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The Stanford Daily
WEDNESDAY May 13, 2009

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Volume 235 Issue 57

Coupa to replace ‘Beans
Coupa Cafe to take over Moonbean’s location by end of June


Endowed faculty positions face difficulty in bad economy
Decline in funding puts pressure on tuition, etc.

After 11 years between Meyer and Green libraries, Moonbean’s Coffee will be replaced by Coupa Cafe by the end of June, Moonbean’s Store Manager James Rundell told The Daily yesterday. Stanford Libraries solicited bids for the coveted spot between Meyer and Green, and Coupa Cafe, which currently has an on-campus location in the Y2E2 building, won out over Moonbean’s, the current occupant, and other bidders. Rundell speculated that the decision was based on reviews of the existing Coupa Cafe in Y2E2. “I believe it was something about [Coupa] being very popular,” he said. “I feel it’s odd, since the majority of what I hear from customers is that we’re the most popular place on campus.” While rumors of the store’s closure had circulated throughout year, Rundell believes this verdict is final. Moonbean’s pled its case to the selection

Students enjoy an afternoon at Moonbean’s, which was informed Monday that it had been outbid for the Green Library location by Coupa Cafe, which currently has a location in Y2E2.
committee on Apr. 24. Libraries Director of Communications and Development Andrew Herkovic noted that there were “several other bidders” for the space, but did not reveal the identities of the other vendors. Stanford Libraries originally intended to announce its decision on May 1, but the date was extended to May 15 so the Library could conduct a “site study,” according to Rundell. Moonbean’s was notified that its proposal was rejected on Monday. Herkovic, however, was unsure if the agreement with Coupa Cafe was finalized. “I believe a decision has been made, but we are negotiating with vendors now,” he said. Reacting to the announcement, Rundell and owner Jennie Reynolds were worried about the future of their employees. “We’re kind of destroyed about [the decision],” Rundell said. “In this economy and this job market, it’s going to be rough.” Looking to the future, Reynolds is hoping to secure another location on campus, Rundell said. Moonbean’s Coffee is Reynolds’ last remaining coffee shop. The Daily will have further coverage of Moonbean’s replacement in the coming days. Contact Marisa stanford.edu. Landicho at landicho@

The current economic recession is expected to take a toll on the creation of endowed chairs and professorships, which may have a negative impact on both faculty hiring and the overall health of the endowment. The economic downturn has been felt across the University, especially in Stanford’s shrinking multibillion-dollar endowment, which just three years ago was the fastestgrowing endowment in the nation.A significant portion of this loss in endowment value comes from fewer newly created endowed chairs and professorships. Endowed chairs and professorships are positions across the University whose salary, benefits and occasionally other costs are paid for by interest from a single multimillion-dollar endowment, usually made in a donor’s name. The positions also come with faculty titles such as “The Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences.” Stanford has several hundred endowed positions across all seven

schools and other institutes, and they play a vital role in the financial health of the University. The School of Humanities & Sciences (H&S) currently has the most endowed positions at Stanford, and H&S Dean Richard Saller said these are crucial to faculty salaries. “The School of Humanities and Sciences has a two billion-dollar endowment,” Saller said. “About half of the school’s endowment comes from endowed chairs and professorships — it’s by far the biggest single source of endowment for [H&S].” The current economic climate, however, is not conducive to the large gifts required to establish these professorships. Dean Saller explained that while H&S has created 49 new endowed positions since 2001, only five were created in the 2008 fiscal year, and just one has been created in the 2009 fiscal year so far. “It’s too early to say for sure, but the University is anticipating in general that donations will be lower this year,” said Stephen Hinton, senior associate dean in the School of H&S. “There are fewer donors in the current environment stepping up to make these large gifts,” Saller added. “With the decline in the

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Gender-neutral room assignments in national spotlight after mother criticizes

Office hours open on Facebook
Monthly videos invite comments, questions


Those of us who arrived at Stanford after famed psychology professor Philip Zimbardo stopped teaching can now get a chance to hear about his research and even ask him questions, thanks to Stanford’s new “Open Office Hours” on Facebook. Stanford Open Office Hours, part of the Stanford University page on Facebook, was created by Ian Hsu ‘98 M.S. ‘01. The online video series is geared toward the greater Stanford community. For the series, a different professor or researcher posts a video to the Stanford University Facebook page each month. The videos describe the research topics that the professor is currently pursuing. Through the new program, anyone who is a “fan” of Stanford University on Facebook can watch the videos and ask questions by posting comments. Hsu said he hoped Open Office Hours would allow for more individualized learning on the Web. “I wanted to see whether it might be possible to bring a more intimate and conversational learning experience to a global online audience by combining Facebook and online video,” he said. The intended audience, however, is still ambiguous. “Right now, the idea is to reach to alumni, but ultimately it may be a way for faculty to deal with current students who are too shy to go in[to in-person office hours],” Zimbardo said. Zimbardo was third in the line of Stanford professors and researchers to

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ur morality is not for sale,” wrote Karin Morin in “Caveat Parens: One family’s adventures in genderneutral housing,” published in The National Review on Monday of last week. In the article, Karin, mother of Daisy Morin ‘09, condemned the lack of transparency surrounding Stanford’s genderneutral housing pilot program, instituted this year. “Stanford’s actions created not one but two problems of institutional ethics,” Karin wrote in the article. The University, she said, failed to inform parents of both the changes in housing policy and, if parents did manage to track down online information about the policy, the extent of those changes. Student’s felt that Karin’s claims were out of line. “In general, Stanford has no responsibility to inform parents about anything,” argued James Barton ‘09, citing the fact that the vast majority of Stanford students are at least 18 years old and thus legal adults. “Parents just need to learn to let go. Their children are responsible adults at this point.” “We’re adults, so we have the right to make the decision, but for a lot of people, we are financially reliant on our parents,” agreed Lisa Tang ‘11, who shares a tworoom, gender-neutral double in Castano with Vasilly Sharikov-Bass ‘11, a close male friend. “It comes down to talking to your parents about it.” “I know that my mom was originally completely against it, of course,” she admitted, “but I mean, I showed her the room and said ‘Look, the door’s closed, it turns into a single. I promise there’s nothing going on between me and the guy; we’re really good friends.’ And eventually, she agreed, even though, originally, she was kind of a conservative Chinese mom.” “The level of information Stanford provides to parents is already quite extensive,” Barton added. “And parents


can read The Daily online if they want to keep abreast of what’s going on. Every step of the gender-neutral housing process was documented in The Daily.” Additionally, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Residential Education (ResEd) Deborah Golder said that Stanford’s online descriptions of genderneutral housing practices had been updated to reflect recent changes “long before this became national news.” Karin’s grievances also conflated University-wide Housing policy with coop policy, according to Golder. “The mixed-gender housing policies function distinctly from the co-ops,” she wrote in an email to The Daily. “As I understand it, the consensus decisionmaking process at Synergy and Columbae, as well as the mixed-gender room assignments, have been practiced for decades.” Karin went on to say in her National Review piece that her daughter was not happy with her co-ed room assignment in Columbae. During a seven-hour housing meeting that relied on consensus decision-making, Daisy was assigned to a large, one-room quad with one other girl

and two boys. Daisy was not present at the meeting, but had appointed another student as proxy who was clear on all of her preferences — which did not include stipulations about the gender of her roommates. “I would have been fine one way or the other,” Daisy said in an interview with The Daily. She lived in co-ed rooms during both fall and winter quarters, and now she lives in a single-gender room. Daisy called the issue “a family argument,” saying that Stanford Housing and Residential Education (ResEd) were not to blame at all. She did have issues with The National Review, however. “I think it’s irresponsible of them that they didn’t contact anyone besides my mom,” Daisy said. “It took something that was a private family argument and tried to turn it into something political, which it just wasn’t.” Daisy said she’s had a good experience in Columbae so far. “People have been really supportive,” she said.

