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Those March Madness dreams may be over,but there is life left in the Stan-ford men’s basketball team.In a thrilling game at Maples Pavilion last night,theCardinal fell 76-71 to UCLA.Stanford has now lost four straight games.The game saw 13 lead changes and four ties,but Stanford could not rally inthe final minutes.The Cardinal shot well—49 percent from the field and 50 per-cent from three-point rangeand fought hardfor 40 minutes.Just don’t tell the players that theyshould be proud of their losing effort.“We played hard,senior Anthony Goodssaid,“[but] it wasn’t good enough.Nobody’s set-tling for moral victories.”Stanford (15-11,4-11 Pacific-10 Conference)was absolutely on fire to start the contesttheCardinal hit seven of its first seven and went 3-3from beyond the arc.Sophomore center JoshOwens scored the first points of the game with anemphatic,two-handed dunk and minutes latergave the Cardinal a double-digit lead with a jumper off senior Lawrence Hill’s assist.Goodshit a three-pointer at 12:43 to stretch the lead to14,24-10.It would prove to be the largest lead of the game.“We came out hitting a lot of shots,”juniorLandry Fields said.“We keyed in on defense,ourhelp side [defense] was great [and] we rebound-ed the ball very well.”No 22 UCLA (21-7,10-5 Pac-10) refused to goaway.Just under the 11-minute mark,the Bruinswent on a 9-0 run,cutting the deficit to five at8:22.Senior Kenny Brown responded with athree from the left side,excitedly pumping his fistafter hitting the shot.But the Cardinal couldn’tstop the Bruins’ onslaught,and senior Josh Shipptied the game at 35 with 1:35 to play in the period.UCLA took the lead less than a minute laterand looked to be heading to the half with a lead.Junior Drew Schiller had other ideas,knockingdown a three with just seven seconds left to givethe Cardinal a 38-37 lead.Senior Darren Colli-son’s half-court bomb was late and off the mark,and Stanford took a slim lead going into the lock-er room.The second half was close at the start,but
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‘08 Super Regional foesface off again
Card falls late to No. 22 UCLA
Just four days after senior Cardinalace Missy Penna eclipsed the Stanfordrecord for career shutouts,it was soph-omore Ashley Chinn’s show at SmithFamily Stadium.The Cardinal hurlerthrew seven shutout innings,surren-dering one lone hit en route to soft-ball’s 6-0 win over Saint Mary’s onTuesday.Chinn praised her battery-mate, junior catcher Rosey Neill for her partin the shutout.“[Rosey] called a great game,”Chinn said.“We worked well togetherand improved the second time throughthe lineup.”With the help of Neill,the Pacific-10Conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season,Chinn struck out10 Gaels on the evening,with nine of those coming in the final four innings.No.5 Stanford (13-1) got off to aslow start,with just two hits in the firstthree innings.But the Cardinal batserupted in the bottom of the fourth,loading the bases with no outs aftersophomores Melissa Koutz and Brit-ney Minder each singled and freshmanJenna Becerra reached on an error toset up a rally.At the top of the order,hot-hitting junior Alissa Haber laced a shot to cen-ter and advanced to second on theGaels’ second error of the inning.Kayla Aldridge laid out for Haber’ssmack,but came up with only grassstains as two runners scored on theplay.Becerra then scored on a sacrificefly courtesy of freshman AshleyHansen,and junior Shannon Koplitzadded a tripleher second of the yearto score Haber and extend the leadto 4-0.On the whole,Stanford’s bats pro-duced nine hits,two apiece fromHansen and Koplitz.Four errors alsoboosted the Cardinal’s offensive effortas three of those four resulted in runs.Still,the effort by Chinn—now 4-0 onthe yearwas the highlight of theevening.Quietly,Chinn was perfect throughthe final five innings.Head coach JohnRittman noted that Chinn displayedimprovement as the game progressed.“Ashley wasn’t utilizing all herpitches early,but later she started mix-ing in the changeup and changing loca-tions,”he said.“It made [her] that muchmore effective.”Chinn faced eight Gaels over thefirst two innings;the lone Saint Mary’shit came off the bat of Aldridge.But theCardinal starter got the last laugh,striking out Aldridge in her second andfinal at bat.Solid glove work in the outfieldplayed a crucial role in Chinn’s one-hiteffort.Haber took a hit away fromGaels’ cleanup hitter Jenna Smith,stranding the leadoff hitter RebeccaSabatini on first.Freshman Sarah Has-sman helped out from Haber’s oldhome in center field,robbing Gaels hit-ter Michelle Mounts.Mounts ham-mered a frozen rope deep to left centerfield,the hardest contact of the nightfor Saint Mary’s,but Hassman trackedback in a hurry to pull down the 190-foot laser shot.Haber started all 64games in center field last season,butRittman was pleased to witness a fastadaptation from the junior.“Alissa’s got great range in leftfield,he said.“She’s done a great jobmaking the adjustment.”The Gaels fell to 1-9,still winless onthe road this season.Freshman Brit-tany Linton covered four complete in-
