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Big Game? Oct. 20. Top-5 ranked USCvisiting the Farm? Before students are oncampus. Once students are back? Arizona,Washington State and Oregon State.That’s it.The 2012 football schedule is an unusu-al one, due to Pac-12 scheduling complica-tions and a vote that did not go Stanford’sway.Every year, Stanford football plays theentire Pac-12 North (Cal, Oregon, OregonState, Washington and Washington State)as well as the California schools in the Pac-12 South (USC and UCLA). The Cardinalalso plays two additional Pac-12 Southteams, on a two-year round robin cycle(Arizona and Colorado last year and thisyear). Stanford has multi-year obligationswith San Jose State, Notre Dame andDuke, which put all three on the schedulethis year.There are several factors that compli-cate the Pac-12’s schedule. Some years, theleague has 14 weeks to complete theschedule determined by the calendar— other years allow 15 weeks. The 2011and 2012 seasons are both “14 week” years.With a 12-team league and a league cham-pionship game, these 14 weeks do notleave much flexibility in the schedule. ThePac-12’s new lucrative television deals, aswell as playing occasional Thursday andFriday night games, further complicate thescheduling process. Many of these factorsarose from the addition of Colorado andUtah to the league last year, but did not af-fect Stanford much in the 2011 season.
Stanford’s schedule
Stanford will open its 2012 campaignwith three straight home games: Sept. 1against San Jose State, Sept. 8 againstDuke and Sept. 15 against USC. The USCTrojans, with star quarterback MattBarkley returning for his senior season,have been predicted to finish as high as No.2 in the nation for the 2012 season.Classes for the 2012 to 2013 school yearbegin on Sept. 24 for undergraduates.“As for Stanford starting with USC inweek three, that’s not unusual,” wrote Pac-12 Vice President of Public Affairs KirkReynolds in an email to The Daily. “Stan-ford opened the Pac-12 season this pastseason in week three at Arizona andopened the 2010 schedule in week two atUCLA.”Stanford and USC are the only Pac-12teams to start conference play in weekthree. Washington will not start Pac-12play until Sept. 27, with all other Pac-12teams beginning on Sept. 22.The Cardinal has a bye week Sept. 22,followed by a Thursday night game onSept. 27 at Washington to face the Huskiesand quarterback Keith Price, whose 477yard, seven TD performance in the Alamobowl raised some early Heisman specula-tion.The 2012 schedule includes four Thurs-day night games, described as “specialtydates for ESPN and FOX” in a Pac-12press release. Every school that plays aThursday night game is required to have abye week the week before.Stanford will then play its first homegame with the student body on campus onOct. 6 against the Arizona Wildcats andnew head coach Rich Rodriguez’s offense— before heading to Notre Dame for theannual battle with the Fighting Irish onOct. 13.The Cardinal will then travel across theBay to Cal on Oct. 20 for the Big Game be-fore hosting Washington on Oct. 27, travel-ing to Colorado on Nov. 3, playing OregonState on Nov. 10 and finishing its season onthe road against three-time defending con-ference champion Oregon and UCLA, onNov. 17 and Nov. 24, respectively.
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January 20, 2012Issue 55
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AmericansElect takesroot on Farm
2012 schedule disappoints
Financial recruiting event draws crowd
Bay Area thinkers ponder future of ‘life
A panel of Bay Area thinkers ad-dressed interpretations of life, the role of technology in human existence and ethi-cal quandaries Thursday evening at“Life,” the second stage of an “Interdisci-plinary Tour of the Human Condition inThree Stages.” The panel of speakers,moderated by Piero Scaruffi of StanfordContinuing Studies, attracted an audienceof around 250 to Cubberley Auditorium.The Continuing Studies series com-menced with an autumn examination of “Time” and will conclude with a discus-sion of “Mind” in the spring. Scaruffi high-lighted the series’ significance due to itsinclusion of varied experiences.“We wanted to explore the human ex-perience through a range of perspectivesand disciplines that don’t mix often,” hesaid.The four panelists spanned professionsfrom cognitive psychology and anthropol-ogy to nanotechnology and multimediaart. Each panelist was granted 10 minutesfor a presentation before the group collec-
Lee Jackson ’12 led a panelThursday evening with four otherStanford students, each with ex-perience working for Wall Streetfirms such as Morgan Stanley,Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan,to provide insight into the finan-cial industry for career hopefuls.The event, titled “Recruiting inthe Financial Crisis,” was held in apacked room in the Nitery withmore than 50 students in atten-dance.After a brief discussion of thecauses and effects of the financialcrisis, the panel opened up toquestions from the audience, hop-ing to inform audience membersabout how to apply for various in-ternships in the financial field.Several students questionedwhether the low hiring and bonusrates of banking firms worry thepanelists for the future.“You do need banking servic-es, despite what Occupy WallStreet says,” said Miles Penn ’12, amember of the panel who workedat Goldman Sachs in investmentbanking.“They generally protect ana-lysts, too,” Jackson said, as Pennagreed. According to the panel,because new analysts’ salaries aretypically much lower than thoseof executives in the company, anew analyst would be unlikely tobe fired.The panel offered adviceabout interviews and how to se-lect the right financial firm.“Everything gets noted, andeverything gets evaluated,” Pennsaid in response to a questionabout which part of the interviewis most important.
