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A large tree near Freshman-Sophomore College,the under-graduate dorm on Santa Teresa Street,fell early the morning of Dec.19 during a storm that brought wind gusts of more than 40mph.The tree damaged three rooms in Schiff,the building thathouses half of FroSoCo’s 180 residents,according to college di-rectors Bryan and Cheryl Brown.No one was injured;studentsmoved out of dorms for winter break on Dec.11.The tree’s fall broke windows in three student rooms and thestairwell area,damaged the building’s stucco exterior and dam-aged a portion of the roof,rain gutter and down spout,accord-ing to Imogen Hinds,senior associate director of Housing.The tree is now removed from where it fell outside the dormand the students’ rooms have been repaired,according to resi-dents.Last October,falling trees damaged 12 cars on campus inthree separate incidents.There are more than 27,000 trees oncentral campus,according to the Stanford website devoted tothe University’s trees.
 — Ellen Huet 
The best season in Stanford football historywill come to its conclusion tonight as the Cardi-nal takes the field in its first BCS bowl game inover a decade,the Discover Orange Bowl inMiami Gardens,Fla.No.4 Stanford (11-1,8-1 Pac-10) is set to faceNo.13 Virginia Tech (11-2,8-0 ACC).Both teamsare among the hottest in the country headinginto the gamethe Card has not lost since a 52-31 defeat to Oregon on Oct.2,while VirginiaTech has won 11 straight games.Stanford’s appearance in the Orange Bowlrepresents a remarkable turnaround for a pro-gram that was the punching bag of the Pac-10 just a few seasons ago.In 2006,Stanford went 1-11,prompting the program to turn to currenthead coach Jim Harbaugh.In his tenure,theCardinal has steadily improved,with higher wintotals in each successive season.Even before this season,few thought thatStanford would reach such heights.The Cardinalwas picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 presea-son media poll behind Oregon,USC and Ore-gon State.Aside from its loss to the Ducks,Stan-ford looked very strong during the regular sea-son,winning most games by big margins.TheCardinal faced only two close games:a 37-35 vic-tory over USC in early October decided on alast-second field goal and a tight 17-13 win overArizona State in mid-November.Virginia Tech will pose a challenge as formi-dable as any Stanford has faced this season.TheHokies are a perennial power in the AtlanticCoast Conference,winning three of the last fourconference championships.The program’s lasttrip to the Orange Bowl,at the conclusion of the2008 season,ended in a victory over Cincinnati.However,after the season’s first two games,itdidn’t look like Virginia Tech would be able topull off another conference title.The Hokies lostboth of those games,first to Boise State and thento James Madison,an FCS program.After thelosses,head coach Frank Beamer managed toturn his team around,and it blazed through theACC,going undefeated in conference play andwinning the conference championship gameover Florida State.“I think as a player watching his team,youknow they’re tough,they’re physical and disci-plined.It’s quite possibly the best defense we’llface all year,said redshirt sophomore quarter-back Andrew Luck.“From my short history,growing up and watching Virginia Tech,you al-ways knew they were going to be a tough foot-ball team that flew around with the football.”As it has all season,Stanford will look to itsoffense to set the game’s pace and lead it to an-other victory.The unit is ranked eighth in thecountry in scoring.With one of the best offensive lines in thecountry,Stanford is likely to utilize the sametype of strategy that brought it success againstPac-10 defenses:punish the opposing defensewith the power running game,opening up pass-ing lanes as the front seven is forced to respectthe ground game.Though many expected adrop-off in rushing production after Stanfordlost Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart to theNFL,the Cardinal is better on the ground than itis through the airit has the nation’s 17th-ranked rushing attack but only its 30th-rankedpassing attack.Sophomore Stepfan Taylor is theteam’s leading rusher,with 1,023 yards and 15touchdowns for the season.“Our offensive line has given up five sacksthis year,I believe,and maybe seven the yearsbefore,”said assistant head coach Greg Roman.“For a drop-back passing team,can you reallyfind anybody who’s ever really done that?”“The offensive line has been excellent thewhole year,and also the tight ends and receiversblocking downfield,Taylor said.“We go outhard in practice everyday and are dedicated tothe running game.”Even then,the offense is still driven by theplay of Luck,this year’s Heisman runner-up andthe projected No.1 pick in the NFL Draft.Hehas had one of the best seasons for a Stanfordquarterback in memory,passing for over 3,000yards and throwing 28 touchdowns.He has alsoshown a great deal of athleticism and an abilityto make plays with his legs,running for 438 yardsand three touchdowns on the season.While Stanford’s offense has been instru-mental to its success this year,much of the Car-dinal’s improvement this year can be attributedto its defensive renaissance.Last year,the de-fense was the Cardinal’s Achilles’ heel;this year,under first-year defensive coordinator Vic Fan-gio,Stanford is ranked 11th in the country inscoring defense,giving up just 17.8 points pergame.The unit shut out three conference oppo-nents this year,and its only really poor perform-ance came when it gave up 52 points to Oregon.
