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www.stanforddaily.com Volume 239
February 4, 2011 Issue 5

SUN DEVILS STOMPED


By JACK BLANCHAT
DESK EDITOR

In a long, hard-fought game


Thursday night, the Stanford
women’s basketball team slogged
out a 72-54 victory over Arizona
State.
The Cardinal (19-2, 10-0 Pac-
10) couldn’t quite get on a roll ARIZONA STATE
over the course of the game, lean- (13-7, 5-5 Pac-10)
ing on their “Big Three” to carry Tucson, Ariz. 1 P.M.
them to the always-precious road
win.
Senior Jeanette Pohlen had 19 UP NEXT
points, junior Nnemkadi Ogwu-
mike had 17 points and senior
Kayla Pedersen had 15 points, as
ARIZONA
2/5 Tempe, Ariz.
the three combined for 71 per-
cent of the Cardinal’s scoring NOTES: No. 4 Stanford was in a tight bat-
total. tle against Arizona State early in the sec-
The Cardinal pushed ahead ond half, but pulled away late for a 72-
right out of the gates, jumping out 54 road victory. Senior Kayla Pedersen
to a 25-13 lead after 12 minutes led the Cardinal with 15 points, 10 re-
thanks to nine early points from bounds and six assists as Stanford won its
Pohlen, but the Card’s offense in- 47th straight Pac-10 game, one shy of
explicably stalled shortly after- the all-time record. Arizona is coming off
ward. a loss to Cal, firmly in the middle of the
For the next eight minutes, Pac-10 at 4-5.
Stanford didn’t make a single
basket from the floor. The Sun tained by 25-for-33 shooting from
Devils (13-7, 5-5 Pac-10) were the free-throw line. In total, the
able to chip into the lead slowly Card knocked in more free
but surely, and five Cardinal free throws than they did shots from
throws were all that kept Stan- the floor, 25 to 23.
ford in the lead. Brandon led the charge for
Arizona State cut the score to Arizona State with 18 points on 7-
30-26 after Kimberly Brandon for-16 shooting, but the rest of the
made a jumper with 1:14 to go in Devils couldn’t find their stroke,
the first half, but Pohlen ripped
Stanford Daily File Photo going 17-for-56 from the floor
the ball away from Markisha Pat- and 1-for-10 from three as a team.
terson and went coast-to-coast Sophomore forward Joslyn Tinkle, above, had seven points on 2-3 shooting in just 10 minutes of play, as the Despite the loss, the Sun Dev-
for a layup just seconds later, se- Cardinal powered its way to a 72-54 victory over Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz last night. ils saved face after their last meet-
curing a 32-27 Stanford lead at ing against Stanford, where the
halftime. The second half saw more of out to a nine-point lead after five The Cardinal had a slower- Cardinal steamrolled to an 82-35
The five-point lead at the the slow, disjointed play of the minutes of play and extending the than-usual shooting night from victory at Maples Pavilion thanks
break was the smallest halftime first half, which was beset by free lead to double-digits with 9:41 left the floor, especially from behind to shooting 64.8 percent shooting
lead the Cardinal have had since throws, fouls and turnovers. in the game. After that, the Sun the three-point line, where they from the floor, its best all season.
a four-point margin over UConn But Stanford ultimately won Devils never got within striking made just one of five attempts.
on Dec. 12. the back-and-forth duel, creeping distance. However, Stanford was sus- Please see WBBALL, page 8

COMING
STUDENT LIFE

Row dues
lead to UP SHORT
confusion STANFORD HANGS WITH
ARIZONA, FALLS LATE
Potential changes to refund
By JACOB JAFFE
procedure kept low-key DESK EDITOR

For one of the first times this season, the offense


By KURT CHIRBAS was clicking for the Stanford men’s basketball team.
STAFF WRITER
Unfortunately for the Cardinal (11-10, 4-6 Pac-10),
the defense uncharacteristically did not come to
According to several financial man- play in a 78-69 loss to No. 21 Arizona (19-4, 8-2) on
agers, Row residents are no longer re- Thursday night.The 78 points represented the third-
funded their houses’ unspent social and highest total Stanford has allowed all season,and the
board dues. A changed Residential Edu- Wildcats were the first opponent to break 70 points
cation policy requires that houses de- against the Cardinal since Oklahoma State in mid-
posit their budget surpluses in restricted- December.
use accounts called “Capital Reserve Junior guard Jeremy Green led Stanford with 21
Funds” (CRF). points, but he shot only 8-for-21 from the field. Ju-
Money funneled into these accounts nior forward Josh Owens had 13 points and nine re-
is used for unforeseen expenses and pur- bounds, while junior guard Jarrett Mann had 11
chases that will remain in a given house points, eight rebounds and five assists.
for more than a year, such as speakers For Arizona, sophomore forward Derrick
and furniture. Once the money is de- Williams, who leads the Wildcats in scoring and re-
posited, it can no longer be used to pay bounding, was dominant once again with 21 points
for parties, day trips, cable television or and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Lamont
kitchen expenses. Jones, junior forward Jesse Perry and junior guard
Though Row financial managers Kyle Fogg each reached double digits as well for Ari-
(FMs) were informed of the new policy zona, which has now won seven of its past eight
during training, Residential Education games.
(ResEd) has not made an administrative In the early going, Stanford appeared frustrated
announcement. In an e-mail to The on both ends of the floor. Halfway through the first
Daily, associate dean of Residential Edu- half, Arizona opened up a nine-point advantage at
cation Nate Boswell wrote that “no offi- 26-17, due in large part to Stanford’s foul trouble. In
cial change has been implemented at this the first half alone, five different Cardinal players —
time.” including four starters — picked up two fouls
“Residential Education continues to apiece.
explore policies related to spending so- With so many of its core players on the bench,
cial dues allocation in Row houses, Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins turned to a
specifically as it relates to maximizing lineup of Mann and four freshmen — Anthony
consistent spending habits from quarter Brown, John Gage, Aaron Bright and Josh Huestis.
to quarter,” he said. Despite the lack of experience on the floor, the gam-
Official or not, many financial man- SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily ble paid dividends as the Cardinal went on a run to
agers are operating under the policy. Ac-
Forward Dwight Powell, in white above, was part of a freshman quartet that sparked an
Please see ROW, page 2 eight-point run in the second half to keep Stanford close. Powell finished with six points. Please see MBBALL, page 8

Index News/2 • Features/3 • Opinions/4 • Sports/6 • Classifieds/7 Recycle Me


2 ! Friday, February 4, 2011 The Stanford Daily

NEWS
SPEAKERS AND EVENTS

Ford CEO stresses


roots, creativity
NIKHIL JOSHI that was projected to lose $17 bil-
SENIOR STAFF WRITER lion that year. Ford, Mulally said,
was a regionalized “house of
Alan Mulally, president and brands,” with no comprehensive
CEO of the Ford Motor Company, strategy, no scale and no global inte-
has a lot to say about leading a busi- gration.
ness. Since Bill Ford handed him the “We were unprofitable in every
keys to the then struggling car man- one of those brands, and on every
ufacturer in Sept. 2006, Mulally has model we were losing money,” he
led the company’s share price to a said.
nine-year high, while GM and As audience members began
Chrysler, its two main domestic rattling off turnaround plans, Mu-
competitors, went bankrupt and lally repeatedly commented on the
were bailed out by the government. stunning simplicity of the ideas that
KOR VANG/The Stanford Daily
But yesterday, speaking at the fueled Ford’s return to profitability.
GSB’s “View From the Top” lecture The MBAs in the audience sug- Alan Mulally spoke yesterday at the Graduate School of Business as part of the “View From the Top” lecture series. The
series at Bishop Auditorium, Mulal- gested investments in R&D, reposi- Ford Motor Company CEO drove home several points, including the importance of persistance and innovation.
ly, armed with a notepad and pencil, tioning and simplifying the Ford
was there to listen. brand, figuring out what customers “I would propose to you that 100 years ago. Mulally spoke pas- begun doing so well — selling cars.
“Let’s do a case study on Ford. want, lowering reliance on incen- everything you said is about leader- sionately about Ford’s ability to Yesterday, Mulally made it clear
I’m looking for a few more good tives and cutting dividends. Turn by ship,” Mulally said. “Because every continue to play a global leadership that he is attuned to that mission.
ideas,” Mulally said. “This is Stan- turn, Mulally would chime in with a one of those is a courageous deci- role today. “I’ll be outside after this to take
ford. We’ve got the smartest people “really” or a “wow.” sion.” “We are a key part of the solu- your car orders,” he quipped.
in the world. What are we going to These ideas felt like no-brainers. To really turn Ford around, Mu- tion for economic growth, but also “We’ve got some great vehicles for
do?” But putting them into action in De- lally said, the company had to move environmental sustainability and you.”
When Mulally arrived in Detroit troit, at a company with 100 years of back to its roots, and attack the auto energy security,” Mulally said.
in 2006, after a successful career at history and a variety of entrenched market with the same discipline and First, however, Ford needs to Contact Nikhil Joshi at nrjoshi@stan-
Boeing, he inherited a company interests, was not as easy. creativity as Henry Ford showed continue doing what it has again ford.edu.

SPEAKERS AND EVENTS

Lofgren dreams of reform for


immigrant students in U.S.
By ROBERT TOEWS for permanent residency if they arrived in the
STAFF WRITER U.S. before the age of 16, lived in the country for
a minimum of five consecutive years, graduated
U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren ‘70 spoke from a U.S. high school and are “of good moral
in front of a large crowd in Tresidder yesterday character.”These students could apply for a six-
evening. Lofgren discussed her recent efforts to year “conditional” legal resident status.
pass the DREAM Act through Congress and At the end of this six-year period,they would
the challenges that the bill may face going for- be eligible to become permanent residents if
ward. they completed at least two years of higher edu-
ANASTASIA YEE/ The DREAM Act is an immigration reform cation in the U.S. or served two years in the U.S.
The Stanford Daily military.
bill that aims to provide a process through which
immigrant students that came to the United Though the House of Representatives
STUDENT LIFE States illegally as minors can achieve permanent passed the bill last December, it was blocked by
filibuster in the Senate.
resident status.

