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Cougars and Mustangs

Columnist Kai Beech invades education's most hallowed halls



This is the first installment of Cougars and Mustangs—a collection of uber-important happenings at San Luis Obispo’s college campuses.

We at New Times are well aware that many college kids are out of town on spring break, and are more interested in finding the next Beirut tournament than reading about upcoming school-related accomplishments and events. But we thought we’d give it a shot anyhow.

With its close proximity to some of the county’s best breaks, Cuesta College has long been known as a surf-friendly school. A couple of weeks ago, the student senate approved the Cuesta College Surf Team, making the squad of shredders an official school-recognized club. The team will begin competing in the National Scholastic Surfing Association College division during the 2011-2012 school year.

The team also seems super social, as its Facebook page reads: “Once we get the ball rolling, we will have frequent practices, events, and raging house parties!!” (FYI water Cougars: Keg stands and indo boards don’t mix well. Trust me on this one).

For more information about how to literally surf through college, call (831) 234-4811 or e-mail

Over at the four-year university, Cal Poly was host to the nation’s premier lumberjack competition, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series March 23 through 25. The competition heated up Friday with a winner-take-all chopping and sawing competition at Cal Poly Rodeo Arena. The top lumberjacks are advancing to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate and Professional U.S. Championships at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 26 to 28.

Mustang junior grappler Boris Novachkov (31-2) came closer than any Cal Poly wrestler in the past 35 years, but his quest for a national title was stopped short as he fell 3-2 in the 141-pound final at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia. Novachkov became the third Mustang grappler in the past four years to reach a championship final, joining former teammates Chase Pami and Chad Mendes.

But it’s not all about sports on the Central Coast college scene. Earlier this month, Cal Poly said it plans to help clean up as university officials confirmed a multi-year, million-dollar commitment to the Global Waste Research Institute from Waste Connections, Inc. The institute aims to educate and engage faculty, students, and interested parties to address the risk to human life and the environment posed by the world’s ever-increasing amounts of waste and industrial byproducts.

This news confirms Cal Poly doesn’t take any crap lightly. ∆

Intern Kai Beech happens to be a stud looking for a Cougar. Send him your college news via Managing Editor Ashley Schwellenbach at

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