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FRIDAY April 24, 2009 Volume 235 Issue 44


Card looks to defend Diamond

Univ. announces record taxable debt figures
(17-19, 3-12 Pac-10) Klein Field at Sunken Diamond 5 P.M.

After suffering a disappointing sweep at the hands of Arizona State in Tempe last weekend, the desert will visit the Farm this weekend, as Stanford looks to bounce back in Pacific-10 Conference play against the Arizona Wildcats. The Cardinal (17-16,7-8 Pac-10) was blown out by the No. 3 Sun Devils in a three-game series, dropping the opener 145, Saturday’s game 7-2 and Sunday’s game 6-3. But Stanford bounced back in midweek action, beating Santa Clara 11-1 and California 11-7 in nonconference action to climb back above .500 on the season. With just four weekend series against conference opponents remaining, though, it will be critical for the team to extend its winning ways into the weekend against Arizona (17-19, 3-12). “It’s huge for us to carry on this momentum we’ve created in our midweek games,” said sophomore closer Drew Storen. “The Pac-10 is packed so tightly, so depending on how you do on a weekend, it can either rocket you to the top or you can drop to the bottom. So it’s really important for us to carry this momentum on, just go out and play our game and hopefully get some good wins for our home crowd.” Storen, in particular, will doubtless be eager to take the mound against a Pac-10 foe once again, especially after being roughed up by ASU last weekend. Storen gave up all seven of the Sun Devils’ runs on Saturday in a disastrous eighth inning, recording just one out and allowing three hits and three walks. The Cardinal right-hander bounced back against Santa Clara and Cal, though, earning his fifth save of the season against the Bears.



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NOTES: After a disappointing trip to Arizona
State last weekend, Stanford bounced back with two high-scoring victories over Santa Clara and Cal during this past week. Arizona is last in the Pac-10 but ranks in the top three of most offensive categories in the conference. Stanford has shuffled its weekend rotation, now starting freshman Jordan Pries on Friday, freshman Brett Mooneyham on Saturday and junior Jeffrey Inman on Sunday.

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Cardinal looks to rebound against Oregon, OSU

A look at the Cardinal’s NFL prospects

The University announced yesterday that it is issuing $1 billion in taxable debt, the largest amount in its history, in an attempt to shore up liquidity and working capital after a significant decrease in the value of the endowment in the past fiscal year. On Aug. 31, 2008, Stanford’s endowment stood at $17.2 billion. However, according to Stanford’s Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, Randy Livingston, the endowment value will be down at least 30 percent by Aug. 31, 2009. Livingston said that the debt issuance is mainly a form of insurance that will protect the University with an additional layer of liquidity. “Currently, we have ample liquidity to meet our current needs from both the investment and operations standpoint, but issuance of debt gives us additional liquidity and working capital in the event that the economy surprises us and the market turns downward again,” he said. According to a Moody’s Investors Services report published yesterday, “The University will use the proceeds to supplement liquidity for working capital and generate corporate purposes, as well as to refinance approximately $200 million of taxable commercial paper.” Livingston told The Daily that $350 million of five-year bonds were issued at 3.65 percent, $250 million of seven-year bonds at 4.30 percent and $400 million of 10-year bonds at 4.79 percent. On average, this means that Stanford is issuing debt at less than two percent over Treasuries, the benchmark for risk-free investments. Last December, Harvard sold nearly $2 billion in debt. Princeton sold $1 billion last January.

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NOTES: Stanford football’s seniors will
see how they stack up against the rest of the nation on Saturday and Sunday as the NFL holds its annual college draft. Among the most highly touted Cardinal prospects are center Alex Fletcher, defensive end Pannel Egboh, running back Anthony Kimble and corner Wopamo Osaisai. The Detroit Lions, who have the first pick this year, will officially be “on the clock” starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The draft is composed of 256 picks divided into seven rounds — the first two rounds will take place on Saturday, with rounds 3-7 being held for Sunday.

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The Cardinal softball team resumes Pacific-10 Conference play at home this weekend,hosting (15-26, 2-10 Pac-10) the Oregon Ducks on Smith Family Stadium 7 PM Friday and the Oregon State Beavers on both Saturday and Sunday. The series comes at the heels of a recent string of misfortune for Stanford 4/25 Smith Family Stadium in conference matchups, as the Cardinal NOTES: Stanford got out to a great looks to rebuild mo- start this season, but has faltered latementum with a ly. Pitcher Missy Penna has started to strong series against struggle and may be tiring under a the struggling Ore- huge workload, but Ashley Chinn tossed a no-hitter on Wednesday gon teams. No. 4 Stanford’s against San Jose State. (38-6, 7-5 Pac-10) last two conference series — on the road in Berkeley and Arizona — tarnished an otherwise stellar first half of the Pac-10 season.The Cardinal dropped two of three games in both of those weekends, falling from a school-record No. 2 ranking and being outscored 40-23 in the process. Despite posting a conference-leading 37 overall wins and the nation’s fourth-best win percentage at .863, Stanford now finds itself in the bottom half of the eight-team Pac10 with a 7-5 conference record, checking in at fifth place as the final stretch of the regular season begins. Stanford head coach John Rittman, never one to lose focus, acknowledged the impact of falling in the standings, but remains optimistic about his team this season. “We’ve taken a bit of a hit, but you have to keep moving forward and learning lessons,” Rittman said. “It’s a long season and we’re still in a great place. We came in and played a real tough series in Arizona, and played pretty well, actually, to take one out of two from Arizona


252 picks. 252 college athletes hailing from everywhere in the nation — from traditional powers like USC to tiny Division-II colleges like St. Augustine. 252 football players with their ticket punched to the NFL, and not one Stanford Cardinal amongst them. The 2008 NFL Draft was disappointing for the University and its prospects — it was the first time since 1999 that no Stanford players were drafted — but the Cardinal

will look to reassert itself in 2009.A formidable group of graduating seniors — center Alex Fletcher, running back Anthony Kimble, defensive end Pannel Egboh and cornerback Wopamo Osaisai — will look to continue playing, this time at the professional level. Although no Cardinal player is predicted to go particularly high in the draft, which will take place this Saturday and Sunday in New York, it’s possible that all four Stanford players will be chosen by an NFL franchise. Fletcher predicted that two to three Stanford players

Documents shed light on Rice’s past
Report reveals former Secretary of State authorized torture techniques


Please see DRAFT, page 6

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Documents recently made available by the Obama administration and the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) have provided a clearer picture of Hoover Fellow and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s role in formulating interrogation policy during the Bush years. On April 22, the SIC publicly issued a report focused upon administration deliberations in mid-2002, revealing that Rice, then the National Security Advisor, gave verbal authorization to use torture — specifically, waterboarding — in July 2002, to date the earliest known approval from a Bush official on the use of the technique. Rice’s Chief of Staff, Colby Cooper, declined comment on the new information. “On July 17, 2002, according to CIA records, the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) met with the National Security Adviser, who advised that the CIA could proceed with its proposed interrogation of Abu Zubaydah,” the report said. “This advice, which authorized CIA to proceed as a policy matter, was subject to a determination of legality by Office of Legal Counsel [OLC].” The OLC informed the CIA that the technique was lawful a week later. The case of Abu Zubaydah was, according to the report, pivotal in the development of the Bush administration’s interrogation policies. In April 2002, following his capture the previous month, “the CIA assessed that Abu Zubaydah had

Please see SOFTBALL, page 8

Center Alex Fletcher could be a draft day bargain for teams in the middle round looking for intensity, leadership and versatility on the interior of the offensive line, according to NFL Draft guru Scott Wright.