Students, professors plan March event to publicize online nomination system
Americans Elect, a new political movementlooking to place its own non-partisan presiden-tial candidate on ballots across the 50 states, hastaken root at Stanford.Student volunteers have joined the move-ment, though it does not have a registered stu-dent group on campus, and renowned facultyhave expressed support, amid speculationabout who among them might become candi-dates.“Americans Elect is a ‘second way’ to nomi-nate a president, not a traditional third party,”states the Americans Elect website. “Ourprocess is open to any qualified candidate andany registered voter — no matter their party.”Any registered voter, regardless of party,need only sign up as a delegate online withAmericans Elect to nominate qualified candi-dates or to demonstrate support for those previ-ously nominated. This process serves as the con-vention through which Americans Elect will se-lect its presidential candidate by June 2012.“I think that it has a good chance to do some-thing very innovative in American politics, andthat is to present . . . an independent presiden-tial candidate who is . . . the product of a very,very broad participatory and deliberativeprocess,” said Larry Diamond, Hoover fellowand director of Stanford’s Center on Democra-cy, Development and the Rule of Law(CDDRL) at the Freeman Spogli Institute forInternational Studies. “I think it has the poten-tial to do that.”While some view Americans Elect as a de-tractor from partisan candidates or as a lostcause, Americans Elect provides a reportedlysecure voting method that allows delegates tovote in partisan primaries as well as in the inde-pendent nominations. The group has achievedballot access in 15 states, including California,Florida and Michigan, with 2,391,957 signaturestoward a directly nominated ticket.“The big question that remains unansweredis who’s going to put themselves forward as acredible ticket,” Diamond said. “Much of the fu-ture of Americans Elect depends on that.”Diamond himself has been named as a po-tential candidate to come out of the process, butlaughed at the suggestion.Absolutely not. Under no circumstance,” hesaid, when asked about the possibility. “First of all, I don’t even think I would qualify . . . it’s so
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The 2012 Cardinal football schedule is set to provide a drastically different experiencefor fans as Big Game will take place on Oct. 20, disrupting several campus traditions.
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Lee Jackson ‘12 led a panel Thursday evening to address questions fromstudents hoping to break into the fields of finance and investment bank-ing. The panel addressed interviewing tips, hiring and the recession.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
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Stanford Savoyards shine
Courtesy of Brian and Tina Lee
The Stanford Savoyards performed Thursday evening in an adaptation of “The Pirates of Penzance” based onJoss Whedon’s “Firefly.” The show continues with five performances through next weekend in Dinkelspiel.
