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THURSDAY February 24, 2011
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Volume 239 Issue 20
DAPER to leave Roble gym
Stanford Drama and Dance slated as new tenants
By ISAAC GATEÑO Tentative plans are in place for the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) to vacate Roble Gym. Stanford Drama and Dance Division are slated to take over the space. “It seems to be the general plan that DAPER will be moving out of Roble, and Drama/Dance will have use of the spaces in Roble that they are vacating,” Drama Department chair Peggy Phelan wrote in an email to The Daily. Don Intersimone, director of Facilities and Capital Planning, confirmed that DAPER would vacate Roble’s locker rooms, showers and swimming pool. “Drama will have the opportunity to make use of [those spaces],” Intersimone said. He added that this development would “provide additional flexibility for Drama in the Roble Gym complex.” Roble Gym has deteriorated since its 1931 opening. Last August, Santa Clara County officials shut down the main performance space, Roble Studio Theater, due to safety concerns. Phelan said a study to bring the space up to code is currently being conducted, but added that it made little sense to fix the theater without undertaking a major overhaul of the building. “The need for more theater and performance spaces here is absolutely urgent,” Phelan said. There are only a few performance spaces for theater on campus. Prosser Studio and the Nitery both seat fewer than 100 people. Pigott Theater seats 194, and Memorial Auditorium (MemAud) seats 1,705. “MemAud is too big for the kinds of experimental works I think universities should be pursuing, and the acoustics are not ideal,” Phelan said. The size gap between Pigott Theater and MemAud is one big issue for the Drama Department and student groups such as Ram’s Head Theatrical Society and the Stanford Shakespeare Company. “We cannot make a great show highlighting student performances and put it in a lecture hall,” Phelan said. The problem of finding performance space is not exclusive to theater groups. The Dance Division similarly lacks “a good space with
Start-up buys college essays
Stanford wary of plagiarism potential
the second largest contributor after Harvard. The Essay Exchange’s Stanford representative, D’Shai Hendricks ‘14, said the majority of these essays came from the current freshman class. “Initially, when I sent out the first e-mail, most people were confused about what it was,” Hendricks said. “ Later, most people basically understood it’s three minutes of your time, and it’s an opportunity to make money.” “The [website] was founded on the premise that college admission is unfair,” said Essay Exchange co-founder and CEO Rory O’Connor. “Our goal is to make personalized college insight more accessible and more affordable.” According to O’Connor,part of the website’s success comes from the idea that quantity makes quality. “We offer a better selection,” O’Connor said. “The main advantage we have over books with application essays is that our selection is growing, and the options are changing all the time.” In fact, the website’s virtual writing tutor is so personalized that high school students can search for personal statements that best match their individual backgrounds. Students are given a preview of each essay before they decide whether or not to buy it. Individual essays can be purchased for $7.50. In the past, websites like the Essay Exchange have been criticized for allowing plagiarism. O’Connor, however, was confident that this problem could be avoided. His website does not allow users to copy, cut, paste or print personal statements. “We have talked to over 100 admission officers,” O’Connor added. “We’re willing to work with them so that all of the essays are in their college admission department.” According to Stanford Director of Admission Bob Patterson, representatives from the Essay Exchange have not contacted the University. He further noted that the website raises a red flag for plagiarism. “When we read completed essays, we are able to discern if the essay was written by the applicant by making connections with the additional information the student provides,” he wrote in an e-mail to The Daily. Patterson said the University is engaged in a “discussion about what we want to do in the future” to combat plagiarism in the college application process. One possibility is partnering with outside vendors who run authenticity checks on the admission essays, he said. For others, the problem goes beyond plagiarism, and some college counselors remain unconvinced by the Essay Exchange’s stated purpose. “I don’t think the inspiration for it truly came from any desire to level the playing field, since it doesn’t level the playing field in any substantive way,” Alice Kleeman, a college counselor at
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Stanford students looking for an extra buck or two can now earn cash by uploading their personal statements to the Essay Exchange.The new website says it aims to give disadvantaged high school students access to a cheap alternative to college counseling, but University officials are skeptical. Started last August by three Harvard Business School alumni, the Essay Exchange pays $2 to current and former students at 25 elite universities every time a prospective applicant reads their admission essay. Despite a slow start, the Essay Exchange gained popularity by advertising on Facebook and by word-of-mouth promotions from oncampus representatives. Since its launch, the website has gathered approximately 700 essays, including 128 essays from the Farm. Stanford is
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Mum’s the Word
WORLD & NATION
Rumsfeld criticizes Rice, Bush admins
Memoir holds top officials responsible for Iraq war
By SAMANTHA MCGIRR
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Local San Jose band, The Mumlers, performed at Wednesday Night Live, which airs weekly on KZSU. The alternative-folk group opened for last year’s Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco.
