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THURSDAY July 5, 2012
SUMMER WEEKLY EDITION
Volume 242A Issue 1
A year after ROTC was approved at Stanford, are we giving the military the respect it deserves?
San Jose Earthquakes storm back to defeat L.A. Galaxy 4-3; Beckham gets booked with a yellow
Andrew Garfield plays a charismatic Peter Parker in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
ICC prosecutor talks justice
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE
“Law is the power we have to protect the weak and oppressed against the strong,” Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the United Nations, told a crowded Hewlett Auditorium on Wednesday, June 27. As chief prosecutor for the ICC, Bensouda serves in a division of the United Nations that prosecutes international criminals for offenses such as genocide, mass rape and crimes against humanity. She is only the second chief prosecutor in the court’s history and the first woman to hold the position. The ICC seeks to provide “one standard for all states, parties and the people under its protection,” Bensouda said. “Wars and conflicts are no longer the opposition of two states or two armies,” she said. “We are no longer confined to our town or regional or national borders.” Originally from Gambia, Bensouda studied and practiced law in her home country, and was elected deputy prosecutor of the ICC in 2004. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2012. The United States has had a “schizophrenic” relationship with the ICC, according to Helen Stacey, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Stacey introduced Bensouda and asked several questions after her presentation. Former President Bill Clinton signed the treaty establishing the ICC as he was leaving office, but the decision was quickly reversed when George W. Bush withdrew in 2002. Barack Obama has pursued “engagement” with the ICC, but the United States has yet to
join as a member state. Membership is a contentious issue, as the ICC has jurisdictional authority to investigate and prosecute citizens or residents of member nations for international crimes. While taking strong stances on issues such as criminal prosecutions and international justice, Bensouda tactfully replied to questions about the United States’ involvement. “As an officer of the court, I do not question why any government or any state would not join the ICC,” Bensouda said. “I think that even without the United States joining the ICC, I think the ICC has already come to be one of the relevant players in the world in settling these international conflicts and bringing accountability for these crimes.” Bensouda’s reluctance to enter the political debate surrounding member states is part of a wider mission to remain apolitical, which Bensouda said is critical to the ICC’s integrity. “The ICC is a powerful new tool to prevent crime, deter crimes and promote national proceedings,” Bensouda said, “but it will only be successful if we never yield to political considerations.” The issue is complicated, however, because the ICC has no enforcement power and relies on the armies and police forces of member countries to take actions on warrants. Bensouda praised the now-famous “Kony 2012” video several times for the contribution it made to raising awareness about the crimes of Joseph Kony. The ICC issued a warrant for Kony’s arrest in 2005, but Bensouda said it was not until Invisible Children’s video came out that people began to know who he was and what crimes he had committed. Stacey pointed out the inaccuracies in the video, and Bensouda readily acknowledged it was not
Cory Booker speaks at graduation
Newark mayor shares lessons from family
By BILLY GALLAGHER
EDITOR IN CHIEF
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perfect but said she felt the positive impact outweighed the negative. Several audience members asked about atrocities the ICC wasn’t currently investigating in China, Syria and Mexico. While Bensouda acknowledged the massacre and atrocities in Syria, she said the ICC has no authority to investigate non-member countries such as Syria and China unless asked to do so by the United Nations Security Council. Unlike those two countries, Mexico is a full member of the ICC and thus subject to investigation. In November 2011, the ICC was asked by Mexican human rights activists to investigate then-President Felipe Calderon for his actions in the war against drug cartels. Bensouda’s prede-
cessor and former boss said the ICC would not hear the complaint. When asked by an audience member whether crimes were being investigated in Mexico, Bensouda said the court is monitoring the situation but no current investigation is underway. “We have not started actively engaging, but we also are receiving information,” she said. “We have been receiving a lot of information from everywhere about Mexico.” “I think that’s code for ‘watch this space,’” Stacey added. The presentation was the keynote address for the Stanford Summer Human Rights Program’s lecture series. Contact Brendan O’Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This University and this moment fills me with a sense of gratitude. Today is not just a day of celebration but a day of appreciation,” Mayor of Newark, N.J., Cory Booker ’91 M.A. ’92 said during his keynote address to the class of 2012 at Stanford’s 121st Commencement. Booker’s personal speech focused on his father and grandfather. He also shared extensively from his experiences in Newark. “They taught me what it means to be a man,” Booker said about the two men, commenting on the overlap of Commencement and Father’s Day. Booker shared a joke his grandfather told him on Booker’s Stanford graduation day. “The tassel is worth the hassle,” he remembered, to the crowd’s laughter. Booker framed his speech around an idea he called “the conspiracy of love,” tying it to his family, personal experiences, American unity and the 2012 graduates. He spoke about his father growing up poor and receiving financial help from his community to pay for his first semester at North Carolina Central University, and his parents’ struggles to be hired and buy a home as
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Students who moved into the dorms for the summer were welcomed back with an email informing them that a new alcohol policy would be enforced during the duration of this year’s Stanford Summer Session. The email, sent by Assistant Dean of Stanford Summer Session Jess Matthews, warned students that the storage or consumption of hard liquor would not be tolerated in dorms during the summer. The new policy defines hard liquor as “any alcoholic beverage with an alcohol content 20 percent or greater (40 proof or above). Examples include vodka, rum and whiskey.” The policy applies to all summer residents, regardless of age. Those over the legal drinking age of 21 are allowed to be in possession of beer and wine but are subject to the same consequences as their underage dormmates if they are found with hard alcohol. This differs from the alcohol pol-
icy enforced during the regular academic year, which does not place restrictions on students who are 21 and older. “This change is a product of several factors,” Matthews said. “Summer Session is a short, intensive academic experience, which means that we implement unique policies in order to foster an academic environment and support students so that they can be successful.” Students who are found to be in possession of hard alcohol will be asked to pour it out immediately and will be subject to a conversation with residential staff regarding ways in which they can avoid further policy violations. Additional repercussions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. While summer resident assistants are expected to enforce the policy, they are not being told to search specifically for hard liquor, Matthews said. The new policy, which was developed in conjunction with the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE), stems from the
concern that most of the negative consequences associated with alcohol during the school year are recorded as having been the direct result of hard liquor consumption. The email that was sent to students cites hard alcohol as the primary contributor to 100 percent of emergency room transports and 80 percent of behavioral issues and police citations during the academic year. According to data compiled by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS), the Stanford campus saw a 45 percent increase in medical alcohol transports this school year over to last year, resulting in a total of 77 alcohol transports between September 2011 and April 2012. Data on the number of Summer Session transports has not been tracked by the OAPE. The shortened length of the summer session in comparison to the rest of the academic school year is also being cited as a reason for the change in policy. “We don’t have the same amount of time in which to do
community norming,” Matthews said, “so our policy changes can be perceived as more top-down than those that occur during the other three quarters.” Despite the OAPE’s advisory role in constructing this new policy, there are no plans to implement the change during the regular school year. “This is only a Summer Session policy,” confirmed Associate Dean of Student Affairs Ralph Castro in an email to The Daily. Dean Castro is, however, interested in seeing how the policy plays out over the course of the summer. He plans on discussing its outcome with the Summer Session staff and would like to hear from students regarding their thoughts on the policy and its effectiveness. Students with further questions or concerns can speak with their RAs, house directors or Jess Matthews for more information.
