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TALKING TO PROFS
One of Stanford’s most touted resources seems underutilized
Softball wins four straight, but bad weather forces cancellation of Sunday’s games
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The Stanford Daily
TUESDAY February 24, 2009
An Independent Publication
Volume 235 Issue 16
GSB accepts GRE takers
Business school opens up admission requirements to diversify student body, attract variety of applicants
By ROBERT TOEWS
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TUNING UP THE TREE
Professor William Dement lectures in his “Sleep and Dreams” class. Recent questioning of the class’s ability to fulfill the Natural Sciences GER requirement has brought attention in general to the process of GER certification.
A LOOK AT THE GER APPROVAL
GER accreditation involves multiple levels of review
By AN LE NGUYEN
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
All Stanford undergraduates must fulfill a number of General Education Requirements (GERs) before graduation, but the process by which these courses gain accreditation has remained largely ambiguous. Now, the recent controversy surrounding Professor William Dement’s “Sleep and Dreams” course has thrust this procedure into the spotlight. “We have to take a broad range of interdisciplinary classes so [that] we have extensive knowledge in all fields of academics,” noted Dennis Chan ‘11, who is contemplating a major in psychology. But like many of his peers, Chan remains uncertain as to why some classes qualify for GERs while others do not. “Basically, you do what you have to do,” Chan said, “but I’m worried because I have to finish my pre-med requirements — and requirements for my major — in addition to the GERs.” The General Education Requirement In order for a class to attain GER certification, it must meet a number of basic requirements. Instructors must have received their Ph.D., and the course must be offered for a letter grade and a total of at least three units. While graduate students are not allowed to teach GER courses, lecturers and adjunct faculty are entitled to have their courses accredited as satisfying these University requirements. Integral to the certification system is the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP), which is responsible for formulating and evaluating the guidelines that govern undergraduate education. The committee handles policies related to the structure and quality of the curriculum, and oversees University requirements for earning a baccalaureate degree. “C-USP does much more than certify GERs,” emphasized Philippe Buc, the committee’s chair and a professor of history, in an email to The Daily. “The student body can expect it to take on new issues and bring recommendations to the Faculty Senate for further discussion and vote.” The committee is presently examining grade inflation, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of allowing the use of
Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) has decided to accept the GRE exam in place of the more traditional GMAT in applications to its MBA program. Many other top-tier business schools, including MIT, the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins, have made a similar policy change in recent years. The GRE is a general standardized test for graduate school, whereas the GMAT is used exclusively by business schools. The move was motivated by a desire to attract undergraduate applicants from a broader range of majors and interests to the MBA program. “We believe in the validity of the GMAT, but we do not feel the GMAT is the only way to measure aptitude for graduate study in management,” said Derrick Bolton, director of MBA admission at the GSB, in an email to The Daily. “We hope this decision removes a barrier — mental, financial or otherwise — and gives us exposure to a talented group of candidates we might not otherwise see.” According to the Educational Testing Service, the largest standardized test organization, the GRE is offered in 165 countries while the GMAT is offered in only 100. Therefore, schools that
accept the GRE may hope to build a larger international student body. But some are skeptical of the impact the decision will have in reality. “In my opinion at least, the verbal section of the GRE is way tougher than that of the GMAT,” said Cristoph Dankert, a firstyear MBA student. “Overall, I don’t think it will have a big impact.” Further, lack of diversity in the GSB’s student body is not as large a problem as some might think. Bolton said it is a misconception that only individuals with undergraduate degrees in business or accounting should or do apply to business school. “We have always accepted students from a wide variety of undergraduate concentrations and majors, and that continues,” he said. “I believe our 360 or so first-year MBAs comprise well over 120 majors.” Bolton added that the majority of current MBA students at Stanford received liberal arts degrees as undergraduates, with only about 15 percent of current MBA students having majored in business or accounting as undergraduates. The Graduate School of Business was unable to comment on specific application data for this year, as the application process has not yet concluded.
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In a stunt pulled yesterday as part of the competition to become the Stanford Band’s official Tree, Benjamin Cortes ‘11 stuffed himself inside a bass drum as other musicians played on. The new Tree will be announced this week.
SCIENCE & TECH
Email system offers easy address finding
“SEAmail” allows users to email by category rather than contact info
By FATIMA WAGDY
University researchers plan to test a new email system that will allow users to send email simply by specifying the characteristics of their recipients — without even knowing their names or email addresses. SEAmail, the new program, will allow users to type criteria like ‘Stanford Professors who went to Harvard,’ and the database of the system will send the email to those people who fit that criteria. The user does not need to know the email address, create a list or even know the recipients’ names. It is a way of interacting
with software, without having to pay attention to all the details. “You want to send messages to people or roles, not to strings of characters,” said Associate Professor of Computer Science Michael Genesereth. In a prototype that was recently tested, users could input “Michael Genesereth” and the email would be sent to his most recent email address. In addition, the system would not require users to keep track of an address book. SEAmail is short for Semantic Email Addressing, a research project that first began three to four years ago in the University’s computer science department. Michael Genesereth and Senior Research Associate Charles Petrie were the main developers behind the sys-
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Stanford splits pair in SoCal
Card wins close contest on Saturday to snap skid
By JEFF LU
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Women’s tennis beats Gaels
By ANTHONY NGUYEN
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
A combination of overwhelming offensive play and steady serving carried the Stanford men’s volleyball team to their first conference victory on the road last weekend, effectively ending a five-game losing streak away from home. Despite an initial loss to No. 4 Cal State-Northridge in a slugfest, the Cardinal pulled through on Saturday to defeat No. 13 UC-Santa Barbara in a five-set nail-biter. No. 7 Stanford (9-7, 5-6 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) kicked off its back-toback road games with a visit to Cal StateNorthridge on Friday. Outsider hitters sophomore Spencer McLaughlin and junior Evan Romero had 18 and 17 kills, respectively, and were boosted by 49 assists by junior setter Kawika Shoji. But Stanford was unable to convert strong individual performances into a team victory as the Cardinal crumbled in a 36-34, 27-30, 30-21, 35-33 loss to the Matadors. From a statistical point of view, the Stanford team had all the ingredients necessary to concoct a victory. The Cardinal put up 12 team blocks to Northridge’s four, limited service errors to 12, managed an
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Sophomore Hilary Barte won both her singles and doubles matches against Saint Mary’s. The Cardinal rebounded after an early exit from the Indoor Championships last weekend.
There’s no place like home — especially for the Stanford women’s tennis team, which is nearly invincible on the Farm. The No. 11 Cardinal women kicked off a six-match home stand with a 5-2 win over Saint Mary’s, raising their dual-match record to 6-2 on the season. The much-needed victory came after a disappointing showing at the National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc., where Stanford was eliminated in the first round by No. 5 Notre Dame.Adding to its road woes, the Cardinal dropped its final consolation match to No. 10 Miami. “They’re a pretty good team, and it’s always tricky scheduling after the Indoors — it’s a big tournament,” said Stanford head coach Lele Forood. “There are always a lot of physical and emotional letdowns. It was a good match to get us back on track.” Like its performances prior to the Indoors, Stanford took the early lead with a sweep in doubles action by scores of 8-3, 8-1 and 8-5. The top duo of sophomore Hilary Barte and junior Lindsay Burdette led the charge as Stanford’s lone ranked doubles team in the latest collegiate rankings.
