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Whatever the case is, congratulations again. You’re here. You’ll find lots to do on the Central Coast, and you’ll meet awesome people in your classes, at social gatherings,

and in the most random ways possible. That’s the beauty of college. You never know when you’ll meet your future lifemate or enemy. You’ll also succeed in school if you put your mind to it. Some classes may just be an annoying general education requirement. But other classes may challenge your beliefs, your intellect, and the major you initially chose to pursue.

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Intern at: Collective Effort Events, a Central Coast-based entertainment event planning company Year/major: graphic communication senior (fifth year) at Cal Poly Duration of internship: Spring 2011 to present Internship duties: managing, marketing, event planning, and graphic designing How school helped with internship: “More than anything [being president of] the Central Pacific Ski Club helped serve as a building block to everything else. Design stuff got me into Ski Club, and the organizational and communication skills helped with the internship at Collective Effort Events.” Future goals: “First thing I’m doing is moving to Tahoe in the winter to ski it up and continue to do freelance work. It’s kind of a break for me. After, I’ll move to San Diego to work in an ad agency and develop my design skills to their full potential.”


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Intern at: On the Horizon Communications, a public relations firm based in Pismo Beach Year/major: journalism (with a concentration in public relations) senior (fourth year) at Cal Poly Duration of internship: May 2011 to present Internship duties: handles media sample requests, archives clients’ placements in magazines, creates status reports with a detailing of a client’s media placements, assists with press releases and e-mail blasts, handles follow-up inquiries from clients How school helped with internship: “It helped to prepare me with the theory of how everything works. ‘Learn By Doing’ didn’t help 100 percent and can only go so far. [The internship] helped me learn what areas I still need practicing in.” Future goals: “I would like to work either in a PR firm or do in-house PR for a company—specifically in the Bay Area.”


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Michelle Shearer Intern at: Deloitte, a consulting firm based in San Francisco Year/major: business administration senior (fourth year) at Cal Poly Duration of internship: June 16 to Aug. 19, 2011 Internship duties: flew back and forth between a client site in Phoenix, Ariz., and San Francisco, assisted with a document management project, and collected all the deliverables and documents from the project and uploaded them to an online E-room that will serve as a repository for all of the deliverables associated with the project How school helped with internship: “Deloitte mainly recruits business or IT students. There wasn’t relevant coursework per se, but I used Excel a lot. I also took a data systems class.” Future goals: “I would like to go into consulting. Hopefully I will get a job from Deloitte. There’s a sector called human capital that deals with helping organizations communicate and implement changes within.”


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Former harvest intern (2006-2008) and now an assistant winemaker at Chamisal Vineyards, a vineyard based in Edna Valley Year/major: Wine and viticulture alumnus (Cal Poly ’09) Duration of internship: 2006 to 2008 Internship duties: managed fermentations; cleaned equipment; measured sugar, alcohol, and acid levels How school helped with internship: “The book learning reinforced the hands-on that I saw through my internship at Chamisal Vineyards.” How he was able to secure a permanent position after college: “My drive, perseverence, constant curiosity, and going above and beyond what I was told to do. When a task was done, I tried to make sure everything was going the best way possible.”






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Cal Poly vs. UCSB

When it comes to college soccer rivalries, there are none as big or as fierce as Cal Poly’s rivalry with UCSB. Just ask Cal Poly head soccer coach Paul Holocher. The stadiums are packed with more than 10,000 spectators for every BlueGreen rivalry game. More than 73,000 people have attended the games in the last three years. At Cal Poly, students arrive clad in green and gold, covered in paint, and sporting their Poly scarves and “Buck the Gauchos” T-shirts. The rivalry is as close to a European soccer match as college students can get in the United States, Holocher said. “It’s totally electric,” he explained. “It’s pure passion on the field because there’s two great soccer programs competing with every ounce of their heart and spirit.” Last year’s Blue-Green rivalry game at Cal Poly didn’t disappoint Mustang fans. The two competing teams were tied until the 93rd minute, when midfielder Chris Gaschen scored in overtime. Cal Poly fans flooded the field in triumph. Cal Poly soccer players give their all on the field for every game, but they’re especially conscious of the stakes against UCSB, said center back Patrick Sigler.


PHOTOS BY STEVE E. MILLER “We have a big chip ON THE on our shoulder, and we’re a little more MOVE Jarred intense,” he said. Houston at Cal Soccer fans Poly is a senior also know that a wide receiver Blue-Green rivalry game is not to from Fairfield. be missed. Sigler’s friends often attend both the home game and away game, traveling to Santa Barbara to support their school. “My friends have told me it’s one of the best things they’ve ever been to,” Sigler said. This year, the Mustangs play the Gauchos at home on Oct. 14, and they travel to Santa Barbara to meet the Gauchos on Nov. 4. The rivalry game at UC Santa Barbara will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel, and Holocher anticipates that it will draw another sold-out crowd. “There won’t be an empty seat in the stands,” he predicted.

Cuesta College vs. Santa Barbara City College Cal Poly isn’t the only local school with a rivalry against Santa Barbara. Cuesta College women’s soccer goes


head to head with Santa Barbara City College each year, and the game is always a tense one since the Vaqueros are tough competition for the Cougars, said head coach Bob Wilson. “They’re a little step above us,” he admitted. “They’ve got a little edge on us.” But they don’t have so much of an edge

that they can’t Blake Page is be beat, Wilson a senior slotback added, and that means his playfrom Chico players work extra ing at Cal Poly. hard in the Santa Barbara-Cuesta games to beat the Vaqueros. The fact that many of the Cuesta players considered Santa Barbara as a possible school only adds to the tension, Wilson explained. “A lot of the time we’ll have kids on the team that went and talked to the Santa Barbara coach,” he said. But while the competition between rival schools might be similar to that of UCSB vs. Cal Poly, the atmosphere of the matches are entirely different. Cuesta doesn’t boast a huge stadium with seats RIVALRIES continued on page 16

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for 10,000 screaming fans, but for Wilson, the intimacy is part of the appeal. “It’s more homegrown,” Wilson said. “You sit right on the sidelines and become part of the action.” The Cougars started practicing on Aug. 15, and right now, Wilson said, the team is still trying to figure out where its strengths and weaknesses lie—but he’s certain that the upcoming games against Santa Barbara will be exciting. The Cougars play the Vaqueros in Santa Barbara on Oct. 4, and again at home on Oct. 28.

