The Stanford Daily
New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller talks about his visions for print journalism
By ROBERT TOEWS
New York Times Executive Editorand Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Keller hasseen the best of times and the worst of times in the newspaper industry.Thursday,he shared his insight andopinions on the current state of print journalism,as well as his visions for itsfuture,in front of an audience of Stanford alums and students at KresgeAuditorium.The talk was the first of a series of events for the dedication of the newLorry I.Lokey Stanford Daily Building.Lokey ‘49,whose $2 million donationfunded much of the construction of thenew facility,was present for the speech,as were some 200 former and currentDaily staffers.Keller discussed the dire situationfacing the print newspaper industry,which he saw as the result of both theemergence of online news sources andthe economic downturn.As representa-tive examples,he cited the Los AngelesTimes news staff,which is half of what itonce was,and his own staff’s five per-cent pay cut for the rest of this year.Inlight of the current situation,he quippedthat the ceremonies surrounding thebuilding dedication might feel like “aribbon cutting at a new Pontiac dealer-ship.”Still,the editor was guardedly opti-mistic about the future,both of hisnewspaper and of the industry as awhole.While acknowledging the increasingnumber of people who read newsonline,Keller argued that Web reader-ship far from belittles that of establishedprint sources,such as The New YorkTimes.Furthermore,he maintainedthere is still an enormous profit oppor-tunity for traditional newspaper jour-nalism,simply because of the quality of news content available through suchorganizations when compared to theironline-only counterparts.“[The Internet] has yet to become asignificant indigenous source of thekind of high-quality reporting that Ihave been talking about,”Keller said.“Wikipedia,for instance,does not havereporters stationed in Baghdad orBeijing,following stories up at theirsource.”The lecture was followed by a Q&Aconversation moderated by PhilTaubman,a former New York Timeseditor and a former Stanford Daily edi-tor in chief.
VIVIAN WONG/The Stanford Daily
In spite of the hard times that have hit the newspaper industry, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller assured the Kresge crowd that there remains a need for print journalism in the current information era.
VIVAN WONG/The Stanford Daily
Volume 235 Editor in Chief Christian Torres presents a gift to Lorry I. Lokey. The new building’s naming donor, Lokey is a for-mer editor in chief himself; he is one of many alumni who made significant contributions toward The Daily’s new home.
SPEAKERS & EVENTS
Farm tohost ServiceSummit
By ELLEN HUET
Public service has been a theme forASSU Executives Jonny Dorsey ‘09 andFagan Harris ‘09,tracing all the way backto their campaign last spring.ThisSaturday,members of the Stanford com-munity will gather at the Y2E2 building forthe first Stanford Service Summit,which ismeant to be the culmination of Dorsey andHarris’ election promise.Comprised of a Service at StanfordShowcase,nine different focus area forumsand a variety of speakers,the Summit willfocus on discussing the role of public serv-ice as a part of the University’s mission andidentity.Currently,over 300 participantshave already signed up for the events.The original inspiration for the ServiceSummit came when ASSU PresidentJonny Dorsey ‘09 attended the ServiceNation Summit last summer in New York.Last fall,an assembled student team beganto plan an event that would realize thisvision.“The impetus for the Summit camefrom the ASSU Execs,but our role has pri-marily been to bring the different stake-holders together for a community conver-sation,”explained Anuraag Chigurupati‘09,one of the co-organizers of theSummit,in an email to The Daily.“The sin-gle biggest goal for the Summit is to gath-er the community together to develop aten-year vision for advancing public serv-ice at Stanford and a roadmap with specif-ic action steps for achieving the vision.”Organizers hope that participants willfind plenty of inspiration for public servicein the large number of planned events andpanels for Saturday.One event,the ServiceShowcase,will focus on service work donein academic departments,as well as by stu-dent organizations such as Stanford inGovernment and Students for aSustainable Stanford.“Hopefully,this particular showcasewill help enhance the roles of existing serv-ice [Voluntary Student Organizations] oncampus,because what these groups havebeen doing is not negligible,”said Philippede Koning ‘10,the Summit’s student groupoutreach coordinator.Focus area forums will also take placethroughout the afternoon,addressingareas such as education,the environment,health and public interest law.Each panelwill have three to five speakers,drawingfrom students,local leaders,alumni andprofessionals in fields of public service.According to organizers,the keynoteaddress will be given by Steve Westly ‘78MBA ‘83,managing partner of The WestlyGroup and former California StateController.Video messages will also beplayed from the chair of the Board of Trustees,Leslie Hume Ph.D.‘79,andPresident John Hennessy.The day willconclude with a Fireside Chat with Dr.Larry Brilliant,Google’s Chief Philanthropy Evangelist.While the Summit’s goals are ambi-tious,organizers are optimistic of its long-term benefits,already developing plans forwhat is to come after the event.“We were very concerned with buildinga follow-up plan,to make sure that theenergy and vision that came out of theSummit didn’t fizzle the Monday after,”Chigurupati said.“We have decided todevelop an oversight body of students,fac-ulty,and staff to push the roadmap for-ward after the Summit.”Chigurupati stressed that the Summitwill not be a yearly event.Instead,its focusis to gather the community for a long-termvision.The Summit organizing team hopesto see a shift in the focus on public serviceat Stanford,such as with Branner’s recent-ly announced change to become a publicservice focus dorm.“Branner’s public service focus for nextyear is not directly connected to theSummit,although we’re obviously quiteexcited about it,said Chigurupati.“Branner RF Nancy Buffington was one of the core members of our Summit TaskForce.”As for this weekend’s event and its far-reaching influences,the Summit organizershave high hopes for its timeliness and last-ing impact.“We simultaneously have enormousnational challenges,a president who hasmade a call to service a large part of hismessage,and bipartisan support for thingslike the Serve America Act,”Chigurupatisaid.“I think you see that there couldn’t bea better time for the Stanford communityto come together to talk about service.”
