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Exec slates gear up for ASSU election
SLATE PROFILE: SELDON/VASQUEZ
Tenzin Seldon ‘12 & Joe Vasquez ‘11
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SLATE PROFILE: CRUZ/MACGREGOR-DENNIS
Michael Cruz ‘12 & Stewart Macgregor-Dennis ‘13
Current ASSU VP and Senator stress experience
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SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Candidates emphasize mental health and diversity
By KABIR SAWHNEY
Current ASSU Vice President Michael Cruz’s campaign for ASSU Executive with Senator Stewart Macgregor-Dennis ‘13 is focusing on central themes of experience and engagement.The extensive,16plank Cruz & Macgregor-Dennis for Executive platform states that the candidates intend to continue the work of current ASSU President Angelina Cardona ‘11, in addition to placing a priority on enCourtesy of Michael Cruz
Despite a lack of significant ASSU experience, the Executive slate of Tenzin Seldon ‘12 and Joe Vasquez ‘11 believe that their extensive work with numerous communities around campus makes them ideally suited to become ASSU Executives. In an interview with The Daily, Seldon and Vasquez emphasized “bridging the gap” between different groups as the key theme of their campaign.
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Michael Cruz and Stewart Macgregor-Dennis
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Joe Vasquez and Tenzin Seldon
Transports for alcohol keep upward trend
Total to date exceeds all of last academic year
By ARIEL ZHOU Hospitalizations for alcohol have been trending upward on campus this year, with spikes at fraternity houses, freshman dorms and among the sophomore class. In fall quarter alone, there were 33 cases of Stanford students being transported to the emergency room for alcohol-related incidents, according to Ralph Castro, manager of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at Vaden Health Center. To date, a total of 48 students have been transported to the hospital, an increase from the 42 transports in the previous academic year. In winter quarter alone, there were 15 cases — six freshmen, three sophomores, five juniors and one senior.Transports were divided fairly evenly between men and women. Castro expects the numbers to rise during spring quarter. “It was a wet and rainy winter, which I think . . . lowers people’s social outlets,” Castro said. “As it starts to get sunny in spring, people are more active . . . so the numbers will go up in the spring.” He added that Vaden will actively combat this trend throughout the remainder of the academic year. “We’ll definitely be reaching out more to the resident staff, kind of reiterating our message,” Castro said. “We want all students, especially the staff, to prevent things
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Downsizing frustrates students,profs
By JANELLE WOLAK Class downsizing has been an increasing problem at Stanford for a number of years, with more and more students finding themselves removed from classes due to over-enrollment. According to Lori Cottle, Student Services Officer for Management Science and Engineering, numerous students faced this problem in her department after at least six MS&E classes were forced to limit enrollment this year. MS&E professor Pamela Hinds first began teaching “MS&E 180: Organizations:Theory and Management” 11 years ago.At that time, she was able to accept all interested students into her class, “even a couple of freshmen.” This quarter, however, she had 105 students enroll for 65 available spots. In her small seminar “MS&E 185: Global Work,” she had 75 students bid for 20 places. In choosing applicants, priority went to MS&E majors, juniors and seniors.No freshmen were allowed and only a “handful” of sophomores were admitted. “It’s hard not to accept those students who really want to be in the class and who have compelling reasons for not being able to take the class again,” Hinds said. MS&E 180 is now taught both autumn and spring quarters, and the department is exploring the possibility of offering the class in winter quarter as well. According to Cottle, however, offering MS&E 180 year-round translates into one fewer class taught in another division of the department. For example, MS&E professor Kathleen Eisenhardt now teaches MS&E 180 in fall quarter instead of teaching an upper-division course in her area of specialization, strategy and organization. In high-demand courses like MS&E 180, professors usually allow all interested students to enroll on Axess, but then cull the herd by having an in-class application on the first day of the course. Cottle said she has not heard official complaints from students about this system. However, students like Paul Princen ‘13 and Nicolas Hernandez ‘13, who themselves underwent the process in MS&E 180, vociferously express their frustration with the system. “My experiences with the classes in which applications are passed out on the first of class is that they generally result in mass confusion, with enrollment decisions made arbitrarily,” Princen said. “A lot of unsatisfied students feel like they’ve wasted their time attending a class that they had no chance of getting into in the first place.” “I also think that the system as it is doesn’t have enough checks on abuse,” Hernandez added. “For example,
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Stanford junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike (30) fights for a loose ball against Texas A&M’s Kelsey Assarian (40) and Sydney Carter (4) in the first half at Conseco Fieldhouse for the women's Final Four semifinal game in Indianapolis. The Card failed to capitalize on a fourth straight Final Four appearance.
Run at NCAA title falls short in national semifinals
By NATE ADAMS
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Another April, another heartbreak. The Stanford women will have to keep dreaming, at least for another year. For the fourth time in as many seasons, the Cardinal (333) fell short in the Final Four, this time to Texas
A&M (32-5) in the semifinals last night in Indianapolis. Junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s 31 points couldn’t offset poor late-game offense and foul trouble for Stanford which surrendered a 10-point lead to the Aggies and ultimately fell by a single point, 63-62. “We had them down, and we didn’t knock them out,” said Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. “This is really tough for our team.” Stanford,typically a slow-start team,challenged a tough Aggies defense early on and battled its way
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Color war at Holi festival
Stanford Hospital reaches tentative agreement with nurses
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Stanford Hospital reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) on Saturday.If the union’s members ratify it, the agreement will resolve a stalemate that has dragged on for over a year following the expiration of the nurses’ previous contract in March 2010.
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The Sand Hill fields hosted a celebration of the Indian festival of Holi on Sunday afternoon. Participants, who came both from campus and around the Bay Area, pelted each other with colored powder and dye.
