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Last Friday,after several delays,the Office of Judicial Affairs (OJA)closed a survey to gauge student at-titudes towards the Honor Code aspart of a review initiated by ViceProvost of Student Affairs GregBoardman.The review is the first tobe conducted in 13 years.The comprehensive survey,which has been open to studentsfor more than a month,asks stu-dents to evaluate their own under-standing of the Honor Code andthe Judicial Affairs process as wellas the effectiveness of the HonorCode system at Stanford.OJA sent the online survey toapproximately 2,400 undergradsand 4,000 graduate students,waitedfor a 40-percent response rate be-fore closing,wrote Jamie Pontius-Hogan,assistant dean of studentlife,in an e-mail to The Daily.Finalcounts report a 24- and 26-percentresponse rate from undergrads andgraduate students,respectively.“A 100-percent response ratewould be satisfying but also unreal-istic,”Pontius-Hogan said.“It is dif-ficult to get students to respond to asurvey,but I do not think we facedany difficulties that others seekinginformation this way have notfaced.”In order to assess the students’understanding of the Honor Code,the survey listed various scenariossuch as “working on an assignmentwith others when the instructorasked for individual work”and“witnessing a case of cheating andnot reporting it.”The survey askedstudents to label these scenarios as“not cheating,”“trivial cheating,”“moderate cheating”or “seriouscheating.”In terms of the Judicial Affairsprocess,the survey also asked stu-dents to evaluate what they consid-ered to be sufficient evidence fordetermining whether or not a stu-dent violated the Honor Code,of-fering the options of “preponder-
Breakthrough study links gene regions to heart disease
By ELLORA ISRANI
School of Medicine researchers havelinked 13 new gene regions to the risk of heartdisease in an unprecedented collaborativestudy that examined the genomes of morethan 80,000 individuals.The results were pub-lished in this week’s issue of Nature Genetics.The study analyzed the genomes of 22,000people with a history of heart disease and60,000 healthy individuals.This investigation,which drew data from 14 previous studies,isalmost 10 times larger than the next-largestwhole-genome study to date.Stanford researchers identified 23 gene re-gions that predispose individuals to heart dis-ease.They subsequently examined these re-gions in 25,000 afflicted and 25,000 healthy pa-tients.“These chips generate 500,000 data points,but we only took 23 to the next level,”saidThemistocles Assimes,assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine.Of these 23 gene regions,only 13 passedstatistical tests for validation.The study replicated and confirmed evi-dence from previous investigations in ameta-analysis,doubling the number of iden-tified gene regions related to heart disease.The results are essential in understandingheart disease because,unlike other major ill-nesses,it is a product of multiple gene inter-actions.
Social dues can nolonger pay for alcohol
By TYLER BROWN
Social dues collected by Rowhouses can’t be spent on alcoholanymore,according to a Residen-tial Education (ResEd) policy thatgoes into effect spring quarter.Thechange comes as ResEd increasesits oversight of Row finances andrevises some unpopular policiesput in place fall quarter.The policies are part of a largerpush by ResEd that is attempting“to bring the Row program closerin line with the rest of the Universi-ty”and increase equity betweenhouses,ResEd Assistant DirectorZac Sargeant wrote in a Feb.15 e-mail sent to the Row managers list.“The only thing that we havebeen unable to accomplish yet,along this social dues policy transi-tion,was to create a standardiza-tion of social funds for non-alco-holic purposes to be collected onthe University bill instead of inhouse,”he said.
