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Bellydancers, jugglers and playwrights, oh my! It was a night of food, drinks and merriment at Sigma Nu as art-lovers stopped to look and listen at thisyear’s Winter SNAPS, where fellow students showcased their musical, poetic and overall artistic talent.
new group was brought in,”he said,“but that’s what we would like todo, especially given the time sensi-tive nature of this case.”ASSU President Angelina Car-dona ‘11 authored the bill to placean “advisory referendum”questionon the general elections ballot ask-ing student opinion on the poten-tial for ROTC to return to campus.Both the Senate and the GraduateStudent Council voted to pass thebill at the beginning of February.At the time, Cardona said thatVaid-Menon was consulted on thedrafting of the language of the bill sothat it could be presented with “neu-tral language.” In an interview withThe Daily,Vaid-Menon said that de-spite consultation, he was “frustrat-ed by the passing of the bill.”“In no way did I ever give mycomplete acceptance of this bill,”he said.“This is a way for me to ad-dress my concerns.”For Vaid-Menon,asking for stu-dent opinion by voting on supportfor the ROTC issue is like “puttingcivil rights on the ballot box.”Vaid-Menon and SSQL opposethe return of ROTC to Stanfordbecause it does not allow transgen-der students to participate.“It frames ROTC as a questionand not as a policy,” he said. “TheUniversity is very firm in its non-discrimination policy, which in-cludes gender identity. It seemsgenerally silly to have a questionthat violates this University policy.”Siddhanti said that the evidencerequired to prove constitutionalityof an ASSU bill or action variesfrom case to case.“Most of the arguments are[ASSU] constitutionally based,andthe petitioner argues why or whynot there’s a violation,and in somecases people can bring witnesses,”he said.“It’s pretty much anythingallowed in real court.”“There’s also a segment forfriends of the court to be heard,”Siddhanti added. “We want tomake the process much more trans-parent and open to the public.”Cardona said that she was “notsurprised” to hear about the case.She said that she recommended theConstitutional Council as an av-enue for Vaid-Menon to explorewhen he initially voiced concernsover the bill.“When I showed [Vaid-Menon]the original draft, he had concernsabout the bill in and of itself,”Car-dona said.“Situations like this is why theConstitutional Council exists and soI think that the trial will be good andthe process will be an educationalone for everyone,”she added.Vaid-Menon argues that it is theresponsibility of the ASSU to up-hold University policies in additionto its own, including the non-dis-crimination policy.“There’s this rhetoric for its stillokay for people to vote and have asay on civil rights of other people,”he said. “We need to consider theethics of voting on this bill.”Although Vaid-Menon filed thepetition as an individual, he saidthat his effort to aid SSQL’s oppo-sition to ROTC means that his ac-tions can be interpreted as on be-half of the group.“I think, from my perspective,the distinguishing factor that does-n’t make the bill unconstitutional isthat it’s a non-binding referendum,equitable to other avenues of inputthat the ad hoc committee has wel-comed,”Cardona said.“That’s def-initely within my bounds as presi-dent to have proposed and I stillsupport [the bill].”“That being said, I do under-stand where [Vaid-Menon] is com-ing from and want to do everythingI can to support and represent thetransgender community as well.”Both Vaid-Menon and Cardonarecognize that ultimately, the deci-sion to recognize ROTC will bemade by the Faculty Senate afterreceiving the report from the adhoc committee in May.“I don’t see this as that big of adeal, to be honest, because at theend of the day, people understandthat the students themselves aren’tmaking this decision,”Vaid-Menonsaid.“This is much more of a sym-bolic campaign, and it’s time forstudents to hold the University ac-countable.”“I hope the rhetoric behind thiscase doesn’t dwindle down toROTC:should it return or should itnot, because that’s not what thiscase is about,” Cardona said.“Thequestion this case is focusing on iswhether or not posing an advisoryquestion to the campus communityis constitutional or not.”The trial will be next Wednes-day,March 9,at 8 p.m.and open tothe public.The location has not yetbeen determined.
