Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- December 19, 2001
Cal Poly Rose Parade Float Features 100 Candles For Centennial
With a cake and 100 candles, the 54th consecutive Cal Poly Rose Parade
float will salute Cal Poly's Centennial when it rolls down Pasadena's
Colorado Boulevard Jan. 1.
The students chose a "Birthday Blowout" theme to meld the Cal
Poly Centennial with this year's parade theme, "Good Times."
But on the fanciful float, it's not the university but rather one Mortise
the Tortoise and his animal friends who are blowing out the 100 candles
on a huge multi-layered cake.
Designed and built by students at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Cal Poly
Pomona, the float will be one of the few in the 113th annual Rose Parade
not built by a professional float builder -- and the only one built by
Students from the two Cal Polys will complete their entry during what
is known as "deco week" Dec. 26-31 in the Brookside Pavilion
at the Rose Bowl.
"Many people don't realize the process of building a float spans
an entire year," said Cal Poly senior Dawn Moyer, decorations chair
for the project. "The float is made up of many components, and student
volunteers build them all."
Those include the steel frame, hydraulics to drive the float and animate
its characters, electronics to control the animation, and the exterior
design work topped off by dry and fresh flowers. "The Cal Poly Rose
Float relies heavily on the support of volunteers and donors," Moyer
Major local donors include Farm Supply in San Luis Obispo, All Seasons
Flowers of Arroyo Grande, and J.B. Dewar Inc. of San Luis Obispo.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help prepare and apply the final
floral decoration should contact Rose Float program coordinator Amie Moberg
at (805) 756-1113. Cal Poly's founding legislation was signed in 1901.
Cal Poly Pomona, founded in 1938 as a branch of the main campus in San
Luis Obispo, became a separate institution in 1966. The Rose Parade float
continues as an annual joint project of students at the two campuses.
More information about the Cal Poly Rose Float is also available on the
World Wide Web at www.asi.calpoly.edu/rosefloat.
CAL POLY UNIVERSITIES 2002 ROSE FLOAT MEDIA
||113th Annual Rose Parade
||Cal Poly Universities, San Luis Obispo & Pomona
||This marks the 54th consecutive joint university entry
in the Rose Parade.
||Students, Cal Poly Universities (the only all-student
float in the parade)
||23 feet high, 18 feet wide, 53 feet long
||"Mortise the Tortoise" has reached a milestone
birthday and his animal companions have gathered to help him celebrate
by presenting him a huge multi-layered birthday cake set atop a tree
stump in the forest. Realizing Mortise has many years under his shell,
his critter friends are determined to assist him in extinguishing
the flames coming from the birthday cake candles. While Mortise is
making his way to the cake, a skunk, two mice, a ferret and a snake
are all doing their part to put out the flames in one "blow"
to ensure Mortise's birthday wish comes true.
In honor of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Centennial, the birthday cake
features 100 candles.
||North on South Orange Grove Boulevard beginning at Ellis
Street, east on Colorado Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, north
on Sierra Madre Boulevard to Paloma Street.
||53 floats, 24 bands, 27 equestrians and 3 official cars
||Domestic and international audience - 350 million in
more than 80 countries
||One million (estimated by the Pasadena Police Department)
||The Rose Parade is broadcast live by ABC, CBS, and NBC.
Tribune (KTLA), Telemundo (KVEA) and Univision (KMEX) provide live
regional and syndicated regional coverage throughout their respective
subscriber-station network. Worldwide and U.S. syndication by VIDEOSPEC
INTERNATIONAL includes live coverage on HGTV (Home and Garden Channel).
||Following the event, Rose Parade floats will be on display
for public viewing. The locations are on Sierra Madre Blvd., between
Washington Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa Ave., and on Washington Blvd.,
between Sierra Madre Blvd. and Woodlyn Rd.
The area is open to the public on Tuesday, January 1, 2002, from 1:00
p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, January 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Viewing on Wednesday, January 2 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. is
reserved for mobility-impaired and senior citizens. Admission is $5.00.
|Parade Date &
||Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2001. Rose Parade begins at 8 a.m.
|Tournament of Roses Website:
The Cal Poly Rose Float Program is a program of Associated Students,
About Associated Students, Inc. (ASI)
ASI is owned and governed by Cal Poly students and strives to be the model
auxiliary within the CSU system by developing and implementing effective
policies and procedures to support student-centered programs and services.
ASI is located at Cal Poly, University Union Room 212, San Luis Obispo,
CA 93407. (805) 756-1281, fax (805) 756-5420, www.asi.calpoly.edu.
For more information contact: Amie Moberg, Assistant Events Coordinator,
More information and a rendering of the float can be accessed at www.asi.calpoly.edu/rosefloat.
CAL POLY UNIVERSITIES 2002 ROSE FLOAT
|Cal Poly Universities Rose Float Operations Center
Brookside Pavilion at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena
December 26-31, 2001
|Cal Poly SLO Rose Float Office
||voice (805) 756-1268
fax (805) 756-7723
lab (805) 756-7730
|Robert "Bob-o" Mijares, Student Committee Chair
||office (805) 756-1268
cell (805) 550-8797
|Amie Moberg, Program Coordinator
||office (805) 756-1113
|Gary Weisenberger, Technical Advisor
||office (805) 756-2388
|Diana Cozzi, Financial Advisor/
SLO Tournament Liaison
|office (805) 756-7007
|Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float Office
||voice (909) 869-3620
fax (909) 869-6787
lab (909) 869-3414
|Ron Simons, University Liaison
||office (909) 869-4996
|Vicki Windes, Senior Coordinator
||office (909) 869-4492
|Bob Ford, Technical Advisor
||office (909) 869-4492