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DAILY 02.22.11

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Stanford baseball takes two of threefrom Rice to begin season
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For the Stanford softballteam,the UNLV LouisvilleSlugger Classic was an oppor-tunity to prove it belongedamong the nation’s best.TheNo.18 Cardinal made quickwork of Utah State and Port-land State in the opening dou-bleheader on Friday,split apair of Saturday games byknocking off No.23 BYU be-fore falling to No.9 Hawaiiand then topped off the week-end with a big 5-0 upset winover No.3 Tennessee.
2/20, Las Vegas
Stanford (8-2) showedflashes of brilliance over theweekend and certainly justi-fied its lofty preseason rank-ing by hanging with Hawaiiand then shutting down a po-tent Tennessee offense thanksto pitcher Ashley Chinn’s one-hit shutout on Sunday.Chinn,a senior,struggledat times last year with her con-trol,but appears to have putthose issues to rest with a mas-terful performance against theVolunteers.Stanford’s bats came alive
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Emery focuses onGuantanamo victim
Noted speaker Arthur Emery discussed thestory of Guantanamo Bay detainee AbuZubaydah,a Saudi citizen whom the UnitedStates government mistakenly suspected of AlQaeda involvement,last night at the LawSchool.Abu Zubaydah has been imprisoned inGuantanamo Bay for nine years.Former President George W.Bush claimedAbu Zubaydah was one of the three top leadersin Al Qaeda.Donald Rumsfeld,secretary of de-fense under George W.Bush and a formerHoover fellow,believed he was a senior AlQaeda official who had been intimately in-volved in a range of activities.However,recent evidence has suggestedthat Abu Zubaydah was ideologically opposedto Al Qaeda,Emery said.In 2000,Zubaydah’sKhalden camp was told that it either had to sup-
TUESDAY Volume 239
February 22, 2011Issue 18
Class of ‘11 starts job hunt
HumanitiesPh.D.s face job crunch
Although some on campus attribute hav-ing a Stanford degree to cushioning many of the recession’s effects on employment,doc-toral candidates studying the humanities stillface a number of difficulties.“Hiring freezes because of budget cuts,es-pecially at state universities,have made a dif-ference across the board,said English pro-fessor Ramón Saldivar,who works as a jobplacement officer for his department’s doc-toral students.“There are definitely 30 per-centalmost 40 percentfewer jobs thanlast year.”However,the picture for Stanford gradu-ates is not nearly as bleak as for students fromother programs,Saldivar said.Of the 12 doc-toral candidates in the English program grad-uating this year,only three are likely to notfind a job placement,a number Saldivar saidwas “not unusual.”“Our graduate students are,of course,con-cerned about the job market,”he said.“Theyworry about it with some anxiety,but they’realso optimistic they’ll be okay.The recordshows there’s good reason for the optimism.”The tightening of the job market over thepast several years,however,has caused abacklog of job applicants,pitting older gradu-ates who didn’t find employment against re-cent graduates.This increase in the number of applicants combined with a slashing of posi-tions has created a tougher job market.Many doctoral candidates hope to earn atenure-track position in academia,but univer-sities have learned to get by with fewer hires.At this stage,it’s fairly daunting,said BenMiller,a third-year doctoral candidate in phi-losophy.“Even if you’re quite good in youryear,there might be all these people from theyear before who’ve had an extra year to polish.”Philosophy students face a disadvantagethat other humanities departments may not,Miller said.“The Stanford name doesn’t so obviouslyhave the same kind of pedigree [in philoso-phy],”he said.Stanford’s location creates a “distinct out-sider feeling,”since the American Philosophi-cal Association is situated in the East.As a re-sult,many job interviews take place there aswell.Although Stanford graduates might fare
Nurses vote in favor of strike authorization
Nearly 90 percent of unionized nurses whocast ballots Feb.17 voted infavor of strike authorization against StanfordHospital and Clinics (SHC) andLucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH).The Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) urged itsmember nurses to approve strikeauthorization in response to an ongoing con-tract dispute with the two hospitals.“Last December,the nurses rejected a ten-tative agreement,”CRONAPresident Lorie John wrote in a press release.“When we asked the hospitals tomake what for them would be minor revisions,but which are important andobjectionable to the nurses,they refused.”“We hope that the hospitals will now listento our concerns so that a strikewill not have to be called,Johnson said.“Theball is in their court.”_In order to obtain strike authorization,CRONA leaders needed at leasttwo-thirds of their approximately 2,700 nursesto vote in favor of the move.LastThursday’s vote saw 77 percent of the mem-bership vote “yes.
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 Hiring freezes and budget cuts reduce positions open to doctoral students
Many current seniors arebranching out to different careerpaths after graduation,looking be-yond Career Development Center(CDC) listings and career fairs intheir job search.“Students seem to be more opento alternative types of careers dur-ing a recession,CDC DirectorLance Choy wrote in an e-mail toThe Daily.Choy noted that applications toTeach for America and the PeaceCorps have increased in the last twoyears.But the most common wayfor students to find jobs is to usetheir personal networks,he said,stressing the importance of con-necting with alumni.Alli Stuppy ‘11,a psychologymajor who plans to pursue a careerin clinical psychology,hopes tocomplete a research fellowship nextyear.Stuppy said she was interested inclinical psychology,but hasn’t hadmuch exposure to it at Stanford.“I don’t really have the best ideaof what clinical psychology entailsfrom Stanford,which is more re-search oriented,Stuppy said.She emphasized the importanceof gaining research experience forthose interested in pursuing gradu-ate studies in psychology.Chemical engineering majorAbraham Berhane ‘11 hopes to se-cure an entry-level position at apharmaceutical company.His long-term goal is to work in research anddevelopment in biotechnology.“Right now I’m focusing on try-ing to find a job for next year,”Berhane said.“A lot of [the search]has just been Googling top pharma-
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 Arthur Emergy discussed the case of Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi citizen who was wrongly accused of AlQaeda involvement by the U.S.government and remains imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.