Carrying the intensity into singles, the Cardinal quickly wrapped up the match, winning on four of the six courts. At No. 1, Barte won a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Saint Mary’s Alex Poorta. Barte has yet to lose in a singles dual match this season. Sophomore Carolyn McVeigh followed with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Sabina Gunnarsson for the 3-1 edge. Finally, Burdette clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 2, her first match at the second spot this season. Senior Jessica Nguyen added a fifth point with a 6-2, 4-6 (10-7) win over Anna Chikhikvishvili, after dropping down to No. 3 in the lineup. “Jessica felt she had to work on her game a little bit,” Forood said of the switch. “Playing at No. 2 is a bit of a struggle if you’re not completely sharp. Lindsay’s been playing well, so it was mutually decided to be the best thing to do at the moment.” “Jessica was great with the plan,” Forood added. After an eye-opening Indoors, the freshmen on the squad continued to struggle on the court. Freshman Veronica Li dropped a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6 (10-8) decision
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The Stanford Daily
Sparking intellect... and conversation
Students cite intimidation as a barrier to attending professor office hours
By JOCELYN SEARS
hearts of talented and accomplished Stanford undergraduates. “I had Tobias Wolff for Journeys [IHUM] last year,” said a sophomore who chose to remain anonymous for privacy reasons. “He was pretty intimidating because he’s so successful.” Finding something to say to impress such remarkable faculty can be such an obstacle that some students would rather not bother. Others are simply shy, and getting over the initial hump of nervousness may be the hardest part. “I was intimidated the first time [I met with a professor],” said Katie McCaffree ’12. She noted, however, that having that first successful experience lessened her anxiety. Yet not all experiences are successful, and one indifferent or rude professor can leave students a bit slighted such that another meeting seems bound to be unpleasant. For while some professors’ achievements cause intimidation, others may just seem standoffish or unwelcoming. “Some professors are simply unapproachable,” noted Cameron Mullen ’11. Certain undergraduates also shrink from infringing on professors’ busy schedules. Olivia Haas ’11, a student in Gross’s popular Psychology 1 course last fall, said that while she enjoys meeting one-on-one with professors often, she is cautious about requesting a slot in their schedules. “I am very, very aware of how busy they are, and that can be intimidating,” Haas said. “I would have loved to go to Prof. Gross’s office hours; it’s just that he appeared so busy. Even if he said, ‘email me a time,’ I just couldn’t do it because I knew how busy he was.” The faculty’s hectic schedules lead some students to defer attending office hours until they have a very clear question or goal in mind. This often causes pressure to come up with earth-shattering insight or a particularly thorny question that they feel will justify their taking up a professor’s time. But coming up with such an impressive question or point can create stress, such that students may put off making appointments with faculty to the point that they never attend one. Additionally, Stanford students themselves lead exceptionally busy lives. So busy, in fact, that they may struggle to find a free block of time, or think that doing so will add more stress to an already packed schedule. “[Finding time] is a big part of it, for me, being excessively busy myself,” Haas noted. In the midst of such busyness, the smallest misgiving could be enough to stop an already timid student from making the extra effort to meet with a professor outside of class. Yet the relatively small size of Stanford means that professors are more available for one-on-one consultations than they might be at larger universities. Professors may hold significant knowledge on life or careers in fields students can tap into, and give their expertise in a particular discipline. What, then, can be done to encourage hesitant students to knock on that door? Funnily enough, professors can appeal to students’ stomachs and intense love of free food. “My Math 51 professor had cupcakes,” said Mullen, who often attended her office hours, along with the biology department socials that offer free pizza. But really, nothing is more encouraging than the professor’s desire to spend time with students. Mullen commented that he enjoyed his Math 51 professor’s office hours
pproaching a Nobel laureate is no casual undertaking. Professors at Stanford are one of the most touted resources available to students, yet many find it difficult to talk to professors face to face. Others simply don’t make use of office hours. And while some students certainly utilize office hours to ask questions or get to know faculty members, the extent to which undergraduates visit professors varies drastically from person to person. “Some students, including first-quarter freshmen, will visit my office hours for discussion many times in a quarter,” said Associate Professor of Psychology James Gross. “Other students, including advanced students, never visit.” Talking with and getting to know professors produce many tangible benefits for students. It may signal interest in a class, get questions answered, make connections for future research opportunities or determine whom to choose as a faculty advisor. “It’s a really valuable resource,” said Anton Strenger ’10. “Almost more than the classes you take because it’s a one-on-one setting.” Still, Strenger admits that even he doesn’t utilize this resource frequently. So why does this discrepancy exist? There’s a myriad of reasons — one is the fear factor. Many students simply find the intelligent, knowledgeable and often famous Stanford faculty intimidating. Having a professor who is a successful writer, a prize-winning researcher or a premier thinker in his or her field is enough to strike fear even in the
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Students attend a BIOSCI 42 lecture. Listening to professors lecture is often the closest students get to knowing their professors.
because she made a point to be approachable and open to students’ questions and concerns. The cupcakes simply served as physical evidence of this welcoming atmosphere. The best thing professors can do, then, is to express their desire to meet with students and emphasize that office hours are a lowpressure time — a simple opportunity for students to discuss their problems or ideas, whether they are based on class or life content. One short comment can go a long way. Associate Professor of English Nicholas Jenkins asked members of his Poetry and Poetics class to come meet with him, joking that he is lonely when no students come to office hours. “Faculty are sometimes puzzled by an apparent disconnect,” Jenkins said. “Students consistently tell us that they would like more direct, intellectual contact with professors. And yet in office hours many professors stare at an empty chair opposite them where a student who wanted direct, intellectual contact would come in and sit.” Students can relax, because the bottom line is that most faculty members sincerely want to talk with students, despite their busy schedules. “If there were one message I could give to students, it’s that the faculty are happy to talk with students,” Gross said. “Indeed, one of the greatest pleasures as a faculty member at Stanford is talking with the amazing, talented and diverse students who make up the undergraduate student body.” Contact Jocelyn Sears at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ost of us remember the days of MySpace back in high school, when suddenly instant messaging just wasn’t tain features might be more attractive to younger crowds. It also seems as though older, college-aged kids have abandoned their old MySpace accounts in favor of Facebook. “Back in the day when Facebook was just a college thing, high school kids needed to have a networking site, too,” explained Pra Chandrasoma ’09. “I got one because everyone else did.” When Chandrasoma reached college and was able to get a Facebook profile instead, he switched. “I got a Facebook profile and for some reason I felt safer, like it was more legit,” Chandrasoma said. “I let my MySpace go by the wayside.” As Professor B.J. Fogg, who works on persuasive technology, explained, “Facebook was designed from the start for college students, so it’s a better fit for Stanford students than other services.” But there are pluses to retaining a MySpace page. Both Watts and
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“People just contact you. Facebook is less sketchy.And now that we’re in the age of Facebook, you actually have to think about privacy.” Privacy concerns are a big factor for switching to Facebook, Fogg noted. “Facebook is the ‘high-trust’ place to be,” he explained. Chandrasoma, however, had a different problem with his MySpace. Instead of worrying about who was viewing his profile, he had to worry about who was messing with it. “My MySpace profile got hacked a lot,” he said. “My Facebook never got hacked. It’s just better run, with better aesthetics and a better interface. MySpace is just sketch.” Despite his personal dislike for MySpace, Chandrasome and his band members created a page for their band Occam’s Razor. “It’s conventional wisdom for bands,” he noted. Fagan Harris ’09, ASSU vice president and a member of Occam’s Razor, agreed. “There are many notable examples of bands who have made it on MySpace,” Harris pointed out.“There is an online scene; it’s great for networking.” Networking How effective each site is for networking seems to be a key factor in how students determine which site they will use. For bands, MySpace is the place to be discovered, and for most students, as with Watts and Leatherwood, it was only natural to get a Facebook page because all of their friends had one. “What’s the point of using a service your friends don’t use?” Fogg probed. “When it comes to social networking, the leading service will become even more dominant.” This seems to be the case regarding Facebook and MySpace. As college students have embraced Facebook accounts, many have stopped using MySpace — and the trend is spreading. “The people that I interact with more are on Facebook,” Watts noted. But for some, MySpace remains a major network.Victoria Whittaker ’09 still uses both her MySpace and her Facebook to keep in touch with friends. “Most of my friends from home don’t have Facebook; they have MySpace,” Whittaker said. “But
Although deemed sketchy and messy, some students stick with MySpace
By E.BLAIR LAING
cool enough. “One day you didn’t know it existed, and the next day everybody had it,” recalled Janelle Leatherwood ’10. “I got it when my friends got it.” “I got one because everybody else had one,” agreed Caroline Watts ’10. “It was the hip thing to do.” “Because everyone else did” But who actually uses MySpace anymore? It seems like nowadays the only people who still use MySpace are young kids and sex offenders. That’s probably not just because MySpace has some inherent attraction to the young or the perverted, although cer-
Leatherwood put a fair amount of time into their MySpace profiles in high school, and enjoyed the aesthetic freedom. Myspace offers much more flexibility in page design than Facebook, with colors, backgrounds, songs, videos and more. But she now considers this aspect just an “extra” which she was fine giving up when she switched. “Facebook isn’t really a visual pleasure, the way MySpace was,” Leatherwood said, “but MySpace creeped me out.” The Sketchy Factor The “creep out” factor seems to be one of main concerns about MySpace which may have damaged its reputation among college-age kids.There is a general understanding that MySpace is less private than Facebook, since Facebook was originally only open to college kids. Of course, this has changed now, but the “sketchy” stereotype seems stuck to MySpace. “On Facebook, I know who’s looking at my profile,” Leatherwood said. “MySpace is so sketchy.” Watts had a similar reaction to MySpace, especially when she received messages from strangers. “MySpace is weird,” she said.