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Alumni Association lays off 10, slashes $2.7 million from budget
Do you think Summer Research College is a vital part of the Stanford summer experience?
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employees and the Division of Land, Buildings & Real Estate laid off 20. Wolf would not say which positions were eliminated, but he said that almost every Alumni Association department was affected. He added that those laid off would remain on the payroll for two months, allowing them to tell prospective employers that they are still employed at Stanford. They will also be compensated for severance time. He went on to cite several cost-saving measures that the Alumni Association will take, including the reduction of printed materials and the elimination of certain in-person components of an alumni continuing studies program. The Association, which serves some 202,000 alumni worldwide, is funded by three sources: the general fund, a lifetime membership fund invested in the endowment and several businesses, such as Stanford Sierra Camp. According to Wolf, all three sources are under “tremendous pressure.” Despite cuts, he said that alumni are still confident in the University’s leadership. “Stanford’s alumni have tremendous faith in the President and the Provost,” Wolf said. “All the indications I’ve had in discussions . . . suggest that they’re actually very comfortable that we’re looking at these things strategically and responding appropriately.” For Wolf, the laying off of workers was difficult, as some had worked at Stanford for 20 years. “The formal way to describe that is you’re eliminating positions, but the fact of the matter is, those positions are filled by real people who do great work, care deeply and try hard,” Wolf said. “Behind every position is a person, and behind every person is a life.” Administrators at the Development Office and Division of Land, Buildings & Real Estate were not immediately available for comment at press time. The Daily will have additional coverage of the latest round of layoffs next week. Contact Elizabeth Titus at






In the latest round of University-mandated budget cuts, the Stanford Alumni Association, the Development Office and Division of Land, Buildings & Real Estate all announced 15 percent budget cuts this week. The cuts also included 49 layoffs. The Alumni Association laid off 10 employees on Tuesday and faces an upcoming $2.7 million budget cut, according to Association President Howard Wolf. Three more employees left voluntarily, six took a time reduction and four vacant positions were eliminated. The Development Office laid off 19




A) Yes, I wouldn’t want to stay on campus over B) No, it was nothing more than free food once C) Maybe, but it is not that important. D) What is Summer Research College?
Today’s Question:
Should Condoleezza Rice be prosecuted for her authorization of torture in the interrogation of terror suspects? a) Yes, we have a duty to uphold the law, and Rice broke it. b) No, but Rice’s decisions need full disclosure. c) No, actions taken for the sake of post-9/11 national security are a special case. d) No, the country needs to move on from the Bush years. e) I don’t care.

the summer without it. a week.


Admit Weekend brings 1,300 to campus
Class of 2013 arrives to check out the Farm

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Livingston said that a $1 billion debt issuance made sense because $800 million is approximately equal to one year of payout from the endowment to support University operations. The University started considering a debt issuance about three to four months ago and discussed the possibility at both the February and April Board of Trustees meetings. Formal approval was obtained from the Trustees at the latter meeting.

With nearly 1,300 prospective freshmen bellowing dorm cheers and bouncing around campus with name cards and the occasional parent in tow, Admit Weekend for Stanford’s Class of 2013 packs the usual punch of Stanford tradition, fun, nerves and excited ProFros. In an email to The Daily, Dean of Admissions Richard Shaw expressed the joy of meeting ProFros after “hibernating in [their] offices” for months, reading over 30,000 applications for admission. “It’s just great to be outside in the California sunshine and show the ProFros our campus and help them meet our students and faculty,” Shaw said. “In most cases, we are meeting these students for the first time and it’s often humbling for us to have that first encounter.” Dean of Freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims, who is particularly excited about unveiling the Class of ‘13 roll call at the a cappella show on Friday night (will it be “thir-teen?” “one-three?”), predicts a one percent increase in admit yield from last year. Lythcott-Haims lauded the increased outreach efforts that the admissions team has made in the past few years. “Now that more students around the country and the world have had the chance to personally interact with a Stanford representative, it’s only natural that our yield would go up,” Lythcott-Haims said. “If people are taking bets, I’m predicting a 73 percent yield for this year.” Lythcott-Haims emphasized that Admit Weekend is significant for all arenas of Stanford, from administrators to ProFros. “For the University, it is rewarding to put the opportunity of a Stanford education out there for people to examine,” she said. “For admits, it’s a set of memories that may stay with them for much of their life. For me, personally, Thursday of Admit Weekend is one of my most favorite days in a Stanford year.” Administrators and Admit

Weekend planners took special care to keep the recession from having a large effect on the weekend’s events. According to Dean Shaw, “There weren’t any major overhauls to the [Admit Weekend] program” due to the recession. Admit Weekend Events Coordinator Natie Ermyas ‘11 said he was determined not to let the recession rain on the parade. “We were definitely affected by the economic crisis, but wanted to give ProFros the same opportunities,” Ermyas said, emphasizing the importance of the quality of events over minor extra goodies like class Tshirts. Creative money savers include 2013 temporary tattoos instead of class tees, as well as smaller dorm recreation budgets. Roble Head House Host Lily Sadaat ‘12, reflecting on her own Admit Weekend experience, remembered the overwhelming nature of it all and emphasized the importance of incorporating free time for ProFros to relax. “I want to help eliminate the awkwardness that is inevitable by creating a fun atmosphere and allow them to get to know Stanford in a carefree sense,” she said. ProFro (prospective freshman) Francisco Delataz, said his initial feelings of nervousness are already beginning to fade as he hears about the experiences of those he’s met already. “I’m definitely excited for what’s coming up,” Delataz said. “I’m split between two other schools, but coming here has definitely helped me sway my decision towards Stanford.” Ermyas, who is a strong believer in attending the college that best suits the student, emphasized that prospective students go with their gut feeling when making their final college decision. “[I want to] help them figure out what they can do here and what they would enjoy [about Stanford],” he said. “If they don’t want to come here, we want to make them agonize over [the decision] because of how amazing the weekend was.” Hoping that admits will make the right choice, Ermyas had some advice: “Trust your vibe and the vibe you get from people.” Contact Zoe Richards at iamzoe@

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Admits for the Class of 2013 stack their bags in the Arrillaga Alumni Center and anxiously wait around to be sheparded to their dorms. Stanford is expecting 1,300 prospective freshmen to visit over the course of the weekend.


