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Volume 239 Issue 22

MONDAY February 28, 2011

ASSU officers reap large stipends
Vice president earns highest salary at $10,000

Total Amount Paid to Officials: $79,350
Elections Commission 12% Nominations ations Commission mission 9% % Executive 48% GSC 21% Senate 9%
*Class presidents and their cabinet members are unpaid

Though elections for ASSU offices are rapidly approaching, a point that is often overlooked during the voting process is compensation for student government officials.A significant proportion of ASSU officials, both elected and unelected, receive stipends, with the largest peaking just under $10,000. ASSU salaries change slightly year to year. The budget is calculated each spring following elections, reflecting important changes.Each new president determines the

composition of their cabinet, so the number of paid officials is never the same. Currently, under the operating budget for 2010-11, the president receives a personal stipend of $8,250, while the vice president receives a stipend of $8,500. Both typically receive an additional $1,500 stipend, meant to cover summer housing expenses. Last spring, former ASSU Vice President Kelsei Wharton ‘12, who resigned earlier this quarter due to an injury, transferred $1,000 of his stipend to general discretionary funds because he spent part of his summer off-campus. As a point of comparison, the executive

stipends are at a similar level as resident assistant (RA) salaries. RAs earn 75 percent of the cost of room and board. This year, under ASSU President Angelina Cardona ‘11, executive cabinet chairs each earn a stipend of $800. Cardona’s chief of staff earns $2,500, bringing the total of all cabinet stipends this year to $35,750, down from $40,550 for last year’s cabinet. Last year’s ASSU President, David Gobaud ‘08 M.S. ‘10, gave up $2,000 of his own salary to provide $1,000 in salaries for members of his larger cabinet, including new

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Snowchella rocks the Row


Petition for ROTC’s return launched
Conservatives respond to SSQL, quickly gather over 800 signatures

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Students braved the cold on Saturday night to attend the second annual Snowchella concert, held on the front lawn of Sigma Nu. The concert featured OCD: Moosh + Twist and Pance Party and will benefit a program that places American students in Tanzanian villages.


Parents’Weekend draws 3,500 to Farm

Parents’ Weekend,an annual showcase for the parents of current undergraduates, brought more than 3,500 pre-registered family members to campus over the weekend.This attendance level represented a six percent increase from last year’s 3,300 attendees. “We have had a pretty steady increase in

attendance in the past, but over the last three years, particularly, it has continued to grow,” wrote Elaine Enos, executive director of the Office of Stanford Events and Protocol, in an e-mail to The Daily. According to Enos, the increase in attendance may be due to a reconfiguration of the Parents’ Weekend website for this year’s event.She said the site included a “more userfriendly online registration system” and an

extended online registration date to give family members additional time to plan. Enos added that promotion of the weekend during New Student Orientation (NSO) in September was another contributing factor to the bump in attendance. Parents’ Weekend organizers followed the strategy of attracting parents of students in all

A group of campus conservatives started a petition in support of ROTC’s return to Stanford. This petition has gathered 812 signatures at the time of publication. The petition is the latest development in the ongoing campus debate over the potential reintroduction of the ROTC program to the Farm. It serves as a response to a similar initiative launched several weeks ago by Stanford Students for Queer Liberation (SSQL), which oppose the return of ROTC on the grounds that it would violate Stanford’s non-discrimination clause. When SSQL’s petition launched, several students who support ROTC’s return began talking about issuing a counter-petition. Thomas Schultz ‘11, one of the leaders of the Stanford Conservative Society (SCS), spearheaded the effort by creating the pro-ROTC petition on Feb. 22. By the end of the day, Schultz’s petition had gathered several hundred signatures, surpassing SSQL’s total of 172 to date. It is hosted by, the same website that hosted SSQL’s petition. Unlike SSQL’s, however, Schultz’s petition does not make signatures viewable, only displaying the latest cumulative total. “When creating the petition, the PetitionOnline site seemed to indicate that if names were displayed, then e-mail address and phone number would also be displayed,” Schultz wrote in an email to The Daily. “Therefore, we did not want that information to be made public. It states be-

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Figueres talks Cancun, Copenhagen meetings
UN official explores chances for future accords

Helmet Hookup

Following the UN Climate Change Conference and the Conference of the Parties (COP) last December, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework for Climate Change Convention, discussed global efforts to mitigate climate change and deal with its effects in a talk at the Stanford Law School on Friday. Figueres touched upon the two most recent conferences in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009, and in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010, outlining how key differences in the conduct of each conference

led to drastically different outcomes. Despite high expectations, delegates left Copenhagen without an agreement to rework the global climate change regime. According to Figueres, much of this failure stemmed not from intractable differences, but from procedural mishaps. At the end of the conference, 25 countries were invited to hammer out an agreement, leaving the opinions of many smaller countries out of the process. “We’re all affected by climate and all of our opinions need to be on the table,” Figueres said. “Countries already arrived in Copenhagen not feeling happy with what we call the ‘transparency and inclusiveness’ of the

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Helmet Hookup, held in White Plaza on Friday, sought to increase use of bike helmets on campus and awareness of bike safety issues. Free drinks at Coupa Cafe were offered to helmet-wearing riders, among other inducements.


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all registrants were parents of upperclassmen, with almost equal numbers from each of the three classes, Enos said. Many freshman parents were eager to participate and, on the whole, made up the largest block of attending parents. The weekend was the first major event designed specifically for parents since NSO and allowed them to interact with their children in the campus setting. “I loved having the opportunity to see my son play in the band during the sporting events that are taking place this weekend,” said Kathy Griffis, mother of Max Praglin ‘14. In addition to visiting with children informally and formally at residence receptions and in dining halls, parents’ itineraries included many workshops, panels, specialized tours and classes to occupy their time on the Farm. In recent years, the variety of tours has expanded to include sites such as the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, the new Science and Engineering Quad and Sustainability on the Farm. Staples such as the Stanford libraries and the Campus and Architecture Tours were still offered. “Our ‘Back to School’ classes continue to be a highlight of the weekend for parents,” Enos said. These classes covered a range of topics, covering fields such as music and medicine. Keynote events included Provost John Etchemendy’s official “Welcome to Parents”on Friday and President John Hennessy’s Q&A session later that afternoon. Parents from California constituted the largest percentage of attendees, but many came from far and wide to explore the University. Enos said that of the 1,857 households that registered online, about 50 percent were from California, with the rest traveling from across the U.S. and even some from foreign countries. Contact Lauryn Williams at

Plane crashes shortly after takeoff from Palo Alto Airport
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF A single-engine Cessna 140 crashed in the mud flats on the Alameda County side of the bay shortly after takeoff from Palo Alto Airport on Saturday. No one was hurt in the crash, and the pilot escaped mostly unscathed. According to authorities, the plane crashed around 12:40 p.m. The crash comes just a year after a plane crashed shortly after takeoff in East Palo Alto last February.That crash killed three Tesla employees and destroyed a day-care center. In Saturday’s crash, the Menlo Park Fire Department rescued the retired commercial pilot, who was flying to Illinois. The pilot, who remains unidentified, has more than 30,000 hours of flying experience and declined transportation to a hospital for further medical treatment.
— Kabir Sawhney


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class years, rather than focusing on the freshman class.This approach appears to be successful; nearly half of