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MySpace is more annoying, and I definitely use my Facebook more.” Still, she checks both of her pages multiple times a day. Ultimately, there seems to be a sense that many factors have come together to make Facebook the social networking site of choice for Stanford students. MySpace is often regarded as sketchy, while Facebook seems safer and more private. Facebook has also become the place to network, making MySpace somewhat of an antique. “Facebook is just a superior platform in this environment,” Harris said. “It’s more elegant, less cluttered, and more of a tool you can use.” Contact E. Blair Laing at email@example.com.
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Condoleezza Rice’s return can be Stanford’s gain A
s former Provost, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes her return to Stanford, students and faculty across campus are voicing objections that beg the question: Should the University have taken action to prevent her return? The editorial board believes that Stanford is right in welcoming her back and that much can be gained from her presence. Perhaps the biggest argument against the University’s decision — one that is both serious and legitimate — is the accusation that Rice violated U.S.law and the Constitution in approving what many regard as the torture of U.S. detainees. As the Stanford Progressive pointed out last month, waterboarding — which the Bush administration approved and enacted — was a prime example of Japanese torture of American soldiers during World War II that the U.S. government cited after the war. History tells us the U.S. did not always look upon waterboarding as an appropriate interrogation tactic and yet Bush administration officials such as Rice, who has said the administration has never condoned torture, disagree. Indeed, in 2002 the Justice Department put out a memo noting that torture “must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function or even death.” Many have and will continue to take issue with this definition, and may even argue that it violates the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution,which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, as well as federal and international laws. In supporting the University’s decision to accept Rice back on campus, the editorial board is not summarily dismissing the very serious claims made by students and organizations on campus that Rice’s actions violated the Constitution, but it is important to keep in mind that verdicts regarding crimes against U.S. law or the Constitution are delivered in courts, not classrooms. Ultimately, our leaders make many decisions that we may question on constitutional grounds, such as the Obama administration’s recent decision to continue the Bush policy of depriving some suspected terrorist detainees from redress in court. Yet it seems doubtful that anyone would question President Obama’s right to speak at Stanford in the way that some are questioning Rice’s right to be here.A university should only make a decision as serious as stripping a professor of tenure in accordance with set procedure and with a broad — though not entirely unbounded — protection for academic freedom. While many of Rice’s actions will be called into question, we must remember that Rice was a government servant who was appointed by the President. As much as critics of Stanford’s decision will argue that calling upon the University to rescind Rice’s tenure is not about politics but about her actions, the
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fact remains that rescinding tenure or failing to welcome Rice back will send a message to all Stanford professors who are now in or considering public service: do so at your own risk. Public service is necessarily tied to the political sphere, which can be subject to torrents of popular criticism and disapproval. Allowing such criticism to affect tenure would make any professor hesitate to serve, especially in such a high-profile position. And while we feel Rice deserves to come back to Stanford on her own accord, the editorial board also wants to emphasize what the Stanford community stands to gain from her return. She will write a book about her foreign policy experiences and a book about her parents and the role of educators. She has said she would like to quickly return to and extend her activities in support of K-12 education, which include the Center for a New Generation, which she started in East Palo Alto to provide students the academy experience that helps them reach their full potential.Commendably,she has also expressed interest in getting out amongst the students and visiting dorms to have dinner and question-and-answer sessions as a way to reengage with the campus, as well as teach seminars or guest lecture informally. Stanford also benefit from Rice’s unique position as an academic-turned-policymaker. In the coming years, she will discuss and engage in debate on all the issues that will come to define the legacy of the Bush administration. As she herself pointed out, she will oversee many of the dissertations at Stanford discussing the mistakes that were made, and having her on campus to engage in this debate will prove invaluable in advancing the discussion. Popular or unpopular, Rice has much to teach the Stanford community. This editorial is not meant to suggest we should ignore Rice’s role and policies, or refuse to debate their legitimacy.We should debate them.And Rice has already indicated in her interview with the Stanford Report that she will “absolutely” engage with her critics and be open to debate surrounding the ideas she promoted and the decisions she made in Washington. We encourage her to engage with her deepest critics, including groups like Amnesty International, Stanford Students Say No to War and The Stanford Progressive. But it is important for Stanford to foster an environment of discourse that actually promotes discourse, and this means engaging in a respectful dialogue with Rice, free from a hostility that would necessarily fail to elicit thoughtful discussion. Legality and constitutionality are things the Stanford faculty should certainly discuss, but not for the University administration to decide. So let’s start the conversation, remembering that it is one that should be had — respectfully. Editorial Board co-Chair Niko Milonopoulos abstained.
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Monster Jungle X-Ray the snake and other tales
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have this indescribably awesome 2008 calendar from the California Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), and I’m going to describe it anyway, just because I can’t. My DOGGR calendar features about one part calendar, one million parts energy resource-superhero cartoons. There’s Magma, the high-flying tiny red lava dude, a plug for the giant network of geothermal power plants up in wine country; there’s Tank, who is really huge, really scary and really noncommittal as to what s/he/it actually is — my best guess is an evil grey Lego-constructed maniac with a sensitive side; and there’s Petrolia, who is blue, icily enticing and probably intended to look vaguely foreign. Drill Rig Commander is there to keep all the other energy superheroes under control. I hear the James Bond establishment is trying to buy the concept from DOGGR: much like this calendar, the last Bond had no plot and a lot of oil references. So it would be a good transition. Plus, the last Bond movie killed off a hot girl by dunking her in a vat of oil, so using Petrolia as the new Bond girl would actually make sense. Energy has long been deeply intertwined with mythologies, though the connection is usually not as explicit as my DOGGR calendar makes it. Both Greek gods and Emperor Palpatine formed and threw lightning bolts, and almost every mythology has a sun figure. People have historically been fascinated with explaining where energy comes from. It is kind of amazing, really — put seeds on ground, sun shines, have food. Dig hole, get black stuff out, light on fire, use laptop. In these modern times, we’ve managed to come up with a few energy myths of our own. Some are harmless, some aren’t — but correcting them can be perspective-altering. First of all, you are almost certainly not reducing the need for foreign oil by turning off the lights. Oil accounts for a minuscule amount of electricity production in the United States. Hawai’i uses it because it’s an island, and oil is easier to ship than other things;Alaska and refineries use it because, hey, it’s there; some parts of Florida use it for some reason I have not yet divined.
