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Transgender Awareness Week kicks off
Student groups petition for special fees
Various student groups have begun the peti-
tioning process to get special fees requests on this
year’s ballot, the largest of which topped
$185,000. University budget cuts forced many
groups to dig into their reserve funds this year in
order to meet operating costs that were previous-
ly covered by special fees.
Thus far, some of the major increases have
come from three groups: club sports requested a
22-percent increase, KZSU petitioned for a 25-
percent increase and Alternative Spring Break
(ASB) asked for a 257-percent increase.
Last year, the club sports budget was reduced
to $152,320 after it petitioned for $204,850. The
group is requesting a budget of $185,622.40 for
the 2011-12 academic year.
Graduate student Kate Johnson, the club
sports financial officer, said the group dipped
into its reserve account to meet its financial
needs for the 2010-11 academic year.
“We did have a pretty sizable reserve account,
and we drew on that pretty heavily,” Johnson
said. “But now we don’t have much in the way of
The group’s biggest expenses are coaching
fees, facilities rentals, travel expenses, registra-
tion fees and equipment, Johnson said.
She added that clubs sports are “a great re-
source for the graduate students on this campus,”
noting that many involved with club sports were
varsity athletes in college.
Johnson said the group still needed about 600
more signatures, particularly from graduate stu-
Q&A panel features transgender-identified student panelists
Man killed on
Caltrain right of way
Southbound Caltrain #284 struck
and killed a 24-year-old male resi-
dent of Sunnyvale at the Palo Alto
Caltrain station last night around
7:30 p.m.
“Preliminary investigation indi-
cates that the person acted inten-
tionally,”Public Information Officer
Christine Dunn wrote in a press re-
Roughly 115 passengers were on
the train when it hit the man. The
train was not scheduled to stop at the
Palo Alto station.
This is the fourth fatality on the
Caltrain right of way this year.
Eleven fatalities occurred on the
Caltrain right of way last year; nine
have been deemed suicides by the
coroner’s office and two are awaiting
final investigation.
— Joshua Falk
U.S. Supreme Court
hears Stanford v.
Roche patent case
The U.S. Supreme Court heard
oral arguments yesterday for the
biotech patent case Board of
Trustees of Stanford University v.
Roche Molecular Systems.
The question presented to the
Court is whether a university re-
searcher, without the university’s
consent, can assign the patent rights
for federally funded inventions.
These inventions are nearly always
assigned to universities by law.
The case stemmed from a dispute
between Stanford and the biotech
company over the right to royalties
on several patents that sprung from
the work of School of Medicine pro-
fessor Mark Holodniy. Holodniy’s
research, which established a
method to detect HIV, is now used in
HIV test kits sold by Roche.
TUESDAY Volume 239
March 1, 2011 Issue 23
Facebook set to leave
Stanford Reserach Park
Facebook will move its head-
quarters from Stanford Research
Park to the former Sun Microsys-
tems campus in Menlo Park by
2013. New housing units will soon
take over the social media giant’s
current space.
The current Facebook head-
quarters is located at 1601 Califor-
nia Avenue in Palo Alto.
Since establishing its headquarters
there in 2009, Facebook has known
it would need to move again by
2013. In an agreement negotiated
in 2005 between Stanford and the
city of Palo Alto, the University
agreed to transform Facebook’s
portion of the research park into
housing units, according to Tiffany
Griego, director of asset manage-
ment at Stanford Research Park.
Because of this agreement,
Facebook’s lease will only last for
two more years. The company, in
fact, has been preparing for its
move to a new site for some time.
With a 15-year lease and a provi-
sion to purchase the land after five
years, the new Menlo Park head-
quarters has approximately
1,000,000 square feet of office
space. This will provide enough
room to house more than one and
a half times Facebook’s global
staff, which currently exceeds
2,000 employees.
“They have been strategizing
their relocation for some time in
order to ensure their new campus
could accommodate their aggres-
sive growth projections,” Griego
wrote in an e-mail to The Daily.
“The Menlo Park campus is of sig-
nificant size, and unfortunately, we
didn’t have a campus of this size in
the research park to lease to Face-
Although the networking
giant’s staff has not begun the tran-
sition yet, the first wave should
begin moving to Menlo Park at the
beginning of summer. Facebook
projects that renovations will be
completed then. It plans to main-
tain its offices in Palo Alto until
2013, when the transition will be
fully completed.
In addition to leasing the 57-
acre Sun Microsystems campus,
Facebook has also purchased 22
acres of land across the street from
Social networking giant
will move to Menlo Park
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Transgender Awareness Week 2011 began with a Q&A panel at El Centro Chicano yesterday at noon. Above, Christopher Bautista ‘11 talks about
his experiences as a transgender student at Stanford. The panel also featured Leanna Keyes ‘14 and doctoral student Charles Ledbetter.
Transgender Awareness Week 2011
kicked off yesterday with a Q&A panel led
by transgender-identified Stanford stu-
dents and “Trans 101,” an informational
session featuring activist Jamison Green.
Several other talks and performances will
take place in the coming days.
Transgender Awareness Week seeks to
“raise awareness of transgender issues and
the idea that transgender issues are distinct
from what most people think of as gay is-
sues,” said Alok Vaid-Menon ‘13, co-presi-
dent of Stanford Students for Queer Liber-
ation (SSQL).
This week’s planned events include a
talk by Autumn Sandeen, a transgender-
identified U.S. Navy veteran, on the repeal
of “don’t ask, don’t tell”this Friday. Discus-
sions on transgender health and legal is-
sues and a performance by local transgen-
der-identified rapper Katastrophe are also
set to take place.
Holly Fetter ‘13, co-president of SSQL,
hopes the events will teach students about
“what transgender means and what kind of
identities are under the trans-umbrella.”
She also hopes to “get students thinking
about the fluidity of gender and put faces
to the amorphous idea of ‘transgender.’”
Both Fetter and Vaid-Menon empha-
sized the importance of appealing to dif-
ferent segments of the Stanford communi-
ty, from transgender-identified students to
students with no background on transgen-
der issues.
“We’re really looking forward to culti-
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Tree candidates demonstrated their milk-drinking prowess yesterday dur-
ing a Tree stunt in White Plaza. Above, Trevor Kalkus ‘14 downs a glass
of milk: much needed sustenance in his quest to become the next Tree.
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vating an ethos of inclusion . . . mak-
ing sure that everyone understands
the importance of transgender is-
sues and is confident being able to
identify as a trans-ally,” Vaid-
Menon said.
