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An aging debate looms
Stanford Roundtable hosts scholars, alumni, executives
By ALEX YU
Television journalist Tom Brokaw moderated the fifth Roundtable at Stanford on Saturday, guiding a panel of six leaders in a talk titled,“Generation Ageless: Longevity and the Boomers.” Panelists from the Stanford faculty included University President John Hennessy; psychology professor and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity Laura Carstensen and biology professor Robert Sapolsky. Also joining the panel were Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor ‘50 L.L.B. ‘52 and AARP chief executive Barry Rand. Brokaw steered the baby boomer discussion through topics ranging from economics to education to longevity. The panel agreed that the
baby boomer issues will impact all generations, particularly because increasing life expectancy is transforming the demographic landscape. “We’ve reached a historical point where three,four,five and conceivably six generations may be alive at the same time,”Carstensen said.“Imagine being born into a family where you have a complement of not only your parents, but also your grandparents, great-grandparents and maybe even great-great-grandparents, all invested in the well-being of the youngest among them.” Sapolsky agreed with Carstensen on the benefits of the shared experiences and “cumulative wisdom” of multiple generations. Drawing from her own family experiences, Sandberg said, “Keeping the generations close, remembering where you come from is so important.” But panelists recognized that “cu-
mulative wisdom” will come hand-inhand with cross-generational burdens. “We need to think about this problem as a multigenerational problem,” Hennessy said. “We need to engage young people thinking about it because it’s going to be their parents. It’s eventually going to be a financial burden on them.” O’Connor, whose husband suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before dying, stressed the burden that baby boomers will soon put on the health care system. “After 80, one in two people have Alzheimer’s, so I have a pretty good chance myself of contracting it,” said O’Connor,80.“That is a lot of people.” O’Connor exhorted audience members to work toward finding means of palliating diseases associated with age. “In this nation, when we faced problems with polio, tuberculosis, we
got together as a nation and attacked it on a broad scale and got the solution,” O’Connor said. “We have not done that for Alzheimer’s, and we must.We really must.” In addition to Alzheimer’s,the panelists recognized that the health care system will face other issues as well. “Obesity is the new smoking,” Hennessy said.“It will present us with a budget just as big 30 years from now if we don’t solve it.” Whereas Hennessy and O’Connor cautioned the audience on specific health issues, Sapolsky characterized modern health dilemmas as bewilderingly novel. “What this centers around is the totally bizarre diseases we deal with these days,”Sapolsky said.“None of us worry about cholera. There’s hardly any vaccine on the horizon that will have a serious impact on our health.“ In the end, the panelists produced a
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Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a Stanford graduate, spoke on Saturday at a panel on aging. “In this nation, when we faced problems with polio, tuberculosis, we got together as a nation and attacked it on a broad scale and got the solution,” O’Connor said. “We have not done that for Alzheimer’s, and we must.”
laundry list of problems related to the longevity of the baby boomers,but they agreed that, to be forward-looking, solutions are necessary. Carstensen suggested a wholesale change of American views of longevity. “We’ve added 30 years [to life expectancies],and we’ve tacked them all onto the end.The only stage in life that has gotten longer is old age,”
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‘Blackout in a can’sparks concerns
At Stanford, admins urge students to be cautious
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE Ramapo College in New Jersey banned Four Loko, an energy drink laced with alcohol, early this month after school officials linked the so-called “blackout in a can” to 23 hospitalizations. Although college administrators, attorneys general and the FDA have begun investigations to evaluate the safety of drinks like Four Loko, Stanford sees no need for immediate action on campus. “If it becomes an issue where we were seeing problems arise, we’d look into it,” said Ralph Castro, Alcohol and Drug Educator at Vaden Health Center, “but at this point, we haven’t seen or heard anything related to that.” Currently, Stanford has no rules banning or restricting the mixing of alcohol and caffeinated beverages, and that is likely to remain true. Castro said he sees measures banning the drink as the most effective, but rather prefers to offer comprehensive education. “It’s easier to give people the skills not to over-drink.” he noted.“We can tell them, ‘Don’t drink one thing,’ but it’s really, ‘Don’t over-drink anything.’” But that is not to say that the health hazards of mixing alcohol and caffeine have gone unnoticed. Produced by Drink Four Brewing Company, Four Loko is marketed as a “premium caffeinated alcohol beverage.” According to its website, the drink was created by three students from Ohio State who, after seeing the popularity of mixing drinks like Red Bull and Vodka,decided to create their own alcoholic energy-drink. Sold in a brightly colored, 23.5 ounce serving, one can of Four Loko contains as much alcohol as up to four beers along with caffeine, taurine and guarana. Its fruity taste and relative cheapness, averaging $2 to $3 per can, makes it especially popular among young drinkers. Introduced in 2005, its success has drawn notice and occasional ire from health advocates and government organizations. In fact, a study from November 2009 by professors at the University of Florida concluded that a person who consumes energy
Students to pucker up for Full Moon tonight
By LAUREN WILSON
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Full Moon on the Quad, Stanford’s famous kissing tradition, was axed last year because of worries about swine flu, or the H1N1 virus. But the event, which the sophomore class cabinet hosts, is making a comeback. With two classes facing the event for the first time, the stakes are higher than usual, but sophomore class president Steven Greitzer sees the situation as an opportunity for a fresh start. “One of our big goals for this year was to bring back the classiness of the night,”Greitzer said. “Back in the begin-
ning of the early Full Moon tradition, the event was actually a very classy and legitimate event.” The tradition dates back to the late 1800s, when senior men and freshman women would queue up in opposing lines to share a kiss and a rose under the first full moon of the year. The rite of passage evolved over the years into a less-structured event where a crowd gathers around midnight to see performances, crowd-watch and, for some, make out with one or many fellow attendees. Greitzer recognized that the event’s demure origins wouldn’t suit the current Stanford culture but said the sophomore cabinet is taking steps to at least bring a
sense of structure to Full Moon. One of those steps is splitting the event in two — first with a big concert from popular mash-up DJs Super Mash Bros in Old Union, then a shift to the Quad for the main affair. “In past years, it’s just been a kind of chaotic make-out session, but what we’ve been trying to do with the Super Mash Bros concert and the very structured night is to kind of bring back the legitimacy of the night and make it more organized chaos,” Greitzer said. Despite reduced funding due to recent
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ball team we played. We did more things right than they did, and we won the ball game.” Coming off its bye week, Stanford seemed sluggish and rusty on its opening drives. After an early interception by senior linebacker Owen Marecic gave the Card the ball on the WSU seven-yard line for its opening drive, Stanford only managed to muster five yards, settling for a field goal despite its starting field position.The Cardinal rushing attack looked especially weak, as the Cougar front seven routinely stuffed sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor. Despite scoring a touchdown on its next drive, Stanford still didn’t look terribly sharp against a Washington State defense ranked among the worst in the nation in numerous statistical categories.
