A night (and day) to remember

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The Stanford Daily
TUESDAY February 17, 2009

An Independent Publication

Volume 235 Issue 11


OSA opens events calendar
New calendar available at studentevents.stanford.edu

DM dances to over $130,000
Donations down due to poor economy
By SHANE SAVITSKY Rather than spend their long weekend finishing a problem set or catching up on sleep, some 600 Stanford students took out an entire day to dance in order to raise awareness and money for HIV/AIDS. The fifth annual Stanford Dance Marathon took place at Arrillaga Alumni Center from 1 p.m. on Saturday until 1 p.m. on Sunday.This year, however, featured fewer dancers than usual — a decrease that organizers attributed to Valentine’s Day, which also fell on Saturday. Despite the lower turnout, however, the weekend’s soggy weather did not dampen the spirit of those who took part. Dance Marathon’s Director of External Affairs Leah Kuritzky ‘10 said the event was everything she had hoped for. “We had a great turnout, and it was fortunate that the rain held out until late at night,” Kuritzky said. “Even with the rain, come 4 a.m., several brave, rain-soaked moralers trekked to the Alumni Center to work their morale magic for what are traditionally three of the toughest hours of Dance Marathon for dancers.” In the midst of economic recession, the event raised over $130,000. FACE AIDS, a national non-profit founded by Stanford students, matched the dancers’ fundraising of $68,670.35 through private donations

Since the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) released a beta version of a new student events calendar last Wednesday, Stanford students now have a new way to publicize their events to the greater Stanford community. ASSU Executive Operations Manager David Gobaud ’11 created the calendar, available at studentevents.stanford.edu, because of deficiencies in the previous Stanford events calendar. He said Stanford’s event calendar included some Stanford events but also local Palo Alto community events that were of limited interest to many students. Gobaud said the new calendar offers a place exclusively reserved for student events like parties, student performances and meeting times and locations for all student organizations. “Level three parties can’t be posted on the old events calendar because it’s open to the public,” Gobaud noted. “The new student events calendar is behind WebAuth and therefore limited to Stanford, and that’s why the OSA is allowing level three parties to be posted there.” Any student affiliated with Stanford can register to post events on the Web site, which is organized as a series of Google calendars divided into a broad range of over 22 different categories. All campus organizations that have registered with the calendar are available, along with the option of accessing an RSS feed containing all of their event details. Students can also subscribe to any calendar through iCal feeds. “The interface is better because it uses Google calendar,” Gobaud said. “You can import it into your iPhone or your own calendar.” Gobaud said development on the calendar started last quarter after discussion among the ASSU executive cabinet on creating a more accessible student events calendar. Gobaud evaluated several options, such as Stanford webmail’s Zimbra platform or using Google calendar in isolation, before Nanci Howe, director of student activities, referred him to Scott Stocker, the director of web communications. “Scott developed the events.stanford.edu Web site and software,” Gobaud said. “He gave me a copy of

Courtesy Jessie Liu

Dancers hold up signs revealing the $130,473.70 grand total raised by Dance Marathon. The total included a match by private donors, made possible by the national FACE AIDS organization.

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Law school defends Obama image
Fair Use Project backs artist against copyright infringement




Tree hopefuls crop up
Tree Week off to a flying start with zip cables, Santa Claus

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Stanford Law School’s Fair Use Project is embroiled in a highly publicized copyright case involving the popular red and blue Obama “Hope” poster, which became a ubiquitous symbol of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign over the past two years. Heading the legal team is Anthony Falzone, a lecturer at the law school and the executive director of the Fair Use Project. The case centers around the fact that street artist Shepard Fairey used a news photograph from the Associated Press (AP) as the basis for the poster. Last week, the AP announced it had determined that it owned the photograph, accused Fairey of copyright infringement and demanded a portion of any revenue he received from use of the image. Falzone is defending Fairey against these charges. In response to the AP’s accusations, Falzone and the Stanford Fair Use Project team preemptively filed a lawsuit last week asking a federal judge to declare that Fairey is protected from copyright infringement claims. “There should be no doubt about the legality of Fairey’s work,” Falzone said in a press release. “He used the photograph for a purpose entirely different than the original, and transformed it dramatically. The original photograph is a literal depiction of Obama, whereas Fairey’s poster creates powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message that has no analogue in the original photograph.” The Fair Use Project, founded in 2006, provides legal support to a range of projects designed to clarify — and extend — the boundaries of “fair use” in order to enhance creative freedom. The image became an iconic symbol of Obama’s grassroots campaign, featured on Tshirts, buttons, magnets and posters. The Obama team welcomed the image but never adopted it officially due to copyright concerns. While copyright laws allow limited use of copyrighted materials for purposes like criticism or comment, the AP maintains that Fairey’s poster constitutes copyright infringement. A photographer for the AP took the photo of Obama at the National Press Club in April 2006. “[We are] disappointed by the surprise filing by Shepard Fairey and his company, and by Mr. Fairey’s failure to recognize the rights of photographers in their works,” said Paul Corford, a spokesman for the AP.

With its chances at the regular-season Pacific-10 Conference title hanging in the balance, No. 5 Stanford exploded in the second half to take down No. 3 California at Maples Pavilion, 58-41, on Saturday. The Cardinal (20-4, 11-1 Pac-10) trailed its Bay Area rival by a game in the conference standings, after dropping the year’s first meeting in January.With a win, the Golden Bears (20-3, 11-1) would have had a commanding, two-game lead that, outside of a surprising upset, would likely have given Cal the regular-season Pac-10 championship. Instead, despite being down by four at halftime, the Cardinal refused to submit, and now stands tied with the Golden Bears in the conference standings. Led by junior center Jayne Appel, who was honored as Pac-10

Player of the Week for the fourth time this year, the Cardinal went on a 19-0 run that lasted over seven minutes and elevated Stanford from a three-point deficit to a 16-point advantage. “We had a real lack of focus from that 14-minute mark on and that’s not something I’ve seen from my team this year,” said Cal coach Joanne Boyle. Appel led all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds for her 10th doubledouble of the year. She was also stout defensively, holding Bears star Devanei Hampton to just seven points of her own.

