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Candidates face campaign spending cap
ASSU Senate members disagree on effectiveness of cap legislation

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The Stanford women’s basketball team hoists the West Regional trophy after vanquishing Gonzaga to advance to its fourth consecutive Final Four. The Cardinal will head to Indianapolis this coming weekend, where it will face either Baylor or Texas A&M.




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On Nov. 2, 2010, the 12th Undergraduate Senate passed legislation capping the amount of money any slate seeking executive office may spend on their campaign at $1,000. The bill came in response to the 2008 election, in which Jonny Dorsey ‘09 and Fagan Harris ‘09 spent $3,597.31 and defeated David Gobaud ‘10 and Greg Goldgof ‘08, who spent $3,768.55. The 10th and 11th Undergraduate Senates failed to pass bills containing caps. ASSU President Angelina Cardona ‘11, who co-authored the bill with then-Vice President Kelsei Wharton ‘12, said that the problem wasn’t an uneven financial playing field between slates, but a concern that some slates didn’t declare their intent to run because of financial constraints. “I don’t necessarily think that money equaled success in the past,” Cardona said. “But I do think that money equaled even being able to run in the first place.” Zachary Warma ‘11, a member of the 11th Undergraduate Senate and former Daily columnist, felt that the amount of money was not as significant as Cardona and others made it out to be. “To say money isn’t important in politics is insane,” Warma said. “There’s a way in which money helps, but at the end of the day, you have to run a smarter campaign and a better campaign. People can outspend you, but you can win as long as you do a couple of things really, really well.” Current ASSU Vice President Michael Cruz ‘12, who is running for executive this year with Stewart Macgregor-Dennis ‘13, says his slate “simply would not have the financial capability” to run without the spending cap and the option of public financing. Joe Vasquez ‘11 said he and Tenzin Seldon ‘12,

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GAME NOTES: With a dominant win over Gonzaga in the Elite Eight, the Cardinal make the trek to Indianapolis for their fourth straight Final Four. The Cardinal, the winner of the west regional, will play either Baylor or Texas A&M in their Final Four matchup.
By JACK BLANCHAT and NATE ADAMS Four straight Final Fours. With a dominant 83-60 victory over the 11th-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane, Wash., the Stanford women’s basketball team advanced to its fourth Final Four in as many years. “Yeah, I’m so excited, I really can’t even put it into words right now,” said senior guard Jeanette Pohlen, who will leave Stanford having never missed the Final Four. “Going to the Final Four every year, I mean it’s a dream for people, some people don’t even get that close.” The emphatic victory that punched the top-seeded Cardinal’s ticket to Indianapolis was the best game Stanford (33-2) had played all tournament, and the win was particularly impressive considering that Stanford faced a sold-out, hostile crowd that was silenced by hot shooting — particularly from the dominant Ogwumike sisters. “Before the game, I told our team, ‘history will be made tonight,’” said Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. “Let’s be on the good side of it.” Junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike made sure of that, leading the Cardinal with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman forward Chiney Ogwumike added another double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Cardinal shot 65 percent from the field in the first period en route to a


Maggiano talks Afghan corruption
State Dept. official explored many facets of corruption in Afghanistan

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Junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (front) and younger sister Chiney (No. 13) combined for 41 points and 26 rebounds en route to an 83-60 win over Gonzaga. The sisters from Cypress, Texas, have been dominant so far in the NCAA Tournament, as both have averaged a double-double in the four tournament games so far.
47-38 lead thanks to powerful play from the Ogwumike sisters, who combined for 23 points in the first half. Gonzaga (31-5) did manage to keep within shouting distance thanks to senior guard Courtney Vandersloot, who once had 18 points in a row for the Zags, and during one nine-minute stretch in the first half, was the only Bulldog to score. Vandersloot, the only player in Division I basketball history (men’s and women’s) with 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, finished with 25 points to lead all scorers in an emotional farewell game in front of the pro-Gonzaga crowd.

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Grey Maggiano, justice program manager at the State Department, addressed the challenges of international legal reform and rule of law in Afghanistan on Monday at the Law School. Maggiano focused on the prevalence of corruption in Afghanistan and possible ways to address it. The talk covered the varying definitions of and opinions about corruption, particularly the differences between American and Afghan perception of it. Although the United States government is deeply concerned about corruption, it draws a distinction between forms of corruption that directly impact the U.S. and those that affect the Afghan people, Maggiano said. Corruption exists in Afghanistan on a broad scope and in daily encounters that the Afghan people have with their government. The U.S. does not have the means to address the problem on all of these levels, he noted. “We as the U.S. government can only focus on areas that are most critical,” Maggiano said. “We try to focus on areas of corruption that impact Afghan national security and also the fight against the insurgency.” While addressing corruption on a broader scope may be highly important to the U.S., the