Researchers shine light on willpower
Psych scholars studied Stanford students
By SU PARK You’re writing a paper on your laptop, but before you know it, you’re browsing Facebook.You promise yourself that you’ll stick to a healthy eating and exercising regime, but you end up eating a bag of candy as you watch a movie.This lack of control,Stanford researchers say, may all depend on your point of view. In a study this fall in Psychological Science, Stanford researchers found that people who believe they have a limited source of willpower display a lower ability to exercise self-control than those people who believe their willpower is unlimited.The researchers believe the implications of these findings extend beyond just study habits and into therapy developments for drug rehabilitation facilities, diabetics and healthy eating and exercising regimes. “The popular and influential theory in psychology was that willpower is very limited,” said psychology professor
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Freshman running back Anthony Wilkerson carries the ball against Washington during Saturday’s game. Though sluggish during the first half, the Cardinal beat the Cougars 38-28, securing its best record, 6-1, through seven games in 40 years.
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Following nearly a decade of futility, Stanford’s football team is bowl-eligible for the second consecutive year after defeating Washington State 38-28 on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium. The No. 12 Cardinal improves to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Pac-10, while
the Cougars fall to 1-7 overall and 05 in conference play. The 6-1 start is Stanford’s best record through seven games in 40 years. While the game ended in a victory for Stanford,the result was somewhat disappointing for the Cardinal. Washington State entered Saturday’s game as the conference’s unquestioned cellar-dweller, having
lost four straight conference games. Its only victory this season came on a last-second drive against Montana State, an FCS team. The Card was expected to blow out the Cougars with ease, but Washington State refused to cave late in the game and kept it close to the final whistle. “We knew it was going to be a fight,”said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. “This was a good foot-
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Center for Teaching and Learning turns 35
Now serves more than 5,000 students a year
By KATHERINE NABEL With its 35th anniversary around the corner, the Center for Teaching and Learning is gearing up to celebrate its work at Stanford. Established in 1975 through a grant from the Danforth Foundation, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) prides itself on carrying out four main objectives: faculty development,teaching assistant (TA) training, student learning and oral communication education. CTL’s purpose is “to promote excellence in teaching at all ranks and excellence in student learning inside and outside the classroom,” according to its website. To kick off its 35th anniversary, CTL is planning a reception to honor award-winning faculty and celebrate the program’s success on Nov. 9. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam will deliver a lecture, “Is the Lecture Dead?:The Large Lecture Course in the Humanities Today.” Preceding Elam’s talk will be a presentation by the winner of a student speech contest, who will discuss a significant learning experience with a teacher. Open to undergraduates and graduate students, the contest asked participants to submit their speeches to a special committee in October. Later this week, the committee will choose several finalists to give their speeches in person in order to decide the winner. “We wanted this celebration to be a thank-you to the faculty who have worked so hard on teaching and to donors who have contributed to undergraduate education,” said CTL director Michele Marincovich. “We are also extremely grateful to students who have used the public speaking and tutoring services.” Every year, CTL provides a wide range of services to the community,including teaching consultations, earlycareer faculty assistance, classroom observations, departmental support, teaching assistant (TA) training, course website development,teaching portfolios, quarterly TA orientations, mid-quarter and end-quarter student evaluations, tutoring and learning skills assessments and coaching. The center also publishes teaching handbooks and newsletters and hosts a variety of conferences and speakers on teaching. “I think the Stanford faculty take teaching incredibly seriously, and they really do care about giving students a good learning experience,” Marincovich said. “The reason we are here 35 years later is because the faculty has been eager, interested and responsive to very helpful information about what students need.” In addition to its resources for faculty, the center prides itself on its academic support for students. The CTL Peer Tutoring Program offers students tutors for departments such as biology, physics, psychology and more. Residential tutors in a variety of subjects are strategically placed throughout campus so all students are close to tutors, particularly freshmen and sophomores. Students can also take advantage of appointmentbased tutoring in various locations on the Farm. CTL offers academic coaching to help students ease into the transition from high school to university, focusing on skills such as reading comprehension, problem-solving approaches and test preparation, as well as avoiding test anxiety and procrastination. One unique aspect of the center is its Oral Communications Program, which offers graduate and undergraduate students a variety of opportunities for development in public speak-
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Carstensen said. “Let’s put some of those years earlier in life. Let’s stretch out adolescence a little further, and let’s stretch out young adulthood a little further. We don’t have to do everything all at once.” Hennessy recapitulated the need to deal with health issues by suggesting increased funding for chronic diseases. “We need to focus on search on the chronic long-term diseases that we didn’t get to worry about because we died of something else much earlier,” Hennessy said. O’Connor reminded the audience that a discussion is meaningless without action, urging:“Let’s get down to practicality.” Contact Alex Yu at alexyu@stanford. edu.
ing.The program works with students to provide feedback and support on oral presentations.The program helps students prepare for job interviews outside the classroom and speaking projects inside the classroom, utilizing video recording to give feedback on delivery and structure, and serves approximately 5,000 students a year. “For me, it is extremely rewarding to see people improve as quickly as they do just with a few tips,” said doctoral student Corrie Potter, an oral communication tutor.“When doctoral students are going on the job market, we can provide really good feedback on their job talks. And it’s free. Not many universities have that kind of support.”
