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The sun may have set for the last time on the iconic CLA building that watches over Cal Poly Pomona, depending on a vote by the Board of Trustees.

CLA Building points towards failure AMANDA NEWFIELD

Managing Editor Cal Poly Pomona’s iconic Classroom Laboratory Administration Building, which was completed a mere 17 years ago, may soon be nothing more than a memory. In an e-mail sent out to the Cal Poly Pomona community Wednesday, Sept. 15 by President Michael Ortiz, it was announced that the CLA building could be replaced by a new administrative building costing roughly $80 million. “It is the intention or plan that [the CLA building] would most likely come down after we build a new building,” said Michael Sylvester, associate vice president of Facilities Planning and Manage-

ment. Sylvester said he hopes students will recognize this project will have no impact on student fees or operating budgets and that the funds will be coming from California State University Capital Outlay Program state construction bonds. “We are striving to give them a building that will serve their needs better,” he said. “The CLA building is just not getting it done, that building is atrocious.” This would include both the administrative and classroom facilities of the complex. The CSU Board of Trustees’ decision was made Sept. 21. The next step in the process involves Cal Poly Pomona receiving approval from the California State

Legislature and the Governor. Matthew Stafford, Environmental Design senator for Associated Students, Inc, said he is disappointed by the proposed project. “There are so many other buildings that need to be retrofitted on this campus,” he said. “Why is the CLA building special?” Stafford also said he was disappointed with the plan to make the new building smaller and without classrooms. “Either do it right or don’t do it at all,” he said. Though talk of demolishing the CLA building has only occurred recently, the building has been beset with a series of problems since it opened. “We’ve been studying this for a

number of years and we have been assembling costs and comparisons and alternatives on how to deal with the CLA building,” Sylvester said. Water intrusion problems arose shortly after faculty and staff members took occupancy in the building in 1993. At that time, meetings with contractors and consultants began, marking the beginning of the troubles with the building, Sylvester said. The university was later awarded a settlement but Sylvester said, “It was not enough to fix everything,” and was put in the bank for later use. He also said building stress spots and water troubles quickly turned into a huge project.

Recreational center plans revisited

Recent earthquakes, along with seismic and safety code changes, added to the laundry list of problems that plagued the iconic building. Architecture professor Gary McGavin, who has a degree in geology and served on the California Seismic Safety Commission from 1991-99, previously told The Poly Post that because the bracing in the building’s steel structure does not reach the ground, it is the ideal example of a collapse-hazard building. “We went from just fixing the water intrusions to dealing with seismic codes and [Americans with Disabilities Act] life safety issues,” Sylvester said. “Then we See CLA/Pg. 8

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Record setting grant awarded to university

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News Editor After polling the incoming freshman class during orientation, the Associated Student, Inc have decided to move forward with the idea of building a near $60 million recreation center. The Cal State University Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday on whether or not the Rec Center would be built, but results were not available at press time. For the updated story, visit www. thepolypost.com If the vote passes, Cal Poly Pomona would become the 15th of the 23 Cal State University schools to either have a rec center or have one currently in construction. The new building would be located in the southern section of campus, across from the suites, and adjacent to the new Bronco Commons quad, the Darlene May Gym, and the Bronco Student Center. Upon completion, the rec center will provide students with brand new indoor basketball and multi-activity courts, a rock wall, racquetball courts, an outdoor lap and swimming pool with

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Conceptual art of what the proposed rec center will look like and its location on campus if it were to be made in 2014. deck area, an indoor jogging track, several multi-purpose rooms that could be used for new classes, and a new Bronco Fitness Center. All of this comes at a price, though. The actual construction of the building will cost the university about $57 million, while the cost of the facility and its opera-

tions will cause the Bronco Student Center fee to be increased by $140 per quarter. Right now, students pay $83.76 per quarter for this fee during the academic year and $17.70 for the summer. This fee increase would not take effect until the rec center opens in 2014. The construction cost will

be paid by using a bond floated by the Board of Trustees upon approval. Since it was indicated that the school would not charge students until the facility opens, the student fees that are collected will also help pay for the principal and inSee REC CENTER/Pg. 4

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation made Cal State University history over the summer by gifting Cal Poly Pomona with a $42 million cash grant. The grant comes in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth William Keith Kellogg, the founder of the Kellogg Company, and will be used primarily to ensure that Cal Poly Pomona continues to serve underrepresented communities. It is also the largest cash grant in the history of the Cal State University. “The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is proud that this grant will benefit Cal Poly Pomona in its efforts to extend and bolster educational opportunities for current and aspiring students,” said Sterling K. Speirn, the president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation in a statement. “Mr. Kellogg was a strong believer in higher education, and his vision of ‘investing in people’ has translated into the foundation’s fundamental belief that access to a high-quality education is vital to enhancing the lives of vulnerable youth.”

In accordance with the Kellogg Foundation’s beliefs, the money will be used to help fund programs that create opportunities for students who might never have had a chance to obtain a college education. This includes, but is not limited to, programs like the Renaissance Scholars, which nurtures youth recently emancipated from foster care, and the Troops to College initiative, which helps returning veterans make the transition back to civilian and student life. What the money won’t do, however, is offset the loss of state support. “The Kellogg Foundation believes strongly that if we are a state supported institution, then the state should be providing us with the funding,” said President Michael Ortiz. “We’re not going to offer any additional class sections or anything like that because that’s not their [the Kellogg Foundation’s] responsibility.” $40 million of the grant will be put into an endowment fund, which means that only the interest will be used to be See GRANT/Pg. 4


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Business buildings construction on track AMANDA NEWFIELD

NEWS IN BRIEF Employees honored at Fall Conference

Managing Editor After more than 16 years of planning delays due to state budgetary hardships, the College of Business Administration complex construction is now well underway. The two-year construction period, which started February 2010, is estimated to be complete February 2012. “So far everything has been pretty smooth,” said Chi Kwan Fong, Cal Poly Pomona’s Project Manager. “At this time [builders] are finished with underground utilities. This is considered very normal for any construction project.” Next up for the construction process is the installation of interior electrical materials, Fong said. Because the project is funded mainly through California Proposition 1D, The Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006, and donations received from private donors, it requires specialized requirements. “It’s very challenging to manage a project of this size, particularly in an academic setting,” he said. “We are not private builders and we have state procedures and state requirements to follow.” The estimated total construction cost for the 75,000 square-foot project is $30 million. The completed complex will provide the college with 12 classrooms, two laboratories, conference rooms, two auditoriums, a student café, and a courtyard that business students can call their own. College of Business Administration Dean Richard Lapidus believes the new complex will help give the college a sense of identity. “If you look around campus, the college of business is the second largest in terms of students,” he said. “There is no singular space for them. They’re scattered in five or six buildings on campus and there is really no sense of community for our students.” He also believes that pro-

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Monday, Sept. 20 marked the beginning of the 2010 Fall Conference. Each year awards are presented to all Cal Poly Pomona employees with more than 10 years of service. President Michael Ortiz's annual address was the first part of the three-day event, which also included workshops, question and answer sessions and BroncoFusion. Most of the Monday events took place in the Ursa Major Suite of the Bronco Student Center.

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The construction of the new business buildings is expected to be completed by 2012.

New campus website provides easier access Csupomona.edu has recently gotten a face lift giving the Cal Poly Pomona community a more aesthetically pleasing homepage to utilize for the quarters to come. The redesigned website according to Polycentric, “showcases dramatic photos from the university's identity campaign, highlights campus success stories, improves navigation and updates the look and feel.” Cal Poly Pomona’s I&IT Web Development team headed up the project with the goal of making the site more user friendly. The new design allows specific colleges to be more easily accessible as well as departments. The frequently used BroncoDirect, Blackboard and Email links can be found at the top right of the page.

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Construction workers have finished with the underground utilities for the new buildings. viding a designated space for the college will benefit faculty members in a direct way by allowing more convenient communication. Lapidus said the addition of new technology and facilities will aid the college in upholding and encourag-

ing the polytechnic way of learning. “Students learn differently now and technology is a big part of that,” he said. Lapidus is looking forward to seeing students, faculty and staff utilize the new facility and the camaraderie

the complex will bring the college. “It’s not really about the buildings, it’s about what’s inside the buildings,” he said.

CPP places 3rd among CCAA

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As a whole, Cal Poly Pomona Athletics finished third among the California Collegiate Athletic Association in the Commissioner’s Cup for the 2009-10 academic year. The award is presented through Apple Computer

and honors the collective athletic performance in eight of the 13 sports offered in the CCAA. This year’s high ranking was highlighted by the men’s basketball team’s championship. The cup’s ranking is found based on team and individual sports using the top two league finishes for the season.

Campus Curator Dies at 61 Patrick Merrill, who oversaw the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery from 1997 to 2009 died Aug. 31 at the age 61 after a long battle with cancer. Merrill was the curator of the art gallery and was instrumental in expanding the gallery show, which offered an occasion for art students of all types to showcase works. Student works include ceramic and print entries as well as traditional paintings, and drawings. In addition to his efforts on the university level Merrill was known as one of the great print makers and mixed-media artists for Southern California. He earned his bachelor’s of fine arts from Cal State Long Beach and his master’s of fine arts from Cal State Fullerton. Some of his work can be found on display in museums in China, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria as well as the United States. For those interested Merrill’s work is scheduled to be featured in an upcoming show, “Patrick Merrill: Revelation,” at Cal State Fullerton’s Begovich Gallery from Oct. 30 to Dec. 9. A memorial service has been planned for Oct. 30.

Cal Poly Pomona ranks high in new report MITCHELL SALTZMAN

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The magazine US News and World Report has once again recognized Cal Poly Pomona as being not only one of top engineering schools in the nation, but also one of the best public universities in the Western region. Cal Poly Pomona’s engineering program was ranked eleventh in the category of best undergraduate engineering programs where a doctorate is not offered. The program shared the ranking with five other schools including Baylor University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Swarthmore College, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Rankings are determined

by analyzing a variety of different factors that indicate academic quality. These factors include graduation rates, freshman retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving rate among others. Though Cal Poly Pomona Pomona’s engineering program may be ranked eleventh in the nation among non doctorate offering universities, it is the third best engineering program in California, with it only being outranked by Harvey Mudd College, a private university in Claremont, and our own sister school, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “Of course we’re very happy with that,” said Don Coduto, the interim dean of the College of Engineering. “No matter how you See SCHOOLS/Pg. 8


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New solar panels power campus The next step towards the goal of carbon neutrality MITCHELL SALTZMAN

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Brave New Year GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor in Chief It seemed like it was yesterday. In 2007, I wrote my first article for The Poly Post. Since then, it has been a mix of dynamic and dramatic experiences that have all pushed me to the position I now facilitate. Being the Editor in Chief of a newspaper is never an easy thing. The hours are long and the mental fatigue of reworking stories, headlines and page layouts can drive a person crazy. The human aspect of the position is an entirely different challenge. The decision making process of whether or not to accept the position, however, seemed to work itself out on its own. Being a part of the paper for three years, and working along side former editors and staff members who put so much time and effort into The Poly Post, it seemed like the logical progression to take on the challenge and do everything to uphold all the hard work that has been done so far. Working along side managing editor Amanda Newfield will bring a good deal of experience to the paper. As the former Editor in Chief, her input and experience will be crucial in the attempt to raise the bar of The Poly Post’s standards even higher. In the news section, Mitchell Saltzman will keep on the beat of all things Cal Poly Pomona. Working on staff for almost a year has prepped him well for the challenges that come with the position of the front page. Derrick Taruc and assistant editor Valerie Chen will be in charge of the lifestyle section. As former staff writers, the duo is no stranger to covering campus life and local events, and will keep readers informed when it comes to music, movies and all things media related. Be sure to check out Valerie’s column in opinions, “Ask me a QuesChen.” Evan Perkins will take on the task of opinions editor, bringing readers content that ranges from the thought See GREG/Pg. 4

In another effort to move Cal Poly Pomona closer to its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, more than 4,500 solar panels are currently in the process of being installed on campus. The first set of solar panels, installed on Kellogg Gym, should already be functioning and operational with the second set of panels located by Parking Lot M being expected to be up and running by October of this year. The panels are all part of the Cal Poly Pomona Climate Action Plan, a roadmap that guides the university towards the goal of carbon neutrality. This particular project began about two years ago when the Cal State University system partnered with a company called SunEdison and entered into what’s known as a Power Purchase Agreement. Under this agreement, SunEdison will install and maintain these solar panels for 20 years in exchange for the campus purchasing the actual electricity provided. Since SunEdison is doing all of the installation and maintenance for the solar panels, the budget is not impacted at all by the addition of these panels. “That’s the beauty of this: is that we’re not paying a dime for the installa-

tion,” said Meghan Smith, manager of sustainability at Cal Poly Pomona. “We have to buy energy anyway, so we’re still buying power, but at least we’re buying clean power.” According to Smith, the panels will generate about 1.8 kilowatt hours annually, with all of that power going into the campus grid to be used by the entire university. “To put that into perspective, the campus currently annually uses about 45 million kilowatt hours, so it’s a start, but it’s a really good start,” said Smith. The addition of the new solar panels is only the most recent step taken towards making Cal Poly a greener campus. Several efforts have been made to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the air by transportation to and from the campus, including the addition of the Bronco Link, a direct shuttle service from the Pomona North and Downtown Pomona Metrolink Stations to Cal Poly, an increased number of online classes, the addition of new on campus housing like the new suites that just opened, and the gradual change from gas powered to electric powered university vehicles. Other attempts to reduce waste on campus include the decision to remove trays from the Los Olivos commons, cutting back on wast-

