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Alumnus arrested in West Bank to face trial

Fadi Quran ’10 — a PalestinianAmerican Stanford alumnus who was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Friday, was brought to trial Monday morning in Jerusalem, his sister, Semma Qura’an, told The Daily. Quran’s sister tweeted following the trial that Quran was not released and was moved to Ofer prison in the West Bank. He will face a second hearing Tuesday morning, she said. As reported by PolicyMic reporter Jake Horowitz ’09, Quran was initially held in Al Maskubiyeh Prison in Jerusalem, not Ofer, as previously reported by several sources, including The Daily. Hurriyah Ziada, a student at Birzeit Unviersity in Palestine, who was with Quran moments before his arrest, confirmed this information. Quran’s release and trial were not

guaranteed, according to his sister. “We do not know if he will be released today. We only hope for it,” Semma Qura’an wrote in a Facebook message to The Daily from the West Bank, before Monday’s trial. “No one is allowed contact with him other than his lawyer — even he has limited access.” Quran, a Palestinian American from Hebron,West Bank, graduated from Stanford with a double major in international relations and physics and returned home to work in the alternative energy field while advocating nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Quran served as president of Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years. He was arrested Friday in Hebron, West Bank, for allegedly pushing an Israeli soldier during a protest against the 18-year Israelienforced closure of Hebron’s main

street to Palestinian citizens. Stanford students and graduates quickly organized around supporting Quran. Imran Akbar ’07, a SPER cofounder, wrote to the group late Saturday morning that he alerted the American consulate of Quran’s detainment. “I’ve spoken to the American consulate in Jerusalem,” Akbar wrote. “I gave them Fadi’s information, told them what happened and asked for a consular officer to visit him in prison and ensure that he’s safe and has access to his lawyer.The duty officer said he’d pass the information along to the consular tomorrow and get back to me.” Akbar said in an email to The Daily that the consulate would not give him more information about the case because he is not a family member. The American consulate was closed and unavailable for comment at the time of publication. Assaf Sharon Ph.D. ’09, an organ-

izer of the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement — a “grassroots organization working towards civil equality within Israel and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine,” according to the group’s site — encouraged the group in an email to mobilize the Stanford community to spread the story of Fadi’s arrest and of the larger conflict in Palestine. The Israeli Defense Force and Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not answer requests for comment. Video footage Journalists and activists participating in Friday’s demonstrations uploaded photos, videos and tweets of Quran’s arrest to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. There are currently two videos online — one posted on Friday that shows the protesters’ interactions with Israeli forces before and after Quran’s arrest and a second, released on Sunday, that concentrates solely on Quran’s encounter from a

new camera angle. The first video demonstrates a visibly and audibly upset Quran gesticulating and speaking to Israeli soldiers before being grabbed by multiple soldiers and pushed toward a police van. The clip then shows an officer pepper spraying Quran’s face, followed by Quran’s head and abdomen hitting the rear bumper of the van as soldiers attempt to arrest him. Quran is then briefly shown lying in the street behind the van as journalists and soldiers stand around him. The videographer of the original video then retreats from the scene with his camera, as his footage shows soldiers shooing the press away. The last footage of Quran shows him still lying in the street. The second video was shot from behind Quran, showing him yelling and motioning at officers, being

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University grants XOX reprieve
Admins reiterate lasting intention to terminate lease


Admins consolidate ‘pre-college’

New unit brings together six Stanford programs
Earlier this month, the University announced the formation of a new administrative unit called Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS), which will bring all of Stanford’s pre-college educational programs into one department. SPCS, currently comprised of six on-campus organizations, will exist under the umbrella of Stanford Continuing Studies (SCS). According to the SPCS website, the new unit will “foster the development of tomorrow’s undergraduates through programs that enrich the educational experience of pre-college students.” Raymond Ravaglia, associate dean and director of SPCS, said the unit will allow current programs aimed at pre-college students to share resources, promoting interprogram interaction. He added that SPCS will also help new departments and programs as they start to be developed. “There was a constant sense of common need,” Ravaglia said. “There were clearly opportunities for synergies on the marketing side, on the back office side.” The six organizations included in SPCS are the Stanford University Online High School, the Education Program for Gifted Youth Summer Institutes (EPGY), the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, the Stanford University Mathematics Camp, the Stanford Math Circle and the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute. The last will take place for the first time this summer. Ravaglia said University officials had often considered creating a “mirror image” to SCS, which, instead of tracking students after they graduate, will try to focus on students before they enter college. According to Ravaglia, this program came to fruition due to a number of factors: the realization of a definite need for the program among University officials, the increased popularity of the Stanford University Online High School and the retirement of a longtime EPGY faculty director. Ravaglia also said the collaborative spirit of SPCS will allow for financial and administrative benefits across all pre-collegiate programs. “There are a lot of opportuni-

Stanford announced in a statement Friday that, following meetings with Chi Theta Chi representatives, it would delay the planned takeover of the XOX residence from April 1 to Aug. 31. The statement emphasized, however, that the University still intends to terminate the house’s lease in response to “pressing life safety issues.” “The [alumni] board has not demonstrated consistent leadership, nor sufficient management of the property, thus putting our students at risk, which is simply not acceptable,” the Friday statement said. While welcoming the takeover’s postponement, members of the XOX community said that they would continue to contest the University’s decision and seek to maintain the house’s independence. At a Thursday meeting with Stanford administrators, the XOX Alumni Board submitted 200 pages of evidence addressing University concerns and outlined a case for continued autonomy. Abel Allison ’08, president of the alumni board, argued that the initial transition date of April 1 con-

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Chi Theta Chi (XOX) hosted an event Saturday evening to raise awareness of the house’s importance to the art scene on campus. The previous day, the University announced its intent to delay its takeover of the house.
travened the terms of the lease, and that the University had not given XOX sufficient time to address the grounds offered for the lease’s termination. According to Allison, the University did not give an explanation for the postponement. He said that the postponement would allow the XOX house to remain open this summer as usual rather than undergoing any University renovations. “The language of the lease specifies that — if you’re in default of the lease — you have 15 days to fix or take reasonable steps to fix all of the errors,” Allison said. “That’s what our group worked extremely hard to do after our first meeting.” Autumn Burnes ’12, XOX’s resident assistant (RA), emphasized the role that support from the Stanford community had played in promoting a constructive dialogue with the University. A petition supporting XOX’s independence had over 2,000 signatures at the time of publication. “Everyone has been really focused on what makes Chi Theta Chi an asset to the University,” Burnes said. “That’s really helped us hold the support not only of the community, but also of ResEd and Housing. . . . Hopefully we’re starting to get some traction.” Allison added that while the University has yet to shift from its initial stance of unilaterally terminating the lease, XOX representatives are “working hard to convince them that it’s worth working with us on getting to an agreeable solution . . . that involves us keeping the lease.” In assessing areas where Chi Theta Chi could make demonstrable changes, Allison identified a need for structural reform within XOX in order to address longstanding University concerns and

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Families on the Farm


State senator unveils bill at Haas Center
Proposed legislation will facilitate reallocation of surplus medicine

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Approximately 3,800 friends and family members of current Stanford students were expected to come to campus for 2012 Parents’ Weekend, which took place Feb. 24 to Feb. 26.

State Senator Joe Simitian M.A. ’00 (D-Palo Alto) unveiled a bill intended to help reallocate unused prescription drugs to uninsured Californians last Friday at the Haas Center for Public Service. The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 1329, would make it easier for more health care facilities to donate their unused prescription drugs to those unable to afford their own. Around 30 attended for the presentation.

