Robert Murtha is an English teacher, here at Cuesta College, as well as Hancock College. He is an excellent teacher and works well with each and every student.
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The once bright green and fluffy lawns that cover Cuesta are forming brown spots, with various-sized weeds shooting up as California’s three-year old drought continues with no end in sight. For Cuesta, the challenges are especially difficult because administration officials say there is little the college can do to further reduce water consumption.
It is notoriously difficult to schedule an appointment with a Cuesta counselor. What if you didn’t need an appointment to meet your counselor? What if you could meet them after work hours, or at 10, midnight, or even 3 a.m? This may sound like a dream, but it will soon be a reality thanks to an online program called Degree Works.
Picture this. You are swaying back and forth to the smooth rhythm of a jazz song and tapping your foot along with the beat. You are outside with your friends and family witnessing the sweet experience of colleges and high schools to performing live music. It’s the perfect combination. You are part of the audience of the 16th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival and the Festival Headliner Concert, which is at Cuesta College. They are a few of many events that Cuesta presents in its Fall 2014 Performing Arts schedule.
In the old prison on Alcatraz Island off San Francisco, visitors can see Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s artwork about human rights and freedom of expression. The large-scale sculpture and mixed-media exhibition, called @Large, will give visitors access to parts of the former prison island that are usually closed to the general public. This is one of the art destinations that members of Cuesta’s new Art History Club hope to visit.
“When you can't enjoy where you're at and you are there for the wrong reasons, you need to make a change,” he said. O’Sullivan dropped out when the semester ended in December and came to Cuesta in the spring of last year. Like O’Sullivan, many students come to Cuesta from outside San Luis Obispo County. Of the 1,774 first time students who enrolled in fall 2014, 875—nearly half—graduated from non-local high schools.
The Cuestonian heartily endorses Measure L, which would give Cuesta $275 million in bond dollars. Voters will decide if these coming years will be a golden age for the school—with expansion on recent course growth, new technology and the ability to focus on offering the community whatever it needs, instead of focusing on what it can cut just to get by—or if it will be another rough period for Cuesta. Editorial by editor-in-chief Cliff Mathieson
Imagine if you were allergic to doing something you love. What if you broke out into a rash every time you surfed Facebook or watched Game of Thrones? This is what first semester student Bradlee Sanchez has to deal with, except her passion is swimming. Sanchez is allergic to water yet can’t seem to get enough of it.