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Recently a world premiere took place at Cal Poly's Performing Arts Center, as part of the Wind Bands Winter Concert on March 3, 2018. The university's 65-member wind orchestra and 60-member wind ensemble, conducted by Christopher J. Woodruff, presented a program of music relating to a theme of "Earth and Sky." 

Issues And Ideas - March 9, 2018

Mar 8, 2018

On this week's Issues and Ideas we'll get some Ears on Art. Crissa Hewitt dives into the work of famed sculptor Francisco Zúñiga through an interview with his son who has spent years cataloging and documenting his father's work. We'll also explore Central Coast U.S. army base Fort Hunter Liggett through two stories from Journeys of Discovery's Tom Wilmer and KCBX's news director Greta Mart. We'll also learn about what some men at a local university are doing to support the #MeToo movement. And KCBX's Rachel Duchak gets some world travel tips, from Bangkok, Thailand! 

Abbie Bullen

A small Burmese refugee community known as Pa Koe is nestled in the hills of Northern Thailand. It’s home to about 150 people who live in homes with no electricity, and until recently, no clean water either. A group of Cal Poly students engineered a solution. 

Central Coast Voices

Feb 15, 2018

Host Kris Kingston Barker spoke to guests from Cal Poly Center for Service in Action; Bradley Kiker, Megan Riviore, and Philip Goodwin. They shared information about the upcoming conference taking place at Cal Poly, to bring awareness to issues of social justice. The conference is Friday Feb. 16 and Saturday Feb 17, and is open to the community.

Emma Weitzner

The Weddell seal lives in Antarctica. It’s the southern-most breeding mammal in the world and can dive to depths of 2,000 feet, staying under the water for up to 90 minutes. A team of five Cal Poly graduate students and professors recently returned from a ten-week research trip in Antarctica, studying Weddell seal pups. 

Rachel Showalter

Over the past two years, Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo has been working to develop a comprehensive Zero Waste program. Cal Poly has been acting under state mandates and California State University system policy to improve the consumer waste diversion rate - or the amount of consumer trash that goes to the local landfill.  

Solar farm under construction to power Cal Poly campus

Oct 10, 2017
REC Solar

San Luis Obispo's California Polytechnic University is installing a 4.5 megawatt solar farm. The farm is being constructed on 18 acres of agricultural land just northwest of the Cal Poly campus. Upon completion, the farm will generate nearly 25 percent of the university's total energy needs. 

Wildfire prompts evacuations on Cal Poly campus

Sep 27, 2017
Andy Zink

An intense vegetation fire ignited Tuesday afternoon on the hills above the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo. Two residence halls - Sierra Madre and Yosemite - were evacuated, and officials directed students to the campus's Mott Gym. Cal Poly president Jeffrey Armstrong said all students are safe.

KCBX Two-Way: A ghost bike for Kennedy Love

Sep 8, 2017
Rachel Barnes/Cuestonian

In San Luis Obispo, a hit-and-run crash recently took the life of a Cal Poly student, Kennedy Love. Love was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a car. The car fled the scene but a police investigation quickly located a suspect- a 17-year-old girl - who was identified this week as a Cuesta College student by the college’s campus newspaper, the Cuestonian

Bree Zender

Ivy Bottini is a feminist, actor, artist and activist. She’s probably best known for designing the logo for the National Organization for Women, or NOW. And now, she’s the subject of a new original play called InclusIVitY: The Ivy Bottini Story.

Andrew Epperson

Cal Poly students who signed up to live in a private bedroom this coming school year won’t be living alone after all. The incoming class is the projected largest in Cal Poly’s history, and that means more students will need housing in an already tight market. 

$110 million dollar gift to "transform" Cal Poly

May 3, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

“One hundred and ten million dollars!” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong shouted out the instant confetti cannons exploded, yellow and green balloons flooded down from the ceiling and an organist played triumphal chords. That was the big reveal today on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo - the moment Armstrong announced the amount of the latest and greatest gift to the university from San Luis Obispo County residents William and Linda Frost. 