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ASSU proposes new governing document

ASSU senators may urge Etchemendy to support Fadi Quran
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF ASSU undergraduate senators drafted a resolution Sunday calling for Provost and Acting President John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 to issue a public statement in support of fair legal treatment and the immediate release of Fadi Quran ’10. Quran, a Stanford alumnus, was arrested by Israeli authorities last Friday while demonstrating in Hebron, West Bank. In addition to two other students, four ASSU officials attended the meeting: the co-authors of the resolution, Senators Samar Qatari ’14 and Janani Ramachandran ’14, ASSU President Michael Cruz ’12 and Senator Alon Elhanan ’14. The representatives discussed the importance of ensuring the bill’s accordance with Article 1. Section 5.B of the ASSU Constitution, which requires that all ASSU bills only concern matters that directly affect Stanford students. “We should make it very clear that this is not a statement on anything more broadly,” Cruz said of the resolution’s scope. “This is a statement on this case, this situation . . . The narrowing of this bill has to be very clear.” The senators argued that the issue directly affects Stanford students because of the “emotionally distressing” footage of Quran’s arrest and his close associations with many current students. They cited the outpouring of support and outrage following Quran’s incarceration — including multiple petitions, one of which gained more than 1,000 signatures by the time of the meeting — as evidence of the importance of the issue to students and faculty. Still, both Cruz and Elhanan were concerned about the bill being “a stretch” and encouraged the authors to use narrow and specific wording. “Since he’s no longer a Stanford student, that clause doesn’t affect him,” Cruz said. “The clause . . . applies to current Stanford students who are experiencing emotional distress, pain, etc.” There was also some debate about whether the bill should urge

The ASSU released a newly proposed constitution in a campus-wide email Saturday night. ASSU President Michael Cruz ’12 and ASSU Parliamentarian Alex Kindel ’14 co-wrote the document, which at 32 pages is nearly half the length of the current constitution. Cruz and Kindel serve as co-chairs of the ASSU Governing Documents Commission (GDC), a body that Cruz chartered in spring 2011. “Going into writing [the proposed constitution], there were definitely things that I understood as needs, for instance the special fees process, representation by undergraduate and graduate students and the structure of the University committee system,” Cruz said. Cruz described the key goals of the overhaul as refocusing the mission of the ASSU back to its initial goal of advocacy and programming and ensuring that each branch of the ASSU has a clearly defined mission. He added that the “legislative branch’s power of the purse” is enhanced in the new constitution. Before being released to the general student body, the proposed constitution was reviewed by ASSU senators, Graduate Student Council (GSC) members and administrators. The GDC also studied the governing documents at peer institutions such as UCBerkeley, Brown, Harvard, Princeton and Yale, and spoke with former student body presidents both from Stanford and other universities. Cruz said that the GDC will move to introduce bills about the constitution to the Undergraduate Senate and GSC this week as a way of shifting the conversation about the document into a more formal setting. He added that the GDC is not asking either body to vote on the bills this week. The new constitution must be approved by both legislative bodies — or petitioned onto the bal-

lot if rejected — before the student body votes on the document. If two-thirds of Stanford students approve the bill (this two-thirds must comprise at minimum 15 percent of both the undergraduate and graduate student populations), then the document will be sent to the University President, Provost and Board of Trustees for approval. These individuals would then send the bill back as either approved, approved with qualifications or denied. If the bill is approved with qualifications, the GDC will work to incorporate the final comments, Cruz said. The final stage of the approval process can take anywhere from two weeks to several months, Cruz said. The ASSU will hold four more feedback sessions regarding the proposed document. The first session was held last Friday before the document was publicly available. An initial feedback session planned for Thursday was postponed. The upcoming sessions will be held Monday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in Old Union Room 215, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Old Union Room 104, Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Arrillaga Family Dining Commons and next Monday, March 5, from 8:30 to10 p.m. in Old Union Room 104. According to Cruz, these feedback sessions will be located in Old Union and Arrillaga in hopes of maximizing the number of students who will attend. “We want feedback from the average Stanford student, not just simply the person who’s going to reach out and try to find it,” Cruz said. “We wanted to have [the feedback sessions] in places where people can swing by for 15 minutes or five minutes or whatever.” The last full constitutional overhaul occurred in 1960. “The entire system of the ASSU is in need of an update,” Cruz said. Contact Alice Phillips at alicep1@ stanford.edu.

Etchemendy to support Quran’s “immediate release” versus his “fair trial.” While Elhanan said that he thought the recommendation was making an overreaching assumption that Quran will have an unfair trial, Qatari said she thought that calling for his release would show absolute solidarity and reflect what she sees as the majority campus opinion that, regardless of the result of his trial, Quran was detained unjustly. “I think it is a lot better than it could have been,” Elhanan said about the bill. “I’m not saying I’ll vote for it, but I’m really glad to be part of the discussion, and I appreciate the opportunity to raise my concerns.” According to Israeli law, Quran’s trial must occur within 48 hours of his arrest because he is being tried in military court. Ramachandran said the senators will present the re-worded bill at Tuesday’s Senate meeting regardless of whether Quran has been tried or released.
—Julia Enthoven

treatment, that number is 63 percent. The patients in these trials could be treated with the shot in the study because of federal rules allowing exemptions to those who give informed consent in order to conduct studies that involve life-threatening situations. In order to implement the trial, approximately 250 Santa Clara and San Mateo firefighters had to be trained to conduct research. The study, published Feb. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine, was authored by Stanford researchers alongside researchers from 16 other universities and hospitals across the nation. The National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority funded the study. The Department of Defense’s Chemical Biological Medical Systems Joint Project Management Office supplied the spring-loaded syringe injectors.
— Alice Phillips

Shots more effective than IVs in treating grand mal seizures, study shows
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF A team of researchers found that administering a quick shot of anticonvulsant medication with a spring-loaded syringe is as effective in treating prolonged seizures that do not occur in hospitals as using an intravenous line to administer the medication directly to the bloodstream. According to James Quinn, a professor of emergency medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, the benefit of using a shot to treat a full seizure rather than starting an IV is that it takes less accuracy to administer a shot — increasing the chance of success and decreasing the risk that either the patient or the person starting the IV will get inadvertently pricked by the needle. Among patients to whom the shot was administered, 73 percent were free of seizure symptoms by the time they arrived at the hospital. Among patients receiving the IV


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develop confidence in XOX as an institution. “We intend to be extremely proactive about developing a proposal of changes we want to make to our organization to address some issues that have been bothering the University for a long time,” Allison said. “We’re working on a plan we think has a high probability of ensuring long-term stability at the house.” “I want to show, not tell, why we should keep this house,” Allison added. “The University needs to let us show them.” While University statements have stressed a desire to maintain Chi Theta Chi’s “distinct character” after the planned transition to University management, Burnes said that Chi Theta Chi’s independence has a unique effect on the house community. “What makes it special is the accountability and the responsibility,” Burnes said. “It really brings us together in a way that doesn’t exist in other places.” Contact Marshall Watkins at mtwatkins@stanford.edu.

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perience living in the United States. Before arriving at Stanford to attend graduate school, she lived in Turkey, the United Kingdom and France. “I was shocked to see how people were eating in the U.S. and actually ended up putting on about 25 pounds in my first three months here,” she said. “I have a personal passion around understanding food decisions, especially for young people, and using technology to make an impact.” McDonnell, Awardly cofounder and chief operating officer, also cites her personal experience as her impetus for starting the organization. McDonnell is a management consultant and certified yoga instructor who attributes her drive to bring healthy living to a broader audience to the goal-oriented nature of her career. “As a yoga instructor, I think about achieving goals on a personal level,” McDonnell said. “That is really the animating spirit of our company — it’s all about helping individuals who have a goal. We’ve developed an application that helps them use food to accomplish that goal.” McDonnell and Yilmaz did not set out to create an iPhone app when they began the project. “We had no intention, initially, of building an iPhone app,” McDonnell said.“We had an intention of solving a problem, and the iPhone app is the way we are solving that problem.” “Claire and I differ a little bit from the typical Silicon Valley entrepreneurs,” Yilmaz said. “They may come up with an idea that is cool and say ‘Let us build this and see if people use it.’ Instead, we chose the need . . . and we went out and talked to people.” “We spoke with about two hun-

etween lectures, labs, problem sets and midterms, making wellinformed food decisions can be a challenge for busy students. Add the constraints of location and time, and smart eating becomes even more difficult. Enter Awardly, a new locationbased iPhone app founded by Stanford alumnus Gülin Yilmaz M.S. ’04 MBA ’11 and Claire McDonnell, a Bay Area resident and Fulbright Scholar. Awardly is an iPhone app that allows users to quickly make informed food choices in the hopes that it will encourage positive change in students’ food behavior. The app uses GPS technology and menu information to guide user food choices based on nutritional goals such as maximizing academic performance or achieving a high level of fitness. According to Yilmaz, she and McDonnell are entrepreneurs who want to “use technology to bring scalable solutions to people.” The creators met in 2011 through an entrepreneurial incubation program created by Innovation Endeavors, a Palo Altobased venture capital firm. The program connects entrepreneurs who are interested in addressing similar problems through their work, and the duo hit it off from the very beginning. “We are lucky because we have aligned interests, diverse skill sets and similar values,” Yilmaz said. “[I am] interested in using technology as a platform to help people make behavioral changes. In this case, the interest is in food behavioral change.” Yilmaz was inspired by her ex-


