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FRIDAY April 3, 2009 Volume 235 Issue 29


Cardinal just two wins away from national title

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The Pacific-10 Conference Champion Stanford women’s basketball team is headed to St. Louis this weekend for its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four. The Cardinal will square off against undefeated Connecticut in semifinal play on Sunday evening, where a win would send them to Tuesday’s championship game against either Louisville or Oklahoma, and give the Cardinal a shot at its third national title. Stanford and UConn are both entering familiar territory, having last played each other in the 2008 semifinals. The No. 2 Cardinal (34-4, 17-1 Pac-10) emerged victorious in that meeting, defeating the Huskies 82-73 before losing to Tennessee in the finals. Stanford boasts an all-time record of 53 against UConn, including a 2-1 record in tournament play. This year’s Connecticut team (37-0, 16-0 Big East) is only two wins away from its program’s sixth national title and undoubtedly poses the biggest challenge Stanford has faced all season.The Huskies, led by Geno Auriemma in his 24th season as head coach, entered the tournament as the top overall seed and have been ranked No. 1 in both national polls all season.They remain undefeated since losing to the Cardinal a year ago, and perhaps more impressively, have not won by less than 10 points over that span. The Huskies boast two Wade Trophy finalists on their roster, Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery; each is averaging nearly 20 points per game. The Huskies are widely favored to defeat Stanford in Sunday’s rematch. Despite the national media’s extensive and favorable coverage of UConn, the Cardinal remains undaunted by the highly touted zero in Connecticut’s loss column. Stanford

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will take on their sport’s top dog on Sunday, when they face UConn in the Final Four round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies have not lost a game yet this season, and it hasn’t even been close. Connecticut has won by at least 10 points in each of its games this season. Stanford was the last team to defeat UConn in the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament last year. The Cardinal is coming off of a dominant, 74-53 win over Iowa State in which junior Jayne Appel scored a teamrecord 46 points.

head coach Tara VanDerveer emphasized that the outcome of Sunday’s game depends not on past statistics or what is said about the teams in question, but on what actually unfolds on the court. “UConn gets a lot of press and attention, but they still need to come out

and play,” she said. “They still travel, they still foul — there’s so much hyperbole [surrounding them]. Let’s just play the game. Let’s roll it out and see what we’ve got.” While it always helps to look on the positive side of things regardless of the situation, Stanford has some very real reasons to be optimistic. One is its recent stretch of great play; indeed, although UConn has effectively coasted from win to win for an entire season, the Cardinal enters Sunday’s game riding a no-smaller wave of momentum. Stanford is fresh off both tournament and regular-season conference championships, and currently owns a 20game winning streak that dates back to Jan. 18. The Cardinal extended its dominant play into the NCAA Tournament, winning three of its four tournament contests by over 20 points. No Cardinal player has felt this momentum more than junior center Jayne Appel, who bested Candice Wiggins’ ‘08 school record for points in a game when she scored 46 against Iowa State on Monday. Appel, a Wade Trophy finalist herself, was honored as the Pac10 Player of the Week four times this season and is a member of the Associated Press All-American Second Team. Her recent string of particularly dominant performances has lent Stanford at least a measure of hope going into its game against the undefeated Huskies. Appel agreed with VanDerveer that the aura surrounding UConn means nothing compared with what actually takes place during their game. “Last year, [UConn was] ‘supposed’ to win it as well,” she recalled. “It’s important to not be intimidated — they’re going to make some shots, so are we.They’re going to make some rebounds, so are we. That’s why you play the game: to see who wins. It all happens on the court.”

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No. 2 Stanford ready to battle Beavers

No. 5 Card crushes Pacific
Set to face ‘49ers, Tritons this weekend

The second-ranked Stanford softball team will travel north this weekend to take on conference rivals Oregon State and Oregon. The Cardinal will first travel to Corvallis to face the Beavers on Friday before leaving for Eugene and a pair of games against the Ducks on Saturday and Sunday. Stanford is one of the hottest teams in the country, having risen through the ranks by winning 31 of its last 32 games. Just this past weekend, the Cardinal pulled off a pair of upsets against then-No. 2 Washington. After suffering just its second loss of the season to open the weekend against UCLA, Stanford rebounded by riding the right arm of senior pitcher Missy Penna to the two wins over Washington. In the two games combined, Penna pitched 18 innings without allowing a run, while striking out 21. For her performance, Penna was named USA Softball Player of the Week for the second time of her career. In addition she was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season. Penna has been a rock for the Cardinal since arriving on the Farm. This season has been her best thus far, as she is 21-2 with a miniscule 0.75 ERA. She has also amassed a whooping 193 strikeouts this year.

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to the road and head north for Oregon to face off against a pair of Pac-10 rivals this weekend. The Cardinal will look to build on its two-game winning streak, having recently upended Washington in a pair of shut-out victories after losing 7-4 to UCLA last Friday at home. Stanford is entering the heart of its conference schedule, and will play 18 of its remaining 20 games against Pac-10 foes heading into the NCAA Regionals, which open on May 15.

The Stanford men’s volleyball team hopes its recent momentum will carry over this weekend, when it takes on two top-10 teams in its final road trip of the season. The No.5 Cardinal (17-8,10-6 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) easily dispatched MPSF bottom-dweller Pacific on Tuesday,30-22,30-23,30-18.The win was the Cardinal’s ninth in its last 10 matches and its sixth straight victory in league play. “Our team is starting to get on a roll,”said junior opposite Evan Romero,who was recently named MPSF Player of the Week after totaling 36 kills in the Cardinal’s two matches last week.“It’s exciting because not only are we gaining momentum, but we are also learning new things every day. Put those two together and our team is just getting better and better.” Pacific, which has lost 31 consecutive MPSF matches, is the only team in the 12-team MPSF that is not ranked among the nation’s top 15 teams, and it showed immediately. Stanford scored five of the first six points in the match and never looked back,trailing for only three points all match. The Cardinal used a balanced attack to defeat the Tigers,as six players tallied at least five kills, led by sophomore outside hitter Spencer McLachlin with 12,freshman outside hitter Brad Lawson with 11 and Romero with 10. Though the Cardinal was outblocked by three,Stanford dominated in nearly every other statistical category.The key to the victory for the Cardinal was hitting, as Stanford had 21 more kills than Pacific in the same number of attempts,leading to a hitting percentage of .427 compared to only
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New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller talks about his visions for print journalism


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In spite of the hard times that have hit the newspaper industry, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller assured the Kresge crowd that there remains a need for print journalism in the current information era.

New York Times Executive Editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Keller has seen the best of times and the worst of times in the newspaper industry. Thursday, he shared his insight and opinions on the current state of print journalism, as well as his visions for its future, in front of an audience of Stanford alums and students at Kresge Auditorium. The talk was the first of a series of events for the dedication of the new Lorry I. Lokey Stanford Daily Building. Lokey ‘49, whose $2 million donation funded much of the construction of the new facility, was present for the speech, as were some 200 former and current Daily staffers. Keller discussed the dire situation facing the print newspaper industry, which he saw as the result of both the emergence of online news sources and the economic downturn. As representative examples, he cited the Los Angeles Times news staff, which is half of what it once was, and his own staff’s five percent pay cut for the rest of this year. In light of the current situation, he quipped that the ceremonies surrounding the building dedication might feel like “a

ribbon cutting at a new Pontiac dealership.” Still, the editor was guardedly optimistic about the future, both of his newspaper and of the industry as a whole. While acknowledging the increasing number of people who read news online, Keller argued that Web readership far from belittles that of established print sources, such as The New York Times. Furthermore, he maintained there is still an enormous profit opportunity for traditional newspaper journalism, simply because of the quality of news content available through such organizations when compared to their online-only counterparts. “[The Internet] has yet to become a significant indigenous source of the kind of high-quality reporting that I have been talking about,” Keller said. “Wikipedia, for instance, does not have reporters stationed in Baghdad or Beijing, following stories up at their source.” The lecture was followed by a Q&A conversation moderated by Phil Taubman, a former New York Times editor and a former Stanford Daily editor in chief.

