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THURSDAY August 2, 2012
SUMMER WEEKLY EDITION
Volume 242A Issue 5
Miles Unterreiner examines the interpretive quandaries that exist within religion
Kristian Ipsen ’15 brings home bronze, and other updates on Cardinal athletes in London
At Cantor Arts Center, Andy Freeberg explores dynamic between portraits and their guardians
New program showcases strength of humanities
By HAELIN CHO
SEP helps top execs network, grow
By KLAIRE TAN
The Stanford Summer Humanities Institute, a faculty-run program geared toward high school students interested in the humanities, ended on July 13. It was the program’s first year, and organizers are hopeful that it can help address a perceived “pipeline problem” in humanities at Stanford: the declining number of incoming undergraduates that have an interest in humanities majors. The program, which accepted 50 rising high school juniors and seniors from a rigorous application process involving a writing sample, letter of recommendation, transcript and standardized exam score, aimed to increase awareness of the strengths of Stanford humanities both among high schoolers and more broadly in the community. Debra Satz, senior associate dean of the humanities and arts, introduced the idea of a summer humanities program to address
the perception that Stanford is exclusively a math and science powerhouse. “The percentage of our applicants who express a strong interest in the humanities is low, only about 10 percent. One reason for this I think is that Stanford is closely associated with Silicon Valley, and many high school students with humanities interest look elsewhere,” Satz said in an email to The Daily. “This program is part of an effort to showcase Stanford’s excellent humanities faculty.” History Professor Caroline Winterer and French Professor Dan Edelstein were the program’s lead faculty. In addition to lectures, seminars and group discussions, students went on weekly field trips to places like the Cantor Arts Center and the San Francisco Opera. The institute was designed to be a college-level program, and after two weeks of lectures and discussions, students were given a week to write a 10-page paper,
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145 senior executives have gathered to participate in the 60th annual Stanford Executive Program (SEP), a six-week management program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). SEP costs $58,000 per student and features a general management curriculum that covers a wide variety of topics. According to GSB Director of Programs and Marketing Kriss Craig, SEP connects senior executives from global companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations spanning 40 different countries and 30 different industries. “Classes take place in classrooms and auditoriums on the Knight Management Center Graduate School of Business campus,” Craig said. “All of the executives in SEP are housed at the Schwab Residential Center. With the exception of special off-site events, all meals are served there as well.” In a matter of six weeks, SEP quickly covers a wide range of topics, including finance, organizational behavior, risk management and corporate governance. According to Craig, executives are engaged in program activities for five to seven hours a day. Participants also spend time outside of classroom sessions reviewing and preparing material in study groups. Even by a professor’s standards, the vast amount of course material makes the program challenging. According to GSB finance professor Iyla Strebulaev, this course’s breadth is
necessary for the growth of participants. “What’s really important is the well-rounded approach we take that allows [participants] to develop a change in themselves in so many ways,” Strebulaev said. “Participants get the most recent and fundamental insights in so many subjects that are directly relevant to what they do. It enables them to broaden their perspectives.” SEP’s curriculum also helps executives reevaluate and better understand the strategies which they have used for years in their fields, according to program participant Carlos Terres, the commercial director of Holcim, a building materials company. “When you come to the program, you’ve usually already been working for 15 years,” Terres said. “We often don’t know the why behind what we work on and develop. The content exposes us to the theory and science behind what we do and helps us push our strategies forward in a much more effective way.” The program also hosts guest speakers like former Intel CEO Andrew Grove and former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and George P. Shultz. “Our guest speakers are experts in their fields or top executives in their organizations; they bring relevant and immediate insight to the participants,” Craig said. While Terres attests to the quality and efficacy of the program, it is not just the content that gives SEP its high reputation in the corporate world, he said. According to Terres, the
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TeachAIDS uses animation to educate the world about HIV
By KYLIE JUE
“They say when you find work that you love, you never work a day in your life. That’s what it’s like for me.” When founder and CEO of TeachAIDS, Piya Sorcar M.A. ’06 Ph.D. ’09, describes her job, the passion in her voice is unmistakable. Started in 2005, TeachAIDS is a nonprofit organization that grew from Sorcar’s graduate research here at Stanford. Having earned her master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology and her Ph.D. in the fields of Learning Science and Technology Design and International Comparative Education, she used her interdisciplinary background to solve a problem from her
native country, India: HIV/AIDS education and prevention. “Millions of dollars were poured into efforts [in India], but . . . it turned out that sex education was banned in some states, and even in states where it was not explicitly banned, educators were afraid to teach it,” Sorcar said. “We wanted to look at ways to teach AIDS education without covering [such] taboo topics of death and sex.” When Sorcar began posting her work online, she received a huge response from the global community saying that AIDS education was a problem everywhere. As a result, TeachAIDS started to develop materials for countries other than India. “The idea was to create the best, most comprehensive AIDS education while by-
passing those problems [of social stigmas] and making the teaching software available for free,” she said. “We work with governments to get it into the school systems, NGOs and corporations. And [these groups] don’t have to get [government] permission to use them. They’re available under a creative common license.” After Sorcar finished her studies at Stanford, TeachAIDS formally partnered with the University, and now the organization conducts all of its research on the Farm. Sorcar has formed a team of diverse members, some of whom are Stanford affiliates, to figure out different ways to educate individuals across the world about AIDS prevention. For example, cofounder of TeachAIDS and Stanford Communication professor Clifford Nass spe-
cializes on the psychology of how people use technology, a field of research that provided him with the tools to test how people respond to different types of AIDS education. Nass says that Sorcar employed the help of a multitude of individuals to focus on specific aspects of the project. “I was involved in a lot of the design decisions,” said Nass. “She had separate people who specialized in the content, [and] she got people from the medical school to help with all the science and to make sure everything was accurate.” Through easy-to-understand animations tailored to specific cultures and ethnicities, TeachAIDS focuses on AIDS prevention education. With comprehensive
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testing, the organization ensures that kids understand every aspect of the animated curriculum, including the characters, analogies and metaphors involved in the media. TeachAIDS’ success stems from its animations’ unique approach toward AIDS education, namely coupling biologybased explanations with cultural euphemisms. “Every single piece of the process is research-based,” Sorcar said. “In the pilot versions, we used voices in the right accents of people from those areas. [Nass’] research on voice interfaces shows that people learn more when they’re listening to voices that they can relate to.” The final productions of the animations, however, use voices of celebrities local to the countries in which the videos will be shown. Recruiting these stars has been a huge accomplishment for the organization, and the software’s “2-D, Disney-style characters” often resemble the celebrities. “When I first heard about TeachAIDS, I knew it was exactly what our country needed to fight against the tremendous HIV plague we are facing,” said “Idols East Africa” judge Thato “Scar” Matlhabaphiri. “Launching these animations and making them available for free is a huge step in increasing knowledge and curbing infection rates. I feel honored to be part of this historical moment.” Still, despite the progress the group has made in its work promoting AIDS education, Sor-
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A guide to Stanford startups
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Piya Sorcar, a Stanford grad, is the founder of TeachAIDS, an organization that creates animations to teach others about AIDS.
car insists that it’s no easy task. “At the end of the day, it’s not easy to teach about this topic,” she said. “The characters have to feel like they’re from that cultural context, and the language can’t be too bookish. Even when we’re disseminating the materials, we work with all these organizations that people trust and that are already in those countries.” Although the original target audience had been young people, the program has since expanded to include individuals of all ages and walks of life. From military doctors educating soldiers to corporations educating employees, individuals of all ages and backgrounds have watched the animations; even prisons and rehabilitation centers have used them. “It works even in places where it isn’t taboo,” Nass said. “It’s an extremely well-designed and effective program.” around the world. Strebulaev agrees that the interaction between participants is a crucial and valuable component of the program. “The program allows [the executives] to actively participate in group discussions, to learn from and network with other participants,” Strebulaev said. “They can exchange opinions In fact, the program is so well-designed that Sorcar was recognized in 2011 by the MIT Technology Review, which gives 35 awards each year to innovators under the age of 35 for transforming technology. The company’s next goal is to create versions of its animations in more than 80 languages; if successful, it will be able to account for the languages of individuals from more than 90 percent of the world’s HIV and AIDS cases. The company has also been asked about creating similar tutorials for topics like tuberculosis and malaria. “When I graduated [from Stanford] in 2009, [TeachAIDS] was in five countries,” Sorcar said. “Now the materials are used in 72 countries. The growth is incredible.” Contact Kylie Jue at 13kjue@ castilleja.org. and thoughts and help each other.” Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of participation and be considered alumni of the GSB, making them eligible for lifetime membership in the alumni association. Contact Klaire Tan at klairetan email@example.com.