Profs talkOrangeBowl
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Provost asks profs to‘remain flexible’
Today in Miami,the Stanfordfootball team will make its first ap-pearance at a Bowl ChampionshipSeries game since 2000,drawingfrom across the country thousandsof fans and a big academic question:should these students’ absencesfrom the first two days of winterquarter be excused by the Universi-ty?After Stanford accepted an invi-tation to play in the Orange Bowl,Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D.‘82wrote an e-mail on Dec.13 to all fac-ulty asking them to “remain flexi-ble”with students who miss classesfor the Orange Bowl.His lettercalled the game “a tremendous ac-complishment for the players and asource of pride and excitement forour students and alumni.”NamingStanford’s football team as “excep-tional in its success,he requestedthat faculty accommodate all stu-dents who miss classes to “show theteam the support they deserve.”Students earlier signed an onlinepetition asking President John Hen-nessy to excuse students fromschool for the Orange Bowl,butEtchemendy said the petition hadnothing to do with his letter;in fact,he said he wasn’t aware of the peti-tion until after he sent out the mes-sage.He said that the e-mail waswritten to assuage fears of studentsmissing classes for the game,to giveprofessors a heads-up and to showthe football team that the Universi-ty was fully behind them.The faculty response toEtchemendy’s letter remains,ingeneral,positive.Professors haveexpressed confidence in students’ability to take initiative and make upany work they may have missed.“For this exceptional case,I don’tsee any need [for official make-uppolicies] and cannot imagine itwould be a problem,English pro-fessor Michelle Elam wrote in an e-mail to The Daily.“Stanford stu-dents are so committed to their owneducation anyway,so my experiencehas been that they take responsibili-ty.”Furthermore,the fact that stu-dents often “shopclasses for thefirst week of the quarter means at-tendance is already sporadic.“Practically,since the OrangeBowl occurs at the start of the winterquarter,there is no real impact,”computer science professor StephenCooper wrote in an e-mail to TheDaily.“Students are adding anddropping classes during the firstweek of classes.Thus a student whomisses,say,Monday and Wednesdaydue to being in Miami is in effective-ly the same position as a studentwho decides to add a particular classafter missing the first two meetingsof that class.”Professors have also cited a de-sire to support student athletes andthe diversity of experience that theiraccomplishment adds to the school.“Stanford has achieved a wonder-ful balance between its main (aca-
MONDAY Volume 238
January 3, 2011Issue 48
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Women’s basketball defeats UConn to end Huskies’ 90-game streak
The Card faces Virginia Tech tonight in Orange Bowl
Courtesy of Nadeem Hussain
 A large tree tumbled over outside FroSoCo on Dec. 19 during a storm, damagingthree rooms in Schiff while students were away for winter break.
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Redshirt sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck (12), this year’s Heisman runner-up, is poised tolead the Card in the Orange Bowl tonight.
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demic) reason for existence,and ath-letics,wrote applied physics profes-sor Theodore Geballe in an e-mail toThe Daily.“Being excellent in both isindeed very rare.This balance is wellworth preserving for reasons thathave been stated many times so Idon’t have to repeat them.”Cooper did raise his concern asto whether pardoning students at-tending the Orange Bowl shows anundeserved preference for footballover Stanford’s 33 other varsitysports.“School spirit is a good thing...[but] I’m not sure why school spiritapplies more to one sport than an-other,”Cooper said.Unlike many schools whose ath-letic success rests mostly on therecord of its football team,Stan-ford’s program draws strength fromconsistent performance in a broadnumber of sports,evidenced by its16 consecutive Directors’ Cups.Of Stanford’s 99 NCAA champi-onships,one was for football;on theother hand,men’s and women’s ten-nis have together won 35.“The women’s soccer team hadan outstanding year,but the provostdidn’t send out an e-mail askingprofessors to ‘go easy’ on studentswho were traveling to North Caroli-na to attend the championship,”Cooper said.“Likewise,there wasno note pertaining to students goingto Ohio for the women’s volleyballregional championship.”Regardless of these concerns,students attending the OrangeBowl have,this time around,achieved an official “blessing.”Andofficials remain optimistic that theissue might rise again.“I need to figure out what we’lldo next year when the team goes tothe BCS Championship game,”Etchemendy said.