Farm to host Service Summit
Over 300 participants expected Saturday in Y2E2

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Public service is key for ASSU hopefuls

While typical candidates for student government malign sitting office holders, this generation of ASSU hopefuls is almost idolatrous of their predecessors. Current Executives Jonny Dorsey ‘09 and Fagan Harris ‘09 have inspired not only imitators and humorous parodies, but also a bevy of determined students pledging to tackle “serious issues.” Beginning with their initial campaign, the two current Executives have attempted to transform student government from a resume booster to an effective organization, according to Harris. They began with an attack on the perception of a trivial and petty ASSU. “The whole reason we decided to run is we

felt the ASSU had the ability, capacity and responsibility to work on more serious issues on campus,” Dorsey said. “We don’t think we’re hot shit, but we do think we’ve succeeded in changing the tone of the ASSU.” A crop of young candidates seems to be in agreement. Citing the example of Dorsey and Harris, many students have enthusiastically embraced student government. A record 60 students initially announced their intention to run for Undergraduate Senate, nearly twice the amount as last year. The candidate list is full of students who formerly served the Dorsey-Harris executive cabinet in some unelected capacity. Six of the 2008-2009 Executive Fellows, freshmen who shadowed executive cabinet members, are currently running for either

sophomore class president or for undergraduate senate. The two main executive candidates were even part of the Dorsey-Harris cabinet themselves. As the ASSU Executive Operations Manager, David Gobaud ‘08 M.S. ‘10, running with Jay de la Torre ‘10, was the technical advisor for the ASSU and created the online student events calendar. His competition is ASSU Executive Cabinet Cost of Living co-Chair Bennett Hauser ‘10, who is partnered with Matt Sprague ‘10, director of ASSU Capital Group. Hauser and Sprague were motivated to run after seeing how student government works from the inside. Both were complimentary of Dorsey and Harris, and plan on adopt-

ing and expanding the current executive programs for promoting mental health, public service and sustainability. “I think every exec brings a unique focus, a unique flavor,” Sprague said. “[Dorsey and Harris] left big shoes to fit, and they set a tremendous example for the next execs.” Gobaud similarly admired the changes wrought by the current executives. If elected, he vowed to continue and increase the number of town halls, a forum utilized by Dorsey and Harris throughout winter quarter. Not to be outdone, the last executive slate of John Lyman ‘11 and Garrett Werner ‘10 made their connection to the public service gurus Dorsey and Harris perfectly clear.Their

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Farm receives water award
Univ. recognized for water conservation efforts
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The controversial showerheads installed across campus last year may finally be paying dividends, as the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards recently recognized Stanford for its achievements in water conservation. This is the first time the event has taken place, debuting at De Anza College’s Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies in Cupertino. Stanford was among the eleven local businesses, agencies, organizations and individuals to be awarded. Stanford, nominated in the “Large Organization” category, was commended for reducing its water usage from 2.7 to 2.3 million gallons per day over the past eight years through its comprehensive water conservation program. “Student Housing, with its 4.2 million square feet of buildings covering about one-third of the campus, over the years has undertaken a number of measures to help the University conserve water,” said Executive Director of Student Housing Rodger Whitney in an email to The Daily. “These include simple things such as installing flow restrictors on our faucets and changing our landscape irrigation systems from domestic water to lake water taken from various natural sources on Stanford lands, as well as putting our landscape irrigation on a soil moisture detection system rather than a traditional time-clock management system.” In the third consecutive year of a drought, California has found itself concerned with water conservation. Recently, in response to the climate change,

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Volume 235 Editor in Chief Christian Torres presents a gift to Lorry I. Lokey. The new building’s naming donor, Lokey is a former editor in chief himself; he is one of many alumni who made significant contributions toward The Daily’s new home.


Daily dedicates its new home
Former and current staff celebrate new building

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Thursday’s dedication ceremonies for the opening of the Lorry I. Lokey Stanford Daily Building brought together generations of past and present newspaper staffers, who shared in celebrating a new home for The

Stanford Daily. The $3.75 million building project, almost 20 years in the making, was funded by over 500 individuals, with numerous alumni, including Lorry I. Lokey ‘49, a former editor in chief and the founder of Business Wire. To many who have been involved in the publication, the Lokey Building is the culmination of almost 20 years’ work, and represents a new era for The Daily. “I’ve raised money for it [the new building], but you don’t know what it’s really like until you see it,” said Harry

Press ‘39, a former Daily editor in chief. “Seeing this new building really thrills me.” Those speaking at the dedication event included Lokey, as well as Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ‘82, Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman and The Daily’s current editor in chief, Christian Torres ‘09. Etchemendy remarked that this particular dedication was one that embodied Stanford’s embrace of student

Public service has been a theme for ASSU Executives Jonny Dorsey ‘09 and Fagan Harris ‘09, tracing all the way back to their campaign last spring. This Saturday, members of the Stanford community will gather at the Y2E2 building for the first Stanford Service Summit, which is meant to be the culmination of Dorsey and Harris’ election promise. Comprised of a Service at Stanford Showcase, nine different focus area forums and a variety of speakers, the Summit will focus on discussing the role of public service as a part of the University’s mission and identity. Currently, over 300 participants have already signed up for the events. The original inspiration for the Service Summit came when ASSU President Jonny Dorsey ‘09 attended the Service Nation Summit last summer in New York. Last fall, an assembled student team began to plan an event that would realize this vision. “The impetus for the Summit came from the ASSU Execs, but our role has primarily been to bring the different stakeholders together for a community conversation,” explained Anuraag Chigurupati ‘09, one of the co-organizers of the Summit, in an email to The Daily. “The single biggest goal for the Summit is to gather the community together to develop a ten-year vision for advancing public service at Stanford and a roadmap with specific action steps for achieving the vision.” Organizers hope that participants will find plenty of inspiration for public service in the large number of planned events and panels for Saturday. One event, the Service Showcase, will focus on service work done in academic departments, as well as by student organizations such as Stanford in Government and Students for a Sustainable Stanford. “Hopefully, this particular showcase will help enhance the roles of existing service [Voluntary Student Organizations] on campus, because what these groups have been doing is not negligible,” said Philippe de Koning ‘10, the Summit’s student group outreach coordinator. Focus area forums will also take place throughout the afternoon, addressing areas such as education, the environment, health and public interest law. Each panel will have three to five speakers, drawing from students, local leaders, alumni and professionals in fields of public service. According to organizers, the keynote address will be given by Steve Westly ‘78 MBA ‘83, managing partner of The Westly Group and former California State Controller. Video messages will also be played from the chair of the Board of Trustees, Leslie Hume Ph.D. ‘79, and President John Hennessy. The day will conclude with a Fireside Chat with Dr. Larry Brilliant, Google’s Chief Philanthropy Evangelist. While the Summit’s goals are ambitious, organizers are optimistic of its longterm benefits, already developing plans for what is to come after the event. “We were very concerned with building a follow-up plan, to make sure that the energy and vision that came out of the Summit didn’t fizzle the Monday after,” Chigurupati said. “We have decided to develop an oversight body of students, faculty, and staff to push the roadmap forward after the Summit.” Chigurupati stressed that the Summit will not be a yearly event. Instead, its focus is to gather the community for a long-term vision. The Summit organizing team hopes to see a shift in the focus on public service at Stanford, such as with Branner’s recently announced change to become a public service focus dorm. “Branner’s public service focus for next year is not directly connected to the Summit, although we’re obviously quite excited about it, said Chigurupati. “Branner RF Nancy Buffington was one of the core members of our Summit Task Force.” As for this weekend’s event and its farreaching influences, the Summit organizers have high hopes for its timeliness and lasting impact. “We simultaneously have enormous national challenges, a president who has made a call to service a large part of his message, and bipartisan support for things like the Serve America Act,” Chigurupati said. “I think you see that there couldn’t be a better time for the Stanford community to come together to talk about service.” Contact Ellen Huet at

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This report covers a selection of crimes from March 17 to March 23, as recorded in the Stanford Police Bulletin.

being under the influence of hallucinogens. 7:50 p.m. the remnants of burning incense caught fire in a garbage can at the Columbae Co-op. No damage occurred and the housing supervisor was notified of the incident.

a traffic violation, then cited and released for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in a vehicle, thus reminding us all to obey traffic laws especially when carrying illegal substances in the car.