“The debt offering is out of the ordinary because of its size.”
— RANDY LIVINGSTON, Chief Financial Officer
“This debt offering is out of the ordinary because of its size,” Livingston said. “In the past, we borrowed money for facilities and equipment. This is unusual because we’re borrowing for liquidity purposes.” Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley were joint underwriters in this bond issuance. According to a Goldman document, the debt is expected to be rated triple-A, and tranche sizes will each be at least $250 million. All three of the nation’s major credit-rating agencies — Moody’s Investors, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s — do currently give Stanford debt a triple-A credit rating, which is the highest possible rating. “Every time we do a major debt issuance, the three credit-rating agencies re-evaluate our credit,” Livingston said. “We think the rate we received was quite good.” The University currently plans to reduce endowment funding for University operations by 25 percent over the next two years and reduce expenditures. Contact Joanna Xu at joannaxu

Univ.hopes for appropriate yield

After decisions were mailed to students on March 31, the stress of admissions season shifted instantly from high-school students to University administrators. While the calculus of how many students will eventually accept Stanford’s offer of admission is always complex, the recession and new Housing plan have conspired to make spring more difficult than usual for the Office of Admission and Student Housing. Because of this year’s added uncertainty, administrators are being exceptionally careful. “We admitted fewer students this year because, as an institution that guarantees housing, it is important that we do not over-enroll the freshman class,” said Director of Admission Shawn Abbott. This year’s class of 2,300 admits (a 7.6 percent admit rate) is 100 students smaller than last year’s class of 2,400 admits (a 9.48 percent admit rate). “While it is impossible to predict precisely how many students will matriculate, admitting 100 fewer students this year was a strategy to potentially avoid over-enrolling the

freshman class,” Abbott said. The targeted number of undergraduate matriculates for Fall 2009 is 1,700, according to Abbott. The new Housing Master Plan for next year includes significant changes, such as the addition of Crothers Hall to undergraduate housing and the reconfiguration of rooms in Mirrielees, Lagunita, Roble, Branner and Toyon. Abbott said these dorms are going through an “un-stuffing” process, which will allow for more personal and common space for students, with the goal of creating a more spacious and convenient housing situation. Because Stanford guarantees student housing, dorms in the past were often “stuffed,” or changed from their original construction plans to fit more students. Student Housing said that despite the significant changes that come with the Housing Master Plan, the link between the Office of Admission and Housing was no different this year from previous years. “Housing has always had a very close working relationship with [the Office of Admission], and there have not been any significant

changes to that relationship or to the admissions goals this year,” said Marie Oamek, Student Housing’s strategic information and standards manager. “Our two departments always work closely together this time of year to plan for the arrival of each new freshman class in fall quarter, and to meet our four-year housing guarantee,” Oamek added. “If the yield numbers change significantly from the estimates we’ve planned for, we work together to find room for additional freshmen, or to fill spaces which had been planned for freshmen with upperclass students. The goals for this year, however, are not significantly different from last year, and have not been influenced by the Housing Master Plan.” The Master Plan, which includes creating more concentrated all-frosh complexes, such as Stern and Wilbur (with the exception of ethnicthemed houses Okada and Casa Zapata, which will remain fourclass), was in part created to provide a better all-frosh experience, according to administrators. Contact Christine McFadden at


Moonbean’s Coffee strives to renew lease,continue campus operations

The lease for MoonBean’s Coffee is set to run out by the end of the year, leaving the fate of the coffee shop, which has been tucked between Green and Meyer Libraries for 11 years, largely uncertain. Stanford Libraries has solicited bids for the valuable space, and will announce a decision May 1. If MoonBean’s bid is unsuccessful, it will be gone by September. While acknowledging the need for renegotiating the lease, founder and owner Jennie Reynolds is skeptical of the process. “The Libraries are hoping to increase the rent by about 50 percent in the competition,” she said. Not wanting to raise prices, Reynolds said she could not afford the increase in rent and was worried whether her store would continue to serve Stanford students in the fall.

“If we do have to quit, we’ll not have enough time,” she said. “We’re going to be stuck with too much inventory ,and our employees won’t have much time to find jobs.” However, Libraries Director of Communication and Development Andrew Herkovic maintained that the selection process was standard procedure. “It was a perfectly normal process for the lease to run out,” Herkovic said. “I have absolutely no idea if [the MoonBean’s] bid will be successful — it’s a competitive process. I do know that there were at least several other bidders.” Herkovic did not report the identities of the other vendors seeking the location. Reynolds hopes her business will continue on the basis of favorable reviews from her patrons. “[The selection committee] did comment that we have a lot of support from the student community,” she said. “As far as I understood,

the libraries were putting together a selection committee that included students.” Herkovic, though, said the committee would be composed of “people in administration” and wasn’t aware of any students being included. “It is not a personal decision as to who gets the award but an institutional one,” he said. This is not the first time rumors of MoonBean’s closure have circulated the campus. Several patrons found out about the lease expiration date, originally set for December 2008, last spring. Emails warning of the end of the cafe filled chat lists and provoked an outpouring of support from students and faculty. These efforts fizzled, however, after the Libraries pushed back the lease until June 30 of this year.This time around, students remain mostly unaware of MoonBean’s situation. “Now, I think it’s less in the consciousness of the student body,” said barista Jessica

Cornwell ‘09. Jireh Tan ‘10, who said he comes to the cafe once every week or two, had no idea about the expiring lease and would be “quite sad” to see the coffee shop go. “I don’t think as many people know as I would personally like,” said store manager James Rundell, who has worked at MoonBean’s for two and a half years. “But at the same time, I don’t want to upset the library.” Rundell and Reynolds stressed that they were not upset with the University or the Libraries. “[The administration] aren’t bullies in any sort of sense,” Rundell said.“We don’t want to make a scene, and we desperately love our job there.” “I don’t want to make them out to be the villain — they need to be concerned about their income too,” Reynolds added. Many students have said they will miss

Moonbean’s if its lease isn’t renewed. “I think [Moonbean’s] has the best coffee on campus,” said Yaser Khalighi, a sixth-year mechanical engineering graduate student. “It has a kind of relaxed atmosphere outside that makes it special.” Jennifer Wang ‘10 said she would be “extremely sad” if the cafe closed and that she disliked the remaining campus coffee alternatives. “That crap that they have in Old Union is a travesty,” she said. Based on the popularity of the spot, Cornwell hoped MoonBean’s would remain in front of Green. “Moonbean’s is a huge hub for students and faculty,” she said. “There’s something to say for the space — it’s definitely my sanctuary on campus.” Contact Marisa Landicho at

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absolutely confident of and certain of in my own mind, is that we did what we thought was necessary, but also what we believed was legal,” Rice said in a March 4 interview with The Daily. Relevant memos from the OLC were also released by the Obama administration. The OLC was at the center of the Bush administration’s interrogation policies, providing the legal advice used to determine whether certain techniques and practices were acceptable. The memos approved of the use of a number of techniques, including waterboarding, and provided detailed description. In the wake of the release, The New York Times reported, “Some senior Obama administration officials, including Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., have labeled one of the 14 approved techniques, waterboarding, illegal torture. The United States prosecuted some Japanese interrogators at war crimes trials after World War II for waterboarding and other methods detailed in the memos.” “Obviously anything that we authorized was in the context of our treaty obligations and within the law,” Rice said in the March 4 Daily interview. Much of the interrogation policy in which Rice was involved has since been overturned. On Jan. 22, on the second day of his administration, President Obama issued an executive order which banned the most controversial techniques, stipulating that detainees “be treated humanely, not be subjected to violence to life and person (including murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture), nor to outrages upon personal dignity (including humiliating and degrading treatment).” Rice was formerly the Provost of Stanford, and is currently a member on leave from the political science department. Contact Eric Messinger at messinger

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specific information concerning future Al-Qa’ida attacks against the United States.” Attempts to obtain this information set in motion a process that led to Rice, when “in April 2002, attorneys from the CIA’s Office of General Counsel began discussions with the Legal Adviser to the National Security Council and OLC concerning the CIA’s proposed interrogation plan for Abu Zubaydah and legal restrictions on that interrogation.” The Legal Adviser subsequently briefed a number of officials, including Rice in her capacity as National Security Adviser. Rice has, in the past, asserted that she only approved interrogation practices that were within the law. “The one thing that I am