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the mechanisms in place to do it well.” Cardona and Senator Daniel Khalessi ‘13 pointed to Cruz’s collaborative mentality as instrumental to the 12th Senate’s success; Cardona pointed specifically to his work in support of a special fees reform bill that originally had little backing and required coalition building to pass. She said that those traits were instrumental in her selection of Cruz as her replacement vice president. Cardona and Sachs both pointed to a complimentary relationship between Cruz and Macgregor-Dennis. Cardona described the former as detail-oriented and the latter as more focused on the big picture. “I think it’s synergistic,” Macgregor-Dennis said.“When we’re working together, we can delegate pretty well.” Members of both the 11th and 12th Senates were intrigued by what shape a potential Cruz administration would take. “This is his opportunity to be a leader,” Brian Wanyoike ‘12, who was on Appropriations in the 11th Senate, said. “He saw Jonny Dorsey run a team, he saw David Gobaud, he saw me, he saw a number of different styles,”Cardona said.“He could fuse them. He’ll be in a position to execute.” Contact Wyndam Makowsky at email@example.com. he said. “I don’t see them as ever taking the status quo as enough. Whether it’s on issues of sexual violence or transgender issues that are really a hot topic now, or whether it’s on issues that are unforeseen today, I don’t imagine them just saying, ‘OK, that’s fine,’ or taking a backseat.” Keren Mikva ‘12, who worked extensively with Vasquez as part of Stanford Habitat for Humanity, said she believed Vasquez’s abilities would translate well to the ASSU Executive position. “[Joe] is really focused on getting people involved,” she said. “A lot of it is asking us for input and trying to make sure that people can take ownership of what we’re working on. He’s also a really gracious leader.” Contact Kabir Sawhney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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trepreneurship and integrating technology with the ASSU and the greater student body — an initiative they call “Stanford 2.0.” “It’s bringing Silicon Valley into Stanford,” said Macgregor-Dennis. “There are things that we feel need to get done,and then there are things that we’re really passionate about. The Daily spoke with both Cruz and his peers to evaluate his prior experience and the feasibility of these goals if elected. Certain traits became themes:hard work,attention to detail, a cover-to-cover understanding of the body’s constitution. But when pushed deeper, a division of views occurred: those in the 11th Senate saw the younger Cruz as dedicated, yet meek; those in the l2th Senate encountered a mature and dynamic leader. “My first term was very much a learning experience, the second term was an implementation of what I had learned,” Cruz said. In the 11th Senate, which current senators described as more fractured than the current one, Cruz served as the deputy chair of the Appropriations Committee, which handles the funding of student groups.The group became known for its conservative approach to money allocation, and
Cruz was often a dissenting voice. “I understood that we were in a budget crisis, but that it affected the ASSU different than it affected Stanford, and we had to respond in a different way,” he said.“Our policies were perhaps a mixed bag.” Shelley Gao ‘11, who served with him in the general body, described Cruz as a quieter type who tended to remain neutral on specific issues. “I don’t think he did anything striking or controversial that warranted attention,” said Gao, who serves on The Daily’s Board of Directors. However, Cardona pointed to significant growth between the two years. Cruz was the only senator to be reelected for the 12th session and then assumed role of chair. The 11th Senate had a late departure from office because of continued debate on divestment. As a result, there was a rushed transition for new senators toward the end of the academic year, but current senators said that Cruz was instrumental in ensuring that it was as smooth as possible. “He took the lead in easing us into our roles,” said Rebecca Sachs ‘13. When the Senate reconvened in the fall, Cruz and others said his focus was mainly on internal reform. “The ASSU can be unresponsive, uncommunicative and inefficient,” he said. “If we wanted to serve the student body well, we had to know what they wanted us to do, and have mental things that human beings go through is not something that a lot of students here talk about,” Seldon said. “We want to change that culture — that’s on a community level, but that’s also a very individual level.” “What we mean by mental health is not just access to Vaden and the Bridge,” she said.“What we mean is a more institutionalized and systematic culture that has been built, which is lack of courses around mental health,lack of events that talk about issues of depression and anxiety — that’s what we’re trying to change.” Current ASSU President Angelina Cardona ‘11 approved of the slate’s commitment to mental health. Seldon worked in Cardona’s cabinet as the chair of diversity, tolerance and equality. “I am happy to see that they have this emphasis since it is one of the main priorities our administration has had this year and because, more importantly, change on these issues takes time so having the next exec have similar values is crucial to real progress,” Cardona wrote in an email to The Daily. Students who have worked with Seldon and Vasquez in the past had high praise for their abilities and qualifications for the Executive position. Milton Achelpohl ‘13, who worked with Seldon on the ASSU’s diversity, tolerance and equality team this year, agreed that her experience working with a large number of different communities as part of the ASSU’s diversity outreach efforts would make her a strong ASSU President. “What I really see with Tenzin and Joe is a very real commitment and passion for these issues . . . whether it be diversity or community-building on Stanford’s campus,”
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someone could easily put their major as whatever they want, and this would prevent people who really are majoring in the subject from taking [the class].” Faculty members echo student concerns.According to Hinds, since all interested students are able to enroll on Axess, they get their hopes up; they all assume that they will be admitted into the class when, oftentimes, more than half of the students will not. From a faculty perspective, it is also difficult to gauge the extent to which students are actually serious about the class. “I’ve had students say that they really need to take my class, but then drop it a few days later,” Hinds said. As a result, she has “become a little less sympathetic” about the enrollment process. Princen and Hernandez offer a tentative solution. They would far prefer an application process like the one currently in place for introductory seminars, where students fill out an online application several weeks before the first day of the quarter. “I think it’s the responsibility of the professor to take account for over-enrolled classes by conducting
applications prior to the first day of the quarter,” Princen said. “These applications force students to reflect on the reasons why they want to take the class and take control over their own education, rather than just going through the motions as a factory-model student.” While Hinds concurs that an online application introsem-style would be ideal, it might not be entirely practical in the Stanford environment. Some students do not enroll on Axess prior to the start of the quarter. Other students may enroll on Axess but do not show up on the first day of class. The question then becomes: to whom should professors send the online application? While it remains unclear how the application process can be changed to make it more amenable to faculty and students alike, there is one thing that is an easy fix.A few classes, such as MS&E 175 and 178, do not even warn students in their course descriptions that enrollment is capped. As Cottle points out, this type of concern could be resolved through a bit of clarification on the University’s part. “We could probably make it more clear on Axess that enrollment is limited in certain classes,” Cottle said. University registrar Thomas Black did not respond to a request for comment. Contact Janelle Wolak at jwolak@ stanford.edu.
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Speaking about their relative inexperience, Vasquez believes it will be a “tremendous benefit.” The two candidates went on to discuss their current campus affiliations. Since entering Stanford as a transfer student at the start of the 2009-10 academic year, Seldon has been actively involved in Stanford’s community centers and its ethnic communities.Vasquez has extensive experience in Stanford Student Enterprises and with the Greek system as a member of Kappa Sigma. Both individuals are also heavily involved with first generation and low-income students, and have made outreach to them a central tenet of their campaign. “Our role is to go out into those communities and be the utility for these communities, to collaborate with one another on these issues — on issues of diversity, on issues of mental health, on issues of transparency,” Seldon said. “We are the platform where every group can come together and talk about issues that are divisive and talk about issues that are uniting.” The second major plank of the slate’s platform is a focus on mental health and wellness. When asked what they believed was the most pressing issue facing students today, both Seldon and Vasquez immediately highlighted a lack of dialogue and resources around mental health, and emphasized the focus on mental health issues as a major point distinguishing them from opposing slates. “We believe that talking about anxiety, depression and just funda-
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Several big fights have marked the conflict between Stanford and CRONA, including a rejection of a previous agreement by the nurses in December. The union voted to authorize a strike last February after the hospital attempted to impose new contract conditions. Key provisions of the proposed agreement include retroactive wage increases of 4 percent dating back to March 2010, as well as future wage increases of 4 percent up
to April 2012 and increases of between 2 and 4 percent afterward. The length of the new contract will be three years. “This has been a long and tumultuous process,” wrote CRONA President Lorie Johnson in a press release on Saturday. “I am very proud of how our membership stood together and refused to let the hospitals impose an unfair contract on us.The CRONA Board and Negotiating Committee will be recommending that nurses vote to accept this tentative agreement.” CRONA’s membership will vote on the contract on Thursday.