Contact Ellora Israni at ellora@stan- ford.edu.
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‘Don’t ask’repeal could ‘lighten task’forStanford’s ROTC committee
President Obama signed into law last month the repeal of the17-year-old federal policy of “don’t ask,don’t tell,”which barredopenly gay men and women from serving in the military.The ban,which conflicts with several universities’ anti-discrimination poli-cies,was considered a major roadblock to bringing back an ROTCprogram to Stanford.“I’m delighted by the repeal by Congress of ‘don’t ask,don’ttell,’”wrote psychology professor Ewart Thomas,the chair of theFaculty Senate’s ad hoc committee on ROTC,in an e-mail to TheDaily.“I have a feeling that this repeal will lighten the task of theFaculty Senate’s ROTC committee as we discuss whether,and inwhat form,Stanford University should expand its relations with theReserve Officer Training Corps programs within the U.S.military.The repeal does not necessarily guarantee recognition of ROTCby the University.The committee recently asked for feedback fromthe community on ROTC and will not report its findings until thespring.“The impact so far of DADT on campus debates has been mul-tifaceted,and I expect that the debate in the months followingDADT repeal will be almost as contentious,Thomas added.The Faculty Senate formed the committee to explore the ROTCissue in March,but from its inception,some encouraged the com-mittee not to let its findings depend on “don’t ask,don’t tell.”Oth-ers said the repeal would be a prerequisite to the program’s return.Thomas said not all opposition to ROTC is rooted in the federalpolicy,and that concerns about continued discrimination againstgays and lesbians in the military after the repeal could still exist.But the repeal eliminates some of the committee’s concerns,ac-cording to Thomas.“To the degree that evidence and arguments can be adduced tosuggest a decrease in discrimination within the U.S.military follow-ing DADT repeal,and to the degree that the repeal does indeed in-duce opposers to become supporters of ROTC expansion,the nextphase of the Stanford-ROTC debate will contain fewer themes,andthis,I hope,will lighten our task,”he said.
 — Kate Abbott 
Student dies in Denver
Claire Roscow ‘10,an engineering student and former classpresident,died Dec.28 in Denver.The cause and manner of herdeath are under investigation,said a spokesman for the DenverCounty medical examiner.Roscow,22,was the head volunteer coordinator for the DalaiLama’s visit in October.It was organized in part by the Center forCompassion and Altruism Research and Education,where sheworked as an undergraduate fellow.Her leadership was essential tothe visit’s success,said Joel Finkelstein,the center’s program coor-dinator.He spoke of a “talented and warm and winning”student whocame to his office when she heard the center was being organized.She was paid little but shone during her fellowship,earning trustand responsibility from colleagues,he said.Roscow served a partial term as a president of her class in 2009.A Facebook group has been organized in her memory.A memo-rial service is set for Jan.13 in Lakewood,Colo.,according to thegroup.
 —Elizabeth Titus
Stanford shares details ofearly-admitclass
Stanford has admitted 754 early applicants to the Class of 2015 anddeferred about 500 more,Admission Director Bob Patterson saidlast month.The University received a record-high 5,929 applicants,droppingthe admission rate to 12.7 percent for Stanford’s “restrictive early-ac-tion program.Applicants were up 6.5 percent from last year,whenStanford admitted 753 of its 5,566 applicants,or 13.5 percent.TheUniversity notified all early applicants of their application status viae-mail on the afternoon of Dec.10.
