“When conducting the big or-chestra that is 150,000 employees,you can get lost easily,” he said.“You have to communicate, com-municate, communicate, and letthat information cascade down.”Oberhelman also touched oncultivating leadership within thecompany, praising its internalstrength as the reason that Cater-pillar has never had an outsideCEO in its history. He describedhis managerial philosophy as onethat strives to develop “a deep setof values” that are universalizedacross the company.“It doesn’t matter whether youare in Palo Alto, Peoria, Ill., Brus-sels or Moscow; people just wantto know what the rules are, andthey want a level playing-fieldwhere they know exactly how theycan succeed,” he said.He added that it is importantfor a leader to get “direct and hon-est feedback.” Oberhelman saidhe has taken an unconventionalstrategy of visiting plants aroundthe world and unassumingly ap-proaching random employees.“As CEO, you never get anyhonest feedback, ‘Everything’s just always going great!’” he said.“And I wanted to get past that.”He also touched on the topic of innovation, and argued that it “isnothing but a buzzword unlessyou actually loosen the reins of creativity.” He went on to de-scribe a virtual reality simulatorat a Caterpillar R&D office as animplementation of innovationwithin the company.Audience member ParabalSingh ’15 reflected positively onOlberhelman’s ideas.“I loved the talk because he wasmore honest than almost anybodyI have seen present,” Singh said.Protesters outside, however,carried placards with messagessuch as “The Wall Must Fall” and“Say No to Caterpillar Violationsof International Law,” attemptingto highlight Caterpillar’s role inthe construction of the West BankBarrier and the provision of bull-dozers to Israeli defense forces ascritical grievances.“They’re supplying tools to theoccupation,” said Itai Farhi ’14,vice president of Students forPalestinian Equal Rights(SPER). “It’s wrong to be contin-uing to profit from the stealing of land.”While SPER has consistentlyadvocated University divestmentfrom companies associated withthe Israeli occupation of Palestin-ian territories, Farhi acknowledgedthat — as demonstrated by thesmall number of protesters, whichat one point numbered three —the cause has yet to gain tractionwith the Stanford student body.“None of what we’re sayingshould be surprising to people,”Farhi said. “People know thatthere are a lot of things that aren’tright, and it shouldn’t be as weirdas it seems to be to say ‘this mat-ters.’”“Those [issues] are things thatany person with a conscienceshould care about,” he added.“This isn’t a radical issue or evenan activist issue — this is an ethicsissue.”
Marshall Watkins contributed to this report.
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bills by getting rid of nationstates, getting rid of these juris-dictional boundaries, discontinu-ities in the global economy.”Rodrik pointed to ethical ar-guments by “moral cosmopoli-tans,” who question the validityof national distinctions.“It’s a totally artificial bound-ary,” Rodrik said, paraphrasingthe arguments of his critics.“Moreover, it’s becoming moreand more artificial in terms of im-provements in communicationand transportation technolo-gies.”Paradoxically, nation statesboth enable and impede global-ization by providing the institu-tions required by global tradewhile introducing regulatory bar-riers, Rodrik said.“This paradox requires us tomanage the role of the nationstate, to maintain this balance in away, because the danger of tryingto push markets beyond what theexisting regulatory agents cansupport is that we get too muchmarkets, too little governments,and therefore a lot of instability,”Rodrik said, highlighting the2008 global financial collapse asevidence that nation states are re-quired to pick up the pieces aftereconomic crises.“It was governments thatstepped in to bail out the banks, toprovide the safety nets and pumpup demand and print the money,”Rodrik said. “Most typically, in theEuro Zone, we’ve seen how whatseems to be a transnationalist proj-ect depends so much on the choic-es that individual nation statesmake, and ultimately all the re-sponsibility for everything that hasgone wrong — and for the littlethat has gone right — has beenlaid at the feet of national politi-cians.”Earlier in the day, Rodrikspoke to eight students inCrothers Memorial Hall throughthe dorm’s Global Citizenshipprogram, in a discussion moder-ated by Ishan Nath ’12.Rodrik presented data show-ing that Europeans surveyedidentified only slightly more ascitizens of the European Unionthan as global citizens. The EuroZone debt crisis was the topic of numerous audience queries inthe question-and-answer sessionthat followed Rodrik’s lecture.“The fact that certainly Ger-mans don’t feel they are the samepolitical community as theGreeks — and that differencecreates an apparently insur-mountable obstacle to the cre-ation of Europe-wide institu-tions, that makes the economicand financial integration projectsunsustainable,” Rodrik said. “Eu-rope is going through preciselythe tensions that I’ve tried toidentify here, and is doing it in avery vivid and real-time kind of fashion.”One student audience mem-ber criticized the event’s out-reach.“The talk was almost identicalto other Ethics in Society events,”said audience member Joe Ri-vano Barros ’14. “Few studentswere in the audience, and fewerstill were asking questions, withonly faculty or gray-haired localsremotely engaging with thespeaker.“It was interesting that he did-n’t really question the nation stateas a construct,” he added, “butstuck to the question of the role of the nation state, given that it’s hereto stay, in a globalized world.”
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By ALICE PHILLIPS
This report covers a selectionof incidents from May 15through May 21 as recorded inthe Stanford Department of Public Safety bulletin.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
A bike was stolen from out-side of Soto in Wilbur Hall be-tween 1:30 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.
An iPad was stolen from Hil-lel between 3 a.m. and 12 p.m.
A bike was stolen from out-side of the Escondido V highrise between 1 p.m. and 6:30p.m.
