Former State Controller Steve Westly
‘78 MBA ‘83 spoke to students Wednesday
about the importance of clean technologies
and the growth of that industry, and called
for a immediate worldwide push for alter-
native energy sources.
The talk, given through the
Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (ETL)
seminar series, focused on innovations in
energy research that could have a substan-
tial ripple effect. According to Westly, as
companies and countries focus more on
efficient, cost-effective green technology,
they will in turn help boost the global econ-
omy and preserve the Earth.
The situation, both economically and
environmentally, is dire, Westly said, but in
that urgency comes room for innovation.
“Historically, every five to 10 years,
entrepreneurs come up with some new
breakthrough,” Westly noted, indicating
that the next big IPOs are likely to be clean
technology companies. “The clean tech
industry is likely to provide the jumpstart
that will help America and the rest of the
world get out of this recession.”
At the same time, they’ll assist in creat-
ing a more environmentally conscious con-
sumer society. In particular, Westly men-
tioned the car manufacturer Tesla, a leader
in electric vehicles. Since Tesla debuted its
newest model just weeks ago, Westly
claimed that the company, whose board he
sits on, has received more orders for their
cars than General Motors has for its Saturn
brand over the same time period.
“You are going to see a move toward
electric cars faster than anything you can
dream,” he added.
But beyond the automobile industry,
Westly sees the need for reform across the
Using his background as both a venture
capitalist and politician, the former guber-
natorial candidate called for global emis-
sions standards, pointing to legislation
passed in Western Europe and Japan on
building standards and cap-and-trade pro-
grams as an example for the United States
and China. Westly also expressed frustra-
tion, however, with the political process
and a perceived lack of motivation to
become more environmentally conscious.
“Elected officials do us a huge disserv-
ice,” he said. “If you’re a government regu-
lator, there are no incentives for doing well.
If you’re a private sector entrepreneur,
you’re wondering what’s wrong with these
government officials.”
That said, his insistence on higher stan-
dards was unwavering.
“We need a worldwide mandate to have
20 percent alternative energy as soon as
humanely possible,” the former ASSU
President said. Westly successfully led stu-
dent protests against the University’s
Planning for study abroad trips, searching for research
grants and finalizing four-year plans have been made easier
by the University’s new Global Gateway Web site —the lat-
est addition to the Stanford network, the site goes live today
As part of the University’s international initiative instat-
ed in 2005, the development process for the Global Gateway
site began last spring. Members of the Board of Trustees and
the Office of the President approached the Freeman Spogli
Institute (FSI) of International Studies with the idea for the
Web site, as part of the University’s larger globalization
“We’re transitioning from Stanford being a premier
national university to being a premier international univer-
sity,” said FSI Assistant Director of Programs Catharine
Kristian. “We want to make sure that people —both inside
and outside the Stanford community —know about that,
whether they are faculty, students, collaborators in other uni-
versities around the world or policy makers.”
The Web site features three main sections: a course
search engine, research and interdisciplinary faculty listings.
These segments, all of which are organized by region, are
geared towards easing student search efforts and interdisci-
plinary faculty collaborations.
“The Stanford Global Gateway is a portal,” Kristian said.
“Our goal is to get people to their end destination —to be
able to find quickly and easily the information that they are
looking for.”
“Every time a faculty member [wants] to teach a course
in the field, in a foreign country, he has to reinvent the wheel
all over again,” Kristian continued. “What we’re doing inter-
nally is to start building all those tools so that people don’t
have to do that.”
For students, the Web site will help with tasks like sched-
uling next quarter’s classes. They can now find specific coun-
try-related courses with a host of foci, and from disciplines
that may not appear to have obvious connections with their
subject of interest. Similarly, the Web site combines all the
research funding opportunities supported by campus
A cleaner tomorrow
Former State Controller Steve Westly ‘78 MBA ‘83 stresses importance of green tech.
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In a talk hosted by the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (ETL) seminar, former State Controller
Steve Westly ‘78 MBA ‘83 called for increased development of alternative energy sources.
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Recycle Me
A look at how students spend this private, or
not-so-private, time
Senior Brent Milleville steps up his batting to
offer the Card help down the stretch
Stanford softball will play host to a
familiar foe in conference rival
Arizona this weekend in the Palo
Alto Super Regional. On the line is a
trip to the Women’s College World
Series in Oklahoma City.
The two teams will play a best-of-
three series, with the first game start-
ing tonight at 6:30 p.m., and the next
game (or games) slated to be played
Friday evening.
Stanford is looking to continue its
quest for its first national champi-
onship and first trip to Oklahoma
City since 2004. Arizona, on the other
hand, has won eight national champi-
onships, including back-to-back titles
in 2006 and 2007.
The match-up between the eighth-
seeded Cardinal and the ninth-seeded
Wildcats is about as even as could be
The Pacific-10 Conference foes are
extremely familiar with one another.
They met three times this season, with
Stanford taking the two games in Palo
Alto and Arizona winning in Tucson.
Despite going 2-1 in the season series,
the Cardinal was outscored by the
Wildcats 16-10.
“It’s definitely an interesting
match-up,” said Cardinal head coach
John Rittman. “Both teams are very
familiar with one another and every-
body is just ready to play.”
Cardinal left-fielder Alissa Haber
feels the team can learn a lot from its
previous games against the Wildcats.
“We’ve learned that it is a fight
every time we play them,” she said.
“We know we can’t take them lightly
in any part of the game.”
Stanford is coming off of an unde-
feated performance in the Stanford
Regional last weekend. The Cardinal
breezed through, easily winning
games against Portland State, Nevada
and Cal Poly.
Arizona had a more circuitous
route to Palo Alto. Despite being the
ninth seed, the Wildcats were sent to
Kentucky for the Louisville Regional.
Many in Arizona saw this as a sign of
disrespect, and the Wildcats sent a
strong message in response.
In three games, the Arizona
offense, which leads the nation, scored
31 runs including 18 in a win over host
Rittman recognizes the potential
of his opponent.
“They are a very talented team,”
he said. “They have power up and
down the lineup. They have speed up
and down the lineup, and they have
three pitchers that have really
The Wildcats are undoubtedly
unhappy about having to make the
trip northwest to Palo Alto as well —
despite losing two of three to the
Cardinal this season, Arizona finished
in third place in the Pac-10, one spot
ahead of Stanford.
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Although Stanford has won two of its three encounters with the Wildcats this
season, the Cardinal is wary of Arizona’s offensive prowess. Senior pitcher
Missy Penna was clobbered with 12 runs in 13 hits in her last ‘Cat encounter,
but this time, a trip to the Women’s College World Series is on the line.
