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Coupa Cafe to take over Moonbean’s location by end of June
Office hoursopen onFacebook
Those of us who arrived at Stanfordafter famed psychology professorPhilip Zimbardo stopped teaching cannow get a chance to hear about hisresearch and even ask him questions,thanks to Stanford’s new “Open OfficeHours”on Facebook.Stanford Open Office Hours,partof the Stanford University page onFacebook,was created by Ian Hsu ‘98M.S.‘01.The online video series isgeared toward the greater Stanfordcommunity.For the series,a different professoror researcher posts a video to theStanford University Facebook pageeach month.The videos describe theresearch topics that the professor iscurrently pursuing.Through the new program,anyonewho is a “fan”of Stanford Universityon Facebook can watch the videos andask questions by posting comments.Hsu said he hoped Open OfficeHours would allow for more individu-alized learning on the Web.“I wanted to see whether it mightbe possible to bring a more intimateand conversational learning experi-ence to a global online audience bycombining Facebook and onlinevideo,”he said.The intended audience,however,isstill ambiguous.“Right now,the idea is to reach toalumni,but ultimately it may be a wayfor faculty to deal with current studentswho are too shy to go in[to in-personoffice hours],”Zimbardo said.Zimbardo was third in the line of Stanford professors and researchers to
Rice,Shultz visitWilbur for dinner
Wilbur Dining played host to two former U.S.Secretaries of State on Tuesday night,as Hoover FellowGeorge Shultz took a walk down memory lane as hespoke to 70 students over dinner.The discussion,moder-ated by Hoover Fellow Condoleezza Rice,used diploma-cy as a means of navigating larger issues,ranging frominterpersonal relationships to morality and the psycholo-gy of public service.Rice began the formal remarks by saying,“Hello,Mr.Secretary,”to which Shultz quickly replied,“Hello,Ms.Secretary.”The event was the final episode in Shultz’s three-dayschedule as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow.Shultz attendedvarious receptions across campus on a diverse array of topics,including life in public service,the role of sports inlife and how to prepare for and balance multiple profes-sions.The dinner,however,was not all policyShultz jokedwith the students present.When asked by a student howhe gets out of bed in the morning and remains motivated,Shultz had a simple explanation.“I swing my legs over and push,”Shultz deadpanned.“It’s a little easier that way.”Most of the student questions revolved around how tointeract with others and deal with situations of conflict.One student questioned whether on occasion during histime as a public servant,Shultz’s personal opinions ormoral values conflicted with written laws.In response,
Endowed faculty positionsface difficulty in bad econom
The current economic recessionis expected to take a toll on the cre-ation of endowed chairs and profes-sorships,which may have a negativeimpact on both faculty hiring andthe overall health of the endow-ment.The economic downturn hasbeen felt across the University,espe-cially in Stanford’s shrinking multi-billion-dollar endowment,which just three years ago was the fastest-growing endowment in the nation.Asignificant portion of this loss inendowment value comes from fewernewly created endowed chairs andprofessorships.Endowed chairs and professor-ships are positions across theUniversity whose salary,benefitsand occasionally other costs are paidfor by interest from a single multi-million-dollar endowment,usuallymade in a donor’s name.The posi-tions also come with faculty titlessuch as “The Charles LouisDucommun Professor inHumanities and Sciences.”Stanford has several hundredendowed positions across all sevenschools and other institutes,andthey play a vital role in the financialhealth of the University.The Schoolof Humanities & Sciences (H&S)currently has the most endowedpositions at Stanford,and H&SDean Richard Saller said these arecrucial to faculty salaries.“The School of Humanities andSciences has a two billion-dollarendowment,Saller said.Abouthalf of the school’s endowmentcomes from endowed chairs andprofessorships—it’s by far thebiggest single source of endowmentfor [H&S].”The current economic climate,however,is not conducive to thelarge gifts required to establishthese professorships.Dean Sallerexplained that while H&S has creat-ed 49 new endowed positions since2001,only five were created in the2008 fiscal year,and just one hasbeen created in the 2009 fiscal yearso far.“It’s too early to say for sure,butthe University is anticipating in gen-eral that donations will be lower thisyear,”said Stephen Hinton,seniorassociate dean in the School of H&S.“There are fewer donors in thecurrent environment stepping up tomake these large gifts,”Salleradded.“With the decline in the
Coupa toreplace‘Beans
Gender-neutral room assignments in national spotlight after mother criticizes