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Habla facilitates language learning between students, janitors
By CATHERINE ZAW
The mention of Stanford often calls to mind great weather, carefree undergrads on bikes and world-class professors. But there’s another group of people who work hard to make sure the University is as clean as its image, and the janitorial staff here rarely gets much attention. One student-led organization is working to change that. For two hours a week, Stanford janitorial staff members attend an English-language literacy class run by the student organization Habla. There, they practice their conversational skills and build confidence in their English-speaking abilities. Supported by the Building Skills Partnership and in collaboration with the Palo Alto Adult School, Habla hopes to empower adult janitors and other low-income workers at Stanford by teaching them Eng-
lish-language literacy and conversational skills. Habla offers two sessions of the class, intended to accommodate the two shifts of janitorial staff that work on campus during the academic year: Noche, or “night” in Spanish, and Día, “day.” Tutoring sessions are held twice per week for an hour at a time. The Noche session is held late at night and Día at lunchtime in El Centro Chicano, near Old Union, but Habla has also started to offer a smaller session on the Row. The unique program is built on a model for one-on-one tutoring between Stanford students and the janitorial staff who participate, pairing the volunteers with interested staff on campus. Student volunteers aren’t required to have any tutoring experience, just basic Spanish language and comprehension skills. “One-on-one interaction is the core part of Habla,” said Adelaide Oneal ’12, the outreach and com-
munity events coordinator for Habla. Oneal has been tutoring for Habla since her freshman year in the spring of 2008. “It’s very helpful for the workers to learn one-to-one and go at their own pace,” she said. Developing a meaningful friendship through the teaching process between the Stanford students and janitors is highly encouraged, and tutors often learn a great deal about one another’s interests, families, backgrounds and stories. “Habla has provided a really unique experience to get to know Stanford janitors, a community that most people don’t interact with,” said Oneal, who still maintains a good relationship with a member of the janitorial staff and past tutee. “Even after I went to study abroad and he switched to a different tutor, we still kept in touch,” she said. “He was like a fatherly figure who checked up on me to see if I was doing okay and calling my par-
ents.” Oneal explained that she joined Habla because she was interested in an organization that made a difference to the unsung heroes of Stanford campus. She believes that her work is significant because it provides students with an opportunity to engage with these staff while leaving a positive impact on their lives, since many of them struggle with English. “A lot of them don’t feel prepared to use English,” she said. “Speaking English might not seem too intimidating but it’s different when you don’t have a grasp of the language, and it’s great that Habla is trying to help people with something that is really concrete.” However, the tutors are not the only learning support provided for the janitorial staff-turned-students; group instruction and structured activities are also held during these
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nothing about. I do know that this year, Sergeant Chris Clark wrote one of the best op-eds I have ever read, about his experience on a dirt road somewhere in Iraq. I do know that our Stanford military personnel are people I would be proud to see leading my country, in war or in peace. I do know that I cannot truly know the sacrifice it takes to leave one’s family and board a plane, never knowing if you’ll see them again. So let’s argue about the ethics of humanitarian intervention. Let’s oppose American global imperialism. Let’s take as many steps as possible toward the world peace we all seek. But let’s also remember, recognize and appreciate the men and women on this campus who continue to ensure that we can celebrate the Fourth of July — and the liberties and freedoms it represents to us all — next year, and the year after that, and after that. We owe our fellow students no less. Contact Miles Unterreiner at firstname.lastname@example.org. coordinator. “English learning can be a frustrating and difficult process, but the tenacity, patience and positive attitudes of both our workers and tutors continue to amaze me.” Both Oneal and Cariello agree that it is truly the people that have made Habla such a rewarding program for both Stanford students and janitorial staff. “You learn so much — some of them are working multiple jobs, have families to take care of,” Oneal said. “Yet they still commit two hours every week to practice English. It’s so inspiring.” Contact Catherine Zaw at czaw13 @stanford.edu.
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African Americans in the 1960s. He explained how his father would keep Booker’s high school success from going to his head. “Don’t you dare walk around this house like you hit a triple, when you were born on third base,” Booker recalled. While at Stanford, Booker received All Pac-10 honors while playing tight end for the varsity football team, volunteered with kids in East Palo Alto, was elected to the ASSU Council of Presidents and earned the James W. Lyons Award for Service. Booker graduated from Stanford in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He returned the next year to earn a master’s degree in sociology before studying history at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and attending Yale Law School. Booker made light of his education, by quoting his grandfather on his own graduation. “Boy you’ve got more degrees than the month of July,” he quoted. “And you ain’t hot! Get a job.” Booker has served as mayor of Newark since 2006. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. He moved on to discuss working with a tenant leader in Newark to reform their community. “‘The world you see outside of you is a reflection of what’s inside of you,’” Booker recalled her saying, as a reminder to students to recognize potential for change. He observed people strategizing how to take care of children in their community and help families who missed rent payments. Booker spoke about the courage, spirit and love of these citizens, again referring to the “conspiracy of love.” “They embraced discomfort,” Booker said. “They did not seek comfort and convenience. They went to where the challenges were.” Booker shared an anecdote of a community member who did-
quent veteran told me about, in harrowing detail. Instead of recognizing the unique contribution members of the military make to our community, we have long exiled their programs and training from campus and fought a bitter battle to keep them out. Instead of giving them a community and dedicated space, we have picketed their 7 a.m. morning workouts with denunciations of imperialism. There are very good reasons to oppose military action abroad. This is not the time for me to list them. But soldiers volunteer to protect and defend their country; they don’t get to decide when or where. I don’t know everything about the growing disconnect between citizen and soldier. But in my spring quarter class on global justice two years ago, it was a military veteran who spoke most perceptively and most thoughtfully about the ethics of war and humanitarian intervention. And I do know that in my history class on the background of current global problems, it was an ROTC cadet who delivered a presentation on crucial military aspects of the U.S.-China diplomatic relationship that the rest of us knew such as parent-teacher interviews and doctors’ visits. Tutors and tutees have a great deal of flexibility in what and how they learn; they talk about music, sports, politics or even the weather. Aside from these group sessions, Habla seeks to connect the student and the janitorial communities at Stanford, fostering integration of all on campus and bridging the divides. Habla events have included potluck brunches, a Valentine’s Day card-making party and even a small graduation party at the end of the year. “A program of this nature is not without its unique set of challenges,” said Nick Cariello ’13, a Día