Contact Kate Abbott at kmabbott @stanford.edu.
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making.“These studies show the power of language in framing our decisions,especially in cases where we don’trealize it,” she said. “We all like tothink we make rational decisions,but even a single word can bring awhole knowledge structure thatguides our reasoning.”The study also accounted for po-litical party affiliation,with Republi-cans being 10 percent more likelythan Democrats to suggest enforce-ment-based solutions. Subjects whoread that crime was a “beast” wereabout 20 percent more likely to sup-port such solutions,regardless of af-filiation.Law professor Robert Weisbergsaid the study reveals how crime rhet-oric itself has become a metaphor forpolitical and social unease.“Crime enters political discoursein a way where it substitutes forother issues,” he said. “It’s a goodmetaphoric issue for people express-ing their anger or frustration at otherthings.”Since crime is an inherentlyloaded topic,policy makers and pub-lic officials should ensure the lan-guage used to describe it does notunduly inflame passions, Weisbergsaid.“Colorful language is not alwaysaccurate,”he said.“We have a hugeapparatus of criminal justice in theUnited States and we want to see if itis solving problems efficiently. It isnot a military machine or somethingout of a sci-fi movie . . . neutralizingthe language with which crime is dis-cussed would be a good thing.”Thibodeau cautions, however,that language is just one of many fac-tors that influence people’s opinionson crime and other issues.“It worked pretty well when wegave people a report on crime andthey didn’t have background con-text,”he said.“In the real world,peo-ple have more information. Allthings being equal,subtle metaphor-ic clues can help us structure how wethink about abstract and complex is-sues.”
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available samples.“The tumor is not biopsied, asdiagnosis can be made radiologi-cally (by MRI) and biopsy is dan-gerous because of the tumor loca-tion,” wrote senior authorPhilip Beachy, professor of devel-opmental biology, in an e-mail toThe Daily.Although Monje declined togive names,she said other researchinstitutions have attempted to cre-ate samples as well.Stanford,how-ever, is the first in the world toachieve any success.DIPG is particularly difficult totreat because the cancerous cellsentwine themselves with healthycells in the brain stem. Since thebrain stem is necessary for thebody’s survival, surgery is not anoption.As a result, Monje’s findings“give a lot of hope,” said DanahJewett, whose late son, Dylan, wasone of the earliest donors toMonje’s research in January 2009.“For 35 years,parents were toldthat their child was going to die,”Jewett said.“These children need it so badlyand their families need it so badly,”she added.DIPG, which primarily affectschildren ages five through nine, isone of the more common pediatrictumors,Monje said.It affects up to400 children annually in the U.S.Less than 1 percent of victims livethrough the first five years once thecancer has set.Six other families have followedin the Jewett’s footsteps and decid-ed to donate their tumor cells,Monje said.Her team has also been contact-ed by a number of other re-searchers interested in furtherstudying the disease.For their part, Beachy said thatthe team has two future studieslined up:the first on the new tumormodel to determine what kinds of therapies might be useful, and an-other to understand the possiblecell of origin and changes in nor-mal cell function that cause the tu-mors.Several pharmaceutical compa-nies are also working to developdrugs that will treat this cancer.Monje’s new mouse models willtest some of the drugs.The research was funded in partby the National Institutes of Health, the National Brain TumorFoundation and the HowardHughes Medical Institute.
Ivy Nguyen contributed to this re-port.Contact Cassandra Feliciano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the economic recession,” she said.“Even though endowment has re-duced, the University remains com-mitted to need-based financial aid.Money gets taken away from otherthings to keep our financial aid pro-gram whole.”Cooper indicated that programslike The Stanford Fund (TSF) havebeen helpful in bridging financial aidgaps. In the past, about half of themoney from TSF has gone to provid-ing scholarships.This year, the num-ber increased to 75 percent due to adecline in endowment funds.“Stanford re-prioritizes fundingto make sure the University meetsthe expectations of its students,”Cooper said.
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