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MONDAY March 28, 2011
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Volume 239 Issue 28
ResEd explains Kappa Sig decision
Fraternity enters appeals process to reverse removal of its housing
By AN LE NGUYEN
After the University stripped Kappa Sigma of its on-campus housing at the end of winter quarter, the fraternity has begun the appeals process to reverse that decision. Its leadership is preparing materials for Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman, who will deliver a decision in about a week.
The decision to divest Kappa Sigma of its house fell into the hands of Dean of Residential Education (ResEd) Deborah Golder after making its way through the Greek life system. According to Golder, Kappa Sigma has been of concern to the University for the past two years. “The house has had patterns of behavior that go beyond what I would call shenanigans . . . to a level that was dangerous,” Golder
said. She highlighted “an alcohol culture that was dangerous” and student complaints about feeling unsafe in the house as compelling problems. These concerns came to a head last fall when Kappa Sigma violated its probationary status. “At that point, we would have been well within our rights to say, ‘Look you violated your probation.You’ll be suspended from the
University,’” Golder said. University officials instead decided to give the fraternity a final chance to demonstrate its campus relevance and developed a multifaceted process to remedy the most pressing issues. As part of this process, Kappa Sigma conducted a membership review and gave a presentation to show its campus relevance.
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ON TO THE ELITE
OGWUMIKE SISTERS TAKE DOWN TAR HEELS
By NATE ADAMS
On a night when the Cardinal needed it most, Stanford’s sister show came through in a big way. Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike scored 12 of their team’s final 15 points, boosting the top-seeded Cardinal (32-2) to a 72-65 win over a North Carolina squad (28-9) that managed to keep pace with the Pac-10 Champions, even in the final minutes.
BOSP helps Kyoto-bound students
Program canceled due to State Dept. travel warning for Japan
By BRIANNA PANG
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Junior forward Nnemkadi scored consecutive baskets with 4:35 remaining to pull Stanford out of a 5959 tie, and she put down another critical basket with 3:08 on the clock. Chiney, her freshman sister and fellow forward, put up a huge two-pointer with 1:59 remaining after the Tar Heels worked their way into another deadlock at 65-65. Chiney Ogwumike all but sealed the deal with just 39.7 seconds left, putting back a missed shot from her sister to pad the Cardinal’s lead to 69-65. “I was really sorry that I couldn’t make that shot,” Nnemkadi Ogwumike said, “but when I turned around and saw [Chiney] got the rebound, I wasn’t surprised at all. But that’s just kind of a characteristic of her — she’s very aggressive and relentless, and she does a really good job of firing the team up.” “We just try our hardest to perform as well as we can,” she continued. “When you see something like that,it’s just kind of exciting to know that you tried your best to take care of the ball and contribute as much as you could on the court.” Nnemkadi led the team with 19 points and Chiney, recently named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, put up 16 of her own. The victory was Stanford’s first away from Maples Pavilion in the tournament and puts the team just one win away from its fourth consecutive appearance in the Final
Following the Bing Overseas Studies Program’s (BOSP) decision to cancel its Kyoto program for spring quarter, the University has formulated alternative plans for students who planned to spend the term in Japan. According to BOSP Executive Director Irene Kennedy, the decision was finalized when the State Department issued a travel warning for Japan. BOSP consulted with numerous university offices in deciding to cancel the program, including the offices of the President, Provost, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Risk Management, Vaden Health Services and Environmental Health and Safety. “Stanford has a long-standing policy of not sending undergraduates on Stanford-sponsored programs or with Stanford funding to countries with State Department warnings,” Kennedy wrote in an email to The Daily.“At the same time we reached our decision, all Stanford faculty, staff
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NYC campus plan takes step forward
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Freshman forward Chiney Ogwumike, above, along with sister, junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, led the Cardinal to a Sweet 16 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Cardinal will play Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. for a spot in the Final Four.
Stanford submits ‘expression of interest’ for Roosevelt Island site
By JANELLE WOLAK Stanford has submitted a formal “expression of interest” to New York City to build a satellite campus. The proposed campus, which is slated to be located on Roosevelt Island in the East River, would incorporate both applied sciences research and graduate education. “The campus will build on Stanford’s strengths,” said Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering. “Our goal is to try and create something analogous to Silicon Valley in New York City.” Stanford is just one among a number of institutions competing to fulfill Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vision of a new science and technology center in New York City. In sum, 18 proposals were submitted to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). These proposals represent 27 institutions, some of
SPRING BREAK SWEEP
Card keeps pace with four wins over break
By WILL SEATON
vincing wins on the road against quality opponents — No. 8 UCLA and No. 13 USC — to remain undefeated for the season.