No.5 Stanford tops Gaels,readies for DeMarini Invite 
Wednesday night proved to be a battle on the moundas No.7 Stanford’s junior Brandt Walker (0-1) duked itout with St.Mary’s Kyle Barraclough (1-0) for fourstraight scoreless innings.But the Gaels prevailed in thefifth as the Cardinal gave up four runs to give St.Mary’sthe comfortable lead they needed to take home the 3-5,non-conference victory.In the fifth,Walker allowed a bunt single,hit a bats-man,walked another and finished off with a wild pitch tobring in the first Gael run.He then struck out the nextbatter to finish his night.Freshman Chris Reed andsophomore Carey Schwartz each pitched in the fifth,al-lowing four combined runs.Schwartz held the Gaels during the sixth,Scott Snod-grass held them off until the seventh,and freshmanBrian Busick kept St.Mary’s at four in the eighth.In the bottom of that inning,Stanford senior Joey Au-gust stepped up for a double,followed by classmateBrent Milleville,who hit a single to bring him home.Down four in the bottom of the ninth,the Cardinalcould practically taste a comeback.Sophomore JackSchlander singled,and classmates Zach Jones and ColinWalsh walked to load the bases for junior Toby Gerhart.Gerhart popped up for the sacrifice fly and Schandlertagged up for the run.August started a two-out rally ashe singled once more to bring in Jones and Walsh.Butthe Cardinal comeback ended too early,as Millevillegrounded out to end the game.Stanford ended the night with nine hits,while St.Mary’s capitalized on their six hits for the win.The Cardinal (2-2) will move on to play No.17 CalState-Fullerton (2-2) at Goodwin Field this weekend.The Titans are 1-2 at home,and 1-0 on the road to startthe season.Fullerton heads into the game with momentum fromWednesday night’s 8-6 victory against the San DiegoState Aztecs,while the Cardinal is recovering from aweek’s worth of ups and downs.Though the Cardinalgave one up on Wednesday,this short season has provento be one of determination.“We have to keep our intensity up at all times with nolet downs,”sophomore pitcher Michael Marshall said.
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The Cardinal softball team will headsouth this weekend to compete in the DeMariniInvitational against the Hoosiers, Golden Go-phers, UC-Riverside, Cal Poly and host CalState-Fullerton. The No. 5 Cardinal is currentlyriding a 12-game winning streak, with theteam’s last loss coming against OklahomaState on Feb. 6 at the Kajikawa Classic inTempe, Ariz.
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The Cardinal lost another homeheartbreaker to UCLA last night, 76-71,extending its current losing streak to four games. Stanford led for much of the firsthalf and kept it close in the second, butfaded down the stretch. Sophomore for-ward Josh Owens turned in a strong per-formance in the losing effort, scoring 14points on 7-8 shooting in 25 minutes.
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FRIDAY Volume 235
February 27,2009Issue 19
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Smokers speak out againstsmoke-free initiative
Lively Arts and SOCA co-host series ofsuccessful songwriting workshops
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Famous all-freshmen dorm to houseupper-classmen next year
When Robert Picazo ‘79 M.A ‘81 first setfoot on the Farm in 1971,he entered a newlyco-ed residence on Escondido Road:Branner Hall.Over the course of his fresh-man year,Picazo would fall in love with thedormand the girl down the hall.Picazoand fellow Branner freshman Carolyn Ellis‘79 married two years after graduation,withPicazo’s roommate Mike Cresto ‘79 servingas best man.Since its opening 85 years ago,Brannerhas hosted a range of students from JerryYang ‘90 to Sandra Day O’Connor ‘50,J.D.‘52.Many,like Picazo,have had life-shapingexperiences at 655 Escondido RoadBranner is well known for its strong commu-nity.But as part of the new master housingplan,the beloved dorm,which has housedexclusively freshmen for four decades,willbecome an upper-class dorm.
