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It took far longer than the Cardinal,itscoaches or its fans would have liked,buta home win over USC has,at long last,assured Stanford men’s basketball thatthe 2008-2009 season won’t be its first los-ing one since 1992-1993.After enduring a four-game losingstreak,the Cardinal men rebounded witha 75-63 triumph over the Trojans (16-12,7-9 Pacific-10 Conference),bringing theteam’s record to 16-11 and its conferencemark to 5-11.But perhaps more impor-tantly,the Senior Night win gave theteam a measure of much-needed momen-tum heading down the stretch.Stanfordhas just two regular-season gamesremaining,at Arizona State and Arizona,before the Pac-10 Tournament opens inLos Angeles on March 11.At this point,the only way theCardinal can continue its streak of NCAA Tournament appearances,andavoid just its second absence from MarchMadness in 14 seasons,would be to winthe conference tournament.It’s a loftygoal,but not an unachievable oneatleast not if you ask the Stanford playersor their coach.“The season’s not over,senior guardAnthony Goods said.“We’ve got twomore games in conference,and then wehave the Pac-10 Tournament.I thinkwe’re finally starting to peak at the righttime.We’re playing pretty good defense,or at least in the second half we did.Ithink we need to just sustain that effortfor 40 minutes,and then [we’ll] makesome things happen.”The Cardinal men,led offensively by20 points from Goods and 14 each fromfellow seniors Lawrence Hill and KennyBrown,certainly made things happenagainst the Trojans,particularly in atumultuous second half in which Stanfordscored 46 of its 75 total points.
Rice officially rejoinsHoover today 
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Ricewill officially rejoin the Hoover Institutiontoday,according to her chief of staff ColbyCooper,though she has been spotted on campusseveral times over the last few weeks.The former Provost is reported to havesigned a $2.5 million,three-book deal withCrown Publishers,an imprint of Random House.The first book is set to be released in 2011 andwill be a memoir about her time in the Bushadministration.Rice began her career teaching political sci-ence in 1981 and served as provost from 1993 to1999.She then took a leave of absence fromStanford to become National Security Adviserunder former President George W.Bush’s firstterm,and went on to Secretary of State in hissecond term.The Daily will feature an exclusive interviewwith Rice in Wednesday’s issue.
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 Stanford receives $785 million in donations for 2008 fiscal year
Despite an economically turbulent 2008,Stanfordended the fiscal year as the top fundraising universityin the country.Stanford garnered $785 million in charitable dona-tions,according to the annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey,released last week by theCouncil for Aid to Education.The University raised$135 million more than Harvard,which was secondon the VSE list with $650 million.The $785 million given in2008 represents the thirdbest overall fundraisingyear in Stanford’s history,surpassed only by the$832 million raised in2007 and Stanford’speak fundraisingyear of 2006,when the univer-sity received $911million.Martin Shell,vice presi-dent for development atStanford,attributed Stanford’ssuccess to its capital campaigns.
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Senior guard Anthony Goods posted a game-high 20 points to help the Card beat USCon Senior Night at Maples. Goods was 7-10 from the floor, and 3-5 from long range.
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Stanford snapped a four-game los-ing streak with a victory at home against USC.The Card looks to continue winning against the Arizonas during its final road trip of the season.However, this will prove tough against ArizonaState, as the Sun Devils handily beat Stanford 90-60 in the teams’ Jan. 2 meeting.
