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Great minds convene at BiblioTech

Wilentz talks partisanship in America
Scholar initiates lecture series with thoughts on politics, past and present

Sean Wilentz, a professor at Princeton University, spoke yesterday to an audience of mostly professors and members of the Stanford community. The talk was the first of Wilentz’s two events in the 2011 Wesson Lecture Series, entitled “The Long and Tragical History of Post-Partisanship.” It was endowed by Robert G. Wesson and sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Society. Wilentz explained that the pair of lectures is related to contemporary politics, “but is actually rooted in historical concerns.” He noted that he planned to focus on the first 100 years of American history before “speeding” to the present. “The lectures are much more like road maps than they are like pieces of evaluation,” Wilentz said. Wilentz discussed a divide between President Barack Obama’s post-partisanship rhetoric during his campaign and later Gallup polls showing Obama as the most divisive president in his first two years of office. He predicted that post-partisanship rhetoric would reappear in the 2012 presidential elections and might be used against Obama. He then proceeded to examine the development of early political parties in America.Wilentz focused on George Washington’s 1796 farewell address, which he said provided the locus of antiparty thought.Wilentz believed the speech, which has been “commonly viewed as an Olympian statement,” was in fact “deeply political” in regards to the Adams-Jefferson race for President. Wilentz emphasized that the ideas on partisanship throughout American history are not all the same, though there are “communal threads” running through them. Most notable among these threads is a “desire to see political conflict replaced by high-minded collaboration.” Wilentz is a contributing editor to The New Republic and Newsweek and has written approximately 300 articles, reviews and op-ed pieces for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Review of Books. His major work to date, 2005’s “The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln,” received the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Entrepreneurial leaders in Silicon Valley and Stanford humanities scholars convened at the BiblioTech conference yesterday. June Cohen ‘92, executive procuder of TED Media, spoke about the desire to learn and described human storytelling as “the oldest form of media.”

City officials detail budget proposal
Tentative plans call for concessions from local labor groups

Please see WILENTZ, page 2

Palo Alto is in the midst of finalizing its operating budget for fiscal year 2012. A series of budget hearings by the Palo Alto City Council and Finance Committee will take place this month, including a special meeting today at the council chambers. The city plans to modify the existing budget in several ways, with a primary focus on concessions for safety labor groups. The proposed budget would also adjust spending to confront the effects of the recent economic recession. In the FY 2012 operating budget proposal, City Manager James Keene reveals that the combination of lower sales tax rev-

enues and increasing costs for employee benefits has forced the city council to reevaluate the budget. The proposed general fund budget is $146 million, which represents a 2.7 percent increase from the FY 2011 budget. According to the document, the total city budget will be $463 million, a 3.2 percent increase from last year. In an email to The Daily, Director of Administrative Services Lalo Perez explained that the budget changes are a response to the costs of healthcare and pension plans, which are increasing much faster than city revenues. “We need to make changes to our safety pension plans, similar to those that the nonsafety staff changes already made,” Perez said. “We have a two-tier pension system

that reduces the benefits for non-safety staff and, therefore, the cost to the city. In addition, we seek employee contributions to healthcare premiums.” According to Pamela Antil, assistant city manager, a primary change is an increase in concessions from labor groups in both the police and fire departments. “The largest portion of our general fund dollars goes to pay the salaries and benefits of our employees . . . A critical component of the city’s ability to maintain quality services for the community, in the face of declining revenues and growing personnel costs, has been working with labor groups over the last several years to achieve wage and

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Protest in White Plaza supports campus janitors
Rally aims to pressure University, UGL services to save the jobs of 29 janitors
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF More than 20 protestors converged in White Plaza Wednesday afternoon to rally on behalf of 29 janitors who are set to lose their jobs this June. The Stanford Labor Action Coalition organized the rally in protest of UGL (UNICCO) Services, a services subcontractor that jointly employs the janitors with Stanford University. Last December, the University’s contract with UGL Services, which replaced a preceding contract with ABM, initiated a complex rehiring process. UGL Services was contractually obligated to offer all ABM workers the opportunity to keep their jobs. However, several of the workers did not meet background check and identity verification criteria that were stipulated by federal law, University officials said in January. The issue has not yet been completely resolved. Wednesday’s rally aimed to save the janitors’ jobs by pressuring UGL Services and the University adminis-

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The Stanford Labor Action Coalition led a rally in White Plaza yesterday. The protestors hoped to convince Stanford and its subcontractor, UGL Services, to perserve the jobs of 29 janitors who would otherwise be unemployed in June due to contractual changes.