Billy Gallagher Editor in Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Joseph Beyda Summer Managing Editor email@example.com Ed Ngai & Molly Vorwerck News Editors firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com George Chen Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Andrea Hinton Intermission Editor email@example.com Mehmet Inonu Photo Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Lorena Rincon-Cruz Graphics Editor email@example.com Miles Unterreiner Opinions Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Olson Copy Editor email@example.com Cover art by Lorena Rincon-Cruz
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program is unique and renowned because of its emphasis on giving its participants the valuable opportunity to meet and interact with people from all
Stanford University, with its array of resources and location in Silicon Valley, is a breeding ground of student creativity and technological innovation. Not surprisingly, it has been home to a number of startups over the past several years. Twentyfour of these have been helped along the way by StartX, or the Stanford Student Startup Accelerator, which provides Stanford student entrepreneurs with advice and resources to get their organizations off the ground. Here, we take a look at a few of the most recent of these StartX-incubated startups. WiFiSLAM By 2011, WiFiSLAM cofounders Joseph Huang M.A. ’11 and Dave Millman M.A. ’10 had already nearly founded their startup. During their graduate studies at Stanford, they developed an indoor positioning technology able to pinpoint an individual’s exact location in order to find coupons for various nearby vendors. The only question was how to commercialize their idea. With the help of co-founders Jessica Tsoong M.A. ’11, whom Huang had met through a class on tech venture formation, and Darin Tay, one of Huang’s classmates from his undergraduate education at the University of Waterloo and a current Google employee, WiFiSLAM was launched. “We decided to start the company as we were all finishing our master’s programs, and our goal was to commercialize [this] indoor positioning technology,” Tsoong said in an email. According to WiFiSLAM’s website, it provides users with a variety of functions, including indoor navigation, location-based coupons and gaming, automated check-ins and instore product search. “We have made significant progress to date — we have released our indoor positioning API and have
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Carbon-neutral methane produced
By JACQUELINE GU
Stanford Microbiology professor Alfred Spormann has partnered with Penn State University professor Bruce Logan to find a groundbreaking method of creating carbon-neutral, renewable methane gas. The process, which uses microbes as a catalyst, only requires electricity to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into pure methane, the primary ingredient in natural gas.
To conduct this research, Spormann’s lab is raising colonies of bacteria, called methanogens, which use electrical energy to transform atmospheric carbon dioxide into methane. According to Spormann, there is potential to develop a new technology based on the activity of microbial factories converting electrical energy to chemical energy. “It has significant implications for green energy technologies,” Spormann said. “It’s a technology that allows [us] to substitute fossil chemicals, chemicals derived from fossil fuels, which the chemical industry heavily relies on, with chemicals synthesized from atmospheric carbon dioxide.” This process of converting electricity to methane involves bacteria that can generate electrical currents in microbial fuel cells, which are fuel cells that use bacteria instead of hydro-
gen and precious metals like platinum, elements needed to catalyze regular fuel cells. “The entire process is cyclical,” Spormann explained. “The carbon dioxide used to make methane is derived from the atmosphere, and once you combust methane, you release the carbon dioxide again.” Because the carbon dioxide is recycled, the process is entirely carbon-neutral. The methanogens dine on atmospheric carbon dioxide and electricity, converting them efficiently into methane. “When you’re using chemical catalysts [to generate methane] you tend to get a lot of sideproduct, and the system isn’t self-sustaining; it needs high temperatures or precious metal catalysts,” Logan said. “Here the microbes are the catalysts — and they make only methane.” The researchers envision a cost-effective sys-
tem that will be able to produce clean methane used to fuel ships, airplanes and other vehicles. Ideally, cultures of methanogens would be fed electricity as they metabolized carbon dioxide into methane. “The goal is to turn a source of reusable electrical power into methane — it’s a way of either creating a fuel that would be used in vehicles or storing energy in the form of methane,” Logan said. “The idea is to create something useful in our current energy infrastructure.” Currently, Spormann and Logan are working on cultivating the methanogens and optimizing the process. They are trying to engineer the system to maximize its effect and understand the fundamentals of the process. “We need to understand the fundamental
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begun integrations with a variety of mobile applications,” Tsoong said. “We have essentially built a location platform for any mobile application to use our indoor positioning.” 6Dot For 6Dot co-founder Karina Pikhart M.A. ’12, the assignment was this: solve a problem at home. The prompt was that unspecific and openended. Pikhart, at the time taking a design class during her senior year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found it eye-opening. “[In this class,] we came across this experience that many blind individuals have, which is trouble locating or identifying or distinguishing between very common items, like medication or canned foods,” Pikhart said. “A lot of the tools that are available to attempt to solve those problems are pretty dissatisfying to use.” Her in-class team designed and prototyped a product that would hopefully solve this problem more effectively: a Braille labeler. After moving to Palo Alto to attend graduate school at Stanford, Pikhart teamed up with Silicon Valley-based engineers and fellow 6Dot cofounders Robert Liebert and Raphael Hyde to create a startup that would make the Braille labeler widely available. “[Our] aim is to provide tools or bring independence to the blind and people with other disabilities, and help people reach their full potential
through developing innovative technology,” Pikhart said. It hasn’t been an easy road, though; 6Dot has faced numerous difficulties, from assembling the right team to creating a sustainable business plan to actually making the jump from prototyping their idea to manufacturing it. After years of work, 6Dot put out its first Braille labelers in 2012. However, Pikhart is still hesitant to say that they’ve reached their goals. “We’re a long way off from being successful at meeting that goal,” Pikhart said. “The vision of wanting disability to not be seen as a disability, the vision of wanting assisted technology to just look like any other technology is a long ways out.” Jetlore We use it as a verb now: “Google” this, “Google” that, “Google” anything and everything.
If Eldar Sadikov, a Stanford Ph.D. candidate in computer science, has his way, “Google” may soon be replaced with the name of his company: Jetlore. Sadikov and his co-founder, Montse Medina, a Stanford Ph.D. candidate in mathematical engineering, founded Jetlore in January 2011 in order to create a smarter search engine for consumers. Jetlore, by using a social content aggregator called Qwhisper, personalizes results according to user’s activities on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “The big vision from the very beginning was that we wanted to help any consumer out there . . . be able to [use] social content in decision making,” Sadikov said. While this vision may have remained unwavering since Jetlore’s initial launching, their methodology fessors Edelstein and Winterer really expected [the students] to think and work like college students.” Both Edelstein and Winterer were similarly impressed with the students’ level of dedication to the humanities. “The really memorable experience for me was how good the students got at asking questions,” Winterer said. “By the third week, they had just formed this wonderful group of really inquisitive young scholars to a degree that really surprised us.” Some students, like Jae Shin from Temecula, Calif., found the college-like experience invaluable and appreciated the elevated intensity of the program.
has changed drastically. At first, Sadikov and Medina created a prototype that would refer you to someone likely to have the desired information. The example Sadikov provides is of someone wanting to purchase tickets to a Giants game but wondering where to find the best seats. The prototype would dig through previous Facebook or Twitter posts to pinpoint the friend most likely to have answers. But then the startup’s staff — originally composed of just Sadikov and Medina but now extended to include six others — had a revelation. “Rather than having people provide the information, a lot of the information is already out there, already among the Facebook posts and the Twitter posts,” Sadikov said. “And we can show the existing information rather than helping people find the [right] person. We start“The classroom experience was really great because it’s not like the traditional high school setting where you just sit down and do a lecture and go home and do homework,” she said. “You actually discuss your ideas with other students and get input from the professors.” Shin added that her favorite part of camp was meeting new friends, commenting on the skills of her peers. “All the people [here] are so smart,” Shin said. “You can talk to them and get ideas from them, and it’s just a great place to be for inquiring people.” Due to its smooth first run, both Edelstein and Winterer hope to expand the program beyond the two classes they currently offer.
ed working on really understanding content.” Other companies have attempted similar feats before, but it’s not an easy task: much of the content on social networking sites is so colloquial and unstructured that designing an algorithm capable of decoding it requires a herculean effort. But Jetlore has thus far been successful, and it hopes to extend this success in the future. “I think that’s where our future is, sort of making companies’ consumer services smarter, allowing them to personalize the experience for users and bring in the context they need — that’s really the future of search,” Sadikov said. “And I think that’s why we see ourselves as the next big search company.” Contact Amrutha Dorai at amrutha. dorai.gmail.com. “Really what we hope to do for next year is to build, to offer more courses in the other disciplines of the humanities,” Winterer said. Satz agreed that the program was an overall success in providing an educational experience for the students. But as this was only the program’s first year, the jury is still out on whether it elevates the perception of Stanford’s humanities program. “The real test of the success of the program will depend on whether or not its reputation grows and we have more applicants with humanities interests applying to Stanford,” she said. Contact Haelin Cho at haelin.cho@ gmail.com.