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New solar panels on Kellogg gym help make the Cal Poly Pomona campus more environmentally friendly. ing of food as well as the water it takes to wash the trays; the addition of “Green Machines” which allow students to put their cans in a recycling machine and receive credit, which can then be used to purchase items on campus; and the switch to B20 biodiesel, which is used in university agricultural vehicles like tractors, making them much more environmentally friendly. “It’s a really good start for the campus to be moving towards this goal,” said Smith. “We definitely have a lot to do, but the good news is we’re doing things to get there.” Reach Mitchell Saltzman at:

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On campus jobs offer funds and flexibility DERRICK TARUC

Lifestyle Editor Student employees make up a significant portion of the working force of Cal Poly. They can be seen everywhere: At the bookstore, the library, the farm store, and the various fast food places around campus. However, there are positions unseen that are just as integral to the workings of Cal Poly. “Some students are looking for something that’s related to their majors so that

they feel like they are getting work experience,” said Tom Munnerlyn, director of the Career Center. A peek into BroncoConnection, the main website where jobs are posted, reveals a plethora of jobs offered by the various departments. One listing was for a research assistant for an upcoming project. Another was a call for a physics grader to “grade homework problems and record scores for introductory physics lecture classes.” A listing titled

“Technology Student Assistant” required one to “troubleshoot, diagnose, repair and maintain” various hardware and software for the University Housing Services; Parking and Transportation Services staff; and University Housing residents. But not all positions listed are relevant to a major. There were postings for community service officers offered by Parking & Transportation Services and by the University Police. Student custodial positions were also offered, as well as landscap-

ing/site assistants to help maintain the school grounds. Munnerlyn does not see this as a disadvantage. “Experience is experience,” he said. And wages are wages. According to Munnerlyn, wages usually start at minimum wage depending on the position, but can increase with each passing year. A student fortunate enough to land a job that corresponds with her major is Katie Friedman. Friedman, a second-year

English graduate student, is a Graduation Writing Test consultant at the Writing Center in the library. Her job is to help students pass the GWT. “I was an English major so it just seemed like a natural thing to do to work with writing,” said Friedman. She offers workshops, does group online tutoring, and meets with students oneon-one by appointment. According to Vicente Gonzaga, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student and writing tutor the hours are “really See JOBS/Pg. 4

Unique electives help fill schedules CECILY ARAMBULA

Staff Writer Now that Cal Poly’s first week of school is underway, many students are hustling to meet the Sept. 29 enrollment deadline. Here are a few interesting elective options that may be helpful to those finding it increasingly difficult to meet the 12 unit requirement to be considered a full time student. Although many students would never pick history as a first choice elective,

Dr. Peg Lamphier, through her unorthodox teaching methods, has found a way to make her courses quite popular among Cal Poly students. “Some may consider her class biased or partisan, but it is simply hard stone cold facts presented to you through her wit and humor,” said third-year history student Carlos Ayala, of Lamphier’s United States History course. Another class students know little about is Dr. Len Troncale’s Biology of

Cancer course. In this course, Troncale emphasizes the importance of becoming more knowledgeable about cancer, a disease that will affect one in three women and one in two men at some point in their life. “The course blends both practical and fundamental knowledge,” said Troncale, “yet lectures are aimed as much as possible at general audiences. After all, we are trying to help See ELECTIVES/Pg. 6

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The Wine, Beer and Spirits class, offered by Dr. Margie Jones, is a popular elective class for students over 21.


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REC CENTER: Majority of freshmen approve fee increase Continued from page 1

terest on the bond. The idea for a campus rec center is not a new one. In 2008, a campus-wide referendum took place in which students denied the construction of a rec center with 1083 students voting no and 626 voting yes. Despite what happened two years ago though, 98 percent of the polled incoming freshmen were in favor of the idea of adding a rec center to campus with 75 percent saying that they approved of the fee increase. Executive Director of

ASI, Cora Culla, explained that the cause for the change of heart could be in the difference of moods between the two years. “If we look back in time, that was the onset of the budget crunch,� Culla said. “The economy was beginning to go south, and students were just very anxious, and in some cases, very upset over how the budget cuts were beginning to affect their ability to get classes.� Culla also said that according to an exit poll, students were uncomfortable

voting for a fee increase that would only be imposed on students who came after them. “This recent opportunity to poll the students was done with the incoming freshmen because that’s the first batch of students who will actually be using the center and paying the fee increase,� Culla said Salvador Lopez, a fifthyear computer information systems student, echoes the result of the exit poll. “They wanted to build the rec center for new incoming

freshmen, so I voted no because I wasn’t going to use it,� said Lopez. While an advisory student referendum is the preferred method of measuring student support for a fee increase, Executive Order 1034 allows for an alternative consultation process, which in this case took the form of the poll of incoming freshmen, if it is determined that a referendum is not to be the best measure of student opinion. Joslin Salazar, a fourthyear finance and technol-

ogy operations management student also voted no to the rec center in 2008 due to it not offering enough that the BSC didn’t provide, but did not have a problem with the decision to act on a poll of the freshmen class as opposed to a referendum. “Ultimately, since they [freshmen] are going to use it, I guess maybe they do have a good amount of say, since they are going to be using it and not us,� said Salazar. Though second-year aeronautical engineering student

Dom Plata likes the fact that they’re upgrading the school’s fitness center, but wonders if the money could be spent elsewhere. “If they do have the money to spend, then I just feel like they should’ve been used some of that money to save a couple of programs,� said Plata. For more information regarding the 2014 rec center, visit http://www.asi.csupomona.edu/reccenter/. Reach Mitchell Saltzman at:

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GRANT: An “extraordinary gift� JOBS: CPP provides convenient work Continued from page 3

Continued from page 1 allocated for the university. It will be paid out over five years, with $10 million being paid out the first year and then yearly awards of $8 million to follow for the remaining four years. The hope is to have at least $1.5 to $2 million of interest every year to be used. The $42 million also comes as a challenge grant, which means Kellogg is awarding the money while challenging Cal Poly Pomona alumni and supporters to rally behind the university’s upcoming $150 million comprehensive campaign. This does not mean that the money will be taken away if the challenge is not met, but instead is a way for the Kellogg Foundation to inspire additional giving and philanthropy. Kevin Truong, a fourthyear computer information systems student, said that while he’s happy about the grant, he still holds some concerns about where the money will go. “At first I said ‘this is awesome,’ this is going to do a lot of good for our school,� said Truong. “But then I started to

It is absolutely a testimonial to how our predecessors and current members of the staff have addressed what Mr. Kellogg was looking to do, that they are confident in us enough to provide us with this kind of support. -Michael J. Ortiz President wonder, what exactly are they going to use it for? Are they going to open up more classes, are they going to put more money into buildings, or help out teachers?� Upon learning of what the money will be used for, Truong replied that it was “interesting because we are helping what our school is known for by helping to represent everybody, but I was also wondering whether they’re missing the big picture, because we are still aiming for a great education.� However, Ortiz wanted to let students know that there will be much discussion and deliberation with regards to how the funding is distributed. “We will be engaged in

consultation with faculty, staff, administrators, and students to find out what their needs are,� said Ortiz. “We will come up with a plan of how we will spend the first two million dollars, making sure that it’s meeting the needs that we’ve identified.� “It really is an extraordinary gift to the campus,� said Ortiz. “It is absolutely a testimonial to how our predecessors and current members of the faculty and staff have addressed what Mr. Kellogg was looking to do, that they are confident enough in us to provide us with this kind of support.�

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flexible.� “They schedule around your classes,� said Gonzaga,. At the Gas Creative Group, the in-house design and marketing communications service of the Associated Student, Inc and the Office of Student Life, three graphic design students—Trinkel De La Paz, Eric Au, and Jenny Amagrande—put into practice Cal Poly Pomona’s philosophy of “learn by doing.� “We do a lot of marketing on campus,� said Amagrande. “We make posters for clubs and organizations on campus, but we mainly focus on ASI events.� They were responsible for the “Eat, Meet, Study, Play� campaign in the student cen-

ter, a very visible result of the work they have put in. Like the Writing Center, Gas is very flexible about hours. “Our bosses are extremely understanding when it comes to our school schedules,� said Au. “Our school definitely comes first.� And that is one of the many advantages of a job on campus. “Student work schedules are pretty flexible,� said Munnerlyn. Employers are sympathetic to students and are willing to work around school and study schedules, which is a boon when mid-terms and finals come around. Location is also an advantage. Commutes from school

to work or vice-versa are eliminated which allows for more studying as well. But there are on-campus employment eligibility requirements that must be met before even being considered. From the Career Center website: “To be employed on-campus, a student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA (both Cal Poly Pomona and overall GPA) and be currently enrolled for at least 6.1 units (undergraduate) / 4 units (graduate).� There are also requirements for “Bridge� students as well. And of course, “one must be of legal status to work in California.� Reach Derrick Taruc at:

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provoking to hysterical. For a car guy’s take on life, take a look at Perkin’s own column in lifestyle, “Live and Let Drive.� Erik Carr will take on the sports beat and keep readers up to date with Bronco Ath-

letics. Be sure head over to “On the Turf,� Carr’s own column to get the sports scoop. Pedro Corona and Daniel Nguyen will work together as photo editors to bring all of our stories into high resolution detail as Kevin Vu brings

takes all of our stories to the web. Issue one has come and gone. Be sure to check in with The Poly Post every Tuesday. We keep you posted. Reach Greg Toumassian at:

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ELECTIVES: Courses add spice to college life Continued from page 3 the average person/family deal better with this issue.” Avo Garabedian, a second-year business student, realizes the importance of Troncale’s cancer course after his grandfather lost his battle against cancer earlier this year. “It really opens your eyes to the possibilities of others having it, and I think the more you know, the more you’re aware and realize the significance of the issue.” Troncale’s Biology of Cancer course offers seven lectures given by guest medical doctors from the City of Hope. This course is also supplemented by a student club to help fight against cancer. The Theatre Department offers many elective courses for students, but one noteworthy one is Technical Production II.

I like to think that my class is a place to learn some science, some history, some economics and a little culture. -Margie Jones Professor

This course offers a hands-on experience, exploring elements of make-up and costume construction in theatre production. A third-year theatre student, Anthony Solorzano II says, “I would definitely rec-

ommend this class. It is a great stress relief when taking upper division classes or other hard GE classes you have to take.” Introduction to Film and American Culture is another great theatre elective, which focuses on different perspectives of American films. James Valencia, a third-year engineering student, sums the course up with, “The teacher was really energetic, people were cool, and the movies were very interesting. It gave me a new outlook on all film.” For those students who are 21 and older, a class that may spark some interest is Wine, Beer, and Spirits, taught by Dr. Margie Jones. “I like to think that my class is a place to learn some science, some history, some

economics and a little culture,” said Jones. Despite the small product fee requirement, Dr. Jones claims her course is worth taking. “Students begin to gain knowledge about products that could be pursued the rest of their lives. We focus on how these products are made, what products are common where and why and finish with how to use this information to please others and to enjoy alcohol appropriately in a professional environment.” Some other interesting electives include World Dance and Cultures, Guitar Class, Companion Animal Care, and Visual Arts. Reach Cecily Arambula at:

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Students stress over Bronco Direct difficulties EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor For most Cal Poly Pomona Students, registration is a time when nerves are already dangerously on edge. With the struggle to get classes weighing heavy on most minds, technical difficulties with Bronco Direct are the last things frustrated students need to deal with. Several Cal Poly Pomona students have reported problems with the system severe enough that they were rendered incapable of registering for classes. “I was unable to get into 3 of the 4 classes I needed.” Said third-year math student Ahsan Currimbhoy. Fourth-year engineering student Avery Snyder, has also been plagued by Bronco Direct difficulties. “I’ve had holds appear the second I was eligible to register for classes when the past couple days they were not shown,“ said Snyder.

Cal Poly student Justin Shen actually became so infuriated with the performance of Bronco Direct he created a facebook page to express his resentment. The problems with Bronco Direct experienced by most students include, receiving the Peoplesoft error message, Bronco Direct reverting to a previous term, and the system coming to a near stand-still during heavy traffic on registration days. Mauricio Calderon, the director of applications at Cal Poly’s I&IT center, believes that help for troubled students is readily available. “The help center is prepared to help students,” said Calderas. “We cannot fix problems we don’t know about though so please inform us.” There are a few things Calderon recommends students do in order to oil the gears of the registration process and prevent problems with Bronco Direct.