tively addressed questions sub-mitted by the audience.Jeremy Bailenson, associateprofessor of communication,drew on his experiences runningStanford’s recently revamped Vir-tual Human Interaction lab tohighlight the significance of virtu-al reality, and specifically avatars,in behavioral conditioning.Bailenson cited studies notingthe efficacy of avatars resemblingthe participant in encouraging be-havior change, often in responseto the avatar carrying out entirelynew activities and thus demon-strating the consequences of cer-tain actions. Bailenson highlight-ed the experiment’s potentialreplication in fields such as adver-tising.“People have always been ableto see reflections of themselves,”Bailenson observed. “Now, youcan see yourself doing somethingthat you’ve never physicallydone.”Christine Peterson, co-founderand president of The Foresight In-stitute, a public interest groupseeking to educate the communi-ty on forthcoming technologicaladvances, emphasized the increas-ingly prominent role that nan-otechnology has come to play.Peterson noted that nanotech-nology has the potential to createnew materials and make vast ad-vances without the side effects,such as pollution, that would cur-rently ensue. She allowed, howev-er, that the near-invisible andhighly sensitive technology mightenable intrusions on privacy.“We need to know what data iscollected,” Peterson said, “how itis used and how long it is retained.We have those rights.”Peterson highlighted the med-ical benefits of nanotechnology,noting, “The ability to controlatoms and molecules would meanthat there really isn’t a physical ill-ness [that] we wouldn’t be able toaddress.”She acknowledged, however,that remaining constraints on ap-plying nanotechnology to individ-uals have slowed the speed of ad-vances.In contrast to Peterson, LynnHershman Leeson, chair of theSan Francisco Art Institute filmdepartment, noted that technolo-gy, while allowing the summariza-tion of information in data andstatistics, often fails to improvehuman understanding. HershmanLeeson hypothesized that creat-ing fabricated persons serves as ameans of exploring areas we don’tunderstand while simultaneouslytesting reality.Paul Rabinow, professor of an-thropology at the UC-Berkeley,questioned the underlying role of ethics in exploring human interac-tion. Rabinow criticized a preva-lent lack of concern, especially inacademia, for the question, “Whatis a good life?” and the correspon-ding emphasis placed on materialsuccess above all else.Audience questions focusedon the effects of technology onhuman identity, as provided bylanguage and social interaction.The panel largely acknowledgedthe inevitable nature of techno-logical advances and emphasizedthe need to preserve and developpositive aspects of the advances tofully benefit society. The speakersalso noted, however, the increas-ing fragmentation of society dueto the increased personalizationand segregation of human inter-action.Scaruffi expressed disappoint-ment at the low levels of studentattendance, but emphasized thesignificance of the debate.“These four were picked be-cause they’re working with differ-ent aspects of life that will dramat-ically change,” Scaruffi said.“They discussed life as in the fu-ture, rather than life as in thepast.”
Contact Marshall Watkins at mt-watkins@stanford.edu.
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outlandish and ridiculous, it’sfunny.”Diamond mentioned that, be-fore endorsing Mitt Romney, JonHuntsman would have been a po-tential candidate for AmericansElect. While Huntsman’s choiceto endorse may have taken hisname out of the running, amongthe other most tracked candi-dates on the website are RonPaul, President Obama andBernie Sanders.Americans Elect’s studentsupporters at Stanford are equal-ly optimistic about the nomina-tion system. A recent program-ming drawback forced the associ-ated student committee toreschedule a panel event for Fri-day, Jan. 20, to an unspecified datein March. Despite the setbacks,Americans Elect is looking for-ward to a revamped, highly publi-cized event.“I think since it’s such a high-profile event with some really big-name professors in academia andalso some outside experts, hope-fully it will attract a lot of atten-tion,” said Americans Elect cam-pus leader and director of financeDarren Hau ’15. “We’re hoping toget an auditorium that seatsmaybe 300 to 400 people.”Hau noted that the AmericansElect student group has yet to beofficially recognized by the Uni-versity and, as a result, was unableto secure a location with enoughtime to fundraise for the event.Meanwhile, Diamond explainedthat a Friday afternoon eventwould likely draw a lower atten-dance than a more strategicallytimed panel in the spring. Amongthe speakers invited to the panelevent were David Kennedy, co-di-rector of The Bill Lane Center forthe American West at Stanford;Khalil Byrd, CEO of AmericansElect; Tucker Bonds, formerspokesman of the McCain ’08campaign; and Diamond.In addition to the group’s ef-forts to become a recognized stu-dent group on campus and drawstudents to a panel presentation,the Stanford committee forAmericans Elect has publicizedin White Plaza, prompting be-tween 60 and 70 students to jointhe group’s mailing list.“I believe Stanford has morestudents signed up for the Ameri-cans Elect emailing list than anyother campus,” said student vol-unteer Josh Grinberg, ’15. “So inthat regard, the Stanford campusis most aware and most active.”Americans Elect has the po-tential to add a third ticket to bal-lots across America. The grouphopes to make a broad, grass-roots appeal with efforts similarto those currently taking shape atStanford’s campus.“We just want to re-engagepeople,” Hau said. “Besides pro-moting awareness of AmericansElect, we want to tell people that .. . you can actually participateconstructively in politics.”
Contact Jordan Shapiro at jor-dansh@stanford.edu.
