****for immediate release**** Dateline just above the Muir Dormitory, CPSLO–Three independent cadaver dogs signaled near the Poly “P” …. Part of a longstanding search for Kristin Smart, missing since 1996. The backhoes are at it. The SoCal Pic prays they find something or someone…even if it is not Smart. Keep it tuned here or check out our associated publication The California Register for more….
The Mustangs sometimes surprisingly sublime NCAA mens squadron tanked in the final minutes of the Big West tourney….losing by four to UCSB In the Quarter finals. Poly (13-16) was the defending champion of this div2 league.
Regardless of record…the team who wins this gets an automotic ticket to The Big Dance. When Poly won the title about a decade ago…theyd had a shit season but pickd up crazy momentum and destroyed the Honda Center. Only to be pitted as the SW number 16 seed; forced to take on number 1 Utah and their Hall of Fame coach …hence…it was a short dance.
Midnight struck early. This yr Poly wont even get to put a dress on.
Meh…as we say in Shy Town, “there’z always next year.”
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. Tapper7.com 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.
In 2014- I am grateful for everyone who has visited Tapper7.com and read my work. I am constantly humbled BY you and eternally thankful FOR you. Please do not hesitate to ask for help with your site, blog, podcast…tech issues, problems, security…whatever it is. To my readers I am in debt.
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Some slides, just cuz…
I recorded episode zero of Season 1 of the Tapper7 Podcast. It’s not suitable for primetime or late-night, but I thought it was fun to make and once I figure out the specifics of creating a [1400px X 1400px] graphic and configuring the RSS feed I’m just gonna drop the m-fer.
So….if you are one of my valued readers in San Luis Obispo County….check your mailbox. You might see an editorial written by some idiot named “Chris Welke.” **UPDATE** Breaking news in the Kristen Smart Case has forced the editorial staff to place the holiday edition ON-HOLD ’till January.
“Expect us.” In your mailbox next year. We are NOT anonymous.
I had to scrap the PHP for this site and we’re…sort of starting from scratch. we ARE doing a full-on redesign.
For now it’s simply choosing a theme — I made a few customization’s, the site WORKS. you can read/access the information presented here…especially if you are a new visitor and end up here as a result of my upcoming piece in The Register and want to know a li’l more about the subversive, OCD, schizoid pseudo-intellectual known as Chris Welke.
Please make use of the comment section on any article if you want to throw me under the bus, compliment me or threaten to kill me…..I love comments. I publish them unedited.
Not counting spam, which has not gotten past our security ONCE since September. It makes creating content a trillion times easier but also throws off-would-be commenters. You can always hit me up direct w/o all the CAPTCHAS and math problems by sending an EMAIL (I know…) to:
email@example.com. If you would like your note to appear as a comment, you MUST wade through my system … as SNL called it back-in-the-day, this is a “ruining it for everybody” situation and I apologize on behalf of India and Red-state spam-bot builders who r—- the comment section on this site.
Follow the links regarding My Dearly Departed Better Half if you are interested in contributing to my/her work….after all…Dominique deserves all the credit. I learned to report at Poly…Dominique taught me how to WRITE. This time of year
….I really really really REALLY MISS HER BAD.
If you want to support this Web site…scope out the sponsors you see peppered around here. It’s easy to do, you don’t have to buy anything from them….just…check ’em out, you might even find a great holiday gift. Afterall, the algorithm matched ME and MY CONTENT with YOU and your known preferences. Google knows more about you than YOU do…so why not let them help you shop. Think the algorithm knows it’s neary Xmas and that you still have gifts to buy? Is that the dumbest f—ing question ever?
Forgive the awful aesthetics seen here while I put the finishing touches on more pressing WIPs.
Lots of music reviews, movie madness, tech reviews, cringe humor and the prose you hate to love is coming back on a regular basis with a vengeance so don’t trip-out on that dear reader.
