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Children’s Center advocates pressure ASI for funding JUSTIN VELASCO AMANDA NEWFIELD Poly Post Editors The debate over the Children’s Center continued last Thursday at an emotional ASI Senate meeting in which senators faced pressure for funding from campus administration, student-parents and

Children’s Center staff. At the heart of the problem is a more than $100,000 deficit ASI faces next year. To balance the budget, the ASI Treasurer recommended cutting funding for several groups, including ASI BEAT, Campus Recreation and the Children’s Center. While the other organi-

zations voluntarily reduced their budgets, the director of the Children’s Center, Yvonne Bailey stood firm in her belief that the center cannot accept any cuts. Continuing the theme from the previous week, several of the senators questioned Bailey about why an organization that only serves

61 students should receive 28.7 percent of ASI’s unallocated budget. While discussion of the Children’s Center clearly dominated the meeting, the bigger issue that emerged was the amount of influence campus administration has over the decision-making process of the ASI Senate.

Among those advocating for the Children’s Center were Cora Culla, executive director of ASI, Christi Chistler, associate vice president for Student Affairs, and Rebecca Gutierrez-Keeton, associate vice president and dean of students. Several senators said they were troubled by the fact

that all three administrators were lobbying for the center, particularly Gutierrez-Keeton, who also serves as advisor ASI. “I think it speaks for itself that Dr. Keeton is not taking a neutral stance in this and that she is pushing people to go speak on behalf of the

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Next year’s student leaders elected MATT WARD Staff Writer After a quiet campaign season, the 2010-11 ASI elections came to a close last Thursday. Given that Team Go BOLD candidates ran unopposed for many positions, the outcomes were fairly predictable across the board. Facing no competition, Ismael Souley and Johnathan “Wookie” Jianu won the president and vice-president positions, respectively, with 1475 votes. “All our candidates are very adaptable,” said Jianu, speaking on behalf of Go BOLD members. “We are willing to work with any candidate, whether they are part of Go BOLD or not. We will always try to work towards achieving common goals.” All four senator-atlarge candidates were elected, though whom they will represent has not yet been determined. They received votes as follows: Jonny Tai/Poly Post

1. Devon Debevoise – 942 votes 2. Priscilla Ramirez – 914 votes 3. Andrea Nechvatal – 740 votes 4. Alejandro Pinel – 310 votes Senator-at-large candidates typically run with the expectation of representing a specific council, such as the Inter Hall Council, the Educational Interest Council, the Greek Council or the MultiCultural Council. Senators are allowed to pick which council they wish to represent in order of the number of votes they received. This year, DeBevoise, who ran for Inter Hall Council, will have first choice. “I’m a first-year student and I’ve been told by my

Above: Ismael Souley, ASI president-elect (left); David Levinson, ASI secretary of internal affairs (center); and Johnathan Jianu, ASI vice president-elect (right), embrace after election results are announced. At right: Devon DeBevoise, who was elected to a senator-atlarge position, is held aloft by her brother, Clark Debevoise. peers that I’m a rare case,” DeBevoise said. “I have a fresh take on government and know what it’s going to be like for incoming freshman to Cal Poly. I want to use my inter-council experience and show students that you don’t need to be a fourth-year student to have an impact on campus.” Because Ramirez received more votes than her opponent Nechvatal, she will likely be appointed to represent the Greek Council.

Nechvatal will then be able to choose between representing the MultiCultural Council or the Educational Interest Council, which Pinel sought. If Nechvatal chooses to represent the Educational Interest Council, Pinel, who has last pick, will represent MCC. College of Agriculture Senator Jacklyn Chen (Go B.O.L.D.) edged out her competitor with two votes, Sarah Dick, with 85 to 83 votes, respectively.

Steven Garcia broke the Team Go B.O.L.D. winning streak by attaining the business senator position with 156 votes to Connor Duckworth’s 136. Students noted that they were pleased to see positions with two or more candidates listed but understood why so few students opted to run for office this year. “Sure it’s one sided, but I know from a personal standpoint that student government is entirely volunCody Blank/Poly Post

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Budget spares colleges from cuts EVAN PERKINS Staff Writer

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger presented a revised state budget last Friday that features $305 million for California’s colleges and universities, but includes deep cuts to social services. The revision represents

an attempt by Schwarzenegger to close a $19-billion budget gap without raising taxes. Some of those involved in higher education expressed cautious optimism about the proposed budget. “The governor’s may revise is a very good sign for higher education, said Tim Lynch, senior media coordi-

nator for Cal Poly. “But it is important to remember that it’s still a long way to go before final budget.” Lillian Taiz, California Faculty Association president and professor of history at CSU Los Angeles said the budget shows the governor has been responsive to the needs of higher education.

“CSU faculty and students appreciate that the governor heard our message that California’s system of public higher education is a vital resource and that we must reinvest in it,” said Taiz. The portion of the budget that has surprised faculty members and students most is

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Robot rivalry frustrates faculty NEWS IN BRIEF STEPHANIE FEHRMANN Staff Writer Despite the breakthrough in mentoring youngsters in the sciences, internal friction between two competitive colleges on campus has forced a breakdown in cooperation and unity among robotics development and instruction. After a successful April 27 outing by the College of Engineering, the College of Education and Integrated

Studies will host a second “Robot Rally” today from 10 - 12:30 p.m. in the University Quad. “I co-founded the School Robotics Initiative with the College of Education four years ago and hosted it,” said Mariappan Jawaharlal, a mechanical engineering professor. “It was College of Engineering that proposed the idea of robotics, the idea of a robot rally and hosting the competition on campus. Unfortunate-

ly, College of Education decided to exclude the College of Engineering and have their own this year.” College of Education students, while appreciative of the College of Engineering’s pioneering efforts in the field of robotics, desire an independent medium to outreach to young students. “It’s nothing personal, we just want our independence and freedom to conduct the program the way

we think it should be done,” said Christopher Awad, a fourth-year liberal studies student. “Engineering students have a systematic way of thinking, while we education students have our own way of helping kids develop and learn. It’s almost like a separate contest since there are two schools of thought competing.” This is the first time in the event’s history that the

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Campus embraces new print system DERRICK TARUC Staff Writer Students with copy and print e-cards will only have a few more weeks to use them until they become non-functional on June 14. A new printer system is going to be installed in the library by the Division of Instructional and Information Technology. The solution is called Pharos, a service that will allow students to forgo the current copy/print e-cards. “I&IT partnered with the Library, and we evaluated different solutions so we’re bringing this solution to the library now,” said Susan Reese, I&IT projects and

services manager. “It’s better because it’s going to be easier for the students to use. They don’t have to put a dollar here on this card and they can only use it in the library. Two dollars here in this card and they can only use it in the labs. They’ll be able to use it whether they are in the labs or the library.” Instead, students may use their Bronco Bucks or store cash in kiosks that are currently found in the open student labs in Building 97, the Marketplace, and Building 98. When students want to print, they may send their print job to one of the printers and then “release” the print job at one of the release

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Students have until June 14 to use their old print cards as I&IT will soon require a new system for print payment. The new policy will affect the University Library.

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Real estate expert to present tips for students International Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi will host “The Youngest Real Estate Broker in California,” a presentation about resources, rules and tips for securing an internship or job tonight at 7 p.m. in Ursa Major in the Bronco Student Center. Guest Speaker Frank Song has extensive real estate experience and became the youngest individual to gain a California Real Estate Broker License at 21 years old. Song has visited colleges across the country to speak about topics such as networking, resume writing and interviewing skills. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free.

Persian Society to host culture show The Persian Society will host its fourth annual Persian Culture Show on Saturday at 6 to 9 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. The event celebrates Persian heritage, history and traditions. The society aims to educate the community about Persian culture and add to Cal Poly’s multicultural atmosphere. Student musical performances, plays, traditional dances and guest speakers will be presented throughout the night. Persian pastries, hot tea and asheh reshteh, a traditional Persian dish, will also be available. The event is open to all students and the public.

Gear up for Bike to Work Week Students, faculty and staff are invited to commute via bicycle in honor of the 16th annual Bike to Work Week, which ends Friday. As part of a project by the California Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit bike advocacy organization, a recordbreaking number of cyclists are expected to take part in the event. Participants who ride their bike to campus or work on Thursday may visit the Rideshare Office to enjoy free refreshments from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Bicycle commuters will also have their names entered into a prize drawing. Sign up for the pledge at www.californiabikecommute.com/register.asp.

UC Berkeley hunger strike halted Student representatives from UC Berkeley’s Hunger for Justice group ended their 10-day hunger strike last Wednesday after the chancellor and other administrators agreed to meet with the organization.

The hunger strike was organized in order to fight Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070 and raise awareness across the nation. Protestors demanded campus leaders publicly denounce Arizona’s law, end cuts to lower-wage employees and protect undocumented students. More than 17 students and union workers passed their 100th hour without food when the chancellor issued a statement on Arizona’s immigration law due to the hunger strikers’ demands. Visit www.hungryforjustice.wordpress.com to read more updates.

