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Recycle Me
Card returns to Georgiafor NCAA third round
Mostly Sunny 
Mostly Sunny 
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THURSDAY Volume 241
May 17, 2012Issue 62
Profs reformMed Schoollecture style
The traditional lecture-based for-mat of medical education has be-come obsolete, according to twoStanford faculty researchers whohave instead put forward a proposalfor medical education in the 21st cen-tury.The model — devised by ChipHeath ’91, a professor in the Gradu-ate School of Business (GSB) andCharles Prober, a professor at theSchool of Medicine focuses onshifting large lecture-based classes to10 to 15 minute videos online andusing the resulting class time to workin small groups on application prob-lems of the material a “flippedclassroom model” that makes mate-rial more “sticky.”“The average attention span tolisten to a message is between 10 and15 minutes before the mind wan-ders,” Prober said. “We want to takeadvantage of this limited attentionspan and large class size and move itonto a smaller stage.”An online platform for lecturesalso offers students greater flexibili-ty, according to Prober. Students maywatch videos as many times as theywant, and may do so whenever andwherever it is most convenient for
GSC extendsNomCom terms
The Graduate Student Council(GSC) voted Wednesday evening infavor of extending current Nomina-tions Commission (NomCom) ap-pointees’ terms until June 17 or thecompletion of the current nomina-tions cycle. The meeting was theGSC’s first since the transition fromlast year’s representatives on Sunday.Under the GSC bill, new ap-pointees to NomCom will be jointlyselected by the ASSU Executive, theGSC co-chairs and the Undergradu-ate Senate chair.The interim measure whichgarnered eight votes in favor and oneabstention from GSC representatives— was necessary to ensure studentrepresentatives for more than 40 Uni-versity committees are nominated.The 13th Senate told this year’sNomCom that the committee’s re-sponsibilities would be dissolved atthe end of the year, likely in anticipa-tion of an ultimately unsuccessful at-tempt at formulating an updatedASSU Constitution. As such, the Sen-ate didn’t recruit new NomCommembers after the commission’s termended, expecting a revised format
Despite PayPal co-founder’s controversial views on higher ed, class highly reviewed
Faculty, students laud Thiel class
Faculty examineObama supportfor gay marriage
President Barack Obama’s recent announce-ment of his support for gay marriage was a natu-ral step for his presidential campaign, accordingto Stanford community observers. SeveralHoover fellows and students weighed in on theannouncement, its timing and its implications forthe upcoming election.The timing of the announcement, shortly afterVice President Joe Biden endorsed gay marriageand North Carolina voters passed a constitution-al amendment rejecting same-sex marriage, wasmore unexpected.“North Carolina sort of forced his hand,” saidTammy Frisby, a research fellow at the HooverInstitution. “Advocates for gay rights were un-happy [by the amendment] and turned to theirpresident.”Bill Whalen, also a research fellow at theHoover Institution, downplayed the ground-breaking nature of the announcement, notingthat Obama had dropped numerous hints of hisshifting perspective on the issue.“When he ran for president, he said he wasopposed,” Whalen said. “He’s been ‘evolving.’”Frisby noted that the announcement wouldlikely resonate disproportionately among col-lege-age students, who have historically beenmore socially liberal.“College students are excited,” Frisby said,“because this is an issue on which the majority of youth fall on the pro-gay rights side.”Lindsay Lamont ’13, president of the StanfordDemocrats, said that Democrats on campus weredelighted by the announcement.“I’m surprised that he came out and wasforthright about it, but I’m also really proud,”Lamont said.Lamont acknowledged that the move mightharm Obama’s electoral standing in states likeNorth Carolina — which voted Democratic in2008 — but expressed support for the announce-ment’s motivation.“I think he wanted to be clear about his inten-tions and this shows how far the country hascome, but it’s still risky,” Lamont said.Frisby added that the announcement mightalso diminish Obama’s backing among Hispanicand African American voters, who tend to bemore socially conservative but who turned outoverwhelmingly in favor of Obama in 2008.Kyle Huwa ’13, president of the StanfordConservative Society, said that the conservativecommunity on campus intends to focus on eco-nomic and domestic policy issues rather than so-cial matters, and framed the announcement aspolitically calculated.“They sent out Biden first to test the watersand once he was received highly, Obama wasable to come out,” Huwa said.Frisby framed the announcement as a meansof providing an alternate focus on social issues inan election frequently touted — especially byRepublicans — as one offering competing eco-nomic philosophies.“The election will be constrained by the econ-omy,” Frisby said. “In the past, if the economy isdoing well, voters vote for the incumbent. If it’snot doing well, they kick him out.”With the presidential election still six monthsaway, the announcement could have uncertainramifications in size and direction.“We just don’t know which way it will sway,”Frisby said.“It’s advantageous for Obama to put some of 
Spotify co-founder talks music
