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October 28, 2010

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School of Medicine dedicates largest stem cell research building in nation




istratorsdedicatedtheLorryI.Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, the newest addition to the School of Medicine, before a crowd of almost


The building dedication marked “an opportunity for transformation, not only for Stanford,but also for the state and the nation,” said Philip Pizzo, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine. The $225 million building was re- alized with $75 million of financial support from businessman and phi- lanthropist Lorry Lokey ‘49, the Cal-

ifornia Institute for Regenerative Medicine and other generous sup- porters. (The Daily building is also named after Lokey, who donated money to its construction.) “Due to its funding,the facility has the historic opportunity to reduce human suffering outside of politics,” said Robert Klein ‘67 J.D. ‘70, the chair of the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), which con- tributed $43.6 million to the building. The 200,000-square-foot facility, which broke ground two years ago, was a“high priority for Stanford,”ac- cording to University President John

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Imagine a virtual world in which young cancer patients can interact and support one another — a social network that is at once fun, trendy and therapeu- tic.That’s the vision of Mette Hoybye and Henrik Bennetsen, researchers at Stan- ford who are collaborating on the BE Community, a project they presented

Tuesday at the Future of Health Innova- tion Conference in Tresidder Oak Lounge. Hoybye is a visiting researcher at the Stanford Medical Center. She teamed up with Bennetsen, CEO and co-founder of KataLabs, who, in collaboration with the Stanford Computer Science department and Humanites Lab, created Sirikata, the platform on which the BE Community

will run. Hoybye and Bennetsen are especially interested in helping adolescent cancer patients because they face certain chal- lenges that other age groups do not.In re- cent years, while the cure rate for young children with cancer has increased sub- stantially, young adult patients have not seen similar progress due both to non- compliance issues with self-administered

treatments and to differing physiological responses to those treatments. One of the biggest challenges adoles- cent patients face is social isolation; it comes at a formative age when socializing is both desired and critical to develop- ment. “In medical literature, social isola- tion is a threat to health on the same level

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Experts debate the effect of technology on interaction



The idea of spending a day without access to technology is, for most college students, an unbearable thought. But the increasing dependence on technology for social com- munication has become a cause of concern for many who believe technology limits human connection and creates superficial interactions through immediate gratifica- tion. In a June 7 New York Times article, com- munication professor Clifford Nass voiced his concern that heavy use of technology al- ters the way people interact with each other. “The way we become more human is by paying attention to each other,” he said in the article.“It shows how much you care.” Studies have shown that increased de- pendence on technology has resulted in the diminishing of empathy by limiting the amount of human interaction that takes place.According to JenniferAaker,a profes- sor at the Graduate School of Business and a co-author of “The Dragonfly Effect,” a re- cent analysis of 72 studies performed on nearly 14,000 college students between 1979 and 2009 showed a sharp decline in the em-

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Rebecca Chung ‘12 works on her class project on her laptop in her dorm room in Kimball after making a phone call to a friend. Social media experts debate whether or not technology has led to a decrease in the quality of human interaction.


Stanford startupgets


Palo Alto’s CafeBots funded by venture firm


CafeBots, a Palo Alto startup found- ed by a group with Stanford connec- tions,recently received initial funding of $5 million from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). The investment is the first for KPCB’s sFund,a $250 million fund ded- icated to social technology and network- ing ventures. KPCB created this fund in partnership with a trio of successful Sili- conValley companies — Amazon,Face- book and Zynga — before naming CafeBots as its first recipient on Oct.21. CafeBots was founded by Michael Munie M.S.‘08, now a doctoral student, Thuc Vu M.S.‘09 Ph.D.‘10 and Stanford computer science professor Yoav Shoham. Shoham is the CEO of the company. Though still in development, CafeBots is focusing on what it calls “friendship relationship management,” which will let clients look for informa- tion and contacts within their social worlds. According to Munie, the idea for CafeBots started with some brief con- versations that quickly turned into many late-night brainstorming sessions and an

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Dining offers new options to Jewish students, plans to expand


Stanford Dining launched a pilot program on Oct. 4 that introduced kosher food to Florence Moore dining hall. The pilot program serves strictly prepared kosher food in the FloMo dining hall every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. The program is intended to address the absence of food options for those who adhere to Jewish di- etary laws. According to Jacob Portes ‘13, kosher dining in- tern for Stanford Dining, the idea for the program began with Jarrod Marks ‘12, who expressed his dis- content to Stanford Dining about the unavailability of kosher food in the dining halls. “I believe that was the impetus for Stanford Din- ing, who spent the next two years building up a pro- gram,” Portes wrote in an e-mail to The Daily. Portes agreed that the prior state of kosher din- ing at Stanford was lacking. “Previously, there were no strictly kosher options in any of the dining halls,” Portes said. “The laws of kashrut (keeping kosher) are pretty involved.” Portes also discussed the existence of kosher din- ing options at other universities across the country, noting Stanford was slightly behind schedule. “Harvard,Yale, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, MIT, Cornell, etc. all have kosher food programs, some for 30 years,” Portes said.“Traditionally, Jewish students didn’t even think about applying to Stanford be- cause of the lack of kosher food.” Noah Linfield ‘13, a participating student, said the project was brought to life by popular student demand. “I think the catalyst to the beginning of the pro- gram was a survey that was sent out gauging the po- tential interest of the students, which had very posi- tive results” Linfield said in an e-mail to The Daily. “Once the administrators saw the positive student interest in the program, they were excited to move forward and start developing the program.” Portes expressed delight with the outcome of the program and the food being served. “The most important thing is that the food tastes delicious. Everybody likes it so far,” Portes said. “There are five dishes (salad, soup, cooked vegeta-

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The Stanford Daily


Evadingdeath, onerandomstepat atime


F or someone who spent 13 months in Afghanistan, René Morkos looks unexpectedly carefree and unworn.At age 28,he speaks and gestures with the hyper-enthusi-

asm of a rookie freshman.His giddy smile reveals two rows of braces. It’s five minutes to seven and CoHo is permeated with the usual smell of fresh French fries, with a bustling background noise of espresso machines and cheerful dinner chatter.Dressed in a bright aquaT- shirt, Morkos is sitting on the edge of the stage beside the microphone and loud- speakers. “Nervous?” a friend from San Francis- co teases him. “Yeah. I’m fine,” Morkos replies. From the looks of his calm complexion,it’s hard to imagine that he survived all the extrem- ities of life in Afghanistan: dusty weather,

deprivation of material supplies and land mine explosions. Morkos is a doctoral student at the Stanford Center for Integrated Facility Engineering. Immediately after graduat- ing from the American University of


vate company to work inAfghanistan as a

ground construction engineer.

