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Aspirin showspromise in treatingskin cancer
Aspirin and other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatorypainkillers may help protectagainst skin cancer, according toscientists at the School of Medi-cine, Aarhus University Hospitaland the Cancer Prevention Insti-tute in Fremont.Researchers examined thedrugs’ impact by evaluating 19years of skin cancer records innorthern Denmark and comparingthe rates at which skin cancer ma-terialized in subjects who took oneor more drugs compared to thosewho didn’t.Researchers subsequentlyfound that the risk of developingsquamous cell carcinoma or malig-nant melanoma two forms of skin cancer — fell by 15 and 13percent respectively among peo-ple who had used aspirin-likedrugs. The lowered risk was morepronounced among those who hadused the drugs for a longer periodor more intensively.Aspirin and other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory
Campus crime figures for the 2011-12 aca-demic year show little overall divergencefrom previous years, according to data com-piled by the Stanford University Departmentof Public Safety (SUDPS). Alcohol-relatedincidents, however, did increase by a signifi-cant margin.The Stanford campus experienced a 45percent increase in medical alcohol trans-portations this school year as compared tolast year. Between September 2011 and April2012, 77 people were transported for alcohol-related medical reasons. There were 53 trans-ports during the same time frame last year, ac-cording to SUDPS records.Despite the uptick in transports, the Officeof Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) re-cently declared the first year of the CardinalNights alcohol-free entertainment initiativeto be a success in creating community on cam-pus for non-drinkers.Forty-eight drivers were cited for being inpossession of alcohol during this academicyear, representing more than double the 23cited during the same time frame last year.Twenty-four citations were issued to minorsin possession of alcohol, only one more thanissued last year.The rate of DUIs doubled to 16 from Sep-tember 2011 to April 2012 from the eight ar-rests made during that time frame last year.Seven people were cited for possession of a controlled substance this year, while 10were cited for that offense during the samemonths last year.There were eight reported sex offensescompared with five reports last year: two bat-teries, one incident of indecent exposure, tworapes, one sexual assault and two unverifiedreport. Of the five reports from the previousyear, three were for incidents of rape.Both vehicle and dorm burglaries de-creased this year. Fourteen vehicle burglariesand 15 dorm burglaries were reported. Last
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Recycle Me
Remembering Stanford’sback-to-back titles
Mostly Sunny 
Mostly Sunny 
 An Independent Publication
 The Stanford Daily T
THURSDAY Volume 241
May 31, 2012Issue 71
Dropbox co-founder talksstart-ups, relays experience
Campus crime stable,alcohol incidents rising
SUDPS figures show rise in DUIs and alcohol transportations,OAPE calls alcohol-free programming a success
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“The whole start-up world is sort of like climbing Mount Doom,” said DrewHouston, CEO and co-founder of thefile hosting service Dropbox, to apacked NVIDIA Auditorium onWednesday afternoon. “You don’t real-ly know how tall it is, but there is a lot of fire and things exploding around you.There’s a lot of smoke and it is verysteep.”Houston, invited as part of the DFJEntrepreneurial Thoughts Leader Sem-inar, used the metaphor to explain theproblems associated with starting acompany as a recent college graduate.“Even if you know where you aregoing right now, things are going to getgnarly down the road,” he said.Rather than discouraging potentialentrepreneurs, however, Houstonsought instead to demystify the processof bringing a concept all the way to com-mercial actualization.Drawing on his experience withDropbox, which was created on a busride to New York and which currentlyenjoys a market valuation of billions of dollars, he encouraged students to leavethe beaten path.“People imagine that life is all aboutfilling checkboxes,” Houston said.“They think the right path to a start-upis getting a bunch of graduate degrees,be a really good engineer, get an MBA,then work at a lot of different compa-nies, and finally, sometime around theirthirties, forties or fifties, they’ll be pre-pared to start a company.”Houston emphasized that successfulstart-ups have rarely followed that path.“Empirically, so many companiesthat you would think about in the hall of fame were started by people who, basi-cally, didn’t know what the hell theywere doing,” he said.Houston cited several of Silicon Val-ley’s most successful companies — suchas Facebook, Google and Apple — asexamples of firms that were started byfirst- or second-time entrepreneurslearning how to run a successful busi-ness on the fly.“Don’t be too daunted if you don’thave all the answers,” he advised the au-dience.
