Week of Welcome 2011 Photo Recap

Check out a few pics of WOW Week 2011, from WOW-O-Rama to WOW Showcase.

WOW! They're real people!

On the first Tuesday night of spring quarter, more than 650 Cal Poly students of every age and major gather in Chumash auditorium to begin training to become a Week of Welcome (WOW) Orientation Leader. These Leaders in Training (LITs)…

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Five ways for new students to make freshman year the best year of their lives.

WOW makeover affects businesses, parents and partying

This year’s WOW program initiated some changes because of concerns over an increase in alcohol consumption throughout the week in the recent past.

How WOW got its big break

Week of Welcome, better known as WOW, has come a long way since its start. Over the years WOW has not only become a tradition at Cal Poly—for many, it has become a way of life.

Reggae-punk band Pepper visits Mid-State Fair on Friday

The Hawaiian-bred, rock-reggae trio Pepper will be playing at the California Midstate Fair in Paso Robles this Friday. The band will play on the Grandstand as a special guest to another rock-reggae outfit, headliner band 311. The punk rock band The Offspring is also joining them on stage.

Dance styles to converge at fundraiser

Learn By Dancing is a “WOW” and open house fundraiser with lessons on three distinct dance styles.

Freshmen will get shorter WOW next year

Due to recent concerns that this past Week of Welcome program was associated with an increase in alcohol consumption, citations and arrests, a committee is considering changes to Cal Poly’s orientation programs.

Students go wild during Week of Welcome

The University Police Department (UPD) gave 42 citations and arrested 43 people between move-in day Sept. 12 and Sept. 21.

BLOG: Authorities crack down on parties

For local students celebrating one final week of summer vacation with alcohol-filled events, police want to send the message that drunken behavior won’t be tolerated. Students should expect an increased police presence and DUI checkpoints both on-campus and around town for the next few weeks.

How to spot a tourist in San Luis Obispo

Now that new students have moved into San Luis Obispo, there’s a pitfall for them to avoid — looking like a tourist. While the older tourist is easy to spot with the fanny pack, hula shirt and visor, some behaviors are less black and white.