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Between 5 p.m. on March 22 and 6 a.m. on March 23, three large patio umbrellas at Tresidder Memorial Union were damaged by unknown suspects. I The driver of a truck struck a fire hydrant near Vaden Health Center at 4 p.m., flooding a portion of the parking lot and damaging one car. I Between 6 p.m. on Mar. 19 and 7:30 a.m. Mar. 23, an unknown suspect kicked in a garage door on Gerona Road and took tools and scrap metal. I Between 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Wilbur parking lot, an unknown suspect pried open the window of a victim’s parked car and took a GPS unit and iPod. Contact Ellen Huet at

1:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall and Auditorium, the first party was contacted by the second party, who asked a series of personal, intrusive questions.

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reporting party stated that Thing 1 has been making threats against Thing 2 in Jordan Hall since Mar. 14. I At 9:43 a.m., a suspect was found to have been making harassing phone calls to victims in the President’s office.

midnight, the arrestee was caught, taken to the main jail and booked for trespassing in Cubberley Auditorium. The motives for sneaking into Cubberly remain an utter mystery. I Two arrestees were stopped at Campus Dr. and Alvarado at 1:15 a.m. They were both taken to the San Jose main jail and booked. One was cited for driving under the influence. The other was booked for possession of ecstasy, psilocybin and marijuana, as well as for


Between 12:30 and 8:30 a.m., unknown suspects spray painted “650” and “YOUNG LIFE” on seven cars parked in the lot in front of the SAE house. I Between 3 p.m. on March 20 and noon on March 21, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked room at Chi Theta Chi and stole power tools belonging to the victim. I At 10:10 p.m., at the intersection of Campus Dr. and Galvez Dr., a suspect was stopped for


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curricular,” said Phil Taubman ‘70. Taubman, after whom the new editor in chief’s office is named, found more than just his job at The Daily. It was at the Storke Building, The Daily’s previous home, where he met his wife, Felicity Barringer ‘72. accomplishments thus far and a sense of optimism for the years to come. “It’s a community of talented people who care about one thing in common, and that’s The Daily — and that’s why we have this buildworking with other journalists and understanding what motivates journalists and editors and columnists,” said Rebele, who went on to own a chain of seven daily newspapers with his wife Pat. The keynote speaker for the banquet was Rajiv Chandrasekaran ‘94, associate editor for The Washington Post. Chandrasekaran, a former editor in chief of The Daily, directed his remarks to the current generation of Daily staffers. “In my career thus far, I ran the Washington Post Bureau in Baghdad, I ran the Post’s national news staff, but still the most responsibility that I’ve had in life thus far has been running The Daily,” he said in an interview. “I never thought I’d actually see The Daily in a swanky new building. It’s a little more like a tech start-up than a newspaper, but I’m sure it will look suitably grimy in a short time.” Michael Londgren ‘90, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation and former Daily business manager, also spoke at the banquet, thanking students, donors, alumni and the University for their collaboration in making the Lorry I. Lokey Stanford Daily Building a reality. “We could not have asked for a better location,” Londgren said of the new building. “It will serve as a great campus hub for journalism.” Contact Jenny Rempel at jrempel@ shower head height,” he added. “With minimal modification, we were able to keep the installations and the net result was a considerable contribution to water conservation.” Student housing is responsible for 28 percent of the water used daily across campus, while contributing to about 30 percent of the current overall campus water savings. The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards were presented by the Water Awards Coalition, which consists of 10 local, environmentally-award organizations. Among them is Acterra, which also awarded Stanford for sustainability efforts at the Annual Acterra Awards last year. Contact Christine McFadden at

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and authority of The New York Times and other reputable print news sources, features that are absent from online news sources. “Online, there are few clear markers between blogs and news sites that operate independently under specific professional guidelines,” Keller said. “Online news sources can be short on objective fact-checking or reporting, and long on incendiary gossip and opinion.” At the same time, he stressed the central role the Internet would surely play in the future of journalism, and predicted that higher standards for online news sources would ultimately have to develop. “People often talk about how Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized peoples’ access to information, and it did,” Keller noted. “But in the years immediately following its invention, there was chaos. It was hard to know what printed material was worth reading, and there was a lot of uncertainty about where society was going.” “This is what real revolutions are like,” he added. “Eventually, Gutenberg’s innovation led to widespread literacy and the dawn of the Renaissance.” Keller emphasized that a central goal for his news organization going forward would be figuring out how to increase online revenue. Many in the audience found Keller’s remarks insightful. “It was interesting to hear from a high-ranking editor for a paper like The New York Times, and how his paper is dealing with the challenges facing the newspaper industry today,” said Will Atwood ‘11. “And it was comforting to hear how confident he was that the paper would survive.” The editor certainly remained optimistic throughout the afternoon talk. He said he was confident that the printed New York Times would be around for many years to come, appealing to, among other things, “that certain elusive quality found in a newspaper’s physical presence.” Contact Robert Toews at

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opportunity. “I have an opportunity to give remarks at many building dedications,” he said. “I like to note that, on one level, any building is just nails, wood, some mortar, glass and so on. But, on another level, a good building is a symbol of what Stanford values. This building is a good building. It represents our commitment — and that of generous supporters like Lorry Lokey — to our students and to supporting their dedication to creating a better community and a better world.” The dedication ceremonies ended with Torres presenting a gift to Lokey, who then gave a short speech. The ceremony also doubled as a unique opportunity for Daily alumni to reconnect and recollect on their days of reporting for the now 116-year-old campus newspaper. “[The Daily] started me off and I’ve been a newspaperman ever since,” said Press, who worked at The Daily over 70 years ago. Press was joined by almost 200 other alumni, many of whom were also greatly influenced by their years of writing for the campus newspaper. “At The Daily, I found the calling of my life, which was journalism, and that’s not too shabby for an extra-

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paragraph of a slate title reads,“Just a Couple of Affable, Public-Service Oriented Guys Trying to Exercise the Student Voice While Bridging the Gap between Our Peers and the Faculty/Administrative Complex.” Lyman, speaking on the Executives, said,“I think they’re both pretty handsome guys, and pretty charming.” The Lyman-Werner slate has gone so far as to release a video parodying the “elbow touch” from Dorsey and Harris’ YouTube video directed towards the student body last quarter. Most of the Dorsey-Harris fans, however, are entirely sincere. Senate candidate and Executive Fellow Sam King ‘12 rethought his attitude on student government after hearing a presentation by Dorsey and Harris last fall. “Jonny and Fagan are of course the people who inspired me,” he said. “Before I became an executive fellow, I wasn’t even thinking of going into the ASSU at all.” Another senate candidate and previous Executive Fellow Ben Laufer ‘12 shared the same positive view of the two execs. “Those two guys are pretty incredible,” he wrote in an email to The Daily. “Talk about two guys who have made an impact far beyond the Stanford Bubble — their legacies will be felt on the Farm for years to come.” The talking points of the DorseyHarris platform — sustainability, mental health, student outreach — are littered in the voter guide briefs of the candidates. Notably, though, only three out of 37 Senate candidates included public service, a major focus of Dorsey and Harris, in their briefs. The execs themselves are glad that people have been inspired, but maintain their humility. “These guys are running after they’ve seen us tired and grumpy,” Dorsey said. “The fact that they still want to run shows that they realize how difficult [the ASSU] is to come into.” Contact Marisa Landicho at

