Schools across the country competed for the grant, with Cal Poly and Oregon State coming out on top.
Cal Poly is putting San Luis Obispo on the map. According to a November survey by Travel and Leisure magazine, San Luis Obispo is the No. 3 college town in the nation.
Former teammates remembered Yount for his fun spirit and sense of humor, sharing tales of old practices and practical jokes they often played on Yount.
It’s a Saturday night, yet dozens of Cal Poly students are gathered in and around the new Baker Science building on campus. Many of them are wearing bow ties, foot-long scarves, or stalks of celery pinned to their clothes. Outside, there is a long table piled with food such as Jammie Dodgers and fish fingers and custard, while inside a playlist of classic rock songs blares from the speakers of a lecture hall.
The Whovians have arrived.
Matt Yount, a business administration junior, passed away on Nov. 21 while studying abroad in Spain. Yount and another Cal Poly student jumped into cold, rushing water on their way back from a bar around 3:30 a.m. The current took Yount downstream. His body was found five hours later.
Cal Poly’s honors advisory board — composed of honors students, faculty, staff and administration, has been meeting every Friday this quarter to discuss the future of the program, which the provost decided will be drastically changed by two year’s time.
Computer hacking, cryptography classes, a cutting-edge Cyber Lab — Cal Poly’s new initiative in cyber security sounds like it belongs in the latest James Bond movie. Cyber security, or the protection of online information and systems from attack, is a quickly growing field that has become essential with the progression of networked technology.
The Writing and Rhetoric Center plans to expand its services to help students communicate on different platforms, not just with writing.
It’s been a half-decade since Julia and Scott Starkey sent their son Carson, an architectural engineering freshman at the time, to Cal Poly for the start of what were supposed to be some of the best years of his life.
CEA’s local team has worked closely with the authorities, the United States Embassy and students on site to memorialize Yount and to determine the cause of the accident, CEA President Marcie Schneider said.