“We” (I keep acting like there’s a team behind this juvenile artistic endeavor) will also be presenting a year-end tech review…we’ll pay tribute to all the devices that were damaged, lost, destroyed or taken prisoner (clipped) in the line of duty to bring Tapper-creative content straight to your dome all year long.
…a personal thanks to the people BESIDES ME who really DO help make it happen and the bloggers who qualified for my upcoming SHORTLIST: Tapper7.com’s “Blogs that don’t suck 2014.”
I’ve reviewed almost 4500 blogs this year for comparison, education and because I get REALLY BORED and LONELY sometimes….regardless, I’ve located about five…..FIVE!!! Count ’em FIVE blogs that are informative, creative, original, have a nice design, are NOT a scam and NOT completely full of shit.
We will honor and highlight those blogs because, well this is MY blog and I’m the shot-caller HERE if nowhere else….I also want to spread “the good-good” since all year I mostly just put “the all-bad” on f—ing BLAST.”
We MAY also put businesses, Web sites, people and places on BLAST for f-ing me, someone else or society over…just to stir up some s—.
….haven’t decided what to call THAT list yet.**UPDATE – Negative articles ON HOLD till holidays close, be ready though, this list would make my ol’ neighbor Dick Nixon VERY PROUD.” (Except for the not-keeping-it-a-secret-part). F— it.
No matter…thx for YOUR patronage most of all. If you enjoyed this site in 2014 – 2015’s going to keep you informed, entertained and maybe even laughing, SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 2014 DID!
There WILL be lots of music and movie-related comment and commentary.
The Podcast WILL launch or I’ll die trying.
Drum Corps will be visited and revisited and beat to death as usual.
If law enforcement fucks with me, you or anyone else, I WILL REPORT IT. Just like 2014…OCSD ON BLAST! (Nice time to shoot a black guy at HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND BTW ….fucking LAPD man…..)…let’s get all mixed-up in the NY/Boston/Chicago/St.Louis race-baiting-racist-above-the-law-COP-fucking BULLSHIT cuz in LA….things go GREAT when the black population [overtly shit on constantly] loses their collective tempers, doesn’t it? hmmmm?
Rodney King, Watts, … Reginald Denny’s brick-to-the-kisser at Florence & Normandy? Yeah…let’s DO THAT AGAIN.<–sarcasm
OCSD, LAPD, SLOPD, OCDA, SLODA….you suck. [MOST OF YOU]: You’re awful. Incompetent, Incapable, Corrupt, Racist, Trigger-Happy, sneaky, full of shit and I sincerely hope you get AIDs in 2015 if you haven’t been diagnosed yet.
Oh yeah…that’s what I wanted to say…especially with the ultimate demise of The OnA Show and the fervor with which all humorists miss one of our own…one of our best. He’s black too. <= and would’ve loved that joke.
Patrice O’Neal…RIP Big Dawg. In HIS HONOR-THERE WILL BE AIDS JOKES.
And to the Japanese high command that bombed the hell out of Pearl Harbor 73 years ago…how’d that work out for ya? Get a nice face-full of Oak Ridge Laboratories and The United States Marine Corps? Ya DID didn’t ya?
1. editorial for The California Register on Cal Poly SLO and the community that surrounds it….the cash they covet and ultimately the evil they condone.
it took 20years…but they SIMPLY could not hide forever.
2. Podcast hit another speedbump…thx to that really cool ex-gf who stole it…you uh…REALLY ok w/ stealing from a crippled, unemployed man you claimed to love? Who you made the 1st move on?…all an elaborate setup or too much shard? It’s OC so she gets the benefit of the doubt on my “YOU ARE A TWEAKER BITCH AND YOU TOOK MY $500 handheld recorder/mixer/player and prob. got 1 shot of smack didn’t you….was it worth it? A man’s 100s of hours of wk and hard cash…so u can suck a glss d— for 10 minutes? *ahem* forgive dear reader but this is one of those I-have two important steps for her:
- 1. Get AIDs
- 2. Die
(she even accused me of it coincidentally…I get blood-tested frequently due to bein 30 percent mechanical…id have faked a panic and said….oh…crap….rem when I did that thing…inside you…by accident? …..yeah, you might wanna get that checked out cuz my t-cell count would’ve made Arthur Ashe breathe a sigh of relief….oh me?