“It’s a community of talented people who care about one thing in common,and that’s The Daily.”
Taubman went on to serve as the Washington bureau chief for The New York Times before moving back to California with his wife, who is currently an environmental correspondent for The New York Times. Both husband and wife were struck by the significance of the dedication ceremonies. “It memorializes all the mosaic of experiences of all the people who are here,” Barringer said. Taubman echoed her remarks saying, “There won’t be another day like this until this new building is replaced.” Despite The Daily’s current financial difficulties and the decline of the newspaper industry, the dedication events were filled with a sense of pride for The Daily’s low-flow washing machines. Yet even with its noble intentions, these preservative actions have not been without controversy. The installation of low-flow showerheads in all undergraduate residences last year caused a stir among students. In response to these new showerheads, hundreds of students circulated petitions calling for their removal. Some students even went so far as to remove the showerheads themselves in a boycott that received national attention. However, the showerheads, invented by Stanford student Jonas Ketterle ‘08, were one of the main reasons Stanford was able to achieve this recent recognition. “In the end, it did have an impact on the award and the ing,” said Charlie Hoffman ‘73, the president and founder of the Friends of The Stanford Daily. “Most of all, it’s very rewarding.” “What we have here in this room, it’s worth caring about,” he added. Hoffman was joined by a large contingent of Daily alumni from the 1970s, but there were many other generations represented as well. Reb Rebele ‘57 recalled working on a “big story” following President Truman’s recall of General Douglas MacArthur from Korea during the 1950s. He still remembers traveling to the airport and then the Saint Frances Hotel in hopes of interviewing Truman at this key point in history. “It was a good case study in University was commended for its proactive approach to water conservation, specifically mentioning the showerheads,” Whitney said. “This measure along with other campus-wide water conservation measures undertaken by the campus utility division resulted in significant water savings across the entire campus.” The showerhead controversy was resolved last year when Resident Assistants agreed in a campus-wide meeting to their installation with the compromise of including either one handheld showerhead or higher-flow showerhead in each bathroom. “The reactions of a few students caused us to consider the timing of our projects and to address some peripherally related issues about

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servation. Recently, in response to the climate change, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a 20 percent reduction in water usage. The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards were presented in hopes of drawing attention to those, like the University, that serve as role models for conservation. Whitney went on to list other ways in which Stanford has conserved water, including the installation of over 2,000 low-flow toilets in all restrooms and bathrooms, lowflow sprayers in all campus kitchens and the current implementation of

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Managing Editors Devin Banerjee Deputy Editor Nikhil Joshi Managing Editor of News Wyndam Makowsky Managing Editor of Sports Emma Trotter Managing Editor of Features Agustin Ramirez Managing Editor of Photo Joanna Xu Managing Editor of Intermission Stuart Baimel Columns Editor Tim Hyde, Niko Milonopoulos Editorial Board Chairs Cris Bautista Head Graphics Editor Samantha Lasarow Head Copy Editor

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Tonight’s Desk Editors Ryan Mac News Editor Denis Griffin Sports Editor Vivian Wong Photo Editor Jane LePham Copy Editor Cris Bautista Graphics Editor

Advanced online posting of syllabi makes shopping easier T
he world may be suffering from a global economic recession, but at Stanford, it always seems like students are still shopping — for classes.Visiting and evaluating multiple classes is a hectic, time-intensive process that consumes the lives of students and faculty for the first two weeks of the quarter. But it can be easier. Shopping for courses at the beginning of the quarter would be greatly improved if faculty would make better use of online resources that would allow for students to shop for classes well before they actually start, using services such as Coursework, Stanford Syllabus, YouTube and iTunes University. Many students shop classes to ascertain basic information about workload, course texts, grading, course expectations, lecturing style and other data that can easily be obtained from a syllabus. In fact, many students drop by a class merely to pick one up. It is likely that many professors already have a set syllabus, or at least a preliminary one, a few days prior to the start of the quarter. It is relatively straightforward and not unrealistic to ask that professors take the additional step of uploading their syllabi to “Stanford Syllabus,” a database of class syllabi accessible to students, a week or more before the start of the quarter. Yet at this point in the quarter, there are still a large number of syllabi not online.This may create additional difficulty for students juggling five or more classes without basic information to guide them. There can be tangible financial benefits for students if professors upload their syllabi

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early on. Many students choose to order their course texts online, often for greatly reduced prices. Knowing in advance what books will be needed means that students can order cheaper copies and not be without their books for the first weeks of the quarter. Given the frequently large differences in Stanford Bookstore versus outside pricing, these are not savings to be ignored due to faculty indifference. While students might get enough from a syllabus to make their course decisions, many also like to see the teaching style of the professor first-hand in order to discern whether the class looks as good in person as it does on paper.Video is certainly not an adequate substitute for actually attending class, but it can give a student a sense of the professor — perhaps enough of a sense that, along with a syllabus, she can opt not to cram another class into her first week. With many lectures and some entire classes on Stanford’s iTunes University page, the editorial board believes that we have a tremendous resource that can still be better utilized to provide students with a more complete picture of a course. Stanford’s YouTube channel offers similar opportunities. By making better use of the online resources we already have — perhaps encouraging departments to upload syllabi or submit reader materials in advance and urging the tech-savvy to post sample lecture videos — will simplify the shopping period for students and faculty alike. It is up to the departments to ensure that we, the students, do not shop ‘til we drop.

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A matter of culture, not regulation
This column was originally published on Jan. 23.


aise your hand if you have ever blacked out from alcohol at a party.

You look around, and see who else has raised their hand.You soon notice that no one around you has.Self-consciously,you put your hand back down, only to realize that the reason no one else’s hands were raised was perhaps because they, too, are self-conscious, or more likely, because they are not currently reading this column.But between you and me, let’s be honest: they have probably blacked out at a party.And so have you. Does blacking out mean you have an alcohol problem? Not necessarily. That kind of thing has happened to the best of us. But the frequency with which it happens in our culture — not American culture, per se, but modern American college culture — is troubling. I’m a senior who, by the time you read this, will have turned 22 years young (so write something witty on my Facebook wall, please, if you haven’t already). This means that, among other things, I do not frequent frat parties as often as I used to. But according to Stanford’s Alcohol Advisory Board, “serious alcohol incidents” this past fall quarter exceeded those of previous fall quarters (See “Bd. reviews alcohol policy” in the Jan. 9 issue of The Daily).As it happens, this recent revelation coincides with the Board’s upcoming review of the standing New Student Orientation alcohol policy. Of course, when the incidence of alcoholrelated emergencies on campus suddenly increases, there ought to be cause for concern. But what is at work here is much bigger than something an Advisory Board policy can fix. What we are dealing with here is a culture of binge drinking. As we all know,this culture is not unique at all to our generation, nor does it belong solely to our university or even to American universities at large. But the tolerance in universities across America when it comes to the idea of drinking with the intent to get “hammered” is at a level matched by few countries on earth. How many of us have friends who drink heavily three, four, five times a week? The culture in place at our school, and in our country, tolerates this.Few people on this campus blink an eye when one of their friends tell them they got trashed three nights in a row. Quite the contrary,in fact,we usually laugh and then ask for some stories.This is not to say that such behavior is expected, but it is indeed acceptable. But that is something that we as students all know.What has been less explored,though, are the real roots of what has caused binge drinking to take hold as a cultural phenomenon. I would propose a couple of theories: Firstly, college is the place and time in

Mark Donig
This column was originally published Jan. 21.




