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Benjy Egel

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6:21 a.m.

The time when a garage roof collapsed at 364 Hathway Ave. under the weight of 30-40 people on Saturday, March 7. People had climbed up on the roof during the unregistered party dubbed “St. Fratty’s Day” at a nearby property. Thousands of students, many dressed in green or faux Irish apparel, came out to party in the early morning despite warnings against doing so from Cal Poly administrators. The roof’s collapse resulted in nine injuries, including one student who was impaled by a large wooden splinter through her left thigh.

$20 million

The amount of money donated by Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences in November. Both Oppenheimers graduated from Cal Poly in the mid-1980s, and Peter went on to become the chief financial officer at Apple, a position he retired from in September 2014. The gift, which was the largest ever donated to Cal Poly, will be used to fund an Agricultural Events Center, equestrian center and farm store, where Cal Poly products will be sold.

8.5 hours

The amount of time business administration junior Gordon Ho stood in line for the advance premiere of Game of Thrones’ fifth season. More than 1,000 students lined up outside Chumash Auditorium on April 2 for a sneak peek at what the new season would hold. Cal Poly was one of 20 universities across the country chosen by HBO to see the first episode a week before the general public. A number of lucky students received free Game of Thrones swag, including posters, DVDs and paper crowns.


The increase in tickets given out by University Police Department officers from 2013 to 2014. After distributing 523 tickets in 2013, a small step down from the 636 given out in 2012, campus police officers gave out 1,267 citations in the 2014 calendar year. Tickets were given for riding bicycles at night without lights, expired car registration, skateboarding, public intoxication and failing to stop at stop signs, the last of which saw a 313 percent increase from the 2013-14 academic year.

1 to 31

The ratio of pay increases given to individual faculty members and administrators from 2013-14. A total of $147,000 was budgeted for 20 administrators’ pay increases, as opposed to $625,000 divided between 2,586 faculty and staff members. The $625,000 is part of a four-year, $2.5 million plan set out by Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong to increase faculty and staff salaries over time, an amount many have said is too little. Armstrong held several listening sessions open to the public in April and May, during which professors, lecturers and students voiced their concerns.

222 percent

The increase in arrests or citations from Halloween weekend in 2013-14. Police reprimanded 10 students for public intoxication, seven for minor in possession and three for possession of marijuana from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Though Halloween fell on a Friday night, rain and the threat of increased fines for lawbreakers put a damper on partygoers. Though the percentage increase was drastic, San Luis Obispo Police Department Capt. Chris Staley and University Police Department Chief George Hughes both said they were pleased at the low total arrest numbers.

1,100 men

The approximate number of students who came out for Interfraternity Council (IFC) fall rush, 300-400 more than the previous year. Fraternities offered an average of 28 bids per house, and an average of 25 students accepted. Despite Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey’s repeated expressed interest in seeing smaller fraternities, the influx of interested students meant nearly every chapter grew in size. With more competition for bids amongst their peers, many students chose to “suicide rush” on fraternities after the all-IFC barbeque on the first day.

56 percent

The amount of faculty and librarians who said they had considered leaving Cal Poly in the last year, according to the Campus Climate Survey. More students said they were comfortable than uncomfortable/indifferent on campus (80 percent to 20 percent) and most (78 percent) said they had not experienced exclusion while at Cal Poly. In addition, 8 percent of women who responded to the survey reported having experience unwanted sexual contact while at Cal Poly. In total, the survey represented the viewpoints of about 6,000 members of the Cal Poly community, or 29 percent.

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