Stanford,NYC describe vision for campus
By CASSANDRA FELICIANO
Universities across the globe are going public to respond to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s invitation to create an applied sciences campus in the city.At the same time, school officials and city representatives are elaborating on their vision of a New York City campus, as the Mar. 16 deadline for “expressions of interest” approaches. The request for expressions of interest, announced last December, marks the first leg of a worldwide search for an institution that will facilitate the expanding technological sector. While Columbia and New
York University are already located in the Big Apple, “there is still room to grow,” said Julie Wood, vice president of public affairs at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). NYCEDC research, which included extensive dialogue with the business community and other universities in the area, showed that the city needed to focus on three key elements. First and foremost,the research underlined the importance of technology-enabled jobs for future growth. It concluded that strong local research institutions were the best means to achieve this. Finally, the research indicated a need to improve the city’s aca-
demic sources in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. “Part of what has gotten us through the recession better than other cities around the country has been . . . our diverse economy, and we need to insure that the city is home to a variety of industries that can weather up-anddown cycles,”Wood wrote in an email to The Daily. She said NYCEDC hasn’t received any written proposals yet. However, 20 schools from four continents have voiced interest by way of attending a program in New York detailing the mayoral staff’s vision for the campus. Cornell, Purdue, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), New York University (NYU) and the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai have publicly announced that they are working on “expressions of interest.” “The several animating ideas at work, in both the city’s call for proposals and the response of other institutions, have long been a hallmark of NYU’s approach and thinking,” Lynne Brown, senior vice president for university relations and public affairs at NYU, wrote in an e-mail to The Daily. “In many ways, the effort is already an affirmation of the direction NYU has already embodied
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld levels criticism at top members of the Bush administration, including current Stanford professor and former provost Condoleezza Rice, in his new memoir “Known and Unknown.” The memoir, released Feb. 7, contains a comprehensive account of Rumsfeld’s life and political career, including his role in the Iraq war while serving under George W. Bush. While Rumsfeld acknowledges some tactical errors on his part, he also lays blame at the feet of other high-ranking officials. He takes aim at Rice in her capacity as both national security advisor and secretary of state, saying she did not push the president to make firm decisions on war strategy. “The core problems the NSC (National Security Council) faced resulted from the effort to paper over differences of views,” he writes. According to political science professor Kenneth Schultz, however, Rice’s efficacy may have been impacted by an internal power struggle between agencies. “There were serious divisions within the administration, particularly between the Defense Department and State Department, and ultimately the people at the Defense Department wielded the bulk of influence over decision making,” he said. Furthermore, Schultz says, the conciliatory nature of the national security advisor position limited Rice’s ability to make demands. “It would have been Rice’s job as national security advisor to insure the president was getting views from different players,” Schultz said. “Her primary onus was to coordinate information from different agencies.The general view was that the process was a bit dysfunctional.” Rice, who is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, declined to comment.
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Graduate Student Council prioritizes finances
By KABIR SAWHNEY
Finances were the main order of business at last night’s Graduate Student Council (GSC) meeting. The body approved event funding for three student groups and additional funds for two Graduate Student Programming Board (GSPB) events. GSPB requested $150 for beverages on Trivia Night and $200 for Grad Night Out, which is set to take place Mar. 11 at the Nuthouse. Both funding requests passed. In addition, the GSC discussed discrepancies that appeared on two groups’ balance sheets. GSC funding chair Krystal St. Julien, a graduate student in biochemistry, said one
group requested funds for an event but actually allocated the money to an entirely different one. A second group that had been granted “thousands” of dollars for programming expenses spent half of its allocation on food, he said. St. Julien declined to reveal the names of either group. She said that the financial discrepancies have not been investigated, and that they are not necessarily an attempt to defraud the ASSU. The GSC discussed the best way to ascertain an explanation for the discrepancies, but reached no resolution on the issue. One proposed solution, sending the groups before Judicial Affairs, was discounted because of how lengthy that process would be. Ryan Peacock, a member of the executive cabinet and a grad-
uate student in chemical engineering, expressed a desire to keep the proceedings off the record until the GSC had completed a full audit of both groups’ records. The GSC also debated two bills. The first sought to add three sections to Article IV of the ASSU Joint By-laws. The sections are designed to clarify the role of the ASSU Solicitors General. The changes will make it easier for students to file a grievance with the ASSU, with the Solicitors General serving as representatives for either side in any case. The bill passed with a 9-0-2 vote. The GSC’s second bill was a move to confirm Neveen Mahmoud ‘11 as the ASSU’s associate financial manager, after the Financial Manager Selection Committee nominated her for the position. Mahmoud appeared be-
fore the GSC and explained her experience and qualifications for the position, as well as the initiatives she sought to bring to the ASSU. The GSC delayed the vote on Mahmoud’s confirmation to next week’s meeting. Assistant commissioner for graduate elections Jonathan Bakke, who is a graduate student in chemical engineering, delivered an elections update at the end of the GSC’s meeting. Of the student groups requesting Special Fees, only six are joint groups serving both the undergraduate and graduate communities. Club Sports was the only joint group required to petition for a Special Fees increase. Contact Kabir Sawhney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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decent sight lines and a sprung floor,” Phelan said. These issues could be addressed once drama and dance take over Roble Gym. Phelan, for one, expressed optimism about this development. “Like many universities, Stanford has been slow to absorb the value of the arts as a primary way of knowing and experiencing the world,” she said. “However, in recent years, I do feel I have been getting a hearing and that the administration has supported the efforts of the arts faculty.” Stephen Sano, chair of the Music Department, similarly said these developments were “big steps forward.” “The University knows there’s a lot to do and is exploring” ways to address the needs of different departments, he said. Sano noted that the Music Department faced concerns similar to those expressed by Dance and Drama. He pointed out that the two main spaces for musical performance on campus, Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Campbell Recital Hall, lack the proper acoustics required of concert venues. Nevertheless,Sano said the University has started to pay more attention to the arts. The largest and most visible of these changes is Bing Concert Hall. Currently under construction, the venue will be part of the new “Arts District,” complementing the Cantor Arts Center and the new Art and Art History building. Another big step is the newly created position of executive director of arts programs, now held by Matthew Tiews.This marks the first time Stanford has hired a highlevel administrator to unify the different arts departments under one umbrella. Tiews described his new office as “a hub for all the programming, creativity and activity around the arts.” His main goal is to move the Arts Initiative,one part of the Stanford challenge, out of startup mode and to “make this [initiative] part of the ongoing life at Stanford.” Tiews acknowledged that many students don’t currently think of the arts as an area that Stanford prioritizes. However, he was adamant that the University is improving on this front. He emphasized the need to raise awareness “so that people know about the opportunities available in the arts.” “Stanford has made a big commitment to make it clear that it really does care about the arts,” he said. Contact Isaac Gateño at igateno @stanford.edu.