5/17 vs. Cal Poly W 4-0
(44-14, 13-7 Pac-10)
2/24 Smith Family Stadium
6:30 P.M.
GAME NOTES: The Cardinal takes on Arizona
for the fourth time this season with a trip to
the Women’s College World Series on the
line. Senior pitcher Missy Penna will see if she
has what it takes to contain a conference-
dominating Wildcat offense to improve
Stanford to 3-1 against Arizona this year.
Please see SOFTBALL, page 6
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in Super Regional
Peer pressure may lead to lower income
Most Stanford students have taken at least one class
just because a friend was taking it or had recommend-
ed it. But an academic paper co-authored by Stanford
Economics Prof. Giacomo De Giorgi suggests that
these peer-influenced decisions may be diminishing
students’ future earnings.
De Giorgi and two professors from Bocconi
University in Italy recently conducted a controlled
study on first-year business students at the Italian uni-
versity, where students are randomly assigned to sec-
tions for their nine required first-year classes. After the
first three semesters, students choose either a business
or an economics major. Based on their analysis of these
initial semesters, the researchers found that being fre-
quently exposed to another student who chose eco-
nomics (‘frequently’ defined as having at least four out
of the nine sections with the student), increased the
likelihood that the student would also study econom-
ics, which is the less popular major by 7.4 percent.
In their paper, “Be as Careful of the Company You
Keep as of the Books You Read: Peer Effects in
Education and on the Labor Market,” the professors
argue that the influence that peers’ academic decisions
have on a student’s choice of major can prevent that
student from choosing the major which best capitalizes
on her or his individual skill set. The researchers claim
the costs of this decision may be a lower GPA and, as a
result, a reduced salary in the future.
“Results show that, indeed, one is more likely to
choose a major when many of his/her peers make the
same choice,” the paper explains. “We estimate that,
when it diverts students from majors in which they
seem to have a relative ability advantage, this effect
leads to lower average grades and graduation mark, a
penalty that in the labor market could cost up to 871
euros (1,117 USD) a year.”
Many say Stanford students are just as heavily influ-
enced by their peers when making academic decisions.
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veryone does it. Some of us
are silent and secretive. Some
of us like to bring a snack or a
good magazine, play a game
or burn incense. And some of
us are just looking to make new friends.
Stanford is a diverse place, but one thing
unites us all —the bathroom.
“It’s a captive audience, and I’ve got
nothing else to do,” explained Alden
Timme ‘11, who professed great enthusi-
asm for making conversation on the john.
“It’s a great time, because otherwise,
you’re doing work or something and you
have to concentrate. But usually, when
you’re showering or dumping, there’s no
concentration that goes into cleaning your-
self —you can have a good conversation.”
For Timme, comfort room chats were
just another branch of dorm bonding.
Alex Scherer ‘11, who lived in Alondra
with Timme last year, is not so comfortable
with the idea of toilet talk.
“I don’t like to talk while I’m naked,”
he said. “If you think about it, while you’re
naked, you could be looking at your junk;
and if you’re looking at your junk, I don’t
want someone looking at their junk while
they’re thinking of me or vice versa. I don’t
want my face to be associated with junk.”
Scherer has, in fact, been known to curb
any attempts at restroom conversation,
responding to a question or commenting
politely, albeit curtly, before choosing to
discontinue the bathroom banter.
“When I tried to talk with Alex last
year, he like almost yelled at me,” Timme
noted. “[Alex] thought that bathroom time
was a man’s time of solace to meditate on
his thoughts.”
Many Stanford students are not as
rightwing as Scherer, and fewer are leftists
when it comes to toilet tete-a-tetes. In fact,
they usually hover somewhere around the
center of the spectrum, preferring to limit
discussions to the showers and sinks.
“That’s usually where we’d have our
time to catch up,” said Michelle Dadourian
‘11. “Generally when you’re in the stalls
though, I would say that’s a no-go.”
Eric Molina ‘11 agreed.
“When you’re on the toilet, it’s like
being on the throne,” he said. “You don’t
want to be bothered. You want to com-
mand in peace.”
Some even go so far as to schedule their
showers together in order to avail of these
sink-side chats.
Naturally, however, as these codes of
etiquette are, for the most part, unwritten,
they rarely help in regulating the use and
misuse of the dormitory bathrooms. Where
the Emily Post protocol will not suffice or
simply does not apply, Stanford students
have resorted to intriguing solutions in
‘loo’ of etiquette.
Over the years, the water closet has pro-
gressed into a make-shift hiding place —a
peaceful sanctuary that, for many, is supe-
rior to the bedroom as a common go-to for
some quality “me” time. The white, or oth-
erwise neutral-colored, tiles and the prom-
ise of privacy have long been conducive to
puzzling out the toughest questions on a
problem set, formulating a thesis or maybe
just doing a little late-night soul searching.
The men’s bathroom on the third floor
of Rinconada (Rinc) in Wilbur has an
unusual architecture that hints at the regal.
Light pours in from a circular window,
bathing trapezoid-shaped urinals in glow-
ing white light. There are five or six gath-
ered together, as if the niche doubles as a
forum for the Roman Assembly. Students
may as well wear togas instead of towels as
they make their way to the showers in a
separate wing.
It’s difficult to determine whether or
not it was the bathroom’s natural character
or sheer audacity that propelled Cougar
Oswald ‘12 to pimp his potty.
“A man’s toilet is his oasis,” Oswald
wrote in an email to The Daily.
While this Rinc bathroom is not exactly
paradise, Oswald did try to come close.
Posters, smokeless incense and a literary
menu including Maxim were employed to
furnish this “home away from home.”
Oswald also provided a poo diary for the
Rinc boys, perhaps to facilitate their soul
searching, though they have yet to reach
Oswald, unfortunately, declined The
Daily’s offer for an in-bathroom interview,
in an effort to preserve the sanctity of his
private space.
“Some men, like those in the third floor
at Rinc, are lucky enough to have toilet
accessories,” Oswald wrote. “Whether it is
a solo poo —a great opportunity to get
some time to yourself —or a social poo —
some of my best conversations are those
with fellow poopers in adjacent stalls —
my time on the john is often one of my
favorite parts of the day. Above all, howev-
er, men go to the toilet to escape the stress
and social etiquette forced upon us by the
female sex. We can always rest assured that
our poos are private endeavors of which
the details are known exclusively by our
fellow males.”
While most students do not have the
lavatory luxuries of the third floor at Rinc,
many still think of creative ways to pass
time in the loo. In Alondra last spring, a
small band of boys on the third floor
answered nature’s call —of creativity.
