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The Stanford Daily An Independent Publication Volume 239
February 25, 2011 Issue 21


store gets
By NATE ADAMS sophomore who was the standout amid a having 11 championships. We want it by
MANAGING EDITOR number of Cardinal reserves that saw ex- ourselves, though, not with [second-place]
tended playtime on Thursday. UCLA.”
The banner in the southwest corner of WOMEN’S BASKETBALL If another Pac-10 title wasn’t enough,
Maples Pavilion is going to need another the No. 2 Cardinal (25-2, 16-0 Pac-10) made

new space
update. OREGON STATE 37 history in a few other ways. Thursday’s vic-
After a string of slow starts, Stanford STANFORD 73 tory over Oregon State (9-17, 2-13) was
women’s basketball came out firing against 2/24, Maples Pavilion Stanford’s 59th in a row at home, tying a
Oregon State last night as it kicked off Par- program record. The win also secured the
ents’ Weekend with a 73-37 blowout win at “It definitely says something about con- top seed for the upcoming Pac-10 Tourna-
home, clinching a share of its 11th consecu- sistency,” said Stanford head coach Tara ment in Los Angeles.
Ribbon-cutting tive regular season title in the process. Stan-
ford’s big night was highlighted by 16 points
VanDerveer, reacting to the streak of con-
ference titles. “We have excellent competi-
For a moment in the early going, the
Cardinal found itself down by a margin of
ceremony at noon from forward Sarah Boothe, a redshirt tion in the Pac-10, and we’re really proud of 11-6 thanks to some timely three-point
shooting from Beaver guard Sage Inendi,
but the deficit wouldn’t last long. Stanford
By AN LE NGUYEN shut down the Beavers for the remainder of
MANAGING EDITOR the period, driving hard to the glass and
powering its way through a 17-0 run over
The Stanford Student Store opened the the next 11 minutes. On the only play that
doors to its new home in Tresidder Union saw a Beaver put the ball through the net
today. Preparations for the store’s launch during that stretch, Earlysia Marchbanks
have been in the works since summer of was called with a charging foul.
2010 and will culminate in a ribbon-cutting Stanford enjoyed a 29-14 lead at the half
ceremony at noon. — a doubly impressive feat considering the
According to project manager Kelly absence of its leading scorer, Nnemkadi
Rohlfs, the total cost of the new Student Ogwumike. The junior forward suffered an
Store was $297,000. ankle injury against USC last Friday and
“Design began in June 2010, and con- hasn’t played since.
struction started October 2010,” Rohlfs VanDerveer wouldn’t say if she would
wrote in an e-mail to The Daily. “We had be ready for Saturday, but indicated that
expected to complete construction in early
January but ran into problems that were a Please see WBBALL, page 9
result of previous renovations.”
Raj Bhandari M.S. ‘10, CEO of Stan-
ford Student Enterprises (SSE), which
oversees the Student Store, said the proj-
ect was held back due to construction re-
quirements and the need for permit ap-
“Looking at the project, we ended up a
little bit late but still fairly within the scope
of what we imagined it to be,” he said. (13-13, 4-11 Pac-10)
The delay, in fact, may prove to be a Maples Pavilion 2 P.M.
business-savvy plan.
“We made a strategic decision to open COVERAGE:
up [during] Parents’ Weekend,” Bhandari RADIO:
He hopes to see “parents come join
KZSU 90.1 FM, (
their students exploring the new store for
the first time.”
Walking into the new Student Store,
customers will notice several prominent
features. One such feature is the introduc-
tion of pivoting display doors, which were 3/3 Maples Pavilion
custom-designed to showcase merchan- COVERAGE:
dise and to keep the store secure during TV FSN/CSNBA
closing hours.
According to Bhandari, the Student RADIO KZSU 90.1 FM
Store also features “a monitor display (
demonstrating life here at Stanford.”
“We designed the store so it could be a NOTES: No. 2 Stanford clinched at least a share of its
11th consecutive Pac-10 title with a 73-37 win over
Oregon State. They will square off against the visiting
Please see STORE, page 2 Oregon on Saturday afternoon, with a full house ex-
pected on Parents’ Weekend. The Ducks come into
LUIS AGUILAR/The Stanford Daily the game on a bit of an upswing after snapping a
STUDENT LIFE Freshman guard Toni Kokenis (31) drives in for two of her 10 points as the crowd at Maples seven-game losing streak with their first win this
month Thursday night over Cal.
Pavilion looks on in Stanford’s 73-37 blowout win over Oregon State on Thursday night.

Yu urges end
to N. Korea Showdown against
nuke program No. 3 Vandy looms
By ANTHONY VASQUEZ By MILES BENNETT-SMITH against Rice. Gray had a rough first
DESK EDITOR inning, allowing three runs, but the
Myung Hwan Yu, former South Kore- preseason All-American settled
an minister of foreign affairs and trade,ar- Continuing what might be the down and didn’t allow a hit the rest
gued that North Korea’s nuclear weapons most grueling non-conference of the way as he earned the win
program must be shut down at yesterday’s schedule of any team in the country, against San Diego in a rain-short-
lecture on “The North Korean Nuclear the Stanford baseball team heads ened game.
Program and Inter-Korean Relations.” back out on the road to battle No. 3 Saturday’s pitching matchup
Yu, a 2010-11 visiting scholar in the Vanderbilt in a three-game series should feature either senior Taylor
Stanford Korean Studies Program, said a that begins today in Nashville. Hill or junior Grayson Garvin for
nuclear-armed North Korea is a major It’s the No. 8 Cardinal’s second the Commodores, facing off against
threat to its neighbors and to the United trip to the central time zone in a junior Chris Reed.The Stanford left-
States. His talk focused on North Korea’s week, after it opened the season with hander was roughed up in his first
nuclear program, its upcoming leadership a 2-1 series victory over No. 17 Rice, start against Rice but had a very im-
change and relations on the Korean and marks another tough test on the pressive summer in the Atlantic Col-
Peninsula. national stage. legiate Summer League with a
North Korea detonated a nuclear Vanderbilt (5-0) swept through miniscule 1.09 ERA through 33 in-
weapon in 2006 and conducted a second the San Diego schools in its opening nings — he was rated as the top
test in 2009.Yu said North Korean leader- weekend, taking a three-game set prospect in the league.
ship maintains that the country needs nu- from the University of San Diego It will be a tough task against ei-
clear weapons as a deterrent against for- while knocking off San Diego State ther Hill or Garvin, however, as both
eign aggression. in a one-game affair. The Com- pitched brilliantly in their openers at
But he noted that more should be done modores beat Belmont in a midweek San Diego. Garvin, a tall lefthander
to ensure that North Korea is disarmed. game on Wednesday, 6-2, but have from Suwanee, Ga., took a perfect
“It’s time for all concerned to take set their vaunted rotation to face off game into the seventh inning and
more aggressive and intrusive steps to against the Cardinal this weekend. struck out 10 in 8.1 innings of work.
shut down Pyongyang’s nuclear pro- Junior right-handed ace Sonny Hill, a righty from Old Hickory,
gram,” Yu said. “It is a direct threat to Gray will likely start the Friday Tenn., looked equally impressive SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
most of East Asia as a whole and to the game for Vanderbilt, while the Car- after throwing 7.1 innings of five-hit
United States, as well.” dinal (3-1) will trot out sophomore ball with eight strikeouts and just
Sophomore first baseman Justin Ringo (10) awaits a throw as
righty Mark Appel, who pitched four freshman Brian Ragira (21) looks on at Klein Field. The baseball
Please see YU, page 2 strong innings in the season opener Please see BASEBALL, page 7 team is back on the road this weekend to face No. 3 Vanderbilt.

Index News/2 • Opinions/4 • Sports/6 • Classifieds/9 Recycle Me

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State awards programs and financial incentives

in an effort to reduce energy con- Continued from front page
Stanford $500k for sumption.
The findings are expected to
energy use help utility companies and local
governments estimate what prac-
Yu highlighted recent aggression by
North Korea in the past year,including
research tices and incentives best motivate
reductions in energy use. This, in
last March when a torpedo struck a
South Korean naval ship.Forty-six per-
turn, will help the state reach its sonnel were killed in the attack, which
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Yu attributed to North Korea.Last No-
goals for energy efficiency and
greenhouse gas reduction. vember, North Korea also shelled
Stanford researchers will re- South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island,
ceive $500,000 to finance studies This grant will supplement the
$5,006,011 awarded to Stanford by killing two soldiers and two civilians.
that analyze the effectiveness of “Such reckless brinksmanship will
motivational strategies and aware- the U.S. Department of Energy
under the American Recovery and not change South Korea’s policy to-
ness campaigns in cutting back res- ward the North and will further isolate
idential energy use. The funds are Reinvestment Act and the
$790,871 provided by the Universi- North Korea from the international
part of a nearly $3.5 million award community,”Yu said.
underwritten by the California En- ty for the project.
The Energy Commission has According to Yu, it is entirely up to
ergy Commission’s Public Interest the North Korean leadership to decide IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily
Energy Research program. doled out money to several other Myung Hwan Yu, former South Korean minister of foreign affairs and trade,
California universities and compa- whether or not it wants a better rela-
“California’s strength comes tionship with South Korea. spoke yesterday at a lunchtime talk. He argued for a nuclear-free North
from the ability to invest in energy nies, including UCLA, UC-Merced
and Electric Power Group, LLC. “North Korea is at a crossroad,”Yu Korea and discussed its future leadership and its conflicts with South Korea.
research across the board,”Commis- said. “If it continues to keep the door
sioner Jeffrey Bryon wrote in a press Projects funded elsewhere by
the award include the development closed and develops nuclear weapons,
release. there will be no outside help, which near the site where North Korea con- widely expected to become the coun-
At Stanford, researchers will of hyper-efficient computer
North Korea badly needs to feed its ducted its two prior tests. try’s next ruler. Yu doubted North
track energy use patterns with soft- servers, research on the efficiency
people. When asked about the test,Yu said Korea would see an uprising akin to
ware, databases, Internet portals of light-duty vehicles, studies on
“The starving citizens will no longer the international community should do those that have happened in the Mid-
and sophisticated home power me- algae-based biofuels and an exami-
follow their leader,as nuclear weapons more to discourage it,including impos- dle East and North Africa.
ters. They intend to provide real- nation of water demand in the pro-
cannot feed them.” ing further economic sanctions. “We cannot compare North Korea
time energy use statistics via in- duction and consumption of trans-
Last Monday, Reuters reported Yu said there would likely be a lead- with North African countries or other
home displays, computers and portation fuels.
that a third nuclear test is likely. Ac- ership change in North Korea next countries,” Yu said. “It’s very unique. I
smartphone applications. The re- cording to South Korea’s Yonhap year. Kim Jong-un, son of the current don’t think we can expect to see a pub-
searchers will also test community —Tyler Brown
News Agency, tunnels are being dug North Korean President Kim Jong-il,is lic revolt against the regime in North
Among the students who attended