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“You can walk into a first-round interview and already havea second-round interview if younetwork right. They’re hiring peo-ple they like,” he added.Continuing to stress the im-portance of personality and inter-view skills, Penn downplayed theimportance of academic skills.“We wanted a mix of peoplefrom different banks, different of-fices and different divisions,” saidMisha Nasrollahzadeh ’13, direc-tor of external marketing forStanford Women in Business(SWIB), which sponsored theevent.Neither Nasrollahzadeh norJackson said they have seen anyeffects on campus from the Occu-py Wall Street movement or thenationwide backlash against in-vestment banking. Both said theyhave not had difficulty promotingbusiness or financing.
Causes of the crisis
According to Jackson, themain problem of the financial cri-sis was debt. Caused by low inter-est rates and American spendingculture, by 2007 the U.S. savingsrate was negative, meaning peo-ple were spending more than theywere making.Using a metaphor of “debt” asa virus, Jackson said the countryhad two options to deal with thecrisis. The first was to go to thegovernment, a “doctor” whocould give a specific prescriptionbased on a unique set of problems— in this case through cash infu-sions and/or buyouts.Alternatively, one could go toa central bank, the Federal Re-serve — described by Jackson asa “pharmacist” with only thepower to distribute aspirin. TheFederal Reserve was only capa-ble of loaning money, which it didgenerously in the crisis; howeverthis failed to address the seriousproblems.As any doctor would tell you,Jackson continued, occasionallythey catch the same virus as theirpatients. The debt was transferredto the government, which hap-pened in the United States and, ina more disastrous way, to Euro-pean countries, such as Greece.The Federal Reserve, howev-er, was left largely unharmed, ac-cording to Jackson. Centralbanks have begun lending moneyto these governments, similar to“doctors taking aspirin,” he said.“That being said, I think fi-nance is a great industry to getinto,” Jackson said to laughterfrom the audience.“It was nice to hear the pan-elists,” said Adrian Rosas Ville-gas, a graduate student in man-agement science and engineering.“It gave me a good idea of invest-ment banking.”“I thought it was well put on,and it was the right mix of intro-ductory lecture-style talk withquestions and answers to delvemore deeply into what people’sconcerns are,” said Sam Paglia ’13of the event.Jackson said he plans on hold-ing similar presentations aboutnewsworthy issues every Sundaystarting Jan. 29.
Contact Brendan O’Byrne at bobyrne@stanford.edu.
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which was formed in 1915, and hasbeen played 114 times — with theearliest previous date coming onNov. 8.Both Stanford and Cal officialsexpressed their disappointmentwiththe 2012 Big Game date.“The October 20 date for BigGame is 2012 is certainly not ourfirst choice but the conference isgoverned by the will of the major-ity and we have a duty to respectthe outcome of the vote,” saidStanford’s Director of AthleticsBob Bowlsby in a press release.“We will work with Californiaand the Pac-12 Office to advocatefor the Big Game and all rivalrygames to be scheduled toward theend of the season in future years.”This will be only the fifth timethat the Big Game has not beenplayed in November. The gamehas previously been moved to thefirst week of December, as wasthe case in 2006 and 2007, to avoidconflicts. However, now that theconference has expanded to 12teams and includes a champi-onship game — scheduled forNov. 30 — that is no longer possi-ble.“The Pac-12 Conference val-ues the importance of our historicrivalry games and the importanceof scheduling them in traditionalend-of-season dates,” said Pac-12commissioner Larry Scott in astatement. “However, with theaddition of our ChampionshipFootball Game the last week of the season, and new televisionagreements commencing in 2012,there will be additional prioritiesthat need to be balanced whenmaking the schedule that willmean occasional date adjust-ments to rivalry games.“In this case, we made everyeffort to create a schedule thatwould allow the Big Game to beplayed at the end of the season.Cal and Stanford were clear thatthey did not want to play the BigGame Thanksgiving week so wepresented additional options toour member institutions for dis-cussion and a vote. Ultimately themajority vote determined theschedule.”