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School board alters calendar
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Early yesterday, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board of Education voted 3-2 in favor of changing the current district calendar. The change will be implemented next year, with classes slated to start Aug. 16 and end May 30.The change will also remain in effect for the 2013-14 academic year. The decision to alter the academic calendar so that school begins earlier in August materialized after a charged five-hour discussion. While some attendees said the change would disrupt family traditions, others favored the change because it would allow students to wrap up their first academic semester before winter break. The latter group cited stress-relief as one reason for supporting the change. At Stanford, School of Education senior lecturer Denise Clark Pope was one advocate of the new academic calendar.
— An Le Nguyen

Representatives has opposed any further funding. The report also recommended that the state legislature reject the rail authority’s 2011-12 budget request for $185 million to fund project development and instead allocate only $7 million to the agency. That amount would be used to identify the best two options to begin construction. Unless federal deadlines are renegotiated and the project’s governance structure is revamped, the report argued that the project should be halted altogether.
— Ivy Nguyen


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benefit concessions,” the budget proposal reads. “The proposed budget projects that the city will receive about $4.3 million in concessions from the labor groups in police and fire,” Antil wrote in an email to The Daily. “If those concessions are not achieved, the budget staff will have to come back to the city council for consideration of other operating and service cuts.” Antil said she was confident that these concessions would be met. According to Perez, if labor groups are unable to meet these conditions, Palo Alto will be forced to implement reductions in its safety programs first. Apart from the concession changes, Perez indicated that Palo

Humanities,tech meet at BiblioTech conference
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Silicon Valley business leaders and Stanford humanities scholars convened on Wednesday for BiblioTech, a conference looking to strengthen ties between the two groups as the nationwide discussion about the relevance of the humanities — and the value of a humanities Ph.D. — continues. Speakers from Google, TED Media,Sequoia Capital and other firms came to campus to discuss how doctoral students in humanities can contribute to the tech industry and how Silicon Valley can reap Stanford talent. The conference came in “an era where we can no longer make distinctions between the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences,” said co-organizer Anais Saint-Jude,a doctoral student studying 17th century French theater. One keynote speaker, Marissa Mayer ‘97 M.S. ‘99, discussed entry points for humanities doctoral students in the Valley, including “social media,marketing,product design and more.”Mayer is the vice president for consumer products at Google. Stanford President John Hennessy, himself a former technology entrepreneur who retains investments in Silicon Valley and serves on the boards of Cisco and Google, delivered opening remarks on Wednesday morning. In a statement, Hennessy called the conference “groundbreaking.” Other speakers included Patrick Byrne of, June Cohen of TED Media, John Hagel III of Deloitte Center for Edge, Damon Horowitz of Google, Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital and Vivek Ranadive of TIBCO. Horowitz and Byrne hold doctorates from Stanford. The conference was sponsored by a litany of groups within Stanford, ranging from Hennessy’s office to the English department to the Career Development Center. “The days when you can expect to get a teaching position with a Ph.D. are gone,” said co-organizer David Palumbo-Liu, a professor of comparative literature. “Things are far less certain than they used to be.”
— Elizabeth Titus

Alto plans to use a $1 million placeholder to create an Office of Emergency Services. Perez said staff members are “working on the specifics” of the new office. The funds for this development “will include staff and non-salary items associated with community emergency preparedness, which is a council priority,” he said. Perez emphasized that the impact of the proposed FY 2012 budget is contingent on whether or not the labor groups agree to provide the concessions. If the labor groups do not act accordingly, cutting the safety programs would be one of few ways to balance the city’s budget. The city may also need to make budget reductions during the fiscal midyear timeframe. In addition to these points, the proposed budget incorporates plans to continue to improve Palo Alto’s infrastructure by renovating libraries as well as increasing sustainable practices within the com-

munity. Furthermore, the proposal outlines the city’s intentions to continuously upgrade its infrastructure by proactively repairing and replacing utilities. According to the tentative budget, the city intends to support Caltrain’s efforts to develop a longterm financial plan.Another priority is the promotion of programs focusing on youth well being. Antil expressed optimism about the budget proposal. “The main goal of the budget continues to be to provide the highest level of desired and enhanced services to the community within our means, while still being mindful of changes that are imminent in the future with regard to sustainability, infrastructure needs and changes in technology and its application to the services we provide,” Antil said. Contact Marianne LeVine at

Report urges rethinking of highspeed-rail plan
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF The proposed high-speed-rail system faces weak oversight and will cost much more than initially anticipated, according to a report released by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. The controversial project was approved by voters in November 2008 but has since faced mounting criticism and great financial uncertainty, especially in light of the ongoing state budget crisis. Although the project was projected to cost $43 billion, new estimates put the price tag at $63 billion, with the segment between San Francisco and Los Angeles slated to cost much more than the initial proposal had anticipated. The report called for either shifting the project to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which has more expertise in this field, or to a newly created state department dedicated to the project. Under the current system, the project is headed by the California HighSpeed Rail Authority (CHSRA), a group of nine appointed board members, several paid staffers and hundreds of consultants. This arrangement, the report argued, gives CHSRA too much autonomy and not enough accountability to the state government. CHSRA was also sharply criticized for its “flawed business plan,” and the report predicted that most of the revenue that the agency hopes to reap would fail to materialize. A cited example was the agency’s gamble that it would receive $17 billion to $19 billion in federal funds — so far, only $3.6 billion has been granted and the majority in the House of


