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Having finally burrowed yourself out of two cubic meters of wrapping paper and cast it aside, here you are to read the final Cougars & Mustangs column of the year. But have you secured your valuables before leaving the house? A series of recent burglaries have been reported around the Cal Poly campus, all targeting the popular MacBook Pro line of laptop computers. The specificity of these burglaries has led authorities to believe they’re part of a larger theft ring. Whether you’ve received a new one of these computers for Christmas, or you simply already had one, please be careful to make sure that it is safe.

Speaking of safe, we’re about a month away from the announcement of whether Cuesta will keep its accreditation or not. Sometime in late January or early February, its notification letter will arrive. After so many forms filled out, and so much waiting with bated breath, it’s almost as if the college itself is waiting for its college acceptance letter—though the satisfaction that frazzled students would feel at giving a college a taste of its own medicine is completely lost when the scenario involves a community college you don’t even apply for in the first place.

Let it be said, though, that Cuesta is dressing as nicely as possible for its own sentence hearing. By Dec. 31, a project by the school to reduce its electric bill by more than a million dollars should be completely set up. A team-up with PG&E, carried out by Thoma Electric, has the college replacing its current fluorescent lighting with newer, energy-efficient lights. After 3.2 years of repaying the cost of the project, the bill is expected to drop $90,000 annually.

Finally, big changes are also (possibly) on their way to Cal Poly. After the California State University system considered establishing semesters as the standard calendar for all of its colleges, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong assigned a task force to determine whether this would be a good idea for the college, which is one of six in the CSU system to work on quarters. The team determined that it “did not find significant evidence that a conversion to semesters would result in improved student outcomes.” In fact, it believed that the expenses and stress of conversion, for example, would likely make such a change more negative than positive. In the end, it’s up to the CSU system to decide whether the change will take place, but President Armstrong feels confident with his plan to advise against it.

Does Intern Chris White-Sanborn have a New Year’s Resolution? Hey, he doesn’t go asking about YOUR personal life, does he?! Send your collegiate news to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com, and have a very superstitious New Year!

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