Director chides NIH policy

Irving Weissman MD ‘85, director of Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, has publicly come out against indications that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may deny funds to many projects involving somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). This denial of funds is found in a stipulation in the draft guidelines by the NIH for federal funding. SCNT is the process by which the nucleus from a blastocyst, or early embryo cell, is taken out and transferred to another non-embryonic cell for replication. This process can lead to stem cell lines in various different organ systems. The NIH specifically stipulated that no stem cell project can go forward if it uses SCNT on embryos not derived from in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. Weissman was frustrated that the NIH put limits on research for what he believed to be moral and ideological reasons. “I hold you [the NIH] morally responsible for the loss of lives because you delayed the research that could have led to the saving of those lives in that short window of time they had left,” Weissman said. The funding the NIH will be distributing became available when President Barack Obama lifted the ban imposed by President George Bush on all stem cell research in the United States. As a visiting advisor to the

Obama transition team, Weissman urged Obama to lift the ban and base his policy on stem cells with a policy based solely on scientific knowledge. “I reported that to the Obama transition team, June 2nd...If you decide to lift the ban...don’t replace one ideology with another, you should only go on the basis of what is scientifically possible...And Obama in his speech, and I was there, said just that. He said we’re going to remove politics and ideology from scientific policy decision making,” Weissman recalled. Weissman believed the NIH took this message and added its own stipulation on top of it. “I was very surprised that when the NIH interpreted his speech to write guidelines, they said they would only fund research on embryonic stem cells derived from IVF clinic embryos, or blastocysts,” Weissman said. Weissman stressed in an interview with The Daily that SCNT is an important source of research on stem cells of those who suffer from disease. The NIH is not banning SCNT research on embryos from in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics with leftover embryos, but as Weissman said, those are not the embryos that will lead to breakthroughs in curing disease. “[IVF stem cells are] all derived from people who can afford to go to IVF clinics who are infertile,” Weissman explained. “Now, those people aren’t giving rise to embryos that are for sure going to get Lou

Garrig’s disease, or juvenile diabetes or early onset heart attacks or any of the other genetic disorders, so we’re not going to get disease cells from that source. And we’re not going to get embryonic stem cell lines from southwestern Native Americans, because they can’t afford to go to an IVF clinic, yet they have the highest incidence of type two adult onset diabetes of anybody.” Weissman also explained, however, that SCNT is not the only possible way of obtaining stem cell lines from an embryo. In addition, scientists have been working on methods to create new lines of stem cells by replacing key genes in normal adult cells to give them stem cell abilities like self renewal and creation of system-specific progenitors. “We don’t know which of those [two ways] will give us the best answers to understand and treat disease,” Weissman said. Still, Weissman is against stifling the research possibilities that lie with SCNT simply because other options are possibly available, as the future of regenerative medicine is unknown. “When and if we get stem cell lines from diseases, by the Yamanka method of genes or nuclear transfer if it becomes safe and feasible — then we should allow everybody to be funded by NIH funds to follow those lines,” he said. Contact Julia Brownell at juliabr@

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The choice is yours and it’s easy, ProFros
his is a message from The Daily editorial board to all you ProFros still on the fence about where you’ll be spending the next four — give or take — years of your life. You’ve hopefully been enjoying the California sun for the last day or so while meeting students, professors and, most importantly, other ProFros, some of whom could very well become your best friends. You’ve heard inspiring speeches from leaders on campus, listened to a cappella, watched dance groups perform and heard from many of the 700 student groups on campus about all the amazing things you can do at Stanford. Equal parts corny and exciting, Admit Weekend is a great time to get a taste of what the University wants you to think Stanford is like. Admittedly, the weather, the constant buzz of excitement and activity and the warm glow of smiles from every corner of campus can’t help but look staged.Well, we at the editorial board are here to let you in on the secrets about what Stanford is really like. It’s really this awesome. With good reason, Stanford is consistently rated among the happiest campuses in the nation, and could probably give Disneyland a run for its money. Check out for a small fraction of the sheer number of events going on. Just about everyone on campus is passionately involved in at least one student group, whether it’s a public service, political, Greek, athletic or performing arts group. The amount of research opportunities available are absolutely astounding, but are expected given the top-notch schools of medicine, education, law, business and engineering right here on campus. Stanford students also give back to the community, and they do so in a variety of ways: several organizations work to make East Palo Alto a better place; Stanford Dance Marathon has raised over $100,000 each of the past several years to help fight AIDS in Africa; and Stanford organized the largest No on Prop. 8 phone bank in the country last November. If you want to make a difference in the world, this is the place to start. To be fair, we should acknowledge the infamous “Stanford Duck Syndrome,” which uses the metaphor of a duck to depict Stanford students as outwardly tranquil, floating on a lake, but furiously paddling under the surface to stay afloat. There is some truth to this stereotype, but to be honest, a lot of people thrive in this kind of atmosphere. The ability to work hard and excel in a variety of activities, and then relax and have a good time when appropriate, really enables Stanford students to accomplish a tremendous amount while still enjoying themselves. On top of this, Stanford has taken on addressing campus mental health issues, and it offers free professional counseling to any student. Stanford also has a variety of peer counseling centers, including the oldest student-run 24-hour counseling center in the country. There is a new room in Old Union actually called “The Wellness Room” filled with board games, art supplies and tea to help students unwind on afternoons and evenings throughout the week. So come to Stanford — it’s really not a hard decision. Whether you want to come for the top-notch academic and research opportunities available, first class athletic department, the tremendous ways in which you can actually make a difference in this world, or just to be happy for the next fourish years of your life, just say yes. Welcome to Stanford.

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A problem of admission W
ith Admit Weekend upon us, the campus should by now be awash in ProFros, red folders and lots of SAT score comparisons. Welcome, “lowest admission percentage of all time” class of 2013! While helicopter parents plan their children’s four-year-plan unit-by-unit, ProFros lucky enough to escape parents and pressure can have all sorts of fun attending panels and comparing AP scores. Oh joy! Who cares that it doesn’t matter anymore because everyone’s already in? It’s never too late to see how you measure up. But among the discussions held by ProFros year after year, one you can expect to hear a lot this weekend is the Stanford duck analogy — something perpetuated by its mention in those Princeton Review college ranking books. Sometimes also referred to as a “syndrome,” the Stanford duck idea is that while yes, this is California, and everyone is happily prancing in the sun (never mind the four straight months of wind, clouds and intermittent rain), the happy carefree-ness visible to the outside world is actually only half of the equation. Our duck faces and bodies are calm above the water, you see, but below it we are churning our webbed feet madly to keep up the overachieving in classes, activities and jobs. Why do feet count as half of a duck? Don’t ask me, I study political science. Mangling metaphors is a specialty of ours. Going back to our Stanford duck, the real question is whether the duality of calm and happy versus frenetically busy is a bad thing. It’s really cool that the guy playing Frisbee with his shirt off is also majoring in architectural chemistry with a minor in Nordic languages. Did he mention he also sings a cappella? It can get nauseating for those of us less accomplished, less talented or simply lazier, especially when some of the over-per-