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“It was an interesting talk on areas of American history I knew little about,” said Kieran Oberman, a postdoctoral scholar in po-

litical science, who completed his Ph.D. at Oxford University. The second lecture in the series is tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Building 360, room 105. A discussion seminar is set to take place on Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact Billy Gallagher at wmg2014


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tration to take action. According to Eric Griffis ‘12, a member of the Stanford Labor Action Coalition, most of the janitors have worked at Stanford University for many years — some for decades. “Stanford continues to shirk responsibility for this issue by claiming that only UGL determines hiring and firing even though UGL would clearly respond to the needs of its client, Stanford,” Griffis wrote in an email to The Daily. In addition to yesterday’s rally — one of several this year — the Stanford Labor Action Coalition has distributed flyers, enlisted the help of other student activist groups and organized worker-student council meetings on the issue. Griffis said the coalition also emailed workers in other unions at Stanford and initiated a petition on behalf of the janitors. The petition alleges, “UNICCO and Stanford are blatantly violating the Northern California Maintenance Contractors Agreement with Service Employees International Union, Local 1877, the union that represents the workers.” Thus far, it has accrued more than 2,000 signatures.
— An Le Nguyen

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On the burner: Bacon’s Six Degrees
Actor promotes social media as a force for social change
By SUZANNE STATHATOS It was just late last month that producers released the new X-Men: First Class international trailer. But yesterday, Paul Brest Hall was filled with students and faculty eagerly awaiting the appearance of the upcoming film’s “Sebastian Shaw.” Fulfilling expectations, Footloose, Apollo 13 and Animal House star Kevin Bacon took his place in the cluster of burgundy leather chairs on stage. Ideas of social media and social change came together on May 11 as Jennifer Aaker, Stanford GSB professor and author of The Dragonfly Effect, Bill Strathmann, CEO of Network for Good, and Bacon spoke about the evolving, interactive form of social good — social networking. The Haas Center for Public Service helped sponsor this event because of the One Degree service challenge associated with the talk, a contest SixDegrees created for Stanford students to propose charitable ideas involving social media. “The challenge that preceded it gets students thinking differently about public service and about how social networking can be used for the common good,” said Thomas J. Schnaubelt, assistant vice provost and executive director of Haas. Aaker admitted her initial skepticism of social media. In 2008, she attributed social media to three things — narcissism, stalking and lack of concentration. But everything changed over a summer at UC-Berkeley. Some of her students showed her a PowerPoint on the impact of social media and its effect on two men’s lives.The men, Sameer Bhatia and Vinay Chakravarthy, harnessed social media to register over 20,000 South Asian bone marrow donors for cures over the course of only a few weeks. Bhatia and Chakravarthy had a four-point mantra — “focus on a single goal, grab attention, tell a story and enable others to act.” “After listening to this, all I could think about was, ‘What could I do now?’” Aaker recalled. Aaker now works closely with Stanford students on social media and the 100K Cheeks Campaign. “The goal of the organization is to utilize some principles of The Dragonfly Effect and to create tools to allow other people to take action,” said Vineet Singal ‘12, a member of 100K Cheeks. The focus then moved to Bacon as he described what motivated him to start SixDegrees. “I was at a point in my life where I was feeling as though I was doing little things here and there, and I could keep doing little things,” Bacon said.“But I felt like I wanted to make a difference.” Bacon expected “Six Degrees,” a trivia game based on his celebrity social web, to eventually fade out. “I thought it was going to go away; I thought it was a joke at my expense,” he said. “It didn’t go away.” So, Bacon embraced his brand, but he wanted to take himself out of the equation. He asked celebrities to choose charities to write about on his website. However, he realized that celebrity faces alone aren’t enough to convince people to donate. “Most people get connected to causes through the people they really have a connection with,” he said. Schnaubelt recognized the potential of social media, but pointed out some of its imperfections. “We need to recognize that this tool also has limitations,” he said. “Social media relationships aren’t a replacement for real relationships. People didn’t go to Tahrir Square just because somebody tweeted them. They likely went because someone they really knew tweeted them.” “The same thing will likely be true of using social media with any form of public service,” Schnaubelt added. When asked if social media might have a negative impact on social activism, Bacon replied, “It’s here. It’s not going away. So why not see if it’s a tool for good?” Aaker echoed Bacon, describing any dichotomy between social and “traditional media” as a thing of the past. “Anyone who’s doing any marketing, any branding, any social activism, they’re thinking how they’re here right now and how social media complements groundbreaking acts,” she said. Strathmann recognized that social media groups for social change do have the potential to fail, which he said can occur when groups don’t provide “a very clear and simple action” or when “actions are too complicated.” After fielding questions from the audience, the panel introduced the three finalists of Bacon’s One Degree challenge. The three finalists — NetEffect, Billionaire Effect and Dispatch and Response — each gave presenta-