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Faculty recruitment remains strong
By JANELLE WOLAK The University has experienced “very high retention rates and high recruitment success” in hiring of junior faculty, according to Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Karen Cook. Faculty, however, have cited several exceptions to Stanford’s overall success in this area. In fact, the goal of the Faculty Development and Diversity Office in recent years has been twofold: to increase the number of women and minority faculty members and to address the reasons why a faculty member might choose to leave Stanford. Only 11 percent of Stanford faculty members are minorities, and 25 percent are women. According to the “Guide to Recruiting and Retaining an Excellent and Diverse Faculty at Stanford,” faculty recruitment searches are required to make an extra effort to find qualified women and minority candidates, and one member of each departmental search committee must serve as a diversity officer.Furthermore, if the search committee identifies a minority or female candidate who is qualified but not the top candidate, the committee is encouraged to explore the possibility of recruiting this candidate along with the top candidate. Departments and schools may capitalize on opportunities to hire “equally qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.” Apart from these issues,Stanford faculty report very high satisfaction rates. Eighty percent of faculty respondents in a 2008 quality of life survey described themselves as “very” or “somewhat satisfied” at Stanford. In a similar Harvard study, 85 percent of faculty members described themselves as “somewhat satisfied.” And yet professors at all stages of the tenure track cited the same reason that might push them to leave the Farm: a desire for a more supportive work environment. For assistant professor of music Anna Schultz, who was hired in 2010, the University offers advantages and disadvantages in this respect. “I came here because I felt a real sense of support for research and teaching,” she said. “If I get a big idea for a conference or a creative idea for teaching, I know that there is the support to make it happen here.” But sometimes that’s not enough. “There is a lot of support for individual projects, but there are fewer projects in which people come together collaboratively, “ Schultz explained. “It is possible that there is less of a sense of community here.” The University tries to address these problems by periodically assessing quality of life through surveys and focus groups as well as counseling and mentoring young faculty. It also rewards faculty for productivity via salary incentives and other forms of compensation. However, potential hires face other deterrents, notably the problem of dual careers. The quality of life survey reported that 41.7 percent of incoming professors had trouble finding appropriate employment in the area for their partner or spouse. At Stanford, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity addresses the dual-career problem. Law professor Robert Weisberg works directly with young faculty in assisting their spouses or partners in finding academic or other professional positions at Stanford and the surrounding area. Yet another obstacle is the Bay Area’s high cost of living. The median sale price of an on-campus home is $1.5 million, according to the Faculty Staff Housing Office.The quality of life survey found that 25.5 percent of Stanford faculty reported cost of living as a significant source of stress,compared with 12.4 percent of faculty at peer institutions. Stanford has tried to address high living costs by offering mortgage assistance and allowance programs to young faculty and by providing more

Stanford tops list of “dream schools”
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Stanford is the No. 1 “dream school” for students, according to a Princeton Review survey released on Thursday.The University took second place among parents,trailing Harvard. Students ranked Harvard, New York University and Princeton behind Stanford. Princeton ranked behind Stanford among parents, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the same survey, 69 percent of high school respondents reported stress levels of “high” or “very high,” an increase of 13 percent since 2003. Moreover, 72 percent of respondents reported that the economy affected their college choices, and 86 percent said that financial aid is “very necessary.” This year, 8,219 students and 3,966 parents participated in the survey, which the Princeton Review has conducted annually since 2003.
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Afghan people are much more concerned with the corruption they witness and experience on a day-today basis. “This is where it gets really hard for both the Afghan government and the U.S. government to deal with corruption, because the things that most deflate people’s public opinion are the everyday local corruption,” Maggiano said. In addition to legal definitions, a variety of other factors, including religious and cultural issues, make defining corruption particularly difficult in Afghanistan, he said. As a result, it becomes even more challenging to apply those definitions to government transactions between the U.S. and Afghanistan.Additionally, U.S. actions to fight corruption in Afghanistan raise the issue of how much international pressure is acceptable. While Maggiano focused on Afghanistan specifically, he also touched on the existence of corruption in other countries around the

world and cited Singapore as a nation that has effectively decreased corruption. Looking at the way countries have successfully handled

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Greg Maggiano, justice program manager for the U.S. State Department, discussed the prevalence of corruption in Afghanistan.

corruption could also help in finding solutions to the situation in Afghanistan, he said. All things considered, Afghanistan has made many strides, among them the creation of the High Office of Oversight, Maggiano said. But he added that a lack of transparency and mistrust of the office still present significant problems. Christina Luu J.D. ‘13 saw similarities between Afghan corruption and her parents’ accounts of the corruption they witnessed in their native Vietnam. Luu’s recent trip to Mexico, which opened her eyes to other cases of corruption, sparked her interested in the talk. “It was interesting to hear the attitudes of the people in Afghanistan,” Luu said. Daniel Lewis J.D. ‘12 is co-executive director of the Afghanistan Legal Education Project, an organization made up of Stanford law students who write and distribute legal textbooks about Afghan law. Lewis thought it was particularly interesting to hear about the different definitions of corruption and the clash between the different branches of the Afghan government in addressing this problem.

These branches “don’t always work hand in hand,” he said. Lewis also acknowledged the great strides that have been made. “It’s reassuring to know people are dedicated and working to solve corruption,” he said. Contact Nardos Girma at ngirma@


Blood test could replace biopsy
tine said. When Valantine read Quake’s publication on detecting fetal abnormalities by examining fetal cells in the mother’s blood, she noticed parallels with organ transplant, since both involve the presence of a foreign protein in the blood. The researchers’ approach, which they call genome transplant dynamics (GTD), can be applied to other organ transplants, reducing the need for invasive techniques, Valantine said. “There has been very little progress in reducing chronic rejection,” Valantine said. “We now have the potential to pick up early markers of chronic rejection and thereby intervene and reduce chronic rejection and organ lapse.” Contact Joshua Falk at