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Renowned feminist and columnist, Katha Pollitt, discussed gender politics, women’s success in the post-industrial economy, generational struggles and renewing feminism in the modern world. Last night’s talk was part of the Jing Lyman Lecture Series, hosted by The Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
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But history professor Jack Rakove warns that Rumsfeld’s writings should be viewed with a cautious eye. “Historians are universally suspicious of memoirs,” Rakove said. “The great danger of memoirs is that they’re inherently self-serving, and they can be selective.” Rumsfeld does acknowledge several of his own strategic mistakes in his memoir. He writes with regret that he did not stop L. Paul Bremer, the chief administrator of Iraq at the beginning of the war, from disbanding the entire Iraqi army, despite military recommendations to the contrary. The move was part of a U.S. effort to undercut Iraqi socialist influence after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein “I was told of Bremer’s decision and possibly could have stopped it,”
Rumsfeld writes. Rumsfeld further admits that he and other Bush officials overstated the certainty that weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq, recalling in particular an instance where he told a television reporter the weapons were around Tikrit and Baghdad. “While I made a few misstatements — in particular the one mentioned above — they were not common and certainly not characteristic,” he writes. Accompanying the memoir is a trove of previously classified documents, released on Rumsfeld’s website.They offer a glimpse into backroom policy discussions; one memo from a senior Rumsfeld staff member, for example, reveals that Bremer told Rumsfeld of his decision to disband the Iraqi army four days before signing the order on May 23, 2003. Rakove notes that these documents hardly form a complete record of the events that transpired during Rumsfeld’s time in office.
“What other documents are not being released? Is the release selective?” he said. “If a few documents are missing, we’re missing part of the picture.” Schultz remarks that the book’s title, “Known and Unknown,” is a nod to the complexities of historical documentation as well as the uncertainty that drove much of Rumsfeld’s decision making. “A major critique of Rumsfeld’s policies is that the war planning seemed to rely on very optimistic assumptions of what would happen [in Iraq],” he said.“These optimistic assumptions led to the small deployment of forces and an unrealistic timetable for postwar rebuilding.A good leader knows that there are uncertainties and there will be unforeseen contingencies, and you have to plan for that, not use uncertainty as an excuse for things having gone wrong.” Contact Samantha McGirr at email@example.com.
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Menlo-Atherton High School, wrote in an e-mail to The Daily. Kleeman said the website also defeats the purpose of making a personal statement personal. Such outside help makes it difficult to understand what role the personal statement plays in a student’s college application, she added. “When students read too many sample essays, they begin to believe they need to write in the same style or about the same topics,”Kleeman said. “[What students] really need to do is to be themselves.” According to Patterson, these sentiments can easily lead to plagiarism, especially when resources are so readily available. “I do empathize with those students who feel the pressure to write a good essay,” Patterson said. “However, when stress levels are so high, they can succumb to the temptation of plagiarism,” he added.“I am appalled with companies when they try to make profits from students at one of their most vulnerable stages in life.” Marianne Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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in its Global Network University,” Brown said. Stanford has tentatively thrown its hat in the game. “We haven’t turned [an expression of interest] in, but there are people working on it,” said Dean of Engineering Jim Plummer.“It’s not a commitment; we’re saying that we’re interested.”
Stanford is looking to propose a center that relies heavily on resources from the School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business. This vision corresponds with the Big Apple’s ambitions of becoming a global center for technical innovation. Plummer said a New York City campus would be an important experimental opportunity. According to Plummer, many academics have toyed with the idea that, in as little as 20 years, many of the top universities will have remote campuses. Nevertheless, the
University is unsure whether or not the Stanford culture itself can be replicated elsewhere. “To be honest, Stanford and other top flight universities are not lacking in opportunities to build branch campuses,” Plummer said. “A number of us believe that it will happen. Rather than try to do this somewhere else in the world, it’s better to do it in this country.” Still, the monetary costs of such a development would be substantial, Plummer said. That cost has yet to be determined by Stanford
and NYCEDC.The latter said that New York City would apportion a significant part of its annual budget for the project. Once the first-round responses are received, NYCEDC will maintain constant communication during the evaluation process with “a more targeted and specific Request for Proposal” slated for release this summer, Wood said. Final decisions will be made by the end of the year. Cassandra Feliciano at email@example.com.