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On Wed, May 11, at Paul Best Hall, Kevin Bacon talked to students about the social good of social media. GSB professor Jennifer Aaker and Network for Good CEO Bill Strathmann joined Bacon for the discussion and the announcement of the One Degree challenge winner.
tions on their ideas. “I think all three ideas are absolutely remarkable,” Bacon said, announcing Billionaire Effect as the final winner. “There are aspects of all of them that could be used.” The talk closed fittingly with Aaker describing how to realize change. “Most revolutions are sparked by the actions of a few ordinary people, and your biggest mind is a clear mind and a very large idea,” she said. Contact Suzanne Stathatos at sstat

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don’t care how long (or short) of a time you’ve spent lounging in the Stanford bubble. If you haven’t popped out yet to see a sea otter, I have an assignment for you: Drop everything and get to the coast. Charismatic fur balls await. Today, sea otters are the poster children of cuddle appeal, but their endearing behaviors were lost on the fur hunters of the 1800s. Otter fur lined jackets (and the fur trade lined pockets), but soon otters no longer lined the Pacific Coast. The sea otter, however, is a “keystone species” — its impact on our coastal ecosystems is disproportionately large compared to its natural abundance in the marine community — so its removal had profound effects that we only noticed recently, as the otter staged a dramatic return over the last 70 years. Otters like shellfish. So much so that where otters live,abalone and sea urchins are rare. Urchins eat kelp, so once otters devour the urchins, kelp grows in abundance.That’s good news from a restoration perspective:the return of the otter has also meant the return of kelp forests, historically “more natural” than rocky urchin barrens. And it makes the seaweed industry happy (kelp products turn up in ice cream and toothpaste, among other things). But plenty of fishermen find the change less palatable:the (now defunct) abalone industry, for example, arose largely because the loss of otters led to a population explosion in the snails. In the sea otter’s absence, we humans partially assumed the role of top predator, a role we’re hesitant to relinquish. Although the otter drama has died down, other predator comebacks remain controversial. Wolves, which exerted top-down controls on herbivore populations all across the northern portion of our continent, are slowly (under the stewardship of biologists and conservationists) regaining their ecological foothold in places like Yellowstone National Park. Where once an ecosystem was falling apart at the seams (overgrazing by elk decimated forests, leading to a lack of proper dam-building materials and many unhappy beavers; shifting vegetation changed the face of the park and its complement of animal species), wolves have almost magically stabilized it. For biologists observing the system, the reintroduction of wolves must have been like finding the missing key and unlocking a treasure trove. Of course, most of the nearby ranchers would rather the key had been permanently lost. Their treasures are their herds, and wolves are often blamed for any loss of stock. I, for one,am glad the wolves are back to playing their native role — and hoping they extend their range East, to control a deer population explosion that’s decimating my childhood forests. Hiking past the leafless stalks of what should be the next generation of trees, I’m frequently willing to shoot Bambi myself. The dramatic and complex effects stemming from the loss of top predators (and the reversals associated with their return) is not unique to these systems. Such “trophic cascades” (“trophic” for food chain, “cascade” for the direct and indirect ripples spreading downward through the system) have been found around the world.As we continue to monitor the accidental experiments created by human impacts, we’ll doubtless find many more examples. Will this knowledge help us predict the effects of future species losses? Probably not. Ecology is a complex science,and its overriding conclusion is that, well,“it’s complicated.” In

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some cases, apex predators and their top-down cascading effects rule the system.In other situations,though,the controls are bottom-up, and the community is limited by nutrients,the rate of plant growth or some other fundamental factor. And, because we’re seeing all these systems as snapshots (often heavily impacted by human activity),it’s hard to guess where the real balance between these two regimes lies. One thing is clear, though. We are an inextricable part of the system. Of course, we always have been. But before we learned to use oil for cheap energy, before we domesticated crops and settled onto farms, before we organized ourselves into hunter-gatherer clans, our own cascades were much smaller. Today,though,we are the keystone species.Our top-down effects cascade through the system when we fish out top predators like sharks or when we shoot the one mountain lion found roaming in Redwood City. Our bottom-up effects transform ecosystem processes when we add fertilizers or pollute landscapes. Our ability to modify the world has evolved faster than the world’s ability to deal with our modifications. Of course, there’s a growing feeling that we should try to limit these modifications — not least because they’re putting our future existence on this planet in serious jeopardy. In a few pet systems, especially here in America,we entertain dreams of systems “restored” to the way they “must have looked”before us.But unless our population shrinks dramatically, it will be very hard to avoid pressing all of our accessible land area — and most of our coastal waters — into direct human service. So perhaps the real moral from the story of the otter, or of the wolf, is to impose our will with impunity, understanding that ecosystem cascades,like true waterfalls, are incredibly powerful,sometimes beautiful and often impossible to control. Holly welcomes fully-clothed reader comments and suggestions via email at

