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Cuesta College made an announcement that if left unnoticed will have the potential to throw a great many students off when they begin their fall term—the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus stop is moving from its original spot in front of the school to the opposite end in the back, by the gym. Beyond this, while one of the college’s two bus routes, the Route 12, will remain as it has been (aside from the different drop off/pick up point), the other, the Route 14, will be receiving a different schedule part of the way into August, before the new semester begins. 

The new stop has already been implemented, so those attending Cuesta for its summer programs have discovered already that the bus travels a slightly different path.

In other news, Cal Poly revealed the theme of next year’s Tournament of Roses Parade float, which bears the title A New Leaf, though it sadly has little to do with Animal Crossing. Instead, the float, which marks Cal Poly Rose Float’s 69th invitation to participate in the New Year’s Day Parade, will feature an animated family of chameleons and their exploration of a wonderful world. It remains the only student-built float in the parade, which this year will be held one day after New Year’s, due to the event’s “never on a Sunday” policy. 

Cal Poly here and the Cal Poly in Pomona each work on a half of the float and unite them in mid-October, once the winning design has been chosen by a contest held earlier in the year. The parade theme for 2017 is “Echoes of Success.” It is a celebration for those people—family, friends, and teachers—institutions, and organizations that help in the success of others. It focuses on how character is developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. 

So why does this tradition continue year after year? There may be an element of school pride associated with it, even if HGTV has a tendency to mispronounce the name of our town on a very regular basis. But perhaps the greatest reason of all is that this is a prime example of learn by doing: each step, from design to woodwork to metalwork to floral attachments, you name it, involves the heavy collaboration of hands-on student efforts of a wide variety of kinds. Truly, it is something for its workers to take pride in, and a testament to what we can accomplish when we work together. 

Contributor Lola White-Sanborn can change colors like a chameleon, if you leave her out in the sun long enough. Send her your collegiate news via cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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