Respect ROTC’s commitment
esterday marked the 236th year of this nation’s independence, a day celebrated, in true American style, by loud explosions and cheap beer. But another milestone went by this spring, less widely remarked but of great importance to this campus: it has been a little more than one year since the Faculty Senate voted to allow the return of ROTC, or Reserve Officer Training Corps, to Stanford for the first time since 1970. One year later, we have made little progress toward recognizing and appreciating the students on this campus — all too few — who have chosen to serve their country by enlisting in the armed forces. We owe them better than that. Zero. Seven. Zero. Four. The month and day we loudly celebrate this country’s freedom every year. But also, in that order: the number of buildings on this campus dedicated to military veterans or military personnel; the recent number of undergraduate campus veterans, out of a student body of some 6,600; the number of ROTC classes cadets can currently take at Stanford; and the number of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan one particularly elo-
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one-hour sessions. Each class starts with a 15-minute introductory lesson by Sara Tevis, a teacher from the Palo Alto Adult School who has taught English to adult learners since 2001. Following this short group lesson, tutor-tutee pairs break up into smaller groups, later coming back together to conclude the lesson. Classes are mostly focused around workplace English but can also be applied in other situations,
n’t like the appearance of an overgrown lot full of weeds so he went out and spent paychecks on a lawn mower and made the lot look “like the White House lawn.” “Democracy is not a spectator sport,” he said. “It is a difficult, hard, full-contact, participatory endeavor. This is critical. People who get comfortable in their spirit miss what they were created for. They were created to magnify the glory of the world.” Booker then discussed darker parts of his time in Newark, specifically a time when he held a child who had been shot and tried to help him. The child died in Booker’s arms. He spoke about how the event broke him as he went home and tried to scrub the blood off his hands. “Of all the lessons of conspirators, this is the hardest for me personally,” Booker explained. “To stay faithful in a world that can be so cruel. I have seen things in my life that have broken me in spirit.” He then shared a more lighthearted example of making the best of uncomfortable seating arrangements on a flight. “In life you get one choice over and over again,” Booker said. “That is to take conditions as they are or take responsibility for changing them.” Booker closed by revealing why the two people he framed his speech around — his father and grandfather — weren’t able to be at Commencement. His father is struggling with Parkinson’s disease and his grandfather passed away ten years ago after fighting with cancer. Again, he used these personal anecdotes to direct the class of 2012 to better the world. “I say to you to join the conspiracy,” Booker urged. “To be a class of people that rejects cynicism . . . Be lovers. Join the conspiracy and love with all of your heart.” According to President John Hennessy’s remarks at commencement, 1,763 bachelor’s degrees, 2,302 master’s degrees and 1,026 doctoral degrees were conferred at commencement. Contact Billy Gallagher at wmg email@example.com.
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San Jose defeats L.A. 4-3 in Saturday’s tightly contested match at Stanford Stadium
By TOM TAYLOR
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
s Spain the new Germany? Is Germany the new Spain? When Germany played the Netherlands back at the start of Euro 2012, a Germany-supporting friend asked why I refused to cheer for his team, especially since I don’t have any Dutch friends. The answer isn’t any lasting prejudice against Germans over the two major wars fought against them last century. We Europeans have spent millennia fighting each other, so it’s hard to hold something as insignificant as a couple of wars against them. No, apart from some resentment at the regularity with which Germany knocks England out of international tournaments, the reason is that German fans simply don’t know what it feels like. They don’t understand what it is like to put all of your country’s hopes and dreams into a soccer game and fail, again and again. Or, at least, they didn’t. The Dutch understand. I’m not convinced they feel it quite as painfully as the English; they didn’t invent the game, and though they have never won a World Cup, they were European champions as recently as 1988 and ranked No. 1 by FIFA last summer. Nonetheless, I know the way their team crashed out of this year’s tournament must cut deeply. However, as I gleefully watched the highlights of Italy’s 2-1 win over Germany last Thursday, I began to feel a little guilty. The image of a German fan, decked out in her national colors, looking distraught, with tears rolling down her cheeks, evoked a touch of empathy. In its guise as either West Germany or Germany, the country has three World Cups and three European Championships to its name, but it hasn’t won a single title for the last sixteen years even
Last Saturday night, Stanford Stadium played host to a different sort of football. Though the yard lines were still clearly visible under green paint, the stands were packed with soccer fans massed to watch the San Jose Earthquakes defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3 in a heated rivalry game. That the Quakes went into the break trailing the Galaxy 2-3 seemed against the run of play for much of the first half. San Jose made several scything runs and passes through the Southern Californian team’s defense, with Quakes striker Steven Lenhart scoring the first goal of the contest and threatening more. Mistakes, though, almost proved costly.
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Galaxy star midfielder David Beckham (above) was booked a yellow card for kicking the ball at an apparently injured Sam Cronin.
A dangerous free kick conceded just outside the box allowed L.A. midfielder David Beckham to level the match, and an own goal by defender Jason Hernandez gave the Galaxy the lead. Confusion and a poor back pass then led to L.A.’s third tally, as striker Landon Donovan pounced and the vocal San Jose fans were silenced. For the second time this year, though, the Quakes came back from a two-goal deficit against the Galaxy. A goal either side of halftime, thanks to defender Victor Bernardez and midfielder Sam Cronin, brought them level before striker Chris Wondolowski’s deft back heel in the 61st minute sealed the contest. The win gives the Quakes a fourpoint lead in the Western Division and opens a 16-point gap over the Galaxy, the reigning MLS Cup champions. More than that, though, the contest reinforced perhaps the MLS’s biggest rivalry, the California Clasico. These two teams have faced each other more than any other teams in the league, but a two-year hiatus broke the NorCal/SoCal battle when San Jose’s original franchise was moved to Houston. “I think the rivalry’s back,” said Los Angeles Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant ’02. “Both teams are competitive for the championship again, and I think that’s a big part of it. The Earthquakes obviously left for a couple of years and as an expansion team kind of built their team back up. And now they’re at the top of the table, so I think that’s going to add a lot of heat to the rivalry and as we continue to climb the standings, you know it’ll be a good matchup.” He should know, too. Since graduating from the Farm, Dunivant has played for both teams.
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Goalie Josh Saunders (above) and the Galaxy led the Earthquakes 3-2 going into halftime, but the Quakes stormed back in the second half to win by a score of 4-3.
