Last fall, ASSU President An-
gelina Cardona ‘11 received an
offer from an Internet start-up that
promised financial incentives in ex-
change for promotional work. The
company,, is an online
job-listing site launched by Montre-
al lawyer Jean de Brabant.
Cardona said she personally
turned down a contract that includ-
ed shares of stock in the company
because she “did not feel it was eth-
ical to have shares” while serving as
student body president, she wrote
in an email to The Daily.
In an earlier email, she cited rea-
sons for declining a possible part-
nership between the ASSU and
Jobbook, explaining that the com-
pany “needed to grow before even
considering any ASSU partner-
However, the official Jobbook
website continues to list Stanford as
one of the universities where it has
“entered into partnership agree-
ments with Student Presidents and
Leaders.” It lists Caltech, UC
Berkeley, Imperial College Lon-
don, University College London,
Johns Hopkins and McGill as the
Following an inquiry from The
Daily, Cardona said she has asked
Jobbook to reword this sentence on
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April 1, 2011 Issue 32
A n I n d e p e n d e n t P u b l i c a t i o n
The Stanford Daily
Road to Pac-10 crown starts in WA
Cardona declined startup’s controversial stock deal
After battling through four tough rounds of
the NCAA tournament, the Stanford women’s
basketball team heads to Indianapolis this
weekend to tackle its tallest test yet: the Final
The Cardinal pounded Gonzaga 83-60 to
reach its fourth consecutive Final Four, and the
next matchup for Stanford will be a bit unex-
Texas A&M reached the Final Four for the
first time in the school’s history by upsetting
No. 1 seed Baylor in the Dallas regional with a
58-46 victory, the first time that the Aggies had
beaten the Bears in four matchups this season.
Baylor presented a unique challenge with
6-foot-8 sophomore center Brittney Griner
roaming the paint, and Stanford had been
preparing for that test for several months now.
“Baylor is a Final Four caliber team, but it’s
almost like musical chairs, you had five great
teams going for four spots,”said Stanford head
coach Tara VanDerveer. “I had felt from Janu-
ary on that we were going to be in Baylor’s
Regardless of the somewhat surprising op-
ponent, freshman forward Chiney Ogwumike
says the Aggies are not to be overlooked by
“Any team in the Final Four is worthy of
being there,” Ogwumike said. “I think we’ll be
just as focused as we would be with any other
The Aggies may not have the height of
Griner, but they present an interior challenge
as well, with powerful All-American forward
Danielle Adams anchoring the middle around
several guards that both VanDerveer and sen-
ior guard Jeanette Pohlen described as “ath-
letic” and “aggressive.”
Adams averages 22.3 points and 8.6 re-
bounds per game, both team highs, but the
guard play looks to be an important factor in
Sunday’s game because the 6-foot-1 Adams is
undersized compared to Stanford’s front-
court. Senior guard Sydney Colson averages
6.2 assists per game, the ninth-best average in
the nation, and junior guard Sydney Carter av-
erages 10.5 points per game.
VanDerveer said that challenge will take a
lot of preparation, but she is up to the task.
“I was up at 4:30 this morning watching
tape. I feel like I’m taking a businesswoman’s
After enduring one of the
toughest non-conference sched-
ules in the nation, the No. 11 Stan-
ford men’s baseball team has no
time to rest as it begins confer-
ence play this weekend in the Pac-
10, generally regarded as the best
conference in collegiate baseball.
Riding a three-game winning
streak, the Cardinal (11-6) travels
to Pullman, Wash. to face the
Washington State Cougars (10-
10) for a three-game series start-
ing Friday.
Stanford took the final two
games from Long Beach State
over the weekend behind a strong
pitching performance by junior
Jordan Pries on Saturday and a
Herculean effort by the bullpen
on Sunday. After sophomore
starter Dean McArdle failed to
escape the first inning, freshman
reliever A.J. Vanegas and juniors
Scott Snodgress and Chris Reed
combined for 8.1 innings of one-
run baseball.
On Tuesday, Stanford commit-
ted six errors, including four by
usually sure-handed sophomore
shortstop Kenny Diekroeger, but
was able to survive a scare from
Saint Mary’s.
To beat the Cougars though,
the Cardinal will need to perform
better on both sides of the ball.
“We’ve been hitting the ball
pretty well, but we need to play
better defense,” said designated
hitter Ben Clowe, who added two
hits in the win over the Gaels.
Washington State has had an
up-and-down season thus far. The
Cougars sandwiched a six-game
skid between a four-game win-
ning streak and a 17-11 slugfest
over a tough Gonzaga team.
Stanford and Washington
State share one common oppo-
nent: Cal. Wazzu opened its Pac-
10 season in Berkeley against the
No. 16 Golden Bears this past
weekend and though they lost all
three games, only one was a
blowout —the series finale went
11 innings. The Cardinal defeated
the Bears on Feb. 22 at Sunken
Diamond in a 3-2 nail-biter.
Aside from both playing Cal,
however, Stanford and Washing-
ton State’s schedules differ great-
ly. The Cardinal has played three
series against teams ranked in the
top-20 nationally, including two in
the top-10. The only ranked team
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Junior pitcher Jordan Pries, above,
put on an impressive performance in
the win over Long Beach State last
Saturday. The righthander is 3-1 with
a 2.28 ERA as Pac-10 play begins.
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Researchers at Stanford and
the SLAC National Accelerator
Laboratory may have discov-
ered a new phase of matter, dis-
tinct from solids, gases, liquids
and plasmas. Working in con-
junction with scientists from the
Department of Energy’s
Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory and UC-Berkeley,
the Stanford researchers made
the discovery while studying
certain properties of high-tem-
perature superconductors.
The collaboration was or-
ganized by physics professor
Zhi-Xun Shen, who is also a
member of the Stanford Insti-
tute for Materials and Energy
Science (SIMES) at SLAC. The
team’s findings, co-authored by
SLAC scientist Makoto
Hashimoto and post-doctoral
scholar Ruihua He, were pub-
lished in the Mar. 25 issue of Sci-
This recent research sheds
new light on a well-established
field. Superconductors conduct
electricity with 100 percent effi-
ciency, a property that gives
them the potential to be a high-
ly revolutionary technology.
Hindering this potential, how-
ever, is the fact that they oper-
ate only at extremely low tem-
Scientists have tried to design
“high-temperature” supercon-
ductors, which actually operate
at room temperature and are of
more practical use, but in the
process have encountered a
puzzling phenomenon. As elec-
trons in the superconductor
gain energy and change states
due to the additional heat, the
superconductors enter a unique
electronic state that researchers
term a “pseudogap.”
Many scientists have posited
that the mysterious pseudogap,
which has been inconclusively
studied for some 20 years, mere-
ly represents a gradual transi-
tion to superconductivity. The
Stanford team’s findings, how-
ever, suggest that the pseudo-
gap may in fact be a new phase
of matter because the electrons
reorganize themselves into a
distinct formation of their own
—one that scientists have yet to
fully understand.
“This work has the power to
partially conclude a long-stand-
ing debate on the nature of the
pseudogap phase, which is the
Admit rate drops to 7.1
percent as class grows
SLAC study suggests
new phase of matter
2 NFriday, April 1, 2011 The Stanford Daily
With the release of admission
decisions on Tuesday, Stanford’s ac-
ceptance rate fell to 7.1 percent,
breaking the record 7.2 percent set
last year. Of the 34,348 high school
students who applied to the Farm
this year, 2,427 have the opportuni-
ty to join the Class of 2015. The
number includes the 754 applicants
admitted in December through the
early action option.
This initial percentage, however,
can be deceptive: only 2,300 stu-
dents were admitted to the classes
of 2014 and 2013 before more were
accepted off the waitlist.
Recently, Stanford has increased
the number of admitted students it
can accommodate each year, ac-
cording to Director of Admission
Bob Patterson. An increase in the
raw number of acceptances was
motivated by greater space avail-
able on campus in both classrooms
and residence halls. As a result, the
freshman class size is likely to in-
crease next year by roughly 50 stu-
dents, he said.
Stanford’s admit class is once
again geographically diverse:
roughly nine percent of the pool are
international students, and admits
hail from all 50 states.
“We saw talented students from
the academic arena to the theater
arts, from debate to athletics —
truly talented students,” Patterson
said. “This was an amazing class.
The admission staff was really pas-
sionate about the students they
read and extremely excited about
the students who were ultimately
Stanford remained among the
most selective institutions in the na-
tion. Harvard and Columbia had
admittance rates of 6.2 percent and
6.4 percent, respectively. Yale ac-
cepted 7.4 percent of applicants,
while Princeton took in 8.4 percent.
Admission rates continue to fall
nationwide as more students apply
to a greater number of institutions,
Patterson said. Although the overall
number of graduating high school
students decreased from last year,
Stanford received a higher number
of applications. The number of high
school applicants increased 6.8 per-
cent from last year, which boasted a
total of 32,022 applicants.
Despite this growth in applica-
tions, Stanford’s admission process
has remained the same.
“We continued to review appli-
cations the same way we always
have, through a comprehensive, ho-
listic approach,” Patterson said.
“We did hire additional reading
staff, and we also had them work
more hours. It took a toll on them,
but they still reviewed every single
file we received this year.”
Ehrik Aldana, who was admit-
ted as part of Stanford’s regular de-
cision process, said he is excited for
Admit Weekend.
“What I had found out from
websites, papers and talking to peo-
ple —I’m looking forward to expe-
riencing it firsthand,”Aldana said.
But the excitement hasn’t quite
sunk in for him yet.
“I’m still in this incredibly nebu-
lous place where I don’t know what
to think right now,”he said. “It feels
The admission process is still far
from over for many applicants.
Stanford will begin reviewing the
applications of roughly 1,400 trans-
fer students over the next two
weeks.There are also 1,078 students
on the waitlist.
Admits have until May 1 to ac-
cept the University’s offer.
Contact Evan Shieh at eshieh@stan-
This report covers a selection
of incidents from Mar. 17 to Mar.
31 as recorded in the Stanford
Department of Public Safety
(SUDPS) bulletin.
Several vehicle and office bur-
glaries occurred during this period.
IBetween 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
someone stole an unattended
bag from an office inside the
Keck Building and attempted
to use the credit cards inside at
the Apple Store, located in the
Stanford Shopping Center.
IBetween 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
unknown suspects entered a
non-public area on the third
floor of the Arrillaga Alumni
Center, stealing personal prop-
erty from two people there.
IAt 1:34 a.m. a man in the park-
ing lot of 125 Blackwelder
Court was transported to the
San Jose Main Jail and booked
for being drunk in public and
assaulting a police officer.
IAt 11:40 p.m. several people
were seen around a fire burning
behind Jenkins House. They
fled on foot when approached
by police.
