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Haas receives 150 fellowship apps
By IVY NGUYEN
The Haas Center for Public Ser-vice received approximately 150 ap-plicants for its 60 fellowships forsummer 2011, according to Fellow-ships Program Director Jeff Hawthorne.This year saw a spike inapplicants to the public interest lawfellowship,but the philanthropy fel-lowship continued to receive a lownumber of applicants.The Haas Center Undergradu-ate Fellowship Program offers fi-nancial support to students whowish to work on domestic or inter-national public service projects.Theprogram offers fellows a $4,000base stipend to fund their program,with additional support correspon-ding to students’ financial need.Though the total amount of fundingfor this year’s fellows has not beencalculated yet, Hawthorne said thecenter averages $500,000 each yearin grants.Fellows admitted to the programparticipate in one of 11 fellowships:African Service, Community Arts,Education and Youth Develop-ment,Haas Summer,Haas SummerRound II, Philanthropy, Public In-terest Law, Stanford Pride, Spiritu-ality, Service, Social Change, Don-ald A.Strauss and Urban Summer.Though most fellowships in-volve students working in non-prof-it organizations, the philanthropyfellowship places students on thefunding side of service, said SarahScheenstra ‘11,student ambassadorfor undergraduate fellowships.“Philanthropy is grant-making,so rather than being at a non-profitwhere you’re depending on fundingfrom other places, often whenyou’re working in philanthropyyou’re working with other organi-zations to fund their projects,”Scheenstra said.“It’s kind of a flip-side to the equation.”Scheenstra participated in theAfrican Service fellowship the sum-mer after her sophomore year,working for the Daily Monitor inUganda. Following her fellowship,Scheenstra continued to work withthe Haas Center to market the fel-lowship program among students.The fact that the philanthropyfellowship is different from the typ-ical service fellowship could be onereason why fewer students apply tothat particular program,Scheenstrasaid.“It’s not really on people’s radarand they maybe aren’t consideringthe possibility of philanthropy,”sheadded.Hawthorne, on the other hand,thinks that the low interest in thephilanthropy program is due to thefact that the current student mar-keting team does not have a studentwho had participated in that pro-gram.The Haas Center will contin-ue to search for a student to repre-sent that fellowship and promotethe other fellowships for the comingyear.“We’ll continue to use the chan-nels that we have because they’rethe most effective avenues forreaching where we think there’s anintersection with some of thecoursework that they’re doing,”Hawthorne said.
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Interest in public interestlaw up as philanthropicfellowships see decline
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Los Altos Hillsdelays Stanford traildecision
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF
The Los Altos Hills City Councilhas decided to delay the approval of a trail project funded by StanfordUniversity, following objectionsfrom the surrounding community.The University offered Los AltosHills $1.05 million worth of trail im-provements in an effort to satisfy anagreement with the Santa ClaraCounty Board of Supervisors con-cerning its General Use Permit(GUP).The GUP stipulates that the Uni-versity must build or improve anumber of trails in exchange for per-mission to expand the campus. Tomeet this requirement, Stanfordseeks to improve the so-called “C1”trails along Alpine Road,which runthrough Portola Valley and unincor-porated San Mateo County, as wellas the Arastradero Road or “S1”trail, which runs through Los AltosHills.The University has sent lettersoffering up to $8.4 million to SanMateo County and $2.8 million tothe town of Portola Valley to fix theAlpine Road trail in addition to theLos Altos Hills offer. Both the C1and S1 trails cross Stanford proper-ty at several points.Of the three offers, the one toLos Altos Hills has created the mostcontroversy among residents, whofear that improving the trail wouldbring more traffic to the area andlead to an increase in accidents.University representatives werealso present at the March 17 citycouncil meeting, where they saidthey would return with more de-signs for a proposed retaining wallin response to some residents’ criti-cisms.Town officials intend to discussthe project with neighborhoodgroups in the coming weeks andmonths.“We want to meet the concernsof the neighbors,and many of theirconcerns are very legitimate,” saidLos Alto Hills Mayor Ginger Sum-mit in a March 18 interview with theSan Jose Mercury News. “Theybrought some things to our atten-tion that we had noticed,but hadn’treally addressed, so we will be ad-dressing those.”The city council is expected to re-visit the topic in a few months,afterthe town does “more homework,”Summit said.“We are working closely withStanford, and Stanford now hasshown up at two public hearings,”Summit said. “So they understandthe voice of the residents, which Ithink they never really understoodbefore.”
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least making a more informed de-cision about online privacy.”Concluding her talk, Nis-senbaum recommended alterna-tives on how society can handlethe challenges of online privacy.Ultimately, there is still a role forinformed consent. But given thatthe online world is highly hetero-geneous and thickly integratedwith social life, it is necessary toconduct a comparative evalua-tion to determine how these chal-lenges affect core values of free-dom and autonomy, Nissenbaumsaid.“We should write out substan-tive rules of expectation that gov-ern the flow of information inthose cases,”Nissenbaum said.“We have a lot of knowledgeabout social life and we can bringit to our benefit,”she added.