Returning to Stanford, he was greeted by 50,391 mostly hostile fans in a sold-out Stanford Stadium, almost double the capacity of L.A.’s home field. “It’s amazing,” Dunivant said. “It was a great night for soccer in the Bay Area and particularly for Stanford. I saw the women’s soccer team, the Stanford women’s team, at the national championship on the side. It made me a little jealous we didn’t quite get that on the men’s side. I was happy for them and it’s great to see this here at Stanford and it’s a great event. I wish we could come back again this year.” Beneath an atmosphere remi-
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A SEASON IN REVIEW
By JOSEPH BEYDA
SUMMER MANAGING EDITOR
Twenty-five days ago, the cruel Southeast sun set on another Stanford baseball season, the 24th in a row that has ended without a third national championship trophy making its way to the Farm. And as Cardinal fans watched another Pac-12 school, Arizona, erase a 25-year title drought of its own last Monday, they must have been shaking their heads that such a promising season ended with another floundering effort in the Super Regionals. This year’s squad (41-18, 18-12 Pac-12), which ends its season ranked No. 12 in the country, was a near-copy of its No. 13 counterpart from a season ago. Seven of eight position players returned and ace righty Mark Appel remained a Friday stalwart, yet for the second year in a row, high conference expectations gave way to a middle-of-thepack finish and a disappointing Super Regional in the Southeast. An experienced lineup and the return of junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham from injury prompted a preseason No. 2 ranking for Stan-
ford, which still was set to host No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 13 Texas and No. 6 Rice in its first month of play. “We’re No. 2 now but we won’t be ranked No. 2 in four weeks, because somebody’s going to be undefeated,” said head coach Mark Marquess in advance of the opener. “We’re not going to be undefeated after four weeks with the teams that we’re playing.” The Cardinal nearly proved its venerated skipper wrong. Unlike in 2011, when Stanford struggled to a 6-5 start, the Cardinal swept the Commodores and Longhorns while roaring out to a 13-2 record. By that point, Stanford had already claimed the No. 1 ranking, Mooneyham was at 4-0 and junior third baseman Stephen Piscotty had amassed 23 RBI in 15 games. The Cardinal was committing just one error per contest and had found a reliable third starter in freshman lefty John Hochstatter, who posted a 1.09 ERA through four outings. The squad — picked by every Pac-12 coach but Marquess to win the conference — swept a doubleheader at USC to keep things going, but then the wheels came off on Stanford’s spotless season. A series-
ending loss to the Trojans was followed by a sweep at Arizona, capping a five-game stretch that saw the Cardinal commit 14 errors and get just 10 hits from the top three spots in its order. A five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth in a midweek win against St. Mary’s provided the emotional boost to pull Stanford out of that hole. “As far as the momentum, I think we’ve got that now,” Piscotty said. And the Cardinal had proof of something else: its star hitter could pitch. Piscotty tossed 3.2 scoreless innings against the Gaels for the win and moved to 2-0 with another relief victory in the decisive rubber game at Washington that weekend. After winning midweek games against Cal and Pacific by a combined 27-9 margin, Stanford’s prospects were good as it prepared to host No. 16 Oregon. Leading the charge was junior catcher Eric Smith, a converted infielder who had a .360 batting average through 27 games. But the Ducks, much like eventual Pac-12 co-champion Arizona, proved to be the Cardinal’s kryp-
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tonite as they nabbed 5-0 and 4-2 wins to open the series. Before Stanford got a 4-2 victory of its own on Sunday, junior reliever Sahil Bloom took stock of the team’s season at the midway point. “We’ve just got to start playing a little more consistent baseball,” Bloom said. “We can’t be on a roller coaster. We can’t score 19 against Cal and then come out and do this.” There was nothing inconsistent about the next two weeks for Stanford. Freshman Alex Blandino earned national player of the week honors after powering a Cardinal sweep of Arizona State with three homers. In light of a season-ending injury to sophomore shortstop Lonnie Kauppila, Blandino added some much-needed hitting, and Piscotty moved to left field to accommodate him. A series win at UCLA the next weekend moved the Cardinal back within striking distance of Oregon, but yet again it struggled to keep up its high level of play. Two losses in a neck-and-neck series at Oregon State left Stanford in a three-way tie for fifth place with three weeks to play. After Appel notched his eighth win to open a home tilt with Washington State, Piscotty made his first career pitching start in place of a struggling Hochstatter, and he earned a victory to secure the series. A grand slam by freshman Dominic Jose that Sunday capped the sweep and kept Stanford alive in the Pac12 race. “That’s really going to serve us well as we go down the road, [getting] contributions from a lot of guys,” Marquess said of Piscotty and Jose. An unsurprising sweep of Utah and a two-homer midweek effort by junior centerfielder Jake Stewart sent the Cardinal into its final series against Cal on an eight-game win streak. Two games back of the conference lead, Stanford’s outright title hopes were shattered by the Bears in the opener, an 18-inning epic. Mooneyham then struggled in a 155 loss to end an up-and-down regular season for the shell-shocked southpaw.
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hud. That’s perhaps the only way to describe how the Stanford baseball team ended its season. The Cardinal got beat by a No. 3 Florida State team that flat-out deserved its national seed. But 17-1? 18-7? What a way to go, especially when a Mark Marquess-coached team hadn’t lost by 10 or more runs once — much less twice — since April 2009. Stanford’s bats fell silent for 10 straight innings and 21 Cardinal runners were stranded over the course of the Super Regional, but you can’t reasonably expect a team to come back from the kinds of deficits the squad faced in Tallahassee. This one was on the pitchers. The humidity and raucous crowd surely played their part, but above all, the Seminoles brought out weaknesses in Stanford’s pitching staff that had been lurking all season long — the same weaknesses that led to a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 and kept the Cardinal from hosting a Super Regional of its own. The unexpected disappointment of the weekend was ace righty Mark Appel. By the time he escaped a seven-run fourth inning on June 8, the Super Regional opener was, for all intents and purposes, over. But can you really blame Appel, who still finished with a 10-2 record and a 3.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio, for a lost season? I’m not one to target the guy that Marquess had faith in all year long. That faith, however, kept Appel in the fateful fourth inning through four hits, three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Why didn’t Marquess yank Appel when he was clearly off his game? It wasn’t the first time that Appel was on a surprisingly long leash — he threw 149 pitches in a Fridaynight start against Oregon — but that inning revealed just how little Marquess had going for him in the bullpen. Freshman lefties John Hochstatter and Spenser Linney struggled for much of the season, while rookie righty David Schmidt
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niscent at times of South American or European soccer games, emotions boiled over. Galaxy star Beckham — perhaps partly as a result of recent news that he would not represent his country at the Olympic Games in London this summer, and partly annoyed by Quakes players eating up vital seconds at the end of a close game — earned himself a needless yellow card, looping a ball into the apparently injured San Jose player Sam Cronin while the referee tended to him. “We’re frustrated they’re wasting time,” Dunivant explained.
“The referee’s not really aware of it and frustrations boil over.” In the game’s aftermath Beckham continued to argue with Quakes players, and as he walked down the tunnel he was subjected to both abuse and missiles thrown by local fans. Both are disciplinary problems the MLS may have to deal with, as the supporters’ behavior clearly broke the MLS Fan Code of Conduct. However, it should be noted that Beckham showed a different side after the match, taking time to chat with troops and patiently posing for photographs. There may, too, be a few bright points in both the fans’ and Beckham’s attitudes. Together they highlight how seriously both fans and players, even those who learned their trade in more illustriimportant lesson for all athletes, teams, coaches and fans: In sports, staying dominant at the highest level might be the single hardest task to accomplish. South Carolina arrived in Omaha seeking an improbable third consecutive national title. The Gamecocks were only the sixth team in college baseball history to have won back-toback national championships. Their recent historic postseason campaigns saw them setting records for the most consecutive postseason wins with 22 and the most consecutive College World Series wins with 12. Taking home a third national title would have cemented the team’s status as one of the most dominant dynasties in college baseball history. But Arizona, carried by both its lights-out pitching and explosive hitting, dashed South Carolina’s hopes with a two-game sweep to clinch its first CWS title in almost 30 years. In a similar story, Michael Phelps headed into the 2012 Olympic trials as arguably the greatest Olympian of all time. His iconic, jaw-dropping eight Olympic gold medals in Beijing four years ago went down as one of the greatest performances in sports history. Of course, there were talks before the race about how Phelps hadn’t been training seriously until a year and a half ago. But regardless of the circumstances, you probably wouldn’t want to bet against Phelps in anything that has to do with water. Ryan Lochte clearly had other things in mind. It seemed only fitting that Lochte beat Phelps in the 400 in-
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Stanford Stadium was packed with soccer fans on Saturday night as they watched the epic showdown between the Earthquakes and the Galaxy.