Tonight, Morkos is sharing his stories with Stanford. He looks at his watch, then without hesitation, begins speaking into the microphone. “The big question is why did I go?” he says,in an attempt to capture the attention of 50 or so audience members mingled withCoHopatrons.Mostareunawarethat tonight is the reception for Morkos’ exhi- bition, “Death and Life; Afghanistan,” which is sponsored by the Student Orga- nizing Committee for theArts.


ing and say, ‘Oh, I want to go to Afghanistan.’ It took me eight months to think about whether this was the thing I wanted to do.” Morkos is not a professional artist. He simply picked up a camera the day before he set off forAfghanistan and,once there, started shooting photos. But his narrative is powerful. “To understand life you have to under- stand death,” he offers. “However, life is the only concept that we can’t explore its opposite. That means you can’t go dead and then come back.So what are we doing with that?” During his stay inAfghanistan,Morkos led a construction team of 114 people — most of whom were locals — to build vari- ous military and civilian facilities. He also spent time traveling and taking thousands of photos to document the country’s poverty and misfortunes. “Afghanistan was much more than an experiment between life and death,”

Morkos tells the audience. “It’s really a magical place that I have the opportunity


and alarm guards at a lake,watching birds slide by, going on a ride in the mountains, sleeping with guns under your pillow or taking an airplane flying over [the] Hi- malayas. It was really a wonderful experi- ence.” Morkos steps down from the stage and approaches one of the photos on the wall. About 20 people stand up and follow his steps. Audiences look caught up with his words; diners stop their conversations to watch him. On the white foam-board mountings hang gray-hued photos of dilapidated buildings, dusty markets, deserted tanks and helpless people. Bomb explosions and land mines, he says, were a frequent sight. De-miners, people paid to disable land mines, earn $1,500 per month plus bonuses for every disabled mine. Even in the wealthiest dis- tricts,childrenplaywithdiscardedRussian tanks on the street. “I call this picture ‘Three people, three legs,’ “ Morkos says as he points to an image of three passengers waiting in a bus station. One person has one leg and the second, none. All three people appear numb and indifferent.“Afghanistan is the most heavily land-mined country in the world.Hundreds of people are still injured or killed every month.” He moves on, the crowd trailing be- hind. “This is a very powerful image,” Morkos says in reference to a photo of 30 to 40 girls, all wearing burqas and hijabs, squeezed in a single tent. “This is a girls’ school.TheTalibanallowednomusic.They don’t allow education. This school is the outcome after several compromises.” Next to the picture of the tent school are several photos of villagers buying and selling opium, which historically has been prevalent in Afghanistan and in the world drug supply. “People just sell it like this in the mar- ket,” he says. “I don’t think you can talk aboutAfghanistan without addressing the opium.The whole country just runs on it. Mostoftheguysthereactuallydon’tknow that the opium is addictive.It stopped chil- dren’s coughing in the winter.They gave it to babies and the babies get addicted.” He moves on to talk about a photo fea- turing miscellaneous small cans and boxes atop a wooden trolley. “This is a pharmacy,” he says. “When you buy medication in Afghanistan, it’s a 50 percent chance that it’s just sugar or something like that.Your risk of dying ex- ponentially increases. The fuels are old, medication is old and nothing is reliable.” The photo prompts Morkos to reflect on the contrast between technology in Afghanistan versus the U.S. “It’s ironic that the lack of technology


the U.S. “It’s ironic that the lack of technology tosee Courtesy of Stephanie Tomasetta Morkos, right,

Courtesy of Stephanie Tomasetta

Morkos, right, leads a crowd of audience members on a photographic tour on Thursday of his 13-month experience in Afghanistan.

in [Afghanistan] makes you think how technology changes your life.” He also notes that in Afghanistan, in order to achieve a simple goal it takes six tries because resources are scarce and the living environment is primitive and harsh. “They are really tough guys,” Morkos continues, referring to the locals he be- friended.“When I was working on a con- struction site outside,I would have four to five layers, including an $800 bulletproof jacket. These guys were just running with theirT-shirts.” “Without knowing about the outside world, it’s really difficult to communicate with people and let them know what our village is like and what our thoughts of life are,”he adds.“People would like to be sui- cide bombers for several thousand dollars. They don’t understand our life because they don’t actually get to see our life.” About 20 minutes into the presenta- tion,Morkos turns to a photo of an explo- sion on the side of the road. He explains that in this particular instance, a suicide bomber pulled strings 20 feet away from him,right next to a grocery store. “It’saboutexperience,”heremarks.“In

a situation, you have a number of options, but some of the options are wrong. I was drivingdowntherewhenIgotaphonecall. So I stopped the car.Then I watched them blow up.” Morkos continues, “Two people are killed and a taxi driver who loses his nerve triestodriveawaythroughthecheckpoint. He is shot dead.Five people lost their lives in 30 minutes.” Morkos concludes his talk with a seri- ous question.“What’s life really worth?” “FromthisexperienceIgettwothings,” he offers. “I really don’t want to die, and one day I’m really going to.The life there wore out my nerves, but it helped me un- derstandandappreciatemylife.Myladder of values really changed.” That’s why he came to Stanford, he said.“While I thought it would be cool to hang out with friends and drink the Satur- day nights away,I only have 40 years left in mylife.Sowhynotchoosetodothingsthat are more meaningful — for example, spending this evening to learn to solve a difficult problem?”

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A new CoHo photo

exhibit by doctoral

student René Morkos

reflects on the fine line

between life and death in


on the fine line between life and death in Afghanistan Courtesy of Ge Wang What is

Courtesy of Ge Wang

What is the Stanford Laptop Orchestra?



N ick Kruge stands solemnly, his

right foot poised over the pedal.

His hands are laced around two

long, extendable strings that are

stretched taut in the air, level

with his shoulders. With a broad sweeping horizontal motion, Kruge strokes the air, and the sound of an eerie harp fills the air. Swishing hands back

and forth in bold waves,the pitch and volume of the invisible harp shifts.A step on the pedal and suddenly Kruge is no longer playing a harp but an entirely unique and new instru- ment. “It’s virtual reality, but for your ears,” Kruge said, pointing at the wooden domed- shaped speaker on the floor. “You can swirl the sound around,or you could have different channels play different things.” Kruge, a second-year graduate student in


chestra (SLOrk). According to its website,


SLOrk “is a large-scale, computer-mediated ensemble that explores cutting-edge technol- ogyincombinationwithconventional musical contexts.” Currently under the direction of GeWang, SLOrk was founded in 2008 by a group of Stanford students, faculty and staff at Stan- ford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).This ensem- ble is composed of more than “20 laptops, human performers, controllers and custom multi-channel speaker arrays.” Despite being called an “orchestra,” SLOrk’s goals are different from those of a traditional ensemble. “Our goal isn’t to recreate traditional music using computers,” said Jieun Oh, a third-year doctoral candidate studying music and computer science. She is also one of the co-directors of SLOrk.“Traditional and com- putermusiceachhavetheirstrengths.Instead, we are taking advantage of the cool features that technology has, namely the unique sounds that a computer can make that tradi- tional instruments can’t.” The essence of SLOrk’s music starts with programming code. “You come up with a concept,” said Nick Bryan, a third-year doctoral candidate and a fellow SLOrk co-director. “You flesh it out and create the music by writing code, so that [eventually] it can be felt by the audience.” One of the most distinctive aspects of SLOrk is that the performers are not only the composers and performers of their music,but


ments. “In a traditional ensemble, you just play themusic — you’renotwritingit,”Krugesaid. “What we’re doing in SLOrk is like giving an orchestra a bunch of wood and saws and ask- ing them to make the instruments and com- pose the music afterwards. SLOrk blurs the line between instrument and piece by taking advantage of the comput- er’s networking capabilities, thereby revolu- tionizing ensemble communication. “You can type to someone while playing,” Kruge said. “It’s similar to a traditional or- chestra where you make eye contact with other members to convey a certain message.” “If a player is sounding too bright,the con- ductor can let him know that immediately without the audience knowing,”Oh said. The network, to which all the SLOrk lap- tops are linked,allows for greater fluidity and synchronization between ensemble members. However, part of the mystical quality of SLOrk’s music is that there isn’t a set musical score. “It’s a lot more dynamic than it appears,” Oh said.“The general reaction we get is,‘Oh, you just press buttons.’ But it’s not like that. The way we interact with the instrument shapes the piece. The instruments don’t have their own potential until we rehearse in a group because the piece itself is the instru- ment.” “I mean, we can do that — just press but- tons — but it wouldn’t be very fun,” Oh

