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TUESDAY April 5, 2011
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Volume 239 Issue 34
Digital town hall connects Egypt to scholars
By MARWA FARAG
Meet and Greet
The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), in partnership with the Cloud to Street Initiative, held a digital town hall from Cairo on Monday morning. CDDRL visiting scholar Ben Rowswell discussed the recent Egyptian uprising with three Egyptian activists at Tahrir Lounge in Cairo,while members of the Stanford community watched through a live stream and participated in a chat and polls. The Egyptian activists, Sabah Hamamou, Mona Shahien and Abdel Rahman Faris,were leaders in the youth-led movement that started Jan. 25 in Tahrir Square, Cairo. The movement resulted in the resignation of 30-year President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11. They have since been involved in rebuilding Egypt’s political system in anticipation of parliamentary and presidential elections later this year. The discussion aimed to connect the activists with researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the University of British Columbia. According to Sarina Beges, CDDRL program manager, the discussion had 35 online participants, including academics and CDDRL members. Participants posted questions through a live chat,which Rowswell then posed to the activists.Topics included the impact of technology, citizen journalism, the future of Egyptian politics, women’s roles and the ways in which outsiders can contribute. “We largely refuse any support from any [foreign] government whatsoever, because governments have their own calculations,” said Faris, a member of the Revolutionary Youth Council that planned the initial protests.“But we count on popular support.” Shahien held a similar opinion. “I think there can be an exchange of information between us and people abroad,” she said. “[But] say to your governments:‘hands off the Arab world,’” Shahien said. Hamamou, Shahien and Faris emphasized their desire for a secular, democratic Egypt. “Most of the people who are working in the political sphere don’t want a religious country; we want a civil [secular] country,” said Hamamou, a deputy editor at leading state newspaper Al-Ahram, which extensively reported on the protests. The town hall idea emerged from Blogs and Bullets,a conference held by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford (FSI) in February on social media and the struggle for political change. “[Rowswell] decided to deploy to Cairo 10
Beckie Yanovsky, Alex Walker and Shilpa Apte, all class of 2013, meet with voters at a meet and greet. Yanovsky, Walker and Apte are part of the Leland Stanford Juniors, one of two slates running for junior class president. Elections for this race and others will be held April 7 through April 8.
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University rejects Kappa Sigma appeal
Vacated house to be used as upperclassman residence in 2011-12
! By AN LE NGUYEN and ZACH ZIMMERMAN
Please see EGYPT, page 2
Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman declined Kappa Sigma’s appeal on Monday, upholding Residential Education’s decision to revoke the fraternity’s housing for the coming academic year. The chapter will have a chance to apply for reinstatement in January 2012 as part of a formal relevancy presentation to a review panel. Following Dean of Residential Education Deborah Golder’s March 11 decision to strip Kappa Sigma of its housing, fraternity members were given approximately a week’s time to present their case for an appeal. Boardman stressed that the appeal was not intended to reintroduce specific incidents that led to Golder’s ruling, but to review the process as a whole.
“The grounds for appeal were based on whether the process was unfair or if there were new facts to consider that weren’t presented earlier,” he said. “They did not provide that evidence to me to overrule Dean Golder’s decision.” Boardman did make one amendment to ResEd’s initial ruling. Instead of applying for housing as part of a larger pool of unhoused organizations, Kappa Sigma will be given priority, allowing the chapter to make the necessary changes with an elevated possibility of reclaiming its residence. “If they make the progress we expect them to make, they should be given the first opportunity to move back into their house,” Boardman said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work. It also requires strong leadership and strong support.” “When we ask them what Kappa Sig stands for, we want them to have an answer that is robust and complex,” Golder added.
The University is slated to specify the conditions on April 22. “Everyone would have liked to see a different outcome, and we have worked tremendously hard for another one to take place,” wrote Kappa Sigma President Brian Barnes ‘12 in an email to The Daily. “Unfortunately, the University felt it was in all parties’ best interest for this hiatus to occur.” Boardman’s decision came as a particularly strong disappointment to the younger crop of Kappa Sigma members. “Our house has been working very hard for the past several months to better the culture of the fraternity and to take steps to create the house that both the University and the Kappa Sigma members want,” said Malcolm McGregor ‘13. While members “may disagree” with the University’s ruling, they are committed to
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Homeless and Hungry
Committee created for Searsville Dam decision
By JULIA BROWNELL
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
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A student dressed as a homeless person carries on a demonstration in White Plaza to bring issues of hunger and homelessness to light. This demonstration was sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, SPOON, STAMP and other groups.
Stanford has started assembling a committee for the comprehensive study of Searsville Dam, the contentious landmark in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve whose future has remained undecided for decades. According to Jasper Ridge Director Philippe Cohen, the committee will decide the fate of the dam within two years. “We’re in the process of putting together a team,” Cohen said. “This is the first time the University is really trying to take a comprehensive approach to the issue.” Searsville Dam has blocked Corte Madera Creek since its construction in 1891, creating the Searsville Reservoir. Initially used for recreation, the reservoir is now a part of Jasper Ridge, where it is used in research and teaching. The dam also blocked off historical steelhead trout habitat in the creeks upstream. Steelhead trout are a nationally threatened species whose preservation Stanford had to address in its Habitat
Conservation Plan (HCP). As The Daily reported last May, the HCP did not take a stance on the dam’s fate, saying it was too complex an issue and that addressing it would hold up the rest of the elements of HCP plans. Not addressing the Searsville dam issue means that “Stanford is going to be causing unpermitted [harm] of endangered species at the dam,” said Matt Stoecker, director of the non-profit Beyond Searsville Dam Coalition. This puts the University in violation of state water regulations and the Endangered Species Act. Now, the committee will attempt to finally address this issue apart from the total HCP. “Any decision about significant changes at Searsville is going to take a long time. If the University waited to finish its HCP until after we decided what to do at Searsville, there would be this long period of suspense over managing all the other habitats on campus,” said professor David Freyberg, who studies sedimentation at the
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Guericke shares startup experience FACES unites Chinese, U.S.student delegates LinkedIn co-founder discusses
By ISAAC GATENO Konstantin Guericke, co-founder of the professional networking site LinkedIn, kicked off the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) Stanford Summit with a keynote presentation entitled “Leveraging Networks for Startup Success: Using LinkedIn Beyond Hiring, Getting a Job and Reconnecting.” Guericke said he started LinkedIn to address two problems: the inefficiency of the labor market as a whole and the lack of a personal “agent” to manage each individual’s brand in the new marketplace. Guericke explained that before the Industrial Revolution, each person was a business.After the revolution, however, people became more oriented toward finding a stable job in a large corporation and moving up the hierarchy. “For 20 years or so now, we’re into the Information Revolution,” Guericke said. He explained that each professional is becoming less a part of a large corporation and more akin to an actor in Hollywood. Individual actors now market “their own brands and direct their own careers.” “LinkedIn was envisioned as being every professional’s agent,” Guericke said. But these developments have their own disadvantages.Though the Internet has made it easier for people to submit their resume to a large number of companies, recruiters must now to spend a lot more time sifting through the “noise,” he said. He pointed out that people are more likely to succeed in getting hired when someone within the company refers them. For this reason, Guericke wanted to find a way to make it easier to find those connections and make referrals. “We are your agent for your whole working, productive lives, and that way, we make the job market more efficient,” he said. In the second part of his talk, Guericke spoke about the lessons learned from his experience as an entrepreneur. He emphasized, in particular, the importance of teaching and learning entrepreneurship by example and encouraged attendees to critically question each lesson. Guericke rejected the notion that the success of a company depends on the idea behind it. He was adamant that execution and distribution are more important. “Companies just look like overnight successes, but people forget about who was there before,” Guericke said. He noted that when LinkedIn first launched, journalists compared it to Friendster. They later drew comparisons to MySpace and now liken LinkedIn to Facebook. Guericke argued that the reason that LinkedIn has continued growing,despite competition from other successful social networks, is that the company is “clearly differentiated.” By IVY NGUYEN
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Konstantin Guericke, co-founder of LinkedIn.com, opens the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) Stanford Summit Monday evening with a talk about his company’s success.
