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The Stanford Daily
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Stanford prepared for potential big earthquake
NYU professor explores Internet privacy challenges
Stanford accepts2,427 high schoolapplicants
Stanford offered admission to2,427 students via electronic notifi-cation letters today,several days ear-lier than the scheduled notificationdate of Apr. 1. In sum, 34,348 highschool students applied to becomepart of the Class of 2015.This brings Stanford’s current admitrate to nearly 7.1 percent,comparedto 7.2 percent last year.“Stanford has been exceedinglyfortunate to attract a simply amazinggroup of applicants from all over theworld,”Dean of Admission RichardShaw told to The Stanford Report.“In our review,we were humbled bythe exceptional accomplishments of those candidates who have been ad-mitted, as well as the competitivestrength of all of the applicants.”Among the admitted students,754 had applied through the early ac-tion program and received an offerof admission in December. Admit-ted students have until May 1 to ac-cept the University’s offer.According to the Office of Under-graduate Admission, an additional1,078 applicants have been placed onthe waitlist and will hear from Stan-ford,pending matriculation results.
— An Le Nguyen
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WEDNESDAY Volume 239
March 30, 2011 Issue 30
Senate passestwo bills anddiscussesROTC vote
The ASSU 12th Undergraduate Sen-ate passed two bills Tuesday evening,confirming Zachary Warma ‘11 as direc-tor of the ASSU Publications Board andpassing an amendment to the non-dis-crimination statement of the ASSUJoint bylaws. Senators Carolyn Sim-mons ‘13 and Ben Jenson ‘12 attendedthe meeting via conference call.The bill,authored by ASSU Publica-tions Board Assistant Director AliceNam and sponsored by Senator Made-line Hawes’13,nominated Warma,a for-mer Daily staff member, to replace for-mer director Alex Katz ‘12, who re-signed on March 18.As the new director,Warma will oversee funding for studentpublications on campus.Following his unanimous confirma-tion,Warma’s first course of action wasproposing,with Nam,a high tech centerin Old Union where student publica-tions would have access to publicationsoftware such as InDesign that is notavailable in computer clusters on cam-pus.“The goal is not to have it be for pub-lications specifically,” Warma said. “It’sto create a high tech center where publi-
Motion to suspend rule of order for ROTC fails
The Tohoku earthquake,whichstruck the northeast coast of Hon-shu, Japan on March 11 and trig-gered a 23-foot tsunami, is notonly a tragedy in and of itself,buta grim reminder for seismologistsand scientists that earthquakesare one of the most dangerousnatural disasters out there, ac-cording to Stanford researchers.Based on geological recordsand written historical accounts,Japanese seismologists anticipat-ed earthquake magnitudes from7.0 to 8.0 from the Japan Trench.The resulting 9.0 earthquake re-veals that despite the wealth of seismic data that has been collect-ed over the years,earthquakes arecapricious events.“Earthquakes don’t happen ona schedule,” said geophysics pro-fessor Greg Beroza.“They’re notonly unpredictable, the onset isextremely rapid.”Stanford is not invulnerable tothese quakes. The two nearestfaults that pose the greatest threatto Stanford are the San Andreasand Hayward faults.Although theSan Andreas Fault is closer toStanford, Stanford seismologistsare more concerned about theHayward fault, which, accordingto geophysics professor PaulSegall,is reaching the end of its av-erage fault slip cycle of 140 years.Segall is currently tackling thedifficulty of measuring earth-quake occurrence by studyingcrustal deformation and fault me-chanics by using precise GPSmeasurements to measure distor-tions created by the accumulatedstress of faults locking togetherdue to friction.Earthquakes occurwhen the stress of the faults over-comes the friction of the lockedplates.“Take the Hayward fault, thefault that runs directly underBerkeley,” Segall said.“The aver-age distance the fault should moveis about one centimeter per year.The Hayward fault hasn’t slippedsince 1868, so about 140 years. If you multiply 140 years times onecentimeter, you need over ameter’s worth of slip.”These measurements,howeverprecise, need to be taken with agrain of salt. Segall cautionedagainst viewing the average cyclecalculations as rigid,accurate pre-dictions of seismic activity.“Just because the average is140 years doesn’t mean it’s goingto happen exactly at that averagetime,” Segall said. “There is arange of variability, which makesprediction rather difficult. How-ever, what geological studies cangive us is information that lets usknow that there is a higher possi-bility of an earthquake happen-ing.”According to Segall, an earth-quake of a magnitude comparableto that of Japan’s is highly unlike-
