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Creative writing contest winners ‘are advanced users of our tongue’

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net The ancient Greek city of Byzantium was a hub of flourishing culture and literature, from poetry to song, that kept the art of creativity alive through the dark Middle Ages. So it’s only fitting that Cal Poly’s…

‘Flourishing in a community’ — Life at the Establishment

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net They won’t waste time to tell you the building isn’t a hippie commune. It’s not a fraternity or a brothel, and though nudity isn’t strictly opposed, there aren’t orgies here. To these 19 residents, the precarious pistachio-colored…

A poet, an engineer, an author — but above all, he is himself

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net “When I was born, a pack of wolves was brought to its knees.” He takes a deep breath. “Frosted fur, whistling in the blizzard, they nosed at the mural painted by my mother’s blood and whimpered something…

Opening night of SLO Film Festival features spotlights, wine tasting, Q&A, but no red carpet

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net The SLO International Film Festival (SLOIFF) started off Wednesday night with a “Red Carpet Gala” in Cal Poly’s Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre. The event featured plenty of wine, a full house, spotlights and a film documenting the…

Cate’s barnacles

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net The mid-morning silence is suddenly shattered by the splash of a dark, finned creature as biological sciences senior Cate Webster rises slowly from the murky, green water. She is clad in thick, black neoprene, decorated with a…

‘Missed Connections’ — a film you won’t want to miss

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net Cal Poly alumnus Kenny Stevenson always knew he wanted to make people laugh for a living. In second grade, if his teacher had asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have said…

Get your laughs at SLO Comedy Festival

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net Want the abdominal workout of a lifetime? Try an entire weekend of jokes and laughter at the third annual SLO Comedy Festival, starting Thursday night. The festival showcases 40 comedians from around the country in 20 different shows…

A night at the Melodrama

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net How is it that in one night the president of a country club barters away $100,000 and his wife’s antique shop, watches as his engaged employees fall apart over a missing ring and kisses a woman other…

One ‘tie-riffic’ alley

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net Bubblegum alley is so last year. Downtown San Luis Obispo has a new, less smelly, alleyway community art project: “Tie Alley.” The alley itself is easy to miss — it’s just a small walkway wedged in between…

More than 100 waltz through ballroom competition

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net Colin Keane and Marie Grap walk through the arch of white, green and gold balloons, arms outstretched, faces frozen in a smile as they glide past the judges. They take their places among the other dancers. Standing…

Fairy tale ballet coming to Cal Poly

Allison Montroy amontroy@mustangdaily.net The classic “Sleeping Beauty” story will leap to life at Cal Poly’s Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center on Friday in a performance by Moscow’s Russian National Ballet. The dance company’s many stars of the Russian ballet scene join…