The United States used to consume a lot more oil for electricity generation. (If you’re wondering, oil emits more carbon than natural gas and less than coal.) Then oil got too precious for power plants, at least if you’re the United States and have 1) a lot of natural gas of your own and 2) Canada nearby with a lot of natural gas it can sell you. For now, gas is a locally traded commodity because it’s hard to transport over water — Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals are few and far between, and those chilled tankers aren’t cheap, so it’s usually safe to assume that natural gas is only traded among countries that are somehow land-connected. In conclusion, in the continental United States, oil is basically unrelated to electricity. Keep turning off your lights, but you’re not sticking it to Middle Eastern oil tycoons when you do. Um, secondly, the United States gets most of its oil from North America. Shocking, I know. We use around 20 million barrels of oil a day in the U.S., and about a third of that is produced domestically. We get around another sixth from Canada and Mexico. The top four oil suppliers to the United States? The United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico. Then Venezuela and Nigeria. It’s a dependency, to be sure, but the geography of our oil dependency is sometimes twisted a bit to take advantage of the fact that the U.S. is not scared of Canada. I
mean, we have a peace garden with it! In North Dakota! I don’t know about you, but I love peace, gardens and North Dakota, so I figure Canada must be alright. (That “Saudi Arabia,” though, man. I hear we have no such thing as a peace garden with it, and it relies on desalination for fresh water.) And now, for 10 points, debunk one of the following: Myth 3, Candidate 1: Harry S. Truman owned a snake named Monster Jungle XRay. Myth 3, Candidate 2: Porn is unrelated to climate change. There’s an environment-shaped cake waiting for anyone who can present to me a reasonable estimate of how much electricity use and/or carbon emission is globally attributable to the Web-hosting and viewing of porn. If the answer is something like “enough to provide electricity to every rural villager in India,” you get two. Parameters: start once it’s uploaded, then tell me how much electricity it takes to run and cool data centers where it’s stored, then how much electricity people use to view it. You have one week. Emily is serious about that environmentshaped cake.Send your findings on the electricity footprint of adult entertainment to email@example.com so she can spend her time wondering what the palm trees will drink.
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“Vagina Monologues” performance strays from V-Day ideal
s a feminist studies major and a Women’s Community Center staff member, I think about vaginas a lot. I also think about domestic violence, maternal mortality, sex trafficking of women and girls, sexual assault in times of war and of peace, the spread of HIV and other issues that relate to global gender imbalances on a daily basis. But I realize that I may be in the minority, which is why programs like “The Vagina Monologues” and V-Week are vital to bring awareness to these issues. I walked in to my fourth viewing of “The Vagina Monologues” with a lot of excitement. I was expecting to see a beautiful, funny and ultimately moving and educational piece of art that subtly elucidates through poignant personal narrative the prevalence of issues surrounding gender in our everyday society. As Eve Ensler, the woman who wrote “The Vagina Monologues,” said, “The purpose of the piece changed from a celebration of vaginas and femininity to a movement to stop violence against women.” Today, V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls — it is a catalyst for creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. I was shocked and disappointed with the performance, which painted issues surrounding feminism and global women’s health and rights in a flippant tone. I guess I should have known going into it, considering the advertising campaign based off the “My Dick” song, with lyrics such as “my clit . . . Britney’s comeback. Your clit . . . Britney
when she’s fat” and “my clit . . . tastes like Sprinkles. Your clit . . . gots shit-ton of wrinkles.” These portrayals of women’s clitorises as hierarchical, as in some are “fat” and others are smelly, hairy or wrinkly, fundamentally goes against “The Vagina Monologues’” celebration of all female sexuality and beauty by reinforcing negative female imagery. This may have been a very successful tactic to bring people to the performance that might otherwise not have attended, but I think that if that was the intent, once the audience was present the message did not get to the reality and depth of the issues. At the end of the performance, the organizers left the audience with the cheeky note, “I hope you guys out there learned something, too.” This production not only upheld essentialist attitudes about women and the women’s movement, but essentialized men as ignorant and the cause of all problems.As I left the performance, I was almost embarrassed to be categorized as a feminist — I am embarrassed that my fellow feminists and I were portrayed as women who merely want to shout about vaginas, female orgasms and the chance to look at their genitals in the mirror. To couch serious issues of women’s rights in this way demeans the goals of the event and of women’s rights worldwide. Violence against women is a serious issue. One-third to one-half of all women worldwide will experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetimes, and women aged 16-24 have the highest rates of intimate partner violence. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for women who are pregnant in the
United States — 324,000 pregnant women are battered by their intimate partner every year in the United States. Rape occurs in the U.S. every six minutes. Beyond violence, women struggle worldwide for their lives during pregnancy. Every day, 1,400 women die from pregnancy-related issues, which is more than half a million women each year, globally. It is estimated that around 130 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation in the last 50 to 60 years, a procedure in which the clitoris and sometimes the labia or all external genitalia are cut off using a variety of instruments, and sometimes even a sharp stone. In some cases, the skin is then sewn closed to assure chastity, only to be cut open by force on the girl’s wedding night. Since the events surrounding the traditional V-Week were not mentioned at “The Vagina Monologues,” I thought I would spread the word about what remains. On Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Cubberley Auditorium, Men Against Abuse Now will host Jackson Katz, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in sports culture and the military. Though Stanford is often called “The Happiest Place on Earth,” it still suffers from cases of relationship abuse and sexual assault. I hope that these events will help to move the dialogue and change the culture around such issues on campus. Kate Benham is a senior majoring in feminist studies.