Helen Nissenbaum,professor of media,cul-ture and communication at New York Univer-sity,discussed online privacy and its challengesin her talk, “Why privacy online is different,and why it isn’t,”on Tuesday at the Law School.Hosted by the Stanford Center for Internetand Society, Nissenbaum’s presentation fo-cused on the notion of a transparent privacypolicy in which users can choose to give per-mission to providing information online,called “notice and consent.”Nissenbaum described the growing onlineenvironment as a competitive marketplace forinformation, in which people are able to en-gage freely with limited interference by thirdparties such as government regulators. Thisenvironment requires flexibility and innova-tion to maintain its growth and can be puzzlingto comprehend.“The online environment provides newtypes of information that we haven’t beenused to engaging with,” Nissenbaum said.“Sometimes we just aren’t sure of how to workwith this kind of information.”Other factors that underlie privacy prob-lems and accompany the growth of onlinecommunication include new types of actors —the subjects and recipients of information.There are also different modes of capture anddistribution of information. Unlike spokencommunication,there is no longer a “clear re-ciprocal flow of information” between speak-ers,Nissenbaum said.A primary limitation of notice and consent,Nissenbaum argued,is the existence of a trans-parency paradox. Given that privacy policiesare generally extremely abstruse and containseveral loopholes, they are not an effectivereference for the average user to determineexactly how their information will be main-tained and kept private.Nissenbaum cited a personal anecdote of her own experiences in healthcare as an exam-ple.When she was asked to sign off on a med-ical consent form regarding insurance for asurgery, she did not read the entirety of themedical consent form and instead relied onher trust in her caretaker.“What I think is missing from transparencyand consent is . . . unless we can build thissense of trust and great understanding of thisrelationship, we can’t rest everything on thisconcept of transparency and consent,” Nis-senbaum said.Second year law student Dennys Antonial-li, who attended the talk, said he found Nis-senbaum’s ideas particularly engaging be-cause of his long-term interest in online priva-cy and his familiarity with her work.Antonial-li appreciated Nissenbaum’s unique perspec-tive on the issue and her treatment of its manychallenges.“It’s always useful to be confronted withnew ideas for a better framework,Antoniallisaid.“[Her talk] identified a real,serious prob-lem and it certainly has the potential for at
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Helen Nissenbaum, professor of media, culture and communication at New York University,discussed Internet privacy policy at Tuesday’s talk, hosted by the Center for Internet and Society.
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Art House
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A piece by Stella Zhang hangs on exhibit. The display is part of an exhibition titled '3 Artists,' which features works by Zhang, Rajiv Khilnani and YvonnePorcella in the Paul G. Allen building, Jordan Hall and the Packard building. An artists’ reception is scheduled for the evening of April 15.
Wednesday,March 30,2011
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Haas receives 150 fellowship apps
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.
Contact Ivy Nguyen at iknguyen@stanford.edu.
Interest in public interestlaw up as philanthropicfellowships see decline
director Andrew Herkovic.For full-text access of the paper’scontent,users can search for the title“New York Times on the Web” inSearchWorks,the library search en-gine.Archived articles from 1851 to2007 can be accessed via ProQuestHistorical Newspapers,while storiesfrom 1985 to the present can be ac-cessed from NewsBank AccessWorld News. Print editions of theTimes are also available in severaldining halls across campus,courtesyof the ASSU.NYT announced March 17 a de-cision to limit digital access to theircontent to a maximum of 20 articlesper calendar month for non-sub-scribers. The new policy will affect“its website and applications forsmartphones and tablets,” the pressrelease said.Visitors to the site who wish toread more articles after exceedingtheir limit will be asked to becomedigital subscribers. Readers whosubscribe to home delivery or theInternational Herald Tribune willnot be affected by the new plan.
— Ivy Nguyen
Los Altos Hillsdelays Stanford traildecision
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.”
— Ivy Nguyen and Tyler Brown
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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.
Contact Patricia Ho at pho14@stan-ford.edu.
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North Korea
IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily
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.”
Contact Jenny Thai at jthai1@stan-ford.edu.
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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.
Contact Ivy Nguyen at iknguyen@stanford.edu.
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“[We need] tobe self-suffi-cient in theaftermath ofanearthquake.”