RA Advisory Board to In the bill’s current version, students qualify Lofgren, the senior Democrat on the House
Immigration Subcommittee and one of the bill’s
chief proponents, lamented the fact that the bill

serve as campus liaison


has not yet been enacted into law.She referred to
the illegal immigrant students that the DREAM
Act seeks to naturalize as “de facto Americans.”
“When I think about this bill not passing, I
think about these young people who have done
By THEO MATTHEWS ResEd assistant director Cisco Barron with all the things they were supposed to do, who
an initiative that outlined a plan to better in- stayed in school and got good grades and played
In an effort to increase awareness and ac- tegrate RA staff into the department. by the rules,” Lofgren said.“And now the coun-
countability regarding students’ concerns, a “The RA Advisory Board is not a voting try they grew up in is not theirs legally, and they
new Residential Assistant Advisory Board board,” Jackson said. “Rather, it is a way for have no prospects for the future.”
will meet with Residential Education staff a select group of current RAs to represent Throughout her speech, Lofgren strove to
members, including deans, assistant and as- the many different perspectives and view- address misconceptions and arguments often
sociate directors, over the next several points that student staff members and resi- put forth by opponents of the bill.
weeks. The board will function as a liaison to dents have.” “It is common to hear horror stories about
various student groups and work to educate Jennifer Calvert, associate dean of the negative impact that immigrants could have
and solicit opinions from RAs on new ResEd ResEd, said that ResEd was also seeking a on our society,but if you look at the statistics,im-
initiatives. solution to better integration, and was on the migrants are more law-abiding in general,” she
The board, which will feature eight to 10 frontier of this initiative. said. “They have higher rates of entrepreneur-
current first-year and returning RAs, aims to “We envision the board as a group that ship, and they are more active in small business
embody a range of residential groups on thinks together,” Calvert said. development than Americans born here.”
campus including all-freshman dorms, eth- “As we are putting the board together, we Lofgren was pessimistic about the bill’s
nic-themed houses and Row houses. have been looking for RAs who are able and prospects in the immediate future, pointing to
Brandon Jackson ‘13, an RA in Castano, willing to talk to and work with the RAs in the Republican majority that took office in the
proposed the formation of the board as a their area to represent a spectrum of opin- House in January and that immigration has re-
way to provide feedback and respond to ions to the board,” she added. cently become a polarizing topic.
ResEd’s logistics. The inclusion of the new RA Advisory KOR VANG/The Stanford Daily “This is one aspect of immigration reform on
“I wanted to create a formal mechanism Board comes after months of concerns which we really should all agree, a bill whose
among RAs that ResEd did not fully consid-
Zoe Lofgren ‘70 spoke yesterday in Tresidder
that would allow student staff members to roots are in fact bipartisan,”Lofgren said,adding
have a recognizable voice as ResEd contin- er student concerns when changes to the RA about efforts to pass the DREAM Act, which that John McCain, among other Republicans,
ues to grow and develop,” Jackson said. would enable illegal immigrant students to
During fall quarter, Jackson approached Please see BOARD, page 5 achieve permanent resident status as minors. Please see DREAM, page 3

RESEARCH

Lab taps new smart


phone technology
By NARDOS GIRMA fers.
“We expect it to be as standard of
A team of researchers at the a feature as Bluetooth became,”
Stanford Mobile and Social Com- Dodson said. “People will want to
puting Research Group is studying use phones to make payments, so it
applications of a groundbreaking could become a new revenue stream
technology that could change the for Google and Verizon to start mak-
way people use their phones. This ing transaction fees for every time
technology, called Near Field Com- you go to make a payment with your
munication (NFC), allows devices to phone.”
interact in a new way and is expected The NFC research currently con-
to become standard in smart phones ducted at the Stanford MobiSocial
within the next five years. Research Laboratory focuses on
NFC works by transmitting how applications can take advantage
shortwave radio signals. Its potential of NFC as opposed to studying the
uses include the transfer of files, ap- payment method.
plications and information, all “What really excites us is that you
through the simple touch of a cell get two objects really close together,
phone to another device. and that in itself is enough to make
Nokia and payWave credit cards them interact,” said Dodson. “You
also implemented similar technolo- don’t have to press buttons. You
gy. Ben Dodson, a graduate student don’t have to launch an app even.
in computer science and a member You just get them close together and
of the research team, believes that
the implementation of NFC will be
driven by the payment option it of- Please see SMART, page 5
The Stanford Daily Friday, February 4, 2011 ! 3

FEATURES

Reflections of an
undocumented immigrant
By ASHLEY MENZIES

F
ermín Mendoza ‘11
comes from what he
calls a “mixed-status
family.” His youngest
brother was born in
the United States and is a citizen
by birth. His older sister, a
teacher who recently married, is
a permanent resident. Mean-
while, Mendoza, his parents and “I struggled with thinking of myself
his other brother, a sophomore in
as a person.”
college, are not legal residents.
— FERMÍN MENDOZA
Courtesy of Fermín Mendoza

The U.S. Senate’s blockage of the said about his parents. His sophomore year, he joined
DREAM Act late last year keeps Mendoza took his schoolwork the Stanford Immigrants Rights
people like Mendoza in legal limbo. seriously and, in middle school, was Project, where the DREAM Act be-
The legislation would have provided encouraged to apply to a program came the group’s focus as it facilitat-
a path to citizenship for young, un- for gifted students. The application ed President Hennessy’s public sup-
documented immigrants who were for the program required documen- port of the legislation. His junior
brought to the United States as chil- tation of his parents’ income, which, year, he collaborated with the group
dren. Its failure leaves Mendoza, a as unauthorized immigrants, they to plan Immigration Week, which
public policy major, looking ahead had difficulty providing. His coun- featured a series of immigrant-
to future activism, graduation and selors and other administrators at rights demonstrations.
where he goes from there. the school were supportive and Last summer, Mendoza won a
Mendoza was born in Mexico helped him work around these ob- Haas Center for Public Service fel-
and came to the United States with stacles, he said. He began to feel lowship to work at Educators for
his family when he was 4 years old, more comfortable with his immigra- Fair Consideration, which works to
going on to attend middle and high tion status. advance the educations of low-in-
school in Texas. His parents had A few years after gaining support come (and often undocumented)
come to the U.S. on a three-month from his school, Mendoza felt com- immigrant students. When his fel-
tourist visa and indefinitely extend- fortable opening up to his peers. In lowship ended, Mendoza was ready
ed their stay. They moved for better 10th grade, several of his projects in to enter his senior year and pre-
job security and to help their chil- school focused on immigration and pared to fight for the DREAM Act’s
dren pursue better educations, they the DREAM Act. Because his passage. After watching the House
emphasized to their son. school was 98 percent Latino, many vote in favor of the bill this fall, he
Mendoza’s parents told him at an people were familiar and concerned was encouraged.
early age that he wasn’t an Ameri- with immigration issues. “It was definitely something
can citizen, and he was told never to “I didn’t see any reason to hide new,” Mendoza said.“The DREAM
speak about his immigration status it,” said Mendoza. “I was protected Act had never passed in any cham-
because he “did not have papers.” by educators at my school.” ber of Congress. It was a great sym-
Nonetheless, Mendoza grew up, bol of support for undocumented
went to school and got involved in Refining a Worldview students at the government level.”
extracurricular activities much like For Mendoza, the transition to But watching the Senate block
any other American — with his Stanford was difficult because he the bill soon afterward, he realized it
legal status in what felt like the dis- was in a radically different environ- was not going to pass.
tant background. ment. There were fewer Latino stu- “I was sitting with my sister and I
“I didn’t feel different at all dents, and he found people here less almost cried,” Mendoza said. “But I
growing up,” Mendoza said. “I had focused on immigration issues. Inse- had to hold it back.”
the same access to public education curities about his immigration status Although Mendoza was disap-
in the United States. My immigrant sprung up again. Meanwhile, he pointed, he said the vote was re-en-
identity only pushed me to do better wrestled with being gay. He felt dif- ergizing and that he and other pro-
in classes.” ferent than other Stanford students ponents of the bill couldn’t afford to
Mendoza considers himself and hid those parts of his identity be pessimistic. He believes there is
lucky. His father has worked roofing from his peers during his freshman much more work to be done and
houses for the past 16 years, and his year. feels sad for those less fortunate.
mother recently changed jobs from But after a fellow student made “I am privileged,” he said.“I’m at
dry cleaning to house cleaning.They jokes about undocumented immi- Stanford. Other people don’t have
made sure Mendoza and his siblings grants and pointed out that Men- that as a support.”
never worried about finances and doza couldn’t vote, Mendoza felt it Although Mendoza can’t legally
that their primary focus was school- was time to assert himself against work in the United States upon
work. what he felt were ignorant views on graduation, he aspires to attend law
Mendoza did not want to work a immigration at Stanford and nation- school. His experiences have in-
manual-labor job like his parents, wide. He tried to be more honest spired him to help advance gay
which motivated him further to about his background with himself rights and immigration reform.
excel in the classroom. and others. “At the end of it all, I feel really
“Even when I started attaining a “I struggled with thinking of my- lucky to be who I am,” Mendoza
level of education that was higher self as a person,” Mendoza said. said.
than theirs, I still convinced myself “What does it mean to be human?
that what I was doing was not as People are calling me illegal. I don’t Contact Ashley Menzies at amen-
hard as what they were doing,” he have any rights.” zies@stanford.edu.

DREAM
the Stanford Immigrant Rights Pro- Stanford University in 1970 and a J.D.
ject (SIRP) and co-sponsored by a from Santa Clara University in 1975.
number of other student groups. “I speak about immigration from a
Continued from page 2 “I hope students were able to take personal perspective,” Lofgren said.
away a comprehensive understand- “My grandfather was an immigrant
ing of the complexities of immigra- who came here because he wanted to
was a co-sponsor of the bill in 2001. tion politics, but more importantly, a be free.
He later withdrew his support in re- sense of urgency to learn more about “I am in Congress today because
sponse to the changing political cli- the issue and take some action,” said we had a country that allowed a
mate. Alexandra Salgado ‘11, a SIRP mem- young man who just wanted a better
“There are some who feel this is a ber. life to join our nation. Unfortunately,
divisive issue that can be used for po- Lofgren is currently serving her that is not the state of our country
litical advantage,” she said. “That is eighth term in the House of Repre- today.”
not helpful in terms of facilitating an sentatives, representing California’s
honest political process.” 16th congressional district based in Contact Robert Toews at rtoews@stan-
Yesterday’s talk was organized by San Jose. She received a B.A. from ford.edu.
4 ! Friday, February 4, 2011 The Stanford Daily