ur morality is not forsale,wrote KarinMorin in “CaveatParens:One family’sadventures in gender-neutral housing,”published in TheNational Review on Monday of lastweek.In the article,Karin,mother of DaisyMorin ‘09,condemned the lack of trans-parency surrounding Stanford’s gender-neutral housing pilot program,institutedthis year.“Stanford’s actions created not onebut two problems of institutional ethics,”Karin wrote in the article.The University,she said,failed to inform parents of boththe changes in housing policy and,if par-ents did manage to track down onlineinformation about the policy,the extentof those changes.Student’s felt that Karin’s claims wereout of line.“In general,Stanford has no responsi-bility to inform parents about anything,”argued James Barton ‘09,citing the factthat the vast majority of Stanford stu-dents are at least 18 years old and thuslegal adults.“Parents just need to learn tolet go.Their children are responsibleadults at this point.”“We’re adults,so we have the right tomake the decision,but for a lot of people,we are financially reliant on our parents,”agreed Lisa Tang ‘11,who shares a two-room,gender-neutral double in Castanowith Vasilly Sharikov-Bass ‘11,a closemale friend.“It comes down to talking toyour parents about it.”“I know that my mom was originallycompletely against it,of course,”sheadmitted,“but I mean,I showed her theroom and said ‘Look,the door’s closed,itturns into a single.I promise there’s noth-ing going on between me and the guy;we’re really good friends.’ And eventual-ly,she agreed,even though,originally,shewas kind of a conservative Chinesemom.”“The level of information Stanfordprovides to parents is already quiteextensive,Barton added.“And parentscan read The Daily online if they want tokeep abreast of what’s going on.Everystep of the gender-neutral housingprocess was documented in The Daily.”Additionally,Assistant Vice Provostand Director of Residential Education(ResEd) Deborah Golder said thatStanford’s online descriptions of gender-neutral housing practices had beenupdated to reflect recent changes “longbefore this became national news.”Karin’s grievances also conflatedUniversity-wide Housing policy with co-op policy,according to Golder.“The mixed-gender housing policiesfunction distinctly from the co-ops,”shewrote in an email to The Daily.“As Iunderstand it,the consensus decision-making process at Synergy andColumbae,as well as the mixed-genderroom assignments,have been practicedfor decades.”Karin went on to say in her NationalReview piece that her daughter was nothappy with her co-ed room assignment inColumbae.During a seven-hour housingmeeting that relied on consensus deci-sion-making,Daisy was assigned to alarge,one-room quad with one other girland two boys.Daisy was not present at the meeting,but had appointed another student asproxy who was clear on all of her prefer-enceswhich did not include stipula-tions about the gender of her roommates.“I would have been fine one way orthe other,Daisy said in an interviewwith The Daily.She lived in co-ed roomsduring both fall and winter quarters,andnow she lives in a single-gender room.Daisy called the issue “a family argu-ment,”saying that Stanford Housing andResidential Education (ResEd) were notto blame at all.She did have issues with The NationalReview,however.“I think it’s irresponsible of them thatthey didn’t contact anyone besides mymom,”Daisy said.“It took somethingthat was a private family argument andtried to turn it into something political,which it just wasn’t.”Daisy said she’s had a good experi-ence in Columbae so far.“People have been really supportive,”she said.
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Recycle Me
After 11 years between Meyer and Greenlibraries,Moonbean’s Coffee will be replaced byCoupa Cafe by the end of June,Moonbean’s StoreManager James Rundell told The Daily yesterday.Stanford Libraries solicited bids for the covet-ed spot between Meyer and Green,and CoupaCafe,which currently has an on-campus locationin the Y2E2 building,won out over Moonbean’s,the current occupant,and other bidders.Rundell speculated that the decision was basedon reviews of the existing Coupa Cafe in Y2E2.“I believe it was something about [Coupa]being very popular,”he said.“I feel it’s odd,sincethe majority of what I hear from customers is thatwe’re the most popular place on campus.While rumors of the store’s closure had circu-lated throughout year,Rundell believes this ver-dict is final.Moonbean’s pled its case to the selectioncommittee on Apr.24.Libraries Director of Communications and Development AndrewHerkovic noted that there were “several otherbidders”for the space,but did not reveal theidentities of the other vendors.Stanford Libraries originally intended toannounce its decision on May 1,but the date wasextended to May 15 so the Library could con-duct a “site study,according to Rundell.Moonbean’s was notified that its proposal wasrejected on Monday.Herkovic,however,was unsure if the agree-ment with Coupa Cafe was finalized.“I believe a decision has been made,but weare negotiating with vendors now,he said.Reacting to the announcement,Rundell andowner Jennie Reynolds were worried about thefuture of their employees.“We’re kind of destroyed about [the deci-sion],Rundell said.“In this economy and this job market,it’s going to be rough.”Looking to the future,Reynolds is hoping tosecure another location on campus,Rundellsaid.Moonbean’s Coffee is Reynolds’ lastremaining coffee shop.The Daily will have further coverage of Moonbean’s replacement in the coming days.
