New content coming soon…. btw wtf is WP v4.1? ….

Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold tests his xmas lights handiwork

Heh… ain’t I just an SEO whorin’ out little bitch? —inserting a question I KNOW lots will plug into GS just to get you to come here….I really am a hypocritical douchey lonely loser zilch.
Uh….anywayz….I added that calendar widget to the right-column and noted I’d not updated in a week.
Well. Shit. So here’s a post. People ask me how I feel this time of year. I think the collective creativity of Terry Zwigoff, The Coen Bros., Billy Bob Thorthon and Frederick “Fucking” Chopin sum it up pretty nicely:

Get your shopping done? Got any $ left? Did you donate or hook up any homeless people?
whatever…should I even pretend to care when my real readers know that I’m moody this time of yr and don’t give a Fizzuck. They also know how I got mad love for ’em. Yeah…I’m talkin to you; in Los Angeles, The Central Coast, SD, SF, SJ, Santa Clara, Campbell, Stockton, Sac-town….Chi(“Shy”)-town….Austin, Rockford, Worcester, Milwaukee, Detroit, Tampa Bay, the East Coast of FL. Louisiana, Mizzuo, OK, Penn. Upstate New York especially Syracuse.
Mad love for Laguna Beach and Seattle. Dana Point, SJC and San Clemente. South County Style.

To my bad-ass readers all up in New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia.. My readers in Washington DC, Japan, Spain, Portugal, The United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, The Former USSR including the Ukraine….where I’ve never mentioned but….that’s where I’m FROM. readers there: we are kin. blood. Someday…we celebrate Chanukkah together. In your honor I’ve included some idiotic map gifs…do NOT THINK THAT I FACT-CHECKED data contained therein….I was just browsing for fun-stuff on 4chan. NO NOT THAT! OK…but it wasn’t on THAT PARTICULAR occasion, k? Sheesh….

a map of north america and walmart locations

Love for the randoms from Brazil who keep comin’ back. I don’t speak Portugese or know sh– about your country/culture, but I appreciate it when you visit…Brazil: “huge shout out to Brazil….huge shout out.”
The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo material is ON HOLD pending publication of The California Register, there are recent developments in the ice-cold Kristin Smart case. Go theere for details. Once that edition drops I will release hordes of info, anecdotes, stories and shit-talking on my good ol’ alma mater.

    Expect lots of tech-notes as I dive head-1st into:

  1. JavaFX
  2. Windows 8.1 hacks, tips, tricks, cheats, shortcuts, mudkipz, you know the drill
  3. WordPress v4.1 – migration, CSS, PHP, blah blah….
  4. How to – Optimize your Web site for mobile devices
  5. The usual security loopholes; how to sew ’em up and which holes not to step in
  6. Scams: who what where why how—-as always, served fresh
  7. Seven. Cuz This is it’s 7x the TAP Muthaf—!

The more I learn, the more you will. I’ve got so much unpublished content I don’t even know wtf to do with it.
As always…My creative and technical services are available at a discount for readers of this Web page. Oh, I never said that? Well they are. Hiring managers: I’m avail @ $0/hr for 1st 90 days, risk free PLUS $2500 tax credit from The State. Inquire w/in for details.
On That Note: this is an excellent opportunity for me to to shove an advertisement all up in your face.
After all…what would Xmas be w/o advertising….specifically sponsored Sponsored Links? If you enjoy me, or this Web site, or any of the content I manage to assemble. Then… for the holidays, I would say if the ad below legitimately peaks your interest, that you visit their site. You’d be doing me and my sponsors a massive favor:

Will post again soon. till then…let’s get the fade on get DOWN yo! Happy Holidays EVERYONE. &heart -Tapper
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a map of north america

Special thanks for supporting to the advertiser found above ^^^^ ****Update:(If it works…I rewrote the Javascript again (FEB 2015)) …even though I’m not supposed to f— with their code… I care right?

On Changing Majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo….

A recent search query was shot thru Google …the user was clearly concerned about her child’s decision to change majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. was once again located organically.
As part of a larger project, I’ve written at devastating length and excruciating detail about my life at Cal Poly and Cal Poly itself. I’ve written quite a bit about CHANGING MAJORS at Poly, WHY it is so difficult and why the policy of forcing applicants to declare a major defies logic and is counter-productive.
Point: The initial reason to make changing majors difficult was to prevent an aggie (an Agriculture Student from using his enrolled status to side-step the excruciatingly meticulous process by which Engineering and Architecture students are selected). For instance; dep. on your location, an SAT score of 1000 and a 3.0 GPA with zero extra-curricular activities, zero volunteer work, zero AP classes and no membership in extracurricular clubs, sports, activities or events WOULD QUALIFY for an applicant for The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture. Perhaps not an acceptance, but certainly a qualify.
This same application to the College of Engineering has a Keyword-binary search algorithm that would keep admissions from even being able to see it, but for arguments sake:

