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Why should you support Cal Poly sports?

  • School spirit
  • Be a part of something
  • Exciting, fun, and a adrenaline rush
  • Put off studying for finals
Cal Poly Lacross

A small sample of the large crowd that attended the Cal Poly Lacross (LAX) game against Santa Barbra

With finals week fast approaching and pressures mounting, Cal Poly students are beginning to resent their school.  But this is not the attitude to have going into your tests.  School spirit and pride is important, and what better way to show it (and gain some of it) than supporting those who participate in Cal Poly sports?

“Schools with large fan bases tend to create a competitive atmosphere where students feel like they are part of a movement of pride that their whole school is behind,” Kacey Held, a freshman civil engineering major said.  Held plays forward for the girl’s soccer team.

Going to games is also a fun way to spend an otherwise boring night, or weekend day.  Not only are you having fun and being social, but also you get out of your room into the open air/gym.  Putting off those annoying studying hours isn’t so bad either.

“It’s a great time with friends,” Scott Harrington, freshman mechanical engineering major and club lacrosse player, said.  “Its important to show school spirit and to support your fellow students.”

“When watching sport games you feel the adrenaline,” Camille Brown, a freshman science and mathematics major, said.  Brown plays on the girl’s softball team. “You mentally put yourself in the player’s situation and think what would you do if you were that player. That’s why you might find yourself screaming at the TV screen when watching a basketball player miss the free throw.”

Missed Goal

Cal Poly lacross players block a goal from their opponents

Large crowds make the game more exciting for players, but it also makes the game more fun for spectators.  The environment is infectious; when you’re surrounded by a rowdy crowd you can’t help but cheer until you’re hoarse (a close game helps too).

“A large crowd with screaming fans makes every game feel like there’s so much more then a win on the line,” Held said.  “When there’s a lot of people expecting you to do your best you put a lot more pressure on yourself and your team to impress.”

Of course, you participation doesn’t have to end at cheerleading.  Students who don’t make the school teams can choose to join club or intramural sports.

“I would encourage anyone to tryout for a team, as long as they’re aware of the high level of competition, insane commitment, and athletic demand of the sport,” Held said.  “On the plus side, you’ll get a group of amazing friends and memories that I would never trade for anything!“

Events this weekend include:

  • Friday, March 4

–  Baseball v. Valparaiso at Baggett Stadium 6 p.m.

  • Saturday March 5

–  Men’s Tennis v. UC Riverside here 1 p.m.

–  Women’s Basketball v. UC Santa Barbra at Mott Gym 4 p.m. (senior day)

–   Baseball v. Baseball v. Valparaiso at Baggett Stadium 6 p.m.

  • Sunday March 6

–    Men’s Tennis v. UC Irvine 12 p.m.

–    Baseball v. Valparaiso at Baggett Stadium 1 p.m.


  • What and When
  • Why should you care?
  • Contest details
  • Where is Chumash anyway?
  • Recap: why should you go?


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This poster, advertising the upcoming Harry Potter event, is found in the UU, just outside of Starbucks.

November 19, 2010 was an epic day in the lives of hard-core Harry Potter fans, and July 15, 2011 will be even bigger.  But, July is still a five-month wait (not including February).  What are fans to do during this time!?

Associated Students Inc. (ASI) solved the problem.  This Tuesday, March 1, the Chumash Auditorium will be showing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, free for students at 8 p.m.

“I want to see it (Harry Potter) in Chumash because I would have just given a huge speech and I just wanna relax.” Jimmy Carson, freshman electrical engineer major, said.  “And it’s Harry Potter.”

Why should HP fans be jumping for joy at this news?  Because this very well may be your one chance to watch Deathly Hallows before the DVD hits shelves, which isn’t until April.  So why not wet your HP appetite for now, because we all know there is no way to watch it online or anything (cough, cough).

“I’m excited for the contest.  I’m so gonna win!”  Lauren Granados, junior nutrition major, said.  ASI is also putting on a “#1 Harry Potter Fan Contest.”  Contestants just have to post a video on youtube explaining why they are the biggest fans.  The top three will receive prizes during the event.

“I want to Dobby’s beautiful face one last time.” Cassie Pate, freshman biology major, said.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, there will be no spoilers on this blog.  If you want to know, go see the show! (Or google “Dobby Deathly Hallows” and you’ll figure it out.)

Two wooden doors by a wooden wall

The Chumash Auditorium is on the second floor of the University Union, by all the chairs that point toward the flatscreen TV. The Auditorium houses many of ASI’s events.