He talked about the importance of distribution and attributed success to having exposure to consumers who won’t often seek out a better product after they have seen or used the first one of its class. “It’s not so much first to market but first to contact,” Guericke said. “Most consumers don’t say, ‘Here’s a product, let me see what the top competitors are and choose which is best.’” “You can add features later, but there is one product that your friends use,” he added. That fact generates value for the product. Guericke also stressed the value of relationships, especially in a social media world where companies such as LinkedIn enable people search. “Behave like you’re going to have multiple [interactions],” he said, pointing out that search makes it easy for potential employers to seek out past co-workers, not just people on a list of references. He also spoke of the competitive advantage that can be had by finding information that is not in the public domain. “You have to find the person that has that information in their head,” he said. Other lessons that Guericke discussed were the importance of creating a brand, having a good team and having a little bit of luck. Tonight, the ASES summit will feature Gordon Eubanks, co-founder of Symantec, and Jennifer Morris, senior vice president of Conservation International. Contact Isaac Gateno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delegates from China and the U.S. will meet next week to attend a five-day conference sponsored by Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) to discuss issues in U.S. and China relations. Many events during the week, which runs from Apr. 8 through Apr. 15, feature experts on U.S.China relations from across the country, from fellows of the Freeman Spogli Institute to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Twenty Chinese delegates are chosen from FACES chapters in Peking, Fudan, Remin and Zhejiang University, while another twenty come from all over the United States,according to FACES president Daniel Braswell ‘11.These applicants were chosen from about 500 applicants in fields ranging from engineering to international relations. Although not all of the students have extensive knowledge in U.S.-China relations, Braswell said that the conference is intended to expose more future leaders to this topic. “We’re looking for people whose interests are more tangential, and they’ll take from this a greater appreciation of this relationship to whatever it is they choose to do,” Braswell said. “We look for a passion in issues — we have people who are engineers, Fulbright scholars, Marshall scholars, and so we look for people who have a dedication to their passion and who we think will be leaders in their field.” During the conference, delegates will participate in seminars, panels, soERIC KOFMAN/ The Stanford Daily
cial events and diplomacy simulations, according to Autumn Carter ‘11, vice president of programming. This year’s events will focus on entrepreneurship between the U.S. and China, international security issues over U.S. and Chinese strategic interests in Iran, food security and models of democracy in the Chinese world and featured speakers include Iranian studies professor Abbas Milani and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jack Jia. This upcoming conference will be the first of two — in October, the same group of 40 delegates will reconvene at one of FACES’s Chinese chapters for another round of discussion and debate, Carter said. FACES was founded in 2001 after an incident in which a U.S. surveillance plane crashed into a Chinese plane and the U.S.crew was detained on China’s Hainan island, heightening tensions between the two countries. Following talk of a possible outbreak of war, several Stanford students founded the group in an effort to establish better ties between the two countries. “These two countries will have the most important relationship in the coming years, so we’d like that relationship to be based on communication and dialogue, rather than suspicion and mistrust,” Carter said. “If we can get dialogue going at this level, then that relationship down the road is going to look a lot more positive than it has in the past.” While the topic of democracy in China is particularly sensitive — several Chinese pro-democracy activists have been censored and arrested — Carter and Braswell feel that such the conference can still cover these themes, at least for their conference on
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Four students named Truman scholars
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Four juniors are part of the 2011 class of Truman scholars,according to a release in the Stanford Report.The foundation grants $30,000 graduate school scholarships to students who pursue careers in public service. Fellows also receive leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and internship opportunities within the federal government. One fellow, Ishan Nath ‘12, is double majoring in economics and Earth systems with a focus on energy. Nath taught environmental science to seventh graders in Cambridge, Mass., through the Breakthrough Collaborative and served as a senior consultant on the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Teryn Norris ‘11, who studies public policy,leads Americans for Energy Leadership, an organization that lobbies for federal investment in clean energy research. Norris served for two years at the Breakthrough Institute, where he collaborated on a proposal that the Obama campaign adapted as part of its $150 billion clean energy platform. Tenzin Seldon ‘12,an activist on Tibetan issues, served as regional coordinator for Students for a Free Tibet. She is currently a fellow at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and was a key organizer of the Dalai Lama’s visit last October. Michael Tubbs ‘12, who is majoring in comparative studies in race and ethnicity, is passionate about “ending
the cradle-to-prison pipeline.” Tubbs co-founded Save Our Stockton, a youth advocacy group, and the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific.He also works for the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline Campaign and travels throughout the nation as a motivational speaker. Stanford boasts the largest number of Truman scholars of any university this year.
