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A n I n d e p e n d e n t P u b l i c a t i o n
The Stanford Daily
KUSF saleunderminesKZSU
Trustees discussvalue ofFarm lands
The Board of Trustees recently held a retreat that aimed todo away with business as usual, focusing on several issues of strategic importance.The three topics they discussed this yearwere Stanford’s land use over the next 25 years,the value of the350-plus centers on the Farm and the potential New York Citycampus.The retreat is an annual tradition that allows the Board tobreak from its traditional meetings and think about big issuesregarding the future of the University.The first issue discussedwas Stanford’s long-term land use over the coming decades.“Over the past few years,an area the Trustees have spent theleast amount of time talking about is Stanford commercialland,”said Leslie Hume,president of the Board of Trustees,in aphone conference.Though there were no decisions made at the
Harris talk opposescampus return ofROTC
Former student body presidentand antiwar activist David Harris‘67 spoke to a group of 20 Stanfordcommunity members Wednesdaynight about his opposition toROTC.The discussion, held at theWilbur Meeting Room and spon-sored by Stanford Says No To War,touched on a variety of topics thatmainly focused on Harris’s personalexperiences and general topics re-lated to ROTC reinstatement.Transgender rights and the Cam-paign to Abstain were mentionedonly once by an audience memberduring the hour-and-a-half talk.“In terms of massive practicalimpact,it doesn’t have one,Harrissaid of ROTC’s potential return tothe Farm.“But what Stanford does about itwill be a tremendous statement,headded.Harris, who served as studentbody president from 1966-67,raisedthe issue of each individual’s collec-tive accountability for the military’sactions.“We will be responsible for theend product of all of these ROTCofficers,”Harris said.To illustrate the point, he
Plans under new ownership canlimit reach ofStanford radio
GSC decides on eventfunding
At last night’s meeting,the Grad-uate Student Council heard and ap-proved a series of funding requestsfor graduate student event plans.The most costly funding requestof the entire meeting was for Fire onFire,a multicultural barbecue sched-uled to take place May 14.Hosted byon- and off-campus internationalstudent organizations, organizers of Fire on Fire requested $7,600 and re-ceived $5,000.GSC drew from internationalstudents, constituency outreach andfood funds to help Fire on Fire payfor the raw food materials and thehiring of a Colombian band for en-tertainment.The council granted $3,500 to theannual Graduate Family Carnival onMay 21 and approved funding fortwo student groups GradQ, apan-graduate LGBT organizationfor the Farm’s grad students, andStanford Ballroom, which neededmoney to pay a nine-person panel tojudge the 2011 Cardinal ClassicDance Competition on April 23.A budget for the Graduate Stu-dent Programming Board socialevent is has yet to be determined.GSC Funding Chair Krystal St.Julien, a graduate student in bio-chemistry, pointed out concernsabout the event’s schedule. Theparty,slated to be held in the MungerCourtyard, coincides with AdmitWeekend, which the University hasdesignated as a “dry weekend.”
— Jenny Thai
Polls open for ASSUgeneral election
The ballot for the ASSU generalelection officially opened this morn-ing at 12:01 a.m.Students can vote athttp://ballot.stanford.edu/.Undergraduates will choose be-tween three Executive slates,41 Un-dergraduate Senate candidates andnumerous class president slates.