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’ll admit that most of my pastcolumns consisted of depressingtopics.I went through some reallyrough times last quarter,so I apolo-gize if I sounded a bit whiny.(To thetrans folks reading this,please re-member,don’t take a full course loadthe quarter you start hormones! It’sbad news.) But this quarterthis isa new quarter,one where I’m gonnastart over and I’m gonna be happy.I’ve got the hard stuff over with al-ready.I legally changed my name.Istarted testosterone.I went throughthe hormone-induced episodes of teen angst.My throat is perpetuallysore,a sign that my sexy man voice isfinally kicking in.I think I deserve tohave some fun now.So what’s next inthe saga of Cristopher Bautista’s life?Well,I’ve never dated.I knowI’ve written about relationships be-fore,but in rereading it,there wasthis underlying pessimism,this im-pression that I would never be ableto find anyone.And to a degree,I stillfeel that way.But one of my goalsthis year is to push myself to dothings I would never do otherwise.Now that I’m not freaking out everyminute of every day,wondering if Ipass as a guy or not,I feel I can actu-ally try branching out.So this is it.Cristopher is lookingfor a nice girl who’s willing to put upwith him.And he’s exploiting his po-sition as a columnist to do just that.Get ready for perhaps the most ob-noxious personals ad ever.Heregoes:
Dear women of Stanford,
So dating a transguy is differentfrom dating a regular guy.For onething,I’m mature for my age.That’swhat happens when you’re forced toquestion the very core of your iden-tityyou end up growing up prettyfast.I haven’t lived as male for aslong as other guyswhile mosthave lived as male for all of theirlives,I’ve only lived as male forabout two years.As a result of beinga bit behind on the masculinitycurve,I might act a bit differentlythan some other guys you’ve dated.So if you flirt with me and I don’t getthe picture,it’s not because I don’tlike you or I’m ignoring youit’sbecause it’s something I neverlearned,and I’m still getting the hangof things.But despite awkwardnesswhen it comes to flirting,I promiseI’ll be able to understand you a lotbetter than other guys you’ve dated(I did live as a girl for a while,if youdidn’t know that already).I have a testosterone deficiency(due to the whole estrogen and fe-male body thing),and I’ve just start-ed hormone replacement therapy,soI’m in a state when I am hungry andawkwardly horny all the time(testosterone sharply increases bothyour metabolism and your libido),not to mention my voice is at a weirdin-between raspy cracked stage.You’ll have a boyfriend who (at leastat the moment) looks and soundslike he’s 15 and when we’re hangingout together you’ll probably getsome snarky comment about youdating some kid from high school.(Be sure you’re prepared to shootback a clever remark.) But once wehave sex—and we’ll only do it whenyou’re comfortable and I get yourconsentwe will have a very lively,happy sex life.The testosterone willmake sure of it.Believe me,you’llhave something to brag about whenyou meet up with your friends.I’m also shorter than most men.I’m five-foot-twobut I don’t con-sider myself short.Rather,I am fun-sized.If you like fun-sized candies,then you will like fun-sized men.I’mnot one of those guys who get all in-secure about their heights and don’tlet their girlfriends wear heels.Hell,if you want to wear heels,you wearthose heels.They look hotter on youanyway.I promise I’ll be good to you.I’msomeone who’ll treat you well,whowill respect you,who will never tryanything physical with you unless Iget your consent.What matters themost to me is that you’re comfort-able and that we go at the pace thatworks for you.We’ll go ahead whenyou’re ready.And I know it’s onlytwo short quarters away from gradu-ationbut hey,having a little bit osomething that’s good with an expi-ration date is a lot better than havingnothing at all.It’ll be worth it.I’llmake sure it’s worth it.I’m a different flavor of mandifferent,yes,but worth a try.Justthink about ityou get someonewith boyishly good looks who’s smallenough to fit into your pocket.Nowwho wouldn’t want that?Sincerely,Cristopher Marc SorianoBautista
 If you’re interested in dating Cristo- pher,shoot him an e-mail acmsb@stanford.edu.He’s waiting anx-iously by his computer,so act now! 
I’m alsoshorter thanmost men.