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from getting out of control. According to Castro, a common theme among students who went to the emergency room was the fact that no one attempted to dissuade them from engaging in high-risk behavior. Had that check existed, it would have prevented them from drinking so severely, he said. “People drink because of social pressure,” Castro said.“We want to change the norm. “If someone can point out that drinking to the point of vomiting is not normative, and it is reckless, people are more likely to listen,” he said. “So what we’re going to do in spring is really push the staff and everybody to have that conversation.” While the number of alcohol transports is slightly higher this year, the number of alcohol citations handed out to undergradu-
ates has actually gone down. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has only given nine minorin-possession (MIP) citations so far this year and 10 citations for drunkin-public (DIP) offenses. Compared with last year’s 29 MIP and 19 DIP citations, the decrease is significant. “I assume that on any given weekend, they probably could cite 100 [students] if they wanted to, and maybe it’s just that they’re trying to be more educational,” Castro said.“But it sets up a false sense of security for students. “Those that do get cited will be like, wait a minute, why did I get cited, when 50 others aren’t? So there does need to be some consistency with that.” Statistics on the total number of alcohol hospitalizations will be reported at the end of the 2010-11 academic year. Bill Larson, a spokesperson for DPS, declined to comment. Contact Ariel Zhou at email@example.com.
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REINVENTING SPRING BREAK
By NARDOS GIRMA
pring Break: these words bring to mind images of college students soaking up the sun on beaches or resting at home, recovering from a long and tiring winter quarter. Yet for the almost 200 Stanford students who participated in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) this year, the week would be spent learning about and experiencing public service. ASB is a Stanford program affiliated with the Haas Center for Public Service that allows students to go to various parts of the country on service and service-learning trips. This year’s ASB program had a total of 17 trips with topics ranging from veteran’s health care to education reform in New York to food issues in the Bay Area to the California prison system, all of which exposed students to a variety of social and cultural issues through education as well as hands-on service. The Stanford ASB program is part of a national alternative break organization called Break Away. But what makes Stanford’s program so unique is that it is designed to educate and teach students about social issues rather than just send them on service trips. “Our trips have evolved into more of education immersion experiences versus traditional hands-on service experiences,”said ASB faculty advisor Jon McConnell.“There are still some service components built into the course of the week, but it’s more comprehensive and looks at social issues from a multitude of perspectives.” The education immersion portion of the trip started before spring break even started. Students started gearing up for ASB with a one-unit informative course during winter quarter, through which they gained an indepth understanding of their topics. Having completed the more formal classroom portion of the program, students then headed to locations across the country where they began their service-learning projects. There, they met both with those impacted by the social issues as well as those with the power to help alleviate the problems. Christian Smith ‘12 traveled to New York City to explore the education system, where his ASB group took a hands-on approach to dealing with education reform by visiting sev-
higher academic settings, eral public schools and charthen we can get results from ter schools. The “Growing students that don’t learn as Creativity: Education Rewell from traditional educaform in New York City and tion methods.” Beyond” ASB group partASB also exposed students nered with the Institute of to the wealth of opportuniDesign at Stanford ties that exist in public serv(d.school) to explore bringice, which for some, such as ing design thinking and creNamir Shah ‘14, helped reativity to the education sysshape their career goals. tem. Shah, who went on a trip In addition to working that explored women’s with students, Smith and his health and health policy, defellow Stanford students visscribed how he was “surited universities where they prised by how many ways talked about design thinking there are to get involved in in education reform and explored a new way of thinking SERENITY NGUYEN/The Stanford Daily public policy and health policy than just being an elected called constructivist education, which focuses on creativity as a means of politician or a doctor.” Despite the differences in subject matter education reform. “This design thinking process fits in with and location, several themes remain common the constructivist education model because throughout the ASB trips. First of all, it’s imyou’re harnessing creativity that we believe is possible to speak to students about their ASB fundamentally in every student,” Smith said. experience without hearing about the friend“If we can harness that creativity and use it in ships they formed.
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The Social Entrepreneurship group, one of 17 groups participating in the Alternative Spring Break program, visited businesses in the Bay Area dedicated to enacting positive social change.
Alexandra Rieger ‘14, who began the “Social Entrepreneurship in the Bay Area”trip expecting to learn more about the various startups in the Bay Area and possibly make a few contacts,was surprised by how much she bonded with her peers. “It was absolutely wonderful to begin the journey with really wonderful individuals and leave as close friends over such a short amount of time,” Rieger said. Another common factor in every group was the hard work and dedication of the trip leaders. Each group had two trip leaders that were recruited during spring quarter of the previous year.These leaders proposed their own topics, participated in training during fall quarter and organized the entire trip. “What our program does well is that it brings together student leaders from all over campus with very diverse interests and backgrounds to design a very intensive experience around their topic,” said Minh Dan Vuong ‘11, executive director of the program. “What unifies all 17 trips is this passion for engaging students and promoting service and service-learning.” Many students were motivated to become leaders as a result of their own ASB trips or personal experiences related to their topic. Andy Nguyen ‘12, for example, was motivated to lead a trip covering women’s health and health policy this year because of his experience in a human biology class about women’s health as well as an internship that exposed him to state legislative advocacy. He described the final reflection his group had at the end of the program as one of his favorite moments of the trip. “I liked finding out what everyone learned on the trip because I’m really passionate about women’s health and health policy, and it was exciting to see how much people had learned over the duration of the directed reading in winter quarter and over the course of the trip,” Nguyen said. Next year, perhaps students inspired by their recent ASB experiences will continue the cycle, becoming the next set of ASB leaders and encouraging other students to trade in their week-long sunbath in Mexico for new perspectives,a group of close friends and a passion for public service. Contact Nardos Girma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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oting for ASSU candidates is much easier and more convenient than voting in a national election.Students vote online from the comfort of their dorm rooms, polls are open for a full 48 hours and information about the candidates is readily available. Despite this, voter turnout in recent ASSU elections has hovered around 50 percent for the undergraduate population and is far lower for graduate students. Many would argue that turnout is relatively low because the ASSU doesn’t have an impact on the dayto-day lives of students, but this notion is incorrect. If you are a member of a student group, or even if you attend an event hosted by one, you are benefiting from the ASSU funding process. The influence of the ASSU is also evident in something as simple as reserving an Old Union room — the current online system exists because, two years ago, an Executive administration created it. But the ASSU has an impact beyond funding groups and launching its own initiatives — elected ASSU members can act as your lobbyists to the administration. For example, maybe you have a strong opinion on the new policy prohibiting the use of Row social dues for alcohol purchases, or perhaps you feel that stronger action needs to be taken to improve advising. Your ASSU representatives are well placed to translate your views into administrative policy change and they want to hear from you. Because these issues are not directly under the control of the ASSU, we tend to think that the ASSU plays no role in them at all. In fact, the ASSU can and should be a strong participant in the administrative policymaking process. The Executive, Senators and GSC members collaborate regularly with the administrators that make these types of decisions.They know these individuals well, understand how their departments operate and are perfectly positioned to advocate on behalf of students. Administrators recognize that ASSU leaders are popularly elected and represent the opinions of the student body, and are almost always happy to incorporate ASSU input. As you prepare to cast your votes on Thursday and Friday, the
editorial board offers the following recommendations - — not specific candidates to support, but characteristics to search for and questions to ask: No. 1: Look critically at flyers. They are perhaps the most common symbol of Campaign Week, but frequently offer little or no information. Ask yourself if the candidate is actually proposing to address issues in a concrete way, or if he/she simply listed appealing buzzwords. Flyering is an easy way to avoid actual one-on-one campaigning, so be sure to remember candidates that take the time to have real conversations with you. No. 2: Talk to candidates about their platform. Ask not only what they will do, but follow up with two important questions. First, how will they accomplish their goals? For example, if a Senate candidate wants to address sustainability issues, which tools does the Senate provide that will help them succeed? Second, how will the candidate know that he or she has successfully addressed the problem? There are dozens of new ASSU initiatives every year, but they are rarely evaluated to examine effectiveness or adjusted to be as efficient as possible. No. 3: Keep experience in mind. There is a learning curve within the ASSU; students who have served in the Senate, GSC or Executive branch will tell you that it takes time and energy to get up to speed. Look for ASSU experience, or at the very least, knowledge of the institution. For Senate candidates, ask if they have attended Senate meetings.Do they know the Senate environment? For Executive slates, the time commitment has grown beyond that of a full-time job. Are candidates aware of this and are they willing to make the sacrifices (academic and otherwise) necessary to represent the student body? No. 4: Find out what motivates them. This may be the most important piece of advice we can offer: try to learn why a candidate is really in the race, beyond the goals on a platform. Ask what they hope to gain through ASSU service and how it will enhance their Stanford experience. In the end, candidates with a good answer to this question are almost always the most effective.