LAWRENCE GIBBS, EHSassociate vice provost
t’s a common sight to seeStanford couples holdinghands in the quad or cuddlingup next to each other whilesharing a hot chocolate at theCoHo. But what about those stu-dents whose sweethearts are morethan a five or 10-minute bike rideaway?According to The Center for theStudy of Long Distance Relation-ships, there are an estimated 4 to 4.5million college couples in the Unit-ed States that are involved in a longdistance relationship.Long distancerelationships suggest a mixed bag of emotional experiences — weeks,perhaps months, of being apart,finding gushy love letters sent viasnail mail in your mailbox and of course, the eventual, ultimatelygratifying reunions. But that’s notall there is to it.Ginny Scholtes ‘13 and herboyfriend, Murphy, have been to-gether for two years and sevenmonths.They met while both attend-ing Laguna Hills High School in La-guna Hills, Calif. when they weremembers of the swim and water poloteams. For Scholtes, the idea of breaking up with her long-timeboyfriend never crossed her mind.“We just couldn’t break up,”sherecalled with a smile.Despite her faith in their rela-tionship, Scholtes said that thestress of being in a long distance re-lationship did affect her life as aStanford student.“It’s very hard to deal with tryingto balance two different lives, be-cause in a way you can’t be fully ineither one,” she said. “No matterwhere you are,you’re missing a partof yourself all the time.”In order to keep up the spark intheir relationship, Scholtes fre-quently Skyped and exchanged let-ters with her boyfriend.However, the relationship put astrain on her social life at Stanford.“I like going out and I love danc-ing,but for the first two quarters of my freshman year, I wouldn’t goout,” she said.“Before spring quar-ter [in which I rushed and joined asorority],I probably went out a totalof three times. I just couldn’t dealwith seeing other couples every-where or watching my girlfriendsdance with other guys.”Now that Murphy is attendingThe Culinary Institute of Americain Napa, Calif., only a two hourdrive away from Palo Alto,the cou-ple gets to see each other nearlyevery weekend.Some couples don’t have thatluxury.What about those those peo-ple whose relationships span acrossthe country, perhaps even thou-sands of miles?Randy Casals ‘13 has been withhis girlfriend,Katrina,a freshman atDrexel University, since his junioryear of high school. After taking abreak last quarter,Casals and Katri-na got back together, con-scious of the expecta-tions and restrictionsof a long distance re-lationship.“It’s really hard tohave as much funwhen you’re atschool becauseyou know you’re missing some-thing,and then when you are home[together], you feel rushed becauseyou feel like you have to make upfor the time you missed,”he said.“Itputs a lot of pressure on the timewhen you’re together.”Their short break showed himwhat life would be like if theyweren’t together, which he admitswould be significantly less stressful,but not as worthwhile as being in arelationship with Katrina. Duringtheir break, Casals found himself more engaged with friends that hemight have otherwise lost touchwith after freshman year, and hewent out more on weekends.“[Being in a long distance rela-tionship] definitely makes me lesssocial because I have to devote aportion of time to my relationship,”he said. “So I’m definitely with-drawn,but I don’t see that as a badthing. If I had a girlfriend on cam-pus, I would be even more with-drawn.”Marcia Levitan ‘13, whoseboyfriend is studying abroad thisquarter in Florence,Italy,maintainsthat her preconceived expectationsof being in a long distance relation-ship differ from her actual, tempo-rary experience.“You have to be really patient,”she said.“We Skype a lot,way morethan I thought we would,and that’sthe only thing that has really keptour relationship going.”Robert Levenson,a professor of psychology and researcher at theUniversity of California, Berkeley,said that in general,the biggest chal-lenge for couples in long distancerelationships is dealing with thelack of day-to-day contact, evenwith the abundance of forms of electronic communication moderntechnology provides.“Relationships sort of digest theevents of every day together,” hesaid.“Couples tend to get togetherat some point during the day andget caught up,and they live throughthe changes of life together.In longdistance relationships,it’s really dif-ficult to do that.”In addition to the inherent lackof communication that comes withthe distance, Levenson cited thethreat of falling prey to other suit-ors as an additional stress on theserelationships.“Obviously, when couples areapart, there are all sorts of tempta-tions,” he said. “I think fidelity,monogamy and whatnot are reallychallenging because you get lonelyand you’re in these environmentswith all sorts of other options, par-ticularly young people in the socialenvironment of the university.”Because stress, insecurities andtemptations abound in the collegesetting,long distance couples,natu-rally, have a higher risk of relation-ship failure than the average cou-ple.“Relationships always fail overthe failure to resolve conflict, andanything that makes conflict reso-lution more difficult, like lackof proximity, is going to makeit more likely to fail over theinevitable kinds of conflictsthat arise,” he said. “I thinkthe key to making a long dis-tance relationship work issetting realistic expectations
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rather than extraordinary unrealis-tic ones.If you set the bar too high,you’re going to be constantly disap-pointed.”However, Levenson believesthat there are some eventual bene-fits to maintaining a long distancerelationship.“The reunions, looking forwardto seeing each other,are the poten-tial glue of keeping this type of rela-tionship together,he said.According to Annie Osborn ‘14,whose roommate is in a long dis-tance relationship, these relation-ships seems like an added anxiety ina college student’s already demand-ing life.“In general, my friends in longdistance relationships seem slightlymore stressed than my friends innon-long distance relationships,”she said. “I think that with a longdistance relationship there are in-herent questions of trust and intent,and I think that any ties that youhave with somebody back home re-quires an extra amount of energyand effort to maintain.”But for Casals, the extra energyrequired in maintaining his rela-tionship is a small price to pay.“It’s worth it when you knowthat you’re coming home to some-body,” he said.“It’s like a breath of fresh air.”
Contact Molly Vorwerck at mvorwer-ck@stanford.edu
“No matter where you are,youre missing a part of yourself all the time.

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