Contact Katherine Nabel at knabel@ stanford.edu.
Grace “Lyn” (Kreps) Hendry ‘41, a longtime resident of Bethesda and distinguished and highly regarded teacher who received numerous awards for excellence while teaching, died on Oct. 13. She was 89 years old and for the past 20 years resided at Heron Point in Chestertown, Md. Hendry was the teacher whom students remembered,who inspired them to think critically and challenge themselves.She was passionate about teaching and saw public education as the cornerstone of a strong democracy. Many students stayed in touch long after they graduated. In the words of one of them, “You were the first teacher to open the wider world of ideas to me.” When Georgetown University asked students to name their most influential high school teacher, they chose Hendry; in 1979, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Hons.) by Georgetown University for excellence in the field of
secondary-school teaching, and was one of the first secondary-school teachers in the country to be so recognized. Hendry began her teaching career in Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif. In 1946, she went to Beijing to help reopen the Peking American School after the war with Japan ended. She remained there to teach until evacuated in early 1949, when Beijing was captured by communist forces. Hendry also taught in the American School in Saigon from 1957 to 1959, and was headmistress of the Dacca American School from 1963 to 1964 in what was then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. She taught in the junior high school in East Lansing, Mich. from 1960 to 1962 and again from 1964 to 1966. She came to Montgomery County in 1966 and taught there for 20 years, first at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and from 1970 until her retirement in 1986 at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. Her fields of instruction were economics,history and contemporary issues.In 1986, she was recognized as a distinguished teacher under the Presidential
Scholars segment of the National Merit Scholarship Program, and also received the University of Rochester’s Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. Hendry was named teacher of the year at Richard Montgomery High School for the academic year 1970-1971 and best teacher at Walt Whitman High School in 1976. She served as chair of the Walt Whitman High School Faculty Council, county representative in the Maryland State Teachers Association and on various other educational committees. Hendry was a 1941 graduate from Stanford University. She received a California General Secondary Certificate from UC-Los Angeles in 1942 and an M.A. in education from Michigan State University in 1960. Surviving family members include her devoted husband of 62 years, Dr. James Hendry of Chestertown, Md.; three daughters, Nancy Hendry of Bethesda, Khati Hendry of Summerland,B.C.and Susan Manley of Bethesda; five grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.
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until this resource is replenished. “It’s a very bottom-up theory,” said psychology professor and study author Greg Walton.“It’s a theory about basic thought being physiologically based.” Through a series of four experiments, the researchers found that this conventional bottom-up theory was in need of revision. In one of the experiments, the researchers found that subjects who said they believed that their willpower was unlimited performed better on the second task after they had worked through a strenuous first task than those who believed their willpower was limited. “People’s theories affect their behaviors,”Walton said.“So here, the hypothesis, then, is that this research . . . might really be operating perhaps as a function of people’s theories about this resource.” The researchers then tested the topdown theory on Stanford students over the course of a quarter and found how students’ personal theories about willpower affected their tendency to procrastinate. “First, we measured what theory they believed in,” Dweck said.“At the beginning and the middle of the quarter, the two groups didn’t look so different, but around finals time, when your demands on self-control are so high, the people who believed the limited theory started looking bad. They were procrastinating or going on Facebook when they should’ve been studying.” we do not need breaks, The researchers believe changing people’s perthat the difference in people’s sonal theories may be a conceptions of willpower lies difficult task. in how they interpret the “It’s unrealistic to feeling of fatigue that intell students they don’t evitably comes with some need breaks because they amount of strenuous think that they do,” said work. Adina Glickman, “If you think associate director willpower is limited, for academic supthat fatigue is a sigport at the Center nal to take a break,” for Teaching and Dweck said. “But Learning. “A break is what we found for the peoa reward, and it’s a ple who believed willpower reward system, but I was unlimited was that the ERIC KOFMAN/ think it would be fatigue meant nothing to The Stanford Daily reasonable to tell them. It didn’t say, ‘Stop students that the possibility exists that studying.’ The fatigue was irrelevant.” Despite the findings implying that breaks are not necessary and that they have more control over what they do with the trajectory of their study.” Dweck went on to clarify that the findings do not refute the necessity of all breaks but rather the repetitive breaks that disrupt one’s ability to be efficient. “We’re not talking about people working for 10 hours,” Dweck said. “Yes, you do need a break — you can’t work night and day. The people who feel their willpower is not limited are not saying they never need a break or they never need a snack, but the people who think it’s limited were showing deficits after a 10-minute task.” Contact Su Park at supark@stanford. edu.
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Carol Dweck, one of the study authors. “But what we found was that willpower gets depleted only if you believe it does.” The previous ego-depletion theory suggested that willpower was a biologically restrained resource. Here’s how it went: as people work on strenuous tasks, whether studying, working or cleaning, they use their psychological resource. When they do not have any more willpower left to do subsequent things — that is,once they deplete their resource — they need to “take a break”
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budget cuts, Greitzer insists the cabinet has been able to do more than what has been done in the past by spending carefully. By splitting the cost with the Stanford Concert Network, organizers could bring a bigger headliner like Super Mash Bros instead of the usual small student band. Along with the customary mouthwash, mints and refreshments, roses will also be provided — a throwback to Full Moon’s origins. In an effort to regulate the safety of Full Moon, the sophomore cabinet enlisted 50 “sober monitors” as well as administrators and the Department of Public Safety to provide security.All entrances to the Quad will be carefully regulated and students
are required to show a Stanford ID to enter, organizers said. Another sophomore class president, Maxine Litre, emphasized the no-camera rule, citing a need for “mutual respect for each other in the Quad.” Greitzer and Litre also boast a few more surprises that will most likely occur between 11 p.m. and midnight but remained mum on the details. “We have a couple surprises for the night that will bring back a little of the class,” Greitzer said. As for health precautions, Greitzer said he wasn’t going to worry too much without the fear of swine flu. “We’re definitely taking as many precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone at the event,” Greitzer said.“We will have a health and wellness area set up. We’ll also have our sober monitors ready to go to help anyone out in need.”