After two weeks off for final exams, the Stanford women’s tennis team (17-0, 4-0 Pac-10) returned to face four teams in seven days. Beginning with matches against No. 71 Utah and No. 30 Pepperdine,the Cardinal then recorded two con-
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Keeping fresh for each match proved essential. “The most important thing is to make sure you’re relaxed when you’re not on
the court,”said senior Hilary Barte.“Kick your feet up, make sure you do whatever makes you feel loose or comfortable.” The first few matches were marred by repeated rain in the San Francisco area. Against Utah (5-8, 0-0), Stanford swept the singles before both teams decided not to play doubles. All six players recorded straight set wins for the 6-0 decision. “That first Utah match was such a struggle for me, but I think everyone did well,” Barte said. “For me, it was extra
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GSB claims top U.S. News ranking
Small class size, new MBA curriculum boost Stanford
By HENRY ZHU After sharing the top spot with Harvard for the past three years in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the country’s top business schools, the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) has claimed sole possession of No. 1 in the newly released 2012 rankings. Harvard Business School dropped to second place. The GSB, however, remains modest about this achievement. “Because of our belief in the inherent limitations and subjectivity of any ranking system, we are careful not to read much into our standings, especially when the changes are so small,” GSB Dean Garth Saloner wrote in an email to The Daily. “The margins among schools at the top of this and other surveys are very thin.” “Just as there is no ‘best’ city in which to live or ‘best’ career path to pursue, we don’t believe that there is a ‘best school.’” Saloner said he encourages applicants to decide which school best suits them based on their own personal values, aspirations and interests. Applicants’ independent research and visits to different business schools provide a richer and more meaningful picture than a simple aggregate ranking, he said. The U.S. News methodology is based on a qualitative assessment by peer deans and corporate recruiters, placement success and school selectivity. Measures of placement success, an area in which the GSB excels, include starting salary and percentage of graduates employed at graduation or three months after graduation. Measures of student selectivity include undergraduate GPAs and GMAT scores of entering students, as well as the acceptance rate. Though a given school’s acceptance rate is not heavily weighted in U.S. News’ methodology, Stanford’s rate of 6.8 percent is far below that of other elite business schools. This low rate is partially due to the fact that the GSB’s class size is somewhat smaller than those of its competitors. With a self-reported tuition of $53,118 in 2010, the GSB was also the fourth most expensive business school to attend in the country. “Tuition is ‘information,’” said Barbara Buell, communications director at the GSB. “It is not a factor in the [U.S. News] ranking itself.” Saloner said the GSB did not take any deliberate action to improve its performance in the rankings. “We set our vision and strategy based on our deep knowledge of the field of business and our abiding aspiration to continue to provide an outstanding management education,” he said. “We do not use rankings in our marketing. Rather, we prefer to point to our records of research and education and have those who inquire speak directly with our students and faculty.” Saloner further believes that the GSB’s curriculum set it apart from other schools. The business school boasts a new MBA curriculum that debuted in 2007 and has numerous collaborative efforts with the University’s other graduate schools, including the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering.The GSB’s relatively small student body size is also a distinct advantage. “We now offer a 16-person Critical Analytical Thinking seminar to all entering students, along with small-group leadership labs and a required Global Experience (usually a study or service trip or global internship),” Saloner said. “All this comes on top of the canon of business knowledge necessary to the strongest possible management education.” “Together, these elements provide a transforming two-year experience for our students who apply their leadership and passion for management to a broad spectrum of careers.” While Saloner believes it was still too early for the Knight Management Center, which fully opens its doors on Apr. 29, to have made an impact on the rankings, he expects the center and the programs it supports to be a source of innovative educational offerings in the future. Contact Henry Zhu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Election ballot finalized,GSC candidate list not yet released
By THE DAILY ASSU ELECTIONS TEAM With the extended petitioning deadline for junior class president slates and Graduate Student Council (GSC) candidates now passed, the ASSU Elections Commission has finalized the ballot for this spring’s election, which will take place on Apr. 7 to Apr. 8. All petitions have been validated, and the commission released the voter guide over spring break. The final deadline for candidates, slates and Special Fee groups to submit statements for the guide is Apr. 6. Three slates for junior class president declared before the extended deadline, which was set for Mar. 18.
All three — “Leland Stanford Juniors,” “Free Weezy” and “J-Six” — gathered enough validated signatures to appear on the ballot, clearing the 100-signature minimum. “Free Weezy” lists only four members, whereas the two remaining slates each have six members. A recent rule change increased the maximum number of individuals allowed on a class president slate from five to six. Though the deadline for GSC candidates to declare passed on Mar. 18 as well,the Elections Commission has not released a list of candidates, either through its website or its email list. Unlike Undergraduate Senate candidates, GSC candidates are not required to petition to appear on the ballot; they automatically gain a spot by declaring their candidacy. The rest of the ballot will feature three executive slates, 51 Special Fee groups, 41 Senate candidates and an advisory referendum question on the return of ROTC to campus.
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and students currently in Japan were urged to leave by Stanford’s Department of Risk Management.” Though BOSP has previously canceled two three-week overseas seminars in China due to the SARS outbreak in 2003, the Santiago program remained in session during Chile’s 2010 earthquake. Kennedy attributed this decision to safer circumstances in Chile. “There was no State Department warning and Chile’s infrastructure was able to respond quickly,” Kennedy said. “The events in Japan are tri-fold: earthquake, tsunami, radiation leaks. Events in Chile were less complex.” Students enrolled in the Kyoto program were offered a variety of alternative overseas studies opportunities, including the option of applying to study in Moscow, Santiago, Paris, Florence or Beijing in the fall of the 2011-12 academic year. Students applying for winter and spring quarter next year will receive preference over other applicants. Lastly, these students automatically receive admission to next spring’s program in Kyoto. For spring quarter, all Kyoto students will remain in their current on-campus housing with only one student moving within the same dorm. Returning students who were slated to occupy spaces that would have been vacated by Kyoto students have also been accommodated in alternative, oncampus housing. “We traditionally have vacancies [during] spring quarter in undergraduate housing because more students go overseas in the spring than in winter and because some students graduate early,” wrote Rodger Whitney, executive director of Student Housing, in an email to The Daily. “Given the small number of students affected by the cancellation of the Kyoto program this year, we have been working individually with the students staying and the students returning from off campus to provide all with the best housing situations for spring quarter.” “As of this writing, we are gratified to be able to report that all the
situations where rooms currently assigned to students who are now not departing which had been assigned to someone else for spring quarter have been resolved,” he added. Vinh Bui ‘12 was the only Kyoto student required to change housing for the spring. According to Bui, Housing contacted him, explaining that his original room in Mirrielees had been changed from male occupancy to female occupancy. Housing resolved the issue by assigning him to a room down the hall. “If I had to move out of Mirrielees, I would have been very upset because it would be a hassle to move out of the dorm entirely, and because I like living here,” Bui said. “Fortunately, there were two males who needed a roommate, and one of them is a close friend who lived only around the corner on the same floor. It all worked out in the end.” Bui now hopes to co-term or take a fifth year at Stanford in order to participate in the Kyoto program in the future. Not all students, however, are so lucky. Charles Naut ‘12 will not be able to go abroad next year because he plans to be a Resident Computer Consultant (RCC) in Storey. “I have been planning this trip for a while,” Naut said. “I’ve wanted to study abroad in Japan since high school and have been thinking about the Kyoto program since my freshman year at Stanford.” Naut said the change in plans would free up time for senior year and allow him to be here for things he would have otherwise missed, including his roommate’s graduation. Naut hopes to independently plan a trip to Japan and other parts of Asia once the travel warning on Japan is lifted. Kyoto student Mindy Phung ‘12 spoke about the possibility of contributing to relief efforts in Japan. “There are a couple of us who are interested in going to Japan to do relief work even if it’s not through Stanford,” Phung said. “It would be a cool opportunity for Stanford to coordinate efforts and make a bigger impact, but it really depends on the State Department warning and Japan’s willingness to accept volunteers.” Contact Brianna Pang at bkpang @stanford.edu.
