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By MARSHALL WATKINS
DESK EDITOR
Foreign policy will likely be a“net plus” for President BarackObama in the upcoming 2012election, Professor Emeritus of History David Kennedy assertedTuesday evening to a packedBechtel Conference Room.“There’s some reason to thinkthat foreign policy will be a plusfor Obama in the 2012 campaign,”Kennedy said. “He’s delivered onhis promise to wind down the IraqWar and has largely wound downthe Afghan War.Kennedy was one of three pan-elists at the event, titled “The 2012U.S. Presidential Election andU.S. Foreign Policy.” David Brady,professor of political science andsenior fellow at the Hoover Insti-tution, and Michael Armacost, aformer U.S. ambassador and fel-low at the Freeman Spogli Insti-tute for International Studies(FSI), joined Kennedy in a discus-sion moderated by Coit Blacker,FSI Director.Kennedy opened the event byarguing that a constitutional sepa-ration of foreign policy responsi-bilities — between the ability of Congress to declare war and thepresident’s role as commander inchief and treaty negotiator — hasled to natural discord between thebranches of government.“That division of power consti-tutes . . . an invitation to conflict,”Kennedy said.He acknowledged that foreignpolicy successes and setbackshave historically tended to accrueto the president rather than thelegislative branch.In attempting to establish acorrelation between notable for-eign policy incidents and electoraloutcomes, Kennedy said he wasonly able to establish positive cor-relation between winding down apredecessor’s conflict and an elec-
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May 30, 2012Issue 70
NEWS BRIEFS
SPEAKERS & EVENTS
War policy offers edgefor Obama
By JULIA ENTHOVEN
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
At its last meeting of the aca-demic year, the ASSU Under-graduate Senate endorsed thenomination of almost 100 stu-dents to University committees,established the Community Ac-tion Board (CAB) as a perma-nent institution of the ASSUand approved the new electionscommissioner and PublicationsBoard chairs.Nine of the 15 senators werepresent at last night’s meeting.Those present unanimouslyapproved the ASSU operatingbudget for next year despite nothaving a bill drafted for thebudget legislation, thus violatingthe Senate bylaws.Almost 100 students werenominated to 40 Universitycommittees after being inter-viewed and selected by the in-terim Nominations Commission(NomCom), which was made upof ASSU President Robbie Zim-broff ’12, Graduate StudentCouncil (GSC) Chair DavidHsu and members from lastyear’s NomCom who acceptedan invitation to return in the ab-sence of an established replace-ment for the Commission.If they receive majority ap-proval from the GSC, thesenominated students will be pre-sented as recommendations tothe appropriate University com-mittees by June 1.The Senate also approvedBrianna Pang ’13, a former un-dergraduate senator, as ASSUelections commissioner for theupcoming year.The Senate confirmed Kath-leen Chaykowski ’13, former ed-itor in chief of The Daily, andKian Ameli ’13 of the StanfordChaparral as co-chairs of thePublications Board for the 2012-13 academic year.
Approval of the budget
After receiving the most up-dated version of the GSC sec-tion of the ASSU budget fromGSC representatives, SenateChair Branden Crouch ’14shared the budget he had re-ceived from Naveen Mahmoud,ASSU financial manager and
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Margaret Hagan, a second year Stanford Law School student, moderated a focus group Tuesday on developing technology to better serve anti-trafficking petitioners. Hagan is one of three founders of Traffick Junction, an online platform for anti-trafficking advocates.