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John Everard, former British Ambassador to North Korea, Belarus and Uruguay, spoke about life in NorthKorea and the sharp end to diplomacy with the regime. Everard is a Freeman Spogli Institute fellow.
ly for the San Andreas Fault.“Even the San Andreas cannotproduce a 9.0 earthquake,but a 7.0to 8.0 at most,”Segall said.“But theCascadia subduction zone —which extends from Canada tonorthern California — can poten-tially reach a magnitude of nine.”This news bodes well for Stan-ford, which, over the years, has un-dergone a rigorous seismic retro-fitting for vulnerable buildings.Allnew buildings,including the KnightManagement Center, have beencarefully constructed to withstandearthquakes.“The Knight building uses abuckling restrain brace, a new typeof system developed 10 to 15 yearsago,”said Greg Deierlein,a civil andenvironmental engineering profes-sor. “The brace structure helps thebuilding during compression to re-sist buckling.The new Bio-E build-ing will also have this brace.”The department of Environ-mental Health & Safety (EHS)works with Stanford’s seismologiststo develop measures to ensure cam-pus safety.“What Stanford has done overmany years is to really try to com-bine preparedness with what weknow about the possibility of seis-mic activity in the area and attemptto mitigate as many risks as possi-ble,” wrote Lawrence Gibbs, EHSassociate vice provost, in an emailto The Daily.“These include seismic retro-fitting of many of our buildings,adding emergency generators tomany buildings to ensure poweravailability [and] ensuring emer-gency food and water supplies areavailable,”he said.Other measures that the depart-ment has taken include the installa-tion of fire sprinkler systems in allundergraduate housing residencesand most laboratories, automaticseismic gas shutoffs and emergencywarning and communication sys-tems.It also ensured that data back-up systems are available to protectcritical information.More recently,a program to provide for non-struc-tural restraints on high value re-search equipment has been pro-posed.“People’s perceptions of earth-quakes are often of buildings fallingor collapsing completely,” saidMary-Lou Zoback, vice presidentof Earthquake Risk Applications atRisk Management Solutions, alocal risk assessment consultinggroup.“However, most of the damagethat people don’t generally thinkabout is the shaking and disruptionof the building’s contents,” sheadded. “Lab materials and equip-ment can be damaged, data can belost.”While the proactive measuresimplemented can sufficiently helpStanford withstand up to a 7.5quake from the San Andreas Fault,earthquake researchers and staff emphasize the importance of main-taining vigilance in building inspec-tions and earthquake safety educa-tion.“Stanford’s preparedness isbased on the probability that anearthquake would impact thewhole region,” Gibbs said. “Stan-ford needs to be able to be self suf-ficient in the immediate aftermathof an earthquake. Therefore, ourprograms are focused on attempt-ing to ensure all individuals under-stand how to prepare and react inevent of an earthquake.”
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cation needs are met — a layoutroom with a lot of software that alot of these publications don’thave.”If approved, the room wouldlikely be located in Nitery 209,where the Senate meets each Tues-day.Warma and Nam will meet withNanci Howe, director of StudentActivities and Leadership, in thenear future to discuss more detailsof this plan.Financial manager Raj Bhan-dari,CEO of Stanford Student En-terprises, reported that the GreenAlliance for Innovative Action(GAIA) is requesting $2,000 toreach the $14,000 needed to invitemusician K’naan to speak at VisionEarth and FutureFest. Bhandariclarified that while K’naan wouldbe answering questions and notperforming.Senator Stewart Macgregor-Denis ‘13 suggested the possibilityof using money from the ASSU tra-ditions fund if the Senate deemedthat Vision Earth and FutureFestcould become Stanford traditions.After disbursing money to the jun-ior and sophomore classes,the fundhad $2,500 remaining to subsidizethe cost of inviting the musician.The senators agreed to conduct anemail vote after they have moretime to consider the topic.Macgregor-Denis then sharedwith the Senate an iPhone versionof the ASSU website and solicitedfeedback on the app.Kannappan and Senator RobinPerani ‘13 then motioned to movethe meeting start time to 7:30 p.m.Both have classes end after the cur-rent 7 p.m.start time.They request-ed this change so that they could at-tend more than half of each of thefour remaining meetings in order toretain their position. The Senateunanimously voted to move themeeting to 7:30 p.m.Perani initiated a lengthy discus-sion when she moved for a suspen-sion of the rules of order so the Sen-ate could reconsider the ROTC ad-visory question that will appear onthe general elections ballot nextweek.Perani argued that she did nothave enough information when theissue was first put to vote and wouldhave voted differently with the in-formation she has now. The initialbill, proposed by ASSU PresidentAngelina Cardona ‘11, was passedunanimously last month.“I was under the impression thatthere had been a lot of discussionwith the transgender communityand with the LGBT community,that there was an agreement andthat this would be beneficial to it,”she said. “But this was clearly notthe case.”Senator Daniel Khalessi ‘12echoed Perani’s sentiments.“I don’t even remember votingfor this bill,” Khalessi said. “It wastwo minutes. We steamrolledthrough it with a meeting we hadwith the GSC, we didn’t really dis-cuss it.”Despite over an hour of debate,the motion to suspend the rules of order failed to garner the 10 votesnecessary to reach the two-thirdsmajority required to pass the mo-tion.The advisory question will re-main on the ballot;voting begins onApr.8th.
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“[We need] tobe self-suffi-cient in theaftermath ofanearthquake.”
LAWRENCE GIBBS, EHSassociate vice provost