All sung out
am not a fan of a cappella. For those of you who (somehow) don’t know, a cappella is the tradition of taking perfectly good songs and rearranging them so that people sing all the parts that our forebears’ designed instruments do much, much better. Stanford (somehow) has nine of these groups. Based on science, a cappella began in the time of cavemen, when our primitive ancestors would harmonize their rudimentary caveman utterances into a sound so vile that it could take down a stegosaurus from 50 paces. How were cavemen and stegosauruses, creatures separated by 150 million years, around at the same time? Ask Testimony. (For those of you who play drinking games to my columns,“Testimony” should be the top “buzzed-word” on your list for today.) Now, some may say that my dislike of a cappella stems from the fact that my own singing voice sounds like a cross between Bob Dylan’s and some sort of cat pinned down by a tractor. However, my sense of jealousy accounts for no more than 15 percent of my antipathy. From two songs into the first Fleet Street performance I saw at Admit Weekend, I knew that I disliked a cappella, with its overdramatic soloists and its progressively less ironic use of beatboxing. But unfortunately, a cappella has burrowed itself deep into the intestines of Stanford like no other system of groups here have. Take, for example, The O Show — a ceremony that essentially serves as a showcase for all nine a cappella organizations and one or two other performance groups. Not only is having such a show unfair to the hundreds of other groups we have on this campus, it’s also unfair to the hundreds of innocent freshmen who sit through it in an already very busy orientation week. Additionally, whenever dorms need someone to perform for parents, dorm shows or ProFros, a cappella groups are normally at the top of their lists.Why not a dance troupe, or, much cooler, a rock band? At least with a rock band, you can stand up and dance; with a cappella shows, you try to remember the songs as you once loved them as you pray for the whiskey you snuck in to hit soon.

which many of us expect to come into our own as people and become the person we want to be.It is not a gross overgeneralization to claim that, coming out of high school, a lot of us Stanford students were nerds. Many of us experimented with alcohol for the first time as freshmen.For such people,alcohol is a symbol of their assertion of their own ability to feel cool, contrary to the way they were seen in high school. It is the feeling that, perhaps for the first time, others around them are legitimizing them. In an attempt to maintain that sense of legitimacy, some of us go overboard when it comes to drinking without ever realizing it.And when we see others doing the same, we feel no reason to assume there is anything wrong with that. Second, drinking at college has become a sort of rite of passage. How many conversations with our friends involve weekend debauchery? How many of those stories could have happened without alcohol, or, dare I say, without extremely copious amounts of alcohol? The reason that our conversations tend to revolve so disproportionately around these stories is that alcohol is, more often than not, the place where we find that common bond with our friends. Not as alcoholics, but as college students experiencing college life. It cannot be denied that there is a certain demographic of students at Stanford who, in fact, do not drink at all. But for the majority of us,alcohol was and is central to our social transition into college.To the incoming freshman, the frat party, an “Animal House”-type experience, is synonymous with getting integrated into college. Finally, binge drinking exists at colleges today because, well, it existed yesterday. It is, just as all other cultures are, self-propagating. College students will argue that, normatively speaking,the fact that most other Western cultures drink socially, rather than aggressively and belligerently, does not make our drinking culture more wrong or right. Indeed, what is most important to understand is that binge drinking is not a mindset — it is a culture.And as with other cultures,it will take more than administrative policy to affect change; it will require a change of mindset on behalf of the students themselves. Mark Donig is currently having a bonfire in San Francisco. Contact him at mrdonig@

Kevin Webb

More frightening, unless you stop them, a cappella groups will multiply. For every singer given a spot in a group, three others are jilted (This is an estimate. No one wants to fess up to being rejected by Mixed Co.). Nursing their wounds, these members regroup into an even worse a cappella troupe, calling themselves something revolting like “the Harmonics.” Now, this is not an attack on members of a cappella groups — I count many (or, at least, once counted many, depending on how many people read this column) as friends, and I’m happy to see people really enjoying themselves in performances after spending countless hours charting and learning to sing difficult songs. But why do we need nine different a cappella shows every quarter? Why can’t groups do more collaborative shows? The number of new songs these groups come up with per quarter is not particularly high, and I think sharing shows might help whittle down the best material from each. On a more social level, I can assure you from experience that nothing kills a party quite as fast as the Mendicants drunkenly belting “Brown-Eyed Girl.” Actually, I take that back — I can only imagine how terrible a party would be if an inebriated Talisman started singing a 40-minute rendition of the national anthem. And anything by Testimony, I fear, would be much, much worse. I guess I don’t really know what I want to come out of this column, though I have a few ideas. Maybe we could see a couple groups merge, or better yet, we could create a school-wide ban on a cappella group proliferation. (If we don’t do something now, our children may be forced to attend a Stanford with an “‘80s video game theme music” group, a “songs of Neil Diamond” group or maybe even a “jazz-infused Kabbalah praise” group.) Or maybe I’d like to see other groups on

this campus more proportionately involved in school events. We could have fewer rollouts with Fleet Street singing in the lounge, and more with Stanford Taiko pounding the hell out of drums. That’s sure to put a kick in any freshman’s morning. Maybe we could even see a day where a cappella shows engage audience members, instead of expecting them to pay for admission and sit through up to 90 minutes of songs they have mostly heard before. I think what I want most of all, though, is to be able to say openly “I don’t really care for a cappella,” without making it personal. When the topic comes up, I don’t want to have to see if anyone easily offended is around. I want to be able to state my dislike proudly, because it means that I have discovered something about my personal tastes, which, really, is what the arts community we need here should be about: self discovery through interaction with art. So if you like a cappella or if you’re a member of a group, that’s fantastic — I hope you’ll keep doing what you love and won’t hate me for writing this. But if you don’t fall into either of those categories, know that it’s OK not to like everything. Even Testimony. Send Kevin angry emails at ktwebb@, though, if possible, he would prefer angry serenades.

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Senior first baseman Brent Milleville hits a two-run shot to help propel the Cardinal to a 6-5 win on Wednesday over Santa Clara. Next up for Stanford is a weekend series in Eugene, Ore. against a newly returned Ducks squad.


Extending its winning streak to three games on Wednesday, Stanford baseball will look to beat up an old foe, freshly returned to action this weekend. The Cardinal (9-11, 3-3 Pacific-10 Conference) continued its recent run of spring dominance with a tight victory over Santa Clara (10-13), aided by sophomore Kellen Kiilsgaard’s single in the bottom of the eighth to bring in sophomore shortstop Jake Schlander for the 6-5 non-conference victory. With Stanford down 2-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Santa Clara pitcher Jason Westerberg was victimized by a pair of Cardinal home runs as senior Joey August hit a line-drive rocket over the right-field wall to lead off the inning and fellow senior