Calderon recommends that students be as prepared as possible before registration to avoid last minute panic and rush. “Check and see what classes and times are available before your registration date,” said Calderon. “Putting in a class’s ID number is a lot faster than searching and saves precious time.” “When you hit your appointment time you need to have a plan,” said Calderon Calderon also warns against registering from a poor internet connection or using your browser’s back tab. “There is a caching issue with Peoplesoft’s portal software, “said Calderon. “The back tab reverts the page to its original condition before any information was entered.” “Bronco Direct gets slow but that’s because everyone is on it,” said fourth-year political science student Alex Martinez. Like Martinez and so

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Bronco direct errors cause even more first week of school stress as students try to add classes. many other students have noticed, Bronco Direct does slow down considerably during registration appointments. “We have upwards of 3500 connections log on at the same time during adddrop period,” said Calderon. “This is why it is es-

pecially important to have a list of courses laid out before registration.” The CSU system purchased Peoplesoft in 1998 and Cal Poly Pomona received the portal application, now known as Bronco Direct. The system is in a constant state of evolution

and hasn’t had a crash in several years. Bronco direct is updated with patches almost every week and major software updates are planned for early May. Reach Evan Perkins at:

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A broken water main closed part of university drive over the summer. LYNNE TIEN

Staff Writer A water main break occurred Sunday, August 22, temporarily closing down part of University Drive. Facility Management immediately began repairs by stopping the water leak and restoring water to nearby campus buildings affected by the incident.

Damages to the underground domestic transite pipe and the site are currently being reviewed to determine the cause, but no certain evaluations have been concluded to what might have caused the break. While there could be several potential causes for a water main break, the most likely cause is the old

age of the pipes. “There is a long history of old infrastructure, and the pipes are more than 50 years old,” said Mark Millar, director of facility management. A second pipe was discovered damaged after the domestic pipe broke. The second pipe serves reclaimed water that leads to a nearby fire hydrant and the sprinkler system around the area. Approximately 300 linear feet to the underground line was damaged and needed to be replaced. The campus plumbing shop worked with the utility work to install a new PVC and replace the damaged transite pipe. Repairs to University Drive were expected to be completed by Sept. 17. Reach Lynne Tien at:

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New head coach Danelle Bishop brings a wealth of experience and ambition to the women’s basketball team ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Being a national contender and capturing the conference title are just two of the goals of interim women’s basketball coach Danelle Bishop. “Coach Bishop has been successful at two respected institutions in Southern California,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. “She has existing relationships and numerous contacts state-wide which will be beneficial to recruiting. Her teams have competed against the CCAA for many years and she is understanding of the teams in the league.” This season at Cal Poly will serve as the third school and the eighth year overall that Bishop has been a head coach. Last year, Bishop coached for Cal Baptist which finished the season with an overall record of 1218 and a conference record

of 5-15. “Danelle is a person whose had success at APU and Cal Baptist,” said Sports Information Director Mark Reinhiller. “I think the girls will enjoy playing for her. She played the game [and] had success as a coach.” Despite this being her first season with Cal Poly, Bishop, who has an overall record of 138-85, has set goals she hopes for the team to accomplish. “The first thing would be to be a national contender,” Bishop said. “[Another goal is] try to win the Regionals.” Bishop also said what it was about this team that makes her excited for this season. “The mindset of each of the players,” Bishop said. “They kind of know what it takes.” Last season, the Broncos ended the year with a record of 22-7, which was their best season in six years, and included a playoff berth. The

Broncos’ season ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 69-50 loss against Alaska Anchorage. As far as what impressed Bishop most when she accepted Cal Poly’s offer to coach, it was the school’s reputation both on and off the

players and coach Bishop will be spending their first season together playing on a new court. With the new court, the problem of dead spots is no longer an issue. Dead spots are areas on the court, which not only prevent the ball from bouncing,

I think the traditions for women’s basketball is what is most impressive. The university academically is also a major plus. -Danelle Bishop Women’s Basketball Coach

court. “I think the traditions for women’s basketball is what is most impressive,” Bishop said. “The university academically is also a major plus.” While the players have spent a few seasons together under coach Davis, both the

but also has the potential to negatively affect the height a given athlete can jump. Coach Bishop believes the elimination of the dead spots on the court will be beneficial to the team’s performance this season because the team will be able to dribble the ball

down the court without the possibility of losing control and be able to jump without any resistance from the court. Bishop began her head coaching career at Azusa Pacific University. In every season she coached there, Bishop led her team to the NAIA National Tournament. In the 2007-08 season, Bishop became the head coach at California Baptist University. Before coming there, the school’s basketball program had averaged a new head coach every other season over a decade-long period. Upon the completion of the 2008-09 season, Bishop accomplished a feat that CBU had not experienced in 17 years: back-to-back seasons with a winning record. Before becoming a head coach, Bishop was a star player in her own right. At her alma mater East Union High School in Manteca, Bishop became one of only three ath-

letes to have her jersey retired and was the first female to have that honor. In college, Bishop spent a season each at the University of Florida and San Joaquin Delta College, and was named MVP, All-Bay Conference at the latter. Bishop then spent her last two seasons at Tarleton State, where she was an All-Lone Star Conference selection in both 1998 and 1999. Upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from Tarleton, she returned to San Joaquin Delta College as an assistant coach for three seasons and then served as a graduate assistant at Tarleton. Bishop also has a master’s in education. The women’s basketball team will begin its season on Nov. 6 with an exhibition game at Long Beach State. Reach Erik Carr at:

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CLA: Loss of campus icon may be opportunity to improve Continued from page 1

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While the triangular design on the CLA building is attractive on the outside, it makes the interior difficult to occupy. determined the building systems were failing early as well.” Sylvester said the next step in the process involved himself and Ortiz taking these requests to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed.

In that conversation, Reed made the suggestion to build a new building rather than spending a similar amount to retrofit the current one. “It’s only turned the corner from being a seismic retrofit to a new building in just

the last couple of months,” he said. Additionally, the triangular design of the building may be architecturally attractive to some but is difficult to occupy and move around in, Sylvester said.

“Here is our opportunity to improve on all that and build a new building that’s not on the San Jose Fault,” he said. “We are calling it a student services building, because that’s what it’s going to be.”

He also said that plans for the new building involve a more user-friendly set up to avoid the use of multiple levels for one transaction. Design development could begin as early as next year and Sylvester hopes

this new building can become just as iconic as the current building is. If the project and demolition of the CLA building are approved, the adjacent George and Sakaye Aratani Japanese Garden would be closed temporarily. “It would be our intent to minimize the impact on the garden,” said Sylvester. “But we do realize that once we get to demolition, there’s going to be some impact.” Sylvester also said there are plans to expand the garden when the CLA building is gone. “We are optimistic that when it gets to this level it will most likely be approved,” said Sylvester. Raymond Morrison, director of Facilities Planning and Management, said it was unlikely that designs for a new building by students and faculty would be accepted, yet all input is welcome. “It’s our policy here to have an inclusive process where we have workshops with the campus for students, faculty and staff,” Morrison said. “We have found this process to be very successful with trying to make sure the campus participates.” Reach Amanda Newfield at:

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SCHOOL: Cal Poly Pomona tied for seventh best public school in west Continued from page 2 frame it, it’s a very nice affirmation of the quality of our program, and we’re very pleased.” Coduto credits the success of the program to the college’s focus on developing the practical skills of its students, which makes Cal Poly Pomona students extremely attractive for com-

panies looking to hire new talent. “For a lot of employers, we’re among their short list of schools for recruiting,” said Coduto. “They like the fact that our graduates are very practical and able to solve real world problems.” Fifth-year aerospace engineering student Paul

Spradley believes that the program should have been ranked even higher. “We have a very good hands-on approach,” said Spradley. “I love being able to work with machines as I’m learning about them.” The College of Engineering wasn’t the only part of Cal Poly Pomona that earned a spot of recogni-

tion on the list though. The university in general tied for seventh among public universities in the Western region of the US that offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs, and tied for 32nd among both public and private schools within the same category.

Another category that Cal Poly Pomona ranked high in was diversity, tying for fifth in the west with Cal State University Long Beach with a diversity index of 0.69. To put it into perspective, the diversity index of the number one school in the west, La Sierra University in Riverside CA, was a 7.3.

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When life gives you lemons EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor Like so many other gear-heads, I have watched professional racing for years and always secretly hoped I could somehow be a part of it. As a college student with very little free time or disposable income, I thought that racing was much better suited to inclass daydreams than real-life endeavors. However, on Saturday, Dec. 4, all of that will change. I wasn’t discovered by a big name company that wants to slap a logo on my back. I won’t be flying down the Mulsane straight in a formula car or ripping off nine second passes at the Winternationals. There won’t be any media coverage, and I won’t have my name glorified

So maybe I’m not running the Long Beach Grand Prix . . . but this is a legitimate wheel-to-wheel race, and I’m going to be a part of it! -Evan Perkins Opinions Editor on anything but a T-shirt make myself. What I will be doing is driving a zip-tied and duct-taped piece of junk in the 24 Hours of LeMons race, with four of my closest friends. No, I didn’t misspell “Le Mans,” I meant “Lemons.” The 24 hours of Lemons is a two-day 24 hour endurance race that requires entrants’ cars to be purchased for a maximum of $500. The purpose of the race is to provide an outlet for people, like me, who want so badly to race but lack the financial backing to run with the big boys. So maybe I’m not running the Long Beach Grand Prix, and yes, the quality of cars bought for $500 is absolutely terrible, but this is a legitimate wheel-to-wheel race, and I’m going to be a part of it! Actual racing remains the heart of the event, but it’s the environment that draws most of the competitors. The 24 hours of Lemons isn’t about having the most expensive or technically advanced car on

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Hamlet, played by Robert Shields (right), suspects his uncle Claudius, played by Baron Kelly, of killing his father.

Southern California Shakespeare Festival back at Cal Poly Pomona RACHEL WINTER

Staff Writer A more modern version of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” has taken over the stage in Cal Poly Pomona’s University Theatre. According to Assistant Professor of Theatre Linda Bisesti, “Hamlet” is one of the most mass produced productions. The story revolves around Hamlet, who comes home from college and finds his father dead and his uncle on the throne, married to his mother. The ghost of Hamlet’s father then appears to him, revealing that the man who now sits on the throne killed him, and that it is time to avenge his death. Hamlet fakes his madness, and insanity ensues with plenty of sword fighting and death in between. Bisesti, who is also the artistic

director of the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, plays Queen Gertrude for the production. SCSF gives the opportunity of gaining theatre experience through performing with professional actors. “I felt it was important for students to have a professional credit on their resume when they go out into the world,” says Bisesti. “It gives them more of a competitive edge when they go out into the world to work.” The classic yet modernly portrayed play is directed by guest director Joah Machamer, a member of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts faculty. “The modern clothing helps show that the play is universal, and that it can be done in any time period,” says Laura DeLano, a fourth-year theatre arts student who plays Ophelia. “We are who we are, and the story is what

CAST Hamlet: Rob Shields Ophelia: Laura DeLano Claudius: Baron Kelly Gertrude: Linda Bisesti Polonius: Julian White Horatio:Daniella Tarankow Laertes: Nate Akstin-Johnson Ghost, Player King, 1st Clown, matters, not the time.” Modern clothing also causes fewer distractions for the audience, giving them the chance to better listen and concentrate on what is being said. “It was really about not trying to make it bigger than it was and not trying to make a big spectacle, but instead, just to tell a story,” said

Gravedigger: Charles Sedgwick Hall Rosencrantz: William Dinwiddie Guildenstern: Job Barnett Ensemble: Gerardo Alarcon, Chandra Brenner, Vanessa Toyama Robert Shields, a fifth-year theater arts student who plays Hamlet. Going along with the nontraditional theme of the production, the play is set in a circular arena setting with the audience around the stage. “This is the first time here that the setup has been in a round,” said

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University Library houses treasures of art New project aims to map out artworks in the University Library DERRICK TARUC

Lifestsye Editor Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol are two of the most famous Pop artists from the 60s. Their works have been featured in museums and galleries all over the world, and their paintings sell for millions of dollars. And one of them hangs right here in Cal Poly Pomona. A Lichenstein painting is in the learning commons on the second floor of the University Library. Despite its prime position, it goes mostly unnoticed. A new project, called “Pathfinder to the Treasures,” seeks to rectify this. “When [artworks] are on display, the proper thing to do is to identify them,” said Ray Wang, dean of the library. Labels are being created that will have the artist’s name, title of the work

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Roy Lichentstein’s Pop painting in the library commons goes unnoticed. and an explanation of the work. This will position the University Library as a place not only for knowledge but as a gallery as well. The project, initiated by Wang four months ago and

supervised by Olufunke Oluyemi, assistant to the

dean for human resources, is being conducted by recent Cal Poly graduate, Anne Marie Anabeza. Anabeza found out about

the project last spring while doing a story for The Poly Post. While on assignment, she asked Wang about the artworks in the library. Wang mentioned that he wanted to create a project that would

label the artworks in the library. Anabeza, who has a Bachelors of Arts in art and a Bachelors of Science in anthropology, volunteered. She is in the process of creating the labels that will accompany each artwork and is also researching each artwork in order to tell its story. “If you’re curious about a piece of art then you would want to know more about it,” she said. “These pieces right here,”—referring to three paintings in her office—“I have no idea what it’s about, and I’m less interested in it because I have less information. The more information I have about something, the more interested I’ll be.” Her research has her combing through the expected avenues: books and online sources. But it has also led her to contact some of the artists directly. There are exceptions to who she can contact. Lichtenstein died 13 years ago. The late and great Swiss modernist Le Corbusier, whose print is hanging on the second floor, died 45

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Hotdogs! Get your hotdogs! AMANDA NEWFIELD

Managing Editor Once again providing a free meal to the Bronco community, the 26th annual Hot Dog Caper will take place in university quad, bringing together new and returning students, staff and faculty. The event is scheduled to take place Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in University Park and serves as a homecoming event for the campus. Around 12,000 hot dogs, 4,000 of those being vegetarian, are estimated to be served at the event, which is equal to the amount served last year despite enrollment being lower for the 2010-11 academic year. “This event is unique,” said Laura Orozco, the marketing development manager for Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and head of the committee that oversees the event. “It’s faculty staff and students, so you get everybody out there together having a good time.”

