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WOULD-BE PARTIERS FINALLY GET IT – OPINION OF THE TRIBUNE MARDI GRAS PASSES WITH A REDUCED POLICE PRESENCE IN ONCE-WILD SAN LUIS OBISPO
Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – March 6, 2009Browse Issues
Readability: 8-9 grade level (Lexile: 1090)
We had to double-check the calendar to make sure but, yes, Mardi Gras weekend did indeed come and go without any of the usual “party-is- over” warnings from the SLO Police Department. Nor did we get the massive police presence we saw the first few years following the 2004 Mardi Gras riots.
There were a few extra officers on the streets as a precaution, but Mardi Gras weekend passed without a ripple. In fact, a SLO PD spokesman said it was even quieter than usual.
That’s good. With the city worrying about a $10 million shortfall, the last thing it needs is to pay its officers overtime to police out-of-control college kids who like to pretend they’re on Bourbon Street instead of Higuera.
With a sigh relief, we toss a bon temps bouquet and a generous handful of beads to the would-be revelers who seem to have finally gotten the message: SLO is no longer the place to party on Mardi.
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//Do you know WHY SLO IS “not the place to party on Mardi? Do ya? Were you at Cal Poly in 2004? Did you see the fucking Nanny State BULLSHIT the city paid for on behalf of the university? Ever been tear-gassed b4? Ever been shot with a bean-bag gun? You know what I was doing when the riots happened? I was playing dominoes with my fellow Senior++’ers in a garage on Hathaway st. when we heard “This is the police, if you are not a resident you must evacuate the area immediately”
I went outside and saw what looked like a tank and about 100 cops marching up and down hathaway, people were running.
We went back into the garage to our game. I lived across the street. This was my friend’s house…I would consider a game of dominoes in smoke-filled garage populated by Six-Year Veterans of the University to be a free assembly, wouldn’t you? WE WERE HAVING A SMALL PARTY HOWEVER.
So what did we do? -we made sure it was just US by kicking everyone out of the house and off the property -which means I have control of my apartment and I can assist to privately secure a friend’s property, but I have no authority on public property. I CANNOT KICK YOU OFF THE STREET THE SAME WAY THE COPS CANNOT KICK ME OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY WHERE I AM AN AUTHORIED GUEST OF THE OWNER OF SAID PROPERTY.
-unless you have a warrant for my arrest
We returned to our game. The mobile PA system updated the broadcast: “THIS STREET IS BEING EVACUATED (per some govt authority, I think they said the state”
Evacuate means everyone has to leave…where would I go? My apt. is a across the street. I’m at a friend’s house. There are lots of people outside…most are law enforcement NOT STUDENTS. NOT RESIDENTS OF THE CITY. NOT TOURISTS. MOSTLY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
The real transient population: the troublemakers who came to that area JUST TO START SHIT – Were long gone at this point.
If you didn’t live there or nearby you’d have been 86’d by me or someone like me an HOUR AGO.
Homeland Security (or WHATEVER THE FUCK THAT WAS) did not stop there…
Since this a man-made problem that was already solved…I did not feel the need to evacuate.
Then I something stung my sinuses, hard.
I breathed in felt myself choking.
Someone burst tear-gas—-nearby—-“I’m being tear-gassed,” I thought as I placed my dominoes on the table and ran inside the house.
It was no better inside the house.
Time to run for it. Ever had to run away? WHILE BEING TRAPPED-IN EMINENT DANGER? WITH NO SAFE PLACE TO RUN TO????
…to be continued.
//rape ok…but not boobs
COUNCIL COULD KEEP, LIMIT OR TRASH CITY’S ANTI-NUDITY LAW – THE LAW WAS PASSED ON THE URGING OF POLICE OFFICERS WHO SAID FLASHING CONTRIBUTED TO RIOTS DURING MARDI GRAS 2004
Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – August 14, 2005Browse Issues
Author: Leslie Griffy
Readability: 6-8 grade level (Lexile: 1030)
A controversial anti-nudity ordinance passed after the 2004 Mardi Gras riots could come off the books Tuesday when the San Luis Obispo City Council reviews it.
Some council members have raised questions about the ordinance, passed at the urging of police who said flashing contributed to riotous behavior during last year’s Mardi Gras celebration. Under the ordinance, flashers face a $100 fine.
Council members could opt to keep the law as it is now, scrap it or limit it to the rowdy Mardi Gras season.