Cal Poly vs. UC Davis

Last year, when Cal Poly faced up against UC Davis in the annual football rivalry game, it looked like the Mustangs were going to destroy the Aggies. They were up 21-1 at half time, and had completely shut out their rivals, holding them to a total of 97 yards. The game was a heartbreaker, though, as the Aggies came back in the second half, scoring another two field goals and two touchdown passes. The Mustangs lost by a hair, with the score 22-21 at the final whistle. The end-of-season loss also meant

the Mustangs missed their chance at the Big West championship. A season with such a promising start had a bitterly disappointing end, just like the final game. This year, the team is taking a lesson from the Davis game and putting an emphasis on finishing strong, said head coach Tim Walsh. “We have to understand that the game is not won after 30 minutes,” he said. The players are going to carry that spirit of finishing with them not just to the anticipated Davis game, but also to all their matches this season, Walsh said. Two years before, Cal Poly demolished Davis with a score of 51-21, and it’s all about getting that back this year, said quarterback Andre Broadous. “That’s always going to be our rivalry game,” Broadous said. “We’ll hopefully turn it around.” The strong competition between the two universities comes not just from the fact that they’re evenly matched athletically, but also from their academic similarities, Walsh said. “I think, for the 18,000 students that


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go to school here, probably some of them considered going to Davis and vice versa,” he said. And the rivalry game certainly does attract a large portion of the student body. Last year, 11,075 people came to Alex G. Spanos Stadium to watch the Mustangs and Aggies face off. This year, the rivalry game will be on the Aggies’ turf on Nov. 5, and there’s no telling what the outcome will be. The Mustangs have a lot of returning players this year, and both Broadous and

Walsh are confident in the team’s synergy going into the season. They’ve also got the Aggies in their sights because of last year’s narrow loss. No matter who wins, though, fans can count on a good show, Walsh said: “It’s a great traditional game between two excellent institutions.” ∆ Victoria Billings is a journalism junior. Send comments to


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Students can make the most of their time by attending study skills seminars offered by at the Academic Skills Center. The seminars last 50 minutes and are free to students. They begin during week three and continue through week six, running Some new students fall into the trap of Monday through Thursday at various thinking their free time is truly free. times and covering a wide Instead of studying or preparrange of topics, including ing for class, they treat time management, test their free days like GET HELP preparation, memory weekends and end up techniques, stress paying for it later. For more informamanagement, According to tion, visit the Academic note taking, and Sydnor, students Skills Center website at procrastination. can overcome this Sydnor said harmful habit by that students are changing their html. Or drop by and see sometimes wary of schedule—and the staff in person in attending seminars their mentality. Kennedy Library, or asking for help, “It sounds a little room 112. because they see needtough, but treat school ing assistance as a form of like a job,” he said. “In failure. He emphasized that other words, be on campus smart students are the ones who as 8 a.m. and stay until 5 p.m. or use the resources available to them. later. So what I’m really talking about is In addition to the seminars, the center staying engaged. Be in school.” offers study sessions and supplemental Sydnor encourages new students to prepare for the transition before they even workshops. Study sessions are led set foot on campus by setting aside blocks by fellow students, usually juniors or seniors, who’ve exhibited a propensity of study time in their schedules. BY HALEY PETERSEN

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ou were the smart kid in high school. You went to class. You paid attention. You did your homework, and you graduated with straight A’s— even A plusses. This year, the game has changed. You highlight. You annotate. You pull all-nighters. You actually study for tests. Still, you barely pull C’s. Welcome to college. Students learn a of lot things in high school, but many don’t learn how to learn. Study skills are essential to universitylevel success. “The most recurrent problem is that students have difficulty in managing their time and staying focused,” said Bill Sydnor, coordinator at Cal Poly’s Academic Skills Center. An integral part of time management is learning how to create a structured schedule. Sydnor said students often struggle with the transition from high school to college because they’re not used to having blocks of free time in their day.



for a specific subject. Sessions occur twice each week throughout the quarter and are offered in more than 30 subjects (primarily those pertaining to math, science, and engineering). Students enrolled in a course with a corresponding study session will be notified via e-mail two weeks before the beginning of a quarter. Interested students then request to join. Raequests can be made through the sixth week of the quarter. All sessions are free and aren’t for credit. Supplemental workshops are available to students enrolled in math and/or science classes and are aimed at providing an intensive study environment for specific lectures. The leader attends every class with the students and uses his or her experience to help clarify topics during the workshop. Students must register for these meetings at the beginning of the quarter. The workshops count for one unit and are also free. Sydnor said that if students use the resources available to them, they’re capable of achieving academic success. “If you work hard, you can make it,” he said. “Just jump in and do your best.” ∆ Haley Peterson is a Cal Poly journalism senior. Send comments to mail@new


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Blackhorse Espresso and Cafe 1065 Higuera St., unit 101 • 783-1300 With three locations (there’s also one on Broad Street and on E. Foothill Boulevard), Blackhorse Uptown is notable most of all because of its popularity. And they let everyone know. The awards and newspaper clippings hang on the wall next to the espresso machine and photos of its cups held up by travelers around the world. But the café’s awards aren’t undeserved. Blackhorse Uptown truly does boast some tasty coffee—and beautiful pastry treats to boot. Passersby will probably first notice Blackhorse for its customers, though, frequently sitting on barstools in the window, laptops open in

front of them. The café is small, but friendly, with a fireplace, a front patio, and the radio playing hits by Genesis and the notorious Michael Jackson.

Bello Mundo 980 Monterey St. • 345-2155 Probably the newest coffee shop in downtown SLO, Bello Mundo boasts a small staff but a big heart. Nothing sits around here, aside from the visitors enjoying fresh coffee brewed by the cup. Still in its early days, its owner announced plans to serve Ecco Coffee and salads and snacks. There’s no WiFi available, so take the opportunity to unplug and interact with the physical world.

and chalkboard menus adorn the shop. Since it’s located a ways away from downtown, it’s typically less crowded than other shops, so it makes a perfect study location.

Kreuzberg, CA 685 Higuera St. • 439-2060

As far as hipster coffee houses go, there are few quite as hipster as Kreuzberg, CA. It opened last year and relocated to a new location on Higuera Street just last month. The café is named after a neighborhood in Berlin known for its artistic culture, and Kreuzberg, CA certainly carries over the artistic tradition. With floor lamps hanging from the ceiling, beanbag chairs in the windows, an assortment of vintage rugs and couches, and a mustachioed barista, the café is an indie kid’s dream. The new location is more than twice the size of the old café, with a mezzanine and enough side rooms and nooks and crannies to bring 3230 Broad St. • 783-2264 out the kid in everyone. It’s hard Higher Groundz prides itself on to resist the temptation to start providing more than just coffee— up a game of hide-and-go seek among the armchairs and bookit serves up smoothies, boba tea, shelves. The most unique thing and breakfast and lunch foods. about the café is its bookshop. The environment is homey Kreuzberg, CA doubles as and comfy: a huge a used bookstore, with couch welcomes THE a selection that covsitters, boarders everything from USUAL games invite Stephen King to people looking SUSPECTS Albert Einstein. for stimulation,

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and long leather banquet stretching along the inside wall. Outside, the Nautical Bean has its own seating on the sidewalk, with a view of the mission, making it a great place for getting work done or getting together with a group of friends. The shop features an array of specialty drinks, as well as fresh-baked pastries daily. Plus, their lattes are delicious.