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helped by undergraduate residential counselors (RCs) and graduate teaching assistants (TAs). According to Kathryn Vanderboll, an RC, undergraduates lived in the dormitories with the students and attended their lectures. TAs led discussion sessions, and both groups assisted the students with the demanding course load. “I was really impressed by the level of intellectual commitment the professors demanded of the students,” Vanderboll said. “Pro-
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texts can be twisted and moral mandates made malleable. We know that faith can be used to justify peace as often as war, charity as often as selfishness, inclusion as often as intolerance. Such it was that for every Northern abolitionist preacher in 1860 there was a Southern counterpart quoting Colossians 3:22: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.” Thus for every Mother Teresa there seems to be a Jerry Falwell, for every Eboo Patel an Osama bin Laden or an Anwar al-Awlaki. Christians struggling to find religious grounding for their opinions on welfare or the social safety net might well be confused by the word of God. For on the one hand we hear, “He who does not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10), and on the other, “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered” (Proverbs 21:13). And likewise a Muslim looking for guidance in establishing relationships with people of other faiths might be confused by the apparent contradiction between Sura 9:5 (“Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them”) and Sura 5:32 (“Whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind”). So how are secular evaluators of religion to respond to such an interpretive quandary, especially given canonical texts that frequently seem to offer contradictory answers to the same timeless questions? Matthew gives us one possible answer in 7:16: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” This utilitarian test of the character of religion works in reverse, extrapolating the essential nature of a re-
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or the devoutly religious, faith is an unadulterated good. It needs no explanation, no justification, no quantification. For the rest of us, however, the question remains: how should we measure, evaluate and judge the nature of religious belief? A friend of mine once suggested that the essential character of religions can be located in their foundational texts — that we can understand Christianity by reading the Bible, Islam by interpreting the Quran and Judaism by investigating the Tanakh and Talmud. In my friend’s formulation, there is a textual core at the center of each and every faith that exists regardless of the actions of that faith’s adherents. Thus a Christian who fails to help his neighbor in times of need can be said to be a poor Christian, or a Hindu who eats beef a poor Hindu. If only it were that simple. Centuries of post-Reformation experience have taught the world that
ligion from the acts of its believers. Thus purveyors of good works (grapes and figs) show their religion to be essentially good, while doers of evil demonstrate their faith to be essentially thorny and thistly. This also is a tempting route to take. We could simply tally up the charity dollars given and Good Samaritans created, subtract the number of suicide bombers and bigots and divide by the number of believers per religion to get some sort of essential goodness quotient. Religion, then, would simply be as good or bad as its believers make it. But this also is ultimately unsatisfactory. It would be pleasant and comforting to say that texts don’t matter, and that all religions have equal potential for good or for evil, shaped only by the actions of rational men and women seeking the universal good. But as Douglas Murray once put it in the course of a debate on the nature of Islam, that would be to foolishly “elevate hope into truth.” Simple utilitarian calculations fail to take into account the complex histories behind and intricate differences between faiths — differences that human beings who subscribe to those faiths cannot entirely escape by doing whatever they think is rationally right. Unsurprisingly, I have no definitive answer. I don’t know whether religion is a net loss or a net gain for secular society, nor am I sure if it is possible to say that some religions are “better” than others. In my next column, however, I’ll attempt to elaborate on this one by outlining a few brief thoughts on the intersection between secular ethics and religious thought — and what each can learn from the other. Contact Miles at milesu1@stanford. edu
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science behind the process and then see how we can scale it up to a process where we can produce cubic meters of methane every day,” Spormann said. Logan emphasizes the need to build on their research before renewable methane becomes a part of our everyday lives. “We know how to [create carbonneutral methane], but we don’t know how to economically do it or how to optimize the process,” Logan said. “We need to make it work better and we need to make it work cheaper. We need to make this inexpensive and useful.” Contact Jacqueline Gu at jackielgu@ gmail.com.
any first-generation kids (children of immigrant families) know all too well about the back-and-forth dance that surrounds any invitation. These kids know that if offered a glass of juice in the home of a guest, they must first refuse. The host will continue to offer, and the guest must continue to refuse. Somehow, it is understood when it is appropriate to concede to the offer. It is also understood when the invitation is insincere (i.e., when you are supposed to firmly say no till the end). I suppose it’s a skill that people here in Egypt, and in many other countries, have. In the United States, things are usually much more straightforward; people, for the most part, mean what they say when they invite you over for dinner. Life is just easier that way. In the past few weeks, I have made many missteps in this so-
cial dance. I didn’t offer to pay enough times when I should have and accepted offers that I should have refused a few more times. I realized it just takes being a bit more aware of the context of a situation, but I still don’t really understand what’s appropriate. I suppose it is a sense developed over time and I just missed out. Strangely enough, I think the same skill needed in these situations is needed in crossing the street. Crossing busy streets in Cairo is unavoidable; the street will never become completely free of cars so people can safely cross. Crosswalks are nowhere to be found here in Egypt, and if there are lanes painted on the street, they are mere decorations. Pedestrians must have an acute understanding of how to deal with the drivers in each new situation. They must have a
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NEWS BRIEFS Stanford professor wins Fundamental Physics Prize
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF On July 31, Stanford physics professor Andrei Linde became one of the inaugural recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize. The Milner Foundation in Russia recognized eight physicists in addition to Linde, and founder Yuri Milner personally chose Linde to receive the award for his work on cosmic inflation. Originally proposed by fellow Fundamental Physics Prize recipient Alan Guth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cosmic inflation is a modification of the Big Bang theory that explains how the universe was formed from a tiny, rapidly inflating piece of space. Linde has been developing his theory since the early 1980s, and he has watched his work transform from apparent science fiction into a cosmologic model. His versions of the inflation model correctly predicted observations of the sky and were supported by multiple experiments testing inflation and other alternative theories. The Fundamental Physics Prize is one of the highest paying academic prizes: instead of splitting the reward, each recipient was given $3 million. In the future, the Milner Foundation plans to give the award to one scientist each year, and Linde and the other eight winners will form the selection committee. “We now have the ability to say these people are doing something fantastic,” Linde said in an article in the Stanford News Service. “They might not get wide scientific recognition until there is experimental proof, but that is maybe 10 years from now, so let’s do something good for them right away if we all agree that what they’re doing is great.”
— Haelin Cho
By KAREN FENG This report covers a selection of incidents from July 23 through July 29 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety bulletin.
I Cash I A bike was stolen from Skilling Audi-
torium between 11 a.m and 11:50 a.m.
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Bernard Muir named Stanford’s athletic director
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Bernard Muir, the current athletic director for the University of Delaware, has been named as Stanford’s new Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics, officially announced by Provost John Etchemendy Friday. Muir was selected in an extensive process that was overseen by Robert Simoni, the Donald Kennedy Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences, as well as Jeff Wachtel, senior assistant to President John Hennessy. Prior to serving as Delaware’s athletic director for the past three years, Muir was head of Georgetown’s athletic department from 2005 to 2009. His previous experience also includes athletic administrative duties at a number of universities that include Notre Dame, Butler and Auburn. Muir was also chosen to be a member of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament selection committee early in February. Officially starting his work in September, Muir will replace Bob Bowlsby, who left in May to become the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. Patrick Dunkley, meanwhile, has been serving as the interim athletic director.