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“ResEd reached out to the national organization and to the alumni, asking for their help and partnership in trying to get Kappa Sigma back on track,” Golder said. In the end, these efforts demonstrated that the organization had taken a turn in a positive direction but fell short of dissuading the University from taking further action. “There is still a significant cultural change that needs to occur,” Golder said. “My very strong feeling is that it is a privilege to be a housed organization. “Only 10 registered student organizations on campus get the privilege of being housed, and those are seven fraternities and three sororities, out [of] over 600 clubs and organizations,” she continued.“There are certain things a group needs to demonstrate in order to have that privilege, and some of that is a shared sense of identity and purpose.” If Kappa Sigma loses its appeal, its current house will enter this year’s draw as a traditional Row house. This would give the Kappa Sigma leadership one year to prove to the University that it should regain its on-campus housing for the 2012-13 academic year. “The industry standard when there is this level of concerns for a fraternity or sorority is to suspend them from the University for four years,” Golder said. The idea behind the suspension
process is to “clean house,” both literally and figuratively. The University has refrained from taking this more severe approach. “I see the potential of Kappa Sigma, and I think they need a year hiatus,” Golder said. “They need some time to get in touch with their core values, to identify not just as a group of tight-knit friends but as a true fraternity by Stanford’s definition and Kappa Sigma’s definition at Stanford.” The decision to implement a one-year hiatus stems, in part, from the fact that younger Kappa Sigma members were not involved with disciplinary problems that sparked trouble for the fraternity in the first place. “I think that the sophomores in Kappa Sigma are very impressive, and that’s part of what motivates a one-year only hiatus, so that they can come back as seniors and live in that house and have it be a model organization,” Golder said. She emphasized, nevertheless, the need for all Greek members to recognize and accept a sense of shared responsibility — past, present and future. “To be a member of an organization like Kappa Sigma, to be a member of a fraternity or a sorority, you get 112 years of Kappa Sigma history and success . . . but you also get the missteps, and you get the mistakes,” she said. Kappa Sigma president Brian Barnes ‘12 declined to comment until a ruling on their appeal has been issued. Contact An Le Nguyen email@example.com. at
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which are engaged in collaborative efforts. The list includes Abo Akademi University in Finland, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Columbia University, Cornell University and Purdue University. “It looks like [Stanford’s] is one of the more substantive proposals,” said University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin. If selected, Stanford’s New York campus would not only provide an opportunity for education and research, but would also enable students to start companies and take technologies into existing companies on the East Coast — in short, to bring the innovative spirit of the West Coast to the East Coast. With an initial focus on information technology, such as computer science and electrical engineering, the New York campus would draw especially from the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, the Graduate School of Business and the Technology Ventures Program. Stanford hopes to later expand the campus to include fields like green technology and biomedical engineering. “Stanford envisions a strategic partnership that will blend strengths of a great research university with those of a great center of commerce and creativity — and generate significant and sustainable economic development,” reads the text of the Stanford proposal, ambitiously named “Stanford and New York City: Silicon Valley II.” If Stanford wins the competition, it will begin construction in 2013 and convene the first classes in 2015 with 440 masters and doctoral students. This first phase of development is expected to cost $250 million, paid for by Stanford itself and supplemented by the city of New York and philanthropists. With a projected overall cost of as much as $1 billion over 25 years of construction, the current target once the project is completed is to enroll 2,200 graduate students and to hire 100 faculty members.
“The New York City campus would not really be a remote separate campus, but a piece of Stanford which is closely tied to the campus here,” Plummer said. “The programs and classes would be very much the same, but the students and faculty would just be living and studying in the New York area.” The New York campus would be closely integrated with Stanford’s main campus in Palo Alto, relying on distance education and telepresence systems to connect the two locations. According to Plummer, the University’s end goal is for masters and doctoral students in New York to never have to set foot on the Palo Alto campus. Stanford also hopes to explore ways to involve undergraduate students. Much like the current campuses in the Bing Overseas Studies Program and in Washington, D.C., the New York campus may become a site where undergraduates can spend an academic quarter. Plummer said the site would serve as a way to answer three important intellectual questions. “Can a 21st century university be geographically distributed?” he said. “Are the distance education and telepresence systems enough to make a geographically separated campus look and feel like one campus? Is it possible to create Silicon Valley in a different place?” Of four possible locations, Stanford chose the Roosevelt Island site as best suited for its purposes. Located in the middle of the East River, it has the advantage of being close to Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. It will serve as the home for academic and research space and provide housing for students and faculty members. On Apr. 14, President John Hennessy will present and discuss Stanford’s proposal at his annual address to the Academic Council. He will be joined by Plummer, Jennifer Widom, computer science department chair, and Robert Reidy, vice president for land, buildings and real estate. The address will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the NVIDIA Auditorium of the Huang Engineering Center. Contact Janelle Wolak at jwolak@ stanford.edu.
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wo months ago, we criticized Residential Education (ResEd) for eliminating social dues refunds, because the policy was an inefficient and unnecessary attempt to enhance social life on the Row. ResEd’s newest surprise for Row FMs — banning the use of social dues to buy alcohol — is another poorly conceived policy that is actually counterproductive to the stated goal of banning refunds. Effectively, ResEd has crippled social dues as a vehicle to fund the kind of social activity that has and will always characterize the Row, forcing houses to acquire the funds through unaccountable and undesirable means that will be fraught with unintended consequences. It is unclear what the University is trying to do by banning alcohol purchase with social dues (alcohol accounts for over half of Row social expenditures). Forecasting that underage drinking will cease or even decrease significantly would be an astonishingly naive mistake on the part of ResEd — houses will obviously collect some sort of unofficial social dues to fund parties that are a staple of student life. Rather, it appears that either ResEd or some higher force in the Administration wants to ensure that Stanford in no way officially facilitates underage drinking, which is basically what University-sanctioned social dues accomplish. But what price are school officials willing to pay for a de jure policy modification that has the same de facto implications, or worse? If FMs collect unofficial social dues and handle the finances through personal accounts, Row residents’ money will suddenly be placed in a very unaccountable situation with great incentive for dishonesty in bookkeeping and refunds. Even granting full integrity to Row FMs, there will be no formal infrastructure to guard against accounting errors that will place thousands of student dollars at risk. Moreover, an unofficial, voluntary social due system threatens to undermine the social atmosphere and house bonding that ResEd’s refund ban was supposed to en-
hance. Presumably, only students who agree to pay into the unofficial social due system will be allowed to drink the house’s alcohol; this is conducive to a culture of distrust, as students feel pressured to act as vigilantes against free-riding. Finally, if the policy actually succeeds in reducing house alcohol expenditure, students are probably going to redirect funds earmarked for social dues toward private alcohol consumption. The ensuing fragmented and isolated drinking behavior is both a safety risk and another impediment to the shared housing experience that makes the Row a fun place to live. It may be the case that Stanford places itself at severe legal risk if it knowingly assists underage drinking. If so, then ResEd really had no choice but to pursue the current policy. However, given the University’s historically laissez-faire stance and the certain anecdotal knowledge that social dues were being used for alcohol, it seems surprising that the legal issue was suddenly discovered this year. If Stanford can retain the legal immunity on the issue it seems to have enjoyed for years, avoidance of the various repercussions to Row social life noted above is definitely worth it. ResEd needs to articulate a coherent set of objectives and sort out contradictory policies. If it wants to enhance the vibrant social atmosphere of the Row, which it purported to protect by prohibiting social due refunds,it should neither obstruct a central ingredient (alcohol) of Row parties nor foster a culture of suspicion. If ResEd wants to reduce underage drinking, it should not effectively endorse a roundabout social due system that will continue to fund drinking in a potentially unsafe and unaccountable manner.And if the University merely wants to distance itself from underage drinking that it accepts as a fact of life, it should collaborate with students to transition to a private social due infrastructure with no official tie to Stanford. That way, everybody wins.