Seniors lift Card in final home game
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This past weekend,Stanford welcomed the parents of undergraduate students with sunshine and a full schedule of programming.From student residences to the Bookstore tothe Quad,parents were spotted wearing their red lanyards andenjoying time with their kids.Though the recession and cuts tothe University budget were hot topics,they didn’t dampen thespirit of the weekend.In fact,organizers did not even see a decline in the numberof parents who attended.Elaine Enos,executive director oStanford Events,said that including student siblings andgrandparents,the total number of Parents’ Weekend visitorsneared 3,000 attendees.“Because of the state of the economy,we thought that wemight ultimately see a significant decline in the number of par-ents attending,”Enos said.“However,that was not the case,which to us was very positive.”The three days of events featured talks with University offi-cials in Memorial Auditorium,receptions at the communitycenters,four sessions of “Back to School Classes for Parents”and an “Entertainment Extravaganza.On Friday,Provost John Etchemendy welcomed parents toStanford with a speech that addressed concerns regarding theeconomic downturn and its impact on the University.“We expect to lose 30 percent [of our endowment],”Etchemendy said.“Let me explain how jarring this is;thelargest [previous loss] was eight percent in 1974.”Etchemendy explained that,with these losses,the endow-ment would equal its size in 2005.Regarding next year’s 7.25 percent payout rate from theendowment,Etchemendy expressed concern.“[The payout rate] actually worries me a little bit,and mov-ing forward we have to think about whether we’re comfort-able with that,the Provost said.Etchemendy reassured parents that the academic goals of the University will be preserved despite budget cuts.“It’s my guess that when all is said and done,your childrenwill only feel the slightest impact from these cuts,he said.“The changes will not have a meaningful effect on their under-grad experiencethat’s our goal.”
More than 3,000 attendees despite economic recession
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MONDAY Volume 235
March 2, 2009Issue 20
Rain Probable
Chance of Rain
Obama announces withdrawal of combattroops from Iraq by August 2010
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Lady Cardinal finds itself alone atop the
Pac-10 after win over USC
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Parents meet students at a reception at Arrillaga Alumni Center. The three-day event included question-and-answer sessions with University officials, classes and an entertainment extravaganza.
Greek charity donations escape economic turmoil
The troubled economy hasn’t affected Stanford stu-dents’ philanthropysororities and fraternities reportthat their recent charity events have been as successful aslast year’s efforts,if not more.On Feb.21,the second annual Charity DodgeballTournament brought in over $1,000 for the Make-A-WishFoundation.The event,hosted by Sigma Nu and ChiOmega,asked participants to contribute $10 each towardsthe foundation’s goal of granting wishes to young childrenin the United States.According to current Sigma Nu member Jay de la Torre‘10,the tournament attracted 18 teams of dodgeball enthu-siasts.Participants had the opportunity to win Pac-10 bas-ketball tickets in return for their participation.“Last year we raised around $700,”de la Torre said.“This year,surprisingly...we were able to raise evenmore money.Lauren Swartz ‘11,assistant community service directorfor Chi Omega,also expressed satisfaction with this year’sturnout.As a chapter,the sorority sponsors the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its national philanthropy organization.“We didn’t really have any expenditure costs,and all of our profits went directly to the Make-A-WishFoundation,Swartz said.Similarly,Tri Delt experienced a relatively large turnoutfor its charity brunch,also on Feb.21.Katie White ‘11 saidthat over 300 people made an appearance.“There was a pretty big turnout,and we ran out of food,”the Tri Delt member said.“We raised over $2,000[and] we’re still collecting money from people for it.”While the function did garner a large sum of moneyfrom the Stanford community,White noticed that it wasmuch more difficult to convince local businesses to helpout.“We collect donations from restaurants and Safeway inorder to keep the cost down for the eventthat was pret-ty hard to get,White said.“Businesses were less willing todonate and we had to bother them more.”With the fundraising season well underway,Tri Delt,Chi Omega and Sigma Nu are all planning future charityfunctions.“Every year,we usually have a big event called SafewaySleep Out,”de la Torre said.“Fraternity members ingroups of two for two hours each group stand outsideSafeway and collect food donations for Second HarvestFood Bank.”