ISUDPS responded to a 4:37
a.m. fire alarm at the Packard
Building and found that the
building was flooded by a hot
Patterson expects class of
2015 to grow by 50 frosh
Unique ‘pseudogap’
state encountered
Creating a culture’s colors
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Tlingit Master Artist Mabel Pike leads a beading and mocassin-making workshop at the Native American Cultural
Center. Pike, 91, has visited Stanford annually since the 1990s. She will teach afternoon classes through April 8.
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The Stanford Daily Friday, April 1, 2011 N3
GSB names Herb
Allison as
graduation speaker
The Graduate School of Business
(GSB) announced Wednesday that
Herb Allison M.B.A. ‘71, a former
Counselor to the Secretary of the
Treasury, will be the alumni speaker
at its graduation ceremony on June
At his Treasury job, Allison was
responsible for supervising the $700
billion Troubled Asset Relief Pro-
gram. He is also a former president
and chief operating officer at Merrill
Lynch and CEO of pension fund
TIAA-CREF from 2002-08.
Allison was chosen from a list of
potential speakers suggested by
GSB students because his post-grad-
uation experiences “stand as an ex-
ample of the GSB’s call to change
lives, change organizations, change
the world,” said GSB Dean Garth
Saloner in a press release.
Prior to his time at Stanford,Alli-
son served four years as a naval offi-
cer and spent one year in Vietnam.
After several years of working in fi-
nancial services, he went to Iran to
help start Merrill Lynch’s first busi-
ness in a domestic capital market
outside of the United States. He also
was the National Finance Chairman
for John McCain’s 2000 presidential
Allison also chaired the GSB’s
Advisory Council between 1999 and
2001 and won the GSB’s Excellence
in Leadership Award in 2005 for his
decades of visionary service.
— Tyler Brown and Ivy Nguyen
University receives
biking ‘platinum’
The League of American Bicy-
clists (LAB) recently awarded the
top “platinum” award to Stanford
for bike friendliness. Stanford was
the only institution among 20 col-
leges and universities surveyed to re-
ceive the highest award, ranking
ahead of “gold” winners UC-Davis
and UC-Santa Barbara. According
to the LAB website, schools were
judged based on infrastructure built
to promote cycling, available educa-
tion programs for cyclists, university
efforts to encourage biking, law en-
forcement involvement and plans
for the future.
The award is part of the League’s
Faculty Senate addresses Peking Center
Three topics of discussion took
the spotlight at the Faculty Senate’s
Mar. 31 meeting: the Stanford Re-
search Center at Beijing, earthquake
preparedness and innovative cur-
riculum design.
The Senate’s first order of busi-
ness was to address the development
of a state-of-the-art research facility
in China, situated at the heart of
Peking University. According to
Coit Blacker, senior fellow at the
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI), the
push for this facility began in earnest
in 2007.
Blacker said the University re-
ceived “an intriguing offer from the
leadership at PKU,” shorthand for
Peking University. The PKU leader-
ship has been very open to maintain-
ing an ongoing relationship with
Stanford, a circumstance that Black-
er described as quite unique.
“The way things work in China is
nothing like this comes about acci-
dentally,”he said, alluding to the fact
that decisions of this nature tend to
involve very senior-level leadership
in the country.
The construction project, in fact,
has already made some headway.
“We broke ground in the fall of
2010 and we anticipate that we could
start to move in as early as late 2011
or early 2012,” Blacker said. “Stan-
ford will have exclusive use of the
“In fact, no other American insti-
tution of higher learning has or is
likely to have a presence on cam-
pus,”he added.
FSI has been tasked with manag-
ing the Stanford Research Center in
Beijing on behalf of the University.
Political science professor Jean Oi,
who is also a FSI senior fellow, said
the new center would serve multiple
“BOSP is going to remain the an-
chor program for the center,” Oi
The facility is meant to “enrich
the environment in which the BOSP
students will be spending their quar-
ter,”she said.
It also opens up the opportunity
to accommodate graduate students
in addition to the undergrads for
whom Beijing is already a popular
overseas studies location. The Stan-
ford-Peking center will serve all
seven schools and provides accessi-
ble case rooms, teleconferencing fa-
cilities and many other amenities.
Following this decision, Ann
Arvin, vice provost and dean of re-
search, touched upon the topic of
earthquake preparedness on cam-
pus. Stanford currently boasts seis-
mic mitigation, potable water and
food, emergency, core IT backup and
fire sprinklers.
But more could be done, Arvin
said. She underscored, in particular,
the “Protect SU Program,” which
aims to provide nonstructural equip
central question to answer in high-
temperature superconductivity —
the unquestionable holy grail of
modern condensed-matter
physics,” He said.
“Our experiment suggests that
proper management of this phase
[the pseudogap] could be a critical
step toward obtaining better su-
perconductors that could have
broad practical applicability,”
Shen said.
The researchers used a three-
pronged approach in investigating
the pseudogap, combining differ-
ent types of measurement to study
electronic behavior at the materi-
al’s surface, thermodynamic be-
havior in its interior and changes
to the electrons’ dynamic proper-
ties over time.
When electrons are supercon-
ducting, they pair up. This recent
research revealed, however, that in
the pseudogap, electrons do not
pair up but rather reorganize into
a unique formation. While these
findings suggest that the pseudo-
gap is more than just a transitional
phase, they do not offer conclusive
information on what such a forma-
tion means.
“I personally think it is a stretch
to compare the phase that we
found to the other four [phases],”
He said.“But we are not the first to
raise such a possibility.”
High-temperature supercon-
ductors are already being used in
medical imaging, highly efficient
energy generators and maglev
trains, even though the warmest of
them must be chilled halfway to
absolute zero before they will su-
perconduct. But this paper may be
a breakthrough in better under-
standing superconductivity, per-
haps paving the way for more prac-
tical technologies.
Contact Robert Toews at rtoews
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water pipe. There appeared to be
major water damage.
IAt 3 p.m. a woman was cited and
released for using the five-fin-
gered discount at the Stanford
IAt 5:08 a.m. the emergency sprin-
kler system at Manzanita dining
hall began spraying water, caus-
ing the floor to fill with up to one
inch of standing water before the
sprinklers were shut off.
IBetween 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. at 834
Esplanada Way, unknown sus-
pects broke into a locked vehicle
by breaking the right front pas-
senger window and stole several
IAt 10:15 a.m. a man was cited and
released on an outstanding war-
rant out of Santa Clara County.
IBetween 3:45 p.m. and 11:20
p.m. unknown suspects entered
a parked vehicle at 625 Nelson
Road and stole several items.
Antoine Dodson was heard ad-
vising the public to hide their
cars in addition to their kids,
wives and husbands.
IAt 2:35 a.m. an aborted early
April Fools’ Day prank was
found in the form of an aban-
doned Stanford Athletics vehi-
cle. The car was parked at 675
Lomita Drive and contained sev-
eral stolen street signs.
IBetween 1:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
someone damaged four windows
attached to the French doors of
Sigma Chi. The cause of the dam-
age remains unknown.
IBetween 11 p.m. and midnight,
someone looking to update their
wardrobe stole two victims’ laundry
from the dryers in Escondido III.
IAt 2:45 a.m. a woman was cited
and released on an outstanding
warrant out of San Francisco.
IBetween 2:18 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.
someone stole money from a
woman’s purse in her office at the
Native American Cultural Cen-
Contact Ivy Nguyen at iknguyen@
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Check it out today
ou’re walking somewhere on
campus, by yourself and on
the go. You glance ahead and
see that girl you kind of know (yes, it
could be a boy, too). Was she in sec-
tion with you that one time? No, she
must’ve been your friend’s room-
mate. Or, wait, maybe you met her at
the party last night? Ah, but you
probably don’t remember much
about that night anyway . . .
So what do you do? Option 1: ig-
nore her. Avert your eyes, either by
staring in a different direction or
pulling out some distraction. Your
best bet is your phone.You take it out
and immediately start a text message
to whoever, anybody, maybe even
mom. Thirty seconds later you look
up, she’s gone and you’re off the
hook. It doesn’t matter if you knew
her or how you knew her, whether
you hooked up or worked on a group
project together. She’s gone.
Let’s say you’re feeling a little
more courageous. Option 2: give her
some eye contact.You can do it fleet-
ingly, occasionally looking in another
direction, or stare intently towards
her as she passes you. If she isn’t busy
completely ignoring you or actually
busy, there’s a good chance that your
eyes will meet.
Once this happens, there are sev-
eral more possibilities. You might
both immediately look away, simul-
taneously remembering that ill-fated
hookup in the computer cluster. You
may each linger momentarily before
someone breaks the stare, a mutual
lack of recognition. Alternatively,
after all that effort, your eyes will
meet and you will politely smile at
each other, whether in acknowledge-
ment of a prior introduction or not.
Then there’s always Option 3: go
big. She walks by, and without wait-
ing for her to do anything, you say,
“Hey! What’s up?”
Some of you readers may be
thinking,“What the eff? Why would I
just say hi to some random girl who I
might not even know?” But instead,
ask yourself what you have to lose.
You say hey. The girl walks away
thinking, “Who is that weirdo?” and
forgets about it. The girl thinks, “Oh,
maybe that person thought I was
someone else” and forgets about it.
She might think, “Wow, what a nice
total stranger!”It’s even possible that
she will be the guilty type and think,
“Oh no, I must know that person
from somewhere and clearly they re-
member me but I don’t remember
them! I’m such an awful person!”No
matter what, there’s no long-term
damage to you.
Which option do you pick? Some
of you probably don’t even think
about it. Some of you spend quite a
while —the endless, agonizing sec-
onds as you and this mysterious per-
son walk towards each other —won-
dering which option to choose. And
probably most of you choose to ig-
nore her. It’s easier, it’s safer, it’s sim-
But there are some good aspects of
Options 2 and 3,even if they appear to
be higher-risk options. Have you ever
waved to someone who looked a lot
like your friend and turned out to be
someone else? It’s a little embarrass-
ing. Have you ever jumped in the path
of a speeding bicycle because you
thought your friend was riding it and
would screech to a stop, only to real-
ize, as you were about to be mowed
down, that the rider was not your
friend? That’s embarrassing too. How
long does that embarrassment last?
Not long.
More lasting is the warm and
fuzzy feeling you’ll get when some-
one you don’t know very well says hi
to you. This gesture says that you’re
memorable, that you’re worth a pass-
ing hello. What if you walk by the
same person again? Pretty soon the
two of you will establish a pattern of
saying hello, and you’ll get that warm
and fuzzy feeling all the time.
I had such an experience last
quarter. I saw one particular person
everywhere, always in the same part
of campus around Green,Olive’s and
the History corner. I had vaguely met
her last year, but we had never really
spoken.After I walked by her consis-
tently for a full week, I decided to try
something. The next time we passed
each other, I said hey. She looked a
little taken aback, but returned the
That was the beginning of a beau-
tiful passing friendship. We said
countless “heys” day in and day out.
