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The Stanford Daily
TUESDAY May 19, 2009
An Independent Publication
Volume 235 Issue 61
Charter school will have new site
Univ.-affiliated elementary school heads to Menlo Park
By ERIC MESSINGER
85 students admitted off waitlist
By RYAN MAC
Last week, the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced that 85 students who were previously on the waitlist had been offered admission as part of the incoming Class of 2013. According to the office’s Web site, the decision to admit from the waitlist was largely due to a change in admission strategy that saw the University admit fewer students this year than in years past. “Although higher than expected student
responses have not allowed for the University to go to the waitlist in recent years, a reduction in the number of offers of admission this year has resulted in the planned use of the waitlist,” read an online statement. Director of Admissions Shawn Abbott confirmed this notion. “It has been several years since we have admitted students from the waitlist,” he wrote in an email to The Daily. “We lowered our admit rate this past year, admitting 100 fewer students in an intentional move to avoid over-enrolling the freshman class. We
now have the flexibility to build up to 1,700 students — accomplishing our goal of ensuring that we would not enroll any more than our target number [of] enrolled students.” In the previous two years, over-enrollment has contributed to an overcrowding of undergraduate on-campus housing. This year, the Office of Admission hoped to avoid this problem by deliberately admitting fewer students and using the waitlist to adjust numbers accordingly. This led to a 7.6
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Students at a Stanford-related charter school in East Palo Alto will be heading to their classes in Menlo Park next year after a school district decision made last Thursday. Trustees for the Ravenswood School District voted to swap the East Palo Alto Academy K-8 School (EPAA) site with that of the James Flood Science and Technology Magnet School (Flood School). Students from Flood School will now be headed to the current EPAA location in East Palo Alto, while EPAA students will go to Flood’s former facility in Menlo Park. The switch will take place for the 2009-2010 academic year. The district’s decision was a result of budgetary pressure, as Ravenswood seeks to maximize its funding. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the trustees expect the move to net $200,000 through a combination of reduced transportation costs and expected growth for Flood at the new location. The EPAA, which is a charter school, does not receive per-pupil funding from California, while each new student at Flood brings more money. The EPAA K-8 School, as well as the unaffected EPAA High School, are run by the Stanford New Schools, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by Stanford’s School of Education in 2006. While Stanford does not actively administer the school, it does appoint EPAA’s Board of Directors, and the Dean of the School of Education serves as the president of the board. While the move has drawn sharp criticism from Flood School parents who believe their children will be moving to a less desirable location and facility, EPAA personnel do not believe they are necessarily benefiting from the switch. “I don’t know that it’s an improvement, it’s just another space,” said Education School Dean Deborah Stipek. “The pluses and the minuses cancel themselves out in some respects.” Stipek added that EPAA had very little input in the decision. “We don’t have choices,” Stipek said. “The school district makes them for us.” Stanford New Schools Chief Operating Officer Gail Greely said the news of the move was not expected. “We did not think this was an
Hours at Green likely to shorten
Budget cuts threaten to roll back new, post-midnight opening times
By ELLEN HUET
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British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald sat down with The Daily at Encina Hall on Monday for an interview. Sir Nigel discussed a wide variety of subjects, including world reactions to President Obama and the challenges for world security.
Sir Nigel shares his views
British ambassador discusses “special relationship”with U.S.
By ERIC MESSINGER
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Stanford received the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, on Monday, as part of the diplomat’s West Coast tour. Sir Nigel has been visiting locations across the West Coast, including Silicon Valley, advocating for the continuation of a commitment to open markets despite the financial crisis, and commenting upon Anglo-American relations. While at Stanford, Sir Nigel spoke to members of an undergraduate course on British politics, participated in a roundtable called “The Global Architecture — where Europe fits in” at Encina Hall, and met with Hoover Fellow and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Sir Nigel, who formerly served as Chief
Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair, also sat down for an interview with The Daily at Encina Hall. Over a half-hour he touched upon a wide variety of issues facing America and the United Kingdom, and the “special relationship” between the two nations. Reacting to the recent scandal in the U.K. over Parliamentary expense charges, which Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said will make for a “dangerous month” for British democracy, Sir Nigel connected the public reaction to longer-term trends. “All the evidence is that the scandal over Parliamentary expenses has deepened the mood of public disillusionment with traditional politics and with Parliament as an institution,” Sir Nigel said, “and that is very worrying for many of us who are involved in public life, and it’s been a worrying feature in many developed countries
for quite some time.” Moving to President Obama, a figure whose rise has arguably contributed to a change in the tone of the US-Europe relationship, Sir Nigel was warm in his assessment of the initial international reaction to his administration. “I think the overwhelming mood in the U.K. and the rest of Europe is positive and welcoming of the policy stance taken by the new administration and by President Obama,” Sir Nigel said. “If you look at what they’re trying to achieve internationally in creating new sets of partnerships with European and other allies, in basing their foreign policy on values and principles and the rule of law, in deploying the full range of tools of American power — military and also political and also economic, in
