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The Stanford Daily
FRIDAY January 20, 2012

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Volume 240 Issue 55

2012 schedule disappoints



Americans Elect takes root on Farm

Big Game? Oct. 20. Top-5 ranked USC visiting the Farm? Before students are on campus. Once students are back? Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State. That’s it. The 2012 football schedule is an unusual one, due to Pac-12 scheduling complications and a vote that did not go Stanford’s way. Every year, Stanford football plays the entire Pac-12 North (Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State) as well as the California schools in the Pac-

12 South (USC and UCLA). The Cardinal also plays two additional Pac-12 South teams, on a two-year round robin cycle (Arizona and Colorado last year and this year). Stanford has multi-year obligations with San Jose State, Notre Dame and Duke, which put all three on the schedule this year. There are several factors that complicate the Pac-12’s schedule. Some years, the league has 14 weeks to complete the schedule — determined by the calendar — other years allow 15 weeks. The 2011 and 2012 seasons are both “14 week” years. With a 12-team league and a league championship game, these 14 weeks do not

leave much flexibility in the schedule. The Pac-12’s new lucrative television deals, as well as playing occasional Thursday and Friday night games, further complicate the scheduling process. Many of these factors arose from the addition of Colorado and Utah to the league last year, but did not affect Stanford much in the 2011 season. Stanford’s schedule Stanford will open its 2012 campaign with three straight home games: Sept. 1 against San Jose State, Sept. 8 against Duke and Sept. 15 against USC. The USC Trojans, with star quarterback Matt Barkley returning for his senior season, have been predicted to finish as high as No. 2 in the nation for the 2012 season. Classes for the 2012 to 2013 school year begin on Sept. 24 for undergraduates. “As for Stanford starting with USC in week three, that’s not unusual,” wrote Pac12 Vice President of Public Affairs Kirk Reynolds in an email to The Daily. “Stanford opened the Pac-12 season this past season in week three at Arizona and opened the 2010 schedule in week two at UCLA.” Stanford and USC are the only Pac-12 teams to start conference play in week three. Washington will not start Pac-12 play until Sept. 27, with all other Pac-12 teams beginning on Sept. 22. The Cardinal has a bye week Sept. 22, followed by a Thursday night game on Sept. 27 at Washington to face the Huskies and quarterback Keith Price, whose 477 yard, seven TD performance in the Alamo bowl raised some early Heisman speculation. The 2012 schedule includes four Thursday night games, described as “specialty dates for ESPN and FOX” in a Pac-12 press release. Every school that plays a Thursday night game is required to have a bye week the week before. Stanford will then play its first home game with the student body on campus on Oct. 6 against the Arizona Wildcats and new head coach Rich Rodriguez’s offense — before heading to Notre Dame for the annual battle with the Fighting Irish on Oct. 13. The Cardinal will then travel across the Bay to Cal on Oct. 20 for the Big Game before hosting Washington on Oct. 27, traveling to Colorado on Nov. 3, playing Oregon State on Nov. 10 and finishing its season on the road against three-time defending conference champion Oregon and UCLA, on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, respectively. The Big Game First played in 1892, the Big Game is older than the Pacific Coast Conference, the earliest predecessor of the Pac-12,

Students, professors plan March event to publicize online nomination system

Americans Elect, a new political movement looking to place its own non-partisan presidential candidate on ballots across the 50 states, has taken root at Stanford. Student volunteers have joined the movement, though it does not have a registered student group on campus, and renowned faculty have expressed support, amid speculation about who among them might become candidates. “Americans Elect is a ‘second way’ to nominate a president, not a traditional third party,” states the Americans Elect website. “Our process is open to any qualified candidate and any registered voter — no matter their party.” Any registered voter, regardless of party, need only sign up as a delegate online with Americans Elect to nominate qualified candidates or to demonstrate support for those previously nominated. This process serves as the convention through which Americans Elect will select its presidential candidate by June 2012. “I think that it has a good chance to do something very innovative in American politics, and that is to present . . . an independent presidential candidate who is . . . the product of a very, very broad participatory and deliberative process,” said Larry Diamond, Hoover fellow and director of Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. “I think it has the potential to do that.” While some view Americans Elect as a detractor from partisan candidates or as a lost cause, Americans Elect provides a reportedly secure voting method that allows delegates to vote in partisan primaries as well as in the independent nominations. The group has achieved ballot access in 15 states, including California, Florida and Michigan, with 2,391,957 signatures toward a directly nominated ticket. “The big question that remains unanswered is who’s going to put themselves forward as a credible ticket,” Diamond said. “Much of the future of Americans Elect depends on that.” Diamond himself has been named as a potential candidate to come out of the process, but laughed at the suggestion. “Absolutely not. Under no circumstance,” he said, when asked about the possibility. “First of all, I don’t even think I would qualify . . . it’s so

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The 2012 Cardinal football schedule is set to provide a drastically different experience for fans as Big Game will take place on Oct. 20, disrupting several campus traditions.

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Bay Area thinkers ponder future of ‘life’

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A panel of Bay Area thinkers addressed interpretations of life, the role of technology in human existence and ethical quandaries Thursday evening at “Life,” the second stage of an “Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition in Three Stages.” The panel of speakers,

moderated by Piero Scaruffi of Stanford Continuing Studies, attracted an audience of around 250 to Cubberley Auditorium. The Continuing Studies series commenced with an autumn examination of “Time” and will conclude with a discussion of “Mind” in the spring. Scaruffi highlighted the series’ significance due to its inclusion of varied experiences. “We wanted to explore the human ex-

perience through a range of perspectives and disciplines that don’t mix often,” he said. The four panelists spanned professions from cognitive psychology and anthropology to nanotechnology and multimedia art. Each panelist was granted 10 minutes for a presentation before the group collec-

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Financial recruiting event draws crowd
causes and effects of the financial crisis, the panel opened up to questions from the audience, hoping to inform audience members about how to apply for various internships in the financial field. Several students questioned whether the low hiring and bonus rates of banking firms worry the panelists for the future. “You do need banking services, despite what Occupy Wall Street says,” said Miles Penn ’12, a member of the panel who worked at Goldman Sachs in investment banking. “They generally protect analysts, too,” Jackson said, as Penn agreed. According to the panel, because new analysts’ salaries are typically much lower than those of executives in the company, a new analyst would be unlikely to be fired. The panel offered advice about interviews and how to select the right financial firm. “Everything gets noted, and everything gets evaluated,” Penn said in response to a question about which part of the interview is most important.

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Lee Jackson ‘12 led a panel Thursday evening to address questions from students hoping to break into the fields of finance and investment banking. The panel addressed interviewing tips, hiring and the recession.

Lee Jackson ’12 led a panel Thursday evening with four other Stanford students, each with experience working for Wall Street firms such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, to provide insight into the financial industry for career hopefuls. The event, titled “Recruiting in the Financial Crisis,” was held in a packed room in the Nitery with more than 50 students in attendance. After a brief discussion of the

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tively addressed questions submitted by the audience. Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication, drew on his experiences running Stanford’s recently revamped Virtual Human Interaction lab to highlight the significance of virtual reality, and specifically avatars, in behavioral conditioning. Bailenson cited studies noting the efficacy of avatars resembling the participant in encouraging behavior change, often in response to the avatar carrying out entirely new activities and thus demonstrating the consequences of certain actions. Bailenson highlighted the experiment’s potential replication in fields such as advertising. “People have always been able to see reflections of themselves,” Bailenson observed. “Now, you can see yourself doing something that you’ve never physically done.” Christine Peterson, co-founder and president of The Foresight Institute, a public interest group seeking to educate the community on forthcoming technological advances, emphasized the increasingly prominent role that nanotechnology has come to play. Peterson noted that nanotechnology has the potential to create new materials and make vast advances without the side effects, such as pollution, that would currently ensue. She allowed, however, that the near-invisible and highly sensitive technology might enable intrusions on privacy. “We need to know what data is collected,” Peterson said, “how it is used and how long it is retained. We have those rights.” Peterson highlighted the medical benefits of nanotechnology, noting, “The ability to control atoms and molecules would mean that there really isn’t a physical ill-

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The Stanford Savoyards performed Thursday evening in an adaptation of “The Pirates of Penzance” based on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly.” The show continues with five performances through next weekend in Dinkelspiel.