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President Hennessy talked to parents on Friday in Memorial Auditorium, answering numerous questions about life at Stanford. His talk was just one of a number of events in a weekend packed with programming for parents.
“We’ve been more focused on making sure the transition of the work has been going well,” Cruz said. Cardona said that the ASSU would try to prorate salaries for those who moved to different positions following Wharton’s resignation, using time spent on the job as the main metric to determine compensation levels. Cruz discussed the pay level of student government officials in terms of the amount of time an individual can commit and the individual’s financial situation. “I think it depends on the individual’s circumstances,” he said in reference to students’ decision to run for office. Unelected paid positions in the ASSU include representatives on the Nominations Commission and the Elections Commission. The chair of the Nominations Commission is currently compensated $1,650, while the Elections Commissioner is compensated $3,000. “The time commitment for being on the Elections Commission is particularly high,” wrote Elections Commissioner Stephen Trusheim ‘13 in an e-mail to The Daily. He described the job as requiring “year-round work” and “about two months of constant round-theclock work” to ensure that ASSU candidates, class president slates and special fee groups meet ballot deadlines. Salaries for ASSU officials were under scrutiny last spring, when then-senator Alex Katz ‘12 presented two amendments to a bill before the Senate to cut executive salaries. His final amendment, to collectively cut the salaries by $3,000, was rejected 7-1. For further information, including a full breakdown of all salaried positions in the ASSU, please visit Contact Margaret Rawson at


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graduate student-specific positions. The Graduate Student Council (GSC) also includes several paid positions, most notably the body’s chair, who receives $4,700. The Undergraduate Senate compensates select members, as some positions entail a higher time commitment. The Senate Chair receives $3,000, while the Deputy Chair receives $1,000. The senate secretary is compensated $800.The chair of the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, Rafael Vazquez ‘12, receives a stipend of $2,000. In a winter quarter meeting before the transition, some senators expressed confusion about which of their peers receive compensation. From last year to this year, the Senate decreased salaries for the Chair and Deputy Chair, by 29 and 50 percent, respectively. The Senate parliamentarian is no longer compensated. For students hoping to run for class president, there is no monetary incentive — those positions are unpaid. “I think the current compensation levels are adequate for the positions,” said former Senate Chair and recently appointed Vice President Michael Cruz ‘12. “There’s a lot of work that goes into each position, so any compensation is much appreciated.” Cruz said he did not weigh compensation as a factor in his decision to run for elected office; he preferred instead to focus on “how much social good and social change I can make.” Cruz took office following Wharton’s resignation. He admitted that he still does not know how the ASSU will handle the transition in terms of compensation.


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fore you sign your name that you must be affiliated with Stanford University, and our promotions have only been to Stanford University students, faculty or staff. Schultz publicized the petition by forwarding it widely to numerous e-mail lists across campus, but emphasized that it is not officially endorsed by SCS or any other organization. Like SSQL’s petition, Schultz’s petition is prefaced with a short letter addressed to Stanford’s Faculty Senate, the body that commissioned the exploration of ROTC’s potential return. Last spring, the Senate created an ad hoc committee to investigate the issue, taking into account popular opinion. Student efforts have been largely directed at swaying this committee, which is set to announce its recommendation in May. The letter articulates the stance that both Stanford and the military suffer from ROTC’s absence on campus. “Our nation’s military deserves the best officers we can give it,” Schultz wrote in the letter. “Therefore, elite colleges such as Stanford

GSC Stipends, ASSU and Senate Salaries per Year
Vice President President GSC Chair Senate Chair Elections Commissioner Executive Chief of Staff Appropriations Committee Chair Nominations Commission Chair Cabinet Chairs (each)

$10,000 $9,750 $4,700 $3,000 $3,000 $2,500 $2,000 $1,650 $800
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should drop their historical severance in order to enable students to serve this vital public interest.” Kyle Huwa ‘13, another member of SCS and a signer of the petition, said it was important for the ad hoc committee to see how many students support ROTC’s reintroduction. “There’s been a lot of pushback against ROTC,” Huwa said. “We want to show the committee that there are a lot of students supporting [ROTC’s return], especially since the decision is drawing nearer.” In response to the argument articulated by SSQL — that a campus ROTC presence would exclude transgender people who are barred from service — Huwa said a boycott could not effectively change the military’s policies because “the military is not subject to market conditions.” “It can’t hurt to have talented Stanford students in the military working on the policy internally,” Huwa said. The success of the petition has buoyed the optimism of advocates for ROTC’s return. “I am very hopeful that the Faculty Senate will vote to reintroduce ROTC to campus,” Schultz said. Contact Dana Edwards at dana727@

‘FaceCash’ comes to Stanford


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process because there were many countries that felt left out.” She also mentioned that decisions at UN conferences are taken by consensus and drew an important distinction between “consensus” and “unanimity.” The hosts of the Copenhagen conference did not draw that distinction, making it more or less impossible to come to a framework agreement. Figueres said that the atmosphere in Cancun was much more hospitable and that the hosts learned from the failures at Copenhagen. She called the agreement that came out of Cancun a “miracle.” The hosts strove to ensure that every country’s voice was heard on at least one issue. The actions of one country, Bolivia, were emblematic of the changes between Cancun and Copenhagen. According to Figueres, the Bolivian government’s anti-capitalist ideology led it to reject any form of agreement,

but this intransigence made other countries coalesce around the agreements. The agreement eventually passed because the Mexican Foreign Minister, who presided over the conference, ruled that consensus was not the same as unanimity and that she “would not ignore the will of 192 countries versus one.” Figueres moved on to substantive differences between the two conferences, specifically in their approach to getting agreements on the table. Copenhagen adopted a “top-down” approach, where a target was set and countries wrangled over how to get to it. In contrast, Cancun employed a “bottom-up” system, where countries tabled what they thought they could achieve in terms of emissions cuts and adopting green technologies. Emissions cutback commitments only came up to 60 percent of the desired total, but still represented a significant step forward. Figueres went on to explore the economic impacts of climate change and how mitigation is in the economic interest of many countries.

“China is the most responsible country,” she said. “They’re not doing it to save the planet — they’re doing it because they know that’s their competitive advantage. “Just for their own economic development, they need to bring up the cost of labor, i.e. raise wages,” she added. “They know they’re going to lose that competitive advantage, but they are already thinking forward to say, ‘Okay, where is our next piece of competitive advantage?’” Figueres ended her talk by reviewing the prospects for a new, legally binding agreement to cut carbon emissions to the necessary level to mitigate climate change. She said that the “price signal” has not been strong enough to motivate enough research and development of new technologies, but soon many companies and nations would find it economically advantageous to be green. “Are we going to do it? Yes!” she said.“Why? Because we don’t have an option!” Contact Kabir Sawhney at ksawhney

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FaceCash, a Palo Alto start-up, has debuted a new payment system on campus. Users load the FaceCash app onto their smartphone, then use the app to pay for goods, with a photograph of their face as their signature.

