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Do you know a kid whose game needs attention? Like, medical attention?

The Cal Poly Mustangs Women’s Basketball team is coming to the Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department’s annual basketball clinic to give eighth graders and younger the attention they need.

Poly players will be doling out pointers and leading drills from 9 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 16. The free clinic is at Grover Beach’s Mentone Basin Park, and all equipment will be provided.

Kids, register ahead of time and wear comfortable clothing. And remember, if you’re in high school, the folks at the NCAA say you can’t come. This is for college students, junior highers, and elementary schoolers.

For more information or to register, call 473-4580 or come to the office at 154 S. 8th St. on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Now, more importantly, do you need attention? No, I’m not talking medical attention—or basketball attention.

If you’re not getting any eyes on you here on Earth, consider looking to the stars. Center for SETI Research Director Jill Tarter will cruise to San Luis Obispo from Mountain View to talk about scientists’ search for fellow sentient creatures in this wide, wild universe.

The SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute’s Tarter will tackle the “Are We Alone?” topic from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Business Building Rotunda at Cal Poly.  Admission is free.

If you get a sense that you know her while you’re listening to the tidbits about radio signals and interstellar communication, you’re probably just thinking of Jodie Foster, whose character in 1997’s Contact was based on Tarter.

The current search for intelligence “out there” depends on extraterrestrial civilizations having built large transmitters, broadcasting their own versions of I Love Lucy into space. Or something like that. You get the picture.

“If we find such evidence,” Tarter said in a press release, “we will infer the existence of intelligent technologists.”

For more information, visit theforumatpoly.com/talks/jilltarter.

And because journalists don’t ever get enough attention—or is that can’t ever get enough attention?—allow us to point out that Cal Poly’s Mustang Daily has switched from tabloid to broadsheet format.

In case you haven’t noticed that the only daily university paper produced solely by students, start to finish, on campus looks different, you’re either new to the school or you’re not getting your daily dose of Vitamin M, like you should be.

Go pick it up. Read it. Then tell some of the writers to call us. We need interns.

Executive Editor Ryan Miller compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs. Send your collegiate news to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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