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Protestors stood outside Wilbur Dining during Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz’s visit for a dinner discussion with 70 students. The protestors had little effect, however, upon the night’s proceedings.


Rice,Shultz visit Wilbur for dinner

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Wilbur Dining played host to two former U.S. Secretaries of State on Tuesday night, as Hoover Fellow George Shultz took a walk down memory lane as he spoke to 70 students over dinner. The discussion, moderated by Hoover Fellow Condoleezza Rice, used diplomacy as a means of navigating larger issues, ranging from interpersonal relationships to morality and the psychology of public service. Rice began the formal remarks by saying, “Hello, Mr. Secretary,” to which Shultz quickly replied, “Hello, Ms. Secretary.” The event was the final episode in Shultz’s three-day schedule as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow. Shultz attended various receptions across campus on a diverse array of topics, including life in public service, the role of sports in life and how to prepare for and balance multiple professions. The dinner, however, was not all policy — Shultz joked with the students present. When asked by a student how he gets out of bed in the morning and remains motivated, Shultz had a simple explanation. “I swing my legs over and push,” Shultz deadpanned. “It’s a little easier that way.” Most of the student questions revolved around how to interact with others and deal with situations of conflict. One student questioned whether on occasion during his time as a public servant, Shultz’s personal opinions or moral values conflicted with written laws. In response,

Columbae, a gender-neutral co-op, came under fire recently for its practices in a National Review piece by Karin Morin, mother of Daisy Morin ‘09.

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n Monday, Apr. 21 at exactly 12:52 p.m., this sinister message filled the inboxes of 71 Roble residents. The email marked the beginning of Assassins, Stanford’s annual dorm tradition of anxiety, strategy, paranoia and craftiness. Within minutes, Assassins fever had swept Roble Hall. Literally. Ken Kansky ‘12 wasted no time scoring his first “kill,” knocking off his target a mere seven minutes into the game. “I was walking to class, and she happened to be right in front of me,” he recounted with a chuckle. “I didn’t even have a gun at that point, so I ran back to my room, grabbed my roommate’s gun and shot her. I had just found out my assignment.” And this was just the beginning of the mayhem. Soon, serious Assassins strategy ensued. “The most important thing is having a spy,” said Julio Alvarado ‘12, Roble’s reigning Assassins champion, explaining the tactics he employed to ensure his eventual victory. “And covering your tracks, like doing things differently, skipping class, making use of all entrances into your room. And luck. I had a lot of luck.” Secret alliances were formed amongst residents. Door signs were switched to make players more difficult to find. Sitting for hours in the dirt underneath the stairs to Roble’s side door became a socially acceptable behavior. “It was like 1 a.m.,” laughed Simon Ye ‘12, recalling his involvement in a friend’s particularly persistent assassination attempt. “Deniz [Kahramaner ‘12] knew that his target was an upperclassman in the 3Center hall, so he decided to stake him out in the bathroom.” But someone was taking a shower inside. Ye decided to leave, but Kahramaner waited inside a bathroom stall, not even knowing whether or not the guy showering was his target. “Deniz and the guy don’t know who each other are, so they’re just waiting,” Ye continued. “The guy taking the shower gets scared, so he stays in there for 30 minutes. After he turns off the water, he just stands in the shower stall for another 15 minutes, waiting.” Then, Kahramaner put on a ski mask and opened the door. But it wasn’t his target. Matthew Caselli ‘07, both this reporter’s older brother and the 2004 Ujamaa/2005 Lantana Assassins champion, remembers a multitude of kills and close calls. But one story in particular stands out. “When I was a freshman, one of my futureDraw mates was assigned to kill me,” he said. “Since we were good friends, he knew exactly when and where all of my classes were. I assumed he would attempt to kill me before or after my IntroSem, a small class of only five students in Herrin, an isolated Bio building.” Figuring that his target would be hidden somewhere, Caselli sent out his professor at the end of class to check if the coast was clear. “Sure enough, she spotted a stream of water shooting down from the roof,” Caselli described. “She proceeded to show me an alternate exit to the building and even ran out to my bike and unlocked my bike lock so that I wouldn’t get shot while doing so myself. My would-be assassin was foiled, and we ended up in a high-speed bike chase back to our dorm until we got into the dining hall, which was a safe zone.” Ridiculous as they may seem, tales like these are almost standard as the game nears its end, leaving only the most dedicated and elusive assassins still standing.

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Other kills from this year’s game are anonymously storied on www.thehappyzork.com, a Web site set up by a former Stanford Resident Computer Consultant (RCC) that also serves to coordinate the game. Some of the accounts are concise. “Epic game of cat and mouse. Cat went home full.” Others are more detailed. “She was in the dining hall (after it had closed), when I spotted her and quickly made my way to the table, and poked my pistol into her back, busted a fat load (of water), and then burst into euphoria. Pretty average day, actually.” And then others are . . . nostalgic? Funny? Just weird? “It is nice getting killed by a good friend, instead of some random person . . . I feel like I am Tom Hanks in the ending scene of Saving Private Ryan.” The Web site also features two pages of official Assassins rules: The assassination must occur within 24 hours of the email assignment. It cannot be witnessed by anyone else. Certain safe zones — bathrooms, your own room, classrooms and the dining hall during meal hours — exist to ensure some sense of normalcy. “It would be really weird if people followed you into the bathroom,” laughed Nicole DeVille ‘12. “Although I don’t think the dining hall should have been a safe zone. It would make the game more interesting. People would be even more paranoid.” In addition to assassinating, a player may “neutralize” a suspected assassin by shooting someone that is potentially assigned to him or her. When neutralized, the player cannot kill anyone for 120 minutes. “I was neutralized like six times,” Ye said. “It’s too easy to take advantage of the neutralization rules because the only way you can protect yourself is by hiding yourself in your room and locking your door. It’s annoying.” Along with the regular assassins, there are also “terminators.” The terminators’ job is to get rid of participants who have not assassinated their targets within the 24-hour window, as well as players who fail to report their kill instantly. Unlike the regular assassins, the nowitness rule does not apply to the terminators, and they cannot be neutralized. “I preferred being a terminator because I got to shoot people with water guns without being paranoid about someone coming behind my back and shooting me,” explained Aaron Lewis ‘12, one of the leading terminators in Roble’s game. “I got to have the power, the authority.” While Assassins engrossed many students, some players were fairly apathetic toward the game. Others forewent Assassins altogether. “I signed up for the game thinking that I would be really involved,” said Disney Williams ‘12. “But when it came down to it, I was too lazy to go upstairs and pick up the squirt gun.” Yet for the students who did immerse themselves in the game, Assassins provided a fourday flurry of excitement and adventure — a welcome respite from the daily grind of classes, schoolwork and activities. “I almost lost friends,” Alvarado laughed, reflecting upon his Assassins experience. “But I got like five free water pistols. And pride. Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Bragging rights. Like, I am the sneakiest.”