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Digging up the dirt on campus composting


or many students, the bright red and green compost bins in campus dining halls might simply be part of a mundane, meal-time ritual. It’s easy to sort one’s scraps and napkins into separate bins, or the same bin for the less conscientious, and not really know what happens after the scraps are taken away. However, according to Julie Muir, an employee of Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc. (PSSI), the University’s recycling and waste management company, students’ understanding of the composting process is central to getting composting initiatives to take flight. The compost journey starts in large dumpsters at campus loading docks, where the compost is picked up every few days.The waste is then transported offsite to the Newby Island Sanitary Landfill. There, organic waste is ground up and stored in open fields in windrows, or rows 100 feet long and eight feet tall, in which the food decomposes for 180 days. Any impurities in the decomposed product will surface as white particles that can be removed before the finished compost is sold, Muir said. “The facility has a zero-contamination policy that gives them the ability to reject any load they don’t like,” Muir added. “So we try our best to keep our loads as clean as possible.” Muir described how current composting practices are much greener than previous methods in which compostable material was simply sent to landfills. “The food waste degrades but leads to methane production that

goes into the air,” Muir said. “In a composting facility, we do this an anaerobic way that creates some carbon dioxide, but no methane, which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. In addition, we are making something new out of the waste and it goes back into the earth.” Despite the noble ends composting facilities help achieve, composting is still a business, and Stanford’s participation isn’t free. Although composting is less expensive for the University, which pays $45 per ton of trash, composting still typically costs between $30 and $38 per ton. The finished decomposed product is then sold by PSSI, and Stanford typically orders some compost from the company to use in landscaping, mulching and community gardens. The smell of compost dumpsters in one consideration that complicates the incorporation of composting into residential life. Surprisingly enough, these “dumpsters rarely smell when exposed to air,” Muir said, adding that the dumpsters only smell when they are exposed to anaerobic bacteria. However, the most significant obstacle with the current system, Muir said, is that students are not fully informed about which materials are truly compostable. “We need some improvement on the customer side in knowing what should go where,” she said. Aditya Singh ‘13, head dining ambassador, agrees that education about composting is critical to the success of the process. He has been reaching out with other coordinators “in making compost bins more user-friendly and making people more aware of landfills and the environmental impact,” he said.

Recent changes to clarify the composting process are pictures of trash or compostable material posted on the distinct red and green bins to further help direct students. “If you have a list [of text], people wouldn’t stop by to read it,” Singh said. One initiative Muir is currently undertaking is to help inform cafes and eateries on campus about which composting options are available to them and how they can more effectively collect waste on both sides of the counter. The Green Living Council has also been active in efforts to expand composting through projects such as Composting Awareness Week. According to Graham Provost ‘13, a member of the Green Living Council, the student group is also trying to bring composting to student residences because much waste in dorms is actually compostable food. “This quarter we have a number of projects where students are putting compost bins in their residences,” Provost said. Muir spoke to the potential of the campus to become even more efficient. “From Stanford’s perspective, 30 percent of what we throw into the landfill is compostable,” she said.“We could take this 30 percent now and turn it into compost if we could get it out of the garbage stream.” Just as the Stanford campus has room to grow in its composting journey, the state of California has its own battle to face in taking responsibility for waste.According to Muir, California currently has more composting facilities than any other state. However, the state still lacks enough facilities to manage

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the amount of composting produced within state borders. Like her vision for sustainability at Stanford, Muir is hopeful that the state’s composting capacity can be expanded to match demand in

the near future. “We expect to see a huge growth in composting facilities,” Muir said. Contact Ruoke Yang at ruokey@

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n Feb. 14, Stanford’s Green Living Council (GLC) began its fourth annual Conservation Cup, which will run through March 15. The goal of the Conservation Cup is, according to the GLC website, “to use teamwork and the competitive spirit to promote sustainable behaviors while engaging the campus community in a fun event.” This is clearly a laudable goal, but there is little evidence that the Conservation Cup as it is currently structured is an effective way to achieve it. The Conservation Cup works by comparing dorms’ electricity and water use during the contest period to fall quarter averages, and rewarding dorms showing reductions of 10 to 20 percent. Reductions of 10 percent earn all of a dorm’s students free metal water bottles, and reductions of 20 percent earn all of a dorm’s students free tickets to the California Academy of Sciences (CAS). Last year, Hammarskjold and 717 Dolores achieved 20 percent reductions while six other residences crossed the 10-percent threshold. If the Conservation Cup really reduces energy and water use by 10 to 20 percent in so many dorms,than that is truly an impressive achievement.However,there is another less favorable interpretation of the results.Dorm electricity and water use can vary by more than 10 percent month-to-month during other times of the year, so reductions of 10 percent during the competition period might have nothing (or very little) to do with adoption of better conservation practices. Given the limited awareness of the Conservation Cup within the student body, random variance seems like the most probable source of the observed reductions. Since small residences tend to have higher variability in their electricity and water use, results arising

from statistical variation should heavily bias the competition in favor of small residences. Last year, all seven of the eight winners were either row houses or lake houses, and the other was Marx House in Suites. The winner, Hammarskjold, houses only 26 students. This is a strong indication that the results of the Conservation Cup are largely spurious. An alternative interpretation is that smaller dorms can more easily coordinate Conservation Cup activities and motivate residents.However,at least anecdotally, it does not seem that many Resident Assistants or 10 to 20 percent of row house residents take the Conservation Cup seriously. The GLC needs to make sure that it is rewarding environmentally conscious students, not handing out free goodies to students living in houses with greater energy use variance. Another problem with the Conservation Cup is the menu of prizes it uses as incentives. Hundreds of students received steel water bottles after last year’s competition for 10 percent energy and water use reductions. This might seem like a “green” gesture, but according to The New York Times,each recipient would have to save at least 500 plastic cups by using his or her water bottle to prevent the bottle from becoming a net contributor of toxic pollution to the ecosystem. Considering the fact that most Stanford students either own reusable water bottles already or can access them in dining areas, this is a wasteful prize unbecoming of the GLC’s mission. The prize for 20 percent energy and water use reductions is a trip to the CAS in San Francisco. Getting dozens of students to San Francisco and back almost certainly negates most or all of the energy savings resulting from the competition. Please see EDITORIAL, page 5

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Spring Break Dreamin’
Johnny Bartz
those of the rest of the month, but if you are creative in your dates, you can usually work around this. If you are done with finals early, try leaving a few days before and then coming back early. Or you may conversely want to leave a few days into spring break and come back late. The first few days of class aren’t all that important anyway, right? The plane ticket is only half of the trip, right? Well, not necessarily. It saves you a lot of money if you can stay with someone you know, but pay for a hostel if you have to. Just make sure the place checks out on HostelWorld or a related site before you go. I’ll never forget the Pirate Hostel in Rio de Janeiro that I was supposed to stay at — there were actually bugs crawling on the mattress, and as I first entered the communal room, a dog took a number two in the corner. Needless to say, my friend distracted the owner of the “lovely” hostel as I grabbed all of my things and tore down the street, not looking back. Despite it all, I tend to go the cheap route on lodging because honestly, tell me how long you are going to stay in the hotel. Actually, my only real criteria are that things don’t get stolen and no bedbugs.Albeit a bit unwarranted, my largest fear in life is bedbugs — I’m itchy just thinking about them. I’m not even comforted knowing that all beds have microscopic dust mites — “bugs” — crawling around and that bedbugs don’t carry disease.