— George Chen and Molly Vorwerck
ter for Imaging between 10 a.m. and noon.
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was stolen at EAST House between 9 a.m. on July 21 and noon on July 23. cable-locked bike was stolen from the bike racks near the Arrillaga Alumni Center between 2:30 p.m. on July 20 and 2:30 p.m. on July 23. bag containing two passports was stolen from the trunk of a vehicle near the Sport Complex between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. bike was stolen near the Arrillaga Family Sports Center between 5 p.m. the night before and 9 a.m. on July 24.
I A male was cited and released for dri-
ving unlicensed near the intersection of Nelson Road and Galvez Street at 10:30 p.m. iPhone was stolen at Murray House between 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. GPS was stolen at Parking Structure 1 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. accidental vegetation fire was reported near the intersection of Campus Drive and Galvez Street at 5:30 p.m. Florence Moore Hall between 4:30 and 8 p.m. female was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for domestic battery at Escondido II Highrise between 8:15 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.
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bike was stolen near Tresidder Union between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. gell Field south bleachers was smashed and a laptop was stolen between noon and 11:55 p.m. was injured in a bike-bike collision near the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building at 6:10 p.m. was injured when a bike collided with a fixed object near the Hewlett Teaching Center at 3:55 p.m.
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male was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for public intoxication near the intersection of Stanford Avenue and Bowdoin Street at 2:08 a.m. smashed the window of a vehicle and stole a computer and passport near the intersection of Galvez Street and Nelson Road between 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. sessing marijuana near the intersection of Electioneer Road and Campus Drive at 11:40 p.m.
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sense for how to stick their hand out, look a driver in the eye, wait in the middle and then, at the right second, make their move. This summer, I have been nearly run over several times; once, I was sure my life was over (I caused a bit of a scene in the street in this near-death experience). Meanwhile, I saw kids no older than 10 casually walk across the street I thought impossible to cross. Driving is the same story, but worse. I suppose what these things come down to is uncertainty. People here seem very comfortable with uncertainty and prepared to deal with it. The people here cannot trust some flashing sign to tell them when to cross the street. So they learn from a young age to
deal with the randomness and just go with the flow. Maybe we need more uncertainty in our lives here in the U.S. as well. There is a degree of adaptability and understanding that comes with these and many other situations. Perhaps by having any easy answer, whether it is a crosswalk or a stoplight, we lose these skills. Maybe that’s why when we come to Stanford, we ride our bikes around campus like maniacs (myself included). I don’t envy the disorder of the crazy Cairo streets, but at the end of the day, there is a particular equilibrium here that works. It’s a bad equilibrium, but through it, people adapt in ways many of us at Stanford might think impossible. I think we might actually learn a lot from having to navigate a busy street without dying. Contact Fatima Wagdy at fwagdy@stanford. edu
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MAKING AN IMPACT
Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Kevin Anderson finally gets the chance to play on game day after a year of hard work
BY GEORGE CHEN
game day. The experience that a player gains from redshirting might be one of the most overlooked and underappreciated aspects of college football. Because redshirts are not eligible to compete in games, they are virtually unmentioned in media coverage during the season. But for Anderson, his past redshirt season was critical in terms of maturing both on and off the field. “A lot of people think of redshirt as time off, but it really ends up being working extra hard,” said Anderson. “Because you’re not playing in games, you can get in three lifts per day sometimes. There’s more practicing and scrimmaging to get bigger, faster and stronger. It’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely worthwhile redshirting.” Much of Anderson’s progress in improving his physical abilities and on-field skill set has come under the steady guidance of outside linebacker coach Lance Anderson, who was named the 2012 National Recruiter of the Year for his huge role in landing four five-star prospects in Stanford’s best recruiting class of all time. The player credits his coach with helping him greatly improve his footwork as well as develop his coverage skills. Given Anderson’s rapid development as an outside linebacker, it might come as a surprise that he played defensive end during his remarkable high school career. Anderson became a local superstar at Palo Alto High School, where his ability to elude blockers and wreak havoc in the backfield propelled him to monster junior and senior seasons. He ended his breakout junior year with 68 tackles — 18 of which were for a loss — along with 6.5 sacks and was named Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. After receiving a considerable amount of attention from college recruiters, he followed through with an even more impressive senior campaign that saw him garner first-team all-state honors and
t’s 8 a.m. on a sunny, brisk Monday morning in mid-July. Most of the Stanford campus is fast asleep at this time of the morning during the school year. In the summer, it’s eerily silent. But on the practice football field, redshirt freshman outside linebacker Kevin Anderson is already an hour into the team run, with half an hour still remaining. Immediately following the run, he and his Cardinal teammates dive straight into a weight lifting session that lasts for another hour and a half. It’s barely 10 a.m. and Anderson has already completed three hours of conditioning on the day. After lunch he gets a little bit of time to unwind, maybe sneak in a quick nap if he is lucky. He returns to the weight room at four, in time for another lift workout. This one is optional, but Anderson rarely skips. By the time he is done, he will have just enough time to grab dinner before heading out back onto the field at seven for the two-hour captain’s practice. Held twice a week, these pad-less practices are meant for the players to hone their on-field skills and run the playbook to perfection. The focus is on repetition with precision. At 9 p.m., Anderson is finally done for the day, after six and a half hours of training. He goes back to his home in Palo Alto with his teammates, classmates and close friends J.B. Salem and Anthony Hayes, who are staying with him over the summer. They are tired, sore and fully aware that they will have to wake up in time for tomorrow’s 7 a.m. team run yet again. This grueling daily summer routine is nothing new for the Palo Alto native, who went through a similar schedule at last year’s preseason conditioning as an incoming freshman. But while the practices may not have changed all that much, he knows that this upcoming season will be very different for one important reason: no longer redshirting, Anderson will finally have a chance to make an impact on
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CARDINAL BUSY IN LONDON
By KAREN FENG
Thirty-seven Stanford-affiliated athletes, including five current student-athletes, are competing at the 2012 Olympic Games. Women’s beach volleyball: On July 27, women’s beach volleyball No. 1 seeds Kerri Walsh Jennings ’00 and her partner, Misty May-Treanor, took a 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) victory over Australia’s Nat Cook and Tamsin Hinchley. Walsh Jennings recorded 12 kills, four blocks and 12 digs. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor swept Marketa Slukova and
Kristyna Kolocova of the Czech Republic in their second match of preliminary round play on July 30. Walsh Jennings had seven kills and three blocks and served three aces. Equestrian: On July 29, rising freshman Nina Ligon representing Thailand scored 53.90 to take 48th in the dressage portion of the individual event finals. Ligon is now in 37th place with a score of 69.90 after July 30’s cross-country portion. Women’s gymnastics: On July 29, rising sophomore Kristina Vaculik represented the Canadian team that qualified for
the final in eighth place with a score of 167.696. This marked the first time that Canada advanced to the gymnastics finals in a nonboycotted Olympics. Vaculik scored 14.366 on the uneven bars, 14.11 on the vault, 13.800 on the floor exercise and 11.300 on the balance beam for a total score of 53.566 in the all-around, good enough for a 32nd-place finish. She was unable to advance in the individual event competitions. Men’s rowing: On July 28, David Banks ’05 and Jake Cornelius ’05 competed with the U.S. eight in the preliminary heat, holding a strong lead
throughout to win in 5:30.72, two seconds ahead of Australia. Alex Osborne ’09 and the U.S. quadruple sculls boat placed fourth on July 28, missing a semifinal berth by one spot, six seconds behind third-place France with a time of 5:50.25. They again missed the semifinal berth on July 30, when a stuck blade brought the Americans’ lead to a dead stop and placed them well behind the rest of the pack. Although the quartet brought up their pace to 40 strokes a minute to try to make the berth, they came in seventenths of a second behind third-
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Bob and Mike Bryan ‘00 (above) advanced to the quarterfinal round of the men’s tennis doubles draw at the London Olympic Games on Tuesday. The brothers competed for Stanford for two seasons from 1996-1998 and have been ranked No. 1 in the world for a record 297 weeks. 8 N THE STANFORD DAILY N SUMMER WEEKLY EDITION