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times did you say awkward today? and thus personality compatibility
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An awkwardly large number? . . . was of great importance. Zack Hoberg
Err, awkward. Let’s just say I met my fair share Shelley Gao Managing Editor of Photography Business Staff
Anyway, hi. In this, my first col- of people with whom I was not par- Rich Jaroslovsky Begüm Erdogan
umn, I want to tell you about the ticularly compatible on any level. Sales Manager
beginnings of my obsession with A few of them made that hour of
human interaction. And it all conversation seem longer than my Contacting The Daily: Section editors can be reached at (650) 721-5815 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Advertising Department can be
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as a “Peer Network Engagement embark on my own brief mono-
Intern” through Hillel. In practice, logues and see boredom; I would
this meant that I was paid to take attempt to make jokes and see that
Jewish undergrads out to coffee
(although I always went to Jamba
quizzical look of, “Oh, was that
supposed to be funny? Um, yeah.
O BSESSIVE KOMPULSION
Juice because I couldn’t pass up the Not laughing.” Dare I say, I felt
opportunity to say Jamba Jews) in
order to further a sense of Stanford
Jewish community. Before you ex-
claim in astonishment, remember
awkward.
But several of my dates were
fantastic. And, interestingly, the
success of our Jamba dates did not
In Defense of Being a Pack Rat
I
that my wages came from the same necessarily hinge on our compati- have a hoarding problem. It’s June of 2009, when I had last hung
people who fund free trips to Israel bility as much as something else, not a serious issue, like not being out with my friend before I went on
for Jewish youth. Moving on. Yes, the ultimate secret, the Holy Grail. able to walk through my room a student trip to Italy for five weeks,
the job undoubtedly changed my They were able to talk to me as if because I have a mammoth collec- which was the longest I’d ever been
perceptions of Judaism. But more we were friends already. They ig- tion of 80s Cabbage Patch Kids Kristian away from home, my first time in
significantly, it completely changed
the way I have viewed my interac-
nored the fact that we were
strangers and talked to me freely,
dolls — it’s more an issue of not Bailey Europe and the source of my love
being able to let go of memories and for all things Italian. (*Takes a
tions with people, with particular without reservation or hesitation. their physical manifestations, for breath.*) I wish I could shorten this
focus on the “awkward.” And that prompted me to recipro- fear that I’ll one day regret it. sentence, but I can’t, and for the
Have you ever been on a blind cate. We shared stories and opin- For example, until this week, I trickles over into my digital life. I same reason that I could not (and
date? Pretty awkward, right? How ions; sometimes it became clear subscribed to the Sunday New York can’t delete anything from high still have not) thrown out that re-
about a blind platonic date? Wayyy that our personalities were not very Times solely to do the crossword, school — not syllabi, not papers, ceipt: I place meaning in the small-
more awkward. compatible, but for that single hour, which appears in the magazine. De- and definitely not PDFs of e-mails I est of things based on the larger
On a blind date, there is a pur- how could we possibly run out of spite this, I still felt the need to hold sent and received from teachers and ramifications they once held, do
pose to your meeting. You arrive things to share so long as we were onto the main section of every friends (organized by person and hold, or one day will hold in my life.
with the expectation and goal of comfortable with sharing them? paper I’d gotten in my brief sub- sorted chronologically and dating I’ll admit that I hope someone —
evaluating the other person, per- After that, I couldn’t have a con- scription period. Maybe someday, as far back as August 2006). My an anthropologist, maybe, but
haps as your soul mate or perhaps versation with someone without re- ten or twenty or fifty years from “High School” folder takes up 32 gi- hopefully a biographer — might
as your next one-night stand. Phys- ferring to my Jamba strategy of pre- now, it will bring me joy to know gabytes of my 250GB Mac- one day find all my belongings in-
ical attraction matters in addition tending we were already friends. that I still have a copy of the paper BookPro, though, to be fair, most teresting. But barring that, I’ll also
to some level of personality com- And I tried it out on everyone — from the day Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are pictures. I have a folder for settle for the fact that my life — the
patibility; I would imagine that the cashier at Olive’s, people I met was repealed. “Screenshots,” because I tend to people, the places and the events
personality matters less if you’re at parties, my professors. It became But why would 29, 39, or 69 year- find many things on the Internet that comprise it — is extraordinari-
looking for a fun night and is of easier to meet new people and also old me care when my current 19 that are worthy of being document- ly interesting to me and that I never
somewhat greater importance if more rewarding when I forged new year-old self didn’t bother to read ed for eternity. want to forget any of it. I already
you’re looking for your future friendships. I realized something even the front page of a product Though there is some semblance reminisce about the third, fourth
spouse. But personality also may key — that “awkwardness” lies in that, until this week, drained $48.94 of rationality for holding onto the and fifth grades being the best years
be less important than the physical your expectations of an interaction. out of his account every four newspapers and things like copies of my life and lament the fact that I
attraction because you can either Do you expect to be bored? Intimi- weeks? (N.B. I unsubscribed this of The Daily from when my first col- don’t remember much of why that
ignore it (one-night stand) or be dated? Awkwarded out? It might week because $48.94 was too much umn ran or my Orange Bowl pro- was, so what’s wrong with keeping
forgiving of what you don’t like happen. But if you expect a good money in one billing session, but gram, I can’t even begin to rational- everything from the time that peo-
(soul mate) because, hey, the next conversation with a friend, it might only in looking at my statements to ize keeping the other items. I hold ple tell me will be the “best four
date might go better! just turn out that way. write this column did I realize I that onto things like receipts from trips years of my life?”
My platonic dates with random When I realized I could talk to the per week price I paid to have the to CVS, old fortunes from Chinese For this reason, I’ve kept a jour-
Jewish undergrads didn’t have strangers as if we were already crossword sent to my P.O. Box was restaurants, pamphlets about nal since November 2008. But it’s
these advantages. Both my Jewish friends, everything changed. For too embarrassing to write out.) Green Library, or the wrapper that the unreadable, the unwriteable, the
Jamba recipient and I knew that we one thing, I now friend-holler My answer is pretty simple. It’s once held my sandwich from the unsaid that I want to remember —
would not call each other back for shamelessly at anyone and every- history. And no one seems to value birthplace of the Philly Cheeses- things like receipts that no one else
a second outing — the point of my one (some restrictions apply). And history as its happening, save for teak (to be fair, I was twelve when I will understand but that will prompt
job was to reach out to as many stu- for another, I convinced myself to monumental moments — 9/11 and first acquired it and threw it out me to say, Oh, that was from the
dents as possible. Thus the idea of start writing a column, because November 5, 2008 come to mind — only a few months after.) then-new Barnes & Noble on 86th
platonic dating, or becoming writing a column is kind of like at least I don’t; otherwise, I would Because I keep things like these, and Lex from that day...
friends, was not really our focus. treating all my readers — a bunch read the paper every day. But I still my desks and drawers, at Stanford So, for now I’ll keep on hoarding.
We also knew that physical attrac- of whom will be strangers — as if save enough things, like 12 weeks and at home, are like mini time cap-
tion would not really play a part in they are my friends. So here it goes. worth of Sunday New York Times, sules that tend to be somewhat Kristian is looking for free storage
our interaction because we didn’t to the point where I don’t know messy. It’s too painful to convince space. If you have any extra drawers
have aspirations of hooking up Miriam hopes you won’t be awkward what to do with them. myself to throw out my receipt from or desk space, send him an e-mail
later. The best we could hope for — go ahead and e-mail her with your Browsing through my computer the then-new Barnes & Noble on (which he may keep forever) at kbai-
was an hour of good conversation, feedback at melloram@stanford.edu. files would reveal that this disorder 86th and Lexington from that day in ley@stanford.edu.

WANDERLUST

TRAVEL 101 Johnny

C
three days of pasta with red sauce
all it my parting co-term gift,
but I’m spilling all my secrets. after splurging on a wheel of brie
Bartz
Travel secrets, that is. Some cheese. Yes, that’s an exaggeration,
may consider jetting off to Europe but $5 saved here is a ?3 panino on
for a few days during winter quarter the streets of Florence. Well, I guess savvy Stanford students. Even if
excessive, or even foolish, but I’ve ?3 doesn’t buy much of anything any- some of you may dismiss my at-times
found that it’s one of the most exhila- more, but you get the picture. It’s re- spontaneous and ill-planned vaca-
rating ways to break free of the Stan- sisting the urge to splurge on the han- tions as an excessive waste. I am with
ford bubble, not to mention a reinvig- dle of Svedka and going for a Four this. I aim to challenge the tradition-
orating way to clear your head before Loko instead. Well, I guess you can’t al Stanford bubble by showing an ex-
finals. It may be an obsession, or even get real Four Loko anymore, either. perience of the extreme — wander-
an addiction, but I’ve got a travel Maybe a better image is fixing your lust. Best of all, these worldly experi-
fever and the only cure is more globe- leaky faucet spending habits in order ences cost a fraction of what you
trotting. to turn on the fire hose for a brouha- might think. Would you rather be in
Yes, there is something glamorous ha in Venice. I’m not sure about you, French House or strolling down the
about travel. Everyone loves it, yet al- but I’d rather have one real caffe Champs-Elysees? Your pick, just
ways complains about how expensive macchiato than an eternity of burnt keep in mind that Cafe Night is twice
it is to fly in style, stay in luxury hotels, “lattes,” or whatever else they have a quarter (thank God!). Whoever
eat at chintzy restaurants, etc.They’re around here. said it was possible to lead a fabulous
right — all of these things are exces- Winter quarter is the perfect time life of excess without completely
sively expensive. The travel industry to travel, and over the course of this draining the bank account was right.
is created to take away our hard- column, I’m going to share a few of I’ve said it once, and I’ll most certain-
earned money, and yet there are so my experiences to give you some ly say it again: Stanford is great, but
many tricks that I’ve learned that will good ideas. There are periodic fare there is just too much of the world
allow you to have your money/good sales to nearly all domestic destina- out there for you to see. Everyone
grades and travel, too. No one can tions, not to mention that flights to needs some time away, even from
claim to know everything about trav- Europe are a fraction of what they this Cardinal Nirvana. Fabulous trav-
eling, or even the airline industry, but would cost during the high spring- el is not just for the filthy rich any-
I’d like to say that from my experi- summer season. Or sometimes you more; even a starving grad student
ence reading aviation forums, the can score a cheap ticket to Hawaii like myself can get away — to practi-
pastime of searching for cheap fares, just in time to relax the weekend be- cally anywhere. You need a weekend
making huge mistakes and exchang- fore finals, lazing on Waikiki beach. trip, so stop agonizing over a prob-
ing tips with other travelers, I know a There’s nothing like the healing lem set or what new pair of shoes to
thing or two about extravagant travel power of saltwater, tropical fish, sand buy, and do as our friend Mr. Twain
on a dime.And most importantly, I’m and sunshine. Of course Santa Cruz once said: “throw off the bowlines,
going to tell you all about it. Heck, if could suffice if the weather is nice sail away from the safe harbor.”
Jersey Shore is headed to Italy, you enough, but I wouldn’t hold my You’ll be glad that you did, and just
definitely can! breath. think of the stories.
Sometimes it means living a dual Whether it’s a weekend power
life — or shall I say — a life of ex- trip to London or a week of “sick Do you have a travel question or just a
tremes. It’s something like the starv- leave” in Brazil, I’ve probably done hilarious story? E-mail “Prof.” John-
ing grad student (me!) settling for it. I dream of inspiring new travel- ny Bartz at jbartz@stanford.edu.
The Stanford Daily Friday, February 4, 2011 ! 5