YEP-FBA Bitch!!! (Full-Blown-AIDs) to u non OnA Pests.—she had my wallet and $40 too. f— the 40 I wanted that DVR back. que sera sera ….whatever will get aids will get aids. Podcast to drop as soon as I replace the device OR get it back.
updates also to drop asap on these projects and other awfulness as we approach the Hhhhhh-h-hh–h-h-h—h–h–hHOLIDAYS!!!!!!!! Gagh! *couch* hack, belch [vomiting noises]…sorry just not fun w/o my special lady or my best friend. Not no more.
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.
Your book collection will also benefit- it’s Value_Add CITY!
Podcast: coming soon – to integrate w/ this blog to provide decent content. More fun. Less words. Clarity++; Info++; Entertaining^2; Boring–;
More-on: Cygwin, Github, C/C++, C++STL, Linux, GNU, C#, D, R, CodeGolf, Bash, csh, gcc, UNIX, Solaris, Raytracing, Netbeans and Howto’s for all my Technophiles…all day and all night “it’s all good baybabaybeh!!!!” -BigPop
#NOTE: Author of “SonOfSamantha.com” still missing plz contact this site if you have info
…if you ARE her all my assistance/resources/protection are yours.
Let’s take a break from murder and rape for a bit…I want to relate a unique anecdote….this was not a news item but another thing that happened that indicated massive corruption to me early on….
It’s February, a brand new millennium. I have a great professor who had the ability to help me understand object-oriented-design. without his help, I would’ve flunked out of my computer science classes, placed on probation and booted. He’s a good guy, a great teacher. He saved my ass.
He’s also a genius. Unquestionably. with that normally comes w/ quirkiness – strange behavior. This associate professor had worked at IBM, JPL (and subsequently NASA)…most Cal Poly professors have PhD’s…it’s likely required. Let’s call him “Carl” (in honor of Carl Sagan). Carl graduated from CalTech – with the only doctorate they offer: (clinical science and medical science programs are avail, but the MD is granted via UCLA or USC)
From CalTech’s Graduate Program online reference:
Doctor of Philosophy
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred by the Institute primarily in recognition of breadth of scholarship, depth of research, and the power to investigate problems independently and efficiently, rather than for the completion of definite courses of study through a stated period of residence. The work for the degree must consist of research and the preparation of a thesis describing it, and of systematic studies of an advanced character, primarily in science or engineering.
Translation: there is no program….you present a comprehensive study and solution for a real world scientific problem with NO HELP OR ADVICE, all by yourself. Carl never said what it was …considering he worked for JPL it is probably classified.
Carl ended up at IBM because he was head-hunted away from JPL/NASA….they offered him a LOT of money…by the 90s IBM’s market share was being erroded by Compaq, Dell, HP and Gateway. We’ll never know what they paid him but I assure you it was probably triple his salary at JPL.
The problem with IBM is that Carl’s a genius, he doesn’t want to design a better processor to run Windows on….he also doesn’t like the corporate environment-a cubicle? HR seminars? Politics? 25 bosses? deadlines? performance reviews? this doesn’t work for a creative mind that is incomprehensibly intelligent – the right and left brain both firing on all cylinders. Carl was either fired or quit….he didn’t want all that money, but he still needed a job.
So he took one at Cal Poly. Why not? For all the bad things I’ve said about Cal Poly, w/o our Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering alumni there is no Silicon Valley. No Intel. No Oracle. Graduates can build an operating system; they can create a new programming language AND a compiler for it. For CSC majors, after a brutal 101-103 freshman program, sophomores get the 205-206 brutality slave-labor program (if you don’t LOVE building software, you will quit after 205 or during 206 (Teams of 5 or 6 “get to” build an enterprise system for the university or the city. I had a choice between rebuilding the Cal Poly Computer Science Web Site OR build a card-reader system for the bus-system in SLO (Like a day-pass for OCTA) – YES it has to work and yes it actually gets used.