Brent Milleville bombed one over left field in a two-run shot. When August, sophomore Zach Jones and Milleville all crossed home, Stanford took the 5-3 lead over the Broncos. “It was really nice to get a little rally going in the fifth,” August said. “I was just trying to hit a ball hard, and I was fortunate enough to get a good pitch to hit. Then we were able to get a guy on for Milleville, and I can’t say enough about how huge his home run was — it really gave us a spark and a lot of confidence going into the later innings of the game.” Strong defensive play in the sixth made for a scoreless inning, as Stanford’s defense executed the play at first base for the first out, won the squeeze play for the second out and carried out an easy second to first play to shut the Broncos down. But Santa Clara came back with tough defense of its own to

shut the Stanford bats down in the bottom half of the inning. “I really think that our pitching is stepping up for us when we need them to,” Milleville said.“I feel like you can throw any of our pitchers against anyone and they will be able to get the other team out.” In the seventh, though, the Broncos’ offense showed signs of life against sophomore Michael Marshall, who gave up a pair of runs. A strikeout, followed by a double, two walks and a sacrifice rallied in the tying runs, putting the score at 5-5. Stanford was unable to respond with its own bats in the bottom half of the inning, and sent out sophomore closer Drew Storen in the eighth, who retired the side on three consecutive strikeouts, all swinging. Nearing the end, Stanford made noise in the bottom of the eighth inning. A Sch-

lander single, sophomore Colin Walsh’s walk and sophomore Jonathan Kaskow’s single loaded the bases with two outs. With the count at 1-2, Kiilsgaard hammered a single to bring in Schlander for the winning run. “I thought Drew did a great job for us, coming in a shutting door like he always does,” August said after the victory. “I also can’t say enough about Kiilsgaard and his big at bat in the eighth; he came through again for us in the clutch, like he has all year.” Storen took the mound again in the ninth and struck out two consecutive batters before the Stanford defense picked up the third out for the 6-5 victory. “After we went up in the eighth, I was con-

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4/3 Eugene, Ore. GAME NOTES: Stanford baseball is set to take on Oregon for the first time in nearly 30 years this weekend, as the Ducks’ program returns from a 28-year hiatus. Stanford is coming off of a close, 6-5 win over Santa Clara, aided by the stellar efforts of sophomore closer Drew Storen, who shut the Broncos down in the eighth and ninth innings, giving the Stanford bats time to pull the team into the lead.

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The ultimate Cardinal fan’s challenge:Test your knowledge
hink you know Stanford sports pretty well? Think you’ve got the Cardinal’s history down pat? Let’s test your Stanford athletics knowledge with this Cardinal Quiz:21 questions about everything there is to know about Stanford sports. Even if you don’t know any of the answers, you will most likely learn something you probably didn’t know before.And you will become a more knowledgeable Cardinal fan. Any disputes with answers can be taken up with the Internet. One point per correct answer, and don’t just turn the page and look at the answers right away, because no one likes a cheater. 1. Stanford has not always held the nickname “Cardinal.” The University’s athletic teams have been called by two other names over its history.What were they? 2. We all love the Stanford Tree. But do you know it’s not just some random tree? Which tree is the one that appears on our logo and school seal based upon? 3. How many NCAA team championships has Stanford won in its history? What school is it trailing in this category? 4.Stanford has won the Director’s Cup in every year of the Cup’s existence except for the very first year (‘93/’94) when the school came in second.Who won that year? 5. If Stanford were its own country at the 1996




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Olympics in Atlanta, what place would it have earned in the final gold medal count? 6. How many medals did Stanford alums and coaches come home with from the 2008 Beijing Olympics? 7. How many national titles has Stanford won in football? 8. How many years did Tiger Woods stay at Stanford? What was his declared major? 9. In what year did “The Play” take place? 10. How many players on current NFL rosters went to Stanford? 11. How many players on current MLB rosters went to Stanford? 12. Which Stanford team has won the most NCAA Championships? 13. How many consecutive years has Stanford won at least one NCAA Championship? 14. How many All-American awards did Stanford athletes win in the 2007-2008 season? 15. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, went to Stanford. What sport did she play? 16. Perhaps one of the most talked-about ath-

letes from the 1996 Olympics was a woman who later attended Stanford.Who was she? 17. Stanford is one of just four colleges to produce both a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and a U.S. President. The president was Herbert Hoover.Who has won a Super Bowl? 18. Who is Stanford’s only Heisman Trophy winner? 19. Which former Stanford athlete also appeared in the movie “Jerry Maguire” and hosted a show on Nickelodeon? 20.Who leads the all-time series of Big Game? 21. Out of Stanford’s 34 varsity sports, how many of them have won at least one NCAA title? BONUS! (2 points) 22. Herbert Hoover was a team manager for the football team when he attended Stanford. At the first-ever Big Game, what did he forget to bring? Scoring 0-7: Need some work 8-15: Solid fan 16-23: Diehard fan, but perhaps you’re spending too much time on and Wikipedia

Card extends helping hand to archrival Cal

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Overcoming the rivalry to make the rivalry stronger. That’s men’s squash coach Mark Talbott’s idea behind the latest CalStanford competition. However, this seemingly normal face-off follows a higher calling. On April 4, Stanford men’s squash will travel to Cal to play both a regular and an alumni match in order to help Cal raise money to replace courts currently in faulty condition. “The Cal coach and I decided this would be a good opportunity to raise funds and raise awareness,” Talbott said. “We’re just hoping we can help them raise awareness. They really need new courts.” While Stanford practices on new squash courts that opened three years ago in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, Cal has been suffering for many years, playing on slippery floors, in dark lighting and amid stale smells. Over the years, as the courts have deteriorated, Cal squash coach Ashley Kayler believes it has absolutely affected his team. “The poor state of the courts has hurt the program in ways that are not easy to quantify,” he said. But he and the rest of his team look for-

ward to a concrete vision of what the Cal squash program could be like — with the addition of money and support. “A nicer facility, where all the courts are in the same area — not divided by threefloor stairwell and two security gates — would make practices seem less divided, and allow the coach to work with each of the players more easily,” Kayler said. With the improvement of the facilities, he hopes to attract more and better players, as well as a highly qualified coaching staff. But Kayler recognizes the underlying issues that will require the money, time and effort of many to fix the program from the ground up. “There are ground water leakage issues in the ‘dungeon’ courts,” he said. “These issues are very [expensive] to fix, and given the perennial budget deficits in California, unlikely to get fixed. And while there are water issues, the university is unwilling to renovate the courts for fear of water damage to the new courts.” While this alumni match will make a start towards raising the first funds towards updating Cal’s facilities, it will only serve as a jumping-off point from which to base further fundraising efforts. The team hopes

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3/31 Pacific W 3-0
always had a strong digging and jumpserving team,” Williams said. “We will have to control their servers so we can run our offense consistently.” In order to succeed against Long Beach, the Cardinal must slow down junior opposite Dean Bittner,who ranks second in the nation with an average of nearly five and a half kills per set. After the Long Beach match, Stanford will travel to San Diego to take on the Tritons.UC-San Diego boasts an impressive 6-2 record at home,with its two losses coming against the top two teams in the nation.The Cardinal knows it will face a tough test playing a team that has won four of its last five home matches against ranked teams. “San Diego is a rapidly improving team with plenty of energy and heart,” Williams said.“They have the potential to create large upsets, so we will need to maintain focus and keep the pressure on them as we did with Pacific.” The Cardinal will face Cal StateLong Beach tonight and UC-San Diego tomorrow,with both matches scheduled to start at 7 p.m.Next week,Stanford will return home for a two-match series against No.6 BYU. Contact Jacob Jaffe at jwjaffe last game in a Cardinal uniform. “We’re definitely tested, and that will help us,” she said. “We’re confident in a close game.” Stanford and Connecticut begin their semifinal matchup on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. PT. The game will be televised from St. Louis’s Scottrade Center on ESPN, while it will also be covered by KZSU 90.1 FM and Webstreamed at Contact Nate Adams at nbadams@

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.175 for the Tigers.Hitting so consistently and avoiding lapses is important for the Cardinal to succeed in the final stretch of the season. “[The Pacific match] was proof that we could remain focused and play our game throughout the match no matter what caliber team we’re facing,” said senior middle blocker Brandon Williams. Much of this focus comes from increased competition in practices, which has helped the Cardinal improve throughout the year. “Everyone has stepped up in their own little way,”said junior setter Kawika Shoji,who led Stanford with 39 assists.“I will give a lot of credit to our bench guys for challenging the starters during practice. They were instrumental in helping us prepare for last weekend.” “The second-team players have brought a lot of fire to practices lately,” Williams said. “[They have been] challenging everyone to keep playing at the top of their game every day.” The Stanford men know that they