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Researchers at the School of Medicine have found that an increase in the presence of a heart donor’s DNA in a recipient’s blood is an early indicator of organ rejection. “In the patients who never rejected, we saw a very constant low level of donor DNA in the recipients’ blood, in marked contrast to patients who rejected,” said Hannah Valantine, professor of cardiovascular medicine. Valantine co-authored the study with professor of bioengineering Stephen Quake.Their findings were published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Over the last 40 years, rejection in heart transplant patients has been monitored by taking small heart biopsies and analyzing them for evidence that the body is attacking the heart,Valantine said.This procedure is performed up to 12 times in the year following the transplant and is quite uncomfortable for the patient. The study implies that an ordinary blood test could eventually re-

place these surgical biopsies. “The beauty of this new test is that it bypasses the need to monitor the immune response,” Valantine said. The team discovered that the level of a donor’s DNA rises considerably before a heart biopsy shows evidence of a problem. “We think we can pick up the rejection a lot earlier, and we can see how it improves after a patient has been treated for rejection,” Valantine said. “This has huge implications for the patient,” she said, noting that treating heart rejection has many side effects. “If we were to pick this up early, we would not need to treat the patient with such heavy anti-rejection therapy.” The research team also included Thomas Snyder, a research associate in Quake’s lab, and Kiran Khush, an instructor in cardiovascular medicine. Stanford’s collaborative atmosphere played an important role in Valantine and Quake’s research. “This is a very interesting demonstration of the huge advantage of being at Stanford with the opportunity to collaborate,” Valan-

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When the the line blurs between reality and your online avatar

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he snarky comment on YouTube you dashed out and promptly forgot about last week may have lasting implications for us all. In his recent book, “Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality,” clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences Elias Aboujaoude postulates that society has only begun to see the disheartening way online behavior can affect individuals’ offline selves. Aboujaoude, a practicing psychiatrist in Silicon Valley, became interested in studying the long-term psychological consequences of Internet


use after noticing an increase in patients whose Internet use had “upended” their lives. “We know how the Internet is transforming the world but not how it’s transforming our psychology,” he said.“We need to assess the virtual world in an objective way, not just look at the obvious positives.” Based on his study of problematic Internet use in America, the largest study of its kind so far,Aboujaoude found that the anonymity of the Internet and the distance it creates between actions and their effects have the potential to exacerbate people’s worst tendencies in the real world. In other words, that user whose video you slammed may not show up at your door with a baseball bat and demand revenge any time soon, but the impression

that your rudeness has no consequences could stay with you forever. The more time people spend online, the more accustomed they become to falling into certain behavioral patterns — patterns that too often involve talking without thinking or judging without empathy. “The personality traits that often come out online, unfortunately, are often negative traits:grandiosity,impulsivity, the tendency to regress to less mature states, the tendency to be angrier and less moral than in real life,”Aboujaoude said. “We’re not as good at compartmentalizing as we think we are. More and more, society is going to resemble a chat room,” he added. The anonymity that we take for granted on the Internet gives us the opportunity to construct online identities that we see as separate from our “real life selves.” However according to Tessa Price ‘12, a research assistant at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) of associate professor of communication Jeremy Bailenson, the separation between these lives is becoming less clear. “Individuals are building their physical identities into digital embodiments and vice versa . . . we see this on Facebook, World of Warcraft, Second Life,” Price said. “The interaction between the physical self and the digital self is so strong there is little distinction between what is ‘you’ and what is ‘not you.’” In his book, Aboujaoude argues that the endless stream of “Click Here’s” and “Buy Now’s” and “Meet Sexy Locals Tonight’s” erodes individuals’ impulse control and makes it easier to destroy one’s offline life than ever before. He draws a connection between the recent recession and the attitudes toward spending that Americans have developed online. When dropping $500 on Roberto Cavalli

requires nothing more than typing a number into a text box, there is more than enough time to drain a bank account before carpal tunnel syndrome kicks in. “Money became a fiction,”Aboujaoude said.“The way we were spending in the years up to the recession was more like the way people spend in Second Life, the same kind of lack of concern about consequence.” The Internet can also foster serious problems in relationship formation, and not cent just because of — a numthe possibility of ber Aboumisplaced “sexts” and jaoude Facebook relationship stacalls “stagtus gaffes. For example, the gering.” prevalence of dating sites may enIntegral courage suitors to make ERIC KOFMAN/ to the problem, of superficial judgments, The Stanford Daily course, is that inhersearching endlessly for ent in the Internet is also unperfection while being lured into an precedented access to information, inescapable loop of dissatisfaction. Even if you hit it off with some- news, culture and communication one on your first date — or even if platforms.So how will the balance of you are married — the idea that the objective gains and psychological Internet might offer someone better detriments play out? It’s too early to know, according to Aboujaoude. can seem endlessly alluring. “To some degree this is a big soThese issues affect most of the country equally, according to Abou- cial experiment, so it’s hard to prejaoude’s data.While he expected the dict,” he said. However, he added, Silicon Valley and other higher-tech society needs to be more aware of areas to show higher rates of Inter- the problem and make it easier to net-related real-life problems, the confront. “This is not just an issue for rich rates proved similar across geopeople; it can come up in each and graphic areas. So-called “digital natives,” those every one of us,” he said. “As a culwho grew up using the Internet ture, we should be aware of the daily, did display higher rates of in- problems and not make them someternet-affected behaviors such as thing you just deal with in the office compulsive buying. While rates of of a psychotherapist.” compulsive buying had long been steady at six to eight percent, digital Contact Zoe Leavitt at zleavitt@stannatives now display rates of 40 per-