 Jammin’ at the CoHo
IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford DailyCharged Particles, a jazz group featuring Communication Professor Jon Krosnick and Murray Low, director of the Afro-Latin Jazz program at Stanford, performed on cam-pus for the first time in the band’s 20-year history on Wednesday evening. The band’s work was recently described by This Week as ‘a superb example of musical artistry.’SERENITY NGUYEN/The Stanford DailyIAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily
Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of file hosting service Dropbox, spoke Wednes-day afternoon about his experiences developing a multi-billion dollar firm. Houstonemphasized the importance of commitment and vision above business experience.
Senior Gift awaits late spike
With two weeksleft before graduation, theClass of 2012 remains slightly behindlastyear’s recordparticipation in Senior Gift do-nations. Gif t organizers expressed optimism,however, that seniors’ contribution to the stu-dent-driven initiative will spikein the finalweeks.“Thegoalis to break the2011 participa-tion record and, since peopletendto be verylast minute about everything, we do expect tosee a lot of people give in thenextfew weeks,”wroteFelicity Meu, director of student andyoung alumni development, inan email toTheDaily.The Class of 2011 set an all-time participa-tion record withits Senior Gift, recording justover 82 percentof seniors donating toan ini-tiative intended — largely through The Stan-ford Fund to support financialaidandother undergraduate programs.“This renewable, discretionaryfunden-ables the president to respond toimmediateneeds, unexpected opportunities andfreshideas,” Meu wrote. “[Senior Gift donations]are an essential complement to endowmentgifts. Every undergraduate at Stanford istouchedby the Fund in some way and theSeniorGift isa way to say ‘thank you’ and giveback.”Asof May 29, more thanhalf of the Classof 2012 had contributed tothisyear’s Senior
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year, 34 and 19 reports were filedfor those crimes, respectively.Petty theft during this time pe-riod rose by nearly 68 percent,with 357 reported incidents thisyear compared with 241 reportedincidents for the same time framelast academic year.Reported incidents of bothstructural and vehicle vandalismwere cut in half, with 13 structur-al vandalism incidents and six ve-hicle vandalism incidents thisyear compared with 26 and 11 lastyear, respectively.“People have asked through-out the year if there has been anincrease in the number of Alert-SUs [emergency notifications]and if there has been an increasein crime,” wrote Chief of PoliceLaura Wilson ’91 in an email toThe Daily. “What people may notknow is that the University is re-quired to send these according toa federal law known as the CleryAct. We have modified some of our practices over the past year inorder to ensure that we are com-plying with the law to the fullestextent possible.”Wilson also noted that her de-partment has received more com-munity requests for active shoot-er and active killer responsetraining sessions during this aca-demic year.“These training sessions pro-vide people with informationabout options they can take duringan active shooter incident as wellas the important steps the commu-nity can take to bring concerningbehavior to the attention of skilledprofessionals in an effort to pre-clude violence,” Wilson wrote.However, Wilson said that byfar the most prominent SUDPSinitiative during the 2011-12 aca-demic year has been its bicyclesafety program.While acknowledging that stu-dents may not be happy with theincreased presence of SUDPS of-ficers near stop signs to issue tick-ets for traffic offences, Wilsonnoted that members of the Stan-ford community have yet to pro-pose viable alternative solutionsto the bicycle safety problem oncampus other than increased en-forcement.“What really became obviousis that a tremendous amount of educating and informing stu-dents had been done but educa-tion alone wasn’t changing theculture,” Wilson wrote.“Many people are not only ex-asperated by bicyclists failing tostop at stop signs and riding atnight without proper lighting,they are altering their behavior inorder to avoid the possibility of being involved in a collision witha bicyclist,” Wilson wrote.Wilson cited anecdotal evi-dence of greater cyclist caution atthe Campus Drive-EscondidoRoad stop sign and an increasednumber of bikers wearing helmetsat that intersection as potentialevidence of positive impact fromthe escalated enforcement.
