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LEADING THE PAC
Lady Cardinal finds itself alone atop the Pac-10 after win over USC
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Volume 235 Issue 20
PARENTS FLOOD FARM
More than 3,000 attendees despite economic recession
By LIZ STARK
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
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Parents meet students at a reception at Arrillaga Alumni Center. The three-day event included questionand-answer sessions with University officials, classes and an entertainment extravaganza.
This past weekend, Stanford welcomed the parents of undergraduate students with sunshine and a full schedule of programming. From student residences to the Bookstore to the Quad, parents were spotted wearing their red lanyards and enjoying time with their kids. Though the recession and cuts to the University budget were hot topics, they didn’t dampen the spirit of the weekend. In fact, organizers did not even see a decline in the number of parents who attended. Elaine Enos, executive director of Stanford Events, said that including student siblings and grandparents, the total number of Parents’ Weekend visitors neared 3,000 attendees. “Because of the state of the economy, we thought that we might ultimately see a significant decline in the number of parents attending,” Enos said. “However, that was not the case, which to us was very positive.” The three days of events featured talks with University officials in Memorial Auditorium, receptions at the community centers, four sessions of “Back to School Classes for Parents”
and an “Entertainment Extravaganza.” On Friday, Provost John Etchemendy welcomed parents to Stanford with a speech that addressed concerns regarding the economic downturn and its impact on the University. “We expect to lose 30 percent [of our endowment],” Etchemendy said. “Let me explain how jarring this is; the largest [previous loss] was eight percent in 1974.” Etchemendy explained that, with these losses, the endowment would equal its size in 2005. Regarding next year’s 7.25 percent payout rate from the endowment, Etchemendy expressed concern. “[The payout rate] actually worries me a little bit, and moving forward we have to think about whether we’re comfortable with that,” the Provost said. Etchemendy reassured parents that the academic goals of the University will be preserved despite budget cuts. “It’s my guess that when all is said and done, your children will only feel the slightest impact from these cuts,” he said. “The changes will not have a meaningful effect on their undergrad experience — that’s our goal.”
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Greek charity donations escape economic turmoil
By AN LE NGUYEN
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Rice officially rejoins Hoover today
By DAILY NEWS STAFF Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will officially rejoin the Hoover Institution today, according to her chief of staff Colby Cooper, though she has been spotted on campus several times over the last few weeks. The former Provost is reported to have signed a $2.5 million, three-book deal with Crown Publishers, an imprint of Random House. The first book is set to be released in 2011 and will be a memoir about her time in the Bush administration. Rice began her career teaching political science in 1981 and served as provost from 1993 to 1999. She then took a leave of absence from Stanford to become National Security Adviser under former President George W. Bush’s first term, and went on to Secretary of State in his second term. The Daily will feature an exclusive interview with Rice in Wednesday’s issue.
The troubled economy hasn’t affected Stanford students’ philanthropy — sororities and fraternities report that their recent charity events have been as successful as last year’s efforts, if not more. On Feb. 21, the second annual Charity Dodgeball Tournament brought in over $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event, hosted by Sigma Nu and Chi Omega, asked participants to contribute $10 each towards the foundation’s goal of granting wishes to young children in the United States. According to current Sigma Nu member Jay de la Torre ‘10, the tournament attracted 18 teams of dodgeball enthusiasts. Participants had the opportunity to win Pac-10 basketball tickets in return for their participation.
“Last year we raised around $700,” de la Torre said. “This year, surprisingly . . . we were able to raise even more money.” Lauren Swartz ‘11, assistant community service director for Chi Omega, also expressed satisfaction with this year’s turnout. As a chapter, the sorority sponsors the Make-AWish Foundation as its national philanthropy organization. “We didn’t really have any expenditure costs, and all of our profits went directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Swartz said. Similarly,Tri Delt experienced a relatively large turnout for its charity brunch, also on Feb. 21. Katie White ‘11 said that over 300 people made an appearance. “There was a pretty big turnout, and we ran out of food,” the Tri Delt member said. “We raised over $2,000 [and] we’re still collecting money from people for it.” While the function did garner a large sum of money
from the Stanford community, White noticed that it was much more difficult to convince local businesses to help out. “We collect donations from restaurants and Safeway in order to keep the cost down for the event — that was pretty hard to get,” White said. “Businesses were less willing to donate and we had to bother them more.” With the fundraising season well underway, Tri Delt, Chi Omega and Sigma Nu are all planning future charity functions. “Every year, we usually have a big event called Safeway Sleep Out,” de la Torre said. “Fraternity members in groups of two for two hours each group stand outside Safeway and collect food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.”
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STANFORD 75, USC 63
SENIORS STOP TROJANS
Seniors lift Card in final home game
By DENIS GRIFFIN
Univ.tops fundraising in spite of economy
Stanford receives $785 million in donations for 2008 fiscal year
By AMY HARRIS
It took far longer than the Cardinal, its coaches or its fans would have liked, but a home win over USC has, at long last, assured Stanford men’s basketball that the 2008-2009 season won’t be its first losing one since 1992-1993. After enduring a four-game losing streak, the Cardinal men rebounded with a 75-63 triumph over the Trojans (16-12, 7-9 Pacific-10 Conference), bringing the team’s record to 16-11 and its conference mark to 5-11. But perhaps more importantly, the Senior Night win gave the team a measure of much-needed momentum heading down the stretch. Stanford has just two regular-season games remaining, at Arizona State and Arizona, before the Pac-10 Tournament opens in Los Angeles on March 11. At this point, the only way the Cardinal can continue its streak of NCAA Tournament appearances, and avoid just its second absence from March Madness in 14 seasons, would be to win the conference tournament. It’s a lofty goal, but not an unachievable one — at least not if you ask the Stanford players or their coach. “The season’s not over,” senior guard Anthony Goods said. “We’ve got two more games in conference, and then we have the Pac-10 Tournament. I think we’re finally starting to peak at the right
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time. We’re playing pretty good defense, or at least in the second half we did. I think we need to just sustain that effort for 40 minutes, and then [we’ll] make some things happen.” The Cardinal men, led offensively by 20 points from Goods and 14 each from fellow seniors Lawrence Hill and Kenny Brown, certainly made things happen against the Trojans, particularly in a tumultuous second half in which Stanford scored 46 of its 75 total points.
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Despite an economically turbulent 2008, Stanford ended the fiscal year as the top fundraising university in the country. Stanford garnered $785 million in charitable donations, according to the annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey, released last week by the Council for Aid to Education. The University raised $135 million more than Harvard, which was second on the VSE list with $650 million. The $785 million given in 2008 represents the third best overall fundraising year in Stanford’s history, surpassed only by the $832 million raised in 2007 and Stanford’s peak fundraising year of 2006, when the university received $911 million. Martin Shell, vice president for development at Stanford, attributed Stanford’s success to its capital campaigns.
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Senior guard Anthony Goods posted a game-high 20 points to help the Card beat USC on Senior Night at Maples. Goods was 7-10 from the floor, and 3-5 from long range.