By MARY HARRISON
STAFF WRITER
At the end of its first academic year, theOffice of Alcohol Policy and Education(OAPE) has declared its newest program,Cardinal Nights, a success, despite a minoruptick in the number of students transporteddue to alcohol overconsumption this year.OAPE launched the initiative last fall withthe goal of increasing alcohol-free program-ming offered to students on weekend nights.According to its website, Cardinal Nights isaimed at both reducing high-risk drinking oncampus and building a stronger communityfor non-drinkers and light drinkers.The program has been doing a better jobaddressing the second part of that goal thanthe first, according to Angelina Cardona ’11,assistant director and community engage-ment coordinator for OAPE. Cardona saidthat the number of students hospitalized foroverconsumption of alcohol was slightlyhigher this year than last.There were 64 transports during the 2010-11 academic year. There have been 66 trans-ports thus far this year. According to Car-dona, more than 20 percent of this year’stransports resulted from just two events: FullMoon on the Quad and Mausoleum Party.“OAPE is leading a number of initiativesthat seek to decrease high-risk drinking,”Cardona wrote in an email to The Daily.“Cardinal Nights is just one part of our ap-proach.”Cardinal Nights has hosted or partneredwith student groups on 44 different eventsthis year, including Snowchella, comedyshows, the Frost Revival concert, Fiesta Lati-na and many others, including dances.At the beginning of this year, a sample of Stanford students participated in the Coresurvey, which polls students to assess nation-al trends involving alcohol and other drugson college campuses. According to the sur-vey, 21.7 percent of Stanford students saidthey would not want alcohol to be present atparties they attend.Cardona said the program is dedicated torepresenting the desires of this segment of the Stanford population.“Cardinal Nights seeks to challenge thefaulty normative belief that alcohol is neededto have fun on a college campus,” Cardonasaid. “We also seek to reinforce healthy be-haviors and lifestyles for our students.”In order to evaluate the success of theCardinal Nights program, OAPE has sur-veyed students to gauge interest in varioustypes of events and used Facebook to seekstudent feedback. More than 400 studentshave filled out the survey that CardinalNights created to get reviews about its events.“One goal for this year with CardinalNights was to try a lot of different types of events out and assess what students mostenjoy,” Cardona said.Jack Trotter ’12, a senior class president,said in an email to The Daily that he thoughtCardinal Nights was successful in that goal.“I think there has been much greater di-versity in terms of the types of events thatvarious student groups have offered,” Trottersaid.In addition to these measures, Cardonasaid that when the program co-sponsors an
OAPE cites gains withCardinal Nights
 
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New program supports 44 alcohol-free events in its first year,part of a larger effort to build community for non-drinkers
Antioxidant may treatautism symptoms
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF
A pilot trial at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Lucile Packard Chil-dren’s Hospital showed that the antioxi-dant supplement N-Acetylcysteine(NAC) may be an effective treatment of certain autism symptoms in children.The study is part of an ongoing effortby researchers to find alternative ways totreat serious symptoms such as irritabilityand repetitive behaviors, which can sig-nificantly affect a child’s development, es-pecially in learning and vocational activi-ties.Antonio Haden, primary author of the study and associate professor of psy-chiatry and behavioral science, said in anarticle in Stanford Medicine News that hehas high hopes that NAC could be one of the first drugs to effectively treat serioussymptoms of autism.The trial ran for 12 weeks with 31 chil-dren, who demonstrated over that timeperiod an average decrease in irritabilityfrom 13.1 to 7.2, as measured on theAberrant Behavior Checklist scale. Addi-tionally, the study revealed that NAC hassignificantly milder side effects on its pa-tients than current treatments.The next step for the study is to testNAC’s effects in a larger group and to de-termine how it functions within thehuman body.Meanwhile, Stanford is currently filinga patent for use of the antioxidant intreating autism. According to StanfordMedicine News, one of the study’s au-thors “has a financial stake” in a companythat produces the antioxidant used in thetrial.The full study and its results are ex-pected to be published in Biological Psy-chiatry on June 1.