are little trendier, a little bit more store came with several complica- understand that the Student Store the event, at least one said he was un-
vintage, a little bit more fashion- tions. is completely, 100 percent student- moved.
able than just our classic sweat- Rohlfs noted that dealing with run and that all of the proceeds go “To be honest, the issue has been
Continued from front page shirts.” the original terrazzo floor was the back to student groups,” Witter done to death,”said Desmond Lim ‘14.
Student input played an impor- biggest challenge of the construc- said. “It’s a non-profit organiza- “[The talk] wasn’t revolutionary in
tant role in this respect and in oth- tion process. tion; I think that’s just something terms of its perspective.”
retail incubator,” said Peter ers. “After removing the old carpet special about it that sets it apart But other students left the lecture
Claassen, project manager at Hill- “Working with the architect, the in the lounge area, we discovered from the Bookstore.” with the view that North Korea’s neigh-
house Construction Company, Inc. students made all the decisions re- the floor needed a lot of costly re- “I think the new location will bors should do more to stymie its nu-
Project planners designed the garding the layout of the store, dis- pairs that exceeded the project help people recognize us more on clear ambitions.
store to give its managers “the op- play cabinets and walls, colors and budget,” Rohlfs said. “We struck a campus,” she added. “I feel that more emphasis should
portunity to do different merchan- lighting,” Rohlfs said. “They even balance by repairing and refinish- Bhandari expressed similar op- be on further actions,” said Joshua
dising,” Claassen said. suggested adding the new door to ing the terrazzo in the halls and timism about the new store, which Wong ‘14.
While classic Stanford apparel the back patio which was a great placing carpet in the store.” will resume regular business hours Lim said that with the unpre-
will remain on the shelves, the Stu- idea. “It’s been a process, definitely, starting Monday. The store is open dictability of the North Korean leader-
dent Store is diversifying its mer- “They also made decisions on but it’s rewarding to see the store daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ship,he expects more instability.
chandise. how to spend their money, for ex- now,” Witter said. “Our goal is to be the showroom “I can’t be optimistic, at least in the
“We’re definitely expanding; we ample, using carpet in the store ASSU and SSE celebrated the of Stanford,” he said. short term,”Lim said.
have a lot of new stuff,” said store rather than adding funds to the store’s completion in a launch
manager Olivia Witter ‘13. “We project.” party last night. Contact An Le Nguyen at lenguyen Contact Anthony Vasquez at vasquez2
have men’s and women’s items that Nevertheless, planning for the “I don’t think that many people
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we expect Class of 2013 undeclared
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junior numbers to be even smaller.
Manhattan prestige — Stanford ing Silicon Valley that former Stan- The recent partnership between
Dear Editor, Here is a viewpoint about advis-
must sort out its priorities before ford President Frederick Terman Undergraduate Advising and Re- ing at Stanford that differs from that ASSU and UAR has been quite pro-
plunging ahead. “credited by many as the founder of search (UAR),part of the VPUE,ap- which you presented in your editori- ductive and led to a very successful
Enshrined in Stanford’s Found- Silicon Valley, can better be under- plauds your interest in strengthening al. Today’s juniors are the first class “iDeclare Week” for sophomores,
ing Grant,the University’s mission is stood as a catalyst and a booster in an academic advising at Stanford. Re- of students for whom all had both an which will help contribute to that de-
twofold: to advance “learning . . . of already prepared environment.” sponsible for virtually all undergrad- academic director and a pre-major sired outcome. UAR is also develop-
the highest grade” and to “promote Historians credit Stanford with a uate advising except that which takes advisor assigned at the outset of their ing a Faculty Advisory Board that
the public welfare.” Therefore, any necessary but certainly not sufficient place within the major, UAR is in the Stanford undergraduate experience. will help us strengthen all that we do
midst of a concerted effort to im- Last spring, 71 percent of today’s in the name of advising. It will meet
other motivating factors behind the role in the evolution of a Valley al- for the first time next quarter. This
prove undergraduate advising by ed- sophomores told us that the guid-
NYC expansion should be sub- ready home to a burgeoning high- ucating students about the values ance provided by academic directors Faculty Advisory Board first agenda
sidiary to maintaining excellent aca- tech industry, entrepreneurial in- and benefits of the advising re- was “good” or “excellent.” Today’s item will be to consider how to
demics and, as President Hennessy vestors, and an attitude of regional sources available to them.We do this freshmen are required to meet with strengthen pre-major advising and to
urges, creating “more centers of in- cooperation.So inserting a miniature within a national context — our peer their pre-major advisor quarterly, a bring more faculty into the process.
novation” to serve the country. Nei- Stanford into New York City will not institutions around the nation find requirement not seen on this campus Pre-major advisors, academic di-
ther goal is assured by an unprece- be a magic bullet to somehow recre- that advising is the thing that stu- since 2001. ASSU Senator Deepa rectors, AARC advisors and the rest
dented expansion that could initially ate the Silicon Valley ecosystem. dents are least satisfied with, as the Kannappan commented to the Fac- of us here in UAR in Sweet Hall are
provost recently stated to the Faculty ulty Senate last month on the benefit in fact well-equipped to help unde-
strip the main campus of valuable clared students navigate tough, big-
Senate. We look forward to doing so of this change, stating, “[UAR] re-
faculty and produce unpredictable Please see EDITORIAL, page 5 with support of faculty, staff and stu- quired that freshmen had to meet picture decisions. It is the reason we
dents as well as the upcoming SUES with their pre-major advisors before advise. Students will always talk to
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board consists of six Stanford students led by a chairman and uninvolved in other sections this, the third year in which all fresh- going to UAR’s resources, freshmen choice of classes and major will de-
of the paper.Any signed columns in the editorial space represent the views of their authors men and sophomores have had an saw that those resources were use- termine the course of the rest of their
and do not necessarily represent the views of the entire editorial board.To contact the edi- lives,” then it is better to talk with a
Academic Director, it is clear the ful.” The number of undeclared jun-
torial board chair, e-mail submit an op-ed, limited to 700 faculty or staff advisor who has had
words, e-mail submit a letter to the editor, limited to 500 program has been a success and iors is going down dramatically, not
words, e-mail are published at the discretion of the editor. made quite a difference in advising at up, as you assert. (Class of 2011 had
Stanford. over 500 undeclared juniors; Class of Please see LETTER, page 5
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Stop . . . the Ellipsis
n my feverish attempts to avoid
the pages and pages of reading I
have every week, I find myself
on Gchat with my friends all too
often. The other night, as I wiled Miriam Ellora
away the minutes of an all-too-long
study break, I paused . . . There Marks
were so many ellipses! In contrast
to the academic paper pulled up on
my computer screen, the Gchat showcase the habits of Elon
window was characterized by more (anonymous name). Elon uses A
three-letter acronyms, a lack of LOT of ellipses. In any sort of writ-
proper capitalization and a host of ten communication, be it messages
little dots clustered in groups of on Gchat, in e-mails with friends or
three. in texts, Elon refuses to use com-
What is the new, evolving ellip- mas, semicolons, or even periods. A
sis? To answer this question, think typical paragraph written by Elon
about the extent to which we com- contains about one ellipsis per six to
municate with the written word. Ig- eight words.
nore the laments that students are What’s the big deal, you ask? So
not writing as well as they used to; in what if ellipses are his preferred and
terms of the sheer amount of writ- only form of punctuation? If our
ten communication, it seems as writing increasingly mirrors our col-
though young adults today rely on loquial speech, which I think is true,
writing to talk to each other more then the use of the ellipsis is a writ-
than they would have done a gener- ten expression of our pauses and si-
ation ago. I’ve heard stories.Appar- lences in conversation.When speak-
ently, back in the day, if you were ing with a friend,no one is complete-
writing to a friend, you were proba- ly fluid and graceful; we naturally
bly writing a letter. You sat down stumble for the next word, throw in
and spent a long period of time ar- a couple “like”s and substitute ges-
ticulating your thoughts in a large tures and sounds for real words.
body of text. Those are our spoken ellipses.
Today, messages to friends travel Here’s the problem. Because our
instantly and have consequently day-to-day communication by writ-
grown shorter in length. Much ing looks more and more like our
shorter.“Dinner?”“Party tonight?” manner of speaking, there is un-
“Kk.” As our writing is transmitted doubtedly an influence by our writ-
more quickly to our friends,we have ing upon our speaking, especially
simultaneously condensed the size given that most of us text and Gchat
of our messages and altered the pat- each other all day. Is our colloquial
tern of our writing. From what I’ve manner of writing really starting to
observed, our conversational writ- affect our speech? Yes. Without a
ing more and more closely mirrors doubt. Examples include: saying
the way we speak. “lol,” saying “omg,” saying “lmfao.”
And now for the ellipsis. There (Don’t do this.)
are, admittedly, several uses of the The ellipsis is another example
ellipsis. I most frequently use the el- of the way in which our writing
lipsis for, as it is described on feeds our speech patterns. People
Wikipedia, “an unstated alternative are starting to use the ellipsis when
indicated by context.” Let’s say I they talk. This is manifested in sev-
were watching the new music video eral ways: pausing, using a lot of
for “Hold It Against Me,” and I filler words, playing up the “awk-
chose to tell someone, “That video ward” silence.A conversation starts
was . . . interesting.” My ellipsis be- with a long, “Sooo . . . “ or contains
trays that something else crossed lengthy pauses; statements come
my mind first, that I caught myself across hesitantly and lacking in con-
and opted not to say,“pretty creepy, viction; a conversation loses struc-
plus I don’t think she’s a very talent- ture when its participants are used
ed dancer.” to trailing off . . .
There is also the exasperated el- I think we lose out when our con-
lipsis. In response to an outlandish versations are punctuated by el-
request that begs an answer of lipses. We lose the habit of thinking
“NO,” an ellipsis implies something quickly on our feet, of being articu-
akin to “are you serious?” or “what late and of using the right word at
do you think my answer to your stu- the right time. From an academic
pid question is?” One morning on standpoint, I guess this could harm
Gchat, a frugal friend asked me if students’ abilities in the realm of
she could have my quarterly alloca- oral presentations. From any sort of
tion of services provided by the conversational standpoint, it makes
SHPRC. Then she asked whether I conversations lackluster, slow and
could go and get them for her even prolonged. Would you want to read
as she specified a list of brands and a paragraph full of ellipses? I would-
flavors. She got a “ . . . “ in response. n’t want to have a conversation like
These are what I would deem that either.
strategic ellipses, not to be confused
with the filler ellipses. In order to Miriam wonders if this made any sense
define the filler ellipsis, allow me to . . .