pparently there are a lot of sporting events taking place across London at the moment — from cycling to canoeing, horse riding to field hockey, swimming to soccer. Being here, though, and especially being involved, I really have no idea what is going on. I’m lucky enough to be volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic Games and even luckier to have a relatively interesting role in press operations. Unfortunately, I’m not really supposed to go into too much detail about this right now, due to both general security concerns and exclusive deals that the International Olympic Committee has with various media organizations. I am, however, getting to watch a lot of beach volleyball. The whole city is of course busy. Traveling to and from work, there are crowds of spectators and tourists meandering their way across town and asking me, in my lovely red and purple uniform, all sorts of questions that I don’t know the answer to. Flick on a TV or glance at a newspaper and the news is dominated by Olympic coverage, especially dealing with the frustrations so far of the local medal favorites. But with the Games lasting just over two weeks and including such a huge variety of sports, there is just too much going on. Even sitting at home in front of the TV and computer, it would be impossible to be up to date with every twist and turn, and I don’t have that luxury. I don’t have a smart phone, and even if I did, there wouldn’t be much time to make use of it. Apart from being able to look up at the sky and see the swarming helicopters tracking down some newsworthy item, most days I have to wait to get home to discover what has happened. And when I’m not too exhausted to tune in and catch some of the ac-
LIFE ON THE BEACH
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place Switzerland. Silas Stafford’08 and partner Tom Peszek finished fourth in the men’s pair competition on July 28 with a time of 6:26.59, 0.69 seconds behind the Netherlands, barely missing the semifinal berth. On July 30, their Olympic dreams came back to life with a third-place finish in the men’s pair repechage, earning them the final berth in the semifinals. They led early in the race but fell behind Germany and Serbia by the 1,500-meter mark. The pair, however, still managed to fight off Hungary in the final 500 meters to win by less than half a second. Women’s rowing: On July 29, Elle Logan ’11 helped the U.S. eight win their heat with a time of 6:14.68 over Australia, Great Britain and Germany to qualify for Thursday’s final. Men’s soccer: On July 26, the New Zealand men’s soccer team, captained by Ryan Nelsen ’01, took on Belarus in its opening match but lost 1-0 at Old Trafford. Nelsen led the tight defense that allowed only one goal, but the offense was unable to find the back of the net. On July 29, Nelsen led his team to a 1-1 draw with Egypt, as Egypt came back to equalize the score in the 40th minute. Women’s soccer: On July 25, women’s soccer Group G opened play as the U.S. team, including members Nicole Barnhart ’04, Rachel Buehler ’07 and Kelley O’Hara ’10, secured a 42 win over France in Glasgow, Scotland. Buehler and O’Hara started, helping the U.S. back line recover from two early French goals and keep France from scoring for the final 76 minutes. Barnhart, the backup for starter Hope Solo, did not play. The team continued play on July 27, when Buehler and O’Hara played the full 90 minutes against Colombia to help them win 3-0 at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Buehler solidified the central defense while O’Hara had a steady
presence on the left flank. New Zealander Ali Riley ’10 started and played the full 90 minutes on July 25. Although the defense held firm, Great Britain prevailed 1-0 when it capitalized on a free kick in the 64th minute. On July 27, Riley played at the outside left back position, but the New Zealand team fell 1-0 to Brazil on a surprising free kick goal in the 86th minute. Men’s tennis: On July 28, top seeds Bob Bryan ’00 and Mike Bryan ’00, who competed for Stanford for two seasons, won 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 63 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. They took bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, have captured 78 career doubles titles and have been ranked No. 1 in the world for a record 297 weeks. Women’s volleyball: On July 28, Foluke Akinradewo ’09, Logan Tom ’03 and Team USA prevailed over South Korea 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21) in London. Akinradewo delivered nine kills and six blocks for 15 points, while Tom added eight kills. Efforts by Akinradewo and Tom contributed to the United States’ 31 (25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21) win against defending champion Brazil on July 30, as they combined for 21 kills, nine from Akinradewo and 12 from Tom. Men’s water polo: On July 29, captain Tony Azevedo ’04, Layne Beaubien ’99, Peter Hudnut ’03 and Peter Varellas ’06 of Team USA opened their tournament with an 8-7 win over Montenegro. Varellas led them with a hat trick while Beaubien and Azevedo each scored once, as the quartet accounted for five of the eight U.S. goals. Women’s water polo: Incoming freshman Maggie Steffens scored a game-high seven goals to help the U.S. team defeat Hungary 14-13 in the team’s first match. Fellow Cardinal players Annika Dries ’14, Melissa Seidemann ’13 and Jessica Stiffens ’10 also participated, with Seidemann attempting five shots. Contact Karen Feng at karenfeng.us @gmail.com.
CROWNING OF A NEW KING
he latest chapter of the Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte rivalry, the 400meter individual medley race on Saturday, was supposed to be one of the greatest showdowns in Olympic history. Instead, it will be remembered as the dramatic matchup that was not to be. Things seemed awry right off the bat, when Phelps barely managed to squeak into the final with an uncharacteristically uncomfortable swim in the preliminary heats. When the finals did come, the improbable happened; not only was Phelps blown out of the water by his American teammate by over four seconds, but the 14-time Olympic gold medalist failed to even score a spot on the medal podium. Phelps’ fourth-place finish indeed may have been shocking, but Lochte’s victory wasn’t. The cool, collected Lochtenator didn’t win because Phelps had a bad day. He won because his disciplined work ethic and grind-it-out mentality over the past four years finally paid off. Lochte’s victory over Phelps in the opening event of the 2012 Summer Olympics swimming segment showed that, if nothing else, there’s no substitute for hard work. Having swum in Phelps’ shadow for the past eight years, it isn’t difficult to see where Lochte’s motivation to push himself beyond mental and physical limits in training comes from. Lochte was a star in his own right at Beijing 2008, winning two gold medals and a pair of bronzes, but all of that was overshadowed — and understandably so — by Phelps’ historic haul of eight gold medals. Lochte’s training for London began the day after he competed in his last event at Beijing. That was the day when he decided he was no longer going to be the second best swimmer in the world. With coach Greg Troy always finding new ways to break down his swimmer, Lochte cranked up both the yardage and intensity of his practices. The resolute swimmer started a dryland regimen that was similar to the Strongman competition events
and also paid closer attention to his nutrition intake. His laid-back attitude outside of the pool balanced his fierce competitiveness in the water to fuel a drive that didn’t burn out. His carefree nature and injuryprone hobbies outside of the pool constantly had his coach and fans on pins and needles (he fractured a foot in a skateboarding accident and a shoulder while playing hide-andseek). But as Lochte would probably say in his nonchalant tone, “Dude, it’s no big deal.” Phelps, meanwhile, took a welldeserved extended break from swimming after Beijing. He was his dominant self at the 2009 World Championships, but his inconsistent practice schedule led to subpar performances at major international meets over the next two years. Both Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, admitted that for a while the Olympic star wouldn’t show up at the training facility for days, and when he did, he was just going through the motions at practice. To be fair, Phelps certainly did his own share of equally intensive training for the eight years prior to Beijing. I can’t blame Phelps for not training these past four years the way he did for the last two Olympics, especially when he’s accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the sport. What motivation is left once you’ve already won 16 Olympic medals and cemented your status as the greatest swimmer that ever lived? But the sport of swimming doesn’t make exceptions for even the greatest swimmer of all time, especially not when it comes to having the necessary training to compete in the 400 IM, one of the most grueling races in the sport and an ultimate test of a swimmer’s form. Lochte started training for the event four years ago while Phelps didn’t begin training for it until nine months ago (he actually didn’t think he’d ever even swim it after Beijing). In swimming, the times don’t lie and the difference in their training input was clearly shown on Saturday as Lochte was the better swimmer in every aspect of the race from start to finish: speed, power, endurance, un-
derwater kicks and transition turns. Phelps’ loss doesn’t take away from what he’s already accomplished by any means. He wasn’t kidding when he said that this summer would be about how many toppings he could add to his sundae. On Tuesday, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time by winning the 19th Olympic medal of his career. Judging by his reaction after being touched out by five hundredths of a second in the 200 fly, no one was more disappointed in his silver medal in his signature event than the swimmer himself. But in the grand scheme of things, a second-place finish isn’t nearly enough for anyone to claim that Phelps isn’t the greatest Olympian ever. It’s too early to tell whether Phelps will actually retire or not after the Olympics, regardless of what he has announced publicly. My hope is that Phelps will come back after these Games and have another go at it. He hates the bitter taste of losing even more than he loves the sweet joy of winning. That’s what makes him so great; that’s why the idea of him coming back isn’t so far-fetched. And let’s not forget that the Phelps-Lochte rivalry isn’t over just yet. The two best swimmers in the world will square off once again starting on Thursday in the 200 IM — a shorter event where Phelps has a better chance of beating Lochte. Their fierce competition in the pool and close friendship outside epitomize the ideal sports rivalry that few competitors are capable of embodying. Rivalries aside, enough can’t be said about how both Phelps and Lochte have changed the face of swimming. They’ve brought an unprecedented amount of media publicity (see the cover of the newest issue of Time magazine) and fan attention to the sport. Phelps should be credited first and foremost for paving the way with his past record-breaking performances. Between 2000 and 2010, participation in competitive swimming increased by 29.6 percent.