We never stopped to chat, but the el-
ementary greetings went a long way.
During Dead Week, I walked by her
while she was sitting down. The time
had come for something more than a
“hey.” Yes, I was nervous. But I ap-
proached and struck up a conversa-
tion. Unsurprisingly the first thing we
said to each other was, “Dude, I see
you everywhere!” And there, from
nothing, grew a friendship that con-
sists of reliable hellos whenever we
see each other. Perhaps next will
come a tentative lunch plan!
So the next time you walk by
someone, consider a greeting that
consists of more than averting your
eyes.You may not know her, you may
think you know him, but either way
there’s no lasting harm from a “hey.”
Miriam is looking for that warm and
fuzzy feeling. Send her a “hey”at mel-
t Tuesday night’s Under-
graduate Senate meeting,
Senator Ben Jensen ‘12
deemed it appropriate to make an
analogy between the upcoming
ROTC ballot measure and a hypo-
thetical vote on allowing the Klu
Klux Klan onto campus. Coupled
with the recently launched “Cam-
paign to Abstain,” urging voters to
abstain on the grounds of civil rights
on said ballot measure, I have had
Let’s begin with the fact that I
watched with joy on C-SPAN as
DADT was voted off the legislative
rolls this past fall. I was one of the
drivers who fliered Bay Area uni-
versities and then sat in the Circle of
Death to protest the passage of
Proposition 8. And I am no doubt
one of numerous individuals who
supports open service for transgen-
der people. I also, however, support
ROTC’s return to Stanford Univer-
The United States military being
likened to the Klan means it is high
time we begin setting the record
straight. This controversy, which in-
cludes the ballot measure, the Con-
stitutional Council case, the Senate
prattling and now the ‘Campaign to
Abstain” —this has nothing to do
with ROTC. What we have wit-
nessed this year is the co-optation
and exploitation of Stanford’s polit-
ical and governmental processes by
. . . two dozen, at most, students
looking for a very public political
power grab at the expense of
ROTC, reasonable discourse and
the greater student body. The lead-
ership of SSQL, sympathizers in the
“Women’s”Coalition, Stanford De-
mocrats and SOCC has missed an
opportunity to foster a productive
dialogue on the matter, choosing in-
stead to wage an emotionally
charged battle based off of specious
Earlier this year, SSQL decided
it wanted Stanford to talk about
“privilege.” I say let’s do it. Let’s
talk about Stanford privilege, of our
god-given right to accuse the Unit-
ed States military of any known so-
cietal ill, free of actual implications.
Let’s talk about our acute discon-
nect to the realities of the world at
large. Please, take a minute and
think how Sanford is one of the only
places where such a debate could
even possibly occur. Given that
ROTC cadets are forbidden to dis-
cuss any of these issues, the fringe
has been allowed to dominate the
tenor and content of this debate.
To haphazardly denigrate the
military (given that SSQL is openly,
and unabashedly anti-military re-
gardless its stance on LGBTQ is-
sues) is not only ignorant, but also
damaging to the long-term intellec-
tual vibrancy of Stanford and the
nation we hopefully choose to bet-
ter. Stanford’s educational mission
would be failed if the Farm were to
churn out America’s “next great
leaders”who lack any knowledge or
understanding of the armed forces.
Lastly, it is important to reflect
on the cowardice of the “Campaign
to Abstain.”The saber-rattling hard
liners failed with the Constitutional
Council Case, failed to overturn the
ballot question in the Senate and
will undoubtedly fail next week
once ballots are cast. Instead of
campaigning openly against ROTC
(because once again, this is not
about ROTC), the “Campaign to
Abstain” has been launched. I chal-
lenge those supporting the cam-
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s Stanford faculty mem-
bers and students looking
to live off campus can at-
test, land in Palo Alto is a precious
commodity. With an average home
price of $1.4 million and a down-
town vacancy rate of just 2 percent,
Palo Alto drives away many
prospective residents and entre-
preneurs. The benefits of living or
starting a business in Palo Alto,
such as proximity to a highly edu-
cated workforce, good schools,
Stanford, numerous leading firms,
good weather and access to San
Francisco, are often cited as rea-
sons for Palo Alto’s high prices.
However, this is only half the story.
Commercial and residential space
in Palo Alto and at Stanford are se-
verely limited by zoning and densi-
ty regulations, which keep develop-
ers from providing valuable hous-
ing and office space. Stanford and
Palo Alto need to work harder to
ensure that their unique economic
engine does not become a casualty
of artificially inflated real estate
Restrictions on density take
many forms. In downtown Palo
Alto,building height is limited to 50
feet, and developers must provide
parking for workers or tenants.The
goal of density restrictions is
twofold: to help keep traffic man-
ageable, and to maintain a small-
town feel. Unfortunately, the costs
of such policies are often underem-
phasized in public discourse. More
businesses and residents would
mean a larger tax base for the city,
which would allow the government
to reduce taxes or expand services.
With Palo Alto’s budget deficit
projected to be $30 million in 2011,
the city cannot afford to keep turn-
ing away would-be residents and
business owners.
Taxpayers and the city govern-
ment would not be the only benefi-
ciaries of greater density in Palo
Alto. High local housing prices
force Stanford to house over 90
percent of undergraduates and ex-
pend vast resources on providing
below-market price housing for
faculty members and graduate stu-
dents. In spite of these efforts, many
faculty members (and most of the
universities lower-skilled labor
force) must make long commutes
from cheaper areas.Allowing more
downtown density would help alle-
viate this problem.
Stanford and Palo Alto both de-
rive large benefits from the pres-
ence of high-tech, high-wage firms
in the area. These firms face the
same problem that Stanford does
when it comes to housing workers,
but unlike Stanford, they usually
do not have the resources to subsi-
dize housing for employees. This
creates a powerful incentive for
firms to leave the area, which is a
bad outcome for everyone in-
The challenge facing Palo Alto and
Stanford is how to provide more
space for businesses, workers and
university functions in a responsi-
ble way. The first step should be to
loosen restrictions on building
height and density in the down-
town area, especially near the Palo
Alto Transit Center where car use
can be mitigated. A higher concen-
tration of retail and grocery stores
in the area would make downtown
more pedestrian friendly, ensuring
that roads remain passable. More
public transportation ridership
would also allow government
agencies to lower subsidies for
buses and Caltrain.
In addition to providing more
aggregate housing and office space,
downtown development will also
ease demand for new construction
in other sensitive areas. For exam-
ple, Stanford’s driving range, which
is heavily used by golfers both with-
in and beyond the Stanford com-
munity, will eventually need to be
moved to comply with current zon-
ing regulations and make room for
new housing. The driving range
would likely be moved to the cur-
rent location of Stanford’s Com-
munity Farm, a valuable area used
both to connect students to their
food system and teach them about
agriculture and soil science.
Stanford and Palo Alto have re-
cently made several steps towards
increasing economic activity in the
downtown area. Stanford’s pro-
posed $3 billion expansion of the
Stanford Hospital will include Cal-
train Go Passes for all current and
future employees. Palo Alto will
also likely see the construction of a
new five-story building with office
and residential space near the tran-
sit center. The new building would
provide public art, a garden and
electrical vehicle charging stations
in return for permission to exceed
Palo Alto’s 50-foot height limit.
Hopefully these new develop-
ments are the start of a trend that
will reverse the exclusive atmos-
phere of Palo Alto and allow both
the town and the university to
grow. Stanford should continue, as
it did during the debate over the ex-
pansion of the Stanford Hospital,
to push for the conscientious ex-
pansion of worthwhile projects.
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Make Downtown Vibrant
Cowardice, Co-optation, and ROTC
Miriam Ellora
The Walk-By
Please see OPED, page 5
The Stanford Daily Friday, April 1, 2011 N5
their site to state that she has been
“an advisor to them, but in no official
Earlier this year, student leaders
at McGill and UCLA were found to
have agreed to contractual relation-
ships with Jobbook.
In February, the UCLA Daily
Bruin reported that a student gov-
ernment representative at UCLA,
Rustom Birdie, accepted 1,000 Job-
book shares in exchange for promot-
ing the company to students.The inci-
dent resulted in an ongoing investiga-
tion by the school’s judicial board.
According to The McGill Tribune,
the student council at its university
voted to censure student president
Zack Newburgh because of a con-
tract he signed with Jobbook.
Cardona said her involvement
with the company was limited to re-
viewing its website design, giving
input on student needs when asked
via email and being added as an ad-
ministrator to one of Jobbook’s Face-
book groups. She said she did not re-
ceive any compensation for partici-
pating in this capacity.
“I decided to serve in an advisory
role for Jobbook because it has huge
potential to impact many student
lives,”she said.“I want to see the proj-
ect succeed so that my peers would
have more opportunities to find em-
ployment after college. I know many
people who are still looking for jobs
right now and anything that could
help them in this hard job market is
Although not approached by the
company directly, ASSU financial
manager Raj Bhandari, a graduate
student in management science and
engineering, said he received an
email on Feb. 7 about the offer from
Jobbook. He said the company asked
for “help getting out their word to
Stanford students,” but did not offer
any terms.
“It was a little bit vague,” said
Bhandari, who is also CEO of Stan-
ford Student Enterprises (SSE).
SSE did not choose to follow up
on Jobbook’s proposal, Bhandari
said, because they did not see it meet-
ing the organization’s mission state-
ment. According to Bhandari, this
mission is three-fold: guaranteeing
the financial viability of the ASSU,
providing a service to the Stanford
community and offering entrepre-
neurial experience on campus.
“The partnership just didn’t look
that interesting,”he said.“It probably
wouldn’t have brought very much
money in for SSE. It probably wasn’t
that much of a valuable service that
students didn’t already have. Nor was
it going to provide extra jobs for stu-
dents here on campus.”
Bhandari said no comparable re-
quests have come across his desk dur-
ing his time in office.
Cardona, however, said it is not
uncommon for the Executive Com-
mittee to receive similar offers from
other outside organizations, such as
social-networking sites and online
book-buying companies, that are
looking to connect with college stu-
dents. Most of these requests, she
said, are sent to an email list serve
that goes to the ASSU president, vice
president and chief of staff.
All potential partnerships be-
tween the ASSU and outside compa-
nies must go through a multilayered
process before becoming a reality,
Cardona said. This includes consult-
ing the Office of Student Activities
and Leadership (SAL) to make sure
the relationship is in accordance with
University policy, checking with the
General Counsel to satisfy the
ASSU’s 501c3 non-profit status and
coming to a decision within the Exec-
utive Committee about whether or
not the partnership fits with ASSU’s
mission statement.