Sophomore cabinet teamed up with other student organizations to put on the event. One such group is the Stanford Sexual Health Peer Resource Center. SHPRC will have a table in the Quad with condoms, dildos, trivia and other supplies to raise sexual-health awareness. “My hope is that if someone meets a special someone at Full Moon that they would be able to come to us for resources and be safe during that,” said SHPRC co-director Ellie Green ‘11. Contact Lauren Wilson at lhwilson @stanford.edu.
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drinks and alcohol is four times as likely to attempt to drive than a person who simply consumes alcohol, and a 2008 study from Wake Forest University had similar results, finding students who consumed alcoholic energy drinks were more likely to receive an alcohol-related injury than someone who consumed solely alcohol. While the FDA sent a letter to the manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks in November 2009, giving them 30 days to prove the safety of the drinks, no further action was taken against the companies or their products, according to the Los Angeles Times. But the California Attorney General’s office continues investigations on the marketing strategies of companies that distribute beverages like Four Loko, stating in 2008 that “research has shown [these drinks] are particularly appealing to underage drinkers.” Contact Brendan O’Byrne at bobyrne @stanford.edu.
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id you know the ASSU has decided that a valuable expenditure of its energy is holding press conferences from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.every Thursday (except Dead Week and finals)? Until the editorial board saw this somewhat baffling e-mail announcement, neither did we. Let’s put aside for a moment that the last thing any senior will be thinking about on a Thursday evening is hearing from the leaders of our student government. Calling listening sessions “press conferences”is the kind of condescension that turns individuals off to government.And,shockingly, prompt e-mails, phone calls and meetings remain good, if not better, ways to reach student publications. The ASSU press conference, trivial to the larger workings of our student government, says a lot about how our elected leaders view us and what we know, or think we know,about them. Indeed, ASSU can come across as out of touch,to put it mildly. But the fact remains that student government plays a vital role in the campus community.Whether it is funding the student groups that form the core of extracurricular life or actively lobbying University officials at the be-
hest of the student population, ASSU is involved, theoretically, in a great many aspects of student life. This week, The Daily editorial board will be wrestling with topics surrounding the 2010 midterm elections, particularly contests in California, our home for at least four years. And as we weigh the merits of propositions and candidates, the goal is to initiate a lively discussion about the direction and composition of government. This discourse, however, should not only take place on the national or state level. For the same reasons that we pore over national and state news,so too must attention be directed toward the Association. The ASSU (thankfully) does not control the codes to nuclear weapons,and it cannot spend trillions of dollars on projects. But voter apathy about both ASSU and public officials can still produce negative results in a democracy. The election is now eight days away.Please make sure that you read those wonderful voter packets and vote.While doing so, spend some time reading about the ASSU. Get in touch with it — whether in its so-called press conferences or not.The school will be a better place for it.
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feel an extreme anxiety about relationships.And this is an understatement.Every time I meet a cute girl and I hit it off with her, a whole stream of questions plagues my mind: Does she like me? Or does she just like talking to people? Is she expecting me to do something? Is she a lesbian? (For a mainly heterosexual guy who hangs out in the queer community a lot,the last question is important — perhaps the most important.) And then I end up not doing anything because I’m too nervous, and before I know it, once more I have permanently landed myself in the dreaded friend zone. For me, my insecurity lies in the fact that I simply haven’t lived the male social experience for that long. While the boys learned how to talk to girls and the girls learned how to talk to boys,I just stood there from the outside looking in, watching it all play out in front of me. But I was never allowed to try it out myself, never allowed to enter this sexual discourse between boys and girls. So I simply never learned. It wasn’t until two years ago that I figured stuff out and entered this whole dating scene. But having a bio-guy’s usual 20 years of experience against my two means that there’s a lot of catching up to do. There’s this whole idea that I have to initiate, that I have to take charge, that I have to be the one asking for dates. As much as I would like to do those things, this isn’t something I inherently learned as a kid. I never grew up as a boy, so I never learned how to act around girls as a guy. I knew how to act around girls as me, but sometimes I feel that acting like me isn’t going to get me a date. Being a man is still something that I’ve been getting used to. From years of watching, I would know right away if one person was hitting on someone else. But I’m completely oblivious when a girl hits on me, something that causes my friends moments of both embarrassment and amusement. But at the same time, I don’t want to go off and experiment and see for myself. I don’t want to make a girl regret what she did the night before because I decided to fool around a bit. I’ve had female friends who have told me about how they felt like guys took advantage of them at parties while they were drunk. And I don’t want to be “that guy.” I would hate myself if I did that
to someone. There’s also this extreme anxiety about not being “manly” enough. As I wrote about before, I’m not exactly the most masculine guy, and I sometimes get labeled as gay because of it. In fact, there are some lesbians in the queer community who are more masculine than I am. I like being myself and bending the gender norms ever so slightly. However, I don’t think that’s going to get me a girl. Not to mention that I never think a girl would want someone like me. I know it’s kind of stupid, but there’s a thought in the back of my mind that I’m defective because I can’t give anyone kids or anything, and they would have to put up with the possible crap they’d get for having a boyfriend who’s trans, especially from family members.And I don’t want to do that to a girl who probably just wants a normal life with a normal boyfriend. I understand that what I’m feeling is also common with other guys, who feel awkward and inadequate. Mine is just a different anxiety, and one I hope resonates with a lot of other guys. What is my view on relationships then? I guess you could say that I’m horribly oldfashioned — I’m the sort of guy who likes asking a girl out, going on a couple dates, taking it at her pace. I don’t plan on having sex with a girl until I am in a committed relationship with her. I feel like that’s the right thing to do. But part of me wonders if I should let go of this whole idealistic paradigm, especially in the context of this hook-up-focused college environment and the fact that I’m not as experienced as even some of my freshmen — but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m hoping one day it will pay off.Maybe it will,maybe it won’t. I guess we’ll see. Give Cristopher some dating advice so he stops failing at life. E-mail him at cmsb@stanford. edu.