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who are also running for exec this year, would not be able to afford to put on a more expensive campaign similar to some of those run in the past. Vasquez said the ASSU office “is definitely a lot more accessible for people of lower-income backgrounds like Tenzin and I.” Cardona also believes that the bill is consistent with expectations in other facets of Stanford life. “If you look at the heart of the bill, it’s very much in line with the Stanford culture of taking responsibility for your actions,” she said. “Just the way that our alcohol policy works, the same way that our honor code works. Stanford really gives you a sense of agency as an individual, and we’re expecting the same thing in the ASSU from our potential leaders.” Rebecca Sachs ‘13 was one of two senators who voted against the bill. She feels that the spending cap doesn’t address the main problems with ASSU elections. “The cap doesn’t actually change the way the elections work, it just shifts it to being more digital, which it was already doing,” Sachs said. “It’s no longer about t-shirts and fliers, and that still doesn’t make it about the issues.” Will Seaton ‘13 also voted against the bill, citing skepticism of the feasibility of enforcing such a rule.

Cardona noted that the cap number of $1,000 could be changed in future years. “This year is very much a pilot year,” Cardona said.“We do want to see how it plays out in practice, not just in theory. There is definitely room for flexibility in the future, but we thought $1,000 was a good starting point.We looked at a lot of peer institutions, and it was the highest number that any other school had for spending caps, and it’s on par with what Berkeley uses.” Warma argued, however, that some language of the bill is too vague and could lead to issues. “I see loopholes miles wide that if you read through this and you’re paying enough attention, you could do a lot of damage to campaigns,” Warma said. “You could throw what was otherwise an entirely reputable campaign into a legislative mess . . . some of these are the most cynical scenarios out there. But these are real possibilities. And that’s scary.” Cardona said she doesn’t anticipate any problems with the spending caps this year. “I know every slate, and I fully believe that they will do their best to abide by the new guidelines,” she said. “You’ve made elections harder,” Warma said. “You’ve conceivably lowered the threshold for people to get involved financially . . . but what you have done is you’ve increased the threshold of difficulty for what is already a horrifically messy process. This was a well-intended, horrifically implemented bill.”

There are, nonetheless, some things the sides could agree on. “I’m really happy in the end that they evened out the public financing and the non-public financing to $1,000 each,” Sachs said. “I think that that makes it more fair.” Elections Commissioner Stephen Trusheim ‘13 said he will begin working closely with the executive slates to educate them about the new campaign finance rules and procedures now that they have officially been approved. Contact Billy Gallagher at

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affordable on-campus housing. The University finished building a faculty-housing complex last year on Stanford Avenue, called Olmsted Terrace, with starting prices between $700,000 and $900,000. Faculty can buy a three- or fourbedroom house with a 51-year restrictive ground lease, after which time they must sell the home back to Stanford. Despite the University’s efforts, the high cost of living remains a significant problem for assistant professors, especially for those recently out of graduate school without any money to spare. Contact Janelle Wolak at

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Ni Hao From Athens
Tim Moon
melting pot or salad bowl, I think), it’s not so much a smooth butternut squash soup as it is the depressing bowl of fish soup we had our first night in Santorini — just like how the fish soup looked good but tasted like chicken soup with random vegetables and fish chunks thrown in haphazardly,America’s multicultural soup might look good, but the components sometimes don’t come together like they should. Heck, just look at the ugliness on both sides of the recent “Asians in the library” controversy, which a) shouldn’t have happened and b) needn’t have become so overblown. But even though our soup might not be perfect, it’s still pretty darn awesome. It’s always easy to look to other countries and imagine everything there to be better than here, and in all my travels and stays abroad, I’ve always been tempted to think that I would prefer to stay there rather than return home, but as soon as I get hungry again, I remember why America’s soup is pretty darn awesome. Think about where we are. We’ve got pretty tasty Mexican food and legit Korean in Santa Clara. We’ve got Chinese in Cupertino and Ethiopian and Vietnamese in San Jose. There’s a bangin’ Caribbean place in Menlo Park and some great Indian restaurants in Sunnyvale. And we haven’t even mentioned SF yet. We’ve got all these different places nearby making authentic, delicious food because they’re catering to people wanting a reminder of home. And, obviously, the benefits of our multiculturalism extend far beyond having more awesome restaurants to eat at — I think it’ll be a while before I hear another “ni hao.” Walking towards baggage claim at the end of an 18-hour day of travel, I was pretty happy to be back home and dreaming about my bed when an airport employee intercepted us on our way to our carousel and helpfully explained that the carousel for the flight from Tokyo was a different one. . . . sigh. Well, on the bright side, at least she didn’t say “ni hao”. Tim is fighting a terrible case of jet lag. Send him tips to get over it at

