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Baker sold out

Grover Beach



Move over pork bellies, there’s a new commodity in town, and it goes by the name of Free Speech. Cal Poly President Warren Baker recently sold a host of shares to the Harris Ranch Beef Company, apparently mistaking author and journalism professor Michael Pollan for both a vegetarian and a paid representative of some predatory industry. If Harris Ranch wanted its views espoused alongside professor Pollan’s, they should have written a bestseller, otherwise they should confine their line of bull to paid advertising (“Beef: It’s what’s for dinner”) like any other commercial entity. Evidently, money can buy more than advertising on this campus, it also wins you equal access alongside someone of superior intellect and integrity. The cloud of shame hanging over Cal Poly now rivals the stench of Harris Ranch’s own steaming excrement along Interstate 5.

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