Carnival to raise funds for scholarships The Gender Ethnic and Multicultural Studies club will host its 2nd Annual Carnival on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the old horse stables. Collaborating with numerous other campus clubs and organizations, the carnival serves as the GEMS’ biggest scholarship fundraiser. Live performances from DJ Oscar, La Santa Cecilia, Sound System. Rebellion, Karon Floyd and others will be featured throughout the event. Tickets are on sale at the Cesar Chavez Canter, the Native American Center and the Ethnic and Women’s Studies office for $5 presale or $7 at the door.

Students asked to submit art The Art Student Alliance is accepting student artwork on Wednesday and Thursday at the Art Department’s faculty room to be showcased at Downtown Pomona’s Arts Colony. Students may contribute a maximum of three pieces of fine art, graphic design, photography and other mediums. The showcase will be on May 29.


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Cultural centers mark 15-year milestone ANNE MARIE ANABEZA Staff Writer

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Let my student leaders lead AMANDA NEWFIELD Editor in Chief What is the point in having a student government if they are not allowed to represent the best interest of the students? Last week at the Associated Students Inc. budget deliberations meeting, advisors to the senate along with representatives from the Children’s Center were present and contributing a considerable amount of opinion during the meeting. Both parties were lobbying for, what they believe is, a program on campus that should receive 28.7 percent of ASI student fees. What I witnessed at this meeting was pressure being put on my student leaders, with the intention of swaying their votes. It is understandable that these employees of the university are fighting for the entity that employs them, but this decision is put into the hands of student leaders for a reason. This quarter, every stu-

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Race was front and center last Wednesday, as one of the foremost speakers on anti-racism made his presence known on campus. Tim Wise, author of such books as “Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male” and “White Like Me: Reflections On Race from a Privileged Son” visited Cal Poly Pomona for the Cultural Centers’ 15th anniversary celebration held in the Bronco Student Center. Wise used the message of his soon-to-be-released book, “Colorblind: the Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity” as the backbone for his keynote speech. Wise talked about the in-

adequacy of colorblindness. “[There is] This idea that if we talk less about race and not pay attention to it, it will somehow go away,” Wise said in an exclusive interview. “You have to take account of race, because race continues to have an impact in this society. Racism continues to be a prevalent problem.” Wise delivered a multifaceted address on the country’s post-racial status to a crowd of 200-plus attendees who listened to his speech, which at times made the crowd erupt in laughter. Amid his humorous rhetoric and multihued metaphors, Wise asserted racism exists because of socio-political conditioning by a dominant white history. “To be white in 1963 or 1962, and I would say in 2010, is to have the luxury and indeed the privilege of not knowing what people of

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A dancer performs during the Cultural Centers’ 15-year anniversary celebration last Wednesday in University Plaza.

CALIFORNIA: Proposed budget includes $300M for higher education continued from page 1 the large amount of money set aside for funding higher education, as well the restoration of new competitive CalGrant awards. “I am feeling optimistic about the budget,” said Gwen Urey, president of the Cal Poly chapter of the CFA. “$305 million is better than we hoped for.” Schwarzenegger, whose previous budgets have included large cuts to the CSU system, seems to have changed his standpoint on higher education. “He didn’t appear very friendly to the CSU system at first, but it seems he is coming around,” said Urey. Although the motive for the governor’s change of policy remains unclear, he made

his new intentions apparent. “I will not sign any budget that does not include some restoration of the funding to the state’s public higher education system,” said Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger’s strategy for dealing with the budget deficit involves reallocating state funding. This method will remove money from some areas and donate them to other areas deemed more in need of funding. Although this method will incur rather sharp cuts to some public programs, the governor believes it is preferable to increasing taxes. Schwarzenegger’s rationale for being hesitant to raise taxes is California’s unemployment rate, which is hov-

ELECTIONS: leaders promise involvement continued from page 1 tary,” said Jackie Lara, fifthyear animal science student and former BEAT film chair. “I think there was so much apathy this year. Students were just so fixated on graduating and getting a job. There were bigger things that [students] were focused on and I think that’s why so few candidates decided to run for positions in ASI. It’s a lot of work to say the least.” Some students said that they only voted because they were pressured to by candidates on the campaign trail. “I’m just bombarded by advertisements and fliers around campus that I barely pay attention to the ASI candidates and issues affecting students on campus,” said Brandon Blaydes, a second-year environmental design student. “It’s just white noise at this point, if someone didn’t hand me a flier and take a few minutes to convince me to vote for them, I probably would have just skipped out on it.” Sam Mv (Go B.O.L.D.) won the College of Education and Integrative Studies senator position with 38 votes. Akeel Shah (Go B.O.L.D.) took the Collins College of Hospitality Management senator seat with

color experience,” said Wise. “People of color will have to learn white literature, or white theatre, or white poetry, or white art. I know we don’t call it that, but that’s the point.” The characteristics of the post-racial narrative are ignorance, denial, and unwillingness to address the subject, issues, and predicaments of racism and cultural segregation within society. It is what Wise describes as the “consequence of colorblindness.” Colorblindness, in this case, is the inability to see certain colors or any colors at all in regards to race. “You cannot solve the consequences of color if you are being blind to it. If color is having an effect on people’s opportunities, then we have to be color conscious, not colorblind if we are going to solve that problem,”

58 votes. Ramon Venezuela (Go B.O.L.D.) captured the College of Letters, Arts and Social Science’s senator seat by the largest margin of any of the colleges, with 189 votes. ASI President-Elect Souley will pass his engineering senator seat to Sergio Zaragoza III, who ran unopposed during his campaign. The College of Environmental Design relied entirely on write-in candidates to fill its senator position. Two candidates emerged during the campaign trail but Matthew Stafford beat out Ivan Tellez with 26 votes to three. Nidia Saca won the College of Science Senator seat with 69 votes. Students also voted to pass a number of changes made by the ASI Senate to the ASI bylaws with 715 votes. Richard Liu, this year’s ASI president, said he has faith in the ability of next year’s government to deal with the fiscal problems Cal Poly and student govern-

ment face. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this moment and I’m very confident in the abilities of all the candidates who ran this year, said Liu. “I think next year, things are going to get a lot tighter. There will be more program eliminations and [Cal Poly] is going to need strong leaders to help unify the student population.” Souley will begin learning the ropes of the presidency by shadowing Liu over the upcoming weeks and said he hopes to reach out more to the student body next year. “I don’t want students to think just because I ran unopposed that I won’t be a good leader and simply sit in my office all day,” said Souley. “My administration will be more visible in comparison to previous years. We want students to actively see us in the community and feel like they could reach out and make their voices and concerns heard.”

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ering around 12 percent. “There will be massive cuts to health and human services, including cuts in Medi-Cal services, wages for In-Home Supportive Services workers, and new restrictions on eligibility for CalWORKs, the state welfare program,” said Taiz. CalWORKs, a welfare to work program, recently made news on the Cal Poly campus when administrators announced that its office would be eliminated to help balance the university budget. Despite the harsh cuts being made to some services, students seem to appreciate the course of action that Schwarzenegger has taken. “I am very glad taxes aren’t being raised,” said

Jonathan Drayer, a third-year business student. Trevor Riordan, a thirdyear engineering student, agreed. “I’m quite happy,” said Riordan. “Raising taxes usually seems to be the automatic response for an unbalanced budget.” The governor’s planned budget cuts will reduce but not eliminate the state budget deficit. For the time being, things are looking up for the CSU system. However, the budget has not been passed by the California Legislature yet and is nowhere near set in stone. “Much can happen in the state budget process between now and the day when

the legislature and the governor adopt the final budget,” warned the CFA in a press release. Lynch said efforts to secure funding for higher education will have to continue until the final budget is signed. “There is going to be a tremendous amount of lobbying among many interests who want to stake out a larger share of the general budget,” Lynch said. “It has become the responsibility of advocates of higher education to continue to lobby to make sure the desires and needs of higher education are met.”

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AMANDA: We cannot afford to support a prestigious preschool continued from page 3 dent on this campus paid $23.05 in student fees. This money pays for things like ASI BEAT, which funds many events and programs that a number of students benefit from. Because this money comes from students and is intended to go towards programs and activities that students benefit from, elected student leaders have a say in how it is spent. What disappointed me was the way the advisors to this group and those representing the Children’s Center did not respect the fact that this was a decision to be

decided by the senators. ASI senators have been deliberating about the budget for the Children’s Center for the past two weeks because the decision is not an easy one to make. Right now, the center directly serves 61 students out of the 22,273 who are enrolled this quarter. This represents less than 1/3 of 1 percent of the student body. Does this sound like a program our student fees should be going towards? I am definitely a firm believer in education. I love learning and I believe children should get started

learning as soon as possible, but not at the expense of a majority the student body. At this point you probably want to ask, “Amanda, why would the center need so much of my hard-earned, noteasy-to-come-by, money?” Good question, my inquisitive colleagues. Here is the breakdown: The Children’s Center on campus not only has a license, it is also accredited. This accreditation allows the center to serve as a preschool and not just a day care center. Once the center received this accreditation in 2006 it

was then eligible to receive grants. Now you’re probably wondering why they would need money if they receive grants. Once those grants are received, there is an overhead fee, which pays for the processing of those grants. If the centers’ budget is reduced, its accreditation will be at risk because the teacher/student ratio will be lowered, as a large portion of the budget pays for the salaries of teachers. In layman’s terms, the center could go from an 8:1 student to teacher ratio to 12:1.