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Generals shape Iraq withdrawal
President Barack Obama leaned heav-ily toward field commanders’ preferencesin setting a time frame for an Iraq pullout,as he weighed the fervent desires of anti-war supporters who propelled him intooffice and the equally strong worries of war generals.“To this very day,there are someAmericans who want to stay in Iraqlonger,and some who want to leavefaster,”Obama said in his announcementFriday,summing up a debate that hasdivided the country like no other sinceformer President George W.Bushlaunched the U.S.invasion six years ago.Obama’s description suggests hearrived at a split-down-the-middle com-promise with one of the first and mostimportant tasks of his young presidency.Accounts of the process from officialsin the White House,at the Pentagon andacross the administration,who allrequested anonymity so they couldspeak more candidly about behind-the-scenes discussions,show a more compli-cated picture.At stake was the promise that mostdefined Obama’s presidential bid:tobring all combat troops homeeffec-tively,to end one of the nation’s longestand most controversial wars16months after taking office.The details heoffered in an appearance Friday beforeMarines at Camp Lejeune,N.C.,departfrom that pledge in several ways:The combat withdrawal will takethree months longer than he promised.Itis now be to completed by the end of August 2010,19 months after Obama’sinauguration.Though what Obamaemphasized most as a candidate was hisdetermination to bring about a quickend to the war,in the fine print of almostall his statements was a commitment toflexibility.The withdrawal will not happen atan even pace of one combat brigade permonth,as he had repeatedly said.Instead,it will be backloaded.The force posturefor this year and into the first few monthsof 2010 probably will be essentially thesame as it would have been under Bush.Under Obama’s plan,troops will startleaving in large numbers probably onlynext spring or summer.The presidentintends to leave decisions about the paceto field commanders.Even after the drawdown,a largeforce of as many as 50,000 troopsabout a third of what is there nowwillremain,causing heartache among anti-war Democrats who wanted a fuller pull-out.This residual force will have a new,technically non-combat mission:trainIraqis,protect U.S.assets and personnel,and conduct anti-terror operations.Butthose soldiers and Marines will remain inharm’s way and engage at times in someform of fighting.Understanding how Obama,his aidesand his generals came to this plan muststart with how the candidate arrived at hiscampaign promise.According to one administration offi-cial,there was never any magic to the 16-month period.At the time Obama firstmade the pledge,there were about 16combat brigades in Iraq,and militaryexperts told the candidate that Iraq wastoo fragile for a drawdown much fasterthan one combat brigade per month.As early as last July,Obama signalledto the military leadership that they couldinfluence his thinking.During a trip to Baghdad,Obama pri-vately assured Gen.David Petraeusthen the top U.S.commanderthatalthough he favored a 16-month pullout,hewould do nothing rash if elected to endan-ger security gains in Iraq,according to aU.S.official familiar with their meeting.When he won,Obama and his teambegan meeting on the issue right away.But the process didn’t really beginuntil he held the reins of the presidency.On Day One,Obama directed theDefense Department to start the plan-ning for “a responsible military draw-down.Also that first week,he gatheredtop national security advisers in theSituation Room,with commanders par-ticipating in person and from the field viasecure videoconference.A week later,hemade his first trip to the Pentagon,to seethe chairman and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all four uni-formed service chiefs.More discussions with field command-ers followed,as well as with DefenseSecretary Robert Gates and Adm.MikeMullen,chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.At the beginning,the White Houseencountered clear skepticismbothabout the need for any defined timelineand about how rigorous Obama had beenin devising his 16-month proposal,saidone senior Obama aide.A dozen working groups were con-vened and 10 interagency meetings wereheld,said two White House officials.Another administration official said thatwhile it was understood the final decisionresided in the West Wing,it was alsoencouraging to those outside the WhiteHouse that they were being engaged andheard,with a lot of back-and-forth anddraft-sharing.Gates and Mullen presented Obamawith three withdrawal options:one for a16-month pull-out,another with a 19-month schedule and one that stretched itover 23 months.So with the December elections as astarting point,the team added a two-month buffer requested by Odierno.Therest was logistics:How long would it takestarting in February to get all the rest of the combat troops out safely? They set-tled on six months.As Obama told the PentagonChannel:“I think it’s a responsible planthat meets our objectives,and it’s one thatwas created in close consultation with ourmilitary commanders on the ground.”