don’t know about you, but I’m getting spring fever — spring break fever that is. At just over three weeks away, it’s not too late to make travel plans. First, you have to decide where you’re going. Consider if you want to go someplace warm or not. An “unconventional” destination can be just as hot as the Mexican beach if you want it to be.Also think about your price range. Factor in at least $150 per day on a vacation, adding on your “social dues” on top of that. My picks for this year are Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Havana or Costa Rica.A cursory flight search says that all these destinations are reasonable given their normal average prices. For Mexico consider Cabo or Cancun. At this point, you’ll probably want to stay away from more upscale Mexican resort towns, such as Acapulco, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta — flights are just too expensive. If you’re willing to spend a bit more on the flight, check out Bangkok or Buenos Aires. Both places are cheap once you get there. Within the U.S., you might want to just get away to NYC or go up to Seattle. Miami, Panama City and San Padre Island are, of course, our spring break destinations. I would avoid Honolulu if you haven’t already made reservations. Flights and hotels are too expensive, and while it is very nice, things are very pricey. It’s better off-season or on your parents’ dime. Closer to home, there is nothing wrong with spending a few days up in SF followed by catching a few rays in SoCal. Call me Captain Obvious, but staying in the U.S. can be also be an issue if you are underage. When looking for flights, like many, I prefer Fares are generally 50 percent higher during the week of spring break than

here has been a low buzz this year about the Stanford alcohol policy in freshmen dorms, a conversation that is most relevant as Resident Assistant (RA) candidates for freshmen dorms finish their interviews and Resident Fellows (RFs) make their selections. For years, Stanford has had a liberal alcohol policy, dedicated to the idea of informed personal responsibility. But conversations we hear today fundamentally question this ideal. If these talks become anything more, then students needs to be fighting the change tooth and nail, and freshmen RAs should be leading the fight. The Stanford alcohol policy is uncommon at other schools.We’ve all heard stories from high school friends silently pounding drinks behind closed doors, avoiding their RAs. Contrast that with the relationship that most Stanford freshmen have with RAs — friendly and cooperative.The decisions regarding treatment of alcohol consumption are, within reason, left up to fellow students who are much more in touch with actual danger and risk than any one-size-fits-all policy ever could be. Potentially dangerous behavior can be openly watched, simply because students trust their RAs to use their leeway wisely and reasonably. This arrangement seems to protect students’ well-being relatively well. Depending on whom you ask, there are around 1,400 college alcohol related deaths annually, yet we have not had any in years. While not a perfect

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comparison — we have indeed had a number of close calls, and it is probably inaccurate to compare the Stanford student population directly to national college statistics because of socioeconomics and other factors — something is working. Perhaps more important than safety, though discussed less frequently, is the promotion of personal responsibility.Whether or not our parents are comfortable with the idea, Stanford students are adults.While we are not in the real world yet, we are rapidly approaching it. When we get there, whatever choices we make will be ours, and we will be wholly responsible for their repercussions. Many of our generation are raised far away from the realities of responsibility. While it is obviously not representative of everyone’s experiences, our generation is

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Poking Holes in the Illusion


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o, the interesting thing about having a column is that it puts me into a very public sphere. As someone who considers himself an introvert, this presents a couple of issues: (1) being misunderstood and not having the chance to clarify others’ misconceptions, even if I what I wrote makes sense to me; and (2), more problematically, that there is only so much I feel comfortable revealing about myself in this setting — what I say in my column is very different than what I write in my journal. I see these issues as part of a larger problem, one that a friend and I discussed last Saturday — a problem that has resonated as a zeitgeist of last week in my conversations with peers and in some of last week’s other columns: reality and the Illusion. My friend and I discussed the notion that most of what we say and do in our interactions with others is an “Illusion,” a projection of how we want ourselves to be perceived.

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Some of us are better than others at packaging and marketing these projections, but it still exists. For example, I say things like, “I’m fine, thanks — and you?” even to those who are physically or emotionally closest to me. And in social settings, like the dorm, the classroom, Happy Hour at Terra, I sometimes feel like I’m the only one who feels as insecure or unhappy as I sometimes do — like I’m the only one who’s struggling to finish one paper as I start another and keep up with the reading in SLE, while managing other academics and extracurriculars; like I’m the only one who has trouble striking up conversations with people I don’t know at

Happy Hour, even though I’d like to; like I’m the only one who is awkward about expressing interest in other people or who is hurt when that interest is not reciprocated. My friend said that part of the solution is to feel better knowing that others are just projecting — but this doesn’t deal with the larger problem of the Illusion’s existence. So my friend suggested “Radical Honesty” as a way to puncture the Illusion — of always expressing what we think and how we feel, with the idea that life would be better in the long run if everyone were honest. I argued that there are some necessary and practical functions to the Illusion and that honesty isn’t always productive. And even if this isn’t true, many times it’s uncomfortable to speak the truth — white lies are what maintain the peace that we see on the surface. At the same time, though, these small fab-

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of investment would decrease energy use significantly, demonstrably and permanently, rather than slightly, unconvincingly and temporarily. The GLC must continue to pursue its noble mission of promoting sustainable behavior at Stanford, but it must also evaluate its work with a more critical eye to ensure that its efforts (and students’ money) are being directed towards successful projects. The Conservation Cup should only see a fifth iteration if it can justify its existence on statistical and environmental merits.If it can,it should be improved; if it cannot, it should be replaced. Resist the tendency to get judgey, and either join the crowd or just vicariously partake in that wet t-shirt contest. One word of caution — drinking and being in the sun all day may seem like the perfect mix, but much like drinking on a long flight, you must drink plenty of water as well to avoid feeling exceedingly uncomfortable. Don’t outdo yourself too early — think special dinners. I’m sorry, but passing out for the night at 6:30 p.m. is not classy. Whatever you end up doing over break, have fun and relax.You deserve it. If all else fails, remember that all of spring quarter at Stanford is like an eternal spring break. So if you’re not quite in speedo shape, you’ve got four weeks. See you at the claw. Johnny wants to hear about your cures (past or future) for “the fever.” Drop a line at vacillating so much, but this is a complex issue — I am too much of a coward to take the first step. Little white lies still get me by, and I am honest enough to reveal part of my real self, but still hide behind somewhat of an Illusion in this column. I don’t think it’s bad to have private areas of the self, or necessary that the public know you, but you are more than the public — you are my peers, my deans, even my family, and you should know more. So, as a semi-action, to find a medium between my column and my journal in which I can semi-publicly be Radically Honest, I’ve started a blog. It’s invite only. Only two people besides me see it at the moment. But I’ve done my best to be completely honest about what makes me upset, what I desire and why I make the choices that I do. And so far it’s been rewarding. If we can’t collectively break the Illusion, maybe all we each need is our own “semi-public” outlet to which we can vent and be radically or naturally honest to more people than just ourselves. I certainly will try more to avoid the Illusion in my future columns. Kristian wants to know if you want access to the blog. You probably won’t get it, but shoot him a line at

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The GLC needs to consider ways to motivate more students and better direct its nearly $10,000 of students’ special fees money towards energy conservation. With the money it will spend on water bottles, CAS tickets and publicity for the Conservation Cup, the GLC could outfit hundreds of hallways and rooms with motion sensors that ensure lights are off when they are not needed. This kind


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his week is Transgender Awareness Week at Stanford, and of course, I love it when people are aware of me. But I feel like whenever I write a column during a week that is important for LGBT issues, I always end up writing about something depressing. When I was younger, the only transgender people I heard about were the ones who had been wronged, who had been murdered.The lesson I learned as a young child, watching the news and reading the newspapers, was that transgender people are bad, deserving the things that come to them.As I grew up, I was so scared to be myself, so scared that if anybody found out about me, that I’d end up that way too.And I’m not going to lie, that impression left on me during those childhood days still hasn’t left me. There are days when I get out of bed sad and think how easy and great and convenient my life would be if I had just been born with, you know, the “right” parts, that I’d meet an early end because I put myself too far out there. But this week is not the week to get depressed. For me, Transgender Awareness Week is important because it’s a reminder to me that yes, my life has been unconventional, but that doesn’t mean it’s not legitimate, or that it’s not valid — my humanity and masculinity are simply a bit different than the standard deviation. A week like Transgender Awareness Week gives me the opportunity to reflect on myself, to embrace my own identity. It’s a reminder that the transgender community — a community that I am proud to be part of — contributes to the richness and diversity of both the queer and general populations. The primary reason for this week is to celebrate us, to know that there are people like me who thrive and who are happy, who deserve to be happy — because sadly, there isn’t enough of that message out there. The “T” in LGBT is heavily marginalized, especially in months and weeks dedicated to LGBT issues. In LGBT awareness weeks,