But I cannot see the justification in continuing to fund this program to pay for more teachers when my class sizes are going up and I am dealing with less oneon-one time with each of my professors. Granted, the effects of these two scenarios stems from two separate budgets, but the overall effect of this crisis is being felt by the entire university. The Children’s Center should not be exempt. In turn, the student senators must ask themselves, can ASI student fees afford to pay for an accredited pre-

school on campus? According to the cut in enrollment and the reduction in the ASI budget, it cannot. As an outside observer and student who also pays this same fee, this is my opinion. You may disagree with me. Either way you should care and you should let your student leaders know where you stand on the issue. This is your money. Be aware of how it is being spent. Reach Amanda Newfield at: editorinchief@thepolypost.com

CULTURE: Campus diversity celebrated at 15th anniversary event continued from page 3 black guy that all whites can identify with and want to have over for dinner.” Wise advocated that society must accept and take responsibility for racism and segregation in order to move from it and cease the postracial condition. “What I teach about and what he talks about is about a master narrative. That is the story we have grown up with, and it’s the story we read in our history books,” said Janet Hill, sociology professor. “It’s the story that is really latent with stereotypes that really hides the historical facts of our society and the cultural

The number of people here this evening verifies the Cultural Centers are a critical piece of what happens at Cal Poly Pomona. —Michael Ortiz University President

contributions of all people in our society.” Hill explained that hiding the multi-narrative story creates a false sense of inclusion in a society where the struggle for equality persists. Andrea Nechvatal, a third-year political science

Wise said. Wise ensured that colorblindness is not strictly limited to the white population, but in fact to people of all color and association. He explained that individuals such as President Barack Obama encourage the “post-racial” era, where Obama speaks and acts differently from the way black politicians of generations past and regular citizens in general do just to appease white voters. “We have turned this man [Obama] into the political equivalent of Cliff Huxtable,” Wise said. “The

student and ASI senator at large elect, said it was vital to hold events such as the Cultural Centers’ celebration to have the Cultural Centers in general. “It helps promote our diversity, and it shows what we can do with cultural awareness,” she said.

Society has been conditioned to think in stereotypes, according to Shawnice Beal, fourth-year psychology student. “It’s interesting to see when a non-minority race breaks those stereotypes and confirms what I, as an African American, feel many people don’t see.” The 15th anniversary concluded with a celebration at the University Plaza and Cultural Centers. Several cultural groups performed traditional dances and songs that the audience enjoyed over cake and ice cream. After 15 years, the Cul-

tural Centers have provided a home for students to share similarities as well as differences. Despite the budget deficit and program cuts that continue to affect the students on campus, President Ortiz reassured that the Cultural Centers were here to stay on campus. “The number of people here this evening verifies the Cultural Centers are a critical piece of what happens at Cal Poly Pomona. And they certainly will continue to be,” said Ortiz. Reach the authors at: news@thepolypost.com

COPY: New system aims to make printing experience easier continued from page 2 The release station will then recognize that it is indeed the correct print job for the correct student and print it. “As long as you have your password and access to BroncoDirect, you can print,” said Jason Sasaki, Computing Commons lab assistant and fifth-year biology student.

“It [the kiosk] just remembers how much you put in,” said Adam Nelson, a Computing Commons lab assistant and third-year electric engineering student. Besides making printing more seamless between the I&IT run labs and the Library, the new system aims to make printing more flexible.

“There’s a utility that students can install on their own machines that allows them to print to the printers in the Library or in the labs from the wireless network,” said Reese. “So you could sit up at Carl’s Jr. and do your homework and print and then stop down at the lab that’s underneath [Mar-

ketplace] and release your print job and take it with you to class,” she said. This system is also going to work within the dorms. Students doing homework in their rooms will be able to print from the dorms and pick it up at one of the printers located in the labs or the Library.

However, as of now, I&IT is not sure how this software will be distributed. As the name implies, I&IT deals with many of the technological aspects of the university. It runs the help desk and eHelp, deals with data security and audits, and maintains and enhances

general computing labs and smart classrooms. “We’re the back end,” said Denton Mösier, director of I&IT support. “If you don’t notice us, we’re doing it all right.”

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Children’s Center and using her power to do so,” said Johnathan Jianu, Inter Hall Council senator at large and ASI vice president elect. Helen Lieng, ASI senator at large for the Multi Cultural Council, said the influence of administrators has a negative influence on the autonomy of student government. “Technically they, [ASI advisors] should never have picked a side,” Lieng said. “As an advisor you’re supposed to advise. You’re not supposed to say ‘this is how you should be voting.’ It’s like, why don’t you just do my job then, I’m just here as a puppet, which I feel like senators are half the time, if not 99 percent of the time. Darren Yue, ASI treasurer, had the job of developing the budget that included cuts to the Children’s Center and said ASI advisors often attempt to influence the outcome of votes in subtle ways. “Pressure was definitely felt in the senate and it has influenced the decisions of many of our senators,” Yue said. “The advisors have not directly influenced us, however its simple things that have influenced us such as a look, a glance, an expression. Those things tell us that’s not exactly what [our advisors] want. Those things make us rethink what our decisions are going to be.” Matthew Martin, business senator, also said he was at times bothered by the amount of input administrators had during the meeting. “The power of influence is prevalent within the administration,” Martin said. “We are trying to combat this by fighting for what is best for our fellow students. I, among others, refuse to pass just any budget that is recommended to us.” Jianu said even if the

senate agrees to cut some funding from the Children’s Center, it is unlikely to go into effect because of the role administration plays in the process. Before the budget becomes official, it must be approved by both Doug Freer, vice president for Student Affairs, and Edwin Barnes, vice president for Administrative Affairs. If both of them sign off on the budget, it then goes to President Michael Ortiz for final approval. “Regardless of whatever we do with this budget, if we take a dime from the Children’s Center, they won’t pass it,” Jianu said. “It won’t get past Dr. Freer’s desk.”

The role of advisors While some of the senators have questioned Keeton’s ability to be neutral as ASI advisor while being employed by Student Affairs, she sees her responsibility as relatively straightforward. “My role as one of the ASI advisors is to ensure that ASI is in compliance with Federal, State, CSU, CPP, and ASI laws, policies and procedures,” Keeton said via e-mail. “I have worked at Cal Poly Pomona for over 20 years and have advised the ASI Senate for many of those years. I support student leaders by giving them advice, historical information, and perspective throughout the year. I also challenge the student leaders to make decisions based on research and accurate information and help to correct inaccuracies for the record.” ASI’s other advisor, Cora Culla, serves as the organization’s executive director and is responsible for managing its everyday affairs. The executive director serves the senate, but someone chosen for the job must be approved by campus ad-

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ministration. Additionally, an organizational chart produced by Student Affairs shows Culla reporting to the vice president of Student Affairs, not the senate. Despite this, Culla said she respects the authority of the senate to make a decision. “I serve in the role of advisor and I can only provide advice and I understand that, in the end, the senate will make the final decision not only based on my advice, but factoring in everything,” she said.

Emotional Appeals In contrast to the subtle ways campus administration has worked to exert control over the funding for the children’s center, supporters of the center have used a much more outspoken approach. These supporters, who included the Children’s Center director, staff of the center and parents who utilize the center’s services, turned out in full force at last Thursday’s meeting to fight against budget cuts. Some fought tears while speaking, and many stated, incorrectly, that any cuts to the center’s budget would result in its closure. Yvonne Bailey, director of the center, said she knows the senate has no intention of shutting it down, and was not sure why so many of the parents were misinformed. However, she maintains that the center cannot sustain any cuts to its budget and operate effectively. “We are already tight as it is,” Bailey said. “You can only trim your budget so much. It’s gotten to the point where it’s going to hurt salaries and that’s going to hurt the center.”

Jordan Budisantoso, a computer information systems student, spoke to the senators during the meeting in support of the Children’s Center. “Your actions will send a message to the campus and show what you believe in,” he said during the speech. Budisantoso later gave the same speech to the Multi Cultural Council in an attempt to sway MCC Senator at Large Helen Lieng’s vote. As a James Bell intern, Budisantoso works for student affairs, and was asked to attend the first meeting by Christi Chistler, associate vice president for Student Affairs Administration. He said he attended the meeting with MCC at the behest of Children’s Center supporters. Several members of student government expressed disappointment with the way Children’s Center supporters conducted themselves during the meeting. “I believe the emotional appeal and the pressure which was presented to the student leaders during the last several senate meetings was extremely biased,” said Richard Liu, ASI president. “These are very obvious emotional appeals to influence the judgment and decisions of the senators.” Johnathan Jianu, IHC senator at large, agreed with Liu stating that supporters were focused more on emotions than facts. “Some of the speeches highlighted how, as parents, they can’t afford to pay a center off campus to take care of their children and it seems like there’s a little bit of misknowledge about that,” Jianu said. “They’re trying to pull our heartstrings by bringing in speeches from the parents and

bringing their kids to senate meetings.” Will Pfeffer, Educational Interest Council senator at large, said rumors that the center would shut down if its funding was reduced, are untrue. “I believe the parents are being misinformed and together they are strong arming us and it is difficult to resist,” Pfeffer said. “I also believe that the parents are a little misinformed in that if the Children’s Center doesn’t receive full funding then it will lose its accreditation and shut down.” Helen Lieng, MCC senator at large, said she understands the plight of the parents, but sees a budget decrease as the best option. “When every week different families come saying the same thing and crying it becomes a sympathy story,” Lieng said. “My aunt is a single mom, I do know people who are single parents. I know how hard it is.”

