Coupa Cafe to take over Moonbean’s location by end of June
FACULTY & STAFF
Office hoursopen onFacebook
By KATE BARBER
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
SPEAKERS & EVENTS
Rice,Shultz visitWilbur for dinner
By KAMIL DADA
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 policy—Shultz 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,
FACULTY & STAFF
Endowed faculty positionsface difficulty in bad economy
By ELLEN HUET
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
Gender-neutral room assignments in national spotlight after mother criticizes
By EMMA TROTTER
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-ences—which 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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By MARISA LANDICHO
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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