Contact Ellen Huet at email@example.com.
Public service is key for ASSU hopefuls
By MARISA LANDICHO
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
While typical candidates for student gov-ernment malign sitting office holders,this gen-eration of ASSU hopefuls is almost idolatrousof their predecessors.Current ExecutivesJonny Dorsey ‘09 and Fagan Harris ‘09 haveinspired not only imitators and humorous par-odies,but also a bevy of determined studentspledging to tackle “serious issues.”Beginning with their initial campaign,thetwo current Executives have attempted totransform student government from a resumebooster to an effective organization,accordingto Harris.They began with an attack on theperception of a trivial and petty ASSU.“The whole reason we decided to run is wefelt the ASSU had the ability,capacity andresponsibility to work on more serious issueson campus,”Dorsey said.“We don’t thinkwe’re hot shit,but we do think we’ve succeed-ed in changing the tone of the ASSU.”A crop of young candidates seems to be inagreement.Citing the example of Dorsey andHarris,many students have enthusiasticallyembraced student government.A record 60 students initially announcedtheir intention to run for UndergraduateSenate,nearly twice the amount as last year.The candidate list is full of students who for-merly served the Dorsey-Harris executivecabinet in some unelected capacity.Six of the 2008-2009 Executive Fellows,freshmen who shadowed executive cabinetmembers,are currently running for eithersophomore class president or for undergradu-ate senate.The two main executive candidates wereeven part of the Dorsey-Harris cabinet them-selves.As the ASSU Executive OperationsManager,David Gobaud ‘08 M.S.‘10,runningwith Jay de la Torre ‘10,was the technical advi-sor for the ASSU and created the online stu-dent events calendar.His competition is ASSU ExecutiveCabinet Cost of Living co-Chair BennettHauser ‘10,who is partnered with MattSprague ‘10,director of ASSU Capital Group.Hauser and Sprague were motivated torun after seeing how student governmentworks from the inside.Both were complimen-tary of Dorsey and Harris,and plan on adopt-ing and expanding the current executive pro-grams for promoting mental health,publicservice and sustainability.“I think every exec brings a unique focus,aunique flavor,”Sprague said.“[Dorsey andHarris] left big shoes to fit,and they set atremendous example for the next execs.”Gobaud similarly admired the changeswrought by the current executives.If elected,he vowed to continue and increase the num-ber of town halls,a forum utilized by Dorseyand Harris throughout winter quarter.Not to be outdone,the last executive slateof John Lyman ‘11 and Garrett Werner ‘10made their connection to the public servicegurus Dorsey and Harris perfectly clear.Their
Daily dedicates its new home
By JENNY REMPEL
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Thursday’s dedication ceremoniesfor the opening of the Lorry I.LokeyStanford Daily Building broughttogether generations of past and pres-ent newspaper staffers,who shared incelebrating a new home for TheStanford Daily.The $3.75 million building project,almost 20 years in the making,was fund-ed by over 500 individuals,with numer-ous alumni,including Lorry I.Lokey‘49,a former editor in chief and thefounder of Business Wire.To many whohave been involved in the publication,the Lokey Building is the culminationof almost 20 years’ work,and representsa new era for The Daily.“I’ve raised money for it [the newbuilding],but you don’t know what it’sreally like until you see it,”said HarryPress ‘39,a former Daily editor in chief.“Seeing this new building really thrillsme.”Those speaking at the dedicationevent included Lokey,as well as ProvostJohn Etchemendy Ph.D.‘82,ViceProvost of Student Affairs GregBoardman and The Daily’s current edi-tor in chief,Christian Torres ‘09.Etchemendy remarked that this par-ticular dedication was one that embod-ied Stanford’s embrace of student
Farm receiveswater award
The controversialshowerheads installedacross campus last yearmay finally be paying divi-dends,as the Silicon ValleyWater Conservation Awardsrecently recognized Stanford for its achievements inwater conservation.This is the first time the event hastaken place,debuting at De Anza College’s KirschCenter for Environmental Studies in Cupertino.Stanford was among the eleven local businesses,agen-cies,organizations and individuals to be awarded.Stanford,nominated in the “Large Organization”category,was commended for reducing its water usagefrom 2.7 to 2.3 million gallons per day over the pasteight years through its comprehensive water conserva-tion program.“Student Housing,with its 4.2 million square feet of buildings covering about one-third of the campus,overthe years has undertaken a number of measures tohelp the University conserve water,”said ExecutiveDirector of Student Housing Rodger Whitney in anemail to The Daily.“These include simple things suchas installing flow restrictors on our faucets and chang-ing our landscape irrigation systems from domesticwater to lake water taken from various natural sourceson Stanford lands,as well as putting our landscape irri-gation on a soil moisture detection system rather thana traditional time-clock management system.”In the third consecutive year of a drought,California has found itself concerned with water con-servation.Recently,in response to the climate change,
Over 300 participants expected Saturday in Y2E2
,page 4Please see
page 4Please see
,page 4Please see
Univ. recognized for water conservation efforts Former and current staff celebrate new building
CRIS BAUTISTA/The Stanford Daily