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Over the Moon[bean’s]
By AMY HARRIS
t is the best of times and the worst of times for the campus coffee scene. The announcement last week that Coupa Cafe will replace Moonbean’s Coffee by the end of June spread like caffeine through the Stanford bloodstream, brewing both incredulity on the part of Moonbean’s die-hards and excitement from disenchanted customers and Coupa fans. “I’m devastated, for everyone,” said a crestfallen
James Rundell, Moonbean’s store manager. “Our customers are saying, ‘Where’s the petition?’ It’s wonderful to hear that outcry of support.” Coupa Cafe already has a spot in the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2). The news of Coupa’s takeover — giving it two locations on campus — blind-sided many students, who were perfectly content with the status quo. “Moonbean’s is definitely one of the high points to eat and drink on campus,” said Loren Newman ‘09. “I like the Coupa Cafes in the area, but it seems like it’s a case of if it’s not broken, why fix it. It seems like it’s tak-
ing a gamble on something that already works well.” Gianna Masi ‘11, a Moonbean’s barista who began working at the kiosk this year, was likewise confused by Coupa’s move to replace Moonbean’s. “Everyone who I’ve talked to is really shocked that Moonbean’s is closing and they don’t really understand why,” she said. “And to an extent, I don’t really understand why. It’s sad that such a beloved coffee shop on campus has to close.” Others, however, are over the moon about the coffee
Students who celebrated Green Library’s extended late night hours this academic year may see the gift taken back next fall due to the University’s budget crisis. Stanford Libraries, along with the rest of the school, have been required to trim budgets by 15 percent because of decreased endowment and the current economic recession, and are finding it difficult to maintain extended hours with reduced funding. Green, the largest library on campus and a popular study space for undergraduates, pushed back its closing time from midnight to 2 a.m. in the fall of 2009 in response to overwhelming student demand for increased post-midnight study spaces. Former undergraduate Senator Eugene Nho ‘10 organized the student effort, conducting a wide survey that found that 80 percent of students surveyed felt the current late night study spaces were inadequate. After going to the Faculty Senate with the statistics in the spring of 2008, the changes were made for the following fall. Given the current budget restrictions, however, the extended schedule appears unlikely to survive into the next academic year. Provost John Etchemendy noted the strong possibility of a change. “I do not know if the hours are changing, but given the budget situation, I’d be surprised if they are not,” Etchemendy said in an email to The Daily. Library administrators agreed, noting that hours might be scaled back to 1 a.m. or even to the original midnight closing time. “[A change] is conceivable, given the 15 percent budget reduction, which is a very deep cut,” said Rebecca Pernell, head of access services for the library. “The University Librarian Michael Keller has indicated that due to the budget cuts, we may not be able to sustain the extended hours next fall.” “We are, however, looking at creative solutions for perhaps staffing the library until 1 a.m., but these plans are still very preliminary,” she added. Keller could not be reached for comment. Pernell added that budget issues have already affected the library, as the staff has been reduced because of the University-wide hiring freeze implemented earlier this year. For Nho, the news that his efforts to extend hours might not last the year was disappointing but understandable. “I completely respect the place that administrators are in now,” he said. “They’re hard hit by the dropping endowment, and they have to cut somewhere. It’s hard to figure out how to make cuts without inflicting too much damage on the student body life.” However, he maintained that “ensuring student study spaces should be one of the University’s top priorities,” citing the results from last year’s survey and positive student feedback to the changes. Next year’s ASSU undergraduate senators, both returning and incoming, expressed their intention to advocate for keeping Green Library’s current
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kiosk’s demise. “Going to Moonbean’s was like getting beaten over the head with a stick,” said Paul Gowder, a third-year political science graduate student. “Moonbean’s — I mean, let’s face it — was pretty terrible in just about every respect, so Coupa can only be better.” Gowder said he would try to refrain from too many “ding-dong-the-witch-is-dead” comments, but was unable to hide his sheer jubilation at Coupa’s takeover. “The prices at Moonbean’s were insane — you could only eat so many $2.50 cookies, especially when they’re not very good cookies,” he continued. “You know, Coupa’s prices are pretty ridiculous too, but Coupa actually has high-quality food and drinks.” Coupa Cafe owner Jean Paul Coupal ‘07 agreed that the installation of Coupa between the two libraries represents a step up in culinary value, and a decrease in prices. “Currently, the lattes, cappuccinos, all of our coffee drinks are cheaper than Moonbean’s,” Coupal explained. “There’s not one drink we have that is more expensive than Moonbean’s. We think you should be able to get quality at an affordable price.” Still, some students have nostalgic attachments to the funky kiosk and see Coupa’s expansion as uprooting an eclectic cafe culture that took years to cultivate. “No one can compete with our staff in terms of speed, efficiency and
attention to detail,” Rundell said. “It takes 10 years to get a group like this going.” Situated between Meyer and Green for 11 years, Moonbean’s adopted the business model of creating a laid-back environment with unique tunes and friendly service, Rundell explained. “I would always hear people say that they love this place, that it was a breath of fresh air from an otherwise ‘stale’ campus life,” he said. “We tried to cater to students with our music — we don’t play just jazz and new age. I think that we try to keep it fun and something that the students like, as opposed to something that the students’ parents would like . . . definitely outside the cookie-cutter mold.” Students appreciated Moonbean’s
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Moonbean’s, located just outside of Green Library, has been a popular coffee stop on campus for 11 years. After losing a bid war for a renewed lease, Moonbean’s will close by the end of June to be replaced by Coupa Cafe, which also has a location in Y2E2.