Branner History
Branner has had a variety of gender con-figurations in past years,from housing allmen,to all women and finally to its currentstate as the largest co-ed,all-freshmen dormon campus.Opening winter quarter of 1924,Brannerbegan as an all-male,four-class dorm.InJuly of 1946,it was announced that Brannerwould switch to an all-female,four-classdorm.It remained females-only untilSeptember of 1968,when the dorm turnedco-ed.Stern and Wilbur were both made co-edthat year as part of a one-year experimentthat ended up lasting longer than expected.Freshmen who experienced living in a co-edBranner during the first year called it an“unqualified success,and even drafted andunanimously signed a petition to keep thedorm co-ed.The top floor,coined the “Penthouse,was kept all-malebut it,too,eventuallyfollowed suit and switched to co-ed whenthe dorm underwent renovations 2002-2003.The dorm changed from four-class to all-freshmen between 1968 and 1971.Currently,Branner houses over 170 froshand is known for its large,two- and three-room triples.
Reaction to the Change
Nancy Buffington and Clyde Moneyhun,Branner’s resident fellows (RFs) for the pastthree years,told The Daily that they areexcited about the switch,but acknowledgedthat Branner will lose more than just itsfreshmen.“There will be losses and gains,”saidMoneyhun,who is an assistant director forthe Program in Writing and Rhetoric(PWR).“For three years,we’ve reallyenjoyed the liveliness of all its activities:New Student Orientation,Crossing theLine,Screw Your Roommate and so on.Thedoors to all the rooms are open nearly allthe time;people are coming and going at allhours,study groups are sprawled in the halls.It’s fun!“But we’re looking forward to recreatingBranner as an upper-class house,and we’recollecting ideas from everybody who willtalk to us about how to engage and supportupper-class students,he continued.“Weplan on keeping it fun.”Many of the traditions mentioned byMoneyhun,along with Branner’s reputa-tion,will inevitably be replaced.“We’ll see which traditions will still makesense to upper-class students and retainthings they will like,”he said.“Maybe we’llbe lucky enough to create some new activi-ties that become traditions.”Moneyhun cited Branner’s reputation asbeing a lively,tight-knit community createdby the residents.He speculated that it willshortly become one of the most desirableplaces to live,with many students vying forits spacious two-room doubles next year.Both Moneyhun and Buffington plan tocontinue as RFs in the next year.Georgia Wells ‘10 shared similar excite-ment about the upcoming switch,but didn’tagree with Moneyhun about Branner’s com-munity.“As a frosh,I found Branner to be too bigfor me and I was envious of my friends insmaller dorms who seemed like they hadtighter-knit communities,”Wells said.“It justdidn’t seem that cohesive.”Wells noted that the large number of freshmen living in Branner had a tendencyto make hallways cliquey and hindered thedorm from bonding as a whole unit.“You share their Branner pride withthem,but you don’t really know them,Wells said of the relationship among someresidents.Wells acknowledged that Branner’simage as being large,young and energetichas won it a reputation as a party dorm.Shepredicted that modifying it to upperclass-men-only next year will make Branner com-parable to its quieter,upper-class neighbor,Toyon.Former Resident Assistant (RA) Alif Khalfan ‘08,unlike Wells and Moneyhun,isnot enthusiastic about the switch.Khalfanlived in Branner his freshman year butreturned senior year to be an RA.“I am mainly frustrated that they areactually going through with it,Khalfansaid.“When I was a freshman in Branner,our annual play that we put on was centeredaround the ‘conspiracy’ that [Vice Provostfor Undergraduate Education John]Bravman wanted to change Branner to anupper-class dorm.We laughed it off as animpossible theory at the time,but as theyears passed,it came closer to being anuncomfortable reality.”“On the other hand,knowing that we canno longer fight Stanford on the issue,I alsofeel very fortunate to have been able toserve as an RA there while the true Branneratmosphere still existed,”he added.In terms of how Branner’s reputation willchange,Khalfan believes strongly that itswild character will subside.“Branner is Branner because of the peo-ple who lived there,he said.“The only‘good’ that will come out of the switch is thattrash-talking Branner for its community willdecrease.People will no longer be chanting‘Branner sucks’ because they are jealous,but will now be saying it because it actuallysucks compared to how it used to be.”Current RA Anisha Patel ‘09 holds simi-lar views to Khalfan in that she feels fortu-nate to have been an RA while the dormwas still all-frosh.Although she said that shemight not have chosen to RA in Branner if it was upper-class,Patel recognized that thesituation has its positives.