POLICE BLOTTER SMART


Continued from page 2
By IVY NGUYEN broke the window of a parked locked bike parked in front of
DESK EDITOR rental car and stole a briefcase Adelfa was stolen.
containing the owner’s person- something happens.”
This report covers a selection al belongings. " At 11:05 a.m., a collision with a Of course, NFC isn’t foolproof
of incidents from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 fixed object resulted in injury at yet. Such an increase in mobility and
as recorded in the Stanford De- " Between 1:30 and 4:45 p.m., un- the intersection of Serra Street openness comes with an expected
partment of Public Safety bul- known suspects broke into car and Lasuen Mall. amount of concern about privacy ERIC KOFMAN/
letin. parked at 267 Galvez Street by and security. Although the maxi- The Stanford Daily
smashing the front passenger " At 10:52 a.m., a non-injury ve- mum transmission distance for most
THURSDAY, JAN. 27 window and opened the trunk hicle vs. vehicle collision oc- devices is about eight centimeters,
" Between 2:10 and 2:15 p.m., an with the trunk release. The sus- curred at the intersection of the addition of a sufficiently strong for the project, remarked on the im-
unlocked bike was stolen from pect made away with a comput- Palm Drive and Palo Road. antenna could enable interference,a portance universities play in creat-
outside Mirrielees. er and other items. type of eavesdropping on informa- ing a programmable and accessible
" At 12:05 p.m., a woman was tion transmissions. Internet.
" Between 7:20 and 8:45 p.m., an " Between 2 p.m. and 12 a.m., a cited and released at Palo Road However, users would also have “A lot of companies are focusing
unidentified person made U-locked bike was stolen from and Quarry Road for driving the option of disabling NFC in their on proprietary software,” Lam said.
three death threats during a the front of 612 Alvarado Row. without a license. phones, just as Bluetooth can be “They like to lock people in on their
phone call to a resident in ZAP. turned off. Scott Klemmer, assistant own proprietary systems.And that’s
The person later sent a text SUNDAY, JAN. 30 " Between 12:10 p.m. and 2:50 professor of computer science, who the reason why our project is fo-
message to the resident apolo- " At 12:25 a.m., a student walking p.m., an unlocked bike was researches barcodes and interface cused on breaking down the barriers
gizing for the threats. along Mayfield Avenue was stolen from the side of Encina design, voiced a possible concern to openness.”
cited and released for being a Hall facing Hoover Tower. with the accelerated movement to- However, companies sometimes
" Between 8 and 10 p.m., a U- minor in possession of alcohol. wards digital technology. collaborate with researchers in the
locked bike was stolen from the " Between 6:25 p.m. and 8:30 “When we start to put informa- MobiSocial laboratory.This collabo-
outside of Castano. MONDAY, JAN. 31 p.m., a woman’s iPod was stolen tion digitally, it raises the question of ration aims to increase the efficiency
" Between 9:45 and 11 a.m., un- from her unattended backpack, how long that information is going with which the NFC technology will
FRIDAY, JAN. 28 known suspects smashed a win- which was sitting on the upper to be accessible by the outside be incorporated into products.
" At 6:30 a.m., an injury car vs. dow of a car parked at the inter- deck of the water polo pool at world,” Klemmer said. “So for tran- The effect NFC technology may
bike collision occurred along section of Stanford Avenue and Avery Aquatic Center. sient information, these technolo- have on the smart phone market is
Stanford Avenue. Junipero Serra Drive, stealing a gies are really valuable. But when still unclear. The only phone with
purse. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2 you’re banking on that information NFC technology currently on the
" At 6:50 a.m., another person re- " At 2:20 p.m., at Escondido being there centuries from now,it’s a market is the Google Nexus S. Al-
ceived an injury after a bike vs. "A non-injury multi-vehicle col- Road and Campus Drive a man more challenging proposition.” though there is some speculation
fixed object collision occurred lision occurred at Bowdoin was cited and released for driv- Research in NFC technology is that NFC will be standard in the
in the Tresidder parking lot. Street and Pine Hill at 1:39 p.m. ing without a license. His vehi- only a portion of a much larger proj- next iPhone, it is unconfirmed.
cle was also towed. ect that MobiSocial is pursuing. The “We know that NFC is going to
SATURDAY, JAN. 29 TUESDAY, FEB. 1 lab, in fact, received a $10 million be very new,” Lam said. “And we
" Between 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., " Between 10 p.m. the previous Contact Ivy Nguyen at iknguyen@ grant from the National Science want to be there and help create
at the Track House, someone day and 10 a.m. Feb. 1, a cable stanford.edu. Foundation to be used over five open methods.”
years.
Monica Lam, professor of com- Contact Nardos Girma at ngirma@
puter science and a faculty director stanford.edu.

BOARD
board. In addition, ResEd held an
informational meeting last Thurs-
day, at the end of which they invited “This board is one
Continued from page 2 RAs to apply for the board.The ap-
plications were closed on Monday.

application process were an-


Nearly finished with the RA in-
terview process, ResEd is now tak- effort to ensure...a
nounced last quarter. ing steps to prepare for managerial
“In the past, there have been staff positions.
some concerns from students
about the lack of transparency and
“ResEd is an incredibly large
and complex organization,”
systematic way to
the overly bureaucratic nature of Calvert said. “As we think about
ResEd,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, developing the residential pro-
this board will be able to bridge the
current perceived gap between stu-
gram, we have many constituents
and many variables that need to be
be a part of the
dents and administrators who they considered.This board is one effort
often don’t get to have much con- to ensure that our RAs have a sys-
tact with throughout the year.”
Over winter break, ResEd sent
temic way to be a part of the con-
versation.”
conversation”
out e-mails to all of the RA staff to
get a sense of how interested they Contact Theo Matthews at themat@ — Jennifer Calvert
were in working to create the new stanford.edu.

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SPORTS
KILLER KLAHN
MEN’S BASKETBALL
ARIZONA 78
STANFORD 69
2/3, Maples Pavilion
TOP PERFORMERS Points Shooting Pct. Assists Reb.
J. GREEN, STAN 21 8-21 38.1% 0 1
D. WILLIAMS, ARIZ. 21 8-14 57.1% 2 8
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ARIZONA STATE 72
STANFORD 54
2/3, Tucson, Ariz.
TOP PERFORMERS Points Shooting Pct. Assists Reb.
K. PEDERSEN, STAN 15 4-11 36.3% 6 10
K. BRANDON, ASU 18 7-16 43.7% 1 5
MEN’S TENNIS
TEXAS TECH 2
STANFORD 5
2/3, Taube Tennis Stadium
MEN’S BASKETBALL
ARIZONA STATE 3 P.M.
STANFORD
2/5, Maples Pavilion
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
STANFORD 1 P.M. PST
ARIZONA
2/5, Tucson, Ariz.
WOMEN’S TENNIS
KOR VANG/ The Stanford Daily
UCLA 12 P.M.
Defending NCAA Singles Champion Bradley Klahn, above, won his singles match in straight sets, 7-6, 7-5, helping
Stanford beat Texas Tech, 5-2, at Taube Tennis Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The junior from Poway, Calif. is No. 15 in STANFORD
the country, and the No. 8 Cardinal are now undefeated through four dual matches this season. 2/5, Taube Tennis Stadium

Tom Taylor
STANFORD ACE PROPELS CARDINAL
DASH DAVIDSON
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
mores Denis Lin and Matt Kandath
helped secure the doubles point for
Stanford by dispatching Texas
“Texas Tech just beat Cal, who I
think is a very good team, a few days
ago, so we know that they are talent-
Are all athletes
created equal?
Thursday afternoon at the Taube Tech’s David Gonzalez and Raphael ed,” he said. “I was very pleased with
Family Tennis Center brought anoth- Pfister, 8-2. our effort today; I thought the guys
er strong showing for the No. 8 Stan- “Doubles points are critical in competed well and, overall, I’m very
ford men’s tennis team, which matches like this,” said Stanford head happy with what happened today, and

T
notched perhaps its most impressive coach John Whitlinger. “Any time the team should be too.”
victory of the young season by defeat- you’re playing a team that is a really With his team off to a blazing start, his weekend, there are very specific challenges of athlet-
ing the No.15 Texas Tech Red Raiders, tough team, as Texas Tech is, the dou- Whitlinger said that the goal was to two major events on ics and the more all-around de-
5-2. bles point is gigantic — when you can continue improving everyday. either side of the At- mands of a team sport. It makes
In what turned out to be its closest get that first point and only have to “Our motto has always been,‘build lantic sports divide.On more sense to ask if the NFL and
and most highly contested match of win three singles matches, it makes a towards May’. You’ve got to be play- Sunday,fans in the U.S. NBA have a monopoly on the
the year, the Cardinal was anchored really big difference.” ing your best tennis in May, no matter will be glued to Super Bowl XLV, athletes in team sports, and to
by strong play from its No. 1 player, Stanford executed early in dou- how you start the season,” he said. while in the U.K. and a few near- compare like with almost-like:
defending NCAA singles champion bles, securing the final margin by win- “You want to finish strong, and we’re by countries, the start of the Six specifically, football with rugby.
Bradley Klahn.The star junior and his ning four of the six singles matches trying to get ourselves into a position Nations (Europe’s most presti- The mammoth American
doubles partner, No. 2 player and jun- and falling just short in a pair of three- to do that.” gious rugby tournament) will be football TV marathon may well
ior Ryan Thacher, secured the always- set losses. Klahn, Lin, senior Alex The Cardinal will be back on the grabbing up the headlines. It last longer than the three games
pivotal doubles point in a victory over Clayton and senior Greg Hirshmann courts Tuesday, Feb. 8, at home against might just be a coincidence of the that will kick off Six Nations, but
Texas Tech’s Raony Carvalho and all won their singles matches. Utah. sporting schedules,but it gives me it doesn’t take long to recognize
Rafael Garcia. Klahn and Thacher de- Whitlinger lauded his team for the the perfect excuse to examine the the shared heritage of these two
feated the Brazilian duo, 8-6. way it played against such a tough op- Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@ recent claims made by one of my sports. The balls are both oval,
Over on Court Three, sopho- ponent. stanford.edu. friends that “95 percent of the top and you can score by either
500 (male) athletes in the world touching down or kicking
play in the NBA or NFL.” through the posts. If you pay
It isn’t hard to find enough ex- enough attention, you can even

Bruins
ceptions to prove that more than spot the similarities in player po-
25 of the world’s elite athletes sitions and tactics, making a com-
compete outside of those two parison between the two far more
sports. The fastest, strongest and interesting than between, say,

back for highest jumpers in the world are football and soccer.
at the Olympics every four years There are still, though, some
running track, lifting weights and major differences,and the biggest
of these is the stop-start nature of

more
leaping as far and high as they
can. Even the best from the NBA football versus the more fluid na-
or NFL would struggle against ture of a rugby game. This does
the top 10 in each of those disci- more than provide for the prime-
plines,accounting for hundreds of time advertisement slots at the
athletes. However, there is a
No. 1 Stanford puts clear difference between the Please see TAYLOR, page 8

