Cal Poly students are preparing for Saturday's Fall Commencement, a tradition that started in 1955.
Although Fall Commencement started in the '50s, there were only two ceremonies that decade. It returned to Cal Poly in 1984 with only 262 graduates that December. This ceremony marks the 30th consecutive year the university has held Fall Commencement.
Culminating a week of violence and arrests, Righetti High School students were released from classes early on Friday as Santa Maria Joint Union High School District officials felt rumors—the subject of which have not been disclosed—were causing too much of a distraction.
The University of California Board of Regents voted 14 to 7 Thursday to adopt a resolution allowing for up to a 5 percent spike in tuition for each of the next five school years, unless the state gives the system more money.
During the vote, UC students tried to block the vote by drowning out the roll call with chants.
The number of students arrested following Wednesday's schoolyard fight at Righetti High School in Santa Maria jumped to nine on Thursday.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Kelly Hoover says three additional students were arrested, including two girls and one boy. The students are facing charges of battery and assault on a peace officer. The Sheriff's Office anticipates more arrests to follow as evidence is reviewed.
When you first step on to the Cal Poly Research Pier in Avila Beach, you can barely see the university's facility a half-mile away.
“It is unique, I don’t think that there’s another structure like it along the entire west coast of the United States," said Dean Wendt, Director of the Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. "Things that people need to do on a ship sometimes can be done right from the end of our pier, last year about 1200 students took coursework out at the pier.”
The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education provides academic and financial support for more than 35,000 students, over 10 districts, in 75 public schools. The Office is administered by the County Superintendent of Schools, a locally elected position, currently held by Dr. Julian Crocker. This January, after serving three consecutive four-year terms as County Superintendent, Dr. Julian Crocker will be relinquishing his position and Dr. Jim Brescia, will succeed him.
A pair of Cal Poly alums are donating the largest single gift in Cal Poly history to the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.
Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer are giving the school $20 million to go toward a variety of University initiatives. President Jeffrey Armstrong says those include the creation of a new Agricultural Events Center, an equestrian pavilion, and a new farm store.
In addition, the Oppenheimers are helping to feed Cal Poly students who are food insecure.
An official Cal Poly Greek system event last Halloween season caused reaction over what many saw as a racially insensitive party theme. In response, an effort on campus this year has a very different approach.
Cal Poly's University Diversity and Inclusivity (UDI) staff members partnered with the Cross-Cultural Centers to make a video called "My Culture is Not a Costume."
It features some faculty and students, including members of Greek life and Cal Poly athletics.
A massive donation to UC Santa Barbara—in fact, the largest in school history—is helping the University move forward with a major construction project.
Wall Street investor and billionaire Charles Munger is giving $65 million to the help with the effort. The money will be spent on a new visitor housing facility for the campus-based Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.
The Institute's director, Astrophysicist Lars Bildsten, says the addition will help visiting scholars make better use of their program time when on the UCSB campus.
According to visionary, Andrew Cohen, Evolutionary Enlightenment is not simply repackaging ancient wisdom for the modern world. Its central tenet is that a more enlightened future for our world depends solely our higher development.
More than 200,000 people in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties are expected to take part in Thursday's Great California ShakeOut. The vast majority of those are students.
The annual event is a way for families, schools, businesses, and government organizations to plan for the next "big one." This year, the earthquake simulation is set to take place at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Despite its name, people participate worldwide.
A refinancing move by the Allan Hancock College District is expected to save some Santa Barbara County taxpayers nearly $6 million in the years to come.
Back in 2006, voters approved Measure I, a $180 million bond to pay for facility and technology improvements at Allan Hancock College. Last week, a portion of those bonds were resold at a better interest rate for taxpayers.
Classes at UC Santa Barbara get underway Thursday morning, later than usual for a fall quarter start. In fact... this will be the latests start for the UC system since a new policy was instituted back in 2007.
The policy was put in place to make sure the period of Jewish High Holy Days between Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah didn't overlap with move-in weekend or the first day of classes.
The lunar-based Jewish calendar shifts quite a bit making this the first time the conflicting dates forced a UC start date change since the policy was instituted.