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outlandish and ridiculous, it’s funny.” Diamond mentioned that, before endorsing Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman would have been a potential candidate for Americans Elect. While Huntsman’s choice to endorse may have taken his name out of the running, among the other most tracked candidates on the website are Ron Paul, President Obama and Bernie Sanders. Americans Elect’s student supporters at Stanford are equally optimistic about the nomination system. A recent programming drawback forced the associated student committee to reschedule a panel event for Friday, Jan. 20, to an unspecified date in March. Despite the setbacks, Americans Elect is looking forward to a revamped, highly publicized event.

“I think since it’s such a highprofile event with some really bigname professors in academia and also some outside experts, hopefully it will attract a lot of attention,” said Americans Elect campus leader and director of finance Darren Hau ’15. “We’re hoping to get an auditorium that seats maybe 300 to 400 people.” Hau noted that the Americans Elect student group has yet to be officially recognized by the University and, as a result, was unable to secure a location with enough time to fundraise for the event. Meanwhile, Diamond explained that a Friday afternoon event would likely draw a lower attendance than a more strategically timed panel in the spring. Among the speakers invited to the panel event were David Kennedy, co-director of The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford; Khalil Byrd, CEO of Americans Elect; Tucker Bonds, former spokesman of the McCain ’08 campaign; and Diamond. In addition to the group’s efforts to become a recognized stu-

dent group on campus and draw students to a panel presentation, the Stanford committee for Americans Elect has publicized in White Plaza, prompting between 60 and 70 students to join the group’s mailing list. “I believe Stanford has more students signed up for the Americans Elect emailing list than any other campus,” said student volunteer Josh Grinberg, ’15. “So in that regard, the Stanford campus is most aware and most active.” Americans Elect has the potential to add a third ticket to ballots across America. The group hopes to make a broad, grassroots appeal with efforts similar to those currently taking shape at Stanford’s campus. “We just want to re-engage people,” Hau said. “Besides promoting awareness of Americans Elect, we want to tell people that . . . you can actually participate constructively in politics.” Contact Jordan Shapiro at

ness [that] we wouldn’t be able to address.” She acknowledged, however, that remaining constraints on applying nanotechnology to individuals have slowed the speed of advances. In contrast to Peterson, Lynn Hershman Leeson, chair of the San Francisco Art Institute film department, noted that technology, while allowing the summarization of information in data and statistics, often fails to improve human understanding. Hershman Leeson hypothesized that creating fabricated persons serves as a means of exploring areas we don’t understand while simultaneously testing reality. Paul Rabinow, professor of anthropology at the UC-Berkeley, questioned the underlying role of ethics in exploring human interaction. Rabinow criticized a prevalent lack of concern, especially in academia, for the question, “What is a good life?” and the corresponding emphasis placed on material success above all else. Audience questions focused on the effects of technology on human identity, as provided by language and social interaction. The panel largely acknowledged the inevitable nature of technological advances and emphasized the need to preserve and develop positive aspects of the advances to fully benefit society. The speakers also noted, however, the increasing fragmentation of society due to the increased personalization and segregation of human interaction. Scaruffi expressed disappointment at the low levels of student attendance, but emphasized the significance of the debate. “These four were picked because they’re working with different aspects of life that will dramatically change,” Scaruffi said. “They discussed life as in the future, rather than life as in the past.” Contact Marshall Watkins at


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“You can walk into a firstround interview and already have a second-round interview if you network right. They’re hiring people they like,” he added. Continuing to stress the importance of personality and interview skills, Penn downplayed the importance of academic skills. “We wanted a mix of people from different banks, different offices and different divisions,” said Misha Nasrollahzadeh ’13, director of external marketing for Stanford Women in Business (SWIB), which sponsored the event. Neither Nasrollahzadeh nor Jackson said they have seen any effects on campus from the Occupy Wall Street movement or the nationwide backlash against investment banking. Both said they have not had difficulty promoting business or financing. Causes of the crisis According to Jackson, the main problem of the financial crisis was debt. Caused by low interest rates and American spending culture, by 2007 the U.S. savings rate was negative, meaning people were spending more than they were making. Using a metaphor of “debt” as a virus, Jackson said the country had two options to deal with the crisis. The first was to go to the government, a “doctor” who could give a specific prescription based on a unique set of problems — in this case through cash infu-

sions and/or buyouts. Alternatively, one could go to a central bank, the Federal Reserve — described by Jackson as a “pharmacist” with only the power to distribute aspirin. The Federal Reserve was only capable of loaning money, which it did generously in the crisis; however this failed to address the serious problems. As any doctor would tell you, Jackson continued, occasionally they catch the same virus as their patients. The debt was transferred to the government, which happened in the United States and, in a more disastrous way, to European countries, such as Greece. The Federal Reserve, however, was left largely unharmed, according to Jackson. Central banks have begun lending money to these governments, similar to “doctors taking aspirin,” he said. “That being said, I think finance is a great industry to get into,” Jackson said to laughter from the audience. “It was nice to hear the panelists,” said Adrian Rosas Villegas, a graduate student in management science and engineering. “It gave me a good idea of investment banking.” “I thought it was well put on, and it was the right mix of introductory lecture-style talk with questions and answers to delve more deeply into what people’s concerns are,” said Sam Paglia ’13 of the event. Jackson said he plans on holding similar presentations about newsworthy issues every Sunday starting Jan. 29. Contact Brendan O’Byrne at

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ing initial schedules. Several possible schedules are then put out for discussion before they are narrowed to three finalists. The member schools then vote on the three final proposals. The three final proposals slotted the Big Game for Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and the Friday after Thanksgiving. Both Cal and Stanford favored the Nov. 17 date and lobbied for its acceptance. “While this version kept the Big Game on a more traditional Saturday late in the season, other dates for conference games were significantly impacted,” said a Cal press release. “In line with conference policy, the schedules were put to a vote among the 12 athletic directors, and the majority vote favored schedule A — which slots the Stanford-Cal game on Oct. 20.” The Pac-12 would not elaborate further on the voting process. Officials from the athletic departments at Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington declined to comment on the voting process. Officials from the athletic departments at Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State could not be reached for comment by the time of publication. A Stanford Athletics Department source confirmed that the other Pac-12 presidents voted in favor of the Oct. 20 date. Officials from Stanford and Cal repeatedly pointed to the many Big Game week traditions held by both schools and their alumni to reasons why the Friday after Thanksgiving date would not work. “There are dozens, if not hundreds, of events on both campuses that are tied to the Big Game,” Bowlsby said in an interview with the Mercury News. “With both schools on break, Thanksgiving week won’t work.” However, the 2012 schedule will still impact many Stanford traditions. Farm effects Richard Muschell, Stanford assistant athletic director and director of ticket sales, said his office has received calls from alumni and season ticket holders about the Big Game date. “People aren’t happy about the break in tradition for Big Game,” Muschell said. “And that’s to be expected. Hell, we weren’t happy. We weren’t happy about it either. But you kind of play with the cards you’re dealt.” Muschell said the student section, which was about 5,000 seats this past season, will be smaller for the first three home games when students are not on campus. Muschell noted that there will be room for all students who wish to sit in the Red Zone. “If we had our druthers, I’d have the entire [home] schedule after the students got back,” Muschell said. “The students add so much electricity to it. That’s enormous.” The early home games, lack of an obvious “road trip” date and early Big Game could also affect the Band, according to LSJUMB Public Relations officer Brian Flamm ’13. Flamm noted that the Band typically uses the NSO football game followed by a mid-October road trip to recruit freshmen and new members. However, there will be no game during NSO this year, and the away games between the start of classes and Thanksgiving Break are in Colorado and Washington—too far for an effective road trip, according to Flamm. “The big disadvantage of the schedule is having Big Game so early,” Flamm wrote in an email to The Daily. “For band, Big Game is not just a game, but there is an entire week of events preceding the game. . . Big Game week is probably the most important week of the fall for band, and this earlier date could affect some of our traditional events.” The early Big Game will also present unique challenges to the production of Gaieties. Gaieties usually casts during the first week of school in the fall, which allows for six to seven full weeks of rehearsal and set-building before three nights of performances leading up to the Big Game. In 2012, Gaieties will have a little over three weeks between the first day of class and the traditional first night of performances. “Because of the earlier date of Big Game the staff and cast will have much less time during the fall quarter to produce the show,” wrote 2011 Gaieties producer Nora Martin ’12 in an email to The Daily. “Because of the scale and length of the production, our timeline for hiring the staff, writing the script, casting the show, rehearsing all the material and building the set will have to be adjusted. While no concrete decisions have been made, the show is called Big Game Gaieties and it is our priority to stay true to the 100+ year old tradition. I will be working with next year’s producer, Ram’s Head and the University administration to create an abbreviated schedule that will still allow the show to be performed during the week leading up to our game against Cal.” The Band and Gaieties are not the only student groups affected by the 2012 football schedule. Students, alumni, season ticket holders and, most importantly, the players will all have to adjust to a different schedule this year. How will the team adjust? Tune in Sept. 1. Contact Billy Gallagher at wmg2014