 Associated Press writers Robert Burns, Anne Gearan,Pamela Hess,Anne Flahertyand Lolita Baldor contributed to thisreport.
Mullen: Iran has fissile materials forbomb
The top U.S.military official said Sunday thatIran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclearweapon,declaring it would be a “very,very badoutcome”should Tehran move forward with abomb.Adm.Mike Mullen,chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff,offered the assessment when ques-tioned in a broadcast interview about a recentreport by the U.N.nuclear watchdog on the stateof Iran’s uranium enrichment program,which cancreate nuclear fuel and may be sufficientlyadvanced to produce the core of warheads.Mullen was asked if Iran now had enough fis-sile material to make a bomb.He responded,“Wethink they do,quite frankly.And Iran having anuclear weapon I’ve believed for a long time is avery,very bad outcome for the region and for theworld.”
N. Korea, U.N. command hold urgenttalks at Korean DMZ
High-level military officials from North Koreaand the U.S.-led U.N.Command held urgenttalks at the border Monday amid heightened ten-sions in the region and concerns that the Northintends to test-fire a long-range missile.The talks at the village of Panmunjom insidethe Demilitarized Zone dividing North andSouth Koreathe first meetings between gen-eral-level military officials since 2002werehastily arranged after the North proposed themlast week,U.N.command spokesman Kim Yong-kyu said.“These talks can be useful in building trustand preventing misunderstanding as well asintroducing transparency regarding the inten-tions of both sides,the U.N.command said in astatement.Kim said his office would disclosedetails about the meeting after it was over.
Rare snow blankets South as Eastbraces for storm
A potent March snowstorm blanketed much of the Southeast with snow Sunday before barrelingtoward the Northeast,where officials preparedsnowplows and road-salt for a wintery assault.The icy blast threatened to drop up to a foot of snow in the Philadelphia area,13 inches in NewYork and 15 inches across southern New Englandlate Sunday.Thousands of New York City sanitation work-ers prepared to salt city streets,and airlines pre-emptively canceled flights Sunday at the region’smajor airports.
Source:The Associated Press
The Associated Press
President Barack Obama is saluted by a Marine before boarding Air Force One at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, N.C., onFriday. At rear is Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Obama announced the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq by August 2010.
2008 marked the midpoint of TheStanford Challenge,the multi-yearcapital campaign announced byPresident John Hennessy in October2006 that seeks to raise $4.3 billionover the course of five years.“Response to The StanfordChallenge has been nothing short of remarkable,”Shell said.Of the $785 million received,indi-vidualsalumni,friends and non-alumni parentsdonated $593.2million,foundations provided $142.6million and corporate gifts totaled$49.2 million.The nearly 112,000 gifts Stanfordreceived in 2008 will be allocatedbased on donor designation intoannual expendable programs,con-struction projects,faculty positions,research programs and endowedfunds.For example,Shell said,$50million was earmarked for annualexpendable programs like TheStanford Fund,the giving programthat supports undergraduate educa-tion.The overall division of 2008donations was $437.5 million forexpendable support (including annu-al funds,research and facilities) and$347.5 million for endowed funds(including scholarships and financialaid).Though they were the best in thenation,the 2008 numbers mark a 5.7percent decline from the $832 millionreceived by Stanford in 2007.Ann E.Kaplan,director of theVSE survey,said this decline repre-sents a decrease only when com-pared to Stanford’s peak fundraisingyear in 2006.“When you peak like that,there’sno way that you can maintain the sta-tus quo,Kaplan said.“What you endup doing is tapering off.”Shell added that despite the 5.7percent decline in funds from 2007,the 2008 fiscal year was not signifi-cantly affected.“During July and August 2008,wedid see a slowing in activity particu-larly in some annual giving programsand at certain gift levels,he said.“We saw some decline in the totalnumber of donors and dollarsreceived via stock gifts,but many of these donors supported Stanford inother ways.”However,with insecurity in thefinancial markets,Shell said,Stanford could see some delay inmulti-year commitments fromdonors in the coming years,meaningless money for Stanford in the imme-diate future.“Individual commitments madeduring capital campaigns often arepaid over a multi-year period,”hesaid.“For example,if a donor decidesto establish a new professorship inthe history department,payments forthat commitment can be phased overseveral yearstraditionally fiveyears or less.With financial marketuncertainty,however,there could besome delay.With a volatile economic climateon the horizon,some are worriedabout fundraising’s future and itsimpact on universities.Giving com-prises only five percent or less of Stanford’s total $3.5 million budgeteach year,explained Universityspokeswoman Lisa Lapin.