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Apparently, Oxford Is a Good School


verybody lied to me, guys. For years, I had heard about how going abroad was supposed to be an easy GPA boost, no work and partying every night. Problem is, I’m here in Oxford and I’ve probably done more work in four weeks than a usual quarter back on the Farm. A wise, wise man once wrote,“Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard.” I think that certainly holds true in this case. Between all of my commitments, I’m supposed to write 3,000 words every week. If you think that 3,000 words doesn’t sound too bad, try to fill up 15 pages in Microsoft Word every week while reading two or three books and trying to travel a little bit on the weekends. It’s kind of nuts. I almost forgot that I had to write a column this week because of my pressing academic work — but don’t fear: I’m still here. I think the biggest slap in the face is that I’m only getting 13 units from this quarter. Seriously? Somehow, Stanford deems a tutorial that requires you to write 2,500 words a week as only worthy of six units. Honestly, the writing I’ll do for my tutorial alone probably equals the amount of writing I’d do in a full quarter at Stanford. Oh, and then, the worst is that I have to hear about all of my friends in other Bing programs who are doing almost zero work. Somehow writing a story in Spanish is equal to my 12 pages on why the English school of

international relations differs from constructivism. Some of my friends are actually taking more units than I am and going out six nights a week! So all of you who are in Madrid or Paris or Berlin, live it up while you can. I’m writing 3,000 words a week. I’m being run academically ragged. My average bedtime has probably shifted toward 4 a.m., and I pull an average of one all-nighter a week. But here’s the weird thing: I love it. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more academically stimulated in my life. I’m obviously partial to the American way of teaching, but the tutorial system is an absolutely brilliant invention.There have of course been times back at Stanford where I would blow off my reading and have to bullshit my way through section, but there’s no possible way of doing that in a tutorial here. (Note to self: ask Oxford students if bullshitting a tutorial paper is actually possible.) You’re actually forced to sit down, read a few books, formulate a worthwhile argument and then defend it in a one-onone setting. Furthermore, I’m studying the exact topic I wanted to focus on: post-Cold War international relations.My tutorial is nothing more and nothing less. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before and it’s incredibly refreshing. There’s also a certain amount of camaraderie here in the Oxford program inherent with so much work

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Somehow writing a story in Spanish is equal to my 12 pages on why the English school of international relations differs from constructivism.
being constantly due. When everyone around you is in the same boat of being absolutely overwhelmed with work, you learn to develop sympathy for others and make friends pretty quickly. Honestly, I think certain classes back at Stanford could benefit a lot from a system like this. I feel like I’ve learned more about international relations in two weeks than I did in an entire quarter of Political Science 1. For the record, that’s not a condemnation or disparagement of our teaching resources or classes back at Stanford. Rather, it’s simply a product of a completely new learning experience in an almost surreal environment. The academic component here has just been fantastic. So again, all of you previously mentioned Bing folks spread around Europe, enjoy your wild nights while they last.I’m sure papers are going to terrify you when you finally get back to campus in the fall.While you have a questionably-fueled night at a rave in the Marais, I’m forced to deal with a Red Bull-fueled night in Magdalen College Library to write about democratic peace theory. (And here’s the best part: I still get to party, too!) Honestly,I wouldn’t have it any other way. You can email Shane at, but any response would increase his weekly word count. Do you really want to do that to him?



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whelm them. Instead of sitting with the feeling of not knowing what it is they want to do with their lives, students take off in all 10 directions at once. Some don’t have time for class. Most don’t have time to run around and toss a ball, and none have time to stay at dinner any longer than it takes them to shovel down their food. My father’s Stanford was about sitting on the grass and shooting the breeze. Playing Ultimate barefoot on Roble Field. My Stanford shoots emails, texts, anything to increase efficiency and decrease face-time. My Stanford needs Frisbee cleats. Where are the artists? The hippies? The movers and shakers? The irony is, my father’s movers and shakers were the same privileged kids as the students I’m charging with complacency. And maybe they weren’t all that different from the assholes down the hall in my freshman dorm. Maybe my dad was the asshole down the hall. But for all their privilege and cluelessness and self-interest, they didn’t have the option to indulge short attention spans with Facebook profiles or iPhone screens. They too were fed by silver spoons, just not as many. If there is any instance where less is more, I argue it is the number of silver spoons jabbing at a student’s mouth to grab her attention. I know — my diamond shoes are too tight; I have access to all those spoons, and instead of taking advantage of Stanford, I complain,“No one here wants to sit in the sun and pretend to know about politics with me!” I assure you I would not write this if I didn’t believe something vital to the health of my student body were at stake. When students are spread so thin between being Olympians and entrepreneurs, many miss the whole point of attending college. They get jaded, or close-minded or lonely. I miss the point a good deal of the time; I’m too busy to care about divestment, or the Dalai Lama’s visit to campus or the girl upstairs who needs someone to talk to. It feels like a terrible waste of privilege to be at Stanford and feel jaded. I want to care passionately about divestment, and I don’t think that joining one more politically correct club is the solution. Call me a romantic, but I have a hunch the solution starts with sitting on the grass and shooting the breeze. After all, how am I going to care passionately about people harmed by Israeli settlements if I’m too busy to care about the people around me? This is an invitation to my generation to take the time with me to learn how to care about people again. Take a break from your honors theses, your coding, your weightlifting, and look me in the eye and talk to me. Let’s strum the same three chords on guitar for an hour and sing our hearts out. Let’s get sidetracked together, and let the long-term goals go for a moment. We’re still young—let’s act like it. We can’t go back to 1978, but maybe we can slow down 2011 until we get our priorities straight.