— Ivy Nguyen
Senior named Hertz fellow
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Max Schulaker ‘11 has been named a 2011-2012 Hertz Fellow, according to a press release from the Hertz Foundation. The Hertz Foundation recognizes students in applied physical, biological and engineering sciences, and the fellowship provides $250,000 of support over five years. The goal of the fellowship is to make fellows “financially independent and free from traditional restrictions of their academic departments in order to promote innovation in collaboration with leading professors in the field.” At Stanford, Schulaker studies electrical engineering and has explored alternatives to traditional silicon transistors, concentrating on carbon nanotube-based transistors and nano-electro-mechanical switches. He plans to continue pursuing these and other alternatives to current silicon transistors in his graduate studies at Stanford.
— Ivy Nguyen
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days ago to interview activists on the ground,” Beges said. “He’s had over 50 conversations with activists and was particularly taken by these three.” Rowswell,a Canadian diplomat,is exploring launching projects about “building democratic practices” in Egypt. The use and impact of social media in this sphere is of particular interest. Hamamou, Shahien and Faris all used social media,in some capacity,to carry their voices.While they credited
video footage of the protests with moving people from their computer screens to Tahrir Square, they also gave traditional social mobilization strategies their due. “The idea itself is not a solution,” Faris said,acknowledging the value of social media in spreading ideas. “There must be planning on Earth.” Shahien concluded the discussion with a strong appeal to the U.S., in light of the current unrest in Syria, Bahrain,Yemen and Libya. “If you [America] want freedom for all people, you must accept freedom for the Arab world,” Shahien said. Contact Marwa Farag email@example.com.
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Charity Fashion Show 2011 ventures into San Francisco
By ERIKA ALVERO KOSKI
he lights dim and the sea of gaily and outlandishly clad audience members seated in the rows on either side of a sprawling runway looks expectantly toward the giant screen. They are not disappointed: a moment later,a tall,willowy model in a tiedye, batik, robe-like dress struts out from behind the scenes. She does not break pace as she emerges from the backstage haven, but steps forward briskly with confidence, only pausing to pose for the conglomerate of photographers clustered at the end of the runway before she glides back up the aisle. She disappears backstage again, where a gaggle of makeup artists and hairstylists speedily adapt her “Disco Glamour” look into “Ladylike 50s” or perhaps “Traveling Nomad.” “We work to create a cohesive story with our makeup,” said Meg Wehe,a makeup artist from the Blush School of Makeup, the organization responsible for coloring and painting the faces of the models present. The artists move quickly to circulate through all the models and present them on time, and backstage is a hectic scramble of people. Charity Fashion Show (CFS) has not always been such a mega event. Just three years ago,CFS took place in
the Oak Room at Tresidder with only a small group of Stanford-affiliated models and designers. Current Producer and Director of Public Relations Thom Scher ‘11 recalls the original CFS, in 2007, as a completely different performance. “I came up here, and I met Wayne Hwang,”Scher recalled.“He was producing this really small event called the Charity Fashion Show, which had been around since the 90s but in a completely different form.” “I met Wayne through a mutual friend, and we really hit it off. And it became really clear that if I was managing all of the business and he was managing all of the creative side, we could make Charity Fashion Show huge,” he added. The charity component of the show was one of the founding principles, implemented by the Asian American Student Association (AASA) at Stanford, and carried through to make CFS what it is today. “Charity Fashion Show evolved from AASA’s Sweat-Free Labor Show, so the idea of benefitting the community came somewhat naturally,” CFS Director of Development Stephanie Werner ‘11 wrote in an email to The Daily. “Especially because we don’t represent a particular design house, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to have a social cause,to use our brand recognition to benefit those who perhaps couldn’t afford a ticket to CFS,” Werner said.
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From Tresidder,the show migrated to a tent in Roble Field, which was a step of grand proportions. “It was actually a huge improvement,” said Ariana Afshan ‘11, who has modeled for CFS since her freshman year. “I was so excited, so shocked. And then now, San Francisco.” Charity Fashion Show 2010 made it apparent that a different venue would be necessary if the show was to follow the trajectory it had set for itself. Last year, CFS faced serious economic problems, simply because the scope of the show had exceeded that of most other student groups on the Stanford campus. “These troubles were largely tied to fundraising policies enforced by the University that are set forth for good reason,”Scher said. These policies, outlined in the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (VPSA) regulations on student group funding, made it difficult for CFS to capitalize on sponsorships.CFS therefore faced a tough decision this year: either maintain its Stanford connections and downsize considerably or officially disconnect from the University. They chose the latter. “As that’s changed, I think we’ve brought on some way larger names,” Scher said.“We’ve got Verizon Wireless presenting as a sponsor and key sponsors of Pigment Cosmetics, Umbrella Salon and Vitamin Water Zero.” This year’s charity was the Princess Project, an organization that donates prom dresses to underprivileged girls.
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The Princess Project also emphasizes diversity of all types, a vital component of Charity Fashion Show — audience members could not help but notice the aesthetic variety of models. “Charity Fashion Show puts models of all different colors, shapes and sizes on our runway,because we value ethnic diversity and a positive body image,” Werner said. “By showing girls in attendance that you don’t have to fit in a mold to be beautiful, we aim to increase their self-confidence and self-worth, counteracting negative industry stereotypes.” Diversity not only includes different body types and ethnicities,but also experience levels and ages. Models ranged from a Hillsdale High School student, Cora Kammeyer, who had never modeled before, to Jessica Havlak ‘10, who had previously participated in Charity Fashion Show, to Ty Olsen’14, a model signed with an agency in San Francisco. They all shared the same nervous energy before going on the runway, and they all went through the process
of learning how to “walk” and develop their own style. “You’re allowed to have your own unique style, as long as it’s not really strange,”Afshar said. And unique walking styles there were, as models jauntily shimmied to Katy Perry, sauntered languidly and marched stiffly down the runway. Their expressions varied as well, with smoky glares from some, subtle pouts from others and traces of smiles playing on the lips of a few.The works of 40 designers were displayed in sets or “pockets,” — each themed after a certain decade as the show traveled through time from the 50s to the modern day. “I think that our move to San Francisco means that we have been able to capitalize on a really huge community — the arts community in San Francisco is amazing,” Scher said, smiling. “That’s something that I personally cherish, and I love working there.” Contact Erika Alvero Koski at erikaa1 @stanford.edu.