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dred [people] in total . . . and let them design the solution for us,” she added. “What we realized is that they are all on their phones, so the solution must be mobile.” In developing the specific nutritional options Awardly presents to its users, the creators consulted Tami Lyon, registered dietician and founder of Healthy Living Nutritional Counseling. “I provided [Yilmaz and McDonnell] with guidance on the nutritional aspects of how to provide challenges to users in a way that is easy to understand and easy to apply,” Lyon said. The scientific background that Lyon provided is embedded in the app’s design, and users are presented with simple choices that encourage healthier behavior. When users decide to eat at a specific restaurant, they open Awardly and the app uses GPS to identify the restaurant. Then users choose their “goal” for their upcoming meal, and Awardly gives suggestions on choices they can make to help reach these goals based on available menu items. The app may identify a menu item that is best for brainpower or make generalized suggestions like choosing leafy green vegetables over potato chips. Each time users successfully complete a challenge, they earn points within the app. Users can eventually save up enough points to get real-life rewards from the app, such as iTunes credit. Currently, the app is being beta tested by a group of Stanford students. “What we have seen is that almost everyone using the product has made changes in the way they eat,” McDonnell said. Contact Madeline Sides at msides@ stanford.edu.



thletics at Stanford conjure up images of Division I varsity teams, competitive club sports or our official mascot, the Cardinal. However, the teams “Gazebo Gorillas” or “Donnersaurs” are also in the realm of Stanford athletics.These intramurals sports teams are two of more than 1,000 other uniquely named teams. As part of its mission statement, the Intramurals Sports Program “recognizes the need of a recreational environment” for Stanford students, a goal that Travis Jew, coordinator of intramural sports, aims to fulfill. Jew joined the Intramural Sports Program 18 months ago and became the head of the program in October. “I had a passion for intramurals because I used to play them all the time as an undergrad in college,” Jew said. The first part of Jew’s vision was initiating a new online system of registration and communication. “Our goal is to interact with students, and for the teams to communicate more with each other,” Jew said. Launched this winter quarter, the system includes features such as most valuable player awards for each game and an online message board. One of the bigger improvements is cutting down on forfeits with the ability to reschedule games, which is facilitated by the online system. The new online system is only one improvement in the larger scope of the program. According to Jew, another principal need is to reach out to more students by offering a wider variety of sports. “There is a huge need to appeal to every student on campus,” Jew said. “Not everybody likes basketball. Not everybody plays volleyball. Not everybody knows how to throw a Frisbee. [But] we are trying to get every student plugged into at least one sport.” In an effort to address this issue, the program now offers new sports, while still maintaining the classics such as basketball, volleyball and soccer. “[We have] different sports for people who aren’t comfortable with the traditional sports and can now play some fun, wacky sport,” Jew said. Broomball, added this quarter, is an example of such a “fun, wacky sport.” The sport is very similar to ice hockey except that the participants run in tennis shoes and play with “brooms,” or square-shaped plastic sticks. Timothy Szwarc M.S. ’09 Ph.D. ’15, who played broomball as an undergraduate at Cornell University, where hockey fans and ice rinks abound, now plays through Stanford Intramurals. “It’s fun to see students who can write award-winning papers be able to score a goal in broomball and celebrate winning a game,” Szwarc said. Despite being nontraditional, a recent intramural broomball tournament had more than 90 participants. Since 2006, there have been six new league sports introduced into the program, including inner tube water polo, billiards, squash, table tennis and badminton. This expansion is now looking to include the virtual world.

“We are looking at interactive games like Xbox 360 Connect because a lot of people play videogames and don’t play intramurals,” Jew said. “You are still playing a sport, just virtually.” Senior Associate Athletic Director Eric Stein agreed with Jew about the program’s improvement. According to Stein, much of this progression can be attributed to new staffing and leadership. Stein came to Stanford in 2006, and the first full-time director of intramurals

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sports was appointed one year later. Following the introduction of a full-time director, a position currently held by Jew, the number of teams has grown by 62.5 percent, games by 130 percent and participants by 4 percent. “When I first came here, we had just won our twelfth straight Director’s Cup [from the National Association of College Directors of Athletics],” Stein said, adding that he felt that that year marked an institutional transition in the attention paid to intramural sports at Stanford. Participants in the competitive and recreational intramural sports leagues vary in age, skill level and athletic background. “When I was in high school, I did track,” Szwarc said. “I came to college and wasn’t able to maintain the same time commitment to varsity sports. I had this need to get out there and play sports where the level of competition is still really high.” Like Szwarc, Rebecca Amato ’14 has been involved in sports since high school and became involved in intramurals during her freshman year. “Before I came to Stanford, I researched intramural sports, and for my dorm’s government elections, they mentioned that one position was intramurals coordinator,” Amato said. Now, both Szwarc and Amato are involved in several sports throughout the year. For both, intramurals have great benefits. “It’s a break from our busy lives as students,” Amato said. “It’s nice to get on a team and have fun and then go back to your routine.” Szwarc points out that the intramural teams fill the space between solo exercise and varsity-level practice. “It gives a reason to go out and compete,” Szwarc said. “You can train for an event or run for fun, but it’s something else to have a game, a bracket and a league. It’s having something at stake, being part of something more.” Contact Arushi Jain at ajain93@stanford.edu.

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Dear Readers, I would like to clarify and comment on our recent and continuing coverage of the arrest of Fadi Quran ’10 in Hebron, West Bank. This story was a significant undertaking for The Daily and an important piece of breaking news for our community. A few questions have surfaced about news desk editor Kristian Davis Bailey’s ability to fairly cover Quran’s arrest. Kristian signed a divestment petition circulated by Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) this year. He is not a member of this group. The petition calls for Stanford to divest

from “companies whose direct violations of international law have an injurious impact on Palestinians.” Kristian did not report his signature to a Daily editor because he viewed the issues of divestment and Quran’s arrest separately. I stand by Kristian’s coverage as fair and accurate. The Daily should have disclosed his signature on the SPER petition. An annotation disclosing Kristian’s signature on the SPER petition has been appended to his articles online. Sincerely,
MARGARET RAWSON President and Editor in Chief, Vol. CCXLI

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As the University deals with numerous episodes of dangerous drinking, there is no doubt that we as a community should adopt a multi-pronged approach to change student attitudes toward alcohol. In addition to changing attitudes, it is important to create meaningful social alternatives to alcohol-centered partying. The Office of Alcohol Policy and Education’s Cardinal Nights program has done this to some extent, sponsoring a wide range of activities, some of which have been quite popular. However, Cardinal Nights may not be enough of an alternative for students who choose not to drink. As a result, the Editorial Board believes Stanford should pilot substance-free housing. Substance-free housing refers to housing where alcohol and drug consumption is not permitted. This is not as much a legal approach as a social one, given that drugs are illegal and that for many of Stanford’s students, consuming alcohol is, as well. Substance-free housing would be an opt-in program for those students who wish to minimize their exposure to drinking and drunken behavior in their residential environment. This approach has caught on at a number of schools, ranging in size from small liberal arts colleges like Vassar to Ivy League schools like Dartmouth and large state schools like Rutgers. The program would appeal to a wide cross-section of students, not all of whom would be freshmen. Students who do not drink for religious reasons would benefit from having a community that recognizes and values this aspect of their beliefs, and those who simply prefer not to drink would find a group of like-minded individuals. Indeed, when placed in dorms where drinking is the norm, many students who have no particular interest in drinking join the drinking bandwagon. In addition, those who had a troubled high school experience with alcohol or other illegal substances might find it easier to live in substance-free housing. Lastly, we believe there would be students who would choose to live in substance-free housing for the so-called “secondary benefits,” regardless of whether these students drink in other social environments. These benefits include the quieter atmosphere, less drunken damage or theft, less alcohol-induced vomit in the bathrooms and more. These secondary benefits have been a major driver for introducing substance-free housing at other schools, as Dr. Henry Weschler of the Harvard School of Public Health pointed out in a 2001 study on the subject. Substance-free housing is not without its detractors. The first concern is that students, particularly freshmen, may not make the best choices coming into college — parents may pressure students to choose a substance-free dorm or students may find that while they choose not to drink, the friends they would otherwise want to live with do. These are valid concerns. One possible solution, at least in the beginning, would be to limit the substance-free housing to upperclassmen only. This would also alleviate the concern that the presence of substance-free housing would create a divide between students who opt in and those who choose not to. After freshman year, stigmas associated with certain residences generally become less relevant. Another concern is what the presence of substance-free housing suggests about the other on-campus housing options: are they “substancefilled”? The answer, of course, is that alcohol and drugs will always be something that students experiment with in college. Having substance-free housing on campus offers a social alternative rather than a statement on what is or is not encouraged in the remainder of on-campus housing. A pilot substance-free residence, restricted to upperclassmen, would give Housing and Resident Education a good idea of the benefits and drawbacks of the program, as well as an indication of how popular the program might be. Piloting housing programs is not unprecedented: although the reasons were quite different, gender-neutral housing was a pilot just a few years ago and has since expanded considerably due to its popularity. Giving students who don’t drink — and those who do — the chance to live in housing largely free from the peer effects and secondary effects of drinking is valuable. Both in the interest of helping all students feel safe and comfortable, as well as in pursuing multiple approaches to dealing with problem drinking on campus, the University should pilot an alternative in the form of substance-free housing.