“As sad as it is that this will be Branner’slast year as a freshmen dorm,I think theswitch has its pluses,she said.“For example,all of the Branner alums that are still under-grads now have the opportunity to drawback into Branner.And how could someoneever pass an opportunity to live in beautiful,beautiful Branner? I’m curious as to whatfreshmen dorm is now going to be picked onthe most at New Student Orientation andother freshmen events in future years!”Current freshmen in Branner held differ-ent opinions,mostly agreeing with Patel andexpressing excitement about the potential of living in Branner again during theirStanford careers.“I’m very excited,said Nathan Barnett‘12.“I want to live in Branner twice.I feellike implementing a seniority system makesit necessary for Branner to be upperclass-men.”“The upperclassmen who get the oppor-tunity to live in Branner are lucky students,”added Brian Tolkin ‘12.“To make theserooms two-room doubles is like living in aHilton hotel.”
Alumni Reaction
Some alumni,who hold fond memoriesof their times in Branner,have expresseddisappointment with the change.“It’s a little of a shock,and I’m saddenedby it,”Picazo said.“It was such a neat expe-rience coming in and having that be my firstencounter with Stanford.”“I’m sure some people wish Brannercould remain the all-frosh house they livedin,”Moneyhun said.“I hope they see thismost recent change in the context of Branner’s history of change.”“I can’t speak for all of the Branneralumni,but I feel that the most commonemotion will be that of disappointment,”Khalfan added.“Branner was a unique placeto live in,and knowing that none of theincoming frosh will be able to get theBranner experience is what bothers memost.”Picazo stressed that Branner’s all-froshquality was an important factor in easinghim into college.Being in the same boat aseverybody else was reassuring,especiallywhen that atmosphere existed in a self-con-tained house with the most freshmen oncampus.“I don’t know if it’s this way now,but atleast back in 1975,we felt [Branner] was thebest freshmen dorm,”he added.“We felt,whether it was or wasn’t,that it was the bestdorm on campus.”However,Picazo understood the logicthat went into making the switch from all-frosh to upper-class,acknowledging thatBranner is similar to an upperclassmenresort given to lucky freshmen.“It was the best freshmen facility,”hesaid.“There’s a little bit of a clout that wewere fortunate to be there.People wouldcomment on how tight the people atBranner were.There was a certain degree of  jealousy and envy at the time.”Picazo elaborated on the closeness of thedorm,and how his friendships that were cre-ated then have been maintained throughoutthe years since graduation.Branner alumnifrequently hold reunions amongst them-selves,and Picazo noted that he met some of his closest friends to date during his fresh-man year in Branner.Picazo’s advice to all matriculating fresh-
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Branner has always been a center of freshman class pride and spirit as the largest all-freshman dorm on campus. Following the implemen-tation of the new housing plan, however, it will have upper-classmen, changing the face of the famous residence.
Wellness Room opens in Old Union
After months of preparation andmuch debate surrounding its fund-ing,the Wellness Room opened itsdoors for the first time last night.Located in room 120 of OldUnion,the room will be home toongoing events that promotehealthier,happier and more bal-anced living on campus.Above all,itis intended to be a space for relax-ation open to the Stanford commu-nity.Students filled the first floor of Old Union last night as ASSUExecutives Jonny Dorsey ‘09 andFagan Harris ‘09 took the stage.“We’re really,really excited andfired up,”Harris said.The audience burst into applauseas the Executives thanked the manystudents and administrators whomade the Wellness Room possible,among them Associate Provost for
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Wellness Room Coordinators Mary Liz McCurdy ‘09 and Annie Alpers ‘09 show off the Wellness Room. The room’sopening featured a talk by the ASSU Executives and performances by Talisman and Spoken Word.
espite a heavy presence in mostparts of the world,cigarettesmoking is rare at Stanford.Most non-smokers see the habitas repulsive,indecent and self-destructive,but for the few students whochoose to smoke,lighting up is a way of life.However,the recent Stanford CollegesAgainst Cancer (SCAC) smoke-free initia-tive attempts to make the campus smoke-free,threatening a cherished pastime forrsmokers.