added. The music that SLOrk composes is just as eclectic as its collection of instrumental acces- sories, which includes joysticks, virtual golf machines and IKEA salad bowl speakers. “Different algorithms produce different moods, which means a variety of music,” Bryansaid.“There’snospecificgenreofmusic that we prefer. We have everything ranging from rock band-style ‘virtual air guitar’ to music more typical to traditional ensembles.” Creating a working piece,let alone a beau- tiful one, requires a considerable amount of work. “It’s difficult to build an instrument that doesn’t ‘break,’” Kruge said. “A successful piece is its scalability. If it sounds great with one person and then with 20, then you know that it’s well designed.” Interested students can take the SLOrk class offered during spring quarter for one to five units.SLOrk typically holds two concerts, both of which are in the spring. The class is open to everyone, not just computer science majors. “Weget lots of CSstudents,as well as those in linguistics, music and symbolic systems,” Bryan said. Despite the late-night rehearsals, students have found the ensemble immensely reward- ing. “The type of sound you create in SLOrk, you can’t hear anywhere else,”Oh said.

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as other factors like smoking,drink- ing or obesity,” Hoybye said in a presentation on the community on Tuesday. Unique challenges for adolescent patients require unique solutions. “Our goal is to make an engag- ing, interesting environment that meets them wherever they are,” Bennetsen said, “and the social di- mension is really important.” The name of the project is telling. The BE Community is a place for young patients to simply

be, to converse with friends on their own terms, and to seek refuge and consolation outside traditional clin- ical settings. “We want to introduce the BE Community as a place to be,” Hoy- bye said, “to be together, to meet others with similar conditions and

facing similar challenges

try to alleviate the social isolation following a diagnosis of cancer.” It’s not an escape, however, both Hoybye and Bennetsen insisted. “It’s like giving you another place to go,” Bennetsen said. “It’s no more an escape than playing golf is an escape. Going on the golf course allows you to engage in cer- tain behaviors and dress a certain way; it means something to you. With the BE Community, because of certain physical constraints — some patients are hooked up to hos- pital beds — giving the kids a digi- tal place to go is the most feasible option.” A key aspect of the project is its insistence on using the kinds of so- cial networks that young people al- ready use. “Do you want to communicate with people where they are com- fortable and in the manner that they are already communicating,” Ben- netsen asked in theTuesday presen- tation, “or do you want to force them to speak your language? We want to talk to the kids where they are, on their terms.” In the future, Bennetsen would like to see the BE Community inte- grated with social media like Face- book and Myspace. What will make all of this possi- ble is the revolutionary platform, Sirikata. “Sirikata is an attempt to build a very scalable virtual world platform that’s use-case agnostic,” Bennet- sen said.“Most of the big platforms out there are built to deliver a game experience mainly, which is a tech- nologically uncomfortable fit. We want it to be more open-ended and more user-friendly.” What makes Sirikata so com- pelling is its ability to run a multi- user, three-dimensional environ- ment in a web browser, without the need to install or download any ad- ditional software. This convenient

and to

access is made possible by a recent re-engineering of the Web’s user in- terface, Html5, which gives Web browsers new capabilities. Armed with this technology and backed up by earlier research con- ducted at Stanford on the efficacy of games and social media as ad- juncts to clinical cancer treatment, Mette and Hoybye plan on con- ducting a case study with 500 young cancer patients in early 2011. “With the results, we will evalu- ate psychological measures and more objective measures — do they show up to their appointments, do they take their medicines, etc.,” Hoybye said. “We’ll then compare the two groups and see if it suggests that their engagement with each other in the BE Community has some effect on their treatment and their quality of life.” One question is whether access to the community will be limited to cancer patients only. “With time, when the program becomes more broadly available, we can implement privacy and secu- rity measures to prevent potential harassment from outsiders,” Ben- netsen said. Both he and Hoybye agreed that there is potential for the BE Community and potential off- shoots to be used for adolescents with other illnesses,but for the pilot program and the clinical study, only those with cancer will be involved. Hoybye and Bennetsen have funding from the Danish Child Cancer Foundation through the end of this year, and they are optimistic about future contributions. “We feel like we’re onto some- thing,” Bennetsen said, “and we’re hoping others will help us breathe more life into it.”

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At this week’s Graduate Student Council meeting, voting members commended student group collaboration, the approval of a new Law School representative and the power of debate. The meeting opened,as it usually does,with the evaluation of student group requests for funding, but this week,the group found it had fewer student group events to approve for funding than it nor- mally does, as the Diwali festival was being sup- ported by three student groups instead of one.The GSC has been encouraging collaboration among student groups during their programming plan- ning in the hopes of streamlining some of the fund- ing it dedicates to student activities.The group was pleased to see this level of collaboration between graduate and undergraduate groups,among which are Sanskriti and the Stanford India Association.

“Can I just commend these groups for working together on this event?” said Imeh Williams, the GSC’s education representative.The groups plan- ning the Diwali celebration, which is a five-day Hindu festival of lights, were also recognized for their willingness to work within the line item caps. The group welcomed Tom Spahn, a third-year law student, to its ranks after a brief questioning period and a group vote.The GSC has been oper- ating without a representative from the Law School and was excited to have Spahn on board. “I thought it was a good way to learn about the University and bridge the gap between the Law School and the rest of the graduate student body,” Spahn said. He will be sworn into the GSC at next week’s meeting. ASSU Executives Kelsei Wharton ‘12 and An- gelina Cardona ‘11 attended Wednesday night’s meeting to update the GSC on undergraduate programming and explain their elections bill,

which the two proposed to ASSU Undergraduate Senate on Tuesday. Designed to make running for student government positions more accessible for a greater part of the student population, the bill would include, among other measures, a $750 cap on campaign spending for candidates applying for public financing. Some expressed hesitation for such a measure, arguing that the bill would be too invasive to stu- dents’ budgets.The majority of the GSC,however, seemed to support the bill. “We should have a bill that supports good cam- paigns, not rich campaigns,” said Fanuel Muindi, a proxy for Drew Kennedy. “The point is about education, it’s not about winning,” said council member Krystal St. Julien. “We’re talking about who has the most drive to in- novate and do the most for the school.”

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eventual collaboration with Bing Gordon MBA ‘78, a partner at KPCB as well as a board member of Amazon, Zynga and Ngmoco. “At the beginning, me, Thuc and Yoav decided that we wanted to work with the bestVC and we quick- ly focused in on Kleiner Perkins and Bing Gordon,” Munie wrote in an e- mail to The Daily. “Bing has this in- credible ability to understand ad- vanced algorithms while at the same time getting to level 70 on Far- mVille.” “Social is the new search,”

“There’s something entrepreneurial in the air at Stanford.”


Shoham recently told NBC Bay Area News. “Kleiner’s new sFund will be a great launch pad for compa- nies like ours that want to bring groundbreaking innovation to the social media space.” KPCB has had a history of spot- ting successful innovation. In 2008, it announced the debut of its iFund, a $100 venture capital initiative that

funds the development of iPhone and iPod applications. Applications funded by this initiative include shopkick, ngmoco, Booyah and Shazam. Munie and Vu attribute part of their success to the collaborative spirit of Stanford. “A startup is a big change from school, but there’s something entre-

preneurial in the air at Stanford that has this irresistible draw,” Munie said.“I loved school, but I love com- ing in to work even more.” “We’re proud to follow a great tradition, including Larry and Sergey, David and Jerry, and many others before them,”Vu wrote in an e-mail to The Daily, referring to Google,Yahoo and other companies. “[Right now] we’re just busy work- ing,and there’s not much to say until we release a product. It has been very fun and exciting at CafeBots. One of the best parts is to work with very smart people here. I hope we’ll be adding more Stanford people be- fore too long.”