Scherer introduced the game Hide and
Go Poop —known as Poop and Go Seek
outside of Europe —to fellow Alondrans
Timme, Zach Koehn ‘11 and Mark
Frykman ‘11. While Scherer is a firm
believer in private pooping, he proposed
that the game test one’s ability to “secrete”
their time on the crapper.
“It’s fun to do something that’s silly and
wacky and a little revolting to some peo-
ple,” he said, smiling wryly. “You know, it
gets a rise out of people. It’s a little taboo.”
Hide and Go Poop contenders gained
points by either hitting their opponents
with a wet paper towel while they were on
the john or pooping without being hit. Five
points were awarded for each successful
poop and three points for a “catch.”
The game grew to include a majority of
the boys living on the third floor. They all
noted that timing was key in getting ahead.
“Certain times of the day are notorious-
ly hot for dumping,” Frykman said. “A lit-
tle bit after lunch was a good one.”
Some followed the “early and often”
plan or avoided contact altogether, choos-
ing pockets of time when no one was
around, while others chose to go with the
flow. One Alondran even opted to squat
on top of the toilet in his eagerness to gain
a few points. Most tactics, however, were
ineffective due to the rather small pool of
players and limited facilities.
“We didn’t have a lot of people playing,
so it was always pretty obvious that some-
one was pooping,” Frykman said.
Hide and Go Poop, in spite of the hype,
was relatively short-lived, lasting only two
to three weeks. The Alondrans lost interest
for a variety of reasons. Some, like Timme,
were frustrated, unable to climb the point
“I was losing pretty badly, and I tried to
sabotage the scoring system,” he said. “But
I can’t aim very well over the stall.”
In the end, however, the Alondrans
were tired of the pressure.
“It was no longer exciting,” Scherer
lamented. “I just wanted to take a poop in
peace again.”
Innovation is unparalleled in many
ways at Stanford —avoiding the awk-
wardness of a public bathroom included.
But, sometimes, we just have to embrace it.
For Stanford students living in Phi Sig,
the issue extends beyond having privacy
invaded by a common bathroom.
Residents must contend with glass shower
doors, which definitely leave little to the
“You can’t see through them complete-
ly, but it’s pretty invasive at the same time,”
said Ron Pomper ‘11. “Someone also took
a picture of me while I was in the bath-
room, and that was really awkward
because you could tell it was me.”
A few students opted to strategically
drape their towels over the shower doors
or shower in the dark. It became increas-
ingly more uncomfortable, for the boys
especially, when the cleaning schedule con-
flicted with prime morning shower time.
However, many residents were not as
affected and became accustomed more
easily and quickly to the shower doors.
“Since they’re somewhat misty, you
can’t see people or whatever; you can just
see shapes and colors,” Dadourian said. “I
want to say in the beginning of the year it
was definitely more awkward, but now
everyone’s pretty used to the idea.”
The inherently chaotic lifestyle of the
quarter system requires a bit of time to
flush away pandemonium from a Stanford
student’s head, and toilet talk, games or a
simple conversation can help to alleviate
some of the stress. Stanford houses some
of the most brilliant people in the world,
but hey, we all still have to poop.
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Translucent bathroom stalls in Phi Sig make any sojourn to the shower an illuminating experience. Residents have taken precautions by strategically draping towels over the shower doors to
provide a semblance of privacy.
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For the third-floor
Rinconada resi-
dents, incense in
the bathroom
makes any trip to
the loo a calming
and relaxing one.
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Researchers visualize
complex data
Representing complex data in
comprehensible visuals is a challenge
for researchers, both at Stanford and
in the private sector, and is gaining
popularity as a subject of academic
study on campus.
Faculty and students are working
on new ways to display information
in useful ways through innovative
visualizations. Computer Science
Professor Jeffrey Heer is involved in
these efforts, and said spatial repre-
sentation provides a valuable way of
approaching complex issues.
“For the very large and difficult
questions, often times by mapping
data you’re able to see patterns you
wouldn’t get by running through the
numbers,” Heer said.
Heer added that the field is seeing
an uptick in interest, particularly
from students looking to apply les-
sons across disciplinary boundaries
to their work in technical fields.
“They’re very much interested
and attuned to using insights from
psychology to motivate the kind of
systems that we’re building,” he said.
“It’s funny, but no one thought com-
puter programming would be the
sexy job of the ‘90s, and no one
thought data analysis would be the
sexy job of the next ten years.”
Heer said the tools of visualiza-
tion could be applied across any
number of data sets, ranging from
representations of the internal distri-
bution of emails within Enron
Corporation to long-term immigra-
tion trends.
The computer science professor
added that while the digital age has
brought a great increase in the avail-
ability of valuable data, interacting
with that information in a meaningful
way has proven problematic. He said
research in the area primarily looked
toward the ways in which users relate
with displays.
“One area of interest has been in
patterns of human interaction,” Heer
pointed out. “What we try to do is
understand, how do people use visu-
alizations to find insight? We use data
sets as a kind of petri dish.”
Heer said the goal was ultimately
to devise general principles for repre-
senting any kind of data set.
“The hope is, as we build our
understanding and our set of tools, it
will be applicable beyond just the
data itself,” Heer said.
Heer and his students were on
hand Monday at an event called
“Places and Spaces,”which debuted a
collection of visualizations from non-
Stanford researchers focused upon
representing scientific data. The
exhibit will be housed at Wallenberg
Hall (Building 160) until the end of
Heer said the exhibition drew
upon the “rich tradition of cartogra-
Jason Chuang, a fourth-year Ph.D.
student in computer science and a
former Daily photo editor, shared a
project that mapped the disciplinary
relationships between doctoral dis-
sertations across a number of depart-
ments. His research drew upon the
text from the abstracts of 9,068 dis-
sertations from the past sixteen years.
Chuang’s project was a dynamic
display that allowed users to cus-
tomize their focus. Affinities between
the content of different dissertations
were typically represented by prox-
imity, allowing observers to quickly
discern complicated relationships
between disciplines or even individ-
ual papers.
Chuang said the work demon-
strated the possibilities inherent in
examining the content of vast data
“It gets at the general problem of
a large collection of documents,” he
He added that the tool could be
applicable for researchers searching
for work in related, or unexpectedly
related, fields.
When English major Luke
Henesy ‘10 realized after his sopho-
more year that he was not looking
forward to reading Shakespeare and
studying literature during his last
two years at Stanford, he found him-
self searching for a new major. When
Henesy’s roommate in Madrid last
fall happened to be an architectural
design major who introduced
Henesy to this relatively new depart-
ment at Stanford, he started map-
ping out how he could start and
complete the major in two years.
Soon, he had a new major.