So the city or the college can farm out every upgrade, problem or project to subsequent students who do it for free! “Learn by Doing” Right?
I’m off-topic, back to Carl.
The two classes Carl taught me were concerned with Object Oriented Design; an abstract way of writing code and structuring it in more of a human way and less of a machine way.* He never demanded outrageous workloads like the other engineering professors, these were lab classes so had to verify our theoretical understanding by assigning real world problems and testing the solutions we designed. A lab project could take 2 hours, 2 days, 2 weeks, or some (I have one) never get solved.
Carl’s way of teaching (he wasn’t a teacher….as I said) always made it so the complex problems were easy to “divide and conquer” that is, to break a large problem down into x sub-problems, then separate each down into x(squared) easy problems, solve those, which will solve x and assemble the x to solve the original problem. I had to bash my head against the wall for 100 hours a week sometimes just to finish 1 dumb project that someone who “got it” could finish in an afternoon. He gave me confidence, made me feel like “not an idiot” as all the other profs and CSC students had…
I even made a friend in his classes, we had mutual respect for each other cuz we were both getting B’s (that’s a big deal a 2.0 is considered just fine, even though a 1.9 in one 10-week qtr puts you on probation, a 2.0 the next qtr takes you off of it – I graduated with 2.8 – a C+) We also weren’t people who had been programming since they were 5 yrs old. It made me wonder why CP accepted me into the major? I qualified for the Engineering College, but from day 1 it was clear that expertise in math and a love for video games did NOT qualify me to compete with anyone. Had he not taught me QUICK…I’d never made it past sophomore year.
Carl comes in one day. Late for class. He looks REALLY PISSED. This was not uncommon. He was always friendly, but he never seemed happy….he had this blank stare sometimes and I detected something(s) personal or tragic were still bothering him or ongoing. He was red-faced and sweating….he just sort-of paced around the room while we sat there, maybe 5 or 10 minutes.
He was about to say something. He was trying to decide whether or not to say it….most likely HOW to say it
Carl was probably the first to ever come right out and say what I was already feeling at the time about the college: greed, lies, perception – common themes so far.
Finally he relaxed and walked up front.
“How much money do you guys think I make?“——I was stunned. Everyone was. What the FUCK…is he talking anout?
“Seriously…I want you guys to think and as soon as you have a guess call it out.”
Nobody raised their hand or said shit….but I was definitely thinking about it. WE all knew he had a PhD from CalTech, that he’d spent about a decade at JPL/NASA and that he’d come from IBM as a Sr. R&D project manager at IBM….in 1999 his salary at IBM couldn’t have been less that 100k. I knew he’d taken a pay cut….prob a big one to be here…he wasn’t tenured, but this Cal Poly – Engineering – Computer Science. You can’t apply for a job like that. IF they ever need someone….they’ll find an established, possibly world-renowned software theorist. Someone famous among software engineers at minimum.
It was in-between 40k and 60k… it HAD to be. when he started asking us individually, most were guessing between 50k and 80k. That was a bit high, but he was full-time this was his only job.
“Chris – how much?”
“uhhh….you probably get like $50,000 a year?”
Polling the whole class indicated we thought he made about $60,000+. Then he projected the over head on the white-board. It was a copy of his paycheck for the previous month, he’d blacked out his SSN, but everything else was there….more personal info I’d want a classroom full of software engineers to have, that’s for sure. He was payed by the College of Engineering by a payroll clerk, monthly….and it said that he’d been paid $1200 for the previous month.