merica has never been a very intellectual nation. Instead, our society began as a beheaded version of contemporary Europe, lacking largely in its relative proportion of the educated, professional upper class. National expansiveness has historically led to a preference of quantity over elegance, flair over humility and industrial practicality over cognition. In hindsight, it makes some sense that so few of our presidents have ever held a Ph.D.Attaining a high level of mastery over any academic discipline has just never been a very “American” thing to do. In light of these facts, it makes some sense that the word “nerd” originated in this wonderful nation of ours. In the 1950s, it first appeared in Dr. Seuss’s “If I Ran the Zoo” and quickly took on the notion of a bookish individual that had avid intellectual interests but didn’t pursue social/conventional activities. He (so often “he,” but not always) became the outsider, the outcast in that society. In some ways, the four-letter word became a substitute in our lexicon for an intelligent person — and I am fascinated by this uniquely American conflation of terms.When did intelligence become equated with dullness, bookishness, awkwardness and stuffiness as well? How on earth did this become a package deal? When did one’s cognition — something that has defined humanity’s ability to build great civilizations, something that Eastern faiths consider a form of divinity in itself — get the same status in American high schools as a venereal disease? I think to begin to look at the answer, we must understand what was idolized by children in the last half-century. Cowboys, Barbies, baseball greats and movie stars — all these
were in the echelon of admiration for their courage, physical talent or their beauty.These were all visceral, concrete qualities to admire — qualities that were plainly visible to any layperson. You didn’t need to be an actor to recognize charm;you didn’t need to be a baseball player to recognize athleticism. However, to even begin to understand the nature of the achievement of the academic celebrities of the last half-century required some intellect. The admirer of an intellectual hero would himself need to be smart enough and persistent enough to be able to read a technical document (an academic paper, a patent, what have you), and understand the genius behind the work to begin to truly admire him. This is when alienation sets in — when the nerd’s aspirations and dreams become unintelligible to the larger populace. This is compounded by the un-American notion that intelligence is a hereditary, static trait, just like eye color and height — so that “nerds” will forever be unintelligible to the rest of the world.The rest of American society and media says, “I don’t understand, and I don’t think I am smart enough to understand. So I don’t care to learn about the nature of your ambition.” Then something happened.The space pro-
gram emerged, and everyone was fascinated with outer space. All of a sudden, the astronaut joined the cowboy and the movie star as part of the vast echelon of American heroes. The achievement of the man on the moon itself — the technicalities of how it all worked — were all still cryptic to a general populace. But something fundamental about the American attitude to intellect changed the day that Sputnik flew in the night sky.There was something visceral,something real that could be the product of such intellect and could define a new kind of American imagination. After space, American nerds found many other frontiers, including information technology. Integrated circuits, then the personal computer, then the Internet, became physical realties. In the process, Silicon Valley emerged only a few miles from this university. Self-proclaimed “nerds” amassed millions, then billions off their creations. Now, in a 21st-century America, the notion of “nerd” has turned into a form of endearment. Since those halcyon years, nerd culture has expanded beyond science and technology, into theater, music, even entertainment. Tina Fey typifies the beloved nerd of Hollywood. We may have our first nerdy president. After all, we’re all with Coco. All these modern nerds seem pretty damn cool to me. So I must ask: do we even care about the nerd anymore? Is there anything about nerd culture that is about the underdog? Or are we all as adorable as Coco’s flashy, orange hair? I’d like to think we are. To inform Aaditya about true 21st-century underdog nerd culture,send him an awkward poke at email@example.com.
Male-studies article glossed over key factors
Dear Editor, I am writing in response to an article printed Oct. 20: “John Wayne’s Masculine Identity Crisis.” I do not intend to critique the concept of male studies itself, as one of the interviewees, Prof. Matthew Sommer, has enumerated the basic issues already. Instead, I will focus on the problematic ways that the article itself was presented. First, the writer made the choice to portray male studies as the antithesis, or opposite of, feminist studies. This is a dangerous dichotomy. “Feminist studies” is not, as is commonly thought,merely a renaming of “women’s studies.” It is, in fact, a field of thought that investigates society with intersectionality of oppression and identity as guiding principles. Feminist studies works against historically patriarchal, racist and generally privileging narratives in academe towards a more self-reflective and activist body of work. There is a reason the department is not called “female studies” — namely that feminist studies includes cisgendered men and trans individuals in its work along with explorations of other kinds of identity. And for another obvious point, “male” and “feminist” are not mutually exclusive labels.
lives are not currently investigated in other fields adequately.What does it mean exactly to investigate men’s issues? What exactly are these issues? Is it that men feel constrained by their gender roles or feel their masculinity is constantly threatened and in need of confirmation? This question is already under the purview of queer studies and performance studies. Do men of color feel the need to assert masculinity in the face of white-normativity? These issues are already investigated by critical race studies. Do men find that they do not have a past, traceable ancestors with whom to identify? History texts suggest the opposite. Certainly men should not be homogenized, and it is for this reason that the study of men’s lives is diffuse across disciplines. I will be so bold as to make the claim that very few experience oppression on the basis of maleness alone, but on the basis of some other identity that interacts with that male privilege: effeminacy, blackness, queerness, or class status, for example. The article in question glossed over these key factors in its investigation, pursuing instead a superficially exciting title and conflict.I would even suggest that such ignorance of feminist work is symptomatic of why feminism continues to be necessary.