“With an operating budget thesize of Stanford’s,fundraising sup-port in any given year does not dras-tically affect the overall budget pic-ture,Shell said.“The importance of gift support,however,varies amongspecific units,departments,schoolsand programs.”Kaplan,however,is worried aboutendowment values in the future.“Capital gifts to endowments andbuildings are quite sensitive to thestock market,she said.“Larger giftsare very often made in the form of stocks or securities.So when thestock market declines,the tax benefitof making such a gift goes down.If you say you’re going to donate 100shares of a certain stock,the value of the stock goes down,even if yourintention is the same.So right now,the future doesn’t look too good.”
Contact Amy Harris at harrisaj@stan- ford.edu.
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“Response to The StanfordChallenge has been nothingshort ofremarkable.
— MARTIN SHELL, vice president for development
 The Stanford Daily
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ast Tuesday,the ASSU UndergraduateSenate voted down an election reformbill that would have limited campaignexpenditures to $1,500 per candidate or exec-utive slate.While the Graduate StudentCouncil (GSC) passed a version of the bill onFeb.18 with almost unanimous support,con-cerns over enforcement caused the samemeasure to fail in the Senate by a margin of 9-3.A second elections reform bill fared betterthan the spending limit bill,as undergraduatesenators passed a measure that reimbursesexecutive slate campaign costs up to $750.While the editorial board acknowledgesthat it will be a challenge to reform and en-force campus campaign spending,we dis-agree with the Senate’s decision to reject aspending cap for campaigns.There should bea limit on the amount of money students areallowed to spend on a bid for election.Campaign spending is out of control.Justlast year,ASSU President Jonny Dorsey ‘09and his running mate,Fagan Harris ‘09,spentmore than $3,500 on their campaign—abouttwo dollars for every vote they received.Un-controlled spending on campaigns will favorthe personally wealthy,and makes it difficultfor some highly qualified candidates to run aformidable campaign if they lack the re-sources.ASSU elections should not be a biddingprocess that allows some students to buy a po-sition in student government.Rather,itshould be a process where students can hearfrom all candidates and pick the best onebased on their ideas.The editorial board ap-plauds the efforts of Dorsey and Harris inpushing for legislation to reign in electionspending.Many colleges and universities—includ-ing Claremont McKenna,Yale and Harvardalready have spending caps on electionsthat range from $40 to more than $400 percandidate.Stanford should follow suit in timefor the 2009 election cycle by putting rules inplace to keep students’ campaign pocket-books in check.The spending cap ought to becompatible with ASSU election policies,which place restrictions on the quantity andtiming of fliers,signs and emails disseminatedby candidates during the campaign.It goes without saying that the spendinglimit should not be arbitrary.But what is sig-nificant about the $1,500 mark? $1500 seemsextravagant when students at schools such asClaremont McKenna are running successfulcampaigns on a $40 budget.Stanford mayhave more students and a larger campus,butthe Senate should work closely with theASSU Elections Commission to formulate adollar amount that makes sense and takesinto account the volume of campaign materi-als candidates are allowed to generate.A monetary cap does not represent an at-tempt to stifle candidates’ free speech,butrather an opportunity to exercise fiscal re-sponsibility and creativity.With less money tospend,candidates will be forced to developcreative measures to get their message acrossrather than the traditional fliering of rest-rooms and handing out of T-shirts.The Elec-tions Commission should enforce the spend-ing limit by requiring candidates to submit ex-tensive financial disclosures.Legislative can-didates and executive slates that either ex-ceed the dollar limit or fail to adequately re-port expenditures should be summarily dis-qualified.Finally,the editorial board commends theGSC and Undergraduate Senate for approv-ing a public financing bill.The $750 reim-bursement guarantee marks a solid first steptoward leveling the socioeconomic playingfield when it comes to campus elections.Thatbeing said,the board believes that the GSC,Undergraduate Senate and ASSU Execu-tives owe the student body an explanation forwhy this sum of money was selected.Studentsdeserve to know how their tuition is beingspent.With greater transparency and newspending limits,Stanford’s student govern-ment has a chance to set a good example bypromoting fiscal responsibility throughoutthe University as a whole.