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N O F REE LUNCH
Not So Special Fees
s we mentioned last week,ASSU election season is already upon us. Good news is, one issue has pretty much been decided: what groups will receive additional funding from the undergraduate or graduate student populations — Special Fees. For almost all of the organizations on the ballot, the hard part is already over.They’ve waded through the paperwork, gone before the ASSU Senate Appropriations Committee and had their members forward a plea to every mailing list on campus. If they’re lucky, they managed to rally 10 percent of the student population if the Appropriations Committee approved them or 15 percent if they weren’t, and for the most part, the fight is over. Simply put, they’re across the approval threshold for fees. The election is structured so that a specific organization must be approved by a simple majority of those who vote and at least 15 percent of the student body as a whole. Last year, not a single organization had less than half of the vote. In all, 89 percent (49 out of 55) of requests were approved.The six that weren’t can blame the low voter turnout that kept them from getting to the 15 percent absolute mark rather than any actual negative voter sentiment — overall average approval was 68 per-
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cent. In 2009, a single student organization failed in its bid, and on a technicality at that. In 2008, only one organization dropped below the then more stringent 60 percent approval of those voting. What does this tell us about Stanford students as voters? First,we don’t show up.If more than 30 percent of students or 2,100 people had voted on every Special Fees issue last year, all of them would have passed. Second, inferring from the data and just talking to people, some huge number of students simply votes yes on every single petition. Perhaps most vote no on one or two organizations which really bothered them that year, but how many people do you think actually go line by line and ask themselves if their Stanford experience is improved because Mock Trial (the organization with the lowest approval that still received funding) can fly some of its
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T HE T RANSITIVE P ROPERTY
Becoming One of the “Guys”
awesome.) I’ve always felt that I related more to women than to men. But now, as I continue that transition,I feel like that dynamic is changing. The moment of conception for this column occurred when one of my best friends told me how he noticed that I acted a lot straighter now compared to the beginning of my transition.And although I do identify as “queer” and consider myself part of the queer community, my other queer friends have seen me more as a straight boy than a queer boy. And I admit that I’m beginning to see myself less as queer and more as someone who’s straight. I’m slowly becoming more and more like a guy — like a normal guy. And whatever the hell normal is, I’m not sure, but I sure feel it. I’ve taken a lot of traditionally male mannerisms. I go to the gym. I drink beer. I know how to joke around with other guys. I’ve noticed
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o last Monday I had my first day of a class called “Feminism and American Literature.” Being both a fan of literature and feminism, I was pretty excited that day. However, as I sat there, I felt a bit off. I felt flustered, guarded, on edge, vulnerable. I had no idea why I felt this way. It wasn’t until about halfway through the class that I realized I was the only male-identified person in the room.And for the first time, I became acutely aware of my maleness. This class was the first time I ever felt out of place in a female space. It was strange — before, I was so much more comfortable in female spaces than male spaces. As someone who has studied both English and Feminist Studies, I was pretty used to being the minority in female-dominated academic spaces. During my freshman year, I even lived on an allgirls’ floor. (Yes, I got to live the dream of living with all girls. It was
that my walk has become a lot straighter — I’m not very sure how to explain it. When I was just beginning to transition, I had a very nonnormative sort of walk, the sort of walk that signaled to people that I was not a normal guy. I wasn’t very sure how to move in a masculine way. I experimented with different ways of walking, with different ways of holding my body. I was fine with and proud of having a more feminine walk, of portraying my masculinity in a non-normative way. Maybe it’s because of the testosterone and how I’ve added on muscle — particularly my arms and shoulders — but now I carry myself
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O P-E DS Vote Abstain,Vote Equally
n the General Election ballot, Measure A asks students their opinion on whether ROTC should return to campus, with three options: support, oppose or abstain.I,as a transgender student,encourage you to vote abstain. Much of the debate about ROTC’s potential return to campus has been framed as a conflict between patriotism and anti-militarism. However, this discussion ignores the policy-based implications of Stanford University supporting, endorsing and funding a program that discriminates against our students. Our university has an official non-discrimination clause that reads, “Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University.” ROTC is bound to uphold the policies of the U.S. military and so excludes students that it determines to be transgender, intersex or disabled — and,at least until the military officially implements the Congressional repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, students who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. This means that there are students at Stanford who are unequivocally unable to participate in the program. This has nothing to do with patriotism or militarism;it has to do with discrimination and civil rights. Voting to abstain sends a message to the Faculty Senate who actually will decide the question posed. Voting to abstain says that this is a matter of policy, not opinion. There is no opinion in the fact that Stanford has an official policy protecting its students from the discrimina-
tion we would face if an explicitly exclusionary institution returns to campus. Often when I’m having this discussion with students,I am asked how many transgender students there are at Stanford, to the effect of,“It’s such a small community, does it really matter if it’s excluded?”To this I respond:Is there a quantifiable amount of discrimination that you find acceptable? If it’s just me, is discrimination morally palatable? If we have nine transgendered people,is it okay for ROTC to return,but if we have 10, should ROTC not return until it changes its policies? Do we want to be the kind of university that accepts discrimination if the community being oppressed is small enough that it isn’t seen or heard by the majority? Stand with me for social equality. Stand with me, and vote abstain on Measure A.