ous leagues overseas, now take the MLS. Beckham’s role as villain in this piece will also act to further spice up the California Clasico. When he originally arrived in the United States, it was to popularize the dividual medley by the same exact margin that Phelps beat Lochte four years ago in the same event and in the same pool. Granted, Phelps bounced back by beating Lochte later in the trials, but the aura of invincibility surrounding Phelps was shredded. It’s not that South Carolina and Phelps should be criticized for failing to maintain their dominance. It’s the exact opposite. Both the Gamecocks and Phelps should be appreciated for staying dominant as long as they have been. Regardless of what happened last week, neither South Carolina’s storied postseason success nor Phelps’s historic performances will be forgotten. We all love the upset stories in sports. The U.S. hockey team’s magical victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Miracle on Ice. George Mason’s incredible March Madness run in 2006. Fresno State’s improbable CWS title in 2008. Chelsea’s tremendous upset over heavily favored Barcelona and Bayern Munich to claim the Champions League title just a couple months ago. Those will always be unforgettable moments. But as sports fans, we should also appreciate the teams that have stayed dominant for absurd lengths of time. In many ways, those dynasties defied the odds just as much as the Cinderella teams did. The Boston Celtics claiming 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons. The UCLA basketball team amassing 10 NCAA championships over the span of 12 years. The New York Yankees winning 11 World SeAmerican league. Intentionally or not, this small chapter in the San Jose and Los Angeles rivalry may help do just that. Contact Tom Taylor at tom.taylor@ stanford.edu.
CARDINAL FACES TOUGH TRIALS
By GEORGE CHEN
THE CARD DYNASTY
hey say that all roads lead to Omaha in college baseball. Well, Omaha certainly was a busy destination during the past week — and not just for college baseball. Last Monday night, while South Carolina and Arizona were duking it out at TD Ameritrade Park in Game 2 of the College World Series final, Olympic stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte were battling stroke for stroke right across the street at the Qwest Center in the 400-meter individual medley race of the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials. Baseball and swimming are two sports that couldn’t possibly be more different from each other. Give baseball players a typical swim workout and most of them would probably drown. Put swimmers at the plate and most of them would probably swing the bat the wrong way. If you’re not convinced, just imagine C.C. Sabathia wearing a Speedo or Michael Phelps trying to pitch a slider. But on that Monday night in Omaha, it wasn’t the difference between the two sports that mattered. It was the outcomes that counted. The results of both the South CarolinaArizona finale and the PhelpsLochte showdown shared the same
ries in 16 years. The North Carolina women’s soccer team collecting 16 national titles over 19 seasons. Those were no easy feats. One injury, one unlucky bounce or one-tenth of a second could have all shattered those teams’ legendary dominance. So why does all of this matter, especially when most of these dynasties are long gone? It matters because a special kind of dynasty in sports is happening right now in front of our eyes, right here at Stanford. Last week, the day after South Carolina was swept by Arizona, the day after Phelps was beaten by Lochte, Stanford was awarded the Directors’ Cup, given annually to the top overall collegiate athletics program, for the 18th consecutive year. Sure, the Directors’ Cup might not be as prestigious as the Lombardi Trophy or the Stanley Cup. But in a way, it means just as much, if not more. The fact that the Cardinal has won this award every time except for the cup’s inaugural year in 1993 speaks volumes about the overall dominance of the Stanford athletics program. The Cardinal has maintained an incredibly high level of performance for a long period of time. To do that, all the pieces have to come together: motivated student-athletes, worldclass coaches, talented recruits and countless other factors. And that’s just for one sport. Even in a year where our baseball team might have performed below
With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London fast approaching, a host of Stanford athletes have been competing in the trials for various sports in the hopes of fulfilling their Olympic dreams. At the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, Jillian CamarenaWilliams earned her second straight berth in the shot put event. The 2004 Stanford graduate beat out the competition with a toss of 62 feet, 10.5 inches, giving her the de facto national title. After winning a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in the shot put, she will be vying for a place on the podium in London. Also heading to London will be Arantxa King, an All-American fifth-year senior and graduate student this past season. King will take part in the long jump, an event that she also competed in four years ago in Beijing. On the men’s side, recent graduate Chris Derrick narrowly missed a U.S. Olympic team berth by placing fourth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 27:40.23. Derrick got off to a strong start and pushed the leaders for much of the race but could not hold on for the top-three finish that was needed to earn a trip to London. His gutsy performance came less than two months after he set a new collegiate record in the 10,000 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. In women’s volleyball, former Cardinal players middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo and outside hitter Logan Tom were named to the 12-member U.S. team, currently the top-ranked team in the world. In 2008, Akinradewo was the Volleyball Magazine Co-National Play-
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er of the Year while Tom was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year. On the diving board, rising sophomore Kristian Ipsen will be heading to London to compete in the 3-meter synchronized event with his partner, Troy Dumais, after they won the event at the trials. Ipsen barely missed MCT qualifying for a second event — the 3-meter individual dive — when he finished third, just 1.25 points short of second place. Joining Ipsen will be 2007 graduate Cassidy Krug, who won the women’s 3-meter individual event to clinch her first Olympic berth. Both Ipsen and Krug will have a familiar face guiding them during the Games, as Stanford diving head coach Rick Schavone will be the assistant women’s and men’s diving coach of the U.S. Olympic team. This marks the first time that the veteran skipper, who has been at the helm of Stanford diving for 34 years, will be on an Olympic coaching staff. The Cardinal came agonizingly close to sending some of its swimmers to London. In the 200-meter butterfly, recently graduated Bobby Bollier was less than seven-tenths of a second from landing a spot on the U.S. team. Bollier swam the top time in both the preliminary and semifinal heats, beating defending Olympic champion Michael Phelps in the semifinal race. Chad La Tourette, also a 2012 graduate, likewise finished third in the 1,500-meter freestyle and missed the team by just one spot. The experienced distance swimmer led the race for the entire first 1,250 meters but faded in the final laps. Rising junior Maya DiRado also came close to grabbing a spot on the U.S. women’s swimming team. The Cardinal standout placed fourth in both the 200 and 400 individual medley events. In gymnastics, rising sophomore Kristina Vaculik will be representing Canada in London after she won on the uneven bars and took second in both the beam and allaround program events at the Canadian Olympic Trials. Vaculik had a strong freshman campaign for the Cardinal this past season, including scoring 9.875 on the bars at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. Contact George Chen at gchen15@stanford. edu.
