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THURSDAY January 12, 2012
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Volume 240 Issue 50
Apple archive opens doors for select few
By SANDY HUANG A spotlight has recently been directed at a little-known archive of documents from Apple, Inc. The collection rests in an undisclosed location, guarded tightly by Stanford University librarians as part of the special collections section. In 1997, Apple donated many of its founding documents, company records and prototypes to Stanford University after Steve Jobs returned to the company. The collection has remained largely private, though interest in the archive has risen since the death of Jobs in October of last year. Parts of the collection have recently been opened to exclusive groups such as the Associated Press, under the condition that they not reveal the location. While the collection is not open to the public, a majority of it has been available to Stanford students for years. “We welcome students, faculty, any qualified researcher to use these materials,” said Leslie Berlin, a project historian at the Stanford Silicon Valley Archives. The Apple collection, which occupies 600 feet of shelf space, is considered a valuable resource for researchers interested in engineering, marketing or those who wish to track how such a powerful corporation came into being. “I really feel like a documentary record is as close as you can get to a time machine,” Berlin said. “Having documents that come from the very time that a historian would write about in the future, those are very special.” The collection has a wide range of documents. One is a detailed interview with Jobs and his business partner, Steve Wozniak. This interview reveals the reason Jobs and Wozniak chose the now-famous Apple name and logo — because Apple would come before Atari alphabetically in the phone book. Other parts of the collection offer a more personal peek into the culture of Apple in its early days. For example, a video called “Bluebusters” spoofs the popular “Ghostbusters” movie by having company executives pose as “Bluebusters,” who replace PCs produced by then-rival IBM with Apple’s own Macintoshes. The only part of the Apple collection still unavailable to researchers is its hardware series. According to the Online Archive of California, that part of the collection will be “closed until it can be fully arranged and described.” “We do not have a specific date set for completing processing of the hardware segment of the collection,” Berlin said. With many researchers and historians, not to mention tech enthusiasts, itching to get a peek at the display, many are wondering whether Stanford will open up the archive to the public. Several media organizations have speculated that the collection would attract the attention of thieves, thus the enhanced security and restrictive access. Henry Lowood, curator for History of Science and Technology Collections at Stanford, was not available to comment for this story. When asked if any of the other holdings in the Stanford Silicon Valley Archives could match Apple’s collection in terms of size, Berlin knew of a few. “In terms of the Apple collection relative to others in our archives, we have several comparable collections in terms of research value, including Fairchild, Ampex and Varian Associates,” Berlin said, listing several powerful tech companies founded in the region. The Silicon Valley Archives also feature a collection belonging to Hewlett-Packard. “I think that all of our collections have something to offer different researchers,” Berlin said. Any researcher can view materials from the Apple collection in Green Library’s Special Collections Reading Room, located in the Bing Wing, by requesting them through a paging process, which can be completed in person, by email or online and allows up to a maximum of five items per day. Contact Sandy Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Flu research sparks debate over censorship
Board urges journals to withhold publication, cites safety concerns
By SHELLEY XU Researchers successfully created a version of the H5N1 virus, typically only virulent in wild waterfowl, which could possibly be transmitted to humans. The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) was set up after 9/11 to monitor the scientific community for bioterrorist threats. This is the first time the board has recommended authors not publish parts of an article since its inception in 2004, recommending scientists redact portions of the article which contain the methodology of how to replicate the procedure. “This is about one of the worst things I can imagine,” said David Relman, Stanford professor of microbiology and member of the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), referring to a scenario in which a transmissible form of H5N1 avian flu might find its way into the public sphere, a possibility that recently came closer to reality due to controversial research by University of WisconsinMadison scientists and, independently, Dutch scientists. “The reality is that if it escaped, and behaved as we think it might, it could cause a global pandemic unlike anything anyone has ever seen,” said Relman, who has been a member of the NSABB since its founding. The concern of the board is that people who want to inflict harm, or even people who simply want to push the boundaries of biology without taking proper safety measures, could use the research to replicate the transmissible virus and release it into the public. On the other hand, many critics say that the recommendation approaches academic censorship and limits scientific knowledge. Sara Tobin, a senior research scholar in Stanford’s Program for Genomics, Ethics and Society, is one such critic. “We all benefit from more understanding of biological processes and how viruses work, and when things aren’t published, there isn’t any way to use the scientific methods to make sure . . . people can build on that in constructive ways,” Tobin said. Tobin said the portion of the research which the NSABB recommended to be withheld from publication could help scientists understand how the virus transmission works, and could be, “extremely useful
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Historian Richard White discusses his book “Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America” on Wednesday night in Cubberly Auditorium. The book explores the truths and myths surrounding the railroads in the late 1800s.
ASSU approves funding for two spring concerts
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate dipped into a $350,000 buffer fund in order to fund two upcoming concert events on campus: BlackFest and a spring concert sponsored by the Stanford Concert Executive Committee (SCEC). The buffer fund results from the ASSU’s decision to cover a 10 percent refund rate by charging each student 10 percent more on the cost of student fees than will be distributed to qualifying student groups. This inflated cost prevents shortfalls when some students request refunds of their student fees.