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ike many other students, I spent this past week travelling with friends. But instead of going on a cruise or relaxing in some other warm, sunny region of the world,we ended up in Greece.A cold, windy, closed-for-off-season Greece. Not quite what we had envisioned when we made the impulse decision to buy tickets after watching a certain movie with Meryl Streep singing and dancing on Greek islands. Despite the slightly uncooperative weather, it was a good trip. We rented cars and puttered around Santorini for a day, lazily exploring what was one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my life. We sampled the Athens nightlife, where Sunday nights are apparently more hoppin’ than Friday nights.We rode donkeys, OD’ed on puff pastries, saw some pretty sweet ruins and I bought three big bags of Crispy M&Ms. Oh, and we also heard lots of Chinese. Six out of the eight of us were Asian, so given that the Greece that we saw was about as white as the tasty, tasty tzatziki I kept having on my gyros, you might say we stood out a little. When we would pass by souvenir shops or tourist-trap restaurants, storeowners would yell “ni hao!” in their attempts to get us to enter. Some went above and beyond, knowing they had to differentiate themselves from everyone else yelling “ni hao” to get our business. “Kung fu!” earned one shop an extra second of consideration, another got points for showing off knowledge of other languages with a “konichiwa, sushi!” and one even broke out a classic “ching-chong.” Now, many of the people walking around either just ignored us or gave us just one or two extra glances, and almost all of the shopkeepers and waiters we interacted with were friendly and helpful, so I don’t want to give the impression that Greece is overflowing with xenophobes or anything like that. Nor do I want to blow this out of proportion — if the worst experience I ever have with racism is a couple of errant “ni hao”s and “ching-chong”s, I’ll take it. That said, it did start wearing on me by the end of the week. Although the lack of real malice behind the comments meant we just laughed at them instead of throwing down in fisticuffs, toward the end of the week, I was just about up to here with the whole thing and was comparing it unfavorably to the diversity of home. If America’s multiculturalism is a soup (a much better metaphor than

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Diary of a Frat Bro
ith the news of Kappa Sigma losing their house being received by the campus with an excitement usually reserved for stories about oppressive dictators being removed from power, I thought it would be beneficial to write this op-ed. Let me be clear, Kappa Sig made mistakes, and they were at the mercy of a University board that did not wish to grant them another chance. Yet, too many times on this campus I’ve seen people view the fraternity system through a binary lens: frats are composed of depraved, rude and insensitive people, while other places are composed of upstanding citizens. The problem is people who have this incorrect theory embedded in their consciousness tend to find facts that reinforce this “logic” instead of the other way around, which would be using information to formulate unbiased opinions. While a common argument is that we bring this reputation upon ourselves, I wish to challenge this assessment. For example, SAE has not had a sexual assault case levied against the house in the three years I have been a member; yet, somehow we’re the “Sexual Assault Expected” dorm. My freshman RAs used to “warn” me about how fraternity guys were rude and disrespectful towards women. For this reason, I, like many others, initially viewed the frat system negatively; that was until I came to the realization that a junior who chooses to live with all freshman and hopes to possess a strange paternalistic influence over them is probably less reliable than an actual member of the Greek community when it comes to discussing the intricacies of the community.[SW1] This is not to say that I don’t engage in what some would call fraternal activities. I often drink heavily, only perform exercises in the gym that enhance aesthetics and refer to anything Charlie Sheen does as “bro.” However, in my spare time, I’ve written two plays, I love spending Tuesday nights alone in my room watching “Glee” (Santana is my favorite character) and I lecture a techinical communications course through the Engineering Department. Don’t think that because you’ve heard hearsay over the years, come to an SAE party and had a bad experience or watched “Animal House” that you know the first thing about me, who I am, what I do with my time or my opinion and attitude regarding anything. Additionally, there are generally 300 men in the house when we have an all-campus party, and usually 50 of them are SAE’s. Therefore, there is only a 16 percent chance that a male you came in contact with lives in our house. Every dorm on campus has a few bad apples, and frats are no exception. I’ve often heard, from various campus representatives, that members of a fraternity should be monitored by the notion of collective responsibility. This is a valid point; although, if one truly believes that you cannot judge an entire group by a few bad apples, then it’s necessary to be consistent. The day I hear someone state that Kappa Sig as a whole should be punished because of the behavior of a few bad apples is the day I would like to hear that same person argue that the mosque at Ground Zero should not be built because a few bad apples ruined the party for everyone. I hope by now you’ve realized that the title “Diary of a Frat Bro” is a moronic sentiment. There is no

Stanford Asians: What’s it all about? C
onsidering the immense controversy that UCLA student Alexandra Wallace’s diatribe about Asian people has elicited, I think it is necessary and appropriate to address the role and the current standing of the Asian American community at Stanford. The term “Asian American” was coined in the late 60s, during the Civil Rights Movement, as an alternative to the racial slur “Oriental.” The Asian American community arose as a product of the movement on the basis of social and political representation in American society. Due to similar physical appearances, society classifies all Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipinos, etc. as “Asians” and projects their stereotypes on us as a whole. The Asian American community was founded because society looks at us a certain way, that is all. The Asian American community’s biggest problem at Stanford and in America is general apathy. For one, unlike ethnic communities such as the Latino community, the Asian American community doesn’t have a common cultural or historical heritage at its core.The Latino community has cultural commonality in language, religion and immigration history, while the Asian American community is rooted only in social and political justice. The role of the Asian American community is to bring together the Asians on campus and to be a resource for us to explore our Asian American identity. In the bigger picture, it should also present our beliefs to the greater community and empower us to combat the big issues such as the “exotification” of Asian women or the perception of Asians as the model minority. Since the community was founded in social and political justice, the top priorities should be to educate society about the issues and foster an environment that addresses these issues. If education and justice are not the focus, there is nothing that actu-