ASSU must reign incampaign spending
ince Fraiche arrived at our campus inlate January,it has been a pleasant sightin an area of campus blighted by the eat-ing travesties known as the Axe and Palmand Tresidder Union.Despite my general ap-proval of Fraiche,however,I refused to eatthere for quite some time.I have never particularly liked frozen yo-gurt.Add that to my general aversion to yup-pie pseudo-environmental consumerism andwe have a recipe for stringent aversion.If Ididn’t jump on the Obama bandwagon untilafter the primaries,I certainly couldn’t sur-render in a month to the admittedly tasty-looking swirled towers of white yogurt cov-ered in strawberries.To me,it seemed like an-other commoditization of what was once alower-end treat into a “yupster”(yuppie +hipster) status symbol.And yet I found myself,on this past Fridaynight,requesting a friend of mine that shetake me to Fraiche (which,to its credit,isopen far more often than anything else oncampus) and “order me something tasty.”Idid not want to sound un-initiated,of course,and did not want to repeat my most recentencounter with eateries of Fraiche’s ilk,likeSprinkles Cupcakes at the Stanford Shop-ping Center.There,I misguidedly ordered astrawberry cupcake,which was awful.(Thechocolate cupcake I also had,though,was de-licious.)The “natural”yogurt I had with blueber-ries and wildflower was quite unlike anyfrozen yogurt I have had before,tangy andlighter.It was,against my better instincts,quitedelicious.There go the rest of my CardinalPoints for the quarter.But the real reason whyI like Fraiche is not due to its very scrumptiousblueberries and cutesy aesthetic.Fraiche is the great campus unifier that wehave never had before.I have walked by theplace often,and the lines were always im-pressive not only for their length,but for thevariation in the people.Nowhere else atStanford do you see Ugg-booted sororitygirls,sweatshirted athletes,V-necked hip-sters,bleary-eyed graduate students andStanford-T-shirted freshmen all in line to-gether for something.Every other campus hangout,it seems,caters only to certain demographics at Stan-ford.The be-sweatered humanities majorspeople-watch at Moonbean’s and pretend towork on their black MacBooks.The fresh-men eat at the Axe and Palm.The techiestudy groups along with the empty-fridgedMirrielees residents are at the CoHo.The all-male packs of sports fans consume their bur-ritos and pizza slices at the Treehouse.Provost Etchemendy,for his part,seems to bean Olive’s loyalist.The clientele at CantorArts Center cafe seems to be exclusivelymiddle-aged intellectuals from central andeastern Europe.But Fraiche is different.Everyone goesthere,and I hope that trend continues.This,unfortunately,is a campus where studentscan self-select into a certain demographic,live in certain residences (not only Greekhouses) and go days without being near any-one unlike them.Maybe Fraiche will lead toa deeper common basis for students to relatenow that the Obama campaign is over.Wecan talk about whether we prefer strawber-ries or blueberries,whether we prefer thewildflower or the agave honey.Maybe,justmaybe,this discussion will lead to more sub-stantive discussion among different groupsof students on issues that are rarely dis-cussed.And maybe I can go somewhere for mysnacks and avoid the people-watching killzone that is the space between Green andMeyer.