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WORLD & NATION
Generals shape Iraq withdrawal
COMBAT TROOPS OUT BY AUG. 2010, RESIDUAL FORCE TO REMAIN
By JENNIFER LOVEN
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Mullen: Iran has fissile materials for bomb
The top U.S. military official said Sunday that Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon, declaring it would be a “very, very bad outcome” should Tehran move forward with a bomb. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the assessment when questioned in a broadcast interview about a recent report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog on the state of Iran’s uranium enrichment program, which can create nuclear fuel and may be sufficiently advanced to produce the core of warheads. Mullen was asked if Iran now had enough fissile material to make a bomb. He responded, “We think they do, quite frankly. And Iran having a nuclear weapon I’ve believed for a long time is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world.”
President Barack Obama leaned heavily toward field commanders’ preferences in setting a time frame for an Iraq pullout, as he weighed the fervent desires of antiwar supporters who propelled him into office and the equally strong worries of war generals. “To this very day, there are some Americans who want to stay in Iraq longer, and some who want to leave faster,” Obama said in his announcement Friday, summing up a debate that has divided the country like no other since former President George W. Bush launched the U.S. invasion six years ago. Obama’s description suggests he arrived at a split-down-the-middle compromise with one of the first and most important tasks of his young presidency. Accounts of the process from officials in the White House, at the Pentagon and across the administration, who all requested anonymity so they could speak more candidly about behind-thescenes discussions, show a more complicated picture. At stake was the promise that most defined Obama’s presidential bid: to bring all combat troops home — effectively, to end one of the nation’s longest and most controversial wars — 16 months after taking office. The details he offered in an appearance Friday before Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., depart from that pledge in several ways: — The combat withdrawal will take three months longer than he promised. It is now be to completed by the end of August 2010, 19 months after Obama’s inauguration. Though what Obama emphasized most as a candidate was his determination to bring about a quick end to the war, in the fine print of almost all his statements was a commitment to flexibility. — The withdrawal will not happen at an even pace of one combat brigade per month, as he had repeatedly said. Instead, it will be backloaded. The force posture for this year and into the first few months of 2010 probably will be essentially the same as it would have been under Bush. Under Obama’s plan, troops will start leaving in large numbers probably only next spring or summer. The president intends to leave decisions about the pace to field commanders. — Even after the drawdown, a large force of as many as 50,000 troops — about a third of what is there now — will
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President Barack Obama is saluted by a Marine before boarding Air Force One at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, N.C., on Friday. At rear is Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Obama announced the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq by August 2010.
remain, causing heartache among antiwar Democrats who wanted a fuller pullout. This residual force will have a new, technically non-combat mission: train Iraqis, protect U.S. assets and personnel, and conduct anti-terror operations. But those soldiers and Marines will remain in harm’s way and engage at times in some form of fighting. Understanding how Obama, his aides and his generals came to this plan must start with how the candidate arrived at his campaign promise. According to one administration official, there was never any magic to the 16month period. At the time Obama first made the pledge, there were about 16 combat brigades in Iraq, and military experts told the candidate that Iraq was too fragile for a drawdown much faster than one combat brigade per month. As early as last July, Obama signalled to the military leadership that they could influence his thinking. During a trip to Baghdad, Obama privately assured Gen. David Petraeus — then the top U.S. commander — that although he favored a 16-month pullout, he would do nothing rash if elected to endanger security gains in Iraq, according to a U.S. official familiar with their meeting. When he won, Obama and his team began meeting on the issue right away. But the process didn’t really begin until he held the reins of the presidency. On Day One, Obama directed the Defense Department to start the planning for “a responsible military drawdown.” Also that first week, he gathered top national security advisers in the Situation Room, with commanders participating in person and from the field via secure videoconference. A week later, he made his first trip to the Pentagon, to see the chairman and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all four uniformed service chiefs. More discussions with field commanders followed, as well as with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At the beginning, the White House encountered clear skepticism — both about the need for any defined timeline and about how rigorous Obama had been in devising his 16-month proposal, said one senior Obama aide. A dozen working groups were convened and 10 interagency meetings were held, said two White House officials. Another administration official said that while it was understood the final decision resided in the West Wing, it was also encouraging to those outside the White House that they were being engaged and heard, with a lot of back-and-forth and draft-sharing. Gates and Mullen presented Obama with three withdrawal options: one for a 16-month pull-out, another with a 19month schedule and one that stretched it over 23 months. So with the December elections as a starting point, the team added a twomonth buffer requested by Odierno. The rest was logistics: How long would it take starting in February to get all the rest of the combat troops out safely? They settled on six months. As Obama told the Pentagon Channel: “I think it’s a responsible plan that meets our objectives, and it’s one that was created in close consultation with our military commanders on the ground.” Associated Press writers Robert Burns, Anne Gearan, Pamela Hess, Anne Flaherty and Lolita Baldor contributed to this report.
High-level military officials from North Korea and the U.S.-led U.N. Command held urgent talks at the border Monday amid heightened tensions in the region and concerns that the North intends to test-fire a long-range missile. The talks at the village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea — the first meetings between general-level military officials since 2002 — were hastily arranged after the North proposed them last week, U.N. command spokesman Kim Yongkyu said. “These talks can be useful in building trust and preventing misunderstanding as well as introducing transparency regarding the intentions of both sides,” the U.N. command said in a statement. Kim said his office would disclose details about the meeting after it was over.
Rare snow blankets South as East braces for storm
A potent March snowstorm blanketed much of the Southeast with snow Sunday before barreling toward the Northeast, where officials prepared snowplows and road-salt for a wintery assault. The icy blast threatened to drop up to a foot of snow in the Philadelphia area, 13 inches in New York and 15 inches across southern New England late Sunday. Thousands of New York City sanitation workers prepared to salt city streets, and airlines preemptively canceled flights Sunday at the region’s major airports. Source: The Associated Press
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2008 marked the midpoint of The Stanford Challenge, the multi-year capital campaign announced by President John Hennessy in October 2006 that seeks to raise $4.3 billion over the course of five years. “Response to The Stanford Challenge has been nothing short of remarkable,” Shell said. Of the $785 million received, individuals — alumni, friends and nonalumni parents — donated $593.2 million, foundations provided $142.6 million and corporate gifts totaled $49.2 million. The nearly 112,000 gifts Stanford received in 2008 will be allocated based on donor designation into
annual expendable programs, construction projects, faculty positions, research programs and endowed funds. For example, Shell said, $50 million was earmarked for annual expendable programs like The Stanford Fund, the giving program that supports undergraduate education. The overall division of 2008 donations was $437.5 million for expendable support (including annual funds, research and facilities) and $347.5 million for endowed funds (including scholarships and financial aid). Though they were the best in the nation, the 2008 numbers mark a 5.7 percent decline from the $832 million received by Stanford in 2007. Ann E. Kaplan, director of the VSE survey, said this decline represents a decrease only when compared to Stanford’s peak fundraising year in 2006.