Outspoken Cafe 1422 Monterey St. • 788-0885 While Outspoken may not stay open as late as other shops do, it still offers gourmet coffee and tea flavors, real-fruit juice smoothies, and food made from locally grown produce. This gem serves SLOcal favorites, including Mexican mochas and Yerba Mate lattes. Head here for some daytime relaxation.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea 1075 Court St. • 597-9478 1 Grand Ave. • 756-1958

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owned coffee shop, but you wouldn’t know that by its popularity. The café’s outdoor seating is almost always full of business-types working away on their laptops. Peet’s certainly has a more corporate feel, but that makes it ideal for those times when you need to have a serious study group meeting or avoid some of the hipsters who congregate elsewhere. The baristas are friendly and happy to make the drinks to the customer’s liking, asking which type of milk they prefer in their lattes.

Sally Loo’s Wholesome Cafe 1804 Osos St. • 545-5895 Sally Loo’s, located near the train station, uses the most wholesome ingredients in its assortment of coffee and food. The coffee is all fair trade, and the café only uses organic milk. The food is handcrafted from ingredients provided by local farms and vendors. Although the café is named after a pitbull, it instills a warm

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3971 S. Higuera St. • 787-0389 885 Higuera St. • 547-9465 1 Grand Ave. • 756-1275 If you absolutely need a frappuccino, don’t panic. In addition to all the locally owned coffee shops, downtown San Luis Obispo also has a Starbucks. In fact, there’s two. Die-hard Starbucks fans will find all the classic Starbucks amenities there, as well as about a thousand Christmas shoppers with toddlers in tow come December. Something about peppermint mochas is just impossible to resist.

Steynberg Gallery

1531 Monterey St. • 547-0278 Like Linnaea’s, Steynberg Gallery features shows from musical artists, and like Kreuzberg, CA, Steynberg Gallery has a distinctive artsy atmosphere. In fact, Steynberg Gallery

doubles as a venue for artists to sell their work, with paintings for sale on nearly every wall. Steynberg, a 1932 art deco building with shining metal walls and curves on every surface, promotes a setting of peace, quiet, and disconnection from the outside world. The little coffee shop is a “no phone zone,” where cell phone use is forbidden. If you’re in need of a quiet place to cram for those exams, but you just can’t seem to stop texting, Steynberg Gallery might be the perfect place to focus.

West End Espresso & Tea 670 Higuera St. • 543-4902 West End was the first coffee establishment in downtown San Luis Obispo, and today it offers more than 25 coffee and 35 tea varieties. Located near the San Luis Obispo creek, the shop provides much needed tranquility from the hustle and bustle of downtown life. ∆ Victoria Billings is a Cal Poly journalism junior. Send comments to mail@


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ometimes it can feel like San Luis Obispo is an island, especially if you spend most of your time in class or studying. Life for a student may start to feel routine, and sometimes we need a vacation to clear our heads from those dreaded midterms, projects, and papers. Hopefully you own a car—or at least know people who own cars—because many exciting destinations are a relatively short drive from your new home.


Located only 20 minutes north, the easygoing beach community of Cayu-

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When you first drive into the quaint community of Cambria, you may feel as if you’ve entered an enchanted wood. Monterey pines line both the east and west villages, both sections of the same town. The villages feature art galleries, craft shops, restaurants, and more. Victorian-style buildings that adorn the streets give Cambria a romantic feel, and Moonstone Beach adds to the vibe. Beachgoers can hunt for semi-precious stones, such as jade and moonstones, on the shore. Many crafty residents in Cambria create jewelry based on their findings. San Simeon—with its famed Hearst Castle, San Simeon State Park, and an Elephant Seal Rookery—also sits very close to Cambria. Make a reservation to tour Hearst Castle, which once housed a famous family in

the publishing industry. On the other hand, San Simeon State Park and the rookery are free for nature lovers to indulge in.

Big Sur

Further north along the coast, and approximately 2 1/2 hours from San Luis Obispo, lies the breathtaking wilderness area of Big Sur. Perfect for camping, Big Sur features a handful of state parks complete with waterfalls, redwood forests, canyons, and coastal regions. Big Sur is a region for photographers, adventurers, and artists. The views of the rugged coast can inspire anyone and everyone. The drive through Big Sur itself can be scary, but once it’s over, a driver will feel like he or she can do anything. Frequent rest stops allow for rest and photo ops. Natural wonders abound in the area. Keep your eyes open for such wildlife as deer, California condors, whales, and otters. The weather is typically colder than San Luis Obispo’s sunshine, so pack a sweater or two if you plan to visit. ∆ Sarah Parr is a Cal Poly journalism senior. Send comments to


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Find your home on campus With so many clubs, groups, and organizations, it’s hard to not get involved BY AMBER KIWAN


ne of the best things about college is the abundance of new people in your community—people with similar interests and unique hobbies—and so many meaningful outlets for expression. San Luis Obispo is a small town with a big college vibe. Between Cal Poly and Cuesta, there are clubs, organizations, events, and activities that virtually guarantee something for everyone to be passionate about. Explore the extracurriculars Cal Poly and Cuesta offer to deepen your interests, discover new hobbies, and find a group of friends with similar tastes and lifestyles. Cal Poly has more than 300 student organizations,



including religious clubs, Greek organizations, professional clubs, academic interest groups, sports clubs, and everything in between. And though Cuesta is a smaller school, there are still ways to get involved. Highlighted below are some unique, hands-on clubs that students can join.


If you love music, radio, and news, KCPR may be the perfect creative outlet for you to broadcast sounds and thoughts to the SLO community. KCPR is Cal Poly’s volunteer-run, nonprofit radio station that aims to “open local minds to alternative points of view and provide diversity on the airwaves.”

KCPR promotions manager and graphic communication junior Jeanie Mordukhay joined last fall. She explained that any student can apply to be a volunteer DJ. Applications are available at the beginning of each quarter. After one quarter of training and shadowing a “mentor” DJ, new DJs then get their own show. “I just love that we get to work with independent music and we get to put on a show for people,” Mordukhay said. “It’s really great to have that human connection when you’re listening to music. It’s more personal than Pandora.” Check out for more information, show schedules, and contact information. Also, keep your eyes open

for such upcoming events as DJ/ listener potlucks and record swaps. Events like these are perfect ways to get involved without the time commitment of being a DJ.