Other departments turn down money During last week’s meeting, it was announced that CSU Chancellor Charles Reed had issued an order allowing ASI to collect student fees for summer school offered through Extended University. The policy change means ASI will be able to collect an additional $16,741 in student fees for the year. With the additional funds ASI will receive, ASI Treasurer, Darren Yue recommended allotting additional funds to ASI BEAT, ASI Departments, Campus Recreation, as well as contributing some to the reserve fund. Although Campus Recreation reduced its budget by $50,000 compared to last year, Shelbi Long, coordinator said she would turn over part of her increased funding to the Children’s Center. “We only need $3,500 more to cover the additional costs, so the leftover can go to the Children’s Center,” Long said. Susan Ashe of ASI BEAT also offered to give up some of her funding in support of the Children’s Center even BEAT has also faced a $20,000 cut this year. Jianu said he thought it was strange that the other

departments turned down the increased funds and suggested that they were told to do so by administrators. Culla said she believes the other departments offered funding to the Children’s Center as a gesture of teamwork and solidarity. “I try to instill a team culture here in ASI,” Culla said. “We know we’re in this together.”

Discussions continue Because neither side was able to sway enough senators to reach the two-thirds majority needed to approve a budget for the Children’s Center, the debate will continue at this week’s ASI meeting on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center. If a solution is not reached, budget deliberations could potentially continue into the summer. The senators fighting for the cuts say they will continue to push for a position they believe will benefit the most students. “It’s kind of like ASI is the last thing students have a say over, but realistically we don’t,” MCC Senator at Large Helen Lieng said. “Everyone’s looking out for everything else but the students, and I feel like ASI is the only thing left to fight for.” ASI President Richard Liu said the passion for serving the students will keep members of ASI going during a tough process. “I know our decisions really affect the lives of the staff on this campus as well as the livelihood of many others,” Liu said. “But when we are elected by the students we sign up for the obligation to work for the students.” Matthew Stafford, newly-appointed senator for Environmental Design, said his main goal during the deliberations is to ensure that funds are fairly distributed to diverse student clubs and interests. “This is what the Senate has been researching for the past few weeks and my hope is that a good solution can be found soon,” Stafford said. Correspondents Ashley Jenkins and Andrea Vartanian also contributed to this article. Reach the authors at: news@thepolypost.com

ROBOT RALLY: College of Education hosts second rally continued from page 2 program has expanded to include two dates. The Robot Rally is a competition designed primarily for fourth and fifth graders

from seven school districts of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Cal Poly students visit nearby elementary schools and give a crash-course in designing, building, and programming their coveted “Mindstorm NXT robots.” The 15-week curriculum is designed to covertly incorporate math and science to students in the form of entertainment and innovation. One of the tasks required by the rally is designing a robot to autonomously traverse exactly five feet forward, in which students must utilize geometry to calculate the wheel’s circumference and determine how many rotations are required to reach its destination. This is no small task given the depth, complexity and commitment required to make a machine come to life. “I feel like a proud father

seeing my kids come out and strut their stuff,” said Devon Peterka, a fourth-year aerospace engineering student. “It makes me jealous, because I would have loved to have a program like this available to me when I was their age. I hope these kids continue to learn and grow in the field. They very well could be the future leaders in robotic innovations.” The university-school partnership is an investment on both sides of the spectrum. Professors share their expertise in the field with students, and the school invests in laptop computers, $400 robot development kits, and instruction time to assist in the child’s education. Since 2007, faculty members from both engineering and education, despite their differences, have agreed that introducing elementary students to a robotics educa-

tion at an early age helps to reinforce everyday math and science lessons. Cal Poly hopes that by offering children a forum to express their innovative personalities, students will emerge with hands-on experience and polytechnic skills that can help them succeed in college and later in life. “Make no mistake, it is indeed a fantastic program to work in,” said Jawaharlal. “However, I do not understand how [the College of Education] can truly sustain and grow a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program without engineering.” Participating schools in today’s competition include students from Montvue Elementary and Pueblo Elementary in Pomona, and Collegewood Elementary in Walnut. Reach Stephanie Fehrmann at: news@thepolypost.com


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he Music Department hosted its first “Seussical” the Musical production on in the Music Recital Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. he The 24-student cast performed “Horton Hears a Who,” “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories” and “The Butter Battle Book.” The production weaves together all these characters and stories in ht unexpected ways. The stage and costumes followed Seuss’s illustrations with bright colors, whacky shaped houses and wild uneven dirt paths. er. The play is about an elephant named Horton, who heard a tiny voice in a flower. The play is more than the retelling of “Horton Hears a Who.” ar The story is narrated by the Cat in the Hat, played by Scott Robinson, a third-year music theater student. His character appeared randomly in every scene to deliver a joke. Some ballads from the musical include: “How Lucky You Are” and “Alone in the Universe.”

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Left: Gertrude the bird, played by Raeanne Pfeifer, a fifth-year music education student, was born with only one tail feather and believes the reason why Horton the Elephant has not noticed her is because of it. She dances and sings with excitement when a flock of birds share with her the name of the doctor who helped them to grow more tail feathers. Right: Horton the Elephant, played by Edcarlo Arafiles, a sixth-year theater student, picks up a flower and miraculously hears a tiny voice coming from it.

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Visit movie locations in person and save money ANNETTE VITKIEVICZ Asst. Editor Forget spending big bucks on movies in favor of visiting locations of the films themselves. Direct your own scenes by traveling about 20 miles west to Los Angeles, the hub of set locations and free cinematic fun. In the 2009 criticallyacclaimed romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer,” love struck Tom takes object of his affection Summer to a special downtown Los Angeles oasis. Angel’s Knoll Park in the Bunker Hill district provides a home for the pair’s favorite bench, a spot which lent itself to several poignant moments throughout the film. Before stepping into the scene, take Angel’s Flight, a 25-cent trolley ride which leads directly up to the park. Operating from 1901 to 2001, the funicular railway broke its hiatus and reopened in March after renovations. Although it’s a relatively unknown historical landmark, Angel’s Flight has appeared in several films and is worth a quarter for a full amount of fun. Framed by large trees and lavender flowers, the park provides a calming atmosphere overlooking downtown’s distinctive architecture. Tom and Summer’s bench is situated on a gentle slope and marked with a plaque describing its significance. With grassy areas, ample shade and free Wi-Fi, the park allows visitors to work or relax in an outdoor setting while staying connected. Check out the Fine Arts Building on 7th Street, the Barclay Hotel on 4th Street and the Bradbury Building on South Broadway to experience other architecture used as focal points in the film. Relive Tom’s ecstatic dance number by visiting the same spectacular water fountain at Civic Center Mall on 7th Street. Go ahead and jump for joy because you’re spending time in L.A. without you spending money. Across the street from the park is L.A.’s oldest open-air market, where Nicolas Cage’s character in the 1998 film “City of Angels” went to experience sights, scents and sounds of the city. Since 1917, the market has served fresh, diverse

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Dmitriy Konopatskiy is always late. He’s late to school. He’s late to work. He’s late to everything. But when it comes to his musical aspirations, he knows that timing is everything. The ambitious 22-yearold public relations student and Russian-born hip-hop artist, who goes by Xlusive (pronounced “Exclusive”), knows exactly where he’s going and, with the help of his manager, has mapped out the necessary steps to get there. As he simultaneously pieces together his second mix tape and first album, Xlusive is attempting to climb the arduous ladder to stardom. He moved with his family from Moscow to Los Angeles when he was 7 years old. Between a father’s fixed decision to move west and a mother and sister eight years his senior who were adamantly opposed, Konopatskiy found himself caught in the middle. “My mother didn’t really want to be here,” he explained. “There was no cohesive [family] unit.” As his family dealt with the move and settlement in Southern California, the young Konopatskiy balanced assimilating to American culture with family issues that seemed to follow him across the Atlantic. “Growing up, I witnessed a lot of family distress,” he said. “Basically, I was my dad’s best friend.” Konopatskiy spent most of his childhood lending a listening ear to his ostracized father. Though English came quickly, to which he credits the help of ‘90s sitcoms like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-

[The criticism] made me more independent. I’m not looking for people to cosign what I’m doing. —Xlusive

