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Former Cisco CEOto speak at GSBgraduation
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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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
French vote a rejectionof Sarkozy, panelists say 
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 SarkozyCohen-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.”
Contact Felix Boyeaux at fboyeaux@stanford.edu.
Admins, students talmental health stigma
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
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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Jimia Boutouba, an assistant pro-fessor in modern languages andliteratures at Santa Clara Universi-ty, weighed in on the French pres-idential election at a Sundayround table hosted by the Free-man Spogli Institute’s EuropeCenter in Encina Hall.
Spice of life
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The Taste of Palo Alto, held Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. in White Plaza,hosted local eateries such as Buca di Beppo, Coconuts, Siam Orchid, TheCounter and The Prolific Oven. The event also featured performances.
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Old Union, which was organizedby the ASSU and aimed at dis-cussing issues of service and char-ity. Other speakers included for-mer Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), Change.org’s SamMcAfee and Blissmo founderSundeep Ahuja ’00.“We live in a really troublinglyunequal world,” Flannery saidabout the need for service.McAfee said it was his up-bringing in an activist householdcoupled with his passion for com-puter science that led him tosearch for a career that would syn-thesize the two interests. He firstfounded Radical Fusion, an Inter-net consulting company thatserved non-profits, before shut-ting it down and moving toChange.org.“The main theme of my workhas been to not fear failure, tolearn from it and to constantly it-erate over good and bad ideas,”McAfee said.Ahuja emphasized the impor-tance of introspection and havinga specific idea of the personal in-vestment of service.“Service was always about funand just doing what I love in a waythat I feel happy about what I’mdoing,” Ahuja said. “Service ismost powerful when it is done in away that aligns your interests withwhat is beneficial.”Ahuja asked audience mem-bers to question what servicemeans for them.“While it may lead to embar-rassing answers, at least you’llknow why you’re doing some-thing, which means you’re beingauthentic with yourself,” he said.Gravel discussed the merits of direct democracy as a solution tothe current governance problem.Gravel said that his organization,the National Citizens’ Initiative forDemocracy, aims to raise aware-ness about direct democracy andcall for a shift in governance.“The people will originate, setand vote on policy,” Gravel said of his ideal governing system.Audience questions rangedfrom the issue of ASSU represen-tation of the student body to howto effectively measure the impactof service in the social sector.“I have always been interestedin public service, but this eventgave me many perspectives of what service means in the realworld, and I think that this eventactually made me value my Stan-ford education a bit more highly,for everything that I can go on anddo with it,” Yongjian Si ’14 said.
Contact Aaron Sekhri at asekhri@ stanford.edu.
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friends who have dealt with it.”“I’m hoping that a sense of com-passion for the whole student bodyis kept in mind,” Albucher added.Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, deanof freshmen and undergraduate ad-vising and associate vice provost forundergraduate education, sharedsome lessons she learned from herown grieving 20 years ago, after theloss of her brother and father in herlate 20s.“I didn’t grieve the death of mybrother in ahealthy way I putblinders on, so I could finish lawschool,” Lythcott-Haims said.“It was three months after myfather died that I realized I couldn’tthink very clearly couldn’t or-ganize my thoughts, couldn’t organ-ize my day, “Lythcott-Haims said.“A friend pulled me aside and said,‘I think you’re grieving.’ I didn’tknow what that meant.”Helena Bonde ’12, a friend of Cady Hine, the junior who died ather home in Palo Alto on April 1,said that she feels there is no prop-er way to grieve.“I was angry at myself for notgetting over [Hine’s death] faster,for not productively grieving all of the time,” Bonde said. “For notsomehow getting through it ‘right’,doing everything ‘right.’ Being ableto compartmentalize it enough todo work, and then go back and do itproperly, like I was some kind of perfect grief-handling product thatcould just do it all.”Lythcott-Haims suggested thatthe Student Grief and Loss Work-shop, sponsored by CAPS, ResEdand the Office for Religious Life, beheld more frequently than twice aquarter. Making this resource morepermanent, she said, would in-crease visibility to students and re-duce stigma around looking forsupport while grieving.
