Former Cisco CEOto speak at GSBgraduation
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF
The Stanford GraduateSchool of Business (GSB) an-nounced Thursday that formerCEO and chairman of Cisco Sys-tems John P. Morgridge MBA’57 will serve as this year’s grad-uation speaker. Morgridge willbe the third alumnus to speak atthe annual GSB graduation cer-emony, which will be held Satur-day, June 16.Morgridge, who is on theschool’s Advisory Council, teach-es management at the GSB andearned the Arbuckle Award formanagement leadership excel-lence in 1996.He joined Cisco Systems as itsCEO in 1988. During his timewith the company, Cisco Systemsgrew from $5 million in sales with34 employees to more than $1 bil-lion in sales with 2,250 employees.He took the company public in1990, became its chairman in 1995and chairman emeritus in 2006.Morgridge was the presidentand COO of GRiD Systems be-fore joining Cisco Systems andpreviously worked for StratusComputer and Honeywell Infor-mation Systems.He is on the boards of Busi-ness Executives for National Se-curity, CARE, the Cisco Founda-tion, Digital Promise, the Mor-gridge Institute for Research,Stanford Hospitals and Clinics,TOSA Foundation, WisconsinAlumni Research Foundationand the Fund for WisconsinScholars. He is also the co-chairof the Asia-Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy and co-director of the Stanford Leader-ship Academy.He is the third consecutivealumni speaker at GSB graduationceremonies following the 2010 in-ception of the alumni commence-ment speaker program.
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By ERIN INMAN
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
A recent executive order aimed at preventing insti-tutions of higher learning from aggressively recruitingveterans will have minimal effect at Stanford becausethe University does not profit from veterans’ benefits,according to campus administrators.President Barack Obama signed the executiveorder last week, which primarily targets for-profit insti-tutions. Veterans may receive financial benefits fromthe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) throughprograms such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Yellow Rib-bon Program.Stanford strives for a “transparent” process regard-ing veterans’ financial aid, according to Ron Diaz, astudent services manager in the Financial Aid Office.At Stanford, financial aid for veterans follows thesame process as the general population of students.The Financial Aid Office reviews all the financial re-sources of a student to calculate their need. After thisreview, Stanford sends the student an award letter,which details the cost of their education, the resourcesthey think the student has and the amount of aid Stan-ford is able to offer.“What differs is that veterans who will bring VAmoney in will just have that resource,” Diaz said.Because receiving aid from the VA can be a com-plex process of paperwork, Stanford is “very sensitiveto the vets,” Diaz said. He added that the Universitytries to demystify the process of receiving veteran aidas much as possible.“Stanford makes the greatest attempts to be astransparent as possible,” he said.The University, however, has no formal recruitingprocess for veterans, a departure from other institu-tions that actively recruit students at military installa-tions, according to The New York Times.Instead, Stanford has only a separate website forveteran applicants. According to Joseph Kralick, theveterans’ liaison in the admissions office, the purposeof this website is “to recognize the unique questionsand concerns of our veteran applicants.”Because many veteran students have taken non-traditional educational routes, most apply as transferstudents, according to Kralick. In fall 2011, nine veter-ans were admitted as part of Stanford’s transfer class.The non-traditional route of veterans contributes
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Engagement Summitpromotes public service
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French vote a rejectionof Sarkozy, panelists say
By FELIX BOYEAUX
François Hollande defeated in-cumbent Nicolas Sarkozy to beelected as president of France onSunday, an outcome predicted bypanelists at a round table discussionabout the French presidential elec-tion Friday in Encina Hall.“No matter who wins the elec-tion, we’re heading towards very dif-ficult times in France,” said LaurentCohen-Tanugi, a visiting lecturer atStanford Law School and an inter-national lawyer.The panel’s speakers pointed outa trend of French voters rallying be-hind extreme left- or right-wing par-ties, who represent anti-establish-ment, anti-globalization and a gen-eral distrust in the European Union(EU). They agreed that this trendwas true for the election in general.“This is clearly an electionagainst Sarkozy rather than a votefor Hollande,” Cohen-Tanugi said.He added that Hollande, whowill be the first member of France’sSocialist Party to become presidentsince François Mitterrand left officein 1995, “has been very successful atplaying this game, positioning him-self as pro-growth and pro-spendingwhile making Sarkozy appear as anadvocate of austerity and welfarecuts.”Jimia Boutouba, assistant profes-sor in modern languages and litera-tures at Santa Clara University,agreed that the French almost seemunworried about the future, but fo-cused instead on getting Sarkozy outof office.“The nation is more and moredefined by what it opposes,” she said.The panelists discussed whatHollande’s election would mean forthe future of France.“If Hollande is elected, he willhave to face the test of the financialmarkets, in view of his electoralpromises and his position on the Eu-ropean fiscal compact,” Cohen-Tanugi said.Arthur Goldhammer, senior af-filiate at the Center for EuropeanStudies at Harvard and renownedblogger about French political cul-ture, said it would be difficult to acton the current opposition to transna-tional unions such as the EU inFrance.