“Response to The Stanford Challenge has been nothing short of remarkable.”
— MARTIN SHELL, vice president for development
“When you peak like that, there’s no way that you can maintain the status quo,” Kaplan said.“What you end up doing is tapering off.” Shell added that despite the 5.7 percent decline in funds from 2007, the 2008 fiscal year was not significantly affected. “During July and August 2008, we did see a slowing in activity particularly in some annual giving programs and at certain gift levels,” he said. “We saw some decline in the total number of donors and dollars received via stock gifts, but many of these donors supported Stanford in other ways.” However, with insecurity in the financial markets, Shell said, Stanford could see some delay in
multi-year commitments from donors in the coming years, meaning less money for Stanford in the immediate future. “Individual commitments made during capital campaigns often are paid over a multi-year period,” he said.“For example, if a donor decides to establish a new professorship in the history department, payments for that commitment can be phased over several years — traditionally five years or less. With financial market uncertainty, however, there could be some delay.” With a volatile economic climate on the horizon, some are worried about fundraising’s future and its impact on universities. Giving comprises only five percent or less of Stanford’s total $3.5 million budget each year, explained University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin. “With an operating budget the
size of Stanford’s, fundraising support in any given year does not drastically affect the overall budget picture,” Shell said. “The importance of gift support, however, varies among specific units, departments, schools and programs.” Kaplan, however, is worried about endowment values in the future. “Capital gifts to endowments and buildings are quite sensitive to the stock market,” she said. “Larger gifts are very often made in the form of stocks or securities. So when the stock market declines, the tax benefit of making such a gift goes down. If you say you’re going to donate 100 shares of a certain stock, the value of the stock goes down, even if your intention is the same. So right now, the future doesn’t look too good.” Contact Amy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ASSU must reign in campaign spending
ast Tuesday, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate voted down an election reform bill that would have limited campaign expenditures to $1,500 per candidate or executive slate. While the Graduate Student Council (GSC) passed a version of the bill on Feb. 18 with almost unanimous support, concerns over enforcement caused the same measure to fail in the Senate by a margin of 93. A second elections reform bill fared better than the spending limit bill, as undergraduate senators passed a measure that reimburses executive slate campaign costs up to $750. While the editorial board acknowledges that it will be a challenge to reform and enforce campus campaign spending, we disagree with the Senate’s decision to reject a spending cap for campaigns. There should be a limit on the amount of money students are allowed to spend on a bid for election. Campaign spending is out of control. Just last year, ASSU President Jonny Dorsey ‘09 and his running mate, Fagan Harris ‘09, spent more than $3,500 on their campaign — about two dollars for every vote they received. Uncontrolled spending on campaigns will favor the personally wealthy, and makes it difficult for some highly qualified candidates to run a formidable campaign if they lack the resources. ASSU elections should not be a bidding process that allows some students to buy a position in student government. Rather, it should be a process where students can hear from all candidates and pick the best one based on their ideas. The editorial board applauds the efforts of Dorsey and Harris in pushing for legislation to reign in election spending. Many colleges and universities — including Claremont McKenna, Yale and Harvard — already have spending caps on elections that range from $40 to more than $400 per candidate. Stanford should follow suit in time for the 2009 election cycle by putting rules in place to keep students’ campaign pocketbooks in check.The spending cap ought to be compatible with ASSU election policies, which place restrictions on the quantity and timing of fliers, signs and emails disseminated by candidates during the campaign. It goes without saying that the spending limit should not be arbitrary. But what is significant about the $1,500 mark? $1500 seems extravagant when students at schools such as Claremont McKenna are running successful campaigns on a $40 budget. Stanford may have more students and a larger campus, but the Senate should work closely with the ASSU Elections Commission to formulate a dollar amount that makes sense and takes into account the volume of campaign materials candidates are allowed to generate. A monetary cap does not represent an attempt to stifle candidates’ free speech, but rather an opportunity to exercise fiscal responsibility and creativity.With less money to spend, candidates will be forced to develop creative measures to get their message across rather than the traditional fliering of restrooms and handing out of T-shirts. The Elections Commission should enforce the spending limit by requiring candidates to submit extensive financial disclosures. Legislative candidates and executive slates that either exceed the dollar limit or fail to adequately report expenditures should be summarily disqualified. Finally, the editorial board commends the GSC and Undergraduate Senate for approving a public financing bill. The $750 reimbursement guarantee marks a solid first step toward leveling the socioeconomic playing field when it comes to campus elections.That being said, the board believes that the GSC, Undergraduate Senate and ASSU Executives owe the student body an explanation for why this sum of money was selected.Students deserve to know how their tuition is being spent. With greater transparency and new spending limits, Stanford’s student government has a chance to set a good example by promoting fiscal responsibility throughout the University as a whole.
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Fraiche, the great campus unifier
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ince Fraiche arrived at our campus in late January, it has been a pleasant sight in an area of campus blighted by the eating travesties known as the Axe and Palm and Tresidder Union. Despite my general approval of Fraiche, however, I refused to eat there for quite some time. I have never particularly liked frozen yogurt.Add that to my general aversion to yuppie pseudo-environmental consumerism and we have a recipe for stringent aversion. If I didn’t jump on the Obama bandwagon until after the primaries, I certainly couldn’t surrender in a month to the admittedly tastylooking swirled towers of white yogurt covered in strawberries.To me, it seemed like another commoditization of what was once a lower-end treat into a “yupster” (yuppie + hipster) status symbol. And yet I found myself, on this past Friday night, requesting a friend of mine that she take me to Fraiche (which, to its credit, is open far more often than anything else on campus) and “order me something tasty.” I did not want to sound un-initiated, of course, and did not want to repeat my most recent encounter with eateries of Fraiche’s ilk, like Sprinkles Cupcakes at the Stanford Shopping Center. There, I misguidedly ordered a strawberry cupcake, which was awful. (The chocolate cupcake I also had, though, was delicious.) The “natural” yogurt I had with blueber-
ries and wildflower was quite unlike any frozen yogurt I have had before, tangy and lighter.It was,against my better instincts,quite delicious. There go the rest of my Cardinal Points for the quarter. But the real reason why I like Fraiche is not due to its very scrumptious blueberries and cutesy aesthetic. Fraiche is the great campus unifier that we have never had before. I have walked by the place often, and the lines were always impressive not only for their length, but for the variation in the people. Nowhere else at Stanford do you see Ugg-booted sorority girls, sweatshirted athletes, V-necked hipsters, bleary-eyed graduate students and Stanford-T-shirted freshmen all in line together for something. Every other campus hangout, it seems, caters only to certain demographics at Stanford. The be-sweatered humanities majors people-watch at Moonbean’s and pretend to work on their black MacBooks. The freshmen eat at the Axe and Palm. The techie study groups along with the empty-fridged
Mirrielees residents are at the CoHo.The allmale packs of sports fans consume their burritos and pizza slices at the Treehouse. Provost Etchemendy,for his part,seems to be an Olive’s loyalist. The clientele at Cantor Arts Center cafe seems to be exclusively middle-aged intellectuals from central and eastern Europe. But Fraiche is different. Everyone goes there, and I hope that trend continues. This, unfortunately, is a campus where students can self-select into a certain demographic, live in certain residences (not only Greek houses) and go days without being near anyone unlike them. Maybe Fraiche will lead to a deeper common basis for students to relate now that the Obama campaign is over. We can talk about whether we prefer strawberries or blueberries, whether we prefer the wildflower or the agave honey. Maybe, just maybe, this discussion will lead to more substantive discussion among different groups of students on issues that are rarely discussed. And maybe I can go somewhere for my snacks and avoid the people-watching kill zone that is the space between Green and Meyer. Stuart Baimel is open to being taken to Fraiche and having something ordered for him at any time. Contact him with a time and date at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Contort your way to enlightenment
Sweat-free is about creating choices for workers
’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately, and I’ve got to say, it’s been glorious.