If you’re an aspiring engineer, scientist, or outer-space enthusiast, PolySat is the organization for you. It’s Cal Poly’s Satellite Project, where undergraduate and graduate students come together to conceptualize, build, and launch real satellites. The project was founded in 1999 and is meant TUNE IN to create Cal Poly’s KCPR puts multidisstudents on the air—or in ciplinary positions to help fellow teams of students get on the air. students from various majors. While PolySat isn’t technically a Cal Poly club, the group is affiliated with Cal Poly, and any student with the prerequisite course background and knowledge can apply. Electrical engineering senior Eric Stanton, who’s been a member of the group for a year, said PolySat looks for students who are genuinely interested in space and are seeking ways to become better engineers. The organization meets in the PolySat lab to create unqiue concept designs or build designs requested by clients. Stanton said PolySat teams—such as the software team, electronics team, and EXTRA CURRICULAR continued on page 27

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mechanics team—then work together to manufacture, test, build, and eventually launch the satellite. “PolySat is exactly what Cal Poly’s motto is: It’s learn by doing,” Stanton said. “It’s fun because we are sending things into space, and it’s a cool idea, knowing something I designed is orbiting the earth.” Want to get involved? PolySat recruits in relevant classes during fall quarter, but you can also visit for more information and an application form.

Cal Poly Creamery

The Cal Poly Creamery is a manufacturing plant on campus where fresh dairy products are made, then sold locally. But it also serves as a teaching laboratory; Cal Poly’s dairy science program is one of the largest in the country, and the Cal Poly Creamery is a testament to the program’s quality and success. Though the Creamery is part of the dairy science program, any Cal Poly student can get involved. “The students do the labor,” Creamery Manager Jerry Mattas said. “They produce cheese, chocolate milk, ice cream; they pasture ice products and package cheese.” Mattas said the creamery usually has approximately 14 student employees at one time. If you’re interested in dairy production and technology, or if you just want some fresh Cal Poly ice cream, a visit to the Creamery is a must.

Cal Poly Polo Team/Cuesta Polo Club

The Central Coast Polo Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing polo to the Central Coast, sponsors Cal Poly’s Polo Team and the Polo Club at Cuesta. Any interested students can join—no polo experience or horse required! Megan Judge is the club manager at Central Coast Polo Club, where she’s worked for 10 years. Judge said becoming a member gives students access to horses, equipment, instruction, and arena use. Students can attend practices from one to five times per week, depending on their time commitment. Dues range from $100 to $300 per month, she said. “You don’t need to have a horse, know how to ride, or know how to play polo,” Judge said. “We teach all of that.” For more information, visit


Concerned Student Cyclists

The San Luis Obispo area is basically a cyclist utopia: trails spanning from roads to mountains to beaches, bike shops, bike clubs, bike nights, bike weeks, and fellow cyclists peddling all over the county. Among the many cycling-focused clubs on both campuses, Cuesta’s Concerned Student Cyclists club takes a serious look at the world of Central Coast cycling. The club aims to provide students with cycling information pertaining to traffic laws, safety, and trail maintenance. But it’s not all serious. They also gather socially, planning rides outside of school, participating in community events, and networking with fellow cycling enthusiasts. Founder Adam Lovera said the Concerned Student Cyclist’s monthly meetings usually consist of discussion of current community topics and events, and the distribution of information pertaining to cycling awareness. “Not all students are hip or aware of traffic law information,” Lovera said. “As cyclists, these are things you are responsible for.”

Chemistry Club

When mechanical engineering junior Kyle Georgeson took Chemistry 1B, he realized it was a class that required a lot of studying and dedication. He and a classmate decided to start Cuesta’s Chemistry Club. It quickly grew into the biggest club on campus. “We wanted to form study groups and have more pull on campus so we could reserve rooms and facilitate the needs of Chem 1B students,” Georgeson said. “It’s a really hard class.” Through student collaboration, Chemistry Club aims to promote interest and success in all levels of chemistry. But the club is also active in school and community events. Last year, the club participated in Children’s Day at Mission Plaza. Club members can also earn volunteer service hours through participation in certain events and through chemistry tutoring. The club plans to expand this year, incorporating more events, demonstrations, and group activities. Any student enrolled in a chemistry course can join. For more information, send an e-mail to ∆ Amber Kiwan is a Cal Poly journalism graduate. Send comments to




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feel. The servers stop and talk to you. They ask where you’re from. Moreover, they have a menu full of hearty bar food. Tip: The mac-n-cheese is even better than what your mom used to make.

Frog and Peach Pub is the place for those who like to listen to music without dancing to it. Live music is nearly always playing, and there’s a small dance floor. Most of the room is taken up by booths or by the masses who flock to the bar. Pint night Tuesdays can give you the motivation to get you through those manic Mondays. Every Tuesday, they offer $4 pints with $1 refills all night.

Creekside Brewing Company 1040 Broad • 542-9804

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The Library Lounge 723 Higuera • 546-3190 If you’re looking for dirty dancing, Poly dollies, a handful of cougars, and a bar full of strong drinks, we’ll see you at The Library. This is the place for anyone who’s ever hoped to live out the lyrics of a Ke$ha song while simultaneously hearing it playing in the background. Bonus: LIVE MUSIC Inebriated guests can Frog and Peach Pub showcase their dance is one of many loskills in the famed cal establishments street-side window.

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A restaurant by day, Mo/ Tav makes a complete transformation by night when it turns into an edgy urban-esque night club. The dance floor is packed. The music is loud. The drinks are always flowing. There’s even a fog machine to make the mood misty. For the high rollers who like a bit of a bubble when they dance, Mo/Tav has a private, VIP floor that can be booked in advance.

Cielo Cantina 1023 Chorro • 45-9001 Cielo Cantina boasts a more sophisticated vibe. During the day, it is a Mexican restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. After happy hour, the tables are


cleared out to make room for the dance floor, which is less packed than other bars in SLO. The atmosphere is somewhat cosmopolitan, and the demographic isn’t strictly composed of college kids.

SLO Brewing Company 1119 Garden • 543-1843 This is the scene for music lovers. SLO Brew is a two-story building with a concert stage on the first floor. They play host to a variety of musicians ranging from Snoop Dogg to Tyrone Wells and everyone in between. With house and guest beers on tap, it’s a great spot for folks who like a good brew, too.