Cardona explained that if the
ASSU were to pursue a partnership
with Jobbook in the future, officials
would also have to prove that it of-
fered a service that would “compli-
ment or enhance existing resources
such as the Career Development
Cardona said she is not aware of
any ASSU partnerships with outside
companies that have met all these cri-
teria in the past.
The Jobbook representatives did
not respond to requests for comment
from The Daily.
Contact Kurt Chirbas at kchirbas@
Continued from front page
ment loss mitigation. The program
pertains to the potential loss of re-
search data, sample specimen and
research laboratory equipment in
the event of an earthquake.
The proposed equipment seismic
mitigation program would focus on
equipment valued at more than
$20,000 per item.Arvin concluded by
imparting advice on what individual
principal investigators (PIs) could do
to protect their research.
The Senate meeting wrapped up
with a panel discussion on innova-
tive curriculum design at Stanford.
Computer science professor
Daphne Koller spoke extensively on
using virtual learning at Stanford,
arguing that some courses could
move from “frontal” instruction to
online instruction. Assistant profes-
sor of history Edith Sheffer used
avatars in her history course to help
students “develop skills in perspec-
tive shifting.”Banny Banerjee, asso-
ciate professor of mechanical engi-
neering, emphasized the need for
“scaled, rapid and systemic transfor-
mations” in the way today’s chal-
lenges are approached.
Contact An Le Nguyen at lenguyen@
Continued from front page
paign, particularly those looking
for sheer political advantage —if
you believe this is an issue of civil
rights, vote no. Stand up, and vote
no on ROTC. Vote no based on
your beliefs, just as I will cast a yes
vote because of mine. If you cannot
do that, then I say it’s time to stop
disseminating distortions, and let
the student body finally have a
chance to be heard.
Continued from page 4
“Bike Friendly University”program,
which was launched in October and
aims to recognize and support bicy-
cle-friendly college campuses.
Initiatives that led to Stanford’s
award included bike safety classes,
helmet discounts and programs for
cited cyclists to take a class instead
of paying a fine.Another commend-
able factor was the University’s
“commute club,” which encourages
faculty, staff and students to travel
to campus more efficiently.
Ariadne Scott, bicycle program
coordinator, said in an interview
with that the “Uni-
versity’s employee drive-alone rate
dropped from 72 percent in 2002 to
48 percent in 2010.”
“[The] bike commute rate for
university commuters is 21.7 per-
cent,”she said.
— Tyler Brown
Continued from page 3
“The partnership
just didn’t look
that interesting.”
Tom Taylor
6 NFriday, April 1, 2011 The Stanford Daily
After coming off a SoCal sweep last
weekend where it defeated top-ranked Pac-
10 rivals No. 6 UCLA and No. 14 USC, the
Cardinal looks ahead to another double-
header weekend with matches against No. 13
Arizona State and No. 30 Arizona.
Just after finishing exams, the Cardinal
(17-0, 4-0 Pac-10) aimed to continue its win-
ning streak of 36 consecutive victories as it
traveled to Los Angeles during Stanford’s
spring break. The women’s team defeated
UCLA earlier in the season —though the
match did not count toward Pac-10 standings
—and sought a second win over the team
that last handed them defeat in February of
For sophomore Stacey Tan, this match
was especially meaningful.
“Our loss last year to UCLA definitely
motivated me,” Tan said. “It was a bit of a
grind for the team because of finals, but I felt
that everyone put in as much work as they
could to get ready for these matches and, for-
tunately, the results turned out well.”
Tan won both her matches on court five,
defeating UCLA’s Courtney Dolehide as
well as her junior rival, USC’s Alison Ramos,
in straight sets.
Stanford now looks forward to welcom-
ing the Arizona schools on its home courts.
Preparation will be paramount for the Car-
dinal if it wishes to continue its perfect sea-
son. Junior Veronica Li explains the recent
focus on conditioning.
“We are definitely working harder on our fit-
ness than we have in the past months simply
due to the fact that we are starting a new
quarter and have just returned from spring
break road matches,” she said. “Everyone
has been busy the past two weeks, and get-
ting back up to speed is important. Techni-
cally and strategically speaking, we’ve main-
tained the same focused mentality that we
always have.”
The first match will be against the Ari-
zona State Sun Devils (13-3, 3-0 Pac-10) on
Friday. Despite coasting past them 6-1 in last
season’s match up, the Sun Devils are anoth-
er team undefeated in the Pac-10 and boast
two players ranked in the top 20.
“Arizona State should be a tougher
match, Li said. “Their team is very feisty and
really loud. I think it will be different playing
them on our home courts. We have to be
aware of their toughness and respond by
being vocal, supportive and energetic.”
On Saturday afternoon, the Cardinal will
face the Arizona Wildcats (15-4, 2-1 Pac-10),
a team it also defeated 6-1 in last year’s face-
off. Despite the seemingly lop-sided score, Li
remembers the match actually being a turn-
ing point in the Cardinal’s season.
“I remember playing in very tough condi-
tions against Arizona last year. It was defi-
nitely a key moment for a lot of the players
on our team,” she said. “It was windy and
some girls were down, but they fought and
pulled through in the end. I mean, I was very
impressed that day, and I’m hoping for some
great matches this weekend.”
As of March 29, Stanford was once again
the No. 1 team in the country, as the Univer-
sity of Florida —whose single loss was to the
Cardinal at ITA National Indoors in Febru-
ary —fell back to No. 2.
Li knows that strength of schedule is a big
determinant in NCAA rankings, saying “It’s
kind of ambiguous how the rankings are set,
but it has a lot to do with the ranking of the
teams that you beat. I think Florida has
played and defeated some higher ranked
However, Li affirms that rankings really
don’t matter to the Stanford women.
“Honestly, we don’t really talk about
rankings whether we are No. 1 or not,”Li ex-
plained. “What matters in the end is ulti-
mately who is holding the NCAA trophy.”
The weekend series will take place at the
Taube Tennis Stadium, where Stanford faces
Arizona State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Ari-
zona on Saturday at noon.
Contact Chrissy Jones at chrissyj@stanford.
The Stanford men’s tennis team
takes the court this weekend to play
two more nationally ranked oppo-
nents —No. 31 Tulsa and No. 56 Ari-
The No. 12 Cardinal (9-5, 1-1 Pac-
10) is coming off the toughest stretch
of its season. Its last eight matches
have all been against schools now
ranked among the top-20 teams in
the country.
Stanford head coach John
Whitlinger has repeatedly said that
he believes that the string of matches
against top competition can only
help his young team develop. Even
as the team has gone 2-5 in the past
seven contests, there have been
flashes of brilliance.
Last Friday, the Cardinal hung
tough with No. 2 USC. The Trojans
needed an unlikely third-set come-
back to edge the Card, 4-2. Then, on
Saturday, the Cardinal blasted No. 16
UCLA, 6-1, showing a glimpse of the
dominant team Whitlinger believes
it can be.
When asked about the recent
tough matches, Whitlinger seemed
“Every match we lost, we were
close,”he said. “And I think the guys
are confident that they can play with
However, the numerous matches
against top opponents have taken
their toll on the team, and the scrap-
py Tulsa team (14-5, 5-0 Conference
USA) coming into town this after-
noon is unlikely to offer much
The Tulsa Owls have dominated
Conference USA play, posting an
impressive 5-0 conference record.
The Owls have beaten top-10 teams
like No. 7 Texas and will be looking
for redemption after a disappointing
4-3 loss to in-state rival Oklahoma
last week.
Today’s match has all the makings
of an upset.
Then, on Sunday, the Card travels
to Arizona to face off against the
Wildcats. Arizona (8-9, 0-2 Pac-10) is
coming off a disappointing start to
conference play last week, losing at
Oregon and at Washington. The
Wildcats have perhaps underper-
formed this season, but they will be
hoping to catch the Cardinal off-
guard and notch their first confer-
ence victory of the season.
The weekend stand is important
for setting the tone for the last month
of Stanford’s regular season. Post-
season play begins with the Pac-10
championships at the end of April, so
the team is running out of opportuni-
ties to get back on the winning trail.
It is tough to say which Cardinal
team will show up. Will it be the em-
battled squad that has played an end-
less string of tough matches over the
past month, or will it be the team fans
saw last Saturday against UCLA?
The key may be how the Card
starts the matches.
TEXAS A&M . . . . . . . . . . .4 P.M. PST
4/3, Indianapolis
4/1 - 4/3, Pullman, Wash.
ARIZONA . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 P.M.
4/1, Smith Family Stadium
TULSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 P.M.
4/1, Taube Tennis Stadium
ARIZONA STATE . . . . . . . .1:30 P.M.
4/1, Taube Tennis Stadium
USC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 P.M.
4/1, Maples Pavilion
Fan stuck on the
sideline as
rivals square off
hen filling out offi-
cial forms, my eth-
nicity always goes
down as plain old
white. But as odd as
it sounds, this week I was left wishing
I had some roots in the Indian sub-
continent. On Wednesday, India and
Pakistan, the two giants from that
part of the world, squared off against
each other in the semi-finals of the
cricket World Cup in perhaps the
biggest game that will be played this
year in any sport,and I felt frustrating-
ly neutral.
In terms of hype, this game had
everything. With cricket being a na-
tional obsession in both countries,
over a billion Indians and close to 200
million Pakistanis may have tuned in,
making it a hot favorite for the most
watched sporting event in 2011. The
two teams had also been in great form
ahead of the match, both having beat-
en the No. 1 team, three-time defend-
ing champion Australia, along the
In their homelands, the players are
absolute heroes. The phenomenal In-
dian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has
set the bar so high for those who will
follow that his records may never be
touched; he is worshipped almost as a
god. He even holds the honorary rank
of Group Captain in the Indian Air
Force, despite having no military or
Bowlsby Nominated for Athletic
Director of the Year
Stanford’s own Jaquish & Kenninger Di-
rector of Athletics Bob Bowlsby was nominat-
ed for SportsBusiness Journal’s Athletic Di-
rector of the Year on March 14. The winner
will be announced at the fourth annual Sports
Business Awards ceremony in New York City
at the Marriott Marquis on Wednesday, May
Bowlsby is one of five nominees for the
award, which is given to the top athletic direc-
tor in the country and recognizes “outstanding
achievements in sports business from March
1, 2010 through February 28, 2011,” according
to All 73 nominees
across 15 different categories were selected by
a committee of the editorial staff from the
SportsBusiness Journal.
The other nominees are Tim Curley of
Penn State, Chris Del Conte of Texas Christ-
ian University, DeLoss Dodds of Texas and
Chris Hill of Utah.
After taking the reins at the Farm in April
2006 after 15 years at the University of Iowa,
Bowlsby has seen the remarkable turnaround
by the football program, which won a school-
record 12 games this season after losing 11
games just four years ago. He now oversees 35
intercollegiate varsity teams as well as the
physical education department, club sports
program and the Stanford Golf Course.