Yesterday, in “OAPE cites gains with Cardinal Nights,” The Daily reported that there were 64 trans-  ports last year and 66 this year.This information came from An- gelina Cardona ’11 of the Office of Alcohol Policy Education; the statisitics in today’s article came from Laura Wilson, chief of po- lice and director of the Stanford Department of Public Safety.Representatives from OAPE and SUDPS were unreachable for comment Wednesday evening.The Daily is currently working to explain the discrepancy betweenthe statistics.
Contact Alice Phillips at alicep1@stanford.edu.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
 The Stanford Daily
painkillers may protect againstskin cancer by inhibiting the func-tion of two enzymes responsiblefor the promotion of inflamma-tion and the formation of bloodvessels. Without such outlets forexpansion, tumors may be unableto grow, according to researchers.
 — Marshall Watkins
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Gift. A month before graduationlast year, participation figures forthe Class of 2011 approached 60percent.“We do not want 2011 to be anoutlier — we want their gift to bethe start of a trend,” Meu wrote.Meu noted that Senior Giftcommittee members have organ-ized a number of events to in-crease turnout and senior partici-pation, including house and dormvisits and in-person outreach asthe fundraising enters its final pe-riod.“We know students love Stan-ford and we know many of thembelieve it is important to supportthe University,” Meu wrote. “Thecommittee is working hard tobring down any possible barriersto giving.”“There’s some social pressurearound it,” said Kara Murray ’12,who recently donated. “Every-one gives so you sort of have togive. Some people may not evenfind out what it’s used for untillater.”With matching donations, theClass of 2011 exceeded $200,000in its fundraising total. The Classof 2012’s donations will bematched 2:1 by Peter Bing ’55,with the Parent Advisory Boardcontributing a further $5,000 forevery 10 percent increase in par-ticipation among seniors.Meu predicted that the vastmajority of Senior Gift dona-tions will be allocated to TheStanford Fund’s need-based fi-nancial aid program, which hasin recent years grown from ap-proximately half of the Fund’sexpenditure to 81 percent in2010-11 as a result of financialaid policy changes and an inhos-pitable economic climate.“As a direct result of the eco-nomic recession, this is likely tocontinue for several years, withstudent need surpassing the pay-out from endowed scholarshipfunds,” Meu wrote.The Senior Gift has seen agradual rise in class participationover the past decade. However,peer institutions such as Harvard,Princeton and Dartmouth haveconsistently recorded even higherlevels of turnout. Meu acknowl-edged that work remains to bedone to ensure a consistentlycomparable turnout from Stan-ford seniors.“Our students chose Stanfordfor the caliber of education butalso for the Stanford ethos,” Meuwrote. “I only hope that, movingforward, that includes philanthro-py and gratitude.”
Contact Marshall Watkins at mt-watkins@stanford.edu.
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Houston emphasized the ben-efits of an environment such asStanford for furthering entrepre-neurial ambitions among fellowstudents with shared desire tochange the world.“Someone once said that youare the average of your five clos-est friends,” he said. “Being in anenvironment where people arealso interested in start-ups andwhere you are all pushing eachother can really be helpful.”Houston originally moved toSilicon Valley, scrapping plans tofound an SAT test preparationcompany when inspired by afriend’s ability to easily accessfunding from investors.“I thought a lot about what Iwanted to do next,” Houston said.“It had to be something deeplytechnical. I also wanted some-thing that I could explain to peo-ple in a bar or a coffee shop andhave them vaguely know what Iwas talking about and, finally, Iwanted something with a workingbusiness model.”In 2006, according to Houston,cloud storage was seen as the“next big thing” — a parallel hedrew with social networks andmobile apps today — but existingproducts were largely inade-quate, with at least three items of software needed to back up, storeand share data over the Internet.“I can’t really imagine TomCruise in Minority Report log-ging in to his Gmail to pick up theattachment he sent himself thatmorning, or forgetting his thumbdrive,” Houston emphasized.In fact, Houston cited the ex-perience of forgetting his thumbdrive as his prompt to start codingDropbox out of frustration at thelack of progress in cloud storage.A subsequent trip to Californiasecured him a co-founder, ArashFerdowsi, and funding from anumber of venture capital firms.“One thing you discover veryquickly as a technical co-founderis that you know a lot about theengineer, but very little about thebusiness side of things,” Houstonsaid.He added, however, that suchskills are rapidly acquired withexperience and pale in signifi-cance compared to being com-pletely invested in a project.Audience member GeorgeBurgess ’15, chief operating offi-cer at E2.0, expressed a favorableview of Houston’s talk.“I pay for Dropbox and use itdaily, so it was great to learn a bitmore about what they’re workingon and their priorities,” Burgesssaid. “Drew offered great insightinto start-up life. It was particu-larly useful to hear about some of the mistakes he made in the earlydays of Dropbox.”