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which was formed in 1915, and has been played 114 times — with the earliest previous date coming on Nov. 8. Both Stanford and Cal officials expressed their disappointment with the 2012 Big Game date. “The October 20 date for Big Game is 2012 is certainly not our first choice but the conference is governed by the will of the majority and we have a duty to respect the outcome of the vote,” said Stanford’s Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby in a press release. “We will work with California and the Pac-12 Office to advocate for the Big Game and all rivalry games to be scheduled toward the end of the season in future years.” This will be only the fifth time that the Big Game has not been played in November. The game has previously been moved to the first week of December, as was the case in 2006 and 2007, to avoid conflicts. However, now that the conference has expanded to 12 teams and includes a championship game — scheduled for Nov. 30 — that is no longer possible. “The Pac-12 Conference values the importance of our historic rivalry games and the importance of scheduling them in traditional end-of-season dates,” said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott in a statement. “However, with the addition of our Championship Football Game the last week of the season, and new television agreements commencing in 2012, there will be additional priorities that need to be balanced when making the schedule that will mean occasional date adjustments to rivalry games. “In this case, we made every effort to create a schedule that would allow the Big Game to be played at the end of the season. Cal and Stanford were clear that they did not want to play the Big Game Thanksgiving week so we presented additional options to our member institutions for discussion and a vote. Ultimately the majority vote determined the schedule.” The majority vote According to the Pac-12, the conference considers initial input from every member school on dates they prefer, specific issues, and other requests before draft-

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While she acknowledges the long-standing marriage between journalism and alcohol, Margaret Rawson ‘12 struggled to open her bottle of victory champagne. She promised to “throw down with her homies” in the future.

Rawson reigns as Daily’s new MC
by SCOOP SCOOPERSTEIN After three and a half years of hard, soulless work, Margaret Rawson ’12 wanted to branch out and make the most of her final months at Stanford. Knowing that nobody balances work and play better than The Stanford Daily, the Bethesda, Md. native figured that a stint as Editor in chief would be the best way to go out with a bang. With the votes tallied and her victory made official early this morning, Rawson donned military-grade safety glasses to pop open her bottle of celebratory champagne. “So, how do I do this exactly?” the senior asked with a smile and a shrug. “Pop it like a blizzard, right guys?” Wanting to make her journey into party-dom one step at a time, Rawson insisted that the festivities continue to the tune of Beethoven’s Fifth. Rah-rah-Rawson Rawson’s election means that the EIC post will be held by a spring-quarter senior, and many Daily staffers are eager to see her bring that “senior spring” party mentality into the office. “I’m looking forward to a lot of parties at The Daily, especially ones with a lot of BJs” said head copy editor Stephanie Weber ’12. “Who doesn’t love Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers?” Long-time sports editor Jacob Jaffe ’12 wasn’t too surprised with the result, but in typical form, he was ready to get down. “To be honest, I knew how this would play out a long time ago,” the senior said. “I saw the final vote count on the bottom of a Snapple cap. And you know that shit’s legit.” To celebrate, Jaffe donned a pair of stunna shades and declared, “I’mma make it rain Skittles up in this place.” Former editor in chief Zach Zimmerman ’12 was too moved by the moment for words, sitting and silently staring into Jaffe’s entrancing hazel eyes. Zimmerman then kissed his biceps, tore the sleeves off his Grant Hill t-shirt and proclaimed, “This bro tank’s for you, Mags.” Zimms then shotgunned an entire bottle of Johnnie Walker, hopped in his DeLorean with Caroline Caselli ’12 and hit 88 miles per hour. Deputy editor Nathan “Flare” Adams ’12 was not in the office for the vote. But he managed to call in from his Ford Bronco to congratulate Rawson. “Put chyo **** on da phone,” Adams said in a raspy growl. Photography editor Mehmet Inononononononu ’09 was so thrilled by Rawson’s election that he leapt up and ripped his shirt off, beat his chest in a primal scream, then ran off into the night, howling at the moon to join his wolfbrothers. He later returned to finish his night’s work, breaking out a round of Ouzo for the entire office. “More like Mehmet Inoyesyesyesyes,” he said. As Rawson’s current co-manager of the news section and jort fashion icon, Billy Gallagher ’14 was so elated with the result that he didn’t know how to handle his emotions. “Margaret was practically crying after the results came out,” he recalled. “But anytime feelings get that close to me, I’m conditioned to just shotgun a Steel Reserve. Tall and frosty, baby.” Clueless, but swaggerful Other staffers, though, were so eager for The Daily’s next sixmonth shindig that they forgot some of the day’s procedural details. Sports desk editor Jack Blanchat ’12 was unaware of election day, and casually dismounted from his steed, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., walked into the office and spat in Rawson’s celebratory glass of champagne, proclaiming in his southern drawl, “Rawson? I got my first third-base while watching Rawson’s Creek. It was sixth grade . . . she was in my agriculture class.” Despite working at The Daily for a fifth consecutive year, sales manager Sam Svoboda ’11 wasn’t even aware that he had submitted a vote. “I burned myself frying some churros, and I just grabbed a piece of paper to wrap my hands up,” the fifth-year said. “If it was allowed, I probably would’ve just voted for the Taco Bell dog.” Englishman and sports columnist Thomas W.R. Taylor was also in the office for the election, but was noticeably confused. “Perhaps I simply do not understand American elections,” Taylor said, “but should the editor in chief’s throne not simply be passed to Kathleen’s eldest son? This system is, to be quite frank with you sir, bloody bollocks compared to what we have in Britain,” he said before riding off into the night on his Revolight Troncycle. Sports editor Miles BennettSmith ’13 strolled in two hours after the election ended, holding a strawberry topper and giggling to himself as he ignored the whole office and hurried over to his computer. “Congratulations,” said his MacBook’s text-to-speech feature while Bennett-Smith Tebowed

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Why Keystone XL is the wrong battle for environmentalists

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e consider ourselves to be strongly supportive of environmental causes. We believe climate change to be one of the most important issues facing our generation and would gladly participate in advocacy efforts to change the current course of U.S. policy (or lack thereof). However, we do not view the Keystone XL pipeline as the right battle for the cause.After months of protests led by Bill McKibben and his environmentalist followers, thousands of civil disobedience arrests and mountains of apocalyptic rhetoric, President Obama decided to delay the request for the pipeline that would bring tar sands oil down from Canada and hand a victory to environmentalists. We don’t see it as a victory worth winning. Contrary to popular belief, blocking this pipeline will make no substantive contribution to curbing climate change. We do think concerns about the potential harm to Nebraska’s aquifers are a good reason to reconsider the pipeline, but that is not what the debate has been about. While oil extracted from Canadian tar sands does produce about 15 percent greater carbon emissions than conventional oil, keeping it out of the United States will not keep it from being burned. If the tar sands are used by China, and the U.S. uses slightly cleaner oil, carbon emissions have only been redistributed, not reduced. Furthermore, blocking one pipeline is unlikely to even keep the oil out of America when other pipelines and modes of transport will simply serve the same purpose. For these reasons, New York Times energy and environmental reporter Andrew Revkin calls Keystone “a distraction from core issues . . . and largely insignificant if your concern is averting a disruptive buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” As Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains, demand for oil and other fossil fuels is the key variable in the future of the climate. Putting a price on carbon to slash demand for fossil fuels would make oil sands development obsolete and a failure to do so would result in huge climate problems whether or not this pipeline is approved. Environmentalists did have their chance to make a real difference two years ago, but their enthusiasm lacked noticeably when

it counted. The cap-and-trade bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives but languished in the Senate would have used carbon pricing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. It would have permanently and dramatically altered America’s position on climate and perhaps even set the stage for the global greenhouse gas reduction treaty that failed with it in 2010. And yet, we have trouble remembering any events on campus supporting this legislation or protesting its failure. There were no civil disobedience arrests on the steps of the Capitol Building. McKibben even opposed cap-and-trade. Environmentalists’ opposition to Keystone has succeeded mainly in undermining President Obama and handing a political victory to Republicans. And why not, when the pipeline makes the President choose between alienating one of two core constituencies; labor and environmentalists? Meanwhile, the people who want to shut down the EPA laugh gleefully and reap the benefits of this protracted tussle. Some on the far left would argue that the President doesn’t have an environmental record worth defending, but they are mistaken. Under President Obama, the Recovery Act poured $90 billion into clean energy, the largest investment in American history. Major improvements in fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks will save billions of barrels of oil and trillions of dollars in fuel costs. The EPA will regulate mercury, arsenic, toxic air metals and carbon dioxide for the first time. Most importantly, blame for the failure of cap-andtrade lies with a dysfunctional Senate that requires 60 votes for every bill. Where the executive branch could act, President Obama did, and where legislation failed it is Congress who deserves the blame. To sum up, we agree with observers who note that the sheer energy behind the Keystone XL protests has been impressive. Pointed toward a better cause, it could and would have been inspiring. But as it is, all environmentalists have accomplished is to blow an insignificant issue way out of proportion, paint themselves as extremists uninterested in the facts as well as play into the hands of politicians actively opposed to environmental protection.

