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Cal Poly is known for its school colors, green and gold, but Open House weekend will add a little pink to the palette. Bright pink.

Phyllis Madonna, owner of the garishly popular Madonna Inn—the local establishment that draws tourists looking to eat at the fabulous Copper Café, sleep in a caveman-themed room, and/or urinate into a waterfall—was selected to serve as the college’s Open House grand marshal.

Cal Poly officials will honor Madonna, a longtime college supporter whose family has studied at the local campus for generations, at the Poly Royal Parade on April 14.

The overall theme for the weekend (events run April 12 to 15) is “Green and Gold Rush,” and prospective students, current attendees, family members inspecting the area, and locals looking for an excuse to get out no matter the weather will find plenty to do.

The main events on Saturday kick off with the aforementioned parade at 9 a.m. Floats and marchers will pour down Perimeter Road. An opening ceremony will pack Dexter Lawn at 10 a.m.

Then, things get really crazy. Clubs, campus organizations, colleges, and departments will fill the campus with booths offering information, games, food, and more.

Ag lovers can tour a pavilion from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Equestrian demonstrations start at the Equine Unit at 11 a.m. A tractor pull—you’ll be able to hear it no matter where you are on campus—starts at 1 p.m. across from the Crops Unit. A rodeo begins at 5 p.m. at the Rodeo Arena.

On the artsier side of things, performances run at the Dexter Lawn main stage from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an Open House Concert will fill Harman Hall with music starting a 8 p.m.

There’s literally something for everyone: An Electrical and Computer Showcase, featuring the ever-popular Roborodentia (read more about it on page 46), begins at Mott Gym at 10 a.m., and a Kids’ Faire offers something for future Mustangs in the H4 parking lot from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. See a softball double-header at noon at Bob Janssen Field. Or just sit and people watch.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the food. I’ve chowed on potstickers, sno-cones, shishkebabs, and tri-tip in years past. I’ve seen a booth that had a snake you could hold while posing for pictures, a “test your strength” carnival-style game, a dog with its skeletal structure chalked onto its side, just-hatched baby chicks, fencing, dancers of all kinds, loomingly tall and inflated soldiers, a bounce house, a spot-the-queen box of bees, and more than I can list here.

It’s pretty awesome.

For more information about Cal Poly’s Open House weekend, visit or call the Open House office at 756-7576. ∆

Executive Editor Ryan Miller compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs. Send items for consideration to [email protected].

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