unpretentious atmosphere. “It’s hard to put into words, but Moonbean’s just has the right vibe and the right connection of that vibe to the coffee and tea,” Newman explained. “It’s just a pleasant atmosphere.” Gowder, however, felt that any sojourn to Moonbean’s was anything but pleasant. “If I needed a quick jolt of caffeine, there was a convenience versus quality factor, and sometimes, convenience won out,” he lamented. “I did go to Moonbean’s very many times, unfortunately.” “The sort of quintessential Moonbean’s moment, for me, was ordering a chai there, with the use of god-awful chai swill,” he continued. “I mean, God only knows if it had any tea in it.” Gowder’s experience, however, seemed the exception rather than the rule. Ben Angulo ‘11 frequents Moonbean’s daily, and while he’s disappointed at Moonbean’s closing, he was more concerned with the location than the change in ownership. “I love Moonbean’s . . . it’s just a good atmosphere,” he said. “You can come out here on a sunny day and sit down and run into 20 people you know.” Clair Gibson ‘09 said that getting her caffeine fix was the ultimate issue, regardless of owner, but dismissed Coupa’s need to expand to two on-campus locations as “silly.” “Moonbean’s has the best coffee on campus, so I don’t see why Coupa needs to take over here when they already have a shop in Y2E2,” she said. Coupal said that he understands the sentimental ties to Moonbean’s, but assured customers that the new Coupa location will not disappoint. “People do consider Moonbean’s symbolic; it’s been there for such a long time since the SULAIR constructed it, and I guess some people may be upset about it closing,” Coupal conceded. “But it’s a freemarket society, everyone was given a chance to compete, and I think that the better company with the better proposal was chosen.” But for the Moonbean’s workers, the end of Moonbean’s represents an end to a unique campus niche that, for many, was a home away from home. “We’re not one of those machine coffee shops that just churns it out,” Masi said. “I feel like we really do care about our customers, even though that’s really cliche to say.” Rundell said that the staff interaction was Moonbean’s most unique characteristic. “I was rewarded with a cafe culture at Moonbean’s that most cafes wish they could have,” he said. To replace that sort of dynamic will be a tall order, Masi said. “You would be hard-pressed to find a more caring coffee shop than Moonbean’s,” she said. “Coupa has big shoes to fill.” Contact Amy Harris at email@example.com.
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schedule. “Many students have told me that this has been the most useful and valuable change that the Senate has achieved in the past few years,” said Shelley Gao ‘11 in an email to The Daily. “Green Library is one of the most important facilities on
campus, and its current opening hours should not be reduced.” “Budgets cuts are hitting all aspects of the University; however, now is the time for the school to forcefully establish its priorities,” added Zachary Warma ‘11 in an email to The Daily. “I will advocate, within financial practicality, to see the extended hours reinstated.” Pernell, who is in charge of the evening library staff, also anticipates a strong student response if the hours are reduced. She noted that
both anecdotal evidence and general student feedback indicated that late night hours seem to have been very well received. “We know how much people love evening hours — we see so many regulars,” she explained. “We [walk through] the main readings rooms, and it does get activity.” Pernell emphasized that no matter how schedules might change in the coming year, Green Library will continue to hold extended hours during Dead Week and finals week,
as it has in the past. A final decision has yet to be made, despite discussions and rumors of a schedule change. The University Librarian’s Director of Communications and Development Andrew Herkovic stressed that the cuts have had devastating effects on all parts of the University, and have forced many organizations to compromise things they value very highly. “It should go without saying that providing convenient hours and oth-
erwise encouraging student use of library facilities are important to us,” Herkovic said in an email to The Daily. “We have not and will not reduce hours capriciously or casually.” “But tactical reduction of hours is one among many compromises we may have to deploy to balance our budgets in the very difficult period ahead,” he added. Contact Ellen Huet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A farewell to Moonbean’s
or 11 years, students have enjoyed the fresh coffee, convenient location and trendy atmosphere of Moonbean’s, a coffee shop just between Meyer and Green Libraries, that for many students is an integral part of Stanford. But Moonbean’s will no longer occupy that spot come June 30, when Stanford will commence with infrastructure upgrades to the site and prepare for a Coupa Cafe kiosk to open there in early September. Moonbean’s contract was first let in 1998, then renewed without competition in 2003 and finally extended until June 30, 2009 after it expired in December 2008, while Stanford received bids for the space on campus. It made one of four bids that were carefully examined by the University, but lost out to Coupa Cafe, which currently has a kiosk in Y2E2 in addition to a location in Palo Alto. The change has come as an unwelcome shock to many students who have become attached to Moonbean’s over the years and has even sparked an on-campus petition to retain Moonbean’s in its current location. While the Daily editorial board understands these natural student responses in the face of losing a coffee shop that has characterized a part of the Stanford experience, we also understand the University decision to open up the location to a competitive bid in a year plagued by a diminishing endowment and painful budget cuts across the board. Over the past weeks, we have written about our concerns over budget cuts for community centers and Summer Research College, the lack of need-blind financial aid for international students, the need for continued funding of service-learning initiatives like Impact Abroad, the inequities of the new Vaden service charge for next year — and the list does not end there. The University is faced with tough choices in a period of financial strain, so it is understandable to choose to open up a campus location to competitive bids that will increase the revenues it can generate from prime retail space near the well-trafficked Stanford libraries. Moonbean’s has contributed to Stanford for 11 years, and will be missed by many students as they walk between Meyer and Green. But Coupa may yet prove to be a positive new addition to campus. We would only recommend retaining some of the friendly Moonbean’s employees who brighten the coffee shop’s atmosphere — and earn many repeat customers. One of the biggest fears surrounding the new change is the apparent market dominance Coupa will have with two locations on campus and no competing coffee shop within walking distance. In announcing the change, University Librarian Michael Keller praised Coupa for its sound business plan, proven environmental responsibility, professional management and “wonderful social consciousness.” The editorial board encourages Coupa and Stanford to be wary of the effects of a seeming monopoly on coffee shops and keep prices that are low and affordable for all students. Moonbean’s will be missed, and we will have to wait and see if it is able to secure another venue on campus. But it’s important to keep in mind that Coupa is a family-owned store and its owners, Jean Paul and Nancy Coupal, have many connections to the University, including three children who have graduated from Stanford. Coupa has gotten rave reviews in the Bay Area, and students have responded positively to the cafe in Y2E2. Amid severe budget cuts and further upcoming disputes as more programs are trimmed or axed, a farewell to Moonbean’s is a sad but understandable change.