Stanford has also continued its dominance
of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup under
Bowlsby, awarded to the top overall athletic
program in the country; Stanford won its 16th
straight Cup last spring.
— Miles Bennett-Smith
Please see MTENNIS, page 8
Zach Hoberg/The Stanford Daily
The women’s tennis team is undefeated and once again No. 1 in the country after four wins
over nationally-ranked opponents in five days moved them back into the top spot. The
Cardinal has a chance to stretch their record home win streak against Arizona State today.
SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
Sophomore Denis Lin has been struggling of late, but hopes to bounce
back as the No. 4 player in Stanford’s lineup this weekend. The Cardinal
has lost five of the past seven matches, all against top-20 opponents, but
can right the ship with wins over No. 31 Tulsa and No. 56 Arizona. Please see TAYLOR, page 8
The Stanford Daily Friday, April 1, 2011 N7
approach, just saying ‘Okay, so
what do we need to do?’” Van-
Derveer said. “I’m very focused on
preparation. We haven’t played
A&M before, so we need to get to
know them.”
The Cardinal players say they’ll
take that need for intense prepara-
tion with a special sense of pur-
pose, motivated by the senior lead-
ers who have never missed a Final
Four in their time wearing cardinal
and white.
“We’re really focused and we’re
really excited,” Pohlen said.
“Though we do know that this is
our last chance at [winning a na-
tional championship].”
Si mi l arl y, seni or forward
Kayla Pedersen said that this
Cardinal team was more pre-
pared for the task at hand than it
had been in years, but that came
with a caveat.
“We are in more control, and
we’re more confident,” Pedersen
said. “But I’ve been more anxious
because it is our last hurrah.”
Before the Aggies can think
about getting past the Cardinal,
though, they’ll have to get past the
Ogwumike sisters — junior for-
ward Nnemkadi and freshman for-
ward Chiney.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike was
named the west regional’s Most
Valuable Player after averaging 21
points and seven rebounds a game
in that portion of the tournament,
and Chiney Ogwumike averaged a
double-double, with averages of 17
points and 13 rebounds a game.
Pedersen credited Chiney, the
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, with
giving the team an extra spark
throughout the tournament.
“Chiney brings a new dynamic
to our team . . . I think freshness is
the perfect word,” Pedersen said.
“That’s the teammate and friend
you want at all times, and especially
going to battle with you.”
In the end, the Cardinal said that
even in the midst of an already his-
toric season, the preparation, hard
work and enthusiasm was focused
only on achieving the one win that
has eluded Stanford for the past
three years —a national champi-
“I would love that for our sen-
iors and for our team,”VanDerveer
said. “There was one [Stanford]
team once, in 1990, they didn’t cut
down the net in the regional be-
cause they wanted the Final Four
net. We want the Final Four net.”
The Cardinal and Aggies square off
on Sunday, April 3rd in Indy’s Con-
seco Fieldhouse at 4 p.m.
Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat@
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Seniors leading the way
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Senior forward Kayla Pedersen (14) dribbles past Gonzaga’s Janelle
Bekkering (11) during the first half Stanford’s Elite 8 victory last Monday in
Spokane. Pedersen is averaging a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game along
with12.8 points per game. The Cardinal will rely heavily on their team
height to slow Texas A&M’s strong frontcourt.
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the Cougars have faced is Cal. As
Pac-10 teams begin to beat each
other up, Cardinal players hope be
used to playing under pressure.
“We like playing against the best
teams in the country,” Clowe said.
“We may lose some games, but we
know we’re more battle-tested and
tougher than any other team.”
That experience is especially
valuable for this year’s Cardinal,
which featured four freshmen in
the lineup against Saint Mary’s.
Often, freshmen-heavy teams tend
to bend under the grind of Pac-10
play. Having already faced No. 3
Vanderbilt, No. 6 Texas and No. 17
Rice, coach Mark Marquess has
seen that he can lean on his talent-
ed freshman class.
And over the last four games,
Marquess has learned he can cer-
tainly depend on his bullpen, too.As
the rotation is seemingly set with
Mark Appel, Pries and McArdle, re-
lievers are starting to settle into
their roles.
“Our bullpen has been great so
far,” said junior pitcher Danny
Sandbrink. “Reed has assumed the
closer role, [Snodgress] has been
dominating as a setup guy, and A.J.
[Vanegas] has stepped up as a fresh-
man in an extended relief role.”
As well as the preseason has
gone for Stanford, the team needs to
turn the recent momentum into
strong conference play.
“It’s so important for us to get off
to a good start,” Clowe said. “We
don’t want to fall behind in the
league, and we’re going to have to
beat Washington State to do that.”
The Cardinal will face lefty
Adam Conley (4-2, 2.38 ERA) in
the series opener, followed by two
righties, James Wise (2-2, 3.48 ERA)
and Chad Arnold (0-1, 7.71 ERA).
The first pitch on Friday night is
set for 5:30 p.m.
Contact Michael Lazarus at mlazarus
Continued from front page
aviation background. On the other
side, the nickname of Pakistani cap-
tain Shahid ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi, a
reference to his aggressive batting
style, has effectively spawned a new
brand of cricket gear, the logo of
which all Pakistani players now carry
on their shirts.
As if the game wasn’t big enough,
the history of the two countries off the
field really adds spice to any con-
frontation between them. When the
region gained independence from
British rule in 1947, it was torn apart
along broadly religious lines, sowing
the seed for ongoing hostility and four
wars (to date) between India and
Pakistan. There remain worldwide
concerns about the ongoing, and at
times violent, territorial dispute over
the future of Kashmir, since both
countries are nuclear powers.
In fact,the very setting of this tour-
nament is a testament to the underly-
ing problems in the region. It was sup-
posed to be co-hosted by India,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan,
but in the wake of attacks by violent
extremists on the Sri Lankan team
during a tour to Pakistan in 2009, that
became impossible. Security fears
continue to prevent any international
cricket from even being played in
Pakistan, and its own team has been
forced to seek refuge abroad in order
to play ‘home’ games.
Mumbai, the location of the final
in India, has also seen its fair share of
these problems. In 2008, Pakistani
militants invading from across the sea
attacked several iconic parts of the
city, killing and injuring many. While
the vast majority of Pakistanis were
surely united with their Indian neigh-
bors in feeling horrified by these
events,it is understandable if Mumbai
residents may have felt a little wary at
the possibility of Pakistan heading
that way for the final.
In the end,though,India won an inter-
esting game in which the advantage
seemed to shift between the two until
the final hour or so.As a neutral, even
a reasonably informed one, it was
hard, though, not to feel a little distant
from the roller coaster emotions I
could see on the faces of the crowd.At
the end of the day I wanted to see a
close, exciting game with a few thrills
and spills, but I didn’t really care who
I have a few friends from India,but no
significant allegiance either way to
help me take a stand and throw the
full weight of my support behind one
or the other. I enjoyed the cricket, but
I can’t help feeling that I missed what
made this game special, and it’s not
one that’ll stick in my memory. Being
a neutral fan is easy and painless be-
cause you can just sit back and enjoy
the action without suffering the lows
of failure, but you also can’t enjoy the
highs of victory. It’s like watching a
great action movie with the sound
turned off. Sure, you can pretty much
gather what’s going on, but you’ll
never really get what makes it great.
Tom Taylor makes it sound like he
merely enjoys cricket, but what he
didn’t tell you is that he walked 10
miles to a pub to watch the game in a
blizzard; it was uphill both ways. To
contribute to his common sense fund,
email him at tom.taylor@stanford.
Continued from page 6
Whitlinger and the team dis-
cussed how they had gotten off to a
number of slow starts in the past
month, falling behind against teams
like USC, Baylor and Florida. That
pattern changed last Saturday
against UCLA.
“We talked about the impor-
tance of getting a fast start before
the match,” he said. “And the guys
came out and did it.”
There have been a number of
consistent performers for the Cardi-
Senior Greg Hirshman has post-
ed an impressive 9-2 record at the
No. 5 spot with the type of reliable
play every team needs in the lower
half of the lineup to make a run in
the postseason come May.
The No. 1 doubles team of juniors
Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher
continues to roll, winning their last
eight matches and the recent Pacific
Coast Doubles Tournament en
route to a 27-4 record.
However, players elsewhere
have been less consistent, and for
the Cardinal to make a run, other
players will need to step up.
The level of competition in the
season’s final stretch should be less
intense, and this weekend’s contests
may show what Stanford’s young
team has learned from the topsy-
turvy month it just endured.
Stanford faces Tulsa at 5 p.m.
today and Arizona State on Sunday
at noon.
Contact Alex Eckert at aeckert@stan-
Continued from page 6
stanford’s weekly guide to campus culture
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Stanford undergrad A-lan Holt talks about
her self-written and directed play “8ball”
The Intermission team takes on SXSW in
How to get a spring fling,
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Vigilante justice trumps crime in “Hobo
With A Shotgun”
Unscrew the caps of
shampoo bottles and
toothpaste, and place
Saran Wrap over the
openings. Replace caps.
Using duct tape is always effective, as is
taping up toilet paper and using caution
tape. Another alternative: tying string to
two opposing doorknobs.
Hiding someone’s stuff
is always fun. Disabled
bathrooms are good
storage spaces.
Happy April Fools’! It’s not too late to pull a few pranks if you haven’t
already. Intermission compiled some easy shenanigans to pull in case
you’re looking to wreak some havoc.
Putting Saran
Wrap over the
toilet seat
Putting Saran Wrap over
shampoo bottles and
Taping the
door shut
the numbered
animal trick
Easy Pranks to Pull on April Fools’ Day
It’s the classic prank: lift up the toilet seat, and stretch Saran
Wrap across it. Your buddy wakes up and goes to the bath-
room. Grossness and hilarity ensue.
hen Julian Casablancas took
the stage at last year’s
Coachella Music Festival, he
cut a lonely figure. Surrounded by a sea of
people in the middle of the Indio desert,
Casablancas was lost. He launched imme-
diately into cultivated hit “Hard to
Explain,” but it wasn’t the same. Gone
were the familiar faces of the other four
members of The Strokes, replaced with a
backing band providing the means for the
front man’s stab at solo success.
Yet on his supposedly solo venture,
Casablancas lasted just one song before
referring back to his claim to fame. He
couldn’t get away. None of them could.
In the span of five years since The
Strokes released their last album, “First
Impressions of Earth,” the music world
waited to see if New York City’s garage
rock messiahs would get on with it. With
side projects abound, people wondered if
the boys could rediscover the edge that fed
debut, “Is This It?,” and put out another
release. Or would they simply go through
another year of disillusionment and feed
the continuing rumors of fall-outs and
Still, we didn’t really think they’d end
it there. Did we?
