Books for the Bored (and Lucky!)

During a time of fear and uncertainty, books provide an escape from the news and reality of our ever changing world. If you are lucky enough to be safe at home, here is a list of books to help keep your mind busy. Most of them are recommendations, from awesome cousins and friends, but all…

The Transformation of our World

***WARNING*** Amid all of the tragic stories plaguing the media currently, with cases spreading like wildfire and no one seeming to know what to do, I’ve had a lot of time to think and reflect on what this means for U.S.. What I’ve come up with is this, and I would like to provide warning….

Indigenous People’s Day—A day for all to recognize

The morning dew clung to our shoes as we walked across the field. The smell of burning sage drifted about as light flooded the air. People from the Northern Chumash tribes and San Luis Obispo community came together to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, formally known as Columbus Day. In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed across the…

Why just bike when you can bolt?

Almost everything about electric bikes are incredible. Almost. They can be ridden at 20 mph. Since they are electric (no gas = no greenhouse gases!), all you have to do is plug it in and then you will be off; going anywhere between 20 to 40 miles. The only issue? The price. Ranging anywhere from…

Climate denier Scott Pruitt holds the future of the E.P.A. in his hands

Climate change is a hot topic—literally. With 2016 declared the hottest year, followed by 2015 and 2014, looking toward figuring out how to stop the increase in temperature would seem logical. But maybe that is what this new administration lacks: logic. As President Donald Trump infamously said: With his strong stance against climate change and the…

Climate change: hitting hard, or a hoax?

If homes started disappearing or becoming uninhabitable, we would freak out. Yet, this is happening to species all around the globe and we barely lift a finger, while some ignore it completely. In 1989, mountaintop cloud rainforests disappeared due to a drought which was caused by climate change, leading to the extinction of the Golden toad. Climate…

California receives a break from the drought, but problems lie ahead

Rivers are flowing, reservoirs are filling and mountains are greening; all normal signs of winter, but this year California rejoices. Since January 2013, California has been under drought conditions, when 2013 was its third consecutive below normal water year. On January 17, 2014 California was declared in a drought state of emergency by Jerry Brown. In 2014, California only…

Solving Poly’s parking problem: drive less, bike more?

When you are running late to class, struggling to find a parking spot at Cal Poly can be the difference of making it to class on time, or running in 10 minutes late. With only 6,000 parking spots to fulfill the needs of the 19,000 students and 2,700 faculty members, Cal Poly struggles to provide enough…