rope climb on the 42’ climbing wall or free climb on the 13’ bouldering rock.
POLY ESCAPES FALL 2014 TRIPS
SEPTEMBER 27 OCTOBER 4-5 OCTOBER 3-5 OCTOBER 10-12 OCTOBER 11-12 OCTOBER 11 OCTOBER 17-19 OCTOBER 18-19 OCTOBER 24-26 OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 2
NOVEMBER 7-9 NOVEMBER 8-9 NOVEMBER 9 NOVEMBER 14-16 NOVEMBER 21-23 NOVEMBER 21-22 DECEMBER 6 WINTER BREAK
Bishop Peak rock climbing Salmon Creek day hike Morro Bay surf and camp Northern Sierra backpacking and caving High-altitude backpacking Sequoia backpacking Big Sur trail maintenance Santa Barbara rock climbing Morro Bay SUP Pine Creek High Sierra backpacking SUP Yosemite Valley Millerton caving Pt. Reyes backpacking Caliente Mt. backpacking High Sierra lightweight backpacking Canyoneering Death Valley backpacking Primal Skills backpacking Ventura surf and camp Sunrise yoga Reservoir Canyon Pinnacles NP backpacking Cosmic bamping Mt. Tamalpias backpacking Big Sur Hot Spring car camping Sand boarding Los Osos Black Canyon float trip Recreation Center Training MEETING Room, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.