THURSDAY Volume 239
April 7, 2011 Issue 36
Groups advocate ‘abstainon ROTC measure
Over the past several weeks,a cam-paign to vote ‘abstain’ on Thursday’sballot Measure A-ROTC AdvisoryQuestion has spread through emaillists and gained traction among sever-al student groups, including the Stu-dents of Color Coalition (SOCC) andthe Women’s Coalition (WoCo).Liter-ature on the Campaign to Abstain isbeing propagated through fliers,Face-book and pamphlets left in studentdining areas.The advisory question featured onthis year’s elections ballot will ask stu-dents whether they support the returnof ROTC to campus, with three possi-ble responses:support,do not supportor abstain. Last week, senators at-tempted to suspend the rules duringtheir Senate meeting in order to re-peal the ballot measure, but failed togarner the required 10 votes. The billwas initially passed unanimously.John Haskell ‘12, a student at theforefront of the movement,said that itis not to be taken to be an anti-ROTCcampaign,but rather an option for stu-dents who either do not feel educatedenough to vote or see the issue as oneof civil rights.He said that students onboth sides of the issue have joined theeffort.“There are lots of reasons that peo-ple are abstaining, and it makes themost sense for both sides,he said.Haskell said that approximately 40students met during finals week lastquarter to discuss mobilizing the Cam-paign to Abstain,but that it is “really agrassroots movement.”“For me,I’m not voting no becauseI don’t believe this is an issue aboutROTC, this isn’t a stance on ROTC,it’s abstaining from a poll that sup-presses the minority voice,” Haskellsaid.“When the elections process hap-pens, it’s a lot about mobilizing andgetting people to vote for a candidate.That process can trivialize what itmeans to understand an issue.For thisin particular, [the measure] has a last-ing impact that goes beyond the elec-tions season.”However, some students feel thatthe campaign is another channel to sti-
Radio signals may be fuzzy for the Cardinal in the North Bay,where new ownership of the University of San Francisco radiostation,KUSF,will move the transmitter to a high altitude loca-tion in the North Bay and significantly limit Stanford’s range of radio listeners.“Essentially what’s going to happen is that a lot of our cover-age in the East Bay and what we get in San Francisco is going tobe cut off,”said J.D.Haddon ‘13,KZSU’s sports director.“We arelosing a community.”According to KZSU (Stanford) publicity director AdamPearson ‘11,the concession of the KUSF radio signal to the Clas-sical Public Radio Network (CPRN) in January for $3.75 millionoccurred behind closed doors between board members at USFand CPRN.The deal was also made without the knowledge of those in charge of the radio station’s day-to-day operations,Pear-son said.“This is an outrage not only to students who can no longerhave the access to a radio station on campus and learn aboutbroadcasting or music,but it’s more importantly an assault on theSan Francisco community,which has come to appreciate and de-pend on the public radio services that KUSF provides,”Pearsonsaid,adding that the price paid for KUSF is a nominal amount forthe benefits it provides to the San Francisco community on ayear-to-year basis.CPRN, a corporation owned by the University of SouthernCalifornia (USC) and Colorado Public Radio, purchasedKUSF’s radio signal in order to spread access to classical music.But KZSU business manager Abra Jeffers,a graduate student inmanagement science and engineering, believes there is more to
Peek into the closet of a student group thataddresses culture and sexuality
En Garde!
JIN ZHU/The Stanford Daily
Self-defense instructor Jason Inay practices the art of eskrima with students in White Plaza. Eskrima is a Filipino martial art thatemphasizes fighting with sticks or blades.
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American journalist and author David Harris discussed his views on thereturn of ROTC to Stanford. Last night’s event, which was held at Wilbur Hall, was sponsored by Stanford Says No to War.
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the story.“USC recently bought up sta-tions, from Mexico to Canada, allalong the coast under the guise of saving classical music,” Jeffers said.“They have publicly said that theyare going to use [their radio stations]for fundraising and publicity forUSC recruitment.”In response to the change in own-ership, Stanford has expressed sup-port for the Save KUSF movementin San Francisco.“We’re asking for letters of pub-lic support talking about concernsover this disruption in our broadcastsignal and we’re asking that these besent to us so we can file an informalobjection,” Jeffers said. “Basicallywe’re trying to help out Save KUSF;it’s in our self-interest and an impor-tant cause.”Jeffers revealed that CPRN is nolonger classified as a non-profit dueto Save KUSF efforts,and is insteadconsidered to be a limited liabilitycorporation. As a result of this re-cent change in classification,CPRNcan no longer be placed on the leftside of the radio dial, which is in-tended to be for non-commercial,educational non-profit radio sta-tions.Although KZSU’s present con-cern is with the CPRN’s recent deci-sion to move the transmitter,USF’sdecision to sell KUSF to CPRNhighlights another concern amongthe KZSU staff: the possibility thatthe Stanford radio station may alsobe sold some time in the future. Infact, Jeffers said USC has publiclystated its desire to acquire a SouthBay station.The non-disclosure agreementbetween USF and USC is of particu-lar concern for KZSU. Members of KZSU are currently discussing thismatter with an intermediary boardbetween KZSU and Stanford’sBoard of Trustees.Pearson revealed,however, that communication be-tween the intermediary board andthe radio station is limited.“Right now we’re independent,but because of our independence wewouldn’t know if we were sold,saidPearson.KZSU is currently in contactwith the chairman of the intermedi-ary board and plans to meet withStanford Legal in order to discusshow to best approach this growingconcern. Suggestions have beenmade to simply shift KZSU’s focusto online broadcasting. In spite of this suggestion, Haddon stated thatthis method would not reach nearlyas many listeners.“This is a huge growing problemfor college radio stations,” Haddonsaid.“This recent situation makes ita lot more real than most people re-alize and really breaks the Stanfordbubble.”
