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THURSDAY August 9, 2012
SUMMER WEEKLY EDITION
Volume 242A Issue 6
If Egyptians have access to healthy food at cheap prices, why shouldn’t Americans?
Cardinal women’s soccer begins the long road to defend their national championship
The Bay Area takes on the Midwest at Chicago’s three-day music festival, Lollapalooza
Escondido Village residents postpone chemical spray
By EDWARD NGAI
A group of Escondido Village (EV) residents have successfully delayed the proposed treatment of EV family courtyard lawns with herbicides. The plan, which would have seen the grass in all seven family courtyards sprayed with weed-killer today, is now postponed indefinitely. The family courtyards, home to around 250 families, underwent a renovation financed by John Arrillaga three and a half years ago, when all the existing grass was dug up and replaced. According to an email sent to family courtyard subletters, the herbicide spray was necessary to “maintain the donor’s gift.” However, Stanford Housing is adamant that Arrillaga was never involved in the de-
cision to treat the family courtyards with herbicides. “John Arrillaga has nothing to do with this,” said Michael VanFossen, senior associate director of graduate housing. “Colony [Housing’s landscaping contractor] brought the weeds to our attention, saying, ‘We have done the best we can over the last three or four years not introducing chemicals, but [the weeds] are really getting bad.’” Since the renovation, landscaping staff have been weeding the family courtyards by hand. However, the crabgrass and clover had grown to the point where Colony felt they no longer were fulfilling their landscaping contract with the University, which requires them to perform “high-quality grounds/landscape maintenance.” Both Colony and Housing had agreed that herbi-
cidal treatment was the best way to satisfy their agreement. The herbicides proposed for use in the family courtyards are SpeedZone and Turflon, whose material safety data sheets categorize them as hazardous to health when inhaled. To prevent this, Housing requested that family courtyard residents stay indoors and seal their windows for 48 hours while the chemicals dry. “I thought it was a ludicrous idea,” said Nitzan Waisberg, a professor at the design school and family courtyard resident. “It’s mid-August, hot, and expecting people to keep their windows and doors shut in apartments that don’t have air conditioning or proper ventilation except for windows . . . it was not a practical idea.” Additionally, many EV residents in the summer are subletters and did not receive
the email notifying them of the spray and the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families from the toxic effects. “I was going to flier the entire neighborhood to ensure everyone [knows about the spray],” VanFossen said. “We only know who the [original] subletters are.” Many residents, however, were not convinced Housing was doing enough to consider the potential adverse effects of the herbicide. At a hastily-convened town hall last week, several families expressed a lack of confidence that the fliers would be adequate and were concerned about the longlasting health effects of the chemicals. VanFossen, insisted, however, that the herbicides were safe.
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Notes from abroad: exploring India
By ANNA SCHICKELE Although I have learned many things while interning abroad in India this summer, one of the most unique — and important, in my opinion — is the ability to discern between different types of stares. There’s the standard double take; I get that from everyone in Chennai, the city in which I’m working. There’s also the way auto-rickshaw drivers widen their eyes when they catch sight of a moneymaking opportunity, the disapproving glares from older women and the Ijust-spotted-a-Western-sex-goddess ogles from young men. Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, is one of India’s most conservative and least touristy cities. It’s got the heat of the tropics and the world’s second longest beach — a strange boast, but Chennai is proud of its garbagelined coastline. However, even if they clean up the beach, the 60 percent alcohol tax and earlyto-bed bars (most close at 11 p.m.) are going to prevent this city from becoming a spring break destination. The city is sometimes described as India’s Detroit, as it’s an auto-manufacturing hub. Everyone is here because it’s where the jobs are, not because they like the city. The same goes for me. I’m an intern for the Institute for Financial Management and Research, a company that runs rural financial institutions. I make 300 rupees a day, which is about six dollars. Food is cheap, the company is also paying for housing and Stanford bought my plane ticket, so it really isn’t as much of a terrible economic situation as it seems. The three other American interns (two from Stanford, one from Dartmouth) and I spend our workdays on the 10th floor of an airconditioned office building. But to get to that office building, we walk along a refuse-filled canal and cross four directions of traffic to reach the company shuttle. The distance covered is fairly small, but the walk can take anywhere from five to 20 minutes, depending on the level of aggression in your street-crossing technique. The sights, sounds and smells of the street are overwhelming: passengers hanging out of buses, beggars curled up and fast asleep, the stench of human excrement, honking cars and motorbikes and trash everywhere. Though they are rarer, there are pleasant sensations in the streets as well: the smell of sambar (spicy lentil stew served with every meal), windows full of Indian sweets, the scent of the jasmine
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Stanford students are making an impact abroad over the summer, some even as far away as India. Working in “India’s Detroit,” Schickele recounts her experiences this summer.
flowers in women’s hair and the semi-silence that fills the streets before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m. To Chennai’s credit, it’s the safest place I’ve visited in the developing world. There’s the risk of getting hit by a motorcycle, but I don’t feel as if someone is looking for the opportunity to seize my purse. I walked home with another female intern at 10 p.m. a few nights ago, and though three different people stopped us to tell us it was unsafe to be out so late, the fact that they seemed so legitimately concerned for our safety was reassuring. But no matter what I do — wear kurtis (long tunics) instead of Western clothes, straighten my curly hair, learn a few words of Tamil — I will attract gapes and stares. And in this country there are enough surprising, amusing and cringe-inducing scenes to make me forget my manners and stare back at them. Contact Anna Schickele at annabs1@ stanford.edu.
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STEP program pushes the boundaries of education
By ANNA QIN
“Just because you are smart and deeply knowledgeable about something does not mean you will be an excellent teacher,” said Kirstin Milks Ph.D. ’09 M.A. ’10. Milks, a current high school science teacher at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Ind., is a former student of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). After completing her doctorate in biochemistry, Milks looked into teaching as a means of bringing together her love of collaborative learning and science. She decided to enroll with STEP to explore these combined interests. “I knew I wanted the time and resources to develop integrated understandings of teaching, learning, students and science,” she said of choosing the program. STEP, established in 1959, is an intensive, yearlong masters program at the Stanford University School of Education (SUSE) that offers teaching credentials for aspiring K-12 teachers like Milks. “We are preparing elementary
and secondary teachers, and we are preparing them to do their best to serve students, their families and the communities in which they live,” said Rachel Lotan M.A. ’81 ’83 Ph.D. ’85, director of STEP. The overarching program includes STEP Elementary and STEP Secondary — the elementary program for aspiring teachers interested in educating multiplesubject classes in elementary schools and the secondary program for teachers interested in instructing single-subject classes in high school. Classes are taught based on research and techniques developed by SUSE, which investigates areas such as the use of technology in teaching and how society contributes to what kids do in schools. “We use state-of-the-art theories and findings to support the work that we do,” Lotan said. “We want to prepare the teacher candidates to support their students in learning.” Admission to the program is highly selective, and STEP looks for a pool of diverse candidates who have experience with youth and strong academic backgrounds,
not exclusively Stanford graduates. In addition, Ira Lit ’90 M.A. ’91 Ph.D. ’03, assistant professor of teaching at STEP, says that 50 percent of the program’s admits are students of color, and a large number of them are first-generation college admits in their families. “We welcome and are excited by a diverse pool of applicants of all cultures, races, religions and ethnic origins, with wide-ranging interests and experiences,” he said. However, the most important characteristic for any prospective STEP student is, without a doubt, a genuine love for teaching. For STEP professor Maren Aukerman, educating youth should be any prospective student’s main priority when considering the program. “[You] really [need to] think about what is exciting to you about engaging with kids and really make it about kids rather than about you,” she said. “I think that if the focus is really on what kids are doing and what kids are able to do, and if that gets you excited, STEP’s the place for you.” For Lotan, this dedication and focus is also what makes STEP stu-
dents — and, eventually, STEP teachers — stand out. “[The students] are an incredible group of people who can do anything they want to do, and they choose to become teachers,” she said. “Basically, they choose the profession that makes all the other professions possible.” In STEP classrooms, not only do students learn about current research and education techniques, but a large emphasis is also put on having students reflect concretely on their practice and the teaching techniques that they have developed. “We have students videotape themselves, generate transcripts and analyze [their work],” Aukerman said. “There is an emphasis on looking at what the students themselves are doing in the classroom and trying to make sense of it to improve instruction.” Furthermore, Aukerman sees the attention that the program puts into educating its students and preparing them for their futures in the classroom as the largest contributing factor to her success and
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Cheriton’s investments fuel Valley
By KYLIE JUE
RISE opens doors to science careers
By HAELIN CHO
A musician, windsurfer and Stanford computer science professor, David Cheriton has many interests. However, as the 19th-richest Canadian and a successful investor, he is best known for his interest in startups. “I get very excited about the notion of doing new and different things,” Cheriton said. Born in Vancouver, Canada, Cheriton was the third of six children. After moving to Edmonton at the age of five, he developed a passion for music while attending public school. He studied musical theater at the Banff School of Fine Arts for two summers and has performed in multiple opera choruses and musical productions. “I look back and think that [music] was a good way to keep sane. Otherwise, I was quite involved in more mathematical and technical things,” Cheriton said. Cheriton remembers his first introduction to computers during the “prehistoric times” of his late high school years. “I recall my math teacher bringing up the topic of computers . . . but I’m not sure I had ever seen one before,” Cheriton said. “It was the first time it was really brought to my attention, and it wasn’t until the first year at my university that I actually used a computer.” He went on to pursue his interest in mathematics and later computer science as an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia. He then received his master’s and doctorate at the University of Waterloo. In 1981, after being hired at Stanford, Cheriton came to the school “to try something different.” “Stanford had a worldwide reputation in computing, so it felt like an opportunity to ‘run with the big boys,’ so to speak,” Cheriton said. “I thought I’d give it a try and see whether I could measure up.” But the turning point of Cheriton’s career came in 1995 when he be-
Courtesy David Cheriton
Computer science professor and investor David Cheriton once gave Larry Page and Sergey Brin $100,000 to found Google.