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n January 22, USC’s Daily Trojan wrote that all-new construction at USC is going to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)certified from now on. Big step, guys. I mean, it’s a good way to cast the gauntlet, but Stanford’s going to . . . Oh wait. We don’t actually know yet, because Stanford hasn’t let students read its draft sustainability plan. Don’t worry, though. Someone gave me a lollipop and promised it’s one of the most stringent around. This lack of access makes it very difficult for me to publicly support or decry said plan, and it is keeping me out of the elite Stanford Daily Columnist USC-Bashing Club because I can’t back up anything I say about how much more awesome Stanford is than USC. (For the record, The Daily Trojan also mentions USC’s admirable commitment to including students in planning.) Fortunately, there’s hope. Last week, a group of Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS) members met with President Hennessy to express our strong interest in having the plan released to students. Since it was students back in 2005 who started the campaign for such a plan and for a solid commitment to greenhouse gas emissions reductions by the University, and since about 14,000 members of the Stanford community are current students, it has been particularly frustrating that students have not been able to participate in the drafting process or even be made privy to the contents of the plan. President Hennessy made a commitment at that meeting to release the draft plan to students this week, which is pretty groovy considering how long we’ve been waiting for it. (Given that: please download it if you have any interest in keeping Stanford bomb.
From the bits I’ve glimpsed at late at night when The Man can’t see me, it’s got some good points and some points that deserve to be ridiculed by hordes of freshmen in the streets.) Student input will allegedly be sought for a section on how to keep students involved. This is all very, very good, because it increases the potential of getting somewhere. To explain why that potential is something that feels so new, let me describe the current student relationship with campus sustainability planners. We, the student body in general get slain for being apathetic. We apparently don’t do or say much about the future of Stanford sustainability, so the administration doesn’t think we care, so it doesn’t publicize sustainability or make opportunities for us to help. That’s not to say Stanford doesn’t do a lot — one of the reasons that the plan has taken so long to draft is that Stanford has already done a lot of the obvious things, like culling incandescent light bulbs. Stanford cut its daily water demand substantially with some major infrastructure projects a few years back. I was in a particularly memorable class where someone had tried to show that the golf course is a ridiculously wasteful water consumer relative to the Community Farm, but she found that the golf course is actually a model of water efficiency (for a golf course) while the farm suffers from things like people forgetting to turn off hoses for a couple of days. Oops. So yes, Stanford is admittedly pretty good at institutional efficiency. What Stanford has not been particularly good at is making sure we all care about efficiency, too, or trying to create opportunities for students to voice concerns and get involved. It’s a vicious cycle. Stanford implements top-down projects with the admirable
stated goal of affecting student life as little as possible — meaning that the University is trying to be awesome at reducing carbon emissions while allowing us to stand around our house kitchens with the refrigerators open while we chat about the delicious hummus we’re eating.Which is . . . good, I guess. Because of these top-down projects that get implemented behind the scenes, students aren’t aware of what’s going on. So we don’t complain or rejoice about it very often. So we’re seen as apathetic. So the University continues projects behind the scenes sans student input. When we ask what we can do, we’re told it would be helpful if the student body were less apathetic. In turn, we say that we’re not apathetic — we need to know what action would actually be useful, not just a sputtering make-work activity for someone’s PWR paper on student action or, worse, something actually counterproductive. The best “tangible” mandate we’ve received is this: educate yourselves, and then care, quietly and in your own way. To which we say: it’s difficult to tell the difference between that and apathy, and can we please have access to the materials that will allow us to educate ourselves? To which we’re told: no. . . . What?! Apparently the University’s worried we might tell the press, plus the mother hen wants her little chickies just to trust her on this one. I, for one, am ready for the chance to put the force of conviction behind that trust (or not) when we see The Plan Itself. And then bash USC. To the press. Send Emily comments on what kind of doctor a Daily Trojan keeps away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T HE D UDE A BIDES
That’s a bummer, dude
enerally speaking, I am not much of a sentimentalist. Known for wielding a bit of a sharpened tongue, I have regularly used my 800 words a week to bluster on semi-serious topics regarding the means by which we can attempt to improve the collective Stanford experience. My comments have, on occasion, reflected a rather Machiavellian outlook toward the University; my concerns are not with the processes undertaken to achieve certain aims, but rather with the improvement of the end results. During the financial catastrophe that has constituted our enormous, 15 percent acrossthe-board budget cuts, my life has remained virtually unchanged. While I have bemoaned the loss of our monetary dominance and the cutting of particular budget line items, the actual impact of the economic climate has seemed like a sort of amorphous concept to me. Just last week, though, I had a visceral experience with the human cost of the financial crisis. Shockingly enough, there are a few folks who, on occasion, give up a few minutes of their lives to read “The Dude Abides.” One such person is Teresa Riseborough.A regional housing manager for GovCo and surrounding environs,Teresa has sent me a few incredibly kind messages regarding my columns. However, in a message I received last week, Teresa told me that she would no longer be at Stanford next year. Though I had only ever communicated with her over email, I asked Teresa if she would care to chat. For over an hour and a half last Wednesday afternoon, we sat at a lunch bench in the Lag courtyard, chatting over a wide range of topics.A 27-year veteran of Housing,Teresa has helped manage nearly every single residential complex on campus, excluding the Row. A tremendously kind woman, Teresa spoke of loving every minute she spent in Housing. Leaving Lag, I felt a bit shaken up. I gener-
And the reason we are able to lead such comfortable existences here? It’s the hard work of people like Teresa.