I take pride

in being Asian American and it is important to me that people understand that
ally binds our community together, making it essentially a glorified social club where people look the same. I am not saying that Asians should not be friends with other Asians, but if an organization promotes Asian American community building, but does not have the same focus on the identity of the community, the development of the community is stunted due to the ignorance of its members. The Asian American Student Association (AASA) represents a wide array of culture and arts groups,which in turn represent individual ethnicities. I think that these groups are great: they provide a tangible contribution to the Asian American community. Conversely, I have a problem

with the Asian American “Big Sib” program and the Asian American fraternity and sororities. These groups are not only the most socially visible groups on campus, but their focus is technically just being Asian American. Last quarter, I attended the Asian Pacific Islander Leaders Retreat where leaders from the groups sponsored by AASA attended to discuss issues that affect the Asian American community. There seemed to be a general lack of insight in issues regarding identity and community significance, even though the Big Sib and the Greek leaders were in attendance. I see them repping their Asian American organizations with flat billed hats and letterman’s jackets, but yet they have little idea of what being Asian American is about and why it is important, which really disappoints me. Many students do not know what it means to be Asian American. They know what it means to be Japanese American, Filipino American and Korean American, but not Asian American To me, being Asian American is being comfortable in my own skin. It is appreciating my Japanese American culture and also valuing other Asian cultures. It is empathizing and caring about the struggles and celebrating the successes of other Asian Americans. It also has to do with our battle with stereotypes and false perception. I take pride in being Asian American, and it is important to me that people understand that. This is the attitude that the Asian American community at Stanford should exude. The community needs to educate itself and educate the campus, and I think that it starts with the Greeks and the Big Sibs. Why do I care? I don’t want to be judged based on the color of my skin, and if the UCLA student offended you, then this is your fight, too.

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such thing. This is my diary, and this is my opinion. I am just one person who makes up a greater community, and that community is far richer than most people would like to admit. If you want to get to know us, email me personally and come visit (in broad daylight, with a chaperone, and you can pour your own drinks if you still have anxieties). I’ll be glad to give you a tour and introduce you to 50 unique people hailing from 15 states and seven countries who decided to live together for the most basic of reasons: because we enjoy it. I’m not saying all criticism is unwarranted; I’m simply saying come figure it out for yourself.

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Card unable to double up on MPSF opponents

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Final Four exposes ‘experts’

The Stanford’s men’s volleyball team struggled to shake off the rust as it returned to league play last weekend for the first time since March 6, earning a weekend split against Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State at Maples Pavilion. The last-place Matadors pushed the Card to the brink in five sets before senior outside hitter Spencer McLachlin iced the hard-fought, 3-2 victory with two straight kills on Friday night, but the team could not overcome the athleticism of No. 9 Long Beach and the nearly perfect play of Antwain Aguillard, who had 24 kills with a .686 hitting percentage in the 49ers’ 3-2 victory.


The No. 2 Cardinal (15-5, 12-4 MPSF) lost a non-conference match against NAIA champion California Baptist two weekends ago, but that game saw three of Stanford’s starters (freshman Brian Cook, juniors Brad Lawson and Gus Ellis) sitting in order to give some of the younger players an opportunity to play in a competitive environment. Freshman outside hitter Steven Irvin made the most of his third start of the year, tallying a career-high 13 kills as Stanford nearly pulled out the victory, dropping the fifth and final set in extra frames 16-14. On Saturday night against Long Beach (12-10, 10-7), Stanford played its third consecutive five-set match, and second of the weekend, and looked tired in front of a

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3/30 Maples Pavilion 7 P .M. GAME NOTES: After splitting last weekend’s matches against two MPSF foes, the Cardinal look to grab a mid-week victory against UC-Santa Cruz on Wednesday before it welcomes USC and Pepperdine to Maples Pavilion this weekend.

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Junior outside hitter Brad Lawson (above) continued his solid play this past weekend, but the Cardinal split a weekend series by beating Cal State Northridge before falling to Long Beach State on Saturday.


Crook joins football coaching staff
The Stanford football program completed its coaching overhaul Monday with the announcement of Ron Crook as the Cardinal’s new offensive tackles and tight ends coach.The move had been rumored since the end of last week but was confirmed just before the beginning of Stanford’s second session of spring practice. Crook comes from the FCS level, where he was most recently Harvard’s offensive line coach. He served on the Crimson’s staff for eight seasons and has experience at major programs such as Virginia Tech and Illinois.As a position coach, he replaces Greg Roman, who left to be the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator. “He has over 20 years of coaching experience at various levels and is well respected as a teacher and a motivator of young men. He also shares our vision for the physical style of play in which we believe,” said head coach David Shaw in a press release. Crook, Shaw and the rest of the Stanford team have seven practices over the next two weeks before the annual spring game at Kezar Stadium. The scrimmage is set for Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.
— Wyndam Makowsky

Coastal Carolina, a 10-0 shellacking that saw senior pitcher Ashley Chinn toss a perfect game for the Cardinal. Saturday’s games were cancelled due to rain.

Sophomore pitcher Teagan Gerhart opened the tournament by giving Stanford (23-4) a win over Sacramento State (8-14), improving her season record to 13-3 in the process. Chinn, meanwhile, got her first of two wins against Coastal Carolina (14-17) on the weekend, as she tallied eight strikeouts and held the Chanticleers to just one run in her ninth win of the year. On the day overall, junior catcher Maya Burns led Stanford at the plate, going 4-6 with four RBI. Junior shortstop Ashley Hansen was also 4-6 and scored three runs, while sophomore first baseman Alix Van Zandt notched a pair of hits and three RBI across both games. The Cardinal’s momentum might have suffered with the day away from the field, as Stanford came out a bit sluggish against San Diego State (20-13) on Sunday. The host Cardinal didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning, when Hansen hit a solo home run to pull the score to 2-1. Stanford would go on to even the score at 2-2, but fell in the tiebreaking eighth inning. Chinn gave her team a big pick-me-up in the nightcap, throwing the second perfect game of her career as she struck out four Chanticleers in a 10-0 win. The Cardinal knocked in eight runs in the first inning alone, led by Hansen’s two doubles and three RBI. Stanford will play host to St. Mary’s tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium and then begin Pac-10 play this weekend as Arizona visits the Farm for a three-game series.
—Nate Adams