Contact Caroline Caselli at caroline caselli@stanford.edu.

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ly — that I’m a liberal agnostic while they are conservative Catholics.” Karin, meanwhile, contends that her family issue was a newsworthy event. “For me, the point of writing about what happened to our family is to help other parents know what questions to ask and what discussions to initiate,” she wrote in a comment on the New York Times blog post. In The National Review, Karin expressed concern for her daughter’s safety in the close company of at least one male student who drinks and about the immorality of sharing a sleeping space with a member of the opposite sex before marriage. Sharikov-Bass agreed in part with Karin’s statements. “Girls should not live with any random people,” he said. “If you go into gender-neutral [housing], it should be with someone you know. It’s a matter of personal security.” As for the worst fear in such a situation with male and female strangers — rape — Sharikov-Bass wasn’t concerned. “I don’t see it being likely to happen,” he said. Barton agreed. “Parents should be more worried about the guy down the hall that their daughter drunkenly made out with at a party two weeks ago,” he said. “It comes down to the girl actually trying to use her brain and seeing what kind of guy she’s rooming with,” Tang added. “Even if you’re not rooming with a gender-neutral and you’re being really dumb and drunk, there are always issues that could possibly show up, so be smart about it and it should be ok.” Overall, Sharikov-Bass saw few differences between traditional samegender housing and gender-neutral housing. “It’s more like having a sister who lives in the same house as you,” he said. “There is a different type of interaction, but it’s not drastically different from living with a male roommate.” Tang expressed similar feelings. “It’s actually pretty simple because if I have the door closed, it’s like I have a single,” she said. “If I open the door, it’s like a double.” “The main difference is actually just how other people see it,” she admitted. “Everyone will pause and be like, ‘What, you’re living with a guy?’ I mean, it’s not drastically different because I don’t normally walk around naked anyway. Plus, there are not weird tensions with my roommate, so it’s chill.” When Sharikov-Bass told his parents in Yekaterinburg, Russia about his choice to live with Tang, he said that initially they were slightly concerned and surprised, but not outright against the idea. “They were concerned with my security more than anything else, and they were just trying to make sure this was the best decision for me,” he said. “Since I don’t think that genderneutral [housing] is such a big issue, I don’t feel like parents should have a say in it,” he added. The Morins felt quite differently, however. Karin and her husband cut off payments for Daisy’s spring-quarter tuition, forcing their daughter to take out an additional $3,000 in student loans in order to remain at Stanford. “I could talk about conspiracy theories, and how the modern university is trying to change society’s norms,” said Karin’s National Review piece. “I could talk about how the university caters to the ‘edgy’ — whatever that is at the moment.” While Daisy’s parents did not wish to make any further comment to the press, Director of Housing Assignments Sue Nunan clarified the University’s stance on gender-neutral housing. “The gender-neutral housing policies were determined by a diverse committee that met last year with input from many sources,” she wrote in an email to The Daily. “We also researched and spoke with many other universities about their genderneutral housing policies before finalizing our recommendations.” Nunan added that the program has worked “very well” this year and is being expanded to include more locations next year. Golder pointed to the increased degree of choice that the co-op living situation brings to Stanford’s housing options. “The diversity of living experiences in the residences at Stanford is a point of pride and reflects the breadth of opportunities that our students seek,” she said. “The co-ops are a critical piece of residential life at Stanford.” “And unless there is reason to believe that harm is coming to a student — something that would compromise health, safety or community — we will work to honor the culture and traditions of those houses,” she continued.“In this case, our conversations with our student indicated that she was fine and she had no interest in changing her room.” Check out the Stanford Daily online for links to Karin Morin’s article. Contact Emma Trotter at emmat@stanford.edu.

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The National Review article itself and the issues it raised spread across the Stanford campus last week, and sparked a New York Times blog entry on Wednesday entitled “The Choice.” The post received so many comments — including statements from both Daisy and Karin Morin — that a second blog entry went up later the same day. In her comment, which was similar to an email she sent to the Columbae list, Daisy asserted that she is happy with her room assignment and said that Stanford acted immediately to address the situation. “This conflict has very little to do with Stanford and gender-neutral housing,” she wrote. “It has everything to do with my parents having a hard time adjusting to the fact that I’m out of the house (I’m the oldest), I’m 3,000 miles away, and — especial-

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Today’s Question:
How do you feel about Moonbean’s closing? a) I’m furious! Moonbean’s is a Stanford Tradition! b) I’m excited! Coupa Café is incredible! c) It’s kind of sad to see Moonbean’s go, but I don’t mind that much. d) I don’t care.

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Univ.mishandled sorority housing situation
his housing Draw cycle presented many challenges to the University with the implementation of the new Master Housing Plan. One of these challenges was dealing with the sorority housing situation, as sororities witnessed 20 percent increases in rush and subsequent increases in the minimum number of new members. These increases meant the housed sororities on campus — TriDelt, Theta and Pi Phi — would face tough challenges when it came to housing its new members.While the editorial board understands the difficulties involved in housing so many additional sorority members, we believe the University’s handling of the situation was not helpful. In the past, housed sororities have been able to decide their own chapter’s housing policy, but this year, Residential Education (ResEd) sent a letter to housed sorority members nine days before the Draw deadline instructing them to give first priority to seniors, second priority to juniors and third priority to sophomores in accordance with the University’s new Master Housing Plan. This mandate was an especially difficult thing for housed sororities to face, considering they typically tell potential new members during Rush Week they will be given housing their sophomore year — a large selling point for those looking to become part of a new community quickly. No such mandate was given to housed fraternities, which were left, as usual, to decide their housing policies for themselves. This was an inappropriate move on ResEd’s part. The purpose of the University Master Housing Plan was to create an easier and fairer housing process — one very good way the new housing plan went about this was by creating a system in which upperclassmen get priority in the housing process. But in dealing with the sorority situation, ResEd failed to recognize that issuing external mandates on sororities that would prefer to decide their own housing processes is counteractive to the liberties sororities have received in the past, and makes figuring out housing much more difficult for those students involved. Instead of allowing sororities — who have the closest understanding of the interests of upperclass members, new members and the sorority as a whole — to decide their housing policies for themselves, ResEd suddenly decided that it would decide what was best for the sororities. Furthermore, notifying sororities of this new rule little more than a week before the Draw deadline forced individuals to scramble to change housing plans and create Draw groups,an undue burden considering that the University knew of the increased pledge classes several weeks before the deadline. It was also inappropriate for the University to decide that sororities would be more strictly regulated in their housing processes, while leaving fraternities free to do as they please. If the University decides to implement housing requirements for housed Greek organizations, then these policies should be mandated across all Greek houses, without discrimintation. Although members of ResEd tried hard to work with the sororities to find a solution, their ultimate decision to mandate policy was poor.The sorority housing situation has been only partially resolved — TriDelt and Pi Phi have managed to house all new members, but Theta’s housing situation remains unclear. And this result was achieved at a cost,as some upper-class members — including rising seniors — sacrificed their places and accepted Tier Three housing next year for the sake of their fellow sorority sisters. It is important to keep in mind that the University was involved in pushing sororities to increase their pledge class sizes — a decision that helped create the sorority housing crunch in the first place — and there is no reason why upperclass members should have anticipated having to deal with this housing problem as rising seniors.With over 6,000 undergraduate students on campus, the rising seniors in sororities who were affected by these policies were few, but the precedent of imposing housing decisions on private student houses instead of expressing concerns and allowing them to decide for themselves does not bode well for future housing decisions.