Fighting for the Right to Smoke
The Stanford Colleges Against Cancer(SCAC) petition endorses the creation of smoking zones on remote parts of campusand banning smoking outside these zones.Furthermore,the initiative prohibits the saleof tobacco products on campus and pro-motes services for those wishing to quitsmoking.“We do not seek to take any rights awayfrom smokers,”said Viral Shah ‘11,logisticschair for SCAC.“We simply want to createlarger smoke-free zones.”But many smokers see the initiative as arights issue.Harley Adams ‘11 vehemently disagreeswith the smoke-free initiative.According toAdams,the proposal “disenfranchises amajor group on campus.”He recognizes that smoking is unhealthy,but thinks the University shouldn’t regulatehis personal health.“If I want to not smoke,I do it because of me,not because my school isn’t allowing it,”Adams said.“If they’re going to stop sellingcigarettes at Tres-Ex [Tresidder Express],they better stop selling Twinkies,too.”Like Adams,Benjamin Otto ‘11,a cur-rent smoker,opposes the smoke-free ini-tiative.“There are so few smokers on campus asit is that people should just be fine with howlucky they have it,”he said.Ziyad Abdel Khaleq ‘11,an internationalstudent from Amman,Jordan,had to adaptto vastly different smoking laws when hecame to the U.S.,and before the initiative hethought the Stanford restrictions werealready strict.“I [could smoke anywhere] in Jordan,and dideven by gas pumps,”AbdelKhaleq remembered.He called Stanford’ssmoke-free petition “ridiculous,arguingthat the small number of smokers on cam-pus doesn’t pose any significant health riskto Stanford’s non-smokers.
Soothing Cigarette or Cancer Stick?
Adams picked up smoking while workingas an actor in New York.For Adams,smokingwas a rite of passageit marked a transitionfrom childhood to adulthood.“I remember making a conscious decisionto start smoking,Adams said.“It wasn’t amatter of whether or not I should try a ciga-rette;it was whether or not I wanted to be asmoker.It’s like when people decide whetheror not to be a vegetarian,they look at thepeople who are already vegetarians,whatthey do,what they look like,how they areperceived,et cetera.I took the sameapproach.”Otto initially began smoking for socialreasons,but soon found that cigarettes had acalming effect.“When I was out of the house,I didn’tneed to worry about the things I did when Iwas home,”Otto said of lighting up.“Plus,Ienjoyed it.”Abdel Khaleq smoked consistently untilhe was forced to quit after having a lungpunctured in a serious car accident over thesummer.“Now I appreciate every cigarette I eversmoked,because it gave me so much joy thatI can’t get right now,he said.However,he doesn’t plan to revisit thehabit once his lung heals.“I’m going to try not to go back to smok-ing,because of health issues,Abdel Khaleqsaid.“God gave me a signHe wanted meto quit,so I’m going to quit.For all Adam’s concerns against the issueof a smoke-free Stanford,he has quit smok-ing,but admits he’ll “probably pick it upagain.”Adams tried and failed to quit in thepast,but has gone around four months with-out a cigarette.He feels that no amount of regulation,including the measures pro-posed by the smoke-free campus initiative,will ultimately help people stop smoking,and that the decision has to come fromwithin.“I personally don’t care about cancer orgetting a disease,he said.Otto has plans to quit,but not in theimmediate future.“I have plans to quit smoking,but I feellike I maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle inother aspects of life.Eventually,I will cut itoff,but I haven’t really thought about quit-ting in the near future.It’s not something Iwant to be doing my whole life.”“I have not tried to quit at Stanford,Ottoadded.“There would be nothing to do here.”
Contact Matt Serna at mserna@stanford.edu.
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Friday,February 27,2009
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Benjamin Otto ‘11 began smoking for social reasons and shows no signs of quitting, despite Stanford’s smoke-free petition.
Stanford smokers fume about smoke-free initiative

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