Chinn tosses perfect game as softball wins three of four in Stanford Invitational
The 12th-ranked Stanford softball team put on a strong showing as host last weekend, going 3-1 in an abbreviated Stanford Invitational at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal defeated Sacramento State 9-1 in five innings and beat Coastal Carolina 10-2 in six innings to open the tournament on Friday, then had its 14-game winning streak snapped in an eight-inning, 3-2 loss to San Diego State on Sunday.The Cardinal wrapped up the weekend with another win over

Commodores put a dent in lacrosse’s perfect season
The Stanford women’s lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season on Sunday, as the Vanderbilt Commodores pulled out a 1510 victory to spoil the Cardinal’s previously undefeated record.

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ith four teams left in the NCAA tournament, I think now is as appropriate a time as any to revisit preseason predictions. In doing so, I came across the preseason rankings and got to thinking — why do we have preseason rankings in the first place? Why is probably the wrong question, however, because it is easy to answer. People love lists. They love numbers. They are easy to understand, easy to order. When I don’t know what to a write a column about, I make a list. There is a problem with preseason rankings though, even though people look forward to them. Preseason rankings aren’t grounded in much of anything concrete, only last year’s results, players lost to the pros and graduation,and expectations for recruits (which are often far off). Consequently, the rankings often impact teams’ public perceptions. That last part is worst in football, where if a team is ranked No. 1 in the preseason, it will go to the National Championship Game if it doesn’t lose; even if two other teams don’t lose and are better than that No. 1, numero uno is going to the title game. I’ve never been shy about voicing my dislike for rankings. Preseason rankings, though, are the worst. You simply cannot place values on groups of players that have not played a single game together. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s preseason rankings. No. 2 Michigan State: went 19-15, 9-9 in the Big Ten. The Spartans squeaked into the NCAA tournament as a No. 10 seed and promptly lost to UCLA. Sure, they lost a few players over the course of the season, but this was not the second best team in the nation at any point in the year. No. 3 Kansas State: went 23-11, 10-6 in the Big 12. The Wildcats needed a late-season run to guarantee a berth in the NCAA tournament.They were a No.5 seed and lost in the second round. No. 6 Villanova: went 21-12, 9-9 in the Big East. The Wildcats lost their last six games of the season and 11 of the last 15, including a first round exit as a No. 9 seed against George Mason. No. 12 Gonzaga: went 25-10, 11-3 in the WAC. The Bulldogs likely would have missed the NCAA tournament altogether had they not won the WAC tournament title. No. 14 Baylor and No. 23 Virginia Tech: went 18-13, 7-9 in the Big 12 and 22-12, 9-7 in the ACC, respectively. Both of these teams missed the NCAA tournament. Sure, the Hokies can say they were snubbed, but neither team deserved its preseason ranking. Meanwhile, two of this year’s Final Four teams, including the highest seed remaining (Connecticut), weren’t ranked and didn’t even receive a single vote in the preseason rankings.Virginia Commonwealth is the other team that didn’t receive a single vote. Do I think rankings affect the NCAA tournament field? Probably not. Virginia Commonwealth didn’t receive a single vote in the last rankings of the year either, neither did USC, and Alabama-Birmingham only received four votes.Yet all three got controversial bids to the NCAA tournament. Tournament snubs St. Mary’s,Boston College and Harvard did get votes in that last poll (11, three and one respectively). A team like Utah State, on the other hand, only lost two games all season, but had absolutely zero preseason hype and only received a No. 12 seed, indicating the Aggies may not have made the tournament had they not won their conference tournament. Maybe the preseason rankings don’t do a ton of damage (at least in basketball), or maybe they do, but it really is astonishing how off base they are. Which brings me back to my original question: are they really necessary?

The Stanford softball team extended its record to an impressive 23-4 by bashing Coastal Carolina and Sacramento State before having its 13game win streak snapped by San Diego State.

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small crowd of just 767 at Maples. The Cardinal’s outside hitters — McLachlin and Lawson — stepped up with 21 kills apiece, and the duo hit a combined .364 even though the team hit .291 overall and just .245 in the final two sets. It didn’t help that Long Beach was pounding the ball by the end of the match, hitting a ridiculous .658 with no attacking errors in the final two sets. McLachlin said he thought Stanford could build off the fact that it even had a chance to win the match in the face of such an efficient attack. “[A few breakdowns in the serve-receive game] is the difference in this league,” he said. “We can be right there, even if a team’s hitting .400. But a mental breakdown late in the game is all it takes.” Junior libero Erik Shoji added 16 digs, but the Cardinal struggled to find an offensive flow through-


