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Summer classes have begun at Cuesta College, but you might not be able to tell by walking the streets. The recent surge in electronic activities has made people eager to be indoors, so with shopping malls and parks being barely less empty this week, the only people who have really taken note of this fact are the cat burglars.

As it stands, Poly students are doing whatever it is they like to do when not in school, and may find themselves charting a course back to whatever home towns from which they manifested.

“We have a nice shopping district!” I cry as they flee away.

“You sure do,” agree the cat burglars.

Yet for the life of me it would be a lie to claim that nothing was going on at our Polytechnic campus, as batons are passed from one generation of faculty to the next. Two new deans are readying to take the helm for the coming school year, so join New Times in welcoming them with this column.

Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts bids farewell to Linda Halisky a 28-year veteran of Cal Poly who served as dean of the Liberal Arts College for the past eight years. Douglas Epperson, currently with Washington State University, will take on the role on Aug. 15. Boasting degrees in philosophy and psychology, Epperson looks forward to the college’s famous “Learn by Doing” style, and is reportedly impressed with the faculty and staff’s commitment to its students.

At Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Christine Theodoropoulos will take the reigns on Sept. 1. Since 2003, she’s served as head of the Architecture Department in the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Arts. Now she’s excited to lead Cal Poly’s Architecture College as dean, succeeding R. Thomas Jones, who is stepping down from the position as the college’s dean after nine years.

As for Cuesta College, the Board of Trustees recently turned down a proposal to hire a consultant to determine the feasibility of a bond for November of this year. Though Superintendent Gil Stork still has approval to test feasibility for a 2014 bond, and still believes that a local bond is needed for college renovations and technological improvements, Stork believes that it just isn’t the right time right now.

Intern Chris White-Sanborn compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs. Send collegiate news to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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