I was accepted to The Cal Poly College of Engineering in 1998. From the viewpoint of a college applicant, Poly was my “reach school,” that is, I applied to five universities, three of which were a “lock” (UCSB, ASU and U of A) one was a “probably” (UC Davis) and now you know what Cal Poly was.
College “counselors” both public and private; informed me of the following regarding Cal Poly:
1. Despite your above average SAT score, your high school career that included multitudes of “advanced” and “college prep” classes, your college-credits already accumulated in the fields of mathematics and music, your mountain of volunteer work and your GPA that fell w/in two-tenths of a 4.0 (aka straight-A’s) You probably won’t get in.
2. You will need to select a major ON THE APPLICATION. If accepted, you will be required to stick with it; Cal Poly makes changing majors extremely difficult. UC schools that permit “Undeclared” are far more desirable to students (such as this writer) who keeps which t-shirt he is going to wear “Undeclared” until moments before leaving the house.
3. Cal Poly’s motto of “Learn by Doing,” is also as “Learn by doing a LOT-CONSTANTLY.”
4. Your ability to survive (that is to not flunk out) of Cal Poly is akin to a coin-toss.
These advisers all “advised” me to drop Poly from my list and add an extra “lock” (SDSU) and/or a “probably” (UCSC).
The 18-year-old Chris Welke was very much like the 35-year-old Chris Welke who writes to you today: he doesn’t care what YOU think and he will go to any length to get what he wants.
In 1998, the same thing was true of Cal Poly as is true today, “U.S. News and World Report” ranks The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Engineering as the #1 Public Engineering College in the West. Choosing a major was but a small hurdle: Good at math? Check. Like video games? Check.
Computer Science. Simple….AMIRITE?
Fifty bucks + one HS transcript + recommendations + etc. et al…were sent to UCSB, Davis, ASU, U of A and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I was accepted to all five. The choice to enroll at Poly was (to me) a given. Prestigious, selective, exclusive, far from home but not TOO FAR (~300 miles) and my “tour” of the campus did little but solidify the assumptions and desires of the young and naïve Chris Welke. Nice weather, nice students, nice outfits on nice-looking women….even a friendly freshman who answered all my questions, hung out with me…even showed me where the freshmen dormies go to get loaded – where…. we got loaded of course! As far as my 5 choices were concerned, Poly now had a Mandate. Davis, Santa Barbara had become 3rd party candidates, ASU was my Ralph Nader-desireable but distant and impractical, unlikely, and UofA now had a snowballs chance in…Arizona.
At the time, a cross-product of my GPA, SATs, extra-curriculars, AP scores, volunteerism and college-prep classes/grades would show that among California’s high school students, I was at or above the 98th percentile. This meant (to over-simplify) that I was a better student than 97 percent of California’s “HS Class of 1998.”
Going from “almost assuredly the most talented, educated, hard-working, intelligent student in class” to “DEFINATELY the most average, ho-hum, nothing special, barely worth mentioning student in class,” was a bit of a shock. Check that…it WAS A SHOCK.
1998 carried a few “firsts” for the young Chris Welke:
I failed a class
I felt stupid
I felt “less than”
I felt average (at Cal Poly, I was. In the College of Engineering, I was BELOW AVERAGE)
I sensed Dread. Looming Danger and Doom.
I was placed on “Academic Probation”
Smart and hard-working friends flunked out in the spring (A GPA < 2.0 for fall  Probation. If the following quarter didn’t raise the GPA to >2.0  expulsion) For a freshman, 12 units of fail (let’s say a 4-unit lab, a 4 unit lecture and a 3 unit seminar
….let’s say I failed all 3.
4 unit lab = F, 4 unit lec. = F and 3 unit sem = F.
Now I have a 0.0 GPA heading into Winter quarter, in order to NOT flunk out, I (ideally) re-enroll in these three classes and Ace ALL THREE. B’s would yield a 3.0 for Winter and a 1.5 overall GPA  that’s a bus ticket home. This is an extreme example and not likely to happen; in fact if it did; the Dean of Engineering, seeing such massive improvement, would do two things;
1. Launch a plagiarism investigation and if satisfied that those Bs were legit…
2. Play “Let’s Make a Deal,” offering the student one more quarter to prove himself, likely 12 units of GE and/or major classes yielding grades that would bump the overall GPA to >= 2.0.
Make no mistake; despite the generosity of my family and the Federal Pell Grants that kicked in during my final two years; money was ALWAYS an issue. The work I did for the Computer Science Dept. was volunteer, as was my time at the Daily, KCPR and KVEC (though they all seemed and felt like FT jobs). In that six yr interval, I worked at the Starbucks on Higuera and Foothill, I delivered pizza for the Dominoes franchise on Foothill serving SLO and the franchise in Arroyo Grande serving the Five Cities, I worked on-campus for an English-Lit professor as her aide. And my last “real job” was a contract delivery-boy for some of the finest restaurants in town. If you received catering (or just a burger) from Firestone’s, Thai Palace, The Madonna Inn and a host of other outstanding restaurants in SLO…it was me who brought it to your door.
So now you know a little bit about me.
In case you missed it, you should infer the following; only the 98th percentile QUALIFY for acceptance to Poly….of those a third are accepted. Entrée into the College of Engineering is a pipedream for most. From this fact – it should be obvious that my HS career was characterized by AP classes, a high SAT score, MANY extracurricular activities in which I excelled (for me: brass performance, all idioms), a great deal of volunteer work, a spotless academic record and a demonstrated aptitude for math, science, technology, hard work and fast-learning. That made me a desirable candidate both for the compsci dept., the CE and CPSLO as a whole.
I CHANGED MAJORS. This is intentionally made next-to-impossible by the administration for a variety of reasons, but mainly to further emphasize the superiority and uniqueness of the “fact” that Poly’s freshmen KNOW what they want to do with their lives and have made an official commitment. (that an 18-yr-old doesn’t know what he wants on his ham sandwich is an issue for another edition and beyond the scope of THIS article….).
I was not in the “cheat my way into a more prestigious college/major mode” when I did this. I was in the “if I don’t change majors, I will continue on writing millions of lines of code which I not only am sick to death of…my negative feelings and anxiety attributed to my current major WILL lead to one and only one place: expulsion.
YES I chose an “easier” major…it was a tossup between Journalism (The College of Liberal Arts) or Psychology (The College Science and Mathematics). Both colleges had professors and administrators eager to accept me, but we all must follow the rules; ANY Change of Major is considered a red-flag for the student’s CP career AND the major/college he intends to transfer to. The moment the decision is made –In my case: f— computer science and f— the CPCE – I want to enroll in The College of Liberal Arts as a Journalism major – sorry I don’t have the precise data on-hand, but it likely varies depending on the student, his status w/in his current college/major and the availability and desire of him and his abilities by the faculty and admins of the college/major he wishes to transfer TO).
My status as a compsci major was below average. My desire and reasons for changing majors were sound, honest and based on facts. The faculty, including the Dean of CLA and associate professors of Journalism were eager and willing to have me and transferring from CPCE to CPCLA is a concerted STEP DOWN – clearly I was not trying to “bankroll” my enrolled-status into a major or college I otherwise may not have been accepted into in the 1st place.
Still, changing majors under fairly favorable conditions such as mine were not considered “a good idea,” NOT supported by my family/friends and Cal Poly’s transfer process made it the whole endeavor needlessly complicated, absurdly difficult and nearly led to my expulsion.
Why? Cuz changing majors = bad. This explains nothing; just accept the rule.
How? By setting a ticking time bomb once the process begins.
1. To get into the CPCLA as a Journalism major; I must demonstrate an aptitude for Journalism by taking the core curricula 101-level coursework; and NAILING IT. As in A’s. The actions taken must demonstrate clearly: “Chris wants to be a Journalism major BADLY and CLA believes him; allow him one academic year to prove his aptitude and altruism.”
2. Every class that I’m taking to prove myself to CLA is DAMAGING my CE status. Continuing to take software engineering courses would be counter-productive – they’d sap all my time, detract from my ability to prove myself to the CLA and if I were to succeed, the CSC courses would be waste; they’d count as technical electives. Considering I’d been a CSC major for over 3 years…I had PLENTY of technical electives. Each quarter filled with News Writing, Copy Editing, Creative Writing and Media Law/Media Ethics were quarters where I was an enrolled student of the CE. They allowed one quarter containing [NO MAJOR-SPECIFIC COURSEWORK], the following quarter, CE placed me on Academic Probation for [NOT PROGRESSING w/in MAJOR] meaning one more quarter sans a 4unit lab/lecture with the prefix CSC meant expulsion from CE and since I was not yet enrolled in the CLA  it would be expulsion from Cal Poly in toto. That same quarter, the Dean of The CLA informed me that the Journalism faculty was quite pleased with my performance and that if I excelled next quarter as I had the previous two; he guaranteed that The CLA would accept me with declared major requirement of Journalism firmly affixed.
The Dean did not lie. The following quarter I was enrolled in the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts Majoring in Journalism. It’s timing was cut SO CLOSE that if viewed under a microscope, you may be able to find that I was expelled from The College of Engineering at EOB on a Friday…and that The Dean of The College of Liberal Arts had already filed and notarized all the necessary paperwork that SAME day, so that when The State California opened on Monday morning, I was enrolled in the CLA. What I’m sayin’ to you is this:
****It MIGHT be public record that I was expelled from Cal Poly. Likely the record shows that I was expelled from CE and simultaneously enrolled in the CLA.
****There is technically no such thing as “changing majors” at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Applications and Expulsions are the accurate way to describe it.
****I vehemently oppose requiring an 18 year old to declare a major.
****Like many processes, systems and hoops to jump through at Poly, I do not wish “Changing Majors” on my worst enemy.
As a Poly student; I am completely, totally and absolutely AVERAGE. If you had a super-computer capable of generating a statistically accurate cross-section of male Californians with a B.S. from Cal Poly and hit the “generate” button….every attribute listed would be a perfect match. Like most interfaces, were you to click on [VIEW] select [RANDOM] the only change would be “Name” and slight variations in the numbers (My SAT score would be a bit lower, my aptitude in math would be a bit higher, the six years it took me to receive a B.S. – just a fifth above the avg 5.8)
Do I tell you this to brag about how “smart” or “educated” I am? (Partly yes) Mainly it’s to let you know who is writing this article: a man who fought to get into the best college possible, chose Cal Poly amidst a plethora of respectable universities, maintained a 2.0 throughout six years at Poly while working PT, FT or both, often with one of those jobs paying $0/hr all while being a working, learning, productive, useful, tax-paying, tax-generating and revenue-generating citizen of San Luis Obispo. —and there is absolutely NOTHING special or unique about that – when you compare me to the hundreds of thousands of alumni who did the EXACT SAME THING.
Much more coming soon. [] some fresh content is on hold as another publication has 1st dibs on it. I DO hope they accept it….it is quite eloquent, concise and poetic compared to the drivel, xenophobia, OCD, cringe-humor, mud-slinging, anger-venting and other forms of madness-verging-on-artwork-and-within-the-realm-of-humor found on THIS self-published Web site.
I hope you had a nice holiday.
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Thx for stoppig by…this is an old-school, (almost! teehee..!) txt only what-up post…..
Interesting news development directly related to
The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo News Archive
can be found at The California Register. Read it. Like actually read it. There you go…