“I was basically open to anything
in Spain,” he continued. “If my
roommate had been a studio art
major, I probably would’ve done
that if they’d spoke highly about it...I
feel like with a lot of people, major
decisions end up being pretty cir-
cumstantial. Like based on the peo-
ple that you know, what you’re
exposed to.”
Grace Laidlaw ‘10 agreed that
peers can easily influence students’
academic choices.
“I definitely decided to do Bio
over HumBio because my boyfriend
at the time, who I think is one of the
smartest people I know, told me that
HumBio was fuzzy and a lot less use-
ful than Bio,” she said.
Laura Selznick, special assistant
for diversity outreach to the Vice
Provost for Undergraduate
Education, has advised Stanford stu-
dents since 1986, and is not surprised
by these instances of peer-influenced
major decisions.
“Stanford students are often
more comfortable talking to their
peers than the professors,” she
Ashley Rhoades ‘12 agreed that
peers are more easily accessible and
useful sources of information on
classes than advisors.
“[My pre-assigned freshman year
advisor] didn’t really give me any
sense of direction,” Rhoades said.
“[She] just kind of just told me to do
what I wanted to do, which was kind
of overwhelming as a freshman. But
my peer mentor was actually a lot
more helpful than my actual advisor.
He was really good about telling me
which classes I should be taking that
are good, which professors and stuff.”
Professor Michele Pellizzari of
Bocconi University, one of the three
economists who co-authored the
paper, said improving dissemination
of information about each depart-
ment could help students make bet-
ter decisions.
“Universities should make sure
that students are well informed about
what exactly each subject is about,”
Pellizzari wrote in an email to The
Although some Stanford students
admit to selecting classes and majors
based on peers’ decisions, few seem
worried that these choices could have
negative effects on their future career
“Sure, switching from English to
architecture, my GPA is going to take
a hit, but I don’t think it’s going to be
too bad,” Henesy said.
In fact, Henesy said he actually
believes his career options have
expanded now that he is gaining an
engineering background in addition
to all the English classes he took his
sophomore year. He also notes that
many of the Stanford graduates he
knows are now working in fields
completely unrelated to their major.
“While I don’t think I want to be
an architect, I feel like the purpose of
an undergraduate major is just to
explore a subject that you’re passion-
ate about,” he said. “At Stanford, I’m
only going to be here once, so I might
as well take advantage of something
that I might not be able to pursue
On the other hand, although
Rhoades is interested in art history,
she thinks she will forgo majoring in
art history for a double major in
international relations and communi-
cation in preparation for a career in
either journalism or diplomacy.
“I think, career-wise, I’d rather go
into one of those two fields than any-
thing to do with art,” she said.
Selznick is quick to point out that
majors at Stanford do not pigeon-
hole students into future careers.
“One mistake is that students
think the major has to be a prerequi-
site for their career,” she said.
Selznick said that through her
many years advising at Stanford,
there have been countless examples
of students who are now doing some-
thing completely unrelated to what
they studied here on the Farm. For
example, one of her advisees was a
Japanese major but ended up in
healthcare consulting and ultimately
ended up at medical school, even
though she had not been pre-med at
That being said, Selznick encour-
aged the students to pursue the fields
they are most passionate about.
“We encourage students to major
in something they’re interested in
and are good at,” Selznick said.
“Because two years later, your major
is going to matter a lot less than what
you learned and what you did.”
Although the results of his study
suggest that students do not always
choose the major that is best for
their skill set, Pellizzari agrees that
interest in a subject is the most
important prerequisite for a major.
“Just go for the subject you like
better,” he said. “You will generally
have a strong comparative advan-
tage there, at least in terms of moti-
Jemma Wolfe ‘12 has certainly
found this to be true during her first
year here.
“I think I do better in the classes
I enjoy the most because I put the
most effort into them,” she
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resources to narrow down the
options available to students inter-
ested in conducting projects over-
The site will also help with plan-
ning for prospective students who
already have an interest in going
“We think the funding section is
probably going to be the most popu-
lar with students,” Kristian said, not-
ing that this segment also presented
the biggest challenge in the develop-
ment process.
A substantial amount of work
was dedicated to consolidating such
a broad set of resources. In fact, stu-
dent research assistants were hired
to search for these grant-funding
opportunities that were previously
scattered among 300 different sites.
“[But] we know that what is on
the site now is just the tip of the ice-
berg, so we strongly encourage peo-
ple to add material,” Kristian said.
“We’re actually very interested in
what the users want because that
will help guide where we’re going in
the future.”
She believes that student feed-
back is essential to improving the
Web site on various levels —noting
that while the University has ideas
about what drives student interest, it
is still keeping a keen eye on which
aspects of the site attract the most
That said, future plans are
already underway even this early in
the Web site’s lifespan. By next fall,
when the University believes stu-
dent activity on the site will really
begin to pick up, Stanford hopes that
the site will also contain a calendar
of events with an international
theme, academic resources and RSS
feeds that will provide contact infor-
mation for inter-student networking.
Contact Cassandra Feliciano at ccfeli-
Continued from front page
How much would you care if the
weeknight closing time for Green
Library went back to midnight?
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Today’s Question:
When selecting your major, do you let
other students influence your decision?
a) Yes, I take my peers’ opinions very
b) No, I decide to study what I‘m
passionate about all on my own.
c) Somewhere in between.
d) We have to choose majors?
vote today at!
A) A lot. I find the extra time really helpful.
B) A bit. It can sometimes be useful.
C) Not at all. I’m never there that late.
D) I wouldn’t care at all. I never go to Green
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4 NThursday, May 21, 2009 The Stanford Daily
Nicole Demby
The paradox of
sit in my room adjacent to the back court-
yard of my house. I am downing a bottle
of wine, while dreading writing the
measly reading response I have to write for
my art history class, listening at once to the
song “So Bored”by WAVVES and the group
of people laughing as they pass around a
gravity bong outside my door.
Some light deconstruction of this sce-
nario will reveal a particular and not-so-la-
tent theme prevalent in this convergence of
events. So what’s the commonality between
my disdain for the assignment for a class on
contemporary art (a topic I allegedly love
that will most definitely pertain to my future
career in some way), the pop-garage distor-
tion of WAVVES (a 22-year old who lives in
a shack behind his parents’ house in San
Diego and has a penchant for singing about
his boredom and his weed habit) and the
group of people outside my door, shameless-
ly getting blasted on a Monday night? Apa-
thy, ennui, boredom—call it what you will,
but it’s something we were all synchronous-
ly experiencing at that particular moment.