came involved with a startup called Granite Systems. Cisco would later purchase the company for $220 million, only 14 months after Granite had been established. The sale of Granite Systems provided Cheriton with the capital necessary to test his luck with other business ventures. “For the longest time when I was a professor, I didn’t really have any money to invest,” Cheriton said. “Kind of overnight, more or less, I went from worrying about how to pay the mortgage to posing whether I should just pay off the mortgage and not think about it ever again.” Since then, Stanford students have come to Cheriton to ask him to invest in their companies or simply give advice. After Granite Systems, he contributed to a wide variety of Silicon Valley startups. His most wellknown investment remains the $100,000 check he gave to Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page M.S. ’98 and Sergey Brin ’95 M.S. ’98, the founders of Google. “I started having people come to me that were interested in starting a company and looking for financial support,” Cheriton said. “I felt compelled to help them because other people had helped me out along the way to get to where I was.” Besides investing, Cheriton has also served on advisory boards or the boards of directors for the companies he has helped. With his expertise in both computer science and business,
Despite the early morning carpools and two-hour bus rides, Deng-Tung Wang makes the long commute to Stanford University four times a week. Previously, a “normal” summer for him involved teaching younger kids at his mother’s summer camp. But this summer, Wang’s work environment was a little bit different; he took part in the Raising Interest in Science and Engineering (RISE) summer internship. RISE, recognizing the lack of opportunities for underrepresented or underprivileged youth, aims to help students further their interests and careers in the sciences through a seven-week, hands-on internship. The program targets high schoolers who are historically not well-represented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipeline or are from low-income families. Many are the first in their family to attend college. “RISE has a focus on students
who may not have other opportunities and resources available to them,” said Kaye Storm, director of the program’s Office of Science Outreach. “They all have good grades, good academic records, but they don’t necessarily have a network or family support to help them explore a career in science and engineering.” RISE students are Bay Area high schoolers paired with a mentor and, in some cases, a professor, to work on research projects. Some are from underrepresented backgrounds; others are from low-income families. Wang is one of the 25 students interning at RISE this summer. A rising senior at Leigh High School in San Jose, Wang worked on a project involving biomolecules with mentor Michael Keeney, a postdoctoral research fellow, and Fan Yang, a biomedical engineering professor. Wang worked very closely with his postdoctoral mentor, but he also met with Yang once a week for a scheduled meeting and discussion of the data. According to Storm, most RISE According to Waisberg, at the core of the disagreement is the conflicting set of values between the University and some EV tenants. “The EV community is essentially youngish people, and the values that we have today are increasingly sustainable. We clean our houses with nontoxic things . . . we buy organic vegetables,” she said. “And we have this older value system of how things look, this artificial ideal of living in a golf course community, with all the things that come with it, like intense herbicide use.” To resolve the situation, VanFossen has delayed the grass maintenance to investigate other solutions and get feedback from residents. “I wanted to rectify an issue that I felt like was the right thing to do: to better manage the landscape in the family courtyards,” VanFossen said. “I sent to [residents] all the information I had, heard very clearly from the fami-
students work mainly with their postdoctoral mentors. For their research, they are compensated with a $2,500 stipend funded by family and corporate foundations like Genentech and Microsoft. According to Storm, these corporations’ generosity is crucial to the program. “The reason that we even pay them and don’t just have them come as volunteers is because . . . most of them need to work during the summer, either because they’re saving for college or, in some cases, just to help support the family,” Storm said. “I mean, it’s great to have volunteer programs, but you are then closing yourself off to the lowest income kids who just can’t afford to be a volunteer for the summer.” Despite what seem to be long odds for many of these students, all RISE alumni have gone on to college and most, around 80 percent, major in the sciences. For Wang, RISE’s opportunity exposed him to opportunities in
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lies that it was not the right approach to take and now we’re going to rethink this.” Housing’s handling of the situation was generally well received. “I think Housing was responsive, they were professional, they were pretty good about taking care of communication,” said James Redfield, a second-year graduate student in religious studies. “I just think it was more of a conflict between the needs of the parents and residents, and the needs of the University as an institution, which has other priorities.” For now, the grass in the family courtyards will remain as is until Housing and family courtyard residents decide how to proceed. According to VanFossen, any treatment, which would take place during school holidays, might have to wait until spring, when the weather is likely to be more cooperative. Contact Edward email@example.com. Ngai at
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“Within four hours the chemical is absorbed within the plant, and what little bit is not is dried,” he said. “To find more information I did reach out to others, and I was surprised to hear ‘Yes, we use Turflon. We use this.’” In a follow-up email, VanFossen clarified that he consulted multiple times with Colony and received information from the herbicide makers, PBI/Gordon and Dow AgroSciences. In these consultations, he searched for feasible environmental or non-chemical alternatives but was unable to find any. Yet a number of residents pointed out that they personally didn’t see any need to treat the grass in the family courtyards. “What’s wrong with clover fields?” one resident asked.
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B ETWEEN E AST AND W EST Fatima Wagdy I D O C HOOSE
of tension in one final moment of glorious victory. To paraphrase Barack Obama: At that moment we were no longer divided into red states and blue states, but united as fifty red, white and blue states. When I’m watching NBC’s wonderfully nationalistic coverage of the Games, swamped in patriotic slow-motion montages of American athletes overcoming tremendous adversity to run, jump, swim and, in Ryan Lochte’s case, give disastrous interviews for the stars and stripes, I forget for a moment all the things that need fixing about our country and remember everything we’ve done right. And among those things is continuing to support the American space program, which recently landed the cutting-edge Curiosity rover on Mars after a ridiculously complex landing procedure involving parachutes, rockets and, in the final moments of the so-called “seven minutes of terror,” delicate landing cables. These are the moments that make us remember why we live in this country, the moments when we can honestly and unflinchingly celebrate collective national achievements, the moments where rancor and bitterness have no place. They are also the moments on which it is most difficult to place a price tag. Who knows what will come of our distant exploration of a mysterious planet, or which child will be inspired to do great things by watching Missy Franklin or Michael Phelps? Already, however, critics on both sides of the partisan divide have raised complaints that we ought not to spend the time and money to explore space when there are pressing problems here on Earth; that pure governmentfunded research without a direct and immediate impact on human
The price of produce
Sport, space and the nation
magine buying a pound of tomatoes for only 15 cents. I did just that yesterday here in Cairo. At a farmers’ market, I could have bargained down to just 8 cents per pound for tomatoes that taste much better, in my opinion, than the ones in the U.S. The average price of regular tomatoes in America was $1.28 per pound in 2011, according to the USDA. I learned over time that not only are many fruits and vegetables much cheaper here in Egypt, but they are often more affordable than processed and packaged foods. And I think that’s the way it should be for the sake of a healthier society. I noticed that while a pound of green peppers normally costs around 30 cents, a big bag of chips costs around 50 cents and a box of cereal could easily cost at least $2. In poorer areas, it is difficult to even find processed foods or “junk food” to purchase; here, it is the relatively wealthier families who eat at McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut. Cheaper produce means that lowincome families can have a relatively healthy diet and avoid many of the health problems that result from the overconsumption of nutrient-deficient processed foods. The USDA promotes a balanced diet that consists of several fruit and vegetable servings per day. However, it is evident after a quick stroll through Safeway that fruits and vegetables are very expensive compared to chips, soda and Twinkies. Students on a budget often buy ramen noodles and other snacks not just because they are quick and easy to make, but also because they are cheap. Studies have shown that price is in fact a barrier to eating more fruits and vegetables for low-income families in the U.S. This tells us that low-income families buy fewer fruits and vegetables and usually have a less balanced diet, in part because of
the cost of buying fresh produce. The stark contrast between the cost of produce in Egypt and that in the U.S. suggests that maybe the U.S. should focus on making fruits and vegetables more affordable. There are countless campaigns aimed at getting children to eat healthy and to get their daily servings of fruits and vegetables, but until it makes financial sense for families to buy fruits and vegetables, they are unlikely to do so. And maybe after eating so much processed food day after day, people forget why they were buying it in the first place; they buy certain things out of habit. This conclusion is not new; it is quite obvious, to some economists at least, that the relatively high price of produce is related to lower levels of fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income families in America. Perhaps it is likely that if produce had been as cheap as processed alternatives for the past few decades, more people would be eating their daily-recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Maybe we wouldn’t have such a high rate of obesity and other conditions that result from unhealthy diets? All of this suggests that, right now in the U.S., produce is too expensive and many people do not have a healthy diet as a result. My experience in Egypt suggests that this country does not have such a problem, and I wonder why. Why is it almost a luxury to eat fruits and vegetables in the U.S. whereas it is the norm in a less developed country? Shouldn’t the country that is theoretically more advanced have solved such a problem earlier on? Perhaps we are not as advanced in some ways as we might think. If you wish fruits and vegetables were cheaper too, email Fatima at firstname.lastname@example.org.