Specifically,I’ve been doing Vinyasa yoga, which Gregor Maehle defines as:“Sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous flow. It creates a movement meditation that reveals all forms as being impermanent and for this reason are not held on to.” Gregor Maehle, in addition to being so enlightened that he gets to end a sentence with a preposition, can literally say anything he wants, and we interpret it as brilliant just because he can hold all three kinds of splits for hours and can probably also do tongue pushups. In Vinyasa, the heat is cranked to around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. You’re pouring out sweat and toxins and spiritual impurities before the instructor even runs through her first series of animal poses.That’s a word they toss around a lot — “purity,” as in purify your body, purify your mind, purify your soul — so much, in fact, that by the time class is over, you’re probably expected to be a virgin again (except for the Menlo Mom with the Chinese character lower-back tattoo who’s wearing her daughter’s spandex — absolutely no one expects this of her). Now believe me, I know that yoga, with its hilarious chants, obnoxious lingo and dubiously spiritual WASP clientele, is a pretty easy target for a smart aleck kid with a newspaper column that reaches five to six readers a week.What I’m really doing here is what all good Stanford students do when they aren’t good at something:mocking it in public to deflect the sting of my own failure.The sad truth about me is that I am an awful, awful yoga practitioner. Just terrible. My typical 90minute class goes something like this:
■ For the first 10 minutes, my eyes dart nerv-
ously around the room as I try to remember what each of the animal pose names correspond to, and I then proceed to desecrate them so badly that poor Gregor Maehle, if he were dead, would roll over in his grave. ■ The next 20 minutes or so are dominated by a false sense of security — the poses here aren’t too difficult, and while I know I’m not matching up to the golden-boy Stretch Armstrong in front of me in any aspect of masculinity, I feel like I’m holding my own. This confidence, of course, will be shattered by . . . ■ The next 20 minutes, also known as the Wet Season, are when I become acutely aware of
how ungodly hot the room is. At some point she begins a sentence with, “If your handstand practice here is strong . . . “ and immediately every pair of legs in the room shoots into the air, splits open and looks like helicopter blades. It’s horrifying. Meanwhile, I cease sweating, and my clothes, which are now saturated, begin sweating themselves. ■ From minutes 50-75, I simply black out. ■ Now, the last 15 minutes are where the magic happens. In yoga, you get to say and believe metaphysical nonsense all the time — end any sentence with openness, center, purity or completeness, and a whole room full of the most heavily muscled and least wellread philosophers you have ever met will all nod in assent. We go through a series of “regressions,” where we assume increasingly submissive poses. At the end of the regression, I’m curled into the fetal position and weeping for the last shards of my dignity, which I had lost only moments ago when I yelped like a schoolgirl as the instructor tried to extend my back. Class ends, and I feel buried in shame. As I hear the chatter around me — executives talking about what deals went down today, over-caffeinated parents talking about the latest playing time travesty on their kid’s traveling soccer team, I start to wonder: Is this all just another outgrowth of the everpresent upper-middle-class search for meaning, manifesting itself as a completely artificial spiritual experience that’s in fact little more than paying $18 to a fly-by-night contortionist who tells us we’ll find nirvana once we can interlock our toes behind our heads? These doubts, though, are soon chased from my mind and replaced by a different realization: I feel absolutely unstoppable. It’s escapism for sure, but the hell if it isn’t constructive escapism. In a world that demands we strive, achieve and succeed at all costs, what’s wrong with the occasional sweatdrenched awakening of the soul, even if it is pretty embarrassing to perform sacred Buddhist chants with complete yuppie strangers before we go back out into the world to ruthlessly dominate all facets of life? Whatever — at least I’m not cheating on a test, skipping an important job interview or shooting heroin. Matt Gillespie channeled all the energy of the universe into his Third Eye to find the illuminating words for this column.His inner light reflects your inner light at email@example.com.
e thank the editorial board for its support of the Sweat-Free Stanford Campaign (“Sweat-Free Week should not be debate-free,” Feb. 25, 2009).We would like to address the board’s concerns regarding the role of sweatshops in providing economic opportunities in developing countries, particularly the article they cite by Nicholas Kristof. Kristof mistakenly uses the term “sweatshop” throughout his piece as another way to refer to garment factories. However, a sweatshop is not the same as a factory, and to be “anti-sweatshop” is not to be against manufacturing. Rather, to be anti-sweatshop, or “sweat-free,” is to be against poor working conditions within the garment industry. Sweatshops are defined by abusive conditions such as forced overtime, discrimination, sexual harassment, hazardous working environments, union-busting and poverty wages. Currently most factories are sweatshops, but it is possible for factories to be “sweatfree” by providing a local living wage, the right to unionize, freedom from harassment and intimidation and a safe working environment. American Apparel, for instance, doesn’t quite meet the standard of “sweat-free” because of its past union-busting activities, but it is better than many other manufactur-
ers because it provides a living wage for workers. Likewise, Knights Apparel is working on building two model sweat-free factories in the Dominican Republic to attract the college market. For pundits like Kristof, the attraction of framing everything in terms of “choice” is all too irresistible. Kristof’s argument is that people mired in poverty would undoubtedly choose sweatshops over starvation, and the sweatshop debate should end there. But the unstated premise here is breathtakingly naive: that extreme destitution is purely one “choice” among many, when in reality it is no choice at all. The Sweat-Free Stanford Coalition is not against manufacturing in the U.S. or in other countries — we agree that manufacturing creates jobs — but we believe that the big corporations reaping the most profit from the industry can and should take more responsibility for working conditions in their factories. Where does that leave us, at Stanford? The Designated Suppliers Program (DSP) incorporates the Basic Needs approach into the global garment industry by requiring factories to be certified sweat-free before they can tap into the university apparel market. Under the DSP, universities have guaranteed
three-year contracts with these factories, which is good for universities because it ensures that collegiate apparel is made in sweat-free conditions. This benefits workers because it protects their right to unionize and create better working conditions, and also benefits factories because it guarantees them long-term orders in a notoriously unpredictable industry. The Sweat-Free Coalition and Kristof agree that poverty and bad working conditions are not good for anyone, but we think that inaction is not a solution.We believe the DSP is a great answer to the issues Kristof raises, and 45 other universities — including Columbia, Duke and the entire UC system — agree. The goal of Sweat-Free Week is to encourage Stanford to join these prestigious universities in reshaping the garment industry to provide a real choice for workers.