Decreasing stigma, deflating the‘Duck’
In addition to citing stigma sur-rounding student grief, every stu-dent and administrator interviewedfor this series identified a stigmaaround discussing mental healthand seeking treatment. While thisstigma exists elsewhere, manyagreed that there are challengesunique to Stanford most no-tably, the “Stanford Duck Syn-drome.”Students and administratorsboth commented on the pressuresand conditions of Stanford tofind a group of friends, to do well inclasses, to be successful and to‘change the world.’ This pressure,they said, creates an environmentwhere struggling — or even show-ing signs of struggle is futileagainst the backdrop of blue, sunnyskies, palm-lined roads and smilingstudents.“I think the greatest threat toStanford students is recoveringfrom failure,” said Juan-CarlosFoust ’13.“I think that mental health andstruggling with feelings of unwor-thiness are a lot more common thanwe might think,” said another stu-dent, who is currently on a leave of absence due to anxiety and depres-sion issues. “Once we scratch a littlebit below the surface, I feel likeeveryone I’ve talked to at that levelhas told me ‘I feel like I’m not doingenough. I feel like I’m inferior.’”Albucher commented that, withall of Stanford’s resources, one-fifthof the campus is still likely to experi-ence some form of depression ormental illness.“If you look at typical ages of presentation, most mental healthproblems show up in the late teensand early 20s,” Albucher said. “Andso, while we’ll continue to make ef-forts at prevention, some people willstill nonetheless have depression,anxiety and other problems.”Deborah Golder, dean of ResEd, said that one step towardsolving this problem is to recognizethat Stanford is not immune from is-sues present in ‘the real world.’“Stanford is not free of society.We are a microcosm,” Golder said.Students said the most importantstep is creating a safe space for con-versations about these topics in resi-dences, student organizations andespecially within groups of friends.Bonde described feeling like shecame to Stanford unable to expressher emotions without ‘raining on theparade’ of freshman year, but saidher experience was different whenshe actually spoke out.“I found people one by one,”Bonde said. “I found individual peo-ple who somehow, I or they let slipthat actually they were from a reallypoor family, or their parents were al-coholics, or they just felt so alienatedby the culture here. And I’d be like,‘me too.’”“The greatest force of healing iscommunity based,” said Sam Press-man ’12. “We need to have a real un-derstanding of the way communityworks and what makes communitybe trusting and loving — of whatwill allow us to not feel the shame of our struggles and, rather, the com-monality of them.”Lythcott-Haims said she wantsconversations sparked by FACES, apanel for freshmen during New Stu-dent Orientation (NSO) that seeksto expose the diversity of back-grounds and experiences represent-ed at Stanford, and The ResilienceProject, which shares faculty and ad-ministrator stories of distress, failureand resilience, to continue pastfreshman year.
Moving foward
Across the University, depart-ments are working on a number of initiatives related to mental healthand well-being. Students expressedcommitment to fostering dialogueand remained optimistic about whatchange the collective campus canachieve.CAPS is making an effort to bemore present in the community,both directly through officehours in community centers like theLGBT-CRC, among others — andindirectly, through attending studentevents, according to Albucher.Students still suggest that CAPSmight be even more present through sitting in dining halls, visit-ing dorms once a month or offeringresidential programming about de-pression and mental illness on cam-pus and resources for addressingthem.UAR is revisiting the structure of freshman year through a programcalled ‘Stanford 101,’ according toAssociate Dean Koren Bakkegard.Stanford 101 seeks to improvehow freshmen navigate resourcesand how they reflect on their per-sonal growth.The University has completednearly all of the 18 recommenda-tions made by the 2008 MentalHealth and Well Being Task Force,Boardman said, and is now creatingan advisory board, chaired by Al-bucher and Associate Vice Provostfor Student Affairs Sally Dickson, tomonitor what the University is andcould be doing with mental healthservices and resources.Students themselves are organiz-ing. One pilot program called ‘ShareYour Secrets’ exposes students inArrillaga Dining Commons to con-cerns faced by anonymous peers.Nicoletta von Heidegger ’13,who works at The Bridge PeerCounseling Center and the StanfordSexual Health Peer Resource Cen-ter, sent an email to students and ad-ministrators involved with mentalhealth on campus last week, seekingto “create a campus where mentalhealth is something that is workedinto everyday at Stanford.”“My dream would be to have arequired series either during NSOor a required class/workshop thatstudents take their freshman year, aStanford emotional health class, if you will,” Heidegger wrote students.“Or, better yet a ‘help your friendworkshop’ where people learn theskills they need to help themselvesor a friend who is struggling emo-tionally.”Heiddeger is organizing a meet-ing of students, faculty and adminis-trators — including Human Biolo-gy Professor Lisa Medoff, who offersa course on adolescent mentalhealth, and HPS student affairs offi-cer Donnovan Yisrael ’88, M.A. ’89— to discuss these goals. The groupwill meet this Tuesday at 9 p.m. inOld Union.Many resident assistants (RAs)are promoting open conversationwithin dorms. Daniel Scott Smith’13, RA of EAST, sent an email to hisresidence last week charging stu-dents to speak with one another.“As those affected by suicide,let us not be passive bystanders,”Smith wrote. “Let us talk openlyand deliberately about suicide,specifically, but also about mentalillness and health more generally.Moreover, we should all know thatwe have a right to talk about ourfeelings, and that, at Stanford,there is always someone to listenand to help.”
Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at kbailey@stanford.edu.
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Monday, May 7, 2012
 The Stanford Daily
ment (PAFD) will no longer servethe SLAC National AcceleratorLaboratory as the Menlo ParkFire Protection District (MPFPD)took over the responsibilities forproviding fire and emergency as-sistance to SLAC last Tuesday.MPFPD located under twomiles from the lab — has a three-year contract to provide fire serv-ices to the lab. PAFD previouslyoperated Station 7 on site at SLACnear Building 44.The new agreement also in-volves the Woodside Fire Protec-tion District, which will providesupplemental emergency servicesto the lab when necessary.Medical-aid response timefrom MPFPD is four minutes,which SLAC estimates to be twominutes longer than the currentresponse from the on-site station.MPFPD is within the required six-minute fire call response time re-quired by the National Fire Pro-tection Association and the De-partment of Energy.The change comes following adecrease in emergency calls atSLAC and an enhancement of thelab’s emergency detection and re-sponse system. SLAC currentlyplaces fewer than 100 calls peryear, a sharp decrease from themore than 400 per year that wasnormal in the 1990s, according to aSLAC press release.
 — Alice Phillips
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Monday, May 7, 2012
or a farm boy from southeast Ken-tucky, the odds of dining with BillClinton are about as good as thechances of feasting with Kim Jong-Il. But in the summer of 2009, DavidStraub, director of the Korean Studies Pro-gram at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pa-cific Research Center (APARC), did both aspart of a small delegation sent to secure therelease of two American journalists, LauraLing and Euna Lee, who were held in NorthKorea for allegedly entering the country ille-gally.“I wish I could say that I played a majorrole in the incident, but the very capable peo-ple in the U.S. government worked it out inan astute way and we were on the ground forless than 24 hours,” Straub said.Straub, who had previously visited NorthKorea four times, was chosen for the missionbecause of his extensive knowledge of Kore-an culture and politics.“Basically, I was there as a resource per-son. I could understand the Korean that theNorth Koreans were speaking so I could cor-rect the interpretations,” Straub said. “I wasable to reassure our people that what theNorth Koreans were proposing was not aproblem.”Straub also recalled giving the two jour-nalists some gastronomical advice followingtheir release — no doubt feeling like an ex-pert on the subject following his fine diningwith high dignitaries.“On the way back to the United States . .. I advised the two women not to eat much of the greasy American food we had out on thetable,” he said with a laugh. “They had beeneating Korean food for many months, and if you suddenly change your diet like that, youcan easily get sick.”Straub brings both gastronomical and pro-fessional experience to his current position atStanford’s Korean studies program, where hehas worked since 2008. Thirty years of experi-ence in the U.S. Foreign Service provide himwith a unique perspective on academia.“One thing that is special about APARC isthat you have people like David [Straub]who come not from a purely academic back-ground, but who are comfortable in an aca-demic setting and who can bring the knowl-edge that they have gained in other places intheir lives to the University,” said DanielSneider, associate director for research atAPARC.Growing up in southeastern Kentucky,Straub had few opportunities to travel but al-ways longed to visit other countries. Aftergraduating from the University of Louisvilleand attending graduate school at Harvard fora year, Straub left to join the Foreign Serviceand was assigned to work in Germany for twoyears. Building on his years of classroom Ger-man, Straub became fluent in the language bythe end of his stay in the country.At that point, I was feeling pretty cockyand I thought that now that I’d learned a Eu-ropean language, I ought to tackle a reallyhard language,” he said.In 1979, Straub was assigned a position inSouth Korea. Because speaking Korean wasessential for his new role in the U.S. embassy,Straub attended a language school in Wash-ington and later a top university in Seoul tomaster the difficult language.Straub’s work in South Korea involvedmaintaining lines of communication with dis-sidents, student movements and Christianorganizations involved in human rights anddemocratization efforts after the 1979 mili-tary coup. He regularly met with top opposi-tion members and leaders during this “inter-esting and difficult time for South Korea.”These everyday interactions with broadsegments of Korean society would later serveStraub well in the classroom.