Stuart Baimel is open to being taken to Fraicheand having something ordered for him at anytime.Contact him with a time and date at  sbaimel@stanford.edu.
Unsigned editorials in the space above represent the views of The Stanford Daily's editorial board and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Daily staff.The editorial board is comprised of two former Daily staffers,three at-large student members and the two editorial board co-chairs.Any signed columns and contributionsare the views of their respective writers and do not necessarily represent the views of the entire editorial board.To contact the editorial board for an issue to be considered,or to submit an op-ed,please email editorial@daily.stanford.edu.
Contort your way toenlightenment
’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately,and I’vegot to say,it’s been glorious.Specifically,I’ve been doing Vinyasa yoga,which Gregor Maehle defines as:“Sequentialmovement that interlinks postures to form acontinuous flow.It creates a movement med-itation that reveals all forms as being imper-manent and for this reason are not held onto.Gregor Maehle,in addition to being soenlightened that he gets to end a sentencewith a preposition,can literally say anythinghe wants,and we interpret it as brilliant justbecause he can hold all three kinds of splitsfor hours and can probably also do tonguepushups.In Vinyasa,the heat is cranked to around110 degrees Fahrenheit.You’re pouring outsweat and toxins and spiritual impurities be-fore the instructor even runs through her firstseries of animal poses.That’s a word they tossaround a lot—“purity,”as in
 purify your body,purify your mind,purify your soul 
so much,in fact,that by the time class is over,you’re probably expected to be a virgin again(except for the Menlo Mom with the Chinesecharacter lower-back tattoo who’s wearingher daughter’s spandexabsolutely no oneexpects this of her).Now believe me,I know that yoga,with itshilarious chants,obnoxious lingo and dubi-ously spiritual WASP clientele,is a prettyeasy target for a smart aleck kid with a news-paper column that reaches five to six readersa week.What I’m really doing here is what allgood Stanford students do when they aren’tgood at something:mocking it in public to de-flect the sting of my own failure.The sad truthabout me is that I am an awful,awful yogapractitioner.Just terrible.My typical 90-minute class goes something like this:
For the first 10 minutes,my eyes dart nerv-ously around the room as I try to rememberwhat each of the animal pose names corre-spond to,and I then proceed to desecratethem so badly that poor Gregor Maehle,if hewere dead,would roll over in his grave.
The next 20 minutes or so are dominated bya false sense of securitythe poses herearen’t too difficult,and while I know I’m notmatching up to the golden-boy Stretch Arm-strong in front of me in any aspect of mas-culinity,I feel like I’m holding my own.Thisconfidence,of course,will be shattered by...
The next 20 minutes,also known as the WetSeason,are when I become acutely aware of how ungodly hot the room is.At some pointshe begins a sentence with,“If your hand-stand practice here is strong...“ and imme-diately every pair of legs in the room shootsinto the air,splits open and looks like heli-copter blades.It’s horrifying.Meanwhile,Icease sweating,and my clothes,which arenow saturated,begin sweating themselves.
From minutes 50-75,I simply black out.