ed partner — the city of New York.
While the proposed campus would
become financially self-sustaining,ad-
Continued from page 4 ministrators should ensure that the
majority of start-up land and capital
costs come from external sources, not
That said, Stanford has developed by paring other programs from the
a wealth of institutional knowledge convalescent University budget.
about best practices for catalyzing Additionally, the campus will ex-
high-tech industry. Home to a proac- cite Stanford’s New York donor base,
tive IP licensing office friendly to busi- the fastest-growing alumni popula-
ness,a vast research park that incubat- tion after the Bay Area.With lucrative
ed HP and Lockheed Martin, and a fundraising prospects and the allure of
President who, like many faculty, is an penetrating the East Coast elite aca-
entrepreneur himself,Stanford is in an demic aura, the New York branch
undeniably better position than most could acquire a prestigious, mercan-
institutions to impact innovation in tile, Wall Street ethos. Stanford needs
New York City. to resist this temptation to commer-
Unfortunately,Stanford finds itself cialize its brand. We don’t need to
caught between conflicting priorities: plant palm trees on Manhattan, but
a larger branch campus threatens to we do need to recreate the essence of
siphon valuable resources from a Stanford wherever we fly its banner.
main campus recovering from budget The value of a Stanford campus in
cuts. From the outset, administrators New York City is a different, disrup-
should establish the growth strategy of tive research institution, anchored by
the campus and decide on the scale of West Coast ideals.After all,a Stanford
the prospective impact to New York of the East should be much more than
City. Traditional academia cannot yet just another Ivy.
boast a true multi-site,elite university; Like President Eisenhower’s call
however, the proliferation of one-off for investment in scientific research
entities — the Columbia Business after the Sputnik crisis in 1957, Presi-
School in Berkeley and the Wharton dent Hennessy has captured the pop-
Executive MBA in San Francisco are ular imagination with a vision for na-
local examples — offer blueprints for tional dominance in engineering. Be-
narrow,focused expansion. fore we launch our own satellite, we
According to President Hennessy, urge the Administration to consider
the New York project passes three key the core goals of academics and com-
tests: immersion in a pool of top stu- munity impact,so that this exciting op-
dents, location in a thriving environ- portunity does not sacrifice our cur-
ment that can attract quality faculty rent excellence or dilute the Universi-
and collaboration with a deep-pocket- ty’s distinctive identity.

our faculty and staff advisors. As
marvelous as the “iDeclare” offer-
ings were, and though they were
Continued from page 4 well-promoted by the leaders of the
sophomore class, a small percentage
of sophomores attended.
more course to the rest of their lives We are doing our part to make
(and often more than one career) to advising one of the things that is best
contextualize why that “knowledge” about Stanford and which sets us
is, in fact, a myth. Our resources are apart from our peers. We look for-
substantial despite the budget cuts, ward to working with undergradu-
and our visibility on campus is in- ates on this process.
creasing. But our effectiveness is
limited as long as Stanford students JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS ‘89
believe they don’t need advising or DEAN OF FRESHMEN AND
cannot benefit from the great wis- UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING
dom and experience that lies within
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STANFORD . . . . . . . . . .80
OREGON ST. . . . . . . . . .87
2/24, Eugene, Ore.
TOP PERFORMERS !"#$%& '(""%#$) !*%+ ,&&#&%& -./+
J. GREEN, STANFORD 01 2341 51+06 4 1
In the highest-scoring game the JEREMY C., ORE. STATE 04 537 89+:6 ; 4
men’s basketball team has played all
season, Stanford coughed up a sec- WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ond-half lead and fell on the road OREGON ST. . . . . . . . . .37
Thursday night at Oregon State, 87-
80.With the loss, the Cardinal extend- STANFORD . . . . . . . . . .73
ed its losing streak to four games and 2/24, Maples Pavilion
solidified its position in eighth place TOP PERFORMERS !"#$%& '(""%#$) !*%+ ,&&#&%& -./+
in the Pac-10 as the regular season
winds down. S. BOOTHE, STANFORD 45 8340 97+;6 0 5
S. INDENDI, ORE. STATE 40 1344 ;5+16 0 5
UCLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 P.M. PST
2/24, Corvallis, Ore.
STANFORD . . . . . . . . . .
Oregon State (10-16, 5-10 Pac-10) 2/25, Maples Pavilion
snapped its own four-game losing
streak with the victory, and its 87 WOMEN’S TENNIS
points were the highest total the team OREGON . . . . . . . . . . .1:30 P.M. PST
has put up in the Pac-10 this season.
The Beavers were on fire all night, STANFORD
making a crisp 62 percent of their 2/25, Taube Tennis Stadium
shots from the field. They also had a MEN’S TENNIS
very balanced attack, with five players
scoring in double figures, led by soph- STANFORD . . . . . . . . . .1:30 P.M. PST
omore guard Jared Cunningham, who Stanford Daily File Photo UCLA
had 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Freshman guard Aaron Bright, above, hit all five of his three-point attempts 2/25, Westwood, Calif.
senior guard Calvin Haynes, who
chipped in 14. Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Cardinal blew a second-half lead BASEBALL
Oregon State’s freshman guard and lost to Oregon State, 87-80. Stanford is now in 8th place in the Pac-10. STANFORD . . . . . . . . . .2 P.M. PST
Ahmad Starks scored the game’s first
basket to take a 2-0 lead at 19:38, but yond the arc in the first half, making not enough to repel the Beavers, who VANDERBILT
Stanford, powered by junior guard Je- eight three-pointers and extending its began to take control in the second 2/25, Nashville
remy Green’s hot three-point shoot- lead to 41-35 at the break. half. Oregon State took just its second WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ing, went on an early 14-4 run to lead Green, coming off his first lead of the game (49-47) with 14:40
by eight with 16:27 left in the first half. mediocre game in over a month, got left in the second half, pushing ahead OREGON . . . . . . . . . . .2 P.M. PST
After Oregon State cut the lead to 14- hot early. After last Saturday’s 11- on two free throws from forward Joe STANFORD
12 with 15 minutes to go, the Cardinal point showing in the loss against USC, Burton. The teams traded blows the 2/26, Maples Pavilion
(13-14,6-10) reeled off another big 11- he nearly reached that total in the first rest of the way, with Stanford appear-
0 run to take a commanding 25-12 three minutes, scoring eight points off ing to retake control twice with leads MEN’S BASKETBALL
lead halfway through the first period. two three-pointers and a layup — he of 60-52 at the 12-minute mark and STANFORD . . . . . . . . . .3 P.M. PST
The Beavers fought back to within finished the game with 24 points off 9- 65-58 with 10 minutes to go.
two, trailing only 33-31 with 3:27 left, 14 shooting. OREGON
but the Cardinal was electric from be- But Green’s excellent night was Please see MBBALL, page 7 2/26, Westwood, Calif.

SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily

Junior Veronica Li, above, and the No. 1 women’s tennis team enter Pac-10
play with a perfect 9-0 record. They will put their NCAA-record 169 home
win streak on the line this weekend against Oregon and Washington State.