very four years, just as America is at its most divided, we have a chance to come together again through sport. This election year, there is more to divide us than usual. Thankfully, there is more to unite us as well. I write primarily about politics, and the more I read and write, the more discouraged I tend to become. Every day seems much like the next: another Israeli-Palestinian peace plan fallen through, another shooting at a cinema or temple, another bombing in Iraq, another squabble over health care or tax returns or fried chicken, another fight between the 1 percent and the 99 percent over, in Lasswell’s famous definition, who gets what, when and how. That’s why I so treasure those few truly politics-free moments — the moments when we are no longer Republicans or Democrats, upper-crust or lower-class, black or white or brown, but simply Americans. Those moments don’t come often, and most of them seem to come at the Olympics. It was impossible to feel cynical about much of anything when Gabby Douglas’ smile lit up the world after winning the allaround. The furor around Mitt Romney’s comments about Britain’s preparedness for the Games disappeared from memory when Britain’s Mo Farah and our very own Galen Rupp, training partners in Oregon, embraced after going 1-2 in the 10,000 meter final — two men of different faiths, different ethnicities and different countries, united through shared, brutal effort in the service of sport. Politics lay forgotten as the entire country watched Alex Morgan put a brilliant finish past a horrified Canadian squad in the final minute of extra time, snapping 122 minutes
“Those moments don’t come often, and most of them seem to come at the Olympics.”
welfare is inherently useless; that Olympic athletes get too much attention, earn too much money and divert our attention from more important problems. Those complaints constitute a dangerous narrowing of our vision and a frightening lowering of our ambitions for humanity. Confining our discussions of the public welfare to narrow questions of self-interest, division and distribution robs the nation of its ability to enjoy a good life that cannot be captured by recourse to numbers, facts and figures. There is a time and place for everything, and the problems of our nation and the world cannot be solved by feel-good heroics alone. But as far as it is in our power, we ought to continue to support the projects, people and ideas that transcend our small, man-made boundaries and enrich the sum of this human experience we all share. Share your favorite Olympic moment with Miles at email@example.com.
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what makes STEP unique among other teaching programs. “I know there are many caring, thoughtful, intelligent people, from Stanford and other places, who go into prestigious teacher programs that require minimal up-front time and a short commitment to high-need students,” Milks said. “Personally, I know my students are grateful to have me as a teacher largely due to what I learned in STEP from my students, my cooperating teachers, my professors and my fellow STEP colleagues.” Contact Anna Qin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the sciences. With his school facing financial difficulties, high-tech experiments like those at Stanford were not options open for Wang until RISE. Consequently, Wang said that the experience helped him narrow his broad interest in biology to a more specific field — currently, bioengineering. But the challenges of lab science were not lost on him. “One thing I really got out of this entire experience was how hard and how difficult science can be and how important careful procedure or precise data analysis proved to be when it comes to presentations or the actual, overall project expericompanies that offer products or services that he would personally like to use, such as Google’s high-end search engine. In addition, he certainly never feels pressured to follow the crowd. “I have always really appreciated his almost complete disregard for what is fashionable or politically correct or conventional wisdom,” said one of Cheriton’s first doctoral students, Willy Zwaenepoel M.S. ’80 Ph.D. ’85. Zwaenepoel now works at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a Swiss engineering school. “In the beginning I was completely flabbergasted by his irreverence for what I thought were well-accepted principles,” Zwaenepoel said. “But over time I came to see how it really opens one’s eyes to new ways of addressing problems.” Yet despite his success in the industry, Cheriton values the changes he has made to the field of computer science over the money he has earned through his investments. “I don’t really find the money element that interesting,” he said. “It’s sort of a necessary evil to make new things a success.”
ence,” he said. “[Until now], I really had no idea what science in a lab setting was really about.” This sort of hands-on science education is the primary goal of RISE, according to Storm. With the United States facing more international competition than ever before in the fields of science and technology, Storm is convinced that science programs for underrepresented youth can impact far more than just the youth involved. “I think for our country’s global competitiveness, we need a workforce that is very strong in science and engineering, and if we can do that in a more homegrown way . . . that’s all the better, “ she said. Contact Haelin Cho at email@example.com. Through his research at Stanford, Cheriton has worked toward improving today’s technology. He is known for helping to introduce multicast, which allows a single source to deliver information to multiple places, to the Internet, and he is currently studying snapshot isolation in relation to building distributed applications. The idea involves creating applications that will run across multiple computers based on a consistent “snapshot.” For example, Google runs across a large number of computers at once, and even though some might fail, the software uses snapshot isolation so that those failures are not seen by any of the users. “I view that I’m just one little piece of all the research going on in computer science,” Cheriton said. No matter what he studies or invests in, Cheriton continues to enjoy his work and harbors no plans for his retirement, despite his 30-plus years on the Farm. “I really like what I’m doing,” Cheriton said. “I’m working harder than I ever have.” Contact Kylie Jue at 13kjue@ castilleja.org.
