Cocoa connoisseur creates organic chocolate factory

The chocolate churns over and over again until just the right temperature.

Immediately upon entrance to the second floor of Splash Cafe on Monterey Boulevard, the smell of peppermint consumes the room. This is Tom Neuhaus’ own organic chocolate factory. The workers here aren’t little blue people, but rather students, volunteers and paid workers.

Animal science department adds four new buildings

Cal Poly’s animal science department is undergoing big changes with the construction of four new buildings.

The newly built hay barn and beef center is located across from Cuesta Community College off Education Boulevard in the hills, was part of Escuela Ranch.

What happens when the big one hits?

Inside a dank, dusty closet sits a haphazard smorgasbord of supplies, forgotten in the corner of the journalism department’s tiny mailroom. Underneath a long blue tarp, hundreds of ketchup, mustard and relish packets can be found, along with a plastic bottle of lighter fluid.

Friends remember life of Cal Poly student

Richard Spencer Wood planned to graduate from Cal Poly winter quarter with degrees in history and political science. But his plans were cut short.

Wood, 22, was found dead on July 22 in Avila Beach after attending the 311 concert the night before.

“He was a short guy but he was so tall in terms of his personality,” said AJ Rikli, an environmental engineering junior and Wood’s fraternity brother.

Identity theft becomes concern for 3,000 students

More than 3,000 students’ identities are at risk of being stolen after a professor’s laptop, which contained personal information of past students, was taken last month.

John Mottmann, a physics professor, reported on July 5 that his home in San Luis Obispo had been broken into two days earlier and his laptop was missing.

California Pizza Kitchen opens its doors to SLO

California Pizza Kitchen moved into a new home in downtown San Luis Obispo Aug. 1 as residents were more than eager to get a taste of what people were buzzing about.

“This is the next new place for Cal Poly’s 21 and over,” said Melissa Kramer, the director of members for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

Pucker up and raise money

Candidates from the San Luis Obispo community pucker up to “Kiss the Pig” tomorrow at 7 p.m. on the corner of Garden and Higuera streets as part of a fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

CASA’s “13th Annual Kiss the Pig” is a contest between three community leaders to see who can raise the most money for the organization.

Pulling the plug on POWER

For the past several months, campus administrators have been working intently to smoothly transition to an updated computer system that will change the way students register for classes.

Campus administration replaced the old mainframe computer system with a new application made by PeopleSoft, which necessitates changes to the POWER system.

Cal Poly student found dead in Avila after concert

History and political science major Richard Spencer Wood, 22, was found dead July 22 in Avila Beach after attending a nearby concert. The Newport Beach native was also vice president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Cal Poly.

A passer-by discovered Wood’s body at approximately 2:13 p.

Campus beekeeper explains the magic of honeybees

Scott Jeffreys squats down and draws his nose closer to the ground. He directs his nostrils towards a gaping black hole that comes from the bottom of a white box. Honeybees about half an inch in length buzz their wings at the entrance to the white box. They are ventilating their hive.

Israel-Lebanon conflict hits home

Since July 12, the conflict between Israel and Lebanon has continued to escalate despite the rising number of civilian casualties.

The fighting began after the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers with hopes of forcing a prisoner exchange and has resulted in more than 450 deaths on either side of the border.