Ok, wait, what? That’s $300 a week. I knew he was putting in 50 hours easy….that’s SIX DOLLARS an hour. My first real job was at Starbucks…I started in 1997 and entry-level was $6.50 PLUS I got an extra 3-4 bucks per hour in tips. He broke it down that way too.
“I make less than minimum wage….[he went on to explain because he’d been there less than year there was some provision that made him an associate professor but somehow he wasn’t accredited, or some rule change had come through and his monthly check had dropped significantly] …My rent is $1000, this isn’t enough for me to EAT!”
He said he had some money saved up from IBM and that without that and barring a significant change to “What they promised me…” He’d quit. and they he went on at length about how he’d “been cheated,” and “lied to” that “he had offers from other universities when he left IBM but Cal Poly offered the best incentives to him.”
They said he’d only work about 20-30 hours a week, that most of it would just be office hours, where he could do whatever he wanted plus have access to all the same research tools he’d had at IBM (If anything we probably had better). To become tenured you HAVE to conduct research AND publish…for most it’s commentary in professional or academic journals. If there’s anyone I wish published a book on software design, it’s him. His software runs on the Hubble Space Telescope. He was told he’d make about $45,000 a year with bonuses for student performance, peer-review, admin-review and publishing papers and books. He’d been conducting research and publishing results in professional journals for 20 years, he was still doing so.
Most journals are like online forums, you establish credibility by working and publishing, but the I don’t that JAMA gives any money to doctors for publishing research….it’s just a major honor to have the most respected publication in your profession print YOUR work.
One thing every company or contractor or client I’ve ever worked for either explicitly states- to NOT tell co-workers, supervisors, customers associates what you make. It’s a firable offense at many companies.
This was the first time I’d ever had the inkling that professors were being scammed. Whatever the power structure was…the associate professors are definitely not part of it.
Companies like Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), HP, Intel, Silicon Graphics, Applied Materials, Cisco Systems POURED money into computer science and computer engineering at Poly. Carl left sometime in 2001…the dotcom bubble blew up, but so did the WTC…so whatever $ Cal Poly lost out on from all the big companies that were laying off 1000s of tech workers, most pulled the plug on donations I’m sure, but the DoD, the CIA, DARPA, DIA, FBI and the newly-formed Dept. of Homeland Security MORE than picked up the slack to keep churning out 1st class engineers from 1st class Engineering Colleges….so Cal Poly didn’t lose a cent.
As for Carl…if he had any trouble finding a diff. job when he left…it’s almost guaranteed he was folded back into government software research or a contractor like TRW, KBR or Raytheon.
I’m sure he’s fine. Better off w/o Cal Poly….
*****COMING SOON****** ill mention the professor “acquired” as depy. chairman post 9/11. He worked for AT&T….sort of. During the cold war the DoD got a big security project approved…..In the event of pre-emptive nuclear strike….how would communication lines stay open? The project required that land-lines have multi-tiered failsafes…ever notice that your land-line works when the power goes out? No? cuz of your cell phone…well it does. It was a project that took 20 years. this particular maniac was the project manager. That means reworking the land-line system to withstand hydrogen-bombs landing across the continent would not effect your ability to call Washington from Sunnyvale….that was HIS RESPONSIBILITY. I’ll mention that and a few other changes made post 9/11 coming soon.
*It is still the gold standard for every program used today. Major OOD languages are listed in order: Smalltalk and LISP, Eiffel, C++, Java, .NET, Python and C#. Java was the the most cutting-edge language, so Carl taught me to write both in C++ and Java. This theory of design is evidenced by the browser you are using to read this, the operating system your iPhone, tablet or console runs on (OS X, ios7, Windows 8, Android KitKat) all of these were designed using objects and implemented using one of these languages or non-object languages that have since been re-designed to BE object-oriented (COBOL, Pascal, VB, Ada and C)
This assertion appears in many subsequent posts. The scope of what you are about to read is massive and touches on every single aspect of what is wrong with the closed-system comprising the university, the city, the chamber of commerce, law enforcement, the media….Cal Poly generates a massive income stream for this system and w/in it…it is above the law. As a Senior++, I failed to provide the amount of research and coverage that Brian Gillis and his tragic death deserved.