The majority vote
According to the Pac-12, theconference considers initial inputfrom every member school ondates they prefer, specific issues,and other requests before draft-ing initial schedules. Several pos-sible schedules are then put outfor discussion before they are nar-rowed to three finalists. The mem-ber schools then vote on the threefinal proposals.The three final proposals slot-ted the Big Game for Oct. 20, Nov.17 and the Friday after Thanks-giving. Both Cal and Stanford fa-vored the Nov. 17 date and lob-bied for its acceptance.“While this version kept theBig Game on a more traditionalSaturday late in the season, otherdates for conference games weresignificantly impacted,” said a Calpress release. “In line with confer-ence policy, the schedules wereput to a vote among the 12 athlet-ic directors, and the majority votefavored schedule A — whichslots the Stanford-Cal game onOct. 20.”The Pac-12 would not elabo-rate further on the voting process.Officials from the athletic depart-ments at Arizona State, UCLA,USC, Utah and Washington de-clined to comment on the votingprocess. Officials from the athlet-ic departments at Arizona, Col-orado, Oregon, Oregon State andWashington State could not bereached for comment by the timeof publication.A Stanford Athletics Depart-ment source confirmed that theother Pac-12 presidents voted infavor of the Oct. 20 date.Officials from Stanford andCal repeatedly pointed to themany Big Game week traditionsheld by both schools and theiralumni to reasons why the Fridayafter Thanksgiving date wouldnot work.“There are dozens, if not hun-dreds, of events on both campusesthat are tied to the Big Game,”Bowlsby said in an interview withthe Mercury News. “With bothschools on break, Thanksgivingweek won’t work.”However, the 2012 schedulewill still impact many Stanfordtraditions.
Farm effects
Richard Muschell, Stanfordassistant athletic director and di-rector of ticket sales, said his of-fice has received calls from alum-ni and season ticket holders aboutthe Big Game date.“People aren’t happy aboutthe break in tradition for BigGame,” Muschell said. “Andthat’s to be expected. Hell, weweren’t happy. We weren’t happyabout it either. But you kind of play with the cards you’re dealt.”Muschell said the student sec-tion, which was about 5,000 seatsthis past season, will be smallerfor the first three home gameswhen students are not on campus.Muschell noted that there will beroom for all students who wish tosit in the Red Zone.“If we had our druthers, I’dhave the entire [home] scheduleafter the students got back,”Muschell said. “The students addso much electricity to it. That’senormous.”The early home games, lack of an obvious “road trip” date andearly Big Game could also affectthe Band, according to LSJUMBPublic Relations officer BrianFlamm ’13.Flamm noted that the Bandtypically uses the NSO footballgame followed by a mid-Octoberroad trip to recruit freshmen andnew members. However, therewill be no game during NSO thisyear, and the away games be-tween the start of classes andThanksgiving Break are in Col-orado and Washington—too farfor an effective road trip, accord-ing to Flamm.“The big disadvantage of theschedule is having Big Game soearly,” Flamm wrote in an emailto The Daily. “For band, BigGame is not just a game, but thereis an entire week of events pre-ceding the game. . . Big Gameweek is probably the most impor-tant week of the fall for band, andthis earlier date could affect someof our traditional events.”The early Big Game will alsopresent unique challenges to theproduction of Gaieties. Gaietiesusually casts during the first weekof school in the fall, which allowsfor six to seven full weeks of re-hearsal and set-building beforethree nights of performancesleading up to the Big Game. In2012, Gaieties will have a littleover three weeks between thefirst day of class and the tradi-tional first night of performanc-es.“Because of the earlier dateof Big Game the staff and castwill have much less time duringthe fall quarter to produce theshow,” wrote 2011 Gaieties pro-ducer Nora Martin ’12 in anemail to The Daily. “Because of the scale and length of the pro-duction, our timeline for hiringthe staff, writing the script, cast-ing the show, rehearsing all thematerial and building the set willhave to be adjusted. While noconcrete decisions have beenmade, the show is called BigGame Gaieties and it is our prior-ity to stay true to the 100+ yearold tradition. I will be workingwith next year’s producer, Ram’sHead and the University adminis-tration to create an abbreviatedschedule that will still allow theshow to be performed during theweek leading up to our gameagainst Cal.”The Band and Gaieties are notthe only student groups affectedby the 2012 football schedule.Students, alumni, season ticketholders and, most importantly,the players will all have to adjustto a different schedule this year.How will the team adjust? Tunein Sept. 1.
Contact Billy Gallagher at wmg2014@ stanford.edu.
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While she acknowledges the long-standing marriage between journalism and al-cohol, Margaret Rawson ‘12 struggled to open her bottle of victory champagne.She promised to “throw down with her homies” in the future.