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hunts as well as more practical activities, such as information sessions on immigration and financial aid for internationals. Fresh-faced,overwhelmed and full of questions, the freshmen internationals take their multicolored passports at the start of ISO to Bechtel International Center, an enclave near Tresidder Union, to be introduced to Stanford, where internationals make up 7.1 percent of the undergraduate student body. These students are much like their fellow freshman,with the exception of one subtle difference: their home address doesn’t come with a state name and zip code. After ISO,students diffuse into the general population and must learn to navigate both Stanford and America at the same time. “It’s very different being an international student,” said Isabella Sanchez ‘14. “Most of the people are very different from who you are, and the international community is not that big.” The vast majority of internationals at Stanford, 86 percent, are graduate students. “Compared to other colleges, 493 is a pretty decent number,” said Brett Wines ‘12, 2010 ISO Coordinator. “But if you think about it, it’s actually not very many.” This number does not include students with dual citizenship, students with U.S. citizenship who studied overseas or students who are green card holders. According to Pearson,international students face a set of unique challenges. “The number one challenge is English,” he said. “It’s not that we assume international undergraduates can’t speak English; it’s the use of English 24 hours a day.” For other students, the pace of the quarter system and classroom culture can be a source of anxiety for students accustomed to other teaching methods. “It was difficult adjusting to the culture . . . sometimes I feel like I don’t get them [American students]. We value different things,” Sanchez said. Bechtel tries to address students concerns like these during ISO, but also provides other forms of sustained support throughout the rest of the year, such as special outreach regarding tax issues, campus work or winter break housing and a special fund to help with winter break programs for undergraduates who don’t go home. “A lot of offices on campus are aware of the fact that adjustment is a special issue for internationals,” Pearson said. “The dorm communities ResEd [Residential Education] creates, especially for freshmen, help tremendously.” One of the main goals of ISO is to give internationals a chance to become acquainted with each other in a more low-key setting before the flurry of NSO begins. “It is completely student-run by people who know what internationals feel, because they’re the ones who know how hard it is to overcome jetlag,how hard it is to come to a country where you don’t know anybody,” said Aki Kobashi’12, an ISO 2010 Coordinator. Many international students credit ISO for giving them opportunities to start meeting other students the very first day they set foot on campus, which might also be their first day in the United States. “I think it’s good that we meet both the internationals at ISO and our dorm,”said Valeria Fedyk ‘14.“I made my first friends at ISO,and they’re still some of my best friends.” Bechtel’s main focus, especially since 9/11, is to assist students with regulatory issues, such as issuing visas and maintaining legal status. One downside of having an international status, however, is the restrictions one might face when trying to find jobs and internships. “Can they do it?” Pearson asked. “Yes. [But] can they do it as easily as American students? No . . . and this can affect the Stanford experience.” Meanwhile, these 493 representatives from around the world — from the Middle East to the Pacific Basin to Northern Europe — are finding their place within a new country and a new school,all the while adding their experiences to a welcoming student body. “This is such a diverse campus,” Pearson said, “and international students are a very important part of it.” Contact Marwa Farag at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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s Parents’ Weekend approaches, students anticipate exchanging hugs with family members on the Farm and easing some of the homesickness that might have set in since winter break. However, the middle of the academic year can be tougher for international students, who after the bustle of activity that came with International Student Orientation (ISO) in the fall,experience a slump in international communitybuilding programming. John Pearson, director of Bechtel International Center, the same center that organizes ISO, identified more sustained yearlong programming as “an area where Bechtel has got to start playing a bigger role.” “I think we need to step in next year and start offering social and programmatic events,” Pearson said. Every year since 1985, a small group of freshmen descends upon the Farm in early September,just days before NSO begins, to begin ISO, three and half days of programming organized specifically for Stanford’s 493 international undergraduates. ISO is filled with beach trips and scavenger
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As part of International Student Orientation (ISO), new freshmen gathered on Sept. 12, 2010 to participate in social and informative activities, such as beach retreats, scavenger hunts and academic workshops.
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id you know environmentalists are on OPEC’s payroll? Last week, my grandmother forwarded me an e-mail with that stunning punchline. Here’s how the logic flowed: the United States has tremendous oil and gas reserves in the Bakken Formation, beneath the rangelands of Montana and South Dakota. Although these reserves could ensure our energy independence, no one has heard of them, and they’re not being tapped. Why? Because OPEC, fearing loss of its terrorism-funding revenue, is paying environmental watchdog groups to block development. As something of an armchair environmentalist (I get mail from the Sierra Club and the non-wrestling WWF, anyway), I was stunned — not least because I’d never heard of the Bakken Formation myself. Per my grandmother’s request for a second opinion before she forwarded the e-mail onward, I dug a little deeper. Yes, we’ve known about the Bakken Formation for 60 years.Yes, we’ve known that some extractable oil is there. But we’ve only recently (in 2008) increased our estimates of the recoverable volume to four billion barrels (compared to the U.S. consumption rate of seven billion barrels per year). The Bakken has been under development since 2000, with a flurry of activity following recent technological advances and increased volume estimates. Hardly any media attention outside the local news (articles primarily focused on the dearth of women in towns glutted by young men hunting black gold) has been paid. An off-the-cuff poll of friends and coworkers brought up blank stares. Yet, behind the scenes, oil flowing from the Bakken has actually increased our domestic production — even after disasters like the BP spill last year led to drilling suspension in the Gulf of Mexico. Technology and infrastructure have been the rate-limiting steps (it takes time to lay pipes and work up to capacity), not environmental filibusters. Indeed, the “environmentalist” line — far from being controlled by OPEC oil dollars — has consistently favored energy security for the United States. It turns out that home-grown renewables — wind, solar and the like — are even more secure (because they won’t run out) than fossil fuels, and better for the environment, too. So how do e-mails like this one, which boasted an impressively long string of “FWD:”s before my grandmother’s note to me — gain so much momentum when they are so off base? Part of the reason is our information saturation. We’re bombarded with sound bites, each trying to be sexier or more provocative than the one before. Details are trimmed, facts are cherry-picked and the message’s recipient rarely has the time or inclination to check up on the story’s veracity. What happens when stories conflict? Naturally, we tend to identify with the source that confirms our existing views. The modern media — diffused over hundreds of TV stations, thousands of websites and millions of chain e-mails — makes it easier than ever to filter out conflicting messages by subscribing only to “conservative” newsfeeds or listening exclusively to “liberal” podcasts.