Spike’s Pub 570 Higuera • 544-7157 At Spike’s, they’re all about the brew, and they have a list of 40 beers from around the world to prove it. Try them all, and you’ll even get a free Tshirt. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the food menu is reasonably priced. It’s a good place to enjoy kicking back with your buds while satisfying your taste buds.

Black Sheep Bar and Grill 1117 Chorro • 544-7433 Black Sheep has a traditional pub

Wine and food are also on the menu. Customers can enjoy their meals and drinks on an outside patio that overlooks a scenic creek (hence the name). Their $3 pint night on Monday and their happy hour specials Monday through Friday are reasonable even for a student’s budget.

The Creeky Tiki 782 Higuera • 903-2591 A newly opened bar and restaurant in SLO, The Creeky Tiki has a very beachy feel. The walls are adorned with surfboards and paintings of the legendary “perfect wave.” Every night has a different theme and different food and drink specials. There’s also live entertainBARS continued on page 33


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BarS from page 31 ment at night. Going to the Creeky Tiki is like a mini staycation, where customers can feel like they wasted away in Margaritaville without leaving the comfort of their hometown.

Buffalo Pub and Grill 717 Higuera • 544-5515

McCarthy’s Irish Pub 600 Marsh • 544-0268

The pub part of Buffalo is great, but the real draw is the grill. Buffalo has an extensive and scrumptious menu. It offers a variety of dinners, so everyone can find something that they like. Moreover, the price is pretty likable, too. While you’re there, grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the pub part of the experience.

This pub is, as it sounds, a traditional, laid back Irish bar. Their Bloody Marys have a kick, and their whiskey is quality. McCarthy’s is known for stiff drinks and a carefree atmosphere. Locals like to hang out here, and, as you can imagine, it’s the place to be on St. Patty’s Day.

Z2010Club Parker • 544-2582 Z Club is a little bit off of the beaten path for most college students, given that it’s not located directly in the heart of downtown, but this bar has a few extra draws to make up for its location, such as pool tables and frequent live music. An extra bonus is that the bar has a shuttle that will pick you up before midnight at take you back home at the end of the night free of charge. The crowd is a diverse mix of college kids and a more mature audience, and it’s rarely as packed as bars in the heart of the downtown scene.

Koberl at Blue 998 Monterey • 783-1135 If your taste is refined and your wallet is well stocked, Koberl at Blue is for you. It has a sophisticated atmosphere complimented by its quality drink selection. They make a mean martini and serve a body of impressive wines. It’s a great place to visit if you feel like playing grown up or if your parents are in town (and footing the bill).

Bull’s Tavern 1032 Chorro • 543-2217 Loud music and a ready-to-party attitude are always on tap at Bull’s. Known for being sort of a dive bar, this tavern will take you back to your nostalgic freshman days when the booze was flowing, conversations were inaudible, someone was perpetually sick, and you didn’t care that in a few drinks that someone would be you. In the same way that you kept going to frat parties freshman year, you’ll keep coming back to Bull’s when you’re older. Suggestion: Order the Bull Sweat on your 21st birthday, and never drink it again.


F. McClintocks Saloon 686 Higuera • 541-0686 Take a step back into the wild wild West, known locally as McClintocks. This is a good place to go if you want a hearty meal before slugging down some booze. Anything with their barbecue sauce is sure to satisfy, but light eaters beware: The portions are big. To really get in the spirit, order one of their drinks. They come in mason jars and will be a great compliment to your meal.

Pappy McGregor’s Bar and Grill 1865 Monterey • 543-5458 Pappy McGregor’s is a Celtic flavored, as evidenced by the wait staff’s apparel (kilts or plaid skirts). Hungry customers can choose from a variety of menu items, including soups, chili, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and even pub tacos. Every night has a theme: merchandise Monday; burger and pint Tuesday; whiskey, wine, and wings Wednesday; Tijuana Thursdays; etc. They also have a happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Marston’s 673 Higuera • 544-3668 Marston’s has only been around for a year, but it’s already known for hearty bar fare, such as stuffed burgers, fried chicken, and tacos. Marston’s also has 10 beers on tap, and once hosted a nine week-long beer pong tournament. With a few large, high definition televisions, Marston’s is the perfect place to hang out during the NFL season. ∆ Haley Petersen is a Cal Poly journalism senior. Send comments to mail@







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as wannabe Romans chugged. Friend A was most excited to try the ice luge and grabbed Friend B’s hand to try it out with her. Friend A made Friend B reluctantly do the ice luge more times than she could remember, and Friend B’s night ended with her head buried in a trashcan, spewing the contents of her stomach. While this may not sound too pleasing, a lesson is to be learned. Friend A clearly persuaded Friend B to drink more than she could handle. Surprisingly, the best of friends can apply peer pressure at any given moment. Be strong willed; only partake in activities that you’re comfortable doing.


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INTERNET SPEEDS SO nances that apply to nightlife. The social host, noise, and unruly gathering ordinances all have the same purpose: to keep the city peaceful. Violators might have to pay up to $700 for the first offense also. Another notable law is the no smoking ordinance. San Luis Obispo prides itself on being one of the first municipalities in the world to ban indoor smoking, and smokers today aren’t allowed to light up in any public outdoor spot. Exceptions include designated smoking areas at bars. If you choose to drink, know that it’s against the law to bike under the influence of any substance, and it’s a misdemeanor to get caught urinating in public. Also, drivers aren’t allowed an open container of alcohol in their vehicles.


In order to avoid a throbbing headache, I advise drinking lots of water the day you choose to consume alcohol. Also drink water between each alcoholic beverage. Alcohol can dehydrate and cause a multitude of other symptoms, including nausea, aches, and changes in body temperature. If you know your limits and stay hydrated,


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The great outdoors Get out from your four walls and see nature BY SARAH PARR


here’s a pretty good chance you’ll hike Bishop Peak sometime during your stay in college. While the mountain is majestic, it’s not the only outdoor wonder the Central Coast has to offer. Home to waterfalls, rolling hills, bluffs. and abundant wildlife, this area offers trails that highlight its extensive beauty. Grab your best hiking gear and explore the land. You’ll be happy you did.

Elfin Forest Preserve

trail that loops around clusters of pygmy oak trees and coastal shrubbery while offering views of Morro Bay and an estuary. From the boardwalk, the trees look like jumbo bushes. Once you take a peek inside, however, you’ll realize the magic of the Elfin Forest. The trees bend and spiral around each other, and navigating between them can feel like traversing a maze. The 90-acre Elfin Forest is in Los Osos, off South Bay Boulevard.