In October 2004, a crowd of nearly 5,000 people gathered at California and Foothill boulevards. It quickly became unruly. Nearly 200 people were arrested for throwing bottles, cans and explosives at police. The reason the throng amassed, according to police: women flashing for beads.
“As these crowds grow, their behavior becomes aggressive and threatening, increasing the danger for the individuals involved,” a police report to the council says.
Police officers reported seeing more than 50 incidents of flashing.
In the report, they compare that number to the one police-reported sighting of flashing during Mardi Gras 2005, when the anti-nudity law was in place.
Still, they say in the report that this year’s incident led to the most harrowing part of the weekend, when a crowd of 800 people, who had gathered to watch the show at Mustang Village, significantly grew after the woman flashed the crowd.
The law isn’t without its critics. No ticket has ever been issued. Some say that proves it’s not necessary. Police counter that proves they’re using it sensibly.
Others charge the law unfairly targets women. The ordinance, the report states, “applies to both men and women (albeit different parts of the body for each).”
Police also cite concerns that intoxicated flashing women could be taken advantage of, noting “staff has located many photos on the Internet of young women flashing their breasts during Mardi Gras in our city.”
The law has made the Web, too. A pro-Mardi Gras group sold T-shirts online that read, “Danger: Contains female breasts. Exposure may cause deviant behavior.”
This year’s Mardi Gras operations, including messaging about the anti-nudity law, cost city taxpayers $385,200. Other agencies that provided backup, such as the CHP, footed nearly $700,000 for the weekend work.
City officials expect the cost of managing Mardi Gras revelers and changing the city’s reputation as the place for the weekend party will decrease over time.
Leslie Griffy covers San Luis Obispo for The Tribune. You can reach her at 781-7931 or email@example.com.
If you go …
The San Luis Obispo City Council revisits its anti-nudity ordinance at its Tuesday meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. The review is the last item on the agenda. For more information, call 781-7100.
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Copyright: Copyright (c) 2005 The Tribune
PATROLS BEEFED UP FOR MARDI GRAS – THE CITY IS URGING OUTSIDERS NOT TO COME TO PARTY OFFICIALS WANT TO AVOID A REPLAY OF LAST YEAR WHEN NEARLY 200 WERE ARRESTED
Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – January 20, 2005Browse Issues
Author: Leslie Griffy
Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1260)
Two weeks before Mardi Gras weekend, the city of San Luis Obispo has spent about $20,000 on advertising that urges outsiders not to come here to party.
But officials acknowledge that’s no guarantee the city can avoid a replay of last year’s riots.
“Based on the experience of Chico and Palm Springs and other places that have had similar types of experiences, we believe that we will be very active on the Mardi Gras weekend,” San Luis Obispo police spokesman Rob Bryn said.
City police officers won’t be alone in the effort to maintain order.
San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies, Cal Poly’s University Police Department, CHP and officers from a number of other agencies — such as the Southern Pacific Railroad to University of California police departments — have chipped into help quell crowds.
More than 400 law-enforcement officers will be on the streets that weekend, police San Luis Obispo police Capt. Dan Blanke told the City Council Tuesday night.
Most will be stationed in the north area of town, near California and Foothill boulevards.
About 5,000 people congregated at that intersection last year as partying turned into violence. Nearly 200 people were arrested after the crowd started throwing bottles and rocks at police.
Officials plan to station the rest of the extra law-enforcement presence — about 50 officers on motorcycles and bicycles — downtown this year.
But, officials hope the ads urging people not to invite friends to the area for the holiday will help stem the crowds.
“The message is strong,” city administrator Ken Hampian said, “but that is part of what it is going to change the image of this town.”
Two television spots, costing about $2,000 to produce, are airing on local stations. The largest media purchase — nearly $7,000 for radio ads — is designed to target a traditional college-age demographic.
But stopping student partiers is only one part of preventing problems, Blanke told the council. A Mardi Gras task force has asked downtown bars to not use glass to serve drinks over the holiday.
“We recognize the fact that this is these people’s business and this is the prime time to make money,” Blanke said. “But there will be no Mardi Gras promotions (in downtown bars). We are grateful for that.”
Police plan to set up two operation centers, one at the Ludwick Community Center on Santa Rosa street near downtown and the second on the Cal Poly campus.
They will use the Cal Poly location as booking station.
Although the city has budgeted nearly $374,000 for extra police and the ads, residents are crossing their fingers that the holiday weekend goes smoothly.
“There is no guarantee that everything will go as planned,” Andrew Carter said. “But, I think our police…are doing every thing they can.”