la for offsetting food intake. At almost all moments, my mind was concerned with what I was eating, and what I was not eating. These were absolutes. It sounds insane to me now, but at that time, recalling every ingested ingredient each day and awaiting the scale’s report each week made sense. I was aware of growing more particular, but it was sunny outside, my classes were awesome, I still smiled and life still felt sunny. I didn’t register that my entire day was mentally spent on food or the sustained issues cropping up in my body. Indeed, I had mastered the arts of health and self-discipline. “Disorder” would be the last word I’d use to describe my orderly life. So only now do I see how ironic that word is. The specificity of an “eating disorder” for many is sourced from a much more general psychological condition: the desire to have control. It’s an innate human trait. We want that sensation, and we often use tangible materials to attain it. Depending on our different personalities and contexts, though, our objects of choice vary widely. My own fixation settled on food and appearance, but for others it’s a grade, a relationship, reputation or tomorrow’s schedule. I think people have a tendency to create security where we can, in reaction to all of the places where we cannot. We intend the best for ourselves, really, but it’s easy to start sacrificing things we didn’t mean to. In logic and rationale, we will admit we can’t take anything in this material world for granted. But in the most irrational depth of our hearts — the part that truly drives how we live — we’re desperate to prove ourselves wrong. That dissonance is exactly where

he rules under which I lived during most of sophomore year are called, in social and clinical terms, an “eating disorder.” It’s a jarring convergence of terms. Even stranger is the fact that the girl writing those rules was me. Me — normal, a student at Stanford — not a psycho nutcase with a sensational/irrelevant story. That situation belonged to cliché reality TV show stars, who were crazy and self-obsessed. This is our human penchant for being in denial: we see clearly the absurdities of others and rarely in ourselves. Because, yes, it was undoubtedly me, less than two years ago, forcing myself into a highly self-destructive mental structure. Yet all that time, I proudly thought I was in control, and that was a big part of the problem. In most students’ post-freshman year dorm life, social regularity becomes more self-directed. We have more autonomy in who we see every day and who knows our daily business (which itself can be a major adjustment at the beginning of sophomore year). Fewer people are around to see how we eat. Now, that’s a side note, of course, except that it creates the space for someone trying to escape being observed as eating differently than before. And I began eating very purposefully different. I ate exactly every three hours, which dictated when I woke up each morning. When my eating scheduled was forced to change, I ignored a traditional lunch or dinner. I could only eat apples or pears between meals. I ate only raw vegetables at dinner, especially those with supposed “negative” calories. I could not drink water at meals, for it diluted digestive acids. I went to the gym with a precisely-timed formu-

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we trap ourselves in crisis. We still strive for self-dependence and certainty when those things keep breaking down despite us. My relationship with God is my reality check. To some, this is called “using religion as the preferred coping mechanism” (at least, that’s what I used to say). But the more I learn about what Christ said, and the more I see of humanity in action, my faith in the supposedly impossible simply grows stronger. I’ve noticed how human standards for right and wrong and okay are just so, so messy — they keep foiling us. I wreak havoc on myself and others the more I try to take over, and it’s horrible. There’s a more popular religion, based on self-worship and perfection, that doesn’t make sense to me anymore. We want the last word, control of the day, thinking that that is freedom. But is it, really? I didn’t find freedom there. I believe freedom is somewhere else — a much different, less tangible place. Many of us seek order in welldisguised disorders, some more extreme than others. A lot of us are dealing with uncertainty in very internalized, painful ways. So, I thought I’d write this column in light of all that. (I was kind of nervous; this column has been cooking mentally for weeks.) Hopefully, my experience can mean something more out here, maybe to you. Who’da thunk it? Nina talks in other, non-column ways, too. If you don’t see her around in person, email her at ninamc@stanford.edu. Until we meet again next Monday, Stanford.


Our connection to events in Palestine


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adi Quran, a person of tremendous courage and wisdom, a 2010 Stanford graduate, my friend and the friend of many others at our University, a Palestinian dedicated to the struggle for justice and human dignity, a man absolutely committed in theory and practice to nonviolence, appeared Friday in an Internet video, his face discolored and bruised, being beaten, handcuffed and dragged by soldiers in the course of a demonstration in Hebron. As his friends and members of his community, many of us are working to help him, to free him, to protect him. Helping Fadi in this moment of pain and danger is an imperative that comes from our hearts. But many of us are also allied with him in his larger purpose — to end the terrible conflict between Israel and Palestine, to lift the cruel military occupation, the long ordeal of homelessness, the wall, the settlements, the checkpoints, the house demolitions, the destruction of agriculture, the separation of families, the choking off of the very means of survival, the treatment of a whole nation of nationless people as less than human. As a brilliant graduate of Stanford in physics and international relations, Fadi could have done just about anything he wanted to. But personal success and power were not on his list.

He was 20 when I met him in 2008; by that time he had already put himself on the line many times, and had suffered for it. His resolve to follow a path of nonviolence was clearer than ever after he participated in a Stanford overseas seminar in India, led by Prof. Clayborne Carson and me. We called the seminar “Gandhi and his legacy: Nonviolence in India, America, and the World.” In his last year at Stanford, Fadi worked for divestment. That campaign, like the one before it at Stanford and the one after it (unfolding at this moment) aroused extreme feelings and strong opposition as well as alliance and support. With his deep convictions about the necessity of dialogue, reconciliation and love, Fadi reached out to Jewish individuals and organizations and earned great respect even from those who disagreed with him. After graduation he returned to his home in Ramallah. He was featured in a March 31, 2011, article in Time magazine: “A New Palestinian Movement: Young, Networked, Nonviolent.” He is also featured in a film in progress called “Martin Luther King, Jr. in Palestine.” Last November, when Americans were honoring the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Freedom Riders with TV specials and public events, Fadi and his companions in Palestine were giving

new birth to the concept of Freedom Riders. While Palestinians must follow a tortuous route through checkpoints to get to East Jerusalem, if they can get there at all, residents of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank ride segregated buses over segregated roads on which Palestinians are not permitted. The Freedom Riders boarded one of these forbidden buses and rode till they were dragged off and arrested. This story was widely covered in the world press, with a picture showing Fadi in the bus with his sister, holding up a sign that says, “WE SHALL OVERCOME.” As I write this, Fadi is in a military prison. His friends are mobilizing to get support from Stanford and elsewhere to secure his release and to keep him safe. A powerful nonviolent movement is building in Palestine. Many understand that this is likely to be the most potent movement of all. Effective nonviolent leaders can be a particular threat to entrenched powers. It’s up to us to stand with brave and visionary nonviolent leaders and movements — not to be silent bystanders. We are connected to Israel and Palestine in more ways than we know.
LINDA HESS ’64 Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies

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Current ASSU Undergraduate Senators are working on legislation to mobilize community support for Quran. Senators SamarAlqatari ’14,Alon Elhanan’14 and Janani Ramachandran ’14 and ASSU Executive President Michael Cruz ’12 met Sunday evening in Old Union to draft a bill in support of Quran. [See “ASSU senators may urge Etchemendy to support Fadi Quran,” page 2.] Quran in the Middle East Quran was arrested Friday during a protest against the Israeli-enforced closure of Shuhada Street, the main thoroughfare in Hebron that has been closed to Palestinians since the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, in which an Israeli gunman killed 29 Palestinian Muslims and injured 125. According to the website of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) — a Palestinian-led movement committed to “resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles” — Quran was protesting along with the “Youth Against Settlements” movement, though he is not a member. Six demonstrators were arrested Friday, including Quran, according to ISM. Youth Against Settlements is a Hebron-based movement that is “a national Palestinian non-partisan activist group which seeks to end Israeli colonization activities in Palestine (building and expanding settlements) through non-violent popular struggle and civil disobedience,” according to its website. Upon graduating from Stanford, Quran became part of a loosely associated group of activists. He identified the group as a collection of “bubbles” waiting to congeal in a March 2010 Time Magazine feature on him. Time Magazine called Quran “the face of the new Middle East,” describing his allegiance to broader movements organized around social-networking sites, rather than to the two largest Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Quran has been interviewed b Al-Jazeera, The Guardian and The New York Times for his work. Quran at Stanford Quran was an active participant in campus dialogue and action surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict during his undergraduate career. He was an organizer for Campaign Restore Hope (CRH), a coalition of students who worked to raise awareness about perceived human rights violations in Israel and Palestine and encourage divestment from four specific companies: Elbit Systems Ltd., Hadiklaim Ltd.,Tarifi Cement Ltd. and Dar Alnashr Lilhaya’a Masria Iilijaz AlIlmi. With CRH, Quran distributed petitions across campus to encourage the ASSU Undergraduate Senate to pass legislation urging the University to divest from the four companies. CRH eventually dropped its campaign for student legislation, with Quran saying in an interview with The Daily, “Going through the Senate led to too much emotional backlash, so we changed direction.” Quran encouraged collaborative efforts and person-to-person dialogue to address issues of injustice, which he expressed in an op-ed to The Daily. “One of the things I learned at Stanford,an intrinsicAmerican value, is that we should never turn our backs to an issue because it’s too complex, difficult or divisive,” he wrote.