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Card swept by Titans
Stanford loses three straight to Fullerton
By ERIK ADAMS
Card wins five at DeMarini with Penna’s 1,000th strikeout
By DANIEL BOHM
Last season, Stanford swept the season series against Cal State-Fullerton, and then took another two from the Titans in the NCAA Super Regionals to advance to the College World Series.This year, the annual early-season meeting went differently. No. 14 Stanford pitched well but couldn’t muster much of an offense against the No. 7 Titans. As a result, Fullerton sandwiched blowout victories around a less-dominating 3-2 win on Saturday. “I think we are coming together offensively,” said Stanford sophomore closer Drew Storen. “Hits just haven’t been falling for us right now, but the guys are going to step up, and the runs will come eventually.” At one point, Stanford went without a run for 14 innings over the first two games of the series. “We need to swing the bats better,” head coach Mark Marquess said.“We haven’t put much pressure on any of our opponents in any of our games, and hopefully we can start pushing over more runs.” With the sweep, Fullerton advanced its record to 4-2, while Stanford fell to 2-4 on the season. Friday: Stanford 1, Cal State-Fullerton 8 Junior starter Jeffrey Inman was locked in early. Having allowed only a single hit in the first five innings, Inman appeared on his way to making a 1-0 lead stand-up at the start of the sixth. But, without hitting the ball out of the infield on the fly, Fullerton pushed across four runs to take back the lead and end Inman’s night. Sophomore Danny Sandbrink — who was bumped from the rotation this weekend in favor of freshman Brett Mooneyham — went to the mound in the seventh trying to hold the score at 4-1, but only got one batter out before loading the bases in front of Jared Clark. Clark tipped a foul with his first massive swing, and connected on his second, crushing a grand slam well over the scoreboard in left field. Meanwhile, Titan pitcher Daniel Renken struck out seven, walked none and allowed only a single run in seven innings to get the win. Senior Joey August had a pair of hits for Stanford, sophomore Jonathan Kaskow added a RBI single, and sophomore Jake Schlander hit the ball very sharply three times. Saturday: Stanford 2, Cal State-Fullerton 3 Southpaw Mooneyham made his debut as a starter and struggled with control in the first inning, walking three and allowing three runs to score on just a pair of singles. But, he hit his stride after that and shut the Titans down over the next four innings. “After the first inning, [Mooneyham] did a real good job,” Marquess said. “He threw a lot of strikes and controlled the running game well, which is very tough to do against [Fullerton].” Scott Snodgress, another freshman lefty, and the sophomore side-armer Carey Schwartz were able to
The No. 5/7 Stanford softball team swept its way through the DeMarini Invitational this weekend in Fullerton, Calif. to improve its record to 18-1 on the season. The Cardinal (18-1) won all five of its games in the three-day tournament. The team has now won a school record 17 consecutive contests. Stanford’s offense looked overpowering for most of the weekend, as the Cardinal piled up a total of 41 runs. Only one game, Saturday’s afternoon contest against Cal Poly (8-6),was ever really in question.Mustang starting pitcher Anna Cahn kept the Cardinal off balance for six innings,but the Cardinal mounted a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to grab a 3-2 victory. “We hadn’t seen a lefty that threw as well as her yet this season, but we never really got nervous,” said Stanford junior leftfielder Alissa Haber. “We knew we were capable of coming back.”
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3/6 Smith Family Stadium 1:30 P .M. GAME NOTES: Stanford won all five of its games at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. Next up for the Cardinal is a home game against Illinois State to open the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic on Friday. The Redbirds are coming off a 7-0 victory against South Carolina.
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Sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen posted 20 points in each of Stanford’s victories against UCLA and USC. Pedersen was four for seven from behind the arc and registered 10 boards against the Trojans.
CARD FLIES THROUGH L.A.
By WYNDAM MAKOWSKY
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GAME NOTES: After losing all three parts of its series against Cal State-Fullerton over the weekend, Stanford looks to rebound against St. Mary’s. The Gaels beat Stanford 5-3 on Feb. 25, after pitcher Kyle Barraclough threw five shutout innings and St. Mary’s kept Stanford scoreless until the eighth.
For the first time this year, Stanford sits alone atop the Pac-10. Entering the weekend, the Cardinal was tied for first in the conference with Cal, but after the Golden Bears’ loss to UCLA and Stanford’s sweep of the Los Angeles schools, the Cardinal is on the brink of its ninth straight regular-season Pac-10 championship. Just a year after being swept in Southern California, Stanford rode the play of sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen to two hard-fought victories over UCLA, 69-58, on Friday and USC, 85-74, on Sunday. Pedersen scored 20 points in both games and totaled 17 rebounds on the weekend. “I’ve been working really hard, and I think shots just finally started to fall,” she said.“I felt really good.” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer agreed, pleased to see another player step up after weeks of dominance by junior center Jayne Appel. “Kayla had a fabulous weekend,” VanDerveer said. “She should be our nomination for Player of the Week. [She was] making shots, doing what we needed her to do defensively, and she stayed in the game for nearly 40 minutes.” On Friday, the Cardinal went back and forth with the Bruins for much of the first half, but eventually went on a
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10-1 run to create a little bit of separation, and held a 3328 lead going into the locker room. Stanford started strong after the break, outscoring UCLA 12-5 over the first three minutes to create a double-digit advantage. The Cardinal did not acquiesce from there — the Bruins could only momentarily bring the deficit into single figures, as Stanford was able to maintain its lead throughout
Haber was an integral part of the Stanford rally, which started with back-to-back one-out singles by sophomores first baseman Melissa Koutz and pinch-hitter Brittany Minder.With two on, the Cardinal then got some help from the Mustang defense. Freshman centerfielder Sarah Hassman reached on an error by Cal Poly third baseman Cristen Lee to load the bases. Haber then followed with an RBI single bring the Cardinal within one. With the pressure building, Lee made her second error of the inning, trying to double off a runner after freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen lined out; the error allowed the tying run to score. Junior second baseman Shannon Koplitz then followed with a walk-off infield single. Before this down-to-the-wire encounter with the Mustangs, Stanford had opened the weekend with an easy 10-1 five-inning victory over Indiana. Sophomore Ashley Chinn picked up the victory for the Cardinal in the circle.The Card was led offensively by Hansen, who went 3 for 3 with three RBIs. In its second game Friday, Stanford rolled over yet another Big Ten opponent, Minnesota. Senior pitcher Missy Penna was dominant in the 7-0 Cardinal’s triumph, going the distance by allowing just two hits and striking out nine batters. Stanford jumped out to an early lead, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first. The biggest blow came off the bat of freshman third baseman Jenna Becerra, who knocked a three-run homer — the first of her career — over the left field fence with two outs. “Our offense was on this weekend,” Penna said. “When you go out there and you are leading five or six [to] nothing, if someone gets on base you know in the back of your mind we have these runs and we will score more. It is comforting.” The following day, Stanford’s offense was hot again, as the Cardinal beat UC-Riverside in just five innings, 14-1. Stanford collected 16 hits on the game, including three apiece for Haber and Koplitz. Chinn also picked up her second victory of the weekend,pitching all five innings and allowing just one unearned run. Finally, the Cardinal concluded its stay in southern California by beating host Cal State Fullerton 7-0 on Sunday. In what had become Stanford’s winning habit — the Card scored early — notching two runs in the opening in-
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Card sets records at Pac-10s
Smit and Breeden set individual records at conference champs
By ZACH ZIMMERMAN
Rants and Raves
t was a good night to be a fan of Stanford basketball — an occurrence that has been all too rare of late in 2009. But the team’s dramatic comeback win over the Trojans in its final home game of the season, led by a cadre of seniors on a night to honor their contributions, was truly a sight to behold. For a brief second, one couldn’t help but feel that maybe this team does have something left in the tank for a stretch run into the conference tournament. A hope that maybe, just maybe, anything is possible — and not just for the Boston Celtics (thanks for ruining that phrase, KG). But really, I’m not here to talk about that. As nice as a magical run into the postseason would be — and