COURAGE IN EGYPT
Students examine role of courage in Egyptian uprising
By MARWA FARAG
o out and raise hell” may seem like unlikely parting advice from a Stanford professor, but it is how consulting professor in human biology William Abrams concluded his winter quarter sophomore Introductory Seminar, “Injustice, Advocacy and Courage: The Path of Everyday Heroes.” Students in the class grappled with the idea of courage throughout the course of the quarter, considering figures from Obama to a man who killed a doctor who performed abortions to protest the practice. “The idea was to consider courage and how people do things that are courageous,” Abrams said. “It goes beyond bravery . . . It’s the notion of a person taking a stand, extending themselves, putting themselves at risk and doing that because of a belief that something is right.” Studying real-life situations was critical to this exploration of courage. Professor Abrams saw value in having students personally connect with the people involved in the topics they were studying. A few weeks into the quarter, an opportunity arose for students to do exactly that when protests broke out in Egypt on Jan. 25. Young Egyptians called for the fall of then-President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, practicing nonviolent resistance, sometimes at great personal costs. Abrams assigned a presentation in which all the students in the seminar would work together to explore how Egyptians demonstrated courage. “You don’t have to study this in a history book,” Abrams said. “You don’t have to read about it in a newspaper; you can get in direct contact with the people involved.” The IntroSem students interviewed Egyptian students at Stanford and conducted a live Skype interview with an Egyptian protestor who claimed he was pelted with tear gas in the initial days of the uprising. “What we had in mind was to build a better Egypt . . . to stand up for our rights,” he said when asked what motivated his group to risk protesting. Though some demonstrations of courage, such as braving physical attack, are easy to identify, the presenters delved into more complex questions, asking if the use of social media, for example, was courageous. “A lot of times, maybe from the media, you get only one side of courage, and it’s kind of one-dimensional,” said Karl Kumodzi ‘14. “This class reexam-
ined courage from a lot of different viewpoints.” Others’ questions included the role of the ambiguous concept of “courage,” courage as a catalyst and the idea of a broken “fear barrier.” “Our aim was not to answer these questions so much as to raise them,” said Tyrone McGraw ‘11. The point of the project, however, was not simply intellectual hypothesizing.The students were able to construct for themselves a tangible example of courage. “The students looked at what their counterparts, kids the same age, were doing in Egypt and . . . why was that courageous? Would they do things similar here? Would they speak out? Would they put themselves at risk?” Abrams said. The students were responsive to this goal, finding inspiration in the acts of the protestors they studied. Many students were struck by the variety of forms courage could take. Although this is the first year this seminar has been taught, some of Abrams’ past students have started projects such as FACE AIDS and the Global Health Corps, as well as a cell phone network in Africa that enabled physicians in rural areas to communicate with hospitals. “I want students to dare to do things . . . whether it’s challenge a corrupt dictator or challenge an unjust policy or improve the health care system, we want people to be daring, and that’s what I mean by raising hell,” he said. Contact Marwa Farag at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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isplaying poise,passion and a platform as inspiring as the diverse backgrounds from which they hail, Tenzin Seldon ‘12 and Joe Vasquez ‘11 have earned The Stanford Daily Editorial Board’s endorsement for ASSU Executive. They represent a wide swath of campus and blend insider experience with newcomer enthusiasm; they are also well attuned to the unique levers at the command of the Executive position and demonstrated their resolve to broker compromise between students, faculty and administrators. The Board drew three conclusions from the interview process. First, Tenzin-Vasquez hold the greatest promise to broaden the appeal of the ASSU and advocate effectively for students at all levels of University governance. Second, despite ASSU Vice President and Presidential candidate Michael Cruz’s extensive ASSU experience,his underwhelming responses to basic inquiries from this Board raised serious doubts about his ability to fully leverage the influence of the Executive. Third, and most importantly, both TenzinVasquez and Cruz & MacgregorDennis would benefit from adopting the strengths of the other slate, a testament to the caliber of all candidates and to the educational potential of election season. Tenzin-Vasquez shone when discussing their central platform points of diversity, transparency, wellness and mental health. While we cautioned voters yesterday to push candidates to provide wellconceived implementation plans for popular platitudes, TenzinVasquez proactively offered details. They intend to broaden class selection offerings on mental health, pursue concerted awareness campaigns for the Acts of Intolerance Protocol and physically interface with their constituency house by house, door by door, to engage a general audience on traditionally niche issues. This last point resonated particularly with the Board, which found compelling the assertion that a Town Hall on an issue like ROTC reinstatement only mobilizes students already invested in the issue. The dedication implicit in TenzinVasquez’s promise to educate and galvanize uninvolved students to participate in the campus dialogue was backed by their strong record of community involvement both
through and independently of the ASSU.Vasquez, a versatile student group leader, demonstrated his ability to merge disparate communities just earlier that day by spearheading the Kappa Sigma Field of Dreams event for disabled children. Seldon, the ASSU Diversity Chair, has proven her ability to sample a wide assortment of student views on diversity and intolerance and translate that data into tangible progress through collaboration with the Administration. The Board felt that TenzinVasquez truly appreciated the unique role that the Executive plays as the preferred representative of the student body to the Administration. The candidates repeatedly cited constructive relationships and compromise with administrators as the most powerful aspects of the ASSU executive arsenal, allowing the Exec to transcend the limited scope of influence that ASSU Senators and other students have on student life and academic policy. While Stewart MacgregorDennis ‘13 recited a laundry list of six potential levers that the Exec had at its disposal,none invoked the powerful stature that successful Execs have parlayed into advocacy on University finances, academic policy and student life. The Board was gravely disappointed by the interview performance of Michael Cruz ‘12, who appeared to defer to MacgregorDennis on most issues, did not correctly match his statements to the platform points listed on the slate’s website, and gave indirect answers to straightforward questions. His personal growth in the ASSU — while admirable — is not an appropriate response to an inquiry about the policy levers at the Exec’s disposal under all but the most strained interpretation of the question. When the next clash between the best interests of students and administrators arises, and the time comes for the ASSU President to confront the University bureaucracy — as has been the case every year in recent memory — this Board is not confident that Cruz would acquit himself and his constituents well. Similarly, his bland promises to extend the ASSU’s reach ring hollow considering students’ persistent disinterest in the ASSU over his three years of service. Please see EDITORIAL, page 5
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I H AVE T WO H EADS
Me, Myself and Stanford
Moreover, I find myself questioning the relationship that our admission has to our future success. If we achieve milestones in our future lives, is it because we are the types of people who would have succeeded anyway? Or is it because the good fortune we had of getting into Stanford opened up those horizons for us? Most troublesomely, does the fact that I find myself dwelling on such questions reflect the depth of my Stanford-indoctrinated elitism? I suspect that many of us, once we’ve gotten into Stanford, stop questioning the factors that went into our admission. And with good reason.Once we’ve gotten into Stanford, it is time to stop speculating about which factors could have influenced that outcome, about why we made it and other people didn’t. Even University administrators emphasize this outlook during the beginning weeks of freshman year.I remember being told, in those first gatherings full of shouting and school spirit, to dismiss whatever
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pril is here, and with it, one season has ended and another has begun. No, I’m not talking about spring. On its way out is admission season, along with its pell-mell uncertainty for those who once visualized the word “Stanford” as part of their futures. On its way in is the triumphal procession, or the newly admitted members of the class of 2015, many of whom will visit campus in a few weeks for Admit Weekend.The analogy, however, goes a bit further: depending on specific admission outcomes for these current high school seniors, this time is either the closing of one door or the opening of another. As someone with a sibling who applied to Stanford this year, I find the end of this admissions cycle more thought-provoking than it has been since I emerged from it three years ago. I find myself once again questioning, this time on a more philosophical than personal level, exactly what entitles our inclusion into a school like Stanford in the first place.