The inscription for Emory Professor Eliz-
abeth Goodstein’s book about boredom,
“Experience without Qualities: Boredom
and Modernity,” is a quote from Roland
Barthes that translates to “Ennui . . . in ec-
stasy glimpsed from the shores of desire.”
This formulation is funny upon first en-
counter because one usually thinks of ennui
as the antithesis of ecstasy and desire. Yet as
Goodstein explains, psychoanalysis has long
treated boredom as a means by which we
protect ourselves from desire, insulating our-
selves from failure to attain happiness by re-
signing ourselves to disenchantment, to not
Goldstein argues that boredom as a soci-
etal epidemic is a profoundly modern histor-
ical phenomenon, inextricably linked to the
shifts in the individual’s conception of her-
self as dictated by changes beginning with
the industrial revolution. Boredom becomes
a way to find some stasis in a rapidly fluctu-
ating world, a world in which “the drives to
novelty and innovation, speed and progress
that have always defined modernity have be-
come the foundation of a process of continu-
ously accelerating transformation.”
Boredom takes us out of this flux by re-
jecting the notion that it’s indicative of some
path to progress. I would also argue that
boredom as understood by psychoanalysis is
exacerbated by technology, the ease of com-
munication and the pretense of upward mo-
bility (at least in first-world countries) that
arguably characterize contemporary society.
All these things seem to impossibly raise the
stakes. It is in this setting of endless possibil-
ity that a person would feel most scared of, or
responsible for, his failure soaring to incred-
ible heights.
I think this notion of using boredom as a
way to protect ourselves from failure to at-
tain happiness takes on a profound signifi-
cance at a place like Stanford. Society beck-
ons us, the celebrated young people whose
smarts and talents are recognizable by the
name emblazoned across our paraphernalia
and on our diplomas, to stabilize our identi-
ties not through boredom, but by doing
something great. Worse, perhaps, than this
external pressure is the pressure many of us
put on ourselves to do something meaning-
ful and important. The incredible stress of
these expectations makes disenchantment
an appealing option. If we resign ourselves
to feeling like there’s nothing worth doing,
that class is meaningless, that what we’re al-
legedly interested in isn’t really worth our
time, then we protect ourselves from our
own ambitions.
While we probably didn’t recognize it at
the time, our boredom that night imbued our
trifecta with a meaning counter to the one
we are supposed to find when we win the
Nobel Prize or become a state senator. It in-
stilled us with the significance of participat-
ing in a lineage of nihilistic apathy one can
trace from Flaubert, to Jack Kerouac, to
James Dean, to Kurt Cobain. By taking re-
course to the “I-don’t-give-a-shit” attitude
embodied by so many reckless youth prior,
perhaps we insulate ourselves from our own
Nicole doesn’t give enough of a fuck to come
up with something clever to say for this part.
Email her at She prob-
ably won’t reply.
f you had all the resources at your dispos-
al to design a room of ultimate comfort,
peace and departure from a hectic pace
of life, what would it look like? The editorial
board has a suspicion —based on poor at-
tendance at the Wellness Room—that, for
most students, a brightly exposed glass room
in the back of Old Union filled with Crayola
colors and floral decor is not the ultimate re-
treat they have in mind.
The Wellness Room, a joint initiative of
the Student Affairs Office and the ASSU,
opened on Feb. 26 with the hope that the
pilot program would provide a student-run
alternative to Vaden and CAPS that “proac-
tively” addresses students’ mental, physical
and spiritual health concerns. Studies came
out earlier in the year revealing that student
mental wellness concerns run rampant on
high-achieving campuses like Stanford, and
the Wellness Room was meant to provide
students some relief from the pressure of the
Unfortunately, the Wellness Room ap-
pears not to be as proactive in practice as it is
in theory. A recent Daily article reported
that, in fact, the room is not only suffering
from low attendance, but is also not always
open when students do come to use it be-
cause Wellness Room coordinators fre-
quently miss their shifts. Other concerns
raised in the article include the space’s
decor, which students called “feminine” and
noted looked like “a day care center,” and
the lack of motivation students had for
spending their precious free time there.
The editorial board feels that, in spite of
the criticism, the Wellness Room initiative is
a good one, but some careful reconsidera-
tion of the existing structure needs to be im-
plemented so that the room does not be-
come one bright and colorful budget drain.
More than anything, a newly revamped
Wellness Room needs to reflect the student
body it is meant to serve as broadly as possi-
ble. We are all adults —legally at least —
and our mental wellness concerns need to be
treated as such, not as the mental wellness
concerns of five-year-olds. Not that a good
finger-painting session is inherently bad, but
many of us seeking help or solace at Stan-
ford desire more privacy, more mature relax-
ing activities and the sense that our pursuit
of wellness need not be on display, as it is
now in the glassed-in, monitored room at the
back of Old Union.
Furthermore, as a student body, we tend
to need incentives to do things —let’s face
it, we’re goal-oriented —and persuading us
to relax is especially difficult. The Wellness
Room might consider ways to make atten-
dance more appealing, whether it’s through
offering units for art and meditation classes,
coupons for Fraiche and other healthy items
when we attend a certain number of times or
maybe even social mixers that take place at
the room between different student groups
on campus with an emphasis on mental and
spiritual health.
The Wellness Room as it stands grossly
misinterprets Stanford students’ needs, de-
spite its admirable intentions. The editorial
board would like to see a student board care-
fully review the suggestions made for revi-
sion of the program, or consider replacing it
all together.
Wellness Room requires
drastic overhaul
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o about a week ago, I get this text mes-
sage from my buddy, Scott: “Fellas —
tonight I’m going to ask Julie to marry
me!”And then, exactly two hours later: “She
said yes!”
Naturally, I reacted the same way anyone
does when a best friend gives the happy
news: by berating him and telling him he was
making the worst mistake of his life. (Thank
God he knew I was joking, because I wasn’t
entirely sure myself. Love you Julie!)
Well, not right away. First, I called him up
that evening and just held the phone as the
two of us wordlessly giggled for five consecu-
tive minutes, both of us processing just how
ridiculous the thought of him getting married
is. It’s not simply the fact that we’re the same
age, and that I am nowhere close to being
psychologically prepared to have a new
woman in my life tell me when it’s time to
clean my room.
It’s the fact that, wait a minute —this is
Scott. The same guy who, as my freshman-
year hallmate three years ago (Roble 1b
baby!), suggested to me that devising a plan
to sell shirts that on the front said “Cal
Sucks,” and on the back had quasi-factual in-
formation regarding Cal students’ eating
habits, testicular size and demon worship was
a worthwhile use of our time (he was right).