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he has not only interacted with other investors but has also brought in customers and worked on product ideas. Sam Liang M.S. ’99 Ph.D. ’03, founder of technology startup Alohar Mobile, really appreciates what Cheriton taught him. Having completed his doctorate in electrical engineering under Cheriton, Liang asked him for advice regarding a technology startup he was considering founding, which would create more advanced mobile location technology. Even 10 years after his graduation, Liang values Cheriton’s high standards and harsh criticism. “[Cheriton] is the sharpest person I’ve ever met,” Liang said. “He thinks differently, and he taught us to think differently: don’t just follow the herd or the fad. He wants his students to think big and try to figure out a way to change the world.” When it comes to investing, Cheriton explained that he prefers to contribute to
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A NEW ERA
Cardinal women’s soccer undaunted by high expectations
By DAVID ENG
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Redshirt junior Courtney Verloo looks to become a major contributor in the Cardinal offensive attack after being sidelined by injuries for the entire 2011 national title season. THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
It was this time nearly a year ago. A battle-tested Stanford women’s soccer team had set out to capture the school’s first national championship, having faltered in the Final Four in each of the past three seasons and in the title match in each of the past two. Redshirt junior Courtney Verloo remembers one of those lazy summer days quite well. A returning starter at central defense entering her junior year, Verloo remembers feeling her left knee “blown out” after a “weird plant” during an intrasquad match last preseason. Having sustained both a small meniscal tear and a tibial plateau fracture in her left knee — injuries associated with extended recovery time — she watched from the sideline for the entire 2011 season, supporting the teammates she started 24 games with during her sophomore year. “It was different just having to sit back and watch,” Verloo said, referring to Stanford’s unprecedented dominance (25-0-1, 11-0 Pac-12) en route to the program’s first NCAA championship. “But it was amazing to watch.” Now fully recovered, Verloo figures to play a key role in her team’s title defense. But she’ll no longer be playing defense like she did her sophomore season. The Cardinal will need her to score. “I think it will be a fine transition,” said the speedy Verloo, who played forward during her freshman year on the Farm and for her entire high school and youth careers. “I’m comfortable up front, and I’m excited to play up there again.” Verloo returns to a perennially potent Stanford attack recently ravaged by the graduations of key players, including the loss of last season’s top female college soccer player in Teresa Noyola, a midfielder who has led Stan-
ford in assists in each of the past two seasons. “More of the younger players are going to step it up this year,” Verloo said. “But we definitely still have a great amount of talent.” Losing a Hermann Trophy winner to graduation has become almost standard for the Cardinal, which has lost one in each of the past three seasons. While the program maintained its dominance after the graduations of Kelley O’Hara in 2010 and Christen Press in 2011, recovering from the most recent string of graduations may be slightly more challenging. This season, not only will the team be without Noyola; it must also contend without four of its top six point scorers from last season — players who accounted for nearly 60 percent of the Cardinal’s goals. Furthermore, one of Stanford’s top two returning scorers, sophomore forward Chioma Ubogagu, will miss as many as six preseason matches while playing on the United States under-20 national team in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. “We’re going to really miss Chi just because she adds so much to an attack,” Verloo said. “But I think it will be good for other players to get a chance to play up there and hopefully make a big impact, so we can just have a more dynamic attack overall.” Despite the apparent exodus of an attacking talent that outshot the opposition by 142 shots on goal and scored more than eight times as often as its opponents did in 2011, 10th-year head coach Paul Ratcliffe remains excited by the “extreme talent” of his team and its chance to compete for a fourth consecutive Pac-12 championship and second consecutive national title. “We control our own destiny,” Ratcliffe said. “We have to train hard and improve with every training session and find the right chemistry among the play-
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STANFORD HEATING UP
By KAREN FENG
Stanford student-athletes and alumni are busy competing at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. Here are some of the highlights from Day 7 to Day 15: Beach volleyball: Third-seeded Kerri Walsh Jennings ’00 and Misty May-Treanor defeated Austrian sisters Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger 17-21, 21-8, 1510 on Aug. 1. Walsh Jennings made 11 kills with four blocks and three service aces. In the first round of elimination, they posted a 21-13, 21-12 win over Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands at Horse Guards Parade. Walsh Jennings finished with six kills, four blocks and three digs. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor then defeated Italy’s No. 7 Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti 21-13, 21-13 to advance to the semifinals. Walsh Jennings recorded 14 kills, five digs and two blocks. The American duo claimed its third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball by defeating Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 21-16, 21-16 in an all-American final on Wednesday. Women’s diving: Cassidy Krug ’07 placed 10th in the preliminaries of the 3-meter springboard with a score
of 320.10. She finished fifth in the Aug. 4 semifinal with an improved score of 345.60 to qualify for the final. Equestrian: Incoming freshman Nina Ligon of Thailand finished 41st following the July 31 showjumping portion of the individual event finals. Women’s gymnastics: On July 31, rising sophomore Kristina Vaculik helped the Canadian team to a fifth-place finish, its best-ever team result. She scored 14.166 on the uneven bars to tie for 16th and 13.433 on the balance beam to place 20th. Men’s rowing: U.S. men’s eight crewmembers David Banks ’05 and Jake Cornelius ’05 contributed to a fourth-place finish of 5:51.48 in the gold medal final. Silas Stafford ’08 and partner Tom Peszek finished fourth in the first semifinal on Aug. 1 with a time of 6:58.58. They finished second in the B Final of the men’s pair on Aug. 3 with a time of 6:53.30 to place eighth overall.
Kerri Walsh Jennings ‘00 and her partner Misty May-Treanor secured their third straight Olympic gold in beach volleyball.
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MARY ANN TOMAN-MILLER
t is mid-afternoon at the London Aquatics Centre, and the focus has shifted on Day 11 of the Olympics from speed to artistic swimming. Twelve pairs of swimmers competing for their respective countries will now combine elements of ballet, gymnastics and aquatics in three-minute routines in which duos in perfect unison perform carefully choreographed swims. It is as though the gymnastics floor exercise has been moved into the water, as an international panel of judges scores the artistic and technical merit of the swimming pairs. Team USA came close to not even sending a team to compete in this event, but a Stanford student, Mariya Koroleva ’12, has made the sacrifices to train eight to 10 hours a day and has qualified to compete in this event. Koroleva and Mary Killman will be the only synchronized swimming athletes the United States is sending to the 2012 Olympics. Although she has only been paired with Killman for less than a year, Koroleva’s duet has surpassed expectations and made the cut in the preliminaries. As I watch them in the surreal atmosphere of the Aquatics Centre, they now
Koroleva ‘12 makes big waves in her Olympic debut
compete in the finals for the gold medal. As Koroleva and Killman prance out to the platform to begin their routine, polite applause greets them. There is a small contingent of flagwaving Americans in the audience and even some diehard Stanford students and alumni proudly displaying their cardinal and white along with their red, white and blue. Yet, for the most part, this international audience is comprised of fans rooting for the heavily favored Russian, Chinese and Spanish duos. The cheers are also loud for the hometown British team, which is, of course, the crowd favorite. Unlike the American pair, the other duos have been swimming together for years. It is humid and warm in the Aquatics Centre — an atmosphere clearly designed for swimmers rather than spectators. The synchronized swimmers compete in the same venue that Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte raced in. Resplendent in their zebra-motif outfits, Koroleva and Killman gracefully dive into the water to the strains of “The Bugler’s Dream” — the now-familiar Olympic theme song. They will not be able to breathe for two out of the three minutes
they will perform, and their feet must never touch the bottom of the pool. The enthusiasm of the American swimmers is palpable as Koroleva and Killman effortlessly perform a stunning combination of lifts, verticals, dolphin arches and knight variants. It is like waterbased gymnastics or aquatic ballet. These are not stressed-out swimmers, not the diva athletes whose histrionics have made other Olympic events border on melodrama. Rather, they are students having enormous fun and showing it. The largely non-American audience senses the swimmers’ joie de vivre and high energy levels and gets behind the Americans. The spirit of Stanford has momentarily taken over the Aquatics Centre. The only thing missing is the Band. Now the eclectic musical score changes from John Philip Sousa to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and the American pair shows that they can swim as well as the best Olympians in this arena. When they gracefully form the pattern of a flower and mimic the opening and closing of its petals
On that fateful night in January, the Cardinal executed its game plan to perfection in the three other phases of the game: it rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns, allowed practically nothing from Oklahoma State on the ground and benefited from a 27for-31, 347-yard effort from Andrew Luck in his final collegiate game. But with Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden throwing for 399 yards of his own, Stanford couldn’t close things out the way it would have wanted to, and Oklahoma State came out on top in overtime. So as the Cardinal opened its fall training camp Sunday without the three graduated members of its 2011 starting secondary, it makes sense that pass defense would be the squad’s greatest concern after the quarterback position. Defense wins championships, of course. But as it turns out, to succeed in the best passing conference in the nation, the strength a Pac-12 defense needs the least is . . . an airtight secondary. This conclusion, counterintuitive as it may seem, is made readily apparent by studying the correlation between the defensive stats of each Pac-12 team and how many games the individual teams won for a single season. For the non-stats majors in the crowd, correlation (with a magnitude ranging from zero to one) is a simple measure of the interrelatedness of two variables. A perfect correlation of one indicates that, when these data points are plotted, they form a perfectly straight line; a correlation close to zero means that the data points are spread randomly. For example, you would expect a pretty high correlation between a team’s wins and the number of points it scores, but a much lower correlation between its wins and, say, the number of fair catches it
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ay what you want about special teams, but Stanford’s pass defense cost it the Fiesta Bowl.
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SPORTS BRIEFS Stanford ranked 18th in preseason coaches poll
The Stanford football team is ranked 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll released last Thursday. The Cardinal earned 497 points, two points behind No. 17 TCU and four points behind No. 16 Nebraska. The top three teams in the poll were separated by 15 points. LSU claimed the No. 1 ranking with 1,403 total points and 18 firstplace votes. Alabama, which received two more first-place votes than its SEC rival, came in second with 1,399 points. Rounding out the top three was USC, collecting 1,388 points along with 19 firstplace votes. LSU, Alabama and USC were well separated from the rest of the field, with Oklahoma sitting in fourth place, 112 points behind the Trojans. Stanford, which was also ranked No. 13 by ESPN yesterday, began practices this past Sunday and will open its season against San Jose State on Aug. 31. “there’s more and more parity in women’s soccer.” However, no one can discount the Cardinal’s experience. The sophomores have won a national championship. The juniors have competed in the title game for two consecutive years, the seniors for three. All the while, none of these current players may have carried the team for an entire season — not yet, at least. “Having the experience helps us; it doesn’t hurt us,” Verloo said. “I think it will help having the experience. Knowing what it’s like to win, everybody just wants it more again.” Stanford returns eight starters from last season: Ubogagu, senior forward Marjani Hing-Glover, junior forward Sydney Payne, senior midfielder Mariah Nogueira, senior defender Alina Garciamendez, senior defender Rachel Quon, redshirt sophomore Kendall Romine and junior goalkeeper Emily Oliver. However, carving out an identity distinct from the championship teams of past years may be the most daunting task that lies ahead — not simply for the individual players, but also for the team. “We’re proud of what we accomplished last year, but this is a new team,” Ratcliffe said. “This team wants to prove they’re the best team out there. Last year, they proved that they were the best team in the history of Stanford women’s soccer, and this team wants to prove the same.” Contact David Eng at david_eng@ pacbell.net.