Youtube and German Soccer League:
Dropped bogus Copyright claim….
“The Love Theme” from “Dances with Wolves” arr., performed, recorded, filmed, edited and published by Chris Welke in honor of Dominique Mainon (1971-2012) is safe locally and viewable on Youtube by anyone at anytime.
There is no me or anything worth reading BY me w/o her guidance and wisdom.
Please visit her author page on Amazon-film buffs will not be disappointed.
All book purchases benefit her memory and your film-knowledge-base.
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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo News Archive pt.5….library digging (2nd batch)

Tapper’s wire query, cont’

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Sacramento Bee, The (CA) (Published as The Sacramento Bee) – January 3, 1998Browse Issues

Author: Peter Hecht Bee Staff Writer

Readability: 10-12 grade level (Lexile: 1190)

Each time the young man suspected in Kristin Smart’s disappearance – and apparent killing – gets a new job, he is followed by more batches of cards, letters and phone calls.

Scores of Smart family supporters send his employers news clippings, in which San Luis Obispo County authorities identify former student Paul Flores as the only suspect in the tragic mystery of the Stockton girl who vanished May 25, 1996, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

He once tried to join the Navy, but after a flurry of calls the Navy said never mind. He moved to Southern California, went to work for a video store, a restaurant and a fast-food joint – only to be dismissed each time when word of the unsolved saga chased him down.

This is the life of the young man last seen with Kristin – a tall, sandy-haired woman of 19 who competed in soccer and swimming, who romanticized over world travels and someday dressing in peach for her wedding. Despite numerous searches, Kristin’s body was never found.

In a search warrant affidavit, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Detective Henry Stewart said he believes Flores “is responsible for or has direct knowledge of her disappearance.” He added: “I also believe Kristin Smart is deceased and either died in Paul Flores’ dormitory room or was placed there for an unknown period of time.”

Flores, who was also 19 and a fellow Cal Poly freshman when she vanished, has never been charged. Authorities say they lack sufficient evidence.

Greg Coates, an attorney representing Flores, denies his client is responsible and said last year that Flores “had nothing to do with the disappearance of Kristin Smart.” Yet Flores is unable to hide from his accusers.

This is also the continuing torment for her parents, Stan and Denise Smart, and a legion of friends and supporters who have taken a quest for justice into their own hands. They’re convinced Flores killed Kristin, buried her body and hid the truth.

Last November, Flores, who had shown up with a black eye the day after promising to walk Kristin to her dorm following a campus-area party, repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment in a deposition for a lawsuit filed by the Smart family.

Watching the deposition “was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do,” said Denise Smart, a coordinator for an English as a second language program in Stockton. Both Denise and Stan, a Napa High School principal, earlier confronted Flores at a gas station where he used to work. They say he retreated inside without answering their questions.

The Smarts have raided college funds for their other children, Matt and Lindsey, spending $50,000 on attorneys, private investigators and other resources in a quest to find Kristin, justice and peace.

After the recent deposition, Denise wept bitterly. A few days later, she said determinedly: “You’d think people would get a clue – we’re not going to go away.”

The unsolved Kristin Smart case – which spurred a $50,000 reward fund by Gov. Pete Wilson and national coverage on programs from “Geraldo” to “Unsolved Mysteries” – continues to stir calls for greater safety on California campuses.

Kristin’s case was a centerpiece topic in a recent Capitol hearing on campus safety. Allegations that Cal Poly police failed to take her disappearance seriously and bungled the case in the crucial early days are prompting calls for new laws governing investigations of crimes on campus.

“There’s no question about it. There were errors made in the beginning,” said state Sen. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, who said he wants stronger policies enabling outside agencies to intervene in cases of missing students or serious crimes on campus.

Thompson hopes to introduce legislation mapping out new cooperation guidelines for campus police and outside law enforcement agencies.

“I’ve been a believer all along that we needed to do something after I saw what happened,” he said.

Kristin’s roommate called Cal Poly police and attempted to file a missing-persons report after she didn’t return following the party. But the campus police didn’t act until a few days later. They told the Smart family she had probably run off for the long Memorial Day weekend.

Nearly five weeks passed before the 14-officer Cal Poly force agreed to let the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department join in the investigation of a suspected homicide. By then, Stan and Denise Smart – whose persistent pleas for outside intervention included calls to the Governor’s Office and the university president – complained that key time and evidence had been lost.

According to campus police interviews, witnesses said Kristin and Flores were at the same party and that Kristin – a freshman communications major – had appeared intoxicated and was having difficulty walking as she headed back to her dorm at 2 a.m. May 25, 1996.