Cerro Cabrillo

The inactive volcanic peaks in San Luis Obispo may help you get in touch with your inner primate. One of the more prominent peaks, Cerro Cabrillo, offers seven areas for rock climbing: Burial Grounds, Cabrillo Overhang,

If fairy tales were real, the Elfin Forest is where they’d take place. Located near Montaña De Oro and Morro Bay state parks, the Elfin Forest holds about a mile of boardwalk

El Dorado, Old Stone Face, Park Ridge Rock, Rock Land, and Wilderness Wall. One of the rock walls is known as a “tiki,” which resembles a Polynesian carving of a mythological creature. Cerro Cabrillo’s total elevation reaches 911 feet, and as hikers or climbers ascend the butte, they’re rewarded with a glorious, 360-degree view of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Morro Bay Estuary, and Los Osos. Cerro Cabrillo is off South Bay Boulevard and North Highway 1.

Reservoir Canyon

Come springtime, locals find wildflowers and San Luis Obispo’s tallest waterfall on the Reservoir Canyon trail. Behind the waterfall, a 70-foot deep cave waits. Part of the trail runs parallel with a shaded, peaceful creek, and once the elevation begins to increase, photo-worthy views of the Cuesta Ridge appear. Farther up the trail sits a mysterious metal scrap junkyard—including a teepee and a garbage can flag. A eucalyptus tree with swings—wooden and rope—

stands nearby. The hike to the 1,710-foot summit is moderately strenuous, but the views are worth it. The trailhead is off of Highway 101, on Reservoir Canyon Road.

Lopez Lake Recreation Area

The drive to Lopez Lake, if you take Orcutt Road, is a scenic treasure in itself. Cutting through the Edna Valley, the road from southeast San Luis Obispo showcases acres after acres of beautiful vineyards. Once at Lopez Lake, the adventurer can go crazy: hike, bike, swim, sail, windsurf, camp, you name it. With nine trails ranging from easy to strenuous, a hiker or biker may stumble upon quail, deer, rattlesnakes, and turkeys. The trails lead over sandy, coastal areas, through oak woodlands, and along steep ridges. Vista Lago, a small, designated swimming area, provides a nice place to cool off at the end of the day. Lopez Lake is off of Lopez Drive near Arroyo Grande. OUTDOOR TREASURES continued on page 37


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othing beats actually being in the audience of a performance—smelling the performers’ sweat, feeling catharsis and escaping the dreaded reality of responsibility for a few hours. Luckily for us, the live entertainment scene on the Central Coast just keeps getting better and better. Venture out and experience it at any of these prominent venues.

SLO Brewing Company

This brewery offers concerts from bands large and small. Whether you’re into rap, hip hop, country, rock, alternative, indie, or hardcore, there’s a concert for you. Snoop Dogg recently came to SLO Brew … you might have heard of him. The small venue provides a perfect spot for local bands to get their start. Still Time, a popular rock band, kicked off in San Luis Obispo and frequently plays at SLO Brew. Concerts are often open to listeners older than 18, so if you’re under 21, don’t fret. Upcoming performers include Pat Green (Oct. 19), Passafire (Oct. 26), and Collie Buddz (Oct. 27).

SLO Little Theatre

Locals from this theater company perform musicals, comedies, and dramas. The theater is also the home of the acclaimed Academy of Creative Theatre, helping young performers learn the behind-the-scenes of theater productions. If you were a theater kid in high school, consider auditioning for one of their shows. Casting information is always available on its website (; people of all types are welcome to audition. A few upcoming shows for this year’s season include Oklahoma! (Oct. 7 to Nov. 6) and A Christmas Story (Dec 2-23). Also, watch for “No Shame” nights the fourth Friday of the month, when the first 15 scripts submitted will be presented—as long as they’re original, shorter than five minutes, and law abiding.

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can look out at the ocean while enjoying your favorite bands. LMFAO performed here in May. The venue has also been host to such artists as Jack Johnson, Little Richard, and Booker T. Jones. There’s an annual concert series from May to October presenting a variety of entertainment to fit a wide age demographic. This fall, melodic alt-rockers Incubus (Oct. 13), DJ Tiesto (Oct. 15), and electronic artist Bassnectar (Sept. 16) will hit the stage.

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ACTING! SLO Little Theatre casts locals, stages plays and musicals, and is host to crazy events like “No Shame,” which winning “Weird Al” invites community members to Yankovic, a Cal Poly present original scenes, no alumnus, will perform questions asked. Nov. 2. You should also

There should be a requirement to go to the Grad at least once in your college career. Several nights of the week offer themed music and dancing throughout the year. Wednesdays are college hump nights, offering hot club mixes and beats. Thursdays are country nights with line dancing and lessons. Fridays are “Hot Latin Nights,” offering salsa and meringue music and dancing. If you’re older than 18, there’s a $10 cover. Older than 21? It’s a $5 cover for these nights. The Grad periodically presents concerts in a wide variety of genres. Jack’s Mannequin and The Academy Is will play on Nov. 8.

Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center

The PAC is a convenient place to see shows because it’s in the middle of the Cal Poly campus. If you’re a Poly student and you don’t have a car, you can walk from your dorm room. Touring Broadway shows come to the PAC every year. This year’s musicals include Monty Python’s Spamalot on Nov. 21, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific on Jan. 25, and Young Frankenstein on Feb. 18. Grammy Award-

check out performances by local outfits such as the San Luis Obispo symphony, the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra, the Cal Poly dance team (Orchesis), the Cal Poly choirs, the Cal Poly symphony, and the Cal Poly jazz band, among others. If the ticket price seems too steep, ask the box office about buying a student rush ticket at the door.

The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville

This interactive and fast-paced theater experience in Oceano is one you should try before you leave the Central Coast area. It’s a bit of a drive from San Luis Obispo, so fill a car with your friends and carpool. The shows here are much more than musicals: they’re interactive. The audience is asked to “boo” every time a villain comes on stage, and every play or musical is followed by a Vaudeville review. It’s also a casual environment, and you can eat during the show. Butch Cassidy and the Sunburnt Kid will be playing until Sept. 17, and Lost at Sea will play until Sept. 18. Werewolf of Dr. Oz will open Sept. 22, and end on Nov. 13.

Pozo Saloon

First established in 1858, the Pozo Saloon in Santa Margarita is one of the Central Coast’s most historical venues. The saloon features an outdoor concert venue on a field of grass. Surrounding the saloon is rich ranch land with few settlements. There’s always a party at the saloon, which has been host to such 420-friendly artists as Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Kottonmouth Kings. This fall, Big Sean, Andre Nickatina, The Game, and Pennywise will take the stage as part of Fall Frenzy (Sept. 25).