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The College Student’s Case for Health Reform
work part time. You may choose to continue your education and go to graduate school, or take time off to travel and pursue volunteer opportunities. It allows you to remain on your parents’ plan or rejoin it until age 26, even if you no longer live with your parents, are not a dependent on their tax return or are no longer a student. The new flexibility even applies if you are married. You are guaranteed the same benefits and at the same price that is available to other dependents. More health care improvements are on the way, and many may also directly benefit you. Already, coverage cannot be denied for those under age 19 because of a pre-existing condition. By 2014, denying coverage to anyone based on a pre-existing condition will be banned. Annual dollar caps on care, which are already limited, will be prohibited, and state-based health insurance exchanges will create a new marketplace, giving more employers and millions of Americans the ability to purchase affordable coverage. The Affordable Care Act is based on the simple belief that every American — and that includes college students — deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care. One year after it has become law, that belief is becoming reality.
HILDA L. SOLIS United States Secretary of Labor
ith ASSU election season upon us,now is a good time to take a quick look at last year’s outcomes. In 2010, the Stanford Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) endorsed twelve candidates in the ASSU Undergraduate Senate race;ten were elected.The Queer Coalition endorsed ten students; seven were elected. The success rates of candidates endorsed by these two organizations — 70 percent for the Queer Coalition, 83 percent for SOCC and 86 percent for candidates holding endorsements from both organizations — is both astonishing, compared to the 43 percent success rate in the general field, and troubling.The fact that these two interest groups hold so much sway in ASSU election outcomes is perhaps the best proof that Stanford student government has become intensely politicized, with opaque interest groups, meaningless coalitions and buzz-word laden empty rhetoric. Start with the interest groups.They represent the idea that the interests of colored, queer, Jewish, first-generation,low-income,or environmentally conscious Stanford students are somehow separate and different from the general interests of the student body. For one, this seems flawed considering the stated goal of most of these interest groups is to strengthen community as a whole. How is voting in a block of similarly self-identified students advancing this cause? Second, if an ASSU senator actively advances a pro-colored, queer, or Jewish agenda, they risk failing their more important duty, representing the interests of the entire student body. The ASSU Election Commission makes matters worse, adding legitimacy to the endorsement system by making them centrally available on the official website. Banning endorsements altogether is obviously extreme, but the Election Commission has no reasonable interest in recognizing them. On to the coalitions and buzz-words. Last year 12 senate candidates ran as a part of the Stanford United Now (SUN) coalition with a platform centered on promoting “student government that enacts pragmatic change on the issues important to all students.” Will all those opposed to pragmatic change or those who don’t care about issues that students care about please stand up? It’s barely a stretch to assume every member of SUN was also for promoting wellness, mental health, special fee reform and diversity. And don’t forget they were all green, too. While a platform comprised of tackling these buzz-word issues sounds admirable, it is nearly universal, and consequently meaningless. The ASSU Senate itself is a glorified “Ways and Means committee,” holding the key to the special fee chest, cou-
pled with event planning and sponsorship responsibilities. So what actionable steps can ASSU senators take to “promote diversity”? They could seek to make funding for minority student communities easier or harder to access. So tell us specifically which you intend to do. They could also plan or sponsor more events celebrating the diversity of the Stanford community. Tell us, in exact terms, what events you envision. “Special fees”? We’ll take a wild guess and go ahead and say most candidates this year will be pro-reform. But do you plan on making funds more accessible or less accessible? Do you want the process to be more direct — decided by the student population — or less direct — a greater role for the appropriations committee? And what do you plan on doing with the refund loophole? We could close it or make the groups that people request refunds for suffer the consequences of students voting with their feet. And finally “wellness” and “mental-health.” How exactly do you plan to reduce the stress of a 10-week quarter system at one of the most competitive universities in the world? The Stanford student body is already the proud owner of the most expensive pre-school classroom imaginable, the ASSU Wellness Room.We probably don’t need another one or a playground for that matter, but if you want to build either, tell us. Or let us know exactly what promoting “wellness” means for the average Stanford student. We understand that most campaigns in the “real world” are won and lost on vague and idealistic promises, but this is exactly why Stanford student government should not try to emulate California state government. Those we elect to ASSU Senate will be dealing with small detailed changes and specific events, which (sorry to say) will not change the world. And yet we as students allow candidates who avoid anything vaguely resembling a detail in favor of sweeping,general,fluffy campaigns to win. The take home message is three fold. For the ASSU Election Commission: there is a legitimate, community building interest in refusing to recognize endorsements by any group or person.For those seeking elected office:rhetoric is cheap, especially buzz-words like “diversity,” “special fee reform” and “wellness.” Tell us what you actually plan to do,and do it by using words that have actual meaning. Finally, for everyone: don’t vote as a block.And more importantly, demand from candidates an actionable platform that differentiates them from others. Everyone wants a more cohesive, diverse, inclusive Stanford community. Let’s decide for ourselves who can deliver. If you’re interested in joining, being endorsed by, or ranting about SCSCOPSG email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
T HE T RANSITIVE P ROPERTY
year ago last week, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law enacts significant health insurance reforms that will take effect over the next several years. But one very important piece of that law is already in place. And it may directly benefit you. The Affordable Care Act ensures that college students and young adults can stay on their parents’ employer-provided health care plans until age 26. Before, many health plans and issuers dropped young adults from their parents’ policies because of their age. That left countless college students, recent college graduates and other young people with little recourse and worse — no health insurance. Historically, some 30 percent of young adults have been uninsured, a rate far higher than that of any other age group. But young people don’t need health insurance, right? The statistics say otherwise: one in six young adults today are faced with a chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes or asthma. And nearly half of uninsured young adults report problems paying medical bills. The new law ensures you have an option when it comes to your health care.This is important as you continue through school and as you transition into the job market, since you may find that health care coverage is not immediately available through your employer.Or you may