ally do not shy away from making bold and sweeping attacks at faceless bureaucracies, particularly in this column, but talking to Teresa was an important reminder to me that the overwhelming amount of people who work at places like Stanford do so because they want to provide a superior experience for us all — they want to see the school run in a manner that is friendly, welcoming and very much in tune with the needs of its young and absurd constituents. Teresa is someone who spent a large portion of her working life in the service of the school’s student body, who exudes warmth when speaking of particularly superior RAs. But because of this economic shit storm,there will be a particular absence in Housing because Teresa will not be there. In a perfect world, I would like nothing more than to see Teresa have her position restored, or another comparable position of worth be given to her. Unfortunately, this is probably not in the cards, because the current economic situation is just that wretched. From the departure of people like Teresa
(and I am dead certain that, given the 15 percent that is hitting the whole school, there are a great many other exceptional employees who will no longer be with us), I do believe there are some potential lessons, albeit rather bitter that I, and perhaps others, can take from this all. First: look at the workings of the school from a less rigid world view. I still think The Axe and Palm is a blight upon the world of dining, and really do want to see improved service and food quality. One possibility is to simply outsource the “restaurant” to an independent retailer, whose service would be infinitely less horrible, but whose employees would more than likely be paid less.Instead of pushing outright for gutting our unionized work force, examining the situation from a non-student perspective and advocating for a variety of options is a far saner course of action. Second: appreciate the efforts of the countless and oft-invisible staff members who work to make our time at Stanford the four years of pampered lunacy that it is. There is undoubtedly a huge amount of people like Teresa, who, while interacting with students on some degree, are largely invisible to the general campus. It boggles my mind to think of how you make an operation like Housing, much less the entire bloody school, operate on a consistent basis. And the reason we are able to lead such comfortable existences here? It’s the hard work of people like Teresa. Lastly: don’t throw away your trash in the bathroom bins. It is something I have been guilty of a variety of times, though Teresa, I am officially disavowing such behavior. Zack is pretty sure that even at a place like USC, there are administrators and employees who deeply care about the well-being of the students. Though they shouldn’t. Shocked that Zack actually remained coherent in this article? Let him know at email@example.com.
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Men’s golf places fourth in regional, earns bid to NCAA Championships
By ROXIE DICKINSON
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TrevorAriza, why did you have to leave?
’ve always been partial to underrated, unknown players.The first article I ever wrote for any paper was on the 2003 New York Giants’ running back situation, and why Delvin Joyce was better, dollar-for-dollar, than Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. And in 2005, while fellow New York Knicks fans were stocking up on Starbury apparel, I came ever so close to customizing Trevor Ariza’s No. 21 jersey. If not for some inane Madison Square Garden rule that only allowed you to use the number one on a custom uniform, it would have come to fruition. I’m not sure why, out of a roster of a dozen guys, Ariza became my favorite. Perhaps it was because the other Knicks of that dreadful era were, on the whole, entirely unappealing, and Ariza’s high-flying dunks provided some of the lone excitement in an otherwise pathetic time to be a New York basketball fan.Ariza was extraordinarily athletic, but remarkably raw. He probably left school a season or two too early, but that was all right — he had the natural talent to play in the NBA, but he just needed a bit of practice. Above everything else, he lacked a sound jump shot from beyond 12 feet. He was pretty much helpless along the arc, and even inside of it.A meme developed for a few friends and me: If Ariza could develop an 18footer, he was going to make the Knicks very happy. But that opportunity never came; Ariza was dealt to Orlando in early 2006 in exchange for Steve Francis. The trade was seen as fairly safe for the Knicks, but it left me distraught — still, if Francis could turn his career around and get back to his former, superstar level, all would be right. But, just like every other plan during Isaiah’s Reign of Terror, the Ariza-Francis trade didn’t work out. In his lone full year in Orlando,Ariza posted career highs in field goal percentage and points per game in the 2006-2007 season. Even then, though, he was still raw — it wasn’t until he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in late 2007 that he began to blossom. By this past season, he had become a legitimate scoring option, both with his drives to the hoop and with a fairly developed jumper.Ariza has shot well from beyond the arc in these playoffs, and though that part of his game is still lacking overall, he’s become a complete player. In short, he’s developed that muchneeded 18-footer, so much so that even on a team with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, he is frequently the third or fourth option on the attack. And it would be criminal to go this entire column without mentioning his defense, which is quite good along the perimeter. And then, of course, there are the highlight plays, like some of his steals and dunks against Utah in the first round. How many times have we seen him leap out of bounds, save the ball and give it off to a streaking teammate? It’s become a running joke at The Daily office, and this column, self-indulgent as it is, has been a long time in the making. We watch the 2009 playoffs, and see Ariza as a legitimate option on a Lakers team that has seemed destined for the Finals practically all year.After each impressive play, a few editors in particular will turn and watch me wallow in my grief.As if the abomination known as New York basketball over the past decade wasn’t painful enough, I’m now stuck watching one of my favorites help a team that has, let’s say, an interesting history with the Knicks. But the worst part is that Ariza’s game would fit in perfectly with Mike D’Antoni’s offense, which is already helping to turn the tide in New York.Visions of Nate Robinson dishing to Ariza in transition are impossible to erase from my mind. More often than not, the unknowns I choose to champion amount to fairly little. Joyce, for ex-
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The fifth-ranked Stanford men’s golf team won a bid to the NCAA Championship after settling into fourth place at the NCAA Southwest Regional tournament at the University of Texas Golf Club over the weekend in a tight match between several top teams. The Cardinal was in a stressful fight for fifth going into the final round, but pulled out a comfortable fourth place finish and a championship bid with a 35over-par, 887. “One of the things that we talked about was that we just had to finish in top five,” coach Conrad Ray said. “The beauty of this tournament was that it was a team effort. Now that we are done, we can start at ground zero and take a breath of fresh air.” Sunday presented a do-or-die situation for Stanford, who was a full eight strokes behind fourth-place UNLV and 17 strokes behind the tournament leader Texas going into the final round of the tournament. Fortunately for the Cardinal, UNLV fell apart, posting a 23-over 307 in the final round to drop the Rebels into sixth place, one place short of advancing to the NCAA Championship in Toledo, Ohio. Every stroke counted for Stanford, as the Cardinal finished just one stroke in front of No. 45 Michigan, who took fifth. No. 8 Florida showed unwavering concentration and capability, taking the Regional crown by two strokes over a 24-over by second place Texas Tech and a 25-over by third place Texas. “The course conditions were really tough,” Ray said. “The bad weather and Bermuda grass threw us a little out of our comfort zone, but I think we handled it really well.Thunderstorms in the final round forced
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5/27 Toledo, Ohio GAME NOTES: No. 5 Stanford rallied to finish fourth at the NCAA Southwest Regional with a 35-over 887 as a team, which put the Cardinal one stroke ahead of No. 48 Michigan. The Cardinal was led by senior Dodge Kemmer’s three-over 216, which was tied for fourth overall. With the fourth-place finish, Stanford advances to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 27-30.