Contact Marisa Landicho at landicho@ stanford.edu.
 ARNAVMOUDGIL/The Stanford Daily
Columbae, a gender-neutral co-op, came under fire recently for its practices in aNational Review piece by Karin Morin, mother of DaisyMorin ‘09.
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 ADAM ADLER/The Stanford Daily
Students enjoy an afternoon at Moonbean’s, which was informed Monday that it had been outbid for the Green Library location by Coupa Cafe, which currently has a location in Y2E2.
 AGUSTIN RAMIREZ/The Stanford Daily
Protestors stood outside Wilbur Dining duringCondoleezza Rice and George Shultz’s visit for a din-ner discussion with 70 students. The protestors had lit-tle effect, however, upon the night’s proceedings.
 Decline in funding puts pressure on tuition, etc.
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It’s Assassins timeat Stanford
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 WEDNESDAY Volume 235
May 13, 2009Issue 57
Wednesday,May 13,2009
 The Stanford Daily
n Monday,Apr.21 atexactly 12:52 p.m.,thissinister message filledthe inboxes of 71Roble residents.The email marked thebeginning of Assassins,Stanford’s annu-al dorm tradition of anxiety,strategy,paranoia and craftiness.Within minutes,Assassins fever hadswept Roble Hall.Literally.Ken Kansky‘12 wasted no time scoring his first “kill,”knocking off his target a mere sevenminutes into the game.“I was walking to class,and she hap-pened to be right in front of me,herecounted with a chuckle.“I didn’t evenhave a gun at that point,so I ran back tomy room,grabbed my roommate’s gunand shot her.I had just found out my assignment.And this was just the beginning of the mayhem.Soon,serious Assassins strategyensued.“The most important thing is having a spy,said Julio Alvarado ‘12,Roble’s reigningAssassins champion,explaining the tactics he employed to ensure his eventual victory.“And covering your tracks,like doing things differently,skipping class,making use of allentrances into your room.And luck.I had a lot of luck.”Secret alliances were formed amongst residents.Door signs were switched to makeplayers more difficult to find.Sitting for hours in the dirt underneath the stairs to Roble’sside door became a socially acceptable behavior.“It was like 1 a.m.,laughed Simon Ye ‘12,recalling his involvement in a friend’s par-ticularly persistent assassination attempt.“Deniz [Kahramaner ‘12] knew that histarget was an upperclassman in the 3-Center hall,so he decided to stakehim out in the bathroom.”But someone was taking ashower inside.Ye decided toleave,but Kahramaner waitedinside a bathroom stall,noteven knowing whether or notthe guy showering was his tar-get.“Deniz and the guy don’tknow who each other are,sothey’re just waiting,”Ye con-tinued.“The guy taking theshower gets scared,so hestays in there for 30 minutes.After he turns off the water,he just stands in the showerstall for another 15 minutes,waiting.”Then,Kahramaner put ona ski mask and opened the door.But it wasn’t his target.Matthew Caselli ‘07,both thisreporter’s older brother and the 2004Ujamaa/2005 Lantana Assassins champion,remembers a multitude of kills and close calls.But one story in particular stands out.“When I was a freshman,one of myfutureDraw mates was assigned to kill me,”hesaid.“Since we were good friends,he knew exact-ly when and where all of my classes were.Iassumed he would attempt to kill me before orafter my IntroSem,a small class of only five studentsin Herrin,an isolated Bio building.Figuring that his target would be hiddensomewhere,Caselli sent out his professor at the endof class to check if the coast was clear.