Students are able to request refunds up until the second week of the quarter. Many senators expressed surprise about the existence of the fund, which they previously did not know existed. Senators did not offer an explanation as to why they were not aware of the fund before. The ASSU maintains a commitment to cover a 10 percent refund rate by charging each student 10 percent more than will be distributed to qualifying student groups. Any unspent money from the ASSU general fees budget also goes to the buffer fund at the end of the year. The Senate approved the concert funding measure in a special meeting
during finals week before winter break, hurrying the process so that the groups could work on signing artists and continuing preparations. A $40,000 loan was approved to the Stanford National Association for the Advancements of Colored People (NAACP), under the condition that 50 percent of the profits made from the event would go toward paying back the ASSU Senate first. Senator Ben Laufer ’12 pointed out the NAACP currently has reserve funding upwards of $15,000. Senate Appropriations Chair Brianna Pang ’13 said she finds the group’s reserves justified and should
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Ongoing debate over Row chef compensation By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF According to an email update circulated by the Stanford Labor Action Coalition (SLAC), University administrators have refused to meet SLAC’s demands regarding holiday bonuses and paid vacation for Row chefs and kitchen assistants, known as “hashers.” SLAC stated that its representatives recently met with University administrators, including Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Residential Education Deborah Golder. Prior to winder break, SLAC circulated a petition demanding the University “reinstate vacation pay and holiday bonuses for chefs and hashers in self-ops, Greek houses, and theme houses at the same level as the 2010-2011 academic year; give chefs and hashers full heath care benefits as during the 2010-2011 academic year; cover parking permits and health certification expenses for chefs and hashers; and leave the kitchens of self-ops, Greek houses and theme houses in control of the students, chefs and hashers that have created these vibrant house communities.” SLAC claims 1,400 Stanford community member signatures on the petition. [The Daily has yet to verify this number but estimates, due to some repeat and anonymous signatures, that the number is over 1,200.]
Study finds rise in income segregation
By JUDITH PELPOLA A recent report by Sean F. Reardon and Kendra Bischoff of Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis has found a significant increase in residential income segregation in the United States over the last four decades. High levels of income inequality may, but do not necessarily, correlate positively with high levels of income segregation, according to the study authors. “There can be lots of income inequality but no income segregation,” said Reardon, an associate professor of education. In 1970, roughly 66 percent of families lived in mixed-income neighborhoods. This has decreased to about 44 percent. This shift correlates with an increase in families living in neighborhoods characterized as either affluent or poor. Bischoff cited areas in Silicon Valley, such as Palo Alto, as places with high home values, which contribute to income segregation. Income segregation increased most rapidly in the last decade. According to Bischoff, there was an increase in segregation over larger areas of land as a result of the recent increase in suburbanization. “I was surprised at the sheer increase that
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I’m on a dragonboat
Courtesy of Lucy Yip
By JUSTINE ZHANG
boatful of paddles dipped into the water simultaneously, pushing the water back and the boat forward. With every determined stroke, the boat accelerated, gliding onwards despite its heaviness.The power of the paddlers was surprising for another reason: this was a practice held the chilly Sunday morning before finals week. But the Stanford Dragonboat Team, undaunted, took up the challenge. “There’s a dragon head on the boat,” one paddler said, when asked about his rationale for joining the team. The décor is striking: a standard boat consists of 10 or 20 paddlers, a steersperson and a drummer. On race days, with its painted scales, dragon head and dragon tail, the boat appears to be a mythical beast. The artistry of dragonboating suggests its cultural roots. The story goes that a Chinese poet, Qu Yuan, drowned himself to protest an impending invasion by another state. To keep fish and evil spirits away from his body, the common folk beat drums and splashed the water with paddles. Dragonboating, so it is said, then arose as an activity to commemorate him. Dragonboating has since transformed into an international sport. While it is still relatively obscure in the United States, it is slowly becoming more popular at the national and collegiate levels. The California Dragon Boat Association (CDBA) holds races for colleges like Stanford and Cal. Coaches Tek Li ’12 and Mike Liu ’00 said that they are promoting dragonboating at Stanford more as a sport than as a religious event. Liu rowed in the CDBA before joining the Stanford team. Li started dragonboating in high school. Structuring practices around their experience in dragonboating and Li’s experience on a college
wrestling team, the coaches try to maintain a high degree of involvement. This year, they tripled the practices held per week, one onwater and two off-water sessions.Along with improving the team’s form, these extra practices “have been really successful in keeping people involved with the team,” Li said. Contact Justine Zhang at justinez@ While picking up the basic paddle stroke stanford.edu. in dragonboating isn’t difficult, getting power out of the stroke takes a lot longer to master. The force of the stroke should ideally come as a result of rotating one’s core, while minimizing extraneous motions. This principle was heavily drilled in the Sunday morning practice session, where paddlers were constantly focusing on “developing their rotation,” Li said. Li occasionally instructed his team to perform “power strokes” — fast-paced, extremely forceful strokes that rapidly propel the boat through the water. Even seasoned rowers like Liu were out of breath after such exercises. Another challenge for dragonboaters is mastering the timing of the stroke. Both coaches are pushing for a faster stroke rate, but achieving that requires that team members paddle in unison. Synchrony is key to dragonboating, but is one Courtesy of Lucy Yip of the more difficult skills for a team to achieve. Stanford dragonboat rowers at the 2011 California Dragon Boat Association College Cup at Lake Merced.