In addition to her coaching experience, Henderson was one of the greatest strikeout pitchers in NCAA history, tallying 1,343 strikeouts over four years and breaking 25 school records at UMass. She also won an Olympic gold medal as part of the U.S. softball team that competed in Sydney in 2000. Henderson will be replacing Trisha Ford, who left her assistant coaching role to become the head coach of the Fresno State softball team.
— George Chen
Danielle Henderson hired as new assistant coach of Stanford softball
Former Ohio State assistant coach Danielle Henderson will be the new assistant coach of the Stanford softball program, head coach John Rittman announced on Tuesday. Henderson served as an assistant coach with the University of Massachusetts, her alma mater, for four seasons before joining the Buckeyes coaching staff, where she stayed for the past two years.
PISTORIUS PUSHING THE LIMITS
ongratulations America. You’ve done your very best to steal London’s thunder of hosting the 2012 Olympic Games by landing yet another rover on the surface of Mars. It is all very impressive, I’ll admit that, though I wonder if you couldn’t have waited just a couple of weeks and let us Brits have our time in the limelight. My friends in the States, a mixture of engineers and Americans, all seem very excited and inspired right now, if their Facebook statuses are anything to go by. Though the pictures posted are mostly grainy black-and-white images, I have to admit that what NASA just achieved is a pretty impressive human feat. I should be transfixed by it too — I did, after all, once dream of becoming an astronaut — but my own attention right now is firmly on the Olympics. Aside from a few articles on that extraterrestrial achievement, British media is concentrating on the festival of sport in our nation’s capital. And it should be, considering the great success that Team GB is having — as I write this it lies third in the medals table behind two sports superpowers, the U.S. and China. And don’t be put off by the shameless commercialization of the competition and the arrogant, overthe-top posturing of athletes such as the men’s 100-meter finalists on the track last Sunday. There are those unfortunate sides of the Games, yes, but there is still a lot that is more in keeping with the real, original spirit of the Olympics. Take, for example, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, also known as the “Blade Runner.” A double below-knee amputee, Pistorius is a four-time gold-medal winner at the Paralympics, using flexible carbon fiber blade prosthetics to allow him to run relatively nor-
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ers and get a little bit of luck down the line.” Ubogagu, for one, has been training for the entire offseason — saying she has “never had an offseason training that hard or that physical.” She is poised to be one of the primary weapons for the Cardinal during conference play after tallying 10 goals and 10 assists in 25 starts during her freshman year. “Just being with the Stanford team . . . everyone wants to get better every day,” she said. Ubogagu hopes her offseason workouts will only add to her greatest strength as a scorer — “attacking at people.” With the return of Verloo and the continued emergence of Ubogagu, Stanford seems poised for another deep run in the NCAA tournament. UCLA and Oregon State provide tough competition in conference play, says Verloo. Duke and Wake Forest are poised to dethrone the Cardinal in the national title hunt, says Ubogagu. But both women acknowledge that any team could contend. “We need to realize we’re a target. Never relax. Never get complacent,” Verloo said. “We need to make sure we’re always preparing right and staying competitive every day.” Ratcliffe reiterated this sentiment; he believes that repeating in the “very challenging Pac-12 conference” will be difficult because
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several times, the multinational audience cheers. Everything in synchronized swimming is artistic, down to the exit from the pool after the conclusion of the performance. As Koroleva and Killman make their synchronized exit, the audience gives them a wellearned sustained ovation. Koroleva and her duet partner score a combined total of 176.670 points, earning 87.770 for the free routine and 87.800 for the technical. For the moment, this puts them in second place overall. Although the Russian, Spanish and Chinese teams will surpass them and earn the gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, the Americans have clearly won the gold medal for enthusiasm and energy. The pool rippled with hundreds of concentric circular waves, a sight of beauty that cannot be seen and appreciated from a television camera. If Koroleva and Killman can perform this brilliantly after so little time together as a pair, it augurs well for the United States and Stanford’s Olympic prospects once they have the benefit of more extensive training together. With Koroleva and Killman performing, America’s synchronized swimming prospects are bright. The brilliant artistry of Mary Ann Toman-Miller’s writing performance suggests she would do a better job than a host of Olympic broadcasters. Nominate her for Rio 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Head coach Paul Ratcliffe and the Stanford women’s soccer team look forward to a new season, hoping to defend the national title that they won last year for the first time in school history.
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Women’s rowing: Elle Logan ’11 helped the U.S. women’s eight defend its 2008 Olympic title on Aug. 2, posting a gold medal-winning time of 6:10.59. Men’s soccer: Ryan Nelsen and Team New Zealand were eliminated from competition on Wednesday after a 3-0 loss to Brazil, finishing group play 0-2-1. Women’s soccer: Ali Riley ’10 played at left outside back to help the New Zealand team beat Cameroon 3-0 in its first-ever victory at the Olympic Games. Team USA co-captain Rachel Buehler ’07, playing at central defense, and Kelley O’Hara ’10, playing at right outside back, helped the United States secure a 1-0 victory over North Korea on July 31. Three days later, the United States defeated New Zealand 20 in the quarterfinal with Riley and O’Hara playing all 90 minutes. The U.S. defeated Canada 4-3 in the final seconds of extra time in the Aug. 6 semifinal, guaranteeing at least a silver medal. O’Hara continued her streak of playing every minute of every match, while Buehler was replaced in the second overtime after a collision. Former Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart ’04, backing up America’s Hope Solo, has not yet seen action. Men’s swimming: David Dunford ’10 of Kenya failed to qualify for the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle, as his time of 49.60 was just the third best in his heat on July 31. He raced again in the fifth heat of the 50meter freestyle competition, finishing third with a time of 22.72, but again did not qualify for the semifinals. Jason Dunford ’09 finished fourth in the fifth heat of the 100meter butterfly on Aug. 2 with a time of 52.23. He improved slightly in the semifinal with a time of 52.16 but was unable to advance to the final. Tobias Oriwol ’06 of Canada
and Markus Rogan ’04 of Austria competed in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay on July 31, with Canada taking seventh (7:15.22) and Austria eighth (7:17.94) in the second preliminary heat. Neither country’s time ranked in the top eight and they both failed to qualify for the final. Oriwol and Rogan competed again on Aug. 1. Oriwol finished fourth in the third preliminary heat of the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:58.06. He finished seventh in the second semifinal with a time of 1:58.74, for an overall finish of 13th in the event. Rogan placed third in the 200meter individual medley preliminary heat but was disqualified in the semifinal for an illegal turn. Synchronized swimming: The American duo of Maria Koroleva ’13 and Mary Killman scored 87.900 points in the preliminary technical routine at the London Aquatics Centre to place 10th, totaling 43.700 points in execution and 44.200 in overall impression. Koroleva and Killman scored 88.270 points to place 11th in the free routine on Aug. 5 and are in 10th place in the overall standings at 176.170. They tallied 44.070 for artistic impression to qualify for the final, where the pair finished 11th overall. Men’s tennis: Top-seeded Bob Bryan ’98 and Mike Bryan ’98 defeated Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets 7-6 (6), 76 (1) on July 31 in a second-round doubles match played at Wimbledon. The Bryans then defeated Israel’s unseeded duo of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) on Aug. 2 to advance to the semifinals. In the Aug. 3 semis, they defeated France’s Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4. The brothers then captured their first career gold medal on Aug. 4, defeating France’s Michael Llodra and JoWilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (2). Mixed doubles tennis: Mike Bryan ’98 teamed with Lisa Raymond on Aug. 1 for a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Italy’s Sara Errani and Andreas Seppi, and the thirdseeded pair defeated Argentina’s Gisela Dulko and Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 7-5 in a quarterfinal match on Aug. 3.