Please see WBBALL, page 5

(15-8, 6-7 Pac-10)
2/19 Maples Pavilion 7 p.m.

RADIO KZSU 90.1 FM (kzsu.stanford.edu) GAME NOTES: Stanford closed out the game
against Cal on a 36-11 run. Junior Jayne Appel was honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. The Cardinal is now tied with Cal for the Pac-10 Conference lead.

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Stanford women’s basketball overcame a halftime deficit to handily defeat Cal in a matchup of top-10 squads.

Monday afternoon marked the beginning of Tree Week — Stanford’s annual quest to replace its much-loved unofficial mascot. This year, the three main contenders for the Stanford Tree performed their outrageous entrance stunts before an intimate audience of Tree stalwarts. According to reigning Tree Patrick Fortune ’09, the yearly tradition is meant to be a spontaneous “mix of confidence and creativity.” Although yesterday’s informational meeting took place amid gloomy skies at the Band Shack, it was marked by electric energy on the part of the candidates. Dressed in a rocketeer costume, Kyle Owen ’10 initiated his Tree campaign by flying across a zip cable suspended between two trees. His stunt represented the launch to becoming Tree. His flight was truncated, however, by a head-on collision with a ladder. Fortunately, Owen took the precaution of equipping himself with a helmet before he used a fire extinguisher to propel himself across the cable, obscured by a cloud of smoke. Kalena Masching ’08, a friend of Owen and five-time Tree Week spectator, assured The Daily that no trees were harmed in the process. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and am excited to do some fun things with these really cool guys,” said Owen of his candidacy. Following Owen’s stunt, Jack Cackler ’09 was carried forth on a platform by several of his peers. He was then hoisted from the ground and commenced to read his speech aloud, dangling mid-air from a tree. According to supporters, deeply rooted in Cackler’s ideology is a commitment to bring “awesomeness” back to Stanford. But Cackler himself emphasized his desire to bring create a spirit of glee across campus through “a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of hard work.” “I really enjoyed my time at Stanford, and I want to do something to give back to it,” Cackler added. “There’s no better way I can do that than as Tree.” Last year, Cackler was disqualified from the Tree competition for crossing the line with his stunts — one of which featured him running into nine fluorescent light bulbs until his midsection was bleeding profusely. Cackler, who also ate a live snake during last year’s campaign, ran unsuccessfully for ASSU Vice President last spring and currently serves on The Daily’s editorial board. The afternoon closed with a stunt staged by Jonathan Strange ’11. Strange entered the scene

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Seven defining moments of Dance Marathon


he Bands: Three bands performed at Dance Marathon throughout the night — Dizzy Balloon, The Jakes and Vance Brown. They definitely rocked the Arrillaga Alumni Center. After each set, the crowd would chant, “One more song! One more song!” and the bands happily caved in, contenting the crowd with another soulful melody or head-banging tune. Fighting for a Good Cause: The Dance Marathon-ers marched onto the dance floor, prepared to support a cause they knew would benefit people halfway around the world. In the weeks preceding Dance Marathon, they had raised money for FACE AIDS, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to fighting AIDS by building sanitary healthcare facilities in Africa. By the end of Dance Marathon, the money had been counted — Stanford students had contributed more than $130,000 to a cause worth fighting for. The Hackers: In conjunction with the regular Dance Marathon-ers, the “hackers” donated 24 hours of their time to developing valuable programs, such as databases, for Partners in Health and other organizations. The ultratechie computer programmers worked together collaboratively to accomplish Java coding projects. The Game Room: When the noise on the dance floor became too overwhelming, the dancers drifted over to the Game Room to relax and banter with friends. Playing Jenga while completely worn-out proved to be just

as exciting as drunk Jenga. Dance Dance Revolution tempted those masochistic types, who ended up three times more lead-footed than they had been upon entering the Game Room. The Halfway Point: When 1 a.m. rolled around, the dancers all heaved a collective sigh of relief. They had spent the past 12 hours dancing to everything from hip-hop to rock to techno music. In recognition of the halfway point, the DJ of the hour played Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” The Dance Marathon-ers all sang the lyrics together, belting out the words,“Ohh . . . we’re halfway there,” as loudly as they could. The energy in the room was electric, and previously

exhausted faces lit up with optimism as the dancers embraced each other. The Pumped-Up Moralers: Every three hours, moralers charged onto the dance floor to Dance Marathon’s theme song, Journey’s “Any Way You Want It.” Dressed in outrageously sparkly and colorful rallying gear, they rushed onto the stage and danced passionately while strumming imaginary guitars and lip-syncing a thousand times better than Ashlee Simpson. The choreography may not have been perfect, but it hardly mattered to the dancers, who were overjoyed to see their friends come cheer them on. Sitting Down . . . Finally: After 20-plus hours,

the dancers could easily be differentiated from the rest of the crowd — they could barely drag their feet along the floor, and standing still became more painful than dancing. They remained committed until the last moment . . . until the 24th hour struck. When that moment came, the dancers collapsed onto the floor, amazingly fatigued but miraculously exultant. They had truly accomplished something meaningful and proved to themselves that they could overcome tiredness and physical pain to take a literal stand for what they believed in. Sijia Wang was on the Event/Morale Committee for Dance Marathon. Contact her at sijiaw@ stanford.edu.

Courtesy Jessie Liu

Students dance the night away at Dance Marathon this past Saturday and Sunday.