A witness said Flores volunteered to walk Kristin and another young woman back to their room, according to a campus police report. The other woman told police that as she parted company with the two, Flores asked her for a kiss and a hug. The other woman refused the overture.

She said Flores and Kristin then continued walking toward Cal Poly’s Sequoia Hall. It was the last time Kristin was seen.

Five days after the party, two Cal Poly police investigators asked Flores during a tape-recorded interview why he had a black eye. He told them he got elbowed during a basketball game on Memorial Day. When authorities interviewed other participants in the game, they said Flores showed up with the injury.

According to documents obtained by The Bee, a close friend of Flores later told San Luis Obispo County district attorney’s investigators that Flores told him, “I don’t know how I got the black eye – I just woke up with it.” Asked by his friend why he made up the story about the basketball game, Flores answered: “It would have sounded stupid if I didn’t know how it happened.”

Flores then later told district attorney’s investigators that he injured his eye while working on his truck, according to the investigative report.

Ten days after Kristin was last seen, campus police secured her dorm room. Five days after that, they secured Paul Flores’ room. He already had moved out, clearing out his belongings.

On June 29, more than one month after Kristin vanished, a team of search dogs trained to detect human remains was dispatched by the Sheriff’s Department. The dogs suddenly reacted to a mattress in the third dorm they checked in Cal Poly’s Santa Lucia Hall. It was Paul Flores’ room.

“It was very significant,” said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ed Williams. “I’ve been told by experts that these dogs are extremely accurate. But I’d hate for my future to be determined by the nose of a dog.”

Attorney Coates is representing Flores and his parents in the Smart’s civil case – a $40 million suit that also named Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a defendant. He said Flores “was interviewed at length” by authorities in 1996 and was under no obligation to come forward again. He declined further comment about the case.

It has been an emotional thorn for the Smart family that Coates is being paid by Farmers Insurance under the homeowner’s policy on the Flores family’s house in the San Luis Obispo suburb of Arroyo Grande. Farmers spokeswoman Diane Tasaka in Los Angeles said that unless Flores “is found criminally responsible, the company has a duty to defend him” in the civil case.

In both Arroyo Grande and Stockton, friends and strangers have held fund-raisers for the Smart family’s quest to find Kristin and the truth. A fund in her name is set up at the Union Safe Deposit Bank in Stockton.

Meanwhile, Debbi Schmidt, an airline customer relations manager in Texas, picks up the phone whenever she hears the suspect has a new job. “I will call until I’m blue in the face every person whom I find out he’s working for,” she says.

Schmidt met Denise Smart after Smart called the airline, asking if it could reschedule a prepaid flight to the Atlanta Olympics for her husband and son because they had been out searching for Kristin.

It was an emotionally wrenching union: Schmidt’s son Richard, who had stopped to help a motorist in Colorado, was missing for 153 days before they found his body. A suspect was later tried and convicted.

“I was blessed that they found my son’s body,” she says. “Denise is stuck in a time warp. Her child is missing. She can’t move. And no one can share what she’s feeling.”

Meanwhile, the Flores family is being bombarded with mail. “The Smarts are good, kind people,” read one letter that was returned unopened. “End their trauma. Let the healing begin. Please urge Paul to cooperate.”

The letter, written by someone the Smart family doesn’t know, was part of a foot-high stack of mail sent to the Flores household. The mail was put in a hefty envelope and forwarded to the Smarts. Someone inserted a handwritten note: “Thanks for all your time. The post office likes it.”

Included in the returned items was a photo collage of Kristin that Denise sent, along with a personal appeal: “It is our hope that we will have a resolution to our nightmare soon.”

Denise Smart believes her daughter was murdered, and then defamed by the investigation that followed. She believes police punished Kristin – blaming her for her disappearance much like blaming a rape victim for the actions of her attacker.

Six days after Kristin vanished, one Cal Poly officer’s report noted Kristin had “appeared under the influence of alcohol” and “was not conforming to typical teenage behavior.” He added: “These observations in no way imply that her behavior caused her disappearance.”

Denise Smart responds somberly: “I think the bottom line is that it’s just not in their best interest to find her. . . . In their crime reports, there’s nothing listed on her, no statistical data. It’s just a non-crime, as if nothing happened.”

Cal Poly Police Chief Tom Mitchell defends his department’s handling of the investigation. Otherwise, Cal Poly police refer questions to the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Williams said his department has conducted hundreds of interviews – and received help from FBI profilers – but that officially it is only assisting the campus police.

“Kristin deserves what every other child, what every person on this planet deserves,” says her mother, who wonders if anyone is taking responsibility for finding her. “She deserves to be put to rest – and honored – before those who love her. There is no opportunity to do this. You can’t move on. Time is not a healer.”

Caption: Bee photograph / Chris Crewell The Smart family, from left, Stan, Lindsey and Denise, look over a scrapbook of Kristin, whose photo is in foreground.

Murder suspect enters plea – police dodge criticism

//Headline above and story below are correct in hindsight but a threat to justice at the time it was printed. The Register is not known for its Journalism Ethics.

//see comments:

Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA) (Published as The Orange County Register) – May 20, 1999 Browse Issues

Author: BRUCE MURRAY; The Irvine Citizen

Readability: 7-9 grade level (Lexile: 1070)

The man accused of kidnapping and killing former Irvine resident RachelNewhouse and Fresno native Aundria Crawford pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week.

Rex Allen Krebs, 33, a convicted rapist, sat hunched over, silent and expressionless during his court appearance. Krebs’ attorney, public defender James B. Maguire III, entered the plea for Krebs as a half-full courtroom of local college students, residents and the boyfriend of one of the victims watched.

Meanwhile in Irvine, the family and friends of Newhouse attended a private ceremony for the Irvine High School graduate and former CalPoly student.

Stephanie Morreale, Rachel’s aunt, said more than 250 people turned out for the event, which took place at a U.C. Irvine auditorium.

“The place was maxed out. It was very nice. A lot of her friends talked. We got a chance to say goodbye,” Morreale said.

Morreale said Rachel’s parents have not taken a stance on whether or not they believe Krebs should get the death penalty.

//Was it ethical of this writer to ask the family of a murder-victim about about capital punishment? while the accused was ON TRIAL? This violates SPJ code, that’s //for sure. Insensitive. Irrelevant. Exploitative, Agenda-driven. Sensationalism.

//As stated, EVERYONE KNEW Krebs was guilty. the investigation got fucked up in typical fashion. Incompetency. Corruption.

// How much is still an open question

//Backup to the abstract: The theory is that my rights end where your rights begin. I have a right to free speech. I also have a right to a fair trial (and all that goes w/ //that – voir dire especially). Presumption of innocence.

//So if you are on trial, my right to free speech ends where your right to a fair trial begins. Even if your name is Rex Allen Krebs. Note that the victim’s family //member is fully aware of this in her answer:

“My brother is going to let it (the justice system) run its course,” she said.

//this is the best answer.  Trial and SENTENCING are completely separate. Keeping them separate ensures a higher probability of justice being served.