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plastic waste into garbage bags meant for terrestrial dumps, and then forgetting about it. Yet here was this vast expanse of escaped human refuse, collecting thousands of miles from its nearest human source. Where else are human waste products accumulating, out of sight and out of mind? There are at least five marine garbage patches decorating Earth’s oceanic gyres. Like the eastern Pacific one that Moore discovered, they’re comprised entirely of plastic, the one thing that won’t rot or rust away in the saltwater environment. Instead, plastic slowly photodegrades, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces which, a la Zeno’s Paradox, never quite go away. Though a huge net or plastic drum is more visually disturbing, the smallest bits of plastic are the most dangerous. Their weathered edges absorb toxic chemicals like DDT (a pesticide outlawed in the United States) and PCBs (also banned by Congress), and then deliver them to planktonic life when the plastic pieces are mistaken as food. Because plastics are man-made, animal digestive tracts can’t break them down, so both large pieces and residues accumulate in the food web, transitioning from zooplankton, to juvenile fish, to larger fish and even to birds. In deference to the permanence of plastic, when I spent 10 days aboard the Sea Education Association’s teaching vessel, the Corwith Cramer, we carefully separated and stored every bit of plastic trash. The rest of our waste, once we’d sailed far enough from land, was unceremoniously pitched overboard as oceanic compost. By the end of the trip, in spite of having 40-odd people aboard, we’d accumulated surprisingly little plastic. But when I thought about the fact that our trash-bag-full would be around for time immemorial — likely longer than the human race will persist on the planet — it seemed a lot bigger. Somehow that lesson faded quickly when I returned to shore. On land, I throw out plastic every day — candy wrappers, packaging and the odd ripped shoulder

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UCKLAND, NZ — Twelve hours after liftoff from SFO, 15 hours after my roommate dropped me off at the international terminal, I was hauling my luggage toward my connecting gate when the strap of my laptop bag abruptly tore off. Fortunately, somewhere in the back of my sleepy brain, I remembered that I’d packed a backup for the cheaply made bag, which hadn’t looked quite up to the task I’d asked of it. I re-packed books and electronics in a canvas tote, and ditched the ruined mess of plasticy fabric at the next trashcan. It wasn’t until my next flight had lifted off, treating me to a panoramic view of dawn over the southern Pacific Ocean, that I realized the irony of what I’d done. Overnight, a plane had carried me across the world’s biggest body of water, containing the world’s largest trash dump, the Pacific Garbage Patch. In the morning, I had, though indirectly, contributed to its continued expansion. The Pacific Garbage Patch is really more of a soup than a patch. It’s a collection of floating plastic bits from around the world, caught in the center of a slowmoving vortex of ocean currents that border the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. The patch extends, arguably, over an area the size of Hawaii, Texas or the entire continental United States. The disagreement stems from both scientific debate — how do you bound something that’s constantly changing shape and location while bobbing along on the open ocean? — and shameless propaganda. Even shock value’s bigger in Texas. To disentangle myth from fact: The Pacific Garbage Patch is not a floating landfill. Despite media portrayals that borrow pictures from trash-choked harbors, the patch is comprised primarily of microscopic plastic particles, the breakdown products of larger plastic pieces that made their way into the world’s oceans. The patch is still a warning sign. In 1997, when Charles Moore found himself sailing through a sea spotted by bobbing bottles and chock-full of plastic pellets, he was shocked. Like all of us, he’d been tossing his

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Of course,plastic production isn’t the only way humans are making longterm changes to the planet.
bag. I rarely think about what that plastic means to the planet. Of course, plastic production isn’t the only way humans are making long-term changes to the planet. But if we can manage to keep in mind the connection between our everyday expendables and the mountains of trash that travel to landfills every year, plastics might be the best everyday reminder that we have. After all, it’s hard to envision the wild landscapes that pre-date our suburbs. It’s difficult to call to mind Arctic oil rigs and stripmined mountaintops we haven’t seen. And it’s impossible to taste or smell the changing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air. So maybe it’s time to make personal plastics-only piles, and watch them grow in a corner, day after day. At least we’ll be keeping our contribution to the Pacific Garbage Patch right where we can see it. Holly will be writing from New Zealand this quarter, where she’ll be counting up her plastic and digging up tree roots. Send comments and critiques to



In student protests, let apathy ring? No.
litical action. The resolution of controversy is the most appropriate use of the able mind. In college we are given the opportunity to wade deeply and forcefully into it. We have outlets for expression of varieties political, artistic and social. Yet it somehow seems as though that place has been superseded. “Occupy the Future” and its ilk of University-encouraged action do more to hamstring students attempting to form political movements than help them. Many students are left with a troubling picture of political life on campus, and begin to feel a lament creeping up. We no longer have agency, as could and was delivered through university indifference. Rather, we are provided with the sense of a child being nudged by his or her parent towards better ideas, which does much to stifle our zeal for action. Where there was once the opportunity to revel in the independence of our thought, there is only a nagging sense of obligation. Not only does the attitude, real or merely perceived, of our surroundings change the actions of normal supporters, it muffles their opposition. The similarity between opinions voiced on campus is almost choir-like in its exactitude, when material things are said at all. Especially on social matters, dialogue uniformly falls to one side, and the other is ridiculed in absentia. The dissidents are present yet confine themselves to their own company. Those whose opinions don’t line up feel the pressure of knowing where campus authorities’ judgment will fall. As a result, the possibility of an enlivening clash and debate is much reduced. Those who felt as though there was a moral duty owed to act are dissuaded by the absence of a fray to dive into. It is those professors who

here’s nothing quite like a professor’s opinion to end a debate. Replacing your own thoughts with the comfortable ability to endorse something that seems respectable, even if foreign, is easy and natural. So professors rarely make their opinions known in discussion, if only to prevent section from becoming lousy with students parroting them back until the debate devolves into unthinking stagnancy. Liberal arts colleges and universities alike swear by their unbiased fostering of considered and careful thought, but most, through their professors and administrations, lend tacit or active sponsorship to a single creed. There’s little mystery as to what ideas leading universities endorse. I have no bone to pick with this consensus. But the development of this tacit agreement in academia may have cost it exactly what it hoped to stir up: active campus debates and po-

brought about academia’s consensus who are most disappointed by its direction. Political fervor has largely been by pre-professional drive. In that, we have lost something integral to that experience which we call college. Rather than being heady, our collegiate life is focused around drive and persistence in the place of an intellectual experience. Nowhere is this more evident than in our extracurricular pursuits. The meat of our actions expresses our drive, but not our intelligence, and shows our desire to be good people but neglects our need to be thinking people. We have shied away from being decisive in our beliefs. We would rather serve the community than seek to improve or criticize it with our minds. It is hard to call our extracurricular commitments fickle, as transparent as they may often seem. While they may be motivated by a simple sense of duty or the need for a well-ornamented resume, I would not call any of our community service clubs misguided on

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those grounds. But on another I certainly could. The most prominent feature of Stanford’s extracurricular activities is their completely uncontroversial nature; our campus’ most active commitment is to avoiding that which our professors want us to greet head-on. I believe that universities may create better citizens today than they did yesterday. Stanford does nothing if not remind students that they are duty-bound to the society that makes their achievements possible. Anyone who remembers convocation can remember the public and community service mantra. I can’t speak to how effective they are in that regard. I can say, however, that this

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With Josh Owens hitting all of his shots as Washington State struggled to score at all, Stanford’s men’s basketball team appeared to be on its way to its fourth win in a row. But the Cougars heated up just as the Cardinal went ice-cold and Stanford’s 13-point lead evaporated in the second half of an 8169 upset loss on Thursday night.