Rawson reigns asDaily’s new MC
After three and a half years of hard, soulless work, MargaretRawson ’12 wanted to branch outand make the most of her finalmonths at Stanford. Knowing thatnobody balances work and playbetter than The Stanford Daily,the Bethesda, Md. native figuredthat a stint as Editor in chief would be the best way to go outwith a bang.With the votes tallied and hervictory made official early thismorning, Rawson donned mili-tary-grade safety glasses to popopen her bottle of celebratorychampagne.“So, how do I do this exactly?”the senior asked with a smile anda shrug. “Pop it like a blizzard,right guys?”Wanting to make her journeyinto party-dom one step at a time,Rawson insisted that the festivi-ties continue to the tune of Beethoven’s Fifth.
Rawson’s election means thatthe EIC post will be held by aspring-quarter senior, and manyDaily staffers are eager to see herbring that “senior spring” partymentality into the office.“I’m looking forward to a lot of parties at The Daily, especiallyones with a lot of BJs” said headcopy editor Stephanie Weber ’12.“Who doesn’t love Bartles andJaymes wine coolers?”Long-time sports editor JacobJaffe ’12 wasn’t too surprised withthe result, but in typical form, hewas ready to get down.“To be honest, I knew how thiswould play out a long time ago,”the senior said. “I saw the finalvote count on the bottom of aSnapple cap. And you know thatshit’s legit.”To celebrate, Jaffe donned apair of stunna shades and de-clared, “I’mma make it rain Skit-tles up in this place.”Former editor in chief ZachZimmerman ’12 was too movedby the moment for words, sittingand silently staring into Jaffe’s en-trancing hazel eyes.Zimmerman then kissed his bi-ceps, tore the sleeves off his GrantHill t-shirt and proclaimed, “Thisbro tank’s for you, Mags.”Zimms then shotgunned an en-tire bottle of Johnnie Walker,hopped in his DeLorean with Car-oline Caselli ’12 and hit 88 milesper hour.Deputy editor Nathan “Flare”Adams ’12 was not in the officefor the vote. But he managed tocall in from his Ford Bronco tocongratulate Rawson.“Put chyo **** on da phone,”Adams said in a raspy growl.Photography editor MehmetInononononononu ’09 was sothrilled by Rawson’s election thathe leapt up and ripped his shirt off,beat his chest in a primal scream,then ran off into the night, howl-ing at the moon to join his wolf-brothers. He later returned to fin-ish his night’s work, breaking out around of Ouzo for the entire of-fice.“More like Mehmet In-oyesyesyesyes,” he said.As Rawson’s current co-man-ager of the news section and jortfashion icon, Billy Gallagher ’14was so elated with the result thathe didn’t know how to handle hisemotions.“Margaret was practically cry-ing after the results came out,” herecalled. “But anytime feelings getthat close to me, I’m conditionedto just shotgun a Steel Reserve.Tall and frosty, baby.”
Clueless, but swaggerful
Other staffers, though, were soeager for The Daily’s next six-month shindig that they forgotsome of the day’s procedural de-tails.Sports desk editor Jack Blan-chat ’12 was unaware of electionday, and casually dismountedfrom his steed, Dale Earnhardt Jr.Jr., walked into the office and spatin Rawson’s celebratory glass of champagne, proclaiming in hissouthern drawl, “Rawson? I gotmy first third-base while watchingRawson’s Creek. It was sixthgrade . . . she was in my agricul-ture class.”Despite working at The Dailyfor a fifth consecutive year, salesmanager Sam Svoboda ’11 wasn’teven aware that he had submitteda vote.“I burned myself frying somechurros, and I just grabbed a pieceof paper to wrap my hands up,”the fifth-year said. “If it was al-lowed, I probably would’ve justvoted for the Taco Bell dog.”Englishman and sports colum-nist Thomas W.R. Taylor was alsoin the office for the election, butwas noticeably confused.“Perhaps I simply do not un-derstand American elections,”Taylor said, “but should the editorin chief’s throne not simply bepassed to Kathleen’s eldest son?This system is, to be quite frankwith you sir, bloody bollocks com-pared to what we have in Britain,”he said before riding off into thenight on his Revolight Troncycle.Sports editor Miles Bennett-Smith ’13 strolled in two hoursafter the election ended, holding astrawberry topper and giggling tohimself as he ignored the wholeoffice and hurried over to his com-puter.“Congratulations,” said hisMacBook’s text-to-speech featurewhile Bennett-Smith Tebowed
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