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bles, starch and meat) served every night, and you can get second serv- ings and eat the rest of the FloMo food.” Linfield agreed, noting the menu’s variety. “We’ve had steak, chicken, beef and more,” Linfield said. “Everyone that I’ve talked to has also been ex- tremely satisfied with the quality of the food.” But the flexibility may not be per- manent. Portes discussed what the future of the program might entail. “We are in the middle of a ‘trial period’ when anyone with a meal plan can have the food without any extra charge,” Portes said.“In the fu- ture, those who want to eat will ei- ther have to commit to eating in FloMo three times a week [kosher/non-kosher food] or pay

extra whenever they want kosher.” Linfield expanded on the prospective development of the kosher food program. “The ultimate plan is to convert an existing kitchen (or possibly build a new one) and have that din- ing hall be the kosher, halal and strictly vegetarian dining hall,” Lin- field said. “This is a model that can potentially be exemplary for other schools, because most other colleges run the kosher dining through the Hillel.” Linfield credited the program to Katherine Heflin ‘11, dining intern over the summer,as well as Stanford Dining administrators Eric Montell and Gary Arthur.According to Lin- field,the program is growing quickly. “There are over 20 students signed up currently, with that num- ber still increasing,” Linfield said. “I am very optimistic about where the program is headed.”

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pathy trait over the last 10 years. Although studies show that the increased use of technology has in fact resulted in a loss of human em- pathy, Aaker argues that technolo- gy may be used as a tool to encour- age and implement social good. “In ‘Dragonfly’ we argue that one mechanism is through fostering processes and mindsets that culti-

vate a radical focus on listening to others and understanding them be-

fore we build solutions


thinking is one such process,” Aaker said. IanTien M.B.A.‘11 discussed his ability to connect with his aunt in Taiwan through common techno- logical interests. Tien believes that sharing common experiences

through Facebook or online gam- ing can contribute to learning

about others and gaining insight that would not otherwise be acces- sible in casual conversation. “I think that while each form of media has its own dynamics, human factors — and interpretations — dominate the experience,” Tien said. “Someone surrounded by gen- uine, thoughtful friends will feel distinctly different about blogs, Twitter and Facebook than some- one whose company is cynical and vapid,” he added. Social media networks like Facebook have been used to pro- mote fundraising and awareness about global humanitarian issues. Following Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake in January, FarmVille, a Facebook application,launched the “Sweet Seeds for Haiti” campaign, which raised $487,500 in donations within three weeks. Aaker says profit and social good do not have to be separate en- tities and can,in fact,be used to mu- tually benefit each other.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that the work of making big changes in the world is not limited to massive nonprofits or peace- keeping missions,” Aaker said. “It can come from anywhere, from an

individual with a YouTube account all the way to a big-budget business. We live in a world increasingly con- nected through social networks that make it possible for all of us to make those big changes the world really needs.” Additionally, Aaker says that small gestures,such as those en- abled by social media, can ultimate- ly make a big difference. “Make ripples. Small acts can create big change,” Aaker said. “Every long journey starts with a


one act of good can

inspire dozens, hundreds or even thousands of others to tackle simi- larly small goals that when com- bined yield disproportionate suc- cess.”

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Hennessy. The sense of urgency sur- rounding its construction was fueled by the belief that lives are at stake. Since the first isolation of an adult human stem cell 22 years ago at Stan-


panded. As stem cell research ex- pands, the field has the potential to affect the length and quality of human life,according to Lokey. “If science tells us our bodies are meant for a hundred years, why [can’t] we all [get] there eventually?” he asked. “This life is too rewarding and good to leave too early.” With the accelerating nature of the field in mind, the facility was de- signed with flexibility to allow it to evolve along with the science.

The building houses 33 research labs, making it the largest stem cell research facility in the nation. The labs are designed as integrated neighborhoods to promote interdis- ciplinary collaboration. Here, medicine and engineering can merge to share discoveries and push the frontier of knowledge,Hen- nessy said. “In all of human history we have never had the ability to create a human cell,” Klein said.“In all of the generations of science, this is a criti- cal new frontier. In 20 years you will not recognize the practice of medi- cine.” Current Stanford research focus- es on a variety of adult stem cells,em- bryonic stem cells, cancer stem cells and more. Targeted diseases of re- generative research include acute myeloid leukemia, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, acute cerebral is- chemia, sickle cell anemia and

Parkinson’s disease. “If in 10 years, 200 million people have benefited from the research at this facility, then the $200 million put in averages out to a dollar per per- son,”Lokey said.“That’s not bad.” To stem cell researchers at Stan- ford, the 2004 passing of Proposition 71, which supports stem cell re- search and facilities, was indicative of the promise of future funding and security within their field. The proposition created CIRM, which fi- nances stem cell research and estab- lishes regulatory standards within the field. “Through Proposition 71,Califor- nia became a beacon for making life better for people through discovery and science,”Hennessy said. “The stem cell revolution has begun in California,”Klein added.

Contact Erin Inman at einman@

said. “The stem cell revolution has begun in California,”Klein added. Contact Erin Inman at einman@

4 Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Vote no on misleading Proposition 23

P roposition 23, if passed, would suspend


alWarmingAct of 2006,until the unem-

ployment level in California is below 5.5 per-

cent for four consecutive quarters.AB 32 re- quired that by 2020 California drop green- house gas emissions levels to the levels that were emitted in 1990,which correlated to ap- proximately a 25 percent reduction in green- house gas emissions. The act did not present specific enforcement mechanisms, but it did

provide for the creation of a state board with


anisms. Opponents of AB 32 claim the provisions for lowering greenhouse gas emissions will prevent small businesses from expanding and will prevent the creation of jobs in California. Keeping with this logic,proponents of Propo- sition 23 have dubbed their campaign the “CaliforniaJobsInitiative.” Proponents of AB 32 laud California for being one of the first states in the country to codify a law requiring the reduction of green- house gas emissions.They believe that reduc- ing California’s greenhouse emissions is of ut-


ly against out-of-state companies that have


paign, most notably the Texas-based oil com- paniesValeroandTesoro.

