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The following article was posted on May 21st, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 43 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 43

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN


Greetings, student. I’m glad you could make it. She’s calm, but in pain. Your beloved school week reclines placidly among ebony drapes and sheets. There’s no need to deny it, I’ve read enough Dickinson to know where this is going. Though the kindly Reaper has not yet arrived, it’s time to look ahead toward those post-mortem plans.

I may be the one qualified to do so, but all the same, I think she’d appreciate it if you did the reading. Not only would it be more meaningful, but I have a hunch you don’t remember Chapter 10’s key points quite as well as you should. Trig is hard, I know, but I think you’re mature enough to handle it.

But if you’re able to leave the house at all on Dead Week, may I suggest attending an upcoming Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts panel on June 2 at 7 p.m.? The discussion, titled Money in Politics: What Could Go Wrong?, brings Trevor Potter, Lawrence Lessig, Hedrick Smith, and William Ostrander to the Spanos Theatre. Potter is former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission, a very experienced campaign and election lawyer. Lessig, professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, founded Rootstrikers, a network of activists fighting government corruption. Smith, for his international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe, earned a Pulitzer Prize as a correspondent. Ostrander directs Citizen Congress 2014, a group whose mission entails developing a national strategy for campaign finance reform. This panel on campaign finance reform is led by Cal Poly’s very own political science professor Michael Latner.

On May 30, just before the dark chariot arrives, Cal Poly alumnus Devon Buddan paces forth through the Friday sun to lead a workshop titled Medicine, Race, and Gender: A STEM Students for Social Change Workshop. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., room 204 of the University Union will be a safe haven for students to discuss the hardships and social, educational, as well as economical barriers and experiences preventing students of underrepresented groups from making their way into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Remember, as important as finishing up your classes is, goals for the future are going to get you very far. This is sure to be an interesting as well as vital talk. The event is free and open to the public, and yes, random grubby crook who didn’t attend Ebenezer Scrooge’s funeral in the original timeline, lunch will be provided, so you have no excuse this time.



Because intern Chris White-Sanborn did not stop for Death he received a traffic citation. Send your collegiate news to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.