Let’s Talk About Sex
oday marks the beginning of my last quarter at Stanford.It’s strange,thinking that this is the last time I’m going to experience the first week of a quarter and the last time I’m going to register for classes. It’s so weird to think about. So I’ve always considered myself a late bloomer. I didn’t learn to write an essay until my junior year (and I’m an English major . . . for shame!). I didn’t realize I was a boy until the age of 19, and I didn’t start male puberty until the age of 21. I know I’ve taken a lot of great strides in terms of my own maturity, but I still haven’t touched a lot of the milestones that are part of normal coming-of-age narratives. I feel like I’ve missed out, and here I am, almost at the end of my Stanford career. I feel like I’ve just started. For one thing, I’m still a virgin. I’ve hesitated about focusing on sex in my column, mostly because I never thought of myself as a sexual being. I’m at my last quarter, and I have yet to have any sort of sexual experience. I figured that maybe if I wrote about it, then I’d feel more comfortable approaching sexual situations. Maybe. Here it goes. You see, sex is a strange concept for transmen — or at least, it is for me. How exactly is a transman supposed to have sex? We don’t exactly have, you know, the right equipment
to do the job.I’m not very sure how a girl would feel at the prospect of having sex with a transman. Maybe I’m stressing out over this a lot more than I should be. But it terrifies me that I would be rejected from my first sexual experience because of my body, which is why I don’t take the risk in the first place. I might be confident as a man in all other areas in my life, but when it comes to the topic of sex, I feel inferior and not “real.” To a degree, I feel like I shouldn’t be allowed to have sex because I’m not a legitimate man. It’s something I admit I’m still trying to work through. And call me a prude, but I don’t really see myself having sex with anyone until I am in a committed relationship with them. It might be because my rather strict Catholic upbringing has made me this way. Or maybe it’s because of my inherent terror of physical intimacy. Either way, I’m not exactly a fan of casual sex.One of the complaints I get from my female friends is that I’m way too respectful towards women (now please tell me, how is that a problem?). But I guess that’s how I am, and I can’t really change it (I sincerely apologize, ladies). I see sex as something that needs to be done with consent and respect, and I don’t think I can handle that if I’m drunk, and I would hate to be
We don’t exactly have,you know, the right equipment to do the job
that guy who went too far with a girl and made her feel awful the next morning. But that’s just me, and I understand that doing it the old-fashioned way might be a bit self-destructive, since basically nobody does that anymore, but I don’t know, I can’t really see myself doing anything else. So as I approach my last quarter at Stanford, I feel pressured to finally have sex. It does embarrass me to
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Student government as social entrepreneurship
tudents can now change the world with a computer and a healthy supply of junk food. We live in a time of exponential technological growth where people in our generation are the knowledge leaders. So, you may ask, “What has this got to do with student government?” The answer is everything — and here’s why. Talk to Travis Kieffer, a Stanford student who took a leave of absence this year to run the nonprofit Gumball Capital. Earlier in the year, he ran a marathon on every continent to raise funds for Gumball, and when I talked to him recently, he’d been coding for ten hours the day before and was working on expanding Gumball throughout the country. On a shoestring budget, Travis can potentially have global impact. Travis is one inspiring example of many. So, let’s look at the question — “Where have students had the largest positive impact on the world in recent times?” That’s a question Chip and Dan Heath would ask. In their recent book titled “Switch,” the idea is put forward that when you want to create a change, you should look around for the “bright spots,” where it’s working above and beyond expectations. My personal belief is that a “bright spot” for student impact is through entrepreneurship, particularly when using technology. When you look at how a sophomore can start a company that reaches 500 million users (and growing) or how a couple of grad students can change the world with a search engine, and at the many other less famous examples, the answer is pretty clear: one of the most powerful vehicles for people of our age to change the world is through technology start-ups and social-entrepreneurship. The issues tackled by many social entrepreneurship organizations are the same ones as those worked on by student government: e.g. Mark Goldenson’s Breakthrough.com works on mental health and wellness though online counseling technology, Kiva works on empowering others to do social good and cleantech start-up AmericanEfficient works on sustainability. What if student government
were to become more entrepreneurial? What do we mean by social entrepreneurship? Well, it’s not just about starting new ventures. Steve Jobs says that Apple is the “the biggest startup on the planet” and Google leadership still publicly states that it considers its organization to be a startup. Entrepreneurship is about a set of principles for decision-making and execution that have arisen from the pressure cooker of creating something new with no safety net. It’s a set of principles developed out of necessity that is made for making a difference as effectively as possible. To paraphrase Saul Alinsky’s comment on democracy, entrepreneurship is not an end, but the best means towards achieving these values. How does student government become social entrepreneurship? You adopt the principles. Here are three of these key principles in a nutshell. One: staying agile and reacting to changes.Two: refining your initiatives by finding out what people want, with an emphasis on data analysis. This principle can be shown by the burgeoning success of Hadoop and by techniques such as what Steve Blank calls the “Customer Development Methodology,” where the development of initiatives loops through trying something, testing it out with users, collecting feedback and refining the previous attempt. And three: using strategy and understanding your competitive advantage. These are just some of the principles of startups, and I firmly believe they’ll underlie the governance model of the future. We are in Silicon Valley. We have some of the best minds and hearts on the planet here alongside our position as the world’s epicenter for technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Stanford is uniquely positioned with incredible infrastructure and resources to lead the way with this new model for the future. Bringing this together, the sky is the limit — and it tends toward infinity. Let’s do it.