Although this theater is all the way in Santa Maria, it’s worth the gas you’ll burn. This is the closest you will get to seeing a Broadway-quality show within a one-hour radius of San Luis Obispo. PCPA Theaterfest is the only resident professional company and conservatory theater on the Central Coast. The theater program at Allan Hancock College attracts students from all over the United States. This last year included Peter Pan, Hairspray, and Pride and Prejudice. Current shows include My Fairytale (until Sept. 25) and Caroline, or Change (until Sept. 18). ∆ Lauren Scott is a Cal Poly journalism senior. Send comments to mail@



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The most adventurous way to learn BY AMBER KIWAN

How—and why—you should take advantage of college study abroad programs


eginning life as a student in San Luis Obispo is exciting, so settle in, make new friends, explore downtown, and watch the sun set in Pismo. But sometime soon, visit the study abroad office and start exploring your options for international learning. I graduated from Cal Poly in June, and as I reflect on the past four years, I firmly believe that the defining period of my college career was the five months I spent abroad. I studied abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, during fall 2010, missing what would have been summer and fall of my senior year. As soon as I began my 35-hour transit journey, terror set in. I had never left this familiar continent before, and I spent half of those in-flight hours crying, thinking about everything I was missing: Fourth of July, my last WOW, my last Halloween in SLO, Thanksgiving with my family. But I think it was the act of missing out, paired with discovering a new way of being, that made it such a time of growth and adventure. I love South Africa now, and it didn’t take long to realize that studying abroad was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Why?

You will make awesome friends

Universities affiliated with study abroad programs tend to attract exchange students from all over the world. My university had a huge population of such students. There were also many students from all over Africa, there for their full degree programs. Meeting people from so many different cultures is exciting, educational, and really fun. In addition to learning South African history, culture, and picking up on the crazy slang, my memories will always be sprinkled with Oktoberfest songs we learned from the Germans, funny drinking games we learned from the French, scary stories from childhood camping trips in Tanzanian wilderness, friendly Scandinavians, and Namibian dinner parties. It’s true for me and everyone else I know who has


segregation on campus. There will be things you don’t like, processes that are different and frustrating, and people who are hurtful. There will be days you feel homesick—and the time differences, precarious Internet connections, and insane international calling rates won’t help. I like to consider the bad days a slap in the face from The World, as The World’s way of saying, “Grow up!” BasiBIG CAT cally, studyCultural Experiences

studied abroad: The friends you make while abroad will remain some of your best friends for life.

Your classes will teach you unexpected things

Even when the material I was learning wasn’t the most interesting, every day of class was a mini advenAbroad offered excurture. I took journalism sions for study abroad stuand international reladents in South Africa, which tions classes, as well as included getting close to isiXhosa, one of the official languages of South Afcheetahs. rica. My journalism classes were slightly basic, but I had awesome opportunities to cover cricket games, interview HIV/ AIDS patients, and produce content for an international aid organization. At first, I had to listen intently to fully understand what was being said through the thick South African accents. And every time I spoke in class, the entire classroom would turn their heads to see where that American accent was coming from. In my international relations theory class, I got to hear fascinating and sometimes frightening opinions of American foreign policy. Every class period presented new insights. I’ll never forget the day we were told to divide into groups for our final group project. “Listen to me,” the professor said sternly. “I don’t want to see groups of just black students and groups of just white students.” Which brings me to my next point of discussion.

ing abroad is like life times 10: more trips, more friends, and a few years’ worth of activities crammed into a few months. But still, the only things I regret from my time in South Africa were the few events or activities I decided not to do. One of the first people I met when I arrived was a student who had just finished his semester abroad. “Never stay in!” was his advice. “Even if you’re sick, go out!” So if you’re thinking about studying abroad, the first step is exciting:

Not everything will be perfect

My professor had to give that warning because of the clear


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picking a destination. Cal Poly has programs in London, Peru, Thailand, Australia, and Spain. But Cuesta and Cal Poly both have partnerships with private companies that allow students to go almost anywhere, on any continent (except Antarctica)! There are two-week programs, yearlong programs, and everything in between. Here’s my advice to maximize the fun and minimize the stress while abroad:


Regardless of how much money you have for spending while you’re abroad, you have to divide your total time away into increments and create a budget. You’re not going to have an income (unless you’re doing a workbased program), so you’re going to have to work with what you have. Decide how much you are going to be able to spend each week or each month. This is important, because when you arrive, you’ll want to buy everything. Every item in every store is a souvenir in your eyes. You’ll want to try every new food, go on every trip your friends plan, and do every activ-

ity. But if you do that, you’re going to end up being poor and bored during the end of your program. And don’t forget that there are many financial aid options that work well with study abroad programs. Talk to a financial aid adviser.

tell you the cheapest and most efficient Internet services, the best methods of public transportation, their favorite restaurants and bars, and other local secrets I swear you will want to know. They can also tell you where they traveled, explain which tourist destinations were actually worth the trip, and recommend cool hostels.

Get in touch with someone Begin your Visa who did it first process early Before I left, Cal Poly’s study abroad office and the program that I went through, Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), offered to put me in touch with previous participants who studied in the same city. I didn’t take advantage of that, but I wish I had. If I had, I probably would’ve known to avoid the cell phone service CEA “highly recommended” through a private American company called Cell Hire. Upon arrival in South Africa, our advisor actually gave us free phones. Then I could’ve purchased a SIM card for about 75 cents. I ended up doing that anyway, but I still had to pay for the Cell Hire phone. Students who have been there can

Applying for a student Visa is a lengthy process. It differs slightly with each country you’re trying to enter, but you’ll usually need one or two doctor appointments to get medical forms signed, police clearance forms, forms from your home university and your university abroad, and your current passport. Once you send it to the consulate, it can take a long time to be processed.

Pack light

When you’re there, those arbitrary items you brought from home will seem unimportant—especially compared to the souvenirs and memories you want

to collect to bring home. I ended up donating half of the clothes I brought to make room in my suitcase for the things that represented my South African life—like the little tribal drum I traded for my Vans in Zimbabwe, the FIFA flag I got at a World Cup game, and the friendship bracelet I made with the children at the orphanage where I worked. Fortunately, my most valuable acquisition didn’t require suitcase space; it was an open mind, an increased awareness of the vast existence of human and cultural diversity, and the ways in which we coexist. They’re broad ideas, but they sum up my experience in a real and tangible way. While all experiences are unique, depending on where you choose to go, every study abroad experience will give you global knowledge and perspective. Plus, college is basically the only time you will ever be able to travel and live in another country, without the responsibilities of a career or work. You’re technically in school, so all that fun is justified. Happy travels! ∆ Amber Kiwan is a Cal Poly journalism graduate. Send comments to mail@

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aybe you’re new to the area. Maybe you’re not one of those stereotypical college students carrying around Mom’s credit card. And maybe you don’t have a car. Whatever the case is, I’m sure you’ll find this list of things to do on a college student’s budget helpful. Because who doesn’t like cheap deals and freebies? I can’t think of anyone, either.

