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*click* Last week, on “Cougars & Mustangs,” we showed you how to play mind games with the mafia by making concrete actually float. This week, we forgo the canoes for something more ... land-based. Say hello to Cal Poly’s own Human Powered Vehicle. The hardcore offspring of a bike and a car, this little number nearly won the school first place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s Human Powered Vehicle Challenge in May. Though the team ultimately came in second overall, it was an astonishing finish, being only 0.01 points less than the winning team. Yes, that’s only one hundredth of a point.

Even more exciting, Poly’s team did win the design segment of the competition with its creation, which, at a whopping 40 percent of the score, has the highest point payout of the six total factors in the overall score. Through use of a fiber-over-foam frame, the vehicle’s weight was minimized, and the method of fabrication increased its durability by 30 percent! Solar panels were even integrated into the design to charge the iPhone navigation system. The team placed second in the two speed events, which, when combined, were another 30 percent of the total score to the design’s 40 percent, and then third in a 2 1/2-hour endurance run, which made the final 30 percent. The Missouri Institute of Science and Technology was the overall winner, leading Cal Poly’s impressive score at a tally of 86 to 85.99, respectively. Congrats to those awesome Mustangs!

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*click* Mustang Daily general manager Paul Bittick has been named as a winner of the 2012 College Media Association Distinguished Adviser Award. Bittick joined the Cal Poly team after already tucking more than 25 years of experience in the newspaper industry under his belt. He has since been advising the Daily’s student staff for nearly 10 years. He will receive the award at CMA’s convention this fall in Chicago.

Congratulations on your award, Mr. Bittick.

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Intern Chris White-Sanborn sure knows how to live the dream on a beautiful summer day. Hand him that glass of soda he can clearly reach at cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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