The Most ObnoxiousPersonals Ad Ever Just Plane Humanity
his column comes to you fromthe sky.No,really:I writethese very words as I leave thesmelly factory air of Newark andboard a plane to come home to thisbeloved campus.And the familiarexperience,15,000 feet in the sky,brings to mind my own evolving re-action to the idea of flight.Many times,when I was little,Ihad this frenzied need to jump fromthe rooftops and fly.I had a dreamwhere I slowly grew wings on myback,right behind my arms,andtook off just as the full moon rose.Icould see the New York skyline asthe wind swept my face.I felt myself break not only the bonds of gravity,but also the bonds of time as I sawthat the entire world had frozenbelow me.I had swept down to justinches above the asphalt of thestreets,and I could see a man sleep-ing in a bed,another in the processof laughing at a joke,another,deepin thought,brows furrowed withconcentration.I was brilliant
was brilliant,for nothing but thatone second of time mattered any-more.I wanted to see that worldthat way,so freely and effortlessly.Iwanted to freeze time so that Icould look into a man’s eyes and beable to discover his entire lifethrough that look.Herman Hesse once wrote that aman’s personal story is sacred be-cause,in each one,a redeemer isnailed to the cross.I think I can addto this:I believe that a man’s dreamsbecome crucified,over and overagain,as they come into contactwith the knowledge of the world.But many pretend that the crucifix-ion did not occur.Many still retortthat “ignorance is bliss,many stilluse humor or family or even life toignore understanding themselves.This self-denial and dishonesty isthe essence of suicide and themidlife crisis,isn’t it?My idea of flight underwent sucha crucifixion at some tender,single-digit age.I found that my idea of noble,angelic wings more represent-ed a carpet ride in Aladdin”thanthe jumbo jetthe huge metal tubewith arms that is so common to ourmodern existence.It was no longerflight to meit was now peanutsand a movie and jet lag.I hated get-ting up at the crack of dawn,check-ing into that security desk,checkinginto the other one,forgetting my lifefor a day just to prepare for such aflight.Many other childhood fan-tasies went away in much the sameway,when I realized how extraordi-nary things were made so tedious byeveryday events.I think the scars from that cruci-fixion have healed.Now planesseem to be a place of capitalism infull strut ($6 pillows,anyone?):aclassist society (the lowly coach pas-sengers cannot even piss in the won-derful toilets of the first class) notvery happy with displays of selflessaltruism (“Put on your own oxygenmask before assisting others”).Infact,as I write this very sentence,Iam bombarded with ads above meto swipe my credit card in the ap-propriate slot to get DirecTV andBoingo WiFi and waste the twohours I have left in this journey.And the worst part is we buy intoall of it.Walk through any interna-tional flight and you will find people10 inches from rectangular displays,catching up on movies they couldcare less about because there isnothing else to do.I find this per-haps the most depressing of all.Who are we as people in modern so-ciety if we cannot sit and simply
for several precious hours? I am asguilty of this as the rest of youyou have no idea how many moviesI watch on a plane that I would havenever picked out of a rental store orseen with friends.Thoreau told usthat the greatest unexplored uni-verse is within ourselves,but wehave stopped listening.In this age of constant stimulation,we find the sa-cred idle hours of a modern journeyunbearable.And yet,beyond the tedium of modern-day air travel and what itexposes about modern humanity,there remains something uniquelywonderful about the whole thing.As I write this,and as you read it,atleast a couple dozen child-sizedhearts will have skipped a beat be-cause of their first takeoff,their firstlanding,their first scary dip of theplane.Another couple wide sets of eyes will marvel at the glimpse of how everything they know and loveturns into an ant colony,and have abizarre and wonderful realizationof their world’s fragility.And atleast one 8-year-old boy just fell inlove with his flight attendant.There is a reason we fly planesover football games and patrioticrallies.There is a reason why thestreak that a jet engine makesacross the summer sky makes usglance,if only for a second.No mat-ter how worldly the industry,nomatter how indulgent the people,there is a nucleus of the holy and thebeautiful about flight in the humanimagination.
E-mail ashidham@stanford.edu totell him why he should be more cyni-cal about flying in the skies.
