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It’s not often I get to tie the bonds between schools and generations (it happens, but not often), but I think I’m about to do that here. Regular followers of my approximately 400-word exploits are probably quite aware of the borderline warfare—I mean, competitive atmosphere—I encourage between our colleges, but this time it’s going to be different.

Besides, you may not be a regular follower yet, and that’s kind of the point. I’ve got an event for you that you can root for no matter what college you attend, and even if you’ve not actually started it quite yet. So, beloved apprentices, on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., check out the first ever San Luis Obispo High School Alumni Choir Concert at the Mission. Under the direction of Paul Osborne, this is a group of dedicated students now hailing from not only Cuesta and Cal Poly but also UCSC and more—some have only just graduated SLO High! It will be an evening of great music and scouting for potential lab partners, and it’s even free to attend. Check it out!

On the subject of fresh years of college, if you’re a woman whose college education was interrupted (whether by your not continuing college or not completing a degree), there may be a scholarship available for you. South Bay Women’s Network is accepting applications for a scholarship seeking to help a re-entry student receive the education she needs to advance her future career. If you haven’t yet received a prior degree (that includes an AA, but certification is still acceptable) and will attend Cuesta College, call 595-SBWN (7296) or visit sbwn.org for an application.

Finally, some of you are going to be moaning that I shouldn’t be bringing up school yet, as it makes you dismal. Well, buck up. I’m in that boat too. At least I was, until I remembered all of the awesome stuff school allows you to do; for example, designing a hypothetical Parisian Culinary College/Market hybrid and winning a competition with it.

At least, that’s what Cal Poly Architecture student David Heck did. In the 12th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture/American Institute of Steel Construction Steel Design Student Competition, Heck earned one of two first-place awards for his entry in the Culinary College category. His design, “The Paris Market Lab,” fused the college with a market—an idea praised by judges, who also lauded the piece’s monumentality.

Check the project out at acsa-arch.org (Search for “2011-12 Steel Winners”); it’s pretty cool. Congratulations to Heck for his achievement.

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

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