Bryan and Raymond dropped their Aug. 4 semifinal match to top-seeded Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 3-6, 64, 10-7, but still captured the bronze medal with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 victory over the German pair of Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas on Aug. 5. Track and field: Amaechi Morton ’12 of Nigeria qualified for the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 49.34 in the first heat, but pulled up with an apparent injury on Aug. 4 and could not make the finals. Katerina Stefanidi ’12 of Greece cleared 13 feet, 11 1/4 inches (4.25 m) in the pole vault on Aug. 4 but did not advance to the final. Jillian Camarena-Williams placed eighth in Group A on Aug. 6 with a toss of 59-5 1/2 in the shot put and failed to qualify for the final round. Women’s volleyball: Team USA, featuring Foluke Akinradewo ’09 and Logan Tom ’03, defeated China 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 on Aug. 1. Akinradewo tallied eight kills with a pair of blocks, while Tom had five kills, two blocks and a pair of aces. The United States swept Serbia 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 on Aug. 3 as Akinradewo registered six kills and five blocks and Tom recorded 10 kills and two blocks. Team USA wrapped up Pool B play with a 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 win over Turkey on Sunday. Akinradewo finished with nine kills, five blocks and an ace, while Tom tallied five kills and a block. Men’s water polo: Peter Varellas ’06 recorded his second-straight hat trick, Tony Azevedo ’05 added a goal and Layne Beaubien ’99 and Peter Hudnut ’03 played on defense to help the United States defeat Romania 10-8 on July 31. The U.S. improved to 3-0 with a 13-7 victory over Great Britain on Aug. 2. Team captain Azevedo scored four times as he and Varellas each accounted for third-period goals. Team USA lost to Serbia 11-6 on Aug. 4. Azevedo and Varellas each netted a goal, while Beaubien and Hudnut assisted on defense. They secured a spot in the quarterfinals with Romania’s loss to Mon-
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Defender Melissa Seidemann ‘14 posted a hat trick in Team USA’s 9-6 win over Italy in the quaterfinal round at the Olympics. The U.S. team will be playing against Spain in the gold medal game today.
tenegro. The U.S. was again defeated on Aug. 6, losing 11-6 to Hungary in its final game of pool play. Azevedo, Beaubien and Hudnut each scored a goal. The Americans then lost to Croatia 8-2 in the quarterfinal round after falling into a 5-0 hole early in the game. Women’s water polo: On Aug. 1, Annika Dries ’14, Melissa Seidemann ’14, Maggie Steffens ’16 and Brenda Villa ’03 each netted a goal, as Team USA and Spain settled for a 9-9 draw. Steffens led Team USA with a hat trick to help defeat China 7-6 on Aug. 3. Dries, Seidemann and Villa also saw some playing time, with Stanford players scoring four of Team USA’s seven goals. Stanford alumnae accounted for six of the team’s nine goals in a 9-6 quarterfinal win over Italy on Aug. 5. Seidemann posted a hat trick and Steffens and Villa also scored goals, while Dries helped out on defense. The US beat Australia 11-9 in overtime during Tuesday’s semifinal match to advance to the gold medal game against Spain today. Steffens scored one of the team’s two overtime goals. Contact Karen Feng at karenfeng.us @gmail.com.
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records. Since allowing fewer passing or rushing yards is a good thing, the correlation between either of these stats and wins is expected to be negative, but keep in mind that it’s the magnitude that counts here. A comparison of these correlations is a strong indicator of which is more “important” to a team’s success — essentially, whether a solid secondary should be valued over a formidable front seven or vice versa. Take 2011. Believe it or not, in a season full of pass-happy offenses led by top-rate quarterbacks — Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Nick Foles, Brock Osweiler and Keith Price, to name a few — there was only a correlation of -0.07 between the number of passing yards allowed per game by Pac-12 teams and how many wins they recorded. This figure emerges from the fact that none of the conference’s 10-win teams had a top-five secondary (in terms of yards allowed through the air), and the best pass-stopper in the Pac-12, Cal, finished a mediocre 7-6. The number of yards allowed per game on the ground, on the other hand, was a much more accurate predictor of how many victo-
ries a team recorded, as demonstrated by the -0.80 correlation between wins and rushing defense in 2011. Twelve-win Oregon, 11-win Stanford and 10-win USC finished 5-1-2 in this regard, and no bowl-eligible team in the top five in rushing yards allowed failed to qualify for the postseason last year. The 2011 season was no fluke, either. In each of the past five seasons, the correlation between rush defense and wins has been stronger than that between pass defense and wins; since 2007, when the two measures were nearly the same, the rush defense mark has never risen above -0.69 and the pass defense mark has never slipped below -0.29. (Remember, larger negatives indicate a stronger relation in this case.) The same general trend repeats itself in terms of just Pac-12 records. Over that same five-year span, top-three finishers in the Pac-12 average the third-best rush defense in the conference but just the fifthbest pass defense. On the national scale, just one 10-win squad (Arizona in 2007) also finished in the top 10 in Division I for passing yards allowed, but Oregon has reached double-digit wins and boasted a top-10 rush defense for each of the last four years. There’s an argument to be made that, when comparing front sevens with secondaries, yards al-
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lowed are not the only (or even the best) stat to use. A sack or interception can turn the tide of a close game, and bend-but-don’t-break schemes aren’t afraid to give up a few yards on shorter passes — assuming the timely stop comes. There’s some data to support this assertion: the conference champion has recorded the most sacks in the league three of the last five seasons, and in 2010 the Pac12’s three top finishers — Oregon, Stanford and USC — recorded the first-, second- and third-most picks, in that order. But not all big plays are made equal, and again, the front seven reigns supreme. There has been a decent correlation between sacks and wins over the past four years, as this measure has always fallen between 0.51 and 0.72 since 2008. But when it comes to interceptions, things are much less predictable. A 0.71 correlation between picks and wins in 2008 gave way to a mark of essentially zero in 2009, yet in 2010 the correlation was stronger than ever at 0.82. And in 2011, when second-place Stanford had the fewest interceptions (seven) in the Pac-12, the correlation had plummeted back to 0.19. The moral of the story is that if you’re looking for a playmaker in the Pac-12, a strong pass rusher is a much more reliable bet to improve your team’s fortunes than an electrifying cover guy. This season you can expect the Cardinal to finish in the top three in the conference in both rushing yards allowed and sacks, and the six Pac-12 teams that have done that in the last five years have averaged 9.67 wins. So while the rest of the world worries about how the Cardinal’s young but talented defensive backs — Wayne Lyons, Terrence Brown, Barry Browning, Devon Carrington, Ed Reynolds and others — will define their roles ins a secondary that had its fair share of struggles last season, I’m just going to sit back and relax while Shayne Skov, Chase Thomas and the rest of Stanford’s dominant front seven do their work. Don’t forget, I have math on my side. Joseph Beyda might be teaching an advanced sports statistics course in the fall. Let Professor Beyda know if you’re interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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mally. After being banned in 2007, he was eventually given permission to race in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) competitions against able-bodied athletes in May 2008, and he qualified for this summer’s Games last year. Some are vehemently opposed to Pistorius’ participation, arguing as the IAAF did in 2007 that his artificial lower legs give him a significant advantage over other runners, and that allowing him to compete sets a dangerous precedent for allowing future athletes to use similar equipment to gain an edge over others. They are wrong, of course. We already live in a world in which top athletes employ science and technology to get them over the finish line first, from detailed analysis of biomechanics that change a runner’s gait to ultra-low-weight bicycles to high-tech clothing fabrics to cutting-edge running shoes to drugs — yes, drugs. As every athlete at the Olympic Games leaves the field of play, they are faced with giving urine samples so that any use of illegal medication can be identified. But there is also a huge range of legal drugs; athletes don’t just eat salads and drink water. Vitamins supplement their diets, isotonic drinks improve performance and anti-inflammatory painkillers speed recovery from injury. That we can investigate and regulate these medications — hopefully catching the vast majority of cheats — implies that we should surely be able to do the same with Pistorius’ blades. The idea that he gains a serious advantage or that others may follow his lead seems crazy. In case you haven’t been paying attention, regardless of the technology he is using, Pistorius is a double amputee. Life has surely not been easy, and neither has his training or competition. No one would ever want to replace his or her lower limbs with carbon-fiber blades just to win an athletic competition; no one would risk major surgery on a perfectly healthy body just for that. But athletes who have had parts of themselves replaced in surgery, such as ACL replacements, are allowed to
“Simply put, Pistorius has an inspiring story, a tale of someone who simply refused to give up in the face of serious disability.”
compete, so why not Pistorius? The biggest justification for allowing Pistorius to compete, though, is what his inclusion means. Simply put, he has an inspiring story, a tale of someone who simply refused to give up in the face of serious disability. It may not have quite the interplanetary reach of NASA’s latest mission, but it too is a perfect example of what can be achieved with hard work and technology. You might argue about whether or not he gains an advantage from his prosthetic limbs, but you cannot argue about whether or not he embodies the Olympic Games. In the end, while Pistorius made it into the semifinals of the 400 meters, he went no further than that in the competition. But the most telling moment came just after that race was run. The winner, reigning world champion Kirani James of Grenada, immediately went to swap race numbers with Pistorius, and the whole field embraced the double-amputee. It was clear that this South African sprinter inspired not only the viewing public, but also his athletic peers. Tom Taylor burst into tears of joy when Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis won gold in the heptathlon. Ask him how long it took to stop crying at email@example.com.