pon official review, it appears that I committed a flagrant act of negligence last week. I claimed that two of the only real tangible connections between Stanford students are our ability to lounge about on this gorgeous campus and our drinking habits. What I so foolishly forgot is the campus-wide fixation on mental health. Fifteen-yard penalty, replay first down! In all sincerity, just as USC has its coke binges, Berkeley its belligerent bums, and Arizona its morons (both state and school), we have our mental health concerns. As far as resources go, we have the exceptional Bridge Peer Counseling Center, CAPS, Vaden, SHPRC, PHEs, RAs, the ASSU’s new anti-bystander campaign and the soonto-be-unveiled (and in my estimation, rather promising) Wellness Room, among others. We have lectures up the wazoo about healthy sleep patterns, alleviating stress and eating habits. We cannot forget those inane “Sleep and Dreams” projects that everyone does.The only thing the undergraduate body seems to agree on, other than Hillary Rodham Clinton was intrinsically evil for running against the Messiah Obama, is that we have mental health issues! What I at times have difficulty wrapping my feeble mind around, is how 6,500 successful, intelligent and “well-rounded” students (because God knows we have all seen those brilliantly absurd glossy mailers that our parents and the alums receive) can be turned into Arkham Asylum (sans the badass villains). Yet, the god-forsaken “duck” mentality is held up to the world as some absurd badge of pride, that we can be both “laid-back” and motivated at the same time. Contrary to the bizarre little song and dance we all compulsively engage in during Admit Weekend, all is not well in paradise. Unpleasantries stemming from stress over academics and potential careers, feelings of loneliness and isolation, frustration over the lack of romantic interests, unhealthy eating/drinking habits; it’s all here in abundance, which to an extent is a good thing, because it proves that we do not lack a basic sense of humanity (cough, Arizona, cough). But the question still remains: Why are such negative emotions and feelings so abundant here at the Stan? A solid friend and former columnist himself (and one of the few Zonies whom I hold in extremely high regard), Paul Craft, once made the spectacularly insightful comment that we Stanford students are essentially programmed to “do, not think.” And while I look forward to Craft’s further exploration
of this notion, it bears mentioning to the point at hand. Here at the Stan, our drug of choice is hyperactivity, which manifests itself into a myriad of student groups, academic pursuits and a variety of other ventures. We seem incapable of not joining six organizations, playing a club sport and carrying 18 units. Be it out of external pressure, a need to prove oneself or simply a byproduct of our overwhelmingly type-A personalities that have propelled us since our first community service event at the age of eight, we have a tendency to reflexively engage ourselves in activities, regardless of our demonstrated interest or level of commitment. Compounding the problem is this irrational need to exert a facade of normalcy, that in fact, the ship isn’t going down in flames, that we are just as happy as those smiling faces that glare back at us on the “Stanford Challenge Newsletter” that we all receive in our P.O. boxes. Last week, I brought up the issue of drinking on campus, but I made no mention of reasons behind our levels of consumption. I am willing to wager a portion of us booze for sheer bacchanalian decadence and others because it’s merely something to do with friends. However, I have no doubt in my mind there is a good degree of students who throw a few too many back over the weekend as a means of relaxation, to de-stress and in a way to temporarily remove the specter of excessive work and responsibilities. We are ultimately left with a system that leaves us both victims and ultimately perpetrators of this ridiculously unhealthy culture. Even so, we have the ability to fight back. Here’s a crazay notion for us all: DO LESS! Coming from someone who recently had a come-to-Jesus moment about his own unhealthy habits, it is shocking how fantastically more fulfilling life feels when your day isn’t totally mapped out. In addition, getting off campus is singularly one of the most refreshing experiences to have. I recently escaped to Santa Cruz to enjoy a beautiful day and get away from the insanity of the Farm, and it was exactly what I needed. So, friends and fellow high-achievers, the time has come for us to get rid of that horrific “duck” mentality, and to enjoy life a little bit more. Just throwing it out there, but a Caucasian and “The Big Lebowski” is a good way to start . . . Zack is going to get less than five hours of sleep tonight because he is a compulsive sadomasochist, but is in the process of planning a weekend trip to Big Sur. If you care to join him, email Zack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CARDINAL BEATS BEARS
Men’s swimming and diving dominates Cal in Berkeley
By CHRISTIAN L. TOM and KENAN JIANG The Stanford men’s swimming and diving team was in action on Saturday afternoon at California’s Spieker’s Aquatics Complex. In a fast meet, the Cardinal topped the Bears with a final score of 153-109. The victory gives Stanford a 5-0 record in the Pacific-10 Conference, and an 8-0 overall tally to close out a perfect regular season. The Cardinal men will now get ready for the Pac-10 Championships, resting their bodies in the hopes of producing personal bests and qualifying for the NCAA championships. Stanford has now won four consecutive dual meets against the Bears. The Card started off Saturday’s Big Swim by winning the 400-yard medley relay in three minutes, 10.87 seconds. Sophomore Eugene Godsoe, sophomore Austin Staab and senior captains Paul Kornfeld and Jason Dunford held off the Bears by two seconds. During the race, Godsoe narrowly lost to Cal’s top backstroker David Russell, and Cal extended its lead with its sprint breaststroke star Damir Dugonjic, a 2008 Olympian for Slovenia. However, Staab split a 46.25 on the fly leg compared to the 48.05 split by Cal’s Peter Davis to give Jason Dunford the lead, as the Kenyan comfortably held off Cal’s Graeme Moore on the final freestyle leg. Dunford also won the 50 free in a very quick 19.65, and was the only swimmer to break 20 seconds. “I was stoked about [the 50-free],” Dunford said. “It was a good swim.” Godsoe won the 200 back in 1:45.62 to add to the Cardinal’s lead. In the 1,000 free,
Between the lines
MEN’S SWIMMING and DIVING
2/21 Cal W, 153-109
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3/4 to 3/7 Long Beach, Calif. GAME NOTES: The Stanford men’s swimming and diving squad beat rival Cal in Berkeley on Saturday. The win gives the Cardinal a perfect 8-0 record in dual meets this season, and gives it added momentum going into the Pac-10 Championships in early March. Against the Bears, Stanford won 10 of 14 events — including a sweep of the diving competition, courtesy of redshirt junior Dwight Dumais. The Cardinal will continue its rest phase leading up to NCAA Championships at the end of March in College Station, Texas.
the freshman distance squad of Chad La Tourette, Michael Zoldos and Trevor Scheid went 1-2-4, sandwiching Cal’s Isaac Howell in third place. La Tourette also won the 500 free in 4:29.24, taking the lead early at a strong pace and holding off Cal’s John Foster by half a second. Sophomore David Mosko, Zoldos and Scheid came in 3-4-5 respectively. On the diving side, senior Dwight Dumais won both events, taking the one-meter competition with a score of 332.17 and the threemeter with a 371.85. Senior captain Nate Cass won both the 200 and 400 individual medley (IM). In the 200, Cal’s Martin Liivamagi used a strong
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Stanford captain Nate Cass won both individual medley races at Cal on Saturday. The senior leads an undefeated Cardinal team as it prepares for Pac-10 and NCAA Championships in Mar ch.
breast leg to gain almost a body-length lead. Cass still trailed with one lap to go, but showed tremendous racing grit as he came from behind to out-touch Liivamagi by a hundredth of a second, finishing in 1:48.60. Cass won the 400 IM in 3:54.80, three seconds ahead of the nearest swimmer. Sophomore Josh Charnin-Aker finished second. Cal’s Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian held off Staab in the 200 free and Dunford in the 100, winning both races for the Bears. “What this meet means for the team is that we had another occasion on which we swum as a team and we had great excitement and energy,” Dunford said. “At the same time, we were able to stay relaxed and have a great time.” Next, Stanford heads to Long Beach, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships, with competition beginning March 4. Stanford has won 27 consecutive Pac-10 titles, all under head coach Skip Kenney. This year, the Cardinal looks to continue the longest conference championship streak in NCAA history with its 28th Pac-10 win. Contact Christian L. Tom at cltom@ stanford.edu and Kenan Jiang at email@example.com.
emo to Stanford football recruits: If you expect to play only the position you excelled at in high school, you’re sorely mistaken. Jim Harbaugh, mad scientist extraordinaire, will take a tight end and put him on the defensive line, or take a running back and make him a linebacker. You play corner? That’s nice; try wide receiver. Harbaugh’s never-ending quest for the optimized roster leads to position changes for many of his players, even those that have become entrenched in previous roles. The philosophy is simple: Try and field the most effective team possible, and if a safety is better suited for an offensive position, then that’s where he’ll play. But it’s a constant process of trial and error to find the right place for each of his players.