The Prince ofPeace is not the god ofwar
or those who follow the Christian tradition,Christmas is a time of hope and promise in the un-likely person of a child.It is a time of celebratingthe birth of the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah andheralded by Handel as the “Prince of Peace.”Yet reli-gion and war have become so grotesquely interconnect-ed that we can scarcely tell them apart.Indeed,to sug-gest that war is antithetical to the message of Jesus is torisk accusations of treason,heresy or both.Most people are unaware that for the first few hun-dred years of the Church,Christians were total pacifists.A vein of this ancient ethic has persisted throughouthistory.In the dominant culture,the reverse is true;re-ligion and war have become so enmeshed that someareas of the military have become evangelistic recruit-ment centers(http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org).Politiciansand ministers alike fawn over our military as if war andreligion were made for one another.Steven Green,the soldier who raped a 14-year-oldIraqi girl before murdering her and her family,says thathe “didn’t think of the Iraqis as humans.”While ourtroops include many good people whose conscienceswould be repelled by Green’s deeds,the reality is thatwe must dehumanize the enemy in order to go to warand in order to kill.One military training cadenceshows the perverse nature of training for war:“Bombthe village,kill the people/throw some napalm in thesquare/do it on a Sunday morning/kill them on theirway to prayer.”The tragic reality is that we can’t dehumanize theenemy without dehumanizing ourselves.This is whyChris Hedges,the Pulitzer Prize-winning war corre-spondent,calls war a form of “necrophiliaand “organ-ized sadism.”The destructive nature of war,thoughoften cloaked in noble causes,is by definition the an-tithesis of life.In the words of Dr.King,“the ultimateweakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.Instead of diminishing evil,it multiplies it...darkness cannotdrive out darkness:only light can do that.Hate cannotdrive out hate:only love can do that.”It is time we recognize that President Eisenhower’swarning about the “military-industrial complex”hasbecome a reality.The U.S.not only has the largest mili-tary budget in the world,we have a larger military budg-et than all the rest of the world combined! Our militarybudget has become so sacrosanct that we will cut aid toschools and health care and the unemployed before weever consider reducing our military budget.Our socie-ty,economy and culture have become increasingly mil-itarized.And we can expect more of the same.But forwhat?We are sacrificing our humanity on this altar of mil-itarism,the altar of death.Our militarism is a danger tothe environment,our economy and the future of theworld.It creates more enemies than it destroys and
Promoting pluralism,understanding inGaieties
Dear Editor,I was surprised to see in the Dec.1 Stanford Daily ar-ticle about Gaieties that I was cited by Producer RachelLindee as having approved the script (“Ujamaa staff and residents walk out of Gaieties,two groups scheduletalks,”Dec.1).I did nothing of the kind.In both an e-mail exchange with Rams Head Executive ProducerMichael Rooney and in a meeting in my office with himand Ms.Lindee,I was asked for feedback on the materi-al,but not “to sign off on this.”I was specifically told thatI was not to be put “in a situation in which you implysome material is acceptable”in the Gaieties script.I ex-plained that the show had the potential to be extremelyoffensive to many students on campus.I noted how the
Hail Harbaugh
n the last four years,Jim Har-baugh has brought the Cardinalfrom 10th in the Pac-10 to fourthin the nation.He has taken a 1-11team to 11-1 and in the process,de-veloped two Heisman Trophy run-ner-ups.This year,he took the Stan-ford faithful to its first BCS bowlsince its defeat in the 2000 RoseBowl.The team that will take thefield today in Miami may well beStanford’s best ever,as the San JoseMercury News claimed in an articlelast Thursday.It is,after all,the firstStanford team to win 11 games,andthat one loss came against a strongOregon team that will play for theBCS national championship on Jan.10.Jim Harbaugh has worked amiracle.Bringing us from the bot-tom of the Pac-10 to national televi-sion and BCS bowls,it’s hard for usfreshmen to begin to imagine howmuch of a football backwater PaloAlto was,not five years ago.Butnow,having broken the Trojans twoyears running,Stanford outranksits opponent,Virginia Tech,head-ing into one of the most prominentand most-watched college footballgames of the year.Harbaugh,a for-mer University of Michigan andNFL quarterback,only got his firsthead-coaching job in 2004 at theUniversity of San Diego.He turnedUSD around much like he did Stan-ford.Harbaugh has not just benefit-ed from coincidence.He’s made hisown luck.Puns are fun!The Harbaugh effect reaches be-yond the field.He has given us a newway to make fun of southern Cali-fornia.He’s given Stanford a teamto rally around and be proud of.Foreach year of Harbaugh’s tenure,Stanford has led the nation’s univer-sities as the top collegiate fundraiserin the world.Though at least in parta coincidence,it would be foolish tothink that success on the field does-n’t have broader meaning.WhenStanford’s name is painted acrossthe sports section and its playersplay and are interviewed on nation-al television,it does wonders for theschool’s reputation,makes alumnifeel connected and lines the Univer-sity’s pockets in these times of eco-nomic trouble.Successful football also spreads asense of community and commonal-ity across a diverse and large cam-pus.Techies and fuzzies are bothmade fans.As much as we love the Luckand Harbaugh combination,itlooks like we’ll be saying goodbyeto them just after we said it to 2010.It’s widely rumored that Harbaugh,like his brother,will move to the
David SpencerNelson
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