However, awareness is not
Transgender Awareness Week’s
only goal. The organizers hope to
catalyze change at the administra-
tive level to make Stanford more
transgender friendly.
These changes might include en-
abling transgender students to
change their names and reflecting
these changes on class rosters, at
Vaden or on University IDs.
“We want to make administra-
tors, professors and staff more
aware of the unique needs of trans-
identified students,” Fetter said.
Yesterday’s Q&A panelists,
who spoke about their experiences
as transgender Stanford students,
articulated these needs. The panel
featured Cristopher Bautista ‘11,
Leanna Keyes ‘14 and doctoral stu-
dent Charles Ledbetter.
Bautista, a Daily columnist,
spoke about his personal circum-
“I had to e-mail professors [when
I first came out as transgender] say-
ing my legal name is this, but my pre-
ferred name is this, and I prefer male
pronouns,” Bautista said. “It was
very stressful.”
Bautista also talked about his
struggle to change his SUID card.
“It was ridiculous; I had to really
fight with them,” he said. “They
eventually gave me a new ID, but it
was such an inconvenience that I
was on the verge of giving up.”
The panelists also cited treatment
by fellow students as a challenge.
“One thing that I’ve noticed
both in the queer community and
the general community is that
there’s a ‘transgender bubble’ both
physically and emotionally,” Keyes
said. “It’s disconcerting when
you’re in a big lecture hall and there
are people who are more comfort-
able sitting on the floor than being a
little crammed next to you.”
Administrative figures attend-
ing the session emphasized the im-
portance of transgender issues.
“It was really heartwarming to
see the students feel so comfortable
being so open,” said Kristina Lobo,
director of student development
and leadership programs at the
Haas Center. “I felt like the whole
thing made me feel closer to any
student who’s in this [situation].”
The timing of Transgender
Awareness Week coincides with
the current debate on ROTC as
well as the recent release of a na-
tional study on transgender dis-
crimination. SSQL opposes
ROTC’s return to campus due to
the military’s exclusion of trans-
gender individuals.
“Working on the ROTC cam-
paign has shown us how unaware
people are of transgender issues,”
Fetter said.
Recent research on transgender
discrimination, published by the
National Center for Transgender
Equality and the National Gay and
Lesbian Taskforce, found that the
sample of transgender respondents
studied was “nearly four times
more likely to have a household in-
come of less than $10,000 per year
compared to the general popula-
tion.” According to the study, “90
percent of those surveyed reported
experiencing harassment, mistreat-
ment or discrimination” on the job.
“This is the first time we can ar-
ticulate with statistics how disen-
franchised transgender people are
and bring those issues to the fore-
front of campus,”Vaid-Menon said.
Despite the serious issues facing
the transgender community at
Stanford and at large, Fetter
stressed that the awareness week is
not about “the sadness or the
tragedy in transgender issues.”
“This week is about celebrating
trans-identity,” he said. “We’re
hoping to give the community a
chance to celebrate the T in
Transgender Awareness Week
2011 is organized by Stanford Stu-
dents for Queer Liberation (SSQL)
and co-sponsored by the ASSU Di-
versity Advisory Board, CAPS, Pro-
gressive Christians at Stanford and
Stanford Democrats, among other
campus organizations.
Contact Marwa Farag at mfarag@
Continued from front page
KZSU last year requested a
budget of $80,699 but received
$65,269. This year, the group is re-
questing $81,338.
“We don’t think of it so much as
an increase as a negation of a de-
crease,” said Alan Joyce, one of
KZSU’s general managers. “At this
point, we really need to get back to
what we consider our standard
“This year, we already depleted
through our reserves, and we really
feel like we can’t continue to oper-
ate at the current budget level,” he
KZSU made major equipment
purchases over the last two years,
buying a new transmitter and re-
placing a console that had been in
the studio since the 1980s.The group
currently spends more on travel in
order to cover away games for eight
Joyce was “cautiously optimistic”
that KZSU’s petition would suc-
“The response has been pretty
positive to our petition,” Joyce said.
“I think we’re on track to succeed.”
Alterative Spring Break (ASB),
which runs 15 to 17 trips over spring
break, is requesting a budget of
$80,358.25. The group received
$22,524 last year after petitioning
for $79,858.
“Last year’s expenditures came
to about $67,000,” said Shaan
Chugh, a member of the ASB team
in charge of finance.
Although ASB’s expenditures
last year totaled $67,000, the group is
petitioning for $80,358.25. A
planned increase in ASB trips, from
17 to 19, accounts for the increase,
Chugh said.
“In previous years, Alternative
Spring Break has been very popular
with the students,”he said.
The largest share of ASB’s budg-
et is travel costs for its 17 trips, each
of which includes roughly 14 stu-
The Stanford Daily, which has re-
ceived special fees in the past, is re-
questing $89,500 in special fees to
cover half the paper’s printing costs,
the same amount requested last
Requests for other groups can be
found at
Special fees petitioning ends on
Mar. 4 at 4 p.m. The results will be
posted to the ASSU Elections Com-
mission website on Mar. 8 at 4 p.m.
Contact Joshua Falk at jsfalk@stan-
Continued from front page
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the campus. This property is con-
nected to the Sun Microsystems
campus via an underground tunnel
and includes two buildings. There
are currently no plans to move em-
ployees there, but the additional
land allows for potential long-term
As Facebook prepares to depart
from the Stanford Research Park,
the University faces a deadline to
submit plans to the city for its hous-
ing development.
“We expect to raze the commer-
cial buildings and begin construc-
tion on the housing in 2014,”Griego
While the housing development
will make less land available for
commercial lease at Stanford Re-
search Park, there will still be a
number of sites available.
Companies — Tesla, Hewlett
Packard, Lockheed Martin and
Skype being a few of them—cur-
rently rent space at Stanford Re-
search Park, and the majority of the
facility will still be home to entre-
preneurs and innovators after Face-
book departs.
Facebook’s headquarters aren’t
moving very far. Griego expects the
ties established between the Uni-
versity and the company, notably
between students and the website,
to remain the same.
“We continue to have an ex-
tremely positive relationship with
Facebook,”Griego said.“They have
been an excellent, professional, re-
sponsible and exciting tenant.”
Facebook did not return inter-
view requests by The Daily.
Contact Ryan Mayfield at rmayf24
Continued from front page
The crux of the conflict is an
agreement signed by Holodniy
when he went to work at Cetus, an
early biotech firm where a “poly-
merase chain reaction”(PCR) tech-
nology was developed. PCR is a crit-
ical component of Holodniy’s HIV
detection method, and the agree-
ment stated that future develop-
ments based on Cetus technology
would be its intellectual property.
