Cal Poly will host a panel discussion webinar titled ‘Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions’ at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28. This webinar is the third in a series sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, the College of Liberal Arts and the Instructionally Related Activities program according to a press release from Cal […]
I witnessed hate speech and vandalism in Poly Canyon Village
After a long day of work, I came back to my Poly Canyon Village apartment with the intention of getting comfy and going to bed. Little did I know, the universe would have more in store for me on the Saturday night of Oct. 23. It started just like any other Saturday night: a friend […]
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s report finds systemic racism in the county
A recent report released from the County of San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s office addressed the local systemic racism that minority groups face every day in San Luis Obispo. Its main focus was on underrepresentation of people of color in positions of power and the increase of hate crimes. The report was written by the Sheriff’s […]
Model Minority Myth: explained and debunked by Cal Poly students and faculty
In her high school math class, English sophomore Ashley Lang felt like an imposter. Balancing the flurry of questions she would receive and her peers’ inflated opinion of her left Lang feeling inadequate. “People had an image of me, [thinking] I was smarter than I actually was, so I always felt like I was playing […]
A year after George Floyd’s murder, community discusses Chauvin’s guilty verdict
On April 20, the jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
Architecture senior and President of Internal Affairs of Cal Poly’s Black Student Union (BSU) Zane Ellis-Rector described his reaction as muted, yet satisfied. He was satisfied in the confirmation of injustice, but muted in the work left to be done.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans increased during the pandemic. Students now fear for family and themselves
The pandemic has exposed the “outsider” mentality and the pulling of two worlds in the Asian community, he said.
Cuesta College trustee refuses to resign despite community criticism
At a Cuesta College Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 12, dozens of San Luis Obispo community members called for the resignation of Board President Peter Sysak over his political views shared on Facebook. Though the original posts have since been deleted, critics of Sysak claim that his comments were racist, anti-immigrant, homophobic and have […]
From kindergarten to Cal Poly: Students share their experiences with racism
In this story, Mustang News reporter Olivia Galván asked 39 Cal Poly students about their most impactful experiences with race and racism and at what point in their lives these experiences occurred. She reached out to several organizations and students to share their stories. Here are their responses led by an essay from Galván to […]
Chinese Students’ Association Zoom meeting bombed by strangers who repeated racist slurs
On Tuesday night during a weekly club Zoom meeting, Chinese Students’ Association (CSA) members experienced a series of racial attacks by unknown Zoom bombers. CSA is one of Cal Poly’s largest cultural clubs, with more than 300 active members. The mission of CSA is to create a home away from home for students with an […]
The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee and who it affects, explained
In an ongoing effort to recruit more minority and low-income students to the university, the Cal Poly Opportunity Grant was introduced after campus-wide feedback and implemented in Fall 2019. Funding for the grant will come from the Opportunity Fee, which increased fees for out-of-state students. The Opportunity Fee will be phased in until 2022 and […]
Blackface backlash: How Cal Poly’s reputation has been impacted by racist incidents
The recent blackface incident has drawn national and international attention and affected Cal Poly’s image and reputation.