play to be called off for three hours. In the final round, the wind just switched directions and the temperature dropped to 23 degrees.We knew that we would have a good chance if we handled the conditions and posted a competitive number.” Senior captain Dodge Kemmer carded his best finish of the year in a tie for fourth with a three-over 216. Kemmer finished the first round in a tie for 31st with a five-over 76. After his rough start, he birdied his way to the top five on the individual ladder. Kemmer grabbed four birdies in the second round to post a one-under 70 on the day, launching him up 20 places to a tie for 11th. He continued
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Freshman David Chung and the Stanford men’s golf team earned a spot in the NCAA Championships by placing fourth in the NCAA Southwest Regional with a 35-over-par 887 last weekend at the University of Texas.
Lightweight rowers sweep Pacific Coast Championships
The Stanford women’s lightweight rowing team followed its openweight counterparts, taking first at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma last weekend. The boat of eight showcased its West Coast supremacy, winning its third straight title. The lightweight boat easily beat its opponent, the Santa Clara Broncos, by over 37 seconds with a time of 6 minutes, 47.4 seconds. The boat of four also came away with a win. The Cardinal entered two boats into the competition and came away with an outstanding one-two finish. The first boat crossed the line in 7:38.2, with the second boat close behind at 7:53.6. “This weekend was a great chance for us to apply the changes we’ve been working on in a race setting,” said freshman Jenna WixonGenack.“To do that on the same course where the IRA [Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships] will be held was a really good opportunity. It’s definitely going to be a great race in a few weeks,and until then,we’re going to keep focused and work hard.”
Men improve in Pac-10s, prepare for IRA regatta
By JEFF LU
This Sunday, the Stanford men’s varsity eight rowing team sprinted to a photo finish, narrowly edging Washington to place second behind California in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in the closest race in tournament history. The rowers raced neckand-neck through sweltering 105-degree heat in front of 2,000 fans on Lake Natoma, in the Sacramento area. The Stanford men also won additional medals with third-place finishes in both the second varsity eight and freshman categories. Stanford’s varsity eight showed its determination to win from the start, shooting out of the third lane to pull within half a boat length of Washington and California. Halfway into the race, the No. 4 Cardinal drew even with No. 1 Washington and matched them stroke for stroke until the last 500 meters, where Stanford surged ahead to within inches of the leading Cal boat. A full-out sprint in the final stretch came down to the wire, and the Cardinal finished the race with a time of 5 minutes, 42.1 seconds, a mere three-tenths of a second behind the Golden Bears. Third-place Washington clocked 2.3 seconds behind Cal. Despite the close loss, Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian was extremely pleased with Sunday’s results. “The Stanford men raced with courage and audacity. I am proud to have witnessed the greatest men’s varsity eight race in Pac-10 history,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Cardinal’s second varsity eight claimed one of Stanford’s two bronze medals by clocking 5:53.30, 9.20 seconds behind the winner, Washington. Although the Cardinal stayed within two boat lengths of the Huskies and hung on the tail of the Cal boat for over three quarters of the race, the Stanford rowers found themselves overpowered in the final 500 meters of the race, where a power-10 helped both the Golden Bears and the Huskies pull ahead. The men’s freshmen eight also faced the
same difficulties in overcoming their Washington and Cal counterparts, who finished 19.60 and 10.80 seconds, respectively, ahead of the Cardinal boat. Stanford finished 1.70 seconds ahead of fourth-place Washington State to claim the Cardinal’s second bronze medal of the day. Sunday’s race showed marked improvement for both the men’s varsity eight and the Stanford men’s rowing program as a whole. Amerkhanian’s rowers had not taken silver in the Pac-10 Championships since the 20052006 season, having taken third place twice in the past two years. Sunday’s Pac-10 Championships was also the third confrontation this season between the Cardinal and its Golden Bear rival. The results were noticeably better than their previous two encounters, both of which Cal won by a margin of 4.54 seconds. With the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta coming up in less than a month, Amerkhanian took this improvement to be a sign of Stanford’s readiness for its final two tournaments of the season. “We are now in a position to accomplish our season goal of racing for a national championship.”Amerkhanian said, also adding that he intends to focus on improving the team’s skill set, race plan and execution in the weeks to come. In spite of their accomplishments on Sunday, the Cardinal rowers also recognize that future success can only come from tough training. Senior rower Mark Murphy helped to summarize his entire team’s determination. “We have worked extremely hard up to this point, but any true championship rower knows to never be satisfied and always strive to put in more training than anyone thought possible,” he said. The IRA Regatta, the oldest collegiate rowing championship in the United States, will take place in two weeks at Lake Natoma. The tournament will be held over three days and will include appearances from the nation’s top rowing schools. Contact Jeff Lu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Women’s varsity eight dominates Pac-10
The No. 1 Stanford’s women varsity eight rowing team continued its national dominance this past weekend, taking the gold at the Pacific-10 Championships at Lake Natoma. Finishing with a time of 6 minutes, 18.6 seconds, the Cardinal won its first gold medal since 2003. Stanford is now riding a huge wave of momentum. Prior to its gold medal performance in Sacramento, the team was part of a sweep of California at the Big Row on May 2. The women’s team as a whole finished in second for the third consecutive year. The Cardinal is now looking to the future, where it will once again head to Sacramento for the NCAA Championships. Later today, the NCAA will announce the teams that will participate in this year’s competition. The first varsity eight, ranked first in the country, will likely be the favorite.