Krebs is a registered sex offender who moved to a rural canyon community near San Luis Obispo eight months ago after serving 10 years in a state prison for rape, sodomy, assault with intent to commit rape and three burglaries.

Newhouse disappeared Nov. 12, 1998; Crawford was abducted from her home March 12, and Krebs was named as a suspect April 23.

The time span between Newhouses’s abduction and Krebs’ arrest has drawn criticism of the San Luis Obispo Police Department from some local residents. In one letter to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the writer asks why Krebs, a known sex offender on parole for rape, was not developed as a suspect earlier.

Capt. Bart Topham of San Luis Obispo Police Department would not comment on the issue.

“That letter was speculation,” Topham told The Citizen. “Until the trial is over, the less speculation, the better.”

Morreale said the family has no complaints.

“My brother was very happy with the way the police department handled the case,” she said.


Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA) (Published as The Orange County Register) – May 13, 1999Browse Issues

Author: The Irvine Citizen

Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1210)

Murder suspect enters no plea

Convicted rapist Rex Allan Krebs entered no plea at his arraignment last week on charges that he murdered Irvine High School graduate RachelNewhouse and 20-year-old Aundria Crawford of Fresno.

Another arraignment date has been set for May 13.

Krebs, 33, of Idaho, all but confessed to the murders in an interview with the Fresno Bee. Krebs said he was a “monster” who deserved the death penalty.

San Luis Obispo District Attorney Gerald Shea has charged Krebs with murder with the special circumstances of kidnapping, rape and laying in wait.

Newhouse, 20, a former CalPoly student, disappeared Nov. 12, 1998, after she was last seen at a college party at a local restaurant. April 23, police discovered her remains on the property where Krebs lived.

Romantic photo contest underway

Think of the most romantic moment you had in Irvine and capture it in a snapshot.

Mayor Christina Shea’s Romance Task Force is conducting a photo contest to find the pictures that best depict the romance of Irvine. Winning photographs will be chosen among six categories: scenic, people, glamour, “candid” humor, creative and photojournalism that depicts romance.

There is no entry fee, and entrants may submit up to six images per household. The competition is being managed by 30 Minute Photos Etc., which will award $2,000 in prizes, including six separate certificates for a full year’s worth of free film processing.

The contest runs through July 30, and winners will be announced Sept. 10. Winning photos will be placed on the internet.

For more information, contact Mitchell Goldstone, 30 Minute Photos president at (949) 474-7654 or e-mail at

Hundreds mourn college students – SEPARATE SERVICES: Students discuss safety at memorials for two women.
Ventura County Star (CA) – April 30, 1999Browse Issues
Author: The Associated Press
Readability: 9-12 grade level (Lexile: 1150)

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) — Hundreds gathered at a separate ceremonies for slain college students Aundria Crawford and RachelNewhouse to remember their classmates and discuss ways to stay safe in their carefree college lives.

About 300 people attended Tuesday’s tearful ceremony at Cuesta College held near a pink rose bush placed near the campus’ main fountain.

“Like this rose which will grow in this courtyard in her memory Aundria was beautiful and gave pleasure to those who knew her” college president Grace Mitchell said. “Her grandfather tells me that her favorite colors were pale pink green and metallic silver. This rose will serve to remind us all of the energy verve and color which she brought to our lives here at Cuesta.”

Crawford 20 a Cuesta College sophomore in interior design from Clovis was abducted in March from her duplex. Authorities believe she was kidnapped and killed by a registered sex offender.

“She was happy here and working very hard to accomplish her goals” said Mitchell. “As a parent and grandparent I can only imagine the pain her family and friends are enduring. I am sad and angry that they will no longer have her in their lives.”

Fellow classmate Linda Lujan recalled the first time she met Crawford. Lujan was on crutches and having trouble handling her books at the same time.

“No one else stopped to help me but she did. E She left an impression on my heart that will forever remain” Lujan said through her tears.

The remains of Crawford and Newhouse a California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo junior from Irvine were found Friday on the property of Rex Allen Krebs. Newhouse also 20 vanished Nov. 12 as she walked home from a bar.

Krebs 33 who has been in custody at the San Luis Obispo County jail since March 20 for an unrelated parole violation has yet to be charged for the women’s deaths.

However he told the Fresno Bee: “The two girls are dead. If I’m not a monster then what am I?”

Cuesta College officials and students placed other flowers and notes next to the rose bush with light pink blooms that was placed near a fountain. The rose bush will be planted next week in the courtyard. Flags will fly at half staff on campus for the remainder of the week.

At CalPoly about 125 students gathered to remember Newhouse and another missing classmate Kristen Smart who was reported missing May 25 1996 after she was last seen outside her campus dormitory. Krebs was not being investigated for Smart’s disappearance.

The CalPoly students also discussed ways to stay safe. Student Amy Luker advised classmates to keep in contact with friends and relatives.

“Let somebody know where you are even if it means calling your mom. Don’t just take off and study all night” Luker said.

Caption: Photos by The Associated Press CAL POLY MEMORIAL: People hug during a memorial service for RachelNewhouse at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, on Thursday. The woman’s remains were discovered buried in a remote canyon. The CalPoly students also recalled another missing student, Kristen Smart, whose disappearance has not been linked to those of Newhouse and Aundria Crawford, a Cuesta College student. EMOTIONAL MOMENT: Friends of RachelNewhouse show their emotions during a memorial at CalPoly for their fellow student, whose body was found buried in a rural area near San Luis Obispo. Rex Allen Krebs, who owns the property, is the primary suspect in the deaths of both women but has not been charged, although he is in jail on an unrelated parole violation.


Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) – April 26, 1999Browse Issues
Author: Michael Krikorian
Readability: 9-12 grade level (Lexile: 1150)
SAN LUIS OBISPO – In a chilling jailhouse interview, the man suspected of killing two San Luis Obispo college students referred to himself as a monster and said he hopes he receives the death penalty.

Eight hours later, San Luis Obispo police announced that two bodies discovered on the remote canyon property where Rex Allan Krebs lived had been identified as those of Aundria Crawford of Clovis and RachelNewhouse of Irvine.

Both bodies were discovered Friday first Newhouse’s, then Crawford’s in a hilly area between Avila Beach and downtown San Luis Obispo.

Police Capt. Bart Topham refused to discuss the cause of death of the two young women, whose disappearance had cast a gloom over this peaceful college town.

Crawford, 20, a student at Cuesta College, was abducted from her apartment March 12. Newhouse, 21, a student at CalPoly San Luis Obispo, vanished Nov. 12. The bodies were identified by dental records.

Krebs, 33, who was arrested on a parole violation March 20, has not been charged in the slayings. However, Topham repeated that he remains “the sole suspect” in the case.

Earlier Saturday at San Luis Obispo County Jail, Krebs his voice raspy, his eyes flat expressed disgust with himself and sympathy for the victims’ families.

“The two girls are dead,” he said. “If I’m not a monster, then what am I?”