The loss dropped the Cardinal (15-4, 5-2 Pac-12) out of a first-place tie in the conference, but will likely sting Stanford even more if coach Johnny Dawkins’ team cannot fix its mistakes with road tests against tougher opponents on the horizon. Against one of the better defenses in the Pac-12, Stanford came out hitting shots. Redshirt senior Owens was having his way on the low block, and scored 10 points on 5-5 shooting in the first half as the Cougars (10-8, 2-4) had no answer. After hitting eight of its first 14 shots, however, the Cardinal began to struggle from the field. Sophomore Aaron Bright had a tough shooting night, making just two of his 12 shots and going

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Senior Josh Owens was perfect from the floor, but his 19 points weren’t enough for Stanford in Thursday’s 81-69 loss. The Cardinal only had one other scorer in double figures, freshman guard Chasson Randle.

1-8 from behind the three-point arc. As a team, Stanford went 515 to close out the half, but still held a slim 29-27 lead at the break thanks to a five-minute stretch in which the Cougars did not score. When the teams returned from the locker room, however, it seemed as though the Cardinal had regained its offensive rhythm. A flurry of three-pointers — with two in a row from freshman guard Chasson Randle — stretched Stanford’s lead to 42-29 with 16:56 remaining. And a three-point play from Owens gave the Cardinal a 10point lead with just over 13 minutes to go in the game. That’s when Washington State — keyed by guard Faisal Aden — absolutely caught fire. It took just three minutes for Stanford’s double-digit advantage to vanish entirely, as the Cougars outscored the Cardinal 12-1 and hit field goals on five consecutive offensive trips. Aden scored 14 points in the next seven minutes — and 10 straight for his team at one point — taking over the game as part of his 33-point night for which Stanford had no answer. Although the Cardinal kept the game relatively close, no one on the floor could buy a basket, going 0-10 from the field over an 11-minute stretch in the second

49ers have Giant shoes to fill
he Giants have a lot more in common with the 49ers than you might think. I’m not referring to the New York Giants here. Well, I guess I am, if you’re thinking back to the 1950s.You know,when they played at the Polo Grounds? I’m talking about the G-Men . . . no, that doesn’t help either. Let’s try that again. The beard-growing, torture-inducing, 2010-World-Series-winning San Francisco baseball Giants (hereafter “Los Gigantes”) have a lot more in common with the 49ers than you might think. For one,even though Los Gigantes left the 49ers to fend for themselves against Candlestick Park’s torrential winds more than a decade ago,the two teams do both play in the same city. Glad to have that established. Besides just the geographical similarity, it’s notable that the two teams share the same fan base.The BayArea fan is a rare specimen, often lying dormant for years before emerging with a triumphant“I truly do fear the beard!” or a boasting “Did you know that Andrew Luck plays football at the school I went to 25 years ago (but haven’t been to a game at since)?” We don’t always make for the best attendance numbers, but our own brand of citywide bandwagoning comes across as overwhelming support whenever someone mutters the word “championship.” That’s not to say that the 49ers don’t have any dedicated fans,the type that flies back from their respective East Coast college for a weekend of playoff football or misses the dorm’s ski trip in order to catch the game. (I know both.) But there’s a certain general-public buzz around this 49ers team — the same buzz that followed Los Gigantes when they won it all in 2010 — that has got to be uplifting for the coaches and players. When it comes to the gridiron, the 13-3 49ers have made their way into the NFL’s elite with a stifling defense in a season otherwise dominated by record-breaking quarterback performances.Sure,Frank Gore andAlex Smith have put together solid seasons, but San Francisco’s heart and soul lies in its defense. Doesn’t that remind you of when Los Gigantes took home the World Series two years ago, relying on arguably the most dangerous pitching


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Stanford starts season without Klahn
By DASH DAVIDSON This recent stretch of cold weather notwithstanding, spring is in the air here on the Farm, and that means one thing for the Stanford men’s tennis team: The season is about to start. The 201112 Cardinal team is looking to avenge last year’s nail-biting defeat at the hands of the Virginia Cavaliers in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, held at Stanford’s home court, the Taube Family Tennis Center. The deciding match in that contest came down to senior Alex Clayton, one of three departing members along with classmates Ted Kelly and Greg Hirshmann. The three new freshmen represent a subtle shift for the Stanford team in that two of them are international: Gregory Zerkalov is from Moscow and John Morrissey is from Dublin. The third freshman, Robert Stineman, hails from Winnetka, Ill. The Stanford men’s tennis team has been renowned, of late, for being one of the few top collegiate programs to recruit almost exclusively in the United States. This year’s batch of freshman shows that head tennis coach John Whitlinger seems to be bucking his personal recruiting trends and following trends of the nation’s other top programs in international recruiting. The three new freshmen, as well as the rest of last year’s underclassmen, are likely to be thrust into action early and often this season, more so than they normally would because Bradley Klahn is out with an injury for at least the next month. Klahn, a senior who is a former NCAA singles champion, has been the team’s No. 1 player for more than two seasons, and his absence will surely be a tough void for Whitlinger to fill early in the season. “[The injury] gives another guy a chance to step up and play and prove himself, and that can be a really good thing,” Whitlinger said. “When you lose your No. 1 player, a guy who is an NCAA champion, it definitely creates a bit of a dilemma — but this is a deep team and in the coming matches I guess we’ll see just how deep it is. We’ve got some challenging matches coming up, but these are matches that

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Squad looks to continue Pac-12 streak

At Maples Pavilion last night the Stanford women’s basketball team routed Washington State 75-41 to tighten its grasp on top spot in the Pac-12 conference. The No. 4 Cardinal (17-1, 7-0 Pac-12) came into this game unbeaten in 52 games against the Cougars (9-9, 3-3), on a 12-game winning streak and facing an opponent that had dropped its last two contests, but none of that seemed to matter at the start. Washington State pushed hard from the tip-off, scoring the first bucket and keeping up an intense rhythm that worked noticeably to its advantage. Both teams were running full pace up and down the court in attack and defense, leading to errors on both sides, but because Stanford was never able to really settle, it struggled early on to make home advantage count. With 7:54 gone in the first half the Cougars led by four and were shooting close to 50 percent while the Card was struggling to break 30 percent from the field. From that point, though, the tide began to turn and Stanford went on a 20-5 run to close out the half with an 11-point lead. “Washington State plays a great 3-2 zone,” explained sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike. “They’re really aggressive, and it takes a little while for you to feel your way through as an offense. We were just trying to make the proper adjustments . . . and by the time we started really paying attention to the particulars, it really opened up the floor, people were able to penetrate and make great postentry passes. It just took us a while to get our

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Junior forward Joslyn Tinkle had nine points, making her Stanford’s thirdhighest scorer against Washington State behind the Ogwumike sisters, who each posted a double-double on Thursday night at Maples Pavillion.

This weekend the Stanford wrestling team will face off against the San Francisco State Gators and the Southern Oregon Raiders. Stanford (6-5, 3-0) is coming off a big conference win against Cal Poly, and the team hopes to carry its momentum through this weekend. San Francisco State (3-4) lost to Cal Poly recently and will try to bounce back against another tough Pac-12 opponent. The only tournament in which both of these teams competed was the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in early December, with Stanford finishing 25th overall and San Francisco State coming in 31st. Southern Oregon is 6-2, and they have been wrestling extremely well lately. The Raiders are coming off a 41-3 win over Pacific, and prior to that dual they finished third at the Cliff Keen National Duals. Both the Raiders and the Cardinal competed in the Reno Tournament of Champions in December. Southern Oregon finished 11th, and Stanford finished 16th. It might seem as if Southern Oregon has the edge going into this weekend, but when Stanford wrestled in Reno, the team was without top-ranked 174-pounder Nick Amuchastegui. If he had wrestled, he would have most likely placed, if not won, and the Card would have finished much higher than 16th. While a team never wants to look past an opponent, this weekend’s duals shouldn’t be too much trouble for Stanford. The Cardinal is a top-25 team in Division I, whereas San Francisco State is a Division II program and Southern Oregon competes in the NAIA. A loss this weekend would be a huge disappointment and would greatly slow down the squad’s momentum as the team heads into the home stretch of