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grabbed and pepper sprayed. Members of the press block footage of Quran’s body hitting the vehicle, and the video culminates with Quran lying in the street, surrounded by soldiers and journalists. Stanford support In addition to posting and sharing links to the photos, tweets and videos, members of the Stanford community initiated a petition to the Israeli government demanding Quran’s release. Stanford graduate Lila Kalaf ’10 created the petition Saturday afternoon. “Fadi should not be detained for an indefinite period of time on false charges,” the petition reads. “It is imperative that the Israeli government release Fadi so that he may continue to speak for his people and PEACEFULLY push for basic human rights.” Members of SPER, the Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN) and other community members forwarded the petition to campus mailing lists and to specific members of the faculty and administration. “We emailed [professors] who had previously signed SPER’s petition, as well as those in the physics department,” wrote Mohammed Ali ’10 M.A. ’10 J.D. ’14 in an email to The Daily. “I also emailed Provost Etchemendy and Professor [Allen] Weiner, whose class Fadi took as an undergrad. Others emailed other professors that he may have known.” Ali was an ASSU Undergraduate Senator during the 2009 to 2010 school year and also served as president of MSAN. He worked with Quran on Campaign Restore Hope. Among the signatories on Kalaf’s petition are Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute; Weiner, co-director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation; Joel Beinin, professor of history; Khalil Barhoum, lecturer in Arabic; Eva Silverstein, professor of physics; Rega Wood, professor emerita of philosophy; Shamit Kachru, professor of physics; and Franco Moretti, professor of comparative literature. Carson wrote in an email to The Daily that Quran was one of his students during a 2008 Overseas Seminar trip to India, co-taught with Linda Hess, senior lecturer in religious studies. “I had many opportunities to talk with him about Gandhian concepts of nonviolent resistance and about how Martin Luther King, Jr., and other African-American activists adapted these ideas for use in the southern civil rights campaigns of the 1960s,” Carson wrote. “I was impressed by his seriousness and his interest in talking with contemporary social justice activists in India who were seeking to address the explosive issue of Hindi-Muslim relations in India.” Carson wrote that he then traveled to Quran’s hometown in Ramallah, West Bank, in March 2010, met Quran’s family and witnessed Quran participate in a hunger strike and demonstration. Moretti, who said in an email to The Daily that he had never interacted with Quran personally, wrote, “I have never met Fadi; but I have watched a video, and I believe what I see with my own eyes.” At the time of publication, the petition had over 1,400 signatories. Akbar and Ulugbek Baymuradov ’10, currently a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, created freefadi.org on Sunday, which features the names of Stanford faculty who signed the petition, an embedded copy of the video documenting Quran’s arrest, links to past media coverage about Quran, current articles on his arrest and a link to the petition.

The problem of balance
This is the second in a series of columns by the author dealing with divestment and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


n my last column, I predicted that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would again become one of the hot-button campus political issues of the year. I just didn’t think it would happen quite so soon. Last Friday, Palestinian activist and Stanford alumnus Fadi Quran was arrested in Hebron, West Bank, on charges of pushing an Israeli soldier. Video of Quran’s arrest quickly circulated on Facebook, Stanford students drafted a petition to the Israeli government protesting Quran’s detention and Robert Wright of The Atlantic publicized Quran’s arrest under the headline “The Arab Spring Comes to Israel.” The ASSU Senate quickly sprang into action, drafting a bill designed to enlist support for Quran. And as always, each and every news article triggered an avalanche of emotional comments from partisans on both sides of the issue. The question is now a simple one: how will we react? Over the past week, I have had the great blessing of speaking with committed activists on both sides of the conflict. And for reasons I’ll share in my next column, I’m incredibly hopeful about the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations on campus. But before we get there, there are a host of problems that need to be addressed. Foremost among them is the problem of balance and proportionality. Whenever divestment from Israel is brought up or Israeli policy criticized, one of the first objections always made is that other, far worse human rights violators — many of them Israel’s enemies — aren’t being criticized also. Why, the argument goes, have Stanford students advocated divestment from Israel — a rela-

tively liberal democracy with an independent judiciary, regularly held elections and one of the most LGBT-friendly cities between Cairo and Calcutta — for six years running, while homosexualexecuting Saudi Arabia, dissident-bombing Syria and electionrigging Iran go about happily undivested? Divestment advocates usually respond by arguing that they are under no obligation to cover every human rights violation on the face of the globe; that the United States gives a disproportionate amount of foreign aid to Israel, warranting a disproportionate amount of attention; and that advocating divestment from one nation does not preclude them from supporting divestment elsewhere. Both arguments have merit. Certainly Israel does not get a free pass on human rights violations merely because it is a Jewish democracy, and certainly our close allies should be held to higher standards than those of the world’s worst rights violators. But it is also dangerous to ignore the very real existence of anti-Semitism, both historical and extant. Divestment, as both proponents and detractors for once agree, is largely a symbolic venture, important less for its concrete financial impact than for the powerful message it sends. We should think long and hard about what kind of symbolic message divesting only from Israeli companies would send, especially given the nasty history of programs targeted specifically at Jews. It’s a thorny tangle, and this week’s events will only make things thornier. Here’s one suggestion to get started. If divestment must go forward — and the fire rightfully ignited by Mr. Quran’s arrest this week suggests that it will — it must be fair and equitable. Why not start a campus-wide student divestment board, composed of representa-

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tives from groups concerned with rights violations everywhere? Tibetan rights, South Sudanese rights, Iranian rights, Dubai guest workers’ rights and of course Palestinian rights — you name it. The board would meet on a regular basis — say, once a month — and work together to formulate a united list of ethical investment requirements, which would eventually and collectively be presented to the University. Each individual rights group could otherwise continue its regular programming without change, so Tibetan rights advocates wouldn’t have to worry about the Congo, and Palestinian rights activists wouldn’t be forced to constantly campaign for Chechens. The only thing we would do collectively is divest. It’s not fair to single out Israel for criticism, especially when far worse human rights violators abound. But it’s also not right to shield Israel, or any country, from criticism altogether. A more balanced and comprehensive model for divestment advocacy would help alleviate both concerns — and also raise overall student awareness of rights violations worldwide that too often go ignored. But that’s not quite good enough either. Divestment is only one piece of the puzzle, if that. There are other constructive ventures and projects out there with incredible potential for good — ventures and projects on which pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups here at Stanford can work together. I’ll talk more about those, and why we need them, next week. Let Miles know what you think anytime at milesu1@stanford.edu.