Donald Ayer, representing Stan-
ford University, opened yesterday’s
hour-long oral argument.
“The inventor, because he is
working here [at Cetus] at the time
of the assignment on a federally
funded project as an employee of
Stanford University, is essentially
working on something covered by
Bayh-Dole,” Ayer said. “And being
covered by Bayh-Dole means that
he lacks the power to transfer title to
this future invention to someone
else, because the statute has already
spoken for it.”
Chief Justice John Roberts shot
back that Ayer cloaked himself in
the interests of the United States.
It “has long been the rule that in-
ventors have title to their patents
initially, even if they make those in-
ventions while working for some-
body else,”Roberts said.
Several justices focused on the
fine difference between “I will as-
sign”and “I hereby do assign”claus-
es in the Stanford contract and
Cetus agreement, respectively.
The Supreme Court did not indi-
cate how it might rule on the case,
though some justices did oppose a
more expansive reading of the Bayh-
Dole Act, which Stanford favors.
The Court is expected to make a
ruling by July.
— Tyler Brown
Continued from front page
he 31st president of the United States,
Supreme Court justices, a secretary of state,
the governor of New York, the speaker of
the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. sen-
ators, the editor of The New York Times and
two secretary-generals of the United Nations have all,
at one point, stood at the same podium.
It has become an increasingly prestigious honor to
address the graduating class of Stanford University at
commencement every June. In the past decade alone,
Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,
Condoleezza Rice, Sandra
Day O’Connor, Steve Jobs,
Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey
and Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court Anthony
Kennedy have delivered com-
mencement speeches to grad-
uating classes.
On Jan. 14, the senior class
presidents announced that
Felipe Calderón, the incum-
bent president of Mexico,
would join the group of nota-
bles as Stanford’s 2011 Com-
mencement speaker.
The selection, per usual,
has not come without contro-
versy. While many seniors are
appreciative of the opportu-
nity to hear words of wisdom
from such a prominent politi-
cal figure, others object to
Calderón’s invitation based
on how he has conducted pol-
icy in his country, particularly
his deployment of troops to drug-trafficking regions in
In her article “Mexican President’s Visit to Stanford
Meets with Objection” published on Feb. 9, 2011, by
The Bay Citizen, journalist Elena Shore described how
Calderon’s selection has prompted a reaction from
within the Bay Area.
According to Shore, an editorial written by Maria
Mejía published by El Mensajero, a Bay Area Spanish-
language newspaper, described Stanford’s selection as
the “wrong choice.” Mejía wrote that the purpose of a
commencement is to inspire students, and that if she
were a student, she wouldn’t feel inspired by Calderón.
“I don’t admire his war against drug trafficking,”
Mejía said. “Maybe his motives are legitimate and his
intentions are good. But the reality is that it has left a
terrible trail of dead bodies. I can’t believe that more
than 30,000 dead during his administration due to vio-
lence stemming from narcotrafficking is something
that could inspire me.”
According to Shore, Miguel Robles, director of the
Latin American Alliance for the Rights of Immigrants
(ALIADI) told El Mensajero that the Stanford com-
munity as well as other California universities should
protest a speaker who has “generated so much social
disorder, so much death.”
It is estimated that the war on drugs is responsible
for the deaths of more than 34,000 people since 2006 as
well as 15,000 people in 2010 alone, according to Shore,
citing El Mensajero.
Every year, the four senior class presidents make a
recommendation to President Hennessy for the Com-
mencement speaker on behalf of the senior class. This
year’s presidents Dante DiCicco, Mona Hadidi, Molly
Spaeth and Pamon Forouhor chose to poll the senior
class, asking them to suggest candidates, Spaeth said.
The class presidents typically submit an unranked
list of three to five candidates to President Hennessy,
who selects the speaker after discussions with the sen-
ior class presidents, faculty, other administrators and
trustees, according to Jeff Wachtel, senior assistant to
the president and secretary
of the Board of Trustees.
The feasibility of getting a
potential candidate to ac-
cept an invitation is a major
“Believe it or not, even
though it’s Stanford, it’s not
the kind of thing people do
readily,”Wachtel said.“Peo-
ple aren’t lining up to be
Commencement speakers
because they get so many
invitations to do this.”
In addition to being select-
ed based on one’s speaking
abilities, candidates are also
considered based on their
connection to the Universi-
ty. One factor in selecting
Calderón, Wachtel said, is
the fact that he is a family
friend of a member of the
class of 2011.
“The senior class presi-
dents were particularly excited about Calderón being
the speaker,” Wachtel said. “That was very persuasive
for us.”
DiCicco said that the senior class presidents viewed
Calderón’s selection as a timely one.
“Right now, we believe, is a very significant time in
relations between the U.S. and Mexico, particularly
California and Mexico,” DiCicco said. “We feel that
Calderón, drawing from his experiences in public poli-
cy, can give a very powerful speech to us as an outgoing
world leader to future world leaders.”
Many student reactions were positive toward, or
at least curious about, the selection. Cristal Garcia
‘11, a student administrative assistant for the Stan-
ford Center for Latin American Studies, wrote in an
e-mail to The Daily that Calderón’s high profile and
high-pressure position will make for a more interest-
ing speech.
“To take on such an influential role [requires] more
than just books,” Garcia said. “And . . . someone who
faces these kinds of challenges is [someone] I would
like to listen to.”
Wachtel noted that some opposition to Calderón’s
invitation is not unexpected.
“There’s always some negative reaction to every
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“We feel that Calderón,
drawing from his experience
in public policy,can give a
very powerful speech to us...”
senior class president
Students, administrators, Bay Area activists divided over
selection of Mexican president as 2011 Commencement speaker
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Felipe Calderón celebrated his victory in Mexico’s 2006 presidential race.
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t’s that time of year again. Girl
Scout cookies are back!
Two days ago, I was leaving a
grocery store with a bag of candy,
and much to my delight, there were
two little Girl Scouts sitting behind
a small plastic table set up in front
of the store covered with boxes of
Girl Scout cookies. Despite the fact
that I was already holding a bag full
of sugar, I just had to get a box of
cookies. It’s all for a good cause.