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Never put your bag on, next to or especially under your bed. It’s a good idea to immediately wash your clothes upon returning home. For security, bring a small padlock to lock your things. More importantly, leave your unnecessary valuables at home! Now you’re ready for that spring break you’ve always dreamed of. If you do go to Cabo, be sure to check out College Beach. It’s just like a frat party with more light, everyone in swimwear and all with a tinge of sunburned pink. Don’t expect a cultural experience in Cabo — or any other Mexico beach destination for that matter. Nearly everyone you see will be American and also intoxicated — at any hour of the day.

To have a whole week devoted to people like me? It’s empowering. I’m special and valid enough to be celebrated.
there is usually only one event, if any, dedicated to transgender events. One event is not enough to express how diverse the transgender community is. To have a whole week to people like me? It’s empowering. I’m special and valid enough to be celebrated. And that means a lot to me. But how is Transgender Awareness Week important for you, my reader? It’s an opportunity to be educated, to learn about a marginalized and often silenced small but potent slice of the general population. This week isn’t just a week to become aware of transgender people. To be aware is not enough. If we’re going to change things, we need to do something about it. We need to take action and get people’s attention. I have several propositions for you: go to at least


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rications, alterations, illusions are what allow the Stanford Bubble (and other bubbles) to exist. Wouldn’t Stanford be even more of a genuinely happy place (for despite the existence of the Bubble, I still think I am the happiest college student I could possibly be at this campus) if we were more candid about our thoughts and feelings, more honest to ourselves and to others? Part of an Esquire article I read on Radical Honesty said that, with respect to resentment, it’s meant to be expressed directly in person: “so that you can experience in your body the sensations that occur when you express the resentment, while at the same time being in the presence of the person you resent, and so you can stay with them until the sensations arise and recede and then get back to neutral — which is what forgiveness is.” (Include other feelings besides resentment here and I think this gets at the essence of how we should interact with one another — these interactions are what meaningful relationships are.) Yet, still — and I apologize for

one event (they’re going on all week, so you have no excuse). Get educated. Start a conversation with a friend. Forward this column to someone you know. As I said last week, the transgender voice has been marginalized for far too long. That’s what Transgender Awareness Week is for — to provide a space for us to speak for ourselves. And your job is to listen. I promise we’ll make it interesting. There is still lot of work to be done. Recently the Gay and Lesbian Task Force released a report on transgender discrimination, titled “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.” According to the report, transgender people are four times more likely to live in poverty compared to their nontransgender counterparts and are two times more likely to be unemployed. One fifth of transgender respondents also reported homelessness during some point of their lives — and perhaps the most frightening of statistics, 41 percent of respondents reported to have attempted suicide, compared to 1.6 percent of the general population. There is a sad truth out there — there is still change that needs to be made. I hope one day, I can look back years from now and remember these sad statistics as something from the distant past. I hope that by that time, in years ahead, that transgender people are more accepted, that we no longer have to justify our existence and we can be regarded as people. It’s a long way off, but hey, one step at a time. Yes, many transgender people do suffer, but the other side of that coin is that we come out of that process stronger. And this week is dedicated to our strength, to our perseverance, to our bravery in that we are willing to live as we are.And believe me, that’s not celebrated enough.

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characterized by less freedom, less criticism, inflated egos, fluffy talk of individuality and uniqueness and a removal from the natural order of cause and effect. Realizing that we are powerless to prevent parents from sheltering their children, what better place than college to introduce the future leaders of the world, as we like to refer to ourselves, to the idea of consequences? If I drink to the point where I am throwing up in the bushes and am so hung-over that I fail my midterm the next Monday, that is my responsibility. I don’t get to blame the person or house that provided me the alcohol, or the professor for scheduling the midterm the Monday after the best party of the year, or the random bystander for not jumping on me, demanding that I drop the shot glass and step away from the handle. Because when I’m sitting over the toilet the next morning feeling like my head was run over, or when I have to tell my parents I’m retaking chemistry, I’m the one who is responsible. There are hints that we are drifting away from this system. Programs like AlcoholEDU make sense, helping students make informed choices and realize the likely outcomes of their actions. But now students who have had alcohol incidents are being forced to sign agreements not to drink, and there

is talk of holding RAs responsible for the trouble that their freshmen get into. A month ago Professor Cliff Nass, the Otero RF, even suggested that those who supply alcohol to, or do not stop the alcohol consumption of, those who get themselves into trouble should be found in violation of the Fundamental Standard. We need to be aware of this creeping paternalism, our reluctance to blame individuals for their actions or the outcome of their drinking. Mistakes will inevitably be made, and consequences will be faced. These consequences may hurt, and they may hurt a lot. But something is working, and instead of pretending that they are shocked that houses, clubs and organizations give alcohol to underage students when something goes wrong, the University should accept these incidents, except in the most bizarre cases, as the responsibility of the student. To the next batch of RAs: we have something good going. Don’t let panic and paternalism take it away from us. Don’t let yourselves become the rubber-stamp enforcers of a flawed policy. Whatever it says on your official job descriptions, there is one lesson you can teach your freshmen that is one of the most important they will ever learn: how to live in a world where choices matter and how to take responsibility for one’s own actions. To agree, disagree, or rant drunkenly at the writers,contact Dave or Zack at or zhoberg

Stanford notches its 20th conference title in 25 years

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OREGON . . . . . . . . . . .60 STANFORD . . . . . . . . . .99 2/26, Maples Pavilion


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Two days after securing at least a share of its 11th consecutive Pac-10 title, Stanford women’s basketball left little doubt that it’s still on top of the conference as the team cruised to a 99-60 victory over the visiting Oregon Ducks, earning yet another outright league championship in the process. Senior point guard Jeannette Pohlen wrapped up the No. 2 Cardinal’s (26-2, 17-0 Pac-10) final twogame series in emphatic fashion, knocking down 20 points in a seasonlow 20 minutes of play. Her classmate and fellow three-time veteran of the Final Four, forward Kayla Pedersen, played just 19 minutes and went 5-for7 with 13 points.