Contact Marianne LeVine at levine2@stanford.edu.
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Thursday,April 7,2011
The Stanford Daily
Campus reactsto proposedMCAT changes
Last Thursday, an advisory panel appointed by theAssociation of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)released its recommendations for a new version of theMedical College Admission Test,or MCAT.The panel’sproposed changes include eliminating the writing sec-tion of the test and adding a social science section.The advisory panel, dubbed the “MR5 Commit-tee,” developed its recommendations after threeyears of research and an analysis of 2,700 surveysfrom undergraduate and medical school faculty andstudents. If approved by the AAMC, the changeswould be introduced in the 2015 MCAT,25 years afterthe last series of major revisions to the test.The proposed MCAT would include four sections.The first two are slated to be natural science sectionslargely derived from the cur-rent format. The verbal section would give way to acritical analysis and reasoning section,while a behav-ioral and social science section would take the placeof the writing section.The panel tailored its proposal to reflect what itconsiders to be changing face of medicine.“You do need a solid foundation in the sciences,but you need more than that,” Steven Gabbe, MR5Committee Chair and CEO of the Ohio State MedicalCenter,said in an April 1 interview with Inside High-er Ed.“You need to think critically and reason, and un-derstand the differences in our society and the pa-tients you see as a physician,” Gabbe said.“We needpeople who are critical thinkers and people who have
JIN ZHU/The Stanford Daily
KZSU programming may no longer be able to reach listeners in the NorthBay communities as new owners of KUSF plan to relocate a transmitter serving that area. USC bought KUSF for $3.75 million in January.
meeting, Hume said the Boardmembers discussed the tradeoffsbetween developing commercialland for long-term income genera-tion and the impact it may have onacademic development and thelocal community.“The land use policy that is inplace was adopted by the Board al-most 22 years ago,”Hume said.She noted that the result of theBoard’s discussion might “suggestmodification to the land use plan,and help frame future agendas”forthe University Committee on Land& Building Development.The Board also focused on thevarious centers housed at Stanford;Hume said she and her peers main-ly focused on the 17 centers that re-port directly to the Dean of Re-search. These centers, which in-clude the Freeman-Spogli Institutefor International Studies, Bio-Xand the Clayman Institute,were ex-amined in terms of how well theymeet the challenge of initiatingmulti-disciplinary study.“We wanted to really learn moreabout these centers and the risksand opportunities they pose,”Hume said.She described the discussion as“very informative and candid.”In addition to examining thecenters,the Board also participatedin a moderated panel discussionwith directors of various centers oncampus.Many of the Trustees havebeen engaged with the centers andHume herself was an advisor at theClayman Institute before becom-ing chair of the Board of Trustees.The final topic of note was thepotential New York City campus.According to Hume, the Board re-ceived a thorough presentationabout the project and “was pleasedwith the quality of the proposal.”“I think the conversation JohnHennessy will have next week withthe Academic Council will give youa sense of the conversations he hadwith the Trustees,”Hume said.The Board also received a pre-view of the site plan and the deansof both the Business and Engineer-ing schools gave presentationsabout their curricular ambitions forthe NYC campus. Hume said theBoard was able to talk over some of their concerns with Hennessy,rang-ing from the proposed site of theproject to financial estimates andnavigating the politics of New YorkCity.When asked about the newManzanita Park dormitories forupperclassman, Hume said no ac-tion was taken at the recent Boardmeeting regarding the issue. Ac-cording to the University’s time-line, project approval should havetaken place in February of this year.However,no action has been takensince the original concept was pro-posed last year.