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The article also assumes that male studies constitutes a study of the masculine. Any broad work on male-identified individuals should examine masculinity and such gender constructs, but to conflate maleness and masculinity is ignorant at best. Furthermore, the writer presumes not only that maleness equals masculinity, but that masculinity equals John Wayne. I understand the cultural value of John Wayne as a hyper-masculine cowboy figure, but if one wants to paint an accurate picture of what studies of masculinity should really examine, John Wayne is an insignificant example, certainly not worthy of an article title. The writer also seems to believe that male studies is filling a hole of some sort, that men’s
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Scott announces Pac-12 divisions
By KABIR SAWHNEY
VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO CAL
By CAROLINE CASELLI
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In a press conference with the media on Thursday morning, Pac-10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott laid out the future structure of the conference, as it expands to include Colorado and Utah beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year. All decisions were made unanimously by the presidents and chancellors of the Pac-12’s member schools in meetings in San Francisco earlier this week. “It was a thorough and rigorous process of analysis, study, debate and consensus-building regarding the structure of the new Pac-12 Conference,”Scott said. While Scott outlined numerous changes, three issues were given special consideration — the splitting of the conference into divisions for football, the location of the new Pac-12 championship game in football and a new revenue-sharing model. The divisional split, subject to months of intense speculation, was finally confirmed on Thursday as a northsouth split.Stanford and California will be paired with the Oregon and Washington schools in the North Division, while USC, UCLA, the Arizona schools, Colorado and Utah will comprise the South Division. Each team will play nine conference games — five against every other team in its division,and four against teams from the opposite division. However, Scott said that, despite being in different divisions,the annual rivalry games between the four California schools will continue. Stanford will play rivalry games with USC and UCLA, facing both teams on an annual basis in addition to Big Game against divisional foe Cal. “Maintenance of the core rivalries in California is a part of the core culture of the conference,” said Michael Crow, the president of Arizona State and the chairman of the Pac-10 CEO group. Stanford will also play two of the remaining four schools in the South Division on a rotating basis. Aside from football,no other sport will have divisions. According to Scott,the conference chose to split into divisions for football because of an NCAA requirement that a conference of 12 or more schools has divisions (and round-robin scheduling within the divisions) in order to stage a championship game. Scott also revealed that the Pac-12 championship game in football will be played at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the best record in the conference, not at a neutral site (the model followed by other major college football conferences). If both divisional champions have identical conference records, then a tiebreaker system will be used to determine the game’s location — however, beyond the use of head-to-head results as the primary determining factor, no system has yet been formulated. Revenue-sharing has also undergone significant changes. The Pac-10 currently employs an appearancebased model for parceling out media revenue to member schools — the teams that appear on television most often get the greatest shares of revenue.Historically,this arrangement has favored the southern California schools. However, starting in the 2012-2013 academic year, the conference will move to equal revenue sharing,the model employed by most other major conferences.All 12 schools will aggregate their media rights,starting with negotiations for a new television contract in 2012. Scott did stipulate that USC and UCLA would receive an additional $2 million payout apiece if total conference revenues failed to exceed $170 million, in order to ensure that they “continue to see growth.” However, once new media contracts are negotiated, it’s unlikely that conference revenues will fall below this threshold,and it was likely only included to secure support from USC and UCLA for equal revenue sharing. While significant changes were made to football scheduling, Scott announced more modest changes to men’s
Playing in front of a home crowd of more than 4,600 people, the No. 2 Stanford women’s volleyball team fell to No. 5 California in four sets last Friday. Now at the season’s halfway mark, the Card (16-2, 7-2 Pac-10) is second in the Pac-10 standings, while the Golden Bears (18-1, 8-1) have taken sole possession of first place. Stanford won the first set 25-21, but the Bears came back with a vengeance to take three consecutive games from the Card, winning those sets 25-16, 25-22 and 25-16 to take the match. After losing the first point of the first set, the Cardinal took an early 4-1 lead, powered by a string of serves from sophomore defensive specialist Hannah Benjamin and aggressive blocking and attacking from junior middle blocker Stephanie Browne. But Cal quickly fought back, aided by several Stanford missed serves and hitting errors,to tie the game at 10-10. The two squads continued to trade points back and forth, with several kills apiece from Stanford’s senior setter Cassidy Lichtman and sophomore opposite Hayley Spelman. The set remained in a deadlock until the score read 20-20. Both squads’ star outside hitters, Stanford senior Alix Klineman and Berkeley junior Tarah Murrey, came alive in the final stretch of the set, but it was ultimately five Klineman kills that secured the set victory for the Card, 25-21. The second set started out evenly, with both Lichtman and Cal setter Carli Lloyd connecting with their hitters.The score remained tied at 11-11, but Berkeley posted seven unanswered points — including three kills from Murrey — to take an 1811 lead. Stanford attempted to come back with two kills apiece from freshman middle blocker Carly Wopat, Klineman and Spelman, but Cal held on to the set, winning 25-16. Klineman opened the third set aggressively with a kill and an ace, setting the tone for the Card’s strong 12-6 start. However, a Stanford service error and pair of
UP NEXT OREGON
(16-5, 4-5 Pac-10)
10/29 Eugene, Ore. 7P .M. GAME NOTES: No. 2 women’s volleyball will challenge both Oregon schools this weekend, starting in Eugene on Friday against Oregon. Stanford previously dominated against the Ducks, winning in three sets, at home on Oct. 2. No. 16 Oregon was blanked this past weekend by No. 11 UCLA.
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Women’s volleyball recorded a tough loss to Cal Friday night, despite 15 digs by senior libero Gabi Ailes (9). The Card dropped to No. 2 in the Pac-10, with Cal securing first place.
Murrey kills helped narrow Stanford’s lead to 13-10, and a Bear ace, two more Murrey kills and another pair of kills from sophomore middle blocker Kat Brown gave Cal an 18-16 lead. Powerful swings from freshman outside hitter Rachel Williams and Klineman tied the score at 19-19, but Murrey proved unstoppable yet again, putting down three crucial kills. Klineman kills kept Stanford alive for two set-point plays, closing in on the Bears’ 2422 lead, but Cal sophomore middle blocker Shannon Hawari put down a ball to close the set 25-22. Cal never trailed in the fourth set, and the only tie was at 7-7.Despite strong offensive efforts from Klineman, Wopat, Williams and Spelman, the Cal offense out-
hit the Card .455 to .235 in the fourth set, helping the Bears pull ahead to a 19-15 lead. Cal proceeded to win six of the final seven points — Klineman had one kill for Stanford — and a Hawari kill ended the match in Berkeley’s favor, 25-16. Klineman led the match with 22 kills, 26.5 points and three aces, and she also earned her eighth double-double of the season with 10 digs.Williams added 11 kills and seven digs, personal bests for her, and Spelman put down 10 kills. Lichtman had 51 assists, eight digs and four kills, and senior libero Gabi Ailes tallied 15 digs. For the Bears,Murrey had 21 kills and 12 digs, and Hawari contributed 11 kills and a .588 hitting percentage. Lloyd added 52 assists, seven digs and five kills, and sophomore libero Robin Rostratter had a matchhigh 16 digs as well as two aces. As a team, Cal outhit the Card .347 to .268, and the Bears only missed two serves to Stanford’s nine service errors. Next weekend,Stanford will head to Eugene,Ore.,to take on Oregon on Friday,before squaring off against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on Sunday. Contact Caroline Caselli at carolinecaselli @stanford.edu.