Stanford falls short in Pac-10

4/3 Long Beach, Calif. GAME NOTES: The No. 5 Stanford men dismantled Pacific on Monday, but will face tougher challenges in the near future, as the Cardinal travels south to take on MPSF foes Long Beach State and UC-San Diego.

will have to be at their best this weekend when they play road matches at No. 7 Cal State-Long Beach and No. 10 UCSan Diego. Long Beach already came within a point of sweeping the Cardinal at Maples in January before Stanford rallied for a five-set victory.The Cardinal knows it will face a very tough test against this same team on the road. “The Pyramid is a tough venue to play at,so we are looking forward to the challenge,”said Romero,who ranks first in Stanford history in career kills during the rally-scoring era. “Historically, Long Beach State has

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Stanford may have yet another, less apparent advantage: its losses. VanDerveer, recalling her time at the helm of an undefeated Olympic team, knows all too well that a perfect season, while impressive, doesn’t teach lessons or foster the fierce tenacity of a team that has ground

out plenty of close wins, while also experiencing defeat. “UConn has a terrific team, we know this,” she said. “But our losses have taught us things. We’ve learned and benefited from them, and we’re in a situation where we’re playing very well right now. We learn a lot from a loss — I can’t deal with an undefeated team.” Jillian Harmon, the only senior likely to start for Stanford on Sunday, agreed with her coach as she heads into what she hopes is not her to budgetary issues, but is back on the field this year as the Pac-10 once again has its 10th team in the fold. Oregon has been led this season by starting pitchers Erik Stavert (31) and Tyler Anderson (1-3), who boast ERAs of 2.92 and 3.68, respectively. Closer Drew Gagnier, meanwhile, has a 1.20 ERA and four saves on the year. Offensively, Caleb Tommasini has led the Ducks’ charge, with a .327 average in 98 at bats. The Ducks are 11-15 overall and 1-2 in conference play, with their lone win coming against Oregon State. They will head into the series with a 1-3 non-conference loss against Portland. Contact Claudia Preciado at

The Stanford women’s gymnastics team finished third at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships this season and was not able to defend its conference title from a year ago. Stanford lacked the depth of UCLA, which finished with 196.725 points.The Cardinal finished third with 196.525 points. Stanford was led by the Pac-10 allaround champion, junior Carly Janiga, as well as senior Nicole Ourada, who won two Pac-10 individual titles. Janiga’s performance continues the strong tradition of all-around titles at Stanford, as Cardinal gymnasts have won the allaround four times in the last six years at the Pac-10 Championships. Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth won Coach of the Year honors as the Cardinal took four out of five individual titles.This was Smyth’s fourth Coach of the Year award after eight seasons with Stanford. The Cardinal was on the verge of repeating as conference champions going into the final rotation, but two poor floor exercise routines resulted in a suboptimal finish. UCLA and Oregon State then took advantage of the Cardinal’s poor final rotation and overcame Stanford’s lead by nailing their final routines. “Going into Pac-10s, we wanted to compete like we train in practice,” Janiga said.“If we did that, without a doubt we would have had another Pac-10 title. Unfortunately, we had some mistakes in the final event, which made us drop below UCLA and OSU.When it comes USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list. Joining her on the list are junior leftfielder Alissa Haber and freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen. On the year, Haber is leading the team with a .441 batting average, 39 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Hansen is right behind her with a .427 batting average to go along with 33 RBI. After facing a menacing slate of competition last weekend, Stanford (31-2, 2-1 Pacific-10 Conference) stands to have an easier time with Oregon (10-20, 0-4) and Oregon State (16-16, 1-3) who are currently in last and ninth place in the Pac-10, respectively. The Beavers are coming off a weekend in which they were swept

to championship meets, it doesn’t matter how many personal bests that you have if you have to count a fall.You just can’t miss.” Janiga notched the balance beam title with a score of 9.95. The Cardinal was also aided by Ourada, who tied for first on the floor exercise and was one of four athletes, including Janiga, to tie for first on the uneven bars with a score of 9.9. Stanford sophomore Shelley Alexander stepped up with three personal bests. Senior captain Kelly Fee also brought her best performance on the bars,beam and floor,earning at least 9.825 on all three.She was especially instrumental in replacing injured freshman Alyssa Brown on the bars, where she earned one of her three personal bests. “Our goals going into Pac-10s were to hit 24 for 24 routines, which is always our goal in any meet,”Ourada said.“We knew that was what it was going to take to win the Pac-10 title.We were also trying to improve each routine by .05.” “At practice we have been working on cleaning up details in our routines,so our goal was to make these changes in our routines at the competition,” she continued.“The key to winning Pac-10s is hitting 24 for 24 routines. When you have to count a miss, it allows the other teams to sneak in.” On bars, Stanford as a team scored 49.275, with Ourada and Janiga leading the way, both scoring 9.9s as five girls tied for first.Stanford,however,tallied a 9.675 on the beam, on its way to a 49.125,which proved devastating to the Cardinal’s chances at the Pac-10 title. at the hands of Arizona and Arizona State. Pitching has been a problem for Oregon State, as they have failed to get consistency out of returning starter Kelly Dyer, who has struggled to a 7-11 record. Recently, freshman Paige Hall has been seeing more action as a starter with marginally better success. Offensively, the Beavers are led by catcher Audrey Roderfield. The sophomore leads the team in most offensive categories, as she is hitting .330 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. The Ducks are still looking for their first Pac-10 victory, having started the conference season with a loss to Oregon State before being swept in Arizona. Oregon is led offensively by out-

UCLA led the nation in the vault, but did not stick its routine at Pac-10s.Stanford followed up with two falls on the floor routine, but Janiga and Ourada salvaged the floor exercise by scoring 9.85 and 9.9, respectively. Stanford’s mistake cost them the title, as UCLA won its 14th Pac-10 title. Overall, Stanford had a very solid meet with Janiga,Alexander and junior Allyse Ishino earning first-team allconference selections, while Fee and Ourada earned second-team selections. The Stanford team will go on to the NCAA Regional on April 4, ranked as the No.1 seed at the NCAA South Central Regional in Fayetteville,Ark. Stanford is ranked fourth overall in the country and will compete against No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Southern Utah and No. 6 Arizona State. The top teams at the Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb., April 16-18. “We are glad that this didn’t happen at the Regional competition,” Janiga said,referring to the Cardinal’s final few mistakes. “We learned that the meet isn’t over until the last person finishes their routine. A lot can happen on the last event, which can be a good or bad thing. “Regionals should be a good competition,”she continued,“and we will go into it again with the same goals as before: doing what we train, hitting our 24 routines and focusing our attention on us.” Contact Kenan Jiang at fielder Neena Bryant. The junior is hitting .357 with four home runs and 23 RBI on the year. In the circle, Sam Skillingstad is the leader of a quartet of pitchers for the Ducks. Skillingstad is 8-7 with a 2.20 ERA on the season. Now that it has established itself as a national power, Stanford would be disappointed with anything less than three victories this weekend, as the rest of its upcoming Pac-10 schedule looks to be incredibly grueling. Next up for the Cardinal women after this weekend’s action is a three-game set against California, with the first contest slated to be played at Stanford and the latter two at Berkeley. Contact Daniel Bohm at bohmd@

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fident that we could hold them in the ninth,” Milleville said. “Drew is throwing extremely well right now, and I was completely confident he could hold them off for the win.” “I think that we won today’s game on pitching and defense,” Milleville added. “When you pitch and play defense as well as we did, you really have a chance to win.” Stanford will next head to Oregon this coming weekend for a three-game conference series. This year marks the return of the Ducks to collegiate baseball. The Oregon program was disbanded in 1981 due