While the Stanford rowers mostly paddled in unison, moments of discord between the oars caused the boats to flounder. “Strokes should be timed to not go any faster than anyone can keep up with,” Li said. While managing the pace poses a challenge, many team members agreed that the idea of doing something in sync with 19 other people is also a big draw of the sport. But for most team members, the most exciting part of dragonboating is the races. “It’s a chance to really hang out with the team,” one paddler said. A standard race is 500 meters, and the team is trying to pare down their current time of three to four minutes to two minutes. During practice, Li frequently called for “mock races.” This drill was probably the most tiring exercise for the team, but despite this, the challenge was appealing: one paddler said he enjoyed races because “everyone paddles as hard as they can.”
In the coming quarters, the dragonboat team hopes to expand their presence on campus and recruit more members. Li said the team’s distribution of flyers and emails, along with word-of-mouth, are instrumental factors in “putting a face to the name ‘dragonboat’” and drawing more people to the sport. Li hopes to ultimately quadruple the current number of paddlers. As a result, no experience or athletic background is a prerequisite for participation. “I want to expose a sport; so if someone is interested, I’ll do my best to let them in,” Li said. The one requirement, Liu added, is “a willingness to do something new.” “It matches up very well with a typical Stanford student, who’s adept at more than one dimension,” he said.
Earth Sciences opens geobiology program
By BRAD HUANG The School of Earth Sciences will begin interviewing candidates this quarter to become faculty for a new program in Geobiology at Stanford, according to Geological and Environmental Sciences professor Jonathan Payne. Earth Sciences will make a series of hires over the next few years with the help of a newly formed search committee, comprised of faculty from three departments: Geological and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Earth Systems Science and Biology. “We expect to make three new hires over the next three years (i.e., one per year),” wrote Payne, who is an associate professor in the new program, in an email to The Daily. According to the 2011-12 budget proposal from the School of Earth Sciences, geobiology is an emerging multidisciplinary field that will be “game changing for the study of the Earth.” “Geobiology is the study of the co-evolution of Earth and life. It involves a wide range of approaches, from studies of microbemineral interactions to the influence of biological activity on the solid Earth, oceans and atmosphere,” Payne said. The primary challenge for the committee is the scientific breadth of the applicant pool. “Given such diverse areas of expertise among the applicants, it is challenging [and exciting] to read and evaluate the application materials in order to identify the finalists,” Payne said. Geobiology will not be a fullfledged department. Professor Pamela Matson, Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, clarified in an email: “We are not starting a new department, but instead hiring several faculty that will form the nucleus of a new, interdisciplinary research and educational initiative in geobiology.” Because the search committee is still searching for new faculty, it is hard to tell how many new courses would appear with the new program — the courses are dependent on the new faculties’ decisions. However, according to Payne, it is likely that new introductory classes will be developed primarily on the graduate level, with some undergraduate courses as an option. Several other peer institutions — MIT, Caltech and USC — have already formed geobiology programs. But according to Payne, “Few of our competitors have major hiring initiatives in this area at the moment.” Payne noted that the field of geobiology is just coming to the fore as its own discipline. Paleontology was the precursor to geobiology, he said. Geobiology differs from paleontology through the emergence of new biological and geological research tools, including genomics, isotope geochemistry and nanoscale characterization of biological and geological materials and processes. Through such tools, first available in the late 1990s, geobiologists can now investigate phenomena in the biosphere and geosphere. Contact Brad at email@example.com.
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in handling flu epidemics.” She acknowledges an inherent catch-22 of sorts, however, because the research has not been published, making the benefits and risks are both unclear. H5N1 is an extremely dangerous virus, much more dangerous than the average flu virus. “The 1918 flu pandemic had a mortality of 2 percent, and killed tens to hundreds of millions,” said Douglas Owens, director of the Center for Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford. “This virus kills 50 percent [of the time]. It’s 25 times more fatal than the 1918 flu.” Relman echoed these comments, saying, “[H5N1] is a particularly lethal disease. There aren’t very many infectious agents in the world that have higher fatality rates than this virus does.” Because of H5N1’s dangerous capabilities, preventing people from inflicting harm by using the
virus is a major concern. “Bioterrorism now is a very important national security threat, so you have to think about this dualuse biology quite differently,” Owens said. He said he agrees with the NSABB’s actions, and that in cases like the H5N1 case, scientists should act prudently. The research used ferrets as a surrogate for transmitting the disease. Some say that because of this disparity, there is not sufficient ground to withhold publication of the methodology of the study, as it is not certain that the virus will act in humans as it does with ferrets. But as Relman warns, “You wouldn’t want to take your chances that it’s wrong.” The actions of the NSABB have also raised concern that there is no proper mechanism for the scientific community and the public to evaluate biosecurity threats before they become published. Relman stated that the NSABB has recommended to the United States government the formation of local committees to help scientists as they formulate research proposals to determine the possible danger of certain experiments.