I will NOT fail him or his memory again. What follows is the message. Patricia Gillis, Brian’s mother, sent to me yesterday. I actively avoided the city and the university for over a decade. Only in the last few days have I even checked in with online print media, one of which I was a staff writer and both of which I deplore. In my request for more information regarding the death, this is what she wrote to me using my contact form:
“Mr. Welke, I just came across your site today, 9-21-14. Thank you for posting the information regarding my son’s death at the hand of evil Sigma Chi brothers and Alpha Phi sorority sisters as well. This is a hard time for us right now as Brian’s birthday is Oct. 11th and he would be turning 32 this year. Also, Brian was on a USAir flight from Providence via Pittsburgh to San Diego on 9-11-2001. He called us about 2 hours after the WTC tragedy happened to let us know his plane was next for takeoff when Pittsburgh closed their airport. Being raised Irish Catholic and attending Catholic schools through high school, I often ask God why he did not take him then, instead of letting him die the way he did. We proved in our civil suit without a doubt who sold the GHB to the frat, David Seminsky, and who had mixed, Matt Heintz, and had it stored in his refrigerator well in advance of Brian consuming it. SLODA and SLOPD promised us they would make an arrest when the civil suit ended, which is the only reason we settled, but then they just continued to drag out the manslaughter statute. But, these punks can still be arrested for 2nd degree murder because the GHB and Gatorade was mixed ahead of time and they knew exactly what Brian was ingesting. We also proved that Brian did not know there was GHB in the Gatorade he drank, per Nick Potter. There is so much corruption involving Brian’s death. I hope you continue to keep Brian’s memory alive as well as all the other Cal Poly students who have died under suspicious circumstances and were brushed under the rug. As far as I am concerned, Cal Poly is a death trap more than most colleges. I have worked in education my entire career and am well versed with the ongoings of corruptions at the college level with frats and sororities. Also, the “red hand prints” that were painted over at Cal Poly is another major issue. I believe Dan Blackburn, along with a lawyer found out that Cal Poly, SLO at the time of Brian’s death had the highest rape crime rate of all the UC and State Universities in the state of California. Sidenote: Sigma Chi and Alpha Phi are brother/sister chapters on most college campuses in the U.S.”
Let’s pull the bullet points out—for your consideration:
- Gillis wants to know why God did not take her son on 9/11
- The dealer’s name is David Seminsky
- the man who mixed the faderade’s name is Matt Heinz
- The District Attorney LIED to Brian Gillis’ family-instead let charges cycle through a complex PC array*
- There is eyewitness testimony in open court from Nick Potter who stated that Brian Gillis didn’t know the drink was laced
- Potter’s words are almost indisputable-Perjury is a PC 118 Class D FELONY (4yrs-CDC)
- Gillis said her son’s death involves “so much corrpution”
- She said that fraternities and sororities are corrupt— based on her professional experience
- Cal Poly is characterized as “a death trap”
- The name of the fraternity is Sigma Chi that has a “sister” sorority Alpha Phi
- In my 1st draft of this featured post, I specifically remember a report on “Rape per unit capita” and that San Luis Obispo was #1 in California. I can’t remember if Dan Blackburn stopped by the Clear Channel Studio at 51 Zaca Ln. or if he called or emailed us, but at the time it was difficult to generate reports like that, he was one of a select few resposible journalists in town … in another post I mentioned that I had no contact information . If you are out there Dan…my name is Chris Welke, I was a staff writer at the “Mistake” Daily around 2001-2002 but did most of my reporting at 93.1, in 2004 I produced the morning news at KVEC and was a fill-in guest and/or call screener for “The Dave Congalton Show.”