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as a sports fan in my final year at Stanford, I can tell you it would be glorious — it wouldn’t really impact the team in the long run. And that’s what I’d like to think this column has always been about. It’s probably fitting, you see, that on Senior Night, the Cardinal’s greatest flaw was exposed: just who is going to take over for these guys next year? To be sure, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the departure of the Lopez twins and coach Trent Johnson last year. But Johnny Dawkins looks to be an excellent long-term fit for Stanford, and the team had the veteran backbone to be competitive even without the star power and post presence that Brook and Robin provided. But in just a few short weeks, the 2008-2009 season will definitely be over for the Cardinal, no matter how much magic Dawkins and his veteran-heavy roster can scrape together for one last run. And then the questions will really begin to mount. The Cardinal has definitely been outmatched on several occasions this season, and that was with seniors Lawrence Hill, Mitch Johnson, Anthony Goods and Kenny Brown on the roster. Goods and Hill have consistently led the team in scoring, night after night. Johnson has emerged to become a steady team leader at the point. Kenny Brown, as he demonstrated Saturday against the Trojans,
The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team wasn’t able to secure a team win at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships,but that didn’t stop individuals from performing at an historic level. The No. 2 Cardinal finished third in last week’s fourday meet, just behind Arizona and Cal in the final standings with 1,317 points. Despite ending the regular season with an undefeated record and with 19 straight dualmatch victories over Pac-10 competition,Stanford had an uncharacteristically sluggish start, when the 200-meter medley relay team was disqualified in the opening event. The rest of the opening day of competition was un-
eventful for Stanford.The only standout moment was the setting of a school record by the 800-meter freestyle relay team, smashing the previous mark by 3.7 seconds with a time of 7:00.28. Although this performance was enough to rewrite history, the relay swimmers fell short of clinching a first-place finish,touching after Cal’s NCAA-record 6:56.87 finish. A lackluster beginning proved to be just a little rustiness, though, as the following three days for the Cardinal were exceptional, highlighted by school, Pac-10, NCAA and even American records. The second day of competition belonged to Stanford junior Julia Smit. Smit, a 2008 Beijing Olympic medalist, dazzled the crowd in Washington with her winning effort in the 200-meter individual medley. Her time of 1:53.11 set an American, U.S. Open and NCAA record for the event. Teammate and fellow Olympian junior Elaine Breeden finished second in the event with a time of
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is the kind of shooter every good team needs to help provide a spark from off the bench. All that, next year, will be gone. And on the surface, at least, it doesn’t look like the Cardinal has waves of talent coming in to replace it. Coach Dawkins’ only commitment thus far, according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com, is a three-star prospect from Santa Ana, Calif.:Andy Brown. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward has the frame to potentially help the Cardinal’s post-game significantly, but expecting that kind of production to come immediately in the 2009-2010 season is probably unrealistic. So we’re left with the knowledge that if the men’s team is to succeed next year, a lot will have to go just right. Freshman Jeremy Green, who has flashed quickness and a decent outside shot in the 27 games he’s played in this year, can take over for Goods at shooting guard. Junior Landry Fields will need to become even more of a scoring presence than he’s been this season, averaging 13.4 points per game. And sophomore forward Josh Owens, who was
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thought to be a strong breakout candidate for 2008-2009 earlier this season, will have to build on the strides he’s made of late and become a leader for the Cardinal offensively. If those three guys, Fields, Green and Owens, maximize their potential, then maybe the Cardinal can come back just as strong in 2009-2010.Who knows, they could even be better in some ways? But if you haven’t gotten the picture yet, let me spell it out for you:The stars are really going to have to align just right on this one. If just some of those things happen, or none of them do, well, that’s game over before things even really start. In short, next year could be a very long season for the Cardinal. What does all that mean to you, the Cardinal fan who is going to be staying on the Farm beyond this year? Simply this: that you need to have patience with Dawkins and the rest of the Cardinal men’s hoops program. It’s traditional for fans to write off a new coach’s first season, especially when his team has lost stars like Brook and Robin Lopez to the NBA before he even arrives. It’s a kind of honeymoon period, when most fans are willing to grant a coach the time he needs to implement his own system and restock the roster with his players. In this case? It’s probably better for Dawkins if you hold him more ac-
countable for this season and write off 2009-2010. Personally, I’m convinced that he’s the right guy for this program, or at the very least, he brings the right style with him. Aggressive defense, plenty of passing and deadly outside shooting are all things Dawkins believes in and qualities the Cardinal should be able to acquire or teach, even with the limitations on its recruiting. And in large part, Dawkins had a roster that fit his vision this year. He had good shooters in Goods, Hill and Brown, and his idea for what the Cardinal’s defense should look like has been progressing. Throw in a little more athleticism on offense and a post presence who can grab some rebounds, and the 2008-2009 Cardinal is probably exactly what Dawkins would like his long-term team to look like. Next season’s roster, however, promises to be a horse of a different color. So if you’re going to cut Dawkins some slack for being new on the job to a team in transition, you might want to save it for next year — because there’s a very good chance that’s when he’ll really need it. Denis Griffin is a big believer in taking a long-term view of a team’s future. Maybe that’s because he likes the Giants and 49ers. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1:54.32. “Tonight was a great race for Julia and the team,” Stanford head coach Lea Maurer told GoStanford.com. “Both Julia and Elaine Breeden feel a huge motivation to help lift up and inspire the team, and they felt the 200 IM was a great chance to start building momentum.” Stanford continued to swim well, scoring five swimmers in the 500meter freestyle and four swimmers in the 50-meter freestyle. The team’s effort was enough to catapult it into third place in the standings after two days of competition. Smit, Breeden and the Cardinal picked up right where they left off on the third day of the Championships. The team’s veteran stars stood out once again with back-to-back Pac-10 titles. Smit kicked things off by setting
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an NCAA record in the 400-meter individual medley with a superb time of 4:01:56. She was followed by Breeden who set a school record in the 100meter butterfly with a time of 50.87. Stanford remained behind Arizona and Cal as the third day drew to a close, but hoped to work some magic in the final day of competition. Breeden saved her best for last, setting an American, U.S. Open and NCAA record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:49.92; the victory marked Breeden’s third consecutive Pac-10 Championship in the event stemming back to her freshman year. Her performance topped the NCAA record of 1:51.91, which was set by Natalie Coughlin of Cal in 2002. “Elaine’s effort today was outstanding,” Maurer said.“We’ll put her right back to work, as this is definitely a swim we can build on for NCAAs.” Stanford diving, led by junior Carmen Stellar,also had a fantastic showing.Stellar won her first career Pac-10 Championship by clinching the platform title with a score of 257.55, improving upon her career best by near-
ly 45 points. For her efforts, she was named Diver of the Meet. “We are thrilled for Carmen, and she was very deserving of Diver of the Meet honors,” Maurer said. “All of our divers were sensational during the entire meet.” As a whole, the Cardinal had a very good showing at Pac-10s. The team had six NCAA “A” qualifying scores and nine “B”scores in addition to the aforementioned feats of Breeden and Smit. “We are pretty happy with the way things turned out overall,” Maurer said.“We struggled with some injuries this year,and we knew the writing was on the wall a bit in that we didn’t have as many healthy bodies. Overall, we feel with the number of (NCAA) qualifiers we have, that we are in a good position to have a real good meet at the NCAAs.” NCAA Championships are, indeed, the next step for the Cardinal, which begin Mar. 19. Contact Zach Zimmerman at zachz@ stanford.edu.