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Jenna Reback

Integrity first?
’d like to imagine that everyone has at least one friend who seems to always have it together (and that I’m not just massively inferior to my friends). In my case, my friend Kassandra Mangosing ‘10, has always encapsulated everything I wish I could be: down-to-earth, fully functional on five hours of sleep and skilled in hand-tohand combat. In addition to being a full-time Stanford student, Kassandra serves as the Cadet Wing Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 045, based at San Jose State University, a position that has helped her build this skill set. Though there was never a doubt in my mind that I would be an epic failure in the military, I recently became curious exactly how epic a failure I would be. Could ROTC training turn me, with all my self-indulgence, into a woman of discipline? Unfortunately, San Jose State recently ended their spring term, so following Kassandra to her training was impossible. But, in the name of pseudo-investigative journalism, I decided to design a makeshift ROTC course for myself to see both how I faired and whether I could become a person of greater integrity in the process. Because I like doing things that I know I’ll be relatively good at, I decided to start by seeing how much sense I could make out of an ROTC textbook. It was going well for the first hundred pages or so — I learned when to salute (short answer: all the time), the characteristics of an effective team (trust and commitment) and why the Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is a great piece of writing (effective rhetoric, consistent message, clear leadership vision). Things went immediately downhill when I got to the “Terrain Analysis” section (no pun intended). This requires evaluating the terrain around you and then figuring out the best locations for “cover and concealment.” After reading through the section, I decided to try to apply what I’d learned by concealing myself in the bushes outside the CoHo. Within about thirty seconds, a little boy ran up to me, burst into tears and ran away. I called for an immediate retreat and bought myself a soy latte. I then spent a good 20 minutes trying to use a protractor to determine my position relative to true North and finally decided it was “1.”Then I bought a cup of tomato basil soup. Yes, I would love to be lost in the wilderness with me, too. Feeling somewhat crushed, I decided to take a step back and practice folding the American flag. Sure, it’s something a group of military personnel usually do at once, but an ROTC pamphlet I found had a diagram on proper folding technique, so I figured it couldn’t be that hard. Unfortunately, the only flag I could get my hands on was the French Tri-Color. Automatic fail. Then, of course, came the physical fitness component of my training. Kassandra told me that although AFROTC workouts vary, they all stress “strength building and endurance.” She cited running long distances as a good example, which I immediately vetoed due to my mild scoliosis and collapsed arches, which give me, as a podiatrist once put it, “the feet of a 60-year-old woman.” Kassandra also mentioned that one morning she and her fellow cadets did a workout that included more than three hundred pushups in an hour. This morning, I woke up at 5:30, put on the closest thing I own to a uniform (a Mexican club soccer jersey that says “Rebel” in gold Gothic script), and marched around my room for a while. After saluting the mirror a few times, I began the 300 push-up challenge, which started out with me alternating pushups with aerobics and ended with me alternating pushups with lying on the floor and

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weeping. By any normal human metric, I’m in pretty good shape (for the record, Billy Blanks workout tapes are way harder than you think). I kept going with the pushups until I got to 152, at which point I collapsed, threw up and took a nap. Thus concluded the military training of Jenna Reback. Some of my other friends in ROTC told me not to be discouraged, citing a peer in their detachment (that’s military-speak for “group”) who could only do a single pull-up when he began training and can now do thirty-three in a row. As they see it, their training is about honing physical and mental strength — things that only happen through continued experience over time. Kassandra in particular explained that her ability to work well with the other cadets in her detachment came from having shared so many experiences that required everyone to push themselves past the limits of what they thought possible. Furthermore, these experiences helped her build the character and equanimity that I’m so jealous of. If anything, my half-baked ROTC training gave me further appreciation for the integrity of my friends. Though my Stanford education has benefited me in innumerable ways, I know that a little more structure and discipline couldn’t hurt me. Who knows? Maybe if I keep at it, I could eventually do 300 push-ups in an hour, too. No, probably not. Jenna is sore.Also,she would like to thank Kassandra and her other friends who made this article possible. For more info on Detachment 045, visit www.det045.com. You can reach Jenna at jreback@stanford.edu.

Take it easy, take it easy


ith midterms in full swing and all of us probably feeling at least a little bit stressed lately, I thought I’d take the time to reflect on the topic of work-life balance. My guess is that this concept is, to put it mildly, somewhat unfamiliar to most high-achieving Stanford students. I know it certainly was unfamiliar to me when I was an undergraduate at Harvard.Harvard was a thrilling intellectual atmosphere, and I’ll always be grateful for going there. But attending a top school has a dark side, too. Being constantly surrounded by incredibly successful people has the result of imprinting the need for ultra-success into your brain, as well as magnifying the feeling of failure if you don’t cure cancer by the time you’re 23. I was very ambitious in college, and I worked hard and got good grades. At graduation time, my friends and roommates all followed high-powered paths: Harvard Medical School, Goldman Sachs, Oxford for a Rhodes Scholarship, etc. And so when I finished school, I looked to carve out my own sector of the universe to be master.I had studied engineering,and was curious to explore other fields. Finance seemed interesting,and my first real job out of school was working on the floor of the New York Board of Trade as a commodity options clerk. The goal was to learn to become an options trader, and then of course make millions of dollars. One of the previous employees of my company had made just under a million dollars in a single wild day in the coffee pits. While I was there, another trader made around $500,000 in one day in orange juice. It was just like being transported into the movie “Trading Places,” except I didn’t wind up on a yacht with Jamie Lee Curtis. Instead, I wound up spending day after day getting elbowed in the face by huge,screaming, wildly gesticulating commodity futures traders. The job was exciting in some ways,and certainly a great education in finance,but I soon began to realize that this was not how I wanted to make my living. Since that time, I’ve worked in saner fields: teaching and engineering. And I’ve also worked on modulating my ambition and having more of a work-life balance.I still want to do my job really well and make a difference, but I have to remind myself that I don’t need to be Bill Gates or Mother Theresa to have an impact in the world. So why am I mentioning this all now? Well, I think achieving the kind of mindset that will allow you to have a good balance in your life be-

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gins in college. If you allow yourself to be caught up in the limitless ambition that a top school like Stanford can foster, you might find yourself forever scrambling for higher rungs of success in order to be satisfied. I also think there’s another aspect to the eternal quest for success — once you’ve achieved it,failure is harder to tolerate because it might indicate that you’re not as good as you once thought you were. It’s like the curse of being the best gunslinger in the West;the recognition is nice, but contenders are constantly coming out of the woodwork to challenge you, and you spend your time scared to death that the next one will be better than you. So what’s the cure to the treadmill? I think it’s to focus on doing your best with dedication and care, while letting go of the results. It’s easier said than done, but if you can achieve that state of mind, you’ll probably find that you succeed most of the time anyway, with a lot less stress. It also makes it easier to keep time for friends, family, relaxing, etc., because you’re less terrified of what will happen if your grades slip a bit or you have to quit one of your 18 extracurriculars. I’m not saying that no one should ever strive to start the next Google or be President of the United States. If that’s truly in your nature,then go for it.The world needs people like Larry,Sergey and Barack! My point is not to let your rarefied environment instill in you false ambition, or make you into someone you’re not. In any case, I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotations to think about when you’re deciding what classes to take, what summer job to shoot for,what career to pick or even how to spend your time. It’s by Howard Thurman, an American author and civil rights leader. And it goes like this: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” David Goldbrenner can be reached at goldbren@stanford.edu.