“Because of his almost perfect commandof the Korean language, his extensive knowl-edge of Korean culture and especially his lin-guistic abilities, I felt a familiarity and a senseof intimacy with him,” said Youna Oh, a for-mer student of Straub’s who is studying atStanford as part of her overseas training fordiplomacy in South Korea.Straub recalled that following the 1979military takeover many Koreans blamed theUnited States for not doing enough to pre-vent the coup and supporting dictator Gen-eral Chun Doo-hwan.He remembered that as a 28-year-old, itwas frustrating to be one of the only peoplein contact with the opposition leaders. Ac-cording to Straub, the U.S. ambassador rarelymet with leaders of dissident groups, some of whom went on to lead the country followingits return to democracy in 1987. This was inline with President Reagan’s policy, whichemphasized communism and not totalitari-anism as the real threat to peace.“Traditionally, it has been a tenet of American foreign policy that people of ourembassies should stay in contact with all le-gitimate members of society,” Straub said,expressing his disapproval of the strategy.Straub would again experience the frus-tration of diplomatic intransigence duringthe Six-Party Talks on North Korean’s nu-clear program from 2002 to 2004. Responsi-ble for assembling the diplomatic briefingbooks for the negotiators, Straub remem-bered that the event was large and quasi-public, so carrying out successful negotia-tions was difficult. The first Bush administra-tion was also determined not to have side ne-gotiations with the North Koreans, whichminimized the space for compromise.“The world is a complex place. You can’t just take these rigid positions and be blackand white all of the time,” Straub said, addingthat the Bush administration would engagein more bilateral talks during its second term.Now, as a teacher, Straub is able to fosterdialogue and understanding among his stu-dents.“We have students in our classes fromChina, Japan and South Korea among otherplaces,” Straub said. “I think it’s great that fu-ture leaders like these can study this early intheir career with people who have worked inthe U.S. government and who are speaking tothem frankly. I think it will make them morecapable officials and on the whole will helpimprove U.S. relations abroad.”Gea Kang ’11 said she believes many of the discussion and communication skills shegained from Straub’s tutelage help with thework she does in governance through a fel-lowship from the Haas Center for PublicService.“I think it is difficult for any instructor tostrike a balance between remaining substan-tive and fostering discussion, but Straub did avery good job navigating that effectively andpatiently,” Kang said.After his time in South Korea, Straub wasstationed with the Foreign Service in variouslocations around the world. In Washington,he spent time writing guidance packets forpress officers who often faced difficult ques-tions about the Korean dictatorship’s allegedatrocities and use of torture.When he assumed a position at the U.S.embassy in Japan, Straub found himself in aculturally fascinating environment, yetmissed working in South Korea’s less maturepolitical scene. After several years, Straub re-turned to Korea, where he worked on andoff, accumulating almost 12 years of experi-ence in the nation by the end of his diplomat-ic career.By the time he shifted to academia in2006, teaching initially at Johns HopkinsUniversity before coming to Stanford,Straub was ready for a change.“When you’re in government, you spendall day long going from meeting to meeting,dealing with the crisis du jour, and you spenda tremendous amount of time coordinating,”Straub said. “While it’s very interesting, it’sexhausting after a while and doesn’t allowyou to focus deeply on one thing.At Stanford, Straub has been focused onresearching topics related to North Korea. InApril, he moderated an event at Stanfordfeaturing two North Korean defectors whorecounted harrowing stories of hardship intheir country.Straub found the event moving.“In substance, I had heard similar stories,but when you hear it directly — especiallyfrom two young people — that’s very power-ful,” he said.Straub sees an important message in suchevents. He believes that Americans do notfocus enough attention on the humanitarianissues in North Korea, although he acknowl-edges that this is in part due to the lack of freepress. However, he also believes that Ameri-can society as a whole is not well versedenough in international affairs.It is unlikely that Straub’s students will becaught unprepared by an international inci-dent. In a class he co-teaches with his col-leagues on U.S. policy in Northeast Asia, stu-dents are asked to produce memorandumsthat detail an appropriate response to a hypo-thetical crisis. The idea is for students to pre-tend they are National Security Council per-sonnel and draft the paper accordingly.“Even after working 30 years in govern-ment, that’s not an easy thing to do,” Straubsaid.
Contact Stephen Cobbe at scobbe@stanford.edu.
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