Once we’ve gotten into Stanford,it is time to stop speculating about why we made it and other people didn’t.
doubts I encountered about whether I belonged at Stanford. You got in, that says it all was the message I got. Now move on and take advantage of
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ow many times have you heard these words uttered on campus:“I feel like we’re disjointed!” or “There’s just not enough unity on campus?” Despite all the efforts of student groups and their leaders, there remains an underlying feeling that we are not the united Stanford that we want to be. It is daunting to hear how often this sentiment is expressed. There is something each and every one of us can do, though. Blessed with the opportunity to attend a university rich with diversity, we should make our Stanford experience whole by learning from the lives of our fellow students. To not do so is to squander the rare opportunity to revel in true diversity. The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) sees this challenge and organizes around it. Comprised of the Asian American Students’ Association (AASA),
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ome of you have probably seen that photo of a thick, pythonlike, Pepto Bismol-tinted coil of mechanically separated meat being scraped off into a cardboard box. It’s some freaky stuff, and when I first saw it, attached to the title “Pre-Chicken Nugget Meat Paste, a.k.a. Mechanically Separated Poultry,” any cravings I had for Chicken McNuggets disappeared. Understandably. This was distressing, because I like Chicken McNuggets. Chicken McNuggets remind me of being a kid, of stopping at McDonald’s on road trips with my family, of only ever getting sweet and sour sauce to dip the McNuggets in, because that’s what my parents always got. They’re also just plain good, from time to time. Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for eating fresh, seasonal, local and all that other good stuff, but the couple of times a year I get a craving for a Chicken McNugget,
the Black Student Union (BSU), Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), the Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO), the leaders of our groups know what it means to learn from and through diversity. To us, the strength and sovereignty of our communities is essential, as diversity is impossible to have if every participant forfeits his or her own ideas. But we not only maintain our individual identities, promoting understanding and unity from within each of our communities — we also work together to combat injustices and advocate for social change. SOCC realizes the strength and value of unity. Originally founded
there’s no substitute for the real thing. That crispy coating that’s not like any other breading in the world, the smooth and juicy white meat inside (although I think we can all agree that they used to be better when they had dark meat), following each bite with one or two of those bangin’ fries . . . Thinking that I’d ruined Chicken McNuggets for myself forever by seeing that box of pink meat slurry, I instantly regretted caving to my curiosity and clicking on the link. Luckily, I stayed calm enough to do a little sleuthing and found that Chicken McNuggets don’t actually
contain any mechanically separated chicken anymore. Crisis averted. I was reminded by this almost disastrous episode when I went out to dinner with a friend last quarter. I was trying to convince her that we don’t want to know everything about our friends, but after wrapping up one last point,my friend just sort of “mm-hmm”ed and went back to her duck. My friend may have been more interested in her duck (it was pretty tasty) than in my amateur social theorizing, but that duck itself demonstrates why we really don’t want to know everything about everything in our lives. My friend probably didn’t want to know where her duck had come from or how it had gotten to her plate for the same reasons that I was almost put off Chicken McNuggets by that awful picture. And for those same
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that any one of us survived the admission process based on luck alone. That certainly isn’t true,for the more I interact with other Stanford students, the more I marvel at the uniqueness, passion and promise that each of them has. This sense of appreciation seems to increase in proportion with my own maturity, suggesting that perhaps I am growing into Stanford more than Stanford is growing into me.The qualities I brought to the table three years ago, combined with Stanford’s academic and extracurricular opportunities, have led me not only to this maturity but also to a heightened realization of how fortunate I am. The question over which I’m pondering seems to be a variant of the old nature-versus-nurture, chicken-versus-egg debate. In life beyond Stanford, which makes the most difference — internal qualities or environmental factors? As always, there’s no way to place one irrevocably over the other. It’s probably a little bit of both, and this realization should be both empowering and humbling. Empowering because we recognize that we march forth into the world equipped with the inner qualities to overcome obstacles more daunting than an IHUM paper.Humbling because we should never lose sight of the fact that our circumstances have allowed us to become the person who can do exactly that. Education is a peculiar combination of these internal and external factors, and I don’t think we should lose sight of either. The old adage says that “education is one thing they can’t take away from you,” but it is a gift rather than a birthright. In the future, our Stanford educations may pull us through some rough spots, but why should we and not other, equally qualified students be the ones to receive that education in the first place? Luck, opportunity, blessings, good fortune? I don’t know, but it’s something outside of our control — and the sense of perspective that comes with that realization is something no amount of elitism can penetrate. Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Send Rachel your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the experience. In many ways, this advice is wise. Life moves on, and whether or not Stanford is part of the equation, we need to make the most of the opportunities we do have. Regardless of whether we are the lucky ones or not. With an admission rate now hovering at around 7 percent, though, how could we not be a little bit lucky? Believing otherwise, believing that there wasn’t some unexplained factor that made each of us stand out on our applications, would just be conceited. We already live in an academic environment that seeks to assure us that we are exceptional, sometimes to troublesome levels, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that we are not the only ones who could succeed in a University like this. So what has brought us, and not others, here? Before I go any further, let me backtrack and clarify: I do not mean
Chicken McNuggets don’t actually contain any mechanically separated chicken anymore.Crisis averted.
more online, telling people who we’re dating and letting everyone know when we break up, telling everyone where we are now, posting pictures of what we’ve done. This is good, right? If you learn something awful about someone/about Chicken McNuggets and you still love them just the same, that means the relationship’s stronger, no? I suppose the idea’s good, but . . . I don’t know. I still think there’s something to be said for pulling back and not digging too deep all the time. Sometimes, you just have to enjoy people or things for how they are to you, not for what they’ve been or where they’ve come from. Especially Chicken McNuggets. You really don’t want to think too hard about those. Tim feels good to have gotten his Chicken McNuggets guilty pleasure off his chest. Tell him one of yours at email@example.com.