Krebs, who has spent nearly half of his life locked up in prisons and juvenile halls, said he was not worried about being sentenced to death.

“I hope they give it to me,” said the Idaho native, who had served 10 years for two rapes in 1987. He was paroled in September 1997.

“God, oh, sorry,” Krebs replied when asked what would he say to the parents of Crawford and Newhouse. His face twisted in torment as he put down the phone in the jail’s visitation room Saturday. A few seconds later, he picked up the phone again.

Krebs also expressed a strong desire to protect the identity of his girlfriend of 20 months, who police believe didn’t know the man she loved might have killed two women. The 23-year-old is five months pregnant with his child.

“Leave her out of this,” he said. “She doesn’t know anything. If you beat me all over this room all day, I still wouldn’t tell you anything about her other than she is so sweet, so nice.”

Krebs had lived in Davis Canyon for at least eight months and worked at a local lumber store.

A registered sex offender, he was arrested for having a simulated weapon and alcohol at his home both parole violations.

Friday, Krebs’ mother, Connie Ridley of Sand Point, Idaho, said she was stunned by news that her son was the prime suspect in the two students’ deaths.

“I knew he’s been in trouble,” Ridley said, “but I never figured he’d ever do this.”
Caption: Scripps-McClatchy News Service

STUDENT STILL MISSING A MONTH LATER; Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA); December 12, 1998


Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – March 3, 2004Browse Issues

Author: Ryan Huff
The Tribune

Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1260)

Blythe Coulter-Montanaro killed her husband on Friday to thwart his plan to fly to Oregon and slay a man she reportedly had an affair with some two decades ago, according to court records released Tuesday.

The husband, 48-year-old Richard Montanaro, made his wife load a pistol — which he would use in the killing — last Wednesday or Thursday at their posh San Luis Obispo home, records said. But she hid the gun from him in a bathroom, retrieving it Friday morning after he punched a clock and threw it at her, according to the records.

At that time, she held the gun underneath a coat as the two yelled back-and-forth, fearing that he’d kill her, she told police. Coulter-Montanaro then allegedly shot her husband in the neck, left arm, chest, abdomen and back.

When police arrived, according to the records, Coulter-Montanaro tearfully said, “I killed my husband,” but said she didn’t mean to and that he kept coming at her.

Coulter-Montanaro, 48, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge at an arraignment Tuesday. Judge Barry LaBarbera set her bail at $1 million. She’s expected to post bail this morning with funds from the victim’s mother, said Gregory Jacobson, one of a pair of defense attorneys.

LaBarbera set the next court date for March 23, with a preliminary hearing likely in April.

The slaying happened shortly after 10:35 a.m. Friday at 109 Anacapa Circle — a cul-de-sac of million-dollar homes that back up to Bishop Peak and boast breathtaking views of CalPoly and San Luis Obispo.

Ryan Huff covers courts and county issues for The Tribune. He can be reached at 781-7909 or
Caption: – Blythe Coulter-Montanaro is expected to be freed on bail today.



Sacramento Bee, The (CA) (Published as The Sacramento Bee) – December 28, 1998Browse Issues

Author: Peter Hecht Bee Staff Writer

The sign had been down for more than a year. But the face of Kristin Smart, missing since 1996, can be seen once again on a billboard near the campus of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

For the Stockton woman’s father, Stan Smart, a billboard company’s recent decision to erect the sign affirmed that his 19-year-old daughter – a sandy-haired CalPoly freshman who played soccer and dreamed of world travels – won’t be forgotten.

But the renewed attention on Kristin Smart has come for the worst of reasons: Now there are two CalPoly women – Smart and Rachel Newhouse, a 20-year-old nutrition major from Irvine – who have vanished under suspicious circumstances.

Smart’s family and authorities long ago concluded that the freshman communications major was murdered sometime after a fellow student walked her toward her dorm after a campus-area party May 25, 1996.

Smart’s body has not been found. And now Newhouse, a slender woman with light brown hair, is missing – the only clue some traces of blood found near a downtown San Luis Obispo restaurant where she was last seen Nov. 12.

The Smart family has reached out to the Newhouse family, sending messages offering emotional support and volunteering assistance. But so far the Newhouses, locked in their own torment, haven’t responded.

“It’s real difficult,” said Stan Smart, a Napa high school principal. “We would offer them our hugs and concerns and prayers. They’re already doing a lot of things they should be doing. They’re getting fliers out, and they have an Internet Web page set up. But we’re very saddened by the disappearance of Rachel, and feel for her parents.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Pete Wilson signed into law the Kristin Smart Campus Safety Act of 1998, requiring universities and colleges in California to call in local law enforcement agencies immediately in cases of suspected homicides or other violent crimes on campus.

The legislation came after persistent pleas from the Smart family, who charged that CalPoly campus police had badly bungled Smart’s case by failing to treat her disappearance seriously and allowing the only suspect – a fellow student named Paul Flores – to clean out his dorm room and leave campus.

Dogs trained to detect human remains later led San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies to a mattress in the empty room.

Authorities say they lack sufficient evidence to bring charges, and a Flores family attorney has said his client “had nothing to do with the disappearance of Kristin Smart.”

But a sheriff’s detective declared in a search warrant affidavit that Flores “is responsible for or has direct knowledge” of Smart’s disappearance. He said Smart “is deceased and either died in Paul Flores’ dormitory room or was placed there.”

Her mother, Denise Smart, a Stockton bilingual education coordinator, said she got chills when she heard the second missing woman was from Irvine – where Flores has been living. He has been fired from restaurant and fast-food jobs as news of the unsolved case has followed him.

Recently, saying it was responding “to many inquiries by members of the media,” the San Luis Obispo Police Department issued a statement: “Paul Flores, who has been the subject of much attention during the investigation into the disappearance of Kristin Smart, has been eliminated as a suspect in the disappearance of Rachel Newhouse.”

Stan Smart nonetheless has found himself hoping the new case could help find the truth in his daughter’s disappearance. He said it appears as if authorities were responding much more aggressively to the recent case, pointing out that the FBI was called into Newhouse’s case almost immediately after she was reported missing.

In Smart’s case, campus police waited several days to respond, believing she merely wandered off over a Memorial Day weekend.

“It appears to me that they’ve done a lot of right things this time around that they didn’t do with our daughter,” he said.

The Smart family recently dropped wrongful-death lawsuits against Flores and the university.

Stan Smart said the family decided to drop the claim against Flores with the intention of refiling if there are developments.

The family gave up on its claim against the university after negotiations broke down over a settlement that would have involved building a lighted memorial for Smart at the campus street corner where she was last seen.

As another haunting case put Smart’s name back in the news, Denise Smart and Kristin’s sister Lindsey, 16, flew to New York recently to appear on Maury Povich’s show and appeal for a resolution in the case.

Stan Smart and Kristin’s brother, Matt, 19, plan to return to San Luis Obispo in January to again comb the area’s wild lands looking for her body.

“We’re still going to search,” he said. “We’re in it for the duration – until we see some justice.”