The same guy who, as my roommate two
years ago, would get into his bed as I got into
mine, knowing full well we would barely be
able to sleep, much less breathe, as we just
traded wisecracks for hours on end.The same
guy who last year thought we should have a
“debate” on our radio show called “Global
Warming: Myth or Fiction?” (boy, did that
elicit a response from both of the people lis-
tening).And the same guy, who a few months
ago, during the election craze, wanted us to
get into the food business together.The idea?
Half burrito. Half taco. Call it a Burraco
I mean, this profile practically screams el-
igible bachelor, right?
Yep.That’s the same Scott who is now get-
ting married. The crazy thing is, he’s not even
my first friend at Stanford to get engaged. As
I write this, two doors down, my suitemate is
sitting in front of his computer working on
his senior thesis. In a couple of months, he’ll
be walking down the aisle, too.
Scott’s newsbreak really served as more
of a mirror than anything else.When I look at
the way he developed as a person in the last
four years —and Burraco Bombers aside, he
really has —I realize that pretty soon, I am
looking at myself. I entered Stanford in Sep-
tember 2005 under vastly different circum-
stances than most. The summer before, I had
spent eight weeks in Israel, a time away that
had transformed me and given me new life. I
had not come to Stanford, as so many others
had, to discover who I truly was.That summer
made me believe that I already knew.And for
that reason, this beginning of a new chapter
did not seem to make sense to me. At the age
of 18, I genuinely thought I had already fin-
ished the book.
But as Stanford would instill in me, I had
not. Summer had been merely the end of the
chapter, and Stanford, the beginning of a new
one. The thing about those moments that de-
fine you, change you and remain with you for
life, is that they don’t happen in a vacuum.
The next day, you still wake up and face a
world that has not been transformed, even if
your perception of it has.
Now, the school year is coming to an end,
and I am likely about to embark on another
escapade back to Israel to get my master’s
degree in diplomacy (now there’s a region
that could probably use some). But for now,
it feels again as if the book is coming to a
close, as if the transformation is complete, as
if things are coming full circle as the Stanford
cycle ends for the Class of 2009. There is the
temptation to wax poetic about how we grad-
uating seniors finally now know who we are,
who we are destined to be, et cetera, et cetera.
As for me, I think I know better than to
make that claim. The day after graduation,
the day after I am no longer a Stanford stu-
dent, I’ll still wake up and have things to ac-
complish, life to take on, tasks to tackle and a
lot of growing up to do. I’ve got a summer trip
that will bring Americans, Israelis and Ger-
mans together to explore Berlin and Israel,
which I still have to finalize. (Got ideas for
funding? Let me know, pronto, Tonto!)
The day you decide you’ve got it all fig-
ured out is the day you admit to yourself that
you can’t get any better. The end of Stanford
isn’t the end of the book. It’s the end of a
chapter somewhere around a quarter of the
way in. Just like my friend Scott, I still have a
lot left to be written in mine.
I mean, I haven’t even gotten to the chap-
ter about a sweltering August evening in
Paris, Kentucky in the summer of 2009,
where a drunken groomsman says on the
wedding day, “Julie, you wouldn’t believe
some of the things Scott said to me while we
were roommates. But hey, we’ve got nothing
but time, so why don’t I tell a few quick sto-
ries . . . “
If Mark were Giants GM, the first thing he’d do
is bring up Jesus Guzman. Can a brother get a
little power in his lineup?! Jesus. Guzman, that
Turn the page
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you’ve got it all figured
out is the day you admit
to yourself that you
can’t get any better. The
end of Stanford isn’t the
end of the book.
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ourselves to feeling
like there’s nothing
worth doing [...]
then we protect
ourselves from our
own ambitions.
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Westly further acknowledged
the far-reaching potential of energy
sources beyond the traditional —
and unclean - oil and coal.
“Solar and wind are both stun-
ning,” he said. “They fit in different
parts of the world. But we’re still a
ways away from doing it in the big
volumes that we need.”
“That said, the cost of solar is
going through the floor,” Westly
continued. “It’s going to half this
year. A husband and wife hear that
it’s a seven-year payback. Now, it’s
3.5 years. Psychologically, that’s
Indeed, his final point about
consumer confidence led to a larg-
er theme of the talk: environmental
and monetary goals are not mutu-
ally exclusive. In fact, they may aid
one another, Westly said, especially
during dark economic times. While
acting in a more eco-friendly man-
ner, governments and entrepre-
neurs can still make money. Westly
pointed to three industries in par-
ticular that have seen substantial
growth over the past three years, all
of which relate to clean technology:
smart grid and utility enhance-
ments, green building materials and
energy storage.
“Whichever country moves first
[on clean technology] will be part
of a tectonic shift,” Westly said.
“Countries will move up, countries
will move down.”
“Clean technology affects
everyone in this room, and this
planet, whether they know it or
not,” he continued. “Even if it
doesn’t work, being alive right now,
doing what we’re doing in clean
tech, is something they’ll be talking
about hundreds of years from
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“It provides you more views of
what the other departments are
doing,” Chuang noted.
Other projects emphasized work
across disciplinary boundaries,
including a project entitled
“Visualizing the Republic of
Letters.” First-year graduate electri-
cal engineering students Dan Chang
and Yuahkai Ge and first-year grad-
uate computer science student
Shiwei Song drew upon data provid-
ed by the “Electronic
Enlightenment,” a recent and enor-
mous collection of humanities data.
Working in conjunction with the
Spatial History Lab, the trio had set
out to map correspondence during
the Enlightenment between geo-
graphical locations, providing static,
pie-chart and animated views that
offered varying strengths for seeing
connections and relationships across
time and space.
They closed by providing a
chronological representation of
Voltaire’s correspondence, from his
birth to his death. The demonstration
appeared as an evolving series of
lines connecting between centers of
European thought.
“It allows you to see the data play
out over his lifetime,” Song said.
Contact Eric Messinger at messinger
Continued from page 3
ith Stanford softball’s first two bat-
ters in the lineup both hitting over
.400 this year, it can be easy to dis-
miss the importance of the player
occupying the third spot in the
order: junior Shannon Koplitz. But, on closer inspec-
tion, Koplitz’s numbers speak for themselves.
A .306 hitter, the New Orleans-native has blasted
eight home runs this season. The junior’s powerful
presence in the heart of the Cardinal lineup has trans-
lated to 44 RBI, second on the team behind only fresh-
man Ashley Hansen’s 53.
But how did a kid from Louisiana make her way to
Stanford? For Koplitz, the seed was planted by watch-
ing the Cardinal athletes who came before her.
“When I was a freshman [in high school], I went to
see Stanford volleyball play USC in New Orleans,”
Koplitz said. “After the game, I knew Stanford was a
candidate for me. [It’s] the best of [both] worlds: sports
and education.”