Section: Public Safety
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Index terms: SAN LUIS OBISPO
Copyright: Copyright (c) 2005 The Tribune
GO EAST FOR A REAL MARDI GRAS SOLUTION – OPINION OF THE TRIBUNE IN OHIO, COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO ARE FOUND GUILTY OF RIOTING ARE EXPELLED AND LOSE SOME FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – May 16, 2004Browse Issues
Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1280)
The Mardi Gras parade organizers have done the right thing by canceling their parade next year. It’s a step in the right direction in putting the kibosh on future riots by local and visiting students who see the Mardi Gras weekend as an excuse to drunkenly trash the city of San Luis Obispo.
But, as city officials are aware — and they will be making law enforcement plans accordingly — it will take several years before the city’s Mardi Gras reputation recedes from its promise of “beer, boobs and beads.”
If students are rioting, as some letter writers to The Tribune have noted in the three months since the riots, then where is the university oversight of its students? Why can’t Cal Poly step up to the plate and expel students who are arrested for riot-related actions?
The short answer is that the university doesn’t exercise paternalistic control — known as “in loco parentis” — over what a student can or cannot do off campus.
It’s a different issue once a student steps onto state property. This year’s riots at Mustang Village, a railroad track away from campus, were off-limits to university oversight and control.
So what is a valid alternative to collaring college students — both local and from out of the area — who riot annually at a cost of some $500,000 to taxpayers?
The Tribune looked to the Midwest for the answer and may have found it in a law passed in Ohio last year. Some background: Ohio’s three major universities — Ohio State, Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati — have all been plagued by annual student riots in which downtowns were ravaged, cars burned, windows broken, and students and law enforcement officials injured.
In Ohio State’s case, the riots have occurred after OSU won “the big game” with Michigan.
Students at the University of Cincinnati have developed a nasty tradition of rioting during Cinco de Mayo. And Ohio University students, odd as it may sound, trash their downtown when clocks are turned forward for daylight saving time. Why? They feel robbed of an extra hour of bar-hopping.
However, there hasn’t been a riot at any of these schools since 2002. That’s because the Ohio Legislature adopted legislation in 2002 that place real consequences on students who are arrested for failing to disperse at the scene of a riot or emergency.
Here’s how it works: Under the law, if a student at a state-funded college or university is arrested and found guilty of failure to disperse at a riot or emergency, he or she is immediately expelled, can’t transfer or be admitted to another state school for one year, and loses scholarships and financial aid.
We asked Ohio State spokesperson Elizabeth Conlisk if the law was effective and found that the risks of just being a passive observer at a riot were too great for students.
“The law was designed,” she explained, “to keep students from congregating in mass groups, groups so dense that police couldn’t get to the rioting students within.”
Parents are notified of the law before the start of school and before each of the universities’ traditional riot periods. In addition, school athletic facilities like basketball courts and lighted volleyball courts are kept open during these times until 3 or 4 a.m. Conlisk called these “happy activities that go on late at night.” Basically it just redirects student energies.
With knowledge of Ohio’s law, we then asked Dan Howard-Greene, executive assistant to Cal Poly President Warren Baker, if the failure to disperse/expulsion law resonated with the university.
“On the face of it, it seems like it might have positive impacts,” he said, “because students have an interest in their academic standards. It would also provide the campus and community options that they don’t currently have: the ability of campuses to apply sanctions.”
Whether or not the CSU Board of Trustees would support such legislation is unknown, although the board has taken positions on legislation in the past.
We next contacted the offices of Assemblyman Abel Maldonado and Sen. Bruce McPherson. Both legislators were within their districts and unavailable for comment. However, district aides noted that it’s too late in the session to introduce new bills. If a failure to disperse/expulsion bill were to be introduced, it would be after the November elections — after McPherson terms out of office and the outcome of the Maldonado/Peg Pinard contest is known in the Senate.
For our part, we believe Ohio has cut the Gordian Knot that surrounds senseless student rioting. As such, we will be asking whoever may represent our county in 2005 to carry that message to the state Legislature.
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Index terms: EDITORIAL
Copyright: Copyright (c) 2004 The Tribune
OTHER CITIES’ MARDI GRAS RIOTS – OPINION OF THE TRIBUNE
Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – March 23, 2004Browse Issues
Readability: 7-9 grade level (Lexile: 1070)
San Luis Obispo isn’t the only city that has been ground zero in Mardi Gras rioting. Cities such as Austin, Texas; Fresno; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle have all had riots associated with Mardi Gras.