“We need to find a really sound system for dealing with all these kinds of cases, and putting it in place soon, because we can’t have these one-time solutions,” Relman said. “There is a lot of work that goes on now in biology that could be used for great good or that people with ill intentions could use to do harm,” Owens said. “This is an issue that will have to be considered as people move forward.” As of now, the government has not reformed or changed the system.Tobin said she envisions a conference in which scientists, the public and the press can come together to discuss the various merits and risks of publication. “I think that a community is probably going to be more productive than this small group making the recommendation,” Tobin said. According to Relman, the NSABB is moving toward voting in favor of recommending a voluntary moratorium on publication of the latest controversial research to allow for a “global discussion.” Contact Shelley Xu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In the update email, SLAC objected to a Business Affairs audit of Row finances and said that Student Operating Services (SOS), previously the only provider of Row house kitchen labor, may have been forced to make cuts after being forced to compete with outside bidders. Citing differing calculations from both sides of the debate, SLAC said that ResEd administrators have agreed to share a budget to clarify the debate, which is part of a larger controversy over increasing centralization of Row house finances.
— Margaret Rawson
Law School launches new China project
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Stanford Law School has launched the China Guiding Cases Project (CGCP), a project that seeks to inform scholars in and outside of China about legal cases decided by China’s Supreme People’s Court. In Nov. 2010 China’s Supreme People’s Court decided to institute “guiding cases” that lower courts would be compelled to follow, a major change to the Chinese legal system. In addition, higher Chinese courts implied
harsh consequences if lower courts refused to follow the decisions in these cases. The CGCP hopes to index these decisions in an online, searchable format and translate them to English. The site will allow legal experts to post commentary about the cases, discussing any implications or nuances, and will also allow for dialogue between commenters and experts. All cases and commentary will be posted in both Chinese and English. The program is led by Mei Gechlik, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a researcher at Stanford Law School. Gechlik has experience working in Asia and the United States. She has testified before Congress and advised the U.N. about China-related issues.
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The more things change, the more things stay the same
n 2012, we will do everything perfectly and effortlessly. We will work out every day, actually read all of the assigned texts and catch up with all of the people we meant to see last quarter. We will go to office hours every week, roll out to social events and keep our email inboxes free of clutter. We vow to be more spontaneous and to check things off our Stanford bucket list. Oh, and obviously, we’ll also sleep eight hours a night. Casual. It’s a nice picture, but a flawed one. In a way, it reminds me of my middle school mentality towards our monthly mile run. The night before the big day, I’d lie in bed and visualize myself bounding around the school track. One, two, then three, four — in my head, those obligatory four laps wouldn’t even leave me winded. Mind over matter; it was just that easy! But no matter how much mental energy I expended, I always had to walk at lap three. Despite the fact that I never practiced in between runs, I assumed I’d magically be able to improve at the next event three weeks later, just because I willed it to be so. In a similar way, the dream of fundamentally revamping your life overnight just doesn’t translate into reality. You can dream about your dozen resolutions ‘til the cows come home, but if you stop to think about it for a split second, the realization hits that there just isn’t enough time in a single day to do it all, let alone do it all well. Taken individually, each resolution presents a noble aspiration — who would disagree with vowing to study harder, work out more, socialize with old friends or get more sleep? But our lives don’t exist in a vacuum, and try as we might, there is only so much we can do to compartmentalize our schedules. In the real world, we all have to choose between resolutions: do you sleep more and sacrifice the problem set? Do you study that much harder or go to the party? Do you go to office hours or hit the gym? There is no one answer: different circumstances call for different decisions. However, most people still insist on thinking about New Year’s resolutions in an all-or-nothing kind of way. We believe that resolutions, once fulfilled, will enable us to sidestep choices between two good things, when all they are really capable of is helping us to manage them. That’s why New Year’s resolutions often fall flat. It’s easy to get trapped in the Stanford feast-orfamine mentality. Instead of tackling our resolutions in a slow and steady, strategic way, we don full battle attire and swing into ac-
tion, sending out twenty emails we’ve meant to write for the past month, going to the gym religiously and booking ourselves solid with advisor meetings. We exhaust ourselves during one or two unsustainable weeks, only to find ourselves too burnt out to keep up with any one of our resolutions for the rest of the year. Not every change can be realized in a day. But most tasks, no matter how daunting, can be accomplished long-term. The problem is that most of us view New Year’s resolutions as quick-fix solutions to larger issues; thus, we employ a flawed approach to following through on them. Every day, we’re forced to make choices about what’s important. What we choose is always motivated by something, but it’s where that motivation comes from that truly matters when making those decisions. Most often, you’re choosing between two desirable things. We’ve all been there: you wake up early with the intention to go running, but all your body wants in that moment is more sleep. Do you press snooze? If you really do need the sleep, then sleep! But if you’re just avoiding the day, get up. The lines are blurry and hard to distinguish. My procrastination method of choice is avoiding what really needs to get done by fooling myself into something else that seems productive at first blush. (For example, deleting emails from my inbox appeals to me much more than reading for class). What matters isn’t really whether or not you put something off to tomorrow — after all, we are only capable of so much in a day without going crazy — but whether that choice is a deliberate one, motivated by what’s really good for you. We want it all. And we can have it all. Just not overnight. Start slowly and give yourself time to adjust to new habits. There was a reason why I couldn’t just will myself to run that monthly mile back in middle school: I didn’t practice. But with enough repetition, anyone can run a marathon! In that case, though, I think I’ll make the deliberate choice not to. Want to know Leslie’s resolution for the New Year? Email her at email@example.com.