Caption: Kristin Smart: The Stockton woman disappeared in 1996 after leaving a San Luis Obispo party. Rachel Newhouse: The 20-year-old was last seen Nov. 12 near a San Luis Obispo eatery.
Section: METRO
Page number: B1
Record: 086
Copyright: Copyright 1998, 1999 The Sacramento Bee

Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) – June 21, 2002Browse Issues
Author: Patrick S. Pemberton
The Tribune

Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1280)

An amateur private detective trying to find missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart has been ordered to tone down his Web site.

Dennis Mahon received an e-mail from Homestead Technologies Inc. earlier this week, saying his Web site,, had to be modified.

“Some of the things that he had on the Web site violated the things he agreed to on the member agreement when he signed up for it,” said Joshua Weinberg, a spokesman for the Menlo Park company.

Mahon’s site includes background information on Kristin Smart, a 19-year-old who disappeared from the Cal Poly campus six years ago. The site also includes information about the main suspect in that case, Paul Flores, and his family, along with theories of what might have happened.

His Web site has garnered several e-mails from people offering tips — tips that are often relayed on the site.

Weinberg said Homestead was particularly concerned with photos and addresses that have been posted without consent of the people involved.

He wouldn’t say if Homestead was concerned about the threat of a lawsuit, but he did say the company was concerned about Web sites that might violate privacy.

“Nowadays just about every company has a privacy policy and a member agreement,” he said.

For a monthly fee, Homestead provides software that allows clients to easily build and maintain their own Web sites. Mahon said the site has been a valuable tool in keeping the case alive and seeking clues to the unsolved mystery.

“It’s been really, really helpful,” said Mahon, whose site has generated more than 17,000 hits in three months. “Basically, I’m putting a new coat of paint on the case.”

Mahon, from North Carolina, has volunteered to investigate the case, posting updates daily on his Web site. To support himself while he’s in San Luis Obispo, he delivers pizzas at night. He is also investigating the disappearance of Kristen Modaferri, an 18-year-old North Carolina woman who vanished during a trip to San Francisco in 1997.

Homestead received a complaint about the site, Mahon said, but he would not say who made the complaint or if the complaint came from the Flores family.

Susan Flores has declined to speak to The Tribune. Paul Flores is currently serving a jail sentence for drunken driving in Santa Barbara County, and his father, Reuben, could not be reached for comment.

Denise Smart, the missing woman’s mother, said she was disappointed by Homestead’s actions.

“It seems to me to be a First Amendment violation,” Smart said from her home in Stockton.

After leads in her daughter’s disappearance had diminished over the years, Smart said, the Web site was generating tips again, offering hope that the 19-year-old freshman might be found.

“It has brought people out of the woodwork,” she said.

Mahon said he is considering legal action to keep his site running. Meanwhile, he has temporarily removed most of the information on the Homestead site, and another host has temporarily posted the former Web site at www.cwwebdesigns. com/sos/.
Edition: Tribune
Section: Local
Page number: B1
Record: 0206260029
Copyright: Copyright (c) 2002 The Tribune


Sacramento Bee, The (CA) (Published as The Sacramento Bee) – July 2, 1998Browse Issues

Author: Peter Hecht Bee Staff Writer

Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1500)

The family of Kristin Smart, the 19-year-old Stockton woman who vanished two years ago from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is presumed murdered, is asking the state attorney general’s office to take over the case from local authorities.

But after Smart’s parents, Denise and Stan Smart, met this week with the chief of staff for At torney General Dan Lungren, a Lungren spokesman said it is unlikely state officials will intervene.

Lungren’s spokesman Rob Stutzman, who said state justice officials have lent assistance to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department with criminal profiling and evidence testing, said they take over cases from local authorities only “in the most extraordinary circumstances.”

Since Smart vanished from the Cal Poly campus May 25, 1996, her family has become bitterly frustrated with the police investigation into her disappearance.

The family has complained that Cal Poly campus police failed to treat Smart’s disappearance seriously until several days after she was reported missing.

The campus police, which eventually requested assistance from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department five weeks after her disappearance, also allowed the suspect in the case to clean out his dorm room and leave campus. Search dogs trained to detect human remains later led investigators to a mattress in the empty room.

Although San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ed Williams has identified a fellow student, Paul Flores, as the only suspect in Smart’s disappearance, the sheriff has infuriated her family by saying the investigation is stymied because Flores won’t cooperate with authorities.

Greg Coates, an attorney for Flores, has said his client “had nothing to do with the disappearance of Kristin Smart.”

“They (the sheriff’s department) have had the case for over two years and their position is that there is nothing they can do,” said Denise Smart. “. .

What kind of message is that?”

Stutzman said the attorney general’s office has taken over some cases where there was a potential conflict of interest for local authorities. For example, he said, state justice officials are handling an embezzlement investigation of a former Modesto police officer and a drunken driving case involving a Ventura County judge.

Smart’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Flores, accusing him of her murder. Her parents have also sued Cal Poly over the university’s handling of the case. The attorney general’s office is defending the university in the civil claim.

“The attorney general is using state resources to defend the college,” Denise Smart said. “Why aren’t they using state resources to investigate the disappearance of someone who vanished off of their campus?”

Section: MAIN NEWS
Page number: A5
Record: 211
Copyright: Copyright 1998 The Sacramento Bee

Denise Smart and her husband, Stan — a director of secondary education in Napa — assume their daughter is dead.

But they still hold out hope that someone will come forward and tell them what happened to her body.

“We’d never have her life back,” Denise Smart said, “but we would have her.”

Her mother has put together a video of Kristin’s life to show May 19.

“I put it off for a long time because I knew it would be hard,” she said. “Yet after I finished it, I realize what a good experience it was and how much Kristin did in such a short amount of time. A lot of really good memories came back to me.”

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Bolts said that department has accepted the Smarts’ invitation to attend the memorial service. The case continues to be open and is actively being investigated, he said.

“We’re working closely with a number of agencies, including the FBI, Cal Poly Police and the state Department of Justice,” Bolts said.

Kristin Smart also will be remembered, along with murder victims Aundria Crawford and Rachel Newhouse, during a run and walk May 19 at Laguna Lake Park.

The money raised through registration fees will benefit the Rachel Newhouse Endowment Fund and the Cal Poly “ReMEmber Me” group that also memorializes Smart and Crawford. The group works to prevent sexual assault and violence against women and sponsors programs such as “Take Back the Night” and an annual candlelight vigil at Farmers’ Market in San Luis Obispo.

If you go …
San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Bolts said that department has accepted the Smarts’ invitation to attend the memorial service. The case continues to be open and is actively being investigated, he said.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo News Archive Part 1 – Recovering hidden scandals….