It’s a good Double hat tricks in Malibu time for MEN’S WATER POLO Bay fans
MEN’S WATER POLO
By DASH DAVIDSON
On My Mind
Unlike the Giants fans, however, it’s not clear who is noticing Stanford’s success. This weekend was homecoming, but apparently everyone at this school and all of its alumni, outside of me and about 14 other people, are related to the Wicked Witch of the West and melt in the rain. How can this team be 6-1 and have so few people at any game, let alone homecoming? And these are the fans who are supposedly so into the game and the team that they rushed the field after a win just two weeks ago (but I won’t get into that in any more detail than I already have). When Jim Harbaugh leaves Stanford for the University of Michigan or some NFL team in a few years, Stanford fans are going to be sad and call him a traitor — but really, who could blame him? Harbuagh has done everything in his power to turn Stanford from a nothing program to a BCS factor — and fans can’t fill up the stadium on homecoming. Hell, they can’t even fill up half of the stadium on homecoming. Michigan’s stadium holds more than 110,000 people — more than twice the capacity of Stanford Stadium — and is full week in and week out, excluding probably 110,000 other people who didn’t get tickets but wish they did.Sure,Michigan is a larger school so it has a larger student population and alumni base, but I don’t buy the excuse that Stanford’s small size is a reason it can’t fill a stadium. I also don’t buy the excuse that Stanford was supposed to blow out Washington State, so why waste your time attending the game. Guess what. USC was supposed to blow out Stanford in 2007, but look what happened then.And the Cardinal didn’t rout the Cougars on Saturday. It was a marginally close game, thanks to some Swiss cheese secondary play by Stanford. Yes, that was tangential from my original point — that it is a good time to be a sports fan around here and it sure would be nice if a few more fans around here showed their support. Daniel Bohm doesn’t melt in the rain. He bleeds Cardinal red. High-five him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a weeklong hiatus from league play, with the annual alumni game in between, the Stanford men’s water polo team surged back into action Sunday, trouncing Pepperdine, 15-6. The No. 4 Cardinal (9-5, 3-1 MPSF) dominated all facets of the game against the No. 10 Waves (8-11, 0-4).The contest was decided early on, as the Cardinal built a large 7-0 lead by the time the second quarter hit its midway point. Strong starts like Sunday’s had been uncharacteristic for the Stanford team as of late, resulting in several close games for the squad. Sunday’s match marked a full month since such a one-sided game for the Card — Stanford handily defeated San Diego, 22-12, on Oct. 2. Stanford showed strong offensive play as its two key driv-
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UP NEXT SANTA CLARA
10/29 Santa Clara, Calif. 6 P .M.
After a decisive win against Pepperdine on Sunday, No. 4 men’s water polo will square off against the No. 13 Broncos in Santa Clara on Friday. Santa Clara had a successful weekend bout, beating Cal Baptist, Bucknell, Brown and the Air Force at home in the 2010 Rodeo Tournament.
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“It was a little disappointing,” said redshirt sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck.“We were a little sluggish . . . it didn’t feel like we ever got in a rhythm. Washington State deserves credit. They did a good job of putting us in tough situations.” Stanford’s defense,on the other hand, played well early in the game.The muchmaligned unit forced the Cougars into turnovers and punts on their first three possessions and only gave up one touchdown through the first three quarters. However, much of that success came courtesy of a strong run defense that dominated the line of scrimmage all afternoon. Sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel, the WSU starter, had a strong day against a Stanford secondary that sorely missed junior safety Delano Howell, who was out with an undisclosed injury. Tuel ended the day with an impressive stat line — 21-28 passing for 298 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. “He’s a really composed, poised quarterback who made a lot of accurate throws in the ball game,” Harbaugh said of Tuel. “He’s an impressive quarterback.” Three of those touchdowns came on Washington State’s last three drives of the game, as the Cougars attempted to mount a late comeback as the game wound down in the fourth quarter. The final frame began with Stanford leading 31-7,but the final score of 38-28 felt a little too close for comfort. Defensive lapses especially hurt Stanford toward the end of the quarter, as Washington State receivers found and exploited gaps in the Stanford secondary. A desperation pass by Tuel found receiver Marquess Wilson for a 74-yard touchdown as time wound down in the fourth quarter,but it was too little and too late to prevent the Cougars from taking their seventh loss of the season. After the game,Harbaugh expressed his unhappiness at the defensive lapses in the fourth quarter, many of which happened after he had removed his starters from the game. “We’re playing with young freshman safeties in there, and they have to step up.There are no excuses,” he said.“You have to make the play and at least do what you’re supposed to be doing.” “We came ready to play — there were just mental lapses,”said sophomore linebacker Shayne Skov. “We made a couple of mistakes.We had a lot of opportunities, especially in that fourth quarter, but we just let them slip by.” While Stanford’s defense faltered late in the game,its offense continued to show why it’s considered one of the best units in the country, even after its listless first-quarter performance.As the Cardinal amassed a decent lead, it went to an effective strategy of short passes and runs up the middle to eat time off the clock and keep Tuel off the field. Luck had yet another strong day under center, going 20-28 for 190 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. However, he still felt that the Cardinal should have done better given the caliber of its opponent. “We just didn’t play up to our standards,” he said. “That’s what it boils down to.” Luck’s receiving corps played strongly, though it is still hamstrung by injuries
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Senior safety Austin Yancy takes down a Cougar. Stanford’s defense played well early in the game, forcing turnovers and punts on Washington’s first three possessions and only giving up one touchdown through the first three quarters.