“I never really thought of myself as anentrepreneur,” said Daniel Ek, cofounderand CEO of the music streaming serviceSpotify, to a packed NVIDIA AuditoriumWednesday afternoon. “I simply see a bunchof problems to solve and needs to satisfy, is-sues that no one else wanted to do anythingabout. Eventually, I decided to do it myself.”Invited as part of the DFJ Entrepreneur-ial Thoughts Leader Seminar, Ek spoke onhis entrepreneurial career as well as the fu-ture of the entertainment industry.“An entrepreneur is someone who hasan itch for a problem and is annoyed enoughto solve it,” Ek said.After starting his first company design-ing and coding websites at age 14, Ek movedon to found the advertising company Ad-vertigo. He has since worked as chief tech-nology officer of the online communityStardoll and as chief executive officer of uTorrent, a BitTorrent client. He started hispresentation, however, by explaining his ra-
Education in Ecuador
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Gloria Vidal, Minister of Education in Ecuador, discussed Ecuadorian education policyand the impact of a new science curriculum on the Galapagos Islands on Wednesday.
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While Peter Thiel has frequently courtedcontroversy with his disparaging outlook onthe merits of higher education, the famedventure capitalist’s decision to teach a Stan-ford class — CS 183: Startup — this springhas been met with approval from administra-tors and students alike.“Peter was the one who was interested inteaching the course from the onset,” saidMehran Sahami, associate chair for educa-tion in the computer science department.Despite his celebrated accomplishments,including co-founding PayPal and being anearly investor in Facebook, Thiel underwentthe same process in proposing and designingthe course as all other non-Stanford affili-ates.“We thought there were certainly studentdemands to find out more about entrepre-neurship and start-ups,” Sahami said. “This isa class that’s being offered through the CSdepartment because it’s about technology,but in some sense it’s geared towards thebusiness of technology rather than the tech-nology itself.”The class, capped at a capacity of 250 stu-dents, filled up rapidly and was still oversub-scribed at the start of the quarter.“My ideal would be 10 people talking toPeter Thiel — a small little seminar — butobviously, given the level of interest, I thinkhe manages [the large class] really well,” saidViraj Bindra ’15.“He is open to questions during class, buthe otherwise keeps the lectures a good mix of defining the culture and defining the process,along with a lot of personal anecdotes that
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Daniel Ek, co-founder of Spotify, discussed his entrepeneurial career and the future ofthe entertainment industry on Wednesday afternoon, addressing issues such as piracy.
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 Hoover fellows say impact questionable, campus groups mobilize in response
Thursday, May 17, 2012
 The Stanford Daily
them. Videos are also broken upinto segments chosen to matchthe average attention span.Quizzes can also be embeddedinto videos to further enhance in-struction, Prober added, notingthat the computer science depart-ment already does so.“Student responses can betracked to indicate to the learneror teacher that acquisition of ma-terial has occurred,” Prober said.Online classes are “not a novelidea,” he added, referring to thepopular Khan Academy tutorials.The School of Medicine has alsobeen videotaping classes for 28years.“[Those] videos are not de-signed to be watched in digestibleparts,” Prober conceded. “Manystudents prefer watching lecturesonline so optimizing the structureof videos then makes sense. Wemight as well make the deliverymechanism better.”After watching the videos andgrasping the key concepts, stu-dents would then come to classfor smaller group interaction.In one such interaction for amedical class, “you might be givena patient who has a disorder,”Prober said. “Your understandingof that pathway [learned online]becomes more relevant to you.”Medical education specificallycan capitalize on this model,Prober said.“There’s nothing more pro-found than the narrative of a pa-tient story,” he argued, referenc-ing medically based televisionprograms — such as “Grey’sAnatomy” or “House” — popu-lar with the general population.“In medicine, medical studentsget hungry real quickly for under-standing of where the first twoyears are taking them,” Probersaid. “It can be hard to appreciatewhere that will connect to whatyou’ll be doing as a doctor. Themore you can create that appreci-ation in this interactive way, themore the students will appreciatewhy they are learning. In doing so,the material will become moresticky.”The School of Medicine adopt-ed Prober and Heath’s “flippedclassroom” approach for a bio-chemistry class last year. Com-pared to the year before — whichused a traditional class lecturemodel — students gave morepositive feedback and attendedclass in elevated numbers.Prober argued that themodel’s principles could be ap-plied in the future to other aca-demic disciplines across the Uni-versity and in other institutions.“There is and is going to be en-thusiasm for making a change, butthe flavor of change will varyacross universities,” Prober said.“The notion of a new educationmodel is not going to be a difficultsell, maybe just a difficult imple-mentation.”
