offer of admission, Shaw said thatall students who were placed onthe waitlist were released and ad-mission for the Class of 2016 is of-ficially closed.Although Stanford StudentHousing was planning to convertGavilan in Florence Moore Hall(FloMo) into a four-class dorm forthe 2012-13 academic year, the res-idence will have to remain all-frosh in order to accommodate thelarge freshman class.Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, stu-dent affairs officer for ResEd,wrote in an email to The Daily thatdorms in FloMo often changetheir class composition from yearto year.“FloMo is the type of dorm thatcan accommodate a wide distribu-tion of students depending on theneeds of that year,” Brown-Mc-Clure wrote.Brown-McClure added that al-though the number of incomingfreshmen will be higher next year,there is adequate residential staff in place to meet their needs.In addition to the strain on stu-dent housing, the office of Under-graduate Advising and Research(UAR) will also see effects of thelarger incoming class.Freshmen are normally as-signed to Pre-Major Advisors(PMAs) in groups of four to sixother students. UAR has hired ad-ditional PMAs for next year inorder to maintain the intimate sizeof PMA groups.In an email to The Daily, Deanof Freshmen and UndergraduateAdvising Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89wrote that UAR is ready for theincoming class.“Luckily, our recruitment ef-forts this year already yielded thelargest number of PMAs ever, sowe’re in good shape on that front,”Lythcott-Haims wrote.Vice Provost of Undergradu-ate Education Harry Elam wrotein an email to The Daily that UARis developing a new online advis-ing tool in addition to the PMAprogram. The new tool, called“Productive Pathways,” wouldhelp freshmen select courses andmake sure they feel supportedduring their freshman year.UAR has also been planning tohire two new Academic Directors(ADs), independent of the Classof 2016 increased yield, as part of an effort to bring the overall AD-to-student ratio down, Lythcott-Haims wrote.Elam added that more PWRinstructors are needed, and thatthe new required freshman pro-gram, Thinking Matters, may haveto hire more post-doctoral fellowsto lead discussion sections in orderto maintain small class sizes.Despite these necessary adjust-ments, administrators said theywere thrilled with the larger-than-usual size of the incoming class.“On top of the obvious things— the academic excellence and in-finite possibility — I imagine thegenuine affection we all feel forthe place comes through and mat-ters to admits,” Lythcott-Haimswrote about why the yield rate wasso high this year.“It is good news that Stanfordhas had such a strong response,”Shaw wrote. “The University hasthe capacity to manage this over-age.”Lythcott-Haims added thatthere is only one potential prob-lem with the freshman class sizeincreasing.“In UAR, we love freshmen, sothere is no such thing as too manyof them, except to the extent wecan’t fit them all in MemAud,” shesaid, referring to New StudentOrientation events held in Memo-rial Auditorium.
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Abel Allison ’08, president of theAlumni Board, in a March 12email to The Daily.In recent weeks, residents havebeen much more muted in theirprotests. According to GeraldHanono ’12, XOX house manager,the shift was prompted by requestsfrom administrators and theAlumni Board to create a lessstrained atmosphere for ongoingnegotiations.However, as details of the pro-posed resolution emerge, resi-dents and supporters have re-turned to a more vocal posture inan effort to more directly conveytheir displeasure with the settle-ment. Protest organizers singledout an alleged lack of clarity onhow the house can regain its lease,as well as the loss of XOX’s singu-lar autonomy under joint over-sight, as particular sticking points.“Residential and Dining En-terprises and the Vice Provost’sOffice have continuously dis-played a fundamental lack of un-derstanding of [XOX’s] culture,”Malkin wrote. “XOX’s culture isrooted in its independence.”Event organizers have alsosought to portray the debate asone with implications beyond ChiTheta Chi, arguing that the deci-sion to let the lease expire is simplya manifestation of sustained Uni-versity efforts to “homogenize”residential life.“We ask you to stand with us(literally) to show . . . that Stan-ford is one community, that the in- justices faced by one house affectus all,” the event page read.Following an all-campus break-fast at Chi Theta Chi at 9 a.m. onMonday, marchers will depart for theoffice of Student Affairs at 9.30 a.m.