he class of ‘78 wore white armbands against their black graduation robes to protest apartheid in South Africa. Tuesday, the Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel (SCAI) implored Stanford to divest from companies profiting from Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land. I didn’t see any armbands, and it wasn’t the SCAI’s fault. It’s that when you walk up to most Stanford students and try to interest them in divestment, more often than not they could care less. Stanford University: a school dedicated to the blowing winds of freedom, strewn with anguished Rodin sculptures and smiling tourists;my question:when did the tourists replace the hippies? You can do anything here, create the next six-figure iPhone app, make a start-up your sophomore year, everything except go to class, toss a ball and linger at dinner with your classmates. Forget the Farm, this place is the Lab. Students are fed opportunity with 10 silver spoons, and the options over-

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Sophomore Jillian Garton (above) and the Stanford water polo team travel to Michigan this weekend for the NCAA championships. The Cardinal is one of four Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams to make it to Michigan. Stanford starts against Iona College on Friday.

Cardinal and three MPSF foes dive into NCAAs
(MPSF) tournament, the Cardinal (25-1) heads into the NCAA Tournament via an at-large bid. Even after the third-place finish, the squad will have the number-one seed in the eight-team tournament. Three of Stanford’s MPSF rivals will be traveling to the NCAA Tournament as well:Cal,USC and UCLA all got the call to Ann Arbor. The other four teams are automatic qualifiers that won their respective conferences: UC-Irvine from the Big West Conference, Indiana from the Collegiate Water Polo Association, UC-San Diego from the Western Water Polo Association and Iona College from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Other than the one blemish at the MPSF Tournament, Stanford has demonstrated its prowess in tournaments,with undefeated records at the Michigan Kickoff, Stanford Invitational and UC-Irvine Invitational. “We’ve been a good tournament team because we play a lot of people and keep attacking teams,”said Stanford head coach John Tanner. “This weekend we will continue to use our By KEVIN ZHANG

The top-ranked Stanford women’s water polo team travels to the National Collegiate Championship in Ann Arbor this weekend with a couple of lofty goals:a successful tournament would give the Cardinal its first national championship since 2002 and earn a 101st team title for Stanford athletics as a whole. After Stanford earned a thirdplace finish with a 2-1 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

bench and push for goals in all phases of offense.” The one tournament blemish came in a game against UCLA that Stanford lost 9-8, ending the Cardinal’s 24-game winning streak. “We had several lapses against UCLA, particularly in the middle of the game, where we went significant periods without generating big stops or finishing quality chances,”Tanner said. Stanford will continue to lean on

hat guy is so annoying. It’s not something you want to hear about yourself at a frat party, but it might be the ultimate sports compliment from an opponent. While watching the MavericksLakers series, my friend uttered that phrase in regard to J.J. Barea. And while my friend is no more a Lakers fan than Paul Pierce, his conclusion was fairly obvious to anyone watching that series. Barea — all 75 pounds of him (if he’s actually six feet tall, I’m Yao Ming) — got under the skin of every player on the Lakers. His nagging defense, exaggerated flops and surprising offensive bursts were big reasons why the Lakers went from two-time champions to embarrassing underachievers in the span of one round. The 11.5 points and 5.5 assists he averaged over the course of the four games certainly played a big role, but the little things — the annoyances, if you will — may have done even more to derail the Lakers’ quest for another three-peat. Take Ron Artest in Game 2.While Artest might have the shortest fuse in the league, Barea did just enough to light it, causing Artest to commit one of the silliest flagrant fouls you will ever see (it was halfway between clotheslining the Rock and ripping the mask off a Scooby Doo villain). That got Artest banned for a game, which might have been the difference between Dallas going for the sweep in Game 4 and the Lakers attempting to tie the series. Just two games later, after Barea’s best game as a pro helped the Maver-