Sophomore Jeanette Pohlen was one of five Cardinal women named as finalists for U.S. national teams, along with junior Jayne Appel, sophomore Kayla Pedersen and freshmen Sarah Boothe and Nnemkadi Ogwumike.
honors. Junior Jayne Appel, sophomore Jeanette Pohlen and sophomore Kayla Pedersen were announced as three of the 14 finalists for the USA Women’s World University Games Team. Separately, freshmen Sarah Boothe and Nnemkadi Ogwumike were named among the 14 finalists for the USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team. All five women will travel to Colorado Springs to train before the final rosters are announced for each team. Both teams will cut two more players during training camp, and competition for each team begins in July. Boothe and Ogwumike will be looking to repeat their gold medal performance from last year, when they were both on the U18 team. Appel and Pedersen also bring experience winning gold medals with previous U.S. national teams, whereas Pohlen will be looking to make a national team for the first time. — By Jacob Jaffe and Zach Zimmerman
Five women’s basketball players named finalists for national teams
Even in its off-season, the Stanford women’s basketball team keeps winning
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option under consideration for us until about three weeks ago,” Greely said. “There was so much opposition at the end of April,” Greely added, “that we were surprised they moved forward.” Nonetheless, Greely said that she believed the EPAA community might be better-prepared for a disruptive move than the members of the Flood School. “They have a long history at that location, and a strong tie to that location,” Greely said. “We’ve had some disruption from relocation and expansion every year. Our community and our sense of identi-
ty is not rooted in our site.” As a K-8 charter school without its own building, the EPAA must by California law receive an adequate facility from the local school district. While beneficial in that it offers the EPAA the guarantee of a site, it puts the organization at the mercy of the district. Stipek said that the change highlights the desirability for the EPAA to build its own site. “Ultimately, it would be wonderful if we could raise the funds to build our own building, and not be at the whims of the district,” Stipek said. Greely, however, cited the permanent nature of the Menlo Park facility as a possible improvement. Currently, the East Palo Alto site is composed entirely of “portable” spaces, while Flood will be leaving a site that has a central permanent
building. Greely also noted that the switch would require significant work to manage effectively. “There are a lot of logistical considerations,” Greely said. “We have to deal with the issues of phones and computer networks.” In an email to The Daily, EPAA K-8 Principal Nicki Smith said she is aiming for a smooth transition amidst the disruption of the move. “I was the principal of Slater School in Mountain View which was closed,” Smith said, “and I know how strongly a community can feel about its school. We’ll be offering our parents a chance to go and see Flood and I am very willing to host Flood families at our present EPAA ES site [for a visit].” Contact Eric Messinger at messinger @stanford.edu.
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being prepared to open a full dialogue with adversaries, as well as friends: all of these are things that map pretty well to the way in which we Europeans approach the broad framework of our international relations.” Sir Nigel emphasized, however, that the international community was facing a difficult set of problems in both security and economics. “Now we’re on to the next phase which is the phase of implementing these policies,” Sir Nigel said, “in trying to achieve results in a world which is dangerous and difficult. “All our governments are trying to handle international and security issues at the same time as we’re all handling the predominant issue, which is getting our economies working again, and having to keep so many balls in the air as political leaders and win public trust on that basis,” he added. Sir Nigel noted that security issues were a continuing crucial area for Anglo-American coordination. The British combat mission in Iraq officially came to an end on April 30, and Sir Nigel felt British troops left in a satisfactory manner. “We believe we are now leaving Basra and the southeast part of the country in a reasonable state to the Iraqis who are capable of dealing with both the political and the security challenges which lie ahead,” Sir Nigel said. “So our armed forces are leaving with their heads held high after a very difficult mission indeed.” With both the United States and the United Kingdom sending additional troops to Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the country, Sir Nigel felt three factors were paramount to achieve success. “I think the first is to see the connections to Pakistan,” Sir Nigel said. “Not to equate Afghanistan with Pakistan, because they’re different countries, but to recognize that you won’t make progress in either unless you’re able to make progress in both — such are the inter-linkages between the two sets of problems.” Sir Nigel also emphasized attention to political considerations. “The second thing is that you need an integrated approach which is politically driven,” Sir Nigel said. “You’re
dealing in Afghanistan which is an insurgency, the Taliban, and we all know from our history books that you only defeat insurgencies through political means, so you have to find a way of ensuring that your political strategy is dominant.” “Therefore you need to proceed across a wide front — politically, economically and militarily — with much more coordination than we’ve seen so far,” he added. “A great part of that is trying to find a way of encouraging reconciliation between parts of the Taliban that are reconcilable, that are not hardcore and determined Taliban, but people who might come across to normal politics with encouragement.” Sir Nigel continued by noting the importance of what he described as “Afghanization,” admitting that it was an “ugly” word but emphasizing the importance of building national infrastructure. “We’re not going to achieve success in Afghanistan by pretending that we can do it all ourselves — we can’t — and our exit strategy ultimately is through effective Afghan security and through effective Afghan institutions, so we have to find a way of building them up, allowing them to take the responsibility,” Sir Nigel said. Sir Nigel felt that policy coordination between America and the United Kingdom would continue despite any political changes within either country, including the possibility of a transition in British government with upcoming elections. “I think on Afghanistan actually both the government and the opposition have stressed what is now a very clear part of the Obama administration’s policy, which is that we’ve got to have a very clearly-defined and realizable mission, which is publicly understood,” Sir Nigel said. “I think that is related principally to avoiding a situation where Afghanistan can once again become a base for AlQaeda. That’s a strategic imperative. That’s what gives the mission its legitimacy, and allows people to understand very clearly why we’re there and why we’ve been mandated by the U.N. to be there.” In Sir Nigel’s view, democratic elements would have to form a part of any workable solution to Afghanistan’s stability. “You’re not going to get Jeffersonian democracy or Westminster democracy overnight,” he said. “I don’t think that the previ-