Air,” Konopatskiy admits harboring an inability to express himself. “I didn’t really have an outlet where I spoke; it was more like [I was] a great listener,” he said. It wasn’t until his junior high school years when Konopatskiy would find the channel that eventually became his primary emotional release. He fell in love with hip-hop. “It was just everywhere,” he said as he reminisced over the genre’s classics like “Got Yourself A Gun” by Nas. During his freshman and sophomore years at Los Angeles High School, Konopatskiy took on the Xlusive moniker and began freestyle battling with his friends. What began as a creative way to pass time evolved to become Xlusive’s first professional priority. “Somewhere along the line, it was just like ‘I really like this, I want to do this,’” he said. As he dove head first into his newfound passion, Xlusive felt the disheartening wave of criticism. The lack of support delayed the early development of Xlusive as an artist, until eventually he realized all the motivation he needed was internal. “[The criticism] made me more independent,” he said. “I’m not looking for people to cosign what I’m doing.” With his manager, Cal Poly Alumnus Francisco Garcia, fine tuning the details of their intricate business

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plans, Xlusive was able to release “The Countdown,” his first mix tape, in August 2009. Featuring a balance between bass heavy tracks and more refined cuts that show off a smooth voice and clever verses, “The Countdown” marked Xlusive’s official induction into the hip-hop world. “I don’t know anyone more focused on his goal than this man,” said Garcia, who describes Xlusive’s music as refreshingly unique and technically polished. Currently, Xlusive and his team are busy working at D. B. Studio in Pomona to compile tracks for his next mix tape and album. His latest independent releases include “Here We Go,” featuring vocalist Ashea Duce, and “First Class,” one of three Xlusive songs with a music video available on YouTube. As he pursues music, Xlusive continues to work toward his bachelor’s degree in communication. “He makes his music and doesn’t care to pretend to fit the stereotypes,” said Communication Professor Mariusz Ozminkowski. “He definitely defies most of them.” While he may lack the ability to be punctual, Xlusive believes his success as a rapper in the music industry is imminent. To him and his team, it’s just a matter of time.

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Student musicians playing in 7th Showcase MITCHELL SALTZMAN Staff Writer Aspiring songwriters at Cal Poly will be given time to shine as they perform in front of a live audience at the 7th Songwriter Showcase in the Music Recital Hall on Thursday. The showcase is a biannual event that started in 2007 when Music Professor Arthur Winer, hosted a master class with acclaimed songwriter Mike Viola. When Viola was late, Winer decided to pass the time by letting the students perform on stage. It did not take long for Winer to realize a show that showcased students’ original songs would make for a great concert. “I just realized that I would be squandering a great opportunity if I didn’t have some kind of venue for all these amazing and creative students to get their original songs out there,” said Winer. “There is no ensemble or anything else anywhere in the university for students to do their original songs.” In order for a student to get into the show, they must first go through an audition process in which they perform their music in front of Winer, the director of the showcase. Winer said that at the most recent audition, he listened to

about 50 performers, but only about 20 of them could make it into the showcase. The students who pass the audition are then enrolled in the Creative Projects class, MU 378, so that they can get academic credit for the work they put towards getting ready for the event. Students enrolled in the class then meet every week to rehearse and refine their songs so that they are ready for the big show. “The student songwriters work with other musicians to make their songs be all they can be,” said Winer. “We have student producers from the Music Department who work with the students on arranging, maybe changing the order of the song around, [and] maybe adding different musicians.” Nate Haessly, a fourthyear music production student, is a producer who is making his first performance as a songwriter in the showcase this quarter. “I wrote music to a melody and lyrics that another student, Jackie Daneri, had written,” said Haessly. “The song is called ‘Tragic Boredom’ and is an energetic ska/reggae. It also features a student rapper, Will Bissic.” Haessly’s song demonstrates some of the diversity of music found in the showcase.

“In this showcase, we have a hip-hop song, a ska song, a lot of things that would fall into the rock category, a salsa song, and that’s just in this showcase,” said Winer. “Pretty much every popular style, we’ve had represented in some way in the showcase.” Matthew Matsumoto, a fourth-year communication student, is one of the few people who have been a part of the showcase since its inception. “In the beginning, I wrote crazy songs about random things that were designed to be comical, probably because I didn’t understand how to channel raw feelings into music,” said Matsumoto. “I am still learning, and the Songwriter Showcase event helps me to continue improving.” Cal Poly students interested in the event can purchase their tickets for $10 at either www.csupomona.tix. com or at the Music Publicity Office in Building 24, room 142. Non-students must pay $15. The previous five showcases have sold out, and Winer recommends that students arrive early. **FILE** Mitchell Saltzman/Poly Post

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What you talkin’ ‘bout Willis? Slang is like, so totally rad ANNE MARIE ANABEZA Staff Writer Everyone uses slang. English professors should not be victims of migraines caused by their students’ incomplete sentences said inside or outside their classrooms. It is most likely they use slang terms just as many times as their students. Many terms start as slang and then are adapted as standard language. For instance, the word “Okay” is slang. How many times do people say this a day? Today, it means “all right,” “yes” or a sign of happiness or neutrality. The everyday expression was first seen and recorded in the leading 1930s Boston newspaper “The Morning Post.” According to the History Channel, “OK” was an abbreviation for “oll correct,” which was a popular misspelling of “all correct.” Soon after, politicians added it in their speech. Even English professors’ literature heroes are founders of slanguage. Tonia Lee, author of “Romeo and Juliet in Urban Slang” and “Macbeth in Urban Slang,” believed William Shakespeare created and used various slang words and phrases in his masterpieces. Other famous literary works are filled with slang expressions ranging from the works of Geoffrey Chaucer to Mark Twain. Slang should not be considered the ramblings of just teenage minds. Many highly-paid professional occupations have a lingo. The medical field is littered with slang. For example, “stat” means to imply urgent or rush, which was derived from the Latin word “statim.” Statim means “immediately.”

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The 1940s and 1950s’ comic book “The Kellys” used its generation’s slang in its plots. This tactic helped publishers attract more to its readers.

In Walt Whitman’s essay “Slang in America,” he considered slang to be the life of language because it was “the start of fancy, imagination and humor, breathing into its nostrils the breath of life.” “Slanguage” is one of the most important parts of any language because of how much character it adds to the conversation. Instead of saying “that sucks” in a monotone voice, there are options like “that was whack” or “that was jacked up.” A study conducted by the Texas A & M University found that language is heavily influenced by the younger generation. Slang helps bring the younger generation together and it helps build an identity. The youth of today should be surprised about the amount of idioms passed down from their parents’ generations. Most current sayings originate from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Some even trace as far back as the 1920s. The term “cheaters” meant “eye glasses” in the 1920s. An example using it in a sentence is, “She can’t see that far without using her cheaters.” It has evolved dramatically to one who betrays his or her significant others in having another sexual relationship. According to urbandictionary.com, an online dictionary dedicated to contemporary slangisms, the most popular definition is “cool,” which is “the best way to say something is neat … The phrase ‘cool’ is very relaxed, never goes out of style, and people will never laugh at you for using it.” “Cool” originated in the 1930s, which has kept its meaning of excellent, clever or enjoyable. The 1960s generation passed down a great amount of slang to younger generations with words such as “badass,” “right on” and “peace.” Oddly enough, “dude” in the 1970s described someone as a geek rather than its general meaning today of “friend.” Culture is not only creating new adaptations of slang words but also

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shortening them. While texting, “TX” is used instead of “thanks,” which is short for “thank you.” “Thank you” is short for “many thanks to be to you.” “Bye” is short for “goodbye,” which during the Elizabethan Era, meant “God be with you.” “I will see you later” is shortened to “late.” Technology has fashioned numerous new sayings and jargon, as well as use of acronyms and abbreviations. “FML,” “LOL,” “FTW,” “G2G,” “TTYL,” “Facebooking,” “Google it,” “Wikipedia that,” “Follow me,” “Tweet that” and “Blogging” are among the growing list. “I know that I shorten a lot of my words,” said Amanda Borgquist, a fourthyear biology student. “Probably turns into prolly.” Borgquist explained that her habit of shortening words was probably from talking too fast and from texting. “The Internet is a whole ‘nother’ genre,” said Borgquist. “Like ‘LOL,’ everything is shortened because of technology.” However, technology isn’t the only source of new lingo. Pop culture has always been an outlet for new phrases for the young generation to use on a daily basis. Many students can be familiar with the “that’s what she said” bunt. The joke’s origin is unknown but the first known documented usage is from the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World.” In the scene with Garth holding a Claudia Schiffer poster, Garth tells Wayne, “I’m getting tired of holding this.” Wayne responds, “Yeah, that’s what she said.” People wait to do the same with anything that can be twisted to a sexual reference. Another popular phrase to tack on

everything is “your mom,” which is used when a real retort cannot be used. Advertisements use creative and catchy campaign slogans to grab consumers. For example, “are you gellin?”