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formance seems like a disingenuous attempt to get into law school. But when someone like this is genuine — and truly I believe this is more than half the time — isn’t it awesome? Aren’t these the kind of people you come to Stanford to meet? For me, my four years at Stanford have been an exercise in learning to squash insecurity while making incredible, incredible friends. For a while, it’s kind of debilitating to realize you’ll never come close to grasping particle physics like the kid down the hall. Or that you aren’t going to write plays in your spare time when not building electric cars with household appliances. But what I’ve learned is that you don’t have to measure yourself up against everyone, in every category, to be successful. Or to be happy. This, perhaps more than anything else, is something to keep in mind for Admit Weekend, even for those of us several years in or about to graduate. Comparisons don’t have to be hierarchical. Admits, don’t measure yourself against the next kid and wonder if you’re “better.” I’m no career counselor, or even a Daily advice columnist. But the point of college for me has been trying to find the things I actually like and then striving to get good at them — rather than trying to dominate everything for the sake of dominance. Returning to the duck analogy, if it’s possible to learn to accept the crazy abilities of your peers, is there a downside to this environment where it sometimes feels like everyone has dozens of hidden talents you can’t compete with? Absolutely. The same dynamic where people downplay their incredible abilities, responsibilities and efforts makes it hard for people to ask for help. The same facade of happy carefree life at Stanford is worrisome when it can be a mask preventing people from expressing

Michael Wilkerson
stress, sadness or any difficulty at all. Everyone else seems like they’re doing OK; why can’t you just deal with it? Whatever “it” is. The current budgetary inability of Stanford to increase funding for helping students deal with stress and mental health is most worrying because of the degree to which problems are often hidden. If our facilities are already overwhelmed by people willing to ask for help, what would happen if better outreach actually worked on those still in denial? Perversely, amid all this unpleasantness, there is definitely another Stanford tradition of bonding over difficulty. Comparing how little sleep you got, or how many pages you have to write, is a common mid-week activity. And one that would seem to counteract the idea that everyone minimizes the work they’re actually doing. The challenge for administrators, and especially for future Stanford students, is how to make this bravado acceptable beyond just describing classroom activities. When it becomes OK not only to mention the empirical amount of work you’re doing but also when and if you can’t handle it, our culture of pressure will have taken a step forward. Given how hard the students in the class of 2013 had to work to be in the seven percent admitted, I’m not sure whether they’ll be able to break the cycle. But I am optimistic. Michael loves Admit Weekend, Stanford and the Political Science department. If this column scared you, he apologizes and would be happy to tell you about the incredible upsides Stanford provides its students. Email him at


Letter to the Class of 2013


Dear Prospective Stanford Student (I refuse to use the egregious term “ProFro”),

Stuart Baimel

We appreciate The Daily editorial board’s clear commitment to a fair Housing Draw system. However, last Friday’s editorial (“Changes to the Housing Draw alienate student body”) mischaracterized the Draw Task Force and its relationship with the student body. We, the four undergraduates on the committee, were selected by NomCom, part of the ASSU.Together, we worked very hard to voice the concerns of a variety of students and we were encouraged to seek input from others. Nonetheless, understanding that four undergraduates cannot possibly address the concerns of the entire student body, the task force sought the input of students directly. In January, we consulted with the ASSU Senate,a body elected by undergraduates in part to serve as an advocate for students with the administration. The Senate served this role well, and the task force took their comments seriously.We held a meeting for RAs to hear their concerns, as well as one for RFs. Contrary to recent coverage in The Daily, the task force also met with co-op residents, and we spent a great deal of time discussing coops and how best to support them. Lastly, in an effort to garner input from a wider base of students, we held a town hall meeting. Information about the meeting was emailed to each and every undergraduate in housing, and the flyers were hard to avoid. It is nonsensical for the editorial board to claim that “there was really no room for larger student body input, other than a poorly attended . . . town hall meeting.” The task force was very eager to get input from the general student body, and Housing cannot be faulted for poor student attendance. In addition, though the editorial board claims

that the process of Draw reform “marks a departure from” a model of “leadership opportunities given to students,” the four students on the task force certainly had leadership roles, and it was clear from the beginning that, as far as Housing was concerned, we were the most important members of the committee. The Draw Task Force had no larger agenda than improving student life at Stanford. We recognized that students are really the best people to guide us along this path. The suggestions of the groups we met with directly influenced our final recommendations. Students had numerous avenues available to them to give the task force feedback, and many took us up on that offer. Those who didn’t, such as (apparently) The Daily Editorial Board — note that the editorial after the ASSU meeting addressed The Daily’s feud with the ASSU instead of the proposed Housing changes — certainly have every right to complain about the changes to the Draw. We ask that students get the facts about the changes and thought processes behind them before demonstrating an adverse, though understandable, gut reaction to the change. Along those same lines, we ask that students take ownership of the so-called lack of “room for larger student body input, other than a poorly attended . . . town hall meeting” and realize that they are incorrect to complain on the basis that they didn’t have a chance to voice their concerns.
MADELINE PAYMER ’10 EDDIE MARKS ’09 STEPHANIE EPPS ’10 EKINADESE OSAYANDE ’11 Undergraduate committee members, Draw Review Task Force


long, long time ago, I was like you, a fresh-faced high school overachiever, excitedly clutching my snazzy Stanford acceptance package. I was thrilled to go to Admit Weekend and meet my potential classmates. I had no idea that at the end of it all, I would be sobbing, unable to bring myself to sign the next four years away to Stanford. Overwhelmed by terrifyingly enthusiastic “HoHos” and “RoHos” and the saccharine programming, I was appalled by the supreme lack of academic seriousness that Admit Weekend seemed to project. I wanted to go to a school where I didn’t have to be enthusiastic and happy every single waking moment. I made the right choice and came to Stanford anyway, despite my Admit Weekend experience. I’m glad to be here. What I have found over my four years at this fine institution is that Admit Weekend is vey different from the real Stanford. That is a good thing. It was, in fact, my worst three days at an institution I have enjoyed thoroughly. Between ridiculous events like the absurdly awkward HoHoPalooza — singlehandedly the worst event at Admit Weekend, the a cappella show, the scavenger hunt and the million other events in your complicated schedules, Admit Weekend is overwhelming and exhausting. Not every student studies a cool-sounding “inter-disciplinary” major like Human Biology or Symbolic Systems. Most of us study plain old subjects like Political Science or Chemistry. Most Stanford students do drink and go to parties, although we are not allowed to have such parties this weekend. (For some reason, most other admitted students’ weekends at other schools actively ply

Do literally everything that Dean Julie tells you to do. Don’t ask why, just do it.
the alcohol, and we pretend like it does not exist.) We know we attend a prestigious research institution, not a summer camp for high school graduates. Stanford students take their classes and research seriously. Stanford students do not, contrary to what you might expect based on Admit Weekend, spend all of their time singing dorm cheers, playing Frisbee and dancing with the band. We spend a great deal, if not most, of our time studying and partying, just like students at the other schools you may be considering.