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Nostalgia! (The Illusion of a Golden Age)
ast quarter in my creative writing class, we performed an emotional awareness exercise (it’s not the heart-warming Breakfast-Club-moment it sounds like, though if it was, I would have most definitely been Emilio Estevez). We took a specific state of being and described the resulting physical sensations it had upon our body. For example, humiliation = throat and stomach squeezed together; anger = lungs slowly filling with sand; Tapatio = mosh-pit on the tongue. The most intriguing state was nostalgia. For some, it invoked the same golden glow and weightlessness of gratitude. For others, it was that sinking emptiness expanding from the stomach that comes when one experiences despair or loneliness (or country music). Though the memories were heartfelt, they carried with them discouragement and hopelessness. They were the illusive phantoms of a life once lived. (I may have meant ‘elusive’ there, but I think either one works.) That leads me to today’s advice: Do: Appreciate the past. Doo-Doo: Live in the past. The past is peculiar. (I feel British whenever I use the word ‘peculiar.’) The past has an incredible influence on our present and future even though it is just that — time passed. It’s obvious the way a person’s emotional, mental and relational health can be crippled by a harmful past — abuse, addiction, betrayal, tragedy — sadly, the list goes on. But there can be a negative reactionary component to good memories as well, one that speaks much more to our present than our past. I spent last spring quarter abroad in Oxford. The majority of my time was spent writing or researching my weekly 10-page tutorial papers. (I don’t say this to
brag, but rather to help paint an accurate picture . . . but also to brag.) Yet when I think back on the trip, my memory tends to leave out the less than desirable parts. I don’t remember pulling multiple all-nighters, paying double for everything because the American dollar is having performance issues or being told to stop shouting in public because my best attempt at a British accent sounds like the Geico Gecko. But I do remember running around the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland at midnight and trying to explain my love for Angels baseball to a baseball-illiterate (and therefore lesser) nation and getting to attend Will & Kate’s royal wedding due to a crazy, fluke mistake with invitation deliveries. (I don’t remember if that last part actually happened, further proving my argument for the faulty nature of memory.) The Illusion of a Golden Age: a flawed longing for a fictionalized past can keep us discontent and shackled from proceeding in the present. (Don’t believe me? Ask Owen Wilson’s character from Midnight in Paris.) Take, for instance, a break-up, a divorce or a death; these are very concrete signs that life pushes forward indifferently, and there are some things you can’t get back. And it’s ok to grieve what has been lost. That is probably the healthiest and most honest way to handle tragedy. But to romanticize the past as the best life will ever be paints the present like a prison and the future as absent of hope. Scott Hansen, a San Francisco artist who creates music under the moniker Tycho, released a breathtaking instrumental record last year called Dive. (Big thanks to Thrice’s Riley Breckenridge for the recommendation.) This is what Hansen had to say about the record: “Nostalgia is a common
thread in my work, but this album wasn’t driven by that idea. I see these songs as artifacts from a future which might have more in common with our past than our present.” I’m slowly learning (the hard way, more often than not) that life moves on and things change. People change. They walk in and out of your life, sometimes forever. And even if they remain, there may be no returning to what was once had. But just because you’ve lost one relationship doesn’t mean you can’t have a comparable one down the road with someone you meet tomorrow. While it is often easier to cling to the momentary comfort of the past, it is better to hope in the golden prospect of the future. It’s no surprise that trying to go back is the biggest deterrent to moving forward. Living in the past is not living at all. It should be called “loitering in the past” (and if the past is anything like the parking lot of Baskin Robbins in San Juan Capistrano, loitering there may be punishable by a $250 fine. San Juan PD, you are unreasonable tyrants). The loss of an incredible past doesn’t necessarily produce a lesser future — unless you let it. If hindsight is 20-20, then nostalgia is 50-50, and the odds are in your hands.
Still living in a past relationship, ladies? Chase would be happy to help you escape that nostalgia. Email him at ninjaish@stanford. edu for details.
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OGWUMIKE SISTERS LOOK TO CONTINUE DOMINANCE IN ROCKIES
By TOM TAYLOR
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Tonight the Stanford women’s basketball team starts its first-ever road trip to the new Pac-12 schools, Utah and Colorado. The No. 4 Cardinal (13-1, 4-0 Pac-12) will look to secure its position at the top of the conference against the Utes (13-1, 2-1 Pac-12) in Salt Lake City before heading up to play the Buffaloes (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12) in Boulder on Saturday afternoon. Stanford has met Utah 12 times before this season, most recently on the road in November 2010, and has won on every single occasion so far. However, the Utes may draw inspiration from their recent road win against Washington, and the Card struggled against Oregon State at Maples last weekend. To cause an upset, though, Utah will need to find a way to deal with the Ogwumike factor. Senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike has been a consistent force for the Cardinal this season and leads the Pac-12 in both points and rebounds, with 24.5 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game. She won her third Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this season for her performances against the Oregon schools last week, and is a leading contender for national player of the year. Though her sister, sophomore forward Chiney, has not had quite as much consistency or success so far this year, both sisters had double-doubles against Oregon State last week. The effect these two players can have on a team was also evident in the previous contest against Oregon, when the Ducks’ strategy revolved around forcing the Card to shoot from outside, although freshmen forwards Bonnie Samuelson and Taylor Greenfield are able to hit threes at will, forcing the Ducks to pay for their
strategy. Utah will look down low to its top performers, as forwards Michelle Ploufe and Taryn Wicijowski lead the team with 15.1 and 12.9 points per game respectively. Interestingly (and unusually, for the Cardinal) the Utes might have a height advantage in this matchup. Like Chiney Ogwumike and four other Stanford players, Wicijowski stands at 6-foot-3, but the 6foot-4 Ploufe and two other Utah forwards are only beaten in height by the Card’s 6foot-5 redshirt junior forward Sarah Boothe. As a result of its height in the paint, Utah is fourth in the conference in defensive rebounds, two places below Stanford, and fifth in blocked shots, two places above the Card. However, the Utes have struggled to use this advantage at the other end of the court, sitting in 11th place in offensive rebounds. After a solid string of play during the winter break, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer will be hoping that her players can find greater consistency in their play. The seven-game stretch featured some great individual performances and a couple of routs, but at times the Cardinal struggled and perhaps relied far too heavily on the skills of Nnemkadi Ogwumike to get it out of tricky situations. While the conference is only a few games old, both second-place teams, USC and Washington State, are locked in rivalry games this weekend, and a Stanford sweep of the new Pac-12 schools this weekend could provide a huge boost to Stanford’s dreams of winning the inaugural title. Tip-off between Stanford and Utah at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City is at 6 p.m. tonight. Contact Tom Taylor at email@example.com.