Contact Brendan O’Byrne at bobyrne@stanford.edu.
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touched on Hannah Arendt’s“Eichmann in Jerusalem,”a famousscholarly work that examines themanifestation of evil in the Naziregime. The book was publishedand made its way around Stanfordin the mid-1960s.Harris said one of the book’s major questions — whatfellow Germans did about atroci-ties committed by their govern-ment — was relevant to the UnitedStates both during Vietnam andtoday.“ROTC is the place where wecan address this,he said.Harris, who was imprisoned for18 months for dodging the draft,leda number of antiwar campaigns dur-ing his time on campus. In 1966, hefocused on selective service. In1967, he rallied against the Univer-sity’s cooperation, through re-search,with the Vietnam War effort.However,he refused to take sig-nificant credit for ROTC’s 1968 de-parture,pointing instead to a facul-ty decision on the academic meritsof the program’s curriculum that ledto the program’s exodus.The question of educational vi-tality is still present today and isamong the larger issues that the cur-rent ad hoc committee on ROTC isconsidering.“Stanford is supposedly a com-munity of scholars in a search fortruth,”he said.“You’re not going tolearn how to think in ROTC.”Harris was also dismissive of thelogistical concerns of having Stan-ford cadets travel to other schoolsfor training.“The issues are a lot bigger thananyone’s convenience,”he said.The greatest back-and-forth of the evening occurred when JoeMaguire ‘13 challenged Harris on anumber of points and posited thatan antiwar and anti-ROTC focuswould be more effectual if it cen-tered on civilian officials ratherthan the armed forces.“Policy needs to be addressed,certainly,” Harris said. “But mypoint is that we need less military.”“What’s needed here is not bet-ter-trained officers; what’s neededhere is fewer officers,” Harrisadded.“We can’t keep dealing withthe rest of the world through ourarmies.”
Contact Wyndam Makowsky at makowsky@stanford.edu.
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The Stanford Daily
Thursday,April 7,2011
For those students who identify as queerand Asian,one group comes out
’d be fine if you cameout as lesbian,” Nay-oung Woo’s motherhas told her. “Whywon’t you tell me thatyou’re lesbian?”“Because I’m not, Mom,” Wooreplies.Which,in her case,is true.Her mother’s willingness to ac-cept her daughter’s sexuality runsalmost polar opposite to what mostother members of Queer and Ques-tioning Asians and Pacific Islanders(Q&A) experience.“I’m like the joke of the group,”Woo ‘12 said, referring to herstrange familial role-reversal.This isbecause in a typical Asian or Asian-American family, homosexuality isviewed as unnatural and shameful.Children are hardly encouraged tocome out to their parents.Christopher Lee ‘13,for instance,a Q&A member and a gay rights ac-tivist from Korea, has not yet comeout to his parents about being gay.Lee said he is more concernedabout how his family would managethe social stigma that would ensuewith his coming out than how hisparents would react to him person-ally. He emphasized that in Koreansociety,the entire family is criticizedeven if only one family member isperceived of having done somethingwrong or dishonorable.The differences between thequeer community in Asia — Korea,in particular — and the queer com-munity in the United States wassomething that particularly interest-ed Woo. She had this juxtapositionin mind when she contacted Lee toask if she could make a documen-tary about his transition from Koreato the United States. At the time,Lee had just been accepted to Stan-ford.The film, which Woo beganworking on the summer after herfreshman year,is now being fundedby the Stanford Institute for Cre-ativity and the Arts (SiCa).“The documentary’s title is
Should Be, Could Be, But Is
,” Woosaid. “‘Should be’ as in what theAsian culture expects you to be,andthen ‘could be’ as in what the Amer-ican LGBT culture thinks is possiblefor everyone,but is.You know,we’reneither.We can’t