LEANNA KEYES ‘14
How I Found Identity and Inspiration in the Asian Greek Community
hen I first came to Stanford from a predominantly Caucasian suburb, I was terrified by the sheer number of Asian Americans.This discomfort stemmed from having not been comfortable with my own AsianAmerican identity. I am half Japanese and half Chinese, speak English at home and hold my chopsticks incorrectly.I joined the Japanese and Vietnamese cultural societies to find my inner Asian but quickly dropped out, feeling out of place. Consequently, I avoided the Asian community until I attended Asian-interest sorority rush events for the Korean BBQ. As I gobbled
the free food, I realized that I really enjoyed the company of the girls I met, an enthusiastic family who made me feel welcome. After joining alpha Kappa Delta Phi (KDPhi), establishing my cultural identity went from a struggle to an exciting exploration. KDPhi does not define itself by any ethnicity but unites women of all backgrounds, from Cambodian to Vietnamese to Mexican and African American.Through my sisters,I learned about Vietnamese immigration struggles, Japanese-American internment, sex trafficking in Southeast Asia and all over the world, disability discrimination in the Philippines and racism against Hmong communities in the Midwest; I also tested my ability to eat pho three times a week. Thanks to the Asian Greek community, I am finally proud of my mixed heritage and am deeply inspired by the heritages of others. While Asian Greeks are certainly active in sociopolitical issues,we do not stamp our letters on every act of leadership and achievement, often executed through groups not under AASA.My sisters have founded and led organizations like the Stanford Student Journal of Global Health which fosters service in developing Asian countries, the Asian American Wellness Program which promotes mental wellness for Asian-Americans, Initiative Against Malaria which raises funds for bednets in Southeast Asia,Arbor and Pacific Free Clinic which serves poor Asian immigrants,and the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) which connects students with Asian-Pacific entrepreneurs and markets. My sisters fiercely support one another in even these non-sorority projects.The Asian Greek organizations provide valuable networks that support community leaders in both individual and group endeavors to better conditions for our fellow Asians.To say that we do not know what it means to be Asian American is to
ignore the wealth of inspiring acts that Asian Greeks provide all over campus. There is a lot of misunderstanding about the role of Asian-interest Greeks at Stanford. We are not purely a social club, purely a service organization or purely about being Asian. We came together seeking sisterhood both in our commonalities and our differences. We cannot be defined by any one label, because our sorority allows us to combine all our passions rather than limit ourselves to a narrow range of missions. Of course, there is always room for improving the unity of the Asian community, and breaking through apathy towards political causes is a challenge facing all student groups. Still, the members in the Asian Greek community and their commitment to Asian-American issues make me proud to rep my letters.
JESSICA UNO,‘11 Member of alpha Kappa Delta Phi
he viewpoints of janitors and students have been consistently missing from the public discussion of the attempted Stanford janitor firings in December 2010, and as a member of the Stanford Labor Action Coalition and a Stanford janitor, respectively, we are writing to present our side of the story. Federal law did not require the criminal background checks or the particular identity checks that caused the janitors’ job crisis. UGLUNICCO and Stanford required criminal background checks like the previous company,
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ABM, did. The vast majority of janitors passed the criminal background check. With respect to identity checks, federal law requires a validation of authorization to work in the United States via the I-9 form. UGLUNICCO did not disclose the requirements for its “identity check,” and only after our campaign did the company finally ask for I-9 documents from all the workers. All the workers provided these documents required for legal authorization to work in the United States.Therefore, whatever problems that may have come up with the additional identity checks that UGL-UNICCO performed were not a valid reason to end these workers’ jobs. Many factors lead to discrepancies in the identity checks. Databases are usually rife with clerical errors,especially with Latino names. In fact, Section 1324(b), paragraph 6 of the Immigration and Nationality Act explicitly states that requesting more documents, as UGL-UNICCO has done “shall be treated as an unfair immigration-related employment practice if made for the purpose or with the intent of discriminating against an individual.” There is reason to believe that UGL-UNICCO has violated this act. Originally, 55 of the 134 janitors received letters saying UGL-UNICCO could not verify their identity and that UGL-UNICCO would not offer them work after Dec.1.Hearing about these firings from the janitors prompted SLAC to send out a petition to gather support from the Stanford community for the janitors. After receiving an overwhelmingly supportive response from the Stanford community, Stanford and UGLUNICCO involved students and workers in the discussion. They began rehiring some workers,though many janitors remained jobless. The workers organized several marches and one four-hour work stoppage. The workers’ actions and union negotiations led to UGL-UNICCO’s provisional offer to rehire the workers once they presented their I-9 form, pending a grievance claim.
In firing the janitors, UGLUNICCO violated the requirement of the collective bargaining agreement they have with the janitors’ union, SEIU Local 1877, that requires new subcontractors rehire all workers with full pay and benefits. Most of the fired janitors, some of whom have worked at Stanford for over 15 years,had enough seniority to make up to $13.09 per hour with full benefits, including health insurance for their families. Newly hired janitors started at $9.15 per hour with no benefits, including healthcare. New hires would have received benefits for themselves after one year and benefits for their family after two years. Since Stanford’s payment to UGL-UNICCO is set at a monthly sum, UGL-UNICCO stood to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars from firing janitors with seniority and replacing them with a group of new hires. Stanford chose UGL-UNICCO over other potential subcontractors despite it not being the lowest-cost choice, because Stanford believed UGL-UNICCO would provide quality service based on its performance at other schools. Complying with contractual requirements partly defines quality service. UGL-UNICCO has violated its union contract on top of having a history of worker mistreatment. According to a Harvard Crimson article (2002),UGL-UNICCO used anti-worker cost-cutting strategies, such as employing parttime janitors to avoid providing healthcare both on Harvard campus and in the Boston area. The situation is far from over — 29 workers anxiously await the results of the grievance claim, which will be decided on May 4.If the grievance claim is not found in their favor, these janitors will lose their jobs, and the only other formal complaint process available is an unfair labor practice claim, which typically takes five-to-seven years to decide. We must remain vigilant of companies both on and off campus that would abuse good workers to make a quick buck. Companies should reward those who work hard at their jobs, and people should not be subject to the financial whims of corporations.
ERIC GRIFFIS ‘12 AND KARINA REYES,JANITOR
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differently, walk differently. Physically, in many ways, I’m much more traditionally masculine than I was before. But the most jarring aspect to my transition is how I relate to women, particularly women I am interested in. I never participated in college hookup culture because I just didn’t get it.I never learned the signals that girls give guys if they want to dance, make out, have sex. The idea of hookups was all very foreign to me, even at the beginning of this school year. But at this point of my transition, I’m slowly becoming more and more familiar, more and more aligned with the more conventional ways that men and women interact with each other sexually. Of course, I’m not the type to hook up with people, (as I mentioned in last week’s column), but I’ve become more familiar with this whole heterosexual courting paradigm. I’m becoming a traditional guy in terms of how I go about treat-
ing someone I’m interested in — I feel compelled to pick up the tab, hold open doors, just those things that men traditionally do. I have this weird impulse to be a gentleman, which I know is problematic, since the idea of the gentleman does to a degree stem from sexism and chauvinism, but all this comes with being culturally indoctrinated as a straight man. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very happy with my transition. I’m happy with how my body is turning out.I’m happy with my voice. I’m overall so much happier than I was two years ago,when I first was coming out.But at the same time, I feel like I’m losing something. I once prided myself in being able to relate to women, in claiming women’s spaces as my spaces — but now, I feel that I am separating myself from women, relating to them as straight men relate to them.I’m transforming into a regular guy, the guy you’d have a beer with, the guy you’d give a slap on the back. It’s so strange. And to tell you the truth, I’m not very sure how I feel about it yet. Want to have a beer with Cristopher? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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members to Atlanta for a tournament? We’d guess that there is a small group of people who actually think about who they don’t want to give funding to, and then there is probably another, smaller population who just vote ‘no’ on everything. All in all, it seems fair to say that when it comes to Special Fees, Stanford students aren’t a very discerning lot. But maybe that’s because we don’t have to be. Everyone has the right to request a refund at the beginning of the quarter from any groups they don’t wish to personally fund. This would be a great way to vote with your feet, but with our ‘yesyesyes’ Special Fees system, no one bears the burden of ‘no.’ If someone refunds the portion of their fee that goes to Flicks or the Stanford Concert Network,they can still go watch as many free movies or concerts as they want. Flicks and SCN have no recourse for free riders.This is probably the rationale for why student groups aren’t docked when someone or everyone request a refund. Instead the ASSU general fund is left to take up the slack. This wasn’t much of a problem when no one knew about the refund system, but thanks to some flyering by the Stanford Review, it seems that everyone does now. The Special Fees system was designed to let the student body make tradeoffs to decide how to distribute a limited pool of money to a big group or worthy student organiza-
tions. Instead it’s become a set of hurdles, where everyone gets great services, but anyone can opt out of paying. Socialism and Libertarianism don’t mix well — it’s simply bad business. So how do we fix it? First, we could start by doing the obvious and closing the refund loophole. No one seems to be willing to allow the ASSU to distribute a list of those who requested refunds to the groups they requested them from, so the refund system should be junked entirely. Second, we could tweak the election process to do what it was intended to do, let the students decide. For starters, the barrier to getting special fees should be significantly higher than getting on the ballot — by at least double — meaning that 30 percent of the student population should have to approve of a group getting funding,in an absolute sense. An unintended upside to this is it would get every group invested in turnout, not just spamming for petitions. So until then, go vote in this election. And spend the two minutes it will take to actually go through and think about whether each group that is asking for your money is actually serving the Stanford community and actually improving our university. And future ASSU senators and executive: this is something that actually needs fixing.We need a consistent policy that allows special fees to simply and clearly do what it is intended to: provide funding for organizations that make this place great. To refund the money you paid to make the Special Fees system dysfunctional, contact us at Daveg4@stanford.edu and email@example.com.