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In baseball, perhaps more so than any other sport, there’s a lot of down time. With a 35-man roster and ample time to think, nicknames are inevitable. With the chattering in the dugout during games, the nicknames become ingrained in the team and are a vital part of keeping life in the dugout interesting. They don’t have to be funny, meaningful, or creative, but most of them mix a little of each. Here’s a little sample of some of the nicknames on our team: • Sophomore first baseman Justin Ringo: Cave Man • Sophomore center fielder: Jake Stewart: Scoob-adoob-doob, Stewie, Stewman. • Freshman right fielder Austin Wilson: Big Willy, Black Stealth. • Senior outfielder Dave Giuliani: Italian Stallion, Meatball. • Senior catcher Zach Jones: McDopeboy. • Freshman second baseman Lonnie Kauppila: Kappi, Ron. • Junior pitcher Allan Talt: Tall-T, TreeBeard. • Junior outfielder Jack Mosbacher: Simple Jack, 16 to 24. • Sophomore center fielder Tyler Gaffney: Dance Nation, T Gaff. • Sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger: Cupcake. • Senior pitcher Danny Sandbrink: Grandpa, Renegade of Funk, Pup. • Sophomore third baseman Stephen Piscotty: Escalito.

Football game at Duke to be carried on ESPNU
After the Pac-12 announced its preliminary TV schedule for the 2011 football season yesterday, one more game was added to the Cardinal’s broadcasting list this afternoon. Stanford’s first away game — a Sept. 10 contest at Duke — will be broadcast live on ESPNU beginning at 12:30 p.m., making it the fifth Cardinal game confirmed to be televised nationally by the ABC and ESPN family of networks. As a conference, the Pac-12 now has 21 national telecasts set for its inaugural season. Additional broadcasts for Stanford and other Pac-12 schools may be announced as the season progresses.
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Senior Karen Nesbitt (above) and the Stanford lacrosse team head to Gainesville this weekend to open up the 2011 NCAA tournament. This is the second consecutive year that the Card has qualified for the postseason.


Two weeks after taking the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title, Stanford lacrosse will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Florida Gators in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The trip to Gainesville will mark Cardinal’s second consecutive year in the NCAA Tournament and just its third appearance in history.

The two will match up for the first time ever, with the Gators starting a lacrosse program just one year ago. The Cardinal and Gators have five opponents in common this season, including Denver, Northwestern, Ohio State, Syracuse and Vanderbilt. The Cardinal (16-2, 6-0 MPSF) compiled a 3-2 record against those opponents, falling to Vanderbilt and losing a one-goal

Softball closes Pac-10 schedule against Arizona State
After struggling against the Oregon Ducks last weekend, the Stanford softball team faces a tall task as it heads to the desert to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in the last Pac-10 series of the year. No. 11 Stanford (37-13, 9-9 Pac10) squares off against the No. 1 Sun Devils (48-5, 15-3 Pac-10) in a three game series starting Friday

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night, and the Cardinal will need a better offensive performance than last weekend if it wants to overtake the Devils this weekend. Stanford scored just eight runs all weekend and dropped two of three to the Ducks, despite another ridiculous weekend at the plate from junior Ashley Hansen, who went 9-for-15 with two doubles and four RBI. The Cardinal’s only win of the weekend was a 4-1 victory on Friday night behind a three-hit, onerun, 14-strikeout pitching performance from sophomore Teagan Gerhart, who extended her record to 21-8 on the season with the win. The Sun Devils come in to the weekend scorching hot, having won their last 11 games, all against Pac-10 opponents. The Devils are led offensively by Katelyn Boyd and Lacy Goodman, who both have batting averages over .400. As a team, Arizona State has clobbered 67 home runs — an average of 1.26 long balls per game. In contrast, the Cardinal has hit just 41 home runs all season and no Stanford player has double-digit home runs so far this year.Arizona State has three players with 10 or more bombs. Stanford and Arizona State start a three-game series Friday night in Tempe at 7 p.m.
— Jack Blanchat

KZSU to retain all broadcast rights following KNBR deal
In a move that reaffirmed the long-standing agreement between Stanford Athletics and KZSU 90.1 FM, the student-run radio station confirmed that it would retain its coverage of Stanford men’s basketball and football games next year. The station’s broadcast rights were unaffected by Monday’s announcement that Bay Area radio station KNBR 1050 AM had acquired the broadcast rights to both Cardinal football and men’s basketball. KZSU Sports Director JD Haddon confirmed earlier reports Wednesday that KZSU would continue to broadcast both football and men’s basketball, in addition to its exclusive broadcasts of women’s basketball and baseball games. “The verdict is that literally nothing changes for KZSU,” Haddon said. “It’s the same contract, just with a different provider.” He added that the switch from XTRA Sports 860 to KNBR, which also holds the rights to San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers games, would only be a positive thing for Stanford sports coverage.