Orozco believes the event serves as a welcome back for the campus community while providing an opportunity to create Bronco spirit. With the appearance of Commander Chuck Street, KIIS FM’s traffic reporter, his helicopter and the return of the veggie dog option, the free event has evolved to meet the wants and desires of the Bronco family. “It’s really neat, we have a lot of people in the campus community who are vegetarian,” she said. “It’s really important for us to support them.” Cal Poly Chief of Police Michael Guerin works with Commander Chuck Street with the landing and taking off of his helicopter to insure the area is safe. “We know where we are going to put [the helicopter], we know he can get in there and the trees are trimmed,” said Guerin. “We also provide a crew of police and parking officers to ring the area to make sure no body gets in the way.” The helicopter landing

is scheduled to take place around 10:30 a.m. Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, one of the main cohorts and organizers of the university event, provides the hot dogs and veggie dogs for the event, while Associated Students Inc. provides ice cream options. “Pepsi is one of our biggest sponsors and they bring all the soft drinks,” said Orozco. “Everyone takes part in it and helps. It’s a campus wide thing.” In addition to free food, the event provides music, entertainment and games for the Bronco community. Since the event takes place early in the academic year, planning begins as early as February said Orozco. “Once we’ve reserved the venue, I design the artwork for the volunteer shirts and meet with committee members from the various on and off campus sponsors and invite the campus community to volunteer,” she said. “We couldn’t do this without these enthusiastic partners.”

Orozco also said that for more than 40 years, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation has strived to exemplify its motto of quality service and supporting quality education and will continue to do just that with events such as the Hot Dog Caper. Students and faculty alike are looking forward to the event said Johnathan Jianu, ASI vice president. Jianu is excited to meet all the people he can at the event. He believes the effort is worth it in the end because this is one part of the Cal Poly Pomona experience that many will hold on to. “Cal Poly Pomona is a community, and this is an event that the entire community shares,” he said. “I don’t think you can put a price on that.” For more information including a comprehensive listing of Foundation programs visit www. Foundation.csupomona.edu. Reach Amanda Newfield at:

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President Michael Ortiz passes out free hotdogs at the annual Hot Dog Caper in front of the BSC.

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Bronco Fusion: more acts, better location DERRICK TARUC

Lifestyle Editor “I think it’s going to be a special year for BroncoFusion,” Alfred Magallanes, who handles marketing and communications for Associated Students, Inc., said about today’s event. BroncoFusion is an annual day-long event held the day before fall quarter begins. According to Magallanes, it’s a celebration of the new school year. To help celebrate will be Los Angeles pop-rock outfit, Shiny Toy Guns HYBRIDIGITAL, and underground hip-hop veteran, Pigeon John. But this time around, besides just having established big-name acts, there will be emerging artists performing as well. “This year, what I did was incorporate a lot of Cal Poly acts,” said Karlo Arenas, the programs assistant for ASI who has been organizing the concerts at BroncoFusion for six years. Cal Poly Pomona acts scheduled to perform are Lyrically Twisted, One Sil-

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at last year’s BroncoFusion, underground hiphop artist Murs helps gets a crowd to move. ver Astronaut, Whyte Boy and Chris Alanis. Each performer reflects the style of the headliners: either hiphop or pop/rock. The choice to include Cal Poly Pomona acts was not based solely on school pride but also the fact that the artists have been doing their own legwork to promote themselves. “These artists actually have a fan base on campus,” said Arenas.

Another change is location. This year the free concert at BroncoFusion will take place at the new Bronco Commons near the recently built residential suites located in the south end of campus. According to Magallanes, this is going to be the new hub for activities. As part of this move, a builtin stage has been constructed. “The stage this year is ac-

tually bigger than any BroncoFusion stage I’ve ever had,” said Arenas. Previous BroncoFusion concerts have been held at Horseshoe Hill where a stage had to be constructed. The acts have included Murs, RX Bandits, De La Soul, Plain White T’s, Unwritten Law and KRS-One. Besides offering a free concert, BroncoFusion offers a chance for students to get involved with the campus. There will be educational workshops, campus tours and open houses. Students will also have access to the Bronco Bookstore and can obtain parking passes and student ID cards. According to Magallanes, there will also be a club fair and a resource fair where students can find out about the different services and programs that are provided to them. But remember: “It’s not just geared towards freshmen. Everyone can come,” said Arenas. Reach Derrick Taruc at:

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Lifestyle Editors There is plenty to do at BroncoFusion, including educational workshops, campus tours and open houses. However, Tyrone Stokes eagerly anticipates the free concert for Cal Poly Pomona students. “I’ve been wanting to perform at BroncoFusion forever,” said Stokes. Today, Stokes, a sixth-year communication student, gets his wish. He performs under the alias “Lyrically Twisted” and dubs himself as a “positive/inspirational hip-hop artist.” A long-time resident of Pomona, his fan base generally consists of locals. At a young age, Stokes enjoyed working on poetry. By middle school, he felt inspired by his father to write songs as well. Stokes believes that as an artist, he has the duty of being a good influence.

“I think that there’s not a lot of positive messages that go into the majority of hip-hop songs that you hear nowadays,” he said. “Most of it is about materialism and sex. I try to give some type of inspirational message that can create positive change.” One way he spreads this message is through his own story. In the song “Who Would I Be,” found on his MySpace page, he ponders about the different paths his life could have taken and has taken. He relates how he was brought up by a single father and a grandmother, about living on the streets and about time spent in a foster home. But despite this, or maybe because of it, Stokes is where he is now: at Cal Poly Pomona, working towards a degree, making his art and finally performing at BroncoFusion. Reach Derrick Taruc or Valerie Chen at:

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Pearlman has an “Eye in Dining” VALERIE CHEN

Assistant Lifestyle Editor At Cal Poly Pomona, students tend to strictly associate professors with the classes they teach. However, these professors have unseen lives outside of the classroom. Which leaves one to wonder: what exactly do professors do when they’re not assigning us homework and condemning us to hours at the library? Dr. Alison Pearlman, an associate professor of art history, spends her time outside of the classroom with the thing we all know and love: food. She integrates a lifelong passion of food with her deep interest in art and design history through her blog, titled “The Eye in Dining”. “The Eye in Dining” stemmed from Pearlman’s work on her book-in-progress, “Smart Casual: How Trends in Restaurant Design Changed Fine Dining and the Meaning of Sophisticated Taste in America.” While writing, she had excess thoughts about restaurant design and the aesthetics of food that did not fit in the book. So, she began a blog. “It’s kind of like a column in a newspaper,” said Pearlman. “When you write a book, it’s a long process, and you’re so isolated by not having an audience for a very long time. The blog is a way to get these ideas out there in short form and have an immediate audience for.” However, “The Eye in Dining” is different from other food blogs, which are plentiful and easy to find on the Internet. It does not showcase restaurant reviews or describe recipes. Instead, the blog is about the visual culture of food. “I don’t consider myself

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HAMLET: Returns Continued from page 10 Bisesti. Actors agree that performing in a round setting can be an innovative experience for players. “It’s my first time in a setup round, but it’s almost better because then there is always someone who can see your face,” said Will Dinwiddie, a fifth-year theatre arts student who photo courtesy of Alison Pearlman

plays Rosencrantz. Showings for “Hamlet” are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 3 in the Studio Theatre, building 25, with a special showing on Friday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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Alison Pearlman, art historian and cultural critic, probes the social signifiContinued from page #10 cance of contemporary food and restaurant design in her blog. a food historian or a food critic. I’m much more interested in the aesthetics of food and restaurants,” said Pearlman. Pearlman points out that the topics of her blog posts all include some sort of aesthetic dimension or a reference to pop culture and the media. An example is the blog’s very first entry in Jan. 2009 that dissects the aesthetics of menus themselves, rather than the food on the menu. “I was looking at the trends of the language of writing menus,” said Pearlman. Another post references the popular MTV television show, called “Jersey Shore.” Pearlman, an avid fan, had noticed the reoccurring scene of the “Jersey” characters cooking.

She considers the show to be more than the typical MTV series full of hooking up, partying and drama. “On MTV shows, you don’t see a lot of communal cooking,” said Pearlman. “Since MTV cannot avoid capturing it on this particular show, it says that there is a culture of cooking among these people.” Pearlman believes that by incorporating her art historian knowledge, she is able to contribute something of her own expertise. She has no favorite post in her blog, but has some sentimentality for the first post about menu aesthetics. As she continues to write “Smart Casual: How Trends in Restaurant Design Changed Fine Dining and the Meaning of Sophisti-

cated Taste in America,” the blog will continue with new posts. Recently, Pearlman visited New York to do research for her book. The research included visiting a number of restaurants featured in the book, documenting photographs and menus and asking questions. When asked to name her favorite restaurant and favorite food, Pearlman laughed. “Oh gosh, I can’t answer this question— there’s too many to just pick one,” she said. “I really love innovative food. But I also love pizza. I love sushi. And I love everything in between.” Reach Valerie Chen at:

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track. The soul of Lemons lies in the time spent with friends and teammates trying to coax the neglected shell of a car to last for an entire 24 hour race. The race is about acting goofy, hanging out and building a car with close friends. Any true gear head knows that friends, tools-and pizza-equate to a soulfully perfect day. When you take big money out of the equation, things get a lot less complicated. The race will take place at Buttonwillow Speedway in Bakersfield, California through Dec. 4-5. There will be 12 hours of driving each day. On the final day, the car that has completed the most laps will be awarded $1500 paid entirely in nickels. That’s

330 pounds of nickels. The race does require a full roll cage and fivepoint harness be fitted to the car. Also brakes, tires, wheels and safety equipment are not factored into the $500 maximum. Those with deeper pockets should be discouraged from attempting to sneak a more expensive car past the judges. For every $10 the judges suspect you went over the $500 spending cap, you will be penalized one lap. I am hopeful that fellow Bronco gear-heads will take note that there are affordable ways to get out and do what we love. When life gives you Lemons…build racecars. Reach Evan Perkins at:

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Matt’s legacy continues GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor in Chief The legacy of a young man who strived to help others will be honored as the Matthew Myers Memorial 5K Run/Walk commemorates its fifth year. Created in tribute to Cal Poly Pomona student Matthew Myers, who was fatally struck by a car in the fall quarter of 2005, Matt’s Run will take place on Oct. 16. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and take runners and walkers through a 5K USA Track and Field certified course that stretches around the campus. “Every year, the event will be another year farther away from the loss of our son,” said Kevin Myers, Matt’s father. “That’s just the way life goes, but also, we are another year into helping a lot of people … had it not been for a tragedy that happened to him, this would have not happened.” Since the establishment of the Matt’s Run, the number of par-

ticipants who run and walk has increased every year. Last year’s event saw 734 participants, almost double the first year’s turn out of 370. “We continue to celebrate Matt’s legacy,” said Laura Peterson, senior event planner. “It’s important for everyone to realize it is about honoring Matt—that’s our focus with this. Because it’s the fifth year, it’s time to take it to another level.” Money from the event supports the growth of the Matthew Myers Memorial Fund, which goes towards the students scholarships. In previous years, six $500 scholarships were awarded to students. This year, a total of 10 scholarships will be awarded. Nine of the awards will be valued at $500 and one for $1000. The fund that pays for the scholarships was established with the intensions of honoring Matt’s belief in helping others. With an endowment goal of $100,000 just within reach, the interest can be utilized to give out more scholarships.