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Despite her stellar accolades, Penna refuses to take all the credit for herself. “My team was really behind me this weekend, played great defense and came through to score runs in key situations,” Penna told “I’m excited by how our team is playing right now and hope to carry that momentum into the rest of the Pac-10 season.” As she indicates, Penna has not been the only Stanford player to excel this season. In fact, she is one of three Stanford players to recently earn a spot on the 25-person

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No. 1 Stanford rolls into spring

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3/28 Cal State-Long Beach W 7-2

As the Stanford student body was relaxing on the beach over Spring Break, the No. 1 Stanford women’s water polo team was busy in the pool, winning five games in seven days with an average margin of victory of more than eight goals per game. Stanford’s final game of the week against No. 17 Cal State-Long Beach was its toughest outing.The Cardinal persevered against the 49ers in a defensive struggle, winning 7-2. It was the first time that Stanford failed to reach double-digits in scoring since the second game of the season. Stanford jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period, ensuring a Cardinal victory early on. Junior goalkeeper Amber Oland’s seven saves anchored the Cardinal’s defense, which has been steadily improving over the second half of the season. “We held Long Beach to two goals in 12 power play chances and no even-strength goals,” head coach John Tanner said. “That was one of our better defensive efforts this season.” On the offensive side of the ball, freshmen Melissa Seidemann had a game-high two goals, while senior Lauren Silver, junior Kelly Eaton, sophomore Kelly Krueger and freshmen Alyssa Lo and Pallavi Menon each scored once. The victory extended Stanford’s win streak to 17 games and improved the Cardinal’s record to 20-1 on the season. Stanford kicked off its Southern California swing with an 11-5 victory over No. 16 UC-San Diego on March 24. The Tritons managed to pull off a feat only accomplished by a few teams this season — taking a lead against the Cardinal. San Diego scored two quick goals to open the match, but that would prove to be the

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women are set to take on the No. 3 Bruins tonight at 6 p.m. Stanford has lost just one game this season, all the way back on Feb. 7 against USC. The Cardinal has since won 17 straight, including a 10-5 win over UCLA on Feb. 8. Stanford has been led offensively by freshman Melissa Seidemann, with 50 goals on the season, including two in the team’s most recent win over Long Beach.

only time it led. In the final four minutes of the first period, Silver and fellow seniors Koree Blyleven and Kira Hillman scored three unanswered goals to give Stanford the lead. Two more three-goal periods put the game out of reach. Junior Kim Hall took care of business in the goal, blocking five shots. The most important match of the road trip was its only conference match, a contest with No. 7 San Diego State on March 25. Stanford knocked off the Aztecs 11-6 to remain undefeated in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play. Entering the second period with a slim, 3-2 lead, Stanford’s defense, with Oland in the cage, shut out San Diego to allow the offense to give the Cardinal a little breathing room.Two goals later, Stanford went into halftime up by three. After each team scored twice in the third period, the Cardinal outscored the Aztecs 4-2 in the fourth to cement the win. Seidemann

led Stanford with four goals, with Silver tacking on another hat trick. While the San Diego State victory was the most significant in terms of the postseason, the March 21 match against Harvard was perhaps the most gratifying for Stanford. The Cardinal did not show its East Coast academic rival any hospitality, simply dismantling the Crimson, 20-2. Stanford jumped out to a 70 lead by the end of the first period and was up 12-0 at halftime. The Crimson managed to score twice on Hall in the third period, but eight second-half Stanford goals drowned out any chance of a comeback. Twelve Cardinal players scored in the match, with Silver and Blyleven leading the way with three goals apiece. Stanford will return to MPSF play tomorrow against No. 3 UCLA. The Cardinal knocked off the Bruins earlier in the season 10-5, but both teams have undergone considerable transformations since then. Stanford was without Silver in the first match-up, which forced the offense to rely on Seidemann and Eaton. Since Silver’s return, opposing defenses have been unable to slow down the Cardinal’s multipronged offensive attack. The Bruins are 21-3 on the season, including two one-goal losses to No. 2 USC and No. 4 Hawaii. UCLA is peaking at the right time, riding a 10game win streak into the Stanford contest. “UCLA has several dynamic, athletic goal scorers who present challenges in all phases of offense,” Tanner said. “We hope to slow them down and take advantage of the opportunities we expect to generate.” The final home game of the season for the Cardinal is set to begin at 6 p.m. tonight in Avery Aquatic Center. Contact Mike Lazarus at

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eventually to raise over a million dollars, and the Stanford team stands behind them 100 percent. “Originally, Cal had offered to do a joint match to promote both programs,” Talbott said. “But I felt we should promote one strong message. My idea was to make the entire focus on helping Cal.” As Talbott has built up the Stanford squash endowment and spearheaded fundraising on the Farm, he would appear to be more than qualified to aid the Golden Bears in their time of need. But some at Stanford might find the very idea troubling: Why should the Cardinal colors be used to help the school’s greatest rival, while receiving nothing in return? In fact, this support goes towards not only that school across the Bay, but furthers the entire dream of the future for West Coast squash.

First, as any true Cardinal fan knows, rivalries are only exciting when both teams have the potential to take home the victory. Since Stanford men’s squash has played far more strongly than Cal’s in recent years, Talbott hopes to bolster the competition by revamping the Cal facilities. Not only will the existing Cal-Stanford rivalry help generate more funds from blue-and-yellowbleeding alumni, but as Cal improves, it will push Stanford to keep up. The squash programs will flourish in sync, and so the vision for more exciting competitions has rallied support from both schools. “We don’t have a great rivalry right now because they don’t have a great team,”Talbott said.“They want a better team. We’d like to have a better rivalry.” Broadening the outlook from just two schools, the Cardinal squash team believes the publicity from this fundraising, and from the ever-improving rivalry, will push the sport forward along the West Coast. Squash, typically pictured in gentri-

fied Ivy League halls and New England prep school gymnasiums, has yet to reach the same heights of popularity out west. Talbott and Kayler hope to instigate increased western interest. “[Squash] has really grown at a collegiate level, and it’s just amazing how it’s started to boom out here,” Talbott said. “Cal recently formed a women’s team; it’s quite exciting. [With the better facilities] it will be nice to see Cal and Stanford making inroads to the national rankings.” Stanford’s work for Cal demonstrates that sometimes rivalries need to be overcome for the bigger picture and the good of the sport. It also shows, however, that sometimes, aiding an enemy can sometimes boost two opponents at the same time. Riding in the stream of these ideas, the Beat Cal banner will continue to fly at Stanford, perhaps someday for a squash match, as well as before Big Game. Contact Zoe Leavitt at

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Answers 1.The Indians (1930-1972), the Cardinals (1972-1981). 2.The tree is called El Palo Alto,a redwood tree that grows in Palo Alto on the banks of the San Francisquito Creek. It is also California Historical Landmark No. 2. 3. 95. UCLA has the most with 103. 4. North Carolina 5. Fourth (United States, Russia, Germany, Stanford) 6. 25 7. One, in 1926 (Coincidently, the famous Pop Warner was our coach) 8.Two years. Economics. 9. 1982 10. 21 11. 30 12. Men’s tennis (17) 13. 32 14. 95 15.Tennis 16. Kerri Strug, the gymnast who seriously injured her ankle on her first vault and had to perform another one in order to clinch the gold medal for the women’s gymnastics team. YouTube it. 17. Jim Plunkett and John Elway 18. Jim Plunkett 19. Summer Sanders (women’s swimming) 20. Stanford (55 wins, 45 losses, 11 ties) 21. 19 22.The football Danny Belch knows Stanford sports. Contact him at

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