“Sure enough,she spotted a stream of watershooting down from the roof,”Caselli described.“She proceeded to show me an alternate exit to thebuilding and even ran out to my bike and unlockedmy bike lock so that I wouldn’t get shot whiledoing so myself.My would-be assassin was foiled,and we ended up in a high-speed bike chase backto our dorm until we got into the dining hall,which was a safe zone.”Ridiculous as they may seem,tales like theseare almost standard as the game nears its end,leaving only the most dedicated and elusiveassassins still standing.Other kills from this year’s gameare anonymously storied on www.the-happyzork.com,a Web site set up by aformer Stanford Resident ComputerConsultant (RCC) that also serves tocoordinate the game.Some of the accounts are concise.“Epic game of cat and mouse.Catwent home full.”Others are more detailed.“She was in the dining hall (after ithad closed),when I spotted her andquickly made my way to the table,andpoked my pistol into her back,busted afat load (of water),and then burst intoeuphoria.Pretty average day,actually.And then others are...nostalgic?Funny? Just weird?“It is nice getting killed by a goodfriend,instead of some random person...I feel like I am Tom Hanks in the ending scene of Saving Private Ryan.The Web site also features two pages of official Assassins rules:The assassination mustoccur within 24 hours of the email assignment.It cannot be witnessed by anyone else.Certain safe zones—bathrooms,your own room,classrooms and the dining hall duringmeal hours—exist to ensure some sense of normalcy.“It would be really weird if people followed you into the bathroom,”laughed NicoleDeVille ‘12.“Although I don’t think the dining hall should have been a safe zone.It wouldmake the game more interesting.People would be even more paranoid.”In addition to assassinating,a player may “neutralize”a suspected assassin by shootingsomeone that is potentially assigned to him or her.When neutralized,the player cannotkill anyone for 120 minutes.“I was neutralized like six times,”Ye said.“It’s too easy to take advantage of the neu-tralization rules because the only way you can protect yourself is by hiding yourself in yourroom and locking your door.It’s annoying.”Along with the regular assassins,there are also “terminators.”The terminators’ job is toget rid of participants who have not assassinated their targets within the 24-hour window,as well as players who fail to report their kill instantly.Unlike the regular assassins,the no-witness rule does not apply to the terminators,and they cannot be neutralized.“I preferred being a terminator because I got to shoot people with water guns withoutbeing paranoid about someone coming behind my back and shooting me,explained AaronLewis ‘12,one of the leading terminators in Roble’s game.“I got to have the power,theauthority.”While Assassins engrossed many students,some players were fairly apathetic toward thegame.Others forewent Assassins altogether.“I signed up for the game thinking that I would be really involved,”said Disney Williams‘12.“But when it came down to it,I was too lazy to go upstairs and pick up the squirt gun.Yet for the students who did immerse themselves in the game,Assassins provided a four-day flurry of excitement and adventurea welcome respite from the daily grind of classes,schoolwork and activities.“I almost lost friends,”Alvarado laughed,reflecting upon his Assassins experience.“ButI got like five free water pistols.And pride.Yeah,that’s pretty much it.Bragging rights.Like,I am the sneakiest.”
Contact Caroline Caselli at carolinecaselli@stanford.edu.