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ver the course of the next couple months, departments around the University will face budget cuts for the coming year. One of the first casualties of the funding decline was announced earlier this month when VPUE reported that it is terminating the head peer academic counselor (HPAC) and peer mentor (PM) programs, as well as cutting back significantly on Admit Weekend and New Student Orientation (NSO) festivities. While the loss of HPACs and PMs is regrettable, the programs were not reaching their full potential and it was the best place to begin trimming the budget. The editorial board only regrets that students were mostly excluded from this decision. The HPAC and PM programs played two major roles on campus, providing both academic leadership opportunities for upperclassmen, and additional academic support for freshmen. But there are a whole host of leadership opportunities available to students at Stanford, particularly in academic fields.With over 650 voluntary student organizations, almost all of which offer leadership positions to brilliant Stanford students, it’s not difficult to find some way to take a leadership role on campus. And there are also a plethora of academic resources available to students, especially freshmen. Between academic advisors,the Freshman Dean’s Office and residential academic directors, there are plenty of resources available to help students plan classes and find mentors — some individual departments, like human biology,even have their own student advisors. While it was nice having more approachable undergraduate “peers” like the PMs or HPACs to go to for academic advice, there is a sufficient number of resources so that they will not be sorely missed. Though not necessarily academically focused,the large number of dorm staff in every freshman dorm are yet another resource. As far back as two years ago, some HPAC spots were being removed to make way for additional RAs in about half of the freshman dorms,and freshmen may end up being better served with a better-trained, more versatile dorm staff. Meanwhile, peer mentors — although

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useful during NSO, particularly for first-time faculty advisors — were openly mocked in “Gaieties” this year, in which a cast member playing a PM informed his freshmen, “I’ll make you brownies your first week, and then you’ll never hear from me again.” Aside from these criticism, both the HPAC and PM programs were somewhat useful, but the editorial board acknowledges that VPUE is required to cut 10 percent of its budget by next year, and this is as good place as any to begin. The decision to cut programming from Admit Weekend and NSO, however, is harder to swallow. True, the schedules for both events are packed, and even cutting half of the programs would leave a very full weekend and week, respectively. Even so, the editorial board would like to stress how crucial a wellrun Admit Weekend is to attracting a good freshman class. While the California sun does a lot of the work for us, showing an incredibly diverse group of high-school seniors, a great time is essential to preserving high matriculation rates. While no specific cuts from either Admit Weekend or NSO have been announced yet, it will be interesting to see what impact this has on matriculation. Additionally, as NSO is such a formative experience in every Stanford student’s life, significantly cutting programming could put a damper on the freshman experience as a whole.We await news on which programs will face the axe and hope the cuts will be made carefully. But ultimately, the editorial board’s biggest complaint about these cuts has to do with the lack of transparency and student input.The ASSU made an admirable push to collect student input on budget cuts and present it to the administration,but the VPUE decisions were made with seemingly minimal student consultation. While we are confident that Admit Weekend will be a success,and Stanford will continue to be (objectively) the best university in the world, we would like to see more student involvement in this process as VPUE and other University departments decide what to cut next.

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Emily Grubert


Zack Warma

Refine my argument

There’s a beverage here!


y problem set asks me to calculate my carbon footprint, then look at the breakdown and identify five things I could do to meaningfully reduce it. So I looked, and I was not surprised to see that about 70 percent of what was left was due to my use of transportation. I felt really bad about writing “visit my family less” on my problem set though,and the last time I tried to cut back on emissions from going to Connecticut, it took me four days to get home. (If you have the time, Amtrak is pretty rad. Just make sure you bring more than one box of Raisin Bran.) Anyway, I felt really bad about all the little balloons full of CO2 that this footprint calculator showed me standing next to, so I tried to do penance by not turning on my heater. Turns out it was around 41 degrees that night, and now I’d love to borrow some decongestant if you have any. Alright. I’m not going to solve my transportation problem by trying to make up for it in other ways. So let’s examine how we can deal with it on its own terms. The issue with transportation,at least in the United States, is largely a problem of system design. Trying to target transportation means trying to coordinate the actions of literally millions of end users who are limited by what a relatively unplanned system makes available. This means people can basically either use an oil-derived product (gasoline or diesel) or be one of those magnificent hippies who start cars with screwdrivers and try to find waste vegetable oil at restaurants to make into biodiesel. The system resembles the electric power sector in that millions of end users are consuming whatever electricity they are provided with, but there is a very important distinction: electricity supply, including fuel diversification, is very carefully planned. Power is supplied by and/or through utilities, which are subject to heavy regulation by the state, have obligations to supply a certain volume of power at any given time and make huge infrastructural investments that essentially close the industry to competition.Transportation doesn’t have the equivalent of a transportation utility, a natural monopoly that is tightly controlled by the state and manages,plans for and provides fuels.What it does have are refineries, which are typically localized industrial facilities subjected to stringent controls by the regional government (the Bay Area, for example, has four). Entry into the refining business is nearly impossible due to

the difficulty of siting refineries, the enormous upfront costs and the fact that existing refineries have obligations to supply certain amounts of petroleum-based fuel to meet anticipated demand. These refineries are thus managing and supplying fuels, but they are not asked to be planners. Why is this important? Without a central planning institution, there is little to no chance that alternative transport fuels will make a smooth entry into the market at any point. Carmakers won’t introduce cars that can’t be fueled; private enterprise will not provide fuels that cars can’t use. When people try to change the system from the ground up,we run into problems like, “How do you apply a gas tax to alternative fuels?” — important because this keeps the highway system going — and “How do you make sure there’s enough electricity to support a burgeoning electric car contingent?” — important because electric power utilities often struggle to keep up with power demand, as planning for new power plants and new distribution systems can take upwards of a decade. In a carbonlimited world, implementing a few fuel economy standards, offering rebates on hybrids and then hoping that the transportation sector will sort itself out is not going to cut it.The problem is too large. We need transportation utilities, natural monopoly-like institutions that control planning and distribution for all transportation fuels. Why not approach the refining industry as an existing institution that is well-suited to the role? Refining is not traditionally viewed as a good business, so it seems possible that companies that own refineries (often oil companies, but not always) could be convinced to operate the refineries as tolling plants, where the company receives compensation for operating the infrastructure. Oil companies and gas stations would be largely unaffected by this arrangement, and the refining system itself need not be more nationalized than power utilities are. Rather than try to create entirely new transportation oversight institutions, why not ask refineries to become transportation utilities? Integrating system planning with supply might allow us to see solutions to the transportation problem more clearly. Emily often tries to mix oil and water but finds that they inevitably separate after an hour or two. We’re still in a drought. Email her at gruberte@stanford.edu.