The Chumash Auditorium, located in the University Union (directly above Starbucks), houses many ASI events, from career fairs to dances.  It’s huge, with a maximum capacity of 996.  Anyone can schedule events, as long as they go through the right channels, like ASI or the Performing Arts Center.

So, lets, recap: Why should you attend on Tuesday?

  • It’s a free event on campus.  Students don’t have to pay for tickets and freshmen don’t have to pay for the gas money to go somewhere
  • Chumash is big, so all you’re fellow HP geeks can go with you
  • It will be a while before the DVD is released and even longer before Part 2 hits theaters, so why not get a HP fix in now?


Just BTW:  The DVD and Blu-ray of Deathly Hallows, Part 1 will be released on April 15.  The 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (meaning it has a DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Copy) will include multiple features, including a seek peak at Deathly Hallows, Part 2.  The DVD will be a single disc, and will only have additional scenes.  The Combo Pack will go for $35.99 while the Single Disc DVD will cost $28.98.


Different theaters offer different experiences.  Some prefer giant rooms with lots of people, while others like more intimate, even old-fashion settings.  The map below plots eight theaters in San Luis Obispo City and Arroyo Grande, varying from movie theaters, playhouses, and a drive-in. One is solar powered.


  • Why people go to the drive-in
  • Prices
  • Show times
Sunset Drive-In

The Sunset Drive-In looks run-down in the daylight, but at night the ambiance changes. And the telephone polls can not be seen while viewing a movie.

From its giant projection screen to the snack bar in the middle, the Sunset Drive-In, located in San Luis Obispo, provides an old-fashion setting with new-age movies.

“It has a nice ambiance,” Tom Booth, fourth year wine and viticulture major, said.  “The effect of the projection illuminates the area very nicely.  Its just a very cool setting, especially between the twilight and total night hours.”  Well the facility looks pretty rundown in the daylight, the night changes its appearance to a typical, intimate drive-in.

The Drive-In is open every night of the week.  Drivers simply pull into the lot, pull up to the ticket window, and buy a single ticket for both shows.  The driver than parks in a space, whether forward or backward, depends on what car you have.

Don’t get lost

At night the entrance can be confusing. Luckily, there is a giant sign to help driver out. This route leads cars directly to the ticket booth. Theres an illuminated path that guides cars to parking spaces too.

“I like the drive-in cause I can back my truck into a parking space and lay down in the bed.  With a blanket its not too cold.”  Robert Garcia, second year agriculture major, said.

Be wary if you have a questionable battery, however.  To listen to the movie, viewers tune into a special station just for Sunset.  This requires must cars to be on during the entire double feature.  Perhaps jumper cables would be a good idea.

“I’ve had my car die on me before,” Brenda Smith, first year general engineer, said.  “Luckily, someone there had cables they let me borrow.  They were really nice.”

The Sunset Drive-In’s website tells what movies are playing that night.  The Drive-In shows a double feature every night.  The movies change every week.

“It’s the best deal in town.”  Booth said.   Both movies cost $7 for an adult and $2 for a child (ages five to eleven).  “And they serve Vanilla Coke.”  Booth added.

Movies showing this week:

  • Sanctum – 7 p.m. rated R
  • The Rite – 9:05 p.m. rated PG-13
  • These movies should be over around 11

Also on the website is a phone number.  Calling it leads to a recording with the latest Sunset news.  Every Saturday is Super Saturday when the Sunset area holds a swat meet; $20 per space.

The Sunset Drive-In is located at 255 Elks Lane.  Remember, if you’re driving and using a map, watch out for that first right turn.  It’s a little evasive and missing it causes for a very frustrating adventure.


  • What is rock climbing like, from the view of a beginner
  • What the experienced ones say
  • What climbing in SLO is like
  • How to collect audio from a rock
  • A word about poison oak

Sam Sullivan (ME!) repelling down the a rock at Rock Land. At first, I thought I was going to die. But after I got over the ledge and felt the tug of the rope, I thought, “OK. I’m not about to plunge to my death. This might just work.”

Repelling down a cliff.  Looking down, hundreds of feet below, jagged rocks threaten to end my life.  My only savior, a rope tied to my harness.

Or at least that’s what it felt like.  Really, we were climbing in Cabrillo, (at Rock Land, more specifically) which is about a 30-foot-tall rock.  The rope was strapped to some bolts on the rock and the ground below was actually pretty smooth.  But, for a beginner, these images warped to preview a tragic accident.

