Favorite holiday recipes

Potato Latkes By Emily Rancer 6 Russet potatoes 1 onion 1/4 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbs oil 3 eggs oil for frying In a food processor, grate potatoes (with skin) and onion. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together.

New state laws to affect students

As soon as the clock flashed midnight on Jan. 1,
fireworks weren’t the only things set off in
California. Several new laws took effect too and some
will benefit students.
Perhaps the most sweeping good news for students is
the 75 cent rise in the state’s minimum wage.

Learn by Leaning

Imagine taking a trip around the world where one minute you’re basking in the golden South African sun and the next you’re running through the open landscape of beautiful Australia.

No vivid imagination needed here, this is just one of the many adventures Cal Poly horticulture students experience daily as they take a trip through the on-campus arboretum that plays home to over 1,000 plants from all over the world according to arboretum director Thomas Eltzroth.

Campus leaders shed light on energy plans

The sun cast down favorable light Thursday as Empower Poly Coalition dedicated the new photovoltaic energy system located on the rooftop of the Engineering West building.

The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. on Dexter Lawn. This renewable energy project is the largest in San Luis Obispo County yet.

Poinsettias aplenty

Cal Poly poinsettia project students will host an open house at the Poly Plant Shop on Friday and Saturday.

Poinsettias are in full bloom and ready to be taken home. With about 3,000 plants and 29 varieties, there are plenty to choose from. All range in color and size with unique names like “Jingle Bells” and “Kris Kringle.

Jamba Juice warns of contaminated fruit in smoothies

San Francisco-based beverage chain Jamba Juice said Tuesday that several of its chain stores located along the West Coast might have used contaminated strawberries in late November.

According to Jamba Juice, a business that originated in San Luis Obispo, one of its suppliers, Cleugh’s Frozen Foods, notified the company last week that routine testing in a Salinas food processing center found that its frozen strawberries tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially harmful bacteria.

Former professor goes Belgian or bust

Move over French fries. Belgian fries have arrived in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly emeritus philosophy professor Fred O’Toole opened the gourmet fry shop Bel Frites with his wife Joyce Connelly and 13-year-old daughter Oona. Bel Frites serves up Belgian-style fries.

Campus Crusade, down to the CORE

Maybe you’ve seen their huge “W8” signs scrawled on the pavement in chalk. Maybe you’ve walked by their group meetings. Maybe someone in your dorm has been trying to get you to go to their meetings. Whatever your situation, you’ve probably run across the Campus Crusade for Christ at some point in your college career.

Rec Center overlooks cement beach next-door

A new poolside recreation area will open on campus the beginning of winter quarter.

The parcel, located at the Cal Poly Rec Center pool, will feature a shaded picnic area, outdoor showers and a space for a portable barbecue. A construction team recently tore down the pool area’s east wall to incorporate the beach volleyball courts into the location.

Former engineering professor passes away

Ray Allen, husband, father and former Cal Poly professor, passed away last Thursday of natural causes. He was 90 years old.

Allen was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Geyserville, Calif., and died Nov. 30 in Atascadero.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Blodgett-Allen; two sons, Carl and Barry Allen; and three daughters, Suzi, Mary and Nanette.

'Tis the season to be flying solo

“Sigh.” This is the general sentiment sweeping campus at this time of the quarter, encapsulated in a single word, which, when expressed, is merely an audible release of all our distress and anxieties into the brisk December air.

But, is this feeling of accumulating heaviness merely due to the molasses-like crawl of finals week inching closer on the calendar? No; seeping in with the cold, there is that pervasive sense of wistfulness, even melancholy, and an odd longing that signals one thing:

The holidays are here.