ithout an all-powerful Greek system that lords over the hedonistic hordes, a la USC (honestly, who outside of Compton doesn’t hate that damned fight song), a great deal of one’s social experience at the Stan is dictated by whether or not you get hosed by the god-awful system that puts even the BCS to shame: the Draw. The only other institution that gives the OSA a run for its money for “Most Souls Devoured,” the Draw, by sheer randomness (or karmic justice, depending on one’s view of the world) can decide whether a person is throwing pre-parties before Cafe Night or thinking of throwing themselves off the top of the psych building once they realize they have been relegated to Soto.There are inherent flaws in the housing system, and thankfully, ResEd is currently in the process of making it less horrific. With that said, there are still students who get to tromp about in bacchanalian pursuits on the almighty Row, and there are still people who live in . . . Soto. Stanford’s guarantee of housing for four years is incredibly generous, but you will always have basic systemic inequalities. Yet to add insult to injury, four-class dorms, including the much-lampooned Soto, my humble abode in FloMo and a variety of other residences across campus are left at further disadvantage by lack of access to dorm funds for alcohol, the golden nectar of college students. Let’s be honest here.At a school that is almost entirely devoid of a singular campus feel, the only tie that binds nearly all of us together, other than the ability to enjoy four

years in this reality-free country club, is the bottle.The sports teams, the Band (I applaud your level of debauchery, LSJUMB),VIS, Ski Team, the a capella groups (insert Testimony joke here), the drama folks — hell, I have no doubt even the Chess Team gets its drink on. That’s right, Chess Team; I am calling you out. In fact, I am going to go so far as to say that you are probably the biggest closet drinkers on campus. Maybe the facade of nerd-dom is actually your guise for rampant alcoholism. Maybe. In all sincerity, when you have a campus that consumes alcohol at the relatively high levels that we do, being unable to spend our student funds on alcohol-related events only further widens the social divide between the haves and have-Sotos. Alcohol is not the end-all, be-all (both the Mormon Church and Chi Theta Chi can attest to this), and I do not suggest booze is necessary for a fun evening (talk to the zombielike folks in Meyer . . . or not). But I will not shy away from the notion that alcohol is a sizeable component of a non-BYU college experience, and limiting the ability of us less fortunate souls to plan spirited events is a problem that should be addressed. I do need to make it perfectly clear that I am deeply appreciative of the incredibly reasonable open-door policy employed in dorms; thank you, Stanford, for being less stupid than most other educational institutions in the state. Unlike the majority of CSUs and UCs, the Stan puts a heavy emphasis on personal responsibility and safety, and not fascism. I do understand the rationale for not giv-

ing four-class dorms the tap to the proverbial keg; you don’t want to encourage excessive drinking on the part of the dear innocent freshmen. My word, what will those poor, oppressed frosh in four-class dorms do? Well, probably have a 21-year-old fellow resident buy them some good ol’ fashioned hard A. Now that’s systematic exploitation I can believe in! And I would question the legality of at least a third of the residents on the Row, yet they still wind up with boatloads of Franzia, and the rest of us . . . not so much. It’s a sad truth. In a perfect world, let us imagine a Stanford where places like Loro and Trancos could use dorm funds to buy a keg for a Friday evening. Not only would the general happiness of the student body increase, particularly because juniors can drink away the fact that they live in either Loro or Trancos, but we can combat the supposed rise of alcoholism on campus by providing freshmen with less irresponsible and more mature drinking partners. Instead of chirpy Roble young’uns downing shots of crap vodka before tromping off to the bowels of SAE, we can provide wide-eyed frosh with responsible booze buddies in the basement of Twain. And just think: If this dream could be, in fact, realized, there might actually be a day when you would no longer need to be ashamed that you call Soto home. Now that is something to drink to. If you care to throw one back or would like to actually defend Soto and/or the sobriety of the Chess Team, please email Zack at zwarma@stanford.edu.

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Stanford loses lead, game to Cal

2/14 vs. Cal L 82-75

Saturday’s game against California played a familiar tune for Stanford men’s basketball as the symphony of a 22-point first-half lead trailed into a humdrum seven-point defeat. Despite outstanding shooting during the first period, the Cardinal found itself in an unwanted role reversal for the last three minutes of play in Haas Pavilion, finally dropping 82-75.The disappointing shift in momentum, however, was a not new one for the Card, as all but three of its Pacific-10 Conference losses have come after giving up a lead of eight points or greater. This time, Stanford’s lead came big and early. The Cardinal (15-8, 48 Pac-10) got out to a quick start, going 19 for 28 from the field before the break. Stanford lit it up from long range, matching the Bay’s crummy weather by raining nine threes on the Bears (19-6, 8-4) in only 12 first-half attempts. In fact, by the time Stanford found a few minutes of rest in the locker room, the scoreboard read 50-36, and the possibilities of a second consecutive Cal sweep, a fresh start to the back half of conference play and the dispelling of doubts about being able to hang onto a lead, all seemed tangible.

Bears’ junior guard Jerome Randle saluted the sensational offensive play by Stanford. “They came out like they were at home and controlled the game,” Randle said. “They determined where they wanted the game to go, and we let them.” Some of the biggest contributors for Stanford were junior forward Landry Fields and senior guard Anthony Goods, who were both in double figures by halftime with 10 points apiece. They finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Senior forward Lawrence Hill added another nine points and three rebounds in the first half, and finished with 15 points and seven boards. However, it was freshman guard Jeremy Green who led the way early, with all 11 of his points coming before intermission; Green was 3-3 from behind the arc. But Cal’s lethargic play disappeared during the Bears’ locker room meeting, and with the start of the second half, a fairytale statement win proved too good to be true for the Card. “You knew there was a good chance [Stanford’s hot shooting] wouldn’t happen again [in the second half],” said Cal head coach Mike Montgomery. “But you can’t sit around and hope it doesn’t happen.” So, Cal did anything but sit. The

(11-13, 5-8 Pac-10)
2/19 Corvallis, Ore. 7 P .M.

RADIO KZSU 90.1 FM (kzsu.stanford.edu) GAME NOTES: All but three of Stanford’s Pac10 losses have come after giving up a lead of eight points or better. Freshman Jeremy Green was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc against Cal. The Cardinal looks to avenge a home loss to Oregon State earlier this season.