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The win over Oregon (13-14, 4-12) advances a number of remarkable streaks and achievements for Stanford. The Cardinal has now won 60 consecutive games in Maples Pavilion, dating back to its home opener in 2007. That run includes victories over two top-ranked opponents: most recently, a 71-59 win over Connecticut last December and another over Tennessee back in 2007. “The streak we have here at home is very special,” Pohlen said.“We want to give our fans a win every time we’re at home.” The conference championship is Stanford’s 20th in program history and the 20th in 25 years. For Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, the process has become almost routine. After leading the Cardinal to all but one of those titles, she barely even cracked a smile as she handed the trophy to her players on Saturday. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was on hand to personally deliver the silver-and-blue crystalline cup. Stanford got right to work in earning the win, going on a 17-5 run to

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Senior point guard Jeanette Pohlen, above, posted 20 points in just 20 minutes of playing time as the Cardinal blew past the Ducks on Saturday. The victory sealed Stanford’s 11th straight Pac-10 title and its 20th in the last 25 years.
open the game. After a 10-0 outburst later on in the half, Stanford walked to the locker room with a 56-25 lead. The team may not have needed it on Saturday, but the Cardinal received an added boost from returning starter Nnemkadi Ogwumike. The junior forward injured her ankle last weekend at USC, but played 12 minutes and scored four points, all on free throws, against the Ducks. She wasn’t alone in getting limited minutes. Stanford’s starters hardly played in the second half, when shooting guard Toni Kokenis, a freshman, and her fellow Illinois native, redshirt sophomore forward Sarah Boothe, pushed their point totals to 10 and 11,

Card comeback saves sweep

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Junior starter Jordan Pries, above, allowed only two runs in seven full innings in the Cardinal’s only win of the weekend series in Nashville. The win came after two one-run losses on the road to the No. 3 Vanderbilt squad.


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Baseball drops 2 of 3 to Vandy
Two close losses spoil weekend

The Stanford baseball team fought hard against the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville last weekend, but a little bad luck came the Cardinal’s way as it dropped the first two games, 2-1 and 8-7, before winning Sunday’s contest, 5-2. The No. 8 Cardinal (4-3) performed well against the strong pitching staff of the No. 3 Commodores (7-1) all weekend, but even though it outscored and outhit the Commodores for the series, Stanford didn’t have quite enough to capture its second series win in as many weeks.

Sophomore righty Mark Appel went out first for the Cardinal on a cold Friday night, where he squared off against Sonny Gray, a right-hander who is expected to be a firstround pick in this spring’s MLB draft. Both pitchers went a full six innings, with Appel giving up two runs on seven hits,but he couldn’t outduel Gray, who weaseled past the Cardi-

nstead of the usual argumentative column, I’m writing a bit more for fun today.You probably won’t have a strong opinion about it,other than maybe wanting to tell me that I forgot something — but I still think it should be fun. The other day,I was thinking about famous athletes. Not your Derek Jeters and Kobe Bryants, but instead those athletes that are famous for something other than their own performance on the field or on the court. For many, their stardom is a result of something dubious,while others are noted for being a part of a memorable moment.Here is a list of some of the most notable and some information about the players themselves. Craig Ehlo I suppose this spot could also be given to Bryon Russell, in the “I’m famous because of Michael Jordan” category. Ehlo was actually a pretty valuable NBA guard for the Rockets,Cavaliers,Hawks and Supersonics.He played 14 seasons and averaged more than eight points a game and for about four years, he was a pretty darn good player for the Cavs. That said, most people have heard of Craig Ehlo because of Jim Durham’s call on the Bulls’ Radio Network in a 1989 playoff game between the Cavs and the Bulls. The line, “Here’s Michael at the foul line,the shot on Ehlo . . . Good! The Bulls win! They win!”may be what is most associated with what might be Michael Jordan’s most iconic shot. It’s appeared in countless commercials and tribute films — and in every single one there’s little Craig Ehlo. Tommy John How many people can say they have a surgery named after them? It’s too bad

A night after the Stanford men’s volleyball team showed off its muscle in a four-set brawl of a victory over No. 8 UCLA, the Cardinal was just two points from what wouldn’t have been a shocking, but certainly a surprising and painful home sweep at the hands of UC-Santa Barbara. Back to the wall, the Cardinal (12-4, 9-4 MPSF) steeled itself, and, thanks to some timely blocking, it kept the match alive and eventually pulled out a dramatic, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-10 victory in front of an appreciative crowd at Maples Pavilion. The Gauchos (10-7, 8-6) dictated the pace of play early on in the match and dominated just about everything else as well. They hit .448 as a team in game one and were almost as efficient in game two — Stanford held the lead just once in the first two sets. It looked like the Cardinal was on its way to another letdown at home, reminiscent of the 3-0 loss to UC-San Diego earlier this month, as UCSB held a slim lead midway through the third set at 10-9. Stanford, to its credit, refused to roll over and battled back to re-

gain the lead at 16-13 with help from six of junior outside hitter Brad Lawson’s match-high 25 kills.


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But a service error from sophomore outside hitter Jake Kneller gave the lead back to Santa Barbara, 18-17. After trading the next few points, the Cardinal clung to a precarious 23-22 lead. It was there that the match turned, when Stanford scrambled during a furious rally and won a loose ball halfway in the crowd that ended up being a kill for senior outside hitter Spencer McLachlin. Now equipped with its first set point of the match, Stanford’s defense got a big stop thanks to a team block by freshman middle blocker Denny Falls and McLachlin, taking the point and winning game three, 25-23. Coach John Kosty was extremely pleased with the way his team responded under pres-

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Senior outside hitter Spencer McLachlin, above, lifted the Cardinal to a comeback victory against UCSB on Saturday. McLachlin had 14 kills, four assists, two aces, seven digs and six blocks.

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Behind its strongest all-around shooting display of the year and a dominant 31-point performance from redshirt junior forward Josh Owens, the Stanford men’s basketball team picked up a much-needed 88-71 victory over Oregon on Saturday night.With the win,the Card (1414, 7-10 Pac-10) snapped a fourgame losing streak one more loss would have matched the program’s longest losing streak in 18 years and improves to .500 on the season.

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The Ducks (14-14, 7-9) got off to a hot 8-0 start, opening the game with two three-pointers and a dunk as the Cardinal picked up three quick fouls. Stanford remained scoreless until 3:40 had elapsed, when an Owens layup turned into a three-point play followed by four more consecutive points from the veteran big-man. A three from freshman guard Aaron Bright with 10:29 left in the half tied the game at 18-18, and the Card took the lead on the next play off another three-pointer from junior guard Jeremy Green. Stanford continued to widen the gap in the period’s waning minutes,entering the half with a 43-34 advantage. Junior guard Jarrett Mann sunk a layup to open the second period, and the Cardinal would maintain a dou-

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nal lineup without his best stuff, giving up only one run on three hits. Stanford’s offense was frustratingly ineffective against Gray, who walked four but stuck out six even though he was missing the strike zone on many first pitches and struggled with command in general, despite his impressive stat line. The worst day went to freshman right fielder Austin Wilson, who had three strikeouts and grounded into a double play — a particularly surprising result considering that the top recruit had four RBI and a home run last weekend against Rice. Saturday’s game was completely opposite to Friday’s contest, as both teams clobbered the baseball on a sunny afternoon, with Stanford and Vandy combining for 30 hits (with 17 hits for the Card) and 15 runs. Stanford jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Commodores came back strong, knocking sophomore starter Dean McArdle out of the game after just one and one-third inning.They rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third inning behind first baseman Aaron Westlake’s missile home run to right field that traveled well over 380 feet. Stanford then battled back to score two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings thanks to three RBI from sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger, who went 4-for5 on the game and helped the Card back to a 7-4 lead with four innings to go. Then it all fell apart for Stanford due to two unfortunate bits of luck. Junior lefty Scott Snodgress came in to get the last out of the fifth inning and looked like he would get out of the sixth unscathed. That is, until sophomore second baseman Eric Smith dropped a ground ball for his second error of the day, which let a run score to cut the lead to 7-5. The mistake opened the door for Commodore shortstop Jason Esposito, who hit a slow roller up the second base line that hit the bag, flipped over Cardinal third baseman Stephen Piscotty’s head and ended up as a two-RBI double to tie the game at seven. Freshman right-hander A.J.