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Pepperdine falls on Senior Night
By MILES BENNETT-SMITH
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Saturday night was Senior Night at Maples Pavilion, but it was the underclassmen that stepped up and helped send the class of 2011 out in style with a 3-1 victory over No. 13 Pepperdine in the last regular season home game of the year. Freshman outside hitter/middle backer Eric Mochalski had a careerhigh of 11 kills and hit .611 with no errors, and junior outside hitter Brad Lawson notched his second straight double-double with 19 kills and 10 digs while hitting .341 for the match.
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The No.3 Cardinal (17-7,13-6 MPSF) came out strong, hitting .478 in the first set and jumped all over the Waves to take game one, 25-15. But things leveled out in the second set as Stanford’s attack cooled off and Pepperdine rebounded.The two teams traded points for most of the game, with neither side gaining much of an advantage until Stanford used a Lawson kill to move to set point at 24-23. But the Card couldn’t convert and failed to capitalize on two subsequent set points with Pepperdine (5-13,5-13), who eventually took the set on two blocks by Matt Pollock and Maurice Torres. The setback seemed to jolt the Cardinal’s offense back into gear, and Lawson and McLachlin stepped up their games in the third set — Stanford nearly doubled its hitting percentage from game two to game three. With McLachlin serving, Stanford won four straight points and held a slight lead midway through the set. The lead grew to four points at 2016, but Pepperdine refused to quit despite offensive woes — the Waves hit just .216 for the match and hit below .135 in games one and four. It wasn’t until Lawson slammed home one of junior setter Evan Barry’s
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The underclassmen and seniors alike put on a show on Senior Night. Freshman outside hitter Eric Mochalski, above, tallied 11 kills and no errors for a .611 hitting percentage as Stanford cruised to a 3-1 win over Pepperdine.
50 assists on set point number three that the crowd of 1,268 could exhale. Playing with a 2-1 lead, the Card appeared to loosen up a bit, but couldn’t shake Pepperdine and the balanced offensive attack of Pollock, Torres and Cory Riecks,each of whom had at least 10 kills, with Torres tying Lawson for the match high at 19. Stanford slipped into a 13-10 hole, but slowly worked the sideout game to retake the lead at 15-14. With the crowd’s support, the lead swelled to three, and then a late surge gave the Cardinal the set and match, 25-20. Fittingly, it was the senior McLachlin who put away the final point as his father, assistant coach Chris McLachlin, looked on from the bench. In addition, the victory moved Stanford’s graduating class of McLachlin, Ian Connolly, Max Halvorson, Charley
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WRESTLING WITH WAZZU
Offense on and off in crazy series win
By JACK BLANCHAT
The Stanford baseball team opened up its Pac-10 season the right way this past weekend, grabbing the Saturday and Sunday games to secure a series victory over the Washington State Cougars. The series win was especially critical considering the way the Cardinal (13-7, 2-1 Pac-10) started the weekend, as it blew an eight-run lead and a great pitching performance by sophomore Mark Appel on Friday night to fall to the Cougars (11-12, 1-5).
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The Cardinal jumped out to a big lead thanks to a blasted three-run home run from catcher Zach Jones and a solo shot from freshman first baseman Brian Ragira. Appel gave the Card another strong start, blowing away seven batters with a devastating fastball-slider combo. Appel gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Stanford lead to 8-2 and then exploded on the
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Freshman Lonnie Kauppita, above, went 6-for-6 with a triple and five RBI as the Cardinal piled on 22 against Washington State on Saturday for Stanford’s first of two wins in the weekend series against the Cougars.