The editorial board unanimously opposes Proposition 23 because the regulations im- posed by AB 32 are necessary for the well-

beingCaliforniaandbecausetheprovisionsof the proposition are intentionally misleading.


san one; politicians from across the political spectrum have come out against Proposition

23, including Republican Gov. Schwarzeneg- ger and the two leading gubernatorial candi-


Meg Whitman (although Whitman has said she would suspend AB 32). Stanford’s own George Shultz, secretary of state to Ronald



Additionally,theeditorialboardwouldlike to direct California voters to “The Most Ex- pensiveThingCaliforniaCanDoIsNothing,”


mists in support of AB 32, included among

them Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning profes- sor KennethArrow.This is legislation that has a broad range of support across the aisle and across academia.This ill-founded proposition couldonlydreamofmusteringsuchsupport.



ployment for the state to allow for the green-

house gas emission restrictions to remain in place. However, the unemployment condi-


The unemployment level in California is 12.4 percentandthestateoftheeconomyindicates that it probably won’t change significantly in the immediate future.Then, the requirement that unemployment remain below that level for four consecutive quarters would mean the emissionsregulationswouldnotbeallowedto operate for another year following the eco- nomic recovery. If passed, Proposition 23 would effectively kill AB 32, negating work that the state emissions board has already done and derailing popular sentiment for the reductionofgreenhousegasemissions.


niansbywayofeconomicdeceitintorepealing alawthatalreadyhadpopularacceptance.Itis inthebestinterestoftheenvironmentandthe residents of California to vote no on Proposi-


Unsigned editorials in the space above represent the views of the editorial board of The Stanford Daily and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Daily staff. The editorial board consists of seven Stanford students led by a chairman and uninvolved in other sections of the paper. Any signed columns in the editorial space represent the views of their authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the entire editorial board. To contact the editorial board chair, e-mail To submit an op-ed, limited to 700 words, e-mail To submit a letter to the editor, limited to 500 words, e-mail All are published at the discretion of the editor.


Aisha Ansano

An Odd Jump Across the Pond

Ed.Note:In a new series,The Daily will have a different writer each week discuss his or her ex- perience abroad.

O XFORD, England — One month ago, I

stepped off the plane at London

HeathrowAirport and took the bus to



sities in the world,something no one would let me forget whenever I told them I was headed to Oxford for a couple months. It’s the same

kind of reaction that makes me tell people I go

oh, the

Bay Area

like I’m trying to brag.But I digress.You know

what that’s like. I’ve spent the last month adjusting to the differences between Stanford and Oxford. Previous students had warned us about Ox-


derstand until you’re here and experiencing it for yourself. Take the library system.At Stanford,I drop by Green with a list of a couple books for a paper,and leave with twice as many as I came for, a great perk of being able to browse the shelves. The Bodleian library stacks, which hold a copy of every book published in the U.K.for the last howevermany hundred years, are underground,and the librarians use a train to go get your books. That’s right, a train. Therefore, no stacks browsing, as much as I’d like to ride that train. And because the Bodleian is a reference library,you can’t check outanybooks.None.Theyhaveacopyofevery Harry Potter, but if you want to read one, you have to have it sent to one of the reading rooms, and then you can sit there and read it. Whenyou’redonefortheday(whichyouhave to be by 10 p.m., because that’s when the li- brary closes), you give the book to the librari- an,who puts it on the reserve shelf.You can go back and pick it up as long as you have it re- served, and you can renew it, but you cannot leave with it. This drives me crazy. Sure, it’s nice when someone has the book I want and I can just go borrow it if they’re not using it. But honestly, howmanytimeshasthebookI’vewantedbeen checked out at Stanford? Maybe three times in thelasttwoyears.AndthenIjustrecallitandall is well.At Stanford,I don’t mind working in the library, but tell me I can’t work anywhere else and suddenly that’s all I want to do. Don’t get me wrong.I like it here.There are things that frustrate me,like the library system or the fact that the dining hall is only open for

“ It’s frustrating, because it’s not

to school in “northern California

because it’s not to school in “northern California ANASTASIA YEE/The Stanford Daily 45 minutes at lunch,but

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45 minutes at lunch,but other things I’m really enjoying,like my tutorial. Now, the tutorial system does have its pros and cons.Basically,I meet with my tutor,a Fel- low in the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, every Monday for an hour.In that time,I read him the paper I wrote the previous week, he gives me feedback, we discuss for a little bit and then we talk about what I’m going to do next week. Each tutor has his or her own re- quirements,but everyone is basically writing a five- to 10-page paper each week.When I first heardaboutthis,Ithoughtthissoundedinsane andthenIactuallythoughtaboutit.Igotto pick the exact topic I wanted to study — for me, contemporary issues of gender in Islam, a topic I’m having trouble finding classes about at Stanford. Then, I spend my week reading books about a related topic, and then write a

paper.It’s a pretty sweet deal. Other than my tutorial,I’m only taking one five unit class, on soccer and English society. It’s taught by Stanford professor Bob Sinclair, who is British and very passionate about soc- cer. With these two classes combined, I have four hours of class a week.I spend some of the rest of my time reading,and the rest however I want. I can do work whenever it’s convenient for me, and spend any time I want exploring and experiencing Oxford culture.I like having

this much freedom in my schedule

but it

will be nice to come back to the familiarity of the Farm. Oxford is a very different experience than Stanford, in both good and bad ways. But I think that’s the whole point of studying abroad, and what the Bings are trying to ac- complish when they so generously fund these trips — givingusachancetoexperiencesome- thing completely different than what we get in the Stanford bubble.


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G ood job, everyone! We made it.Anoth-

er Reunion Homecoming Weekend


to a campus commute hampered only by the usual limb-mangling bike accidents. No more trying to dash past confused alums while furi- ously running to math lecture. None of us will have to experience this madness again until thathorrifyingweekendinAprilwhenProFros descend on Stanford like locusts from some biblical plague. I mean, let’s face it: Reunion Homecoming is nothing more than Admit Weekend for alums. They come back to campus after years away to gawk at all of the new buildings and reminisce of days gone by.Yet, really, they just end up being another obstacle for me to bike around. I mean, seriously, there are enough Asian tourists on campus trying to photograph Stanfordstudentsonadailybasis.Dowereally need alumni getting in on the act as well? Icanforgivethosealumsfromtheclassesof ‘60 or ‘70 who ventured back to the Farm this past weekend for such a heinous transgression. After all, I’m pretty sure Herbert Hoover was still in his junior year while they were on cam- pus.The most irritating technology they had to contend with during their time here was Sigma Chi blasting ‘The Entertainer” for the thou- sandth time on the campus’ sole phonograph. They really don’t know any better.


I’m looking at right now. Come on, guys. You only graduated five years ago. Facebook was around when you were here. Let’s come to gripswiththis:yourtimeatStanfordjustwasn’t that long ago. Is it that difficult to leave this place?Halfofyouprobablyco-termed,too.I’m sure you have better things to do at Goldman Sachsoryourconsultingfirm.It’skindoftough to relive your glory days doing body shots at Sigma Nu when you were just there as a sketchy grad student a few months ago.I know

just there as a sketchy grad student a few months ago.I know Shane Savitsky Homecoming isAdmitWeekend






the real world is hard (or so I hear — I don’t wanttobethereyet),butyoudon’thavetoclog up the Circle of Death when I’m late for class.

When it comes down to it,I’m really not al- lowed to say any of these things. I’m violating one of the central tenets of being a Stanford student: know how to network. Why do you think Stanford is a top-tier school? Sure,we’re


ally sets us apart. It takes a little more than sheer brainpower to overcome the 7-percent acceptance rate here — a stat that’s plummet- ingmorethantheDowJonesIndexeveryyear.


tle something extra: we know how to present ourselves. Intheend,IliketothinkthisiswhyReunion

Homecoming exists. It’s not for our alums to stepbackoncampusandrelivetheirglorydays. (“Hey Bob,remember that time our buddy El- drick from the golf team had a foursome with those girls from the water polo team? Christ, whateverhappenedtothatguy?Hewassucha

bro.”) No, Reunion Homecoming is here to make sure we know how to schmooze. More specifically, it’s here to make sure that seniors haven’t forgotten how to schmooze. Think of things this way: seniors are only one step away from the real world.Right now, they’re running around trying to snag a job or get into grad school. Deadlines are bearing down pretty quickly. Problem is, it’s been a good four years since they had to schmooze their way into Stanford.They’re rusty.They’ve been stuck in dead-end internships or the cubi- clesofaresearchprojectforthepastfouryears. By the time senior year rolls around, Stanford


working. Here lies the beauty of Reunion Homecoming, my friends. It affords these sen- iors a chance to hobnob with the Fortune 500 CEOs and Supreme Court justices that Stan- ford churns out at an alarmingly fast pace. Luckily,asajunior,Istillhaveampletimeto relax.Idon’tthinkthere’sanyneedtohonemy real-world skills just yet. I still have another

year before my time comes. Sophomores and freshmen — aren’t you all still taking IHUM? Getbacktothat.Youdon’treallyneedtoworry aboutthisforawhile.Butremember:whenyou crash into that old guy with a nametag while biking during some weekend next October, make sure to get his business card before they load him into the ambulance. It could really work out for you.