Contact Erin Inman at einman@ stanford.edu.
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tionale for founding Spotify.“After the immense success of services like Napster and Kazaaaround the millennium shift, it wasclear to me that people wanted toconsume music this way, on-de-mand and readily available,” Ek ex-plained.The fast Internet infrastructurein Sweden led Ek to found Spotify— together with Martin Lorentzon— there in 2004.“Our goal was to create serversthat were faster than the pirateservers,” he said. “We thought thatif we managed to do this, we couldget a big chunk of the 500 millionpeople who consumed music ille-gally.”Ek said he thought that theproblem was not that people didnot want to pay for music, butrather that an efficient and conven-ient platform for doing so was un-available at the time.“Because I was young andnaive, I just thought ‘Hey, this can’tbe too hard,’ but realized soonenough all the problems that arisefrom creating a service like Spoti-fy,” Ek joked. “I did not even knowthat you needed licenses from themajor [record labels]!”Getting permission from recordlabels has been Spotify’s singlelargest problem to date. The negoti-ations with Universal took over ayear, and Spotify has yet to acquirethe rights from bands such as theBeatles or Led Zeppelin.“We were convinced that ourmodel would work, and that majorswould make profits from letting ususe their content,” Ek said. “But tryfor yourself to go and tell a 67-year-old man who barely agreed to sellthe music on iTunes for 99 centsapiece to now give it away for free.”The numbers have proved Ekright. While the average Americanspends $13 a year on music, the“premium” Spotify user pays $120.“This allows us to compensatethe right-holders the way theyshould be for the great job they aredoing,” Ek said.Responding to a question fromthe audience on whether Spotifymight save the music industry, Eksaid that the move away from phys-ically purchasing music has createda need for innovation in the sector.“Sweden, the first countrywhere Spotify was implemented, isnow one of the few countries thathave a growing music industry,” hepointed out.Ek also discussed the future of piracy, which he acknowledged asSpotify’s biggest competitor.“Most people want conven-ience and easy access [to music],”Ek said. “With Spotify, people canfeel that they have all the world’smusic in their music library.”He argued, however, that un-less the television and movie in-dustries work actively to solve thesame problems the music industryis facing, illegal downloading willpersist.“I cannot accept that it takes ayear for a great TV show like‘Game of Thrones’ to be seen inEurope,” Ek said. “I want contentto be readily available, and if I amwilling to pay for it, why not?”Ek concluded his talk by en-couraging audience members to fixthe issue, and pursue non-piracy so-lutions to the problem.
Contact Felix Boyeaux at fboyeaux@stanford.edu.
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enhance our learning,” Bindraadded.Thiel did not respond to multi-ple requests for comment by TheDaily.Thiel’s critical view of highereducation is well known hebilled CS: 183 through aspokesman as potentially “thelast class you’ll ever have to take”and recently opened the ThielFoundation, which offers$100,000 to budding entrepre-neurs to drop out and pursuestart-ups full time. However, hisincendiary comments have thusfar been confined to the mediarather than the lecture hall.“During class, he will nevermake those views the focus,”Bindra said. “His focus is verymuch more on educating peoplefor whenever they feel ready . . .which might be enough to makesome people feel ready enough todrop out and start their own busi-ness, but I don’t think that that’s afocus.”“He has been only laudatoryof Stanford, describing it as per-haps the pinnacle of higher edu-cation today,” said Aaron Sekhri’15, a Daily writer. “He has indeedvery seldom discussed his reser-vations against higher educationin the class.”Bindra argued that Thiel’s ex-perience as a start-up founderand investor offers the most valu-able insight to enrolled students.“That kind of perspective def-initely comes through even in ahuge lecture,” Bindra said. “Thetakeaway has been exactly whatI’ve expected, which is kind of acrash course in how the Valleyworks . . . kind of comprehen-sively addressing how to make acompany here and how to make itsuccessful.”Sahami stated that, while fac-ulty had been well aware of Thiel’s thoughts on higher educa-tion prior to approving thecourse, they saw no conflict be-tween Thiel’s opinions and thecourse’s prospects.“Even though Peter may havesome outspoken views about thevalue of higher education, insome sense we think it providesmore information for students tomake their own choices,” Sahamisaid. “That’s what education issupposed to be about.”