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The Bay Area meets Chi-town in three-day music festival
he Bay is replaced by Lake Michigan, and the fog trapped in the foothills gives way to oven-like humidity. Deep dish becomes the only pizza crust, while Derrick Rose jerseys of every color replace Giants caps. E-40’s “Function” is a mere afterthought to any tune by hometown favorite Kanye West. This is no “Yay Area.” This is Chicago. And on Aug. 3-5, the city played host to one of the nation’s largest music festivals: Lollapalooza. Founded in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has morphed quite a bit in its 21 years. After a handful
of hiatuses following its beginnings as a traveling festival, Lollapalooza has recurred annually in Grant Park since 2005. The acts have grown with the crowds, morphing Lollapalooza into an annual pilgrimage for thousands of fans who have fallen in love with the event. For Stanford students, however, making the lengthy trip to Lolla can prove to be rather difficult. To offer some insight into the festival, Intermission made the journey to Chicago to see what Lolla’s all about. Evanston Like many Stanford Lolla-
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goers, Intermission’s adventure began each morning north of downtown Chicago in Evanston, a neighborhood simultaneously part of the ’burbs and the city. Evanston is the home of Northwestern University, a Midwestern academic powerhouse where a Stanford student is likely to have one or two friends willing to let him crash on a futon for the weekend. When students wake on the hot Friday morning (or, more likely, early afternoon), they slowly make the journey downtown. Trains are packed with countless neon tank tops, CamelBaks and high-waisted jean shorts. All the commotion, combined with the growing frequency of late-morning handle pulls scattered about the train, immediately triggers memories of early-morning insanity on the Bay to Breakers Caltrain. When the train arrives, hordes of festivalgoers take to the streets of Chicago, charging toward Grant Park. Thousands of people fill the sidewalks, funneling toward the famous Michigan Avenue, the heart of shopping in Chicago. Century-old buildings deemed worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Gotham cast massive shadows on the crowds below. Heading south on Michigan, skyscrapers eventually reveal the green, tree-scattered expanse of
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Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine performs at Lollapalooza, a music festival in Chicago, Ill. Grant Park, cuddled up next to Lake Michigan. The fans have amassed at the park, and late Friday morning the gates open. For the next 60 hours, Grant Park will play host to 270,000 people and 150 musical acts performing on eight separate stages. In 2011, Lollapalooza reportedly injected $100 million into the Chicago economy, a number likely matched this year, given the record attendance. | “LOLLAPALOOZA“ continued on page 16 | THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
he world of progressive, meat-eating Southerners was rocked weeks ago when our beloved — anointed, even — Chick-fil-A announced its horribly backwards stance on gay marriage (it’s against it). Not only is this a blow because of the general anti-free-love vibes which are just harshing my mellow, but also because I love Chick-fil-A. I mean, I want to boycott the restaurant, but it’s just so good. (But is it too good?) This is no new conundrum; people have been conflicted with whether to buy or boycott since the less-than-glamorous Boston Tea Party — though we’d like to believe that that selfinflicted embargo was because of the subjugation of India and not high tea prices. (Get it, high tea?) So how do we anguished aesthetes grapple with such a seemingly inextricable net of political incorrectness, desire, brandimage, taste and pressure from our social networks? Well, friends, free yourself of this inner turmoil with some tips on how to deal when your favorite brands forget social corporate responsibility, back the wrong political party or just plain screw up. Put it out of your mind The most basic and probably most used tactic of the woeful consumer: ignorance. It’s not for real! These peeps just feign it, don’t talk about it and politely dismiss it like a mother looking past her eldest son’s growing cocaine addiction. Confronting the fact that Louis Vuitton doesn’t actually make its bags by hand, that they’re in fact made mostly by machine, makes that label markup hit harder. This one’s easier when the corporate crime is more chill (like being unfairly priced) and harder when it’s something evil THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
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bereft of sweet uniformed-kisses photos and the tales of gay Marine fathers that both break the mold and inspire. That’s not only a shame; it’s a disservice (no pun intended). If all those strong gay LGBT men and women just said “up yours” to the Army, the Boy Scouts, the football teams and all the other downers out there and packed it up for theater camp, we’d have no change at all. And that’s worse than slow, painful, nochicken change. Find a similar substitute Naaahh. Rally behind the ones that are great It’s a struggle that every well-meaning hypocrite faces: I hate when companies use their corporate power to support political/social agendas I don’t like, but I am all for it when it’s a good one. So total bummer about Wal-Mart, Chick-fil-A and Boy Scouts of America, but on the flip side, think about how great Apple, Google and Microsoft — which all support equal rights — are every time you make a call or listen to iTunes. Heck, just watch Ellen and feel good about it! Boycott them completely For only the most hardcore of principled people, the boycott is an option, though often ineffective and saddening. Sometimes you’ve got to do it; sometimes it makes no difference — like my refusal to listen to any Chris Brown song, even though my literally quiet defiance of a frat house iPod will affect no one. Sometimes it’s an excuse to not like something you already think is gross but for other, less social reasons. This photo was enough for me to hate all things Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy. — sasha ARIJANTO
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Over 200 people braved 100-degree temperatures to stand in line for a Chick-fil-A meal at the chain's restaurant in Wichita, Kan., on Aug. 1, 2012. The crowd was buying meals to show their support for the company that's currently embroiled in a controversy over same-sex marriage. (like ignoring sexual assault). Rationalize Like a next step in the Twelve, this one allows you to still indulge in the forbidden fruit of a fallen company, but with the mental backing of some justified rationale. You might cringe, for example, to learn that Target gave money to support a candidate against gay marriage — but hey, they probably supported him for other reasons, too, right? One issue can’t be the only thing. And boycotting only hurts those nice ladies at the register with long nails and two mortgages. They need me to buy fairly priced genericbrand over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. I have friends who have worked there. Conscientious objector This one is a deep rationalization. A conscientious objector does not abstain but instead partakes in the fun, and copes by projecting some morally correct scheme onto the consumption. I will not deny myself (entirely) the tender-fried-goodness of Chick-fil-A upon my nearing pilgrimage back to the South, not because I support not supporting the union of gay people — I do support their union — but because I will create change from within! I will fill out cards, send emails, comment on FB statuses. And it’s not for naught. Think about it. If there were no conscientious objectors, the world would be totally
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he new SHN production of “War Horse” in San Francisco is all spectacle: amazing lights, sounds, sets, song and staging, as well as some impressive lifesized horse puppets operated by multiple puppeteers. “War Horse” is the epic story of a boy and his horse before and during World War I and tells of how both sides took turns caring for and loving the horse; if you saw the Spielberg film last year, this is a less polished version of the story. The play, however, equals, if not exceeds, the extravagance and drama of the film. The “War Horse” of the title is Joey, a masterpiece of puppetry, with enough joints and areas of manipulation — and some great voiced sound effects by his three puppeteers (Jon Riddleberger, Patrick Osteen and Jessica Krueger) — to create a real, emoting character. Though the puppeteers are very visible on stage, which is particularly
distracting in the foal version of Joey, you get used to ignoring them and watching the horse itself. Joey, a riding horse, is bought by a farm owner (Tedd Cerveris) whose son Albert (Brian Keane) takes charge of his training and upkeep, including teaching him the impossible task of pulling a plow, a skill that will later save the horse’s life. The burgeoning friendship between Albert and Joey is the slowest part of the play, as it was in the film, and exposes Keane’s weak acting the most, in large part because the dialogue he’s given to work with is so poor. The play truly gets going when Albert’s father surreptitiously decides to sell off Joey, for a pretty penny, to become the titular War Horse. The stakes for Joey get higher, and the atrocities of war expose humanity in both sides. Albert, in turn, enlists in an effort to find his horse.