Like Casablancas at Coachella, The
Strokes were unfinished and incomplete.
This couldn’t be it. There was still so
much on the table: the band’s lucrative
contract with RCA that mandated five
albums, the worldwide acclaim and, most
importantly, the seeming inability of any
member —even Casablancas —to match
the heights reached by the collective
“Angles,” The Strokes’ fourth LP, rep-
resents the re-realization of the potential
of that collective whole and, at the same
time, the band’s first steps in learning how
to be a band again. With all the band
members contributing to the writing
process —Casablancas had been the pri-
mary architect for the previous three —
“operation make everyone satisfied” was a
cathartic, yet disjointed process. The
result? An album that recalls the best of
times but carries experimental lows that
mute what was supposed to be the band’s
triumphant return.
It starts off strong enough, though.
“Machu Picchu,” composed by lead gui-
tarist Nick Valensi, showcases the band’s
success when it does turn to collaboration.
Holding back the typically boisterous gui-
tar interplay, the band develops a tropical
feel à la Cut Copy before Valensi shadows
Casablancas on the melodies an d the lead
Should cost and logistics work
out for you, obtain three
sheep, cows or other suit-
able farm animals.
Label them one,
two and four, and
place them in a pub-
lic school area. Let uni-
versity officials freak
out as they search
for number three.
Courtesy MCT
singer climaxes by shredding his typically rough vocals.
“Gratisfaction” also represents a victory for the band’s
newfound sound trials, stealing a riff or two from “The
Boys Are Back In Town” as Casablancas calculatedly
stumbles over lines like, “He got punched in the mouth
for thinking of . . . living with his business.”
But where the band stumbles on “Angles,” it falls
hard. “Two Kinds of Happiness” is dreamt right out of
the 80s but ends up in a mix up of high hat, distorted
guitar and general clamor. “Games” is more of the same,
as a Nikolai Fraiture bassline steadies a repetitive chorus
that is eventually lost in the malaise. While Casablancas
can still write a great hook when he wants, the boringly
repetitive choruses featured on some cuts give the sense
that the songs were rushed to production before the
lyrics were given any true thought. If it’s any consolation
though, there are synths —by no means a Strokes tradi-
tion —that help fill in almost-there songs (see: “Life is
Simple in the Moonlight”).
Slower cuts “You’re So Right” and “Call Me Back”
prove to be “Angles”’ nadirs, with the first, a B-side to the
album’s first single, offering nothing more than robotic
layered vocals that belong on Casablancas’ solo project,
not a Strokes album. The latter is more of the same odd-
ball antics, with half-whispered lyrics that come off like a
failed Craigslist missed-connection listing.
“Angles”’ victories, however, far outweigh the short-
comings. “Taken for a Fool” rediscovers traditionalism
and mixes elements of the band’s first two albums —
Valensi intertwined with Albert Hammond Jr., sharp
lyrics and Fab
Moretti’s rapid-fire
drum fills —to dev-
astating effect. And if
you thought the band
was washed up, give
single “Under Cover
of Darkness” a shot.
Having crashed the
band’s website as a
free giveaway a
month ago, the song’s
call and response
between Casablancas
and the lead guitar
feeds off an energy
that seemed to have
been pent up for the
last five years. And
after starting the
recording of their fifth album, The Strokes will have to
rediscover that mentality on a consistent basis. Nobody’s
going to wait around for half a decade again.
A version of this review appeared on Treeswingers on
March 23.
—r yan MAC
cont act r yan: r bmac@st anf ord. edu
friday april 1 2011
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onight, between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m., head up the hill to
FloMo Field for the first ever Hilltop Music Festival. The
Stanford Concert Network, in conjunction with Sigma Alpha
Epsilon, Theta Delta Chi and Kappa Sigma, is bringing some big
names to campus for a night of awesome music.
Headlining Hilltop is Andre Nickatina, the famous Bay Area
rap artist. Though Nickatina doesn’t usually do campus shows, “he
heard the name Stanford and fell in love with the idea,” said Alberto
Aroeste ‘13, SCN’s head coordinator for Hilltop Music Fest.
Aroeste, also a brother at SAE, sees Hilltop as a big step for the
Stanford Concert Network, which has received criticism in the past.
“We’re aware of what people want, and we’re getting there little
by little, showing [Stanford] that we’re legitimate,”Aroeste said.
In addition to Andre Nickatina, other Bay Area rappers Smoov-
E, Cryptic Wisdom, Raider Dave and Mumbls will be performing
along with American Royalty and Desert Dolls. American Royalty is
a “rock, psychadelic
DJ” duo that was
recently mentioned by
electronic music blog
Gotta Dance Dirty as a
top up-and-coming
performer. American
Royalty has opened for
LA’s Halloween Hard
Fest, combining rock
with DJ-ing and syn-
thesizers for a unique,
electric rock sound.
Desert Dolls, a group
from Mexico City
about to launch their
first tour, will be mak-
ing their international
debut at the Hilltop
Music Festival.
“Come in your
tanks and shades,”
Aroeste said. He sees Hilltop as a chance for undergrads to “come
out and have fun with each other and enjoy the first weekend back.”
Like Snowchella, Hilltop Music Festival will be alcohol free, but any-
one is welcome to bring their grills up to FloMo Field for some bar-
becuing before the concert. And be sure to bring some cash tonight
so you can pick up an official Hilltop Music Festival t-shirt for $20.
Hilltop Music Festival is brought to you by Aroeste and a full
team of fraternity members, including Theta Delt’s Cody Sam ‘12
and Mark Frykman ‘11, Kappa Sig’s Jeremy Fine ‘13 and Josh Stone
‘13, SAE’s Max Oswald ‘12 and Stanford Concert Network execu-
tives, President Adam Pharr ‘11 and Tech Director David Kettler ‘11.
—j enni f er SCHAFFER
cont act j enni f er : j mschaff @st anf ord. edu
Hilltop Music
Festival Preview

Slower cuts
‘You’re So Right’
and ‘Call Me
Back’ prove to
be ‘Angles’
Courtesy Alberto Aroeste
e didn’t know what we
were getting into.
Upon picking up our South by
Southwest (SXSW) press passes at
the Austin Convention Center, we
were handed a booklet that listed all
of the evening musical showcases. It
was mainly organized by venue, of
which there were . . . 79. Each loca-
tion had five to seven acts per night.
You do the math. That’s before you
add in the daylong events where
dozens of acts would perform at par-
ties hosted by everyone from MTV
to Rachel Ray. Overwhelmed? So
were we, and even after we narrowed
down the list of groups and musi-
cians to the ones we were most des-
perate to see, we still recognized that
we could not be in 14 places at once.
We missed Kanye, The Strokes, TV
on the Radio, B.o.B and more, and
that was fine —we had to make
choices. We could use every column
inch of today’s paper to review the
ludicrous number of groups we saw
over the five-day span; we don’t have
that luxury. Here, then, is a snapshot.
Wu Ta ng Cl a n
For a trio of rap nerds, Wu Tang
was essential viewing. If you grew up
in New York, as two of us had, in the
late 1990s and early 2000s, and had
even a passing interest in hip-hop,
you listened to the Wu Tang Clan.
Your education was incomplete if
you ignored them. You felt it when
ODB died; “protect ya neck” was part
of your everyday lexicon; and you
knew that when you threw up a “W”
with your hands, it was palms out.
Needless to say, expectations
were high for their performance at
the Austin Music Hall. They were
only amplified when Childish
Gambino (better known as
“Community” actor Donald Glover)
told the crowd that the whole eight-
person crew was there. We were in
for a treat.
Except, we kind of weren’t.
That’s not to say that Wu Tang was
bad. Far from it. They played the
hits; we rocked out. Ghostface Killah
in particular, well, killed it. But the
whole group, contrary to Glover’s
claims, wasn’t there, and there was
something strange and slightly off-
putting about seeing U-God per-
form the lyrics of the absent Method
Man. Throw in Wu Tang’s persistent,
public complaints about the sound
system—which was fine, and didn’t
seem to bother any of the previous
acts —and it made it, outside of the
effect of seeing legends in the flesh,
one of the more forgettable perform-
ances of the trip.
K i l l e r M i k e
Here’s what you need to know:
unlike many of the other major acts at
SXSW, Killer Mike was performing
numerous times per day, for a week.
We caught him on the last day of the
festival and the man’s voice was, for
lack of a better term, shot. He was
honest with the crowd. He also, in
true rap titan fashion, promised that
it wouldn’t deter him. And it didn’t.
He started with his own rendition of
Bone Crusher’s “Never Scared”(he’s a
guest artist on the original track), a
song that’s as fiery and in-your-face
(read: damn near screaming) as a hip-
hop artist is going to perform. And
then just when you think he’s wearing
down (remember, too, that it’s 85
degrees outside and he’s performing
under bright lights), he goes without
a beat, just vocals, so you don’t think
he’s covering up his fading voice. He is
a true virtuoso. That is all.
Z e d s D e a d
As delightful as 15 hours a day
of hip-hop can be, sometimes, one
needs a break. Enter Zeds Dead, a
dubstep DJ duo from Toronto that,
in just a couple of years of existence,
has made a significant splash in the
electronica world. That field, though,
can become decidedly monosyllabic
—a beat drop here, a sample there,
and so on. What sets Zeds Dead
apart is the layers of not just an indi-
vidual clip, but of an entire show—
sure, you’ll still bob your body to a
heavy bass, but you’re doing it to
music that touches on a variety of
musical genres while simultaneously
presenting you with so much in each
individual second that by the time
you’ve processed what you’ve heard,
you’ve already been hit with a dozen
new sounds.
But perhaps most remarkable
about their performances was their
variation. We saw them at an under-
ground bar on Friday and a major
club on Saturday. Their sets were
entirely different at each venue. Each
piece takes countless hours of pro-
duction to prepare, but there was no
complacency to be found, and their
effect on the enthusiastic crowd was
the same.
Their club show, where they
were the direct opener for Moby, one
of the world’s most famous DJs, was
cut short. They were disappointed —
they still had a few more music styles
that they were eager to drop. It was
emblematic of their macro take on
an artistic form that some dismiss as
simply head-banging music. The
intricacies mattered.
For the record, they blew Moby
out of the water.
Ma c h i n e Gu n K e l l y
One word: insanity.
Machine Gun Kelly, a heavily
tattooed rapper from Cleveland,
can’t legally drink. But he can spit.
Fast. He got on stage at the Fader
day-party and confirmed what
everyone was thinking: namely, that
no one knew who he was. From
S X S W 2 0 1 1
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friday april 1 2011
have a historical aversion to rap shows; although I prima-
rily listen to hip hop, I tend to avoid going to concerts.