Free concerts

No matter the day, free music can always be found around town. A handful of coffee shops in the downtown region regularly offer music. Kreuzberg, CA hosts live music at least once a week, and its Songwriters at Play event attracts singer-songwriters from all over the country. Other coffee shops that host live music include Linnaea’s and Steynberg Gallery. Another way to experience free live music is through Cal Poly’s UU Hour. Nearly every Thursday, from 11 a.m. to noon, live music fills the University Union plaza. Such well-known acts as Rebelution, Citizen Cope, and Zion I and the Grouch are known to grace the stage every once in a while, too. And there’s always Farmers’ Market on Thursday nights on Higuera. You can hardly get from one stand to the next without tripping over a band.


“peoplewatching.” Farmers’ Market on Thursday nights usually attracts various characters from all walks of life, so it’s the perfect place to peoplewatch. Tip: Find Marston the epic cello player!

Have a picnic

The weather is typically mild, the undeveloped land is typically beautiful, and the food is typically delicious. Have a picnic! If you’re too lazy to make your own food, there are many places where you can grab a fresh meal to go. Eateries such as High St. Deli, House of Bread, and Gus’s Grocery provide PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER excellent picnic fare. Then head over to a pretty spot (perhaps the Arboretum at Cal Poly or the Botanical Garden near Cuesta?). Sit and enjoy.

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Taco Tuesday

If you want something other than Top Ramen or campus food, it’s recommended that you take advantage of the most glorious food deal in SLO: Taco Tuesday. On every Tuesday, you can find dirt cheap tacos at a handful of locations. Chino’s Rock and Tacos (892 Marsh St.) and Taco Roco (281 Santa Rosa St.) both feature $1 tacos after 3 p.m., and patrons older than 21 can find $2 bottled imported beer at Chino’s and Chilie Peppers (791 E Foothill Blvd.). Also, Spike’s Pub (570 Higuera St.) offers two tacos (beef, black beans, or pinto beans) for $2.75 after 4 p.m.

Bike Night begins at Mission Plaza, where bikers swarm and then ride around downtown after Farmers’ Market. Every month has a different theme: zombies, pajamas, retro, etc. Other areas in town include miles and miles of bike-dedicated paths, from the Bob Jones “City-to-Sea” Trail to trail systems in Poly Canyon, West Cuesta Ridge, and more. The streets have separate lanes for bikers, and Bill Roalman Bike

See a movie

Traditional movie theaters can charge upward of $11 per movie ticket. But here in SLO, there are ways to avoid shelling out that amount of cash (after all, you could potentially buy nine tacos on Tuesday with that much money!). At the Fremont Theatre and Downtown Centre, the first showing of the day for any movie is only $5.50. If you’re more into indie, foreign, or arthouse films, the Chinatown-inspired, solar-powered Palm Theatre is the place for you. Matinees (shows before 5 p.m.) are only $6, and every Monday night seats are $5. The concession stand at the Palm is also cheap, with the most notable item being $1 popcorn! Who knew such a deal existed in this era? Don’t forget Sunset Drive In, either, where tickets are $7, but they’re good for two movies that night.

Bike around town

In order to truly be a “SLOcal,” you must own a bike. The city is very bike-friendly, and the first Thursday of every month is dedicated to cyclists.

If you’re bored of the ubiquitous fast lifestyles many college students get caught up in, consider volunteering your time for a local organization. There are TWO many groups that suit differFOR ONE ent interests, whether your San Luis Obispo’s thing is working with aniSunset Drive In offers mals and homeless people or maintaining trails two movies a night, and and cleaning beaches. If admission is $7 a person. you’re interested, it’s most At that price, you can likely there. And volunafford something from teering, by the way, also the snack bar. looks terrific on résumés, Boulevard closes which is something you’ll off a section of Morro want to work on while in college. Street to motor vehicles. You’ll also feel great afterward.

Scavenge thrift stores

Aching to spend the only cash you have on random items you don’t necessarily need? With more than 10 thrift stores in SLO, you’re in luck. If you need cheap doodads to decorate your dorm room or specific clothing items to put together a costume for a themed frat party, you might just find what you’re looking for. Try Hospice Partner’s Hope Chest (445 Higuera St.) or any of Goodwill Industries’ locations.

Peoplewatch at Farmers’ Market

Let’s face it: We’re all creepers. If someone appears to be somewhat interesting in some peculiar way, of course we’re going to stare. The voyeuristic act doesn’t have to have such a negative connotation, though. That’s why I call it

Go to the beach

Whether or not you own a car, you can still find a way to a beach. Several beach communities, including Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach and Morro Bay, offer different experiences where the water meets the sand. Explore them all, and see which ones suit you.

Check out art

Both Cal Poly and Cuesta have their own free art galleries that feature student work and professional work. San Luis Obispo features other free galleries, including the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and the Steynberg and Claassen galleries. The first Friday of every month, more than 20 downtown locations feature work from the area’s best and emerging artists. ∆ Sarah Parr is a Cal Poly journalism senior. Send comments to


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3. Bull Sweat on 21st birthday 4. Hike as many of the Seven Sister inactive volcanoes as you can in one weekend

5. Visit Pirate’s Cove 6. Attend the Midstate Fair 7. Get an internship related to your course of study

9. Pull an all-nighter (related or unrelated to school)


11. Study in the Arboretum

28. Hold a starfish at Montaña De Oro

14. Have Cal Poly-made goods, such as chocolate or honey

29. Find the Secret Garden

15. Visit Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab in Arroyo Grande

30. Drive to In ‘N Out ... in the middle of the night

16. Attempt the 5-pound burger challenge at Sylvester’s in Los Osos

17. Dine on the creek

18. Attend the tractor pull

31. Ride the Bob Jones Trail 32. Participate in Bike Night

33. Hike Bishop Peak at sunrise

19. See a play at SLO Little Theatre

34. Attend the Wildflower Triathlon

21. Go wine tasting

35. Play disc golf at Laguna Lake

22. Drive to the top of Prefumo Canyon Road

36. Join an intramural sport

23. Make art with blue tape

24. Do a Slip

12. Go line dancing— ‘N Slide at least once 25. Kayak in Morro Bay

13. Participate in Streak


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20. Attend a sports rivalry game

10. Hike past the “P” and sit on the metal chairs that overlook SLO


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