STEWART MACGREGOR-DENNIS ‘13
How you can help Japan, and why you should
ast week’s earthquake off the coast of northeastern Japan was the worst in the nation’s recorded history. Houses crumbled in the shaking, an ensuing tsunami ravaged everything in its wake and the projected death toll has risen into the thousands. The devastation has yet to be fully grasped. It is easier than ever to donate to disaster relief and reconstruction organizations, especially through the Internet and mobile phones, but with that increased ease comes an increased need to fully understand how these groups distribute funds or provide services. Without this understanding, it is impossible to decide which organizations deserve your generosity. As a Japan-based anthropologist and law student with experience researching disaster relief efforts, respectively, our many friends, family and colleagues have reached out to us asking how to help. For the majority of Americans, donating cash is the best way to go. This is especially the case today, while the plight of the Japanese people is fresh. When donating money to an industrialized nation like Japan, where doctors are highly skilled, medicine is plentiful and food is readily available from within the country, it is best to send money to local organizations. Donating ‘locally’ means minimizing fuel costs associated with sending people and materials from abroad. People on the ground will best know how to maximize the power of your dollar. Instead of donating to the American Red Cross, for example, please consider donating directly to the Japanese Red Cross. Three other local organizations stand out for their excellence.JEN is a Japanese NGO that has much experience in disaster relief both in Japan and abroad. Their teams are already on the scene in the areas most affected. They work cooperatively with the Red Cross.AMDA is a medical NGO that has also dispatched medical teams to Tohoku. Peace Winds Japan is considered to be among the best in emergency relief and reconstruction. These smaller NGOs are extremely skilled and experienced.
They are attentive to local needs. They respond according to each situation, even in isolated areas, work flexibly in response to fast changing post-disaster conditions, and are often free of the large overhead costs or major bureaucratic constraints that may plague larger groups. Many such local NGOs remain in the region to help with reconstruction long after larger international organizations leave. Today, relief efforts are focused on food, shelter and evacuation of those most acutely affected by nuclear radiation. Japan will have other needs in the coming months. If you cannot afford to donate now, please consider sending money to organizations that respond to these future needs. For example, the Japan Center for International Exchange has partnered with the Center for Public Resources Development in Tokyo to launch the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund. Half of all funds raised will be used to support Japanese NGOs that are engaged in long-term reconstruction efforts. These will include rebuilding hospitals, schools and retirement homes. We must continue to monitor the situation even after the media and large aid organizations have left Japan. The psychological effects of the quake will undoubtedly be severe, especially for orphaned and homeless children. Save the Children Japan will be setting up play areas for children in the Tohoku region, attempting to give such children a sense of normalcy.They have pledged to remain in the region for several months. Japan’s reconstruction effort will take months, if not years.The Japanese need your help now, and they will need your help tomorrow, too. By knowing as much as you can about the organizations to which you donate, you can ensure that your money will be sent to those with the greatest need and with the greatest efficiency. The people of Japan are depending on you.
AARON L. MILLER, PH.D., VISITING SCHOLAR, STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL ON ADOLESCENCE, and Erin B. Sedloff, J.D. Candidate, UC Hastings
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know that a lot of my freshmen have more sexual experience than I do, and I feel like I haven’t fully taken advantage of the experimental nature when it comes to sex in college. It feels like, you know, now or nothing. But I know I shouldn’t make myself do something I’m not ready for. I would never have sex for the sake of having sex. That would be unfair to both my potential partner and me. But there is hope. During finals week to procrastinate, I managed to do some research on this great place called the Internet. To keep things short and relatively PG-13, I did dis-
cover that transmen can have successful sex lives (If you’ve got time, look up a transman named Billy Castro. He is my new hero). I’ve realized that my feelings now, though conflicting and complicated, are feelings that are only temporary,feelings that are not a testament to my own manhood or masculinity but to my own insecurities about my body. Hell, I’m a pretty good-looking guy — on the short side,perhaps,but cute nonetheless. I shouldn’t have to worry about the way I look. But I do. And it’s something I need to work on. Who knows, maybe I’m fabulous in bed. I guess we’ll find out eventually.We’ll see. Have some advice for this confused little transboy? E-mail Cristopher at email@example.com.
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Four. Stanford will round out the Spokane Regional on Monday night against 11th-seeded Gonzaga, which defeated No. 7 seed Louisville, 76-69, to reach its firstever Elite Eight. Following her lackluster performance against UNC, some questions linger around one of the Cardinal’s top players heading into that game. Senior forward Jeanette Pohlen, despite making a critical trio of free throws in the final moments, missed eight of her nine field goal attempts against the Tar Heels and finished with just six points. Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said she isn’t particularly worried about the veteran’s unusually sloppy performance. “Honestly, a lot of times I’m not really concerned about her confidence; I have a hundred percent confidence in her,” she said. “We are going with Jeanette. She is the person we brought to the dance,
and that’s who we’re dancing with. She is a great player; she has had a fabulous year, and the thing I said to Jeanette was, ‘I’m glad that wasn’t your last game.’” VanDerveer’s feelings about the UNC game as a whole were more mixed. “What we did very well [was] not give them easy shots,” she said. “We got back on defense. We did not rebound as well as we needed to, nor did we shoot as well as we needed to, but to have seven turnovers against them, we took care of the ball, which was a great thing.” The Tar Heels outboarded Stanford, 50-47, but the Cardinal committed only seven turnovers to UNC’s 13. The win extends Stanford’s winning streak to 26 games, the secondlongest stretch in program history. With a win against Gonzaga tomorrow night, the Cardinal would tie the mark for the school record. Stanford faces Gonzaga in Spokane at 6 p.m. Contact Nate Adams at nbadams@ stanford.edu.