I ended up getting a box of Thin
Mints, but while I was deliberating,
I noticed that some of the cookies
had different names than what I
was used to seeing. Caramel
DeLites, those devilishly delicious
bites of vanilla cookies draped with
caramel and coconut and striped
with chocolate, were called
Samoas. Peanut Butter Patties,
those hefty, chocolate-covered
pucks of peanut butter and cookie,
were called Tagalongs. My fa-
vorites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches,
were called Do-Si-Dos. Even
Shortbreads, a.k.a. the worst Girl
Scout cookies, were renamed, to
What was this? What was wrong
with the names I grew up with? If
someone says to you, “here, have a
Caramel DeLite,” you know that
you’ll be getting a delightful
caramel treat. It doesn’t get much
clearer than Peanut Butter Sand-
wiches. And when you walk up to a
Girl Scout cookie table and see
only boxes labeled Shortbreads,
you know to walk away immediate-
ly (I actually really like shortbread,
but Shortbreads are another story).
But if someone offers you a Taga-
long, you’ll either: a) think they’re
just being really clingy or b) need to
ask for further explanation, which
is 10 whole seconds of your life that
could have been saved if they had
just offered you a Peanut Butter
Patty. In those 10 seconds, you
could have eaten a second Peanut
Butter Patty. Does that make the
stakes clearer?
Names are funny. After I got
back from the grocery, I was
preparing a pork belly in the
kitchen when a housemate came in.
While we were talking about the
name “pork belly” (which sounds a
whole lot better than “1.5-pound
slab of unsliced bacon”), we some-
how got to talking about our own
names. She mentioned that what
everyone called her here was actu-
ally different than what she was
known by back home. For whatever
reason, one of her freshman year
friends had just started calling her
this new name, and as everyone
thought that they were super close,
everyone started calling her this
name as well. Can you imagine hav-
ing the name you’re known by be
decided by such an arbitrary thing
like that?
Well, sure. Your parents picked
your name for you.There’s so much
power in a name, it seems almost
unfair that choosing it was out of
your hands. I mean, if I tell you that
your choices for a blind date are be-
tween Gilligan, Mark and Spike,
you’re probably going to assign
imaginary faces or traits to these
names that are similar to what most
people would assign.
We do have a little flexibility.
Whenever I write my name on a
paper or test, I write my given name,
Timothy. Everywhere else, I mostly
go by Tim, although maybe a third of
my friends call me Timmy. People
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itting in the coffee shop, I am in
my element. My companion is
telling a lively story, I’m laugh-
ing, and the time scrambles before
we part ways. As I slip out the door,
my companion tells me to say hello
to my parents, and that’s when I re-
member: she’s their age, rather than
mine. But yet it is we who are
friends. Aren’t we?
This sort of generation gap is
something that often strikes me,
since many people I like seeing
outside of my Stanford life are sig-
nificantly older than I am. While
growing up, I always gravitated to-
ward adult company to an unusual
degree, and since starting college,
I’ve transitioned into a more equal
relationship with those I once con-
sidered only as teachers and role
models. A few of the people I con-
sider friends are older than my par-
ents, and their life circumstances
are starkly different from my
sweatshirt-wearing, bicycle-wield-
ing existence in California. I enjoy
their company, but still grapple
with questions about the nature of
a friendship stretched across so
many years, questions about the
type of footing on which we can in-
In a sense, these questions are
unnecessary. Friendship is friend-
ship, in all its forms. No two rela-
tionships have the same dynamic,
regardless, and variety in the age
and background of our friends only
adds spice to our lives, so to speak.
The older we get, the more the illu-
sion of age vanishes. (Haven’t we
all learned this in growing up —to
view our parents more as fellow
human beings rather than as
supreme oracles?) Finally, the
beauty of being able to connect
with people despite divergent cir-
cumstances is a testament to our
commonly held humanity, or what-
ever you’d like to call it.
Still, age isn’t just an illusion. It’s
real and shapes our interactions
even if only subconsciously. For us
college students, can our friends
who are 30, 40, 50 or 60 years old be
called friends in the same sense as
our friends who are 20? Or should
we think of these older friends less
as friends and more as mentors?
Semantics can be tricky some-
times. And the dilemmas of form-
ing friendships with people who
are of different ages than we are
can be rather varied.
First of all, there is the question
of experience. In the case of older
friends, we find ourselves interact-
ing with people who have more ex-
periences than we do and more sto-
ries to tell.They are undergoing life
stages with which we can’t yet
identify, or for which we can’t yet
provide concrete support. They
may have more resources at hand
or more advice to give. Through it
all, there looms the question of rec-
iprocity: because we are still young,
it is sometimes easy to wonder how
much we have to offer in these re-
lationships, besides our company.
We can sometimes feel like less
than peers.
From the flipside, friendships
across generations can grapple
with the question of fluidity. Older
friends can perceive themselves as
settled in their ways —as stagnant
and boring, even. We, on the other
hand, are beautiful, free, young
spirits that should be out soaking
up the world, not languishing in
dull conversations about grown-up
stuff. Go on, enjoy being young!
Don’t let the old folks tie you
down! Just as we can wonder how
well we can reciprocate given our
limited life experience, people sev-
eral years older can wonder why
the heck 20-year-olds would want
to spend time with them.
For me, the answer is simple. I
enjoy having friends from different
age groups because I enjoy the
shift in perspective that such
friends can offer. Being at Stan-
ford, we undergraduates are con-
tinually exposed to the same clus-
ne might get the idea that
the only justification for op-
posing ROTC on campus is
because of the military’s discrimi-
natory practices against members
of the LGBT community. In the fog
of the post-9/11 patriotic fever, we
may have lost sight of the issues that
drove anti-war movements of the
The goal of most higher educa-
tion is to teach the mind how to
think, not what to think. Many un-
dergraduate freshmen that do not
understand this can be heard moan-
ing phrases like “Why do I have to
waste my time on all of these re-
quired courses! They have nothing
to do with my major!”The reason is
this: exposure to mathematics, phi-
losophy, ethics, logic and art allows
one to go through the process of
learning how to learn. You learn
how to become a free thinker. The
process teaches you how to over-
throw your previous beliefs and to
think critically and clearly about
complex issues in the world whilst
avoiding pitfalls and logical fallacies
that easily ensnare the uneducated.
If this is the goal, then military
service and membership in the
ROTC is the antithesis of this goal.
In the military, an individual is
turned into a tool, a machine that
obeys the chain of command. It is
necessary to divorce the individ-
ual’s ethical reasoning from his/her
actions or risks paralysis. Once en-
listed, military personnel largely do
not have the luxury of choosing to
fight in only morally defensible
This is the parable portrayed in
the 1970s by George Lucas
throughout the Star Wars movies
using Darth Vader. Darth Vader be-
comes both literally and figurative-
ly the machine of the Empire and
commits many atrocities in the
name of defending it. Only when his
morality is resurrected does he
cease to be the machine. (Seriously,
if you were distracted by the light
sabers and missed that part, go
watch it again.)