Three years ago this month police representatives from each of those cities got together to compare notes as to why each of the cities’ celebrations turned not only ugly but, in Seattle’s case, deadly.
Consider Seattle: Violence over three nights culminated in a riot on Fat Tuesday. One man was beaten to death after going to the aid of a woman who was being sexually assaulted; 70 injuries and multiple sexual assaults were reported.
Fresno: Fat Tuesday erupted into a riot with crowds throwing bottles at police; two stabbings and 40 incidents of vandalized businesses were reported.
Austin: Riot police dispersed crowds after several thousand turned to violence on each other and police; more than 90 arrests were made.
Philadelphia: Bottles and other objects were thrown at police, a police horse was punched in the head, and an officer was slashed with a knife; more than 90 arrests were made.
The two most common denominators in each instance comes as no surprise: young people and drinking. But that’s not all. After they compared video footage of each of their riots, police commanders found that not only was underage drinking a factor, but unruly crowds willing to confront police with little regard to consequences played a major role in riot ignition.
Nothing new here; these were all components of San Luis Obispo’s Mardi Gras riot.
What’s disheartening, though, is that each of these cities found that their law enforcement presence didn’t seem to deter violence. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported at the time that “violent results emerged in cities, regardless of whether officers intermingled with crowds or kept to perimeters … And it didn’t matter if streets were barricaded, organizers charged admission, or even if alcohol was barred.”
Perhaps we were a little understated when we called the findings disheartening.
Virtually each city did away with Mardi Gras parades following the 2001 riots. Has that quelled Mardi Gras-related violence? The answer seems to be that it hasn’t hurt. But the real key that seems to work for each of the above-mentioned cities is having a huge police presence on hand.
Most of the cities have created Mardi Gras zones, areas of their downtowns that have an abundance of nightclubs and bars. The city then barricades that area to outside traffic, allowing celebrants to move up and down the street from watering hole to nightclub to bar.
In Austin’s case, an eight-block area is cordoned off and groups of about 20 police are stationed at each street corner and mid-block. The police are polite but firm that crowds keep moving; alcohol is sold in plastic cups to keep bottles out of the hands of those who might fling them.
Each of these cities has embraced a zero-tolerance approach to underage drinking, extreme public drunkenness, public urination and boobs exposed for beads. While each of the cities displays an overpowering police presence during Mardi Gras festivities, none of them has had a repeat of their 2001 riots.
Is there a lesson here to be learned by San Luis Obispo?
Residents can demand that Mardi Gras be erased from the social calendars of those who would come here for drunken confrontation with authorities. A good first step would involve canceling the parade for a number of years, thus ratcheting down the city’s party destination reputation.
Or, the city can continue to budget ever greater amounts of taxpayer money for the overwhelming police presence that it’s going to take to keep drunk kids from harming themselves and others.
It doesn’t seem like that difficult of a decision to make.
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POLY FRAT’S SUSPENSION MAY BE PERMANENT – SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON ACTIVITIES ON HOLD INDEFINITELY AFTER POLICE SAY THAT STUDENT LIKELY DIED AS A RESULT OF HAZING
Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – December 17, 2008Browse Issues
Author: Nick Wilson
Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1270)
CalPoly has suspended indefinitely the fraternity that hosted a party attended by an 18-year-old freshman in the hours before his death.
And a top CalPoly official said that Sigma Alpha Epsilon will likely never be allowed to rejoin fraternity ranks at the university.
The fraternity hosted a party earlier this month attended by student Carson Starkey. Police said Monday that preliminary evidence gathered indicates Starkey’s death was a result of hazing, an initiation rite. It is illegal in California to put pledges through hazing. No arrests have yet been made in the case.
Starkey was found unresponsive on the morning of Dec. 2 at the home at 551 Highland Drive, where he attended the party and spent the night. He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
“Quite frankly, I just don’t see this fraternity ever coming back,” said Stephan Lamb, the university’s associate director of Student Life and Leadership.
An e-mail sent by The Tribune to the fraternity’s president seeking comment on the indefinite suspension wasn’t returned late Tuesday. The fraternity’s top leaders haven’t responded to past requests by The Tribune for comment.
CalPoly announced immediate- ly after Starkey’s death that it was suspending SAE temporarily until police completed their investigation.