 — Ileana Najarro
Stanford to beginconstruction onArastradero Trail
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF
The University announced Tuesdaythat it will soon begin construction on a$1.05 million trail stretching fromArastradero Road to the ArastraderoPreserve, after receiving approval fromthe Los Altos Hills City Council earlierthis month.Planning and discussion of the trail be-tween Los Altos Hills and Stanford start-ed in 2006, following agreements made
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 Panelists assess role of foreign policy in 2012 election
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event with a student group, OAPEasks the group to fill out an assess-ment after the event takes place.More than 95 percent of stu-dent groups surveyed by OAPEreported that their events weresuccessful and that they wouldpartner with Cardinal Nights againin the future.Katie Rovelstad ’14 workedwith Cardinal Nights when plan-ning a March 16 concert withMacklemore and Ryan Lewis. Shesaid her experience with CardinalNights was positive.“They [OAPE] wanted tothrow a concert that would re-mind students that college couldbe fun without drinking,” Rovel-stad wrote in an email to TheDaily. “They aren’t there to be thealcohol police they wanteverybody to be safe and still havefun.”Baffour Kyerematen ’15worked with OAPE and CardinalNights this year for Frosh Coun-cil’s “Glow Crazy” dance.“All of [Frosh Council’s]events are alcohol-free, so we fig-ured we might as well partner withCardinal Nights to get more fund-ing so our events had more appealand so more people would go tothem,” Kyerematen said.Based on attendance and stu-dent experience, Cardinal Nights’most successful events so far havebeen two trips to Cirque du Soleilperformances, the Macklemoreand Ryan Lewis concert and theFrost Revival Concert, accordingto Cardona.Cardinal Nights measured thestudent energy level at an averageof 3.2 — on a scale from one tofour — at its events, and the totalnumber of attendees at CardinalNights events this year was 11,129.This number counts all attendees,not unique attendees.Although its plans for nextyear are not definite, Cardonasaid OAPE has been discussingways to improve Cardinal Nightsfor the future. One idea is to hostmore consistent events, such as amovie night each Friday.OAPE is also looking to imple-ment more personal and creativemarketing strategies to garnerpublicity for its events with Cardi-nal Nights representatives in eachdorm, according to Cardona.During a presentation on May18 at the Student Affairs PosterFair — where staff in the StudentAffairs division showcase theiron-campus projects — OAPErepresentatives said that theyhope Cardinal Nights will have“greater partnership with high-risk social events,” such as FullMoon on the Quad and Mau-soleum Party, which had eight andseven transports, respectively, thisyear.Kyerematen, rising sophomoreclass president, said that the presi-dents are open-minded aboutworking with OAPE to plan FullMoon on the Quad next year in aneffort to prevent transports.
Contact Mary Harrison at mharri- son15@stanford.edu.
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that year with Santa Clara Countyunder the University’s GeneralUse Permit, which places a limit onStanford’s expansion. The trail,however, faced a postponementdue to a lawsuit from the Commit-tee for Green Foothills.In 2010, Stanford won the caseand continued its collaborationwith Los Altos Hills, culminating inthe offer’s acceptance on May 17.The University will directly over-see the construction of the trail,which will include a five-foot-wideunpaved pedestrian walkway andtwo full-sized bike lanes.Los Altos Hills Town CouncilMember Ginger Summit told theStanford Report that she is eagerfor Stanford’s renovations in thedesignated area.“Through the years, this stretchof narrow road has become in-creasingly congested with com-muter traffic, bicycles and hikers,creating a very dangerous chal-lenge,” Summit said. “With theStanford involvement, at last wehave been able to find a workablesolution that addresses the safetyconcerns of neighbors, pedestrians,equestrians, bikers and the autotraffic.”