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Baseball takes two straight after loss
An up-and-down weekend series at Sunken Diamond left Stanford baseball with two wins over Long Beach State,as the No.12 Cardinal bounced back after a frustrating Friday loss and take the threegame set. Stanford moved to 10-6 on the season, with only a home game on Tuesday against St. Mary’s remaining before the Pac-10 season kicks into full swing. that’s exactly what [Long Beach State] did on Friday.” Stanford fell behind early in the opener and couldn’t recover, stranding 12 baserunners and leaving the bases loaded twice. Mark Appel gave up six runs in the first four innings, moving to 1-3 on a night in which seven starting fielders for the Dirtbags recorded a hit. Appel and the bullpen held Long Beach State scoreless for the final five innings, but the Cardinal could only muster two runs in six innings off righthander Andrew Gagnon (3-3) in the 6-3 loss. Saturday’s game time was moved to 5:30 p.m. due to expected rain in the early afternoon, giving Stanford an extra four and a half hours to prepare after a 5:30 p.m. Friday start. “It helped our guys get some rest, because there was going to be a really quick turnaround,” Marquess said. The Cardinal got off to a much
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Each game against the Dirtbags (12-11) became a race for six runs, the final mark for the winner of all three matchups. “Clutch hitting was huge,” said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess.“We were able to get hits with two outs and with two strikes, and
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La Tourette and Bollier runner-ups as men’s swimming finishes third in NCAAs
Stanford’s men’s swimming rode solid performances from juniors Chad La Tourette in the 1650 free and Bobby Bollier in the 200 butterfly in Minneapolis last weekend, finishing third in the NCAA Championships. Tourette and Bollier were both national runner-ups in their respective events. Stanford ended the competition with 403 points, falling to champion California’s 493. The Bears’ title was the program’s first since 1980. Texas finished in second with 470.5 points. La Tourette, last year’s champion in the 1650 free, tied for second with Georgia’s Martin Grodzki at 14:34.80. Texas Longhorn Michael
Men’s Tennis 1-2 in tough week
By ALEX ECKERT The Stanford men’s tennis team had a busy spring break, going 1-2 against three top-20 teams and rounding out the toughest stretch of its regular season schedule with a resounding win against No. 15 UCLA. set of the day. The Bears took the doubles point and the first two singles matches in close, but ultimately quick victories as the Card played catch-up all afternoon. A 6-3, 7-5 victory by Ryan Thacher at the No. 3 spot kept the match competitive at 3-1, but the match ended in a 5-2 victory for Baylor. The result became official when Baylor’s 27thranked John Peers held off tenthranked Bradley Klahn in a secondset tiebreaker, 7-4. After returning from Texas, Stanford opened conference play at home against a surging USC squad (16-2, 2-0), now ranked third in the country. The Cardinal had a split season series against the Trojans, 11, but USC tipped the scale in its favor with a hard-fought 4-2 victory. With rain in the forecast, the doubles point was canceled to get straight to the singles. Stanford took an early lead with Senior Greg Hirshman’s 6-1, 6-3 victory over Emilio Gomez at the
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On Tuesday, Stanford (9-5, 1-1 Pac-10) traveled to Waco, Texas to play No. 16 Baylor (12-3, 1-0 Big12), a team that had defeated the Cardinal in all eleven previous matches between the two squads. Unfortunately for the Cardinal, Baylor’s streak remained intact on a hot Texas afternoon as Baylor grabbed a quick 3-0 lead and never relinquished it. In its first team match in almost a month, Stanford got off to a slow start and seemed to lose every close
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Sophomore Mallory Burdette, above, along with senior doubles partner Hilary Barte, led the Cardinal to victories over No. 8 UCLA and No. 13 USC this weekend. Combined along with victories over Utah and Pepperdine, the two key wins made the Card undefeated in four tough games over spring break. Continued from front page
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tough. I had hurt my back and then I got really sick during finals. I was basically out for 2-3 weeks.[Coach] Lele [Forood] said it though — ‘We got 20 percent better each day we played on spring break.’” The Cardinal then traveled to Southern California for a threegame road trip. Again, the team couldn’t escape the rain while playing Pepperdine (7-6). Every singles player won her first set before the match was delayed a day due to rain. Upon resuming play, only Kristie Ahn and Stacey Tan were forced to go to three sets. Veronica Li recorded a double shutout victory, 6-0, 6-0 over her opponent, highlighting the day. Stanford swept the doubles after that. “Pepperdine is loud and always really emotional at home, so that adds to the competition,” described Barte. An anticipated matchup with a tough and highly ranked UCLA squad (11-5, 1-1) was next. UCLA delivered Stanford a one-sided 6-1 loss last season that helped motivate the team for its championship run.The team didn’t want to repeat that loss this year. Stanford gained momentum early with three convincing wins in doubles. The nation’s secondranked team of Barte and Mallory Burdette defeated the nation’s No. 17 team of Dolehide/Remynse,9-7, while the freshman duo of Ahn and Nicole Gibbs defeated the No. 16 team of Hickey/Jones, 9-8 (5), in a tiebreaker. In singles, Stanford’s only loss came at the No. 6 spot, when Maya Johansson defeated Li in three sets, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, for UCLA’s only point on the day. “The scoreboard doesn’t show it, but UCLA was a pretty tough match,” Barte said.“We almost lost the doubles point, but we hung tough and grinded it out.That’s the most impressive part, that none of us were playing our best tennis, but we all fought and found a way to get it done.” With one rival dispatched, the team only had No. 13 USC separating it from a sweep of its first nontournament road trip of the season. The sole lead in the Pac-10 standings was also at stake, as UCLA had edged Berkeley 4-3 for its first loss in league play earlier that day. Despite the Cardinal’s top doubles team getting upset 8-5, Stanford took wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to earn the first point.Now up 1-0, the two teams went into singles. At the top of the lineup was a matchup of the nation’s topranked player, Maria Sanchez of USC, versus the nation’s secondranked player, Stanford’s Barte. Sanchez edged Barte, 6-3, 6-3, to earn USC’s only point on the day. Gibbs closed her match out in a tiebreaker in the second set for the 6-3, 7-6 (3) win. Ahn lost her first set 4-6 and won her second set 6-0 before her opponent retired with an injury. Carolyn McVeigh, playing at the No. 6 spot instead of Li, won her match, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6), in the third-set tiebreaker and was last off the courts. Stanford returns home next weekend to continue Pac-10 play against Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday. Contact Will Seaton at wseaton@ stanford.edu.
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Senior Alex Clayton, above, scored Stanford’s first point in a 4-2 loss to USC. The Cardinal dropped two out of three matches to top-20 teams over spring break, including a loss to Baylor and a win over UCLA.
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McBroom won the event, leading the field with a time of 14:32.86. Bollier’s time of 1:40.76 in the 200 butterfly was second only to Mark Dylla, whose mark of 1:40.60 set an NCAA and pool record.