By CHRISSY JONES Michigan 4-1 the next day. In the
CONTRIBUTING WRITER semifinals, the team zoomed past
No. 3 North Carolina, setting up a
Fresh off claiming the title at the much-anticipated final between the
ITA National Team Indoor Cham- Cardinal and No. 2 Florida, who
pionships in Charlottesville, Va., Stanford beat 4-3 in the NCAA fi-
this past weekend, the women’s ten- nals last year. Sophomore Stacey
nis team looks to keep the momen- Tan clinched a hard-fought three-
tum rolling with matches against set match, propelling Stanford to
two Pac-10 rivals, the Oregon the championship by the score of 4-
Ducks and the Washington State 2 last Monday.
Cougars, this weekend. “I was so inspired watching all
Not only will Stanford (9-0) have my teammates fight for each point
the opportunity to continue its un- of the match,”Tan said.“That really
defeated season,but it will also have helped me work that much harder
the chance to increase its home win- to do my best in my match. The vic-
ning streak of 169 consecutive vic- tory was a great confidence builder
tories on the Farm, an NCAA for our team moving forward.”
record. It’s back to the grind now for
After a 4-0 sweep of No. 16 Stanford, as the eight players who
Arkansas in the first round of the traveled to Virginia arrived back on
ITA tournament last week, the No.
1 Cardinal went on to defeat No. 5 Please see WTENNIS, page 9
The Stanford Daily Friday, February 25, 2011 ! 7

Jaffe takes NCAA over

NBA all day,everyday

he NBA trade deadline just
passed, and the league has
been turned upside down Jacob
thanks to a number of
blockbuster, and in some
cases head-scratching, trades. I’ve fol- Fields of Failure
lowed the NBA much more closely
than I have in the past few years, and
after watching a slam dunk over a car changed the channel.
and absurd performances from all See, when NFL players play real-
kinds of players, I have come back to ly well, they make pinpoint passes,
the simple conclusion I’ve known all miraculous catches, crazy jukes and
along. shoestring tackles.When MLB play-
College basketball is better than ers play really well, they make diving
the NBA.There, I said it. catches, disgusting pitches and hit
Yes, I know that NBA players are monster home runs.The way basket-
the best of the college game and that ball is set up, NBA players have no
the talent level in the NBA is un- incentive to play team basketball
questionably better than in college. I when they can just do it all by them-
know that the thoroughly pointless selves.
one-and-done rule has taken away Compared to college basketball,
from the continuity of the college NBA players have less time to shoot,
game and harmed everyone in- get all the advantage on offense (the
volved (except John Calipari).And I rules take away zone defense, under-
know that most sports fans ignore the-basket charges, etc.) and are ca-
college basketball until March Mad- pable of making ridiculous shots, so
ness and that players like LeBron there’s no need for traditional plays.
James and Blake Griffin are only And no,“iso” doesn’t count as a play.
boosting the NBA’s popularity. While college basketball might
But no matter how much I watch not give you as many eye-popping
the NBA, I can’t help but think that feats of athleticism or staged dunk
the pure basketball involved is worse contests (jumping over a car: cool,
than in college. And recently I’ve fi- but not that cool), it gives you some-
nally discovered the reason why thing more. Players set off-ball
NBA basketball is not as fun to me: screens (yep, they exist), make the
NBA players are too athletic and too extra pass, cut to the basket . . . you
talented. know, they actually play basketball.
Of course, in professional sports, Other than the occasional high-
the appeal is supposed to be that the light-reel play, what else does the
players you see are the best in the NBA provide over college? All I see
world at what they do.The difference are a whole lot of egos.
with basketball, though, is that talent I mean, what’s the better atmos-
can lead to a less-aesthetically pleas- phere for a basketball game: hun-
ing result. dreds of students jumping and
Case in point: LeBron. He is screaming in unison, or Jack Nichol-
clearly one of the best players in son screaming at the refs about a call
NBA history and maybe the most he doesn’t understand? What in the
athletically gifted individual ever to NBA can match the passion of fight-
play basketball. Some of the dunks ing to get off the bubble? Don’t even
and midair adjustments he makes say trying to get into the playoffs.
are breathtaking. Still though, if you What can match a Duke-UNC game?
watch a whole game of LeBron’s, Lakers-Celtics isn’t even close.
what do you see? Maybe a couple I’m sorry, but even the most excit-
disgusting dunks in transition ing NBA Finals game doesn’t feel as
(against weaker defense than most passionate or as intense as a Cinderel-
middle-school players) and about 20 la run through March Madness, or
fadeaway 24-footers. even a 15-seed hanging with a two-
The long fadeaway jumper is ex- seed. That’s the one thing about col-
tremely difficult and impressive, but lege sports that pro sports can never
I can’t say it is particularly fun to match, and the NBA doesn’t get any-
watch. Sure, one or two can make where close.
you marvel at the player’s skill, but Oh, and I didn’t even mention
when five possessions in a row in- traveling.
volve one player taking the ball up
the floor,dribbling outside the three- Jacob Jaffe won way too much
point line for 18 seconds and then money in last year’s Daily March
taking a contested jumper, it doesn’t Madness pool to ever go back to
particularly matter to me if the shot watching the NBA. Contact him to be
goes in or not, because I’ve already your bookie at

season high with 15 points, making
all five shots he took behind the
three-point line.
Continued from page 6 Both teams were reckless with
the ball, and the game was a bit
sloppy at times — the Cardinal fin-
However, down by six with five ished with 14 turnovers while the
minutes left, Oregon State charged Beavers committed with 15.
back on a game-deciding 15-4 This is a critical juncture for the
stretch to take an 82-77 lead with 35 Cardinal, as it has two more confer-
seconds remaining. Haynes, Cun- ence games left this season. Stan-
ningham and Burton all had big ford is still within reach of sixth
buckets during that final run for the place in the Pac-10, an important
Beavers. From there, the Beavers benchmark to reach for, as teams
got a few dunks by Cunningham one through six get first-round byes
and Haynes as they cruised to the in next month’s Pac-10 Tournament
victory. in Los Angeles.
In addition to shooting 53 per- Next on the docket for Stanford
cent from the field, Stanford had is Oregon, where the Cardinal will
one of its most unselfish games this look to avenge last month’s 67-59
season in the loss. Junior guard Jar- home loss to the Ducks. Tip-off is
rett Mann finished with a season- set for 3 p.m. at the Ducks’ new
high 10 assists while freshman for- home, Knight Arena in Eugene.
ward Dwight Powell had five assists
to go along with two steals. Fresh- Contact Nic Reiner-Parra at nreiner
man guard Aaron Bright matched a

.356 and had 41 RBIs while being
named Pac-10 Freshman of the
Year; he is off to a good start this
Continued from front page year with seven hits in 16 at-bats.
His first home run of the year put
Stanford on top against Cal, and
one run — neither pitcher issued a he added an RBI single later in
free pass in 15.2 combined innings the game.
of work. The play of Wilson has also
The Commodores are a con- met the lofty standards that ac-
stant presence in the NCAA companied the highly touted out-
Tournament, making it to the fielder from Los Angeles to the
past five NCAA Regionals under Farm. Wilson is currently tied for
manager Tim Corbin. Besides second on the team in batting
their top-notch pitching, they with Piscotty, sporting a .429 bat-
also return seven everyday ting average to go with a home
starters from a team that won 46 run and four RBIs, all in games
games last year. That includes top against top-25 opponents.
hitters Aaron Westlake, Jason Es- The weekend series is just the
posito and Anthony Gomez. second between the two teams,
Juniors Esposito and Westlake and Stanford holds a 3-1 all-time
hit 12 and 14 home runs apiece edge thanks to a 2-1 series win in
last year while both batting 2009. With both teams now sport-
above .300, and the sophomore ing top-10 rankings, the rivalry is
Gomez hit a team-high .379 en likely to only grow more intense
route to being named a Colle- this weekend as conference brag-
giate Baseball Freshman All- ging rights are also on the line.
American. If the games are close, the Cardi-
Stanford and head coach nal should get a boost from its
Mark Marquess counter with bullpen, which has allowed only
their own quartet of young guns, three runs in 16 innings so far.
led by two preseason All-Ameri- First pitch on Friday will take
cans, sophomore shortstop place at 2 p.m. PST, with Saturday’s
Kenny Diekroeger and freshman game scheduled for a noon start
outfielder Austin Wilson, along and Sunday’s slated to begin at 11
with sophomore third baseman a.m.
Stephen Piscotty and sophomore
outfielder Jake Stewart. Contact Miles Bennett-Smith at
Diekroeger hit a team-high
8 ! Friday, February 25, 2011 The Stanford Daily

Years later into her career,

she still thinks about the class that she took
during her summer at Stanford –
it shaped her way of thinking ever since.
IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily
The Stanford men’s tennis team had two hard losses last weekend at the ITA
Which class will it be for you this summer? National Indoor Championships, but will try to bounce back against rivals
No. 5 UCLA and No. 9 USC with help from junior Bradley Klahn, above.

