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The slender, curved shadow of Dead Week’s trusty scythe is cast gluttonously upon Cuesta College’s student body. The sparks of sharpened metal bounce ravenously in the school’s direction as pupils pore frantically over their neglected literature. Of all the times to take it slow, now ranks among the probable worst! May 31, however, is a perfectly good time for taking it slow. So perfect, in fact, that you may as well take it twice.

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Take It SLO, one of Cal Poly’s a cappella ensembles, will be performing twice on that day, filling the air with a surplus of vocals-only music. The 16-member ensemble has received recognition in the past, through participation in the International Championship of College A Cappella West Coast Quarterfinals, the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, and even getting the incredible opportunity to share the Performing Arts Center stage with Jason Mraz last year. As is true of more musicians than you might think, not every member of the group majors in music, but that certainly doesn’t mean they give any less dedication to the art form.

The audience at their 1 or 7 p.m. shows can expect popular tunes arranged by ensemble members past and present and the opportunity to purchase any of their four CD releases for $5 each, one of which, SLO Motion, is new. The concerts cost a mere $7 at the door for the general public, and $5 for students. There are even opportunities to win free tickets on their Facebook page,, Instagram @takeitslo, or website Room 28 of Building 45 (the Davidson Music Center) on Cal Poly’s campus is the setting of this event. The Cal Poly Music Department and College of Liberal Arts sponsor the concerts. For more information, email, or call the Music Department at 756-2405.

You’ve still got a solid two weeks until the reaper turns your way, Mustangs, but fair warning, he arrives on the day following this concert. I always heard that an executioner’s approach is marked by heavy drums, but it seems Dead Week’s taken a shine to a beat-boxer instead.

A final thought before we end today, as the cessation of both school years grow so close. Whatever exciting business the forward thinkers among you are planning for your next term, please don’t forget you can tell the county about it here by emailing Cougars and Mustangs.

Contributor Chris White-Sanborn has a voice like honey, ... incredibly sticky and probably of insect origin. Send collegiate news to

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