Now, consider how you might
weigh the moral defensibility of the
purposeful U.S. napalming of civil-
ians in Tokyo and other cities in
WWII or the subsequent use of two
nuclear weapons, killing many hun-
dreds of thousands of civilians only
to secure more favorable terms of
surrender (Alderaan . . . anyone? . .
. anyone?). Maybe it would be worth
it. Maybe it would be justifiable to
some.The point is that the guys in the
planes that dropped those bombs
didn’t grapple with that, because it
was their job to follow to the orders,
not to decide them.
Stanley Milgram’s obedience ex-
periments in the 1960s at Yale and
Phillip Zimbardo’s prison experi-
ment conducted on this very cam-
pus in the 1970s potently demon-
strate the power of an authority, an
institution and a role in overriding
an individual’s sense of morality.We
know how to mechanize people.
The military does this with exceed-
ing efficiency.
If the goal of higher education is
to nurture the parts of the mind that
can think independently, why
should we subject students to an in-
stitution that works counter to that
[ _____ ] at Stanford:
NAACP’s Effort to Foster
Multicultural Understanding
Dear Editor,
Last week, the Opinions section
featured an article by Alex Hicks-
Nelson that referenced our Stan-
ford NAACP event “Black at Stan-
ford”in relation to her column “Re-
ality Check” on electronic Black
discourse at Stanford. Though we
appreciate the fact that our event
was viewed as “interesting,” Nel-
son’s article simultaneously includ-
ed a degree of ambivalence that ne-
cessitates some clarification about
the purpose of our project.
It is evident on Stanford’s cam-
pus that people do not recognize
the viewpoints of other students on
the topic of race as it intersects with
a kaleidoscope of social constructs
like class, gender, sexuality and reli-
gion. This conversation is often sup-
pressed by a “political correctness”
that is convenient and sometimes
even comforting, but is neither pro-
gressive nor personal enough to an-
swer the question: “How might race
impact my own life?”
Though some believe that Stan-
ford race relations are not any dif-
ferent than outside “the bubble,”
Stanford NAACP’s initial discus-
sion on black identity has already
attested to the unique experiences
of members of the Diaspora at
Stanford. From a single discussion,
we have already realized a wide
range of experiences that revive the
meaning of the 2010 Black Plaza
shirts lettered “I Am The Diaspo-
ra,” with identities ranging from
“Astronauts” to “Jewish.” We are
documenting how socioeconomics,
how being biracial and ideas of
Samoas are Caramel DeLites
Darth Vader Says “Yes”
To the ROTC
Across the Years
Age isn’t just an
illusion. It’s real and
shapes our
interactions even
if only
Girl Scout cookies
show how hard it is
to change
something so tied
in with your
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Please see KOLB, page 5
Please see MOON, page 5
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“passing,” how learning in majori-
ty-minority high schools and how
being a minority in a predominant-
ly white institution affect views of
blackness at Stanford. These are
powerful narratives and are only
just the beginning of the developing
For clarification, “Black at Stan-
ford” is only the first part of a larger
project called “[ _________ ] at Stan-
ford” (pronounced “Blank” at Stan-
ford). [ _________ ] at Stanford is an
ongoing series depicting various per-
spectives, experiences, trials and suc-
cesses of the various demographics
represented on the Stanford campus.
We seek to promote cultural appre-
ciation and awareness through a se-
ries of interviews, forums and sincere
conversations within different de-
mographic groups that will, upon
completion, be shown to the greater
Stanford population in the form of a
The beauty of our project is that
it allows people to think, to connect
and to speak from a more educated
perspective on the thoughts and ex-
periences of others whose ideas
they may have otherwise disregard-
ed. Our organization holds firm to
the belief that one may speak of the
events and experiences of others,
but you cannot adequately speak
from their perspective, as perspec-
tive is, especially when racially
grounded, deeply personal.
If you would like your perspec-
tive to be included in this education-
al project in the form of an inter-
view or you are hosting an event
along these lines, do not hesitate to
contact the coordinators, Christian
Beauvoir (
and Olivia Smarr (osmarr@stan- If you simply want to
learn from your peers, come to our
next [ _____ ] at Stanford discussion.
But most importantly, initiate the
conversation on your own terms.
In Justice,
Stanford NAACP
Continued from page 4
ter of peers. As wonderful as this
can be, it doesn’t always provide
the opportunities for completely,
thought-provokingly diverse inter-
action. Throw in the frequent on-
campus perceptions that profes-
sors are “unapproachable,” that
graduate students are “busy” and
“have their own lives,” and it can
become all too easy to forget the
feeling of living in a world in which
a larger age spectrum exists. Es-
caping the usual set of cohorts,
even if only for an hour or two, can
be like a breath of fresh air.
As enjoyable as multi-genera-
tional friendships are, I suppose
some doubts might always linger.
We, after all, often seek out social
interactions with people who are
like us. Differences in age are an-
other way of pressing us beyond
that comfort zone. Even if we find
surprising similarities in someone
who is 20 or 30 years older than we
are, or in someone who is consider-
ably younger, those very differ-
ences in age might predispose us to
feelings of uncertainty. We wonder
what level of familiarity is appro-
priate, how much confidence we
can share, how this relationship
stacks up beside the others in our
Ultimately, I would argue that
we ask ourselves these questions
about everyone. Differences in age
can make them seem more
poignant, but the answers we come
up with just make life more inter-
esting. After all, which of us Stan-
ford students wants to be with
other Stanford students all the
time? Tempting, but I’ll pass.
Rachel is expanding the breadth of
her multi-generational friendships. If
you know of anyone from a past or
future generation and/or have a time
machine, e-mail her at rkolb@stan-
Continued from page 4
sometimes ask me what determines
which name I go by, and while I
can’t really explain it myself, it usu-
ally just comes down to how I want
to appear to that person.
In high school, I took it one step
further and tried to give myself the
nickname Moose. A couple of peo-
ple actually started calling me
Moose, probably tickled by the
fact that they could now say they
knew a Moose, but most of my
close friends refused to go along
with my power play. At that point,
I really envied the foreign ex-
change students who got to choose
their own English name.
The Moose experiment and the
Girl Scout cookies show how hard
it is to change something so tied in
with your identity, but since when
does something being hard stop
Stanford students? We spend so
much time grooming ourselves,
choosing the right clothes, working
out to stay in shape, why don’t we
spend time thinking of a name that
better suits us? Sure, there are a lot
of practical and professional rea-
sons to dissuade us, and I’m not
suggesting that we all go and get
legal name changes (although
that’d be cool), but it might just be
something fun to try.