ranking on the line


WILL SEATON
M. GYMNASTICS
Stanford sends
STAFF WRITER

After booking its ticket to the


USTA/ITA National Indoor Cham-

eight to Vegas
pionships, the No. 1 Stanford
women’s tennis team (3-0) had a
week of practice to prepare for a
tough early-season test against No. 5
UCLA (4-0) this weekend.
“Last week we had three matches, JENNY PETER “Spots on the National Team
so that was pretty strenuous,” said STAFF WRITER are getting more and more com-
senior Carolyn McVeigh. “This week petitive as we get closer to the
we’ve been working on our games A select group of eight ath- Olympic Games, so it really
and working on a lot of doubles play. letes from the men’s gymnastics comes down to who delivers
It’s nice to get the group together. team will head to Las Vegas this when the time is right,” Dixon
Last week we couldn’t work that weekend for the Winter Cup said.
much because we had to be prepared Challenge, a re-ranking meet The Stanford men are hop-
for the matches.” for the U.S. Men’s Senior Na- ing for strong performances for
The victory over No. 39 Oklahoma tional Team. Over 100 gymnasts, personal as well as team-orient-
on Saturday after was a good learn- including six members of the ed reasons, as the meet helps de-
ing experience for the freshmen on 2010 World Championships termine the 15 men who will
the team. Stanford bounced back Team and three Olympians, are make up the Senior National
after an early setback in doubles play Stanford Daily File Photo contending for spots on the Se- Team in the 2011 Visa Champi-
and swept the singles points to earn a nior National Team. onships in St. Paul, Minn., from
The Stanford women’s tennis team is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the
6-1 victory. Representing Stanford at the Aug. 17-20. However, a good
“Right after we lost the doubles country after three matches. The Cardinal squares off against the No. 5 UCLA in event are seniors Alex showing will also reflect favor-
point, all of us were just so focused,” a Pac-10 showdown tomorrow afternoon at Taube Tennis Stadium. Buscaglia, Josh Dixon, Tim ably on Stanford’s name in the
said freshman Kristie Ahn. “[Head Gentry and Ryan Lieberman, national and world gymnastic
coach] Lele [Forood] likes to say, ‘as Stanford prevailed over the Bru- run to the NCAA national semifinals redshirt senior Nick Noone, circles.
soon as doubles is over, forget about ins, 5-2, two months later, and the in doubles, ending the season with a redshirt sophomore John Mar- “When a Stanford gymnast
it. Go straight to singles.’ The upper- players maintain that this year’s 40-8 overall record. tin and freshmen Cale Robin- wins an event, or places high on
classmen did a really good job of UCLA squad is a different story. This season, McCall Jones has son and Chris Turner. the event, it reflects well on the
preparing us, too.” “I don’t think we’ve talked a lot or taken over the No. 1 position. A “The seniors — Tim, Alex, work being done in our gym,”
The young team’s promising men- at all about last year,” Barte said. transfer from Brigham Young Uni- Ryan and Josh — are motivated Glielmi said.“The guys’ training
tal fortitude is a good sign going into “We’re just looking forward to play- versity, Jones is a junior listed at No. to have a successful senior cam- has been going extremely well,
the match against a UCLA team that ing them on Saturday. It’s a brand 26 in the Preseason ITA Singles rank- paign and use the year as a and their hard work has benefit-
provided Stanford with its most one- new challenge and a brand new ings. springboard to the international ed their preparation.”
sided loss of last year.After dropping squad they have.” “Yasmin was a really solid singles level,” said Stanford head coach “Showing up at such a high-
the doubles point in that match, Stan- UCLA’s biggest change has come and doubles player,” McVeigh said. Thom Glielmi. caliber meet with eight guys, the
ford could only muster one victory to at the No. 1 spot. Last year, Schnack “So I think they’re definitely going to The preliminary round of most from any club or collegiate
avoid the sweep. Current senior Hi- was a dominant singles and doubles miss her a little bit.” competition was yesterday, with program, speaks to the strength
lary Barte defeated Yasmin Schnack, player for the Bruins, and she paired the final competition scheduled
7-5, 2-6, (10-7). up with Andrea Remynse to make a Please see WTENNIS, page 8 to take place tomorrow. Please see MGYM, page 8
The Stanford Daily Friday, February 4, 2011 ! 7

CLASSIFIEDS ROW
She speculated that it might The house’s financial manager, who
have been instituted to make sure requested anonymity due to his on-
that all houses had money in their going efforts to work out the issue
Continued from front page CRFs. with ResEd, said that he was not
“I remember during training at aware of the policy change until it
the beginning of the year, multiple “became relevant” to him.
cording to Roth FM Lyn Mehe’ula houses didn’t have a CRF fund,” He added that ResEd has tried
‘11, Student Organized Services Mehe’ula said. to keep residents’ best interests in
YOGA (SOS) director Nick Peters ‘94 told “If you don’t have a CRF fund, mind.
financial managers to try to spend it’s hard to get a lot of things for the “I think if there’s a big surplus,
Nationally recognized Yoga the entirety of their income each house, especially if the house needs they’ll work with you to figure out
Teaching Training Center walk- quarter. SOS manages Row house new furniture or something that’s how to move those funds,” he said.
ing distance from Stanford, led by accounts, including CRF funds. necessary,” she added. “They’ll be flexible about how to
Stanford PhDs and internationally G E T NOTICED BY When contacted, Peters declined to Mehe’ula said that she views the resolve the situation.”
known instructors. Drop-in class-
es seven days a week, early THOUSANDS. comment. CRF as “incredibly important” and He said one of the difficult parts
morning to night, in a wide range was initially happy about the of the change is that it’s harder to
of styles for all level students, be-
(650) 721-5803 Announcing the change change. Being the first group to ex- save up for big events because sur-
ginners to masters. Registration www.stanforddaily.com perience the change, however, is pluses are deposited into the CRF
now open for Avalon’s 17th 200- When current Roth residents difficult. on a quarterly basis.
hour Yoga Teacher Training Pro-
gram, which starts Feb. 18. In the
/classifieds met last spring, Mehe’ula told them “When you are in the first group, “You can’t have a long-term
that she would budget as carefully you don’t have previous years to budget where you spend a little bit
center of the Calif Ave district, 370 as possible in hopes of refunding benefit from, so we are paying into less this quarter, and save up for a
S. Cali. Ave. Full data on classes the money back to them. something that we won’t ever see,” big event in the spring,” he said.
and Teacher Training at www.aval-
onyoga.com, or call us at 650- “The mark of a good financial Mehe’ula said. “Everything has to be spent in that
324-2517. FIRST CLASS FREE for manager last year was to budget Jorgensen, however, stated that quarter or else you lose access to it.
all students, staff, and faculty who wisely, so that at the end of the year, the change was implemented by That’s sort of the surprise.”
mention this Stanford Daily ad. you had the opportunity to give ResEd to encourage financial man-
money back to your residents,” agers to spend all the money they Budgeting the ‘spirit of the Row’
Mehe’ula said. collect in social dues.
SEEKING TUTORING But at training in August, FMs “The Row Office wants us to ac- Jorgensen said that the change
were told that unspent money tually spend [the social dues] on the has, in some ways, made his respon-
Seeking boys recreational/competi- Chem Phys Math Stats
“I make it easy!” would not be refunded. Mehe’ula residents [and] use it to provide sibilities as a financial manager
tive gymnastics coach. Greg,
gregtz@stanford.edu, (408) 679-3981. Jim(307)6993392 broke the news to Roth’s residents services in terms of social events more difficult.
at the first house meeting of the and activities that all residents can “We typically have a set number
year. use to relax and de-stress,” Jor- of events that we like to do, so this
“There were groans,” Mehe’ula gensen said. forces us to budget how much we
said. “No one was really happy He added that the change was actually plan on spending for those
about it, especially since it was dif- made to bridge a gap between large events beforehand,” Jorgensen
ferent from what I had told them in Row houses and small ones. Jor- said. “Because if we budget too lit-
the spring, but no one’s really com- gensen said that economies of scale tle, then we aren’t going to be able
plained beyond groaning at the allow larger Row houses to run to have those events.”
meeting.” high end-of-year budget surpluses. “But if we budget too much,” he
Casa Italiana FM Jack Jor- Smaller Row houses have not added, “then what’s going to hap-
gensen ‘12 also informed his resi- demonstrated this trend. pen is all that money is going to be
dents of the change at the beginning Under the former policy, this rolled into CRF.”
of fall quarter. meant that those living in the bigger Overall, Jorgensen thought that
Level: 1 2 3 4 “I sent an e-mail, especially to houses would, on average, be re- the change was designed to con-
residents who had lived in a Row funded more money than those liv- tribute positively to student life on
house the last year, saying, ‘Just a ing in smaller houses. the Row and maintain its distinct
heads-up, due to a policy change “[ResEd] viewed it as a little bit social atmosphere.
this year, we will not be able to unfair that these small houses were “ResEd, the Row Office and the
grant refunds this year,’” Jorgensen struggling to make their budgets managers that work here are trying
said. “I also reiterated that we while these large houses were hav- to preserve the spirit of the Row as
would do our best to keep costs ing large surpluses,” Jorgensen much as possible, and, ultimately, I
down and make the most out of said. think the policy is designed to en-
their money.” Slavianskii Dom FM Chris hance that,” he said. “Whether it’s
Kucharczyk ‘11 said he had not the most effective policy or whether
Purpose of change unclear to many heard of a policy change concerning all the kinks have been worked out
social dues, but agreed that such a of it, I don’t know. But I think that’s
Officially, the intent behind the change was probably made to even still the overall goal that this policy
change aims to encourage houses to out the financial gap between hous- is trying to meet.”
spend their entire budgets each es. He hypothesized that the change
quarter. But among financial man- was implemented to “equalize the Tyler Brown contributed to this re-
agers, the purpose is less clear. pay for housing.” port.
“I’ve asked [ResEd] a few times, At least one house last quarter
and I’ve never gotten a definitive had a significant budget surplus Contact Kurt Chirbas at kchirbas
answer,” Mehe’ula said. that was directed to its CRF fund. @stanford.edu.

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MGYM WTENNIS
against the best gymnasts in the the national team coordinator. terviews for the USA gymnastics
United States,” Glielmi said. The National Team Point Pro- website as well as sending tweets
Although seven members from gram is a ranking system used for ad- during the competition. Durante is
Continued from page 6 the 2010 World Championships vancement to the final round. The the 2007 U.S. All-Around Champi- Continued from page 6
Team have already earned their top 42 gymnasts in the all-around on and an alternate to the 2008
berths onto the national team, eight and the top two gymnasts from each Olympics. Stanford graduate Sho
and depth of the Stanford pro- other spots are still up for grabs.The event will advance, and the all- Nakamori ‘09 will also be compet- This year’s team appears to be
gram,” Dixon added.. Winter Cup will help determine around and individual event cham- ing at the event. particularly prepared for the chal-
The competition also counts the those spots based on the following pions will then be decided based on The Winter Cup Challenge lenge, even though several of the
individual event scores toward par- criteria: the highest-ranked all- a combined two-day score. wraps up this Saturday, and the Car- freshmen are facing their first big
ticipants’ NCAA averages, so Stan- around athlete who is not a member The Cardinal squad will be dinal will continue team competi- Pac-10 test.
ford will be able to compare itself of the World Team, the top four joined by some familiar faces when tion on Feb. 12 at the Gold Country “We’ve seen a lot of really great
against the rest of the nation. gymnasts based on the National it heads to Vegas this weekend. Classic in Oakland. stuff from them [the freshmen] so
“It is a great experience, not just Team Point Program, two athletes Stanford alumnus David Durante, a far,” McVeigh said. “They’ve had
to see how they stack up against the chosen by the Men’s Program Com- 2002 graduate of the men’s team, Contact Jenny Peter at jpeter12@stan- really successful junior careers be-
other collegiate gymnasts but also mittee and one athlete selected by will be at the event conducting in- ford.edu. fore Stanford so they know what
it’s like to play in big situations. I
know they’re going to battle and

“Losing to
them was a
wakeup call
for the team.”
—Caroline McVeigh

give it their all.”


Over the past several seasons,
UCLA has become a big rival for
the Cardinal in both Pac-10 and
national competition, claiming
their first NCAA Championship
in 2008 as Stanford struggled. But
since then, the Card is 2-1 against
the Bruins with its own NCAA
championship in 2010 — the lone
Stanford loss being the 6-1
blowout in Los Angeles last year.
“Losing to them last year was a
wakeup call for the team,”
McVeigh said. “We started work-
ing a lot harder. We knew that
even though we were really good,
we had to bring our best for every
match.They won NCAAs two sea-
sons ago and they’ve been one of
our rivals ever since then.”
The match is scheduled for
noon on Saturday at Taube Family
Tennis Stadium.
NADIA MUFTI/The Stanford Daily Contact Will Seaton at wseaton@
Stanford men’s gymnastics will be well represented at the Winter Cup Challenge, with eight current athletes attending the Las Vegas event. stanford.edu.