April 12 on the Cal Poly campus, there is a free public presentation by one of the world's foremost astronomers, Dr. Fran Bagenal. KCBX invited Cal Poly astronomy professor Dr. John Keller and Joseph Carro, the president of the Central Coast Astronomical Society, to the studio to hear more about Dr. Bagenal and her presentation, learning astronomy at Cal Poly, and stargazing on the Central Coast. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

[audio of cow mooing, metal clanking, galloping hooves and a lasso swinging through the air]

That’s the sound of a chute gate opening and a steer taking off running. And chasing the steer is a student athlete.

“I go to school at Cuesta College and I rodeo for their rodeo team,” said Will Centoni. “I compete in bull riding, bronc riding, team roping, calf roping, and bull dogging at the college rodeo.”

Five percent tuition hike coming for Cal Poly, CSU schools

Mar 22, 2017
courtesy of Cal Poly/

The trustees of the California State University system--comprised of 23 universities including Cal Poly and CSU Channel Islands--voted Wednesday to raise tuition five percent despite strong opposition from students. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

A ceremony Wednesday morning marked the opening of the Central Coast Cyber Forensics Lab, a group project of Cal Poly and the California State University system, along with the county DA’s office and the California Military Department. The lab will serve both as a classroom for future cybersecurity experts and a high-tech evidence collection facility. 

Mudslide threat closes Cal Poly dorm

Feb 24, 2017
Dylan Ring/KCBX


A Cal Poly dorm is closed for the next several months due to a recent mudslide behind the building. 275 student residents of Fremont Hall are moving out this week after recent storms put the dorm and residents in jeopardy. 

Greta Mart/KCBX


A Cal Poly professor and his research team were given a grant from the US Department of Agriculture for almost half a million dollars last week to study solutions to food waste.

Cal Poly economics department chair Steve Hamilton said his research team aims to reduce food waste not only at the consumer level, but at every step of the process, from farmers, to retailers and to consumers. 

Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

A Cal Poly professor is petitioning for the university’s administration to reimburse the campus Muslim Student Association club.

Annie Vainshtein/KCBX

Cal Poly officials say the university spent $15,800 on policing and temporary fencing for Tuesday evening’s Milo Yiannopoulos appearance and other campus events. The California State University system spent another $39,600 on salaries for the 90 police officers sent from other campuses to join Cal Poly police.

Flickr Creative Commons/@Kmeron

Conservative speaker and technology editor for Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos, is coming to Cal Poly on January 31, a stop on his current U.S. tour of college campuses called the “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”

Cal Poly, UCSB students organize walkouts to protest Trump

Jan 20, 2017
Dylan Ring

Students at Cal Poly and University of California, Santa Barbara marched out of classes and through their campus in the rain today in response to Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. 

Dylan Ring

Students are expressing their feelings regarding last night’s election of Donald Trump as protests are taking place on college campuses throughout California, including Cal Poly.

Matt Rz

Matt Ritter is a professor of biology at Cal Poly and an author of several natural history books. And he's going to be at the Deep Ecology Collaboratory on October 21-23 at Rancho El Chorro in San Luis Obispo. You can check out more details at

KCBX News, Randol White

Rattlesnakes throughout California will soon become far less visible, in some cases hiding from sight entirely as we enter the cooler late fall and winter months. But some populations of snakes will remain active right through this period.

UPDATE: September 14, 2016 at 5:15 p.m.

The Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office released Wednesday the identity of the man found dead Tuesday at the base of the radio tower on the Cal Poly campus.

The tower is located at the corner of Highway 1 and Highland Drive in San Luis Obispo.

The man has been identified as 18-year-old Robert Sean Douglas Aversano of San Luis Obispo.

Flickr member Vox Efx

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 is Election Day in California as Central Coast voters head to the polls to pick their primary candidates for President of the United States, Congress and various supervisor seats in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, among other choices. 

Code Press Kit

Central Coast universities are looking for ways to get more women interested in pursuing degrees in computer science. 

Jay Thompson - Cal Poly

Scientists at Cal Poly are headed back to the drawing board after a semi-successful test this afternoon of a space craft prototype known as a LightSail. 

Cal Poly Dairy Science Department Facebook page

Several hundred Cal Poly students and alumni are voicing concern over the university’s master plan update, which they say could jeopardize elements of the dairy science program.