In addition to her powerful bat, Koplitz has provid-
ed the Cardinal with an unparalleled glove at third
base. She has made only five errors in 81 attempts
from the hot corner, not bad for a player who had to
adjust from being an everyday second baseman last
In moving to the left side of the diamond, Koplitz
was fast to recognize the possibilities of her new op-
“I really like moving around from position to posi-
tion,” Koplitz explained. “When you move back to
your old position, you have a whole new perspective
[on] how to play it.”
Koplitz fills a pivotal role for the Cardinal defen-
sively, and has displayed a penchant for making the
miraculous plays as well as the routine.
“Former third baseman Michelle Smith [‘08] has
been a big help,” Koplitz said. “Everything [off the
bat] gets there faster [at third base].”
But Koplitz has not only negated potential game-
winning knocks at third; at the plate, she has produced
a few herself. In clutch moments, Koplitz’s value to the
team has extended far beyond the numbers.The righty
hit a walk-off homer in the ninth to beat Oregon, after
Stanford had loaded the bases with no outs in the
eighth and failed to score. The Cardinal junior also
bested Huskies All-American Danielle Lawrie for the
game-winning home run in the fourth inning to beat
then-No. 2 Washington on March 29.
“I’ve tried to make myself relaxed in the box,”she
said.“You always want to anticipate what you will see,
but ultimately you need to relax, and hit what the
pitcher throws.”
After earning a starting job early in her freshman
season, Koplitz started every game last year, and has
played in all 56 this season. As regular as a
metronome, the junior is slowly ascending in the
record books with every at-bat. Koplitz’s .450 slugging
percentage puts her at seventh on the all-time list at
Stanford and she is one RBI short of breaching the top
10 all time for a single season on the Farm.
With another full year left to play for Stanford, Ko-
plitz received several honors this year including an
All-Pacific-10 Second Team selection, All-West-Re-
gion honors for the first time in her career and an
ESPN Academic All-District VIII First Team pick.
Continuing the theme of achievement on and off
the field, Koplitz stands a chance of becoming the
his weekend, Stanford will play host
to Oregon State at Sunken Dia-
mond in a series that can only ade-
quately be described as do-or-die.
Win the series, and the Cardinal will
have a good chance of qualifying for the play-
offs. Lose, and the team is out.
There’s no room for sugarcoating things at
this time of the year, and senior Brent
Milleville probably knows this better than
“I would definitely be upset if we don’t
make the postseason,” Milleville said.
The Stanford slugger can’t be too upset
about the effort he’s put forth and the results
he’s racked up down the stretch of his senior
season, though. The first baseman currently
holds the lead in all three triple-crown stats on
the Stanford squad: batting average (.324),
RBI (52) and home runs (14).
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds,
Milleville is faster than you might think, too:
he’s second on the team in steals, sliding in suc-
cessfully on seven of eight attempts on the
year. The senior has hit three grand slams this
season alone, and his hot streak down the
stretch has been a big factor behind the Cardi-
nal’s late-season push, reminiscent of last
year’s run to the College World Series.
“I’m seeing the ball extremely well,”
Milleville said.“Right now I’m really comfort-
able, really confident that I can beat any pitch-
er I’m up against. That’s something you have
to have to do to be a successful hitter.”
“He’s done a great job for us,” said Stan-
ford head coach Mark Marquess.“He’s done a
phenomenal job —we wouldn’t have been
able to make this run at the second half of the
season without him.”
Phenomenal is an apt description.
Milleville has been on a tear since March 25,
hitting all 14 of his homeruns and batting near
the .400 mark during that stretch. The change
in hitting can be explained by a number of fac-
tors —for one, the Cardinal faced one of the
toughest non-conference schedules in the na-
tion during the first month of the season, going
up against the likes of Texas and Cal State-
Fullerton. For Millleville, though, success has
just been a matter of relaxing and finding his
“I was struggling, our team was struggling,”
he said.“I kind of put some pressure on myself
to do well to get our team going. After a while,
I just relaxed and things kind of fell into
As one of the few seniors on a team laden
with younger talent, Milleville doesn’t see
himself as a particularly vocal leader. That
said, though, his steadying presence has still
definitely been felt.
“He leads by example,” Marquess said.
“He has a lot of respect from the other play-
ers, because he practices and plays hard and
he provides that much-needed leadership
that you have to have if you’re going to have
success. He and the other seniors have done a
great job. We needed to have that and he’s
provided that for us.”
“I play the game hard and I try to set an
example for everyone,” Milleville said. “I
don’t think that’s any different from anything
in the past. I haven’t taken much of a differ-
ent approach, other than I’m trying to help
out the younger guys through their struggles
because I’ve been through that.”
With the streak he’s been on down the
stretch, Milleville has definitely made his
case for pro scouts. He’s looking forward to
pursuing a professional career, but, consider-
ing that the Cardinal will be fighting for its
life this coming weekend (against a team that
will also be trying to stave off elimination, no
less), it’s understandable that the draft isn’t
the first thing on his mind right now. And
though he has high expectations for the
team’s finish to the season, Milleville knows
that —as was the case with his hitting this
season —it’s sometimes better to take things
as they come.
“We’re all going to be trying our best and
playing hard, but we can’t take it too serious-
ly because that’s when you struggle and put
too much pressure on yourself,” he said.
It’s a mantra that has worked for Milleville
all season, especially down the stretch. If Stan-
ford is lucky enough, it will work when the
team needs it most: this weekend against the
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Card meets ‘Cats in Palo Alto Super Regional
The big question of the weekend will be if
the Wildcats’ prolific offense can be tamed by
Stanford’s ace, senior Missy Penna.
In her first start against the Wildcats —
who have already shattered the single-season
team record for home runs in a season with
131 —Penna was lit up to the tune of 12 runs
on 13 hits, including three home runs, in 5.2 in-
In her next start against Arizona, however,
Penna went the distance, allowing just one hit
and striking out 13 Wildcat hitters.
Penna hopes to repeat the success of her
second performance this weekend.
“You have good days and you have bad
days,”Penna said.“It is different when you are
home and away. They have a rowdy crowd
down there, but when I pitched at home, I was
more relaxed in our environment.”
For the year, the senior is 34-6 with a 1.45
ERA. She has struck out 344 batters, and when
all is said and done, she will be seen as not only
one of the greatest pitchers in Stanford histo-
ry, but as one of the greatest pitchers in Pac-10
Leading Arizona’s offensive attack is junior
catcher Stacie Chambers. Although she is third
on the team with a .386 batting average, she
leads the nation in home runs with 31.