 — Ileana Najarro
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toral benefit.Brady followed Kennedy andattributed less significance to for-eign policy in an electoral context.He said instead that the health of the economy or voters’ per-ception thereof — is the criticalfactor in determining the incum-bent’s chance of re-election.He acknowledged, however,that as demonstrated by elec-toral setbacks sustained by De-mocrats in 1952 and 1968 duringthe Korean and Vietnam Wars,foreign policy has historicallybeen the variable most likely todistort the impact of a healthyeconomy.“In both cases, opposition to[ongoing wars] was sufficient togive victory to the Republicans,Brady noted, despite the relativeeconomic prosperity at the time.According to Brady, the up-coming election may mark a re-versal in the two political par-ties’ mastery of the foreign poli-cy issue, with Obama currentlyenjoying a polling advantageover presumptive Republicannominee Mitt Romney on a sub- ject Republicans have tradition-ally dominated.“Going into this election, for-eign policy is an Obama strength,”Brady said. “Most Americansfavor [the Democrats’] policies, soin the absence of some dramaticevent, as of today, the Democratshave an advantage on foreign pol-icy worth two to three points in theelection.”Armacost cited his own expe-riences as a diplomat in detailingthe impact of the electionprocess on the conduct of for-eign policy.“Domestic considerations al-ways intrude on making foreignpolicy,” Armacost said. “Elec-tions have an increasingly pow-erful effect because they startearlier and last longer.”While acknowledging thatthe time and political require-ments of campaigning haveoften necessitated a relativelydiminished focus on foreign pol-icy by presidents seeking re-election, Armacost said that theincumbent has a unique abilityto implement narrative-chang-ing foreign policy course correc-tions, citing as an exampleObama’s recent “pivot” towardAsia.“Those are policies that haverather widespread support, andthey represent good positioningfor the election,” Armacost said.Armacost, however, saidthere is currently little chance of a dramatic shift in U.S. policy to-ward contentious issues such asIran or North Korea, citing thepossibility of uncontrolled esca-lation.“Crises can be beneficial be-cause people rally around theflag,” Armacost said. “It will onlybe beneficial [ultimately] if hemanages it well.”Quizzed by Blacker about thepotential impact of Iran’s nu-clear policy program on the up-coming election, all three pan-elists downplayed any advan-tage to be gained by either can-didate in escalating the issue butnoted that an eventual conflictmay become unavoidable.“If the Israelis make the deci-sion to go after what they see asan existential threat, the presi-dent would have to supportthem,” Armacost said.Questioning from the audi-ence focused largely on contem-porary issues facing the presi-dential candidates in the run-upto the election.Responding to a questionposed by Political Science Pro-fessor Mike Tomz on the impactof proposed defense cuts on the2012 election, Armacost notedthat the issue may be politicallysensitive for both parties andwill likely occupy only a second-ary role in the campaign.“They’re going to talk aboutthe economy, and they’re goingto talk about jobs,” Brady added.“It’s going to be a nasty cam-paign.”When asked by Matthew Col-ford ’14 about potential criti-cisms of Obama’s handling of the Arab Spring and the subse-quent geopolitical scene in theMiddle East, Brady argued thatdespite some Republican criti-cism of Obama’s alleged timidityon the movement, the issue willgain little traction with the elec-torate.“The American people arehappy we’re getting out of Iraqand Afghanistan,” Brady said.“Romney can push that view-point, but it’s not where theAmerican people are.”
Contact Marshall Watkins at mt-watkins@stanford.edu.
POLICY 
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NICK SALAZAR/The Stanford Daily
In a Tuesday panel, Professor Emeritus David Kennedy, Professor DavidBrady and former Ambassador Michael Armacost analyzed the role for-eign policy may play in the upcoming U.S. presidential campaign.
CEO of Stanford Student Enter-prises (SSE), with his fellow sena-tors.Despite not having a bill to es-tablish the budget as a piece of legislation, the Senate unani-mously approved it as the officialASSU budget for the next fiscalyear.The previous UndergraduateSenate had approved a budget forthe current Association duringthe last meeting of its term afterrevising a few provisions in theGSC section of the budget. How-ever, the GSC rejected the bill be-cause it objected to the Senate’srevisions, according to formerGSC co-chair Addy Satija.As a result, the ASSU was leftwithout a budget for the newterm.The Senate suspended therules of order at Tuesday’s meet-ing to vote on the budget withoutprevious notice.The ASSU Constitution statesthat the Senate must pass a budg-et before the end of this fiscalyear, which will occur during thesummer. According to the consti-tution, if the Senate and GSC donot approve a budget by thisdeadline, the budget for the newfiscal year must be identical to thebudget from the previous fiscalyear. However, last year’s Senatepassed its budget in October 2011and did not abide by this clause.When asked about the statusof the budget after the meeting,neither ASSU ParliamentarianKimberly Bacon ’15 nor Crouchcould provide an explanation re-garding the legitimacy of the vote.“Our budget is now official,”Senator Shahab Fadavi ’15 saidafter the meeting.