Contact Taylor Grossman at taylor-mg@stanford.edu.
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under the new Constitution.The GSC bill echoed the at-tempts of the 14th UndergraduateSenate to address the issue Tues-day evening. The Senate passed thesame bill reinstating membersof the outgoing NomCom — as aninterim measure.Other options, such as nominat-ing ASSU President Robbie Zim-broff ’12 as unilateral chair of an in-terim commission, were rejectedby Senators on the grounds thatthey would defy ASSU bylaws.
 — Marshall Watkins
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 The Stanford Daily
Thursday, May 17, 2012
‘Never holding anything back’ 
Courtesy of Arthur Alvarez
tanford undergraduate CadyJeanne Hine died of an undis-closed accident at her home inPalo Alto on April 1 at the ageof 24. A junior English major,Hine battled severe bipolar disorder, drugaddiction and grief over her mother’s sui-cide, which led her to take multiple leavesof absence. An op-ed by University staff last month (“Another loss,” April 17)noted Hine’s contributions to improvingmental health on campus through thefounding of Stanford Peace of Mind(SPOM). Hine’s close friends and class-mates reflected on her impact on theirlives, painting a picture of a wild, selective-ly honest, fiercely loyal and trustingfriend.
‘She always did weird very well’
Edwin Smolski ’07 described his firstencounter with Hine at Stanford Hospitaland commented on Hine’s tendency todisregard social propriety in favor of say-ing what was on her mind.“I remember that she would say thingsthat you’d think were inappropriate,”Smolski said. “But people would alwayscrack up when she would say them, but[her words] were a little bit more thanthat.”“She was the kind of friend . . . [who]had a huge presence,” said Helena Bonde’12. “She’d come into your life and she’d just grab hold of it. She was never one forholding anything back.”Bonde met Hine in 2008, when the lat-ter returned to Stanford to finish her lastquarter of Structured Liberal Education(SLE) after taking multiple leaves of ab-sence. The two bonded over shared expe-riences of familial loss and grief.“Normally I’m afraid that even talkingabout the troubles I’ve had in the past or inthe present is just going to alienate otherpeople,” Bonde said. “But with Cady it wasthe opposite — it brought us closer to-gether.”Smolski recalled that following thedeath of her mother, Hine displayed anurn with her mother’s ashes wherever shewas living, allowing guests to open it andview the ashes.“She made me see a different kind of reverence that wouldn’t necessarily followthe lines of what people would normallysee . . . I feel that really made me thinkabout the preconceived notions I had interms of loss and grief and feeling difficultthings, what’s appropriate and what’s not,”Smolski said.Hine was also known for her sharp witand adventurous spirit.“There was always some adventure shewould lead us on,” said Jack Cackler ’09, aSLE classmate. “She just had a zest for lifeand an enthusiasm that was kind of fun tobe around.”Hine’s free-spiritedness made her an ir-replaceable friend.“If Cady couldn’t hang out with you,there was no one else who would fit thatrole,” said Leah Calvo ’09, who befriendedHine during their freshman year. “It waslike, ‘Oh crap, no Cady. Who else do I call?I don’t know anyone who would enjoy thatshow or enjoy that movie.’”“She always did weird very well [andwas] very comfortable with people whodidn’t fit [into] other people’s categories,”Calvo added.
‘Protecting her own’
While Hine’s friends remembered herbluntness about voicing her thoughts, theyrecalled fondly that not everything shesaid was true. Prone to exaggerations andhalf-truths, Hine’s provocative proclama-tions often served as a means of protectionfor herself and more often, for others.“Cady wasn’t ‘truthy,’” Calvo said. “Shedidn’t shy away from something that hadto be said but there were times when shehad the gall to say things that were outra-geous and openly nonfactual, but shewould do it to protect her own.”During Hine’s residency in EnchantedBroccoli Forest (EBF), she was known forkeeping pet chinchillas in her roomagainst housing regulations.“There was a fire alarm one day, sheran outside of the house and had themclutched to her chest to save them . . . Shewould have felt terrible if they died, butthere was no fire. Stanford Housing sentout their person to see if there was really afire. Cady had more gall than anyone Iever knew — the housing guy came upand was like ‘Are those animals?’ at pointblank range, and she just looked into hiseyes and said, ‘Stuffed animals,’” Calvo re-called.“She never got reported,” Calvo said. “Idon’t think she had to get rid of them.”Calvo then recounted the tale of Hine’syear in Escondido Village’s (EV) ‘coupleswith children’ housing, during her brief en-gagement to a student she met at FoothillCollege.“They came up with a story to get fam-ily housing that she was pregnant,”said Arthur Alvarez, a Stanford under-graduate whom Hine listed as her Stan-ford emergency contact after befriendinghim during her freshman year. “Her realbaby was three or four chinchillas andtwo rabbits.”Calvo said that by June, when Housingdiscovered Hine’s ruse, Hine had endedher engagement and was renting out herEV apartment to a UC student. StanfordHousing then terminated her contract.