Stanford hopes to “I’m looking forward to two very
competitive, tough matches. When
you play top-10, top-five competi-
avenge loss at ITAs tion, it can only help to give you an
idea of where your team’s at.”
According to Whitlinger, Stan-
By ALEX ECKERT ford still has plenty of work to do
after losing to Florida and Georgia
The No. 7 Stanford men’s tennis at last week’s tournament, but he
team travels to Los Angeles this believes the losses will help moti-
weekend to face a pair of formida- vate the team going forward.
ble Pac-10 rivals in No. 5 UCLA and “Every match we played in Seat-
No. 9 USC. tle was very close and could’ve gone
The Cardinal (8-2) is hoping to either way,” Whitlinger said. “I
bounce back from two tough losses don’t think they’ve lost confidence.
at last week’s ITA National Indoor I think they’re just a little upset we
Championships, where it went 1-2 couldn’t pull off all the matches that
against some of the top teams in the we played.”
nation in Florida and Georgia. The Cardinal hopes to carry the
However, the Los Angeles schools consistent play of defending NCAA
may provide even stiffer competi- singles champion junior Bradley
tion. Klahn (16-5 record this year), soph-
Stanford will first take on UCLA omore Denis Lin (12-4) and senior
(9-1) this afternoon.The Bruins had Greg Hirshman (12-3) into this
a strong showing at last week’s tour- weekend. Hirshman appears to
nament, going 2-1 and beating the have turned a corner in his game, as
same Florida team that handed the he is currently riding an impressive
Cardinal its first loss of the season four-game win streak.To beat teams
just two days earlier.The Bruins will of UCLA and USC’s caliber, how-
be looking to prove that they are ever, all of the players will need to
the team to beat in the Pac-10 this step up.
season. While matches between top
Then, at 1 p.m. tomorrow, the teams can be indicative of the sea-
Cardinal will face two-time defend- son to come, Whitlinger was also
ing national champion USC. The wary of putting undue emphasis or
Trojans (8-2) will certainly be pressure on these early-season con-
amped up for the match after Stan- tests.
ford took the first matchup between “Like I tell the guys, you don’t
the two rivals 4-3 in a hard-fought get too high with the wins or too low
match last weekend. Plagued by in- with the losses, so no matter what
juries early in the season, it is tough happens, we’re trying to get better
to say how good this year’s version and improve and get ready for
of the Trojans can be. May,” he said.
Head coach John Whitlinger has The NCAA men’s tennis season
no illusions about this weekend. is a long one, and as one of the top
“Any time you go to L.A., no teams in the nation, Stanford has
matter what kind of team I’ve been chosen to focus on the long-term
a part of over 25 years, it’s always a goal of winning an NCAA champi-
challenge,” Whitlinger said. onship.
“They’re just very good; they play That being said, this weekend’s
well at home, and they have their matches feature traditional Pac-10
crowd.” rivalry hype combined with the
While he recognizes that the usual excitement of top-10
matches won’t be easy, Whitlinger matchups.
views this weekend as another op-
portunity for the team to gain valu- Contact Alex Eckert at aeckert@stan-
able experience against elite teams.

The Stanford Daily Friday, February 25, 2011 ! 9

With Stanford’s top forward miss- up,” VanDerveer said. “They’ll all Freshman guard Toni Kokenis lit zone defense to pieces. Pohlen
ing, a roulette of reserves filled in the help us.” up the crowd as well,scoring a pair of scored a pair of threes in the half and
gaps for the Cardinal and kept OSU As she did on Sunday,sophomore fast-break layups to bring the Stan- Pedersen added another, while Tin-
Continued from front page on its toes. Seven players scored in forward Joslyn Tinkle started in ford lead to 43-26. On the second of kle and Sara James, a freshman
the first half alone — a number high- place of the elder Ogwumike. Her those,the Illinois native made a lung- guard, each netted one. Their shoot-
er than OSU’s total field goals in the classmate, forward Mikaela Ruef, ing steal on a pass from Beaver guard ing was dangerous enough to open
her injury had nearly recovered. same period. saw 10 minutes of playing time in the Alexis Bostick and dashed for the things up for the forwards, who did
“If it was the tournament,she’d be “Obviously, we depend a lot on first half after averaging just 10.2 left side of the hoop, dropping an the rest of the work. Stanford scored
playing,” she said. “Her ankle looks Kayla [Pedersen] and Jeanette total minutes on the season, and easy basket that had VanDerveer eight layups in the second half and
good, but I told her I want it 100 per- [Pohlen] and definitely Nneka, but Boothe saw plenty of time at the low pumping her fist on the bench. shot 56.3 percent from the field.
cent.” it’s great to see people stepping post after coming off the bench and Kokenis reached 10 points at 8:12, The Cardinal will complete its
going a perfect 3-for-3 in the first half. making her the fifth Stanford player final two-game series against Ore-
“I told our team that we’re an or- to enter double digits.The only blem- gon tomorrow at 2 p.m., and then
chestra, it’s all about our whole team ish on her record was a trio of sec- wrap up the regular season against
being successful,” VanDerveer said ond-half fouls. Cal next Thursday at 8 p.m. Both
about the reserves. “But tonight we Stanford slowed things down a bit games are at Maples Pavilion.
had a nice solo from Sarah Boothe. as its reserves took over, but contin-
She really finished inside.” ued to play an open, perimeter-fo- Contact Nate Adams at nbadams@
Chiney Ogwumike put the team cused game that cut the Beavers’
on her back in the second, scoring
two crowd-pleasers in the first 60

seconds.That included a breakaway and Washington State both practice
layup after she recovered a loose indoors,yet will be forced to play out-
ball just beyond the Beavers’ three- side in the matches this weekend on
point line, a move senior point the Farm.Wind frequently becomes a
Continued from page 6
guard Jeanette Pohlen emulated a factor when players aren’t used to
minute later. compensating for it.
campus Tuesday after hours of wait- The Ducks have a 6-2 record enter-
ing due to delays and canceled flights ing conference play, although they
on the East Coast. Sophomore Mal- have yet to beat a ranked opponent
lory Burdette, who played in the No. and lost to No. 24 Oklahoma and No.
2 slot over the weekend, described 73 Minnesota earlier in the year. But
the 30-plus hour journey back to they have won two straight matches
Stanford as “a break to catch up on and have gotten big performances
work, but now we have returned and from their freshmen. As always, Ore-
are focusing on upcoming matches. gon will be a tough Pac-10 opponent
“We usually focus on ourselves as that Stanford cannot afford to under-
opposed to worrying about who we estimate.
are playing,” Burdette continued. Likewise, the Cougars are sitting
“Preparation for this weekend will be pretty at 8-2 in non-conference
like any other. We only lost the dou- matches, but recently lost a close
bles point one day, but we will defi- match to No.44 Boise State and have
nitely go back to the drawing board just one win over a ranked opponent,
with doubles and hopefully tune our an upset of No.73 BYU in Utah.They
singles play up. I think that we have went on a five-game win streak to
played a lot of tennis over the past open the season at home, but are 3-2
week, so it’s important to remain in their last five matches. More press-
physically healthy as well.” ingly, they will be playing their third
This is especially true for Bur- match in three days — including two
dette, who was out for the first three against top-five opponents — when
matches of this season. Since return- they arrive at the Farm on Saturday.
ing to the court just a few weeks ago, The match against Oregon is slat-
she has improved steadily and this ed for today at 1:30 p.m. with the sec-
weekend marked her first time play- ond match against Washington State
ing at No. 2 for the Cardinal this sea- scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.
son. With rain (and potentially the first
“Although I was a little nervous,” snow in the Bay Area in decades) in
Burdette said, “having three solid the forecast, both matches at the
performances was a huge step for- Taube Family Tennis Center are sub-
ward for me confidence-wise going ject to delays and postponement.
into this weekend.”
She also hopes that Stanford can Contact Chrissy Jones at chrissy
capitalize off the fact that Oregon

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VO LU M E 239 . ISSUE 4
a publication of the stanford daily FRIDAY

page 7
“Top Chef” finally unseats reality champ
page 6
“The Pillowman” is the funniest show
“The Amazing Race.” about child murder you’ll ever watch.
English songbird Adele turns in a soulful Roxy picks the best songs to
sophomore effort with “21.” “get it on” to. Yee
page 4 ADVICE
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Oscar Snubs W ith the 83rd Annual Academy Awards airing this Sunday, Feb. 27, we can
anticipate the customary mix of glitz, glamour and stars. But while a lucky few will
hear their names called in the Kodak Theatre when they announce the winner, some won’t even hear theirs listed with the nomi-
nees. Intermission is here to lend a consoling back rub to those sadly snubbed by Oscar with a coveted spot in our weekly Top 5.

1 2
Actor: Ryan It seems unfair to honor Michelle Williams but not Director: Nolan is overdue for a directing nod after his near-perfect
Gosling when their performances relied so heavily each track record of mind-bending hits. “Inception” was the
Gosling, Christopher
other. Williams rightfully deserves her nomination, but most sophisticated blockbuster to come along in a while,
“Blue Valentine” her exasperated Cindy wouldn’t be half as compelling Nolan, and there aren’t many other people who could’ve helmed
without Gosling’s frustrating yet endearing Dean. the film the way he did. But with two noms
“Inception” — for Best Picture and Original Screenplay — Nolan’s

probably not shedding too many tears.
In a year of strong matriarchal performances from Jacki

Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” to Melissa Leo’s gritty turn in
Actress: Barbara “The Fighter,” Hershey’s sublimely creepy mother in “Black Supporting Andrew Garfield was the
Swan” takes the cake. It’s perhaps a sad testament to heart and soul of “The
Hershey, Hollywood’s ageism that Hershey was pushed to the side-
Social Network.” Without
“Black Swan” lines in favor of the fresher faces of fellow stars Natalie Portman and Andrew Garfield, his complex blend of
Mila Kunis. cockiness and vulnerabili-
“The Social ty to ground it, the film’s humanity
Animated “Tangled” was a surprisingly pleasant and thoroughly entertaining Network”

would have been lost some-
addition to the Disney canon. While it may have had a shot at a
Feature: Best Animated Feature nom in a weaker year, it’ll just have to settle
where in between Sorkin’s fast-
paced dialogue and Trent
“Tangled” on a nom in the Best Original Song category (for “I See the Light”) Reznor and Atticus Ross’s
instead. dark ambient score.