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As an ecologist relying on the goodwill of humanity to fund my research and keep my study subjects alive, I’m worried about our increasing tunnel vision. Humanity’s gravest challenges — overpopulation, climate change, biodiversity loss and so forth — are as complex as they are frightening. Most of us don’t spend our free time wrestling with the morality of reproductive rights, pinning down the difference between “climate” and “weather” or considering the acreage of rainforest cleared to plant the coffee bushes for our daily pre-class jolt. Unfortunately, ignorance leads only to temporary bliss.And many angry e-mails. How do we begin to talk with each other, instead of past each other? First, by building trust. How many times do you turn to those you know and love for advice? When has a steadfast opinion been swayed by the words of someone you respect? Why will you listen patiently to your roommate but switch off the television commentary? These interpersonal bonds are critical for our sanity and for our wisdom. One brain cannot hold all the knowledge of humanity, so we must rely on others to help us gather and parse data. That said, think for yourself. Scrutinize the facts, and check your sources. If you can convince yourself, you’ll never fear opposition, because you’ll be able to see why the differences of opinion arose. You will be able to change your own mind freely, without parroting back someone else’s dogma. So keep an open mind, and keep having open conversations. Trust, but verify. And call your grandmother: she loves you, and you’d be surprised what she’ll let you get away with. Including convincing her not to forward that e-mail. Did you fact check this column? If so, send your corrections and other comments to email@example.com. Oh, and “Hi, Grandma!”
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uick, you’d better stash that handle of Smirnoff somewhere inconspicuous. Tell your roommate to dismantle that massive tower of PBR empties that he’s been accumulating. Oh, and that case of original Four Loko that you’ve been waiting to break out? Shove it somewhere deep under your bed. Honestly, you probably haven’t vacuumed since November, so you should do that now, too. Why? It’s that time of year again: Parents’ Weekend. Ah, yes, the time each year when our beautiful little Stanford bubble gets popped for a few days so our parents can experience the fun and relaxation of The Farm.Stanford organizes a bunch of cutesy events for our parents to attend and finishes the whole grand gesture by making sure to ask them for even more money. You know, on top of the $55,000 they already pay annually to send us here. Stanford also makes a habit of scheduling this thing in the middle of February every year, ostensibly so we can say,“Look! The weather is so much better than Harvard’s. We’re in California, remember?” Ah, but we’ve even somehow managed to screw up that fact this year. The San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that the Bay Area has its first chance for measurable snow since 1976 this weekend. Unless your dad is Tony Montana, no one is going to be enjoying the weather on campus this weekend. Seriously, you thought Reunion Homecoming was bad? Parents’ Weekend is pushing that to the extreme. Even if alums are too busy day-dreaming about their debaucherous glory days, they at least know how to navigate campus. Parents’ Weekend is like the blind leading the blind.Throw some rain and cold in there, and people might get mangled in a Circle of Death confrontation in the next few days. Now, don’t get me wrong. I may hate the idea of Parents’ Weekend, but I dig it in practice. It’s the only
I hate the idea of Parents’weekend, but I dig it in practice
time I can ever get my mom to come to campus. She’s in the Bay Area relatively often, but she’s a flight attendant. Obviously, 12-hour layovers in San Francisco don’t necessarily mesh well with a three-hour time difference and a six-hour flight the next day. Invariably, I end up heading into the city for a nice Italian dinner. No complaints here. But still, my mom hasn’t been on campus in over a year, so I’m psyched to show her everything new here at Stanford.Case in point:Ike’s Place. My weekly trip there is a mess of emotion. I’m always pretty certain the line won’t be long.Then, on arrival, I’m part disappointed and part terrified at how massive it is. As my wait time approaches an hour,I get increasingly pissed off.(If I manage to spot Andrew Luck skipping the line and grabbing his phone order, I always kick myself for not doing the same.They always say that he’s smart on TV. They’re right.) Finally, I get to order — except I then wait another 20 minutes for my sandwich. Yet, everything is forgotten once I take that first wondrous bite. In terms of sharing Stanford experiences with my mom, this is my first priority.The (really great) classes I’m taking this quarter? Meh, eating comes first. Oh, and my mom always brings a friend of hers with her when she comes to visit for Parents’ Weekend!
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Stanford Flipside,Your Words Speak Louder Than Your Actions
he Stanford Flipside has recently begun a Special Fees petition in order to bypass the ASSU’s rejection of their original budget. The Flipside staff argue that they have decided to include a Segway in their budget as a way to bring to light the absurdity of what they see as other groups’ wasteful spending. We would like to make an appeal to the Flipside staff: asking students for money you do not need in order to protest that very act is NOT the way to go about making this statement.You have a popular publication. Use words as your tool to change opinion; do not engage in wasteful spending yourself. It is the job of the ASSU Appropriations Committee to negotiate with groups’ financial officers to cut the budgets down as much as possible and to make sure groups’ budgets are not hidden to Special Fees voters. It is fair to say that at least the vast majority of wasteful spending in student groups is filtered in this process. Obviously, the Flipside knows this from experience. On the other hand, remember this when you look through other groups’ budgets: just because something is expensive does not necessarily mean that it is wasteful.As the financial and marketing staff of Cardinal Ballet, we understand this (tutus are not cheap), and the Flipside must understand this as well. Flipside: if you have a problem with a group’s budget, contact that group’s financial officer directly or talk to the Appropriations Committee. If they do not budge, let your criticism be known in your publication — maybe a few hundred swayed opinions on the part of the student body will change that group’s mind on that one line item in their budget. We love the Flipside, and we would love to vote for an ASSU-approved budget that is not wasteful. Please lose the Segway and start using your publication to get your word out. Stanford students: please understand that when you sign a Special Fees petition, you have gone beyond the realm of a joke and into making decisions about real money.