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The new bill builds on prior legislation authored by Senator Simitian in 2005, which gave counties the opportunity to create distribution programs for unused prescription drugs. The idea for the original 2005 bill came from Josemaria Paterno ’02 M.D. ’08, who won Simitian’s “There Oughta Be a Law” contest. The contest allowed private citizens to submit ideas for change in Palo Alto to Simitian. Paterno was a first-year medical student at the time he won the contest. The nonprofit organization Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine (SIRUM), which hosted Friday’s reception, approached Simitian about improving the 2005 legislation. During the event, Simitian credited SIRUM with helping to expand drug redistribution beyond the original bill. SIRUM runs a website that healthcare facilities with surplus medications can log onto and scan in the medications they have, which the site then allocates to clinics that have requested that type of medication. An estimated $100 million of

Please see www.stanforddaily.com for an update following Quran’s trial. Kristian Davis Bailey signed a SPER petition this year calling for Stanford divestment from four companies operating in Israeli settlements.
Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at kbailey@stanford.edu. are hoping to attend a university like Stanford and who are academically ready and, in many cases, have pressing need for more advanced instructional or intellectual experiences than are readily available in their normal school setting,” Ravaglia said. “I’m looking forward to the expansion of SPCS with other programs coming aboard, current and new, from various areas of the campus,” said Judith Ned, executive director of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program. “I think this is just a great idea. The University is on the cusp of something great. Hats off to the SPCS leadership for really thinking about this.” During the next six months, one of the main goals of SPCS will be to ensure that each of its pre-existing constituent programs operate smoothly for the upcoming summer. Ravaglia hopes that SPCS will make its first call in mid-spring for new University initiatives to be implemented in fall. Contact Jordan Shapiro at jordansh@stanford.edu.

unused and unexpired prescription medicine is disposed of yearly in California, both by incineration and dumping in local water supplies, according to SIRUM. SIRUM also said that approximately one-third of uninsured Californians choose not to purchase medicine because of its cost. Simitian said he hopes the new bill will be passed by the end of the year. “We would love to streamline drug donations all across the country,” said George Wang, SIRUM’s director of operations. Both Simitian and SIRUM said it was important to increase the number of donors and recipients, as well as weaken the legal barriers that can prevent facilities from donating their surplus medication. “It gives us a way of not wasting and giving back to the communities,” Deane Kirchner, director of nursing at Lincoln Glen Manor and Nursing Facility (LGM), said. LGM was the first facility to join the donation program. Mymy Phu, the pharmacist supervisor at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), also spoke at the event, highlighting the program’s effects of helping the unemployed, who often lose their health coverage. She also said the program helps to de-

crease the environmental contamination that often results from improper disposal of unused prescription drugs. Phu noted the bill’s potential to save millions in healthcare and its potential to expand. “I think the bill is going to have a positive impact in the community,” Phu said. SCVMC attempted their own redistribution program in 2006, but it was not until SIRUM stepped in last year that that Santa Clara saw results, she said. According to Phu, SIRUM streamlined the process and allowed the program to flourish. Director of Public Affairs for the California Association of Healthcare Facilities (CAHF) Deborah Pacyna said that out of the 1,250 healthcare facilities that are potential donors, only 70 currently participate in the donor program. One cause is that most healthcare facilities are located in counties without a donor program and must ship their surplus to other counties rather than helping their own communities, Pacyna said. In an effort to correct this, she said SIRUM has had presentations at CAHF chapter meetings to spread awareness of the program. Contact Judith Pelpola at jspelpola@stanford.edu.


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ties for improving cost efficiencies,” he said. For example, in the past each pre-college program had to buy information from College Board separately. The programs then used this information in order to market to select students who had scored above a certain threshold on standardized tests. With the creation of SPCS, the data will only have to be purchased once, Ravaglia said. “There will be some new positions being created,” Ravaglia said. “What we’re really hoping to see administratively is more of a recognition that there is this precollegiate ecosystem is out there, [even if it’s] not necessarily been something that anyone’s paying attention to. Ravaglia said that they have noticed a need for programs such as the SPCS amongst middle and high school students. “The focus is those kids who

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be undefeated after four weeks with the teams that we’re playing,” he said. With the harder half of the Cardinal’s 15game nonconference stretch in the books, a weekend sweep of No. 7 Texas has made it seem like No. 2 Stanford (7-0) could very well enter the Pac-12 season with an unblemished record. All-around dominance was again the theme for the Cardinal as it hosted another


Stat on the Back

A week and a half ago, with the home opener looming and a set of top teams ready to face the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond, Stanford baseball head coach Mark Marquess had a pretty clear mantra when it came to his team’s tough schedule. “I’d love to be wrong, but we’re not going to

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Junior second baseman Kenny Diekroeger had two three-hit, two-RBI performances on the weekend, including a 3-for-3 Saturday performance that paced Stanford in a 6-2 win.

top-10 squad on the Farm this weekend, as Stanford blew out the Longhorns (2-5) by a combined score of 28-5 over the three-game set. Junior starters Mark Appel and Brett Mooneyham maintained their usual dominance, and freshman lefthander John Hochstatter earned the win in his first career start on Sunday thanks to a 13-run fourth inning from the Cardinal offense.All three pitchers moved to 2-0 on the season. The Cardinal’s 3-4-5 hitters were predictably excellent run-producers, with sophomore first baseman Brian Ragira posting three RBI on Friday, junior second baseman Kenny Diekroeger driving in a pair on Saturday and junior third baseman Stephen Piscotty bringing home four on Sunday. Appel stole the show in the series opener, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning for the second straight start. The projected number one MLB Draft pick struck out a career-high 10 batters in his seven-plus innings of work, eventually yielding to sophomore A.J. Vanegas and freshman David Schmidt, who earned his first career save to cap a strong week to open his Cardinal career. Junior centerfielder Jake Stewart hit his first home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the first, making him the fourth Stanford slugger with a long ball through five games. Junior leftfielder Tyler Gaffney followed with a double, and Ragira brought him home with the first of two RBI doubles for the reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Stewart sparked a two-out, second-inning rally with a double down the left-field line before a Piscotty single and a Ragira double made it 5-0 in Stanford’s favor. Junior catcher Eric Smith tacked on another run with a fifth-inning sac fly, and a Gaffney RBI single in the bottom of the eighth capped the scoring at 7-2 after Texas got two runs off sophomore reliever A.J. Vanegas. Stanford started a bit more slowly on Saturday, jumping out to a modest 2-0 lead in the second inning behind doubles from Diekroeger and sophomore shortstop Lonnie Kauppila. But Mooneyham was unflappable on the mound, striking out seven batters to keep pace with Appel for the team lead in punch-outs with 15. Saturday was one of the best outings of Mooneyham’s career, besides a somewhat sloppy sixth inning in which the lefthander hit third baseman Erich Weiss — who became the Longhorns’ first and only run off the Cardinal starter on a single later in the inning. But Stanford had already added three runs to its lead by that point, as sophomore

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ell, the Stanford baseball team wasn’t a one-week wonder. The second weekend series of the year was just as impressive as the first, and after seven games, the Cardinal looks unstoppable. For the second straight series, Stanford capped a strong weekend with an offensive explosion, following last week’s 18-run outburst with a 13-run fourth inning Sunday afternoon. This season, seven of Stanford’s nine regulars are hitting over .315 — the other two have combined for 25 RBI — and the squad is averaging over 10 runs per game. So naturally, the story of the season is . . . pitching. Going into the season, everyone knew that the team’s strength would be its hitting. Seven of eight position players returned from last year’s squad, and the highly touted recruiting classes of hitters had finally gained enough experience to approach their potential. But what about the pitching staff? Last year, Stanford had to scramble a little, with senior Danny Sandbrink stepping into the starting rotation late in the season, and two of the most reliable pitchers for Stanford were starter Jordan Pries and closer Chris Reed. Now those three are gone, leaving Stanford’s pitching staff in a state of flux. Junior Mark Appel returned to anchor the rotation, but after him, things were a little more in question. Redshirt junior Brett Mooneyham has been a strikeout pitcher in his time on the Farm, but he came into the year as a question mark after missing all of 2011 with a finger injury. Junior Dean McArdle returned after some starting experience, but he appeared to fit more as a long or middle reliever. The closer and Sunday starter roles were up in the air, leaving most of the pitching staff in doubt heading into the season. Seven games into the season, there is a whole lot less doubt on the Farm. Of course, when you’re 7-0, it’s easy to feel good about how your staff has been pitching. It’s a whole lot easier to feel confident in pitchers with a 3.32 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 65 innings.The overall numbers have been very solid so far, as only Pacific has been able to score more than five runs in a game against Stanford. And five runs is nothing in college baseball, particularly with a lineup that averages more than a run per inning. However, the overall numbers don’t tell the full story of the Stanford pitching staff. The Cardinal appears to have found a weekend rotation consisting of Appel, Mooneyham and freshman John Hochstatter.And that trio has gone above and beyond expectations for Stanford’s pitchers this year. Appel has looked every bit the number one MLB Draft prospect he’s been touted to be, baffling Vanderbilt and Texas hitters in his two starts. He has allowed a single run in each of his two appearances, pitching seven strong innings both times. A three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio and only two extra-base hits in 14 innings show just how dominant he has been. Mooneyham has been just about equal to Appel in his first two starts, closing out one of the best one-two punches in the country. The redshirt junior has matched Appel with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings, allowing just four runs in his two starts. His eightinning gem againstTexas on Saturday was one of the best performances of his career, and if he pitches like that for the rest of the season, it will be almost impossible to win a series against Stanford. Appel and Mooneyham have been extremely impressive, but the best Cardinal pitcher so far has been Hochstatter. The freshman came on in relief for his first collegiate appearance, and promptly got 19 Vanderbilt Commodores out without allowing a hit. This performance earned him a start against Texas, and Hochstatter took the opportunity and ran with it, going 6.1 innings and allowing just a single run. The trio has been unstoppable, giving up 18 hits in 40.2 innings for an unreal .129 opponents’ batting aver-