More idioms from the past: 1920s: baby, beat it, blind date, crush, dolled up, level with me, stuck on, take for a ride 1950s: are you writing a book? Bad news, blast, cat, cloud nine, cool, cool it, cooties, dig, go ape, hang, hip, hipster, jacked up, later, make out, no sweat, pad 1960s: Badass, bummed out, bummer, chick, cool, crash, cruising, cut out, decked out, dibs, dig, don’t sweat it, dork, dope, drag, dude, easy, fab, five finger discount, flake, freak out, heavy, hip, hunk, kiss up, knocked up, lay it on me, peace, right on, ripped off, screwed up, shades, shot gun, so fine, solid, stoned, stuck up, zits. 1970s: psyche, crib & gig, spaz, dream on, far out, in your face, phony, that’s sick, you know, your mama, chill out, like, 4-sho, all right, awesome, bangin’, the bomb, bummer, down with, hard core, jack squat, jell, kicks, man, pimpin, psyched, right on, rip-off, right quick, say what?, stoned, wassup, word, yeah right, 1980s: 411, amped, bite me, bombdigity, bootleg, bounce, chill (from take a chill pill or chill out), deep s***, fantabulous, fave, fugly, hard core, hella, I kid you not, jam, kick ass, legit, later (days), shut up, trippin’ Andrea Waitrovich, lifestyle editor, contributed to this article. Reach Anne Marie Anabeza at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

BFF: Jump into character by visiting film locations for less continued from page 8 food to locals and tourists. Sample international cuisine as you meander through more than 50 food stalls of inexpensive items. When Peter went on a man date with Sydney in the 2009 comedy “I Love You, Man,” the pair enjoyed fish tacos at James’ Beach Restaurant on Venice Boulevard. The casual seafood spot offers moderately-priced entrees

and an upbeat environment. Replay more of the movie’s funny moments by visiting the Grove on Fairfax. Sydney agrees to be Peter’s best man while strolling through this outdoor shopping center, which also features a daily farmer’s market. Feel like a movie star while viewing actual stars at the iconic Griffith Observatory in Hollywood’s

Griffith Park? Numerous blockbusters such as “The Terminator,” “Jurassic Park,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Transformers” have used the planetarium’s striking architecture as a film setting. Check out nearby movie locations like the Puente Hills Mall from “Back to the Future,” San Dimas’ Circle K from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and

Pomona’s downtown antique district from “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat.” For the ultimate local movie destination, walk past the CLA Building, which was used in the 1997 science fiction drama “Gattaca,” starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.

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Campus arcade gives students space for playtime ERIK CARR Sports Editor

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Students have 24 games to choose from at the Bronco Student Center’s arcade, Games Room, Etc. The arcade also offers many other services for students.

Students can play games and relax in between classes in the Bronco Student Center’s arcade Games Room, Etc. “There’s music, it’s laid back,” said Marina Swain, a third-year urban and regional planning student, who has worked behind the desk of the arcade since February. Some students go there to escape from the stresses of class by playing one of 24 video games, such as “Dance Dance Revolution,” “SuperNova 2,” “Metal Slug 5” and “NBA Showtime,” while others go there simply to relax.

“It’s like a little break time I like to take after class or studying,” said Darrell Kim, a third-year computer information systems student. “There’s only one game that attracts me, which is ‘Marvel vs. Capcom 2.’” Even though the video games grab the most attention from the patrons, there are other activities that people partake in such as bowling, air hockey and pool. “I play pool,” said Tommy Lam, a second-year construction engineering student. “The game always changes and there’s a lot to improve on.” The arcade also hosts various events, ranging from the exclusive to those

open to all students. Two weeks ago, the employees of the arcade treated themselves to a Wii tournament, in which a few projector screens and game consoles had to be installed in order to make the event possible. The BSC hosts an Open Mic Night every Tuesday in which students can sing songs, recite poetry or perform comedy routines. Another aspect of the arcade that is available to students is an information and ticket service. “[Students] purchase tickets to a lot of venues,” said Dekeshia Williams, a fifth-year microbiology student who works at the arcade. “[The arcade] also

does not tax.” Students can purchase tickets to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Medieval Times, the San Diego Zoo and AMC Theaters. In addition to the games are televisions. Students can plant themselves on a couch or the lounge chairs in front of the screens, which offer stations such as ESPN and HBO. Combined with the fast-paced music blasting from the speakers, the room emanates with the atmosphere of a nightclub. No matter what an individual’s interests are, the arcade has many features to offer. Reach Erik Carr at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

Korine puts new spin on trash flick AARON FENN Correspondent Before the screening of Harmony Korine’s latest film, “Trash Humpers,” Korine introduced the movie by saying that he felt uncomfortable even calling it a film. He considers it more like a piece of “found footage” or a weird home movie that someone could have found floating down a river in a plastic bag. The fact of the matter, however, is that “Trash Humpers” is a film. The movie features four unnamed characters (one of them played by Korine himself) who go around Nashville smashing television sets; riding bicycles while dragging baby dolls at the end of ropes; vandalizing anything in their paths; singing songs, drinking; and of course, performing the film’s title act against unsuspecting trash cans.

Trash Humpers Starring: Harmony Korine, Paul Booker, Dave Cloud Runtime: 78 mins. Rating: Although “Trash Humpers” has no real “plot” to speak of, and the scenes all come together through a surreal string of semi-random occurrences and VCR-like visuals, the film still feels like a fully realized work. It almost feels strange reviewing a film such as this one. Korine has made a film that stays entirely true to his own artistic vision. Whether audiences love or loathe “Trash Humpers” shouldn’t matter.

The fact is that Korine made the movie he wanted to make. It is purely a film as a work of art and selfexpression. My metaphorical hat is off to him. “Trash Humpers” is a film that is honestly unlike anything anyone has ever seen. There are moments in the film that are strangely hilarious. During one scene, a man recites his reasons as to why life would be better “without a head” because people would save so much money on shampoo. Other moments are truly disconcerting, such as a scene involving the unseen cameraman laughing gleefully, while filming a naked dead body he stumbles across in a marsh. The main characters performing the aforementioned acts on garbage bins may lose some of its juvenile humor by about the 10th occurrence. Other moments con-

tained within the film have a certain indescribable, depraved beauty to them. During the final scene, the “elderly” female character goes walking down a dimly lit street singing a lullaby to a kidnapped baby in a carriage. In those final minutes, Korine creates something that’s equally disturbing, creepy, beautiful, dismal, saddening and profound. This is not a film I would outright recommend without thoroughly knowing your own personal background in movies. But if you do decide to make the drive to the Nuart Theater in West Los Angeles to see it, you’re likely to ask yourself one question: Is this art or just, well, trash? I’ll let you decide for yourself, but personally, I think it just might be a little bit of both. Reach Aaron Fenn at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

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Half a century after fueling a sexual revolution, the birth control pill is one of the most popular contraceptives. Yet with unplanned pregnancies still significantly high, is the pill fulfilling its initial purpose? MELISSA FOWLER Staff Writer The little pill that was intended to wash away fears and concerns about unwanted pregnancy, evoking a sexual revolution, turned 50 years old this year. The oral contraceptive was the first of its kind to give women control over their reproductive system without the consent or knowledge of their partners. Now pregnancies would all be expected and women could better plan their career and family endeavors. Before the Food and Drug Administration approved the birth control pill for use in 1960, the only way women could prevent pregnancy was with methods that had to be used in the heat of the moment. While the pill’s development originally aimed to grant sexual freedom to couples without the worries of an unwanted pregnancy, its 50 years of widespread use has lead researchers to believe otherwise. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, about

half of all pregnancies are unwanted and 22 percent end in abortion. The article goes on to say that because many women fail to take the pill on schedule every day, the typical failure rate can be as high as 8 percent. So what accounts for the lack of impact of the birth control pill on unwanted pregnancies? Obtaining the pill may be financially difficult for women, an argument used by those who advocate the pill being sold over the counter. Most pharmacies require a prescription for the distribution of birth control pills, which in turn means paying for a doctor’s exam. The overall safety of using the pill has also come under fire in the subsequent years since it was first introduced. The early version of the pill contained high doses of estrogen, which many reports claimed led to blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. These risks were even higher in women who smoke. Since then, hormone levels in the pill have been significantly decreased. However, its use still presents health risks.

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Fine Arts accreditation process should call for reconsideration of program cut If you have been following the news pertaining to the Art Department you know that Provost denBoer used the NASAD visiting team report as a major component to justify his recommendation to eliminate the Fine Arts option. I feel that it is very important that everyone, including the public and campus community, understand that the visiting team report is only one part of a much bigger process and is not an action. In other words, it does not reflect the official NASAD position on our program. In fact, according to NASAD procedures, the Commission no longer considers the Visitor’s Report relevant once an institution receives an action. I am delighted to report that I have the official new Commission Action Report and NASAD has granted us accreditation for the next ten years. For accreditation, the department writes a thorough self-study and submits that document along with faculty resumes, faculty status, course assignments, course outlines, syllabi, department and institutional publications, and all website URLs to the Commission. A visiting team, which consists of two NASAD members, visits the department for two days and then submits a report to the department and to the Commission. One of their goals is to provide a

The effectiveness of the pill relies heavily on taking it as directed every day, which research has found is not always the case with many women. To combat this problem, pharmaceutical companies are coming up with a plethora of ways to evolve contraceptives in ways that would not require daily dosage. While these new methods, which include intrauterine devices, may help assist women who are not able to take a pill everyday, they still present certain risks and are fairly new to the general public. While the invention of the birth control pill has been credited with bringing about the sexual revolution and female empowerment, it never reached the level of fertility security it was originally designed to accomplish. Whether it’s because of improper dosage by the user, or other external factors, the birth control pill will never be a fool-proof method of preventing unwanted pregnancy.