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out the match.After McLachlin and Lawson, the rest of the offense combined for just 17 kills with 10 errors, not enough to take down a 49ers team that sits in the middle of the MPSF standings. But while Saturday’s loss was disappointing, it was not very shocking given the team’s struggles the previous night against Northridge and the general parity in the MPSF. Friday’s match followed a script almost identical to Saturday’s, except that Stanford’s offense managed to pick it up in the final two sets instead of falling off.As a team, the Cardinal was still below its season average with a .250 hitting percentage, but hit .308 and .421 in the fourth and fifth games. Lawson and McLachlin had 23 and 24 kills respectively, accounting for most of Stanford’s output, but the duo got some much-needed help from freshmen Eric Mochalski and Brian Cook. Middle blocker Mochalski and outside hitter Cook had a combined 17 kills despite totaling 11 errors and hitting just .146. However, the man of the match

for the Cardinal might have been little-used middle blocker Charley Henrikson. The redshirt junior from Lafayette, Calif., stands at 6foot-7 and has an impressive vertical leap but has struggled to crack the rotation in his career with just 30 appearances and 12 starts. But with the Cardinal unable to pull away in the fifth set, Henrikson pounded a nice set from Barry inside the 10-foot line and notched his third kill of the match. The point gave a jolt to Stanford’s game and started a three-point surge that carried the Card to a 15-11 game win and the match victory. With classes back in session this week, Stanford looks to jump back into the swing of things and regain the momentum it had before the long layoff, when it won five consecutive matches. Stanford hosts a midweek nonconference match against UCSanta Cruz on Wednesday before No. 1 USC and Pepperdine come to town for two weekend showdowns. Contact Miles Bennett-Smith at

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The No. 15 Commodores were just a shade better in the second half after taking a 7-6 lead in the first, scoring seven consecutive goals to stop any attempt at a Cardinal comeback. Stanford had played five straight road games, including three in the last week — a factor that undoubtedly contributed to the lackluster second half effort. Senior midfielder Karen Nesbitt was the Card’s leading scorer with

three goals, and redshirt senior midfielder Lauren Schmidt added two. The Commodores were the third top-15 team Stanford has faced so far this season, and as the calendar crosses into April, the Cardinal will transition from nonconference play to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) games. The Cardinal now returns to the Farm for the first time in almost a month, and it will take on Brown on Tuesday afternoon then tangle with rival Cal on Friday night to open up the MPSF season.
— Jack Blanchat

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WBBALL|Speeding towards Indianapolis
However, the strength of Stanford this season has been its ability to make a run in the second half. By forcing its way into the paint, getting to the free throw line and shutting down Vandersloot, the Cardinal had extended its lead to 21 points after just seven minutes of play in the second half. By switching to a 2-3 zone defense, Stanford held Vandersloot to just four points in the second half. Gonzaga was the number one scoring team in the nation through the regular season, but the powerful Card defense held the Zags a whopping 26 points below their season average of 86 points per game. “I think we did a great job in the second half; it was a great decision to go to zone, because they have that pick and roll play,” Pohlen said. “I didn’t know if it was the best matchups for us or I don’t know what it was, but I think our zone really came through big for us tonight.” A balanced effort from the Stanford starting lineup also helped, with senior guard Jeanette Pohlen scoring 17 points, junior guard Lindy La Rocque knocking in three threes to score 11 and senior forward Kayla Pedersen scoring eight points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Stanford’s solid team chemistry came in the midst of a Spokane crowd that heavily favored nearby Gonzaga. “I think that that type of environment gets us really excited,” Pedersen said. “I think it gets our blood pumping, when everybody’s rooting against you.” The trip to Indy marks the first time that the Cardinal has been to four straight Final Fours, and Stanford is just the seventh team to reach four consecutive Final Fours in history. Head coach Tara Vanderveer said the packed Spokane Arena made for an exciting challenge. “Gonzaga has so much to be proud of, what a great atmosphere,” VanDerveer said. “I’m really proud of our seniors and our whole team . . . we’re very excited to get the win here, and we’re going to Indy.” Nnemkadi Ogwumike said the Card’s ability to keep Vandersloot quiet in the second half was the difference-maker against a motivated Gonzaga squad. “Vandersloot is amazing; she was killing us, so we just said ‘Lets zone it up and be as aggressive as we can,’” she said.“When they stopped scoring and we kept scoring, it got really exciting.” The Cardinal now awaits the winner of Baylor and Texas A&M, who play Tuesday night in Dallas. Stanford’s Final Four game will take place on Sunday, April 3 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Contact Jack Blanchat at and Nate Adams at


WBCA honors VanDerveer as Coach of the Year
As her Pac-10 Champion women’s basketball team seeks immortality in the ongoing NCAA Tournament, head coach Tara VanDerveer received an honor of her own yesterday. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced VanDerveer as the 2011 NCAA Division I Head Coach of the Year. VanDerveer has received several national coach of the year awards in her career, but never from the prestigious WBCA. She was the Women’s Basketball News Service Coach of the Year in 1988, the Converse Coach of the Year in 1989 and the James Naismith Coach of the Year in 1990, when she lead the Cardinal to its first national championship. “It is very humbling to be recognized by the WBCA and by my peers with this honor,” VanDerveer said. “I am very fortunate to get to work with such a smart, hard-working and dedicated team of coaches and players. The dedication that they bring every day both on and off the court is the reason for this program’s success.” VanDerveer has won a pair of national championships in her 25 years with Stanford (1990, 1992), and has led her team to nine Final Fours. She was named one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month; the announcements for the Hall’s 2011 class will be made in Houston next Monday.
—Nate Adams

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After guiding her team to another perfect Pac-10 season and upsetting No.1 UConn, head coach Tara VanDerveer was honored as the 2011 WCBA Coach of the Year for the first time in her coaching career at Stanford.

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In the past weekend’s Stanford Invitiational, two athletes snapped Stanford records, as Katerina Stefanidi broke her own record in the pole vault and Kori Carter set a new record in the 100-meter hurdles.

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