As long as you don’t decide on a
nonsense name like Do-Si-Do.
Tim is craving some more Girl Scout
Cookies. Tell him your favorite kind
Continued from page 4
Wrestling takes fourth at Pac-10s
The Stanford wrestling team placed fourth at
the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Ore.
The fourth-place finish is the Cardinal’s second-
highest in the last 25 years in a sport where Stan-
ford has never won a conference or national
Senior Zack Giesen led the way for Stanford
as the only Cardinal wrestler to win his weight
class. Giesen took home the Pac-10 title in the
197-pound weight class after winning all three
of his matches by decision, including two by a
point each.
Junior Nick Amuchastegui, senior Justin
Paulsen and sophomore Ryan Mango will join
Giesen at the NCAA Championships March
17-19 in Philadelphia, Penn., by virtue of their
automatic qualifications. Amuchastegui fin-
ished second at 174 pounds after winning the
165-pound weight class last year. Paulsen fin-
ished third at 133 pounds, winning three match-
es by major decision and losing once. Mango
finished fourth at 125 pounds, losing in the sec-
ond round after winning by technical fall in the
first round.
In addition to Mango, redshirt sophomore
Timmy Boone, redshirt freshman Kyle Meyer
and senior Lucas Espericueta finished fourth in
their respective weight classes. Redshirt fresh-
man Jordan Gray finished fifth at 141 pounds,
and freshman Dan Scherer finished fifth at 184
pounds, while senior Dylan Rush finished sixth
in the heavyweight class.
Overall, Stanford finished with 110 points,
6 NTuesday, March 1, 2011 The Stanford Daily
needs exit
reg McElroy is smarter
than you. Well, maybe
not, considering this
paper’s audience, but
the Rhodes finalist and
Alabama quarterback notched a
near-perfect score in the Wonderlic,
the timed test given to NFL prospects
to try and gauge intelligence and
problem-solving ability. The partici-
pant has 12 minutes to solve 50 ques-
tions. Only once has a player scored a
(verified) 50 —Harvard’s Pat McI-
nally in the 1970s. McElroy’s 48,
leaked this weekend, would place him
right at the top of active NFL players.
(Try it yourself. I did. McElroy beat
Rarely do we hear stories like this.
The occasional brainiac scores 40-
plus, but often, the tales are of incom-
prehensibly low totals. Vince Young,
who would go on to be the No. 3 pick
in the 2006 draft, tallied six points on
his first attempt at the Wonderlic. Jeff
George, a top overall selection, scored
10 points, just beating out Sebastian
Janikowski, who managed to get nine
In a football sense, this can mean
very little. One can demonstrate intel-
ligence on the field even if he can’t fig-
ure out logic problems. Dan Marino,
who owns just about every passing
record imaginable,scored a whopping
16 points on the Wonderlic. Needless
to say,studies have shown that this test
is not predictive of gridiron success.
But there is a larger, educational,
non-football point to be made. Fan-
house’s Clay Travis makes it: “All
Wonderlic scores should be public.
And if you’ve been eligible at a school
four years and test sub-literate, your
school should lose ‘ship.”
There’s a lot to look at in that
tweet, so let’s unpack it.
First, Wonderlic scores are kept
private and released only when a
writer finds a good source or the play-
er broadcasts his result. Second, a
score below 10 indicates “literacy
problems.” It makes sense: without
climbing on too high of a pedestal,
many of the questions are so basic to
understand (and solve) that unless
there is a legitimate issue reading the
problem,it’s hard to imagine that any-
one with, ostensibly, a college educa-
tion would be able to get them wrong.
Putting aside people with legiti-
mate and serious learning disabilities
for a moment, let’s look at what Travis
is saying. Theoretically, the “student”
comes before “athlete,” and if a uni-
versity’s goal is to educate,then it must
follow through —even with people
who wouldn’t be there if not for their
skills with a pigskin. We could use up
every inch of this broadsheet (and
many, many more) detailing the aca-
demic travesties that come with big-
time college football, from admitting
students who barely qualify to ram-
The Stanford women’s tennis
team continued to demonstrate its
dominance as it easily disposed of
two Pac-10 rivals over the week-
end. Despite just returning from
the ITA National Team Indoor
Championships last Wednesday
and dealing with subpar weather
conditions on the Farm, Stanford
(11-0, 2-0 Pac-10) proved to be on
top of its game.
On Friday afternoon, the Cardi-
nal swept Oregon (6-4, 0-2 Pac-10)
by a score of 7-0, and then on Sat-
urday, coasted past Washington
State (8-5, 0-2 Pac-10) as well, dis-
posing of the Cougars, 7-0.
2/25-2/26, Taube Tennis Stadium
After capturing the indoor title
over No. 2 Florida in Char-
lottesville, Va., over Presidents’
Day weekend, No. 1 Stanford con-
tinued to exert its power over its
opponents with these two key vic-
tories.With the two wins, the Cardi-
nal has prolonged its NCAA-
record home winning streak to 171
matches, a stretch spanning 12
Freshman Kristie Ahn under-
stands the hardships of returning
from a cross-country trek only to
face two major rivals days later.
“The past week has been espe-
cially rough, making up work from
missing school and such,” she said.
Despite the adjustments the
team had to make, the Cardinal
still got the job done.
“These victories were key in
maintaining our momentum,”Ahn
said. “It’s easy to become compla-
cent after winning a big tourna-
ment, but we were looking to keep
dominating, so these were both im-
portant wins for our team.”
Singles matches were played
first under the threat of rain on Fri-
day afternoon at Taube Tennis Sta-
dium, with Ahn defeating Ore-
gon’s Rabea Stuckemann, 6-1, 6-0,
on court four in the first match. On
court two, sophomore Mallory
Burdette followed close behind
with a victory over Patricia
Skowronski, 6-2, 6-1. The Cardinal
also clinched the next three points
with victories from sophomore
Stacey Tan over the Ducks’ Pascale
Neubert, 6-1, 6-4; freshman Nicole
Gibbs over Julia Metzger, 6-0, 6-2;
and senior Jennifer Yen over Lana
Buttner, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2. Last to finish
the singles point was senior Hilary
Barte on court one, beating Ore-
gon’s Pavlina Smatova, 6-3, 7-5.
Stanford also swept the doubles
point, with the team of Ahn/Gibbs
cruising past Smatova/Skowrons-
ki, 8-1. Senior Carolyn
McVeigh/Tan on court three fin-
ished next with an 8-4 victory over
Neubert/Stuckemann, and the sec-
ond team of Burdette/Yen con-
cluded the match with an 8-4 tri-
umph over Trudie du Toit/Metzger.