Lamb said the university made its decision Monday based on the police department’s announcement of preliminary evidence. CalPoly makes its decisions regarding punitive action against Greek organizations based on a standard that an incident “more likely than not” took place, Lamb said.
SAE was placed on probation twice in the past two years before the December party that Starkey attended.
The fraternity was placed on probation from January until June after a woman alleged she was given the drug GHB, the so-called date rape drug, at an SAE party in 2007. CalPoly officials could never verify the allegations, and the woman dropped charges, Lamb said.
SAE was put on probation in 2007 for about four-and-a-half months for a fraternity-sponsored party that year in Morro Bay that included underage drinking and spilled alcohol on hardwood floors in the city’s community center.
Lamb said CalPoly has suspended all Greek-related activities until after he meets with dozens of leaders from the university’s fraternities and sororities at a retreat from Jan. 9 to 11 in Cambria.
Lamb, who directly oversees the Greek organizations, said he aims to address the fraternity- sorority culture on campus and the use of alcohol. The organization Creative Mediation will be on hand to help with the discussions.
“We have a problem,” Lamb said. “We basically have a situation here where alcohol is putting students at risk.”
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Copyright: Copyright (c) 2008 The Tribune
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Prof: Osama bin Laden was freedom fighter – Required reading for political science class portrays America as ‘neocolonial power’
WorldNetDaily (USA) – January 29, 2014Browse Issues
Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1470)
(Fox News) Osama bin Laden was a freedom fighter and the U.S. is a “neocolonial power,” according to a California state university teacher whose writings are required reading for his political science students.
Emmit Evans, a political science lecturer at the public university CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, requires students in his “World Food Systems” class to read the textbook he co-authored, “The Other World.” In the book, about politics in the developing world, Evans offers up a sanitized version of the 9/11 mastermind and the terrorist group he headed.
“The Al Qaeda movement of Osama bin Laden is one example of an attempt to free a country (in this case, Saudi Arabia) from a corrupt and repressive regime propped up by a neocolonial power (in this case, the United States),” the book says.
Poly urged to go ‘conflict-free’ – University president is considering student’s resolution to prevent the school from buying electronics made with minerals that fund war
Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – June 13, 2014Browse Issues
Author: Nick Wilson; firstname.lastname@example.org
Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1550)
A resolution proposed by a CalPoly political science student aims to prevent the university’s purchase of electronics made using “conflict minerals” mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sold to finance war efforts there.
Katie Hoselton successfully passed her resolution in the Academic Senate on May 20.
The resolution now is before CalPoly President Jeffrey Armstrong.
Armstrong is consulting with senior administrators — including the provost and vice presidents — before making a decision on the issue, according to university spokesman Matt Lazier.
Minerals such as tin, gold, tantalum and tungsten are used in the manufacturing of electronic products including computers and mobile phones.
The resolution encourages the university to research purchases of products that may be using conflict minerals and make a commitment to buy “conflict-free products.”
An estimated 5 to 20 percent of the world’s supply of these minerals comes from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, though not all mines in the country are used to finance warfare, Hoselton said.
According to the resolution, “the United States Senate and the House of Representatives have found that armed groups bear responsibility for massive atrocities in the eastern Congo.”
Militant groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars every year by trading conflict minerals, and armed groups fight to control mines and smuggling routes, murdering and raping civilians in the process, according to the Enough Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group of policy-makers and activists that focuses on stopping atrocities around the world.
“The hope is that with enough pressure from universities and institutions, companies will begin to trace their supply chains to the source and ensure that the minerals they use in their products are conflict-free,” Hoselton said.
“The resolution would make CalPoly acknowledge the conflict in Congo, and consider conflict minerals when making purchasing decisions in the future,” she added. “This involves putting pressure on tech companies such as Apple and Dell to trace their supply chains to know whether or not they are supporting conflict mines in Congo.”
Hoselton, who hopes to work in international politics, was the university’s 2013 representative in the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s congressional internship program.
The senior, who graduates this weekend, became interested in boycotting conflict minerals as an intern with the nongovernmental organization Jewish World Watch in 2011.
“This conflict is so unique because rather than the enemy being a corrupt or malicious dictator, the perpetrator is our own system of supply and demand, which operates via the international global supply chain,” Hoselton said. “Myself, my university and the companies I buy from all play a distinct role in this chain. Once I knew this, I decided I would do everything in my power to bring attention to this conflict, in hopes of ultimately bringing it to an end.”
Caption: (1) – Katie Hoselton
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Copyright: Copyright (c) 2014 The Tribune