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reasons, we probably don’t want to know about all the skeletons in our friends’ closets, about how many people our significant other has been with, about what people have said about us. I have another friend, “Britta,” who’s pretty much a walking,talking mechanically separated meat photo — every time we catch up and I mention someone that we both happen to know, Britta drops some bomb about that person that jolts my image of them. Thankfully, it’s never quite as dramatic as the Chicken McNugget episode, but it’s still remarkable how her image-jolting bomb dropping is like clockwork. Heck, just last week, even though I’ve stopped bringing people up in our conversations out of fear of her “talent,” Britta somehow mechanically separated meat photo-ed someone who I didn’t even bring up. Unstoppable, that one. We may not want to know everything about everyone in our lives or about everything that we eat, but things seem to be changing. Foodwise, there’s an increasing push to know the provenance of our food, whether animals have been humanely treated, whether fair labor practices are being used, and there’s even the new trend of being an “ethical” carnivore by confronting where one’s meat comes from. And in our interpersonal relations, we’re sharing more and
Continued from page 4 Macgregor-Dennis dominated the interview, giving several well thought out and technically impressive initiatives. However, he could not answer why fundamentally the Executive position was the right position for him to trot out his iPhone apps and web analytic data analysis. As ASSU Technology Chair, Macgregor-Dennis would have similar latitude to innovate and build the ASSU’s tech presence; this Board urges him to consider that alternative, noting that his recommendations are strong. On balance, however, Macgregor-Dennis alone cannot run the Executive office. The position of Exec should be filled by visionary individuals who represent the full range of Stanford’s talent and will broaden the appeal of the ASSU to the alarmingly large apathetic segment of students and advocate on behalf of
students with passion. Tenzin and Vasquez, a Tibetan refugee and a first-generation, low-income service advocate, meet all of these requirements. They exude natural leadership and represent distinct communities. Their platform would benefit from the detail of the prolific Cruz & MacgregorDennis platform, but we are fully confident that Tenzin-Vasquez will choose an experienced cabinet. This Board urges you to vote for Tenzin-Vasquez to guarantee strong ASSU leadership. The Stanford Daily Editorial Board is chaired by Adam Creasman ‘11. He is joined by seven members: Stephanie Garrett ‘12, Nick Baldo ‘12,Ada Kulenovic ‘11, Cyrus Navabi ‘11, Varun Sivaram ‘11, Tiq Chapa ‘11 and Andy Parker ‘11. Members Chapa and Parker recused themselves from the Board’s endorsement process because of their affiliations with the endorsements of Students of Color Coalition and Stanford Democrats, respectively.
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as the Rainbow Coalition in 1987, during a time when cultural and ethnic diversity seemed a low priority, SOCC has worked to protect and promote the values of students of color on campus. Since then, we have naturally expanded our mission to advocate for campus diversity of every nature — diversity of thought, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, political ideology, geographic origins and religious beliefs. SOCC represents the continuation of a long tradition of student leaders and their communities fighting for systematic changes that allow all student groups to provide the programming and support they need to continually strengthen our vibrant communities. In the larger scheme of things, ASSU elections seem like an obscure way to effect such a change, but year after year, we engage with the ASSU, the elections and its leaders because these are the most direct ways of strengthening Stanford’s diversity and protecting the interests of student organizations across campus.Who better than our elected leaders to forge a voice for all voices, give a face to all peoples and make a space for everyone at the table? SOCC understands the value in bringing people together not to exclude, but to edify all associated students of our dear alma mater. There is strength in peoples united. There is value in student
leaders thinking critically about how to truly engage the incredibly diverse life experiences and sources of wisdom that exist within us all. This is why we build coalitions.This is why we invite you to join in our coalition. This year, SOCC endorses 15 Senate candidates and one executive slate who we believe demonstrate the greatest commitment, knowledge and passion about student body issues and will fully represent the richness of Stanford. This election cycle, let us do away with sayings like “our campus is fragmented.” As you look towards the upcoming April 7 and 8 elections, please recall SOCC’s commitment to service, leadership, student advocacy and community. A vote for SOCC is a vote for you.
TINA DUONG,ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY LIAISON; JUSTIN LAM, ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY LIAISON; VAN ANH TRAN,ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL OFFICER;YVORN ASWADTHOMAS, BLACK STUDENT UNION CO-PRESIDENT;ALRYL KOROMA, BLACK STUDENT UNION CO-PRESIDENT; INGRID HERNANDEZ, MOVIMIENTO ESTUDIANTIL CHICANO DE AZTLAN CO-CHAIR; ARACELY MONDRAGON, MOVIMIENTO ESTUDIANTIL CHICANO DE AZTLAN CO-CHAIR; MAI EL-SADANY, MUSLIM STUDENT AWARENESS NETWORK PRESIDENT; NAVID CHOWDHURY, MUSLIM STUDENT AWARENESS NETWORK VICE PRESIDENT; MATT MILLER, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE CO-PRESIDENT;AUTUMN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE CO-PRESIDENT; LIA ABEITA-SANCHEZ, STANFORD AMERICAN INDIAN ORGANIZATION CO-CHAIR; JANET BILL, STANFORD AMERICAN INDIAN ORGANIZATION CO-CHAIR; MILTON ACHELPOHL, STUDENTS OF COLOR COALITION LIAISON; TIQ CHAPA, STUDENTS OF COLOR COALITION LIAISON; MINH DAN VUONG, STUDENTS OF COLOR COALITION LIAISON
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Flynn sets record in lacrosse rout
Stanford lacrosse tightened its grasp of the conference lead last Sunday, cruising past Saint Mary’s in a 20-7 road win. Senior attacker Sarah Flynn matched the entire Gaels squad with a school-record seven goals in the victory,which continued an undefeated season for Stanford (11-1, 3-0 MPSF) in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Flynn and the Cardinal jumped on Saint Mary’s (2-8, 1-3) right out of the gate, going up 6-1 barely 10 minutes into the game. Just eight minutes in, Flynn already had a hat trick. Stanford outshot the Gaels in the half, 28-10, and went into the break with a comfortable 12-4 lead. Senior goalkeeper Annie Read stepped out for freshman Lyndsey Munoz after making three saves in the half. Read got the win for her contributions, her 11th of the season. Flynn’s historic second goal was no doubt the highlight of the second half, but that accomplishment overshadowed another, smaller one in the game’s final minutes: freshman attacker Annie Anton, earning extra playing time with the sizeable Stanford lead, knocked in her first collegiate goal. The Cardinal tallied 46 shots on the game and won 19 of 27 draw controls. Five of those came from senior midfielder Leslie Foard. Stanford will return home this weekend to face conference rival Denver on Friday at 6 p.m.The Pioneers beat the Cardinal last year to cost Stanford the MPSF regular season title, but fell to Stanford in the MPSF tournament.