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game to Northwestern. Florida (15-3, 5-1 American Lacrosse Conference), which played several of those common opponents multiple times, grabbed a 6-1 record against those teams, losing only to Northwestern in the ALC Championship game. Although Stanford has won seven consecutive MPSF titles, the


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Cardinal is 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford lost to Northwestern in the 2006 tournament, and it fell to James Madison in 2010. Last year was the first time that the MPSF champion had a play-in game to the tournament, and Stanford matched up against Massachusetts to get a bid into NCAAs. There’s a lot of pressure on the team this year going into the tournament — besides having the title up for grabs, the Cardinal’s success could help to prove that West Coast lacrosse is a force to be reckoned with.

“Florida is definitely going to be a challenging team, but we are more experienced and we are ready to make our mark in the NCAA Tournament and show that the West Coast knows how to play lacrosse,” said sophomore defender Elizabeth Adam. Stanford’s first-round matchup is set for Saturday, May 14 in Gainesville. The winner will then face either Pennsylvania or Duke on May 21 or May 22. Contact Rebecca Hanley at


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“The real winners here are Stanford sports fans,” Haddon said. “Another station will be covering the games, but we’re not at all competing with [KNBR], and we’re just happy nothing changes in our coverage.” KNBR’s coverage will begin in August with the start of the football season, which officially begins on Sept. 3 at Stanford Stadium.
— Miles Bennett-Smith

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Junior shortstop Ashley Hansen (above) was named among the ten finalists for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year award.


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its depth and offensive talent in the NCAA Tournament — the Cardinal has played at least thirteen players in each game this season and boasts five players that have tallied over 30 goals this season. Two-meter players sophomore Annika Dries and junior Melissa Seidemann have led the Cardinal offensively. Dries, who was named MPSF Player of the Year,leads the team with 58 goals and Seidemann is second with 44.On the perimeter,junior driver Alyssa Lo is third on the team with 38 goals. In the cage,Stanford has benefited from the combined play of senior goalie Amber Oland and sophomore goalie Kate Baldoni. As a team, the Cardinal is first in the MPSF, letting up just 4.73 goals per game. That goals-against average is particularly impressive as the tournament looms, especially considering that the tournament’s top four seeds are all familiar foes from Stanford’s

conference. Tanner said that,for the most part, the squad will know exactly what to expect,as it has faced each team in the NCAA Tournament besides UC-San Diego and Iona. “At this point in the season there aren’t any significant secrets in terms of players or teams among the four MPSF schools,” Tanner said. “We don’t know much about Iona, but they will have their hands full with us.” Stanford will face Iona College at 3:00 p.m. in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 13. They will face either USC or UCIrvine on Saturday, May 14. Contact Kevin Zhang at


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icks build an insurmountable lead (he had never dropped 22 and eight in the regular season, let alone the playoffs), the frustration escalated for the Lakers. Lamar Odom got ejected for trying to turn Dirk Nowitzki into Sean Cattouse (he wasn’t as successful though — yet another professional player that needs training from Andrew Luck). Only a few minutes later, Andrew Bynum took things to another level, decking Barea with the cheapest of cheap shots, a blatant elbow to the midsection while Barea was off the ground and defenseless. By that point,the game and series were in the books,so the only casualties for the Lakers were Bynum’s first five games of next season and the league-wide respect for the Lakers franchise. The actions, though, speak to the serious frustration the Lakers felt, and that was in no small part due to Barea. So what can you make of a guy who pisses off his opponents to no end? Personally,I love it.Sports are all about finding that edge, the one thing that’s going to put you or your team over the top.And while the answer for Marshawn Lynch is beast mode, many players take it upon themselves to make their opponents lose their focus or confidence, and that is often even better than just being good. Staying in the NBA, let me just throw out some names. Zaza Pachulia.Anderson Varejao. Joakim Noah. If you’re an NBA fan at all,you probably groaned at least once while reading those names.Why? Because, despite being fairly unskilled in most normal aspects of the game (like shooting the ball), all three manage to maintain successful NBA careers by annoying the hell out of their opponents. No one enjoys playing against these guys.Whether it’s goading your players into getting ejected, flopping or just being plain ugly in all aspects of the game, these guys bring out the worst in their opponents. Do I like any of these guys? Of course not. I don’t think you could root for any of these players unless you’re a fan of their team. But as irritating as they are to play against, you have to appreciate what they bring to a team. A guy like Barea is never going to carry a team to a championship, and he certainly shouldn’t be calling out his next opponent. But if you want someone to give you that little boost, that one spark to lead your team to a title, just think of your least favorite players to play against. Jacob Jaffe does like J.J.Redick,Bruce Bowen and Paul Pierce’s wheelchair, though.Tell him your favorite players at

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