should be
, and wecan’t
could be
,so we’re just
.”When he moved to the UnitedStates,Lee immediately noticed thecultural differences that Woo was sointerested in documenting.“The queer community here em-phasizes coming out,” Lee said. “If you’re a gay rights activist,you haveto come out to the whole society.And you have to come out to yourparents as well. But I think it’s theopposite case in Korea.”Lee noted that while in the Unit-ed States people typically come outto their parents first,in Korea,it isn’tuncommon for someone to be fullyintegrated into the gay communitybut still hide their sexual orientationfrom parents and friends.And whileterms such as “gay,” “queer” and“LGBT”are commonly understoodin the United States, in Asia, “youcould use the word queer and no-body would know what it means,”Woo said.“It’s very foreign,the idea of gay-ness,and some parents just take it tobe very westernized,” she contin-ued.“So they’re like,‘Oh,you go toschool in America and that’s whyyou got messed up.’ Or people thinkit’s a phase.”Still, in both Asia and America,there is a similar stigma attached tobeing queer and Asian.“Asian parents invest a lot intheir children,” Woo said. As such,parents expect a return on their in-vestment, so to speak — they wanttheir children to carry on the familyline, a pressure that hits especiallyhard for queer Asian men.Woo spent a portion of her highschool career in the United States,during which she joined her school’sgay-straight alliance, even thoughher parents denounced “these peo-ple”as unnatural,advising her not toassociate with them because “thebible says it’s not okay.” However,Woo said she has been able tochange her parents’ prejudices bytelling them stories about herfriends and emphasizing “gay aspeople”as opposed to “gay as a con-cept.”This strategy seemed to convinceWoo’s mother, who now frequentlyexpresses understanding for herdaughter’s friends. But very fewyoung Asians have this kind of openparental relationship.Concern and confusion aboutcoming out to parents is essentiallyubiquitous in the queer and Asiancommunity. It’s not an issue thatmore mainstream LGBT groups ad-dress and, for this reason, has be-come one of Q&A’s top priorities.“We don’t start with,‘Let’s comeout, how do I do it?” Woo said.“That’s not our question. Is it wisefor me to come out? Will it hurt myfamily? . . . How important are all of those values,as opposed to my per-sonal identity? Because we have todeal with a different question, weneed a separate community.In addition to comfort and ad-vice, the organization provides asense of natural belonging for manymembers.“[Q&A] is a place where I don’thave to feel Asian or queer,” saidLee,who didn’t originally didn’t de-fine himself as “Asian,having comefrom a mostly racially homogenouscommunity.“It’s a place where I canfinally just feel like everybody else.”This year, Q&A is expanding itsfocus from being solely a supportgroup to promoting activism andawareness of the issues faced by thequeer and Asian community.To dothis, they have organized campus-wide events and talked to queer andAsian organizations at nearby uni-versities. One issue that Lee espe-cially cares about is visibility.
Do Human RightsHave a Future?
Dr. William F. Schulz
President and CEO, Unitarian Universalist ServiceCommittee Former Executive Director of Amnesty
Scotty McClennan, Harry Anisgard, Aimee Krause,Roy King, Paula Hillard, Sonja Dieterich, Andrea Chambers,Eric Hekler, Susan Scown, Marianne Neuwirth,and Emma Pease
invite you to hear outstanding Human Rightsspeaker Bill Schulz, former head of AmnestyInternational, this weekend at the nearbyUnitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto!
Join us for great inspiration, debate, and wine andcheese after the Saturday, April 9th, 4 p.m. talk.Or join in Sunday morning at either the 9:30 or 11a.m. services, followed by lunch at 12:30 on the patio.We hope to see you there! Email elsas@uucpa.orgif you would like a ride from Stanford to UUCPA.
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