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Cougars & Mustangs: Relax, if you can



The holidays are here, or at least some of them are! This is a wonderful time, full of mirth and familial love, right? Wrong! As college students, however into the holidays we get (which can be stressful enough in their own right), this is the time where finals week stresses keep throwing their shipping trackers in our faces.

“Oh, lookie there, only two weeks left! How can you possibly stand the anticipation?” Yeah. Anthromorphized Finals are kind of jerks. However, it doesn’t have to be all stress. Or at least, nothing says attempts can’t be made to combat said stress. Cuesta College’s Active Minds Club and Student Health Center agree that such practices are important and are here to help you carry them out.

On Monday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Associated Student Center (room 5401), San Luis Obispo campus, the first ever Winter Wellness event is being held. The event is a fun resource fair bent on helping understand the various depressions the holidays can bring about and fend them off if possible. For example, the Student Health Center commands cookie decorating, the Active Minds Club will lead crafting/art projects, the Transitions Mental Health Association will lead dance and drumming circles, and the Associated Students of Cuesta College shall man the hot chocolate decoration station. No, I’m not quite sure how you decorate hot chocolate either, so figuring that out sounds like a worthy diversion to the other things the brain is worrying about. A winter-themed photo booth where students can take pictures with friends will also be provided, and there will be food and giveaways. Just a reminder, this event falls during the week before finals. Just remember the importance of balance—while you should try not to goof off so much as to not get done what you need to get done, just plowing through without any sort of break is very unhealthy—but let’s leave the rest of that discussion for the professionals.

So, where are you picking this issue up today? If you have some time, perhaps you could help spread cheer by donating to the Cal Poly Men’s Basketball canned food drive. The day this issue is released, being Thursday, Dec. 5, there will be a spot for doing so at the corner of Higuera and Osos at SLO’s Downtown Farmers Market, San Luis Obispo Albertson’s on Johnson Avenue, Arroyo Grande’s Albertson’s at W. Branch Street, and the Paso Robles Albertson’s on Niblick Road. All but the Farmers Market location (available from 6-9 p.m.) will be available from 5-8 p.m. The team’s head coach Joe Callero will match the first 500 food items donated, and anyone who donates will receive raffle tickets and free game tickets for the Dec. 14 game against CSU Dominguez Hills.

Intern Chris White-Sanborn is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but that doesn’t give you permission to touch him to find that out for yourself. Send your collegiate news to

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