Vanegas came in during the eighth inning, and it looked like he would get out of the eighth safely after Snodgress let a runner reach base. But a potential double-play throw from freshman second baseman Lonnie Kauppila arrived just a second too late and the Cardinal lost the lead again, 8-7, on the fielder’s choice. Stanford’s final chance to rally in the top of the ninth was snuffed out when righty Navery Moore blazed his way through three batters, firing nothing but fastballs to complete his third save of the year, an 8-7 Commodore victory that clinched the series win for Vanderbilt. The Cardinal needed to save face on Sunday after two tough losses, so it turned to junior Jordan Pries. The right-hander got his first win on the season on Tuesday by pitching four scoreless innings against the Cal Bears in a 3-2 win. Pries was nothing short of spectacular the second time around, nohitting the Commodores through the first four innings and cruising through seven full innings (the longest outing for a Cardinal starter all season). He gave up only three hits and two runs. Pries also got some help from the offense,with senior designated hitter Ben Clowe and sophomore Stephen Piscotty knocking back-to-back home runs in the top of the second inning to grab an early lead, with Piscotty’s shot clearing the left field wall and crashing into the roof of Vanderbilt basketball stadium over 400 feet away. Stanford let the Commodores get close — two Vandy runs in the bottom of the fifth cut the lead to 3-2 — but some effective small-ball pushed two more runs across in the sixth and eighth innings.The Cardinal had junior Chris Reed close out the 5-2 win. The Commodores handed the Cardinal its first series loss of the season, but the win on Sunday, coupled with Tuesday’s victory over Cal, helped Stanford to a 2-2 record in the second week of the season. The Cardinal returns home on Tuesday evening to take on the Santa Clara Broncos in a 5:30 p.m. game before it travels to Austin to battle the No. 6 Texas Longhorns in a three-game series starting on Friday night. Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat

ble-digit lead — and complete control of the game — for the duration. Shots continued to fall for the Card lineup, while Stanford’s defense successfully shut down Oregon forward Joevan Catron, holding the senior to just eight points — he averages 15.2 points per game — in his final career home game. Despite double-digit second half performances from senior guard JayR Stowbridge and junior guard Malcolm Armstead, with a respective 12 and 13 points in the period,the Ducks failed to get into an offensive rhythm and were outmatched by the bigger, taller Cardinal squad.Stanford led by as many as 20 points in the period before sealing the 17-point victory. Armstead led the Ducks with 22 points on 7-for-15 shooting and five steals. Stowbridge added 16 and freshman guard Johnathan Lloyd another 11,with both players coming off the bench. The star of the night on both ends of the floor was Owens, who impressively racked up a career-high 31 points on 12-for-15 shooting in addition to 11 rebounds and four blocks. Four other Cardinal players ended the night in double-digit scoring figures, including Green with 15, Bright with 13 and freshmen forwards Anthony Brown and Dwight Powell with 12 and 11 apiece. Powell matched Owens’ 11 rebounds, recording the second double-double of his Stanford career,while Mann led the game with seven assists. Stanford’s shooting, which has faltered at multiple points this season, was notable, with the team shooting

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Redshirt junior Josh Owens, above, put up 31 points as the Cardinal broke its four-game slide to improe to a .500 record on the season with an 88-71 win over the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.
59.3 percent on the night and 65.2 percent in the second half alone. The Cardinal also dominated the glass, outboarding the Ducks, 36-21, and recorded eight blocked shots to Oregon’s one. Tomorrow night, Stanford will face non-conference opponent Seattle University at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion for its final home game of the season. Contact Caroline Caselli at

By ALEX ECKERT The Stanford men’s tennis team went 0-1 this weekend and left Southern California with a feeling of disappointment. In a weekend hyped up as a clash of Pac-10 titans, it was the weather that defined the weekend as rain cancelled one match and abbreviated another. to the Trojan lineup. Sarmiento was inserted at the No. 4 spot and proved too much for Sophomore Denis Lin to handle,winning the match 6-4,6-2. Sarmiento’s return shifted the Trojan lineup favorably and USC’s Emilio Gomez rounded off the Trojans’ five victories, breaking Greg Hirschman’s four-game winning streak with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over the Stanford senior. Head Coach John Whitlinger did have some positive notes to say about the game. “I’ve gone down to L.A. many times in my years as a coach and at times we’ve gotten blasted down there, but then we still beat them in the NCAA Tournament,” Whitlinger said with a smile. “So whatever happened, there is still a long way to go before the NCAAs.” However, after starting 7-0, Stanford has dropped three of its last four matches. All have been against top competition, so it is not too much cause for worry. However, as a national title contender, the Cardinal will be hoping to develop more consistency against tough opponents. USC, Stanford and UCLA are the three leaders in NCAA men’s tennis titles with seventeen, sixteen and fifteen titles, respectively. After these Pac-10 powerhouses, the next closest is Georgia with a mere six titles. It is safe to say these schools will be relevant in the national title hunt going forward and as Whitlinger intimated, when they meet again, the result is far from determined by Saturday’s results. Stanford travels to the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament before the start of Pac-10 play and will have another shot at the L.A. schools at home on March 25 and 26. Contact Alex Eckert at head coach Paul Westhead. “[Stanford] would certainly get my vote.” The Cardinal will wrap up its regular season with an 8 p.m. match against Cal this Thursday in Maples Pavilion. Contact Nate Adams at nbadams

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First up was UCLA on Friday. The Cardinal was itching to get back at the Bruins after UCLA bounced Stanford from last season’s NCAA Tournament in the round of 16. Both the Cardinal (8-3) and Bruins (9-2) are off to fantastic starts this season and were looking to prove themselves in Friday’s match. Unfortunately,neither got that chance as rain cancelled the match a few hours before it was scheduled to begin. Then came two-time defending champion USC on Saturday. Stanford had gotten the best of its in-state rivals last weekend at the ITA National Indoor Championships, 4-3, but USC had the edge this time around, winning in a 5-1 rout. With rain clouds on the horizon, doubles play was foregone in order to start singles and come to a decision as soon as possible. In the end, cutting play short may have been unnecessary, as USC rolled to five straight singles wins. Only one went to three sets. Sophomore Matt Kandath pulled out the only victory for Stanford at the No. 6 spot after the Cardinal had fallen behind, 5-0. Kandath won his match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Other players did not fare so well.