to key players. Junior wide receiver Chris Owusu,who appeared fully recovered from a knee injury that had kept him out of Stanford’s early schedule,did not play against the Cougars and will likely take some more time to recover before returning to full health.Senior receiver Ryan Whalen, who has recently been limited by an elbow injury, came back strong, catching six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. The running attack, led by Taylor, also picked up considerably after falling flat on Stanford’s early drives.Taylor finished with one of the best days of his Stanford career, running the ball 27 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns. True freshman Anthony Wilkerson added 55 yards on nine carries. The game was played in front of a half-empty Stanford Stadium as the chilly, rainy conditions drove many fans away as the game wore on.Even the student section was nowhere close to capacity. Stanford’s win has bowl implications for both teams.With six wins, the Cardinal is now bowl-eligible for the second consecutive year, while the Cougars were officially eliminated from earning a bowl berth. While Washington State is left to look forward to next season, Stanford isn’t satisfied with merely earning bowl eligibility. The Cardinal still has a daunting Pac-10 slate ahead, starting next weekend at Washington. The Huskies have had an inconsistent season,beating USC and Oregon State while losing to Arizona State in Pac-10 play, and will provide a significant challenge to the Card. “Coach Harbaugh has set a standard here, and that standard certainly isn’t just being bowl-eligible,” Luck said. —Dash Davidson contributed to this report. Contact Kabir Sawhney at ksawhney@ stanford.edu.
hat a time to be a sports fan in the Bay Area — especially at Stanford. In recent years, there has been no more depressed sports area in the country than the Bay Area (except, of course, Cleveland, which is perennially depressed), but all of a sudden, things are turning around. Heck, the Raiders even scored 59 points yesterday. Of course, this rebirth (birth?) of sports success in the Bay begins with the San Francisco Giants.The Giants are headed to the World Series — who would have thunk it back in April? Not me, for one.As I recall, I predicted that both the Giants and the Rangers would miss the playoffs. Oh well. Can’t win ‘em all. Seriously, though, even if it was with smoke and mirrors (also known as Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell), the Giants have scratched and clawed their way within four wins of eternal glory. How rare is this moment for the Giants? Well, they haven’t won a World Series since 1954, when they played at the Polo Grounds . . . in New York. To be living here, just outside San Francisco, while the team has a chance to bring the city its first title since Jerry Rice was catching touchdowns is pretty special. Even if half of today’s self-proclaimed Giants fans couldn’t have cared less about the team six months ago,living in a newly electric environment is great. People high fiving strangers, class times changing to accommodate the Giants games — hey, all of a sudden it’s a sports town. And then there is Stanford football. Saturday’s win, albeit somewhat lackluster, guaranteed that the Cardinal will be going to a bowl game for the second consecutive year — and it was so expected that I didn’t feel compelled to write an entire column about it like last year! Not only is Stanford going bowling again,but that bowl could easily be the Rose Bowl or another BCS bowl. Who would have thought that was possible five years ago? Again, not me.
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The first decisive win in several weeks, Sunday’s match should build momentum for the Cardinal as Stanford heads into its final handful of league games before the season-ending MPSF tournament. Stanford continues its season Friday night at Santa Clara, meeting the Broncos for the first time this season. Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@ stanford.edu.
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ers — junior Jacob Smith and senior captain Sage Wright — led the way with hat tricks. Sophomore Paul Rudolph and redshirt freshman Forrest Watkins also contributed significantly to the Cardinal offense, scoring two goals apiece. Sophomores Ryan Brown, Travis Noll and Tim Norton, junior Peter Sefton AND senior Alex Pulido each netted single scores. Backing up its prolific first quarter, the Cardinal scored four more times in the second frame to take a 9-3 lead into the locker room. The third quarter progressed much like the previous two, with Stanford dominating against Pepperdine in all facets of the game.The match was decisively out of reach for the Waves, to the tune of 13-4, by the time the final period rolled around. Goalie Brian Pingree, a redshirt junior, continued his impressive streak, tallying eight saves and allowing only six goals to the Waves, despite Pepperdine frantically trying to claw its way back into the match for much of the game’s duration. Pingree was particularly strong in the first
half, during which Stanford scored seven consecutive goals to start the game. For the Waves, freshman goalkeeper Bence Valics had a big day with a personal record of 15 saves tallied. On offense for the Waves, freshman Jake Schrimpf and junior transfer Brandon Picone scored twice each with Mike Tragitt and Rex Learmouth accounting for Pepperdine’s remaining two goals.
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Senior Alex Pulido looks to distribute during Sunday’s match against Pepperdine. Pulido added one goal to the No. 4 Cardinal’s 15-6 win.
sion opportunities. Over the summer, the Pac-10 seemed poised to expand to a 16-team “superconference,” but after its agreements with Texas and other schools in the Big 12 fell apart, Scott was forced to accept a more modest expansion, adding Colorado from the Big 12 and Utah from the Mountain West. “We aimed to create a modern 12team conference for the long term,” Scott said. “We are building not just a national,but a global brand.” Contact Kabir Sawhney at ksawhney@ stanford.edu.
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and women’s basketball, the conference’s other revenue-generating sports. Teams will continue to play 18game conference schedules. In previous years, each team played a homeand-home series against every other team in the conference, but this model will change starting in 2011. Each school will play a home-and-home against its traditional rival each year (so Stanford is guaranteed a homeand-home against Cal), additional home-and-home series against six teams and single games against the other four teams. The home-andhome series and single games will rotate from year to year. Unlike the Pac-10’s football media contracts, its basketball contracts are locked in with Fox Sports over the next two years. The annual conference tournaments (both men’s and women’s) will be held in the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2011 and 2012,and Scott said that decisions concerning changes to the basketball tournaments and regular season would be made in the future. Scott also denied that the conference was still actively pursuing expan-
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