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Trailing for the first time in thetournament, the Cardinal grabbeda 7-2 halftime advantage with a 6-0run over that same time period, andthe squad was perfect on its threepenalty shots and went 6-for-10 onthe power-play to advance to thefinal.USC scored 5:12 minutes intothe game to take its only lead, butMenon struck back with a power-play goal just 33 seconds later.Freshman Kiley Neushul, theMPSF Newcomer of the Year,added her third tally of the week-end to grab a 2-1 advantage forStanford.Each team tallied in the finalminute of the first period, but theback-and-forth affair gave way to ascoreless second frame that sawboth goalies make key saves andseveral Trojan shots bounce safelyoff the goal post.The Trojans drew even a minuteinto the second half, but Kaley Dod-son responded with a goal of herown just 10 seconds later to grab a 4-3 lead for Stanford. A minute intothe final period USC tied the gameagain, and yet again it was KaleyDodson who came up in the clutchwith a power-play goal at the 4:13mark that would end up being thegame-winner.Then it was up to Menon to sealthe deal in the final minute and ahalf.“I had taken that lob earlierfrom five [meters], and I waspleased with it, so I just fired it inand really just threw it as hard as Icould,” she said. “I saw a little open-ing, and I was so happy. I lookedback and the first person I saw wasKate, out to her waist, so excited. Itwas great to see that energy fromeverybody.”The Cardinal’s senior class of Menon, driver Alyssa Lo, driverCassie Churnside and defenderMonica Coughlan was instrumen-tal in setting the tone for the repeatchampions all season long.“There’s so much vitality,” Tan-ner said. “Usually the seniors arelooking at grad school or their ca-reer, and the freshmen add the en-ergy. Our freshmen did have awhole lot of energy, believe me, butour seniors are every bit exuberant,and that really is uncommon in myexperience.”And while the seniors’ contribu-tions were certainly remarkable,Stanford will likely be the odds-onfavorite to win a third straight na-tional championship next season.Along with a strong class of in-coming freshmen, the Cardinalwill get back junior Annika Driesand senior Melissa Seidemann,who both redshirted this season inorder to train with the U.S. Nation-al Team before this summer’sOlympics.After the game, Menon wasasked how strong the Cardinal willbe next year despite the absence of her fellow seniors.“Oh my gosh, unstoppable,”she said. “They’re only getting bet-ter. I’m so excited to watch this teamflourish, there’s so much talent.”Until the 2013 campaign,though, Stanford can be contentwith the team’s third national title.“What I’ll remember is just theexcitement that these guys createdevery workout, every chance to bearound each other,” Tanner said.“We’re looking forward to the factthat we’re not flying home until to-morrow. We get to spend anotherevening together.”And what’s even better — theyget to spend it with a brand new tro-phy.