critical evaluation to established programs. It is expected that a visitors report will cite areas of concern. The Commission then reviews all the above listed materials including the Visitor’s Report. The Commission’s next step is to review all additional information and to decide if issues they have documented in their first action report have been successfully addressed or not. In our case the Commission submitted a report on May 13, 2010 granting us full accreditation until 2018-19. Being in good standing and accredited means that all the programs in our department are offering instruction of the highest quality and meet national standards. It means that all issues in the visiting report have been either clarified, resolved, and/ or improved and are no longer an issue. Finally, a requested progress report confirming our continued attention to maintain standards will be sent to the Commission in one year. In light of this information, it is no longer justified to close the fine arts option on the basis of quality. Babette Mayor Professor and Art Department Chair

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Parallel parking is the least of our worries

Women are only driving us crazy TOBIAS JAHN Special to the Post Ladies, allow me to apologize. Millions of men make the same mistake all the time. When will we learn? But the truth is we love to make this mistake, over and over again. What is this reoccurring instance of error in judgment? We let you drive us home. You know the story. You are at a party, having a good time and the drinks start to flow. Next thing you know your guy has had too much to drink and he hands you the keys to his precious ride. It is only in a true state of inebriation that a guy would make such a mistake. Our car is an extension of our very being. How can we put such an important element of our identities and livelihoods in the hands of a woman? Regardless, we are drunk and we are not thinking straight. So we force you to drive us home. Again, we are sorry for this. On the way home, guys always fall asleep. It’s some kind of miracle with the cosmos. The second the car starts moving, we forget about the terrible situation we are in — a women in control of our precious vehicle — and we

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rest assured you know what you are doing. Sure, you may burn up the clutch or destroy our breaks, but you get us home safe. Ironically, our guy senses kick in and cause us wake up just as the parking nightmare begins. We may be close to home, but we are far from getting there in a timely manner. Girls, why can’t you parallel park? It’s hard to put it in words, the stress we see on your faces as you feebly attempt to park. Instead of looking at us with a frantic expression of hate and anger, look out the back window! Nothing helps a guy relax like the sound of his bumper smashing into someone else’s car. Regardless, somehow we wake up the next morning and we are both in one piece. Scratched bumpers or not, we love you for your courageous attempt at handling such a complex piece of machinery. We are just glad you got us home safe, and it was our fault for drinking too much in the first place. But one thing is for sure, it’s not our fault you can’t drive!

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OK. So men are better at parking. Ladies, don’t get offended. Research has proven this phenomenon and to be quite honest, it’s not that big of a deal. Anytime I have to fit my Honda Accord between two other cars, I make sure the space is big enough to comfortably fit your typical 18-wheeler. This way, I have plenty of space. If this technique doesn’t work for you, maybe a bike rack is a better parking option. Hop on your 10-speed and stay off the road. Statistics, which show that men are typically 5 percent more competent at parallel parking, are by no means limitations. If it bothers you that he can park the car with exact precision, go to an abandoned parking lot and put in some work. Oh and be sure you’re using his car as the test vehicle. That will teach him to diss your parking skills. So the boys win this one. But for the ladies’ sake, let us dive into the things that women do better than men. Though this list is obviously too long to go over in one column, we’ll

discuss the five favorites: 1) We dress better. Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for the women in their lives, most men would have three dirty T-shirts, a sports jersey and one pair of denim jeans that turn into cut-off shorts when June rolls around. 2) We’re cleaner. Our apartments don’t require Tetanus shots before entry and the dishes in our sinks don’t reach the ceiling before something is done about it. 3) We’re a better boss. Experts say women are better managers and bosses because we are better listeners, problem solvers and multi-taskers. 4) We’re more likely to graduate college and in a shorter period of time, reports the Department of Education Statistics. It’s probably because while we’re busy studying, guys are busy studying us. 5) We eat healthier and live longer. Studies show that women tend to have a healthier diet than men. Also, estrogen helps women better fight bodily infections making our immune systems stronger. So take pride in perfect parking, guys. You don’t have much else on us. Reach Sarah Elkeaikati at: opinions@thepolypost.com

Still earning less nearly 50 years after Equal Pay Act JASMINE LOWE Staff Writer Do women pay more for rent than their male counterparts? Do women only get discounts for food from the grocery store? If not, then why is there a gap in the wages that men and women earn? We live in a country that stands for equality and freedom for all, but when it comes to equal pay, Uncle Sam turns the other cheek. According to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it is illegal for employers to pay unequal

wages to men and women who hold the same job and do the same work. At the time of the EPA’s passage, women earned only 58 cents for every dollar earned by men. By 2006, that rate had only increased to 77 cents for every male dollar, an improvement of less than half a penny a year. Minority women fare the worst. Black women earn just 64 cents to every dollar earned by white men, and for Hispanic women that figure drops to merely 52 cents per dollar. Why is there still such sig-

According to the International Women’s Rights Project, $434,000 is the median amount a full-time female worker loses in wages over a 40-year period. nificant a disparity? According to the International Women’s Rights Project, $434,000 is the median amount a full-time female worker loses in wages over a 40-year period as a direct result of the gender pay gap. Seventy-eight cents is the amount that the average, full-time working woman makes for every $1 a man makes over a year.

I’m pissed. Where’s my money? This loss of money devastatingly affects the livelihood of women. A report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that if women were paid fairly, family incomes would rise and poverty levels would fall. Single women would take home 17 percent more

in income if they were paid fairly. This would lead to a 50 percent reduction in poverty for these women, from 25.3 percent to 12.6 percent. Married women would receive 6 percent more if they were paid fairly. This would lead to a 62 percent reduction in poverty for these women, from 2.1 percent to 0.8 percent. The wage gap has narrowed over time since the beginning of the last century, but it is still significant. In 2009, President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act,

which allows victims of pay inequity to file a complaint with the government against their employer within 180 days of their last paycheck. This Act is named after a former employee of Goodyear who alleged that she was paid 15-40 percent less than her male counterparts. Women have made enormous progress in the workforce since the Equal Pay Act, but the fact still remains four and a half decades later and the basic goal of the act has not been realized. Reach Jasmine Lowe at: opinions@thepolypost.com

Happy Meals in Santa Clara face an unhappy fate EVAN PERKINS Staff Writer Within my mental scrapbook of fond childhood memories are Santa Claus, the Power Rangers, and of course, McDonald’s Happy Meals. Thoughts of that smiling red box are a reminder of simpler, happier times. Sadly though, children of Santa Clara County may be deprived of this simple childhood pleasure now that the county board of supervisors officially banned Happy Meals last month. The county’s hamburger prohibition was established to deal with the 25 percent of children in Santa Clara County who are obese. Last I checked, most children don’t work to afford their Happy Meal habits. Aside from a few coins

in a difficult to access piggy bank, most children have no income at all. The fact of the matter is that these obese children are not buying their own fast food. It is a fair and obvious assumption that consumers of Happy Meals are incapable of buying them on their own. Parents buy Happy Meals and children enjoy them. The county also stated that McDonald’s is “preying on children’s love of toys.” So are we to assume that in Santa Clara County children are the prime household decision makers? When I was young and my mom asked what I wanted for dinner, I said “ice cream,” every single time. Did that mean I got ice cream? No. It is the responsibility of parents to determine how

often a Happy Meal is an appropriate culinary allowance. Why are children being punished for something that is obviously linked to poor nutritional guidance? If the county really believes Happy Meals are a significant cause of childhood obesity, they should make McDonald’s clarify its nutrition facts for parents. How about a citywide media campaign for healthy food or requiring McDonald’s to list nutrition facts on the side of Happy Meal boxes? Wouldn’t it be more effective to explain to a parent that too much fast food is unhealthy than to tell a six-year-old they can’t have a Happy Meal because they are illegal? McDonald’s, despite its fast food heritage, has even made an effort to make the

Happy Meal healthier. Parents can opt for milk or apple juice instead of high-sugar sodas and choose apple slices over French fries. With healthy substitutes available, the Happy Meal can become less of a guilty pleasure. Happy Meals are truly an invaluable part of childhood and some insignificant county board has no right to take that away. Childhood is becoming shorter and shorter. Leave what is left of it for children to enjoy while they can. Reach Evan Perkins at: opinions@thepolypost.com

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Track star provides shining example for cohorts REGINA KELLER Staff Writer

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Megan Emami lands a jump at the CCAA Championships last weekend. Emami has been active in both the Bronco Athletic Association and Greek community.