Institutionalizing CAB
The Senate also unanimouslyapproved a bill institutionalizingthe Community Action Board(CAB) as a “service project” of the ASSU, defined by the bylawsas a “semi-autonomous student-run agenc[y], subject to the over-sight of the President of the Asso-ciation and the relevant Associa-tion legislative bodies.”“[CAB] guarantees a way forcommunities to really have thatlobbying and advocacy powerwith the administrators . . . andfacilitates dialogue betweenthose communities,” said AracelyMondragon ’13 of CAB’s activi-ties this past year, initiated by theprevious ASSU Executive.Mondragon listed CAB’s re-sponse to the Study of Under-graduate Education at Stanford(SUES) report and establishmentof contacts in the administrationas the board’s top accomplish-ments this year.While several senators ex-plained that the bill’s intent wasto ensure CAB’s existence inde-pendent of executive discretion,they could not give consistent an-swers about CAB’s role in theASSU or its funding source.“It’s kind of like a new branchit’s a division,” Crouch saidwhen asked after the meetingabout CAB’s role in the ASSU.“They’ll still go through the Un-dergraduate Senate to get every-thing approved, so they’ll still beaccountable to the legislativebranches.”The legislation did not delin-eate CAB’s expected fundingsource. Bacon was the only sena-tor to ask CAB representativesabout funding and policies.CAB Chair Holly Fetter ’13said she doesn’t feel that CABfunding conflicts with generalfunding in the ASSU, but did notsay explicitly from where themoney for CAB will or shouldcome. Last year, CAB receivedASSU discretionary funding.Because the Senate had onlynine voting members present andwanted a clear two-thirds sup-port, senators called in SenatorJanhavi Vartak ’15, who had pre-viously been absent. Baconguessed that Vartak had been “ather dorm.”The 10 present senators thenapproved the new charter of CAB unanimously, while fundingpolicies and internal reviewmechanisms must still be drafted.
Contact Julia Enthoven at jjejje@stanford.edu.
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[CAB is]kind of like anew branch— it’s adivision.
BRANDEN CROUCH ‘14, ASSU UndergraduateSenate Chair 
 
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By LAUREN MCCUNE
W
ho needs titles like chief execu-tive officer or marketing direc-tor when you can be chief inspir/instig-ation officer, chief elevation officer, director of bigdeals or chief gregarious grammarian? For thosewith a penchant for innovative titles, the LevoLeague offers a chance for a unique business card,and for consumers, it offers a niche service.The Levo League is a network dedicated togiving young, recently graduated female profes-sionals the support and resources they need to besuccessful in the corporate world. Amanda Pou-chot and Caroline Ghosn ’08 created the LevoLeague to fill a void they found in the support sys-tem for young women between college and thebusiness world. The network provides a socialarena to connect women with opportunities andserves as a mentoring tool through which youngfemale professionals can learn from others withexperience.Based in New York City, the Levo League hasbeen extremely influential in movements such asEqual Pay Day — a day created to raise awarenessof the pay gaps between the sexes — and Ask 4More Day, which seeks to equalize this income gap.What was it that prompted two venture capital-ists from the Bay Area to quit their jobs and foundan institution dedicated to advancing women in theworkplace? The two met on their first day at con-sulting firm McKinsey and Company. They bondedover sensing an absence of help for women in theworkplace during their young careers.“Caroline [Ghosn] and I were so struck by howwe could support each other . . . we thought, whycan’t we bring this to a larger group of people?”Pouchot said.The two women come from wildly differentbackgrounds. Ghosn was born in Brazil, lived in theUnited States, moved to France and then went tohigh school in Japan before coming to Stanford asa freshman, where she was a member of the Stan-ford Student Entrepreneurs.Her freshman year of “real life” was a suddenchange from the linear, grade-based definition of success she had been used to until graduation.Pouchot grew up in a single-mother householdin Northern California before attending UC-Berkeley, where she majored in sociology. Thecommunities to which she belonged — her highschool basketball team and her college sorority,among others — influenced her heavily. Pouchotsaid she chose sociology because of her fascinationwith how the institutions and communities aroundus help create our identity, and how we as individu-als in turn create these institutions.But after college is over, what becomes of com-munity? Pouchot and Ghosn agreed: once youleave college, there is suddenly no one left to helpyou and no well-defined community to join.