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Shultz relayed a story of how he objected to the State Department’s policy of using lie detector tests for its employees as a matter of principle. He argued that it was better to begin relationships on trust rather than fear. “I think you have to stick with your values,” Shultz said. “If you wind up with something you think violates that, you have to be ready to leave. These jobs are wonderful; it’s a great opportunity to represent your country. But you can’t want the job too much, otherwise you may do things you don’t like.” Rice tended to agree and framed the global war against terrorism in moral terms, recalling that the Taliban often employs tactics of embedding its terrorists in civilian apartment buildings. She also recalled meeting raped and battered women in Darfur, but said that the government was unable to assuage the situation. “If ever you feel that you’re doing something that compromises your moral values, don’t do it.” Rice said. “Sometimes you have a clear-cut case where somebody has asked you to do something that is clearly against you moral compass — don’t do it. More often, we face moral dilemmas and the answers are not clear.” Rice also pressed Shultz on the similarities between global politics and domestic life and questioned whether Shultz’s policy of tending to and “gardening” relationships was applicable on the micro level.

ID card security system delayed due to budget cuts
By ELLEN DANFORD Stanford is installing ID card access in dorms across campus, at a cost of $5 million dollars. The project has been coordinating by Stanford IT Services, along with Housing and Dining Enterprises, and has been dramatically reduced in scope due to University budget cuts. Currently, the program includes Stern, Wilbur, Schiff and Adams in Governor’s Corner, Florence Moore, Lagunita, Branner, Wilbur and Roble. Full installation will take several years to complete. “We had hoped to retrofit the upperclass residences as well, but with the financial crunch, we will likely defer those for several years,” said Chief Financial Officer Randy Livingston. The aim of the initiative is to increase the safety of students by only allowing residents of a dorm into the building with their recognized ID cards. All Stanford students are allowed into the dining halls with a valid SUID. “The installation of card-key door access systems is a long-term strategic initiative to enhance campus security,” Livingston said. “Our aspiration is to install these systems in both student residences and academic buildings throughout campus.” According to Alicia Restrepo, assistant director for Housing, Planning and Sustainability Projects, the project, which began last summer, has already seen systems set-up at Stern,Wilbur, FloMo and Branner. Lagunita is expected to finish in the next couple weeks, and Roble’s system will be running soon after Commencement. “Information Technology Services and the University projected that these installations would be completed before the end of this academic year,” added Executive Director of Student Housing Rodger Whitney. “There have been very few problems, if any.” But some students are not happy that the project has been ongoing for so long. David Kravitz ‘12 expressed frustration at the length of the project. “They told us it would be installed at Lag by winter break,” he said; the installations at Lagunita have yet to be completed. Student responses to the construction and logistics of the card system have varied. “The general student response to the installation process has been very positive,” said Craig Harbick, the front desk coordinator at Roble and Branner. “Students enjoy the convenience of just showing their cards, rather than having to fish out a key.” Other students do not see the point of installing a new way to unlock the doors to residence complexes, but not to individual rooms. “Unless the cards open our rooms and the outer doors, it’s a waste,” said Daniel Ibarra ‘12. “If you go to London School of Economics or King’s College, cards open both doors like a hotel. It’s not like we’re progressing any more technologically if we are still using keys.” Kravitz expressed the same sentiments. “I’d rather just do all keys,” he said. “Why worry about two things at once?” Livingston and Whitney, however, see the project as key to improving campus security. “There was a strong interest University-wide in improving security across campus and using new technology available to do so,” Whitney said, noting “the tragic events at Virginia Tech and elsewhere, and also experience and suggestions from parents and students who were familiar with the card access systems at other universities.” Other aspects of the project include making a plan for crisis situations and emergencies and adding extra security measures at campus residences. Student Housing plans to continue installation of card systems across campus and asks students to take care of their ID cards, seeing as it will be one of the only ways to enter buildings in coming years. Contact Ellen Danford at edanford@ stanford.edu.

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Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz fielded questions about morality, decision-making and statesmanship last night at Wilbur Dining. The discussion was the last portion of Schultz’s three-day visit as a Rathbun fellow. The two talked with 70 Wilbur students over dinner in an intimate conversation.
“If you plant a garden and then go away and come back in six months, you’ve got weeds,” Shultz said. “So if you’re any kind of a gardener, and you garden regularly — you water, you get the weeds out when they’re small — then you’ve got a good garden. “I think a lot of it is true in terms of human relationships and certainly in the arena of diplomacy,” he continued. “You have to pay attention and listen to people when nothing much is going on — you just get to know them.Then, when something starts happening that has a lot of stress in it, you’ve built a relationship and you can be candid with each other.” Shultz continued by emphasizing the value of education. He pointed out that he had been involved with universities continuously ever since he joined the MIT faculty after serving as a marine in World War II. “The University is the world of ideas,” he said. “In some of these government positions, or in business, most of the people don’t have lots of ideas. If there’s a thread connecting my life, it’s having some root in the world of ideas.” Rice’s presence at the event drew the extra scrutiny that has accompanied her visits to student residences recently. Just last week, several dozen alumni and current students marched to the University President’s office and nailed an informal indictment against the former Secretary of State, urging legal authorities to investigate and prosecute Rice. Outside the dining hall, a group of protestors, including one student dressed in orange prison garb bearing a “Say No to War” sign, demonstrated against Rice’s appearance. Two weeks ago, the national media was abuzz with commentary about a conversation — recorded and posted on YouTube — between Rice and an undergraduate during a dinner at Roble Hall. This time, Rice did not engage in any unstructured conversations with students. Electronic devices, including cameras and tape recorders, were strictly prohibited from the venue. However, there were limited numbers of protesters at the Wilbur event. While there were students dressed up as mock torture subjects and prisoners, their impact on the event was minimal.At the dinner, students were generally respectful of both Shultz and Rice and stuck to the event’s stated purpose, refraining from questioning the former public servants about controversial topics such as torture. Shultz ended with some parting wisdom for the students. “I have learned in all sorts of ways that you better learn how to listen,” he said.“Because, when you listen, you’re going to learn something. If you always have your mouth open, you don’t learn anything.” Contact Kamil Dada at kamild@ stanford.edu.

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Rice and Shultz, both former Secretaries of State, laughed and joked over dinner while talking with students. The two were cordial and answered student questions directed towards both of them.