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record 113 tackles with 11.5 sacks. The most important accomplishment for Anderson wasn’t his individual accolades or statistics, though. He will be the first to tell you that the most memorable moment was playing a key role in his team’s improbable state title run. Prior to his senior season, the Vikings were not considered to be in contention for the league and section crowns, much less the state championship. But Anderson’s leadership on both the offensive and defensive line helped Paly find a way to win week after week all the way to the state championship, where the Vikings upset powerhouse Centennial 15-13 and secured their first perfect season in school history. Yet despite his success playing defensive end in high school, Anderson constantly had to force himself to gain the weight needed to meet the physical demands of playing on the defensive line. When he arrived on the Farm, he knew something had to change. “I came in last summer as a defensive end,” he explained. “[The coaches] wanted me to gain a lot of weight, but I can’t gain weight very well. So they put me in as outside linebacker at last year’s preseason camp, and I played well. I’ve stayed there ever since then. I don’t have to force myself to gain weight now; I just need to get stronger and faster. At that position, it’s kind of like being a glorified pass rusher. I drop back a third of the time, but I pass rush the rest of the time. I love playing at the outside linebacker position.” Even after the position switch, Anderson’s 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame still isn’t considered imposing for an outside linebacker in college football. With size as a possible disadvantage, technique and speed — two aspects of his game that Anderson constantly emphasizes in practice — become all the more important. “If you lack size [as a defender], you have to make it up in speed,” he said. “On some plays I’m not going to be able to overpower someone, which means I’ll have to run around them. You have to have your strengths overshadow your weaknesses.” Anderson’s redshirt season was not an easy road by any means. Despite his status as a local star in the Bay Area, Anderson was a three-star recruit, not as heavily recruited as some of the other prospects in the nation. Yet none of it deterred him from working as hard as the next guy, whether it was on the practice field or in the weight room. Anderson gave it his all starting from day one. “I just felt like I had something to prove to myself because I wasn’t coming in as a highly touted recruit,” said Anderson. “I felt like I had a chip on my shoulder. There’s a lot of politics that go into the recruit rankings. But for me, I just want to play football. Once you’re at the college level, it doesn’t matter who’s a five-star recruit and who’s not. If I can outwork them, it doesn’t matter. That’s my philosophy.” As Stanford ended its season with a loss in the Fiesta Bowl, Anderson faced yet another obstacle, albeit a completely different one. He suffered a bone spur injury in his ankle that forced him to undergo surgery in late January. The operation sidelined him for two months, during which the team was going through conditioning workouts in preparation for spring ball. “The overgrowth of the bone affected my ankle ability,” said Anderson. “After the season was done, I had surgery to have them removed. And then there was rehab and a lot of physical therapy. That set me back a little bit, but it wasn’t too bad.” Despite missing a month and a half of runs and another two weeks of spring ball, Anderson saw a sizable chunk of playing time at Stanford’s Cardinal and White Spring Game in mid-April. His steady performance over three quarters caught the attention of both the coaching staff and the media. “It was nice knowing that the hard work finally paid off and helped the team, especially after recovering from my injury.” said Anderson. “Hopefully it’ll help the team in the fall as well.” Stanford will have one of the top defensive front sevens in the nation for the upcoming season. With departures of key offensive pieces that included Andrew Luck, David DeCastro, Coby Fleener and Jonathan Martin, the Cardinal will now rely even more on the ability of its defense to shut down opponents and force turnovers. Between the fearsome trio of Shayne Skov, Chase Thomas and Trent Murphy at the linebacker positions and the pass rushing attack of Ben Gardner and incoming five-star recruit Aziz Shittu in the trenches, the team’s strong defensive core has a great chance of living up to those high expectations. With last year’s starters Thomas and Murphy returning at the outside linebacker slots, Anderson understands that he will not be a starter right away. But that is the least of the redshirt freshman’s concerns; instead, he relishes the chance of seeing some playing time on the field. The last time he competed in an official game, he was in the green and white uniform of his high school team. With the Aug. 31 season opener against San Jose State less than a month away, he will soon be finally donning cardinal and white.
Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Kevin Anderson (above) underwent ankle surgery in late January but recovered in time to play for three quarters at the Stanford spring game.
Anderson is currently enjoying some time off in Hawaii with his family, during one of the only four to five weeks that football players have off each year. When he returns from his vacation, preseason camp will begin in earnest on Aug. 5 — this time, practices will be in full pads and full contact. There is no doubt that the intensity level will be cranked up a notch as the season opener draws closer. Anderson knows that the atmosphere will be different than last year’s with his chance to be out there on the field on game day finally arriving. But Anderson fully embraces the intensity. Given his relentless work ethic, preseason camp will just be another stepping-stone for him as he keeps on trying to improve and contribute to his team’s success in any way that he can. It’s a process of preparation that he is all too familiar with. “My ability to keep going and never stopping,” said Anderson. “That’s my strongest attribute as a player. My motor.” With his redshirt season behind him at last, Anderson’s motor has been fully fueled and shifted to an even higher gear. Soon he’ll be given the opportunity to expand upon his successes and prove himself on the collegiate level. “I’m excited to have the chance to play after sitting out for so long,” he said. “I haven’t played an official game since the high school state championship. I’m excited to just go out and play the game.” Contact George Chen at gchen15@stanford. edu.