A laptop was stolen from La-gunita Dining between 6:30p.m. and 6:35 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
A bike was stolen from out-side of Adams House be-tween 12:01 a.m. on May 15and 8:45 a.m. on May 16.
A bike was stolen from out-side of Loro in FlorenceMoore Hall between 8 p.m. onMay 14 and 11:45 a.m. on May16.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
No incidents were reported.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
A bike was stolen from infront of Florence Moore Hallbetween 10 p.m. on May 16and 9 a.m. on May 18.
Two males were transportedto the San Jose Main Jail andbooked for vandalism nearthe intersection of ArguelloWay and Serra Street at 2:38p.m.
A male was cited and releasedfor being a minor in posses-sion of alcohol at 9:30 p.m.near 675 Lomita Drive.
A female was transported tothe San Jose Main Jail andbooked for being publicly in-toxicated near the intersec-tion of Governor’s Avenueand Campus Drive West at ap-proximately 11:15 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
A male was transported to theSan Jose Main Jail and bookedfor being publicly intoxicatednear the intersection of Lane Aand Nathan Abbott Way at12:26 a.m.
A female was cited and re-leased for being a minor inpossession of alcohol near theintersection of Lane A andCampus Drive at 12:45 a.m.
A bike wheel was vandalizedon a bike parked outside of Griffin House between 11p.m. the previous night and8:45 a.m.
A male was transported to theSan Jose Main Jail andbooked for being publicly in-toxicated at 8 p.m. nearGalvez Field.
A male was cited and releasedfor being a minor in posses-sion of alcohol at 11:20 p.m. onMayfield Drive.
A male was cited and releasedfor being a minor in posses-sion of alcohol at 11:50 p.m. onMayfield Drive.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
An iPhone was stolen fromLantana between 8:45 p.m.and 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY, MAY 21
A bike was stolen from out-side of Haus Mitteleuropa be-tween 8 p.m. on May 19 and 10a.m. on May 21.
Friday, May 25, 2012
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unconventional picks. In a Uni-versity press release, Applebaumsaid his selections were inspiredby the opening of the Bing Con-cert Hall, which is set to open itsdoors in January. Applebaumsaid he hopes the texts will in-spire students “to ask broaderquestions about where art ismade, what art is important andwho should decide.”“In selecting these ‘texts,’ Pro-fessor Applebaum hopes the di-versity of formats encourages stu-dents to think about how ideas areexpressed differently by the writ-ten word, in filmic presentation,through music, or by using con-temporary social media,” saidJulie Lythcott-Haims ’89, dean of Freshman and UndergraduateAdvising, in the University pressrelease. Lythcott-Haims pio-neered the Three Books program,now in its ninth year.This will be the first year thatnon-printed texts have been se-lected. Past picks have includedJunot Diaz’s “The Brief WondrousLife of Oscar Wao” in 2008, Mal-colm Gladwell’s “Outliers” in 2009and Geraldine Brooks’ “March” in2011.The authors of the three textswill participate in a panel discus-sion at the conclusion of New Stu-dent Orientation. This year’s dis-cussion, moderated by Apple-baum, will take place on Sept. 23in Memorial Auditorium. A livetelecast of the event in Pigott The-ater will be open to the broaderStanford community.
— Kurt Chirbas
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Stanford Says No to War and Occupy Stanford sponsored a letter writing party Thursday evening in the Haas Center. Attendees were encouragedto write letters to First Lady Michelle Obama to urge her to tell her husband not to pursue military action against Iran.
to a Housing representative whowas likely referring to the case of Azia Kim, who lived in Stanfordhousing for nearly a year from2006 to 2007, despite never beingan enrolled student.Valdez claims he was on cam-pus to work on a start-up with sev-eral other Stanford students,which he continues to do from anoff-campus apartment.On March 20, five weeks afterthe initial incident was reported toUniversity officials, Stanford is-sued a stay-away letter to Valdez,according to Universityspokesperson Lisa Lapin.At the time initial concernswere voiced, Valdez received mul-tiple warnings to leave the campus,including a written stay-away let-ter issued to him March 20.”Valdez denied receiving such aletter, but did say that Universityadministrators had warned himnot to come within 50 feet of stu-dent residences. His Twitter feedshows photos taken from the Stan-ford campus on March 30 andApril 16.On May 4, more than a monthafter the stay-away letter was is-sued, the Department of PublicSafety (SUDPS) was called toFloMo — one of the residencesValdez is known to have stayed in— to accompany University staff in confronting Valdez. After arriv-ing at the dorm room where hewas staying, University staff es-corted Valdez off the premises, ac-cording to an SUDPS report.On May 9, Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, student affairs officer forResidential Education, sent anemail to all RAs with a picture of Valdez, identifying him as an “ille-gal lodger” and notifying RAsthat, “we have reason to believethat [Valdez’s] presence could be athreat to other Stanford students.”The notice informed students tocontact SUDPS deputies if theysee Valdez on campus.The University has not pressedcharges against Valdez; however,failure to comply with a stay-awayletter could result in trespassingcharges, a criminal misdemeanor.“The warnings are over,” Lapinsaid. “If he comes on campusagain, he will be subject to arrest.”Lapin added that administra-tors were unable to confirm thatValdez committed any crime, butdecided to ban him from campusgiven student concern.“While the University has notbeen able to verify any criminalconduct to date, Stanford takesany concerns voiced by studentsseriously,” Lapin said.
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Europe is going through precisely thetensions I’ve tried to identify here.
— DANI RODRIK,Harvard professor