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As recent Cal Poly graduates enter a discouraging job market, grind their way through summer internships, debate the option of grad school, and--eep!--move back in with the parents, a couple of Mustang baseball players hit the big time.

Cal Poly right-handed pitcher Mason Radeke and outfielder Bobby Crocker signed professional baseball contracts this week—making them the envy of most males ages 1 to 100.

Radeke was chosen in the 35th round by the Cleveland Indians, while Crocker was picked by the Oakland Athletics as the 136th overall choice.

Radeke was second in the Big West in strikeouts (95) and wins (8). Crocker led the Mustangs in hitting for the second straight year with a .339 batting average: 13 doubles, a triple, and five home runs.



Crocker signed a $198,000 contract the night of June 21 while the terms of Radeke’s contract weren’t disclosed—though it’s sure to pay way better and suck way less than an entry-level sales job at Enterprise Rent-A-Car (No offense, Enterprise).

From athletics to arts: Mike Blum, professor and architect in the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department, has retired after 27 years of service.

Over the years, Blum developed and coordinated the program’s concentrations in computers and printing technology, electronic publishing and imaging, and web and digital media. He introduced the graphic communication minor and developed a general education course on web and print publishing and is widely credited with bringing the Graphic Communication Department into the digital age.

To continue his legacy, the Mike Blum Graphic Communication Endowment has been established to support an annual scholarship.

Listen up! The California International Choral Festival and Competition kicks off at Cal Poly. Opening night is June 24 as ensembles from around the world take the stage at the Performing Arts Center to sing their hearts out

The competition continues throughout the weekend and culminates with the grand finale and awards on June 26 at 8 p.m.

Need more than just audio stimulation? If so, experience an abundance of arts as the Pacific Dance Center brings the story of Aladdin and his wondrous lamp to life. Live the fantasy with the professional cast of Kelrik Productions and more than 100 children ages 1 1/2 to teen from Pacific Dance as they take you on Aladdin’s magical journey. The performance will take place in the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre on June 25 at 3 p.m.

Kai Beech compiles Cougars and Mustangs. Send items for consideration to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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