This quiet, sleepy little section of the Central Coast lives in a tenuous balance between the upper-middle class families who own property and the majority: the long-term and transient college students that are a nuisance and a necessity. Many national news stories originate or happen here. Like all good PR Firms, City Government and the prestigious Cuesta College in association with Cal Poly (whose administrative talent, cash and credit can compartmentalize conflicts, bury secrets deep and naturally maintain and boost credibility).
Any cursory glance or visit to San Luis Obispo by tourists, interested in the quaint, isolated downtown, access to famous vineyards, nearby hot spots; Pismo Beach (“and all the clams we can eat!”), Morro Bay, Pirates Cove, Los Osos and that monument to Gilded Age decadence: “Billy Buster’s” Fortress of Solitude – Hearst Castle reveals historic and geological beauty not found anywhere else.
Campus tours of Cal Poly showcase the gorgeous landscapes, happy and motivated students, friendly faculty and ESPECIALLY exclusivity. They proudly report that acceptance is restricted to high school applicants who matriculate in the 98th percentile (A cross product GPA, SAT score and quantity/quality of extracurricular and volunteer work)
At the time of my acceptance and subsequent enrollment, The Cal Poly College of Agriculture was #1 in the west, The College of Engineering 2nd only to CalTech and successful pre-Med BS degrees and pre-law BS degrees were known as fast-tracks to grad school. The Architecture College was second ONLY TO STANFORD. This writer started in Computer Science and finished with a BS in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Math and Computer Science.

Here’s what campus guides would never mention, some are minor nuisances many are serious problems:

  • The few students accepted fill campus capacity and frequently overflow it
  • this overflow makes things like class enrollment, parking, and scheduling a nightmare
  • The quarter system is 8 weeks of steep learning curve, dead week and a nerve-shattering Finals Week
  • Choosing a major (required for enrollment) forces 18-yr-olds to choose a career path
  • Did YOU know what you wanted to be at 18? Was it realistic in any level?
  • Overflow contributes to on avg 5.8 yrs to complete BA/BS-it took me 6
  • If the freshman yr is completed,  only a lucky handful can stay on-campus
  • The rest will enter the price-gouged, dilapidated “white ghetto” nearby
  • This ghetto is where 30,000 intelligent, young, overworked, students are consolidated
  • The city compartmentalizes the permanent residents from students to its detriment
  • The biggest scandals, many that became national news originate and occur in this ghetto
  • The frats are bristling with date-rape, rohypnol-rape and actual violence rape
  • Heavy-stress and high pressure on students attracts binge-drinking, drug abuse, even suicide
  • Female college students are kidnapped, raped and murdered in disturbing qty
  • Major scandals promote a culture of silence, Like Penn State w/o the kid-touching
  • A Federal Prison borders the north end of campus (The Sheep Unit)
  • The Diablo Nuclear Power Plant is just a few miles west
  • Nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base conducts mysterious experiments, like weapons-testing
  • Also nearby: Atascadero State Hospital – The only facility for convicted Sexually Violent Predators

None of this makes Cal Poly a bad university, nor does it make San Luis Obispo a poor town, it does motivate The university, residents, businesses and City officials, with (sadly) cooperation of local media to cooperate in the cover-up and eventual burial of stories The City and The University would not want parents considering Cuesta College, Cal Poly or nearby Allan Hancock College to know … the stories I mention here and cover in-depth in following installments are done so because they are suppressed truth and historically significant to the University and the City. Both deserve an objective archive, all I see online is marketing brochures. Tourist dollars trickle in, but keeping Cal Poly packed and the nearby warehousing of older students and Cuesta kids in over-priced slums, kids who have money, scholarships, grants, jobs and family-money is a vital income stream for Cal Poly, Cuesta and local business.
The city and university condone criminal activity. it leads to blow ups like riots, police abuse of authority, serial killers continue for years and murders remain unsolved. Subsequent are more cover-ups, minimizing the gravity of tragic events and obfuscation of online content regarding these murders, deaths, suicides and scandals. There are so many that, if known, would cross Cal Poly off MANY HS students’ wish lists—- parents would search for SLO or CPSLO and read all these things… could harm the bottom line….major stories are missing, difficult to locate or interpreted in retrospect by biased sources. Here are some common themes (which I will cover in-depth soon) to highlight the issue at hand:
Despite bans on drinking in the dorms and threats from RAs to expel for drug offenses, Campus Police and SLOPD make relatively few arrests … it’s more of an “all right you kids get out of here now, ok?”-like situation. Of course cops bust students just like every other school… What if a noticeable amount of felony possession/distribution cases emerged? What effect would it have on Cal Poly in the college-marketplace? A cadre of college kids, all in one place attracts a massive influx of weed, meth, coke, MDMA, psychedelics, date-rape drugs and benzodiazepenes.
Political forces turn a blind eye to drug trafficking barring extreme circumstances, some of which have been buried online once they drift from the public consciousness and become legend.

Ex-Cal Poly fraternity president appears in court on drug charges
I assure you this happens all the time moving weed around is a healthy hustle, less so today as it becomes more and more legal, but anyone with a fat sack in their pocket and a pound or two stashed away attracts two things: lot’s of buyers and a few competitors that want to jack those customers, weed and  money…this occasionally leads to minor dust-ups (robbery, intimidation, threats, assault) but it’s still just kid stuff, there’s a significant degree of separation between major weed distribution (in tons, carried in Semis) and rich white kids who sell QPs. It’s at every college and hardly newsworthy.

Hard drugs on the other hand are in another league, weed is no threat to Cal Poly. Rohypnol, GHB or Roofies on the other hand… I mentioned this in the previous story, about how a kid accidentally OD’d on GHB by drinking a bottle of “Faderade” – a medium-sized Gatorade bottle kept around the local chapter of now disbarred SigChi as an easy goto device should the sudden urge to rape overcome our “esteemed” Fraternity System (in reality Frats are considered a way for unpopular kids to ‘buy friends’…few students join, they only show up to their parties for free booze)—This kid didn’t know that the scumbags at this frat used small amounts to dose their victims, even in distilled form (most of the bottle was real Gatorade) a teaspoon was enough to induce 12 hours of deep sleep. The drunk and dehydrated kid found it in their fridge and pounded it.

He lived with his roommate in Stenner Glen, king of the campus-close slums and adjacent to my own dilapidated 3 story studio in Mustang Village. Having virtually no association or contacts w/in the frats, word traveled fast. Once I found out I interviewed witnesses, police and covered the story in depth at KCPR and KVEC. I don’t recall local media putting much attention to it, I came up with very little in searching for ANY record of this happening, I remember it being discussed on national TV and radio though… (I really need a lexis-nexis account again!) even for a carefully designed Web search, it took me a while. To their credit, local indy rag “The New Times” (Similar to the OC Weekly) DID cover the story, but their archive mysteriously goes all the way back to 2004, starting a few months after I graduated and left the white ghetto, frats and it’s hidden evils behind me….just a month or so after I graduated and moved up to San Francisco where music gigs awaited and fellow musicians to throw light office work at me in-between gigs. It was reprinted in a forum post…an update to the lawsuit and investigation that followed. I could find no content on this major story from their local indy paper for f—s sake! ….so credit to whoever reprinted it….

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