Contact Felix Boyeaux at  fboyeaux@stanford.edu.
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stared for a long time atMichelangelo’s “Pietà”before noticing that Jesuswas missing a leg. Thestatue retains such agrace, such a feeling of perfec-tion that it left me unconcernedwith such trivialities as the ab-sence of a limb. But the work isdecidedly unfinished — thefigures grow out of rough, un-hewn stone and dark cracks runalong Jesus’ shoulder whereMichelangelo attempted toshatter it in anger.This is not the famed “Pietà”ensconced in St. Peter’s Basili-ca, but a later work, begun whenMichelangelo was nearly 80. Itis now tucked in an alcove of the Opera del Duomo museumin Florence. The piece depictsNicodemus — sculpted as aself-portrait of Michelangelo— lowering the body of Jesusinto the arms of his motherMary and Mary Magdalene.The artist took on this work noton commission, but purely forhimself as he prepared for hisimpending death. The piece wasintended to adorn his tomb.Michelangelo was regardedlike a god even during his life-time. His style was praised astheologically correct and an en-tire movement, Mannerism,was built to emulate it. In hisyouth, Michelangelo’s talenthad been his intuition for thesculpture that a block of marblewanted to be: he could sense theshape that it contained, and be-lieved it his task to bring thatshape out of the single block. Inthis “Pietà” he failed — addingthe leg would have thrown off the balance, introduced a dan-gerously racy limb entangle-ment between Christ andMadonna, and required addi-tional marble. According to hiscontemporary biographer,Giorgio Vasari, he had beenworking on the sculpture by thelight of a single candle, whichmust reasonably have con-tributed to the problem.He was in the throes of anend-of-life crisis, plagued by anuncertainty with art itself andhis life’s devotion to it. Hisworld was unsteady as well, stillreeling from the publication of Martin Luther’s
95 Theses 
some30 years earlier. Doubt and dis-cord had shaken the founda-tions of the machine that hadmade the very Renaissance.Michelangelo’s other worksare nearly reason enough tostudy in Italy; I got a crick in myneck from my inability to stopstaring at the Sistine Chapelceiling, and I am still awed bythe simplicity and perfection of the “David.” But this particularwork has stuck in my mind, andthe image of Michelangelo’sface looking upon death is one Iam not soon to forget. I cannotstop thinking of the deepness of its expression and the poignan-cy of the imperfect sculpturethat holds it, the human strug-gle that it depicts and that itcontained. Once I found it diffi-cult to imagine Michelangelo asa human, but now I am begin-ning to understand.