Dear alums:if you find Shane at all entertaining orfunnyandwouldliketoofferhimareallygreat



Bachelor of Music

S tanford, there is a way to show you’re truly committed to the arts, and you’re not doing it yet.We have scores of musi-

cal students, some cutting edge computer- music research, and we’re on our way to hav- ing a world-class concert hall. But for under- graduates, the best we have academically is a B.A. with a major in music. I say it’s time to step up to the next level and offer an under- graduate performance degree. Think about it. We could create a bigger core community of students playing music full-time.Rather than having just a handful of majors alongside a lot of recreational players, we would add in some kids looking to go pro. Theywouldpopulatemusicgroupswithsome stellar musicianship. At performances, their skill would raise the level of everyone else and encourage higher-quality music in gener- al. Not to mention, fully implementing a per- formance degree would probably require a serious expansion of the music department. Because at this point,the more resources and opportunities we have for musicians on cam- pus,the better. Aside from the obvious improvements to our music scene, there’s a compelling argu- ment in terms of diversity.Stanford admits all kinds of whiz kids, but doesn’t offer degrees equally across interests.Yes,we have some se- rious musicians.You’ve seen the ones with in- tensive piano training who practice in the lounges, or the people who played in intense youth orchestras and high school marching bands. But if we had a mini Stanford conser- vatory, it would add a new kind of full-time specialist student to the mix.We’ve got the fa- cilities to further train and develop world- class students in endeavors from athletics to computer science.If we can pursue the pinna- cle of performance in sports, business and public service, why not in music? There is no rule saying that universities like ours have to relegate the arts to a token status. Yet that is precisely what they do. Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley (to take a brief survey) offer no bachelor per-

Berkeley (to take a brief survey) offer no bachelor per- Lucas Will Johnson It’s time to

Lucas Will


It’s time to offer an undergraduate performance degree.

formance degrees for music. They all admit talented students and have plenty of music optionsoncampus.Butnoneofuselevateour undergraduate music offerings to a profes- sional level. This issue gets into the role of an under- graduate education. Is it just to memorize in- formation and gain some analytical abilities, or is it to learn technical skills for specific pro- fessions? I’ve heard people say your particu- lar undergrad degree doesn’t matter as much as the specialization you get from grad school. Stanford encourages a broad ap- proach, with a number of general education requirements that everyone, no matter their specialty,must take.But we can clearly obtain all kinds of technical training too, as evi- denced by the seniors I know accepting jobs atplacelikeGoogle,orTobyGerhartgoingto

the NFL.

Is money the reason? It’s not a mystery how the GSB was able to fund an entirely new campus for itself. If Stanford were to pump out music degrees, those graduates would never make the same kind of money as an Arrillaga or a Hewlett on a musician’s salary. Stanford just can’t expect the same kind of return on its investment from its mu- sician alumni. But imagine also if society’s musicians weren’t exclusively trained at cloistered music academies. How about rooming a fu- ture Wynton Marsalis with the next William Rehnquist? Admissions departments shape the networks of the future — there might be unrealized societal benefits from adding more musicians into the Stanford family. I’m not suggesting that it would be simple orcheaptoimplementaperformancedegree. It would require more music faculty, more classrooms and more practice areas, which would mean some significant fundraising. Then there are admissions complications. Usually an audition is the central component of an application to a conservatory — some- one would have to decide how to factor that in.And does Stanford then accept more mu- sicians at the expense of the others it would normally admit? Or do we grow the class?


partment then relegate them to a second-tier status, giving them less attention? The poli- tics, logistics and fairness of the situation are not straightforward. Nonetheless, an undergraduate perform- ance degree, I think, would clearly benefit music at Stanford and beyond. We would


ity,giving the arts and humanities more voice,

not only at this powerhouse of technology and athletics, but among the academy and in society.

Lucas would still major in public policy any- ways, but he’s open to comments at

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 5


Jacob Jaffe Fields of Failure



Fields of Failure

It’s all about the statistics

I lovestats.No,notsamplepropor-

tions, Z-scores and standard de- viations. We’re talking OPS, quarterback rating and plus- minus. Who needs median test

score when you can have opponents’ free-throw percentage (a stat that roughly translates to luck)? For as long as I can remember, I’ve obsessed over the facts and figures in every sport I watch. Even if I didn’t watch a Bucks game all year, I would still find it fascinating that no Milwau-


the Clippers since KareemAbdul-Jab- bar in 1973, way back when they were the Buffalo Braves.I routinely told my uninterested friends and family about the latest person to reach the 23 home run-11 steal-61 walk-.985 fielding per- centage milestone or the first multi- homer game by a player with the last


end day-night doubleheader in inter- league play.

Despite the clear social deficiencies


tics, I still follow them obsessively. When I find out that Arizona backup quarterback Matt Scott had a more ef- ficient game against Washington than starter Nick Foles has ever had,or that Stanford has had more players score a touchdown than any team in the coun- try, I still run around telling anyone I can find. So what is the point of all these stats? What can they really tell you? Well, there is a saying that you can make statistics say whatever you want. To some extent, this is true, although somearguments(WashingtonStateisa better football team than Oregon, Mark Ingram deserved the Heisman Trophy over Toby Gerhart last year, Jake Locker is a better quarterback thanAndrewLuck,etc.)requirealittle more work for the arguer than others. Most situations allow for statistical arguments on both sides, such as who willwintheWorldSeriesorwhetheror not Brett Favre should keep the start- ing quarterback job.With this in mind, here are statistical reasons why Stan- ford will beat Washington and reasons why it won’t. A quick look at the basic stats gives asignificantadvantagetotheCardinal. On the NCAA’s website, each team is ranked in 17 statistical categories — scoring, total, passing, rushing, passing efficiency and sack averages for both offense and defense, punting average, punt and kick return average, tackles for loss and turnover margin. Of these 17,Stanford ranks in the top half of the Pac-10 in 12 and is only in the bottom

Please see JAFFE,page 6



Women’s volleyball looks to regain focus



The No. 4 Stanford women’s volleyball team (16-2,7-2 Pac-10) has relinquished its


sets in Maples Pavilion last Friday night.A relentless Pac-10 schedule limits recovery time,however,as this weekend the second- place Card will hit the road to take on No.