Stanford wins 18th consecutive Directors’ Cup
Stanford was awarded the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup last Tuesday, marking the 18th consecutive year that Stanford has received the accolade. The Directors’ Cup, presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, is given annually to the top overall college athletics program in the nation. The Cardinal has won the cup every year except for the award’s inaugural season, 1993-1994, when Stanford finished second to the University of North Carolina. The award takes into account a school’s top ten men’s and top ten women’s sports performances. In the point standings, Stanford led with 1,448.25 points, well ahead of runner-up Florida (1,314) and third-place finisher UCLA (1,142.75). Ohio State (1,104.25) and Florida State (1,061) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The cup rankings are based on the aggregated points from the fall, winter and spring sports seasons. The Cardinal was atop the standings for all three seasons. The Pac-12 as a whole had a strong showing, as three schools from the conference were in the top 10 and six schools were among the top 25. The Cardinal’s dominance was paced by national titles in three sports: women’s soccer, women’s water polo and women’s lightweight rowing eights. The three national team championships this season extended Stanford’s record of consecutive seasons with at least one national team title to 36. Stanford currently has 103 NCAA team championships, second in the nation behind UCLA’s 108. Out of Stanford’s 35 total sports programs, 17 finished their seasons this year with a top-10 national ranking. The trophy presentation for the 20112012 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup took place last Tuesday in Dallas, Texas. feated dual-meet regular seasons in the seven seasons she coached. With Maurer at the helm, the Cardinal has lost only five times out of the 71 total dual meets that it has competed in, amassing a regular season record of 66-5. During this past season, Stanford garnered 36 All-America honors and produced two NCAA champions. The team also finished second at the Pac-12 Championships, on the heels of winning two consecutive conference championships in 2010 and 2011. Maurer leaves after having coached a total of 13 NCAA champions and 37 conference champions. Outside of coaching at Stanford, Maurer was part of the U.S. team’s coaching staff for the 2007 Pan American Games. Maurer’s resignation came less than two months after men’s swimming and diving head coach Skip Kenney announced his retirement.
Tyler Gaffney signs with Pittsburgh Pirates
Stanford baseball outfielder and football running back Tyler Gaffney signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Stanford officially confirmed on Monday. Gaffney could have played one more season of football next fall as a senior but instead chose to forgo his eligibility in order to pursue a professional career in baseball. “Stanford has been amazing. I can’t say enough. Brotherhood on each team. But I’m going to pursue a dream. I can’t pass this up,” announced Gaffney on his Twitter account. Gaffney was drafted in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Draft last month. Over his three seasons with the Cardinal, he batted .301 and amassed eight home runs. During this past season, he hit .245, drove in 17 runs and scored 48. Gaffney earned All-Pac-10 honorable mentions during both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. On the football field last fall, Gaffney rushed for 449 yards and scored seven touchdowns as a junior. Gaffney started out the 2011-2012 season as the third running back on the depth chart behind Stepfan Taylor and Anthony Wilkerson but gradually moved up to the number-two spot, and was featured in wildcat formations. He leaves the Farm with 815 career rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Gaffney could be joining his teammate Mark Appel, the Stanford ace who was selected eighth overall by the Pirates in the draft. Appel, however, has not officially signed with the Pirates yet.
— George Chen
Lea Maurer steps down from women’s swimming and diving head coach position
Stanford women’s swimming and diving head coach Lea Maurer announced her resignation on Tuesday, citing her wish to devote more time to her family as the reason for her departure. The former Stanford swimmer took over the head coach position during the 2005-2006 season. Since then, the Cardinal has finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships and in the top three at the Pac-10/12 Championships every year. Maurer also led Stanford to three unde-
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Recently graduated Chris Derrick (above) narrowly missed an Olympic berth two weeks ago. The American collegiate record holder finished fourth in the 10K at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
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though it has reached three semifinals and two finals in that time. The young and exciting team that hinted at a bright future a few years ago still has time to turn this around, but the clock has started ticking. Could Germany’s golden generation end up with nothing more than silver or bronze? Spain used to know the feeling. We English used to be able to commiserate with our Iberian cousins. Though the Spanish had often boasted talent, a lone European Championship in 1964 had been their only success until 2008. The team had always flattered to deceive, reaching just a single final in that period. Not anymore, though. By winning the final of Euro 2012 on Sunday, Spain took its winning streak to three tournaments, coming on the heels of its victories in Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. In doing so, it becomes the first country to win three consecutive international titles. Note that, even though the Copa América is played more frequently than the European Championship, no South American team has yet managed to achieve this — not even the holy trinity of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, with their combined total of nine World Cups and 37 Copa Américas. Everyone loves rooting for an underdog, but Spain is certainly not that anymore. In fact, the current group of
players can make a serious claim to be the best team in soccer history. The style they play is hard to classify as exciting, but it is breathtakingly good. Some teams are more aggressive and rain down shots on goal. Spain just takes its time, carefully retaining possession while looking for that perfect chance, spurning opportunities that lesser teams would kill for. Faced with this, some of the world’s best players are completely neutralized, unable to even touch the ball. I’m not quite sure I can yet start openly cheering for Germany. After all, it is only on a short 16-year streak of international failure and can still count on having won six trophies. Compared to England’s 46-year title drought and lone World Cup, that hardly seems like a bad run. It’s also hard to shake the image of Germany ending English dreams at countless tournaments. But I’m not sure I can keep supporting Spain. For a start, it probably doesn’t need my help. It’s probably going to win the World Cup in Brazil in two years regardless of who I root for. And while it hasn’t yet managed to cross over and join the axis-of-evil of Germany and Argentina, all this success just seems a bit distasteful. At the very least they could take a leaf out of France’s book and hit the selfdestruct button from time to time. Sorry Spain, you’re on your own now. Tom Taylor can only dream that England will somehow win a major tournament in his lifetime. Sympathize with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With the Cardinal set to host a regional for the first time in four years, a 5-3 win in the regular-season finale with Cal sent the squad into the postseason on a winning note. Its first test was against Fresno State, the only team to have beaten Appel (9-1). The Bulldogs’ early-season win over the Stanford ace wouldn’t matter one bit. Appel struck out 11 and gave up only four hits in his fifth complete game of 2012, a 9-1 win that earned him tournament MVP honors. “I’m pretty sure he could’ve won a big-league game today,” said Fresno State head coach Mike Badesole. The Cardinal wouldn’t be able to bank on its starting pitching against Pepperdine the following day, falling behind 4-0 after Mooneyham struggled yet again. But a solo homer by first baseman Brian Ragira and a quirky, three-run wild pitch knotted the game up before a Kenny Diekroeger single put Stanford ahead, setting up the clinching game against the Waves on Sunday night. With its season on the line Pepperdine again took a 4-0 lead, but the Cardinal stormed back with eight runs of its own to earn its second regional sweep in as many seasons. “We battled, and at this stage of the year you have to be able to do that,” Marquess said. That battle would run out in the Super Regionals at Florida State the
next weekend. In the series opener, Stanford got an early tally but Appel imploded in a seven-run fourth and the Seminoles cruised to a 17-1 victory. Despite the sentiment that Appel’s slipping draft stock — a projected first-overall pick, he was selected eighth — may have caused his worst outing of the season, ESPN reported that the Tallahassee humidity left him unable to grip the ball correctly and forced his loss of control. “We didn’t give them much of a contest tonight,” Marquess said. “The one inning did us in.” One poor inning from Mooneyham the next night would do the Cardinal in again, with Florida State grabbing a 5-0 advantage when he left in the second. Stanford nearly came back from a 10-2 deficit late in the game, closing the lead to four runs before Piscotty grounded out with the bases loaded. The Seminoles responded with eight tallies in the next half-inning to punch their ticket to Omaha. In a season full of missed opportunities for the Cardinal, Piscotty’s out — the only one in his final collegiate game, a 4-for-5 performance — would be the last, and most poignant. “I would’ve traded all four of those hits for that at-bat,” Piscotty said. “It’s tough. I am just so proud of the way our team played.” That team will have a new face next year, with its full starting rotation — Appel, Mooneyham and Piscotty — and several of its most dynamic hitters — Piscotty, Diekroeger and junior leftfielder
Tyler Gaffney — all going pro. Stewart and Smith were also drafted in later rounds, though they are still eligible for one more season. Righty A.J. Vanegas is likely to be Marquess’ new ace, while Ragira and rightfielder Austin Wilson — steady sophomores who combined for 15 homers and 104 RBI in 2012 — will be centerpieces of a lineup with its fair share of rebuilding to do this offseason. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@ stanford.edu.