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Senior attacker Sarah Flynn set a school record with seven goals in Stanford’s 20-7 rout of Saint Mary’s. The Cardinal led 12-4 at halftime and never looked back, overmatching the Gaels on both offense and defense, despite playing on the Gaels’ home field. Stanford is now 3-0 in MPSF play.
Still no parity in women’s basketball
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or the first time since 1994, the women’s basketball championship game will be between two non-No. 1 seeds. Tonight’s game features a pair of No. 2 teams that each had to knock off back-to-back No. 1 squads in order to reach the final. Impressive. Far more so than the general reaction to the outcome of the semifinals: namely, that these results prove that there is (finally!) parity in women’s basketball. No, no they do not. Having seven of the top eight seeds reach the quarterfinals is not parity. It’s the status quo, and it fits with what we have seen for much of the past decade: the cream of the crop can knock each other off, but outside of the top schools, few have much of a chance.This year’s lone exception — No. 11 Gonzaga — was a low-seeded team whose run everyone and their mother saw coming.Three of ESPN’s four women’s basketball experts picked the Zags as their Cinderella choice; Tara VanDerveer pointed them out in her pre-tournament press conference. And with good reason: if you have a superstar (Courtney Vandersloot) surrounded by a crop of above-average starters, you are generally going to find success.It’s a basic formula that works throughout all levels of basketball and for both men and women; the distinction is that such a compilation is harder to come by in the women’s game.There is a more limited pool of talent to choose from, and the
Having seven of the top eight seeds reach the quarterfinals is not parity.
big schools are pretty good at hoarding the best players. Whereas the men have excellent talent at the mid-major level — Shelvin Mack, Jimmer Fredette, Kawhi Leonard, Justin Harper and so on — their female counterparts are left looking for needles in the haystacks. Simply put, there aren’t enough Vandersloots to go around, and when you have one, it’s not hard to predict accomplishment, which the Zags had both before and after their run. Gonzaga’s low ranking was a result of being crimi-
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Stanford softball had a weekend to forget, losing all three of its games against No. 7 Arizona to open Pac-10 play. The Cardinal managed only one run in the series.
Softball swept by Arizona
The Stanford softball team didn’t start Pac-10 play the way it wanted to, dropping three straight at home to Arizona. The No. 7 Wildcats (32-6, 3-0 Pac10) completely stifled the Cardinal offense, holding Stanford to one run all weekend while tallying 16 against Cardinal pitching. On Friday night, No. 12 Stanford (247, 0-3) sent sophomore pitcher Teagan Gerhart to the hill to take on Arizona’s Kenzie Fowler.The Wildcats got to Gerhart immediately, scoring three runs in the first inning on a hit batter, a walk and a passed ball after loading the bases.Arizona added a run each in the second and third innings and three more in the fourth to make the score 8-0. Meanwhile, Stanford mustered just a hit and a walk with Fowler on the mound before the game was called due to the run rule after five innings. Senior pitcher Ashley Chinn started the second game of the series for Stanford and picked up her first loss of the season despite a strong outing. Chinn, who came into the game with a perfect 11-0 record, went the distance and allowed only two earned runs to Arizona. However, the Stanford defense committed two costly errors that led to four unearned runs for the Wildcats, and the six runs were more than enough for Ari-
zona’s starter Shelby Babcock. After allowing a run on two singles and two walks in the first inning, Babcock settled down to hold Stanford scoreless through the next 2.2 innings. Fowler then came in and closed out the 6-1 win for Arizona with 3.1 shutout frames. Sunday’s series finale saw the best pitching performance of the weekend for Stanford, but yet again, Gerhart was outdueled by Fowler.With the game still scoreless in the fourth, Arizona manufactured an unearned run following an error by sophomore first baseman Alix Van Zandt.A home run by Wildcat third baseman Brigette Del Ponte to lead off the sixth inning was the only other run Gerhart allowed, but Fowler once again shut the door on the Cardinal offense. Stanford could only manage leadoff singles in the fourth and fifth by junior center fielder Sarah Hassman and freshman pinch hitter Jamie Millwood, respectively, while Fowler fanned 10 Cardinal batters en route to her second shutout of the weekend and her 20th win of the season. After the disappointing series, Stanford will hit the road for the first time in conference play with a three-game set in Los Angeles against No.13 UCLA (26-5, 3-0), which is coming off a three-game sweep of Oregon State. The games will take place Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
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Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer (in stripes) was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday as part of the Class of 2011, which also includes NBA standouts Dennis Rodman and Chris Mullin. VanDerveer has a career record of 826-198 in 32 years.
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Stanford senior Tim Gentry was named the MPSF Co-Gymnast of the Year after leading the Cardinal to the MPSF title over the weekend. Gentry is a four-time All-American and the current national leader in the still rings after winning the individual MPSF title in the event. He will share his award with Oklahoma’s Steven Legendre.
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“working wholeheartedly” to prove that the fraternity should eventually return to its house, McGregor said. Kappa Sigma’s current residence will be used as a Row house in the 2011-12 academic year, opening up approximately 55 new spaces for upperclassmen, the majority of which will be considered “preferred” slots. According to Golder, members of Kappa Sigma will be prohibited from drawing into the facility. The converted house will take on the name “1025 Campus Drive,” indicative of its street address. Staffing positions will be filled using this year’s unmatched applicants. “We have vacancies that pop up all the time, so we’ll go back to the list of folks that applied, and we’ll use that to drive and define our process,” Golder said. “We have tons and tons of people that are great applicants, but there just weren’t enough jobs to go around.”
Even with short-term plans in place following Kappa Sigma’s removal, members of the fraternity are optimistic they will return after a one-year hiatus. Barnes said he was “confident” that the chapter could successfully “work with Residential Education to meet their proposed criteria” to regain their house in the fall of 2012. The beginnings of such an effort have already been in the works. “As part of the appeal that we submitted, we laid out several things that we’ve already done to improve the culture of the house,” McGregor said. Moving forward, Kappa Sigma will look to foster a sense of common identity. “In our Kappa Sigma chapter bylaws, we have a mission statement and part of that mission statement is to further scholarship, leadership, community service, the development of social graces and the development of cultural awareness,” McGregor said. “That’s something that has always been there, but in recent years, we may have lost sight of that.” “I think in our future actions next year, the things that we’re doing are upholding those goals,” he added.