Graduating senior Megan Emami is living two lives. She balances her school life as an urban and regional planning student and sports life as a jumper for Cal Poly’s track and field team. “She knows her duties and executes, especially when it counts like at this year’s CCAA Championships where she was bumped down to fifth place in the final round and came back her last jump in the finals to secure a fourth place finish and very valuable points in the women’s triple jump,” said Assistant Coach Lauren Reimer. Emami jumped 36-2 3/4 in the triple jump and placed seventh in the long jump, with a jump of 16-11 1/2. Since 2007, Emami has had remarkable jumps in the long jump. Her personal record in that event at the CCAA Championships is 1711, which occurred in 2009. In the triple jump, Emami has earned points for Cal Poly in every year she has competed in the CCAA Championships. Her performance at this year’s cham-

pionships was both her highest placing and her longest jump. “Megan has been CCAA scorer in both the women’s long jump and triple jump and helps our team bring in valuable points,” said Reimer. Emami is an exemplary student-athlete. She was named to the CCAA All-Academic team and was also awarded a 2008-09 Division Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. Outside of track, Emami has served as the track team’s representative in the Bronco Athletic Association, as the chapter president of the Sigma Kappa sorority, and as the recording secretary in both organizations. Time management is a big factor in balancing her college life. Although her schedule is busy, track allows Emami to wind down after class. “Doing track allows me to have a break in the day that I need from classes,” said Emami. “I cannot imagine just going to school every day. Track also motivates me to do my best in school and focus on my grades.”

Emami and the rest of the track team put a big emphasis on being student-athletes, and say that it is hard work, but in the end, it is worth it. “We put our school first,” said Emami. “It is an added benefit to be able to participate in the sport that we love.” Urban and Regional Planning brought Emami to Cal Poly in 2006 when she was a freshman. “Cal Poly Pomona is the only accredited undergraduate planning program in Southern California, and one of the largest in the nation,” said Emami. Emami said her education has been top priority throughout college and that she could not imagine her college life anywhere other than Cal Poly. “I have had such a wonderful college experience as well as a great education,” said Emami. “I have had so many opportunities arise that I have been able to take advantage of as well as meeting amazing people.” Emami has become an inspiration and an asset to the team, on and off the track. “Megan brings hard work

and dedication to our team,” said sophomore Tramieka Thomas. “She is always cheering for other teammates at track meets which means a lot when you hear a teammate cheering for you.” Head Coach Troy Johnson said Emami’s desire to be a good student and athlete made the difference in her career at Cal Poly. “Megan is a person who knows the meaning of studentathlete and balances everything well,” said Johnson. “She is polite, friendly, self motivated, professional and competitive and knows how to help this team improve.” Starting her Cal Poly career as a commuter student, Emami soon established friendships that she believes will last a lifetime. “You have this group of people who are working together toward the same goals that you get to see every single day and spend your weekend with,” said Emami. “This team has become my family and a home away from home. These people will be in my life long after graduation.” Reach Regina Keller at: sports@thepolypost.com

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LEFT: Neal Jones, Phi Tau, sprints to first in an attempt to get on base during the championship game against Sigma Phi Epsilon. RIGHT: Sigma Phi Epsilon pose for a group picture after winning the Ultra Violet Softball championship game.

Softball Classic raises funds for Alzheimer’s research ERIK CARR Sports Editor The Cal Poly chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s alumni team won the annual Sigma Kappa Softball Classic last Saturday in an effort to raise funds for the Sigma Kappa sorority’s philanthropic causes. The win by Sigma Phi Epsilon marks the first time in several years that a Cal Poly fraternity has won the Classic. In the final game of the tournament, Sigma Phi Epsilon beat out the Cal Poly chapter of Phi Tau’s alumni team, 8-7. “[The win] feels amazing,” said Laura Hendrick, a third-year communication student and penhellenic delegate for Sigma Kappa

who coached the winning team. “I knew it was going to happen.” “The winner wins a trophy and a certain amount of money [is] donated to their organization,” said Kirstie Benavidez, a third-year liberal studies student and Sigma Kappa member. “Each team pays a certain amount and goes around with jars to collect more [money].” The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds for the Sigma Kappa Foundation, which sends the funds raised by chapters nationwide to the philanthropies. It is estimated that this year’s tournament raised around $3,000. According to Megan Emami, a fourth-year urban and regional planning student and former

Photos Check out our photo essay of the Greek softball tournament on the back page Sigma Kappa chapter president, the softball team has consistently raised “Just under $5,000 for softball.” The decrease in the amount raised this year was greatly influenced by the number of teams that played in this year’s double-elimination tournament. The Classic is typically held over two days in January. However, a rain out postponed the tournament four months and as a result, this year’s field only included eight teams instead of the usual 16.

To make up for the deficit, Sigma Kappa plans to have its 29th anniversary party this November. The campaign of Sigma Kappa is Ultra-Violet, which benefits various charitable projects of the sorority. The main philanthropic cause of Sigma Kappa is the study of aging, or gerontology, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease research in addition to programs with the purpose of enhancing the lives of older people. Sigma Kappa’s other philanthropic causes are Inherit the Earth, the sorority’s national service project that combines its interest in gerontology with benefiting the environment, and the

Maine Sea Coast Mission, which provides development programs such as spiritual and youth programs. “The money is collected and then it goes through the Sigma Kappa [sorority], which distributes money to their philanthropies and smaller philanthropies,” said Alyssa Hammers, a second-year English education student and Sigma Kappa Ultra-Violet Softball Tournament Chair and public relations/web chair. Although the fraternities played in the tournament, the members of Sigma Kappa kept themselves busy. “We’re all assigned a team

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Baseball field renovation has long way to go KATIE O’LAUGHLIN Staff Writer The Athletics Department is working with various university programs to figure out how athletics will work into the “Master Plan” of remodeling the campus. No decision has been made yet on whether the baseball field will be upgraded or be relocated. This comes after the Cal Poly baseball team received a donation in the form of a $105,000 check last February for a new baseball field. However, many plans are being considered for how to use the money in the best way. “The money at this time is sitting collecting interest for plans to be furthered developed,” said Mark Reinhiller, sports information director. Reinhiller also said the donation has been “earmarked” for new lights to be installed at

either the current baseball field or a new one. Cal Poly’s baseball complex does not have any lights in its facility, limiting games and practice to being played in daylight. Only three out of the 15 NCAA Div. II schools have a lighted baseball facility. The donation was substantial, but much more is needed to contribute to the field. “It is my understanding that the lights alone will cost approximately $300,000, so we have more work to do,” said Daniel Andrews, a Cal Poly alumnus and former Dodgers minor league player, who donated the money. Though plans are still in the early stages, the Athletics Department is not taking any chances on how to spend the money until those plans are set in stone. “We don’t want to put a large amount of money into a

facility and have it change or move,” said Brian Swanson, director of intercollegiate athletics. “Hopefully sooner than later, there will be a plan for the various athletic complexes.” In addition, the baseball program hopes the Hot Stove Dinners will continue for many years and will bring in more donations needed to contribute to the program’s success. Swanson believes once there is a plan for the future of the athletic structures, more donations will be made. “Knowing where your gift is going moves the donations faster,” said Swanson. The Athletics Department is careful in its planning because it hopes the next measures it decides upon will be the last ones. However, there needs to be longevity in the plans before money can be comfortably spent. Andrews’ donation oc-

curred during a Hot Stove Dinner for the Broncos baseball club. The dinner was designed to benefit the baseball team and help with fundraising. According to Brandon Raphael, director of development of the Athletic Department, this gift is the singlelargest donation ever received by the baseball organization. “Danny’s gift raises the awareness of our program and athletics,” said Swanson. Andrews is very involved with athletics and the agriculture programs on campus. “I was blessed with a good year in my farming business in 2009, and wanted to give back to the University to upgrade the baseball field in honor of Coach John Scolinos, who passed away last year,” said Andrews. Erin Moll/Poly Post

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SOFTBALL: After four-month delay, Sigma Kappa presses on with charity tournament continued from page 13 that we coach,” said Katie Smith, a third-year business student and member of Sigma Kappa. “[In addition], someone keeps score [and] we make baskets for them [the fraternities].” On or off the playing field, all involved in the tournament had something to be happy about. “[I] just wanted to give back to the community,” said Brandon Mirshafiee, a mechanical engineering alum and member of the champion Sigma Phi Epsilon alum team. “I like that it gets everyone together,” said Becky Vincent, a secondyear business student and Sigma Kappa member. After the tournament ended, the day concluded with a profit share event at Chili’s in Diamond Bar,

where a certain percentage of all revenue generated over a five-hour window went towards the sorority. Even though the Softball Classic is the only sport-related event hosted by Sigma Kappa during the year, the sorority is involved in many others. “[The Classic is] the only one we hold but we participate in Phi Tau Volleyball, intramurals, powder puff flag football and Greek Week Olympics,” said Emami. Despite a four-month delay, the Sigma Kappa sorority of Cal Poly still made this year’s Softball Classic happen, contributing to victories both on and off the field. Reach Erik Carr at: sports@thepolypost.com

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Chris Roberts of Phi Delta Theta connects with the ball to earn a base run doing the frat softball tournament last weekend.

A member of Sigma Nu runs under human sorority bridge after their first game in hopes that this single act will inspire their team to win the tournament.

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A member of Sigma Nu retrieves a base hit during the first game of the tournament.

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Tommy VanAken of Sigma Nu pitches during their first game of the tournament in hopes to start the tournament out with a win.

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The Sigma Kappa Softball Classic pits alumni against each other for a charitable cause. The tournament helped raise nearly $3,000.

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The Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni team defeated the Phi Tau alumni 8-7 in the Sigma Kappa Softball Classic last weekend. The tournament seeks donations for Alzheimer’s research.

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