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value of the endowment as a whole, the capital value of each endowed chair has similarly declined, meaning less revenue to support faculty salaries.” At present, a standard endowment to create a professorship costs about four million dollars, and the yearly payout — set at 5.5 percent — helps pay costs that otherwise would be taken out of tuition. Large gifts can establish new endowed positions, and when endowed faculty leave the University, their positions are passed on to new faculty. Provost John Etchemendy acknowledged that a dip in the economic climate has resulted in added pressure to the University’s general finances. “[The economy] has not affected existing endowed professorships, except that, since the endowment has declined by about 30 percent, these professorships are paying out that much less income to the budget,” Etchemendy wrote in an email to The Daily. “Since the professors who hold those chairs still have to be paid, the shortfall has to be covered, usually by general funds (that is, tuition).” As a result of the financial difficulties, Stanford will have to “impose serious restraints on faculty hiring for the next few years,” Saller said. The University will also be cutting back on raises for existing faculty. “The gross macro effect is that this year, there will be no salary raises,” Saller explained. “The endowment just won’t pay out as much this year as it has in the past.” Also ceasing are some additional means to make the most of an endowed position. In past years, certain endowments have grown over

After tweaking the Vaden Advisory Board Bill and the Sustainability Bill for ASSU Internal Events, the Undergraduate Senate unanimously passed both bills in Tuesday night’s meeting.The body then discussed organizational changes to better specify the purview of committees and communication issues. At the meeting, ASSU Vice President Jay de la Torre ‘10 announced that the ASSU Executive Cabinet has been selected for the upcoming year. Andy Parker ‘11 and Bennett Hauser ‘10 will share top Executive Cabinet positions as co-chiefs of staff. Executive Cabinet members were maintained in areas that continue the legacy of mental health, diversity and tolerance and sustainability pioneered by previous ASSU Executives Jonny Dorsey ‘09 and Fagan Harris ‘09, de la Torre added. Incoming School of Education graduate student Jon McNaughtan will serve as the new Executive Cabinet member responsible for graduate student out-

reach. In accordance with the new Executives’ emphasis on improved technologies and communication, there will also be a chair of marketing and human computer interaction, as well as a chair of technology. Senator Alex Katz ‘12, chair of the Admin & Rules Committee, noted an interest in re-evaluating and making revisions to the Undergraduate by-laws, noting three major flaws pertaining to the responsibilities of each committee within the Senate. “First is a lack of responsibility for oversight of the internal Senate activities,” Katz said. He also addressed redefining the responsibilities of the Student Life, Housing & Education Committee (SLHE). “Right now, SLHE has a budget to do programming for the undergraduate student body, and we think that is more appropriate for the communications, which is more in charge of interfacing directly with the student body,” Katz said. He also proposed the specification of clear differences between the SLHE and Advocacy Committees, which he

described as, currently,“two amorphous blobs.” Katz suggested codifying the separation between the two by changing SLHE to a committee that addressed health instead of housing, while leaving its other objectives intact. Essentially, such a committee would address student life and voluntary student organizations (VSOs), and would act as an oversight body to changes in University policy and the like. Katz suggested that the role of the Advocacy Committee be further specified with a name change to Community & Residential Life Advocacy (CRLA), focusing more on issues of housing and dining, administration credibility and transparency, public service, student services and advocacy for community centers. Senator Zach Johnson ‘10, although in agreement with the spirit of better specifying the goals of each committee, disagreed over what he saw as constraining to the actions of each committee and to A&R setting the agenda for what committees ought to be doing. “I think we’re limiting ourselves and making it too bureaucratic,” Johnson said.

As the Senate struggles to determine the best means of communication with the student body, the body returned to its discussion about the possibility of hiring a press secretary, which has been a consideration since the last Senate left office. “The way you set out the vision, it still seems almost like a reporter to me, but backed by the Senate,” said Senator Mohammed Ali ‘10. Several senators seemed to be in agreement with what Anton Zietsman ‘12, chair of the Appropriations Committee, described as a “logical” assumption that the senators, as elected officials, should have access to information that will enable them to better communicate with all members of the undergraduate community. “I think that as the representatives of the undergraduate class, it makes sense that we should have access to every member of that undergraduate class,” Zietsman said.“I think that it would be in the best interest of the undergraduate class to know what we’re doing.” Contact Zoe Richards at iamzoe@stanford.edu.

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facilitate Open Office Hours, which opened in March. Dr. B.J. Fogg, of the Persuasive Technology Lab, and Dr. Abraham Verghese, of Stanford Medical School, hosted Office Hours in March and April, respectively. Hsu said he hopes to invite professors, administrators and athletics officials from across the University to participate in Stanford Open Office Hours. “I’d love to see about one professor a month on an ongoing basis,” Hsu said. Viewers can ask questions about the videos by posting comments, and hosts answer the most relevant questions in one to two additional videos in the following weeks. “It’s a very efficient way of communicating in a brief, highly focused format,”Zimbardo said.“I think it’s working. I got 70 to 100 replies.”

Many of these replies came from incoming freshmen and past students, as well as from “fans” not formally affiliated with the University. But with so many disparate users, does posting a question that can be read by thousands on Facebook truly allow for an intimate academic experience? Given the large number of responses to each video, participating professors have found it hard to respond to everyone who posts a question. “It’s not one-to-one; it’s one-tomany,” Zimbardo said. Still, he believes Open Office Hours could be a valuable tool to allow the University to reach shy students or students who are too busy for in-person office hours. “I think it should be worked into the curriculum,” he said. Dominique Lyew ‘12, who posted the first response to Professor Zimbardo’s video, wasn’t turned off by the vast numbers of people who might read her response, and believes the main asset of Open Office Hours is accessibility.

“I don’t mind that my questions are public; it’s somehow less intimidating than asking in private,” Lyew said.“By seeing other people’s responses, you know what people have asked, so you can build on topics and avoid being repetitive.” Lyew also believes she is more likely to attend in-person office hours after having participated in Open Office Hours. “I always just assumed his normal office hours would be full of people trying to talk to him, or that I should not go because I’m not in any of his classes and so I might not have anything relevant to say,” Lyew said. Hsu agreed that one of the goals of Stanford Open Office Hours is to allow students and other Facebook users to interact with academics they otherwise would not. “I never took a class from Professor Zimbardo when I was a student at Stanford, and I’ve always regretted that,” Hsu said. “In a way, I’m making up for lost time, and I’m simply inviting others to the party.” Zimbardo has not yet posted his

response video, but plans to have it up sometime next week. “Next time, I will answer questions. I printed out 70 and will touch on the most interesting ones,” he said. “Some asked about time perspective, some about shyness and some people just love the pocket pal.” The “pocket pal” refers to the small puppet Zimbardo used as a prop in his Facebook video. “It was just by chance I had it on the table,” Zimbardo said. “A college student from another school who was a fan of mine had crocheted it for me.” Contact Kate Barber at kbarber@stanford.edu.

time and accumulated enough funds to be split into two endowed positions, a process called “chair-splitting” which results in multiple positions with the same name. “I must say, in the current climate, that kind of [chair-splitting] is much less likely to be happening,” Hinton said. Saller agreed that without a growing stock market, chair-splitting is simply “not happening.” Endowed faculty, however, are not directly feeling the pinch. Faculty salaries are settled independently of endowed positions, so a drop in endowment doesn’t usually affect their finances, although the title does arguably provide some prestige. “[Offering an endowed position] can be one among several factors in attracting and retaining faculty, especially against offers from other universities,” Hinton said. Faculty agreed that an endowed professorship, while providing a prestigious title, has little to no effect on career. When asked how an endowed position affected his career, Political Science Prof. Joshua Cohen replied by email, “not at all.” “The truth is, it’s not that big a deal,” said Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations Stephen Krasner. “The more [endowed positions] there are, the less important each one is. You wouldn’t retain a faculty member with just the position itself — you’d need other factors.” The opportunity for a named endowment, however, appeals greatly to donors and is a key factor in soliciting large gifts for the University. “Stanford has arguably the best faculty in the nation,” Saller said. “Donors are absolutely delighted to be associated with Stanford faculty, and a named endowment is one way to do that.” Contact Ellen Huet at ehuet@stanford.edu.