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our own high expectations, our top two women’s tennis players also happened to be the top two collegiate players in the nation. And that might be the best thing about Stanford athletics. There’s always a great level of overall consistency. There’s always something to be excited about. Stanford’s current reign over intercollegiate sports might not grab national headlines every week, but the 18 Directors’ Cups that we have shows that, if nothing else, the longevity of Stanford dominance is undeniable. Here’s to the Cardinal dynasty. George Chen is beginning a columnist dynasty of his own with this piece. Cheer him on to (at least) 18 in a row at email@example.com.
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just wasn’t ready for the full-time closer role. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Hughes and junior Sahil Bloom had some impressive outings, but both went flat in the Super Regional, combining for six earned runs and only four outs. The loss of senior righthander Brian Busick, who posted a 2.79 ERA in 2011 despite the elbow injury that would eventually limit him to two innings this season, seems pretty significant in hindsight, considering that only one Cardinal reliever posted a better
ERA this season. And that reliever, sophomore righty A.J. Vanegas (2.62), probably should have been a starter in the first place. After Hochstatter lost the Sunday job, Vanegas started in the series finales against Washington and Oregon, giving up just two earned runs in 11.2 innings. Stanford won both games. Then Marquess began experimenting with Hochstatter and Bloom on Sundays — admittedly with some success — before settling on traditional third baseman Stephen Piscotty as Stanford’s final starter. Purely in terms of pitching, the move made sense. Piscotty had gutted out some tough wins in long re-
lief and deserved a shot at the starting job, where he excelled, winning all four games. It seemed that Stanford’s best slugger would be its saving grace on the mound. That added responsibility, however, took its toll on Piscotty’s hitting numbers. As a pure fielder he started his season on a tear, hitting .334 with 24 RBI in the team’s first 18 games. In games 19 through 45 — when Piscotty came out of the pen — he actually hit .355, with his run production dropping down to a more human one RBI per game. But in the 15 games between Piscotty’s first start on May 12 and the end of the season, he went a pedestrian 17-for-62 (.274) with a measly six RBI. Marquess really had no other
choice but to start Piscotty; he needed Vanegas in the bullpen, where the sophomore shined in the second game of the regional. Still, Stanford could’ve used Piscotty’s missing offense in a series loss to Cal (2-for-17) and two close regional games against Pepperdine (2-for-8). Meanwhile, the Cardinal’s second starter, lefty Brett Mooneyham, had a tough redshirt junior season. A 5-0 start gave way to a two-month winless streak between March 26 and May 13, and two dominant showings against Washington State and Utah gave way to three outings that didn’t last into the fifth inning. If the bullpen and Mooneyham had each earned Stanford two more conference victories (see one-run defeats in series losses to Arizona,
Oregon State and Cal), it would have won the Pac-12 with two games to spare and hosted a Super Regional. With those arms going you’ve got to think the Cardinal would have made it to Omaha, or, at least, contended on its home field in going out. So here we are in the first week of July, already almost a month removed from Stanford baseball, looking back at another potential championship season thrown away. Emphasis on the “thrown.” Joseph Beyda has been practicing his unhittable knuckleball in the hopes of making the team next season. He’ll put R.A. Dickey to shame. Give him your support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
New actor draws clear line between good and evil
omplete with gratuitous 3-D, CGI villains and magic science, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is just the movie that America needs around the Fourth of July. Shedding the thematic darkness of the comic books’ previous incarnations, Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man takes a younger, fresher and cleaner take on the tale. Since the conclusion of the last “Spider-Man” trilogy, the graphics have gotten better and the spandex has gotten tighter. The feisty Mary Jane has been replaced with a sweeter Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Things explode, buildings crumble and (spoiler alert!) justice prevails. “The Amazing Spider-Man” is all fun and games and no subtlety, and for the most part, that’s okay. The acting saves this movie from mediocrity. “Spider-Man’s” lackluster script is carried by the strength of its cast, bringing solid performances from leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as well as Sally Field and Martin Sheen, who play Parker’s relatives, without falling into caricature. Garfield has surprising charisma for probably the least eloquent superhero of all time. His take on the character is unique; Garfield’s Parker is friendless but not lonely, smart but not nerdy. His Spider-Man remains endearing, and his comical attempts at trash talk as he adjusts to his vigilante lifestyle make it easy to root for him. However, when Peter Parker’s distinguishing trait is his youthful gracelessness, you lose some of the ethical complications the series prided itself on; Parker the goofy skateboarder doesn’t the same carry moral weight as Parker the cage fighter does. Garfield takes a shorter route to self-discovery, portraying a more black-andwhite relationship with the criminal underworld. The prize for effort goes to Emma Stone. “She’s | “SPIDER-MAN“ continued on page 12 |
into an art form
etween sketchy housemates and sorority sisters, my Facebook-stalking skills have become as finely tuned as those of the CIA. Too bad my penchant for pot-stirring cancels out any secret-finding ability with secret-telling. Perhaps investigative journalism will make a nice compromise, but that’s a different article. So, have you ever Facebook-stalked anyone? I have, but I still fact-check every detail I find. I imagine that if I ever realized I was interested in the same sex, I would still double-check during a date, too, just to make sure. “Wait, wait . . . you’re a lesbian, right? Okay, cool, that’s totally what I thought, just makin’ sure.” I would ask then for the same reason I ask now, and it’s not simply for the sake of fact-checking. I’m scared of rejection, and of not knowing what to say. Yes, we all are, but none of us admit it. It’s almost impossible to effectively introduce things these days if you’re not the host of an awards show or a corporate bro making the rounds, which is why FB stalking can take the edge off things — you’ll already know exactly what to talk about. Today, I’ll be trying to introduce you not only to this article, but to this little regular piece I’ll be writing, a column if you will, because the only thing worse than making introductions is when people go ranting off to you without stating their existence. So here it is. I am Sasha and I will on occasion write this column to you, faithful (existent?) reader. I am presently residing in Sash Angeles (what they call Los Angeles when I’m in town) and am soon mov| “FACEBOOK“ continued on page 12 | THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012
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Andrew Garfield of “The Social Network” fame stars as Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which opened July 3.