Why did I go rock-climbing, since I’m such an obviously cool-and-collected individual?  Well, climbing was my latest blog topic, an audio recording of some climbers in action and their thoughts on the sport.  However, to get the interviews, I was given an ultimatum;  “Only if you (me) come climbing too,” Peyton Burns, first year civil engineer, said.

Besides hanging over the ledge, the climbing part was actually very fun (though, admittedly, I did very easy climbs while the rest did the more difficult ones.)

“(Rock climbing is) defiantly a place of encouragement. You take people out for first time and its not like ‘Oh you’re not as good as someone else.’ It’s you’re all out here having a good time.” Tiffany Safronoff, first year civil engineer and PolyEscapes employee, said.

According to Sarfronoff, when climbers run into other climbers on the rocks, they are instantly friends.  She said they’d talk for about 10 or 15 minuets, do a climb together, than ask what each other’s names are.

“The climbing community in SLO is pretty small,” said Dan Schricker, first year agriculture engineer.  “They seem pretty

Dan Schricker and Peyton Burns belaying for other climbers. Belaying is basically keeping the rope secure for the other person and letting out slack when needed. Also, if the climber falls, the belayer can “break” and catch the climber with the rope.

unified around the SLO-Op Climbing gym.  You run into them out at Bishops a lot.”

As previously stated, the whole reason I did this was to get an audio interview.  Unfortunately, getting audio at a rock is a little challenging.  For one, there’s no really even place to put a recorder besides a really flat rock or the dirt.  Second, its hard to interview someone when both of you have both hands and feet in teeny tiny cracks.  And third, there’s a lot of wind up there.

So, instead I made sure to get plenty of ambient and natural noises from our spot, and my interviewees/partners and I agreed to complete the interview back in their dorm room.  Therefore, my 1-2 minuet audio tack actually took me an entire Saturday to collect.

view and mist

This is a view of the marshes from the top of the rock. The mist began rolling in as it got closer to sundown.

Oh, and a few more words of advice for you potential climbers out in SLO county; BEWARE OF POISON OAK!

In order of appearance, Tiffany Safronoff, Dan Schricker, and Peyton Burns describe what they have learned about rock climbing around SLO county.

See a video of this amateur and Dan Schricker climbing at Bishops!

Waves crash along the coast of the secluded Montana de Oro beach. The beach is near the State Park, also with the same name, in Los Osos.

Montana de Oro is a lesser-populated beach off the central coast.  With big rocks, sand dunes and what some call the “Rabbit Hole,” this beach has something for everyone.

“If you’re not afraid of climbing or the dirt, the ‘Rabbit Hole’ is really fun.”  Cornelio Furlan, first year electrical engineer, said.  “You actually feel like a rabbit when you go through it.”

When one thinks of San Luis Obispo, or even the Central Coast, Avila and Pismo Beach come to mind.  However, some prefer Oro’s (about a 25 minuet drive from Cal Poly’s campus) exclusiveness.

“I like Oro because not many people go there.  Sure, it tends to be colder and the sand is more rocky than most, but rolling down the sand dunes is really fun.”  Nik Hirsch, lifeguard and SLO native, said.  The sand dunes at Oro overlook a valley of sorts.  In this valley, people can be seen riding horses a lot.

A unique feature about Montana de Oro is how to get there.  When driving to

The forest leading to Montana de Oro ("The Mountain of Gold") contributes to its feeling of exclusiveness.

most beaches, one passes through crowded towns with lots of people. Driving to Oro, however, one passes through a forest.

There are many turn-offs in the forest, where a few people stop to take pictures or even going hike down some of the trials.

“I like how the beach is protected by cliffs on both sides,” said Dan Schricker, first year agriculture engineer.  “It gives a nice feeling of isolation.”

Besides the cliffs on either side, there is also a large rock right in the middle of Oro.  Depending on the time of day, the waves can smack that rock hard, creating a powerful tide.  But, quiet a view awaits at the top.

“The top of the rock is a great spot for a picnic or just to relax,” Schricker said.  “The climb to the top is fun and its pretty flat in come places, so it’s good to sit if you want.”

A bird flies over the valley by the beach. Down below, too small to see in the picture, two people are horseback ridding.

Schricker also added that if one times it right, they can watch the sunset from the rock.  He advises to bring a jacket, for once the sun goes down, so does the temperature.

Schricker also said to be weary of the climb back down; the tide will pick up.

Gladiator’s Paintball Park fuels kids adrenaline

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Cal Poly students talk about their favorite San Luis Obispo spots and why.