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Community
5:55 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Hundreds attend Cal Poly community forum following weekend roof collapse

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong addresses a crowd of more than 500 attending a campus forum focused on current issues.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

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.

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Education
6:11 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Cal Poly investigating Saturday's roof collapse that injured several people

Aftermath of a roof collapse at Saturday morning's St. Fratty's Day party.
Credit San Luis Obispo Fire Department

Cal Poly's Greek system could be penalized following Saturday's roof collapse that injured several people, according to University spokesman Matt Lazier.

The incident happened during an annual early morning party known as Saint Fratty's Day, and appears to be the result of too many people standing on the structure.

Fraternities and sororities were placed on social probation back in January as modifications to party management policies were considered.

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Agriculture
5:22 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Cal Poly scientists work to find alternative soil treatment for growing strawberries

Cal Poly's experimental strawberry fields are just north of campus along Highway 1.
Credit Jay Thompson - Cal Poly

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.

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Education
6:01 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

With cases closed in recent dorm evacuations, some students left wondering

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.

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Science & Technology
6:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Cal Poly grad among shrinking list of candidates for mission to colonize Mars

The Mars One teams hopes to send up the first pod of colonizers by 2024.
Credit The Mars 100 YouTube video

A Cal Poly graduate is among the 100 finalists of more than 200,000 applicants that were in the running to be one of the first humans to colonize the planet Mars.

They're part of the Mars One mission that's being organized by a private, non-profit out of the Netherlands.

Kay Radzik Warren, 54, graduated from Cal Poly's Architecture Department back in the mid-1990s. She says she hopes the mission succeeds and that she's part of it when it does. 

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Agriculture
4:53 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Cal Poly's organic farm named among the top ten student farms in the nation

Cal Poly's farm areas as seen from Cerro San Luis.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

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.

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Education
6:26 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Santa Maria-Bonita School District gets $1.8 million for math program

Students in the Santa Maria valley will soon be part of math program that uses real word applications to help teach the STEM curriculum.

The three year program pairs local teachers from the Santa Maria-Bonita School District up with the Cal Poly Mathematics department. The two have been working together since 2006.

Kate Reily, a mathematics professor at Cal Poly, says her department is excited for this newest opportunity to work with the school district.

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Education
5:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Free income tax help being provided by students at UCSB and Cal Poly

Credit Flickr member Chris Potter

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."

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Water Issues and Drought
5:39 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Cal Poly experts working to solve drinking water problems in California

Cal Poly's ITRC Water Resource Facility
Credit Jordan Bell

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.

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Science & Technology
3:18 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Cal Poly students and scientists are a big part of Friday's Delta II launch at Vandenberg

NASA's Scott Higginbotham showing off the "loaf of bread-sized" ExoCube satellite designed at Cal Poly.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The launch of a soil moisture monitoring satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base was in a 24-hour delay cycle on Thursday afternoon because of a problem with upper level winds Thursday morning.

The SMAP satellite (Soil Moisture Active Passive) is now scheduled to launch Friday morning at 6:20.

Three other nano-satellites—or CubeSats—are also onboard the Delta II rocket sitting on the Vandenberg launchpad, and they're what scientists and students from Cal Poly will be watching.

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Education
1:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Students seek to start a conversation about sexual assault

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. 

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Science & Technology
12:57 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

SMAP satellite will help scientists track drought and improve weather forecasts

Video still of the SMAP satellite
Credit NASA

Scientists are looking forward to using a new satellite that will help them track California's ongoing drought and create more accurate and longer-term forecasts.

It's known as SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) and is scheduled to launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday morning at 6:20 a.m.

It's main purpose is to observe the entire surface of the Earth with a focus on soil moisture and the world's freeze and thaw zones.

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Crime
5:26 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Man suspected of making anonymous threats against UCSB community could see charges by next week

Anonymous violent threats against the UCSB community last weekend instigated a beefing up of staffing by university police.
Credit Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

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.

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Education
5:55 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cal Poly Greek life on social probation after string of sexual assaults

Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

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.

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Community
12:17 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Cal Poly float earns honors in 2015 Rose Parade

Tom Zasadzinski - Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly's student-built float earned special honors at the Rose Parade Thursday morning in Pasadena.

The float called 'soaring stories' won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial float.

85 percent of the flowers on the Cal Poly float came from within the state. Just before the final judging Wednesday, it was certified as California Grown by the California Fresh Cut Flower Commission.

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