“Entering the professional world is the first timein your life where you don’t really have a plan,” shesaid. “Before, the plan had been, ‘You’re in juniorhigh, you go to high school. You’re in high school,you go to college.’”The Levo League continues to provide supportfor young female entrepreneurs. Earlier thismonth, the League launched a mentoring programin which less experienced members are matchedwith more seasoned mentors. The following day,the Levo League launched a graduation microsite.“It’s basically going to be like, ‘Hashtag oh shit,we’re 2013!’” Ghosn said with a laugh. “It’s basical-ly going to have the answers to all the questions youhave when you graduate, so nobody ever has to ex-perience how awful it is not to have the answers tothose questions ever again.”The site also recently launched a new featurecalled “The Lounge,” which Pouchot described asessentially a Facebook wall to serve as a safe spacefor women to ask questions, get advice and sharetheir stories.“Our ultimate goal is the service of that commu-nity,” Ghosn said. “We’re in the service of whateveris needed to get to that place of elevation profes-sionally.”The founders hope to inspire students to takeadvantage of all the opportunities at their finger-tips to find solutions through personal experience.“Just remember all the unique opportunities wehave at Stanford to interact with leaders,” Ghosnsaid. “Take classes in something absolutely new, getinvolved with start-ups . . . you never know whereyour passion could end up lying, and you have atremendous opportunity to explore it.”
Contact Lauren McCune at lmccune@ stanford.edu.
By ILEANA NAJARRO
STAFF WRITER
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ike many other Stanford students,Alexandria Hicks-Nelson ’12bikes to her job after class. Unlikemost Stanford students, once shearrives at her job she readies her-self to handle a seven-and-a-half-foot boaconstrictor, dole out goose and duck food,release a raccoon from its enclosure andwalk ferrets named Rufus and Tully ontheir leashes.Hicks-Nelson, co-president of the Stan-ford Undergraduate Pre-vet Club, has vol-unteered at the Palo Alto Junior Museumand Zoo for the past two years to gain expe-rience for her future career in veterinaryscience. Thanks to her experience with theclub, Hicks-Nelson will be working at theAdobe Animal Hospital this summer inpreparation for applying to veterinaryschool in October.Founded on campus 11 years ago byDonna Bouley, professor of comparativescience and pathology by courtesy, the pre-vet club is an opportunity for undergradu-ates, graduates and even postdoctoral fel-lows to network with current veterinariansand alumni, learn about the necessarycoursework and steps toward veterinaryschool and explore the wide range of fieldsthat fall under the category of veterinaryscience aside from animal clinics and horsemedicine.“We’re trying to provide them with whatwe’re really good at, but it also gives them aunique kind of a leg up in applying to vetschool as well,” Bouley said.Bouley started the club after some of her students were admitted into veterinaryschools but were missing required course-work that Stanford did not offer, such aslab-based microbiology. From there,Bouley’s goal was to find interested stu-dents and keep tabs on them so they couldbe fully prepared for veterinary school andhave the necessary shadowing hours andlab work completed on time.The Department of Comparative Medi-cine, which co-funds the club along with theOffice of Undergraduate Advising and Re-search, now hosts a range of classes and re-search opportunities for club members. Nextyear, three new introductory seminars willbe added: Introduction to Animal Behavior,Comparative Hematology and a course onanesthesia titled, Ouch! That Hurts.Club members meet twice a quarterover dinner, during which they hear presen-tations from faculty members and re-searchers at the Department of Compara-tive Medicine, club alumni and other clubmembers. The presentations include guide-lines to follow in applying to veterinaryschool, previews of classes that studentsshould take for their specialized field andresearch opportunities.