Greetings, readers! I think that a nice amount of luck is headed in Cal Poly’s direction, or at least its advertising team. According to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse has nearly arrived. I expect a great amount of embellishment, countless opportunities to claim that this will be Cal Poly’s year! Of course, I’m above such humor.
Cal Poly has some great plans to celebrate the new year, which help to showcase the talent and drive of its students. For example, the Cal Poly Chinese Student Association will host its 57th annual Chinese Banquet at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 (which is technically the second day of said New Year). The event will occur at the Chumash Auditorium on the Cal Poly campus. Events of the evening include a demonstration from the Wushu Taichi Center (a slow-moving, graceful form of martial arts), dance performances, and a student-produced play titled No Place Like Home. No Place Like Home concerns an adolescent boy who, on Chinese New Year, gets sucked into the magical land of television, and there, as he attempts to find his way home, meets various characters, including an exercise guru, a girl named Nora, and a Pokémon trainer. Mandarin Gourmet caters the event, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.; however, if you decide to make other dinner plans, you may buy a special, cheaper ticket that gets you the entertainment without the food. General admission is $12, children ticket prices are $10, and for just the entertainment, a ticket is priced $5. The Cal Poly Chinese Student Association is yet another example of the active, diverse cultural clubs the campus has to offer. For tickets and more information, please contact Brandon Takahashi at 714-907-7589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another celebration actually occurs in San Francisco, a place known for many reasons, not the least of which is its Chinatown. The Cal Poly Mustang Band has been invited by Southwest Airlines to participate in the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, a parade and festival that have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia and was named one of the Top 10 Parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association. The band was noticed after having played at a recent building dedication—it received the invitation shortly thereafter and is one of only two university bands to be invited! Congratulations to all these talented Mustangs and many more, and may the Year of the Horse shine brightly upon you all!
Intern Chris White-Sanborn was giddy to discover the word Pokémon appear on a real Cal Poly News Release. He probably doesn’t need to be reminded what a nerd he is at email@example.com.