Unlike in other genres, there is no room for mediocrity
in a rap show. Simply put, when the performance consists of
a DJ and a guy with a microphone, if the rapper lacks a good
stage presence or stumbles over the lyrics, one’s ability to
enjoy the artist again, even on record, is compromised.
For these reasons, when I attended South by Southwest
(SXSW) last spring, I went almost exclusively to indie rock
shows. Although they were fun, I left the shows disappointed
with myself for betraying my own musical tastes.
This year, our approach was a departure from what I did
in 2009 —namely, we made an effort this time only to go to
the concerts of artists we actually listen to. I have had a grow-
ing suspicion that I was missing out on fun shows and want-
ed to see if my hypothesis was valid. Also, a large music festi-
val is always a better testing ground than a year’s worth of
random shows.
There were three artists in particular that we were most
excited about: Odd Future, Danny Brown and Lil B, all of
whom delivered strong stage shows, albeit in different ways.
Danny Brown, who just prior to the festival had signed
with Fool’s Gold Records, turned out a classic virtuosic rap
performance, relying less on a hype man to carry his act and
more on his charisma, stage presence and lyrical ability to win
over the crowd.
The Odd Future show was somewhat confounding —
the group members were obviously inexperienced performers
since they relied on a backing vocal track throughout their
set. That said, their collective
stage presence was undeniable,
and they drove the crowd into a
frenzy in a way normally
reserved for teeny boppers and
hardcore bands. Regardless of
what you think of their con-
troversial lyrical content, it is
impossible to leave one of
their shows without feeling
that something important just
Lil B, both on record
and on stage, is something of an enigma. Having put out
somewhere in the range of 3,000 songs in the last three years,
he manages to conduct his art in the theater of the absurd
whilst simultaneously managing not to alienate the core hip-
hop audience. On stage, much is the same —lacking a hype
man, it was his enthusiasm and unparalleled joy that won the
crowd over as much as his actual rapping. At one point, he
broke out in a fit of hysterical laughter, seemingly communi-
cating the awe that overwhelmed him.
What occurred to me was that these emerging rappers,
along with a handful of slightly more established acts, were
more comfortable on stage than artists with their level of
experience usually are. It would be easy to reduce this to the
current industry dynamics. In an environment where rappers
are having great difficulty securing release dates, let alone sell-
ing records, the only way to make rap an economically viable
profession is through touring revenue. This explains why
artists like Yelawolf or Killer Mike put so much effort into
their stage performances, but it fails to account for this new
wave of artists who are barely in their 20s, yet have such
refined stage personas.
The theory I developed is that new media such as
Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube, allow artists greater experience
in shaping and refining their artistic personas than they ever
could have been afforded 10 years ago. While it may seem that
they are newcomers to the scene, in reality they have all been
toiling away on the Internet refining their image and message
for years before we ever heard of them. Thus, by the time they
begin to hit the stage, they have far more experience perform-
ing than one would ever think to credit them for. Engaging
one’s fan base, be it on stage or on Twitter, helps a young
artist better understand what works and what doesn’t. Hence,
by the time someone like Odd Future or Lil B appears at large
festival such as SXSW, he has a level of comfort with his artis-
tic identity that was once only seen in veterans of the industry
who had been touring for years.
And so, my prior aversion to hearing rap artists live has
been quelled.
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All photos by
hen the idea arose of tak-
ing a quick pause from
our music coverage to
review one of the many films being
featured at South by Southwest
(SXSW), we immediately contacted
the publicity department at Magnolia
Pictures to track down whatever sick,
twisted and depraved geniuses were
behind “Hobo with a Shotgun.”
The concept for “Hobo” is both
straightforward and enticing: a tech-
nicolor saturated, balls-to-the-wall
homage to the B movie/exploitation
genre films of the 60s, 70s and 80s. In
a city where the system is broken, the
police corrupt and the majority of
citizens too scared to stand up to the
violence that befalls them, the city’s
last hope will become a hobo (veter-
an baddie Rutger Hauer) armed with
nothing but a sense of decency, a 12-
gauge shotgun and the love of a fall-
en woman, battling masked thugs,
pedophile Santas and armor-clad
bounty hunters in a fight to the
death for both the city and his own
soul. As a fan of the genre, they had
me at “Hobo.” Or maybe “shotgun.”
Either way, nothing was going to
stop us from seeing this movie.
As it turned out, “Hobo” was
spearheaded by a young Canadian
director named Jason Eisener and his
producing partner, Rob Coterill. A
short version of “Hobo” won an
international trailer competition held
by Robert Rodriguez and was fea-
tured in the original release of his
and Quentin Tarantino’s ill-fated
(but irrefutably awesome) double
feature “Grindhouse.” I had also been
a fan of another short they made for
the Internet, the hilarious
“Treevenge,” wherein a family of
Christmas trees wreak bloody and
brutal revenge on their human
oppressors. Using the hype that their
short films created on sites like
YouTube and Vimeo, Eisener and
Coterill cleverly leveraged finance
from private investors and the
Canadian government to produce
the concept as a feature. The film has
resultantly enjoyed resounding suc-
cess in the festival circuit —includ-
ing a prominent feature at Sundance
in Park City —and has also accrued
a massive Internet following for its
VOD release on April 1.
We caught up with Eisener and
Coterill at an Austin hotel to talk
about “Hobo” and exploitation film
in general. And, as it turned out,
that’s what they were going for.
“They took the cheapest technol-
ogy and most accessible technology
they could afford,”Coterill said, “and
we did the same thing. We’re in a new
time, but we took advantage of the
tools we had and we could exploit to
get as far as we could, as fast as we
could. We made this movie like they
made their movies: running around
the streets like mad, stealing locations,
do everything we could . . . to make
the movie what it had to be.”
“‘Hobo’ very much comes from
that,” Eisener said. “It all started from
us putting the trailer on YouTube,
and the reaction we were getting
from the audience. The mindset
going into the movie was: how can
we exploit that audience? Let’s make,
kind of, a YouTube exploitation film.
How can we make a movie —every
scene in the movie —in a way
where, if just one scene leaked
online, would hopefully go viral?”
We saw a screening that night;
not only did his film fulfill its prom-
ise of high violence and cheap
laughs, but we were surprised to the
degree that every aspect of the movie
—every actor, every gag, every hom-
age —went all out in the name of
fun. Great gore, incredible one-liners,
awesome music and a great look;
“Hobo” turned out to be a masterful
weaving of genre properties; of
action, comedy and, to our surprise,
a few moments of straight drama —
and managed to do all of this, some-
how, without forgetting the basic
rule that every movie has to wrap a
good plot around great characters if
it is to be really enjoyed. While
“Hobo” certainly doesn’t carry any
discernable social message, it
reminds us without preaching that
not every movie needs to. Don’t ask
me how Jason Eisener got me to care
so deeply about a hobo with a shot-
gun. I don’t know. If I did, I’d be
Jason Eisener. All I say is it’s the most
fun I’ve had in a movie theater since
“Grindhouse.”“Hobo” simply rocked.
We were lucky enough to catch
up with Eisener the next night at a
Wu Tang Clan concert. We talked
about the film, and he explained his
motto, “more blood, more heart.”
Looking through the press kit for a
shot of Rutger (who was in Africa
during SXSW), I stumbled on its ori-
gin. Apparently, in pre-production,
Jason affixed a sign to the back of his
office desktop as a memo to the
whole shoot crew: “More Blood,
More Nasty, More Dirt, More
Exploitation, More Heart, Your (sic)
Awesome and Have More Fun. Love
Jason Eisener.” Maybe I misspoke, as
it seems safe to say the young direc-
tor’s secret is to simply drive all the
people working with him to rock out
as hard as they humanly can, and the
collective result is almost tangible.
Working as an assistant director in
New York, I’ve encountered a num-
ber of smart young directors in my
past, each with their own complicat-
ed and philosophy-laden manifestos
as to why the do what they do. But,
as far as these go, “more blood, more
heart” is the best I’ve heard yet.
—thelonious KWINTER BROOKS
contact thel oni ous:
Courtesy Ted Geoghegan
Courtesy Alliance Films
n front of a cozy crowd of stu-
dents, the award-winning Calder
Quartet performed three pieces
on Tuesday, Mar. 29. The Quartet,
here for its Wednesday collaboration
with Grammy award-winning con-
cert pianist and Stanford graduate
Gloria Cheng, headed the latest instal-
lation of the Kimball Hall Chamber
For the informal performance,
the group used a program contrasting
that of the main performance on
Wednesday. The first piece, Mozart’s
“Opus 95, Movement 1,”was, as vio-
linist Andrew Bulbrook remarked,
“short and compact.”Though beauti-
fully played, the movement seemed to
be simply a warm-up for the night.
Where the performance truly
took off was the second piece,
Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 8
in C minor.”A sad theme combined
with spontaneous eruptions of sound
in its third movement, Allegretto,
clearly denotes the quartet as a
mourning, yet captivating piece and
the best by far of the performance.
After taking questions, the per-
formers used their final piece to light-
en the mood: “String Quartet,
Movement 2 (Assez vif)”by Maurice
Ravel, a playful composition invoking
masterful pizzicato, or string-plucking.
Together, Bulbrook, violinist
Benjamin Jacobson, violist Jonathan
Moerschel and cellist Eric Byers com-
prise the Calder Quartet. The four
began playing together in 1998 as stu-
dents at the University of Southern
“We actually started together,
since we were all performance majors,
to fulfill our chamber requirement,”
Moerschel said.“After five years, we
turned around one day and were like,
‘Let’s keep doing this.’”
Since then, the group has collab-
orated with varied groups, including
pianists, composers and even indie
rock bands such as The Airborne
Toxic Event.
“We’re driven by broad musical
interests and our desire to bring in
audiences from all sides,”Moerschel
said.“All kinds of music say the same
things using different language. And
the more we do it, the more we realize
we’re all trying to do the same thing.”
The Calder Quartet came specif-
ically to the Bay Area as part of a
series of shows debuting their newest
performance piece,“String Quartet
No. 3.”The piece was written for
them by composer Christopher
Rouse, his first new work in “20-odd
years,”which Bulbrook labels,“phre-
Along with Rouse, with whom
the four have forged a close relation-
ship, the Calder Quartet detailed sev-
eral sources of inspiration, including
many of their professors and collabo-
rators. One of their main muses,
Alexander Calder, is the basis for their
name.“He’s a terrific American artist,”
Moerschel said.“We were really
attracted to the mobile, widely con-
year ago, A-lan Holt ‘11 was driving through her
Los Angeles neighborhood, reflecting on the dev-
astation of drugs. Today, she is celebrating the
debut of
“8ball,” her original play about love and drugs in
South Central L.A.
The piece is a meditation on movement in two acts.
It shares the story of a young couple moving into a new
neighborhood and their interactions with an older cou-
ple that refuses to move out. Poverty, forced eviction and
drug abuse compose the backdrop upon which we watch
the protagonists’ relationships evolve.