- Re: Patricia Gillis’ statement:
1. I can’t read all the way through it without getting choked up.
2. I’m conflicted about whether or when/how her son may have passed on earlier and whether or not that is “better” but Brian Gillis died in an awful, run-down, decrepit and very dangerous place. I can verify this. Gillis died in the worst part of the “white-ghetto,” (Stenner Glen) with my awful studio located on the same block. The act itself occurred along California Street – “Fraternity Row” aka “Rape-Central.”
3. She ID’d the man distributing date-rape drugs and the name of the man who probably paid for it and made the infamous mixture that was the immediate Cause of Death in official reports. That’s what I want – NAMES. We finally know “who” this was IMPOSSIBLE to figure out when the story broke, my few sources close to the frats knew it was Sigma Chi but they all went on “a camping trip” the same day Gillis’ body was found. hmmmm…..
4. From the information I have, were I the DA, I would charge both under PC 192(b). Manslaughter is “the unlawful killing of a human being without
(b) Involuntary--“in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to felony; or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, or without due caution and circumspection. This subdivision shall not apply to acts committed in the driving of a vehicle.” -(PC)
- This is a felony charge (4yrs-CDC) I’d select this as the most likely to yield a guilty verdict. We are now aware that a settlement was reached, indicating both men likely have criminal defense retained…as of this draft, the SLO District Attorney says the are stuck in the ID# and Classification phase needed to open a felony case and issue an arrest warrant.
5. Gillis asserts that both men can be charged under PC 188. “Such malice may be express or implied. It is express when there is manifested a deliberate intention unlawfully to take away the life of a fellow creature. It is implied, when no considerable provocation appears, or when the circumstances attending the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart…. (etc)” -PC
- Key description: “an abandoned and malignant heart” it is awfully poetic for the California penal code…to me it describes what happened. Because it is a Class A Felony I would NOT file charges under this because:
- 1. Guilty verdict probability reduced— heavier burden of proof on the state. The sentancing guidelines being “15 with an L”
2. If convicted they would be eligible for parole after 7 years…. THIS IS A BIG IF STATEMENT….it is better to be certain both are convicted on felony counts, where they will enter the CDC/Parole system which will ruin their lives. So where do we go from here? Ill be writing more stories and editing that massive amount of content I just generated to increase its value…The San Luis Obipso District Attorney is funded by the taxpayers of San Luis Obipso County, I am not one of them but I was from 1998-2004, I can almost guarantee there is no way to get ahold of and ADA’s but there is no reason NOT to pester them with emails and phone calls. My question is: “I was informed by the family of Brian Gillis that you are processing charges under Penal Code 192 for Matt Heinz and David Seminsky? Yes….why haven’t you filed charges yet…Brian Gillis died 10 years ago….yea….I understand that you can’t comment regarding an ongoing investigation can we please speak off the record this is a matter of some importance…..etc.” In abstract: are other cases involving suspicious death, agg-assault, 1st degree burglary, attempted murder, attempted murder with GBI, attempted murder with Gang Enhancements, (for US Attorney: kidnapping, tax-evasion) and sex crime also stuck in a some theoretical Penal Code ID/Class Loop? I call shenanigans on that. I’m not an attorney, but I see enough evidence already to issue warrants for the arrest of Heinz and Seminsky on suspicion of manslaughter, file 1 felony count of 192(b) against both and if any physical evidence of the drug exists an additional concurrent count of Felony sales (GHB) for Seminsky and felony possesion (GHB) for Heinz (HSC Section 11377)
- please visit The Brian Gillis Online Memorial
- This Web site is investigating this and other unresolved tragedies in and around Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Contact me with any information. If you went to Cal Poly, if you’re a fellow alumni, if you work or worked there, associate professors, tenured professors, campus administration: YOU CAN TELL ME ANYTHING, OK? I’m not a cop….I’m your friend. We can heal the community, but we have to confront reality. Nobody will ever do it for you, nor will they do it for me, but together we can find truth-present it publicly-punish those responsible and put an end to it for good.
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…..it 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….