Bears tore open the second half, starting with a 16-3 run to pull within one at 13:59. Stanford kept a narrow lead until 3:04, when Cal began its last 10-4 drive and prevented the Cardinal from securing anything but foul shots down the stretch. Cal junior Patrick Christopher, who managed 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, said the Bears knew at halftime that is was do or die. “No way we were going to quit until it was all zeroes on the clock,” he said. “There was not a doubt in my mind we were going to win this game.”

Along with Randle (18 points, seven rebounds), Cal’s uphill climb was led by junior Jamal Boykin (11 points). But freshman guard Jorge Gutierrez was instrumental in the Cal comeback, marking 10 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while stifling Stanford opponents defensively. Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins commended the Bears’ grittiness. “I give Cal a lot of credit — they fought the whole 40 minutes,” Dawkins said. “We got to a big lead, but it was a bit early to have that type of lead.” Call it a lack of stamina, or the inevitable cooling off of shooters, but Stanford’s early success dropped off, and a first-half shooting percentage of 67.9 collapsed on itself to become 33.3 percent in the second. Down low, the Card was out-rebounded 3725, and wrangled only five offensive boards (all in the second half). “For us to lose like that is like somebody taking something from us,” Fields said. “It’s like they decided to say, ‘That’s ours, and we’ve decided to take it from you.’” To a certain extent, Fields is right: The Bears took all they could from Stanford. But, with a trend like this throughout the season, Cardinal fans are left to wonder: How much was taken, and how much was given away? Contact Haley Murphy at hmmurphy@stanford.edu.

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Despite leading by 14 points heading into the break, Stanford men’s basketball failed to finish strong, losing to Cal on the road. The loss puts the Cardinal into a deep hole as it fell to 4-8 on the season in Pac-10 play.

Destruction on the Diamond

2/15 vs. San Diego State W 9-2



Men split decisive home series


Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium 12:15 P .M.

GAME NOTES: Stanford scored 30 runs in a shortened Campbell/Cartier Classic while winning all four of its games. The Cardinal’s win against Long Beach State marked its first against a ranked opponent this season.

The No.8 Stanford softball team breezed through the Campbell/Cartier Classic this weekend in San Diego, smashing its way to victories in all four of its games. The Cardinal scored 30 runs in the rain-shortened tournament en route to improving its record to 8-1 on the season. On Thursday,Stanford opened the tournament by defeating UC-Santa Barbara 4-0. Senior pitcher Missy Penna continued her brilliant work from the circle,keeping hitters off balance and not allowing the Gauchos to muster any sort of rally.The former All-American threw a complete game, allowing just three hits while striking out 13. Junior left fielder Alissa Haber celebrated her 21st birthday by smashing her first home run of the season to lead the Stanford offense. The home run was especially sweet as it came off a former rival. “The UCSB pitcher actually went to my rival high school and we played club ball together, so it was nice to get the best of her,”Haber said after the game. Junior third baseman Shannon Koplitz added three hits for the Cardinal. On Friday, Stanford defeated No. 24 Long Beach State 8-3 in a game called after five innings due to inclement weather.The win was Stanford’s first against a ranked opponent this season. Freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen led the Cardinal in an offensive barrage that would continue for the rest of the weekend. Hansen cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the second to push the Cardinal ahead 4-0. Koplitz then broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth by hitting a bases-clearing triple to put the Cardinal ahead 8-3. Penna again picked up the win for the Cardinal,going all five innings, allowing only six hits while striking out eight. Hansen finished the game 3-for-3, with four RBIs, in what was the beginning of a monumental offensive weekend for the highly touted freshman. Head coach John Rittman raved about the maturity of his budding star. “Ashley is a leader on the field,” Rittman said. “Despite being a freshman,she plays like a veteran because of the experiences she has had playing club and international ball.” On Saturday, Hansen became just the third Stanford player to record two triples in a game and led Stanford to a 9-5 victory over Utah State. Both Hansen and Haber went 3-for-5,while the freshman knocked in three more runs. Haber scored three times out of the leadoff spot. SophomoreAshley Chinn picked up the win in the circle for the Cardinal,throwing a complete game and striking out eight. On Sunday,the Cardinal came from behind to defeat No.24 San Diego State 9-2.After falling into a 2-0 hole in the second inning,the Stanford offense exploded for nine runs in the middle innings to put the game out of reach. Hansen recorded her seventh consecutive multi-hit game for the Cardinal, going 2-4 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Junior catcher Rosey Neill became just the fifth Stanford player to record 30 career home runs when she hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth to put the Cardinal ahead for good. Senior second baseman Maddy Coon would add her first home run of the season an inning later as part of a five-run rally that helped clinch the win. One reason the Stanford offense has looked so powerful early in the season is the tremendous production it

has been getting out of the top three batters in the lineup:Haber,Hansen and Coon. The three are combining to hit a gaudy .506 with 10 doubles and five triples. Coon has also recorded a teamleading 11 walks, which contributes to her .656 on-base percentage. Hansen has enjoyed hitting between Haber and Coon in the lineup. “It is helpful to hit behind Haber,” Hansen said.“We are similar hitters, and I can learn a pitcher’s tendencies from seeing how they pitch her. I’m also really comfortable with Maddy behind me,knowing she’ll pick me up.” With these three players on base so often, the job of the middle of the Stanford lineup becomes a lot easier. Rittman is pleased with the way his entire lineup has shaped up. “The top five hitters have really produced,” he said. “They have all come up with big hits in big situations.Also, the competition for spots in the bottom half of the order has only made everyone better.” The Cardinal will open its home schedule next weekend when it plays host to the Stanford Nike Invitational, beginning Friday at 12:15 p.m.against Sacramento State. Contact Dan Bohm at bohmd@stanford.edu.