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From left: Andrew Veenstra, Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton and Rob Laqui star in “War Horse” at the SHN Curran Theatre. Yes, World War I was fought with both horses and tanks, and there’s a devastating scene when the British cavalry storm a German camp and are surprised and obliterated by machine guns. The storming of the camp feels real; multiple horses are on stage, and the devastation is heightened by the sounds, flashing lights and pounding score. Waiting for the play to begin, the audience can see only an empty stage with a long, white banner present. The banner is used to project backgrounds of the various locations where the play takes place — from the idyllic English countryside, to the battlefield and trenches, to the war-torn French lands — and it works remarkably well, allowing for quick and seamless transitions between vastly different locales. The sets are all very portable: the fence in the marketplace where Joey is first sold to our hero is held up by the cast but looks entirely real; the farmhouse consists of nothing but a window, door and backdrop, just enough to create the illusion of more; and the supports for the ramp seen in the first act become a great stand-in for the trenches in the second. The most impressive part of the spectacle is the use of lights and sound. The play has its own score by Adrian Sutton, which is both affecting and effective, and is sung by John Milosich, who acts as our guide. To its credit, the emotional and sometimes harrowing music increases the drama significantly. The terrifying battle scenes — including one with a very large tank that plows through the stage — are often darkly lit, with bright lights used sporadically for shock factor from things like explosions, along with very loud sound effects and scores. These are as sophisticated as you would expect from a polished war film, which is highly impressive. The play, however, differs from the film: It is all about how to tell this continentspanning story, with so many characters and so much drama and war, on a stage and make it seem real, frightening, emotional and cohesive. The production does all of this and more, making the highly imperfect script forgivable. This isn’t a play about words; it’s a magical and visceral experience. “War Horse” runs through Sept. 9 at the SHN Curran Theatre in San Francisco. — alexandra HEENEY
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‘TOTAL RECALL ’
remake proves worse than original
the vital stats
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Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) sits inside the Rekall Tripping Den in Columbia Pictures’ action thriller “Total Recall.” Directed by Len Wiseman, “Total Recall” is yet another Hollywood remake that has succeeded at nothing but crashing and burning. The film revolves around Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), an Australian factory worker who lives with his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale). In this futuristic dystopia, chemical warfare has destroyed most of the world, leaving only two inhabitable countries: the United Federation of Britain, which includes the United Kingdom as well as much of Europe, and Australia, known as The Colony. Quaid decides to go to Rekall, a company that uses chemicals to provide false memories, after feeling as if there is something missing from his life. After policemen raid Rekall and Quaid manages to fight his way out, he soon discovers that he is really an ex-spy who turned against the government to work for the Resistance, an equalityfocused group. With the help of his former partner Melina (Jessica Biel), Quaid begins to find his true self again as well as try to beat Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), who plans on destroying The Colony. While the acting and casting for each character was well done, the roles are one-dimensional. A notable example of this is Cohaagen, who plays a typical capitalistic, money-hungry leader. There’s little to no dimensionality to his character, and while it can be argued that this is because he plays a secondary role, his character is significant enough to deserve more depth. In addition, the movie stumbles in several places. To begin, the foreshadowing is blatant and awkward. For example, before Quaid finds out about his true self, he sees a pianist in a bar and notes how he wishes he knew how to play the piano. Fast-forward to halfway through the movie and you see him miraculously playing a piano by sense memory to decode a message he left for his future self. In addition, the plot drags at the beginning with slow and unnecessary scenes, then rushes at the very end by attempting to annihilate all of the major enemies within the | “RECALL“ continued on page 16 |
eep your expectations low and enter with caution, and you just may be somewhat impressed by “Total Recall”; otherwise, the movie simply flops.
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Kate Beckinsale stars in “Total Recall.” THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
s the self-proclaimed president of the Forever Alone Society, I have had my fair share of kissing my mom at midnight on New Year’s and organizing singles-only Valentine’s Day sleepover parties, where I wake up alone with obscene things drawn on my face and the menu screen of “Bring It On” playing in the background. So when a sexy Scottish fitness trainer (let’s call him “Braveheart”) asked me out for coffee, I took full advantage and planned a date that was unlike any he’d ever been on, which sparked this new summer dating series. I decided to take on the new journalistic project of experimenting with various date ideas and chronicling these misadventures in an article. It is my fondest hope that you ditch your drab movieand-dinner date plans and opt for an outing that has a second-date guarantee. As a brave dater myself, and with my previous amateur competitive eating experience, I decided to take Braveheart to watch me tackle the Hellfire Challenge at the SmokeEaters wing bar in Cupertino: 12 hot wings coated in black inferno hot sauce in 10 minutes without water or napkins. You do need to sign a waiver releasing all your legal rights to sue the restaurant for any unexpected bleeding of orifices or accidental contamination of your eyes with the sauce, but it is definitely worth it for an extra-large victory T-shirt. Unfortunately, after a wing and a bite of Hellfire, I started bawling in a restaurant full of spectators who laughed at my
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defeat and then resumed watching La Liga on the high-definition TVs. However, this is the perfect opportunity for brave date-goers to lick hot sauce off each other’s fingers and experience a hot summer night unknown to the likes of Northern California. Braveheart received extra points for bringing me a lifetime’s supply of Pepto Bismol and running to the nearest convenience store for milk. The perfect follow-up to the hot-and-heavy Hellfire Challenge is a cool-down nighttime swim at Half Moon Bay. The journey, a mere 45-minute drive from Cupertino, provides a romantic interlude for a million conversations to unfold. Listen to Frank Ocean’s sweet crooning on his new album “channel ORANGE” and let the serenade set an atmosphere for the late night. On the walk down to the beach, it is essential that you guide your date down the rocky pathway and take the opportunity to hold her hand. I offered Braveheart a piggyback ride and won him over with my bravado. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, go skinny-dipping and reenact that honeymoon scene in “Breaking Dawn.” Afterward, keep each other warm on the beach with proximity and conversation. Be kind to each other; the NorCal summer nights are Siberia brutal. It’s the formula for a winning first date and a guaranteed second. Braveheart is already planning our next outing. — heidi SIGUA
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CONTINUED FROM “LOLLAPALOOZA” PAGE 12 Friday Friday’s lineup started the weekend off with a bang. Daytime performances included Passion Pit, The Shins, Dev and M83. One of the most impressive lineups of the day could be felt emanating from Perry’s Stage, tucked in the corner of Grant. Named after Lolla’s founder, Perry’s Stage has played host to some of the most exhilarating electronic, house and dubstep music the world has to offer. Once a covered venue, the tent was popped off this year to allow for greater attendance. On Friday, Perry’s featured The White Panda, Zedd, Porter Robinson and Nero, who blasted bass loud enough to be heard stages away. To finish the day off, Bassnectar headlined at Perry’s on Friday night, attracting a crowd more than prepared to rage to dubstep. Outside of the moshing frivolity of Perry’s were some equally phenomenal headliners. Wale rapped on the PlayStation Stage, while The Black Keys and Black Sabbath exhibited Lolla’s rock origins. All headliners, however, were cut at 10 p.m. due to city noise ordinances. Although a sore point for many fans, the early end time allowed for festivalgoers to experience aspects of Lolla that make it unique to other festivals: it’s in the city. Fans flocked to bars, hotels, deep-dish pizzerias or one of the more than 35 official after-shows to cap off a wonderful day with some downtown Chicago nightlife. Saturday With a somewhat groggy start from the day before, Lolla-goers got after it again on Saturday — for a while, at least. In the late afternoon, the event organizers chose to evacuate the park due to severe weather warnings. Soon after the evacuation, a powerful thunderstorm rolled through, pummeling the park with rain, hail and wind. However, as the storm gave way, the festival reopened to spectacularly muddy shows by Calvin Harris, Bloc Party, The Weeknd and Franz Ferdinand, among many others. As the sun set, fans made the tough decision of which headliner to see. However, it was impossible to make a wrong choice. Frank Ocean’s smooth R&B melted hearts, Avicii melted faces and Santigold eliminated all worries. All the while, The Red Hot Chili Peppers played a phenomenal show to thousands of forever-loyal fans. Sunday On Sunday, people in Lolla wristbands filled coffee shops and diners to order breakfast at 1 p.m. It was Lolla Sunday, and it was time to rally. On the festival’s final day, committed fans flocked to J. Cole, Sigur Ros, Toro Y Moi, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miike Snow and At the Drive-In. Although Zed’s Dead kept the literal pulse of Lolla at Perry’s, Florence + the Machine may have captured the soul of the festival. Retro Hollywood movie-set spotlights glowed at the crowd, and simple silver fans blew Florence’s flowing red gown, transforming Florence + the Machine’s stunning voice and beautiful instrumentation into a spectacle to behold. As dusk gave way to night, Justice took over Florence’s stage, while Jack White played at the other end of the park. Kaskade brought a powerful set to cap off an electrifying weekend at Perry’s. Comedian-turned-rapper (or vice versa) Childish Gambino lyricized his way through an incredible set while his fans rapped right along with him.
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Lollapalooza drew over 270,000 attendees last weekend in Grant Park, Chicago, Ill. At the crux of shipping lanes and interstates in the heartland of the nation, Chicago is a literal crossroads. In a spectacular, exhausting three days of musical mayhem, Lollapalooza and its over 270,000 attendees further amplified this definition. Friends from the Farm had midsummer reunions, while friends from high school met each other’s new college companions. For three days, the third largest city in America was transformed into a venue to enjoy music, weather, food, fun and company. It may not be the Bay Area or Indio (the home of Coachella), but with Lollapalooza, Chicago shows it has something truly special to offer. — isaac HALYARD
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CONTINUED FROM “RECALL” PAGE 15 last five minutes of the film. While the plot itself has no problems, it moves at an unstable pace and in a way that makes viewing the movie extremely difficult. The one notable part of this film is its “coolness” factor. The movie’s location is extremely futuristic, and the fight scenes are choreographed and shot in engaging ways. In addition, the lighting, costumes and settings are all consistent in terms of color and style, which helps give a cohesive feel to the film. If you’re simply looking for a short, two-hour escape from your day-to-day life, this movie is the one for you. However, don’t be alarmed if you find that within 24 hours, “Total Recall” has become no more than just an insignificant memory. — margaret LIN
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