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5/13 Sunken Diamond GAME NOTES: The Stanford baseball team will host University of the Pacific this evening at 5 p.m. on Sunken Diamond. The team is coming off of a marathon 13inning game in San Jose last night, pulling out an important 6-5 victory over the Spartans. The Cardinal will hope that the win provides some momentum for a late-season push, as it tries the make a run for the NCAA Tournament.
ingly end the game. However, Martin reached first on a wild pitch. Two consecutive infield singles followed before a wild pitch by Storen scored the tying run, sending the game to extra innings. Despite this slip up, Stanford players still have the utmost confidence in Storen. “Drew is definitely our guy,” Kiilsgaard said. “We go to him when the game is tight. We’ll go to him as early as he is ready. He got unlucky tonight, but we know he did his job as best he could.” The Cardinal took the lead in the top of the ninth with a cheap run of its own. With two outs, senior centerfielder Joey August reached on a throwing error by the second baseman. Gerhart and Kiilsgaard would then follow with consecutive singles to score junior pinch runner Wande Olabisi to give the Cardinal the lead. Coming through with clutch hits is something Kiilssgaard expects himself to do. “Hitting clean-up, I expect a lot of myself,

Greinke is unknown superstar
f you haven’t heard the story of Zack Greinke, you need to. It’s a story of fame, tragedy and reconciliation, all in one. And the kid is only 25. He has been a phenom, a bust and just about everything in between. If you don’t follow baseball closely, here is the CliffsNotes version of what the Kansas City Royals right hander has done this season: In seven starts, he is 6-1 (his lone loss coming when he threw a complete game four hitter, but his team lost 10) with a 0.51 ERA. He has thrown four complete games, two complete game shutouts, and struck out 59 while walking just eight batters. The numbers don’t describe it all though. Greinke is doing things with a baseball no pitcher has done before. He throws 96 mph fastballs on the corner, followed by 58 mph curveballs. He has a four-pitch repertoire with complete command of all his pitches, and an uncanny ability to add and subtract on the mound as necessary. But despite being the best pitcher in baseball right now, it has not always been easy for Greinke. After being a can’t-miss two-way prospect out of Apopka High School in Florida, the Royals selected him in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft. Greinke flew through the minor leagues pitching like a man among boys. He made his major league debut at the age of 20 on May 22, 2004. He spent the rest of the season in the Royals rotation, and was eventually named the team’s pitcher of the year. The next year, however, is where it all went south. For the first time in his life, Greinke struggled mightily on the field. In 2005, he went 5-17 with a 5.80 ERA. But there was more to his troubles than mechanics or performance. In Feb. 2006, Greinke left the Royals for personal reasons and was diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder and depression. Despite playing in a small market like Kansas City, Greinke was overwhelmed, disinterested and, most importantly, tired of baseball. This would have destroyed most players’ promise — but not Greinke’s. He took time off from baseball, and eventually came back to pitch in Double-A that season — because it was more fun — before being recalled to the majors after the Double-A season was finished. He spent the next two seasons in the big leagues improving, before finally achieving the promise that was predicted for him all his life this year. Why is this so special? Because with the exception of maybe Josh Hamilton (whose drug addiction was also a mental issue, although there were other factors in play), such a comeback rarely occurs. Racking my brain through all the sports knowledge I may or may not have, I cannot come up with a single other example of a player, especially a pitcher — as they tend to be the biggest head cases on the field — who came back the way Greinke has. You can’t help but root for the guy. He is a normal guy, with normal problems. His social awkwardness would in fact fit right in here at Stanford. He’s not a ‘roider, he is not a cocky jock, but instead just a guy who speaks his mind and is masterful at his craft. This is not to mention how entertaining it is to watch him pitch. He has a boyish face, yet the mind of a pit-bull on the mound. He doesn’t mind brushing a batter off the plate in anticipation of buckling his knees on the next pitch. If you look at his stoic impression on the mound, you’d think he is bored — which he probably is. Thus he remains creative, and makes pitching fun for himself. Zack Greinke is a great story for baseball, and a great story for life. Find a way to watch him; you’ll find it both impressive and inspiring. Let Dan Bohm know what you think of his new man-crush at bohmd@stanford.edu.


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The Stanford baseball team blew a late lead against San Jose State last night, but bounced back to beat the Spartans in extra innings. The team will host Pacific tonight at 5 p.m. on Sunken Diamond.

Sophomore outfielder Kellen Kiilsgaard scored Jeff Whitlow with a 13th-inning single to put the Stanford baseball team ahead for good in a 6-5 victory,Tuesday night at San Jose State.

The Cardinal survived a topsy-turvy game in which the Spartans scored a run with two outs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Senior Blake Hancock picked up his first win of the season with two shutout innings of relief. Whitlow, a senior outfielder who entered

the game for defense in the ninth, hit a one-out double in the 13th. He moved to third on a single by junior left-fielder Toby Gerhart and then scored on Kiilsgaard’s single to right. Stanford looked to have the game under wraps in the bottom of the ninth. Star sophomore closer Drew Storen picked up two quick outs before striking out Jason Martin to seem-

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Conference finals loom for track
Team travels to Eugene for Pac-10s this weekend

The Stanford track and field team heads to the Pac-10 Championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore. However, the team already has a good start toward securing team titles thanks to multi-event athletes, sophomores Corey Dysick and Whitney Liehr. Dysick and Liehr were in Eugene last weekend, as the multi-event part of the Pac-10 Championships started early. Representing the men, Dysick competed in the decathlon for the first time this season, achieving a personal best of 6,864 points. Dysick’s best event was the pole vault, in which he secured a regional mark and a career best with a vault of 16-6 3/4. Dysick’s performance allowed him to gather four points for the Cardinal men. Liehr picked up three points for the women with her personal best finish of 5,459 points, just shy of the automatic standard. Liehr had two standout events, the 100 meter hurdles and the long jump. Her leap of 19-11 1/2 was also a regional qualifying mark. With an established base at the Pac-10 Championships, the rest of the team will hope to contend for the men’s and women’s titles. “Obviously we would love to win both sides,” said fifth-year senior and team captain Claire Cormier-Thielke. “If we pull together and commit to some great performances, anything is possible.” The women won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) title in indoors mere months ago, and the men were close to the top as well. Most of the great indoor talent has carried over to the outdoor season, with some added runners as well. This speaks to the fact that the men and women do have a great chance to secure the title in such a highly competitive arena. “Just a few weeks ago, we defeated Cal in the dual meet on both the men’s and women’s sides,” Cormier-Thielke said. “That’s a meaningful accomplishment as Cal is one of the top Pac-10 teams.” Cormier-Thielke herself will be competing in the 800 meters, an event stacked with top runners, all running incredibly similar times. However, she is confident and looking for a Pac-10 Championship title in the event; she will also be running the 4x400 relay.