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Senior guard Lindy La Rocque (above) and the Stanford women’s basketball team head to the Rockies this weekend for conference matchups against Utah and Colorado.
Card welcomes Utes to Maples, Pac-12
Tonight, the Stanford men’s basketball team hosts Utah in its first visit to Maples Pavilion as a Pac-12 contender. The Cardinal (13-3, 3-1 Pac-12), playing in its only homestand in the month of January, has not faced the Utes (4-11, 1-2) since 1997. Both teams came away with splits last weekend, with the Utes beating Washington State in overtime, then losing to Washington, and the Cardinal falling to Oregon before picking up an exciting four-overtime win over Oregon State. However, head coach Johnny Dawkins hopes that the team and the home
crowd don’t dwell on the thrilling victory. “Everyone is still amazed about the game and wants to talk about the game and stay in that moment,” he said. “And we need to move on to our next moment, which is this weekend, and our opponents that we face coming up with Utah, so you know we want to move on.” Utah, who was slated to finish last in the conference, has already exceeded expectations. The Utes’ offense centers on senior guard Josh Watkins, who led all players with 18 points in the victory over Washington State, and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring with an average of 15.6 points per game. He is equally dangerous when creating op-
portunities for his teammates, dishing the second-most assists per game in the conference, with an average of 4.93. Defensively, junior center Jason Washburn ranks fifth in the conference in rebounding, with 6.9 per game, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field, fourth-best in the conference. “I think Utah’s a good team, they have potential,” Dawkins said. “I think they’ve been getting better all season, culminating with the games you saw this past weekend versus the Washington schools. They’re very competitive; they’re a physical team, and kind of resembling their coach . . . You can
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Nolan named National Swimmer of the Week
Freshman swimmer David Nolan capped off an impressive week for the men s swim team by being named National Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com on Tuesday. The Hershey, Penn. native arrived on the Farm with lofty expectations after competing at the senior U.S. Nationals while still in high school, and Nolan has thus far lived up to the hype, ranking among the top 15 national times in five events as well as posting the Cardinal s top times in four events. In Saturday s meet against the University of the Pacific, Nolan won the 50-meter freestyle, the 200-meter backstroke and the exhibition 100meter butterfly. Nolan s times were good enough to meet the Olympic Qualifying B Standard in each event. The No. 3 Cardinal has a week off from competition before meeting Arizona and Arizona State in the pool at the Avery Aquatic Center on Jan. 20 and 21.
It didn’t take long for the No. 4 men s volleyball team to get on track in its seasonopening match against the University of the Pacific. After battling back and forth throughout the first set, a pair of kills by sophomore Steven Irvin gave Stanford some breathing room over the No. 15 Tigers and the Cardinal didn’t look back — UOP didn’t breach the 20-point mark again as Stanford picked up a 3-0 road sweep on Wednesday night. The Cardinal (1-0) came into the match with some momentum from two wins over visiting Thompson Rivers of Canada over the weekend, but those came in exhibition matches, and Pacific posed much bigger problems with All-MPSF selection Taylor Hughes. In the first set, Hughes looked like he might prove to be a problem for the Cardinal defense, notching four kills and a block. But the Tigers offense went ice cold in the second set, finishing with just nine kills on 27 swings with four attack errors — a .185 hitting percentage. Conversely, Stanford s attack really started to press the net in the second frame. After hitting .265 in the first set, the Card hit .367 in set two, as sophomore outside hitter Brian Cook turned in one of the best performances of his young career.The Santa Cruz native had 13 kills on the night and just two attack errors, a .478 hitting percentage to go with his two service aces. And after pounding Thompson Rivers defense for 15 kills in the last exhibition match, sophomore opposite Steven Irvin expanded on what has been a solid offseason with eight kills. With senior outside hitter Brad Lawson — a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-American —
Kristina Vaculik helps Canadian gymnastics team qualify for 2012 Olympics
When freshman gymnast Kristina Vaculik decided to take a year off from school to compete with the Canadian national team, she had one goal in mind — qualify for the Olympics. On Wednesday, she did just that, posting her team s best score on the uneven bars as Canada was one of four teams to advance to the London
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The Stanford men’s volleyball team seesawed back and forth with the Pacific Tigers in the first set on Wednesday, but blew them away in the last two sets to come out victorious in the first game of the spring season.
