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As gas prices keep soaring (and depleting college kids’ beer budgets), a team of Cal Poly students found a way to get more bang at the pump. The Cal Poly Urban Concept Car Team drove off with the Southwest Research Institute Technical Innovation Award and a third-place finish in the urban concept car category at the 2011 Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston, Texas.

The Cal Poly car got 425 miles per gallon to finish third behind winner Louisiana Tech with an entry that achieved 646 mpg.

The awards keep coming in for the Mustangs. Cal Poly architectural engineering students were awarded two first-place and two runner-up finishes in the second annual Architectural Engineering Student Competition. Cal Poly’s Team 6 won in the mechanical category and was runner-up in both integration and structural categories, while Team 9 won in the structural category.

Yee-haw! Cal Poly has always been an aggie-friendly university. On May 7, expect to see an increase in tight Wranglers and shitkickers as the university will host the California Association Future Farmers of America’s annual State Finals Competition. An estimated 2,500 FFA participants, will converge on the Cal Poly campus to compete in career development areas such as livestock evaluation, poultry judging, and farm records. The winning team from each contest will be designated as state champions and move on to represent California at the National Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.

Learn about the world of astronomy and stargaze with University of Riverside astronomy professor and author Tyler Nordgren and the Cal Poly Astronomy Club. The event is free and open to the public and will take place May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Business Rotunda (02-213) at Cal Poly. A “star party” will follow the talk.

Cuesta College has announced the recipients of the Cuesta College Volunteer and Honored Alumni Awards for 2011. The individuals will be acknowledged at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday in the Associated Students Auditorium Room 5401 from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets to attend are $20 per person. A full listing of award recipients is available at

Come hear the culmination of an entire school year as the Cuesta College Choirs present their Spring Concert at First Baptist Church of San Luis Obispo on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. Catch it while you can, because the Cuesta Chamber Singers will take their show abroad after this event. Hopefully they rock out and experiment with real absinthe before singing while on tour. Hey, what happens during a college choir tour in Europe stays in Europe.

Intern Kai Beech compiled this week’s collegiate news. Send press releases and relevant information to

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