MEGAN KANNE ‘12 AND COLETTE POSSE ‘12
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do go to school in California, after all). This led to Anita introducing herself to people as my “second mom” for the next few days. Parents’ Weekend, it’s always interesting. Oh, and if you happen to see me leading my mom around campus over the next few days, feel free to blame her for bringing the cold with her from Scranton. I know I will. Want some tips for surviving Parents’ Weekend? E-mail Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This reduces the need for me to babysit her during her time here and thus reduces the possibility of us getting into a fight. During freshman year, she brought along one of her best friends, Anita (also a flight attendant). I somehow became acutely worried that people would think Anita was my mom’s girlfriend (we
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SPORTS GROWING UP
By JACK BLANCHAT
The Stanford Daily
The Stanford women’s basketball team returns to the Farm after knocking off the Los Angeles schools last weekend in its final road trip, securing itself a first-round bye in the Pac-10 Tournament in the process. The No. 2 Cardinal (24-2, 15-0 Pac-10) knocked off USC, 78-64, on Friday night, then rallied to beat No. 9 UCLA, 67-53. The two victories solidified the Cardinal’s spot atop the Pac-10 conference, helping it to a 2.5 game lead over UCLA with just three games left in conference play. Stanford was without star forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike in Sunday’s contest with the Bruins, and the Cardinal freshmen rose to the occasion. Freshman forward Chiney Ogwumike did her best sister act, rolling to 18 points and 15 rebounds, while freshman guard Toni Kokenis had 13 points, two assists and three steals. “Our young players really stepped up,” said head coach Tara VanDerveer. “Chiney really put the hammer down, she scored inside, rebounded and got to the free throw line, and Toni Kokenis came in and gave us a big lift.” Despite a shaky start, Chiney Ogwumike’s 13 points in the second half showed that despite her youth,she could rise to the occasion at any time. “We knew we made a lot of mistakes in the first half.We weren’t playing as well as we could have,and we weren’t being as aggressive as we could have been,” Ogwumike said. “[VanDerveer] told me, you’re going be the one to go on the block and go to work.”
Cardinal plays host to MPSF rivals
By MILES BENNETT-SMITH
Please see WBBALL, page 7
2/20 vs. UCLA W 67-53
UP NEXT OREGON
(12-13, 3-11 Pac-10)
2/24 Maples Pavilion 7 P .M.
The No. 4 Stanford men’s volleyball team kicks off the second half of its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season this weekend, playing host to two top-10 opponents — No. 8 UCLA on Friday night and No. 3 UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday night. The past few weeks have been an upand-down ride for the Cardinal (10-4, 7-4 MPSF). The team opened the regular season with a big home sweep of then-No. 2 BYU, but then split a road series in Hawaii. The Cardinal went on a three-game win streak by defeating Pacific at home and then sweeping Loyola and Lewis College in a non-conference road trip to Chicago. However, Stanford couldn’t keep up the momentum and was stunned in a home loss to UC-San Diego “UCSD played well and truly beat us,” said Stanford head coach John Kosty. “Every match in the MPSF is important and demands your very best.” Last weekend,Stanford was badly overmatched in a 3-0 loss at USC before rallying to victory in the second match of the weekend, snapping a 13-match losing streak on the road against Pepperdine. In all, the Cardinal has played six weekend series and split five of them, a statistic that could be attributed to the parity in the MPSF — 11 of the 12 teams in the conference are currently listed in the AVCA Division-I rankings. But despite the difficulty that playing in the MPSF presents, Kosty still isn’t satisfied. “We need to keep improving our consistency with every practice and game,” he said. “The MPSF is always good from top to bottom, and it’s a given that every weekend means we will face two quality opponents.” UCLA (8-8) comes into Friday’s match with a 3-7 MPSF conference record, but they have a lot to play for. The Bruins are within reach of the 8th conference spot —
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games after a sweep of the Los Angeles schools last weekend, and returns to the Farm to take on Oregon. The Card soundly defeated the Ducks 91-56 in their last matchup in Eugene back in January. The Cardinal finish the regular season with three games at Maples before the Pac-10 Tournament in March.
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Freshman forward Chiney Ogwumike (above) buoyed the Cardinal in place of her injured sister this past weekend, scoring 18 points and pulling down 15 rebounds against No. 9 UCLA.
FIGHT TO THE FINISH
By LAUREN TAYLOR
Softball returns home for Nike Invitational
The Stanford softball team returns to Smith Family Stadium this Friday,opening up the 2011 Stanford Nike Invitational. The No. 16 Cardinal (8-2) hosts a tournament that includes No. 24 Kentucky,Colorado State,Memphis, North Dakota State and UC Davis. The tournament comes after a 4-1 weekend for Stanford in the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, where sophomore Teagan Gerhart had a great two-way weekend, hitting .500 with two home runs and going 3-1 as a pitcher. Stanford’s weekend in the desert saw the Card defeat No.23 BYU and No. 3 Tennessee, with senior pitcher Ashley Chinn tossing a one-hit shutout to knock off the Lady Volunteers. The Cardinal will once again lean on its excellent pitching, as both Gerhart and Chinn have four wins and one complete-game shutout under their belts this season. Gerhart is 4-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 35 strikeouts, and Chinn is 4-0 in four starts with 33 strikeouts of her own. Offensively, the Card has been solid so far as well, as starters Ashley Hansen, Jaquilyn Edwards and Sarah Hassman all have batting averages north of .400. Stanford opens up the weekend against Memphis and North Dakota State with a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
— Jack Blanchat
Can sports keep our lives civil?