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the season. There are some matchups that will be tough for Stanford wrestlers this weekend. San Francisco State’s Isaiah Jimenez is ranked No. 8 in the 165-pound weight class in Division II and will likely face Cardinal redshirt sophomore Bret Baumbach, who is coming off a win against Cal Poly. Southern Oregon has four wrestlers who are ranked in the NAIA. Their top wrestler is No. 1 Mitchell Lofstedt at 125 pounds. Stanford forfeited that weight class against Cal Poly, but whoever wrestles Lofstedt will definitely have to fight hard. At 174 pounds the Raiders will send out No. 2 Brock Gutches against Amuchastegui. It looks like this might be a close match, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Amuchastegui dominated, just as he did against a top-five opponent this past weekend. Redshirt junior Spence Patrick of Stanford will face No. 3 Austin Vanderford. Patrick has wrestled especially well in 2012, and this match will be a good test for him. Southern Oregon’s final ranked wrestler is No. 8 Bubba Owens, who will wrestle against sophomore Dan Scherer. Despite some tough matches in this weekend’s duals, expect the Card to carry their momentum and come out on top. The Cardinal will wrestle against the Gators on Friday at 7 p.m. in San Francisco and against the Raiders on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. Contact Palani Eswaran at By GEORGE CHEN


Calling Stanford swimming and diving’s schedule for the next two days “actionpacked” would be an understatement. Both the men’s and women’s Cardinal swimmers and divers are set to compete in back-to-back home dual meets starting tomorrow. The two-day stretch will see Stanford host both Arizona schools in the Pac-12, one of the nation’s most respected conferences in swimming and diving. The Cardinal will square off with Arizona State on Friday, followed by a quick turnaround to compete against Arizona on Saturday.

On the men’s side, the No. 3 Cardinal is undefeated in dual meet competition so far this season at 5-0 and hopes to improve to 7-0 by Saturday afternoon. Although no team in the Pac-12 should be overlooked, Stanford should not be seriously challenged in Friday’s matchup against Arizona State, as the Sun Devils are coming into the meet with a 0-5 record. The tougher test will come on Saturday, when the Cardinal takes on the Arizona Wildcats, the No. 1 team in the nation. Although the results of NCAA Championships are ultimately more important than mid-season rankings, the showdown between the No. 1 and No. 3 teams will certainly prove to be an intriguing matchup as well as one of the

biggest collegiate dual meets of the season. Arizona’s lineup of men’s swimmers is impressive to say the least, with multiple swimmers nationally ranked in the top five in individual events. The Wildcats wouldn’t be ranked No. 1 without some of the country’s fastest swimmers, showcasing a pair of senior stars. In both the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley, Arizona senior Cory Chitwood currently owns the nation’s fastest times by almost two full seconds. Senior Austen Thompson also has the fastest 400 individual medley time by an absurd margin of six seconds. Not to be outdone, Stanford has its own ar-

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we are really excited to be playing.” The Cardinal starts the season ranked No. 6 in the country behind powerhouses USC, Virginia, Ohio State, Georgia and Baylor. USC is the two-time defending national champion and the Cardinal players certainly have their two dual-match meetings with the Trojans — the first on Feb. 3 at

Taube, the second on April 14 in L.A. Coach Whitlinger is happy with the No. 6 ranking, but concedes, “there is a long way to go until May.” May is the culminating month of the college tennis season; the month that all coaches build their teams up for. May is the month of the NCAA Championship, held this year at Georgia. By May the Cardinal will assuredly have their stud, Bradley Klahn, back on the court, changing the tenor of a team that will have played for more than a month in his absence.

Until then, however, Whitlinger says his squad must strive “to get a little better every day, every match, to discover exactly what kind of team we have.” The men’s tennis team is excited to get its dual-match season off on the right foot when it travels to Oklahoma to meet Tulsa and the University of North Carolina. The Cardinal will then return home for a seven-match home-stand beginning Jan. 27 against St. Mary’s. Contact Dash Davidson at


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half and shooting just 36 percent down to the buzzer. Owens finished with 19 points, and Randle added 15, but no one else scored in double figures for Stanford. What really carried Washington State was its free throw shooting, as Aden went 13-13 to help the Cougars shoot 27-29 from the charity stripe. Seven consecutive made free throws salted the game away in the final minute as Ken Boone’s team snapped a three-game losing streak in front of an announced crowd of 3,119 that was actually much smaller due to hazardous weather in the area. Stanford will look to get things back on track on Saturday afternoon from Seattle as they take on Washington, which lost a tight 6966 contest against Pac-12 leader California on Thursday night. Contact Miles Bennett-Smith at


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may be replacing a culture of thinking with a utilitarian culture that values thought so it can improve itself, but not materially change. It says more than most would like to notice about Stanford’s student body that the strongest political response comes from its faculty and administration, not its students. Our most prominent political expression or involvement is an anemic protest in Meyer, and the University-organized events were twice as visible. I believe wholeheartedly that we students are capable of creating lively and passionate discourse, as well as action, on campus. I also believe that we can accomplish this far better independently than the University’s prodding can stir us to. What better action can you take than emailing Spencer at


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rhythm, but it’s always good when you can find that early in the game,” she said. Stanford brought this improved form back for the second period, steadily extending its lead, while the Cougars couldn’t repeat the intensity that had caused the Card problems early on. While the WSU defense made just three steals in the game, all in the first half, the Cardinal made 12 by the final buzzer, and by the end of the contest Stanford was shooting better than its opponent. While both senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike and her sister Chiney recorded doubledoubles — with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and 19 and 12, respectively — Stanford received improved contributions from the bench. Shooting, though, is certainly an area where work is still needed, particularly after the Cardinal shot 4-for-20 from behind the three-point arc. However, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was clearly buoyed by the performance in general, and was particularly upbeat about this black mark. “I know we have great shooters on our team and I’m excited that we’re doing so well and shooting poorly,” VanDerveer said. “It’s almost scary when you’re shooting really, really well and you win, because then what if you have an off night?” Next up for the Card is Washington — which is coming off a 71-47 loss to California — this Saturday at 2 p.m. Contact Tom Taylor at

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Former NCAA singles champion senior Bradley Klahn will miss the first month of the season with an injury, leaving head coach John Whitlinger with more young players to insert into matches, at least for now.

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staff in the NL and an offense that was middle-of-the-road at best? Just as importantly, the squad has one hell of a coach in Jim Harbaugh. He might not have as much pro-level coaching experience as Bruce Bochy, who took Los Gigantes to the World Series in his 16th year as an MLB manager, but if Harbaugh’s time at Stanford told you anything, it’s that his players usually outperform expectations. That’s no coincidence. But I’d argue that the 49ers resemble their baseball-playing counterparts most of all because of the adversity they’ve had to overcome. There was the difficulty of turning around a losing team despite a lockout-shortened offseason, just like the roster overhaul Los Gigantes underwent before (and during) the 2010 season. There was the bad P from .R. the preseason-game parking-lot shooting in August, just like the Barry

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Bonds steroid allegations cloud that continued to hang over AT&T Park. There was the challenge of getting Smith to live up to the expectations of a one-time first-overall draft pick, just

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like the (failed) struggle for Barry Zito to pitch like he deserved his sevenyear, $126-million contract. Even last weekend, there was the need for the 49ers to put together a last-minute drive to knock off the Saints and move on to the NFC title game,just like Los Gigantes squeaked out a series win over the Phillies with an eighth-inning home run. The Bay Area has only had two professional major-sport teams win titles in a five-year span once before, when the Oakland A’s took home three straight World Series (19721974) and the Golden State Warriors won the 1975 NBA title. Could the two San Francisco teams pull off the feat again? The pieces are in place, but there’s still a Giant game to be played Sunday. And hopefully, a Super one after that. Don’t ever accuse Joseph Beyda of jumping on the 49er bandwagon because, unlike the bandwagoners he refers to,“Bunting Beyda” is as much a Bay Area sports fan as his last name suggests. Send him stories of fake fans’ tomfoolery at

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senal of fast swimmers. Freshman David Nolan embodies versatility as he has some of the country’s fastest times in multiple events, including top-10 times in the 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Senior Bobby Bollier is ranked second in the 200 butterfly, senior Chad La Tourette third in the 1650 freestyle and senior Curtis Lovelace seventh in the 200 breaststroke. La Tourette has been especially dominant in the distance events in dual meet situations, holding a 19-event win streak and winning 21 out of 22 events in his collegiate career. In fact, La Tourette hasn’t lost since his freshman year, and those losses were against Stanford teammates. The Cardinal divers will also be critical if Stanford is to pull off the upset, with freshman Kristian Ipsen and senior Taylor Sishc both coming off wins from the Cardinal Diving Invitational last