TAYLOR
last more than 20 minutes. It thus be- ideal of what an athlete should look
comes nearly impossible to predict like: tall, broad-shouldered, strong
and plan for what will happen.Rugby and fast. It’s also hard to fault foot-
Continued from page 6 players must have a wider range of ball or rugby players’ commitment
skills than their counterparts in the — they get hit hard, hard enough to
NFL. break lesser men, but still come back
Super Bowl — it fundamentally And even within the very specific for more. Unfortunately, rugby play-
changes the type of athlete involved. roles of football players,there are no- ers don’t play football and vice versa,
Football players must develop the table exceptions to the rule. Most so there is no way to make an objec-
ability for short, powerful bursts of kickers in football have but one task, tive comparison.
activity with comparatively long re- and so, with all the resources behind It would be all too easy for me to
covery periods in between. Rugby them, it would not be unreasonable rank rugby far above football, but
players are required to balance to expect them to be clearly the best. the truth is disappointingly far less
strength and power with endurance The longest field goal in NFL history controversial. The world’s best ath-
— the ability to get back up immedi- is 63 yards;the longest penalty kick in letes are those who have taken their
ately after a hit and keep running. international rugby is a full seven particular discipline to its absolute
In both sports, the athletes train to yards further. maximum, who have drilled their
perform in certain roles with different Equipment also complicates the bodies and refined their god-given
skill sets,but football players take this issue. Because football players wear talents to reach the limit of what is
to the extreme. Some may spend en- helmets and pads, they certainly hit achievable within the rules of their
tire careers working within a very spe- each other harder than rugby players own sport.
cific role or position on the field, per- can while still avoiding serious injury,
haps never even coming close to but that doesn’t make them better Tom Taylor clearly wishes he had the
touching the actual football. For this athletes any more than wearing Air body of a wide receiver, but sadly, he
reason, they are almost certainly bet- Jordans would make me (not) like does not. If you’d like to taunt him
ter at their primary jobs.This is a luxu- Mike. with a picture of your rock-hard abs,
ry that can’t be afforded within rugby, The poster boy for both of these send him an e-mail at tom.taylor
in which periods of constant play can sports easily fits the stereotypical @stanford.edu.

WBBALL
In the Wildcats’ last matchup 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds a
against the Cardinal, Stanford game, and Soana Lucet, who puts
cruised to an 87-54 victory behind in 11.7 points per game.
Continued from front page a season-high 24 points from The Cardinal will put its 13-
Nnemkadi Ogwumike. game win streak on the line in Tuc-
Arizona will try to stop the son on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the
Next up for Stanford is a trip powerful Card with its own version McKale Center.
down south to Tucson, where the of the “Big Three” — Davellyn
Arizona Wildcats will play host on Whyte, who averages 15.2 points Contact Jack Blanchat at jmblanchat
Saturday evening. per game, Ify Ibekwe, who adds @stanford.edu.

MBBALL
layups by freshman forward
“Unfortunately we Dwight Powell — four of his six
points for the game — tied the
Continued from front page didn’t have the game at 58 with just five minutes to
play.
opportunity to make Stanford made only two field
get back in the game.A three-point- goals the rest of the way, though,
er by Gage capped an 8-0 run that
cut the Arizona lead to one.
the last run.” and the Wildcats made clutch shots
down the stretch. While the Cardi-
Spurts were common from both nal was its usual inconsistent self at
teams, though, and the Wildcats im- —JOHNNY DAWKINS the free-throw line, Arizona made
mediately responded with seven all eight of its charity shots in the
straight to bolster the lead back up the floor, Stanford came out in- final 1:23 to secure the victory.
to eight. Stanford fought back with spired, scoring 12 of the first 13 For the game, the Wildcats shot
another 8-0 run, including two more points of the second half, including 53 percent from the field, while
Gage three-pointers, to tie the an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the Stanford shot only 41 percent. The
game at 33. Gage, a freshman from game. Green took control, punctu- Cardinal had 16 offensive re-
Vashon Island, Wash., has received ating the run with a coast-to-coast bounds, which were converted to 22
very limited playing time through- dunk and a layup. second-chance points. However,
out the season and had made only Six minutes into the second half, Stanford shot only 6-for-25 from
five field goals all year before his the Cardinal led, 45-40, and had not the three-point line, including 1-for-
three consecutive three-pointers. allowed a field goal in the half.That 13 in the second half. Arizona leads
“The one guy who doesn’t play turned out to be the last time Stan- the country in three-point field goal
as much who really gave us a spark ford would lead all game, as defense, allowing only 27 percent
late in the first half was John Gage,” Williams finally broke the string from beyond the arc.
Dawkins said. “I’m proud of him with a putback, part of a 9-0 Wildcat Up next for the Cardinal is Ari-
coming in under those circum- run. zona State, who Stanford defeated,
stances in this type of a game and “It was a game of runs through- 70-56, last month in Tempe.The Sun
really stepping up and playing the out the entire night, and unfortu- Devils have lost seven consecutive
way he did.” nately we didn’t have the opportu- Pac-10 games and have not won a
After a great defensive posses- nity to make the last run,” Dawkins road game since Jan. 1.
sion by Stanford, Fogg hit a three- said. Stanford and Arizona State tip
pointer at the shot-clock buzzer to As the second half wore on, the off on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Maples
quiet the crowd, and Perry hit an- game remained close and the fouls Pavilion.
other with four seconds left to give started to pile up again, putting
Arizona a 39-33 halftime lead. both teams in the bonus with plenty Contact Jacob Jaffe at jwjaffe@stanford.
With its starting lineup back on of time remaining. Consecutive edu.
stanford’s weekly guide to campus culture
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inside TELEVISION
page 7
FX strikes gold with animated series
MUSIC
page 3
Intermission revies the latest effort from
cover
“Archer” Cold War Kids Anastasia Yee/The Stanford Daily
Intermission lists the Oscar nominees and Roxy Sass shows off her
predict the winners sporty side

MOVIES
page 5 ADVICE
page 8

SLIDERBAR MISSES THE MARK food

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mericans may have a vibe are trumped by the sub-
slightly skewed per- par menu. In general, all of
ception of tapas. The their beef options are weak.
Spanish style of eating The American Classic Slider,
(Andalusian in origin) for example, is a disaster. It
involves a small plate of food lacks flavor almost entirely
served at a bar specifically to and ultimately ends up
accompany drinks. Our resembling a savory Twinkie
interpretation is something as mayonnaise oozes through
more along the lines of mak- the perforation in the top of
ing a meal at a restaurant out the bun created by the
of appetizers. One permuta- wooden pick. The same is
tion of the American philos- true of the Double
ophy on tapas is sliders. Cheeseburger Slider — it’s
However, just as we were just a larger version of its
somewhat off in our under- Classic cousin that is physi-
standing of tapas, so is cally more difficult to eat.
Sliderbar off in their attempt The Kobe Beef Slider is dis-
at sliders. appointing as well and is
Celeste Noche/The Stanford Daily
demonstrative of Sliderbar’s A combination of the American Classic and California Chicken sliders at SliderBar Cafe
failure to understand how to
bring out the savory, tender Vegetarian Slider is a waste. impart a particularly heavy Sliderbar is the ability to
SliderBarCafe aspects of meat.
VERDICT:

The patty is shockingly dry feel to the burger without avoid commitment and try a
Sliderbar performs poor- and makes the dish difficult providing much of the subtle little bit of everything; five
324 University Ave. ly with its non-beef options, to eat, given its displeasing feta flavor. The Marinated sliders is a manageable feat
Palo Alto
“Don’t
Bother” 650.322.7300
too. For example, despite the mouth-feel. And while the Portobello Slider is also allowing a good sampling of
powerful ingredients, the Serrano Chili Southwestern somewhat enjoyable. The the whole menu. But when
California Chicken Slider Slider has a bit of a spicy savory mushroom provides a so few dishes deliver any-
Sliderbar has a casual manages to completely kick to it, there is nothing to delectable substitution for thing worth noting, the
atmosphere that works best underwhelm in terms of fla- compliment the Serrano chili meat that is well-compli- experience unravels, and you
as a relatively quick lunch vor. Neither the garlic, ginger flavor, leaving the burger as mented by the sweetness of become forced to order from
destination or a happy hour or chipotle come through at more of a tease of what the caramelized onions and a limited set of mediocre
stop for drinks and food all — only a bland, forget- could have been. the balsamic vinegar. The options. If you need the fun
after work. The décor of the table slider is left in their Not all of the sliders were Memphis Style Natural of sundry tastes, consider
restaurant and bar makes it place. The All Natural Italian complete misfires, but none Pulled Pork BBQ Slider is tapas at Joya. If you’re in the
relatively cozy, so it is easier Sausage Slider Dog is chewy were outstanding. The one of their stronger dishes mood for a solid hamburger,
to overlook the fact that the with a flavor similar to a Mediterranean Slider, for with a nice, sweet and tangy try The Counter. If you’re
small space can certainly get cheap hotdog purchased at example, has good flavor to BBQ sauce that is not too thinking of Sliderbar, “don’t
cramped. the grocery store; even the it, but the proportions are a heavy, but it hardly holds up bother.”
Unfortunately, any tsunami of relish can’t cover bit off; the lamb patty is deli- to the dedicated BBQ restau-
redeeming aspects of the up poor quality meat. The cious, but so large that it rants in the surrounding area —joshua GLUCOFT
overwhelms any of the sur- for purists on a quest. contact josh: glucoft@stan-
rounding flavors, which in The excitement underly-
2 turn allows the cheese to ing an establishment like
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music

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.C.-natives Cold War Kids defy all the vital stats “Sensitive Kid” and “Cold Toes on the Cold
chill Californian stereotypes of Floor” feature sharper vocals, jagged and
Mine Is Yours
beaches, sunshine and greenery. They fierce in temperament. In this way, the Cold
sport black jackets and skinny jeans fit for War Kids retain the slightly disheveled charm
cloudy skies. Darkly insightful lyrics accompa- COLD WAR KIDS of their earlier albums. These songs would be
ny the soaring vocals, which contain a blend Indie Rock better received in an eclectic blues lounge
of garage post-punk and gospel fervor. This is because they near on rockabilly and are just
the epitome of indie-rock cool, as far as image LE OF short of ‘90s grunge.
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was when I heard “Hospital Beds” from their meant to leave you with the rising soulfulness
2006 debut “Robbers & Cowards.” “Mine Is Courtesy Downtown Records of the band. The goal for this track seems to
Yours,” the title track of their new album, is Other gems be raw energy instead of lasting enjoyment.
fall, I come out of the wilderness to lay by the
fashioned like a power ballad. Soft, tween off the album don’t shy away from tribulation Though there are definite lulls in the
waterfall”). Aside from the strong presence of
pop-worthy electronic beats introduce the either. “Royal Blue” dotes on watching rain song list, the Cold War Kids’ ambitious
guitars and drums, synth keyboards give the
tune, and then echoing drums fall in line with clouds and having skies for roofs. Upbeat attempt to bring heart isn’t for naught. For
Cold War Kids airy, glazed undertones. There
lead singer Nathan Willet’s words. Realistic clapping and rough-and-tumble guitar riffs instance, other artists addressing similar top-
is richness of sound, which proves comple-
love runs out of room, Willet mourns. He make this message shine. Likewise, “Out of ics are tempted to sing apathetically. For those
mentary to the emotion-packed array of love
cannot sway the sun or the moon for the the Wilderness” is laden with visual imagery, with a soft spot for a cross between main-
stories.
object of his affection. A crescendo into the interesting enough to seem otherworldly stream melodies and indie ruggedness, the
Two odd music styles end up in the selec-
heights of romance succeeds in ear-worthy (“cryptic graffiti greetings to read”) and mag- band is at point in its career to convey exactly
tion, really for variety’s sake rather than to
satisfaction, promising “All my stones become nificent enough to place yourself in the scene that.
add depth to the album. “Bulldozer,”
your pearls/All of my trials are your treasures.” (“I will always walk tall/when the rain starts to A blogosphere chart-topper is “Skip the
Charades.” The song is a plea for seeing
through the fogginess of false strength and
The Red Couch Project presents HBC Brass Band flowery language. Jangling cymbals and light
guitar strumming offset the dim nature of the
narrative (“you wait on letters/patient for any
sign of life”).
And then there’s “Finally Begin,” a more
low-key number. Near-spoken verses state the
scenario: years of over-thinking and commit-
ment issues on the protagonist’s part broaden
the distance between two lovers. He tells him-
self, “If it’s got to be a leap of faith, I wish some-
body’d push me. That way I’d know who to
blame.” The lilting way that insecurities are
expressed draws in the listener while the com-
plexity offers more sentimental value than
your average refrain.
Ultimately, the Cold War Kids are
refreshing for slow mornings and overcast
days. They’re commendable for being radio-
friendly yet still being poetically dynamic
enough for the indie world.

