More than 500 Cal Poly students, staff and faculty members turned out for a community forum Thursday to address, what is perceived by many to be, an out-of-control party culture connected to the university.
The forum was scheduled this week, following last Saturday morning's roof collapse incident during the annual St. Fratty's Day party. Several students were hurt during the collapse, but none seriously.
A large research project aimed at finding better ways to grow strawberries has some of those test berries showing up in the produce departments at local stores.
The Strawberry Sustainability Research and Education Center at Cal Poly is working on alternatives to the previous industry standard for soil fumigation called methyl bromide. The chemical is being phased out in California, so Central Coast berry growers are looking for viable alternatives, including the option of using no fumigants at all.
The investigations are over in the cases of two Cal Poly dorm buildings that were evacuated in late January after students reported uncontrollable coughing.
The two incidents occurred within a week of each other. The first case was reported in Santa Lucia Hall on Jan.25 and the second in Fremont Hall on Jan. 31.
Ernie Paez is a Division Chief with the Office of the State Fire Marshall and says during both incidents the hazmat teams did what they were trained to do. They took a reading of the air using their monitors, but didn't find anything.
The organic farm at Cal Poly is being called one of the ten best university-based farms in the nation.
The organization Best College Reviews says the school's 11 acre farm in San Luis Obispo integrates well with the main campus and surrounding community, has good student interaction, and is sustainable.
Cal Poly's farm is certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers organization. It's managed by students, faculty and staff.
Volunteers at both Cal Poly and UCSB are set to begin helping Central Coast residents prepare their tax returns—for free. The program is called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).
Levi Satterthwaite is part of the program at Cal Poly and says he's excited to be involved.
"As college seniors at Cal Poly we're trained and we're IRS certified to prepare tax returns and to help them out," said Satterthwaite. "It's a wonderful opportunity and we love to give back to the community."
Experts at Cal Poly are starting work on a project to help disadvantaged communities in California access safe drinking water.
The ongoing drought has left communities particularly those in California's Central Valley with two major problems: a lack of water, and the water they do have contains concentrated contaminates like nitrates.
Water is the main focus at Cal Poly's Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) for Dr. Stuart Styles. He says because of the drought a lot of farmer's turned to groundwater, drying up surrounding wells.
A recent string of sexual assaults reported by Cal Poly students has left all greek life on social probation and one fraternity is no longer recognized by the university. Two students, Hannah Poplack and Nadine Leffler wrote a 'letter to the editor' of their school's newspaper in response an article about the university's disciplinary action.
Charges could be filed as early as next week against the man accused of making violent threats last weekend toward the Isla Vista community.
The suspect is a Cal Poly student who made the threats were made on a social media app called Yik Yak. It allows users to post anonymously with messages showing up for other users within a ten mile radius.
San Luis Obispo Police Lieutenant John Bledsoe says they were able to track down 22-year-old Stefan Hall by tracing his computer's IP address.
Bledsoe says Hall identified himself as UCSB Psycho.
A Cal Poly fraternity is no longer welcomed by the university and the rest of the Greek System, including both sororities and fraternities, is on social probation.
The university announced the moves Tuesday, following the third sexual assault reported this academic year associated with Greek houses.
Keith Humphrey is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Cal Poly and says these cases are affecting the health and safety of students. Although the university has paused all social activities in response, regular chapter operations can continue.