“A lot of times pre-vets will fall into thetrap of not really going for the internshipsthat would best suit their expertise or inter-ests, so we do a lot of sharing of that,”Hicks-Nelson said.Additionally, Bouley meets with the stu-dents one-on-one to advise them on theirprogress. Bouley said she hopes the clubcan also expose students to a wide range of career opportunities they may not realizeexists.“Clinical medicine is a great practice,but a lot of students think that’s all there is,”Bouley said. “They don’t realize that youcan get into board specialties, research,public health and all of these differentthings that veterinarians are crucial to intoday’s world.”To draw in more members and create apresence on campus, the club hosts a Pre-Vet Club Expo every other year, in whichthey invite speakers currently working inthe field, current vet school students andStanford alumni to host panels or work-shops and have lunch conversations withvisiting high school students and Bay Areapre-vet college students.The goal of the expo is to get students tothink about a career as veterinarians aheadof time to ensure they plan their curriculumaccordingly. Because of the small numberof accredited veterinary schools in thecountry, the application process is excep-tionally competitive.“Nowadays for vet students to be com-petitive these kids have thousands of hoursof vet shadowing, and that’s pretty hard todo if you only started in your junior year of college,” Bouley said. “They need to bethinking about this even in high school.”However, Bouley still encourages lateinvolvement both in the club and the careerpath. She herself spent most of her early ca-reer as a gymnastics coach and judge untilshe discovered an interest in pathology re-search.“The message that I try to give to themis that first of all, all experience is good ex-perience, even if it was a bad experience,because you then know what you don’twant to do,” Bouley said.While Stanford has a record of nearly100 percent acceptance of its students toveterinary schools, club alumna ClaudiaChern ’11, who now works as a veterinaryassistant at a San Francisco clinic, said shefound it difficult being a pre-vet student ata pre-med dominated school like Stanford.“I still think that it’s pretty hard to bepre-vet at Stanford because the opportuni-ties are for human medicine, but it washelpful for Dr. Bouley to mentor us be-cause she really helps everyone find placesto get needed experience at a place whereit’s all human medicine,” Chern said.Hicks-Nelson said that if it weren’t forthe club and its connection with the De-partment of Comparative Medicine, sheprobably wouldn’t have been able to attenda summer internship at the New EnglandWildlife Center. Only the Department of Comparative Medicine would pay for thenecessary rabies vaccinations that the biol-ogy department couldn’t offer.“As much as I wish that there was a spe-cific animal sciences major, just being in thebiology department and being a pre-vethave been different ways of helping meout,” Hicks-Nelson said.By banding together in collaborationwith the Department of Comparative Med-icine, Stanford’s small group of veterinari-an hopefuls said they have been supportedin chasing an unorthodox career path.“We have had students [who] have goneon to vet school and are currently in pathol-ogy residencies [or] Ph.D. programs, andone of our alums is coming back as a lab an-imal resident,” Bouley said. “It’s a smallgroup, but I think we have a big impact rel-ative to the numbers of people that aregoing on to these alternative types of vetcareers.”
Contact Ileana Najarro at inajarro@stanford.edu.
 
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 Alexandria Hicks-Nelson, co-president of the Stanford Pre-vet Club, showed off “Rascal” atthe Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, where she has volunteered for the past two years.
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 Amanda Pouchot and Caroline Ghosn founded the Levo League, an organiza-tion that provides a support system for women entering the business world.
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