Stanford students are just as intellectually engaged as the top East Coast institutions, even though we may appear not to be. Many students have a miserable time at Admit Weekend, and unfortunately, it turns them off so much that some of them choose to go elsewhere. If you are uncomfortable or outright hate Admit Weekend, you are not alone. The challenge is to separate Stanford from Admit Weekend. I urge you to go outside your hyper-programmed schedule. Do not go to the many events that have been planned for you. Talk to students who are not RoHos and HoHos. Visit the Row. Sit in on a seminar, not a lecture. Don’t go to the classes in your packet — pick the ones that really interest you. Meet as many other prospective freshmen as possible. And meet as many Stanford students as possible, especially the ones not wearing the Admit Weekend t-shirts. Make your college decision based on the school, rather than the programmed weekend. The problem with college admissions is that high school seniors have little information on which to base their decision, and they often pick one university over another on very small, random factors. This is a shame, but it is hard to improve the process. Instead, we should make the best of it. I love Stanford, and I am confident that this is the most diverse and open environment in the top echelons of the U.S. News rankings. There is a greater range of opportunities and experiences here than at anywhere else, and that is mostly why I chose Stanford. Oh, and the HoHoPalooza. I loved that. Yes. I wish Stanford had more of that. Stuart Baimel is currently hiding in the only place free from overactive high school seniors — the bowels of Green Library.You can email him for advice at

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WOMEN’S GOLF: Stanford to host Pacific-10 Conference Championships ON MY MIND: Danny Belch takes umbrage with the NBA playoff format

Volleyball will need a rare win against the Trojans to advance in MPSF Tourney

4/18 at USC L 11-6

4/24 Honolulu, Hawai’i GAME NOTES: The Stanford women’s water polo
team will need to have a short memory, hoping to forget a regular-season ending loss to USC, just its second defeat of the year, as it advances to the MPSF Tournament in Honolulu. The Cardinal has been led offensively this year by freshman Melissa Seidemann with 55 goals, followed by junior Kelly Eaton with 36 and senior Lauren Silver with 31.

Only two years removed from a dismal 3-25 season, the Stanford men’s volleyball team has, through persistence and sheer force of determination, resurged once again as a volleyball powerhouse and a potential title contender.

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GAME NOTES: Stanford is hosting a firstround playoff game for the first time since 2003. USC has a 54-25 all-time record against Stanford, and a 2-1 postseason record. Stanford has yet to win a single game against the Trojans this season, but with the home-court advantage this weekend, they hope to change that.

The Cardinal will host the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament for the first time since 2003. The Stanford men will face USC as their first opponent in a bid for the tournament title, and a shot at the NCAA Tournament. Last Saturday, No. 4 Stanford (2110, 14-8 MPSF) found itself in a precarious position, despite sweeping its final opponent of the year, UCLA. It was only after news of a massive upset ogf No. 5 USC by then-No. 14 Hawaii that the Cardinal was assured of its No. 4 regular-season ranking and home-court advantage. “[We were] just planning on going to USC this week,” said Stanford head coach John Kosty. At first glance, Stanford appears to be the firm favorite in the upcoming match against USC. Not only does the Cardinal outrank its counterparts in the MPSF, but a recent American Volleyball Coaches Association poll put the Trojans at No. 7 in the nation, a full three spots behind Stanford. Additionally, the Cardinal finished the season with a 21-10 record, four games ahead of USC’s 17-10 regular-season finish. A closer look at the statistics, how-

ever, indicates that Stanford may be looking at a rough first-round encounter this Saturday. Currently, the Trojans hold a 5425 lead in their series with Stanford and historically are 2-1 against the Cardinal in playoff encounters. Despite having met USC twice this season, Stanford has yet to win a single game against the Trojans — the closest the Cardinal came was in early February when Stanford made a 29-31 stand against the Trojans in what would be the Cardinal’s first home loss of the season. USC also currently leads Stanford in nearly every major statistical category, including total assists, blocks, kills, service aces and inteam hitting percentage. The Trojans have also outperformed the Cardinal on an individual basis, most notably in the field of assists, where USC sophomore setter Riley McKibbin ranks first in the MPSF for total assists and third for assists per game. Trojan sophomore outside hitter Murphy Troy, who knocked in 21 kills in Stanford’s first encounter with USC, ranks fourth in the league in service aces and fifth in total points. If they are to offer an adequate response to USC, the Stanford men will need to rally behind their own unique strengths. Junior outside hitter Evan Romero, currently the leading Cardinal hitter in kills, has hit over .300 in 10 of the past 12 games. Freshman libero Erik Shoji leads the nation in total digs, and together with middle blockers Brandon Williams and Garrett Werner, mans an impressive Stanford defense. Add in the reliable support of junior setter Kawika Shoji and a stellar cast of freshmen, both on and off the bench, and it becomes clear that the Cardinal will be a force to reckon with come Saturday. Elsewhere in the MPSF, No. 8 UCLA will be facing No. 1 UCIrvine, No. 6 BYU will play No. 3 Cal State Northridge, and No. 7 Long Beach will visit No. 2 Pepperdine. Saturday’s first-round match will be held at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the first 250 students with an SUID will receive free admission to the game. Otherwise, an adult fare of $10 and a student/children/elderly fee of five dollars will be charged. Contact Jeff Lu at


For the former-No. 1 Stanford women’s water polo team, it’s important to remember that the season isn’t over. Forgetting that, however, may be the hardest thing to do. Entering its April 18 match against No. 2 USC, the Cardinal boasted a 22-1 record, a perfect 6-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play, a 19-game winning streak and the title of best team in the nation. All that changed, however, after Stanford fell to the Trojans 11-6 at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium in Los Angeles. The match began the same way as the Cardinal’s previous two games, with Stanford failing to score in the first period and trailing as it entered the second. After the opening eight minutes,USC held a 3-0 lead aided by two 6-on-5 goals. Stanford had its opportunities to

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Junior Jessica Steffens and the Cardinal women will look to make a splash at the MPSF Championships in Hawai’i this weekend, after falling 11-6 at USC to close out what was an otherwise almost-perfect regular season.
get on the board first, but could not execute. “We played well on offense in the first quarter, but had nothing to show for it,” said Stanford head coach John Tanner. “We earned a penalty shot and two power plays because we attacked efficiently, but we shot poorly.” In the previous two games, against UCLA and Cal, Stanford (22-2, 6-2 MPSF) survived its slow start with a strong second period to take control of the game. While the Cardinal outscored the Trojans 3-2 in the period, it could never garner any sense of momentum. After each team traded goals to start off the period, junior Jessica Steffens and freshman Melissa Seidemann scored on consecutive possessions to pull Stanford back into the match. Yet with the final seconds of the half waning off the clock, USC scored once more to open the lead to 5-3 and kill the Cardinal rally. “We have made individual mistakes that led to easy goals,” Tanner said.“We also failed to make plays at times that could have turned the game our way.” The third period belonged to the Trojans. USC scored three times on a Stanford defense that seemed unorganized and lost, while the Cardinal offense couldn’t penetrate the Trojan defense. Down 8-3 entering the fourth period, Stanford’s dreams of keeping an unblemished conference record and No. 1 ranking were growing dim. The Cardinal’s three goals in the final eight minutes were not enough, as the Trojans tacked on three more of their own to close out the game 11-6.

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would be taken, and analyst Scott Wright — whose Web page, NFL Draft Countdown, is considered the world’s most popular draft site — projected a similar number of Cardinal draftees. The Stanford group is diverse: all players perform at a different position, and their individual attributes vary. Fletcher, for example, is highly regarded for his intangibles, while Osaisai and Egboh both have the athletic ability that NFL teams crave. But all have worked throughout their collegiate careers to reach this weekend, when they will cease to be amateurs and instead be catapulted into the rich, professional world of the NFL. “It’s a lifelong dream,” Kimble said. “How many people can get paid to do what they love?” In the lead-up to the weekend, the players themselves helped shed light on their pre-draft activities, and Wright, in an interview with The Daily, offered his take on Stanford’s prospects.