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weekend. The women’s team will face equally stiff competition, facing two top-25 teams in No. 24 Arizona State and No. 5 Arizona. Against these two teams, history is clearly on Stanford’s side. The Cardinal has been undefeated against Arizona State in dual meets since 2001 while also carrying an eight-meet winning streak against Arizona. Currently ranked sixth in the nation, the women’s swimmers and divers will have their hands full in backto-back top-25 matchups, but they will also have an opportunity to showcase some fast times. The women’s team is especially stellar in the sprint events. Senior Sam Woodward is ranked second nationally in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 50 freestyle. In fact, there are three Cardinal swimmers in the national top 12 for the 50 freestyle. It should be no surprise, then, that the team currently has the fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay and second-fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay on the national stage. The Cardinal sprinters, however, will have to face Arizona’s Margo Geer, who owns

the nation’s third-fastest time in the 100 freestyle and fifth-fastest time in the 50 freestyle. Also crucial for the Cardinal’s success is the speed of sophomore backstroke star Maya DiRado, who currently owns the fastest time in the nation in the 200 backstroke and top-three times in the 200 and 400 individual medley. DiRado will try to hold off Arizona’s fourth-ranked Sarah Denninghoff in the 200 backstroke and a pair of Wildcat individual medley swimmers who are in the top 25. On the diving board, sophomore Stephanie Phipps, who swept the springboard events at last weekend’s Cardinal Invitational, will look to rack up as many points as she can. The women’s team will compete against Arizona State at 2 p.m. on Friday and Arizona at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center. The men’s team will face off against Arizona State at noon on Friday and Arizona at 11 a.m. on Saturday at 11 a.m., also at Avery. Contact George Chen at gchen15


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nearby. “Sports. Spoooooorts.” On the shoulders of giants Duran Alvarez, the first Daily Editor in chief, was elected in 1649 after conducting the Salem

Witch Trials, moving west and founding the Oakland Raiders. Alvarez reacted to Rawson’s election with a thoughtful stroke of his mustache, which served as deputy editor from 1721-1863. “At least that chick can throw a football,” Alvarez said. After hearing the results, departing Editor in chief Kathleen Chaykowski ’13 — declining any champagne after expending her

limited, annual alcohol tolerance at last year’s Ink Bowl — poured an extra shot of espresso into her non-fat, herb-infused, Sumatran Chai latte, then eased back in her chair to take a healthy swig. “FYI Margaret, eh?” the Canadian wrote in her farewell email. Contact Scoop Scooperstein at

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Happy week two! By now, you might be wondering why you signed up for 20 units when it feels so cold while biking that you can’t even motivate yourself to go to the library. That class-drop deadline you labeled on your calendar is moving closer and closer . . . but we can tell you why you’re really not getting anything accomplished.

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The three-day weekend
Three-day weekends are the most deceptive periods of relaxation known to college students. If you’re anything like us at Intermission, you either told yourself you were going to work a week ahead during that extra day off only to do no work, or you went on ski trip, in which case you didn’t even bother to bring anything remotely academic along with you.

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The weather
Thirty-five degree temperatures and 9 a.m. classes don’t work well together. Throw in a little rain and all of a sudden, you can count the number of times you actually show up to that lecture on one hand. It’s a win-win situation — until the final.


Any reminders of winter break
This is a public service announcement: please delete all holiday stations from your Pandora channel ASAP Nothing says “Ebenezer . Scrooge” more than trying to do The Problem Set From Hell while listening to Michael Bublé croon to you, “From now on, our troubles will be miles away.”

Your partying roommate
Let’s face it, this may be the one time during the entire quarter that all of your friends insist on partying together. Either that or you got so frustrated with your frat-hard-frat-often roommate stumbling in at 3 a.m. that you decided give up on any work. YOLO.

SOPA blackout
This past Wednesday became one of the darkest days in frantic-lastminute-essay history. How is anyone supposed to do research without Wikipedia?


hen “West Side Story” opens, we are introduced to two New York street gangs: the Sharks and the Jets. And they’re dancing with fisticuffs. It takes a few minutes to get used to the fact that the stage-fights will be dance-fights, but once you do, you know you’re in for a ride. The cast of Broadway San Jose’s production at the Center for Performing Arts can definitely dance. This is a show with a story told largely through song and dance; it’s physical and visceral and, for the most part, it’s done pretty darn well. “West Side Story” is the epitome of what a good musical should be. It’s full of memorable songs, impressive dance numbers and a poignant story to tie it all together. Leonard Bernstein composed the complex and enduring music with lyrics by Steven Sondheim, choreography reproduced from Jerome Robbins’s original work for the play and a story based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” It’s the Upper West Side in the 1950s, and our Romeo is Tony, an American and the former leader of the Jets. His Juliet is Maria, a Puerto Rican immigrant whose family belongs to the opposing street gang, the Sharks. The gangs hate each other based on principle and unshakeable racism. But when Tony (Ross Lekites) and Maria (Evy Ortiz) meet at the local dance, it’s inauspicious, color-blind love at first sight. The story is told largely through song and dance. Bernstein’s music is a great challenge to sing:

it requires a huge vocal range and the ability to master difficult syncopated rhythms and melodies with challenging intervals. Ross Lekites, as Tony, owns his musical part. He has a powerhouse voice with large and beautiful range that never becomes operatic. Every note is clear, with perfect pitch, allowing the music to shine to its fullest. Ortiz’s voice is meeker, by comparison, but full enough to get the message across. The rest of the cast does a fine job tackling this complex but rewarding material. Unlike many modern musicals, you will leave “West Side Story” humming the songs. This production is wonderfully choreographed and staged, making excellent use of space and of James Youmans’ wonderful set design, which places you right in the streets of New York. The love scenes between Tony and Maria always take place on an island set-piece — her balcony, her bed or an empty stage without a background — because, as they lament in the song “Somewhere,” their relationship doesn’t belong in the world they live in. When the Jets do the famous number “Cool” right before meeting with the Sharks for a rumble, they start off in Doc’s drug store. Then the store set-pieces disappear, allowing the Jets to take over the stage, which is now that piece of territory in the city that they are so intent on defending. We also witness this territory-marking through dance in “Dance at the Gym.” The biggest flaw in the production is that it far | continued on page 5 |



‘One Acts’: a bright (and sparkly) spot of winter quarter
studied arrangement of glassware and alcohol waiting he Original Winter One Acts,” Ram’s Head’s winter production, hits the spot. In to be drunk, a tempting red and black lacey bra tossed wantonly aside suggesting the sensuality to come. Stanford’s arguably bleakest quarter, the What begins as a tantric liaison three short plays packaged into quickly turns to a farcical one show offer a drop of culconundrum as a frenzied tural relief that soothes the woman balances her cuckolded belabored mind. The board of husband, a mid-divorce sister Ram’s Head, Stanford’s oldest and a forbidden lover. But what theatrical company, selects a appears to be a simple situastudent producer who then tional comedy grows in absurdworks with the board to ity and humor when a straightchoose three student directors, laced cabaret surprises even the each of whom directs his or keenest of observers. her own production. The Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably result is a triptych of organic Numb” ushers us into the next one acts, Stanford-grown from one act, “The Days.” This the writer all the way to the poetic piece reads like an ode to director and players. disastrous love with a stifled “Sparkle Time,” the first desperation like a choked installment of the evening, scream. From the first scene, the flows from the pen of palpable tension waxes and surSamantha Toh ’11 and may LUIS AGUILAR/The Stanford Daily renders only in the play’s unique just answer that ever-present suspicion that yoga seems a little too sexual for coinci- narrative manner. A love story in reverse, “The Days” plays with dramatic flares through the set and sound to dence. The set to this light-hearted comedy provides heighten the tension insight into the plays’ plot: an orange yoga mat placed of the love without | continued on page 7 | enticingly before a mirror draped in sparkly cloth, a