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THE LEGENDARY SKIP KENNEY
By CHRISTIAN L. TOM
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Softball cruises at Stanford Invite
By NATE ADAMS
2/20 and 2/2 Stanford Nike Invitational
4-0 record on the weekend
or a Marine Corps vet who never swam in college and doesn’t believe in times, Skip Kenney is a different kind of swim coach.Yet he is one of the most successful in collegiate sports history, having racked up seven NCAA titles and 27 consecutive top-four finishes since coming to Stanford 30 years ago. In a candid interview with The Daily, Kenney talks about recruiting and admissions, this year’s team and his personal philosophy on coaching:
pions. They’re the ones with the great attitude. I’ve given scholarships to kids who will make the rest of the team better by what they do or what they say, not because of their swimming. SD: How can you pick those students out? SK: On the recruiting trip to Stanford. I spend a couple of hours oneon-one with every recruit we bring in. In fact, we go for a drive to Skyline [Boulevard], look at the ocean — the guys from the Midwest can’t believe it. You get a feel [if] they make the team better. Those Pac-10 Championships, those guys who don’t score, are as valuable and get as much credit as guys who win individual events. SD: How is your team composed? To what extent do you see yourself as more of a general manager, and what is the role of the team captains? SK: The role of the team captain is everything and anything. They help make decisions such as who is on travel team. If there is ever a team problem, I bring the captains in. They know these guys away from the pool; I know them at the pool. I don’t think I’ve ever made an important decision without the captains — they play a huge role. Basically, this is their team. SD: What do you think about this year’s team? SK: Well, there’s two things: No. 1, it’s as good a team chemistry as any team we’ve ever had. There is not one bad egg on this team and it’s our largest team — it’s 30 guys. I just love this team, I love to go to practice.This team has made me feel like I’m 35 years old again . . . They also happen to be really talented, very talented. This has been a fun year. SD: So how did you get into swimming? SK: Oh man, I really don’t know that. I’m not sure how to explain it. I never swam. I taught Red Cross lessons for a summer job, before I even went to college.You don’t have to know how to swim to teach Red Cross lessons. Then I went into the service, and my last year in the service I taught combat swimming, which has not one thing to do with swimming; it is how to get across the river with a helmet, flak jacket and rifle with boots on. It’s survival swimming. After that, I started [teaching]
The Stanford Daily (SD): How many straight Pac-10 Championships has Stanford won? Skip Kenney (SK): Twenty-seven. SD: Wow. SK: When you get up to a number like 27, it’s just crazy. SD: Has any other Stanford team done so well? SK: No, I don’t think there’s any in the country. SD: What factors do you think contributed to this run? SK: I would have to first say admissions. Without admissions, we just don’t get the student athletes here to do that. And of course, Stanford is pretty easy to sell. The second factor is the athletes themselves. The way I look at it, Stanford student athletes don’t get to this level by accident.As they become better students, they take their family philosophies and bring them to Stanford. SD: How does your squad help out with getting recruits to attend? SK: It is so much easier to get out of bed in the morning for practice when you love your teammates. My guys sell themselves by being who they are. It would be crazy for me to hoard the recruits when they’re the Stanford guys: their personality, their intelligence, family backgrounds, their kindness is what really sells this place. SD: What is your matriculation rate? How many do you miss out on every year? SK: You always miss out on one or two, maybe even three. We’ve had Olympians not get in — and rightfully so; they didn’t deserve to get in. SD: What about walk-ons? SK: We have to take a chance; we want to. When you talk about the team atmosphere, the people at the bottom third of your team are the ones who set the table for the cham-
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Junior Allisa Haber rounds third on Friday of the Stanford Nike Invitational. Haber crushed her 13th career home run during a 5-2 win over Notre Dame on Saturday and batted 9-12 over the weekend.
Despite its third and final day being cancelled due to rain, the Stanford Nike Invitational Tournament last weekend proved a more-thanample opportunity for the Cardinal softball team to showcase its talent. No. 8 Stanford (12-1) blew by its opponents — Sacramento State and Notre Dame on Friday, then Western Kentucky and Notre Dame again on Saturday — outscoring them by an impressive total of 23-6 and passing some historical milestones in the process. The four victories extended the Cardinal’s current winning streak to 11 games. In Friday’s second game, senior pitcher Missy Penna held Notre Dame (3-5) scoreless as she earned her 36th career shutout — good enough to break Stanford’s all-time record. The Miami-raised senior is also on pace to break records in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched this season. Saturday, more than anything else, was the Missy Penna show. The Cardinal ace pitched all seven innings of each game and allowed only one earned run on seven hits en route to picking up both wins. She walked only one batter and struck out 12, and gave up only one extrabase hit. The Cardinal offense, meanwhile, played a solid game against Sacramento State (2-4) on Friday. But Stanford had trouble bringing runners home against Notre Dame that afternoon. Juniors Alissa Haber and Shannon Koplitz each went 1-2 with a walk and two RBI as the Cardinal out-hit the Hornets 6-4 in a 6-1 victory. In the 2-0 win over the Fighting Irish, however, runs were hard to
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2/24 Stanford, Calif. GAME NOTES: Stanford softball got a big boost over the weekend, winning all four of its games in a rain-shortened tournament. The hosts scored just under six runs per game, while holding opponents to a total of six runs. Senior Missy Penna won three of the Card’s contests, while juniors Allisa Haber and Rosie Neill continued their hot hitting. Stanford is now 12-1 on the season, and looks to continue its winning ways tonight against Saint Mary’s. Gametime is set for 6 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium.
come by — Stanford managed to get a runner to the plate only after sophomore Melisa Koutz hit a leadoff double in the fifth and the Irish misplayed freshman Sarah Hassman’s subsequent single. Stanford’s batters found a groove by the following afternoon, however, as they trounced Western Kentucky (6-3) by a score of 10-3. On the Cardinal’s first at-bat of the game, Haber tripled to right field, setting an explosive tone for Stanford’s offense that continued throughout the contest. Haber went on the lead the team with four hits and three runs scored on the afternoon.Junior catcher Rosey Neill went 2-for-4 with two RBI and left no
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Card wins tune-up, preps for Spring
By JEFF LU
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With its first official race less than a month down the road, the Stanford men’s rowing team is exuding all the signs of an exciting season to come. It officially moved into its preparatory stage with last week’s scrimmage victory over the University of Victoria. The Cardinal hosts were in top condition on Friday and led the Vikes from the start, eventually crossing the line with a winning time of five minutes, 48 seconds. Stanford finished with a comfortable 10-second lead over the University of Victoria rowers. Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian was especially pleased with the results of the meet. “The race was unofficial but it provided a great deal of experience and competition for both uni-
versities,” he said.“I was pleased with the information we gathered on our strengths and areas we need to expand.” Stanford will no doubt feel the benefits of the additional experience when it faces its first regularseason opponent, Northeastern University, at the Pacific-10 Conference Challenge on March 28. The Huskies placed fourth in the National Championships last year, one seat ahead of the Cardinal. More recently, Northeastern rowers finished fourth in the championship eights competition at the 44th rowing of the Head of the Charles Regatta. The Vikes completed the race in a time of 14:33.516. “Given our final rankings last year, the match against Northeastern will provide a good starting point to gauge the level we need to race at for the rest of the year,” said junior Alec Levy. With five weeks left until the official start to the
season, Amerkhanian intends to improve on the fitness, technique and power of the Cardinal rowers and push them to achieve their potential — physically and mentally. “The culture of Stanford rowing is based on honesty and hard work,” he added. The Cardinal placed fourth at the National Championships last year, and looks to improve its overall finish in 2009. Stanford will rely on the leadership of seniors Alex Osborne and Mark Murphy, among others, to return the Cardinal to the top of the collegiate rowing ranks. In addition to a strong varsity rowing squad, Stanford also finds itself growing to new heights on the backs of its freshmen rowers. With injuries healing and adjustment to collegiate rowing virtually over, the Stanford freshmen are beginning to
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at No. 5. Similarly, freshman Courtney Clayton was on the wrong end of a 2-6, 6-3 (10-7) loss. Forood attributed their dips, however, to the normal ups and downs of any freshmen on campus. “I would have to say it’s not so much a wall as they’re kind of learning what it takes to be successful,” Forood said. “There are a lot of transitions in the freshmen year, especially with time management and coursework and getting enough rest. I think they’re still learning how to do it here, so that’s shown up in our results a little bit. “But I know that they’re going to get better as we go forward through the spring quarter, since they’ll get that much better at getting things done,” Forood added. On a bright note, the victory extended Stanford’s home win streak to
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runners on base, while freshman Maya Burns added three hits and three RBI of her own. Overall, Stanford out-hit the Hilltoppers 11-5. Cardinal sophomore hurler Ashley Chinn remained undefeated on the season — she pitched a full seven innings for her third win of the season. Stanford’s offensive momentum carried over into its rematch with Notre Dame Saturday afternoon, which proved to be the premature ending of the tournament. Haber continued her one-day tear from the batter’s box, going 2-for-3 and hitting her 13th career home run as the Car-
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stand on Tuesday against Saint Mary’s — a team it has historically dominated.The Cardinal boasts a 246 all-time record against the Gaels, with only one loss since 1997. Just over a year ago, the Cardinal defeated Saint Mary’s via mercy rule in five innings, by a score of 8-0. The Gaels (1-8) are led by junior Jenna Smith, who hit .282 with 11 home runs last year. Her classmate, Katherine Delpit, has posted the team’s best numbers in the young 2009 season, hitting .448 with two home runs. The first pitch against Saint Mary’s is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Smith Family Stadium, weather permitting. The Cardinal could not be reached for comment for this article. Contact Nate Adams at nbadams@ stanford.edu.