Barnes echoed these sentiments, stating that current fraternity members “look forward to exceeding” the University’s expectations as they strive to regain their house. Contact An Le Nguyen at lenguyen@ stanford.edu and Zach Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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site and sits on the Jasper Ridge Advisory Committee. The committee will be comprised of Stanford faculty and administrators familiar with the issue. Cohen hopes that they will come up with one or two preferred options and some clear, strategic plans for the site. “We’re taking a very multidisciplinary perspective,” Cohen said. “We’re going to be looking at ecological, hydrological, economic and political — all of the different issues that come to bear on what we do with the dam . . . at this point, no issues have been removed from the table.” A position paper put out by the committee in Oct. 2007 outlines many of those options including allowing the lake to naturally fill with sediment, dredging some of the sediment from the lake but keeping the dam, dredging and lowering the dam, or removing the dam altogether. Other considerations include adding a fish ladder for steelhead trout or creating an off-stream
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Stanford campus. “There’s a question of whether the Chinese delegates would be comfortable, but in our experience, we’ve discussed these issues before and we’ve found that Chinese delegates are more than willing to express their opinions on how they feel about this issue,” Braswell said. “The reason why this organization exists is for us to engage in critical, thoughtful, engaging dialogue, dialogue that is going to push people’s assumption from both countries,” Carter added. “As much as it is that there will be disagreements, you might find
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reserve for Stanford to maintain its water supply. A collection of community interests have pushed for removal of the dam for many years. “While I applaud Stanford for forming a committee, American Rivers and Beyond Searsville Dam coalition have been asking Stanford to address the Searsville problem for a decade,” said Steve Rothert, California director of American Rivers. Cohen outlined that the committee will be a largely internal affair made up of faculty members and Stanford administrators. Public negotiation will take place after they come up with preferred options in the best interest of the University. “I’m not sure how [the University is] going to engage the community, but I know they’re committed to doing that. There has to be some internal clarity about where we would like to go before we start negotiating with other groups,” he said. Stoecker expressed regret that the committee will be purely internal and not address stakeholder concerns. “Stanford can’t on its own decide what to do in a process that involves people upstream and downstream as well. It’s a very complex project that’s going to need to involve all these different stakeholders,” Stoeker said. “Just because they’re going to form a committee doesn’t mean that anything’s going to come of it.” A number of issues beyond steelhead trout complicate the discussion, including sediment buildup and water use. Over its 120-year life, Searsville has also filled to between 90 and 95 percent of its capacity with sediment, according to Freyberg. On average, the equivalent of 10 standard dump trucks per day accumulate in the reservoir, with most coming in severe weather or geological events. The variable deposition means that it could completely fill up with sediment next year if there was a large earthquake and heavy rainfall, or take up to 50 years at a slower rate. When the reservoir fills, the entire ecosystem will change, creating wetlands above the dam with a Searsville waterfall as opposed to a Searsville dam. The sediment will also begin to move downstream and will affect the channel of San Francisquito Creek to the bay. Searsville Dam also provides water to irrigate Stanford grounds. Tom Zigterman, associate director and civil infrastructure manager at Facilities Operations, who handles the hydraulic aspects of the dam, said that the water source is important to Stanford, providing hundreds of acre-feet of water per year. “We take a sustainable water management approach at Stanford,” he said. “It’s in Stanford’s interests to preserve all its water supplies.” “I want to be as open minded as possible about what makes the most sense. I think there’s a really great opportunity here for Stanford to make a really important land use and research contribution, because this is an issue whose going to repeat itself many thousands of times across the country in the coming decades,” Cohen said. “I’m hoping that whatever we do provides a real template for how to successfully approach the issue.” Contact Julia Brownell at juliabr@ stanford.edu.
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nally underrated solely because it played in a weaker conference. It wasn’t because the team was lackluster until the tournament — the Zags entered March Madness with just four losses, two of which were to Final Four teams (Stanford and Notre Dame). This, again, is not parity, even from a historical perspective. Though it’s been nearly 20 years since two non-No. 1s played for the title, it is routine to have teams without top billing reach the championship game. Last year was the first since 2003 to feature two No. 1s playing in the finals — during that six-season stretch, it was always a No. 1 against a lower-ranked squad. We were seven seconds away from seeing a similar scenario unfold in 2011. Perhaps it is relative. Connecticut has had such a stranglehold on the sport for the past few seasons that seeing anyone, even a two-seed, in the championship game instead of the Huskies is reason enough to rejoice at the leveling of the playing field. It’s not an absurd idea, but it’s also no secret that the Huskies weren’t as strong this year as they were in their past campaigns — after losing to Stanford in December, their cloak of invincibility seemingly vanished. Geno Auriemma’s statements in light of that defeat said as much. And besides, even if UConn was as strong as it was in 2010, a de-
feat, particularly in the Final Four, does not demonstrate a seismic shift. It shows what we already know about March Madness:that even in a sport with clear divisions in talent, nearly anything can happen in a single game. This is not a criticism of the sport — frankly, because there is such a division between the top-tier teams and everybody else, when two goodbut-not-great squads match up,it can generally be counted on to be pretty even, which makes for more exciting games. It’s only when those squads come into contact with the top dogs that the underdog’s chances drop significantly. Women’s basketball is not at a place where it can replicate the bedlam seen in the men’s tournament. And that’s okay: it can get there. Gary Blair, coach of Texas A&M, recognized these ideas after downing Stanford on Sunday. “Sometimes, you have to go through growing pains to get to where we want to be, parity, where people would be excited where a Butler and a VCU are playing for the national championship on the men’s side. We need that on the women’s side as well,” he said. It’s no secret that women’s basketball is growing as a youth sport, and that talent pools are increasing as a result. Noting and continuing that progress is a worthwhile endeavor, one far better than preemptively declaring the arrival of parity to the game when that’s simply not the case. Wyndam Makowsky thinks parity is great, but he’d still rather have a certain No. 1 team in the final. Commiserate at email@example.com.
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Freshman second baseman Lonnie Kauppila was named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after going 15-for-20 in four games against Saint Mary’s and Washington State. Kauppila had eight runs, six RBI and no strikeouts during the four-game stretch.
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