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The National Review article itself and the issues it raised spread acrossthe Stanford campus last week,andsparked a New York Times blog entryon Wednesday entitled “The Choice.The post received so many commentsincluding statements from bothDaisy and Karin Morin—that a sec-ond blog entry went up later the sameday.In her comment,which was similarto an email she sent to the Columbaelist,Daisy asserted that she is happywith her room assignment and saidthat Stanford acted immediately toaddress the situation.“This conflict has very little to dowith Stanford and gender-neutralhousing,she wrote.“It has every-thing to do with my parents having ahard time adjusting to the fact thatI’m out of the house (I’m the oldest),I’m 3,000 miles away,andespecial-lythat I’m a liberal agnostic whilethey are conservative Catholics.”Karin,meanwhile,contends thather family issue was a newsworthyevent.“For me,the point of writingabout what happened to our familyis to help other parents know whatquestions to ask and what discus-sions to initiate,”she wrote in a com-ment on the New York Times blogpost.In The National Review,Karinexpressed concern for her daugh-ter’s safety in the close company of at least one male student who drinksand about the immorality of sharing asleeping space with a member of theopposite sex before marriage.Sharikov-Bass agreed in part withKarin’s statements.“Girls should not live with anyrandom people,”he said.“If you gointo gender-neutral [housing],itshould be with someone you know.It’s a matter of personal security.”As for the worst fear in such a sit-uation with male and femalestrangers—rape—Sharikov-Basswasn’t concerned.“I don’t see it being likely to hap-pen,”he said.Barton agreed.“Parents should be more worriedabout the guy down the hall that theirdaughter drunkenly made out with ata party two weeks ago,”he said.“It comes down to the girl actuallytrying to use her brain and seeingwhat kind of guy she’s rooming with,”Tang added.“Even if you’re notrooming with a gender-neutral andyou’re being really dumb and drunk,there are always issues that couldpossibly show up,so be smart about itand it should be ok.”Overall,Sharikov-Bass saw fewdifferences between traditional same-gender housing and gender-neutralhousing.“It’s more like having a sister wholives in the same house as you,hesaid.“There is a different type of interaction,but it’s not drastically dif-ferent from living with a male room-mate.”Tang expressed similar feelings.“It’s actually pretty simplebecause if I have the door closed,it’slike I have a single,she said.“If Iopen the door,it’s like a double.”“The main difference is actually just how other people see it,sheadmitted.“Everyone will pause andbe like,‘What,you’re living with aguy?’ I mean,it’s not drastically dif-ferent because I don’t normally walkaround naked anyway.Plus,there arenot weird tensions with my room-mate,so it’s chill.When Sharikov-Bass told his par-ents in Yekaterinburg,Russia abouthis choice to live with Tang,he saidthat initially they were slightly con-cerned and surprised,but not outrightagainst the idea.“They were concerned with mysecurity more than anything else,andthey were just trying to make surethis was the best decision for me,hesaid.“Since I don’t think that gender-neutral [housing] is such a big issue,Idon’t feel like parents should have asay in it,”he added.The Morins felt quite differently,however.Karin and her husband cutoff payments for Daisy’s spring-quar-ter tuition,forcing their daughter totake out an additional $3,000 in stu-dent loans in order to remain atStanford.“I could talk about conspiracy the-ories,and how the modern universityis trying to change society’s norms,”said Karin’s National Review piece.“I could talk about how the universi-ty caters to the ‘edgy’whateverthat is at the moment.”While Daisy’s parents did not wishto make any further comment to thepress,Director of HousingAssignments Sue Nunan clarified theUniversity’s stance on gender-neutralhousing.“The gender-neutral housing poli-cies were determined by a diversecommittee that met last year withinput from many sources,she wrotein an email to The Daily.“We alsoresearched and spoke with manyother universities about their gender-neutral housing policies before final-izing our recommendations.Nunan added that the programhas worked “very well”this year andis being expanded to include morelocations next year.Golder pointed to the increaseddegree of choice that the co-op livingsituation brings to Stanford’s housingoptions.“The diversity of living experi-ences in the residences at Stanford isa point of pride and reflects thebreadth of opportunities that our stu-dents seek,”she said.“The co-ops area critical piece of residential life atStanford.”“And unless there is reason tobelieve that harm is coming to a stu-dent—something that would com-promise health,safety or communitywe will work to honor the cultureand traditions of those houses,”shecontinued.“In this case,our conversa-tions with our student indicated thatshe was fine and she had no interestin changing her room.”Check out the Stanford Daily onlinefor links to Karin Morin’s article.
Contact Emma Trotter at emmat@stan- ford.edu.
Continued from front page
 The Stanford Daily
Wednesday,May 13,2009
How likely do you think it is thatPresident Obama will nominatean openly homosexual Justice for the Sumpreme Court at somepoint during his administration?
42 votestakenfrom stanforddaily.com at 11:38 p.m.05/12/09
Today’s Question:
How do you feel about Moonbean’s closing?
I’m furious! Moonbean’s is a StanfordTradition!
I’m excited! Coupa Café is incredible!
It’s kind of sad to see Moonbean’s go,but I don’t mind that much.
I don’t care.
vote today at stanforddaily.com! 
Unlikely. It’s a big political battle to take on.
Not sure. It will depend on how the gay rightsmovement does over the next few years.
Very likely. There’s enough political momentumand it would help gain support from the Left.
Not a chance.
I don’t care.

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