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Sophomore Matt Kandath, above, tallied the only victory for Stanford this weekend. Kandath won in the No. 6 spot in a 5-1 loss to USC after Friday’s scheduled match against UCLA was rained out.
Defending NCAA singles champion and ninth-ranked Bradley Klahn fell to fourth-ranked Steve Johnson of USC, 6-3, 6-3. Johnson seems to have Klahn’s number, as he beat Klahn for the second time in as many matches. At the No. 2 spot for Stanford, No. 52 Ryan Thacher fought valiantly but ultimately fell to No. 16 Daniel Nguyen, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-7). Thacher had beaten Nguyen last week and this was the closest match of the top five spots. The key difference between this week’s match and last week’s was the return of No. 37 Ray Sarmiento secured the Big East Tournament’s top seed with a win over No. 18 Georgetown last weekend. But after Stanford’s upset earlier this season, it’s understandable that not everyone agrees with the current national rankings. “It’s debatable who’s the best team in the country,” said Oregon


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respectively. Kokenis was perfect with her shooting, going 3-for-3 from the field and knocking down all four attempts from the line. Redshirt senior Melanie Murphy got 14 minutes on the court, mostly as a point guard. Stanford’s only fifth-year player, Murphy got into double digits as she scored 10 points on 6-for-7 free throw shooting. In short, Stanford was making it look easy. In the last 10 years, the team often has. “I think maybe some people might take it for granted sometimes,” Pohlen said of the streak of conference championships. “Maybe the fans or people who don’t really follow Pac-10 basketball closely. But a lot of work goes into everything that we accomplish.” With another title for the banner and just one game left in the regular season, Stanford can start turning its attention to the playoffs — and the big opponents it might meet there. At No. 2, the Cardinal is behind only top-ranked Connecticut (28-1, 17-0 Big East), an opponent that has often had Stanford playing second fiddle in the National Tournament. The Huskies are in the midst of another incredible year, having

The men’s indoor track team’s 107.5 points topped Arizona’s 102 to claim the team’s first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship last weekend.The MPSF for track was founded in 2002, and Stanford’s previous best finish was its runner-up position last year. A key performance came when Stanford placed four runners in the top seven of the mile, led by senior Elliott Heath’s MPSF title-winning time of 4:00.52. Junior Amaechi Morton also claimed an individual conference title in the 400 with his time of 46.50. The Stanford women took third in their MSPF tournament, as Oregon took the championship. Senior Whitney Liehr defended her MPSF title in the triple jump for the women’s only individual title. The finish was the Stanford women’s eighth consecutive third-place finish in the MPSF.
— Matt Bettonville

Men’s track takes MPSF title

The Cardinal women successfully defended their 2010 Pac-10 swimming and diving title last weekend, coming back to defeat Cal, 1567.51545.5. Freshman Maya DiRado (200 back), senior Kate Dwelley (100 free) and senior Meg Hostage (platform) all earned titles in their respective events as Stanford edged out its cross-bay rival. The string of back-to-back titles is Stanford’s first since 2005-06. Stanford trailed the Golden Bears entering the final day of competition, but pulled ahead with wins in three events. Dwelley came out on top in the 100 and 200 freestyles, with an excellent time of 48.14 seconds in the 100. DiRado earned a win in the 200 back, finishing in 1:53.04. Stanford will next head to Minneapolis for the Zone Regional Diving Championships, which start on March 10.
— Nate Adams

Stanford women’s swimming defends conference title

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that many people don’t know that Tommy John is more than an elbow ligament replacement surgery that keeps baseball players sidelined for about 18 months — because the real Tommy John was a pretty darn good baseball player. John arguably should be in the MLB Hall of Fame.He pitched 26 seasons and won 288 games. He was a four-time All Star and he pitched 15 seasons after having the surgery that now bears his name. Not bad. Still, if you Google Tommy John,you first get stories about players getting the surgery and not articles about the player himself. Vic Wertz Like John, Vic Wertz had a pretty successful Major League career and was a four-time All Star. He hit 266 home runs in 17 seasons. Yet Wertz, like Ehlo, will always be remembered for being the wrong end of a careerdefining play by a legend. While playing for the Cleveland Indians in Game One of the 1954 World Series,Wertz drove a ball to deep,deep centerfield.The trouble was that at the Polo Grounds, the home of the New York Giants,the center-field fence was 483 feet away — and Willie Mays was playing centerfield. Mays, of course, ran down Wertz’s ball about 450 feet from home plate and made an overthe-shoulder basket catch. Today it is simply known as,“The Catch.” Adam “Pacman” Jones Yes, he was a high draft pick (No. 6 overall pick in the 2005 draft), but had it not been for his legal troubles, Jones

likely would have just been known as another NFL draft bust (ala Mike Rumph or Phillip Buchanon). Instead Jones is a consistent headliner,even though he has done little to nothing with his immense talent. He was suspended for more than a full season for his multiple arrests and for essentially spending more time in strip clubs than weight rooms. Yet people are fascinated by Jones and he continues to be a fan favorite. Todd Bertuzzi In the early 2000s,Bertuzzi was one of the top power forwards in the NHL. He had 46 goals and 97 points for the Vancouver Canucks in 2002-03. He has more than 700 points and almost 300 goals in his career.Yet Bertuzzi will always be known for making one of the most vicious cheap shots in the history of the NHL. Near the end of an 8-2 blowout in March 2004,Bertuzzi went looking for revenge against Colorado Avalanche’s Steve Moore, who injured one of Bertuzzi’s teammates earlier in the season. Bertuzzi followed Moore down the ice, and when Moore declined to fight, Bertuzzi suckerpunched him in the back of the head and fell on top of him.Moore suffered a concussion and fractured three vertebrae in his neck.His NHL career was over. Despite lots of tears and public and private apologies, Bertuzzi will, rightfully or wrongfully, always be known for that hit, and it will haunt his career until he hangs up his skates. Obviously, this list could go on and on.Don’t hesitate to tell me who else I should have included. Comfort Dan Bohm for only being known as yet another Stanford Daily columnist at sets down to win twice, and never in the last two seasons. But this year’s Cardinal is now 4-0 in five-set matches. It only took four sets to dispatch UCLA (9-9, 4-8) on Friday night, but the victory was closer than it appeared. Both teams hit over .400 on the night, with Stanford coming in at .458 to the Bruin’s .403, and the theme of the night was certainly offense. The Cardinal took game one, 2624, thanks to seven kills from Lawson and six from McLachlin. But the lead was short-lived, as UCLA stormed out to a four-point lead at 10-6 and didn’t blink in the face of Stanford’s attacks to earn the set victory. The Bruins were led by freshman Gonzalo Quiroga, who looked very impressive and served five consecutive points late in the third set with three aces to retake the lead for UCLA. Freshman outside hitter Eric Mochalski had a nice kill on another assist from Barry, one of his career-high 54 in a four-set match, to give Stanford a little momentum toward the set victory. Stanford got stronger as the match went on, culminating in a .500 hitting percentage in set four. The Cardinal took the lead early and never gave it back, running away with a 25-17 set-clincher. The weekend firmly solidified Stanford’s standing in the top three of the brutal MPSF conference, but there won’t be any room for a letdown with trips to UC-Irvine and UC-San Diego this weekend. Contact Miles at milesbs@stanford. edu.


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sure, if a bit perturbed that the Cardinal let it come to that. He called the team “simply resilient” and said the team members really believe in each other. With the momentum finally on Stanford’s side to start the fourth set, the Gauchos started to have all kinds of trouble against the Cardinal’s blocking. After hitting .450 in games one and two, UCSB hit .296 in game three, a paltry .138 in game four, and .250 in game five — Stanford never trailed in either of the last two sets. Lawson hit a season-high .564 for the match with 25 kills and eight digs. Junior setter Evan Barry chipped in 51 assists and eight digs, and after enduring some early struggles, McLachlin finished with 14 kills, four assists, two aces, seven digs and six blocks. But Kosty may have found a budding star in Falls.The little-used freshman from Orland Park, Ill. came off the bench and sparked the Cardinal with five kills,a service ace and that critical block assist with McLachlin. “Denny’s just an athletic and explosive middle blocker,” Kosty said. “We wanted to change something up and we gave Denny the opportunity. He came in, and he took full advantage of it.” The turnaround was even more rare than it might appear at first glance. In the last seven years, Stanford has only come back from two

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