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Michael Phelps was a huge reason behind that. What he’s done for swimming is comparable to what Michael Jordan did for basketball, Wayne Gretzky for hockey, Muhammad Ali for boxing and Pele for soccer. But Lochte’s moment to shine has come at last, and there’s nothing that can stop it from happening. It’s been a long time coming for the 27-year-old swimmer, but the hard work has finally paid off. In the end, what we need to come away from all of this is that Phelps’ loss shouldn’t overshadow Lochte’s win. Lochte found a way to swim every lap with a purposedriven focus every day for the last four years. That’s why he deserves all the credit for his victory on Saturday. That’s also why right now there’s a new undisputed king in the world of swimming. All hail King Lochte. George Chen still can’t believe that Phelps was on the losing end of the touch out in the 200 fly today. Share your frustration with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristian Ipsen ‘15 wins bronze medal in Olympic synchronized diving
By GEORGE CHEN
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Rising sophomore Kristian Ipsen won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the men’s synchronized diving 3meter springboard event with partner Troy Dumais on Wednesday. The U.S. duo finished with 446.70 points, good enough for third place behind China’s Luo Yutong and Qin Kai, who struck gold with 477 points, and Russia’s Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who took silver with 459.63 points. Ipsen and Dumais got off to a slow start when an average score of 8.6 on a lower degree of difficulty dive left them in seventh place after the first dive. However, the pair gradually climbed up to fourth by the halfway point of the event and vaulted into second when they collected 90.09 points on the crucial fourth dive. They were unable to hold off the Russian duo on the last two dives and fell back down to third as the event concluded. Ipsen, widely touted as an upand-coming U.S. diving star, competed in his first Olympics. For Dumais, London is his fourth Olympics, but it also marks the first time that he has managed to win an Olympic medal. Despite their gap in experience, the pair was successful in major competition prior to the Olympics, winning the 3-meter springboard event at the 2011 U.S. National Championships and taking silver at the same event at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships. During the 2011-2012 collegiate season, Ipsen captured the NCAA title in the individual 3meter springboard event and finished second on the 1-meter springboard. Ipsen became the first Stanford diver in 82 years to win an event at the NCAA championships. He also went undefeated in dual meet competition. Contact George Chen email@example.com. at
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tion, I find myself surfing through to check the latest on the beach volleyball. I have to admit knowing next to nothing about this sport before I got randomly assigned to it; I wasn’t even hugely knowledgeable about who two-time Olympic gold medalist and Cardinal legend Kerri Walsh Jennings ’00 was. But after sitting around for a few days watching game after game and poring over the competition’s media guide, I’m now a little bit enthralled. On the days I get to come home early, it feels hard to tear myself away. Beach volleyball is loud, a bit brash and perhaps best known for the skimpy bikinis worn by the female athletes. It has attracted quite a lot of attention from both enthusiastic locals and in-
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trigued politicians — the temporary stadium sits right in the heart of the iconic center of London, just a stone’s throw from most government buildings. But behind the dancers and the music lies a real sport. To quote Walsh Jennings, “Sometimes it’s just the beer and the bikinis that get people to come and watch, but it’s the competition that’s keeping them there.” On my first day off, I headed across to visit the Olympic Park, where several of the main venues, including the Olympic Stadium, are located. It was a weird experience, as my friends and I had tickets to the park but not to any of the stadiums inside. It was a little bit like spending a day at a theme park but not being allowed on any of the rides. Worse still, there were a few big screens showing us exactly how much fun those with real tickets were having. But even being at ground zero, it was hard to get a real feel-
ing for what was going on. If you watch one event, you miss another. Perhaps when the athletics starts it will be possible to sit back in your seat in the stadium — assuming you are lucky enough to have one — and see a host of simultaneous events, but even then it just isn’t possible to focus on everything at once. And especially not now. Not with a new sport occupying my waking thoughts. This won’t last, though, because the beach volleyball tournament will come to a close in just a week. When it does, it will surely fade away as the bigger sports come crowding back into my consciousness. Or will it? It seems that women’s beach volleyball, under the name of “sand volleyball,” is now an NCAA sport. Perhaps it one day follow me back to Stanford. Tom Taylor has a killer serve himself when it comes to beach volleyball. Get some useful tips from him at email@example.com.
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HIDDEN GEMS In repose, guards make lasting impression
Tretyakov Gallery. When Freeberg traveled to Russia in 2008, his goal was to capture the way in which capitalism had transformed the formerly communist nation. Upon visiting, however, he changed his focus to rest on the elderly women who serve as museum security guards, who appear to possess a deep passion for their work despite long hours and little pay. Their passion — as well as Freeberg’s— is apparent in “Guardians.” The photographs, shot on a 35-millimeter digital camera, are elegantly composed, with gorgeous use of shadows and negative space. But although Freeberg, a San Francisco-based photojournalist, has tremendous talent, it’s also inarguable that he was given some compelling material to work with. The guards, sitting by the paintings entrusted to them, are beautiful. Freeberg does them justice. The exhibit is divided into three portions, with the first two, “Antiquity to the Enlightenment” and “19th & Early 20th Century,” focusing on specific time periods and the last featuring photographs by Freeberg of Cantor’s own security staff. While these images fall short of the breathtaking beauty of the first two sets — no doubt hindered by the fact that, unlike the Russian guards, Cantor’s guards are required to wear uniforms — they are nonetheless a sight to behold. Also, it’s pretty exciting when you recognize a face (as the woman standing next to me so astutely noted when she asked, “Hey, isn’t that the girl from the lobby?”). This last portion of the exhibit is accompanied by a five-minute documentary on Cantor’s security staff, directed by Josie Johnson ’13 and produced by Justin Warren ’09. The brief video has Cantor guards reflect on their favorite pieces of art at the museum, a question that prompts the subjects to launch into amusing anecdotes on everything from Sunday school to childhood vacations in England. As delightful as “Guardians” is, however, be warned: the three parts of the exhibit are located in three different portions of the Cantor Arts Center, leading to much confusion. This difficulty in navigation is only exacerbated by the fact that the building is currently undergoing some remodeling. Arm yourself with a map, but even so, expect to have to ask one of Cantor’s helpful guards for advice. How fitting. “Guardians” will be on display at the Cantor Arts Center until Jan. 6, 2013. —amrutha DORAI
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Andy Freeberg, Henri Matisse’s “Still Life with Blue Tablecloth,” State Hermitage Museum, 2008. Archival pigment ink print. Lent by the artist. © Andy Freeberg t first glance, the life-sized photograph suggests that the woman in the painting is modeled after the woman seated next to the painting, and further inspection only supports this conclusion. The similarities are uncanny: same white shirt, same periTHURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
winkle coat, same cropped, copper-colored hair. Even their facial structures seem to correlate. Of course, it’s impossible. The photograph — one of 16 by Andy Freeberg that constitute the Cantor Arts Center’s new exhibit, “Guardians: Photographs by
Andy Freeberg, an Exhibition in Three Parts” — is titled “Altman’s Portrait of I.P. Degas, State Tretyakov Gallery.” The woman portrayed in the painting is I.P. Degas; the woman sitting beside the painting is a nameless guard at the Russian State
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From top: athletes keep their technology on hand as they enter the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony, July 27, 2012; U.S. track and field team member Nick Symmonds was one of many athletes who took to Twitter to protest International Olympic Committee regulations on social media use. 14 N THE STANFORD DAILY N SUMMER WEEKLY EDITION
ou know that feeling when you’re watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and you really just want Kim and Kourt to apologize to Khloe, by far the funniest and most verbally abused one in the family, but that little part of you creepily hopes Kim will leave her a scathing voicemail, just to keep the tension soaring? That’s just like watching the 2012 London Olympic Games. It all started when that Greek triple jumper, Voula Papachristou, posted that racist tweet and was given the boot, apparently without so much as an email from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) before or after an official press release. The IOC has a bunch of social media rules, but that hasn’t kept the Twitter community at bay. With only five days behind us, there have already been at least two viral hashtag uprisings, two athletes kicked out, a fan arrested and a (wo)mano a (wo)mano feud — not to mention that irate campaign against broadcast monopolist NBC when the streaming went awry — all over Twitter. They’re starting to call it the Social Media Olympics. And just as we waited for the day that scandal would fracture the seemingly impregnable RobSten (pun intended), so too do we await the eruption that is the ticking time bomb of the 2012 Olympics. This is what makes all the press coverage of the Social Media Olympics so absurd. The Olympics are not just a sporting event; they’re apparently a magical summer solstice by which the hallowed rings of ancient Olympia touch