Now,the last 15 minutes are where themagic happens.In yoga,you get to say andbelieve metaphysical nonsense all the timeend any sentence with
openness,center, purity or completeness
,and a whole room fullof the most heavily muscled and least well-read philosophers you have ever met will allnod in assent.We go through a series of “re-gressions,”where we assume increasinglysubmissive poses.At the end of the regres-sion,I’m curled into the fetal position andweeping for the last shards of my dignity,which I had lost only moments ago when Iyelped like a schoolgirl as the instructor triedto extend my back.Class ends,and I feelburied in shame.As I hear the chatter around meexec-utives talking about what deals went downtoday,over-caffeinated parents talking aboutthe latest playing time travesty on their kid’straveling soccer team,I start to wonder:Isthis all just another outgrowth of the ever-present upper-middle-class search for mean-ing,manifesting itself as a completely artifi-cial spiritual experience that’s in fact littlemore than paying $18 to a fly-by-night con-tortionist who tells us we’ll find nirvana oncewe can interlock our toes behind our heads?These doubts,though,are soon chasedfrom my mind and replaced by a different re-alization:I feel absolutely unstoppable.It’sescapism for sure,but the hell if it isn’t con-structive escapism.In a world that demandswe strive,achieve and succeed at all costs,what’s wrong with the occasional sweat-drenched awakening of the soul,even if it ispretty embarrassing to perform sacred Bud-dhist chants with complete yuppie strangersbefore we go back out into the world to ruth-lessly dominate all facets of life?Whateverat least I’m not cheating on atest,skipping an important job interview orshooting heroin.
Matt Gillespie channeled all the energy of theuniverse into his Third Eye to find the illumi-nating words for this column.His inner light re- flects your inner light at mattg3@stanford.edu.
Fraiche, the great campus unifier
e thank the editorial board for itssupport of the Sweat-Free StanfordCampaign (“Sweat-Free Weekshould not be debate-free,”Feb.25,2009).Wewould like to address the board’s concernsregarding the role of sweatshops in providingeconomic opportunities in developing coun-tries,particularly the article they cite byNicholas Kristof.Kristof mistakenly uses the term “sweat-shop”throughout his piece as another way torefer to garment factories.However,a sweat-shop is not the same as a factory,and to be“anti-sweatshopis not to be against manu-facturing.Rather,to be anti-sweatshop,or“sweat-free,is to be against poor workingconditions within the garment industry.Sweatshops are defined by abusive condi-tions such as forced overtime,discrimination,sexual harassment,hazardous working envi-ronments,union-busting and poverty wages.Currently most factories are sweatshops,but it is possible for factories to be “sweat-free”by providing a local living wage,theright to unionize,freedom from harassmentand intimidation and a safe working environ-ment.American Apparel,for instance,does-n’t quite meet the standard of “sweat-free”because of its past union-busting activities,but it is better than many other manufactur-ers because it provides a living wage forworkers.Likewise,Knights Apparel is work-ing on building two model sweat-free facto-ries in the Dominican Republic to attract thecollege market.For pundits like Kristof,the attraction of framing everything in terms of “choice”is alltoo irresistible.Kristof’s argument is thatpeople mired in poverty would undoubtedlychoose sweatshops over starvation,and thesweatshop debate should end there.But theunstated premise here is breathtakinglynaive:that extreme destitution is purely one“choice”among many,when in reality it is nochoice at all.The Sweat-Free Stanford Coalition is notagainst manufacturing in the U.S.or in othercountrieswe agree that manufacturingcreates jobsbut we believe that the bigcorporations reaping the most profit fromthe industry can and should take more re-sponsibility for working conditions in theirfactories.Where does that leave us,at Stanford?The Designated Suppliers Program (DSP)incorporates the Basic Needs approach intothe global garment industry by requiring fac-tories to be certified sweat-free before theycan tap into the university apparel market.Under the DSP,universities have guaranteedthree-year contracts with these factories,which is good for universities because it en-sures that collegiate apparel is made insweat-free conditions.This benefits workersbecause it protects their right to unionize andcreate better working conditions,and alsobenefits factories because it guarantees themlong-term orders in a notoriously unpre-dictable industry.The Sweat-Free Coalition and Kristof agree that poverty and bad working condi-tions are not good for anyone,but we thinkthat inaction is not a solution.We believe theDSP is a great answer to the issues Kristof raises,and 45 other universitiesincludingColumbia,Duke and the entire UC systemagree.The goal of Sweat-Free Week is toencourage Stanford to join these prestigiousuniversities in reshaping the garment indus-try to provide a real choice for workers.
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