Cardinal bullpen when Appel’s night was over after he looked to be in line to get the win.Appel gave up only the two runs over seven innings and struck out a career-high of seven batters. Freshman A.J. Vanegas gave up three straight hits before junior Scott Snodgress relieved him and gave up five runs before he was pulled for junior Chris Reed. Cougar right fielder Derek Jones, the first batter Reed faced, then connected on a fastball and blasted a three-run home run out to right field, giving the Cougars a 10-8 lead. The potentially devastating loss didn’t affect the Cardinal for long though, even when it was faced with the added adversity of snowy weather conditions. A 2 p.m. start was delayed to 5:30 p.m. after rain and snow came down on Bailey-Brayton field, but the Cardinal showed no signs of a hangover when it got on the board early and didn’t stop scoring the entire night. Another three-run bomb from Jones, his second of the weekend, made the score 9-0 in the second inning, and a colossal grand slam from Ragira made the score 16-1 before a 33-minute snow delay put a break in the action in the top of the fifth. The snow and the Cougar bullpen didn’t stop the scoring onslaught, as every Cardinal starter recorded a hit. Freshman right fielder Austin Wilson added another three-run dinger over the left-field wall to make the score 21-1, and freshman Lonnie Kauppila went 6-for-6 with a triple and five RBI. When it was all said and done, Stanford had a 22-3 win, the first time Stanford had scored over 20 runs since 2007. Not to be overshadowed in the offensive explosion was junior starter Jordan Pries, who did his part to secure the Stanford victory and push his record to 4-1 by giving up only two runs on five hits through seven innings. With the series on the line on Sunday, the Cardinal turned to sophomore righty Dean McArdle, who de-
have a serious question. Why are you watching today’s men’s national championship game? I’m not implying that you shouldn’t, but if you really think about it,do you have a reason to? If you’re reading this column, it means you’re probably a sports fan, so maybe that is reason is enough to watch the national title game. Or maybe you have some connection to Connecticut or Butler, in which case that is definitely reason enough. But if this was November, would you watch a Butler-Connecticut game? Maybe, but probably not — and I seriously doubt many of you have this matchup in your bracket. But if you do, I tip my proverbial cap to you. Regardless of your reason, most of you will watch the game tonight.So will I;but still,I’m certain that tonight’s game will not be watched by nearly as many people as it would if it was, say, North Carolina versus Kansas. You’re probably asking yourself, “Where is he going with this?”What I’m trying to do here is ask: is it good for college bas-
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ketball to have to relatively unexpected teams play in the title game? That question also gets to the heart of one of college sports’ biggest conflicts — major conferences versus mid-majors. On the one hand, college sports are a business, and the major conferences consistently bring in more revenue and more television viewers. I don’t have figures to express this, but I don’t think many people would dispute that notion. With that in mind, there are also the issues of building programs, building legacies and building fan bases. Nobody should have the power to deem one school as inherently better than another. The Kentuckys, UCLAs and Dukes of the world only became the programs that they are today — with large,
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Men’s gymnastics takes MPSF title in upset
The No. 2 Cardinal men’s gymnastics team will head into the NCAA Championships later this month with high hopes after its victory over rival No. 3 California and top-ranked Oklahoma. Stanford has never won an NCAA title without taking the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in the process. The win was a team effort — senior Ryan Lieberman led the Card at third place in the allaround. But consistency throughout the lineup lifted the team to victory by posting solid scores in every event. Senior Tim Gentry, largely considered Stanford’s strongest candidate at the NCAA meet, posted an impressive 16.050 on the still rings, with the next closest score a 15.600 scored by sophomore teammate James Fosco. Senior Alex Buscaglia put on a similarly impressive show on the horizontal bar with a 15.600, a half-point above redshirt sophomore teammate Cameron Foreman’s 15.100, the next best score at the meet. The impressive show at the MPSF Championship puts Stanford in a confident position for the national tournament. With its win over Oklahoma, the Cardinal has now defeated every team in the nation, and it will try to repeat that feat from April 14-16 at the NCAA championship in Columbus, Ohio.
— Matt Bettonville
Top-ranked women’s tennis downs Sun Devils
Staying unbeaten this season, the Cardinal women’s tennis team (18-0, 5-0 Pac-10) took six out of seven points from Arizona State on Friday. The Card found itself in a rare 0-1 deficit to start the afternoon after dropping two of three doubles matches. The team’s senior Hilary Barte and sophomore Mallory Burdette scored Stanford’s only doubles victory of the day. But the team returned to its usual form for the rest of the match, taking all six singles matches to turn the initial struggle into a decisive victory. The Cardinal’s Nos. 1 through 4 — Barte, Burdette, and freshmen Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn — all won in straight sets. The victory marks the 175th consecutive win for the team at
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would be the case, because I don’t think that being a Cinderella team is predicated on being a mid-major but rather on being a low seed. If San Diego State — a two-seed in this year’s bracket — were in the Final Four right now, I don’t think people would be thinking of the Aztecs as Cinderellas. Along the same lines, if 12-seeded Clemson,a member of the ACC, was in the Final Four, that would be a Carl Spackler-esque Cinderella Story. The biggest hurdle that mid-majors have to vault is the widely held idea that they are simply not as good as the major programs, because they don’t get five-star recruits, and they don’t play as grueling of conference schedules (arguably). That’s why people question how a team like VCU — coming out of the Colonial Athletic Association with 11 losses — can be in the tournament. I guess the moral of the story is that every team is just one team; it doesn’t matter what conference that team comes from or if it’s considered a midmajor or not — it is simply impossible to predict how one team will fare against another on any given day. Share your Horizon League allegiances with Daniel Bohm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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traveling fan bases — because of long periods of sustained success. Butler has now reached two consecutive title games. Maybe we are witnessing the Bulldogs’ transition from a team on the periphery of the national scene to one that will be able to continually recruit talent and be a contender year in and year out. The so-called mid-major schools have had representatives that swoop onto the scene for short periods of time — UNLV in the late 80’s and early 90’s and Utah in the 90’s and early 2000’s come to mind — but few that contend every season (Gonzaga?). Would it be a good thing if there were more perennial mid-major contenders? Probably. Some people might argue that it takes away from the Cinderella aspect of the NCAA Tournament that people love so much. If mid-majors are expected to do well, then it wouldn’t be quite as thrilling when a George Mason or a VCU goes to the Final Four — at least that’s what the argument would be. I don’t necessarily think that
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livered another good pitching performance from a starting rotation that lowered its collective ERA to 1.74 this weekend. The Cougar bullpen was its own worst enemy on Sunday, giving up back-to-back bases-loaded walks to help the Cardinal out to a 4-0 lead through the top of the sixth. However, the Cougar offense rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth due to two fielding errors from sophomore Tyler
Gaffney in center field who was forced into the unfamiliar spot in the outfield after typical centerfielder Jake Stewart was scratched from the lineup. Gaffney’s two gaffes, coupled with two more errors from Kauppila and Snodgress, made things tight going down the stretch, but Reed came in determined to redeem himself and secure the win with the game on the line in the eighth inning. Reed pitched one and twothirds innings of flawless baseball to grab his fourth save of the early season and give McArdle a 4-1 record after he went six and two-thirds innings and gave up just four hits and no earned runs. The win was also
head coach Mark Marquess’ 1,400th career victory. The series win was Stanford’s second weekend series victory in a row after knocking off Long Beach State last week, and the two wins leave Stanford in a good position as it primes for a long Pac-10 season that will feature matchups against four top-25 teams. The Cardinal returns home for a Tuesday matchup against San Jose State at 5:30 p.m. before heading south on its fifth road trip of the season for another Pac-10 series against the USC Trojans. Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat @stanford.edu.
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Henrikson and Jordan Inafuku (as well as redshirt junior Garrett Dobbs) within two victories of the all-time mark for career victories in school history, with 79. But the celebratory atmosphere Saturday at Maples Pavilion contrasted with the tense and volatile tone of Friday night, when a showdown with No. 1 USC had a rowdy crowd of 1,645 on edge. USC (17-1, 16-1) pulled out a 3-1 victory in the end, but after a dominating first set by the Trojans, a late-arriving crowd energized Stanford as they battled back to take the second set 25-21 and seized the momentum. USC’s combination of Tony Ciarelli and Steven Shandrick led the team. Ciarelli led all players with 21 kills and hit .500 with four aces and eight digs, and Shandrick hit .474 with 10 kills and eight block assists. The duo helped the Trojans overcome what was otherwise a quiet offensive night for the team. AllAmerican Murphy Troy hit just .059
for the match with eight kills, and USC hit just .290 as a team (compared to Stanford’s .305), but picked its spots well. With Stanford down 18-17 in the critical third set, Ciarelli smashed through the Stanford block to give the Trojans a three-point cushion that they would not relinquish. It was Shandrick who blocked Lawson for set point. The Cardinal took a three-point lead in the fourth set at 12-9, but USC proved why it has lost just one match all year as it chipped away and eventually took its first lead since the opening point at 22-21. A few blocks later and the Trojans were heading to the busses with their 11th straight win,but the match showed that Stanford can hold its own against the best in the country. The Cardinal is still in a tight race with BYU for the No. 2 seed in the MPSF and controls its own destiny by virtue of its series sweep of the Cougars. With just five matches remaining in conference play, Stanford heads south to face UC-Santa Barbara on Friday night. Contact Miles Bennett-Smith at email@example.com.