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QB contest surrounds spring practice

For the first time in over three years, the Stanford football team will take the field without Andrew Luck on the roster — but when the Cardinal’s spring practice opens on Monday afternoon, the QB position won’t be the only thing on head coach David Shaw’s agenda. With 11 starters departing from the Cardinal’s back-to-back BCS bowl teams, Shaw said

he’s just hoping to get a few hints this spring of what team will take the field come August. “I think every spring has got to be about the same thing: you’ve got to find out what kind of a team that you’re becoming,” Shaw said on Thursday. “You don’t find out what kind of team you are in spring; you get clues as to where you’re leaning.” The first and most important order of business will certainly be figuring out just who will replace the two-time Heisman runner-up. Shaw said that the Cardinal would have an

open competition to choose Luck’s heir, and that Stanford’s next starting quarterback would come from a group of five players: juniors Josh Nunes and Robbie Picazo, sophomore Brett Nottingham and freshmen Evan Crower and Kevin Hogan. When asked if he had a favorite to win the job, Shaw said that he did indeed have a leader in the clubhouse. “Absolutely, and it changes every 15 min-

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After demolishing Colorado in Boulder Thursday night, the Stanford men’s basketball team traveled to face conference bottomfeeder Utah on Saturday. In what was a back-and-forth game from start to finish, the Cardinal was unable to pull off a victory, dropping a heartbreaker to the Utes, 58-57. At the start of the game it seemed as though Stanford (19-10, 9-8 Pac-12) was going to run away with a sweep of the season series with Utah. The dominance the Cardinal had displayed against Colorado seemed to be in full effect, as it stormed to a 23-14 lead 10 minutes into the half. Freshman guard Chasson Randle was largely responsible for the early dominance, scoring eight quick points. The freshman had yet another strong game, leading Stanford with 19 points and hitting five threes. The Cardinal still held a ninepoint lead at the eight-minute mark, at which point the Stanford offense went cold. The Cardinal only had two field goal attempts over the next three minutes, missing both, and turned the ball over three times. This cold spell gave Utah (6-22, 3-13) a golden opportunity, and the

Utes seized it. By the five-minute mark the Stanford lead had been cut to one, and soon thereafter, a three-pointer from junior guard Chris Hines tied the game up. Hines matched Randle with 19 points to lead Utah. Stanford went into halftime down 34-33 and struggled coming out of the break. The Cardinal did not score a point for the first five minutes but was still down just five thanks to similar scoring struggles from the Utes. A layup by sophomore forward Stefan Nastic and a Randle three tied the game at 38 moments later. What followed was a period of back-and-forth scoring in which neither team could take a definitive lead. With just two minutes left, the game was again tied, this time at 53. A free throw from Nastic gave Stanford a one-point edge, but it was quickly eliminated by a jumper from center Jason Washburn on the other end. Washburn had a tremendous game for the Utes, putting up 17 points, five rebounds and six blocks. An offensive rebound and tip by sophomore forward Dwight Powell gave the Cardinal the lead one last time, but Hines drained a three to give the Utes a two-point

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Despite his team’s heartbreaking one-point loss to Utah, freshman guard Chasson Randle has emerged as a star on the perimeter for the Cardinal, sinking five three-pointers on Saturday.

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got its first out of the inning off Ragira, with the score now 7-1. Stanford batted around a second time, adding seven more runs behind a two-out Griffiths double and a Kauppila triple. When the dust settled and Ragira struck out to end the inning, Stanford’s 18 batters had faced four Longhorn pitchers, drawn three walks, been hit three times and recorded nine base hits. Seventh-inning doubles by Diekroeger and Smith made it 151, and relievers Sahil Bloom and Trevor Linney got the last eight outs while allowing only one baserunner. Overshadowed by the offensive explosion was Hochstatter, who was solid in 6.1 innings of work and allowed only the one run. The freshman now has a highly impressive 0.71 ERA through 12.2 innings and looks set to become part of a starting rotation that — between Appel, Mooneyham and Hochstatter — has allowed an opponents’ batting average of just .129. Stanford will host UC-Davis on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. before traveling for its first road series of the season at Fresno State next weekend. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda @stanford.edu.

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power-hitter Austin Wilson got his first homer of the year, and Stewart followed with his third double of the weekend to fuel the Cardinal’s biggest inning of the afternoon. Stewart and Diekroeger each finished with three hits on Saturday, and both squads tacked on a late run to make the final score 62. The Sunday matchup had none of the signs of a pitcher’s duel, with a pair of freshman hurlers on the mound in Hochstatter and Longhorn righthander John Curtiss. But that’s how things were looking through three and a half innings, with the score knotted at one apiece. Then the floodgates truly opened for the Cardinal, in what would turn into the squad’s highest-scoring inning since May 2007. Diekroeger and redshirt junior designated hitter Christian Griffiths led off with a pair of singles, Kauppila walked, Smith was hit by a pitch, Wilson doubled, Stewart singled, Gaffney walked and Piscotty doubled — all before Texas


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Redshirt junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham had one of the best outings of his career on Saturday, moving to 2-0 on the season after giving up just three hits over eight innings and striking out seven.

The Stanford men’s tennis team picked up a big win on Saturday at the Taube Family Tennis Center, defeating archrival Cal 61. Playing in front of a large crowd filled with many parents for the annual Parents’ Weekend, the No. 9 Cardinal did not disappoint, satisfying the crowd with its decisive victory. With the victory, Stanford improved to 9-4 on the season and seems to have recovered from early stumbles against USC, UCLA and, most surprisingly, Fresno State, who all managed to defeat Stanford at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The Cardinal is coming off of two straight impressive weekends of play: last weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, when the squad defeated No. 7 Baylor and No. 6 Kentucky, and then this weekend at home where it beat up on No. 10 Cal. Not surprisingly, this recent stretch of good play has coincided with the return of senior AllAmerican Bradley Klahn to the lineup. Klahn had been out for the beginning of the season with an unpredictable back ailment, and his return a couple of weeks ago has clearly buoyed the team. “If we have everybody healthy we’re a pretty good team — and we’ve shown that even when we don’t have everybody healthy we’re still a pretty good team,” head coach John Whitlinger said. “But it obviously helps when you have an NCAA champion back in your lineup, as it really lengthens it out and makes everyone else that much better.” The health and improvement of the whole team showed on Saturday as the Cardinal led right from the start, when the dynamic doubles duo of Klahn and fellow senior Ryan Thacher disposed of the nation’s No. 4 doubles team of Nick Andrews and Christopher Konigsfeldt, 8-4. Their win was shortly followed with a victory from juniors Dennis Lin and Matt Kandath, who edged Riki McLachlan and Andrew Scholnick to secure the pivotal doubles

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Senior All-American Bradley Klahn’s return to the lineup has allowed head coach John Whitlinger to return to his preferred doubles teams, which won the Cardinal the crucial doubles point in a 6-1 win at home.
point for Stanford. Whitlinger’s recent strategy of pairing up players from the same year in the doubles has proved to be very effective, as the Cardinal has yet to drop a doubles point since Klahn’s return. The return of Klahn has enabled this lineup switch, as now Whitlinger can pair his two seniors on the top court, his two juniors on the second and his two freshmen phenoms, John Morrissey and Robert Stineman, on the third. Those freshmen were once again instrumental in securing the victory, as they both dispatched of their singles opponents on courts five and six, with Stineman providing the victory-clinching fourth point for Stanford. Whitlinger has been amazed and impressed with the high level of play of his two freshmen all year long. The Cardinal will now look to build on its burgeoning momentum as the team continues to adapt to the return of Klahn and the new structure of the lineup. Perhaps unfortunately for Whitlinger’s squad, the team now has a 10-day break from match play, as it will compete in the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship this weekend in La Jolla before ending this quarter’s play against Yale on March 10 at Taube. Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@ stanford.edu.