Men’s gymnastics closes out regular season with dominant victory over Cal
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Junior Bobby Bollier, above, earned his way to national runner-up in the 200 butterfly in Minneapolis last weekend. Bollier helped Stanford to a thirdplace finish at the NCAA Championships
The Cardinal men’s gymnastic team scored a dominant dual-meet victory over rival California, scoring 360.950 to Cal’s 354.525. After the
pommel horse and floor exercise, Stanford trailed the Golden Bears by over two points. But after every Cardinal gymnast scored better than a 15 in the vault, led by senior Alex Buscaglia’s score of 16.050, Stanford held control of the meet. Senior Josh Dixon won the allaround for the meet with an overall score of 87.650. Stanford’s team score of 61.300 on the rings was also the team’s best score on the season, and its continued dominance on the horizontal bar — where the team is ranked first in the country — continued, led by Buscaglia’s impressive score of 16.300. The win against Cal closes out the Cardinal’s regular season. Stanford will compete next in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Apr. 2.
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Senior Tim Gentry, above, salutes after completing a routine. Stanford finished its regular season on Friday with a solid 360.950 to 354.525 victory over rival California.
play to end the inning. With the score at 4-1, Stanford loaded the bases again in the third frame and took full advantage of the opportunity. A Piscotty single drove in two runners, and two more came around to score on consecutive errors by the Dirtbags. Long Beach State tied the game in the sixth, but the Cardinal took a 6-5 lead off another Dirtbag error in the bottom half of the inning.
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better start than the night prior with two quick first-inning runs on singles by shortstop Kenny Diekroeger and first baseman Brian Ragira. Stanford starter Jordan Pries came out strong but made a throwing error after being hit by a Michael Hill comebacker in the fourth, and he threw a wild pitch two batters later to bring Hill around to score. It would prove to be the Dirtbags’ only run. “It was all reaction,” Pries said. “I tried to reach out and couldn’t catch it, and I got flustered and threw it away, which was a terrible decision.” The righthander made up for it, however, giving up no earned runs, striking out the side in the sixth and recording seven total punchouts in as many innings. Diekroeger backed him up by recording six outs at short and grabbing a liner over his head and several tough grounders up the middle — an impressive feat on a field that was still slippery from the rain. And on this night, the Cardinal came through with enough run support to hold its early lead, winning 6-1. Diekroeger and leftfielder Tyler Gaffney — who had stunningly leaped into the bullpen the night before in pursuit of a foul ball without success — each knocked in two runs, while Ragira followed up a hitless Friday with three singles on Saturday. Following a short turnaround for the 1 p.m. Sunday matchup, Long Beach State roughed up Stanford starter Dean McArdle early in the rubber game. McArdle, who had given up just two earned runs on the season, allowed four in an outing that lasted only 0.2 innings. “After the first inning, we had to kind of do a gut check,” said third baseman Stephen Piscotty.“We had to get guys on base.That’s the name of the game — baserunners.” The Cardinal did get baserunners in the second, and came close to making up the deficit. With the bases loaded and no outs, a fly ball by Austin Wilson came just within a few feet of clearing the fence, but was caught by Long Beach left fielder Jeff McNeil. One runner came around to score, but the next batter, second baseman Lonnie Kauppila, grounded into a double
We had to get guys on base. That’s the name of the game — baserunners.
The Dirtbags only had one more opportunity to draw even. But with runners at the corners and only one out, the Cardinal brought in closer Chris Reed, who retired eight straight batters and struck out four en route to his third save of the season. Piscotty led Stanford with two hits, two runs and two RBI on the afternoon. The Cardinal will now prepare to host St. Mary’s (9-11) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., but more important, Stanford is the quickly approaching Pac-10 season. The Cardinal is picked to finish second in the conference by Pac-10 coaches and will face Washington State (9-10, 0-3 Pac-10) to open conference play. The Cougars were chosen seventh by the coaches but still pose a challenge. “Every Pac-10 series is a big series,” Piscotty said. “Every team in the Pac-10 is good. But we can’t worry about our opponents much; we just have to focus on ourselves and play to our capabilities.” The Cardinal has already played one game against a Pac-10 opponent — a 3-2 win over Cal — but the victory did not count towards Pac-10 rankings. Contact Joseph Beyda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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No. 5 spot. The Trojans then won three straight matches until senior Alex Clayton overcame a 3-0 deficit in the second set to win 6-3, 7-5 over USC’s Daniel Nguyen. With the Cardinal trailing 3-2, the meet came down to a three-set thriller between USC’s Jaak Poldma and Stanford’s Ryan Thacher. The Cardinal junior had leads of 31, 5-4 ad 6-5 in the third frame, but Poldma stayed strong, winning the third-set tiebreaker 7-2 and clinching victory for USC. The weekend ended with a Saturday match against 13th-ranked UCLA (11-5, 0-2) and a chance for the Cardinal to get back on the winning path. UCLA started the season in impressive fashion, garnering a 9-1 record and a national No. 5 ranking. However,the Bruins had lost five of their last seven matches and had consequently dropped in the rankings.With the bitter taste of a loss to Cal suffered the day before, the Bruins were also looking to rebound come Saturday afternoon. It was Stanford who seized the opportunity, winning impressively, 6-1. “We started much better than we have in our last few matches,” said head coach John Whitlinger. “We got off to a good start both in doubles and especially in singles. We didn’t get a good start against Baylor or USC, but we did get one Saturday, and it made the difference.” The momentum clearly shifted
in Stanford’s favor after Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, the sixthranked doubles team in the country, clinched the doubles point by defeating their seventh-ranked UCLA counterparts in an exciting match, 9-8 (6), that went to a tiebreaker. Stanford never let UCLA back into the match after taking that early point. “Right at the beginning of the match you look up at our scoreboard, and both matches are up 2-0 on serve,”Whitlinger continued.“It was great for us to get that start, because that’s what we’ve been lacking in some of the matches.” Sophomore Matt Kandath clinched the match at the No.6 spot, winning 6-4, 7-5. The weekend’s matches mark the beginning of the Pac-10 regular season but also punctuated an extremely difficult stretch of games for Stanford. The Card has played eight top-15 teams in the past month and a half. The matches have not been easy, and the Cardinal has lost some close ones, but Whitlinger is confident going forward. “I think we were in every match in this stretch. We came up a little short in a few of these matches, but we learned that we can compete with anyone. This was a good stretch for us — a tough one — but a learning stretch as well.” Whitlinger often says to the team that the most important match is the next one and the Cardinal’s next match is Friday at 5 p.m. against a vastly improved Tulsa squad. Contact Alex Eckert at email@example.com.
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