With the final four games of the season quickly approaching, the Stanford men’s basketball team has few remaining chances to snap the recent losing streak and conclude the year with a winning record. The Cardinal (13-13, 6-9 Pac-10) will face Oregon State (9-16, 4-10 Pac-10) Thursday night in Corvallis, with the opportunity to complete a season sweep of the Beavers and gain a little momentum for the matchup with Oregon on Saturday. The prospect of finishing sixth in the Pac-10 is within Stanford’s reach, but the team will have to produce some strong road finishes to earn the spot. In order for Stanford to pull off a victory, the team will have to make serious adjustments to the offensive effort it displayed against USC last
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2/19 vs. USC L 69-53
UP NEXT OREGON STATE
(9-16, 4-10 Pac-10)
2/24 TV Corvallis, Ore. 6 P .M. FSN Northwest
GAME NOTES: The Cardinal need a strong
finish to its season to end the year with a winning record, and the Oregon State Beavers have had their struggles lately, with only two wins in their last 12 games. Should the Cardinal win out in its conference schedule, it can finish as high as 6th in the Pac-10. SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
Women’s gymnastics concludes home season
Freshman John Gage (above) has played a big role for the Card lately, averaging 6.5 points per game in the last eight games, as well as earning the first start of his career against USC.
The Stanford women’s gymnastics team will make its final appear-
fter turning quite serious last week, I wanted to write something a bit lighter this week.But it’s becoming harder and harder to do that in light of recent developments in North Africa. There is certainly no lack of entertaining sports on TV to comment on, especially with the Cricket World Cup in full swing on the Indian subcontinent, but my attention is dragged away by more important events elsewhere. As I write this, Colonel Gaddafi is still managing to hang on to power in Libya, but, while the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt were generally (and surprisingly) bloodless, the situation in Libya looks increasingly dire for its people.There are numerous reports of military forces and mercenaries killing civilians and increasing warnings that “crimes against humanity” may be being committed across the country — something Gaddafi himself has practically confirmed in rambling televised threats. The idea of watching, playing or talking about a handful of people chasing a ball around a grassy field seems futile in comparison to this.But is it? Can sports play a positive role in such a situation? They certainly can.Sports have been used by regimes to bolster their support,deflect attention from local problems and distract disenchanted youths from getting involved in politics. Should Gaddafi successfully quash the current uprising, it seems certain that he would try to use the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament that Libya is due to hold in 2013 to energize and unify the country under his rule. But this approach doesn’t always work. Sports may be apolitical, but in countries where mass demonstrations or unions are restricted or banned, they can offer a unique way for people to join together en masse. By crowding together to celebrate successes, people can experience the power of popular movements and realize how difficult it can be for any government to control such huge numbers. Some reports indicate that soccer fans in Tunisia and Egypt
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can also offer embattled people with a televised glimpse of normality and the simple chance to forget their worries for a short while and get fully engrossed in a game. Sports can also break down barriers and bring disparate people together.Your political opinions and cultural or class background mean little on the playing field — sports are a great equalizer — and you can suddenly find yourself engaging with people that are far outside your own circle. English and German soldiers infamously, and unbelievably, called a truce to play a game of soccer in no man’s land between the trenches one Christmas during the First World War. This bridging of separate worlds has perhaps even had international connotations. It may be a little extreme to say that the growth of international sport may have helped prevent conflict,but as countries have become more intertwined with trade and diplomacy, the chances of major confrontation off the field seem to have lowered. Sports certainly offer a viable alternative to official diplomacy, not just in bringing countries closer together, but also through its figureheads. Major athletes, like film stars, can be so widely followed and respected that they challenge most political dignitaries for influence and popular support. Also, because they are identified more with their profession than with any particular ideology, they may be heard by those from all sides of the political spectrum and can talk openly without having to guard what they say.As the world’s response to the crisis in Libya remains cagey, with leaders unable or unwilling to throw their full support behind either Gaddafi or the revolution that seeks to remove him,there is a great opportunity for such stars to take a stand. The sporting world is undoubtedly relevant to the current situation in Libya and can positively affect its people. Hopefully when that world officially visits the country for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2013, it will be to celebrate an event. Tom Taylor just wants someone in a position of power to offer him free tickets to the Africa Cup of Nations. Sponsor some grassroots journalism at email@example.com.