games Guitar Zero ind StanShakes: ‘Julius Caesar’

hen I was a sophomore
in high school, the orig-
inal Guitar Hero
but it was really a beautiful
moment for gaming.
Things have changed since
ames market
changed my life. Like many other then. Just last week, mega-publisher with garbage like last
Stanford undergrads I’ve seen at Activision — which immediately got year’s Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
drunken rock sessions, I felt like a on board with the small-time Red (Metacritic 72) and drag five entire
god as I raced through expert mode Octane after the first game sold over studios into working on one proper-
with that plastic, click-clacky guitar 1.5 million copies — announced the ty, your brand name’s reputation will
in my hands. Sure, it was simple and unceremonious death of the “Hero” go to hell, and so will your sales.
it was silly, but it was something franchise in a corporate earnings People get laid off, gamers get shod-
totally new, and it opened the flood- statement. dy products and whole segments of
gates for a whole generation of So what happened? the industry crumble to pieces. It’s
would-be losers to joyously kid The truth is, Activision had it not a pretty picture, but with big-
themselves into feeling musically coming. When you release a stagger- name publishers like Activision,
competent. Forgive me for saying so, ing 19 “hero” games in half a decade, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, it’s
fail to provide a solid online solution becoming all too common.
for updating and importing songs, Courtesy Daniel Chia
I don’t want to see that happen
2 gouge prices on sets of minimally Stanford Shakespeare Company has three more shows of the Bard’s
classic drama: tonight at 7 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
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Cooking a thick piece of meat is among Classic Naan and Lachha Paratha each have
the more difficult tasks in the kitchen; high their own fluffiness and subtly sweet tones that
temperatures for short periods help the meat make them delicious but allow a raita and
retain moisture but can end up searing it and chutney topping to stand out. The Fresh
leaving the inside raw, while lower tempera- Cranberry Chutney is delectable and perfectly
tures ensure thorough cooking but can dry the balances the sweetness of the cranberries with Courtesy Vinney Le
meat out. Junnoon masterfully handles the sour tamarind and mustard seed spice. The

he red couch came from a dumpster. tured notable campus acts such as Nimbleweed
challenge with both red and white meats as Garlic Chili Chutney is fantastic, although it is
Well, to be fair, it came from the free and Jamaica Osorio.
well as fish. The Chef’s Award-Winning
store of sorts that is the Ditch That Inspired by the concept of NPR’s Tiny
Halibut, despite its less-than-humble name, is
| continued on page 4 | Dumpster campaign. So, yes, it’s recycled. In Desk Concerts, informal gigs behind All Songs
certainly one of the strongest dishes on the
fact, with that story in mind, one could very Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk, Red Couch
menu. The halibut is cooked perfectly and
well think that the scribbles in black Sharpie was originally christened Kimball Tiny Couch
served with a coconut-ginger sauce that is
which cover the armrests come from its past Concerts. It has since moved away from the
divine. A small mound of fluffy semolina acts
owners. Except they’re not scribbles: they’re image of a single-dorm event and toward a
as a sponge to help collect the last drops of
autographs from the performers on The Red more encompassing image, not just across
ambrosial sauce. The Basil Malai Chicken
Couch Project, a new student initiative begun campus, but across the global networks
Tikka is unbelievably juicy and tender. The
last year in Kimball Hall which aims to pro- attached to social media.
accompanying cold dip carries a bit of pep-
mote musical performance on campus. So “The idea is to get the artists themselves
pery kick that contrasts well with the chicken.
don’t be afraid to sit on it — in fact, be excited. involved with the marketing of the event,” Jeff
And the Tandoori Lamb Chops, succulent in
The setting is Kimball, third floor, in a explained. “The strength of the event lies in the
their own right, are plated with amazing mint
corner single facing Campus Drive. Roughly personal ties the performer has.”
chutney that compliments both the red meat
once each week, a Stanford student performer Take Ohioan Rebecca Richardson ‘12, for
and the accompanying mashed potatoes.
sits on the red couch, surrounded by recording example. Richardson had had no previous
Junnoon is also able to produce several
equipment, and plays an intimate 15-minute recording experience before she appeared on Red
strong vegetarian options to balance its meat
gig which is subsequently lightly edited and Couch. Once her 15-minute video was uploaded
selection. The Baby Corn Saag is tasty and not
uploaded onto the student group’s YouTube onto YouTube and a Facebook marketing cam-
too heavy; the baby corn provides an interest-
page. The masterminds behind the project are paign begun, viewership of Red Couch’s
ing variation in texture. The Goan Cauliflower
Celeste Noche/ The Stanford Daily Emma Sedivy ‘12, artistic director, Stephen
and Ginger Soup is subtle but a secret gem.
Visit Junnoon on University Avenue for Henderson ‘11, technical director, and Jeffrey | continued on page 6 |
The top notes are almost entirely cauliflower,
eclectic Indian dishes such as the Chef's Gerson ‘12, publicity man-
but you exhale a pleasing ginger perfume. Award Winning Halibut in coconut-ginger ager. The project has fea-
Junnoon also does excellent variations on sauce, Old Delhi-Style Chicken, and warm
Carrot Halwa with vanilla gelato. friday february 25 2011
Indian vegetarian street food that make for
the vital stats

music 21 electronic sounds to construct the perfect dance

party song. Instead, she sticks to jazz instru-
Soul ments. Whether the songs are piano driven,

omewhere, and at any not as spicy as advertised; it has a pro-
most noticeably in “Turning Tables,” or steered
given moment, a host of CA
LE OF nounced garlic flavor that harmoniously
by gentle guitars, as in her cover of The Cure’s

blues-lovers swoons over collaborates with dried mangoes to produce

1989 single,“Love Song,” “21” stays grounded in
Adele. At just 22, the a wonderful spread. The Spinach Raita is

the world of naturally produced sound.
singer/songwriter has almost sin- Courtesy Columbia not particularly exciting but may save your
The only downfall of the album is its
gle-handedly incorporated soul into main- less problems with men as Adele sees them. life should you order the Shrimp Vindaloo.
monotony in theme. At 22, Adele creates music
stream music. With a powerful voice and artful In proportion to the accusatory lyrics, “21” The Shrimp Vindaloo, perhaps the hottest
far beyond her years; but of course, she is only
composition, Adele speaks to music lovers of hosts a number of bittersweet pieces as well. dish on the menu, provides the fire neces-
22 and still retains that typical, wholehearted
all backgrounds through her introspective bal- “Do You Remember” is a gorgeously mournful sary for those looking for that experience in
focus on men. While her approach is more
lads. Her second studio album “21” flawlessly ballad ruminating on a failed relationship, while Indian food. The entree’s intensity comes on
sophisticated than most, and she clearly has no
continues a reign of sophistication for the mas- “Set Fire to the Rain” is more frustrated than slowly, and the leftover sauce begs to be
kitschy, clichéd love stories at the forefront of
terful artist. angry, an upbeat song that helplessly wonders scooped up with any leftover naan or
her mind, Adele might benefit from a broader
“21” wastes no time on frilly opening why everything went wrong. One of the star paratha.
range of topics. However, she plays the role of
interludes. The first track and single, “Rolling components of the album, “One and Only,” Junnoon has managed to assemble a
the scorned lover wonderfully, leaving “21” not
in the Deep,” jumps right into the heart of the pleads with a man to realize her love for him; menu that is extremely versatile; fans of
nearly as annoying as albums of other song-
album. Bolstered by a thumping bass, a driving reminiscent at first of Otis Redding, the piece Indian food will certainly leave satisfied, while
writers of the same age.
guitar strum and a host of background singers, digresses into a 1960s soul-sister-esque chorale, the less adventurous can find comfort in
Mainstream as her music is, Adele refuses
Adele warns, “There’s a fire starting in my spotlighting the singer’s sorrowful crooning. some of the more modern adaptations. After
to become mainstream herself. “21” is a brutal-
heart.” The track is followed by another of the “21” ends on a pretty note; “Someone Like I recently broke the $20 barrier at the CoHo
ly honest album that stays true to her soulful
strongest of the album, “Rumour Has It,” You,” a piano driven work of art, closes the for lunch, I’ve decided to make the lunch spe-
style. Never one to futilely chase pavements,
which attacks a former paramour and his poor album with a wistful goodbye to her object of cial for Stanford students at Junnoon part of
Adele’s refined musical sense plants her firmly
choice of substitute. desire and, perhaps, her hopelessly conflicting my usual rotation. Junnoon is “definitely
on a path to success. She might be unconven-
Clearly,“21” has a common theme. After emotions regarding him. worth trying” — and absolutely don’t forget
tional, but that voice and those lyrics will take
releasing “19,” her debut album focusing on the In every way,“21” is an astoundingly to try the Warm Carrot Halwa for dessert.
her anywhere she wants to go.
wistful nuances of breakups, Adele let her anger sophisticated album. Adele refuses to pepper her
ferment. Two years and 11 tracks later, her emo- lyrics with catchy euphemisms to attract heart- —andrea HINTON —josh GLUCOFT
tions have finally found an outlet; the album broken preteens; from the first beat, she throws contact josh:
contact andrea: anhinton
smolders as song after song addresses the count- out accusations and fights dirty.“21” features no

movies him anymore. With no one to turn to but Gina,

Martin has no choice but to involve her in his
dangerous quest to reclaim his identity.