The Stanford men’s volleyball team experienced highs and lows this weekend, splitting two matches at home against topranked opponents. The No. 7 Cardinal (8-6, 4-5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) started off the weekend with a dominating four-set victory over previously unbeaten No. 3 Pepperdine — 30-18, 28-30, 30-25, 30-24 — Friday night at Maples Pavilion. Stanford out-hit Pepperdine in every set,and for the match,the Cardinal hit .399, compared to only .236 for the Waves. Stanford led Pepperdine in every major category,with five more digs and three more aces, while amassing 17 fewer errors.The biggest difference, though, was in the blocking, where Stanford totaled 17.5 blocks, while Pepperdine managed only seven. “The ability to put a good block up limited their hitters and enabled our defense to dig balls and continue the rallies,” said junior opposite Evan Romero. The Cardinal front line did allow Pepperdine’s senior opposite Paul Carroll to record 29 kills,but Carroll was held to only a .274 hitting percentage.Stanford held the rest of the team to a .214 hitting percentage on the match, due in large part to great defensive play.The leader of the defense was once again freshman libero Erik Shoji,who recorded 26 digs, including numerous remarkable saves.

“I believe that the player that stepped it up the most was Erik Shoji,” Romero said. “Twenty-six digs in a match is quite an impressive feat. He passed extremely well, allowing our offense to roll smoothly.” On the offensive side of the ball, the player of the game was Romero, who had 24 kills while hitting .435 for the match. Freshman outside hitter Brad Lawson added a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Spencer McLachlin and senior middle blocker Brandon Williams chipped in with 13 and 10 kills,respectively. The Cardinal started hot, scoring 18 of the first 22 points in the match to take a commanding lead in the first set. After cruising to an easy win in the first set, the Cardinal faced a tougher Pepperdine attack in the second set, falling narrowly by two points. Stanford then pulled away in each of the final two sets to secure the victory. This match was quite a turnaround from the previous matchup of the two teams earlier in the year,when Pepperdine swept the Cardinal in Malibu. “The biggest differences between this weekend’s Pepperdine match and the previous one was that we carried out our game plan, and did so with confidence,” Romero said. “We played hard, blocked well, hit smart shots and did not fluctuate emotionally. We kept a high intensity the entire match.” The Cardinal hoped to transfer this intensity to its next match against No. 5

Southern California, but the team failed to bring the same emotion and precision, falling in straight sets — 31-29,30-28,30-25 — Saturday night at Burnham Pavilion. The loss was Stanford’s first at home,and it dropped the Cardinal below .500 in MPSF play. Stanford was once again led in kills by Romero with 11, followed by Lawson and McLachlin with 10 apiece. The Cardinal had difficulty with USC’s block, though, hitting only .233 for the match, with its top three hitters combining to hit only .149. “We did not execute the game plan anywhere near the level we did against Pepperdine,” Romero said.“Against a good team, we have to make the small plays, and there were times that we did not do that.” The Cardinal did lose several crucial points, which were the difference in the match.Down 29-25 in the first set,Stanford rallied to tie the game by staving off four set points, but then lost the next two to drop the set. In the second set, the Cardinal led 27-26, but lost four of the last five points to lose the set. The third set looked to be a turning point for the Cardinal men,as they jumped to a 15-7 lead early,the largest lead for either team in the match.Stanford only won 10 of the remaining 33 points in the match, though, falling to USC for the second time this year. The team can see its potential, but its main problem has been consistency.

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The Stanford softball team has been an offensive juggernaut this year. Led by a talented core of freshmen, the team has catapulted itself in the national rankings, and currently resides in the No. 8 spot.

The last dual meet of the season for Stanford wrestling came down to the final minutes as the Cardinal snatched a 21-18 win from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. With the teams tied after eight grueling matches, sophomore Cameron Teitleman was victorious in the tie-breaking match to save the day for Stanford. Although Stanford (8-13-1) forfeited the heavyweight match, it won six of the eight remaining weight classes to achieve its third Pacific-10 Conference win this season. Junior Tyler Parker jumpstarted the dual meet at 149 pounds,where he held on to win a close, 6-5 match against returning Pac-10 placer Eric Maldonado. Parker (32) fought through his injury this weekend after sitting out of several recent matches. “That kid is something special in a lot of ways,” said coach Jason Borrelli about Parker and his performance over the weekend. “He’s probably more hurt than anyone knows. He’s a tough kid.You’re a little more cautious when you’ve got injuries,you protect yourself sometimes,but he did enough to win.” Redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui then took back the Cardinal lead, defeating Joel Shaw 6-1. The match gave Amuchastegui his 26th win of

the year, cementing his position as the fourth-most winning Stanford freshman of all time. The Mustangs, however, were tough to tame. At 174 pounds, Cal Poly’s Ryan DesRoches defeated freshman Victor Haug (8-21) to tie the score yet again. But the Cardinal rallied back in the next two matches. Junior Jake Johnson (28-14) pinned his opponent to score an important six points for Stanford. At 197 pounds, Senior Luke Feist (1911) made his team proud in his very last home match. He won 5-0 to widen Stanford’s lead 15-6. “Luke’s been a big part of this program these few years,” Borrelli said.“It’s nice to go out this way, with a win for him and a win for the team.” The dual swung back to the lower weight classes, where freshman Matt Scencebaugh fought in another nail-biting match. After achieving Stanford’s only win against No. 11 Boise State in his last match,Scencebaugh proved himself again by defeating Pac-10 placer Micah Ferguson in overtime. With the score at 18-12, 16th-ranked Mustang Filip Novachkov pinned Austin Quarles in the first period to tie up the score once again. On an 18-18 tie,the dual came down to Teitleman and Andy Wagner at 141 pounds.Teitleman defeated Wagner 4-0 to

close the dual season in Stanford’s favor and show how much the team has grown throughout the season. “Putting a kid in that situation tells you a lot about your athletes,” Borrelli said about the pressure placed on Teitleman. “We’ve never put him in that situation before,” Borrelli continued.“He went out there and stayed relaxed, did enough to win and enough for the team to win. He wrestled a smart match and kept his composure.” After a rocky start to the season, Cardinal wrestling has surged in the past weeks and this final match proved the resolution to many season goals. “We’ve come a long way,”Borrelli said. “You kind of wish the dual match season was just starting.If you can figure out how to win the close matches, that’s when your wrestling improves. That’s what our guys are starting to figure out. I know — or I don’t know,but I have a pretty strong feeling — if we wrestled some of those earlier matches now, we would do better.” “We’re pretty excited,”Borrelli continued. “We fought hard and had to overcome a lot to win this dual meet. Hopefully we’ll be able to build on that momentum for the Pac-10s. It’s a good way to go out.” Contact Zoe Leavitt at zleavitt@stanford. edu.