down onto our terra firma, suspending all global alliances, unathleticism, broadband service and, above all, sense of propriety. This is not a sporting event; it’s a spectacle. So if you don’t want to see Kim call Khloe a fat bitch and you think that the Olympic athletes should shut up and just stick the landing, you clearly don’t understand the genre. Yeah, you might cheer for a gladiator, but you’re really watching to see a lion bite off a torso. Now, in our civilized society, we want social pariahs and public intra-national rivalries. This is what we watch for. We want to see athletes as enemies — Michael Phelps giving Ryan Lochte a loaded, evil grin, or a huge women’s gymnastics upset. We want to see the photo of that sad South Korean fencer fighting because a timer got reset. And we want Usain Bolt to be pissed — even just a little — that he got beat out by none other than his own teammate, Yohan Blake. And if not that, at least for him to stop trying to say they aren’t nemeses in a Professor Xavier/Magneto usedto-play-for-the-same-team-butare-now-enemies-unless-the-battle-is-against-everyone-else way. And here, “everyone else” should mean the Bolt/Yohan trash talking, victory dancing against all those other measly runners — but instead they’re taking it out on us! The loyal, cable-provider-paying fans who just want to see a good show! Because, news flash to the athletes, the IOC, NBC, etc. — this is what makes the Olympics happen! Yeah, we watch for sports, but these idolized, sensationalized celebrathletes are what make it an event. It’s what pays the bills, gets
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an over $14 billion budget for London to lay a track down and blocks programming across NBC for an entire week. So stop complaining and play your characters! If we wanted silent athletes with no mouths and no glory, we would have watched jai alai or competitive backgammon. Even reaching back to the ancient Greek Olympics, excitement was all in the subtle dramas of the nations. For the Olympic Games, countries would call a truce so that their players could journey to the games without fear of ambush, and the winners were considered heroes in their homelands. These bragging rights are what make all those McDonald’s commercials worthwhile (not the P&G mom one though — that one gets us every time). And the way America managed to make it American to root for both the hegemonic champion (Phelps) and the semi-underdog (Lochte) in just one event is a PR/athletic gold medal right there. So keep doing what you’re doing, Olympic athletes! Win races, pump iron and get yourself involved in a tweeting scandal or announce your virginity. Or better yet — both. Sasha Arijanto is an avid equestrian and, despite living with a television for the first time since the 2010 Winter Olympics, has not watched any Olympic programming except an early round of women’s indoor volleyball. — sasha ARIJANTO
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here’s not a lot of summer TV that I keep up with regularly, so the break is a good chance to catch up on my backlog. Despite the amount of TV I watch, there are always many very popular, critically-acclaimed shows that manage to slip through the cracks, including “The Wire,” “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad.” What caught my attention first this summer, however, was “Jericho,” a show from 2006 whose fan base did what few manage to do — get the show renewed after it was already canceled (albeit only for a very abbreviated second and final season). Set in the fictional town of Jericho, Kan., the show takes place shortly after a series of nuclear explosions devastate the country. Isolated from most of civilization, the people of Jericho deal with the fallout (both literal and metaphorical) of the bombs, as one disaster after another threatens their lives. At the center of the series is the Green family, made up of Johnston, the father and mayor of the town; his wife, Gail; and their two sons, Eric and Jake, the latter of
whom left Jericho years ago under tense circumstances but manages to take charge when the bombs strand him back home. They’re surrounded by a fairly believable cast of characters who either join them in taking charge or let their panic and worry take over their lives. At the risk of hyperbole, I honestly think the first few episodes are just short of flawless. There’s an interesting tension at work here between the characters’ relationships and more immediate catastrophes, and the writers walk this balance with finesse rarely seen in TV writing. In some respects, it reminds me a lot of early “Lost” episodes (the only “Lost” I’ve seen) — the pressing need to survive pushes the characters forward but weaves in and out seamlessly with inter- and intrapersonal conflicts, each serving as a backdrop to the other. When handled well, it’s a compelling combination — and it’s certainly handled well here. Unfortunately, as some of the more pressing ramifications of the | “TUMBLING“ continued on page 16 |
‘Jericho’ starts strong, stumbles by end of show
“Jericho” documents the trials of an isolated town after nuclear attacks destroy 23 major U.S. cities. them to the students; his driving instructor father who offers Gregory lessons “after he masters the walking bit”; his wise-beyondher-years younger sister who explains to him the importance of color; the lecherous teachers; and Susan, the brunette that all the boys like but who is smitten with Gregory’s awkward charm. When Gregory finally lands a date with Dorothy, it goes and ends in a very unexpected way, leading his sister to pronounce, “It’s hard work being in love, especially when you don’t know which girl it is.” “Kissing Jessica Stein” “Kissing Jessica Stein” is somewhat of a cross between “When Harry Met Sally” and “Annie Hall” — if both of the romantic leads were women. Neurotic, high-strung Jessica (Jennifer Westfeldt) has been having a rough time on the dating scene, and we see her go through a series of unworthy suitors. One calls himself a “pretty self-defecating guy”; another divides up their bill by cost of salad ingredients and amount of cheese eaten and then requests to be her boyfriend and accountant. When Helen’s (Heather Juergensen) woman-seeking-woman ad uses Jessica’s favorite quote, Jessica finds herself answering it and awkwardly pursuing a same-sex relationship. They are clearly kindred spirits from the start, but the fact that Jessica is very, very straight gets in the way: there’s a hilarious scene on one of their first | “COMEDIES“ continued on page 16 |
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f you’re looking for some clever but easy and upbeat viewing, here’s a list of five great comedies from throughout the ages — from the 1930s to the last couple of years — on Netflix that should be moved up to the top of your queue. “Gregory’s Girl” Bill Forsyth’s 1981 film “Gregory’s Girl” still holds its own in the canon of great teen THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
comedies, and it predates all the John Hughes classics. It takes place in a small Scottish town where gangly, gawky 16-yearold Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) thinks he has fallen in love with the latest addition to his previously all-boys school soccer team, Dorothy (Dee Hepburn). While he suffers through love, we meet delightful characters: Steve, his enterprising friend who cooks delicious treats for the school principal and sells
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CONTINUED FROM “COMEDIES” PAGE 15 must-see. When Simon Foster (Tom Hollander), the British minister for international development makes the incendiary statement that war in the Middle East is “unforeseeable,” followed by a slip that “we have to climb the mountain of conflict,” the prime minister’s foul-mouthed enforcer Malcolm (Peter Capaldi) is called in to defuse the situation. Meanwhile, members of the U.S. State Department are visiting the U.K., and Simon’s comments cause U.S. Assistant Secretary of Diplomacy Karen Clark (Mimi Kennedy) to send her aid (Anna Chlumsky) to discover the secret war committee: “Just find the one with the most boring name.” In the end, everyone starts using Simon’s misbegotten words for their own agenda, and absurdist comedy — so long as you don’t think too much about how very real it is — ensues with high-speed dialogue. “His Girl Friday” Howard Hawks’ screwball comedy “His Girl Friday” may have been made in the 1930s, but it features some of the quickest and best banter ever put on screen and has stood the test of time. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star as a pair of divorced lovers and newspapermen who can’t help loving each other despite their animosity. When Russell shows up at Grant’s office to let him know she is getting remarried and leaving New York, he hatches a plan to remind her that she can’t live without the newspaper business and, by extension, him. It’s clear from the beginning that Russell’s fiancé is no intellectual match for her, nor is he capable of handling her spirit — she is modern by today’s standards — so even though we know where this is going, it’s a brilliant and hilarious ride to get there. “Much Ado About Nothing” Kenneth Branagh’s rendition of the Bard’s light comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” comes close to perfection. Branagh stars as Benedick alongside Emma Thompson’s Beatrice, as the warring duo falls out of hate and into love. Along with the flawless banter between Branagh and Thompson, the film is perfectly cast with now-famous actors like Denzel Washington, who exudes charm and class, the perfect combination for Don Pedro; Kate Beckinsale as the bashful Hero; Robert Sean Leonard as her doting suitor Claudio; Imelda Staunton as the wanton maid Margaret; and Michael Keaton as the rascal Dogberry. — alexandra HEENEY
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Tom Hollander portrays Simon Foster in “In the Loop,” directed by Armando Iannucci. dates where Jessica pulls out a stack of pamphlets on same-sex sex, declaring “I didn’t know lesbians accessorized!” When the film came out in 2001, it was seen as racy subject matter, but the movie handles it all with class and wit and can safely hold its own among the best romantic comedies. “In the Loop” The uproariously funny 2009 political satire “In the Loop” passed largely under the radar, but this British black comedy is a
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Mimi Kennedy as Karen and James Gandolfini as General Miller in “In the Loop,” a political satire centered around events leading up to the Iraq War.
CONTINUED FROM “TUMBLING” PAGE 15 bombs begin to settle down, that careful balance goes a little off-kilter. People begin to adapt to their new lifestyle, and their focus naturally shifts to the mystery behind the attacks themselves; however, that mystery is handled fairly clumsily. Suddenly, subtle character moments are overacted, and the drama is overwrought. The writers ramp up tension in tensionless scenes, and some revelations feel empty since we know little about the minor characters they revolve around. It’s as though the writers felt they couldn’t tell a compelling story without a catastrophe each week, so they attempted to manufacture artificial ones to fill the gaps. There’s still a lot I respect about the way “Jericho” handles its characters. It relies on a lot of common tropes, but it goes out of its way to avoid some that would be too easy to fall into, like a could-be love triangle involving Jake, the main character, that’s discounted fairly quickly and believably. I just wish that the strong characterizations hinted at in those first few episodes were more consistent. I’m still engrossed in the story, but I’m beginning to see those same issues that initially put me off of “Lost” — the plot moving forward at the expense of characterization and tension being artificially ramped up in an attempt to keep you glued to the TV. Grand mysteries tend to take over their shows in this manner, and I hope that as I continue to watch, the show manages to get back on track. —aaron BRODER
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