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Etchemendy also addressed three main concerns — housing, student health and security — from a recent online parent survey that received 2,500 responses. He outlined policy changes in those areas,such as the new Draw system and an increase in the number of on-campus therapists. Other talks included a questionand-answer session with President John Hennessy and conversations for the parents of freshmen, of sophomores, and of juniors and seniors with various University administrators. Parents enjoyed the many simulated lectures offered by University professors such as History Prof. David Kennedy and even by the members of Stanford Taiko. “We found again this year that par-
ents really enjoy seeing the actual academic work students are doing,” Enos said. “I even met a parent who flew in from the East Coast just to come to the weekend’s activities and classes, even though her student was away on the Stanford Overseas Study Program. She wanted to experience the University as a student herself once again and said she was loving it.” Joanne and Ken Kauvar, parents of Isaac Kauvar ‘12, spoke with The Daily after attending a showing of the UNAFF film “Missing in Tibet.” “The Tibet movie lecture showed a mix of the film as well as the professor’s approach to the class,” Joanne said.“Sitting in on that was not a conventional academic experience.” The Kauvars also attended their son’s classes. “We enjoyed getting a sense of who his teachers and who his classmates are,” Joanne said. Both parents were pleased with the organization of the weekend.
“[It’s been] very efficient, very well-organized, and everything that we’ve attended is quite impressive,” Joanne said. “Our kids went to other schools and the other schools were good,” Ken added,“but this is great.” The Kauvars looked forward to attending the reception in their son’s allfreshman dorm and meeting his friends. “Move-in and Parents’ Weekend is about the only chance you have to meet your own child’s friends and their parents until graduation,” Joanne said. Allen and Maryanne Merritt, parents of Bryce Merritt ‘09, were veterans of Parents’ Weekend but returned this year to visit their son. “There’s much better weather this year than last,” Allen said. “This is a wonderful place.” In addition to attending one Back to School class and the USC basketball game on Saturday, the Merritts wanted to “try to spend as much time with our son as possible,”Allen said. “We’ve been in past years to talks, and those are helpful, but this year we wanted to focus on our son’s accomplishments and to fit his schedule,” Allen added. Even some grandparents,such as J. Fred Weintz ‘48, grandfather of Jake Serf ‘12, and his wife Rosemary RossWeintz, came for the weekend. Weintz, an alumnus of Stanford’s Board of Trustees and Goldman Sachs,described Etchemendy’s talk as “very interesting.” “They will survive this,” Weintz said. Weintz, whose ringtone is the Stanford Band playing “All Right Now,” said he has seen many positive changes since his children attended Stanford. “I really like the way you just get the feeling that everybody’s pulling the same direction here,”Weintz said. “[Former President] Gerhard Casper initiated a lot of things to focus on undergrad education and also increased the class [of ‘08, etc.] feeling of the students.” All parents relished the opportunity to get a better understanding of their children’s everyday lives. “You get to feel that you’re part of the whole thing,” Ross-Weintz said. “Otherwise, you sort of give money, but you don’t have the feeling of what their day-to-day life is like once you’ve been in the cafeteria.” John and Lisa Counts, parents of Ian Counts ‘12 felt the same. “We sat in front of the Bookstore, and that’s when we really got a flavor of life here,” John said.“Students welcomed us to Stanford at the parking lot, and that was a very nice touch.” “The best part is seeing your kid,” Lisa added. Contact Liz Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Since last fall’s event raised over 2000 pounds worth of food, the fraternity hopes to hold the event again in the near future, although the exact date remains undetermined. “We’ve been doing it for 10 years, so it’s probably safe to say that we’re going to do it again soon,”de la Torre said. White said that Tri Delt plans to hold a car wash this coming spring. The charity event, aptly named the Delta Bubble, is intended to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. According to Adriana Chou, community service director for Chi Omega, the sorority hopes to continue its involvement with Rebuilding Together next quarter. “We essentially gather girls to help rebuild homes in local communities, and that’s been a rewarding experience,” Swartz explained. “With the economic recession, hands-on work — which is the most beneficial of all — can be the easiest and most accessible.” Chou added that Chi Omega also plans to do beach clean-ups, tutoring and other activities that do not require much funding. And although past charity events have proven successful, the future remains uncertain. “I think you have to be creative to get people to come out, especially since money is harder to come by nowadays,” de la Torre stated.“But I also think that people are pretty altruistic and are looking to do good things and have a good time,so if you can find a great mix of doing both then you can still probably have a successful event.” Contact An Le Nguyen at lenguyen @stanford.edu
hold Fullerton over the next three innings, allowing just a single hit. Unfortunately for the Card, the man on the hill for the Titans fared even better. Kyle Witten, a junior college transfer, pitched seven and two-thirds beautiful innings and held Stanford to just a pair of singles until there were two outs in the eighth. Stanford sophomores then offered a spark to the Card’s offense — catcher Ben Clowe drove a single up the middle, and Kellen Kiilsgaard lined a double off the right field wall to put runners on second and third to chase Witten. Third baseman Zach Jones then lined a single to left off of Kyle Mertins to clear the bases and bring Stanford within one at 3-2. However, junior Toby Gerhart narrowly missed putting one over the fence in right-center — the shot was caught to end the inning. In the ninth, Stanford sent its three, four and five hitters to the plate, but couldn’t get anything going as Fullerton closer Michael Morrison retired them down in order. Sunday: Stanford 3, Cal State-Fullerton 9 Khris Davis took the Titans on his back in the final game of the series and almost single-handedly carried them to a 9-3 victory. The right-fielder finished 4-4 for six RBI and became the first Fullerton player in eight years to hit three home runs in a single game. Cardinal starter senior Max Fearnow lasted just two and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits. Freshman Jordan Pries shut down Fullerton for a while in relief, but eventually the Titans pushed four runs across to take a comfortable lead into the final innings. Offensively, Zach Jones hit a home run for Stanford, and Kiilsgaard finished with two hits and two RBI. Fullerton starter Tyler Pill allowed just four hits and two runs in five and a third innings,and five Titan pitchers combined to allow just one run in relief. The Cardinal will return to action tomorrow evening against Saint Mary’s (6-2) at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Gaels defeated Stanford 53 last week. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. and the game can be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM or online at kzsu.stanford.edu. Contact Erik Adams at email@example.com
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Junior starter Jeffrey Inman held Cal State-Fullerton to one hit in the first five innings of the teams’ weekend series on Friday. Inman wasn’t able to keep it up and Fullerton came back to find its first of three victories, beating the Card 8-1.