TENNIS NETS CLOSE WINS
By DASH DAVIDSON
The Stanford men’s tennis team defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane by the slimmest of margins, 4 to 3, on Friday evening at Taube Tennis Stadium. No. 12 Stanford improved to 10-5 (1-1 Pac-10) with the victory while No. 31 Tulsa fell to 14-6. The Cardinal wrapped up the weekend in Tucson, dealing the Arizona Wildcats a 5-2 loss. Two international underclassmen led Tulsa — sophomore Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and freshman Japie De Klerk of South Africa — who both achieved impressive statement victories. Arevalo and De Klerk posted Tulsa’s lone win in the three doubles matches, defeating Dennis Lin and Matt Kandath of the Cardinal, 8-5. In the singles, Arevalo was pitted against junior Bradley Klahn, Stanford’s No. 1 and the nations No. 11 player. Arevalo, ranked No. 46, went in as the underdog yet managed to upset Klahn (1-6, 6-3, 7-5)
and assert himself as a young player on the rise.The freshman De Klerk, ranked No. 99, had the task of taking on Stanford’s No. 2 player, No. 32 Ryan Thacher. Like his teammate Klahn, Thacher fell to a younger and lower-seeded opponent in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
MEN’S TENNIS TULSA 3 STANFORD 4 4/1, Taube Tennis Stadium STANFORD ARIZONA 4/3, Tucson 5 2
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Luckily for Stanford’s top two singles players, the back of the Cardinal lineup came up big against the Hurricane. Seniors Alex Clayton and Greg Hirshmann, along with sophomore Matt Kandath, all defeated their Tulsa foes to provide Stanford with the critical four points needed for a victory. Kandath was the closer for the Cardinal on Friday, finishing his match by defeating his opponent 64 in the third set and giving the team its pivotal fourth point. Tulsa has had a disparity of success between its top four lineup slots and its lower two. Over the course of the team’s last six matches, the top four have thrived and are a combined 20-4, whereas the bottom two have struggled to the tune of a 5-7 record. After Friday’s victory, the Cardinal headed south to Tucson to do battle with the No. 56 Arizona Wildcats. The team followed up its close victory over Tulsa in Friday’s match
Sophomore Matt Kandath, above, scored a win against Tulsa to get the Card the four points it needed for its close win over the Golden Hurricane. The point proved key as Stanford’s top two both lost in the match.
with a more decisive 5-2 win on Sunday. The Wildcats were blitzed early and often in this match, losing the first five contests before eking out the final two. These two wins were crucial for the Cardinal, both to hold its position in the fickle national rankings and to gain confidence as it heads into a difficult week that will feature three highly ranked opponents. First up is No. 26 San Diego on Wednesday at home, and then Stanford will head north to take on Washington and Oregon over the weekend. Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@ stanford.edu.
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to a 27-23 halftime lead. Nnemkadi Ogwumike sank her first four baskets, and senior point guard Jeanntte Pohlen knocked in a go-ahead threepointer near the end of the half that sent Stanford to the locker room with a sense of control. While the Cardinal was able to pad its lead a bit in the second, things turned around in a hurry. Texas A&M began seeking salvation at the three-point line as its waning offense put it back 54-44, following a free-throw from Nnemkadi Ogwumike. After bricking a couple poor shots from range, A&M got a bit of help from Stanford as each of the Ogwumike sisters sent Aggie shooters to the line on charging layups. Tyra White and Danielle Adams each turned their opportunities into three-point plays as they powered the Aggies to an 80 run that pulled them within 54-52. That’s when it all began to fall apart for Stanford. With freshman forward Chiney Ogwumike out on fouls, the Aggies quickly became the better-looking team. Sydney Carter nailed a three from the left wing over a leaping Pohlen to pull within a single point, which forced a tense timeout from VanDerveer with 85 seconds on the clock. Reality must have been settling in for the embattled Cardinal, and things got tougher from there. Losing Chiney was a tough blow, even on a day she struggled a bit to find the basket. “It definitely hurt us,” said senior forward Kayla Pedersen.“She gives us that fire and that passion, the offensive skill and defensive stops.” Both teams were out of timeouts, and like the last round of a title fight, the final minute was a heartwrenching flurry of two-point punches — all that mattered is who threw the final blow. Sydney Colson opened the frenzy for the Aggies, turning a missed three-pointer from sophomore forward Mikaela Ruef into a couple of converted free throws after drawing a foul in transition. Nnemkadi Ogwumike put Stanford back up, 60-59, with two of her own makes from the charity stripe. That put the clock at 0:35. White put in a layup after eating a few seconds off the clock, which left Nnemkadi Ogwumike with just 19 seconds to answer. She did, charging in to the paint and hooking a layup over Aggies guard Danielle Adams with an outstretched right hand. That proved to be the final basket of Stanford’s season. Colson charged down the court as the clock hit five seconds, dishing the ball away as she hit the paint. White picked it up in the post, dealing the Cardinal’s deathblow with a nonchalant toss off the backboard. Junior guard Lindy LaRocque stumbled over Pohlen to get at the ball,but neither of them could make the block. “We needed just a little more extra effort just to stop the ball and not allow them to get that pointblank shot,”VanDerveer said about the final basket. Ruef tossed a hail mary with three seconds left, but the game was already lost. As the Aggie bench stormed the court, the Stanford women had a lot to take in — in the long-term, they had just fallen short in the Final Four for the fourth straight time. More immediately, they were carrying an injured Pohlen away from the court. The Stanford captain came down hard on her ankle on the final play, falling to the floor and covering her face under the basket. Pohlen, who joined Pedersen last week in setting the record for most games played in a Stanford uniform, had a solid 11 points — nine of them on threes — in her final collegiate game. As of press time, the extent of her injury remains unclear. For Stanford’s seniors, the loss goes beyond frustrating — they’ve made the journey to the Final Four every season, only to come up short each time. It will be tough for VanDerveer and their younger teammates to let go of that legacy. “I can have another chance, but . . . I feel bad for Kayla and Jeanette,” VanDerveer said. “They wanted this. They worked hard.” “Losing the game is hard, but losing the team is even harder,” Nnemkadi Ogwumike said. “Not just as teammates but as friends.We spend every waking moment with each other, and it’s definitely been a really fun journey.” Contact Nate Adams at nbadams@ stanford.edu.
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home, as well as a continuation of Stanford’s current overall streak, now at 37 straight wins. It also puts a dagger into the ASU (13-4, 3-1 Pac-10), an unexpected Pac-10 contender this year suffering just its first loss in the league this season. Stanford’s match against No. 30 Arizona scheduled for Saturday was cancelled and will not be rescheduled, so the Cardinal will wait until this Friday to return to action, taking on Fresno State at 1:30 p.m. at Taube Tennis Stadium.
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Senior Hilary Barte, above, won in straight sets against her ASU opponent on Friday, as did all of Stanford’s top four singles players, propelling the team to a 6-1 victory over the Sun Devils.