Weather was definitely a signif-
icant factor in this match.
“The conditions were tough for
everyone, even though Oregon and
Washington State usually play in-
doors, because we just came back
Cardinal a shade
better than Crimson
The Stanford women’s lacrosse
team improved its record to 4-0 this
Sunday at Cagan Stadium with a
win over Harvard. The game was
hard fought for both sides, and the
Cardinal’s 18-17 victory did not
come easily.
The Crimson (0-1) led the game
early, taking a quick 2-0 lead within
the first three minutes of the game.
This was the first time all season
that No. 13 Stanford (4-0, 1-0
MPSF) had trailed, and the Cardi-
nal took a while to regroup.
While Stanford was trying to
find its groove, the Crimson built up
its lead to 9-5 with 6:47 left in the
first half. In order to allow her team
to regroup, Stanford head coach
Amy Bokker called a timeout. The
move did just that, and a new team
stepped back on the field, full of en-
ergy and poise.
2/27, Cagan Stadium
“The whole first half we were
feeling a little jittery,” said sopho-
more defender Elizabeth Adam.
“But when the coaches pulled us in
for the timeout, they told us, com-
pletely calmly, that they had faith in
us to pull this game out. That really
calmed us down and got our heads
back in the fight.”
With only a few minutes left in
the first half, the Cardinal scored
four consecutive goals to tie the
game at 9-9. Coming off the bench,
sophomore midfielder Jacqueline
Candelaria added two goals and the
energy the team needed to close in
on the Crimson. Senior midfielder
Leslie Foard scored the final goal of
the half to complete her hat trick
and to tie the game with just 47 sec-
onds left.
Just 13 seconds into the second
half, Stanford took its first lead of
the game with a goal by senior mid-
Stanford notches
pair of 7-0 wins
Stanford ekes out
win over Harvard
Between the lines
SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
Junior Hilary Barte and the No. 1 Stanford women’s tennis team showed no ill effects from their short turnaround as the Cardinal routed Oregon and
Washington State over the weekend. The two wins bring Stanford’s season record to 11-0 and its home winning streak to 171 matches.
SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
Senior midfielder Leslie Foard (left) scored a hat trick in the first half to bring the Stanford women’s lacrosse team
even with Harvard at halftime. The No. 13 Cardinal went on to win 18-17 on a late eight-meter goal.
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from ITA National Indoors,” Ahn
said.“It was windy, cold and ugly on
Friday, and it’s safe to say that we
didn’t play our prettiest tennis, but
we got the job done. Luckily, it only
rained in the morning, so we were
able to get out there and finish our
matches without too much of a
On Saturday afternoon, Stan-
ford claimed a 7-0 win over Wash-
ington State. Singles was once again
conducted first, with rain looming
in the distance. Playing on court
three, Gibbs captured the first vic-
tory over WSU’s Ksenia Googe, 6-
1, 6-1. Next to finish was McVeigh
with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lea Jansen
on court six, followed by Burdette
with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Liudmi-
la Vasilieva. The last three singles
points were also clinched by Stan-
ford, with victories from Ahn over
Andjela Kankaras, 6-2, 6-2, to
clinch the match; Barte over Elisa-
beth Fournier, 7-5, 6-0; and Tan over
Olga Musilovich, 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (12).
Stanford swept the doubles
point as well, as Barte/Burdette de-
feated Musilovich/Vasilieva 8-3
and Ahn/Gibbs disposed of
Googe/Kankaras, 8-0.
McVeigh/Yen also easily thumped
Jansen/Fournier, 8-1.
“I think our team could take
even more pride in our doubles,”
Ahn said. “We are no doubt known
for our great singles play, but I think
we should also be known for our
doubles play.”
The Cardinal next takes on San
Francisco Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at
Taube Tennis Stadium.
Contact Chrissy Jones at chrissyj@
Continued from page 6
pant cheating and plagiarism to ath-
letes being suspended, routinely, for
being unable to meet minimum
scholastic requirements. Too often,
“student”does not come before “ath-
lete.” Coaches will pay lip service to
the idea but rarely practice what they
preach, mainly because there is no
person or mechanism there to stop
Which leads us to the final clause
of the tweet: penalties —in this case,
in the form of a lost scholarship —for
not properly educating your athletes.
I love it.
Schools don’t need to make every
football player a rocket scientist. But
players should at least be at basic lit-
eracy levels. It is the lowest of low
bars. And if they can’t surpass it —
again, excluding actual disabilities
and not just stupidity —then there is
something fundamentally wrong with
the way their institution has gone
about educating them. The institu-
tions should be punished accordingly.
To make it work, the Wonderlic
would have to be given to all graduat-
ing players, not just the ones who are
trying to make it in the NFL. An
NCAA-mandated exit exam, if you
will. The Wonderlic itself is not per-
fect, but it does test the crucial part of
the collegiate experience: analytical
skills. University education is less
about learning straight facts —hello,
high school —and more about devel-
oping problem-solving techniques
and the ability to think critically. The
Wonderlic’s value is in its examina-
tion of those proficiencies, even as
many of its questions appeal to the
lowest common denominator.
Let’s be clear.This isn’t about pub-
lic shaming and embarrassment (of
players). It’s about ensuring that uni-
versities fulfill the most rudimentary
goals of education. If they cannot do
that, they ought to be called on it and
lose a scholarship for every player
they, as an institution, failed.
I’d like to see the school that
protests. If you can’t prove that your
athletes can read,you don’t deserve to
field a checkers team, much less a full
squad of football players.
Wyndam Makowsky won’t release
his Wonderlic score, but sources are
reporting it’s an even, prime number.
Discuss your score at makowsky@
Continued from page 6
fielder Karen Nesbitt. The Cardi-
nal, riding on the momentum of
Nesbitt’s goal, pushed the lead to
12-9 with goals from redshirt senior
midfielder Lauren Schmidt and
junior midfielder Anna Boeri.
Although its lead was relin-
quished, the Crimson did not go
down easily, scoring six straight
goals to retake the lead. With 9:53
left, the Crimson had a 17-16 lead,
but the Cardinal once again found
the momentum and fought back.