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age. And yes, their 6-0 record and 1.45 ERA aren’t too shabby either. There are still questions left to be answered, though. The rest of the staff has an ERA of 6.29, and roles in the bullpen have yet to be completely fleshed out. At some point, the weekend starters will have a bad day, and it will be up to this shaky bullpen to step up.Stanford also needs to find a weekday starter, as its worst performance by far was an extra-inning squeaker last Tuesday at Pacific. You can always find something to nitpick, but the early results for Stanford’s pitching staff have been overwhelmingly positive. Jacob Jaffe is considering a career holding the radar gun at MLB ballparks, given his infatuation with top-tier pitching. Send him tips for a steady hand at jwjaffe@stanford.edu and follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Jaffe.


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utes,” he quipped. “Every time we go on the field, somebody does something better than somebody else.” While Nottingham was the primary backup to Luck last season, Shaw said his goal was to get all five quarterbacks equal practice reps during this first spring session, which extends until March 10. “We’re going to try [to give equal reps] this first session; we want this to be competitive, we want to get every guy a shot, but it’s hard to do it like this forever,” Shaw said. “We’ll do a lot of split periods when there are two team periods going on at the same time. That’s a way to get more guys reps at the same time, so we’re able to get more guys competitive reps on both sides of the line.” Shaw also mentioned that he had set out clear criteria to the five quarterbacks for ways to distinguish themselves. “They don’t need to worry about if they’re going with the ones or the twos, they need to worry about their performance,” he said. “They need to worry about executing the offense, completing passes, reading the defense, making sure they’ve got the right run checks, managing the pocket — those are things that they’re responsible for.” While plenty of eyes will be focused on the five-way duel under center, there will also be a couple of players conspicuously absent — including junior linebacker Shayne Skov, who will miss all of spring practice due to a knee injury in the fall. “He was never going to participate in spring physically,” Shaw said, taking care to point out that Skov’s absence from spring practice was not be related to his DUI arrest on Jan. 29. “He’s not an average football player and he never has been. So his rehab and his attention to detail in his rehab can’t be average. The conversation we had was that he’s getting ready to dominate, he’s not getting ready to play. That’s just the mentality — that he’s got to attack this rehab. We’re going to be smart, we need him to be healthy and ready to go to play at the level that we need him to play at.” Freshman linebacker Patrick Skov, the younger brother of

The Stanford women’s basketball team defeated Utah 69-42 at Maples Pavilion on Senior Day on Saturday in the last home game of the Pac-12 conference season. After routing the Utes by halftime, the Cardinal struggled a bit in the second half, but ultimately the visitors’ resurgence was futile. When all was said and done, Stanford extended its winning streak on the Farm to 78 games, and head coach Tara VanDerveer won her 700th game in charge of the Card. No. 2 Stanford (26-1, 17-0 Pac12) had four starters score double figures in points — led by sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike’s 16-point, 12-rebound double-double. The Utes’ (13-14, 6-10 Pac-12) two leading players coming into this contest faced foul trouble early on, and top-scoring redshirt sophomore Taryn Wicijowski, who scored 15 points, fouled out with 3:33 remaining in the contest. In her Stanford career, senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike hasn’t lost once on the Maples Pavilion hardwood — and has only lost 11 of the 135 games she has played so far for the Cardinal. In fact, Stanford’s defense of its home court has been so successful in recent seasons that not a single player in the Cardinal’s lineup — including graduating seniors Nneka Ogwumike, guard Grace Mashore, guard Lindy La Rocque and red-

shirt junior forward Sarah Boothe — knows what defeat at Maples Pavilion feels like, and the squad now owns the nation’s longest active home winning streak. “There’s just a culture about this place that I don’t think any other place can match,” Nneka Ogwumike said. “And especially with my teammates. I think my teammates are going to be my best friends for life. They’ve really taught me how to really cherish the important things, and I think defending Maples has been real important. We’ve had a lot of great teams come through here, and I think we’ve done a really good job of defending it, playing for each other and getting all the young players to understand how important it is for us to win here at Maples.” That was evident on Saturday, especially within the initial four minutes. By the first timeout, with 15:43 left in the first half, Stanford led 9-0. Utah had been completely neutralized on its first two possessions, with the shot clock expiring both times, and had managed just two field goal attempts in the opening minutes. At the first-half buzzer the Cardinal led the Utes 36-14, and the writing looked to already be on the wall for the visitors. However, the Utes came back strong after the break, dragging the lead back down to 15 with five minutes left. The comeback, though, started too late, and when Wicijowski fouled out the pendulum swung back in favor of the Card. As time ran down, seniors Nneka Ogwumike, Mashore and La Rocque joined up on court to play together at Maples for the second-to-last time and, to huge ap-

plause from the crowd, Mashore sealed the contest with a shot from beyond the arc. “Every time she goes out there we look for her to score, and we had a good feeling,” said sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike of Mashore. “I think it started before the game when we wanted to play for our seniors, for them to have that moment to all be out there on the court together, and honestly I think that’s the happiest I’ve felt almost all year. Grace works so hard, she is so central to our team, and for her to come out and hit a big shot like that, clinching a win on Senior Night. Grace always is there for us, and it’s great to see her hit that shot.” Asked after the game about reaching 700 career wins with Stanford, VanDerveer quashed any thoughts that her own farewell is coming anytime soon. “I’m enjoying coaching, I’m enjoying it a lot,” she said, “and [the 800 mark] is only three years if you can get 30 a year. I’ve got to hang around for some little siblings.” Those siblings are the two youngest Ogwumike sisters, Chisom “Olivia” and Ernima “Erika,” who walked out onto the hardwood after the game with sister Nneka as she and her fellow seniors were honored by the fans. If they are any bit as good as their elder sisters, and should they decide to come to the Farm, life after Nneka won’t be getting any easier for the other Pac-12 schools. Stanford will finish its home schedule on Wednesday against Seattle University at 7 p.m. Contact Tom Taylor at tom.taylor@ stanford.edu.

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Junior linebacker Shayne Skov (center) is not participating in spring practice since he is still recovering from a knee injury incurred early last season in Stanford’s 37-10 win at Arizona.
Shayne, will also miss the first part of spring with a foot injury. Freshman defensive end Kevin Anderson and sophomore guard Dillon Bonnel will also miss the Cardinal’s first spring session. While making up for losses will be the major storyline on the Farm this spring, the Cardinal will also have to adapt to two coaching additions: new special teams coach Pete Alamar and an inside linebackers coach, whom Shaw said he would hire in the upcoming weeks. Alamar, who spent the last two years coaching Fresno State’s special teams, was officially introduced as the successor to Brian Polian on Friday. But while the Cardinal is indeed a team in transition, Shaw also took care to mention that he and the rest of the coaching staff felt prepared to take on the task ahead of them. “We’re more prepared [this year], partially because we were settling a lot of things schematically [last year],” Shaw said. “Now having both coordinators an entire season and having the same ones getting ready for spring, there’s less [tweaking]. The overall scheme of what we’re doing is set, so we’re just more cohesive going into this spring than we were last spring.” Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat@stanford.edu.

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Sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 12 rebounds in her sister’s second-to-last regularseason game at Maples Pavilion, which saw Nnemkadi and the senior class cap off perfect home careers.


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advantage with just 30 seconds to play. After a timeout, the Cardinal was able to draw the foul on the other end, sending redshirt senior forward Josh Owens to the line. The captain made just one of two free throws, however, keeping Utah on top, 58-57. After Washburn missed a free throw, Stanford got one last chance to pull off the win. Randle rebounded the ball and raced down the court, attempting a long, running three. It didn’t fall, however, and Utah was able to pull off the upset.

Poor shooting doomed the Card. Stanford shot just 36.8 percent from the field, a figure that is not terrible on its own, but is lacking when compared to Utah’s 44.7 percent. The Utes also shot 17-for21 from the charity stripe, making Stanford pay for its numerous early fouls by sinking 14 first-half free throws, and also went 7-for-12 from three-point range. Ultimately, quality over quantity proved to be a winning strategy for Utah, as the Utes took 19 fewer shots than the Cardinal but drained them at a much higher clip. Stanford again had a great game on the offensive boards, with 15 rebounds compared to Utah’s four. The Cardinal simply needed to take better advantage of its numerous put-back attempts.

Looking ahead to the impending Pac-12 Tournament next week, the Cardinal still sits in seventh place in the conference, just a half game behind UCLA for the sixth seed. The Cardinal will close its season against conference-leading California this week in a critical matchup. If Stanford beats California and UCLA drops one of its last two games against Washington State and Washington, then the Cardinal will pass the Bruins in the conference standings due to its higher overall record. If the Cardinal is able to earn the sixth seed, it would mean a rematch with Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Contact Anders Mikkelsen at amikk@stanford.edu.

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