ou’ve heard it all year long: David Shaw is not Jim Harbaugh. David Shaw will never be Jim Harbaugh. David Shaw can’t do what Jim Harbaugh did. But that’s apparently a good thing. How can this be so? As of today, Shaw’s first-ever recruiting class is ranked higher than any class that Harbaugh brought in during his four years on the Farm. That’s right: with the addition of running back Barry Sanders, Jr., the Cardinal’s incoming recruiting class is currently ranked as the No. 15 class in the entire nation. Harbaugh’s recruiting classes during his four years were ranked 50th, 20th, 26th and 22nd. Now, national signing day isn’t until Feb. 1, so that ranking could still slide up or down, but the fact remains the same: Instead of letting Stanford slide back into mediocrity with a subpar recruiting class, Shaw has gone out and gotten the Cardinal its highest-ranked recruiting class . . . ever. (At least since Rivals.com began to rank recruiting classes in 2002.) Anybody worth their salt knows that recruiting rankings are, at best, a flawed metric — mediocre Notre Dame somehow always brings in a top-20 recruiting class — but everyone also knows that there is no way to win in college football unless you can recruit well. Just look at national champion Alabama — the Tide hasn’t had a recruiting class outside the top 10 since 2006, and even then, it had the No. 11 class in the country. It’s no wonder that it has been to three BCS bowls in the last four years. So even though the Cardinal’s 2012 recruiting saga isn’t complete yet, what Shaw has done on the recruiting trail has been particularly impressive. Not only has he continued what Harbaugh started, but he’s also already put his own stamp on the program by pulling together a truly impressive recruiting class in his first season as a head coach. First, he snared commitments from two high-profile, highly soughtafter recruits: running back Barry Sanders, Jr. and linebacker Noor Davis. Sanders, son of NFL legend Barry Sanders, spurned Florida State, Alabama and Oklahoma State (his father’s alma mater) to come to Stanford. The Oklahoma City native is ranked as the No. 1 running back in
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the nation. Similarly, Davis, the number two linebacker in the country, turned down offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, USC and 22 other schools to take his talents to Palo Alto. To put it in terms any big-game hunter would understand, these two players represent big trophies on the wall of Shaw and the Cardinal coaching staff, and Sanders’ and Davis’ commitments will probably induce other top prospects who are still uncommitted to take a second look at coming to the Farm. Second, Shaw has put together a recruiting class that is much deeper than just two studs — the Cardinal’s 2012 recruiting class contains nine four-star recruits. A class that is both that talented and deep means that the Cardinal can count on one class to fill in for departing starters (or significant contributors) right away. Considering that Stanford will lose half of its starters to graduation or the NFL this year, it’s nice to know that a big group of talented players can come in and fill those gaps. Third, Shaw’s expert touch on the recruiting trail is particularly impressive considering the competition that he has to recruit against — conference rivals Oregon, USC and Cal are all expected to bring in top-15
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Senior forward Josh Owens (above) and the Cardinal welcome new Pac-12 opponent Utah into Maples Pavilion tonight to tip off the only weekend home stand for the Cardinal in the month of January.
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see the guys taking shape and buying into what they have to do to win.” The Cardinal, which leads the
conference in total rebounds, will look to use its advantage on the glass to nullify Washburn’s production. Stanford will also need to cut down on fouls and turnovers, and convert from a higher rate at the line. Realistically, the Utes might be one of the weakest conference opponents the Card will
face this season, providing an excellent opportunity to correct early-season errors. Stanford will tip off against Utah tonight at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. Contact Caroline Caselli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
classes this year. It goes without saying that recruiting is so high-stakes and so hotly contested because of its zero-sum nature: if you can bring in top-tier talent, you are also preventing good players from falling into the hands of your rivals. Lastly, the 2012 recruiting class could get even better over the next two weeks. Offensive lineman Kyle Murphy, the number 22 recruit in the country, has narrowed his choices down to USC, Florida, Oregon and Stanford, and defensive end Aziz Shittu, the nation’s 27th best player, will pick between USC, Cal, UCLA and Stanford in the coming weeks. If Shaw is able to get these two guys to put a Stanford hat on their heads on Feb. 1, the Cardinal could conceivably finish with a top-10 class (and prevent their conference rivals from adding to their already stocked cupboards). So while David Shaw will never be able to match Harbaugh’s testosterone-fueled quotes, blue-collar attitude and general disregard for typical gestures of“sportsmanship,”that might be not be such a bad thing — after all, Shaw is the guy who is about to bring in the highest-ranked recruiting class in Stanford history. Jack Blanchat was one of Harbaugh’s early recruits, but passed up a career in football to pursue his passion as an amateur apiarist. For beekeeping tips, or more analysis of Shaw’s recruiting exploits, email him at email@example.com or follow him @jmblanchat.