Sand volleyball becomes an NCAA sport; Stanford unlikely to field team
The NCAA has approved sand volleyball, better known as beach volleyball, as a varsity sport, the organization announced earlier this week. It will be an exclusively women’s game at the collegiate level, and teams can begin play as early as the 2010-2011 season. Sand volleyball is already played at the Olympics and in a nationally televised professional league, the AVP. Stanford seems like a logical place for a team to emerge.The AVP hosts many events in sunny, beachlined California, and the University already has frequented sand courts. Plus, Kerri Walsh ‘00, a former member of the Cardinal’s indoor volleyball team, is widely regarded as one of the best beach volleyball players of all time, with two Olympic gold medals (2004 and 2008) to her name. But Jim Young, the Senior Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, shot down speculation that Stanford could field a sand volleyball team, although he didn’t close the door entirely on the idea. “At this time, it is very unlikely we will add any programs in the foreseeable future,” he wrote in an email to The Daily.“But, we will certainly discuss the matter.” Sand volleyball will need at least 40 schools to field teams before it can have an NCAA Championship, and thus reach full-fledged varsity status. In the meantime, it will be considered an “emerging sport for women.”

Ziegler added to Palmer Cup team
Sophomore Steve Ziegler of the men’s golf team will play for the United States in this year’s Palmer Cup, to be held this June in Colorado, Ziegler’s home state. The Palmer Cup is similar to the professional Ryder Cup, albeit on the collegiate level. Two teams of eight are assembled — one from the United States and one from Europe, with all but one of the 16 players coming from American universities — and then pitted against each other in competition. Ziegler is Stanford’s lone representative on either Palmer Cup team. Ziegler, ranked No. 9 in the country, has been the Cardinal’s most prolific performer all season. He won the USC/Ashworth Collegiate Invitational in February, and he most recently finished in a tie for fourth at the U.S. Intercollegiate. The United States currently has the all-time series advantage. The Americans lead 6-5-1, but the Europeans won last year in Scotland. — By Wyndam Makowsky

Fletcher was the cornerstone of the Cardinal’s offensive line in 2008 and, for that matter, throughout his collegiate career. As a U.S. Army All-American coming out of high school, Fletcher played both guard and center at Stanford. He started 20 games on the right side, but every single contest last season was at center, where he is being looked at for the pros. Fletcher’s enviable versatility is a big selling point for NFL squads who want their interior linemen to be able to shift around. “It’s definitely a leg up, because they are projecting centers at other positions,” Fletcher said. Perhaps as a direct result, Fletcher said that every team that he spoke to has given him a draftable grade, with some putting him as high as the fourth round, and some placing him in the seventh and final round. “It’s a lot like buying a house,” he said. “I’m going to be more appealing in the fifth and sixth rounds.” Fletcher was able to speak with nearly every single team at the NFL Combine in February, where he had a top score in the short shuttle and bench press. It was just part of a successful offseason for the New Yorknative, which started the Monday after the Cardinal’s season-ending loss to Cal. He did strength and conditioning work in New Jersey, and then played in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game, where he was able to beat out other top prospects for the starting center job on the Nation team. While he was physically impressive in the lead-up to the draft,

Wright emphasized that it would be the unseen side of Fletcher’s game — his intelligence and leadership ability — that would make him attractive come draft day. “Physically, he’s not going to blow you away,” he said. “Fletcher has passable physical tools — but intangible tools are huge at the center position, and Fletcher has the type of intangible tools that you want at center.” Wright also emphasized that teams know what they’re going to get with Fletcher. While he may not have the measureables that shoot players up draft boards, his collegiate production and knowledge of the game makes his “floor” — in other words, the low end of the spectrum of his potential — relatively high. But Wright also pointed out that the 2009 center prospects were particularly good, which could hurt Fletcher’s standing. “This is definitely one of the stronger center classes we’ve ever seen,” he said. Fletcher, for his part, felt that there were too many variables to accurately predict his placement in the draft. “Going into this weekend, it’s going to be different,” he said. “Some teams think it’s a below-average center class.” “There’s a lot of hype going around, especially around USC guys,” he continued. “But where is Mike Williams? Darnell Bing? Dwayne Jarrett? Meanwhile, Trent Edwards is starting in Buffalo. I’m pretty optimistic.”

ter prepared for the NFL than some of the players ranked ahead of him. “But, I can’t really say anything without working out,” he added. Aside from his play at defensive back, Osaisai’s stock has remained around the fifth to seventh round because of his prowess as a specialteamer — he was named to three straight All-Pac-10 teams for his work on specials. For a late-round draftee fighting for a roster spot, the ability to play on more than one side of the ball is crucial. “His special teams play will earn him a roster spot,” Wright said. “Teams are comfortable knowing that if they draft me, I can contribute immediately instead of just being a developmental corner,” Osaisai said. Indeed, although Osaisai recognizes that he will likely begin his career as a reserve, his ultimate goal is still to be a starting cornerback in the NFL. Wright recognized this possibility, but felt that he had to stop being “a track guy playing football” and instead become more of a playmaker. That said, Wright was intrigued by his potential. “He’s a boom-or-bust type,” Wright said. “But, he has the physical tools that you take a chance on. If there’s anyone from [the Stanford] group that goes higher than they’re projected, it will be Osaisai, based on his potential.”

talked to me,” he said.“They like my film. Some see me in the sixth to seventh round.” “No matter what, you’re going to have to prove yourself,” Kimble said.

A lightly recruited player out of high school, Egboh went on to lead the Cardinal defensive line in tackles for two straight years, with his most prolific season coming in 2007, when he tallied six sacks. But Egboh’s play regressed in 2008, as he recorded only 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks while starting 10 games.As a result, Egboh, who once had an early-round grade, has seen his stock drop into the midto-late rounds. Still, Egboh’s combination of size and physical tools are enough to open some eyes. At six-foot-six, 275 pounds, Egboh is bigger than most defensive ends, while still retaining similar athleticism. Wright saw him as perhaps the most intriguing player from the Stanford group. “There are lots of good defensive ends who are 240, 250 pounds,” Wright said. “It’s a rare commodity to have an end who is 275, 280 pounds.” Although Stanford ran a 4-3 defensive scheme, Wright projects Egboh to a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense in the NFL. “The 3-4 is on the rise,” he said. “One of the guys whose stock is rising rapidly is [LSU’s] Tyson Jackson, for that reason.” Defensive ends in the 3-4 alignment are often characterized by their run stopping ability, but don’t rush the passer as much as their 4-3 counterparts. “He has to be a left defensive end in a 3-4,” Wright said. “He’s not a great pass rusher, but he goes a good job against the run.” Egboh could not be reached immediately for comment. The Stanford draft class can be summarized as a group of successful collegians who won’t be franchise cornerstones from their first day in the league, but are the type of athletes that you need to build a successful team — talented,smart and capable players. Even seniors who aren’t as highly regarded as the four above, like linebacker Pat Maynor, may get a chance to latch on with a team in training camp. “These are guys that will likely start their careers as backups; these are guys that could contribute on special teams immediately,” Wright said.“But, with some, the potential is there for more.” A common theme emerged for the Stanford prospects — no regrets about their collegiate careers, and a yearning to do more at the next level. “It doesn’t matter where I do it,” Kimble said. “Let’s just go play.” Contact Wyndam Makowsky at