18 Oregon (16-5,4-5) and Oregon State (8-


The pressure of playing on the road, es-

pecially on the notoriously nerve-racking


cerns stemming from Stanford’s most re- cent loss. Although Stanford swept both Oregon teams, 3-0, at home during their first meet- ings this season,recent precedent indicates that past matches are no indication of the turnout the second time around. In the 2009 season,the Card was upset by Oregon in a five-set thriller in Eugene. The loss

marked one of three ever recorded by Stanford in a 51-match history with the Ducks. For the past few years, Oregon’s strate- gy has centered on both the versatility of its offense and the success of its serving game. Earlier this month, the Ducks estab- lished senior outside hitter Heather Mey- ers and sophomores Kat Fischer and Alaina Bergsma as their primary attackers against the Cardinal.Despite equal set dis- tribution between the hitters, Meyers was the only Oregon player to post a successful hitting percentage (.440). The rest were held in check as Stanford senior libero Gabi Ailes picked up 18 digs to keep the Duck offense at bay. The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in aces,while Stanford continues to struggle in this realm, as it rounds out the conference in 10th place. While Meyers tops the confer- ence in aces and Fischer ranks third, nei- ther was able to capitalize on this strength


tament to the polished serve-receive and side-out offense by the Cardinal. Stanford was dominant on offense, av- eraging a .443 hitting percentage across the

three sets to the .225 tallied by Oregon.Se- nior outside hitter Alix Klineman racked up 17 kills as the match’s kill leader, while pin hitters Hayley Spelman and Rachel Williams posted nine kills apiece. Without activating their successful serving game, the Ducks had little defense against the ag-


fense, as orchestrated by senior setter Cas- sidy Lichtman. Klineman and Spelman both post hit-


rankings,while no Oregon or OSU players are currently ranked. The Ducks and

Beavers are also tied for eighth in the Pac-

10 for opponent hitting percentage (.219),

while Stanford sits in first place for the in-


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sits in first place for the in- WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 10/22 vs. CAL L 3-1 UP NEXT
sits in first place for the in- WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 10/22 vs. CAL L 3-1 UP NEXT
sits in first place for the in- WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 10/22 vs. CAL L 3-1 UP NEXT

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UP NEXT OREGON (16-5, 4-5 Pac-10)
(16-5, 4-5 Pac-10)


Eugene, Ore.


7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Stanford has only lost three times in 51

7 p.m. GAME NOTES: Stanford has only lost three times in 51 matches against Oregon. The
7 p.m. GAME NOTES: Stanford has only lost three times in 51 matches against Oregon. The

matches against Oregon. The Ducks lead the Pac-

10 in aces, while the Cardinal ranks last in the con-

10 in aces, while the Cardinal ranks last in the con-

ference. Stanford has never lost to Oregon State.

the con- ference. Stanford has never lost to Oregon State. verse of that statistic — the
the con- ference. Stanford has never lost to Oregon State. verse of that statistic — the

verse of that statistic — the team’s hitting percentage is .327. In their last battle with Stanford this season, the Beavers fared similarly to the

Ducks. However, unlike its rival, unranked Oregon State has yet to take a match from the Cardinal in the teams’ 51-match histo- ry in conference competition. Beaver senior Jill Sawatzky leads her team in kills per set and points per set, yet the outside hitter was unable to post dou- ble digits in either category during Oregon State’s trip to Maples. Besides the 25 combined digs picked up by defensive specialists Alyssa O’Neil and Becky Defoe, the Cardinal held every OSU player to single digits in all dimen- sions of the match.The Beavers bottomout the Pac-10 in digs per set while Stanford falls in second,with libero GabiAiles rank- ing fourth in the conference individually. Not even OSU’s current second-place ranking in the Pac-10 in blocks per game


fense — theCardwasabletodispatchdou- ble digits from all three pins, as Williams, Spelman and Klineman combined for 38 kills in three short sets. Nonetheless, the Beaver middle blockers — freshman Mona Kressl and sophomore Ashley Ene- liko — have both earned current top-10 blocking stats as underclassmen. Both opponents should logically place a lot of emphasis on the block after review- ing Stanford’s film. Either team could give the Card a shock if it finds a way to slow down the pin hitters at the net. Nonethe- less, an acutely functioning serve-receive game should position Stanford to better utilize its middles. A well-spread offense would allow Stanford to put pressure onto Duck and Beaver middles in a way that makes such defensive success extremely difficult. “We are now going back to fundamen- tals and working on the little things in order to improve our whole game,” Williams said. The Card will face Oregon at 7 p.m. in Eugene, Ore., this Friday before taking on Oregon State in an orange-and-black Hal- loween special set for 1 p.m. this Sunday in Corvallis,Ore.

Contact Katherine Knox at kknox12@stan-

Contact Katherine Knox at kknox12@stan- SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily Stanford libero Gabi Ailes,

SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily

Stanford libero Gabi Ailes, above, will be instrumental in helping the Cardinal find its confidence after losing a tough match to Cal. The team heads to Oregon for two conference matches this weekend.


matches this weekend. SENIOR DAY A MUST-WIN FOR CARD SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily After losing two

SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily

After losing two close matches in Southern California last weekend, the Stanford men’s soccer team is in desparate need of victories at home this weekend. The Card hosts conference rivals Washington and Oregon State this weekend in the final homestand for the Stanford seniors.



Two tough 1-0 losses on the road against UCLA and San Diego State this past weekend dropped the Stanford men’s soccer team (7-8-0, 3-4-0 Pac-10) below .500 on the season and in the Pac- 10, making this weekend’s last homes- tand against Washington and Oregon State crucial in the push for an NCAA Tournament berth. Sunday afternoon against Oregon

State is also Senior Day,marking the last timeStanford’ssevengraduatingseniors will suit up at Laird Q.Cagan Stadium. Head coach Bret Simon said that this senior class has done a lot to help make his job easier. “This is a fantastic group of guys who are all team leaders,and they make up a big chunk of what we are as a team,” he said.“I think our team will change dra- matically without them here next year. All of them have been leaders in prac- tice,andthey’vemadesuretherestofthe teamispreparedandfocused.Theyhave all matured and grown as players and peoplewhilethey’vebeenhere,andthey have made my job a lot more reward- ing.” Three of the Cardinal’s four defend-


cluding standout Bobby Warshaw. The senior from Mechanicsburg, Pa., is a fi- nalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS


phy, given to the nation’s top Division I player. The outcome of Friday’s game against Washington (8-4-1, 2-3-0) likely hinges on Stanford’s defense — in the sevenCardinalvictories,opponentshave scored just two goals. In the other eight, Stanford has allowed 14 goals. For their part, the Huskies had a seven-game unbeaten streak early in the season, but slipped heading into Pac-10 play and are currently fourth in the Pac-

10. Inthelastmeetingbetweentheteams on Oct. 8, Stanford struggled with the Huskies’ aerial prowess, letting in two quick goals to open the second half in Seattle and eventually losing 2-0.Wash-

ington leads the all-time series 24-14-4. Cardinal sophomore defender Hunter Gorskie said that in order to get

a positive result, Stanford will have to

play within itself. “Wehavetoreallytryandimposeour will on them,”he said.“We need to play the ball on the ground and keep it mov- ing.[Washingtonis]veryathletic,andthe last game played into their style because


to win,we have to be patient.”

Sunday’s game figures to be a little easierthanFriday’s,butnotbymuch.The Beavers (6-6-0,1-4-0) will be coming off two full weeks of rest since their last game, and they played Stanford tight in

since their last game, and they played Stanford tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0


last game, and they played Stanford tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0 UP NEXT
last game, and they played Stanford tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0 UP NEXT
last game, and they played Stanford tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0 UP NEXT


tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0 UP NEXT   WASHINGTON (8-4-1, 2-3-0 Pac-10)
tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0 UP NEXT   WASHINGTON (8-4-1, 2-3-0 Pac-10)
tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0 UP NEXT   WASHINGTON (8-4-1, 2-3-0 Pac-10)
tight in MEN’S SOCCER 10/24 vs.SANDIEGOSTATE L 1-0 UP NEXT   WASHINGTON (8-4-1, 2-3-0 Pac-10)




(8-4-1, 2-3-0 Pac-10)

(8-4-1, 2-3-0 Pac-10)


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Cagan Stadium 7p.m.