To date, the fund has awarded 18 scholarships. Emilia Ospina, a fourth-year liberal studies student, was awarded a scholarship at last year’s event during a rough time in her life. “When I received [the scholarship], my mom had just passed away and I had to take care of my family,” Ospina said. “I felt like I needed the scholarship, and it helped me stay in school.” For Chris Myers, Matt’s mother, the event represents the extension of her son’s spirit. “Life does not end here,” said Myers. “This is the resurrection: the things that you do, go on. What you pour your spirit into on earth goes on.” Registration will be on the day of the event starting at 6:30 a.m. Registration fees is $35 for adults and $20 for students with ID. Those interested in participating can sign up at www.mattsrun.com. Reach Greg Toumassian at:

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The fifth annual Matthews Myers Run/Walk will take place at Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.

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Return of the hams:

Amateur radio club cracklin’ once again

GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor in Chief The crackle of communication on ham radios across campus can only mean one thing: the Cal Poly Pomona Amateur Radio Club is making its return. “Any club depends on not just staff pushing the students or guiding students in a certain direction, it requires a student or students that will take something on and then run with it,” said Michael Guerin, chief of police and advisor for the club. “For whatever reason, nobody picked up the club and ran with it.” Amateur radio operators have the ability to talk with other operators locally, “distance communicate” across the world and conduct experiments with the technology. The club strives to offer students a chance to get involved with the expansive hobby and set up a community of hams – amateur radio operators – on campus. “I think the club is important, especially for a polytechnic school like this, because it has so much to offer,” said Glen Shiery, database administrator. “Frankly, as far as technology goes, I don’t think there is any better way of having hands on experience other than ham radio because it offers so much.” Due in part to former members graduating or moving on, the club remained relatively inactive for a few years. Mark Bailey, former club advisor, credits newer technology for some of the loss

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Members of the reformed Cal Poly Pomona Amateur Radio Club, Alex Gonzales (left) and Jesse Katzenberger, send a message through the ham radio and wait for a response. of interest in amateur radio. “With the advent of the cell phone, I have seen amateur radio become not as popular as it used to be,” said Bailey. “The club sort of faded away for a while … it takes time and effort, and if you’re not interested in putting that time and effort in, you’re going to lose members.” After some persuasion and “sleeve tugging,” as Guerin put it, the idea of bringing

the club back started to take shape. Necessary actions included rechartering the club and testing a recently installed repeater. “Glen [Shiery] put together a repeater, which is essentially a base station radio that takes weak transmissions from small radios, it echoes them – if you will, repeats them – over a wider area with a lot more power,”

said Guerin. With less students on campus during the summer, ample testing time was available to work out any kinks. Alex Gonzales, club president, said CPPARC’s aim is to provide those interested in the hobby a place to interact, learn and experiment. “We are not trying to limit it to just ham radio, I don’t want to limit it and have a small niche of people,” said

Gonzales. “It will be open to people who are interested in broadcasting, and it’s not just dedicated to having a license.” Amatuer radio operators are required to have at least a tech license before operating on FCC allotted frequencies. This is the first in a series of licenses available and is earned by completing a 30 question test. Beyond the enjoyment and

excitement factor, amateur radio operators can also become lines of communication in an emergency. “The ultimate scenario would be, for me as the police chief, now with my police chief hat on, I would have a group of trained communicators that I could use throughout the campus in an emergency to give us backup communications capability,” said Guerin. While the technology of radio communication may be over 100 years old, advents in the way it is incorporated with the Internet has allowed amateur radio operators to reach new distances, something the club hopes to take advantage of. “There is an interesting marriage forming between amateur radio and the Internet,” said Guerin. “Now using Echolink and a couple of other technologies and protocols, I can sit at my computer here, with no ham radio even in the room. If I had all the right information and all the right codes I could hook into amateur radios.” Active amateur radio operators interested in joining the club are encouraged to contact Gonzales. While the club cannot provide equipment, members are willing to show those with an interest the proper steps to get up and running as an amateur radio operator. Those who do not have a license or equipment should contact the club via its website, http://www.csupomona. edu/~cpparc/faq.html. Reach Greg Toumassian at:

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Store13 bringing bike riders together DERRICK TARUC

“It’s a whole different sensation than a normal bike,” said Benjamins. Fixed-gear bicycles have been a growing phenomenon found in all major cities. The most visible

evidence of this is Critical Mass, a monthly bike ride that happens in more than 100 cities around the world, according to the Critical Mass Los Angeles website.

But the Store13 ride is not exclusive to fixed-gear bicycles. Its online flier states: “All bikes and riders welcome.” “We’re a diverse community, so it’s all walks of

life,” said Benjamins. The riders that night were a testament to that. Jelani Aldredge, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga, has been with the ride almost since its inception. At one of the rides, he tried out a fixed gear and liked it so much that he got his dad’s bike out of the garage, cleaned it all up, painted it and converted it into a fixed-gear. Now, he said, it’s “pretty much turned into a lifestyle.” “I love riding my bike,” said Aldredge. “Now, I ride my bike around home almost every day.” 17-year-old West Covina resident Daniel Lomeli, a regular rider since March, came about it a different way. His uncle used to take him to downtown LA for the monthly night rides. But for him, downtown is far; a search for a closer ride led him to Store13. Despite the community the informal gathering offers, Lomeli is not interested in socializing. “I honestly don’t care to talk to anyone,” said Lomeli. “I’m just here to ride.” For others, the motivation is partly the destination. “Everytime we go, we stop at a place and we eat,” said Melinda Samaniego, incoming Cal Poly Pomona freshman and month-long participant. “After you ex-

Salvador Dalí, Méret Oppenheim, René Magritte, and the like. However, the Miró print had to be located and identified by Anabeza. Although given a list by the art department, the works are not cataloged as to their locations and

history. This is where the project and planned website come in. According to Anabeza, the plan is to have a link on the library page. There will be an interactive map that will locate artwork

on the second and fourth floors and within the administration suite. When one scrolls over an artwork, a picture of the work will pop up accompanied by the information she has gathered. All of this—the research,

the labels and the website— should be done sometime in October. According to Wang, it’s also a possibility that it could be an ongoing project. Since the artwork is on loan from the art department, a new wave of artwork can be brought

Lifestyle Editor About a year and a half ago, Tepi Benjamins, the owner of Store13, a streetwear clothing boutique in West Covina, had noticed that one of his friends was losing weight. “Yo, how you losing weight?” said Benjamins . “Look, dude, I bought a fixie,” explained the friend. Convinced, Benjamins bought a fixed-gear bicycle as well. The two friends began to ride together from the store every Tuesday. Thus was born Store13’s weekly bike meet and ride, dubbed Fix2Fix, an informal gathering of hardcore and enthusiast bikers who ride around the city. The ride leaves at 8:30 p.m., heads to some predetermined destination, and comes back to Store13. They return around 10:30 p.m. after traveling about 20 miles round trip. What started out a year and a half ago as a twoman ride between Benjamins and his friend has organically evolved, mostly through word-of-mouth and social media. Today, it is a gathering that can include up to 50 riders. Fixed-gear bicycles, or fixies, are single-speed bicycles that allow no coasting. With a fixie, one either pedals or brakes.

TREASURES Continued from page 10 years ago. Another long-gone heavyweight hanging within the library is Joan Miró. Miró is most associated with the Surrealist art movement:

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Tepi Benjamins (second row from bottom, holding “peace” sign) and the Fix2Fix crew gather together in front of Store13 every Tuesday night before their ride.

ercise, everything tastes so much better.” Her friend, Jessica Mendez, also an incoming Cal Poly Pomona freshman, agreed. “The first time it was amazing,” she said. “We went to Donut Man in Glendora.” This was her second ride. Despite Fix2Fix’s invitation to all riders, Samaniego and Mendez were the only two females coming along for the ride. According to Samaniego, there are usually more females who come along. However, for both of them, it didn’t matter. “The whole girl and guy ratio thing, it doesn’t really bother me,” said Mendez. “It’s fine. It feels normal. Everyone is chill with each other. They treat us the same.” This may have something to do with founder Benjamins’ outgoing personality and his insistence that it’s not about how fast you ride, what kind of bike you have or what gender you are, but how much enjoyment you gain from it. “Riding bikes is fun, period,” he said. Thanks to this attitude, a ride that started with two has grown into a community.

back to the library that would need new labels, which could unearth more treasures that have been hidden away in the university.

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Bungie, still at the top of its game Elektro synth band

“Swedens” the deal

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News Editor After nine years and five games, game developer Bungie is finally saying good-bye to its beloved Halo series with the long awaited “Halo: Reach”. The game serves as a culmination of everything that the developers have learned throughout all previous Halo titles, making this one sendoff party that Halo fans are not going to want to miss. Halo: Reach is a prequel, so those that missed out on the story of Master Chief as told in the first three games will still be able to get enjoyment out of the story, even without having played through the prior games in the series. The game takes place on the titular planet known as Reach, one of humanity’s last surviving strongholds in the war against the alien race known as the Covenant, where a team of Spartans, elite supersoldiers, known as the Noble Team are sent to investigate a potential disturbance on the planet’s surface. What they find is evidence of a massive incoming Covenant invasion that the planet is simply not prepared to fight against. From there, the story mostly takes a backseat to the action as players take control of the newest member of the Noble Team, simply known as Noble 6, and attempt to do whatever they can to try and stop the invasion and fall of Reach. The problem with the story

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Noble 6 and the rest of the Noble Team in the latest Halo title head out. of Reach is simply that it fails to make its characters interesting enough for the player to care about what actually happens to them. Character development is nearly non-existent, and what little is there is generally not engaging. For a game with very moving and powerful scenes, where characters sacrifice themselves, the lack of character involvement is a big problem. But, as previously mentioned, story takes a backseat to the action in “Reach,” and the action is oh-so-good. Reach, like all Halo games before it, features some of the smartest and most challenging enemy artificial intelligence you’ll find in video games, at least on the Heroic and Legendary difficulty levels. Enemies intelligently use cover, run away when they’re outmatched, bombard players with grenades when they think they are safely hiding behind cover, use devastating melee attacks when players

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get too close, and will make players pay for charging into a battle headfirst. Overall, the single player campaign of Halo: Reach is good and up to standard with previous Halo games, but it’s obvious that it’s the multiplayer where Bungee has truly poured most of its love and labor into. There is something for everybody in Reach’s multiplayer. For those who want to play with friends but would rather fight against the game’s AI as opposed to a potential community of trash talking prepubescent kids on Xbox Live, the game offers four-player co-op mode for the single player campaign in addition to the firefight mode that was first featured in “Halo: ODST.” Firefight pits up to four players against increasingly difficult waves of enemies and challenges them to survive with only limited ammo and health supplies. As the waves get harder, game modifiers known as skulls are also added into

the mix, potentially causing enemies to drop less ammo when they die, throw more grenades and/or have more health just to name a few. There’s so much more to talk about involving Reach’s multiplayer: the addition of armor powers like jetpacks and armor lock, the slew of new game types, the expansive armory that lets you purchase new pieces of armor and truly make your character look unique online and the overwhelming amount of customization offered to players in multiplayer matches. But, there is just not enough room to go over everything. The fact of the matter is that if you’re a Halo fan, Reach is the ultimate Halo multiplayer experience and it deserves a spot in your game library. It is the result of nine years worth of fine tuning and perfecting one of the best console first person shooters on the market. Reach Mitchell Saltzman at:

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Void of laptops and other technical junk that tends to ruin any prospect an of “elektro” band being good, Sweden’s very own proto/ post-punk synth marvels, Agent Side Grinder, mash instruments by hand and in real time. A band that plays its own instruments? What a refreshing prospect. With so many acts depending on the saving grace qualities of digital sequencers and virtual workstations, “Debut” avoids these clichés and plays almost everything by hand. Moody synthesizer lines move to an electronic rhythm that is compressed and mechanically heavy. Underlying bass lines come through with a tenacious and melodic quality. When these elements are put together with Kristoffer Grip’s tormented growl, the Agent Side Grinder sound falls in a realm somewhere between Joy Division and Suicide. The slow, throbbing rhythm opening of “Knievel Claustrophobia” creates a great deal of breath and heavy ambiance. Those

looking for an immediate jack hammer beat and distorted synthesizers may be put off at first, but soon enough the motor gets warm and Agent Side Grinder puts listeners through the ringer with tracks like “Me, Me and Me.” As with any good artist, Agent Side Grinder finds comfort in the negative space. Plenty of reverberated and delayed tones against minimal music breakdowns provide ample sonic space, creating an album that has an immense sound and a sinister atmosphere. It’s also refreshing to note that, unlike its contemporaries, Agent Side Grinder uses a nice library of various synthesized tones and effected sounds. Each composition comes off with a nice degree of variety, giving the album a constant and fresh quality. The music may be borderline industrial, but the partial polish of “Debut” creates a pleasing mix of the raw and refined. The bass is nice and heavy – as it should be – and the piercing synth sounds are never too shrill. Solid production never hurts, especially when armed with some great songs. Re-released on the Kill Shaman label, “Debut” was remastered by Daniel Hawthorn and put out on compact disc with some extra tracks for good measure. This post-punk / synth gem should quickly enter the music collection of any selfrespecting fan of the genre.