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Equestrian teams grows from humble beginnings to reach third at nationals
events. Stanford carried momentum on its shoulders into the postseason, where the young group of 37 placed third at nationals. Not bad for a team that ballooned from only a handful of riders back in the 1990s. “When I was a student, we did alright, but only had six horses because it was challenging for students to be full time managers of the horses,” remembers head coach Vanessa Bartsch ‘99. So how does a team grow from six horses to 25? “John Arrillaga said he would help out with funding about four years ago,” Bartsch said.“It was really special because although John is not a big horse guy, he loved the program and allowed horse people to actually run it.” But even armed with funding, enthusiasm from 37 riders and the knowledge that

ittle is known about the Stanford equestrian team — in a school with 35 varsity programs, the club scene can find itself tucked into a corner. Nevertheless, Cardinal riders enjoyed an almost perfect season, dominating their schedule with 13 wins in 15


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equestrian is a budding varsity sport around the nation, Stanford remains at the club level. Bartsch reasoned out this decision. “We have five or six male riders, some of whom are the best in the country, and to keep the spirit of our team and allow our team to participate, and not just be a women’s sport, we should stay at the club level.” Remaining a club sport also allows the program more flexibility in caring for and managing the horses. Each student dedicates hours a week to the barn, beyond merely riding a horse. Last year’s team of just under 40 members put an astounding 5,000 hours in over the season. Caring for horses takes time and effort, but the hours a rider puts in reciprocate in the arena. Around a program with funding and popularity, Bartsch watched what was once a fledging idea grow into its own campus culture — between one third and one half of the team lives at Stanford over the summer to help with the horses. “Our students do it because they love horses,” Bartsch said. “They are able to find a home at the barn of great kids, too.” Four years running, Stanford’s dedicated crew has won zone and regional championships in the English division, with third place honors at nationals to conclude the 2009 season. Bartsch pointed out that there is a downside to being a one-horse-show on the West Coast. “We are in Zone One, which stretches from British Columbia down to Arizona,” she noted. “Zone Two is the state of New York.” But while travel can take a toll on riders, many of whom will graduate Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford’s horses avoid the travel bug. Each competition features its own horses, meaning riders who compete are saddling up on a horse they have never worked with.This also presents a fair playing field for the competitors. Stanford’s talented equestrian crew includes senior team co-president Lisa Rincon, ranked No. 13. Adding to Stanford’s competitive team, sophomore Chris Holve fin-

ished third and senior Anne Gomez took fifth at nationals this year. All three are primarily Western riders, although the team’s forte in the saddle is English. Bartsch broke down the team’s stylistic strengths. “Our goals for the Western team are still quite demanding, but it’s a smaller pool of riders to choose from,” she explained. “We developed 25 competitive riders from a pool of 80 in English.” As competitive as Stanford’s team is, physical education classes, which are open to all comers, are a staple at the Red Barn, running several sessions a week. One of the Card’s elite riders blossomed out of this PE program. Now one of the premier riders in Stanford’s program, senior Alex Ja-

cobs first saddled up early this season, and now owns a travel spot as a Walk-Trot rider. The season begins in mid-September, and carries until the national finals in late April. Some start young; others, like Jacobs, in their senior year of college. Riding is a sport in which 50-year-olds compete with twenty-somethings, regardless of gender. “It’s one of those sports you can do for a lifetime,” Bartsch remarked. “My goal as a coach is to provide the skills and love of riding that will last a lifetime . . . I love teaching, I love riding, I love coming to work every day in one of the most beautiful barns in the country.” Contact Chris Fitzgerald at chrishfitz@gmail.com.

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Junior Kara Bennett competes in the high jump for the Stanford track and field team last month. The Cardinal will be looking to capture a conference championship this weekend as it takes part in the Pac-10 Championships.
Other top athletes for the women include seniors Lauren Centrowitz, Alicia Follmar, Idara Otu and Michaela Wallerstedt, junior Griffin Matthew, sophomores Brittni Dixon-Smith and Arantxa King, and freshmen Laurynne Chetelat and Katerina Stefanidi. The men, too, boast a talented squad, led by the likes of seniors Myles Bradley and Garrett Heath, sophomore Elliot Heath, and freshmen Chris Derrick and Amaechi Morton. Elliot Heath and Derrick will face off against Oregon’s superstar, Galen Rupp, in the 3,000 meters. Additionally, Derrick, ranked seventh in the nation for the 5,000 meters, will face Rupp once more in that event, where Rupp holds the No. 1 seed. “If we want to compete for the title, it’s going to take a complete team effort,” said senior team captain Hakon DeVries. “Distance runners, sprinters, throwers and jumpers are all going to have to contribute.” Although a relatively young team, the Cardinal’s energy is unmatched, and the combined motivation of each athlete could bring a championship title to fruition. DeVries will be competing in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters. Placing fifth in the 1,500 last year, DeVries once again hopes to score points for the team and provide the necessary push toward victory. Going into the meet as the fastest 110-meter hurdler is senior team captain Myles Bradley. Nearly untouchable in the event, Bradley will look to improve his own Stanford record, and hopefully move up in the national rankings. Most importantly, Bradley’s potential event win could contribute massive points to the team. “The men’s team has not placed very high at this meet over the past few years,” Bradley said,“so we really want to return to the top and finish well.” Both vying for the titles, the Cardinal men and women hope to provide some excellent performances to claim the Pac-10 Championship, and also prepare for the upcoming regional and national meets. Contact Anarghya Vardhana at vardhana@stanford.edu.

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and the team expects a lot out of me,” the sophomore said. “I enjoy coming up in those important spots and driving in big runs.” Storen, who came on to work the Cardinal out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh, was unable to hold the lead. Lost in the marathon of a game was the pitching performance of Stanford starter Michael Marshall. The sophomore, making his first start of the season and second of his career, went five shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out two. He left the game with a onerun lead that the Cardinal bullpen was unable to hold onto. Kiilsgaard led the Cardinal offense in the game. He had a third hit to go along with his two late-inning run-scoring singles. Whitlow was also two-for-two off the bench. The game turned in the bottom of

“Hitting cleanup, I expect a lot of myself...”

sophomore outfielder
the seventh. With the Cardinal leading 4-2 and runners on second and third, the game was delayed when San Jose State coach Sam Piraro came out to argue that Stanford reliever Danny Sandbrink had balked. Sandbrink turned toward second for a pickoff attempt, but no infielder was present. He then spiked the

ball into the ground and allowed sophomore shortstop Jake Schlander to pick it up. Piraro argued, but to no avail, as he was quickly ejected. The balk controversy would be deemed meaningless quickly as Martin would then double into right center, just out of the reach of a diving Kiilsgaard, scoring both runs and tying the game. After reliever Alex Pracher came in and surrendered an infield single, Storen was summoned. He then struck out consecutive batters to wiggle Stanford out of the jam. This would be the end of the scoring until the ninth. The Western Athletic Conference-leading Spartans made a mess of the game’s scorebook, as they used 25 players in the game. Only five of the team’s original starters were still in the lineup at game’s end. Despite the long game, Stanford has a quick turnaround as it plays host to the University of Pacific this evening at 5 p.m. on Sunken Diamond. Contact Dan Bohm at bohmd@stanford.edu.

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