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Which is why spring practice, which starts today (weather permitting), becomes all the more important, as Harbaugh tries to fit together all the pieces of his elaborate puzzle. But with seniors graduating and prospective freshmen still wrapping up high school, there’s also a depth issue. As a result, even players that are penciled in as starters at one position could find themselves spending time at another. Take Tom Keiser, for instance. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, he led the team with six sacks per game, and was named to the freshman AllAmerican first team — even though he only started two games. He’s expected to start at left defensive end, but he’ll be seeing time at tight end during spring ball. Same with Mike Thomas, pegged to start at right cornerback, who will work out at wide receiver. Chike Amajoyi, the starting weak-side line-
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again in the recreation department, and one woman asked me about coaching. I said, “I don’t know anything about that.” She told me she had other people who thought they knew things, and “You say you don’t know anything, so what’s the difference?” They had a Christmastime training trip. I had no idea what I was doing, but I wanted to go to Hawaii. So I signed up. One thing
led to another. SD: What was the program like when you first got here? SK: They had won an NCAA title in 1967; this was now 1979. There was room for improvement, let’s say that. My first recruiting class was 14 guys, 14 came in. It was the largest class we’ve ever had, and it was our first class. That’s what really jumpstarted our team. SD: Swimming is a such quantifiable sport with race times and splits. How does this numbers game affect your strategy?
SK: I don’t deal with numbers at all. First of all, I don’t know times, I can’t remember times. To me, they’re not important. What difference does it make? Either you touch the wall first or you don’t. Because I was never a swimmer, I had no reason to learn times and it didn’t make any sense to me. I don’t ever want to look at what other teams are doing. I don’t want to get that in my psyche. We just try to make each one of our guys better. Contact Christian L. Tom at cltom@s tanford.edu.
backer, will take reps at running back, his high school position. Are they likely to move to offense full time, if at all? No, but for depth purposes, they’ll play two ways in practice. And the possibility is still there: If Keiser looks like Tony Gonzalez, then the chances that he lines up at tight end next fall are very real. Once you get past the first level of the depth chart, the potential for position switches can increase. Mark Mueller is but one example of a reserve at one spot who will be spending some time on both sides of the ball. He was a backup cornerback in 2008, but will get time at wide receiver — his old position — during the spring.Where is his value highest? At cornerback, for instance, there are seven players listed on the depth chart. By contrast, there are only four athletes listed at wide receiver — if he impresses on offense, could Mueller’s contributions be maximized there? For some, the decision to switch positions already appears final. Delano Howell, who excited on offense last season as a backup running back, is currently slotted in as the starting
strong safety and doesn’t appear to be moving again. Previously, Harbaugh compared Howell to All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu, and now he’s putting his claim to the test. Some players have bought into the position switching on their own. Richard Sherman,who led the Cardinal in receiving yards in 2006 and 2007, requested a move to cornerback for 2009, and Harbaugh currently has him penciled in as a reserve on the right side. These are all considerations for Harbaugh as he builds his team for 2009, when expectations will be high — at the least, a bowl game should be attainable. As the program evolves, so too does Harbaugh’s philosophy. These moves are not simply from one place to another — he envisions that some players will compete on both offense and defense. His plans are not simply a way to improve the Cardinal: Harbaugh believes that twoway players are “the wave of the future,” both in the collegiate and professional games. If Stanford really is the testing ground for this new style of roster composition, then little is set in stone. The players that fans saw tackling ball carriers in 2008 might be the ones carrying the pigskin in 2009, and vice versa. Harbaugh’s legacy early in his Cardinal career is one of blue-collar work ethic and experimentation applied to football — the result is that no one’s job is safe, and that everything is open to reinterpretation. Formal practices for the 2009 squad are finally here, and the mad scientist is back to work. Wyndam Makowsky played both center and defensive tackle . . . in middle school. Contact him at email@example.com.
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look a lot like the team that claimed gold last quarter at the Head of the Lagoon meet in Foster City. “We’re really starting to see what the boat will look like this spring,” said freshman stroke Chip Schroeder. “We’re smaller than some of the other freshmen, but we’re still moving the boat very fast.We’ve definitely come a long way since the fall.” Amerkhanian also believes that the freshmen are undergoing rapid improvement. “This year’s freshmen are in the process of gaining traction and are becoming aware of what wearing the block ‘S’ symbolizes,” he said. Overall,Amerkhanian seems optimistic about the Cardinal’s performance in the upcoming season. At the same time, he believes that hard work and perseverance are the keys to unlocking a successful spring season. “Our goals as a team remain constant,” Amerkhanian emphasized. “Each man is dedicated to improving himself daily. Our team will achieve as a crew when [everyone] strives to reach his personal potential and gives maximum effort to the team each day.” Contact Jeff Lu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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electronic devices in the classroom. Furthermore, it hopes to encourage faculty members to release their syllabi before the quarter opens so that students may view the required readings and assignments in advance. Within C-USP, the Senate Subcommittee on General Education Requirements plays a vital role in determining which classes receive GER certification. During the academic school year, the subcommittee meets at least once each quarter to evaluate applications for GER approval. According to Academic Committee Coordinator Lindi Press, the entire GER system underwent significant changes four years ago. “[In the past] a department would list every single course that it wanted for every single GER, submit it to its chair, then to the school dean, and then [to] the Registrar’s Office,” Press said of the old certification system.“It could only be done once a year in time for the Bulletin — that was a very cumbersome process.” The current GER system involves three different processes for classes that fulfill the Disciplinary Breadth, Education for Citizenship and Introduction to the Humanities requirements. Disciplinary Breadth The Disciplinary Breadth course offerings consist of classes that satisfy the general education requirements for Natural Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematics. In order to ensure that these courses meet University standards in rigor and content, Disciplinary Breadth classes are chosen by the departments themselves and by interdisciplinary programs. “There are sensible characteristics in this [process],” Press said. “Essentially, math does not designate its courses for humanities and Portuguese doesn’t designate its courses for Engineering and Applied Sciences.” She added that the applications for GER accreditation “are submitted by departments and [that] the Registrar does a quick final review to make sure everything is fine.” Since the review process is based solely on class descriptions submitted by the instructors, the process of approving classes for a Disciplinary Breadth GER status
is swift, Press noted. Education for Citizenship The Education for Citizenship requirement asks students to take two classes among the Global Community, American Cultures, Gender Studies and Ethical Reasoning course offerings. Instructors must submit detailed applications in order to obtain GER approval within these areas of academic concentration. These applications include a full course description, syllabus, reading list and the instructor’s explanation for why the course should receive GER standing. The Senate Subcommittee on GERs is responsible for approving courses pertaining to the Global Community, American Cultures and Gender Studies. The Ethical Reasoning Advisory Board, on the other hand, has the task of deciding which courses gain Ethical Reasoning GER status. In her nine years of experience with this certification process, Press has worked with the subcommittee on GERs and has served as a liaison between the academic departments and the two aforementioned governing bodies. Elaborating on this system, Press said, “An instructor or department will submit all the materials for a course to the subcommittee on GERs, which will meet at least quarterly to review the courses.” If the subcommittee confers GER status upon reviewing, as is generally the case, “then the course will be added to PeopleSoft and Axess to become effective at the beginning of the next quarter, [or] occasionally at the beginning of the current quarter,” according to Press. Introduction to the Humanities Without question, Stanford undergraduates are well acquainted with the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) requirements, typically fulfilled during the three quarters of freshman year. IHUM courses are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the liberal arts. They aim to emphasize the study of human thought, values, beliefs, creativity and culture. Classes that fulfill IHUM requirements go through an accreditation procedure that is wholly distinct from the approval processes for Disciplinary Breadth and Education for Citizenship GERs. “Departments and faculties create these courses and submit them to the IHUM governance board, which does a very thorough review,” Press explained.