nknown” (2011), featuring a juicy After watching the trailer, viewers are struck
cast and gripping suspense, is a by the film’s plethora of unanswered questions.
compelling rendition of the arche- Who is the imposter? Who is pulling the strings
type of one man’s quest to discover his true iden- backstage — and why? The answers, unfolding
tity. The film does have some immediately obvi- over a nail-biting 113 minutes, exceeded my
ous, albeit minor, setbacks, including unnecessar- wildest expectations. At first glance, the premise
ily lengthy scenes and extensive similarities to the of the film is slightly unconvincing — profes-
movie “Taken” (2008), in which “Unknown” star sional assassins are somehow unable to kill a uni-
Liam Neeson also played the lead. versity professor, and an imposter manages to
American biology professor Martin Harris fool Martin’s own wife — but the second part
(Liam Neeson) flies to Berlin for a conference, Courtesy Warner Bros.
justifies it all. It’s a conspiracy — and it just
accompanied by his wife Elizabeth (January might blow your mind. Gina, the girl who saved his life? “Taken,”“Unknown” is a one-man show from
Jones). Upon arrival, he discovers that he left his Even the subplot — a romance between Starring some well-known actors, includ- start to finish.
suitcase at the airport, and rushes back in a cab Martin and Gina — is suspenseful. Martin ing Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”; “The One last minor flaw is the protracted nature
driven by Gina (Diane Kruger). However, a fate- waltzes into Gina’s otherwise ordinary life and Chronicles of Narnia”), Diane Kruger (“Troy”; of certain scenes intended to create suspense; for
ful accident occurs on the road — the cab pretty much ruins it all for her. The audience is “National Treasure”), Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”) example, it takes much too long for Martin to try
plunges into the river. Harris survives, but dis- tempted to believe that he is the worst thing to and Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon.”), this movie to grab a pair of scissors in a scene where he is
covers that he has been seamlessly replaced by an ever happen to her, but is he really? The ques- does not want for acting chops. However, what tied to a bed. This problem may simply be a defi-
imposter — not even his own wife recognizes tionable existence of an unlikely romance con- detracts from their strong performances is the ciency in editing; fine-tuning aside,“Unknown”
tributes to the uncertainty in the film. Would dearth of screen time accorded the supporting is a movie worth watching.
Martin choose his wife, to whom he is fiercely roles, especially in comparison with Neeson’s
character. Just like his previous thriller movie —cindy NI
4 loyal, or would he reciprocate the interests of
c o n t a c t c i n d y : h n i @ s t a n f o rd . e d u

In its second year, Snowchella brings fun, music to Stanford

ickets for Coachella sold out runs his own record label,
in record time this year, but Trouble and Bass, and has
this Friday, Stanford students just completed his world
can attend Snowchella for free. The tour.
second annual Snowchella, hosted by “It should be different
Stanford Concert Network, Sigma Nu from your typical frat
and Kappa Kappa Gamma, is this party,” Mezzatesta said.“The
Friday at 9:30 p.m. on Sigma Nu’s tempo last year was very
front lawn. active, fun and upbeat.
Playing at this year’s event will be People were really into the
OCD: Moosh + Twist, an up-and- music and what was going
coming rap group from Philadelphia. on.”
Though OCD are still high school “[Snowchella] was very
seniors, they’ve been gaining a lot of successful last year,” said
exposure on the East Coast and will be Abigail Andrews ‘13, anoth-
talking with major record labels in San er coordinator for the event.
Francisco while they’re out west. Their “This year, we focused more
mixtape drops March 7. on publicity and made sure
“They have a sound similar to our marketing materials
Chiddy Bang,” said Joey Mezzatesta were top notch.”
‘12, one of the event’s coordinators. After Snowchella’s
He explained that, like Chiddy Bang, great success last year,
OCD samples popular songs, includ- drawing in a crowd of
ing “some pretty cool alternative rock roughly a thousand music-
music.” loving Stanford students,
The next performers will be the Sigma Nu and Kappa were Courtesy AC Slater
cleverly named Pance Party, a San eager to bring the event
fees, sound equipment and set up, them in Tanzania’s rural villages. Many awareness about SIC by tabling in
Francisco-based DJ group that recent- into its second year with a
while Sigma Nu provided the venue. Stanford students have spent their White Plaza this week, selling t-shirts
ly opened for Dada Life in San bang. The Stanford
Both the fraternity and Kappa pro- summers working with SIC, which and products made by HIV support
Francisco. Concert Network provided
vided additional funding for the tent offers students committed to global groups in Tanzania.“We’re really mak-
And headlining the event will be the majority of the funding
and stage. health and rural development issues ing SIC a bigger component of our
AC Slater, a DJ from Brooklyn who for the musicians, booking
Snowchella doesn’t just bring the opportunity to work with local publicity efforts this year, connecting
music to campus; it also brings aware- HIV education workers and the cause with Sigma Nu and Kappa,”
ness. Like last year’s event, Snowchella Tanzanian university-level students. said Andrews, Kappa philanthropy
2011 will benefit Support for Applications for working with SIC this chair.
International Change (SIC), an organ- summer are open until March 4. —jennifer SCHAFFER
ization that trains American college This year, the Snowchella coordi- contact jennifer:

students in HIV education and places nators are working on raising more j m s c h a ff @ s t a n f o rd . e d u


doesn’t just bring

music to campus,

it also brings


Courtesy OCD Moosh + Twist Courtesy Pance Party 5

friday february 25 2011

YouTube channel increased exponen- cases the performers as they really

‘Pillowman’: Pitch black comedy

tially thanks to heavy viewership in her are. In its intimacy, TRCP represents
home state. The same effect was appar- the more laid-back, refreshing energy
ent when the project formed a part- of a live set than what you’d be able

he Pillowman” is probably the funniest show familiarity and aggravation and nagging, juxtaposed with nership with the Stanford Soundtrack, to get at on-campus venues like the
I’ve ever seen about child murder. the context of the excessively brutal torture that they are with an opportunity for one of the CoHo. The focus is on creating an
visiting upon their prisoner. It is here that the show finds performances to be featured as a spe- accessible environment in which the
That’s not to say that the show is a comedy — much of its humor: between discussing several graphic cial track on the compilation. Viewers invisible boundary between audience
though it was consistently clever and frequently hilarious, murders, the cops enter a harmless sort of domestic dis- were asked to vote for their favorite and performer embodied by the ele-
this production is primarily a supremely dark drama, a pute. Still more intriguing is the growing relationship performance by “liking” it on vated stage dissolves. Red Couch
macabre exploration of the human psyche in which between the writer-protagonist Katurian and his interroga- Facebook. With the incentive of having instead creates a community of musi-
author Martin McDonagh takes a hard look at life and tors, which vacillated between oddly comfortable banter their recording on a formal release, cal appreciation that lasts not only for
death and all the stuff that happens in between. It’s a play and raw, violent cruelty. These very believable and consis- performers probably contributed to the duration of the performance, but
full of death and torture and hysteria, which makes it tently clever interactions gave the show a freshness and the spike in Red Couch’s number of is preserved in the digital media
extremely hard to pull off, but in my opinion, the Facebook friends, which increased to which define our generation. Red
Stanford cast and crew fully succeeded. | continued on page 7 | 485 during the voting stage. Couch manages not only to present
“The Pillowman” is about an interrogation; a writer But the real magic of Red Couch artists at their best, but also to attract
and his mentally disabled brother are does not come from its popularity on its audience members in their natural
accused of the murder of several chil- the Internet (although it has cultivat- habitat: the Internet.
dren who were killed in very specific, ed a fan base which spans as wide as One of the goals of the project is
graphic ways — ways that were careful- the BOSP campuses). Although the to capture the musical scene of
ly spelled out in a few of the protago- organization is definitely invested in Stanford as experienced by the stu-
nist’s stories. It opens with a fairly stan- bringing the experience of live per- dents, and it really has. Not only has
dard good-cop/bad-cop routine and formances to the virtual world, the it created a much-needed personal
then proceeds to mockingly acknowl- strength of the organization lies in space for performance, but it has cre-
edge the cliché and cast off any sem- the ease and comfort the artist finds ated a middle ground for busy
blance of comfortable familiarity, in the setting. The project strives for a Stanford students to experience the
plunging the viewer into unforeseen feeling of veracity in the recordings wealth of musical ability around
depths of depravity. — according to Henderson, the back- them. “Good music should be lis-
The plot itself is fascinating, but ground noise from the natural envi- tened to,” Henderson said. And so it
what sets this play apart is the relation- ronment of a dorm isn’t removed shall be — even if it’s on YouTube.
ships between characters, whose interac- during the editing, because it would
tions constantly defy expectation. The take away from the real experience. —maría del Carmen Barrios
two cops seem to share the rapport of an The intention is to create a deliber- contact maría:
Courtesy Jacob Boehm
old married couple, all comfortable ately unpolished sound which show- m a r i a c b g @ s t a n f o rd . e d u


to intellectual property that I care Lionhead tried to make an epic, tiple, bite-sized projects at once. line between exploration and deep director Eiji Aonuma and composer
about, and I don’t want the industry sprawling RPG accessible to everyone How about this one? Final storytelling. We can’t expect this for- Koji Kondo — for almost 20 years.
to thrive on iteration more than inno- and their mother, and in “streamlin- Fantasy. It needs no introduction, but mula to work perfectly in the HD era, With only a few missteps (see: Link’s
vation. So in the interest of thought ing” the genre they managed to it does need a serious makeover. Last but Square Enix would please a lot of Crossbow Training and those awful
experiments and, well, venting my remove the HUD, menus, meaningful year’s 13th entry in the vaunted gamers by taking a few pages from its interactive cartoons on the Phillips
frustration, I have some advice to character growth and virtually any Japanese role-playing franchise own history books and from the CD-i), the franchise has consistently
offer for a couple of franchises that gameplay innovations. looked beautiful and sold fairly well, open-ended, western RPGs that are showcased new hardware and added
have seen better days. Lead designer Peter Molyneux but it disappointed series veterans dominating this generation. gameplay innovations while staying
Let’s start with the Microsoft made his name by jumping from idea with its painful linearity. That game It’s not impossible to keep a true to a simple formula and main-
exclusive, Fable — a series that often to idea with every game he made, like just had a direct sequel announced, franchise healthy over a long period taining its loyal fan base.
finds itself in the company spotlight. the PC classics Populous and Black & while the series’ foray into the online of time. Just look at The Legend of Not every franchise can be like
It’s always suffered from a bit of an White. The downloadable market has space continues to puzzle gamers Zelda, a hallowed franchise that cele- Zelda. But even so, Activision’s rough
identity crisis, but with its third made this business model more with the abysmal Final Fantasy XIV brated its 25th anniversary just last handling of Guitar Hero should stand
installment, Fable has backed itself appealing than ever, and Lionhead (Metacritic 49). Monday. Nintendo doesn’t fool as a reminder for other publishers that
into a painfully paradoxical rut. would do well to work on smaller When series creator Hironobu around with outsourced development quantity can never replace quality.
projects. It’s worked out fantastically Sakaguchi was still at Square Enix, studios; they only release a game
for the like-minded innovators over Final Fantasy games were less about when they’re good and ready, and —nate ADAMS
6 at Double Fine Productions, which visual splendor, featuring open and they’ve kept the same core of talent contact nate:
intermission spreads small design teams over mul- epic worlds while walking a delicate — producer Shigeru Miyamoto, s a k a ro @ s t a n f o rd . e d u
television back 11 couples from previous seasons
to race once again for $1 million.
redeem Carla for suvee-ing her meat,
Angelo for getting sick, Zev and Justin
enthusiasm, the “Unfinished Business”
model should work well because that