Anything to survive’
Hine’s friends described her dark senseof humor, but also said that her willingnessto help anyone in need and her struggleswith personal tragedy were challenges forHine.According to Bonde, Hine was severe-ly bipolar and struggled with heroin addic-tion.“I know that there were drugs at timesand I know that some of that very well mayhave been self-medicating for some of thepain and trauma she’d been through,”Calvo said, noting that she and her moth-er, a doctor, once helped Hine researchand check into a rehabilitation facility.Bonde said Hine had been clean foralmost two years by the time of her death.Alvarez said Hine was adamant aboutcoming back to Stanford the fall follow-ing her mother’s death instead of takingtime off.“I thought that was very brave of her,”he said, commenting on Hine’s copingstrategies. “Her way of coping was throughhumor, which was fine but awkward forsome.”Calvo shared an example of this blackhumor — when Hine revealed to her thatshe had attempted suicide on campus.“The way she said it was ‘Yeah, I triedto hang myself, but my roommate walkedin,’” Calvo recalled. “She made that sofunny. It was basically like ‘Duh, I tried tokill myself and it failed.’ She always mademe laugh about the darkest things.”Bonde said that even during times of suicidal thoughts, Hine reached out forhelp.“Even when she attempted suicide, shedid everything else first,” Bonde said. “Shewent and got help, she knew about the re-sources on campus and she took advan-tage of them.”Philip Vuong, a former Stanford stu-dent and a close friend of Hine, said thatHine ‘would do whatever it takes to sur-vive,’ including a series of odd jobs to sup-port her attendance at Stanford.“She was a stripper — she whippedmen for a living — she worked as a domi-natrix,” Vuong said.Alvarez recounted going with his part-ner, Smolski, and Hine to strip clubs in thearea for auditions, laughing nostalgicallyat the memory.“Her big thing was always ‘How do Ifund myself?’” Alvarez said. “I do notknow how she got away with a lot of thingsshe did.”Alvarez and Calvo noted with humormore of Hine’s odd jobs.“She also worked as a fairy princess forchildren’s parties,” Calvo said. “She was sobeautiful — the girls always loved her.”Calvo said that Hine often tried to takecare of others, even at the expense of herown well-being. Calvo, Bonde, Alvarezand Vuong all noted that people frequent-ly took advantage of Hine’s trust.“She would run in and was alwaysready to make a difference and alwaysready to help people who had beenthrough bad things,” Calvo added. “Some-times she overstretched her capacity inhelping people — or she would help themso much that she would be off balance,”she added.
Absurdly lucky to have known her’
None of Hine’s close friends whospoke with The Daily were seriously in-volved with SPOM. Most commentedthat her legacy with the student group islikely the same as in their circle of friend-ship.“Especially at the funeral, I just hearda lot of people say things like ‘Cady mademe feel like it was okay for me to talkabout this or that,’” Bonde said.“She lived life in the moment andmade her decisions as she went along,” Al-varez said. “She didn’t apologize verymuch.”Vuong held that Hine was not a ‘mar-tyr’ for mental health.“I don’t want her to be remembered asa mental health case,” Vuong said, re-counting a conversation he and Hine hadon his last birthday. “I asked her the mean-ing of her life. ‘Have fun, enjoy the ride.Sleep around, do drugs.’ It was a funny an-swer.”“[She was] a little wild, erratic. She did-n’t have the most stable life, but she defi-nitely had one of the more interestinglives I knew,” Calvo said. “I feel so lucky tohave known her — absurdly lucky. I don’tthink I’ll ever meet someone like thatagain — someone who is so free, yet sohaunted at the same time.”
Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at kbailey@stanford.edu and Jenny Thai at jthai1@stanford.edu.
Courtesy of Leah CalvoCourtesy of Leah Calvo
I don’t think I’ll ever meet someone like that again— someone who is so free, yet so haunted at thesame time.
LEAH CALVO ‘09, friend

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