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the latter part of the game. Pedersen and fellow classmate Jeanette Pohlen led the Cardinal attack with a combined seven threepointers on 70 percent shooting from behind the arc. Appel was held to 10 points, but she led Stanford with five assists, including two during the Cardinal’s early second-half run. The moment of the night, though, belonged to senior Jillian Harmon, who scored her 1,000th career point against the Bruins; she’s the 29th Stanford player to do so. Harmon entered the game with 992 points and scored her eighth point on a jumper early in the second half. It was a crucial one at that, giving Stanford its largest lead yet. The Bruins refused to break, though, and the game was not secured until just over a minute left, when VanDerveer took out all five of
her starters. UCLA was led by Darxia Norris, who scored 18 points off the bench, a season high for the sophomore. She was the only Bruin to tally double figures on the evening. The Cardinal was dominant in the post, holding UCLA’s starting forwards to just 13 points on 36 percent shooting. That theme carried over to Sunday’s match-up with the Women of Troy. Pedersen was once again dominant, notching a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and was joined in the offensive attack by Appel, who scored 20 points of her own. The duo was complemented by fellow post player and freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who scored 18 points — she was the only other Cardinal player to score in double figures. The Women of Troy focused on stopping Appel early, but that enabled Stanford’s guards to hit jumpers from outside,forcing USC to guard all five players on the floor. “Once people knocked down some shots, it was easier to get the
ball inside,” Pedersen said. In the backcourt, Stanford had to play most of the game without starting point guard Pohlen. She left the game after being hit in the eye, did not return from the locker room until the second half had already started, and never returned to play.With junior JJ Hones already out for the year with a torn ACL, VanDerveer was forced to use freshman Lindy LaRocque and redshirt sophomore Melanie Murphy at the point for the second half. Murphy and LaRocque combined for seven assists. “I thought this was really an interesting challenge for us to play without Jeanette,” VanDerveer said. “When you take away JJ, then Jeanette, I think this is a great win for us without Jeanette because she is so important to our team. I thought Lindy stepped up and did a really nice job for us. She hit some big baskets and she really ran the floor for us really well.” With the wins,Stanford is now two games away from winning the Pac-10 regular-season championship, if it
can emerge victorious over the Arizona schools at Maples later this week. But the team refuses to take anything for granted. “Whether [Cal] wins or loses, it doesn’t make us better,”VanDerveer
said.“The best thing we can do is stay healthy and keep improving.” Pedersen echoed her coach’s thoughts. “It doesn’t matter to us; we have the Arizonas next and that’s all we’re looking at,” she said. “Our No. 1 goal
is to win the Pac-10 Tournament and then go on from there. Its great that we’re on top, but now we have to stay on top.” Contact Wyndam Makowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The teams went into halftime in a virtual tie, with USC holding a slim, 33-29 lead. But the Trojans came out roaring in the second half, pushing their lead to 11 points by the 15minute mark.According to Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins, though, it was a stifling Trojan defense more than an aggressive USC offense that had the Cardinal reeling. “I thought a lot of the reason why we were down 11 was because of how well they were playing defensively,” Dawkins said. “I thought they put us in a position where everything was very difficult for us to accomplish on the floor. Even passing the basketball and entering the basketball was complicated. “We made some adjustments at halftime to try to counter that, [but] I think it took our kids a little while [to implement them],” Dawkins continued. “Whenever you have to change the makeup of what you do offensively, it takes a little while for guys to adjust.And give them credit, they did make the adjustments, we were able to get the ball into operating areas, and so therefore we were able to run our offense a little bit
better.” Indeed, the Cardinal had taken a 55-54 lead by the 9:05 mark, thanks to hot shooting around the perimeter and plenty of ball movement. Goods’ play was key over that span, as the senior did not miss a shot while chipping in seven during the team’s comeback run. But it was a three-point jumper from the corner with 4:37 to go, courtesy of Brown, that really seemed to seal the deal for the Cardinal and capture the game’s momentum for good. The bucket put Stanford up by eight, 66-58, and electrified a loud Maples Pavilion crowd. “After the way I started the game, I was happy that they were going in,” Brown said after the game, referring to his 0-3 shooting in the first half. After the game, Dawkins discussed Brown’s decision to return to Stanford, despite having completed his undergraduate career and being ready, academically, to move on to dental school.The redshirt senior, in essence, had his second Senior Night on Saturday against the Trojans — an honor, Dawkins said, that is welldeserved. “He deserves two Senior Nights because he’s been that class of an act as a person and as a player,” the coach said. Still, when all is said and done, the
Cardinal is hoping that this win over USC is just the start of a storybook ending to what has been a frenzied season. “It’s almost talking about it like a swansong, like it’s over,” Dawkins said. “But it’s not, because we still have games to play — and I think that helps us now, gives us some more momentum as we move forward.” Contact Denis Griffin at email@example.com.
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ning. Haber scored first on her way to continuing a torrid start to the season; she went 3 for 3 in the game,with three runs scored and a stolen base. The two-time All American is now hitting .540, contributing 10 doubles and 27 runs scored, and leads Stanford in almost every offensive category. “I have more of a plan when I go up to bat this season. I pick up on the pitcher’s tendencies. I’ve also had a
combination of good luck and the ability to guess the right pitch,” she said. Meanwhile, Penna pitched a complete game shutout against the Titans, allowing just two hits in the process. In the game she also recorded her 1000th career strikeout, becoming the only active pitcher in the nation to reach this milestone. The Cardinal is off until next weekend when it will host the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic,beginning Friday afternoon. Contact Daniel Bohm at firstname.lastname@example.org.