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Hey there, ladies, gentlemen, and all other gender identities! You’re part of the way into the semester now, but there is still far more to discover at Cuesta College. That’s why, today, it’s time to share two tidbits of information that you may not yet know. Let’s begin at that place so many start—the main building, where all of the counselors and such are. This is the place to pay account fees, plan out academic calendars, and sign up for further classes. But did you know that it’s also the location of Cuesta’s gender-neutral bathrooms? There are two in a hallway, each single use, each kept very clean. These are perfect for those who, for example, are beginning a gender transition or otherwise identify as something they don’t want to be misunderstood should they use a “specific” bathroom. The truth of the matter is that here in California, you are legally allowed to use whatever bathroom you feel comfortable with, but “comfortable” is key! Now let’s not abuse these nice bathrooms. Keep them in nice shape!

Moving forward from the main building, if travelling toward the more artsy side of the school, one can admire an exhibit or two of the latest talent to grace Cuesta’s walls. Now, for art students and even music students, this is hardly real news. But the campus is large enough that many students have not even visited that general area, or at least known where to poke. Well, try poking in the Wicked Step-Gallery, thusly named for being essentially a tiny indoor hallway, but featuring whatever art class projects are currently on display. There’s an intriguing element to observing how a single prompt can lead to such widely-varied results, and it does your peers good to know their work is appreciated. 

Near that hallway is the Harold J. Miossi art gallery, which features an ever-rotating selection of exhibits (one at a time, of course) by various guests artists, with each new exhibit generally featuring an opening ceremony with question-and-answer discussion. Currently, you have one week left to enjoy the Satirical Street Posters of Robbie Conal, which aim, with biting humor, to make guest think about whatever social, political, or other subjects are depicted. Conal has described his work as “satirical counter-infotainment. ... If they tickle people into thinking along with me about social and political issues, I’m a happy man.” 

Contributor Lola White-Sanborn would love to hear your school’s secrets, but promises not to break open the diary it’s got hidden in its leftmost pillowcase just to find them out. Send them to her yourself, along with any other collegiate news, via cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com!

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