“A year ago, it looked like one of those old grainy
films,” Holt said, “but now it’s so vibrant and alive.”
Holt made her foray into playwriting as a sopho-
more, after taking professor Cherrié Moraga’s
“Introduction to Playwriting” course. She’s also known
for her extraordinary poetry —as a senior member of
the Spoken Word Collective, she has been writing and
performing original work for years. However, she finds
that theater can offer opportunities to explore themes too
big to fit in a few stanzas.
“What I love about playwriting is that you get to
spend a lot more time creating the world, the characters
and the situations,” Holt said. “Poetry is good because
you can get a poem out in a day or a couple of hours, but
plays really take work, and I’m learning to appreciate
But her penchant for poetry is not lost on this piece
—the script is replete with poetic language and imagery.
“There are monologues that very well could be
poems, and many of them started off as poems,” Holt
said. “A lot of the generative material for this play came
from poetry that I was writing with or without thoughts
of the play.”
Her work obscures distinctions between traditional
and new, blending poetry and prose and working with
unusual design elements to complete the performance.
The set is sparse, featuring some austere furniture amidst
a conceptual design of concentric squares denoting
spaces in the play. The impressive soundtrack, created by
Tyler Brooks ‘14, is a gritty, groovy ode to pain and love.
But the simplicity of the set highlights the humanity
of Holt’s characters. The abstract lights, sounds and stage
force the spectator to focus her attention on the love that
counteracts the chaos.
“On paper, ‘8ball’ is a play about the crack cocaine
epidemic in the 1980s, but really it’s a play above love,
you know?” Holt said. “It’s about being able to love others
and yourself despite having these really destructive and
traumatic experiences.”
Amidst a city that is “just a bunch of thieves,” we see
the love and dedication of a few humble heroes. Jan
Barker-Alexander, associate dean of students and director
of the Black Community Services Center, delivers a stellar
performance as a woman dealing with eviction and loss.
Victoria Asbury ‘11 is undoubtedly the star of the show,
playing the part of the devoted, discerning wife of a star-
ry-eyed drug dealer with such passion you’d think it was
Fortunately, that talent is being recognized at a
national level —“8ball” recently received first place at the
James Baldwin New Play Festival at UC-San Diego. And
it all started here at Stanford in a sophomore’s drama
Holt epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit of
Stanford, and her holistic and innovative approach to the
arts has surely paid off. “8ball” is a dramatic triumph not
to be missed by a playwright that cannot be overlooked.
—hol l y FETTER
cont act hol l y: hf et t er @st anf ord. edu
there, he took off, racing around
stage with his hype man and rapping
over the most hardcore of beats. He
was quick to rip off his shirt and
attempt to light it on fire; when that
failed, he climbed the speaker tower,
got on top, then leaned over back-
ward, 15 feet above the crowd. His
enthusiasm was unparalleled.
But he was more than just a
showman. The speed with which
words flew out of Kelly’s mouth was
remarkable, almost like how—wait
for it —a bullet comes out of a
machine gun. While that may not
seem like much, it is a discernible
skill. Some artists can rap in double-
time in the studio, only to falter live
—Trae the Truth, for instance, was
particularly disappointing in this
regard. But Kelly was like a young
YelaWolf —immensely boastful
about his quick-paced flow, but with
the skills to back it up.
I’d hesitate to call him a break-
out star of SXSW, but at the least,
hundreds people left the Fader event
thinking, “Who the hell was that
crazy white kid?”
When you’re going up against
thousands of other acts, that might
just be a good enough impression.
—wyndam MAKOWSKY
cont act wyndam:
makowsky@st anf ord. edu
friday april 1 2011
Calder Quartet stops by Stanford
Senior A-lan Holt Scores with 8ball
Courtesy Tyler Boye
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airy is not a component of
traditional Thai food; the
industry emerged in
Thailand only in the 1960s. Its rela-
tively recent introduction, however,
has been masked by an overwhelm-
ing increase in demand. Today, the
carts of street vendors in Bangkok
abound with cans of condensed milk
used for Thai iced teas and other
desserts. But the rapid uptake has
produced an ad hoc cuisine that can
be disappointing when not handled
well, despite the potent ingredients
that underlie the food. Siam Orchid
falls prey to this problem—it has all
the right ingredients but still comes
up a bit short.
The restaurant itself is cozy and
relatively formal, although certain
elements belie its attempt to fit in
among fancier fare, such as the straw
provided with a glass of sparkling
water. Siam Orchid is best suited for a
nicer dinner with a significant other
or close friend.
There are a handful of dishes at
Siam Orchid that are excellent. The
Kari Puffs are similar to a chicken
curry empanada and have a wonder-
ful, flaky crust. The potato in the dish
may give the puffs a starchier texture
than necessary, but the seasoning
ultimately produces a pleasing appe-
tizer. The Tom Kha Gai soup is fan-
tastic and delivers a nice balance of
sweet and spicy. The broth is delec-
table and not too heavy, pairing per-
fectly with the mushrooms.
The curry offerings are generally
good but not particularly strong. The
Kari Kae is respectable, with a very
similar flavor profile to the Kari Puffs.
However, the lamb is not nearly as
tender as it should be, and the taste
just barely compensates for an other-
wise poorly composed dish.
Conversely, the duck in the Gaeng
Phed Pet Yang is succulent and
extremely tender, but the dish lacks
the curry piquancy because of the
watery both.
Most dishes at Siam Orchid are
fairly mediocre. The Khao Pod Tord
is reminiscent of a funnel cake with
its crunchiness and subtle sweetness.
It lacks any nuance in flavor, however,
and makes for an awkward appetizer.
The Pla Nueng Manao sea bass is
fairly well cooked but lacks any Thai
flare; it presents only a dull citrus fla-
vor to enhance the fish. The Pla Sam
Rot has some issues that are not cor-
rected by its tasty accompanying
sweet and sour chili sauce. The
breading on the fish becomes soggy
and produces a texture that is remi-
niscent of a fish stick out of a
microwave. More disconcerting are
the hints of fishiness that occasionally
emerge, calling into question the
quality of the fish itself.
There are also a few dishes that
are simply disappointing. The Po
Piah Sot are well-plated but under-
performing vegetarian spring rolls.
The dish looks exciting but lacks in
taste and has a somewhat displeasing
mouthfeel. Furthermore, the honey
flavor and texture of the tamarind
sauce overwhelms any subtlety that
may otherwise have come through.
The Miang Kham seems to have so
much potential given its ingredients
—fried peanuts, grilled shrimp and
shredded ginger, among others.
Unfortunately, none of the compo-
nents come through sufficiently, as
they are swallowed by the spinach
cup that encapsulates them. The
Tung Thong sacks are completely for-
gettable and overly fried at the cinch
at the top. Such decadence needs to
be met with commensurate flavor,
but it simply isn’t.
Conspicuously missing from the
menu are dishes with heat. Thai cui-
sine is spicy, and in creating a relative-
ly modern, formal Thai menu, Siam
Orchid has missed something. While
there are some decent offerings and
in general nothing is a complete mis-
fire, there is nothing spectacular
about Siam Orchid, and it ends up in
the “Middle of the Road.”
—j osh GLUCOFT
contact j osh:
gl ucoft@stanford. edu
he winter of our discontent is
over. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s
time to rid yourself from that
warm body you kept around just for
comfort’s sake. S is for spring quarter,
but it’s also for sexytime. Sundresses
galore and shirtless volleyball in front
of Sigma Nu —oh my Roxy!
Having a hard time figuring out
how to close a particular door so you
can open that new lip-bite-inducing,
toe-curling window in your bio class?
Out with the stale and in with the
fresh. (NB: spring quarter means it’s
finally okay for Roxy and other upper-
classmen to prey on freshmen. You
have to give them two quarters of mis-
guided dormcest and high-school
rollovers before moving in for the kill.
It’s only fair.)
Float on
Roxy’s a sensitive gal, and she knows
one thing: breakups make people sad.
So why go through one at all? Roxy
prefers to keep relationships casual —
a hookup here and there, hints of a
Thing-with-a-capital-T but never any
concrete promises —so that when the
time comes to move on, she simply
steps aside and lets silence do the talk-
ing. The dumpee is free to blame Roxy
for being flaky; Roxy avoids an awk-
ward situation and keeps her Sass
Go public
If Roxy does manage to get tied down,
she knows nothing travels faster than
drama-filled gossip. Time to dump
your chump? Make a scene —not
only will word of your new single sta-
tus reach the eager ears of all those
“what-ifs”faster, you’ll also coat your-
self in a veneer of post-breakup vul-
nerability. Please —Roxy wants noth-
ing more than for you to take advan-
tage of her emotionally fragile state all
night long.
In name only
Just because you “broke up”doesn’t
mean you have to stop getting your
kicks. Roxy has, in a few cases, man-
aged to break up with someone so
gently that the boring commitment
stuff fades away, while the good times
stay. You can’t spell “sex”without “ex”
for a reason. Pro tip: blaming a
breakup on an unavoidable outside
reason (graduation, anyone?) is step
one to a friendly “separation”that’ll let
you pursue new avenues guilt-free.
Via text
Bonus points if you can write a break-
up text long enough to arrive in two
separate messages for extra suspense.
The pre-emptive approach
Sometimes, Roxy just has to break up
with someone before they’re even dat-
ing. Although she’s always reluctant to
shut down someone who’s been tryna
(who doesn’t love a little attention?),
being straight up with someone who
has no chance of boarding the train to
Sass-town is usually appreciated and
not considered presumptuous. Life
can’t be all fun and games . . . unless,
that is, Roxy’s got her eyes set on you.
Just been dumped? Come to mama and
email Roxy at intermission@stanford-
well then, e-mail us!
Lauren Wilson
Sarah Guan
Stephanie Weber
Anastasia Yee
CELESTE NOCHE/ The Stanford Daily
Try the Pad Thai Gung Sod or the Gai Phad Med Mamuang,
two of Siam Orchid's most popular dishes.
Si am Orchi d
496 Hami l ton Avenue
Pal o Al to
“Mi ddl e of
the Road”
sidered one of the most musical forms
of structure. There’s a good quote
from [Jean-Paul Sartre] calling his
work ‘chords and cadences of
unknown movements.’”
As far as future direction, the
Calder Quartet hopes to continue to
create diverse and inspired music.“We
like to work with a wide range of peo-
ple creating art forms that the string
quartet can interpret as best as possi-
ble, and we hope to come as close as
possible to the true intent of whoever
that creator might be,”Bulbrook said.
The Calder Quartet’s next big
performance will be at Carnegie Hall
on April 15, where they will debut the
Rouse quartet for a New York audi-
—andrea HI NTON
contact andrea:
anhi nton@stanf ord. edu

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