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Monday, May 14, 2012
The Stanford Daily
Study finds learning outlook affected by environment
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF
Students’ outlook toward learning is stronglyinfluenced by their environment, according to arecent study co-authored by Stanford psycholo-gist Paul O’Keefe.The study, published online in the journal Mo-tivation and Emotion, divides motivation forlearning into two distinct categories: mastery andperformance. Students who learn for mastery areinterested in developing new skills for their ownsake, while those who learn for performance arefocused on displaying their abilities to others.Psychologists tend to favor mastery-orientedlearning since it emphasizes being motivated in-trinsically and seeking out new challenges. Mostschools, however, focus on performance-orient-ed learning, since students must demonstrateknowledge to others on tests and exams.O’Keefe — along with his fellow researchersAdar Ben-Eliyahu of the University of Pitts-burgh and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia of DukeUniversity — sought to explore the effects of being exposed to environments that favor mas-tery-based learning.“We know a mastery environment is great,”O’Keefe recently told the Stanford News Serv-ice. “We know mastery goals are great. Studyafter study shows this, so what we wanted to ex-amine was how a purely mastery-oriented envi-ronment affected goal orientations and whetherthese changes would endure when people re-turned to less ideal learning environments.”The researchers surveyed a group of eighth-to tenth-grade students three times over a nine-month period. These students were asked if theyagreed with statements that aligned either withmastery- or performance-oriented learning, suchas “It’s important to me that I learn a lot of newconcepts in science” or “One of my goals is toshow others that I’m good at science.”In the first survey, taken while participantswere still in school, students scored high in per-formance-oriented learning. By the time of thesecond survey, however, students were placed ina mastery-oriented environment — a summerenrichment program — and their responseschanged accordingly.The largest surprise, according to the re-searchers, occurred six months later when thestudents took a third survey. Students had re-turned to school, but they continued to scorehigh for mastery-oriented learning.The study’s authors concluded that these re-sults suggest that mastery-oriented environ-ments have a lasting impact. According to O’-Keefe, the study indicates that teachers and em-ployers should take steps to foster a mastery-ori-ented environment.
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Committee formed to selectLaw School dean
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF
Provost John Etchemendy has established acommittee to assist his search for a new Stan-ford Law School dean. Current Law SchoolDean Larry Kramer will leave the post on Sept.1 to become the president of The William andFlora Hewlett Foundation.The committee, chaired by Law ProfessorMark Kelman, is charged with evaluating can-didates and advising the President and Provostabout the candidates through an unranked list.Candidates currently at Stanford as well as out-side candidates will be considered, according toa Stanford Law School press release.Kelman will be joined on the committee byVice Provost for Academic Affairs StephanieKalfayan, Professor of History and Political Sci-ence Jack Rakove, Law School faculty mem-bers Rick Banks, Juliet Brodie, Dan Ho, PamKarlan and Mark Lemley, alumna MichelleGalloway ’87 J.D. ’89 and current student TeddyKider J.D. ’12.Members of the Law School community cancontact the committee with their input byemailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Alice Phillips
ASSU Vice President WilliamWagstaff ’12 are talking to studentgroups that deal with mentalhealth and wellness on campus aspart of their search for candidates.“It’s the toughest thing to dealwith on campus when a peer dies,”Zimbroff said, referring to the re-cent deaths of student-athlete SamWopat on March 25 and juniorEnglish major Cady Hine on April1. “I didn’t know Sam or Cady, andit’s weighed on me . . . There needsto be dialogue about how you dealwith loss in a community and howyou respond to issues of mentalhealth on a university campus.”Zimbroff emphasized thatthese conversations should takeplace throughout the campus com-munity and not just in Senate oradvisory board meetings.“Two execs and 15 senators arenever going to represent the un-dergraduate body completely,” hesaid. “We’re individuals, and whenit comes to an issue like this, I thinkthis is one where more participa-tion rather than more representa-tion is probably a good thing, hav-ing people talk about this in theirdorms to their friends.”He added that the dialogue sur-rounding mental health needs tobe a continuing presence on cam-pus beyond individual conversa-tions or initiatives.“I don’t think you have a ducksyndrome conversation, and thenyou check it off and you move on,”he said, referencing the well-known phenomenon in which stu-dent stress or anxiety is masked bya deceivingly serene appearance.Zimbroff said he would like tosee the mental health advisoryboard address issues such as ducksyndrome and other academicmental health issues, directly inlight of the Study of Undergradu-ate Education at Stanford report.Zimbroff cited one example of academic-related stress as theregimented curricula of 100-plus-unit engineering majors, as com-pared to his 63-unit history major,in which students don’t have theflexibility to “figure out [their]passions.”“Having a really honest discus-sion in that area is something thatworks in conjunction with SUES,”he added.
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