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ous administration thought that was going to happen — I know that our government doesn’t think that you can achieve that quickly either — but some element of representative government is going to be important.” “I think it’s important for us to realize that that’s what vast majority of Afghanis want,” he added, “that they enjoy taking part in politics and having the opportunity to express a political choice. So I don’t think we should swing so far the other way as to say that we would be happy if Afghanistan returned to the dark days of a feudal dictatorship; of course that itself wouldn’t provide the stability and security that we need.” Moving to the international financial crisis, Sir Nigel expressed his
belief that moving away from openmarket principles would be a mistake. “We’re absolutely convinced that whatever changes are needed in terms of the world financial system, the answer doesn’t lie in pulling down the shutters on world trade, or going back to protectionism, in order to “de-globalize,” in order to pretend that what’s happened in the world over the last 20 years can be turned off,” Sir Nigel said. “We don’t believe that’s right, and we believe that would actually stifle the growth which we hope will return before too long to our economy; it would impoverish even further the developing world because it would close them off from the finance that’s needed for world trade.” “And we believe that London is going to have a huge part to play in that recovery when it comes in months ahead,” he added. Closing with his personal take on the core philosophy behind the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K., Sir Nigel focused on three elements. “I think the thing about the U.K.U.S. relationship, apart from a lot of history — of all kinds,” he said with a laugh, “is that the partnership is global. The partnership is not confined to the military or intelligence area which historically was the core in the Second World War, but now extends to the issues we’ve been discussing today: to our economy, to sustainable development and protecting the envi-
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ample, has been out of the NFL for nearly five years, and was never more than a decent return man in his time in the league. And by no means is Ariza a superstar in the making — he’ll likely be an effective role player throughout his time in the NBA, but never All-World. That said, he has already made significant strides, and still hasn’t tapped out his potential. But he’s doing all this in SoCal, and not New York. And that is a tremendously hard pill to swallow. Wyndam Makowsky is out of tissues. Send him some more at makowsky @stanford.edu.
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ronment, through the modern issues of terrorism, development, trade and so on.” “I think it passes the test of contemporary relevance,” he added. Sir Nigel ended by saying that while the long history of AngloAmerican relations was vital to understanding their connections, his eye is pointed towards the future. “What matters is how we work today,” he said. Contact Eric Messinger at messinger@ stanford.edu.
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up the individual ranks when he posted three more birdies to give him another 1-under, leading him to finish in a tie for fourth. “Dodge has been one of the keys to our success,” Ray said. “He has been disappointed in his own results, but he has definitely been knocking on the door for a while now.This tournament was great for Dodge. He played solidly and definitely showed that he is the backbone of our team.” Sophomore Sihwan Kim also had a slow start but finished in a tie for 12th with an eight-over-par 221 for the tournament. Kim finished the first and second rounds with a 75 and 74 to give him a seven-over 149 and put him in a tie for 28th. He stepped up for the Cardinal in the final round when he came in with a one-over 72 for the day that boosted him up 14 ranks to finish in the top 15 for Stanford. No. 15 sophomore Steve Ziegler had real potential to take the individual crown but thunderstorms and tough course conditions placed him into a tie for 37th with a 13-over 226. Ziegler finished the first round with a one-under 70, just two strokes behind first place. However, he carded a sixover 77 and an eight-over 79, putting
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percent admit rate, considerably less than the 9.46 percent admitted for the Class of 2012. Other peer institutions have also gone to their waitlist. Princeton, with a yield of 59.7 percent, has admitted 31 off its waitlist, while Harvard, with a 76 percent yield, will admit at least 85 students off its waitlist. Yale has no plans to admit from its waitlist as its yield of 68.7 percent has led to an already crowded Class of 2013. Unlike its peer institutions, however, Stanford has yet to release its final yield numbers. “We will not be releasing the yield for the incoming freshmen until we have finished admitting the
class,” Abbott said. “Since we have admitted 85 students from the waitlist and will likely admit a few more, it is premature to release that information.” As for other factors affecting waitlist admittance and overall yield, such as the current economy, Abbott believes it too soon to make conclusions. “I cannot say for sure yet if the current recession affected our enrollment numbers thus far,” Abbott wrote. “Please understand that we have just begun to administer our admitted student questionnaire. Once that survey deadline passes and we have calculated and analyzed our admitted student responses, I might have a better idea about the effect of the recession on our enrollment numbers.” Contact Ryan Mac at email@example.com.
him out of contention for the top spot. Freshman David Chung and senior Daniel Lim tied for 56th with a 20over 233 for the tournament. Chung struggled in the first round, posting an 82 and 78, but rebounded in the final round with a two-over 73. Lim did well in the first round, firing a 73, but then went on to post a 79 and 81. Stanford’s outcome in its regional is similar to the other top four teams in the country. No. 4 Washington and No. 2 Georgia came in second at the Central and Southeast Regionals, respectively. No. 3 Southern California placed fifth in the West Regional while No. 1 Oklahoma got first in the South Central Regional. “Everyone is in a similar situation to us and now we need to regroup,” Ray said.“There are probably a handful of teams that could win the NCAAs and I think we qualify in that group given our season finishes and production. Next, we looked at the team individually and I think that there is not a team that we can’t compete with if we play our best golf next week. It’s really going to come down to which team has [its] best week next week.” As a result, the Cardinal will be continuing on the road to the NCAA Championships next week for the third consecutive season. Contact Roxie Dickinson at roxie221@ stanford.edu.