Coincidentally, or more likely not, this for losing a passport, Margie and Luke desire is amplified. The abstract chal-

unday night, the NBA shocked comes as the reigning Emmy Award- for not drinking enough water. Noble as lenges don’t change, a conceit that
analysts when its annual All-Star winner for Outstanding Reality- this justification may be, the short half- enables the contestants to apply knowl-
Game, billed as a battle of LeBron Competition Program “Top Chef,” hav- life of reality television fame leaves me edge from the last cycle or deepens
vs. Kobe, drew 9.1 million viewers. The ing broken up the seven-year “Amazing asking, do these “characters,” because yes, their tragedy by repeating the same WHAT TO WATCH NEXT
largest audience since 2003 turned out Race”monopoly, enters the latter half of they are characters and not people, exist mistakes. Ron and Christina, the WEEK
to watch their favorite athletes and its own “all-stars”season. Though the outside the context of their respective father-daughter pair plagued by ver- Family edition! Parents and
sports personalities face off in a familiar two shows are often lumped together as seasons? “Top Chef”in particular pur- bal abuse in season 12, have returned children, unite around these
arena but in unfamiliar combinations: the best quality reality programming, ports to be a merit-based competition to beat their second-place finish and family shows in the aftermath

Encore or enough?
having little to do with luck, but the very their reputation of dysfunction. of Parents’ Weekend:
conceit of the “All-Star”season seems to Notably, the engaged or dating couples Sunday at 9 p.m.: Be glad
whose relationships were in tatters at you only have two parents
the end of the race are missing from when you watch “Big Love,”
nowhere else will you see Kobe and the roster. There seems to be a con- HBO’s domestic drama about
Carmelo playing on the same team. tradiction in that omission — that modern polygamy
Perhaps the viewers’own stake in the the teams displaying the most Tuesday at 10 p.m.: Familiar
game, since they voted for the initial line humanity in their season are not TV and cinema faces abound
up, compelled them to tune in. invited back, but the teams stymied on “Parenthood,” the
On the same night, the newest sea- by fate are. At the same time, howev- reimagination of the 1989
son of CBS’s original flagship reality pro- er, the teams are chosen for their Ron Howard film that is qui-
gram,“The Amazing Race,” also pulled personalities, their status as stereo- etly holding its ground on
in 9.1 million viewers. However, that fig- types of humanity. Tuesday nights (NBC)
ure represents a decline of 14 percent Courtesy CBS
These reality shows are imple- Friday at 8 p.m.: Remember
from last year’s season opener. The their forays into the “all-star”setup have be that merit itself, cooking talent,and a menting what sports organizations the unsung heroes of modern
decline is particularly compelling highlighted their adherence to the tropes subjective barometer of merit, a panel of like the NBA, NFL and MLB discov- family life with
because of this season’s similarity to the of reality television. judges, are both fallible. The “All-Star” ered decades ago: that competition “Supernanny”(ABC)
All-Star Game: subtitled “Unfinished “Top Chef: All-Stars”began with 18 season will vindicate one contestant and needs narrative and characters to Friday at 10 p.m. : Watch fil-
Business,” the newest installment brings of the most beloved contestants from leave 17 others all the worse for wear. For heighten its cultural power. It’s easy ial and professional duty
the previous seven seasons of the cook- example, Jennifer, arguably the most enough within a single season to cre- intersect on “Blue Bloods,”
ing competition, from foxy Fabio to professionally successful contestant as ate by editing antagonism, triumph, where the world’s most
crazy Carla.With the exception of som- chef de cuisine under Eric Ripert, turned tragedy and suspense, but, when the attractive law enforcement
melier Stephen from season one, all of combative and cocky in the new season. audience knows the strategy, why family fights crime from the
the contestants were unified in their Alternatively,“The Amazing Race: should they come back? Now that bottom up (CBS)
indisputable talent: Marcel, despicable as Unfinished Business”incorporates those the novelty of purist reality competi-
he may be, was arguably more creative motivations into the fabric of its show. tion has worn off — “Fear Factor”
than line cook Elon; Richard Blais’s loss The returning teams have been selected was cancelled long ago, after all — out a character counterpart to anchor
to Stephanie, the first female winner in because their narratives as people and as alternative programming turns to the our interest each week.
season four, remains inexplicable. Both former contestants can carry over to a pre-packaged narrative of character
“Top Chef”and “The Amazing Race” new season. Because the contestants on and edges closer to scripted program- —liz STARK
claim that these new seasons were “The Amazing Race”offer no specific ming. The uncertainty of competition contact liz:
designed to give second chances — to talent other than determination and does not command an audience with-


provided for a startling contrast that ingly eerie and entirely effective. laughter and white-hot rage were ed by death, or at least have a decent
prevented the audience from growing Two actors stood out for me, incredibly unsettling. sense of humor, I urge you to head
desensitized to the darkness of the though the entire cast surpassed all “The Pillowman” is, in short, the over to Prosser Theater at 8 p.m. to
piece. expectations. Nathaniel Nelson ‘11’s por- darkest dark comedy that you’ll ever experience the show for yourself.
The most remarkable scenes for trayal of Michal was wholly compelling come across. It weaves the perfect bal-
me, though, were the scenes in which and surprisingly believable, forcing us to ance of morbidity and humor, using —eliana CARMONA
Katurian’s short stories are recited and love the character despite being given very real characters and the vehicle of contact eliana:
performed for the audience. The entire more than enough reasons not to. storytelling to explore the dark recesses car
mood would change; the lights would Perhaps even more impressive was of the human psyche. If you’re at all
be warm, and Katurian would glow Harley Adams ‘12 (playing Tupolski), intrigued by human nature or fascinat-
from within as he spoke — even as, whose erratic mood swings could con-
behind him, children were tortured trol the room; the character’s rapid 7
and buried alive. The result was allur- switches between convincingly friendly friday february 25 2011
being put anywhere by the end of the
song, Roxy knows it’s time to move

Music to onto someone who obeys orders a lit-

tle more readily (or maybe move onto

which to
a song that’s more direct: “Harder
Better Faster Stronger,” perhaps?). 20 10 20 11 SEASON
The National — Green Gloves

bone If he plays this song while getting it on

(or any Radiohead, really), he’ll proba-
bly cry afterward. Consider yourself

oxy preaches two things in
life: never end a clause with a
R. Kelly — Sex Planet
preposition, and choose your
It’s the best way to launch your liaison
sexin’ music carefully. A well-selected
into outer space. R. Kelly has a giant
playlist is vital in edging the mood
rocket, and he wants to taste Roxy’s
along — nothing quenches a loin-fire
Milky Way. This song’s puns get Roxy’s
quite like a Pandora ad or an unfortu-
planets orbiting, and if played at the
nate shuffle selection. And for guest
proper moment, it’ll make that comet
bedfellows, nothing reveals more
streak across the sky.
about your host than his or her music
Jimi Hendrix — Catfish Blues
choice when the lights get dimmed.
The legend’s version of this blues stan-
Trust Roxy: Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony
dard will make the ladies yelp along
with the growls of his guitar. Along the WORD FOR WORD PERFORMING ARTS CO. TRIO VOCE
thugs (sometimes Roxy likes to live
same lines, encourage a silent girl to
dangerously), but a myriad of other SAT / FEB 26 / 8 PM FRI / MAR 4 / 8 PM
loosen up with a little Girl Talk — you
might even get her to twist and shout
Tenacious D — Fuck Her Gently The fiction and poetry of Stanford’s U.S. premiere of piano-violin-cello
if the mix samples some Fab Four.
It’s the anthem of a man who knows Stegner Fellows, transformed trio by Stanford composer Jonathan
The Beatles — Why Don’t We Do It
how to do a woman correctly and through riveting staged readings. Berger, plus Beethoven and more.
In The Road?
thoroughly. Roxy appreciates how Jack
Roxy has. It was gritty — nothing like
Black walks her partner through all
curling your toes into asphalt and
the steps: first do it gently, then “some
walking away with a few extra scratch-
smooches, too,” but cap it off with a
es on your back. You’re welcome to
round on the rough side. Well played.
toot Roxy’s horn anytime.
Marvin Gaye — Sexual Healing
This classic’s power can never truly
fade, but it’s also the obvious choice. If FRIDAY
this gets cued up on iTunes, expect the
basics performed with tender, lovin’ 02.25.11
care, but no surprises here — that is,
this is music for a gentle rocker, not a
w/ eigth blackbird LARGE ENSEMBLE
shocker. Bonus: for the same senti-
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