 — Ann Tyler Moses
 The Stanford Daily
Thursday, May 31, 2012
More than a birthday giftdelivery service
e know them asthe organizationof nice peoplewho hand-deliv-er flowers anddelicious cakes to homesick stu-dents craving some long-distancefamily affection on birthdays andspecial occasions. But the Parents’Club is more than just a birthday-gift-delivery service — it boasts along tradition of bringing Stan-ford parents together.In 1924, a group of facultywives, Stanford alumnae andmothers founded the Parents’Club, originally called the Moth-ers’ Club. They established thethree-fold mission that exists tothis day “to bring together itsmembers in social and intellectualexchange, to keep in close touchwith the University life and, in allpracticable ways, aid the Universi-ty authorities in promoting thewelfare of the student body.”The Mothers’ Club establisheda speaker series and scholarshipprogram, both of which still existtoday. The Club also built a seriesof Rest Homes to nurse sick stu-dents who did not require hospi-talization. These Rest Homeswere given to the University oncethe Cowell Student Health Cen-ter — now Vaden Health Center— was completed in 1962.In 1997 the Mothers’ Clubchanged its name to the Parents’Club to include all parents in theorganization. There are nowaround 1,000 international and300 local members.The Parents’ Club is activethroughout the year, but especial-ly active during New Student Ori-entation, Parents’ Weekend andAdmit Weekend. Members of theParents’ Club volunteer to coor-dinate speakers, facilitate check-in services, organize campus toursand sell merchandise to raisemoney for the scholarship fund. Inaddition, during Parents’ Week-end, the Parents’ Club holds theEntertainment Extravaganza,which showcases student artistictalent.One of the more popular andwell-known services is the deliv-ery service through which par-ents can send their childrencakes, cookies, brownies, flowers,balloons and plants. Cakes andballoons are popular for birth-days, but the recently addedservice of cookies and brownieshave become quite popular, es-pecially around exam time. Pres-ident-Elect Marcia Hansennoted that deliveries overalltend to peak around Valentine’sDay and finals.“Students really appreciatethe deliveries,” said Vice Presi-dent of Fundraising Maria Cara-no. “It’s not embarrassing forthem at all. We are like an exten-sion of their family, not just deliv-ery people.”“Our services allow parentswho are not local to bring joy totheir children,” added PresidentSheree Williams.Katherine Scavo ’15 received asurprise from the Parents’ Clubfor her 19th birthday. Scavo’smother ordered a cake and bal-loons online and had them deliv-ered to her daughter’s room onher birthday.“I was happy that my parentswere able to celebrate my birthdaywith me from far away,” Scavo said.“It was a nice surprise because Iwasn’t expecting anything.”One aspect Scavo appreciatedabout the Parents’ Club is that theparents aren’t just strangers whodrop off a cake. They add a person-al touch to all of their deliveries.“The parent who delivered thecake and balloons was reallyfriendly and nice, which made theexperience more personable,”Scavo said. “She was like my momaway from home. She was just asexcited as my mom would be.”According to the Parents’ Clubwebsite, the volunteers of the or-ganization make over 1,000 deliv-eries each academic year.The money made from theParents’ Club delivery service, aswell as the money raised throughthe active fundraising efforts of the members is used to support anendowed scholarship program. Inthe past 80 years, the Parents’Club has granted over $1 millionin scholarship funds to under-graduates at Stanford.A notable change in the pastfew years is that the Parents’ Clubhas become increasingly tech-savvy. The Club has improved itsFacebook image and updated itswebsite. One huge achievementwas the creation of an automatedonline ordering and purchasingsystem.In addition to its gift deliveryservices, the Parents’ Club offers amechanism for parents to meetother parents and develop friend-ships. Parents can find others whoare in similar situations and en-gage in meaningful conversations.“I like the people a lot,”Hansen said. “It’s an incrediblyfun and smart group that centerson friendship and camaraderie.”“The Parents’ Club is a verysocial club with monthly meetingsand seasonal lunches,” Caranosaid.President Williams noted thatthrough online communication,parents who are in town for just aweekend are able to find a warmand welcoming community of other parents.“The Parents’ Club exists andis able to survive because of thegenerosity of the volunteers andtheir love of Stanford,” Williamsadded.
Contact Raymond Luong at rayluong@ stanford.edu.
M.J MA/The Stanford DailyCourtesy of Ann Tyler Moses
“Pietà” is a sculpture depicting Nicodemus loweringthe body of Jesus into the arms of Mary and Mary Magdalene.

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