“It is unrealistic and misleadingto believe that France could leavethe Union,” Goldhammer said.When asked about the how Fran-co-Germanic relations would sur-vive the break-up of the “Merkozy”couple — referring to the close re-lationship between German Chan-cellor Angela Merkel and Sarkozy— Cohen-Tanugi said he is opti-mistic.“The Merkel-Hollande couplewould probably fall into place,” hesaid. “It will work out like thesethings always do.”Goldhammer’s view of the fu-ture, however, was less bright.“Hollande is looking for no morethan symbolic concessions fromMerkel,” Goldhammer said. “ButEurope needs more than that tofight the Euro-crisis.”Goldhammer said another prob-lem that France is currently facing isthe integration of its immigrant pop-ulation.“The presidential debate has allbeen about immigration figures andnot enough about the integration of these very immigrants,” he said.“Second and third generationimmigrants usually abstain [fromelections] since they are alienated bythe political discussion,” Boutoubaadded to Goldhammer’s comment.“This silence is one of the main rea-sons [behind] Marine Le Pen’s 18percent of votes, almost 6.4 millionpeople.”Le Pen, a far-right leader of France’s National Front party,placed third in the first round of theFrench presidential election.Cohen-Tanugi, however, saidthat “if the polls turn out to be true,Hollande’s victory may well lead tothe implosion of the right.”FSI Europe Center AssociateDirector Roland Hsu said he waspleased with the turnout to theround table discussion.“At the Europe Center, we al-ways try to make as comprehensivean event as possible, interesting bothfor faculty and staff, but also mainlyfor undergraduates,” Hsu said. “Weare really happy that so many stu-dents actually showed up.”
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Admins, students talk mental health stigma
By KRISTIAN DAVIS BAILEY
This is the last in a four-part series oncrisis response and mental health re- sources on campus.
Over the past week, The Dailyhas examined how the University re-sponds to and works to prevent men-tal health crises, the campus re-sources that exist to help studentswho are struggling and how studentsthemselves experience those servic-es.Today’s piece examines how stu-dents and administrators think theUniversity and student body canwork together in the wake of tragedyto destigmatize the discussion of mental health and illness. Many ad-ministrators said they believe morefocus must be put on giving studentsthe tools to deal with everyday stress.The Office of Student Affairs, Resi-dential Educational and Counselingand Psychological Services (CAPS)are all either finishing reports andinitiatives related to student life andmental health or about to undertakenew task forces on the topic.
Wellness and education
According to Carole Pertofsky,director of Wellness and Health Pro-motion Services (HPS) at VadenHealth Center, the University needsto devote more resources to themental health and well-being needsof students who are not clinically di-agnosed with a disorder.“I think we are so amiss in focus-ing all of our attention on studentswhen they are already downstreamand not looking at what we can bedoing upstream,” Pertofsky said.“I’m about the 80 percent of stu-dents who struggle and find them-selves sometimes thriving and some-times barely coping, sometimesthriving and flourishing, sometimeshanging on, sometimes falling off, re-silient enough to brush yourself off and get back on eventually.”Pertofsky said HPS reaches thou-sands of students a year — throughclasses, programming and the Hap-piness Conference — with a staff of only five people, but the departmentneeds more resources. The Happi-ness Conference has sold out its 400-person capacity within 24 hours inrecent years, and Pertofsky said thatfeedback after the event always en-courages HPS to host the eventmore frequently during the year.The allocation of University re-sources changed following a 2008 re-port on Mental Health and WellBeing, but Pertofsky said thechanges did not aid the prevention of students becoming depressed or sui-cidal.“I was very disappointed becausealthough there was a lot of lip servicegiven to quote ‘prevention,’ in actu-ality, every penny went to hire moremental health clinicians,” Pertofskysaid. “That is not prevention.”Greg Boardman, Vice Provost of Student Affairs, and Dean of Stu-dent Life Chris Griffith said theyhave not seen any formal HPS re-quests for additional resources.
Resilience from Grief
“The recent student deaths[have] a large impact on students,even those who may not have direct-ly known the students who havedied,” said CAPS director Ron Al-bucher. “It gives people pause, itmakes people reflect — not only ontheir own mortality, but maybethoughts that they’ve had on theirown about suicide or about family or
By AARON SEKHRI
Matt Flannery ’00, M.A. ’01,founder of Kiva, a non-profit or-ganization that allows individualsto make microfinance loans topeople in developing countries,admitted to an audience of stu-dents Sunday that his last year atStanford was “discombobulatingand fragmenting.”“There was so much at stake,graduating felt like walking off aplank,” Flannery said.After graduation, Flanneryworked at TiVo, but said he foundhimself questioning how to inte-grate service into his life. Accord-ing to Flannery, service helpedhim overcome his fears.“Fear comes from threatsagainst yourself, or your person, oryour livelihood,” Flannery said.“But really, when you serve othersor some cause, there is no reasonto fear anymore, because it’s notabout you anymore, but it’s aboutthe issue or some person.”Flannery was one of four pan-elists who spoke at “The Engage-ment Summit,” an event held in
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