A new social policy
Row residents are required topay social dues,part of which istraditionally used to buy alcohol.However,this practice could be inconflict with a Stanford policy thatbans the use of funds held by theUniversity for the purchase of al-cohol.According to some financialmanagers (FMs),the most evidentloophole to this change would beto collect unofficial social dues.However,this practice might notwork if too few residents con-tributed.“We’re allowed to collect vol-untary dues from our residentsthat we can go buy alcohol with,we just can’t do it through the Uni-versity,”said one FM,who askedto remain anonymous.“I can see why the Universitywould want to do it,but I think it’sabsolutely a terrible decisionwhen it comes to the social life of the Row,”he added.Other financial managers saidthey understood the rationalebehind the new policy,but werenonetheless unenthusiasticabout it.“If you’ve got sophomores liv-ing in the house and you chargethem social dues that you’re going
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WEDNESDAY Volume 239
March 9, 2011Issue 27
An Independent Publication
The Stanford Daily
Stanford athletes had access to‘easy’ course list
By KABIR SAWHNEY
ASSU Elections CommissionerStephen Trusheim ‘13 released the results of the petitioning process,which closed lastFriday at 4 p.m.,in an e-mail to currentASSU officials,candidates and special feesgroup officers on Tuesday afternoon.All ex-ecutive slates,senior and sophomore classpresident slates and Undergraduate Senatecandidates received enough verified signa-tures to appear on April’s ballot.Of the 15 groups required to petition foran increase in special fees funding,11 gath-ered enough verified signatures to appearon the ballot.The Stanford Journal of Inter-national Relations,the Progressive,theHarmonics and STAMP did not receiveenough signatures.The final ASSU ballot will feature threeexecutive slates,two senior class presidentslates,five sophomore class president slates,39 Senate candidates and 52 special feesgroups.Forty-one groups were not requiredto petition after receiving approval for theirrequested budgets and increases from theSenate and GSC.The ballot has not been officially final-ized by the Elections Commission and willnot be final until the Voter Guide is released21 days before the election begins.Two of the Executive slates—“Cruz &Macgregor-Dennis for Exec”and “Tenzin-Vasquez”—qualified for public financingafter receiving a minimum of 100 signaturesapiece from the undergraduate and gradu-ate student populations.The third slate,“Hertz-Coggeshall Family for Excellence,”which is backed by the Stanford Chaparral,made the ballot with paper signatures butwill not receive public financing.The last item on the ballot is an advisoryreferendum entitled “Measure A—Advi-sory Question on ROTC,”which will askvoters if they support the return of ROTCto Stanford’s campus.Both the Senate andGSC approved the measure earlier thisquarter.The referendum is non-binding;itspurpose is to advise the Faculty Senate’s adhoc committee tasked with investigatingROTC’s return.However,the referendum may not ap-pear on the ballot,pending the result of aConstitutional Council case initiated byAlok Vaid-Menon ‘13,president of Stan-ford Students for Queer Liberation(SSQL).Vaid-Menon contends that the ref-erendum violates the ASSU’s anti-discrim-ination statutes.SSQL has been among themost vocal opponents of ROTC’s return onthe grounds that the program violates therights of transgender students,as they arenot allowed to serve openly in the military.
Final ASSUballot set to feature 3 executive slates
By RYAN MAC and AMY JULIA HARRIS
A drama class in “BeginningImprovising”and another in “So-cial Dances of North America III”were among dozens of classes on aclosely guarded quarterly list dis-tributed only to Stanford athletesto help them choose classes.Stanford officials said the listwas designed to accommodate ath-letes’ demanding schedules anddisputed that the list was made upof easy courses.Officials discontin-ued the list last week after studentreporters working for CaliforniaWatch began asking about it.The list,which has existed atleast since 2001,was widely regard-ed by athletes as an easy class list.More than a quarter of the courseson the list did not fulfill universitygeneral education requirements.“It’s definitely not going to be ahard class if it’s coming off thatlist,”said Karissa Cook,a sopho-more women’s volleyball player,who consulted the list to pick class-es in her first quarter at Stanford.The classes on the list were “al-ways chock-full of athletes andvery easy A’s,”added Kira Maker,awomen’s soccer player,who usedthe list her freshman year.Titled “courses of interest,”thelist was distributed by the AthleticAcademic Resource Center.Ad-visers in other departments at theUniversity said they were unawaresuch a list existed.Stanford has long mandatedequal scholastic footing among allundergraduates,including athletes.Many of its student athletes,in fact,
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Students gathered at various campus eateries for the 13th annualMidnight Breakfast on Monday night. Above, a student enjoysbagels and other assorted snacks before hitting the books.
SSQL protests Harvard’s recognition of ROTC
Courtesy of Sophi Newman
Stanford Students for Queer Liberation (SSQL) gathered in White Plaza onFriday to rally against Harvard’s reintroduction of Navy ROTC on its campus.SSQL has been one of the most vocal opponents to ROTC’s potential return.
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Judicial Affairs surveys studentson University Honor Code