For two years, Kimble led the Cardinal in rushing as a starter, but he blossomed as a reserve in 2008, putting together the highest yards and per-carry average of his Stanford career, working behind junior Toby Gerhart. As an experienced runner, good blocker and deft pass catcher, Kimble’s all-around game helped the Cardinal ground attack place second in the conference in yards per game. It is that same proficiency that makes Kimble an intriguing lateround prospect. “It’s a jack-of-all-trades scenario with Kimble,”Wright said.“He’s not really the type of guy you project to be a starting running back, but he’ll fight for a roster spot and is a longterm backup possibility.” “I’m a complete back — I bring that to the table,” the Louisiana-native said. In addition to his various skills out of the backfield, Kimble also saw work on special teams — and, specifically, as a return man — throughout his career. “Any little thing helps,” Kimble said. “I’d love to get drafted.” While Kimble admitted that he might not be chosen, he was optimistic about, at the least, becoming a priority undrafted free agent after Sunday, when he would be able to sign with any team. “15 teams’ position coaches have

When the 2008 Pac-10 100-meter track champion enters the NFL draft, teams are going to be intrigued. When he also starts at cornerback and emerges as one of the football team’s most reliable tacklers, that interest only grows. But for Osaisai, the offseason provided little opportunity for him to show off his gifts. He had to undergo intense rehab after sustaining a knee injury in the Cal game, and just when he was almost healthy again, he suffered a calf injury during workouts. As a result, despite being invited to the Combine, he couldn’t prepare or participate. That said, Osaisai still met with about 20 teams in Indianapolis, and in the past week alone, said that 17 squads have contacted him. “I know teams are interested,” he said. Recently, Osaisai has been doing defensive back drills to “get back into the rhythm of being a football player” so that he’s prepared for his professional career after the weekend, and has been informing teams accordingly. While Osaisai himself recognizes that he is at the backend of the corner class, he still feels that he is bet-

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“In our previous games, we were able to score goals in bunches,” Tanner said.“This time, we never got into rhythm.” With the victory, USC won the season series over the Cardinal 2-1. USC beat Stanford 12-10 at Avery Aquatic Center on Feb. 7 and lost 1211 on Feb. 22 at the Irvine Invitational. While the USC match was a significant setback for the Cardinal women, the season is not over. In fact, Stanford will have a chance for vengeance this weekend at the MPSF Tournament in Hawaii. Stanford enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 San Diego State. The Cardinal has played the Aztecs once before this season, winning relatively easily, 116, on March 25. In that game, Stanford brought a 3-2 lead into halftime and outscored the Aztecs 4-2 in the

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8 N Friday, April 24, 2009

Cardinal Today

The Stanford Daily
in the rotation thanks to his solid 3.43 ERA and team-leading 3-0 record in eight appearances. The former Friday-night starter, junior Jeffrey Inman, will pitch Sunday for Stanford, and freshman Brett Mooneyham will toe the rubber on Saturday. The balanced Wildcat offense is led by Dillon Baird’s .411 average and five home runs. In all, the Arizona offense has six regular contributors batting over .300 on the year. The Cardinal offense, meanwhile, will look to keep rolling against the Wildcats after scoring 22 runs in two games this week. Junior outfielder Toby Gerhart finished the midweek schedule in particularly strong fashion, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk on Wednesday against Cal, raising his average to .280 on the season. For the two-sport star, the return to Sunken Diamond was especially welcome. “Last week,Arizona State was the hardest place I’ve ever had to play at to see the ball, both hitting and in the outfield,” Gerhart said. “It was impossible at times at twilight. Here at home, you’re getting [support] from the crowd, you know how to play it. I don’t know — we just seem to play better here . . . we’re just comfortable here.” With time winding down on the 2009 season, the Cardinal knows exactly where it stands and where it wants to go. “Everything comes down to these next four series [against Pac-10 opponents],” Gerhart said. “We have a reputation of going to the postseason,and we want to go to the postseason because we want to get back to the World Series. And to get there, we’re going to have to win all these next four series. Like [Storen] said, you can’t have a bad weekend because it’ll drop you down, but with a good weekend, we can be right there at the top, and that’s our goal for the next four weekends.” Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m., with Saturday’s and Sunday’s games both slated for 1 p.m. starts. Each contest can be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM. Contact Denis Griffin at

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State in eight innings like that. So, we’re pretty happy with how we’re playing.” In terms of the standings, however, a series with the Oregon schools could give the Cardinal a big boost.Both the Oregon Ducks (15-26, 2-10) and the Oregon State Beavers (22-22, 3-9) are struggling mightily in conference play this year. Together, they post the only two non-winning overall records in the Pac-10. What’s more, the Cardinal owns a favorable historical record against each of them — 27-20 against the Ducks and 34-15 against the Beavers. Stanford hasn’t lost a game to either team since May 2007, and won all three games on the road earlier this month; the Cardinal allowed no more than two runs in a single contest. In one of the games with Oregon, Stanford obliterated the Ducks in an 11-0 rout. Despite his team’s recent history

against the Oregon schools,Rittman is treating them with as much respect as any other opponent. “We can’t look at this weekend any differently from any other,” he said. “These two teams are capable of beating any other team in this conference, and we can’t get ahead of ourselves in taking anything for granted. They’re going to come out swinging, and we’ll definitely have to execute to do well.” Rittman was particularly hesitant to set a goal of sweeping the games. “We really can’t look that far ahead,” he emphasized. “That’s when you start to trip yourself up and lose focus.We just need to take things one game at a time.” If playing two opponents they’ve performed well against isn’t enough, Stanford may get a boost by simply playing at home this weekend. The Cardinal boasts a 22-1 overall and 3-1 Pac-10 record at Smith Family Stadium, where they haven’t played a full Pac-10 series since late March. Rittman knows his team does well at home, but he’s hesitant to rely on it in lieu of solid play and good focus. “We’re pretty pumped to be de-

“We’re pretty pumped to be defending our own turf.”
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fending our own turf, and we’re looking forward to playing at home,but we can’t lose sight of things and need to look at this like any other game,on the road or anywhere,” he said. Stanford opens its weekend series Friday at 7 p.m.against the Ducks,and then plays the Beavers this Saturday at 1 p.m. and then Sunday at noon. Stanford will hold “Little League Day” during Saturday’s game, and families are encouraged to attend. Young players will be able to meet players and coaches on the field after the game. Contact Nate Adams at

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“It’s good to get back in my groove — to get back and get on the hill again; it’s just baseball,” Storen said. “You’ve just got to come back and try to eliminate the peaks and valleys, try not to get too confident and try not to get too down on yourself. So, it was good to get out there and face some guys again.” The confidence that the team gained on the whole from its midweek action could be of vital importance against Arizona,as tonight’s series opener is scheduled for broadcast on CBS College Sports Television. Senior right-hander Preston Guilmet will take the mound for the Wildcats, bringing a 2-4 record and 3.93 ERA in 55 innings pitched; he faces off against Stanford freshman Jordan Pries in the first Friday-night start of Pries’ young career. The Cardinal right-hander earned the prime spot

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