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A message from the university President Welcome to one of the most exciting times of your life. There is nothing quite like the college experience, a window in time that will be the catalyst for your professional career. Cal Poly Pomona is an extraordinary place, with a faculty and staff committed to your success. One of the great characteristics of this university is our learning-centered philosophy. From the dedicated support of our faculty, who nurture and mentor students, advise them on their academic programs and prepare them for a professional career – to the staff that helps anyone understand a policy or procedure, weave through our bureaucracy or navigate the campus, we’re here for you. You are coming to Cal Poly Pomona at the best possible time and there are numerous ways for you to get

involved. You might consider our award-winning Rose Float team. Last January 1, “Jungle Cuts” became the first entry in the history of the Tournament of Roses Parade to win two major honors: the Bob Hope Humor Trophy and the Viewers’ Choice Award. “Jungle Cuts” was the 62nd consecutive float jointly built by students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When people ask me why Cal Poly Pomona doesn’t have a football team, I reply that rose float is our fall sport – and we always compete on New Year’s Day. Our Greek community continues to do great things. Over one week last spring quarter, these students raised more than $30,000 for assorted charities, completed 3,500 volunteer hours and donated 6,500 cans of food to a local pantry, started by

one of our own students, that fed 14,000 families in Pomona. This fall, our men’s basketball team will begin play as the defending NCAA Division II National Champions. The Broncos captured the title before a live CBS national television audience last spring, and the campus community turned out to celebrate. Join my wife, Betty, and me at all of our intercollegiate athletic events. The word Bronco is not the exclusive domain of our student athletes. For me, being a Bronco means you are truly passionate about Cal Poly Pomona. You wear university sweatshirts and T-shirts with pride. You may not have come from an affluent background or had parents who graduated from college, but you are

someone who always perseveres. Life wasn’t handed to you on a silver platter, but you will achieve great things. One of the great perks of my job is getting to know our students. My primary focus will always be on how we can enhance the quality of your education, but I need your feedback. I frequently drive around in a green and gold electric cart, so stop, wave and say hello. Let me know if we are doing a good job and how I can make it better. There are select events throughout the year where I will send you an invitation. Until then, best wishes, and on behalf of the entire university family, welcome to Cal Poly Pomona!

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A note from the Poly Post Publisher This issue of the “Poly Post” begins the Communication Department’s fifteenth year as publisher of the newspaper. Since September 1996, the “Poly Post” has been an instructional unit housed within the Communication Department. It is not affiliated with Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), nor does it receive any funding from them. Such independence allows the paper to function as both a quality learning experience for student journalists and a trusted source of news and opinion for the Cal Poly Pomona community. The Communication Department’s vision of the “Poly Post” remains the same today as it did fourteen years ago: • The “Poly Post” should

be a sound teaching and training tool integrated with the writing, technology and design components of the Communication Department curriculum, thus providing a hands-on platform for training future journalists, newspaper designers and public advocates. • The “Poly Post” should be an editorially independent and balanced forum for free and responsible expression open to all in the campus community; protected by the First Amendment from censorship and harassment by academic, student, community and administrative groups; and bound by the journalism canons of fairness, accuracy and decency. As publisher of the “Poly Post,” the Communication Department sets broad policy (such as that outlined

above), oversees the budget, advises on key personnel matters and monitors potential issues of liability. Neither I nor any other full-time Communication faculty, however, is involved in the day-to-day operations of the Poly Post. In fact, we generally do not know of the paper’s specific contents until its publication on Tuesday. Doug Spoon serves as the “Poly Post’s” part-time faculty advisor. An alumnus of Cal Poly, Doug was a Communication major and the paper’s editor-in-chief in 1977. He is charged with mentoring student journalists and supervising the editorial side of the “Poly Post”. Linda Perez, another Cal Poly alumnus, is the “Poly Post’s” full-time advertising, marketing and business

advisor. She is charged with building and maintaining the paper’s financial stability, which ensures both its survival and its editorial independence. Several other Communication faculty, through the courses they teach, also help train “Poly Post” writers. Such faculty efforts, along with the work of Doug Spoon and Linda Perez, have enabled the “Poly Post” to become a top tier college newspaper recognized for its quality and integrity. The accomplishments of the paper and its staff are clearly visible. The “Poly Post” continues to win awards for its news coverage, investigative reporting, opinion pieces, sports writing and photography. Staff members have been

selected for prestigious scholarships and internships, and many former staffers now work as professional journalists. Moreover, the “Poly Post” is seen as a respected, objective source of information for the campus community. To be sure, readers will not like everything the “Poly Post” publishes. Some will balk when the paper covers a controversial topic or when a featured story bears negatively on the Cal Poly community. Some will always want the “Poly Post” to function simply as a campus cheerleader. But that is a shortsighted view: no one—including the falsely championed—ultimately benefits from such puffery. The “Poly Post” will ag-

gressively seek and present stories that allow its readership to make informed decisions and act intelligently. The opinion and editorial pages may be personal and provocative, but the news pages will be fair and balanced. Readers will experience the impartial voice of a credible paper whose agenda is confined to illuminating the reader. A responsible newspaper can do no less. If the “Poly Post” student staff strays from that charge, it needs to be told. If you have comments, questions or complaints, please write or call the editor, Greg Toumassian, at 869-3530. Richard. Kallan Chair, Department Communication

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Deepwater Horizon: gulf oil spill recapped GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor in chief It has been almost half a year since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Let’s recap. The number of lives lost when the rig exploded was 11. The amount of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico was approximately 206 million gallons. And now, the amount of money British Petroleum has set aside for compensation is $20 billion. What isn’t so definitive is if BP will ever truly own up to its mistake and clean up its act. As thousands of business owners and fisherman in the Gulf file for compensation claims, a degree of uncertainty, a seemingly familiar attribute to all things BP, remains. When the Gulf Coast Claims Facility opened in late August, Kenneth Feinberg took control as head of BP’s $20 billion compensation fund and promised a quick processing time for those who filed with sufficient documentation.

“I will be extremely lenient in documentation,” Feinberg said, during a press conference in Houma, Louisiana. “I don’t need reams and reams of stuff. I don’t need a tax return. Do you have something you can show me? Well, the ship captain will vouch for me — fine. Well, my priest will — fine.” It seems, however, things are far from “fine.” A lack of response from adjusters at claim offices, multiple numbers assigned to files, and records being completely lost are just a few of the emerging complaints regarding the compensation system. Compensation falls into one of two categories: “emergency” and “final payments.” Beginning Aug. 23, claimants have 90 days to file for “emergency” payments. The total amount will equal six months of lost income, and recipients will still have a right to sue BP. Those who file for “final payments,” regarding longterm damages, will have

three years to estimate damages before they file a claim. Accepting payment will waive claimant’s right to sue BP. Feinberg insists that it was his idea, and not BP’s, to make final payment recipients give up the right to sue. He claims it will make the process expeditious, however, it should be noted that Feinberg is on BP’s salary. So why all the mess? Let’s take a deeper look. BP told the House Energy and Commerce Committee it spent a total of $93 million on advertising from April to the end of July. BP insists the money was to keep Gulf Coast residents informed and insures transparency; however, it makes one wonder if the intent was more aimed towards repairing the marred image of BP. BP has also spent some time internally restructuring its managerial frame work. On Oct 1, Bob Dudley will replace CEO Tony Hayward. Hayward was essentially a public relations nightmare, and he was panned for his dealing with

Illustration Courtesy of Greg Toumassian the Gulf oil spill. And in all things related to BP, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management – formerly the Minerals Management Service – is aiming to restore credibility after being criti-

cized for working too close with oil and gas companies. It is becoming increasingly clear that BP is already starting a cleanup of its own: its image. It seems like anyone at

fault for the spill is trying to repair their image and wipe the oil from their hands before the actual work has been done. Oil may dilute and checks See Recap/Pg. 20


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Rethinking the 14th Amendment? EVAN PERKINS

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College 101: adapting to campus life VALERIE CHEN

Asst. Lifestyle Editor “I am going to be a freshman living in the dorms this fall. I’m not very outgoing, so I don’t make new friends easily. I’m nervous that I’m not going to enjoy my college experience. I’m going to miss home, my family, and the friends I already have. Can you give me advice on how adjust smoothly to this new environment and make friends?”–Anonymous Moving out and attending a new school are each obstacles on their own—putting the two together can result in feeling completely overwhelmed. Being nervous is completely understandable. Remember, you are not alone. Other upcoming Cal Poly Pomona freshman and transfers are all going through the same thing. So did I, two years ago, at the beginning of the first year as a Bronco. Living in the same city for my entire life and having a great group of friends made the thought of attending a school without any familiar people a scary one. Furthermore, no longer would my parents and sibSee CHEN /Pg. 20

Political debate has begun concerning the place of the 14th Amendment in American society. What the 14th Amendment literally states is, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” How low have political morals sunk? OK, maybe the term “political morals” is an oxymoron like “real live ghosts,” or “military intelligence.” But I honestly believe this country was founded on the belief that those seeking a better life would always be welcome. The poem inscribed over the gates of Ellis Island reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Lady liberty doesn’t seem to make any mention of a padlock on “the golden door,” it is simply open and her light is guiding the way to it. These are the aged and crumbling words of an America much more in touch with the human suffering beyond our shores.

Striking the 14th Amendment from the Constitution deprives children of a future based solely upon their parents’ nationality. This country promises the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to those born between its shores. I was unaware it did so selectively. Does anyone deserve to be American more than another? I love this country with all of my heart. I am so thankful to have been born here, but at the same time, I realize that there was no conscious choice on my part leading up to the location of my birth. It was a random and unexplainable stroke of cosmic luck that resulted in me being born an American. If no one chose to be born into this country, or for that matter, did anything to deserve it, how can anyone so resolutely say, “You don’t belong here.” Yet that phrase is spoken too often. So many Americans are endowed with a stigma of entitlement that is wholly undeserved. We are so fortunate to be citizens of this country and the 14th Amendment ever so slightly extends that privilege to the less fortunate, just as the founding fathers intended. I understand that with unlimited immigration the regulatory structures that support this country would crumble.

Illustration Courtesy of Evan Perkins I will concede that immigration does need to be regulated. Undocumented members of society who do not pay taxes contribute nothing back to the system they draw from. I will, however, argue to the teeth that to deny a child born in the United States the chance of a better life is only slightly removed from murder. Where are the ethics in punishing children for the immigration status of their parents? A child of immigrant parents that is assimilated into American society will contribute to the system as

much as a child born from American citizens. The 14th Amendment is the defining characteristic of the America I am proud to call myself a part of. It is a character mark of a country that extends its hand to the less fortunate. It is the embodiment of those meaningful words inscribed at the feet of Lady Liberty. Is this truly the land of opportunity for all? It used to be. Reach Evan Perkins at:

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Chivalry takes hit from foul ball mishap EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor An embarrassing display of cowardice at a Houston Astros game left many a sports fan wondering, “is chivalry as we know it officially dead?” The perpetrator of this most ungallant act, now nicknamed “Bo the Bailer”, dove out of the way of a foul ball at the last minute allowing it to smack his girlfriend. So does this act spell the end of Chivalry? No, I

don’t think so. It is simply unacceptable to base the livelihood of chivalry on the obviously questionable character of “Bo the Bailer.” Chivalry is alive but it has evolved to meet modern social norms. The word “chivalry” evokes thoughts of men holding doors and pulling out chairs for women, relinquishing jackets in cold weather and always picking up the bill at dinner. While these gestures are obviously carried out with the best intentions, the

quest for equal rights has many women considering them unwanted acts. Many women are trying to depict themselves as strong independent individuals who do not need to be catered to, waited on, or taken care of. In this era where the push for equal rights between men and women has never been stronger it seems chivalry no longer makes sense. How can men be equal to woman but still bare expectations of chivalry to the

fairer sex? The answer lies in the evolution of chivalry. Chivalry in the 21st century has shifted from a romantic notion to a more general idea of simply being a good person. The sexist connotation of chivalry has been dropped. No longer is chivalry defined as men catering to women. As equals in today’s society, men and women are both tasked with being chivalrous. A more fitting definition of chivalry in our modern world is the act of being

courteous to everyone, regardless of gender or the presence of romantic attraction. Chivalry is alive in someone who helps an elderly person carry a heavy bag, or even a gesture so simple as saying “bless you” to a sneezing stranger. Common courtesy and chivalry have become one and the same. Chivalry is still among us, but in new form. Reach Evan Perkins:

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RECAP: BP needs to clean more than just oil Continued from page 18 may clear, but the complex web of problems will only thicken. As the fourth largest company in the world, BP should be able to tackle the problems as they are approaching. And yet, BP decides to work around the problems, find ways to fix problems, look good while doing so and maybe even save a little money. Humility is a weird thing. It doesn’t cost a penny and yet it is worth everything. If BP would roll up its sleeves and put down the PR veil, maybe some work could get done in a timely manner. Will BP risk ruining its image if it decides to admit to its negligence? At this point, the company already looks like the greedy, careless oil company they really are. Reach Greg Toumassian:

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Proposition 8 back in the news BEN FRENCH

Staff Writer Over the summer, Proposition 8 was overturned in the new suit Perry v. Schwarzenegger. This ground breaking event has made a stride in the civil rights movement for the homosexual community, but should same sex marriage be allowed in California? Absolutely. Legalizing same sex marriage will help support the economy in California. Edmund Egan, chief economist for the city of San Francisco, estimates the annual costs of wedding related spending will increase by $35 million, and raise $2.5 million in tax revenue in the city of San Francisco alone if same sex marriage is legalized. “San Francisco would see an increase in sales tax revenue and an increase in property tax revenue in the future,” Egan said to Reuters. “Married individuals tend to accumulate more wealth than single people.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hold conferences on the preven-

tion of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. During those conferences, it has been shown that the majority of the homosexual community is likely to spread or contract sexually transmitted diseases. Marriage within the homosexual community will bring down sexual promiscuity between people within the community, promoting normal relationships between same sex couples and reducing the spread of STDs. Same sex marriage is a step in favor of presenting individuals considering

adoption to adopt a better environment for raising a child. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a technical report in early 2002 on the effect of homosexual co-parent and second-parent adoption. Within the report it was explained that none of the children tested in research studies have shown any real difference between those children with heterosexual parents. The religious argument in all of this is flawed. The case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger makes a point that a “civil marriage” is not the same as religious marriage; be it

ated with those religions and their respective opposition against it. Reach Ben French at:

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Continued from page 18 everyone you meet, there are still a large number of possible candidates to choose from, since approximately 15,000 students attend Cal Poly. Dr. James Sturges, professor of clinical psychology at Cal Poly, also reminds you to “remember that others are probably self-conscious as well, and being friendly and interested in others is often the best guideline.” What you are experiencing is called “social anxiety,” which can be overcome by being willing to get out of

Christian, Islamic, or otherwise. Because there is a separation between civil and religious marriage, the homosexual community should be free from the stigmas associ-

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CHEN: How to make new friends on campus lings be living in close quarters with me. In their places would be new roommates. It was a lot to take in at once. However, you have to remember the unfamiliar holds new possibilities. Even if you liked your previous life, you may enjoy your new life as a college student even more! You have clean slate. You have the opportunity to reinvent yourself, better yourself, or stay the same. Although you may not form lasting friendships with

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your comfort zone. With this positive attitude, consider available resources to help you adjust. For example, BroncoFusion is an event to welcome new students to Cal Poly. Not to mention, there will be multiple club fairs and other social events throughout the year. Check out on campus jobs; your co-workers may end up being long-lasting friends. Greek life is another great way to meet peers and develop friendships.

Last but not least, resident advisors of each dorm hall will organize activities for their diverse residents, in order to encourage thriving social activity. Overall, a smile goes a long way. Don’t let your fear or nerves get the best of you, and be brave. Everyone will be looking for a friend! Have a ques-chen? ask annonymously on formspring. me/askmeaqueschen Reach Valerie Chen

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Men’s basketball team to play Duke

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Welcome back, fellow Broncos! Over the year, I am going to comment on the state of Bronco athletics while giving an investigative edge in the process. The summer of 2010 has been a seemingly dramatic one for Cal Poly Pomona. The following is a recap of the most memorable events that occurred on campus. If there’s one word to sum up Cal Poly’s summer in athletics, it’s “resignations.” The month of June began with the sudden resignation of women’s basketball coach Scott Davis, which came right off the heels of the best season the women’s team has had in the last few years. In August, baseball Head Coach Mike Ashman retired after 15 seasons, and just last week, Sports Information Director Mark Reinhiller resigned from his position after three years of great service. The summer also featured a handful of players getting drafted by professional teams. Two pitchers, Joshua Krist and Jarett Attard both signed with the Seattle Mariners organization. Krist was drafted and signed on June 10 with the Single-A affiliate Pulaski Mariners. Attard was assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League in Peoria, AZ on June 24. Another pitcher, freshman Erick Ruvalcaba, was named to the California Collegiate League All-Star team. In the All-Star Game, played on July 14, Ruvalcaba pitched the sixth inning, in which he threw 20 pitches, faced seven batters and gave up four hits, four runs and one walk. In men’s basketball, guard Austin Swift signed a twoyear deal to play with BC Vrijednosnice Osijek Darda in the A1 Croatian League. As familiar faces bid farewell to Cal Poly, new ones took their place. Among those people were the women’s basketball team’s new interim Head Coach Danelle Bishop and eight new players to the women’s soccer team, including junior forward Jennifer Rivera and freshman defender Kristin Mihara. Both of whom are expected to be top performers this season. Elsewhere in athletics, 47 student-athletes received one or both of the CCAA All-Academic Award and the NCAA Div. II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award, to honor their hard work both on and off the playing field. The hard work of guard Dahir Nasser was also recognized. He earned the NCAA’s See SUMMER/Pg. 23

The Cal Poly men’s basketball team will commence its 2010-11 season in an exhibition game against Duke University, the 2010 NCAA Div. I champion, that will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC. “I’m super-excited,” said senior forward Tobias Jahn. “I don’t think there’s any other team you want to play to start the season.” This game will mark the third time in four years in which Duke will host an exhibition contest against the Div. II champion. However, this year stands as the first one in which Duke will host the exhibition game as the reigning Div. I champion. In its more than 105-year history, the men’s basketball program at Duke has always been a reputable one. While the team expe-

rienced numerous postseason appearances in the years prior to 1980, no Duke team or coach surpassed the level of achievement that Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski has attained in the last 30 seasons. Under Krzyzewski, or “Coach K” as he is also known at Duke, the men’s basketball team has amassed a record of 795220 while winning four NCAA national championships, reaching the championship game four times, and making the Final Four, Elite 8 and Sweet 16, 11, 12 and 19 times, respectively. Sports Information Director Mark Reinhiller said that this game is important to Cal Poly because Duke is one of “a handful of universities that resonate with the entire nation.” Last season, the Blue Devils finished the season with an overall record of 35-5 and a conference record of 13-3. Duke was undefeated at home, going 17-0, while

going 5-5 on the road, and finished the season tied for first place with the University of Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke defeated Butler, 61-59 on April 5 to win its fourth national championship. In comparison, Cal Poly’s men’s basketball team finished the 2010-11 season in a first place tie with Humboldt State, posting a 27-6 record overall, a conference record of 18-4, and a home and away record of 10-3 and 12-2, respectively. The Broncos won their first NCAA championship on March 27 when they bested Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 65-53. For the team and the athletic department, the reception to receiving the invitation to play Duke in an exhibition game has been unanimous. “It’s the epitome of collegiate basketball,” said Head Coach Greg Kamansky. “It’s the things that

dreams are about. It’s the top place to play in our profession.” Assistant Coach Damion Hill shares Kamansky’s opinion regarding playing at Duke’s home court, and is especially pleased for the players. “It’s a great opportunity for our guys,” Hill said. “I’m more excited for them than our guys. I’m real excited for our guys to get that opportunity. It’s a great test for us.” Associate Head Coach Bill Bannon is also pleased with the opportunity while also focusing on the present team dynamics. “It feels great,” Bannon said. “We just want to take

VOL. LXVI NO. 1 advantage of it while being realistic with our current team goals. We’re not living in the past.” This exhibition game will give Bronco fans the first chance to see the men’s basketball team with its returners and some new faces. “It is a great reward for those returning studentathletes who were part of the championship last year and a unequalled experience for the new additions for this year’s team to start their Bronco careers,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. Reach Erik Carr at:

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Senior guard Austin Swift strives for the basket while fending off two opponents in the NCAA Div. II Championship game.

Kellogg Gym receives ‘overdue’ makeover ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Over the summer, Kellogg Gym underwent a significant “makeover” encompassing a new court and new lighting. “We are working through the first phase of the Kellogg Gym renovation,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. “The existing floor was in extremely poor condition and numerous floor board[s] had broken during the past year. This affected academic classes, athletics and recreation sports.” The old court was installed back in 1996. Although the court may have exceeded its use-by date, it was the home turf of three championship teams. These teams were the NCAA champion women’s basketball teams of 2001 and 2002 and the 2010 men’s basketball team. The new court is classified as a Connor Sports Flooring “PermaFlex” system court, which was installed by Canoga Parkbased Hur Flooring. “A new Connor DINCertified “Perma-flex” floor (which is recommended by the NCAA) will give those that use the gym excellent and even play,” Swanson said. As a result of the new court, the old court’s notorious “dead spots,” or areas of the court in which the ball does not bounce, are no

longer an issue. The renovation also includes a few other amenities not previously seen in Kellogg Gym. “It was long overdue,” said Sports Information Director Mark Reinhiller, who also said that the gym will include “complete [air] conditioning” and the ceiling is “now painted black.” The purpose of painting the ceiling black is to improve the lighting in the gym. “The entire gym has been repainted (including the ceiling) and new lighting is being installed which will greatly brighten the entire area,” Swanson said. “This will certainly enhance our spectator experience as well.” With the completion of phase one of the renovation, Kellogg Gym will surely increase its standing as a turf that both Bronco athletes and visiting teams will want to play at. Besides the conditioning, spectators in the future will be able to enjoy not only the game itself, but also the area from which it is being seen. “There’s a plan to have new bleachers and new lobby seating,” Reinhiller said. “That’s not going to happen right now. That’s down the road.” Senior forward Tobias Jahn of the men’s basketball team believes the new court will make a negligible difference on his team’s playing ability.

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Two construction workers using pneumatic nailers install the new wood flooring which is part of the Kellogg Gym renovation. “The floor looks really bouncy. Maybe we’ll jump higher,” Jahn said. “Performance-wise, I think it’ll be about the same.” Jonathan Stoddard, student manager for the men’s basketball team, is im-

pressed with how different the gym looked when compared to last season. “When you go in there, it looks all nice and clean,” Stoddard said. “It’s amazing what a little paint can do.” No matter whom one

asks, the new court has received generally positive feedback. “We’re thoroughly excited,” Reinhiller said. Reach Erik Carr at:

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Women’s basketball head coach resigns ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Scott Davis, head coach of the women’s basketball team, resigned on June 2 after three seasons as head coach. Former APU and Cal Baptist Head Coach Danelle Bishop has been named interim head coach. “He slowly built a team to be better each season,” said Sports Information Director Mark Reinhiller. “He stepped down for family reasons. We all have those.” Davis’ reasons for leaving are also consistent with the legacy he hopes his era as coach will be remembered for in the years to come. “Someone who cared about the program and did everything I could,” Davis said. “I stressed that family was first.” In only three years as head coach, Davis assembled an impressive string of seasons. During his three seasons, Davis accumulated an overall record of 50-37, and coached players to seven All-CCAA honors. Senior guard Stephisha Walton and junior guard Reyana Colson, each earned the CoSIDA/ ESPN the Magazine District

VIII Academic honor once and twice, respectively. In the 2007-08 season, Davis led the team to a 1216 record. Despite being four games below .500, the Broncos turned some heads when they upset No.2 CSU San Bernardino, which also participated in the NCAA tournament. The following year, the Broncos put together their first winning season since the 2004-05 season, posting a record of 16-14. In spite of the notable improvement in overall record from the first and second season, no one last season expected the Broncos to have the season they had under Davis’ third year of leadership. The Broncos put together a record of 22-7 last season, which was their best record since the aforementioned 2004-05 season. The team’s conference record was 18-4, which placed them in second in the CCAA. Davis also was a positive influence to his players in the realm of academics. “Coach Davis continued to focus on academics and competitiveness,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. “Both areas showed im-

provement and balance during his tenure.” Not only will Davis’ influence on his team be missed, there are a few aspects of coaching at Cal Poly that he himself will miss. “I think the players, the relationships you have with them and the great people you work with there,” Davis said, regarding what he will miss most about being coach at Cal Poly. Although Davis is now committed to raising his family, he has not ruled out the possibility of coaching again in the future. “I would [coach again],” Davis said. “It would have to be local. I have no desire to do it right now.” Over the summer, Davis and his family moved back to his native Novato to be closer to his family. Last April, Davis’ wife gave birth to their second child. Upon hearing that Danelle Bishop was named as his successor, Davis had complimentary words for her. “She’ll do a great job,” Davis said. The Broncos will begin their season on Nov. 6 at Long Beach State. Reach Erik Carr at:

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Women’s basketball Head Coach Scott Davis announced his resignation at the end of the 2009-10 spring season.

