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.
Cuesta student Nick O’Sullivan was about to start his second year at Linfield College in Oregon last year when an accident changed his plans. The former high school football star, who had planned to play another year of football in college, broke his foot doing a backflip off a raft while floating down the Truckee River. He rested for a couple weeks, then in the second to last regular season game, the pain hit. One tackle, and his foot broke again. After a couple weeks of hard thinking, he realized that if he wasn't playing football, he did not enjoy the school. So he left. “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.
Approximately 15,000 visitors come to each downtown farmers’ market during the summer months. Attendance drops as the evening weather cools, but the shopping experience can still be elbow-to-elbow. The good news for local shoppers who just want to buy their produce in peace: there are 11 other farmers’ markets throughout the county every week.
It’s 2 a.m. All of the bars have closed and you and your friends are stranded downtown without a ride. Have no fear, Uber—a transportation app that can be downloaded on your cell phone—is here.
The Black Student Union of Cuesta College is a new club founded to provide an educational service to the college’s students and the greater district, to promote diversity, and to empower African American students.