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Chris Brown delivers, Maroon 5 falls flat
ow that we’re all done vegetating after the dead day/finals one-two punch, a.k.a. the worst exam schedule known to mankind, we can get back to the important things in life, like waking up at the crack of dawn to jam to Maroon 5 performing on the Today Show (incredibly awkward if no one else did this . . . ). The beginning of summer always brings a wave of album releases; here are a couple of the more memorable ones that Intermission missed over the break. Chris Brown — “Fortune” There’s a pretty clear shift in hip-hop/R&B from smooth subtlety toward maximum blatancy; for instance, compare “Baby Got Back” (1992) to “Ms. New Booty” (2006) to “Dance (A$$)” (2011), and things may become clear. Chris Brown is a more innocuous culprit — looking at Big Sean’s song titles at least gives you a certain expectation for the
next four minutes. But Brown, on the other hand, throws in songs like “Sweet Love,” which might sound like it would be a romantic ballad but actually belies a track that literally begins, Baby, let’s get naked. From a more objective standpoint, though, Brown became famous for his sexy crooning, and “Fortune” delivers more of the same. The album doesn’t contain many singles aside from “Turn Up the Music,” but maybe that represents Brown going in a more mature direction. Where his two previous albums, “Exclusive” and “F.A.M.E.,” were largely name-calling, now that Brown has everyone’s attention for all the right reasons, songs like “Strip” feat. Kevin McCall and “Bassline” show that he’s back to doing what he does best: making R&B more club-friendly than ever. Or maybe he just has better management. | “SINGLES“ continued on page 12 |
f you’ve been keeping up with “The Newsroom,” passed by a newsstand or even filled up your tank in the last six to eight years, you know that America has had its share of missteps. Sometimes we may even feel that the only thing we’ve got going for us is our extensive value menus and our can-do attitude, but we also have another policy in this great nation of ours: When it’s your birthday, you get a free pass. Why is the Fourth of July different from all other days? On this day we truly love America. So in case your memory has faded or you’re foreign to the wonders of this oft-woeful country, remember this: free refills. Yes, Europe may have a slightly better exchange rate, less gun violence and no sales tax, but we have free refills so that when you order your Coke for $1.50, you know that’s all you’ll pay to not see the bottom of your plastic cup until all the hot wings are finished. The constantly flowing high fructose corn syrup may seem a triviality, but when the heat is hot and you’ve got a date to impress at the local barbecue, that stream of ice-cold comfort is all you’ve got. And that’s America. This country is almost always there for you, but sometimes it’s not. We were raised to think America was all apple pie and handjobs, and we got to college and realized how messed up this country can be. I don’t need to rattle off statistics to make the point that when you dreamed of being president as a kindergartener, you probably weren’t thinking about the fact that when you finally turned 18, your vote wouldn’t even count that much anyway. Sometimes the Coke is flat. But they’ll keep bringing it as long as you’ll keep drinking. And that’s America. There’s always room for improvement in this great country of ours, as with many things. And if Advanced Placement U.S. History taught you anything, it’s that the only thing we can do about this country is change it. And we can, and we will. As sure as the sight of that toppedoff, buzzy Cola marching towards our table, we can change America. Excuse me, that first-person plural implied that we are all cut of the red-white-and blue, star-spangled and stripe-sodden cloth. Perhaps you were raised that America was just bland, the enemy or the jock in the locker room who thinks he can tape your buns
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CONTINUED FROM “FACEBOOK” PAGE 10 ing to join my FroSo roommate and our fellow Larkin lover to live in Westwood. Actually, I am incrementally moving there because, by some clown-car trick, I managed to fit more in my Murray dorm room than I can manage to fit into my SUV in two trips. But a couple days ago, I was lucky enough to exchange awkward introductions with my neighbor, thea hottie. My introduction with Hot Neighbor was awkward, yes, but what I lacked in charisma due to personality-stunting medication, he made up for in plucked grins and Nordic bone structure. Palms clammed, pulses quickened, hearts swooned (all mine). And, of course, Facebook stalking ensued. And what did I discover of Hot Neighbor? He’s a model. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given that this is L.A., where models roam the streets looking for billboard opportunities like post-apocalyptic zombies search for human brains. Plus he’s just really hot. But there goes any hope of this being a summer sex column and me being the next Carrie Bradshaw. And yet, I couldn’t help but wonder . . . So that’s my introduction to you. Just one girl in the big city, moving to pretty-close-to-Bel-Airbut-still-quite-modest. Also, did I mention that I pay my own rent? With money that I earned myself? Seriously, someone get me an introsem to teach. Sasha started her writing career with notes under the pen name “Mom.” She did not live in FroSoCo, but the term “FroSo roommate” is more succinct than “roommate from freshman and sophomore year.” Make your introductions with her at email@example.com.
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Actor Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which opened July 3. pretty,” Uncle Ben and Aunt May say about Gwen on two separate occasions, and Peter nods. Given the way Gwen was written, what else was there to say? All of Gwen’s character comes from Emma Stone’s quirks. Miss Stone adds a pinch of spunk to the complacent, doe-eyed schoolgirl, bringing some easy laughs and leaving hope for some character development in the inevitable next movie. “The Amazing Spider-Man” was nice, simple and left me with no compelling reason to ever see or think about it again. I’ll even consider seeing the sequel on the condition that the writers upgrade that half-hearted smooch on the balcony. Next time around, I demand an upside-down kiss! — natasha AVERY
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CONTINUED FROM “SINGLES” PAGE 11 Maroon 5 — “Overexposed” Maroon 5 hasn’t, unfortunately, aged like a fine wine. This is not to say that their individual talents have dwindled, even considering the band’s recent personnel changes — in fact, judging by live performances, Adam Levine’s voice has almost certainly grown more powerful in the past few years. However, they put their best foot forward a decade ago with “Songs about Jane,” and every Maroon 5 fan over the age of 15 (which is to say, most of them) still awaits an equally high-quality compilation that will almost certainly never come. “Overexposed” is the latest in the band’s tired rock-to-bubblegum-pop transition. There are a couple gems; the two lead singles, which also kick off the album, are certainly not poignant but get the job done as far as catchiness is concerned. However, the effort must have expended all their creative genius, since the eargasms are few and far between throughout the other dozen songs. Some are great (which these days is synonymous with “reminiscent of ‘Songs About Jane’”), such as “Tickets” and, particularly, “Wasted Years.” Others are actually terrible (One in a million/My lucky strike? Seriously? Also, let’s not talk about the cover of Prince’s “Kiss.”) “Overexposed” is worth a listen; the generous ear will hear an album with vague leanings towards universal appeal. But don’t be surprised if all you can make out is a passive-aggressive attempt at cater-
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“Overexposed,” the fourth studio album by pop rock band Maroon 5, was released on June 26. ing to the “new generation” — a move that wound up being swing and a miss, since they’re already way too busy listening to Justin Bieber’s new album. — andrea HINTON
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