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Cardinal clinches undefeated season at Cal

Finishing the dual meet regular season by crushing an archrival in a hostile environment is impressive. Winning 19 straight Pacific-10 Conference dual meets and 41 of 42 head-to-head competitions is just plain scary. The No. 2 Stanford women’s swimming and diving team completed the dual meet regular season undefeated for the 15th time in school history by emphatically defeating No. 11 California, 162-129, Saturday in Berkeley. With the win, the Cardinal capped off an unprecedented season in which it beat all six ranked opponents that it faced in dual meet competition. Stanford had little difficulty in defeating the Bears. The day began with first- and third-place finishes by the Cardinal in the 200-meter medley relay and the 1,000 freestyle. After narrowly losing in the 200 free, Stanford bounced back to sweep three straight events and catapulted itself to a sizeable lead.This cushion allowed the team to utilize many of the younger swimmers and provide valuable race experience

before postseason competition commences. The Cardinal’s impressive meet was highlighted by the performance of three swimmers who qualified for the NCAA Championships. Freshman Betsy Webb punched her ticket to the NCAAs by recording the third-fastest time in Stanford history in the 100 backstroke. Her time of 52.88 seconds was just .03 seconds short of the second alltime score set by current Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. Sophomore Liz Smith and junior Olympic medalist Elaine Breeden also recorded “A” qualifying times in the 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly, respectively. Freshman Angela Duckworth, whose third-place finish in the 1,000 free helped clinch the victory for Stanford, spoke very highly of the efforts of her teammates. “[Webb] finished first in the 100meter backstroke and created a lot of momentum for us,” Duckworth said. “She touched out one of Cal’s biggest swimmers so it was a big win for our team.” Fellow freshman Jamie Bruce had a career day for the Cardinal, racing to three personal bests on Valentine’s Day.

Stanford divers once again kept pace, sweeping both the one- and three-meter competitions. Sophomore Meg Hostage had two qualifying “A” scores on Saturday, placing first in the one-meter competition and second in the three-meter. Current Pac-10 Diver of the Month junior Carmen Stellar continued her extraordinary season by winning the three-meter competition with a career-high score in dual meet competition of 308.93. Senior Sarah Ohr followed suit, recording two “B” scores and finishing third in both diving competitions. The Cardinal divers were expected to defeat a Cal team that puts more emphasis on the swimming events, but nonetheless made their case as a force to be reckoned with in the postseason. “This team has a lot of fight in it,” Ohr said. “If one member of the team isn’t performing well that day, we can always count on another to really step it up. We also have a strong tradition of excellence, and I think we all take great pride in doing out part to continue it.” Up next for the Cardinal are the Pac-10 Championships in Washington. Stanford will enter the compe-

tition as the clear-cut favorites. However, the team understands that postseason competition is a whole new world and that success will be more difficult to come by. “We are undefeated in dual meets, but Pac-10s are completely different because they score three heats when dual meets only score the top five swimmers,” Duckworth said. “But if everyone swims well and has fun, who knows what could happen. “ With Pac-10s and NCAAs right around the corner, Stanford has proven itself as both a conference and national contender. The Cardinal has already defeated such powerhouses as Michigan and Florida earlier in the season, and remains at the heels of Georgia at the top of the national standings. However, as echoed time and time again by the Cardinal women, the only ranking that matters is that which is attained at the end of the postseason. “From here on out its just finetuning the details,” Smith said, “and making sure we stay positive, focused, relaxed and unified.” Contact Zach Zimmerman at zachz@ stanford.edu.

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Senior Jillian Harmon was the only other Cardinal player to score in double figures, tallying 18 points on 8-13 shooting. She helped lead Stanford in transition in the second half, as the Cardinal was able to exploit Cal’s foul trouble. Both Alexis GrayLawson,who scored 37 points against Stanford in January, and Ashley Walker recorded their third fouls less than four minutes into the period, and Stanford immediately took advantage. Down 30-22 at the time, the Cardinal closed out the game on a 3611 run. “I think we made our statement,” said redshirt junior Rosalyn GoldOnwude.“We just couldn’t let it happen again. It’s a pride issue.” But while Stanford was able to assert itself late in the game, it did take some time for the team to build any momentum. As has been an issue at times this season, the Cardinal did not always capitalize on opportunities early in the contest. Despite jumping out to a 9-4 lead to begin the game, a combination of turnovers and missed shots allowed Cal to take

a slim halftime lead. “It was a battle,like a heavyweight fight,” said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. “We started running a little bit, we hit some nice outside shots and we went into Jayne really well in the second half.” “We just knew we had to stick in there,” Appel said. “Even if we’re down, we’re still going to be giving our all and playing as hard as we can.” The Cardinal’s victory broke the Bears’ 13-game winning streak that dates back to mid-December, and prevented Cal’s first sweep of Stanford since 1985-1986. Walker and Laura Greif led the Bears with 11 points apiece, but the Cardinal was able to shut down Cal’s other offensive threats — Gray-Lawson only notched four points on the afternoon, and Natasha Vital was just 2-11 from the field. Outside of Harmon and Appel, Stanford didn’t shoot particularly

well, either, as sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen shot 20 percent, and sophomore Jeanette Pohlen and freshman Lindy La Rocque were a combined 3-11 from beyond the arc. But the Cardinal was able to hit shots when it mattered — La Rocque hit a three-pointer early in the second half to cut Cal’s lead to three. Just moments later, she dove for a loose ball and tossed it to Harmon, who laid it in to bring the Bears’ lead down to jut a single point. “Lindy goes for that loose ball, and we get the energy going,”VanDerveer said. After another few minutes of back-and-forth, Harmon nailed a long-distance jumper of her own to give the Cardinal a 37-34 lead. Stanford never trailed again. The victory extends the Cardinal’s current winning streak to seven games with just six contests remaining on its Pac-10 schedule.