Nesbitt scored her fourth goal of
the game with 6:53 left to tie the
game back up. For the fifth time in
the game, Harvard and Stanford
were knotted up, and each team
had chances to score the go-ahead
Once again, Candelaria took it
upon herself to secure Stanford’s
victory. As the final minutes dwin-
dled, Candelaria drew a foul in the
eight-meter arc, giving her a free-
position shot. With confidence,
Candelaria took the eight-meter,
looked the goalie in the eyes and
then buried a shot. Her free-posi-
tion shot was her fourth goal of the
game and turned out to be the dif-
Aside from Candelaria’s aggres-
sive attacking skills, senior goal-
keeper Annie Read stepped up big
in the final minutes of the game,
denying the Crimson its last shot on
cage and securing the one-goal vic-
tory for Cardinal. Read came up
with several strong saves consider-
ing she was playing with an ear in-
“Throughout the whole game,
many different people stepped up
and made an impact when we need-
ed them too.” said sophomore mid-
fielder Carolyn Bradley.
After the win, Stanford will now
hit the road for the first time this
year. The Cardinal will open a five-
game road trip with games against
Ohio State and Canisius in Colum-
bus, Ohio on Saturday and Sunday.
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Continued from page 6
well behind Boise State’s winning
total of 147. The Broncos had four
individual winners, while second-
place Oregon State and third-place
Arizona State each had two.
The remaining 48 spots at the
NCAA Championships will go to
at-large qualifiers, whose names
will be announced March 9.
Softball wins four of five in Stanford
Nike Invitational
The Stanford softball team
dropped its first game of the week-
end before winning its last four to
run its record to 12-3.
First up on Friday was Memphis,
which snuck by the No. 16 Cardinal,
2-1, thanks to superb pitching from
Carly Hummel, who outdueled
Stanford sophomore pitcher Tea-
gan Gerhart. The Cardinal man-
aged only six hits —and only one
for extra bases —against Hummel.
Stanford bounced back later
that night with a thorough pound-
ing of North Dakota State to get
back on the winning trail. The Car-
dinal run-ruled the Bison after scor-
ing 12 in just four innings, while sen-
ior pitcher Ashley Chinn shut out
NDSU, allowing only two hits in
five innings. Junior shortstop Ash-
ley Hansen and freshman third
baseman Michelle Prong each
homered for Stanford, and the two
combined for seven RBI.
On Saturday, the Cardinal con-
tinued its success with two more
victories. In the first game of the
day, Stanford edged by its only
ranked opponent of the weekend,
No. 24 Kentucky, 4-2. All six runs
were scored in the first three in-
nings, and it was up to Stanford’s
pitching staff to keep the Wildcats
off the board after that. Gerhart got
the start for the Cardinal, but she
lasted only two-plus innings before
Chinn took over. Chinn pitched five
innings and allowed only one un-
earned run to pick up her second
victory in as many days.
Following up the hard-fought
win, Stanford had another cake-
walk as it destroyed Colorado
State, 16-2, in five innings. The Car-
dinal had more runs than outs on
offense, and five players had multi-
ple RBI. Gerhart took the easy vic-
tory by allowing two runs in five in-
nings, and she also scored two runs
of her own as part of the offensive
In the final game of the week-
end, Stanford held off UC-Davis, 5-
3, to finish the invitational strong.
Gerhart pitched four solid innings,
allowing only one run on three hits,
and she left holding a 2-1 lead. The
Cardinal tacked on three more runs
in the next two innings, and Chinn
minimized the damage in the sev-
enth to notch her first save of the
season. Hansen and junior catcher
Maya Burns each knocked in a pair
of runs for Stanford, which finished
its first homestand of the year with
a 4-1 record.
The Cardinal will travel to Fuller-
ton, Calif., next weekend to compete
in the DeMarini Invitational.
— Jacob Jaffe
Volleyball’s Brad Lawson receives
national honors
After a standout weekend
against a pair of top-10 teams from
Southern California, Stanford out-
side hitter Brad Lawson was named
the AVCA National Player of the
Week. The junior has now earned
the award three times in his career.
Lawson was critical to Stanford’s
sweep last weekend, posting 18 kills
and six digs in four-set victory over
then-No. 8 UCLA. Against the
third-ranked Gauchos from UC-
Santa Barbara a day later, the
Hawaii native powered his team out
of a 2-0 set deficit with 25 kills, eight
digs and a .564 hitting percentage.
No. 4 Stanford (12-4 MPSF, 9-4)
will head south this weekend, tak-
ing on UC-Irvine on Friday and
UC-San Diego on Saturday.
— Nate Adams
Continued from page 6
SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
The No. 16 Stanford softball team played at home for the first time in 2011
at the Stanford Nike Invitational. After losing its first game to Memphis on
Friday, the Cardinal reeled off four straight victories to finish off the week-
end, including two wins by run-rule and one win over a ranked team.
SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
Redshirt freshman Jordan Gray (left)
finished fifth in the 141-pound weight
class at the Pac-10 Championships,
but he finished with a victory by major
decision as Stanford placed fourth.
speaker we select,” Wachtel said.
“The amount of reaction varies.
Even someone as popular as
Oprah had some negative reac-
Wachtel said the biggest prob-
lem the University has had with a
Commencement speaker during
the past decade has not been the
result of direct objection to the
speaker himself, citing the invita-
tion of the president of Peru, Ale-
jandro Toledo, to speak at Stan-
ford’s 2003 commencement as an
Toledo, who holds three degrees
from Stanford, had an all-time low
approval rating at the time, and was
in a battle with the Peruvian Con-
gress. When the Peruvian congress
told him he would be unable to use
the presidential plane to fly to Palo
Alto, Toledo insisted he would
make it to Stanford even if he had
to fly commercially and ultimately
made it to campus for the speech,
Wachtel said.
In 2000, then-U.N. Secretary-
General Kofi Annan was selected
as the Commencement speaker.
Some students protested to draw
public attention to global causes
and crises, but not specifically to
protest Annan’s selection.
“People are welcome to protest
and express their opinion,” Wach-
tel said. However, “we would not
allow his [Annan’s] speech to be in-
terrupted . . . we just want to be re-
Hadidi noted that Calderón will
try to relate to the graduating class
regardless of its politics.
“At the end of the day, he’s not
coming here to give us a policy
speech,” Hadidi said. “He’s here to
give us a Commencement speech,
and therefore we’re hoping he will
provide inspiration to our class.”
“It’s an incredible honor to have
a current, sitting foreign head of
state come and speak to our class,”
DiCicco said, noting that the fact
that Calderón is a family friend of a
senior “adds another layer of depth
to the Commencement speech.
Calderón is expected to be on
campus from June 10 to 12.
“We’re very excited,” Forouhor
said. “I don’t think we could be
happier with our selection at this
point. We’re really looking forward
to it.”
Contact Billy Gallagher at wmg2014
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