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may have been instrumental in the successful demonstrations there. However, the mob mentality of large groups of fans is not always well directed. There are indications that some supporters are joining together to back Gaddafi, and in the lawless vacuum created by large crowds, brutal things can take place.It is not without reason that soccer hooligans have a bad image. The objectionable actions of a small few, though, shouldn’t tarnish the impact of sports in general. Beyond providing a nursery for fledgling political movements, they
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Ogwumike also mentioned that games where the Cardinal is missing a star player can be a blessing in disguise, especially because the team has been a little slow out of the gates lately. “[Struggles] are part of what happens midseason for a team, and I think that losing an integral person in a game keeps us on our straight track,” Ogwumike said. “It keeps us motivated, and we do things based on our teamwork, not based off of our individual capacities.” The Cardinal’s next challenge will be against the Oregon schools once again, with the Oregon Ducks coming into Maples Pavilion first on Thursday night. The Ducks (12-13, 3-11 Pac-10) look to be the Cardinal’s next victim, as the girls from Eugene have lost nine of their last 10 games dating back to Jan. 13. Oregon has two potent scoring threats in guard Nia Jackson and forward Amanda Jackson,who average 17.0 and 16.4 points per game, respectively. However, even with the one-two punch of Jackson and Johnson, the Ducks shoot just 37.6 percent from the floor and give up 76.6 points per game. Last time against the Ducks, Stanford cruised to a 91-56 win, with Oregon shooting 25.0 percent on the game and a dreadful 3-for-32 from three. Additionally, Chiney Ogwumike, one of the freshman heroes from this weekend, had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the trip to Eugene. Despite her confidence in the team’s ability and her dominant play
in lieu of her sister, Chiney Ogwumike said that she still feels that she has a lot to learn in this postseason run, but has a strategy for getting better. “I still feel heavily like a freshman at all times,” she said. “In the games, the only way I can get my mental capacity is by telling myself . . . it’s players against players, not class against class.” Ogwumike also said that now that the Cardinal had a little distance ahead of UCLA, they could relax and play their best basketball. “At this point, we know that not all games are guaranteed, we know that we want to win a Pac-10 championship, we want to win a Pac-10 tournament championship and we want to win a national championship,” Ogwumike said. “Basically, clinching the bye, yeah, we are almost there, but we still have to execute.There’s not a lot of time left, so we just want to pull it together soon.” And although Ogwumike and VanDerveer both have suggested that this team still has a way to go to live up to their perfectionistic standards, the Cardinal bumped its way up to No. 2 in the national polls this weekend — behind No. 1 UConn, who the Card has already beaten this season. Ogwumike said the snub for the number one spot was not in the Cardinal’s mind heading down the stretch. “I think that everything’s due in time, it’d be nice to have it, but it’s not what we’re worried about,” she said. The Cardinal and Ducks tip off Thursday night’s contest at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat@ stanford.edu.
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the last entry into the season-ending tournament and a potential NCAA berth. Led by outside hitter Weston Dunlap, the Bruins split a series with Hawaii and are a very dangerous serving team, ranking second in the MPSF with 1.31 aces per set. Stanford trails UCLA in the alltime series by a wide margin (6115), but has had recent success with three-straight home victories. On Saturday, Stanford welcomes in red-hot UC-Santa Barbara (9-6, 7-5) and will have its hands full against middle blocker Dylan Davis and outside hitter Scott Slaughter, who leads the
MPSF in hitting percentage at .490. The Gauchos’ solid play has led them to their highest ranking since Feb. 19, 2007. UCSB also leads the all-time series against the Cardinal 42-27, with a few of those losses coming at the hands of Kosty, who was a standout player with the Gauchos in the 1980s. However, Stanford won the last meeting between the two teams last April, 3-0. Junior setter Evan Barry is fourth in the MPSF with 10.96 assists per set, and two-time AllAmerican junior libero Erik Shoji is second in the conference and sixth in the country with 2.52 digs per set. The match against UCLA tips at 7 p.m. Friday at Maples Pavilion. Contact Miles Bennett-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday. The Card went just 6-for-30 from the floor in the second half and scored a mere 22 points in the final 20 minutes, causing Stanford to fall short of the Trojans by a wide margin of 69-53. The loss to USC, along with two previous losses to UCLA and Washington, has put the Cardinal in a rut, but Oregon State has faced the same recent misfortune and is riding a four-game losing streak. In fact, the Beavers are just 2-10 since sweeping the Arizona schools during the very first weekend of conference play. Defense is not Oregon State’s strong suit, as the Beavers have allowed an average of 71.8 points per game, as well as 45.7 percent shoot-
ing from its opponents. Stanford looks to capitalize on this by feeding the ball to freshman guard Anthony Brown and freshman forward Dwight Powell, who put up a solid offensive showing against the Beavers the first time around. Brown secured eight rebounds and racked 21 points on 7for-11 shooting, and Powell was 3for-3 with nine points in the matchup back on Jan. 29. The pair of rookies, along with several other Cardinal freshmen, has been especially key for Stanford in recent weeks, filling the starting rotation and coming off the bench to combine for 52 points and 36 rebounds over the last two games. At one point during Saturday’s game with USC, head coach Johnny Dawkins had five freshmen on the court at the same time. Dawkins has also incorporated at least two freshmen in the starting lineup for over half of Stanford’s games. Finding the right starting combi-
nation has proven to be a struggle for the Card, as there has been little game-to-game consistency for the first five to step on the floor. In fact, Saturday’s combination of junior Jarrett Mann, junior Jeremy Green, Brown, freshman John Gage and junior Josh Owens was the eighth different starting lineup of the season. Dawkins is expected to utilize this same group against the Beavers, especially because of Gage’s success in his first outing as a starter. They will look to put an early stop in the efforts of Jared Cunningham (13.5 ppg, 49 assists, 71 steals) and Calvin Haynes (9.8 ppg, 79.1 FT shooting), who will be the main offensive forces for the Beavers. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. PST in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. Contact Lauren Taylor at ltaylor7@ stanford.edu.
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ance at Maples Pavilion this Sunday, hosting No. 33 Arizona State as it celebrates Senior Day.Three Cardinal athletes will be honored in the
event, including Shelley Alexander, Danielle Ikoma and Allyse Ishino. After its best start in program history, the No. 2 Cardinal (14-0) is just two wins away from completing an undefeated dual-meet season for the first time ever. Stanford is in the midst of a banner year, having defeated defending champion UCLA three times and has enjoyed
contributions from the nation’s topranked competitor on the floor exercise, sophomore Ashley Morgan. Last time out, Stanford earned a 195.300-194.675 victory over the Arizona Wildcats. Their in-state counterparts, the Sun Devils (4-8), will head to Maples Pavilion for their 2 p.m. match this Sunday.
— Nate Adams
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Junior Brad Lawson (above) will try to help the Cardinal steady the ship against the UCLA Bruins and UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos this weekend. Lawson’s 4.15 kills per set will be needed to defeat the two top-10 foes.
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