Penna tries not to let Arizona’s power num-
bers effect her preparation.
“They are just another team—a good team,
but regardless I prepare the same way,” Penna
said. “I try to get myself ready to play anyone.”
While Arizona may hold an offensive ad-
vantage, Stanford has not been too shabby at
the plate itself.
The top of the Cardinal lineup is as good as
any in the country, with Haber leading off and
freshman Ashley Hansen hitting second. Haber
leads the team with a .450 batting average and
59 runs scored.The two-time All-American this
year also set a Stanford single-season record
with 24 doubles.
Hansen has been nearly as impressive. The
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year is hitting .410 with
23 doubles of her own to go along with a team-
leading 53 RBI.
Many around the country see this as the pre-
eminent Super Regional. Proof of this is that all
three games will be televised on either ESPN or
“A lot rides on these games,” Penna said.
“We know what we have to do, and we are just
going to leave everything on the field.”
Action begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Smith
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by ping-
pong balls
he NBA Draft lottery can
only be described as hilari-
ous. Each year, the new
laughing stocks of the league
battle it out with the Clippers for the
title of the worst record —all for
more ping-pong balls in the NBA’s
version of bingo, the popular nurs-
ing-home pastime.
The lottery process makes sense
in theory: Each team that fails to
make the playoffs is entered into the
lottery. Ping-pong balls are awarded
based on record. The worst team by
record receives the largest chance
(most balls) to secure the first pick in
the subsequent draft, the second-
worst squad receives the second-
best chance, and so on. Unlike the
NFL or MLB, which automatically
award their worst teams with the
first pick, the NBA instituted the lot-
tery in order to prevent teams from
intentionally tanking at the end of
the season.
Each year, select representatives
from the 14 bottom feeders of bas-
ketball congregate together, praying
that one of David Stern’s cronies
picks an envelope often containing a
grizzly bear, a bobcat or a wizard.
The envelopes correspond to the
lottery results, which are determined
in a private setting using the tradi-
tional ping-pong ball method.
This is how the NBA decides
draft order —by random chance —
and this is why there is a Grand
Canyon-sized gap between good
and bad teams.
This year, the Sacramento Kings
entered Tuesday’s lottery with a 25
percent chance (tops of any team) to
receive the No. 1 pick, which will
most likely be Oklahoma forward
Blake Griffin —the unanimous top
player in this year’s draft who has
the leaping ability of a kangaroo on
speed. The Kings, to put it mildly,
were appalling in 2009. The pride of
California’s capital finished 17-65,
two games back of the powerhouse
Clippers and Wizards. Sacramento
has some young talent, with scoring
machine Kevin Martin and develop-
ing big man Spencer Hawes. Yet,
these two are surrounded by what
appear to be members of the Palo
Alto AAU under-15 team.
Kings nation was stoked for the
lottery. The chance to draft a player
like Griffin happens once in a
decade at most —unless you are the
Clippers —and he is the type of guy
that could help catalyze the revival
of Sacramento and return the fran-
chise to its glory days of the early
2000s. He will make an immediate
impact in the league as his decision
to return to school last year has
clearly prepared him for the next
But when the lottery came rolling
around, the Kings fell victim to the
system, failing to crack the top three
picks. Oklahoma City took third, fol-
lowed by Memphis with the second
pick.And guess who came away with
No. 1 pick?
The cream of the professional
crop, the Los Angeles Clippers, who
will undoubtedly find some way to
screw the draft up. Even if they do
select Griffin, he will have to battle it
out with, gulp, Zach Randolph, the
Clippers’ current power forward,
who is the NBA’s version of a practi-
cal joke.
The Kings came away with the
fourth pick: great news in 2003, poi-
son in 2009. Maybe, just maybe, they
can come away with 7-foot-3 Con-
necticut center Hasheem Thabeet.
Sure, he’ll provide a body in the
paint, but to be honest, the guy has
less natural talent than William
Hung. The best case scenario for
Sacramento is that they take a guy
like Arizona State guard James
Harden and he turns out to be a
high-caliber rookie that can help
lead the team to 25 wins.
Unfortunately, this just isn’t what
the NBA needs. 13 of the 16 playoff
teams should not be decided in De-
cember, nor should a thinly veiled
form of gambling decide a fran-
chise’s fortune. Want a way to pre-
vent teams from tanking? Level out
the playing field. The NFL Draft
process isn’t complicated, but is in-
credibly effective at maintaining a
respectable level of competition. If
your team finishes with the worst
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record, you get the first pick.
Take, for example, the Miami
Dolphins, who, in the 2007-2008 sea-
son, went a whopping 1-15, barely
beating a Baltimore Ravens team
with less offense than the French
army. The Dolphins wasted no time
in selecting Jake Long, an offensive
tackle from Michigan with the first
pick in the draft and, surprise, Long
was named to the Pro Bowl and
Miami bounced back to reach the
playoffs and finish with a record of
Contrast this with the NBA Draft
of 2008. Miami was the worst team
due to a season-ending injury to su-
perstar guard Dwayne Wade, but
fell to the second pick. The differ-
ence between the Heat’s pick,
Michael Beasley, and the first over-
all selection by the Chicago Bulls,
Derrick Rose, is self-explanatory.
Sure, Miami made the playoffs, but
they did so by putting the whole
team on Wade’s back. Can you
imagine the Flash teamed with Der-
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Quite frankly, I am sick of seeing
the same teams brawling for ping-
pong balls. While I don’t care about
the evolution of a barnyard animal
logo, I would love to observe the
evolution of the league. The NBA
lottery puts a huge damper on the
popularity of the league, as fans of
perpetually underperforming fran-
chises (i.e. Memphis) are plagued
with routine disappointments in one
of professional sports’ most ridicu-
lous customs. Why exile fans and re-
duce competition among teams? It
just doesn’t make sense.
I know David Stern loves tradi-
tion, but it’s time that he grows some
ping-pong balls and abolishes the
Zach Zimmerman does not like ping-
pong balls. Beirut players, contact him
at and vent your
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school’s second Academic All-
American. She is a Human Biology
major, and the daughter of two
chemistry professors.
Koplitz has also played a key lead-
ership role, helping younger team-
mates with more than just develop-
ing on-field maturity.
“I try to impart what I’ve learned
about balancing school and softball
[to the freshmen],”she said.
Three years into the journey, Ko-
plitz’s vibrant personality comes out
recalling a softball career that began
at the age of seven.
“It’s been a dream come true,”
Koplitz said.“The highlight of my ca-
reer has been signing to come play at
Stanford. Being able to look back
and see how much I’ve changed is re-
ally great —it’s been a really positive
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