10/29 Laird Q.   Cagan Stadium 7p.m.   GAME NOTES: Stanford enters the weekend with a
10/29 Laird Q.   Cagan Stadium 7p.m.   GAME NOTES: Stanford enters the weekend with a

GAME NOTES: Stanford enters the weekend with

a goals against average of 1.07 after allowing

a goals against average of 1.07 after allowing

just 16 goals all season. Washington has

scored 24 goals in its 13 games. The Cardinal

scored 24 goals in its 13 games. The Cardinal

has beaten Oregon State in the last three



their last matchup on Oct.10.The Cardi- nal pulled out a tough 1-0 victory with a golden goal from senior Dominique Yahyavi in double overtime. The Beavers have allowed a league-high 26 goals this year and are the only Pac-10

team not to have been ranked at any point this season. Opponents’ records and rankings do not factor into how Simon handles the game plan.


dividually and then move on and pre- pare for the next one,”Simon said.“This stretch of four straight weekends with back-to-backgamesisreallytough,sowe can’t really have overarching goals. “That’s how you get off track,” he

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Stanford football among top NCAA graduation scores

On Wednesday morning, the


ing Graduation Success Rate (GSR) reports. The GSR measures the percent- age of athletes that a program gradu- atesinsixyears.Thelatestdatacovers the classes that entered college be- tween 2000 and 2003. Schools currently in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS,formerly Di- vision I-A) collectively posted a 67 percent GSR. Across all sports, 79 percent of student-athletes graduate with a degree in six years or fewer. Graduation rates have steadily climbed in football, from 63 percent for the class entering school in 1995

to 69 percent for the class entering in


Among schools currently ranked in the top 25 of the BCS standings, Stanford had the best GSR score, graduating 86 percent of its players in this time period.At 44 percent,Okla- homa (Stanford’s opponent in last year’s Sun Bowl) had the worst rate among schools currently in the top

25. In men’s basketball, the other major revenue sport, graduation

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rates were stagnant, staying at an av-

erage of 66 percent across all Divi- sion I schools. However, graduation rates were poor at some of the na- tion’s top programs — 12 of the teams in the season’s final top-25 poll had graduation rates below 50 per- cent. California had the lowest score, with a 30-percent graduation rate, followed closely by Connecticut with

31 percent.National champion Duke

and runner-up Butler both posted high scores of 83 percent. Stanford’s basketball program had a relatively high score of 80 per- cent over the 2000-2003 seasons. The NCAA also released data on Stanford’s remaining athletic pro- grams. Collectively, Stanford had a graduation rate of 94 percent among its student-athletes,while the student body at-large has a similar rate of 95 percent. The men’s basketball GSR of 80 percent was the lowest of any Stan- ford team. Nineteen programs, in- cluding women’s basketball,baseball

and softball, posted perfect GSRs of

100 percent. Since the NCAA began publish- ing GSR data, starting with the 1998 cohort, Stanford has never scored below 93 percent as an institution. The 2003 cohort’s score of 94 percent represents no change from the previ- ous year’s score and a decline of one percent from the 2001 cohort.

— Kabir Sawhney

Stanford men’s basketball lands prized recruit Randle

Without having played a single



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three in punting, punt returning and tackles for loss. Meanwhile, Washing- ton is in the top half in just one catego- ry (fourth in sacks allowed) and is in the bottom three in nine categories,in- cluding all-important scoring offense and scoring defense. In fact,the only categories in which Washington leads Stanford are punt- ing,punt returning and tackles for loss, and the Huskies are no more than two spots above the Cardinal in any of the three. The records of both teams sup- port these statistics, as Stanford is 6-1 (4-0 at home, 2-1 on the road) while Washington is 3-4 (2-2 at home,1-2 on the road).



gories (70 more yards per game, 62


points per game and nine fewer points

per game allowed). However, looking more closely, Stanford’s statistics are somewhat inflated by its early season play, while its recent numbers have been much weaker. After its first four games, Stanford


11 of the 17 categories, and was in the

top 20 in the nation in 10 of them, in- cludingpassingefficiencydefense,total defense and scoring defense.Then the Cardinal played Oregon, USC and Washington State,and the defense got shredded.Stanford allowed 115 points and 926 passing yards in those three games, and it has shown in its overall


20 nationally in only five categories,


ficiency defense, total defense and

scoring defense.


aryhavebeenwideningwiththeinjury to starting strong safety Delano How-

ell,andWashingtoncouldexposethem this weekend. Despite middling 2010


ficiency), Jake Locker has been much

better of late.Following an embarrass- ing performance against Nebraska in


tions),Locker has been in better form, completing 60 percent of his passes over the last four games with eight touchdowns and only one interception in that span. The Cardinal defense was able to shut down Locker last year, but much of that success was due to Howell,who picked off Locker twice in that game, andaninjurytoLocker.IfHowelldoes not play, and if the defense plays the way it has of late,Stanford could be in foratoughcontest.HuskyStadiumhas not been kind to opponents over the years,andtheCardinalisnoexception. Stanford is only 6-21 againstWashing- ton since 1977 and lost 12 straight meetings in Seattle from 1983 to 2003. On the other hand, you could look at recent results and see that Stanford

has won at Husky Stadium each of its last two trips and has beatenWashing- tonfourofthepastfivetimestheteams have met. It’s all in the way you look at the numbers. The oddsmakers have set their number at seven, the expected margin of victory for Stanford.But the numbers that really matter, the points

on the scoreboard, will have to wait until Saturday.

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continued.“In the end,the results will take care of themselves if everyone has the right preparation.” The Cardinal dug itself a sizeable hole by losing the first four games of theyear,butthereisstillthepossibility of reaching the postseason if some


nament hands out 48 bids once all the regular season matchups are com-


ning yet. But, as Simon said,“The most im- portantthingforusistotakeonegame at a time. We’d be making a big mis-

take if we looked at them as a whole. “If we get some good results, we haveashotatgoingtothetournament


tainly have lots to play for.” Stanford’s final postseason push begins Friday night at 7 p.m. against Washington. Senior Day against Ore-


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men’s basketball team has already made a splash in 2011, receiving a verbal commitment on Wednesday from point guard Chasson Randle. Randle, ranked No. 8 at his posi- tion in the 2011 class by ESPNU, is the latest testament to head coach Johnny Dawkins’ recruiting power. Dawkins landed a top-20 recruiting class in 2010, which should remain

among the nation’s elite with the ad- dition of Randle. At 6 feet 1 inch, Randle has played as an undersized two-guard in high school, but has been transi- tioning to point guard this season. He told that Dawkins, re- garded as one of college basketball’s greatest point guards, drew him to Stanford, along with the Universi-

ty’s prestigious academics. Randle is an honors student and boasts a 4.0 GPA. Randle, a native of Rock Island, Ill., is already Rock Island High School’s all-time scoring leader. He chose Stanford over his two other fi- nalists,Illinois and Purdue.

— Zach Zimmerman

all-time scoring leader. He chose Stanford over his two other fi- nalists,Illinois and Purdue. — Zach
all-time scoring leader. He chose Stanford over his two other fi- nalists,Illinois and Purdue. — Zach