Stanford is next in action on Thursday at Maples against Oregon State at 7 p.m. Contact Wyndam Makowsky at makowsky@stanford.edu.

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“Our team has to continue to learn from our mistakes and work hard in practice,” Romero said. “We have a very talented team that has to master the ability to play at a high level consistently.” The Cardinal next returns home on March 3 to take on UC-Santa Cruz. Contact Jacob Jaffe at jwjaffe@stanford.edu.


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open medical records system used by Partners in Health; two projects for Kiva, where lenders can make microloans to those in need around the world; a revamped Web site and database for Ellipse; a Facebook application for FACE AIDS; and an iPhone application and other projects for The Extraordinaries, so people can spend their free time working on projects that are socially beneficial. “It was absolutely amazing,” Gobaud said. “We got more done than I ever thought we would. We fixed more bugs and features in 24 hours than OpenMRS’s core team do in an average weekend. The results are absolutely fabulous.” Kamil Dada contributed to this story. Contact Shane Savitsky at savitsky@ stanford.edu.


the other 10 percent of funds ($6,867.04) toward working with HIV-positive individuals in San Mateo County. Continued from front page “We are very proud of all of our dedicated fundraisers, and appreciafor a grand total of $130,473.70. That tive of FACE AIDS donors for maktotal is expected to increase, though, ing a donation total of this magnitude as final donations arrive in the coming possible, despite the recession,” weeks. Kuritzky said. Going back the previous three Dancers taking part in the event years, Dance Marathon raised had to pledge to raise $192, an $121,888.92, $150,893.62 and $58,000, amount equal to the price of annual respectively; however, those years did HIV/AIDS medication for an adult not feature FACE AIDS matching, so and pediatric patient. The impact of this year’s dance donation total the event was evident to many of saw a 44 percent decrease the dancers who took part. from last year. “I think the Dance Marathon HIV/AIDS cause, espeCampus Director Jessie cially with regard to Liu ’09 attributed the Dance Marathon, is difference to the poor something special,” economic climate. said Ariana Koblitz While dancers were ’12. “We, as students, provided extensive supare making a stand port in fundraising, she and highlighting the said, several contacted fact that this is someevent organizers with conLAURA CHANG/ thing so easily preventacerns about asking their fam- The Stanford Daily ble in today’s world.” ilies for donations during When the clock struck one these difficult times. Liu also noted on Sunday afternoon, the hundreds of how sponsorship was down this year, dancers who filed out of Arrillaga with many previous donors cutting may have been exhausted, but they back or no longer even contributing. were more than pleased with their “Fundraising isn’t the main focus, day’s work. though,” she added. “The real focus “At the end of Dance Marathon, is on improving awareness among you start to realize the extent of what the student body of HIV/AIDS and you’ve done,” said Gino Mazzotti inspiring individuals to help in the ’10. “You may feel terrible and tired cause.” To that purpose, this year’s and exhausted, but you come to realevent featured a contemplation ize that you’ve done something great room focusing on individuals with over the past 24 hours out of pure HIV/AIDS, as well as a solidarity.” health/human rights service fair and Dance Marathon wasn’t the only research/service project symposium. marathon fundraiser held over the Ninety percent of the 2009 pro- weekend; organizers also added the ceeds ($123,606.60) will go to “Hack-a-thon” event for those who Partners in Health (PIH), a non-prof- prefer to code rather than dance for it organization dedicated to the good. This 24-hour programming expansion of healthcare in developing spree was set up and conceived by countries, in particular its work in David Gobaud ’08. A total of 34 proRwanda. Dance Marathon added a grammers participated in the event local secondary beneficiary this year by checking for bugs in programs as well: Ellipse HIV Support Services, and Web sites run by Dance a Bay Area charity committed to Marathon’s beneficiaries and other stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in non-profit organizations. San Mateo County, which will receive Students targeted OpenMRS, an

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the events.stanford software, and we are hosting it on the ASSU server, and I modified it to use Google calendar to visualize the results.” The calendar already has 109 events posted from over 87 students registered to the calendar. Any student or organization can register to add events to the calendar, although repeated abuse of calendar policies could result in a ban. “We’re trusting the Stanford community to not abuse this,” Gobaud pointed out. “We want this to be as easy as possible for stu-

dents to use; there is no approval process.” While the calendar has not been widely publicized to the broader Stanford community, student organization leaders have received emails from the OSA regarding the project, and responses to the calendar have generally been positive. Chang Kim ’09, co-president of the Korean drumming ensemble Hwimori and campus liaison for the Korean Students Association, said the calendar’s biggest strength was its simple layout. “There is no extra clutter, and all the information is right there,” Kim said. “I think this will suit my needs very well because it’s right to the point.” Raagapella President Viganan Pattamatta ’11 said the calendar is a large improvement from email

lists, through which events were previously publicized, explaining that the sheer volume of email from lists often means that news goes ignored or forgotten. But, as leader of a performing arts group, Pattamatta said it would be nice if groups could add additional media to the calendar. “If there are four different events that a person could go to in one day, you could definitely make an impression by having a video trailer or flier,” Pattamatta noted. Gobaud said the next phase of the calendar would involve Facebook integration. “It’s really open for change, and I just want to make this is as usable as possible for students,” he said. Contact Nikhil Kamat at nvkamat@ stanford.edu.

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as Santa Claus, with a procession of eight cyclists serving as his reindeer. “If you go to any [of the] games, the Tree is an integral part,” said Raylene Poppino ’11, a public policy major who supports the Strange campaign. “It builds up Stanford pride and John Strange is doing a phenomenal job.” “It’s a good way for people to get excited about what’s coming up next,” added Katherine Matsumoto ’11. Reflecting on his experience as the treasured mascot, Fortune said, “I’ve loved it. It was everything I expected it to be and more.” And while all three contenders

may greatly pine for the distinction of being Tree, only one will ascend the evergreen throne at the end of this week. Contact An Le Nguyen at lenguyen@ stanford.edu.

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Further complicating matters is the fact that the photographer who took the photo claims he was working for the AP on a freelance basis at the time and therfore he, not the AP, has the rights to the image. Contact Robert Toews at rtoews@ stanford.edu.

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