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Cougars and Mustangs 

Judging from all the buzz around both San Luis Obispo County’s college campuses, it appears Cougars and Mustangs is a smash hit with the kids and might even replace the collective hole in students’ hearts that was created with the banishment of Four Lokos.

It’s probably for the best that the highly-potent-and-equally-addictive energy drink/malt liquor hybrid was banned because now Cal Poly students can better concentrate on saving money for the upcoming school year.

President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said the university is preparing for an anticipated $20 million reduction in state funding for the 2011-12 academic year. Four years ago, Cal Poly received about $150 million in state support. Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s current proposal, the university will likely receive $99 million next fiscal year.

In good news for the university, Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has been named to Bloomberg Business Week magazine’s list of the nation’s top undergraduate business colleges. This year, Cal Poly was ranked no. 73 and was one of only three public universities in California to be included on the list.

The Mustang library celebrates its dirty 30! Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library will mark its 30th anniversary with a rededication ceremony and reception on April 8 at 2 p.m. The event is open to the campus community and the public. Special tours of the library will be given as part of the anniversary celebration. No word yet if they will supply Adderall for late-night study sessions.

Not to be outdone by a bunch of bookworms, the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on April 9 at 6 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and fine wine will be served at this ultra classy black tie event. Tickets are $750 or $6,000 for a table for eight.

Over at Cuesta College, the school’s radio station, KGUR, hosted its first rap battle on April 6. Dozens of aspiring lyricists showcased their best rhyming skills in front of hundreds of classmates at the Cuesta Courtyard. The community college rappers battled in one-minute rounds and advanced via the crowd’s cheers. The only rule: No profanity. The competition was still taking place when New Times went to deadline, but the winner of the event was awarded a trophy (which we hope he/she proudly displays around the neck in true Flava Flav fashion. Word!).

In other Cougar news, four Cuesta College architecture students were honored in a national student design contest—including two whose proposal for a skilled nursing facility was judged best in the nation among university students. Brianna Luce and Devin Graham won the Rebuilding Home Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments. 

Kai Beech is worthy. Send ideas via Managing Editor Ashley Schwellenbach at

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