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chipping in 11 kills, and senior libero Erik Shoji — himself a three-time First Team All-American with a chance to become the Cardinal s first ever four-time AllAmerican — recording 12 digs, the rout was on. Stanford jumped out to a 10-4 lead and didn t look back, finishing off the set with a kill by sophomore Denny Falls. A run of three straight points to open up the third set allowed the Cardinal to work through its offense without too many problems. Senior setter Evan Barry spread the ball around, finishing with 36 assists, as Stanford pushed its lead to 20-12 late in the third. Although a late three-point run
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by the Tigers reenergized the scattering of fans watching the match at the Alex G. Spanos Center, a timeout by Stanford coach John Kosty settled the Cardinal, and a Cook kill ended the night with 2519 set. With four returners from last year s team that finished No. 7 in the final national poll, Stanford has one of the more experienced teams in the country. But Kosty chose not to go to the bench much against Pacific, as only two players saw action outside of the six starters. When the team returns to action against visiting Juniata at Maples Pavilion on Friday night, expect to see more substitutions as the Cardinal looks to open its offense up against the perennial Division III title contenders. Contact Miles Bennett-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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9.825 points (out of 10) in each. Her season-high score came at a crucial time for the Cardinal, when she placed third on the bars at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. Assuming Vaculik stays healthy, she will likely be one of three Olympians on Stanford s 2013 roster — sophomore Shona Morgan and freshman Rebecca Wing competed at the 2008 Beijing Games for Australia and Great Britain, respectively.
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Games at the Olympic Qualifying Test Event. One of seven team members, Vaculik is a two-time Canadian all-around champion and won four titles at the 2010 national championships. As a freshman on the Farm last year, she competed in all four events and scored at least
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we’ve seen,” Bischoff said. The recent housing crisis may have caused an unpredictable effect on income segregation, according to Bischoff and Reardon, especially due to the fact that both low-income and middle-income families were foreclosed on in recent years. “The recession and the housing market crisis has been a huge disruption to the trends in the relationship between how much money people make and where they live,” Reardon said. This trend is troubling according to both authors, who said mixed-income neighborhoods provide better public services for society. “Higher-income areas often spend more on public services,” Reardon said. He further noted a smaller need for such public services in higher-income neighborhoods, showing an inefficient allocation of resources. Mixed-income neighborhoods therefore provide a “spillover of public services” according to Bischoff. Such neighborhoods provide more resources for low-income children who would not have access to such services in isolated, low-income neighborhoods. Reardon also cited mixed-income neighborhoods as beneficial to the political sphere. “We worry that increasing segregation means increasing political polarization,” he said. Should representatives be more from mixed-income areas, according to Reardon, there would be increasing pressure for repre-
sentatives to work toward a more common good, rather than represent the individual interest of segregated districts. Furthermore, both authors claim that increasing income segregation decreases the breadth of perspective people have in regards to the lives of those with different economic status. “We think that having more contact with people that are different from yourself benefits the ability to make decisions about social policy and the democratic process,” Bischoff said. Both Reardon and Bischoff say that developments that promote mixed-income housing in particular areas would help reverse the trend. “The truth of the matter is that income segregation is hard to reverse,” Bischoff said, particularly due to its connection to housing stock, which changes slowly over time. Bischoff also stated that changes in income inequality would have a variety of social effects beyond income segregation, and such changes would most likely be a result of tax policy. The study was an extension of a previous study done by Bischoff and Reardon about the connection between income inequality and income segregation during the period of 1970 to 2000. The research was supported by the US2010 project conducted by Brown University and the Russell Sage Foundation. US2010, led by John Logan, is a research project focusing on recent societal trends in America. Contact Judith Pelpola at email@example.com.
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not be used given that the group’s annual operating budget is $35,000. Pang, who is a staff member of Stanford NAACP and currently serves as the group’s frosh intern coordinator, sponsored the bill. BlackFest hopes to use the money to help sign popular hiphop artist J. Cole, who recently was nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards. Another bill also requested funding to hold a concert in Frost Amphitheater this year. A bill authored by Stephen Trusheim ’13 requested $35,000 to support a concert organized by the Stanford Concert Executive Committee (SCEC), a newly formed group in conjunction with the Stanford Concert Network (SCN). The bill gives Trusheim, who is a member of SCEC and also the executive chair of Student Groups and Events for the ASSU, and Emily Pollock ’13, codirector of SCN, authority to spend the money how they see fit. Senator Alon Elhanan ’14 fought hard to tie this $35,000 grant specifically to subsidizing student costs, and was joined by Laufer in an effort to have specific language in the bill noting that this money would go toward subsidizing tickets. ASSU Executive Michael
Cruz ’12 and Senator Nate Garcia ’14 both argued that it does not matter where the money goes if it is used to support the concert. The final bill does not include any language about the money being allocated to student ticket subsidies. The bill does mention students would receive at least a 15 percent discount off of the face value of the tickets. The face value for tickets is still undetermined, making it difficult to predict how much a student ticket subsidy would cost the group or save students. Many of the senators expressed frustration with Trusheim, who did not attend the meeting during finals week of autumn quarter to discuss the bill and answer questions. Senator Shawn Dye ’14, a Stanford Concert Network (SCN) member, was also absent from the finals week meeting. Trusheim and Dye must report to the Senate at least once a quarter to give an update on how the project develops and how the money is spent. Organizers of BlackFest must report at least once every two weeks. The BlackFest bill states that ASSU Financial Manager Neveen Mahmoud ’11 estimated that the $70,000 dollar withdrawal would not be a problem for the ASSU. “Financially speaking, the proposal to withdraw roughly $70,000 does not seem like it will drastically negatively impact the buffer fund as is,” Mahmoud said. Contact Brendan O’Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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