Stanford Daily File Photo
Senior pitcher Ashley Chinn (above) had a dominant pitching performance in the finale of the UNLVLouisville Slugger Classic to help the No. 18 Stanford softball team take down No. 3 Tennessee. The Cardbeat the Volunteers and No. 23 BYU and lost only once, to No. 9 Hawaii, in the five-game tournament.
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 Some seniors look beyondCDC listsings, career fairs
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port Al Qaeda rule or close.Abu Zubaydah,number threein Al Qaeda,and his camp wasclosed by Al Qaeda?”Emery said.“It’s incredible to believe that theU.S.government believed thatwhen he wasn’t involved in AlQaeda from the very beginning.”Emery argued that Guan-tanamo Bay’s location is incrediblystrategic.“It’s outside of the United StatesU.S.laws can’t control it,hesaid.“It’s not a part of Cuba be-cause it’s land-leased from Cuba.It’s really a black hole for justice bylaw.”When the FBI first interrogatedAbu Zubaydah,its goals were togain his confidence in order to gath-er actionable intelligence.“Beating someone until theytalk doesn’t give them incentive totalk,”Emery said.“It gives them in-centive to shut up.”The FBI recognized this,where-as the CIA did not,he added.CIAinterrogators subjected Zubaydahto waterboarding in an attempt toobtain information.Emery de-scribed Zubaydah’s situation as “aworld of torture and human de-basement.”“This is what we allowed,and wecontinue to debate whether it is jus-tified,”he said.“You can’t do that toa human being and still think of yourself as a human being.”“We have to stand up and say wewon’t let our country be this sort of bastion of destruction in theworld,he said.The event was co-sponsored byAmnesty International.
Contact Angelique Dakkak at angel-dak@stanford.edu.
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better than others,the tight jobmarket has added lag time betweengraduation and finding a job.Manygraduate students now have toapply over several consecutiveyears before being hired,said assis-tant professor of English SaikatMajumdar,who also works as aplacement director for English andModern Literature students.While this lag provides studentswith extra time to perfect their re-sumes and publish more of theirwork,it also adds a heavy burdenfor those who do not have a steadysalary in the meantime.Reacting to employment con-cerns,more doctoral students in thehumanities chose to apply to post-doctoral fellowships or become ad- junct professors.According to Ma- jumdar,there are distinct disadvan-tages for those who choose the lattertrack.“An adjunct professorship does-n’t pay much,it doesn’t leave muchtime for research,”Majumdar said.A postdoc is a full-time position.Ithas a better salary.”Faced with seemingly bleak op-tions,some students have shapedtheir plans more creatively to be-come more attractive candidates inthe world of academia.Students in“newer or more marginal fields”such as minority literature or digitalhumanities often have greater em-ployment success that those whostudy more traditional topics,Ma- jumdar said.But he also noted that studentsshould not necessarily change theirfield of study for the promise of higher future salaries.“You should do what really ex-cites you,so I don’t think youshould define your scholarship formarketability,”he said.“But thatsaid,it doesn’t hurt to look exter-nally.You have to have a dialoguebetween the two.”
Contact Zoe Leavitt at zleavitt@stan- ford.edu.
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ceutical companies in the area.”Berhane said he found positionsdespite the economic downturn.His professors often provided ad-vice on where to look for openings.Outside of the sciences,many in-dustries have taken a hit in the eco-nomic downturn,among them en-tertainment and advertising,Choysaid.But some students haven’tbeen deterred from pursuing artscareers.Juliann Ma ‘11,who is majoringin music and minoring in creativewriting,hopes to continue her musi-cal training and take a stab at a ca-reer as a concert pianist.She has ap-plied for a Fulbright in Paris and tomusic schools on the East Coast.“The most important thing forme is doing something I love,”Masaid.“I would like to see how far mymusic career can go.”At the same time,Ma is wellaware of the challenges that musi-cians seeking performance careersface.“It takes a lot more than justtraining and performing,”she said.“It has been in my considerationsfor a long time to get a job or some-thing much more secure than beinga concert artist.“If that’s what I’m good at,Ishould just try it,”she added.Olivia Haas ‘11,an Englishmajor,would eventually like towork in theater,film or television.For Haas,the first stop after gradu-ation is the MFA Playwrights’Workshop at the Kennedy Centerin Washington,D.C.“The resources and connectionsthrough Stanford are actually pret-ty remarkable for someone with myinterests,”Haas said.She emphasized the importanceof being proactive and reaching outto potential employers.For Haas,one key resource was the StanfordInstitute for Creativity and the Arts(SICA),through which she com-pleted an internship with the PublicTheater in New York last summer.For students pursuing careers inthe arts,flexibility is key,Haas said.“I both enjoy and am terrified of the uncertainty and the unknowns,”Haas said.“That’s just part of theprocess.”
Contact Joshua Falk at jsfalk@stan- ford.edu.
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