—sophia VO
contact sophia:
s o p h i a v o @ s t a n f o rd . e d u

Courtesy The Red Couch Project


Members of the HBC Brass Band (only partially shown) pump up the volume at The Red Couch Project's second con-
cert of the winter season.
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movies
‘Life,’ ‘Salesman’ and ‘Happy’ strike a
chord at Sundance

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ntermission flew out to Utah last week for the French, with barely readable white subtitles
27th Sundance Film Festival. While it’s pretty scrawled across the winter landscape. We watched
much impossible to watch all the films, we did patiently as he extended his hand for gumballs
manage to check out a couple. from his grandson, we watched expectantly as he
greeted his daughter with a kiss, we watched drea-
“Life in a Day” rily as he sold cars, we watched sleepily as he
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Life in a Day
closed shop, once more. In that first hour and 15
in a day. They often feel UNRATED
minutes, nothing extraordinary happened, noth-
wasted, lost in routine and Documentary
ing revelatory or even allegorical, just life as a cars
repetition, squandered and A
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imperfect and beautiful about the way those com- follows our friend the salesman as he lives beyond
mon hours are spent, the choices we make with- that tragedy: selling cars, eating leftovers, walking
out thought, the act of rising, of brewing coffee, of in the snow. We left the theater feeling a little per-
screaming and crying and kissing and laughing — plexed and very bored, the Park City chill turning ERIC KOFMAN/ The Stanford Daily
and somehow, with the help of thousands of peo- our exasperated sighs into little cold clouds. We
ple around the world, director Kevin MacDonald laughed about the self-indulgent artsiness of the life — her troubled husband, who cannot even
has captured it in “Life in a Day,” a 90 minute doc- film, we joked about the lack of significance in the feign sexual interest in her, and her troublemaking
umentary. We meet a man who has been biking obsession with the mundane and we went to bed, son, who, in one scene, tells her she is ugly — are
around the world for nine years, a mother strug- unaware that this film had penetrated our con- deprecating and cruel. When the perfect young
gling with cancer, a boy without a mother, a boy sciousness and — in some undetected but indeli- family moves next door, Kaja’s world is given a big
who shines shoes for a living. We watch love and ble way — had moved us. “The Salesman” is a film kick of excitement, and we watch as the aforemen-
rejection and hope and frustration unfold on the that requires patience, a film that should be tioned blowjobs and infidelity unfold with humor
screen, but it is not the monumental that cuts us absorbed rather than analyzed, appreciated for the and honesty. A racially-charged subplot of the
deepest — it is the universality of, and beauty in, blank stare into reality that it offers. film involving Kaja’s white son and the family next
the banal that is most striking. “Life in a Day” is a door’s adopted African son lends a dark and
gorgeous film that artfully combines footage from “Happy Happy” the vital stats
uncomfortable touch to “Happy Happy” that
all over the world, captured by thousands of indi- The poster for “Happy Happy Happy made many Americans in the audience positively
viduals who responded to MacDonald’s YouTube Happy” featured a bug- UNRATED
Drama
squeamish, but for me, it epitomized the honesty
directive: to film one day — July 24, 2010 — in eyed woman in lingerie, SCALE
of director Sewitsky’s vision. Children, like adults,
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hours of film, MacDonald and his producers with the face of men, 10 understanding, and Sewitsky’s candor in capturing
gleaned thousands of clips which, together, com- against a Pepto-pink backdrop. that brutal truth, on every level, is remarkable and
prise a visual poem that is at once affirming, Which begged the question: What? For goodness brave. Similar to “The Kids Are All Right” in tone,
depressing, moving and ultimately wonderful, true sake, its tagline was “a comedy about infidelity, but with an extra element of humor and a touch
to life itself. moose meat, blowjobs and cottage cheese.” I of the absurd (there is a Norwegian a cappella boy
immediately wrote the film off, assuming it was band that serves as a kind of Greek chorus for the
“The Salesman” the vital stats going to be unbearably kitsch and contrived. film, singing American folk hymns between
When we first saw this The Salesman
How wrong I was. “Happy Happy” is, in a scenes), “Happy Happy” was a winner at
movie, we laughed. We sat UNRATED
Drama word, real. The characters are tangible, the plot Sundance, both for our audience and the festival
there, eyes glued to the A
SCALE relatable, the emotions raw. And to top it off, it’s at large, snagging the coveted World Cinema Jury
award.
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a Kaja, a young wife living in an isolated suburb of
of winter. We watched, bored, Norway. Kaja, played by Agnes Kittelson, is incred- —jennifer SCHAFFER
as a car salesman went about his business in ibly charming and funny, but the two men in her contact jennifer: jmschaff@stanford.edu

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intermission
movies Academy Awards Nominations and Predictions
Best Picture Who will win: Ignoring another glaring Who will win: “The King’s Speech” will likely
“Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” Inception,” “The Best Actress in a Supporting Role “Inception” snub, expect another win for start its Academy Awards winning streak
Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” Amy Adams in “The Fighter,” Helena “The King’s Speech.” Although “The Social early in the evening with this award, unless
“127 Hours,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech,” Network” is another likely winner, expect the Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg can
Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.” Melissa Leo in “The Fighter,” Hailee Steinfeld momentum of “The King’s Speech” to start come from behind with their witty, original,
Who will win: Despite the earlier critical in “True Grit” and Jacki Weaver in “Animal early in the awards program with this prize. family drama “The Kids Are All Right.”
buzz surrounding “Black Swan” and “The Kingdom.”
Social Network,” which won Best Picture at Who will win: Melissa Leo has already Best Music (Original Score) — h a l l e E D WA R D S
the Golden Globes, it will be near impossible picked up plenty of awards for her perform- “How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell, contact halle: halle@stan-
to stop the momentum of “The King’s ance in “The Fighter,” putting her in the lead “Inception,” Hans Zimmer, “The King’s
f o rd . e d u
Speech,” which recently swept the Producers, for this award. However, the Academy loves Speech,” Alexandre Desplat, “127 Hours,”
Directors and Screen Actors Guild Awards. an upset, and the Supporting Actress catego- A.R. Rahman, and “The Social Network,”
Unless “The Social Network” pulls off a last- ry can be full of surprises. Newcomer Hailee Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
minute comeback, expect the historical Steinfeld wowed the crowd with her per- Who will win: Although Trent Reznor and
drama to take the top prize this year. formance in “True Grit,” and Jacki Weaver Atticus Ross picked up the Golden
was terrifying as a heartless mafia mother in Globe for their understated, moody
Best Actor in a Leading Role “Animal Kingdom.” Either one is a likely pick score for “The Social Network,” don’t
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful,” Jeff Bridges in in the case of an upset. be surprised to see Hans Zimmer win
“True Grit,” Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social for “Inception.” It could provide the
Network,” Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” Best Director blockbuster’s only win of the night,
and James Franco in “127 Hours.” Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan,” David and Zimmer has a large body of
Who will win: Colin Firth is the obvious O. Russell for “The Fighter,” Tom Hooper for soundtrack work supporting him.
favorite with his recent wins at the Golden “The King’s Speech,” David Fincher for “The
Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. No Social Network” and Joel and Ethan Coen Best Adapted Screenplay
doubt the Academy will also want to reward for “True Grit.” “127 Hours,” Danny Boyle and Simon
Firth for his breathtaking performance in Who will win: Although David Fincher was Beaufoy, “The Social Network,” Aaron
“The King’s Speech,” not to mention for a the earlier favorite for “The Social Network,” Sorkin, “Toy Story 3,” screenplay by
long and successful Hollywood career. Tom Hooper’s recent Directors Guild win Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter,
cements him as the favorite. It’s possible Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, “True
Best Actor in a Supporting Role either Darren Aronofsky or the Coen broth- Grit,” written for the screen by Joel Coen
Christian Bale in “The Fighter,” John Hawkes ers could upset for their films this year, both and Ethan Coen, and “Winter’s Bone,”
in “Winter’s Bone,” Jeremy Renner in “The done in their signature styles, but odds point adapted for the screen by Debra Granik and
Town,” Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All to another win for “The King’s Speech.” (It’s Anne Rosellini.
Right” and Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s perhaps important to note Christopher Who will win: Aaron Sorkin is the favorite
Speech.” Nolan’s obvious snub in being excluded from for his witty, fast-paced “Social Network”
Who will win: Christian Bale is a likely this category for “Inception.”) script, especially after winning at the Golden
choice after his Golden Globes win for his Globes. However, Debra Granik and Anne
gritty turn in “The Fighter,” but don’t dis- Best Documentary (Feature) Rosellini’s work in “Winter’s Bone” was phe-
count John Hawkes. He was nearly unrecog- “Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy and nomenal, and if the movie picks up any
nizable in thriller “Winter’s Bone,” and his Jaimie D’Cruz, “Gasland,” Josh Fox and Trish awards, this might be it.
chilly, terrifying performance is definitely Adlesic, “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and
worth a win. Audrey Marrs, “Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington Best Original Screenplay
and Sebastian Junger, and “Waste Land,” “Another Year,” written by Mike
Best Actress in a Leading Role Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley. Leigh, “The Fighter,” screenplay
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right,” Who will win: Although it is not completely by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole,” Jennifer outside the realm of possibility for Banksy to Eric Johnson; story by Keith
Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone,” Natalie win for his unusual, witty documentary, Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric
Portman in “Black Swan” and Michelle expect “Inside Job,” a searing portrait of Wall Johnson, “Inception,” written
Williams in “Blue Valentine.” Street’s role in the recent financial crisis, to by Christopher Nolan,
Who will win: There is no denying Natalie take home the statuette. “The Kids Are All
Portman’s dominance this awards season for Right,” written by Lisa
“Black Swan,” but if an upset happens, the Best Film Editing Cholodenko and Stuart
award will likely go to Annette Bening, who “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “The King’s Blumberg, and “The
has been nominated four times for an Speech,” “127 Hours” and “The Social King’s Speech,” screen-
Academy Award, but has never won. Network.” play by David Seidler. 5
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feel as authentic as possible. The majority of
movies the film is unscripted, and much of it was
shot in long, continuous takes, giving the
actors a rare kind of freedom. This method
yields a raw candidness, which perhaps is
the vital stats
what struck a nerve with the MPAA, who
Blue
initially stamped an NC-17 rating on it. But
Valentine
R contrary to other recent films (read: “Love
Drama
and Other Drugs”), nothing in “Blue
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Cindy’s relationship changes.
Gosling gives a forceful performance as
Derek Cianfrance’s poignant “Blue a man crazy in love, and particular scenes in
Valentine” is a postmodern, grown-up “Blue Valentine” will make Nicholas Sparks
love story that reminds us that some- fans reminisce over a popular 2004 romance
times, happily ever after is merely a means drama that incidentally also co-starred a
to an end. Featuring Ryan Gosling and fair-skinned, doe-eyed blonde in the lead. As
Michelle Williams as the 20-something cou- Courtesy Silverwood Films Dean, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
ple Dean and Cindy, the film juxtaposes the suddenly takes a turn for the worse, much
optimistic, early days of tenuous courtship the film achieves a dreamy quality as it At the heart of “Blue Valentine” lies an like a certain Ferris wheel ride from another
with the decidedly unglamorous family life jumps back and forth through time. And, at eerie verisimilitude that makes it alternately film, and the scene in which Dean and
of years later, weaving together two narra- just under two hours, the slow yet steady compelling and yet difficult to watch. Cindy consummate their relationship for the
tives from markedly different times and pacing makes experiencing the evolution of Because the movie was in development for first time will probably also ring some bells.
spaces. the relationship as voyeuristic as watching a nearly a decade, both Gosling and Williams This is not to say that Cianfrance’s film is
Shot in crisp, vibrant Super 16 mm as train get derailed in slow motion; deep had years to prepare for these roles, and simply “The Notebook” redux (although as a
the young couple falls in love, and grainier down you know what’s coming, but you when production finally began, Cianfrance
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f you thought the gun-filled poster but conflicted Arthur with a brooding reti- — the ease with which Steve trains to
the vital stats
of “The Mechanic” advertised a cence. Likewise, Foster, best known as Angel become an assassin is a bit eyebrow raising.
The
movie about some guy who repairs Mechanic in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” works well with 2008’s “Wanted” with Angelina Jolie did a
firearms, you’re wrong. With exciting R Stratham as the black sheep and unruly gun- much better job in those respects.
Thriller
car chases, fighting and other forms of man. As far as cool, mindless fun goes, “The
violence, the film delves into the world SCALE However, the directing methods and Mechanic” certainly fits the bill.
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Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), the performances. Scene transitions could’ve —cindy NI
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titular master hit man, has killed countless been smoother, storylines more convincing contact cindy: hni@stanford.edu
people, and he’s good at it. His cool,
detached dedication to his job shows when
he kills his mentor Harry McKenna (Donald skills executing coldhearted kills. The film is
Sutherland) without as much as a blink. a great adrenaline rush, especially toward
McKenna’s death leaves his only son Steve the end of the movie when the blood and
(Ben Foster) in emotional and financial gore factor is especially pronounced. With
wreckage. To make up for his actions, lone- blood spilling around, Arthur and Steve
wolf Arthur decides to take Steve as an demonstrate the copious ways a human can
apprentice and teaches him the ways of his die. While they may not be aesthetically
“clean” killing philosophy. pleasing, the fights onscreen definitely get
“The Mechanic” is definitely a treat for your heart pumping.
action fans. It encompasses all necessary ele- A perfect fit for his role, Stratham has
ments of a good action movie — weapons, made a name for himself playing the leads
explosions and, of course, lots and lots of in countless action-packed, testosterone-
tough guys with inhuman gun and fighting filled B-movies. He captures the audience
here with his charisma, portraying the cool