Sports Information Director resigns after three years ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Sports Information Director Mark Reinhiller stepped down from his position after three years of service for Cal Poly Pomona. Reinhiller’s resignation is the third departure in four months from the athletic department. It follows women’s basketball Head Coach Scott Davis, who resigned last June after three seasons, and baseball Head Coach Mike Ashman, who retired after 15 seasons at the helm. Reinhiller, who resides in Beaumont, said he accepted an offer to become the Sports Information Director of Cal State San Bernardino, which is approximately half the distance between Beaumont and Pomona. While Reinhiller welcomes the shorter commute his new position will provide for him, there are many things that he will miss at

Mark Reinhiller Cal Poly. “There is a great group of administrators, coaches, and staff,” Reinhiller said. “This is a wonderful university where people support each other and help each other. I’m very thankful [for that].” Reinhiller began his tenure at Cal Poly in July of 2007. In his three years at Cal Poly, Reinhiller revolutionized the way news about Bronco athletics is publicized. “We hired Mark [Reinhiller] from the newspaper

side and he has experience in sports information. I think he’s come in and he’s done an excellent job,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. “One of the things that I think you can point to is one of the things that’s really moved us forward is the total transformation of our website.” Due to Reinhiller’s efforts, Cal Poly was able to publish press releases and articles about its athletes and games more efficiently than ever before. “The instantaneous need for information now lies right now on a lot of stats,” Swanson said. “He’s done an excellent job of moving our program into 2010 and beyond and he’s taken that and run with it and it’s a project he’s handled from start to finish.” While many people may recognize Reinhiller from the basketball games in which he operated press

box operations, as he did for all Cal Poly sports, others may know him more for his voice. Reinhiller was the announcer for the Cal Poly baseball team home games at Scolinos Field. “The role of an SID is one of a background guy,” Reinhiller said. “It really is a job of being in the background. I think technology is a part of what we do.” Prior to his time at Cal Poly, Reinhiller’s involvement with the media and athletics truly spanned nationwide. Reinhiller previously worked in the SID office at the University of Florida, where he had a staff assistantship, and earned the 1990 CoSIDA Best in Nation Award for editing the men’s track and field media guide. In addition to Florida, Reinhiller worked at the Walnut Creek Pacific-10 office

as an intern. In the realm of newspapers, Reinhiller spent more than six years at the San Bernardino Sun, where he was a copy editor and golf columnist, and earned the 2003 Media Excellence award from the PGA Inland Empire’s chapter for his coverage of local golf events and tours such as the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. At the Austin, Texas-based publication company, Publications and Communications Inc., Reinhiller worked as a copy editor/editor. In his home state, Reinhiller worked for several newspapers and earned bachelor’s degrees at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota in Mass Communications/Print Media and Elementary Education, respectively. He also served as a student assistant at the former. In 2008, Cal Poly hosted

the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mt. SAC, where Reinhiller served as the media relations director. Regarding what he would like to be remembered for, Reinhiller said, “I would just hope...we have a story here to tell about Div. II athletics.” As far as his successor is concerned, Reinhiller said the working relationships with colleagues will greatly influence his successor’s actions. “Cal Poly Pomona has tremendous pride for its intercollegiate athletic department. Knowing you’ve got the support of administrators is a big part of what you do,” Reinhiller said. “If you can get the chance to be part of a championship team, that’s the ultimate thrill. I’m going to miss that.” Reach Erik Carr at:

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Fall athletics begins early with exciting results ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Cal Poly’s fall 2010 athletic calendar began this month for five teams in three sports, resulting in breakout performances and thrilling finishes on the course, on the court, and in the field. The men’s and women’s cross-country teams opened their seasons at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational in Brea on Sept. 4 and ran in the UC Riverside Invitational last Saturday.

The women’s soccer team lost for the first time this season on Sunday at Cal State Stanislaus, 2-1. Its overall record stands at 4-1-1, while its CCAA record is 2-1-1. Before Sunday, the women’s team was undefeated, winning four of its first five games. It shut out Notre Dame de Namur, 1-0, Dominican, 3-0, Sonoma State, in a 0-0 tie, Humboldt State, 1-0, and a 1-0 overtime win against Chico State. The men’s soccer team’s losing trend ended when it

beat Cal State Stanislaus, 2-1 in overtime. Its now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in CCAA play. Before the 3-2 double overtime loss to Humboldt State and the 3-0 shutout loss to Chico State, the men’s team opened the season with three wins against Notre Dame de Namur, Dominican and No. 25 Sonoma State. It beat those teams 3-0, 5-0, and 5-3, respectively. Cal Poly’s volleyball team began its season with the CPP/CSULA Labor Day Tourney. It won two of its

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Junior Russell Vernon (Left) blocks a pass by junior Anthony Salcedo (Right) during practice. Men’s soccer plays No. 1 Cal State Los Angeles on Friday at 7 p.m.

four matches, beating both Simon Fraser and Dixie State College of Utah, 3-1. It also lost matches to Academy of Art and Northwood University, 3-0 and 3-2, respectively. Despite shutting out CCAA rival San Francisco State, 3-0, the volleyball team has since lost four straight. It lost to Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-0, Cal Baptist, 3-1, Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-1, and Cal State Los Angeles, 3-0. Last Saturday at the UC Riverside Invitational, senior Amber Hebb led the women’s team. She ran the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes and 47.4 seconds. She finished 105th. “Amber’s showed us where she needs to be at,” said Head Coach Troy Johnson. “Overall, it was a good day.” In the 8-km men’s race, junior Aaron Armas led all Broncos with a time of 26:45.5. He finished 157th. At the Cal State Fullerton Invitational, freshman Natasha Coe led the women’s team. She ran the 6-km race in 24:52.3 seconds, which was good enough for 67th place in her race. The men’s team was led by junior Clark Selters, who ran

the 8-km course in 27:52.3. He finished 55th. In soccer, the women have been exceptional. Junior forward Jennifer Rivera scored one goal in three of the four wins and had one assist. Other key players are junior midfielder Gloria Gonzalez, who has one goal and an assist, and freshman forward Melissa Garcia and junior forward Justine Barclay, who have each scored a goal. “I’m very pleased where we are,” said Head Coach Isabelle Harvey. “We’ve been putting in the effort and getting good results.” On the men’s soccer side, the Broncos have been unbeatable at home, but they have not lost a game at home or away when either junior forward Luis Gonzalez or junior midfielder/forward Anthony Salcedo score a goal. In the first six matches, Gonzalez has scored five goals and had two assists. Salcedo has scored one goal in each of the three wins. Junior forward Wuta Beta, junior forward Sam Morales and junior midfielder Juan Mejia have also contributed. Beta has scored three goals, Mejia has one goal and two

assists and Morales has one of each. Despite a 3-6 overall record and a 1-3 CCAA record, the volleyball team has scored more kills, assists and blocks than its opponents. So far, freshman outside hitter Jessica Doerner leads the team with 93 kills, averaging 3.1 kills per game. Leading the team in assists is Katie Colin, who has 318. The fall season is well under way, and what coach Johnson said for his runners could also be applied to all of Cal Poly athletics. “I expect a lot of these kids at conference,” Johnson said. Both cross-country teams will compete in the Stanford Invitational in Stanford this Saturday. This Thursday, volleyball will play 7 p.m. at CCAA rival Sonoma State. On Friday, the men’s and women’s soccer teams will host CCAA rival Cal State Los Angeles’ NCAA Div. II No. 1 and No. 7 ranked teams, respectively. The women kick off at 4:30 p.m., and the men play at 7 p.m. Reach Erik Carr at:

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After 15 years Ashman announces retirement

Events set stage for fall athletics

“Coach Ashman has been instrumental in the development of countless young men competing for Cal Poly Pomona”

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-Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Brian Swanson Coach Mike Ashman ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Mike Ashman, head coach of the Cal Poly baseball team, announced his retirement last month after 15 seasons. “[I wanted] to spend more time with my family,” Ashman said. “I didn’t see myself doing this for the next 10, 11 years.” Ashman also accepted an offer to be the Director of Baseball at EM Speed and Power Training, which just opened its newest location in Rancho Cucamonga. In 15 years, Ashman’s Broncos amassed a 248-3051 record in the CCAA and a 358-419-4 record overall. Coach Ashman’s resignation marks the end of a memorable era of Broncos baseball. Under his leadership, 16 athletes were drafted and others went on to play professionally. “Coach Ashman has been instrumental in the development of countless young men competing for Cal Poly Pomona – especially on a personal basis,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. “He has been a hands-on coach and continues to maintain relationships with student-athletes long after they have left the campus and have become professionals in their chosen profession.” Ashman’s favorite memo-

ry as Head Coach was simply not a specific game or a particular play. It was the relationships he developed with his players. “Every year was different,” Ashman said. “Seeing young guys coming in a freshman, having [them] grow up as men. [That is my favorite memory].” Ashman’s involvement with the game has truly been lifelong. In high school, Ashman was a star player for Bloomington High School, where he was a first-team selection for the San Andreas League twice. In 1975, his team was CIF runner-up. After two years at San Bernardino Valley College, Ashman transferred to Cal Poly where he flourished. While he earned All-America honors, he led the Broncos to its 1980 championship title, batting .365, hitting safely 95 times while having 95 RBIs. Upon graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in business administration, Ashman spent six years playing professionally in the Oakland Athletics’ and Pittsburgh Pirates’ organizations. Ashman also played in Japan for the U.S. Olympic Team. When his days as a player ended, Ashman began his career as a coach at Riverside Community College. During his five years there as an assistant coach, the Tigers amassed a record of 160-74, and in all seasons, reached

the California State Junior College Regionals. In addition, the Tigers finished in fourth place in California in both 1990 and 1991. Before his return to Cal Poly, Ashman became Hitting Coach for the University of Nebraska. Though he was there only a year, his impact on the team was greatly felt. The 1995 Cornhuskers raised their batting average to .323, compared to .265 the year before. One player from that team was Darin Erstad. Erstad was the No. 1 draft pick of the 1995 MLB Amateur Draft and later went on to a successful baseball career. In 1996, Ashman returned to Cal Poly, where he became the Head Coach. From 1999 through 2002,

the Broncos put together four-straight seasons of winning records. In 2000 and 2001, the Broncos qualified for one-of-four slots in the CCAA Championship Tournament with conference records of 24-15 and 23-17, respectively. Their overall records were 32-26 in 2000 and 31-24 in 2001. Perhaps the best year of the Ashman era was the 2005 season. In that season, the Broncos went 25-14 in the CCAA and 30-23 overall. In addition, Ashman’s Broncos had an NCAA Div. II-best team fielding percentage of .972, their best conference winning percentage since 1985, and the CCAA South Division Championship title. In 2002, Ashman pitched batting practice to the Ana-

Mike Ashman Era (15 Seasons) Year: W-L: Pct.: Conf. W-L: 1996 13-40-1 .260 5-27 1997 28-28 .500 18-14 1998 19-25-1 .432 13-19 1999 25-24 .510 19-21 2000 32-26 .551 24-15 2001 31-24 .564 23-17 2002 31-22-1 .583 20-20 2003 15-39 .278 10-29 2004 26-25-2 .509 19-20-1 2005 30-23 .566 25-14 2006 20-31 .392 15-20 2007 20-31 .392 10-26 2008 16-31 .340 13-21 2009 26-23 .531 16-20 2010 26-27 .491 18-22 Totals:358-419-4 .461 248-305-1

Pct.: .160 .562 .406 .475 .615 .575 .500 .256 .488 .566 .429 .278 .382 .444 .450 .448

heim Angels prior to game seven of the 2002 World Series. The Angels won that game over the San Francisco Giants, and thus, became the World Series Champions. To the Broncos, Coach Ashman was known for throwing great batting practice among his players, but that was secondary when compared to the impact he left on his players. Although his days as Head Coach of the Broncos are over, Ashman’s affiliation with both baseball and the Broncos are far from over. “[I’m going to be doing] fund raising for baseball,” Ashman said. “My connections with the Angels [will continue] to help out in that regard.” Swanson believes he will pplay a vital behind-thescenes role in the years to come. “He has and continues to bbe a good ambassador for bbaseball,” Swanson said. At publication time, no one had been named as the H Head Coach for the 2011 season. Whoever that will bbe, Ashman has the followiing advice for his successor. “Be competitive,” Ashman said. “You’re working for a great institution. Enjoy it! Y You’ll have a great time! It’s an opportunity and do it the rright way.”

Div. II Degree-Completion Award, a financial award given to student-athletes who have used up their athletic eligibility while receiving athletic financial aid. July was headlined by the Kellogg Gym “makeover,” which is the first major renovation for the facility since 1996. This will hopefully improve team performance for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. One of the most exciting bits of news came when the reigning NCAA Div. II champion men’s basketball team accepted an invitation to play Div. I champion Duke University in an exhibition game on Nov. 4. This will be the first game for the Broncos 2010-11 season and the first time that Duke has played the Div. II champion as the reigning Div. I champion. These stories, among others, will surely set the stage for another exciting year of Cal Poly athletics. For a more in-depth, chronological, satirical version of this column, please read the WebSclusive “A Wild Summer of Sports for Cal Poly... And Abroad” at thepolypost. com, which compares what happened at Cal Poly athletics with what happened in the sports world over the summer.

Reach Erik Carr at:

Reach Erik Carr at:

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