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tem. They worked on the project with two graduate students — Michael Kassoff, a Ph.D. student, and Lee Ven, who now works for Microsoft. The email system has been in use since 2005 within the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, in collaboration with their counterparts in Ireland and Austria. It was used as support for a larger institute to allow people within the consortium to communicate. This trial proved to be particularly useful for communication within the organization. “Those who have had a chance to use this email see it as a strong and valuable idea,” Genesereth said. “However, the performance depends critically on the availability of highquality data. This is one of the reasons the project is first planned to be used at Stanford.” The first big step will be to use the
A) I think it’s great; we’re lucky to have her. B) She’s a valuable asset, but I don’t agree with
C) She’s a war criminal and has no place here. D) I don’t care.
Given the athletic department's decision to shrink the Sixth Man section due to low attendance, are you more inclined to attend this weekend's games or buy Sixth Man tickets next year? a) Yes, we need to bring back the force that the student section once was. b) No, this doesn’t make me more or less inclined to buy tickets. c) It really depends on how good the team is. d) Who is the Sixth Man, and why don’t you ever refer to him by his real name?
system within the Stanford computer science department, and later this year, to begin expanding the system across campus. Genesereth explained that the system would work well for groups with accurate and detailed databases of all the people within that group. The system will then be used within large companies that also have detailed and accurate databases to make business communication easier and more efficient. A number of companies have already approached Stanford about the use of the SEAmail system and may begin using the system soon. The idea is that some day this new technology will spread to the entire Internet and be a very useful tool, just like certain networking Web sites today. This would require having access to multiple databases without affecting the way each of them function. “There is no question in my mind that there would be a great interest in the technology,” Genesereth said. “If it succeeds, we will see it very broadly adopted, and I’m very opti-
mistic that this will succeed.” This spread is contingent on the availability of a widespread and accurate database of information that is consistent and reliable, so the technology cannot spread to the entire Internet as of right now. There are some security concerns with the system, namely, making sure that information cannot leak out of the system. Genesereth said that other issues, such as spam, would probably not be any more problematic than they are now. “[SEAmail] might work positively to decrease the amount of spam that is generated in the first place because the same technology can be used to filter email,” he said. Genesereth explained that spammers would like to get information to people who want to see it, and often these spammers don’t know how, so they just send emails to a random list of people. This system would help them reach their target audience instead of simply emailing randomly. Contact Fatima Wagdy at fwagdy@ stanford.edu.
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In general, IHUM classes focus on interdisciplinary methods in the fall quarter and discipline-specific methods in the winter and spring quarters. Evaluating Class Quality “We see all syllabi for new courses that seek certification and discuss whether they fit the exact description of the various GERs,” Buc said. “While it is not our central responsibility, we also keep an eye on the seriousness of the course.” Once a course receives GER approval, it usually retains its certification. According to Buc, “there is no evaluation of GER courses after their having been taught.” At the end of the day, accreditation is given solely on the basis of the syllabus and statement provided by the instructor, Buc noted. When it comes to fulfilling University requirements, the Registrar recommends that students consider the GERs early on in their academic career. “Freshman and sophomore advisors should encourage their students to look at the GER requirements early,” Press said. “This is one of the things that I always did when I was an advisor — to make sure that my students are aware of the requirements. Don’t wait until senior year. Explore.” Contact An Le Nguyen at lenguyen@ stanford.edu.
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Junior Evan Romero (near) had a huge match on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Cal State-Northridge’s onslaught. Stanford came back to beat UCSB the next day, ending its five-game road losing streak.
overall .310 team hitting percentage and hit an outstanding .500 in the fourth set. In total, Stanford had 155 attacks. “You look at those numbers and you wonder, ‘How do you lose?’” said Stanford coach John Kosty. “We hit well enough to win, we blocked well enough to win and we passed well enough to win.” Unfortunately for the Cardinal, the team was unable to offer an adequate response to Northridge setter Matt Stork’s 81 assists and the combined 50 kills put up by the Matadors’ opposite hitters Tanner Nua and All-American Eric Vance. Kosty thought that although the Stanford team hit well on Friday night, Northridge created greater opportunities and had the higher quality swings. “It was a battle,” Kosty said. “I’m just disappointed we lost.” Saturday found the Stanford men in Robertson Gym battling UC-Santa Barbara to a hardfought 30-26, 26-30, 24-30, 30-21, 15-13 victory. McLaughlin and freshman outsider hitter Brad Lawson led the Cardinal with 22 kills apiece to help gain the edge over the Gauchos’ hitters, of whom four set or tied career-highs in kills. Instrumental to Stanford’s victory, however, were the respective contributions from Shoji and junior
2/20, 2/21 Cal State-Northridge, UCSB 1-1 on the weekend
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team split a road set over the weekend, falling to No. 4 Cal State-Northridge but beating No. 13 Santa Barbara. Despite Friday’s defeat at the hands of the Matadors, Stanford played well on offense and put up a great stat line. Saturday’s contest went the distance, and the Cardinal orchestrated a comeback victory to snap its road losing streak. Next weekend will be a homecoming of sorts when Stanford heads to Hawaii to take on the Warriors — six of the Cardinal’s players hail from the Aloha State.
middle blocker Garrett Werner. The latter single-handedly put up six of the team’s 12 blocks and also chipped in 12 kills, good for an errorless .571 hitting percentage.
Shoji managed 65 assists and three service aces, one of which came at a crucial moment for the Cardinal. Trailing 12-9 in the final set, Stanford was able to bounce back due to Shoji’s service ace and four consecutive points off the senior setter’s serve. Santa Barbara managed to stave off one match point after Shoji’s five-point run, but eventually succumbed after a combination play by McLaughlin and Shoji ended the game. With Stanford’s nightmarish road trip drought finally over, Kosty is now turning his attention to the upcoming Hawaii doubleheader and the remaining half of the season. With the greater majority of its road games completed, Stanford can look forward to playing 11 of its final 13 matches at home. “As much as I don’t like our record, we’re in a really good spot,” Kosty said. “We’re playing close to .500 in league and we’ve only played four home games.” “The early road games will benefit us down the road . . . we hope to see that benefit soon,” he added. Stanford heads to Honolulu, Hawaii to take on the Warriors on Thursday and Saturday, both at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Contact Jeff Lu at email@example.com.