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television

REMOTE

WHAT TO WATCH NEXT


WEEK
Sunday: THE SUPERBOWL!
I’m serious. Sports broad-
casts are the ultimate amal-
gamations of storytelling and
reality. Plus, you can’t miss
the advertisements!
8:00 “Glee” returns with the
post-Superbowl explosion of
football, musical theater and
Michael Jackson (Fox).
Monday at 9 p.m.: “Gossip
Girl” has an episode titled
“Panic Roommate,” which is
ironic given Leighton
Meester’s starring turn as a
murderous college freshman
“Archer,” Courtesy FX in the feature film “The
Roommate” (CW).
Tuesday at 9 p.m.: “White

‘Archer’: Thursday night cartoons


Collar” has returned! Hunky
reformed bad boys abound
(USA).

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dmittedly, certain shows never than “Family Guy” or “South Park.” Adam Secret Intelligence Service), alongside his a window into the dirty, simple mind of
make it onto my radar because Reed, the show’s creator, was also the man ex-girlfriend Lana and the flamboyantly the heterosexual male.
they are guy shows: “Man vs. behind “Sealab 2021” and “Frisky Dingo,” gay Ray, to name just two of the dysfunc- Although sex and its politics occupy
Wild,” “Top Gear” and “Ninja Warrior.” signaling his commitment to animated tional and neurotic employees. The spy the heart of the show’s humor, the comic
None of these, you’ll note, is a scripted television. Where shows like “South Park” plots usually lack the suspense we’ve book animation affords the writers a sur-
series. There’s something about narrative are founded on a series of references and come to expect from chase scenes, as prising ability to manipulate body and
and serialized plots that is anathema to parody, “Archer” is unique in the history Archer only accidentally apprehends the voice for a laugh. The sensibility is best
the average male attention span. FX’s of animated series in that it is a parody of bad guys. When he does, Archer is hap- described as “crass,” but I’m impressed by
foray into the niche universe of animated genre. Even “Looney Toons” lampooned pening upon justice in his quest for self- its ability to diagnose institutional
television with “Archer” combines genre political figures, but the show wasn’t gratification and pleasure: he is a scrupu- absurdities regarding office decorum, the
parody with a procedural framework in defined by those sneaky jobs. lous nymphomaniac and occasional world of business, class, gender and
an attempt to prove that men care about The eponymous “Archer” offers a misogynist. In identifying the seemingly nationality. The writers have taken the
characters with the same fervency as caricature of both a Ken doll and James disparate depictions of men and women first “I” in ISIS to heart, as the show
women. Bond. To pursue the world of the latter, on the show, one must acknowledge that spares no country or state. I would liken
I started hearing about “Archer” last “M” stands for “Mom,” voiced by Jessica both are portrayed as stereotypes: the for- its sense of humor at certain moments to
year as all of my guy friends exhorted me Walter, the quintessential self-absorbed mer blundering and blunt, the latter “Arrested Development,” a comparison
to switch to FX following a Thursday mother from “Arrested Development.” pleasure seeking and equally blunt. The that is always a sign of high quality. The
night on NBC. In terms of television Sterling Archer works as a spy at his spy conceit here is not a device for val-
comedies, “Archer” is more “Adult Swim” mother’s agency ISIS (International orizing male heroism and intellect, rather | continued on page 8 |

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advice CONTINUED FROM “BLUE VALENTINE” PAGE 6

friend of mine pointed out, a thing resembling “The Notebook”. gritty, documentary-style approach

Roxy Sass mash-up of the two would easily


go viral on YouTube), but that
Gosling’s portrayal merits the
But by waiting until after he had
started his own family, it adopted
an emotional maturity that sets it
is nonetheless refreshing.

—misa SHIKUMA

takes on the Super comparison.


Instead, it is Williams’ subtle
presence as the enduring partner
apart from the typical romantic
fodder that litters the box office at
this time of year. Bleak as
contact misa:
mshikuma@stanford.edu

Bowl to Dean that makes the movie tick.


We watch as Cindy dreams big,
slogging through pre-med courses
Cianfrance’s vision may be, his

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uper Bowl weekend: bringing prime opportunity to get some in college to become a doctor and CONTINUED FROM “ARCHER,” PAGE 6
America together by dividing gambling in. While Roxy’s familiar talking with her grandmother
it in two. For those currently with the concept of beating the about someday finding true love. precision of language, when cou- the popular, fail to concede the
trying to bed someone who is spread — it is, after all, a position We want her to be able to have it pled with the inimitable and pitch- artistic success inherent to the
invested in the game’s outcome, she’s been in often — she’s also all — the career, the Prince perfect delivery of the animated financial success of these genres.
pray to the powers that be for a open to over/under betting as long Charming and the spark clearly actors, yields quotable lines and “Archer” points out and explains
victory for the preferred team, as it’s followed by some over/under missing from her own parents’ memorable dialogue exchanges. the unrealistic in the spy genre,
since the outcome can mean tri- bedding. Or if that fails to excite, relationship, but instead her life Visually, the use of jump cuts and perpetually looking out for what
umphant sex or mopey sex. The perhaps some exotic prop bets; gets interrupted. Flash forward to a swipes, a la “30 Rock” in one sense, audiences are questioning internal-
latter group has Roxy’s sincerest Roxy’s got an open mind. dreary suburban home, a little girl keeps the 20 minutes brisk and the ly but repressing because of their
sympathies. And which team gets Roxy’s and a less than perfect marriage; potential crudeness transitory. enjoyment. The creators of
But for those not yet at bedfel- vote this Sunday? Hard to say: the bright young woman is gone, Well-executed shows such as “Archer” believe you can do both.
low status and looking to impress Roxy would rather you steel her replaced with an aimless bore. “Archer” remind us that parody is
that sporty gent or lady in your than pack her, even if you barely Cianfrance once said that if he an art, deserving of sufficient nar- — l i z S TA R K
life, the Super Bowl is the perfect know her. But she does also look had been able to make “Blue rative, characters, setting and dia- contact liz: estark12@stan-
opportunity to display your damn cute in a hat shaped like a Valentine” at the time he actually logue. Franchises such as “Scary
f o rd . e d u
knowledge of football strategies. wedge of cheese. Instead of conceived of the project, it proba- Movie” or “Vampire Sucks,” which
Although Roxy’s not the best when attempting prescience, she’s just bly would have ended up as some- aim to earn a buck by parodying
it comes to defensive tactics (mak- going to let winner take all.
ing her easy prey for Ben Touchdown, Roxy.
Roethlisberger), she’s a great offen- Presented in Association with Departments of Chemistry, Psychology,
sive coordinator — and knows the —roxy SASS Human Biology, Clayman Instiitute & School of Medicine
value of a tight end both on and “Rugby ball theatre... exciting at every turn.”
off the field. Time Out (London)
Plus, Roxy’s going to be hon- FRIDAY
est here: the full-contact rough-
housing and beautiful arc of a
well-thrown pass really get her
02.04.11 TABOOS
clock ticking. Even after the game
is over, Roxy’s down for some full-
BONE TO PICK? (When Harriet Met Sally)
on tackles, a few face masks (for By Carl Djerassi Directed by Rush Rehm
when she wants it rough) or even Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com
an unexpected sack. Then sprinkle
in a wildcat formation here and
there, take it to the end zone and
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Besides the pure joy of a well- “A spectacularly complicated reproductive mess among adults...
played football game and the, er, MANAGING EDITOR
a comedy fertilized by a what if? case study.” The Times (London)
post-game recap, Roxy knows that Lauren Wilson
a big game such as this one is DESK EDITOR What makes a parent? Love, genetics, giving birth? Returning to his scientific roots,
Chemistry Professor Djerassi explores the other side of planned parenthood. TABOOS is
Sarah Guan a disquieting comedy about keeping it all in the family when emotions and science collide.
COPY EDITOR !
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