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Fee raise passed by school, now pending student approval

The proposal to raise college-based fees (CBFs) moved a step forward Thursday when the Campus Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC) passed the proposal. Now it’s up to the students to decide.

As a result of Thursday’s decision, all Cal Poly students will have the opportunity to vote online on March 11 and 12 to decide if the university should raise CBFs to $362 per quarter, an amount deans and administrators say is necessary to maintain the current level of faculty and curriculum.

Poly considers raising student fees

In the wake of California’s deepening financial crisis and the $300 million cut from the CSU budget last year alone, Cal Poly administrators and deans of the university’s various colleges are proposing another increase in student fees beginning in spring of 2009.

Dance troupe makes ‘Impact’

The Orchesis Dance Company, Cal Poly’s oldest concert dance organization, will return to Spanos Theatre this week for their 39th annual winter dance show.

This year’s concert, entitled “Impact,” will combine the company’s unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, ballroom, lyrical and modern dance styles with new visual techniques that are bound to surprise and intrigue audience members.

Economy brings fewer recruiters to job fair

Students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from over a hundred companies today and tomorrow at the Winter 2009 Job Fair.

The two-day event, which seeks to connect job-seeking students with prospective employers, will be held in the Chumash Auditorium.

Cal Poly students package green future

Three Cal Poly programs have launched a program that has students working with major companies to deal with environmental issues facing the packaging industry.

Cal Poly’s industrial technology department in conjunction with the Orfalea College of Business and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences started Cal Poly’s Consortium on Packaging Science and Technology to offer research and development services to an impressive list of companies, including Microsoft and Safeway, to design packaging materials that are sustainable and eco-friendly.

Local festivities planned to celebrate inauguration

As millions of Americans flock to the nation’s capital for Tuesday’s inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, Cal Poly students and San Luis Obispo residents who could not secure a much-coveted invitation still have options to celebrate the festivities with fellow students and members of the community.

Church and state to be discussed

Constitutional law scholar Philip Muñoz will visit campus tonight to engage students in a discussion on the boundaries of religiuos freedom and the role faith plays in American politics.

Muñoz will present “In God We Don’t Trust: The Supreme Court and Religion,” a discussion on the role religion plays in shaping American public policy.

Discreet, disguised bank robber remains at large

An unusually high number of bank robberies has struck the Central Coast over the past few months and authorities are seeking the public’s help in apprehending the suspects who remain at large.

Two robberies have occurred this month alone: at the First Bank in San Luis Obispo on Jan.

Walsh to replace Ellerson as football head coach

The Cal Poly football team will name former Army offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Walsh as its new head coach in a press conference at 10 a.m. today in Mustang Hall, the Portland Tribune reported yesterday.

Walsh would bring 18 years of collegiate head coaching experience to Cal Poly, including 14 years at Bowl Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) Portland State.

Gaza conflict comes to campus

Students gathered Thursday morning at the University Union Plaza to voice their opinions about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

The late morning rally, which was organized by the Students for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (SJPME), was in response to Israel’s air and ground offensive against Hamas dubbed “Operation Cast Lead” by the Israeli military.

‘Jesus’ impresses at the PAC

For a guy who would rather enroll in upper-division calculus than sit through a live musical, and who looks back with less-than-fond memories about his childhood in Catholic school, the idea of attending a theater production about Jesus was less than appealing.