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ormer mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano stars in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” as an ex-marine turned contract killer whose life is on the line when her boss, also her former lover, turns on her. While the script often fails to deliver, in a world where ever-shrinking starlets no longer look capable of throwing a convincing punch, it is both refreshing and admirable to see an actress like Carano doing all her own stunts and fighting her way through such an A-list cast. We first meet Mallory (Carano), who bears an uncanny

resemblance to a beefed up version of Minka Kelly, as she’s on the run from both the authorities and her two-timing boss, Kenneth (Ewan McGregor). After leaving former colleague Aaron (Channing Tatum) beaten and bruised on a diner floor, Mallory makes a quick getaway in a bystander’s car, and over the course of the drive relates the events leading up to the present. One week earlier, Mallory was in Barcelona, allegedly to rescue a hostage. With the mission narrowly completed, she returns home only to be immediately dispatched

the vital stats again by Haywire Kenneth. He makes the job 6 sound too easy — posing as the wife of freelance hit man Paul (Michael Fassbender), yet her faux husband has ulterior motives. Mallory manages to escape alive, but this sudden turn of events calls all of her professional relationships into question, causing her to embark on a journey hell-bent on retribution.
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here’s one concept that nearly defies definition, one class of stereotypical discourse that can only be denoted by one word. It’s drivel, yet wellinformed; ignorant, yet well-intentioned; idiotic, but intelligent people engage in it just as often as the less intelligent. I’m talking, of course, about “shit.” Starting with “Shit My Dad Says” — the title of Justin Halpern’s hilarious book — the Internet has been obsessed with the concept of documenting the mostly real ramblings of entire classes of people. Recently this trend crept its way onto YouTube, as Internet trends are wont to do. True to the entrepreneurial spirit of Stanford University, Ralph Nguyen ’12 took the then-nascent idea and ran with it. He describes the impetus as a combination of interest in comedy and an interest in recognition. “I do a lot of comedy,” Nguyen said, “especially stand-up, and I thought I could do a better job at creating these videos [by] picking more interesting topics and doing a little shameless self-promotion.” These desires converged in his first video, “Shit Fat People Say” — described on its YouTube page as “[a] terrible parody of ‘Shit Girls Say.’” When looking back on it, Nguyen’s first reaction was to call it “very shameful” before continuing, “I think the comment that summarized that up, someone said, ‘This should be renamed ‘Shit Ugly People Say.’ It’s definitely oddball.” Despite less-than-favorable responses, the video accrued

Courtesy Ralph Nguyen enough views for Nguyen — whose YouTube channel is JustCallMeMrRight — to continue his quest for Internet stardom. When he returned to Stanford for winter quarter, he noticed something else oddball: Freshmen everywhere, from vastly different backgrounds, seemed to fall into the same patterns of ridiculous behavior. Out of this observation, “Shit College Freshmen Say” was born. “They all start off as direct quotes,” he says, referring to the sound bites that make up the clip, “but they all get more and more absurd.” This model hit the mark and in nine days rocketed to more than 381,000 hits. Emboldened, he followed with “Shit White People Say to Asians,” which in four days reached nearly the same number. And he isn’t planning on stopping. “Yes, definitely,” he began. “The one [that our] campus knows me for is ‘Shit College Freshmen Say,’ but I’ve also done really well with ‘Shit White People Say to Asians.’ 1,000,000 views is only the beginning.” — louis


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Red carpet fashion

veryone knows the Golden Globes are really just one big boozefest (see Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech). Any credibility the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had was thrown out the window last year after they nominated “The Tourist” in the best comedic film and acting categories. It’s just an excuse for Hollywood’s rich and famous to turn out, rub shoulders and have a good time. Here’s a look at what the celebs wore to the party. BEST Nicole Kidman After some recent fashion blunders, Kidman made a roaring comeback with this flawlessly fitted Versace covered in ornate, Indianesque studs whose warm hues accented her copper hair. Jessica Alba You can always rely on Alba to bring it when it comes to awards-show fashion. The Globes were no exception, with her romantic lavender



gown by Gucci. Kate Beckinsale Beckinsale’s Golden Globes look was a variation of the same formfitting gown, gentle up-do paired with giant dangly earrings combination she’s strutted at many a past red carpet. But after one look at the perfectly structured bodice of her Roberto Cavalli, it’s easy to see why the English actress wouldn’t want to mess with a winning formula. Emma Stone Everyone’s favorite bottle-redhead continued her red-carpet streak with another home run in a striking plum and fuchsia Lanvin. Julianne Moore Mermaid dresses were everywhere on the red carpet, but Moore managed to set her look apart with a two-tiered black Chanel and by accessorizing with eye-catching green tassel earrings by Fred Leighton. Paula Patton The bright yellow hue of the

“Mission: Impossible” star’s Monique Lhuillier was a fun twist on the popular mermaid-cut trend and popped on the carpet, especially in a sea of beige and neutraltoned gowns. JURY’S OUT Rooney Mara Like a recent Gawker article asked: does Rooney Mara realize she’s not actually Lisbeth Salander? The rising starlet’s slew of black attire would point toward no. She looked great in her sexy Nina Ricci gown and accomplished the whole edgy thing, but with Mara’s monochromatic wardrobe, even Lisbeth couldn’t escape its overwhelming monotony. Shailene Woodley The “Descendants” star is another burgeoning actress who’s this close to getting it right. She looked elegant in her Marchesa, but the dress’s pale, off-white tone washed her out, distracting us from its fragile detailing. WORST Jessica Biel

It’s unclear why Biel decided to traipse down the carpet in this saggy-in-all-the-wrong-places (hello tri-boob), sickly colored Elie Saab that looked like one of Miss Havisham’s leftovers. As that American treasure, Joan Rivers, said, “She is bringing sexless back.” Julie Bowen Any episode of this season’s “Modern Family” would make you want to drive Bowen to the closest In-N-Out for a double-double with extra cheese. Her pale Reem Acra gown (which looked better on Olivia Wilde at the 2008 Emmys) did nothing to flatter her figure other than washing her out and drawing attention to her stringy, wan limbs. Kelly Osbourne Osbourne-tron 2000 greeted us from the future in an angular, electric blue Zac Posen contraption and bizarre white, gelled hair. Next time, leave the whole futuristic-alien thing to Tilda Swinton.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Go ahead and call us heartless — not even the adorable fact that Gellar’s 2- year-old daughter helped her pick out this Marchesa could make us forgive Buffy for this weird, tie-dye disaster. Lea Michele The “Glee” star’s metallic Marchesa came off as vampy instead of high fashion. Plus, the whole selective embroidery thing looked better when Halle Berry did it back at the Oscars in 2002. Jessica Chastain Chastain tried to go for classy with this high-necked Givenchy but wound up matronly with its ill fit and unflattering color, exacerbated by the actress’s ugly, combed-back pomp. And it’s all a damn shame since Chastain’s had such a banner year both on the big screen and on the red carpet. — l a u re n W I L S O N
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Drunk celebrities are fun celebrities
wards season officially kicked off last Sunday with The Golden Globes. A long awards show that honors both film and television, the Globes are notorious for the open bar available to the celebrities — the cause of many a drunken speech both this year and in years past. In case


you missed it or didn’t feel like sitting through four hours of TV, here’s our compilation of the night’s most exciting moments. Peter Dinklage dedicates his award Peter Dinklage’s win for best supporting actor in a TV series was exciting for many reasons: it was his first nomination for a Golden Globe, his character on “Game of Thrones” is a fan favorite and his win turned out to be the only “Thrones” victory of the night. However, his acceptance speech stood out because he mentioned Martin Henderson, who he suggested that the audience search online. Google they did — by the millions. Henderson, it turns out, is an aspiring British actor who was attacked due to his dwarfism and left with serious long-term injuries. After being mentioned by Dinklage, his name trended on Twitter, making

All photos courtesy MCT CONTINUED FROM “STORY” PAGE 2 too often stoops to gain the easy, low-comedy laugh. The result is that the action feels less weighty, the tragedy less serious — it leaves the audience not invested enough in the plight of the two lovers. When done right, “West Side Story” should have no trou-

Henderson one of the most buzzed-about people after the Golden Globes. Good for Dinklage for using his platform to raise awareness of discrimination. Long live the Imp! Martin Scorsese upsets “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius The Golden Globes were a great night for “The Artist.” The silent film picked up awards for best actor, score and film (in the Musical or Comedy category), coming the closest to a sweep in a year without a real frontrunner. But it was a shock when it didn’t win best director, which seemed like a sure bet. That honor went to Martin Scorsese for his work in “Hugo,” a family-friendly film lauded as one of the best of the season. The film is obviously a huge departure from the famous director’s usual gritty subject matter. Also Scorsese’s first film in 3D, “Hugo” showed that 3D isn’t just a fad and that when directed well, it can actually enhance the story. Rewarding Scorsese for that — all while adding some surprise to the awards ceremony — made it one of the most memorable moments of the night. Funny acceptance speeches: George Clooney and Meryl Streep Even though they won for best

actor and actress in dramatic movies, both George Clooney and Meryl Streep brought some hilarity to their acceptance speeches. Clooney skipped the usual laundry list of thank-you’s in order to congratulate fellow nominee Michael Fassbender for “taking on fullfrontal responsibilities this year.” Meanwhile, Meryl Streep, gloriously drunk but still somehow graceful as always, complimented many of her fellow actresses and then proceeded to call Harvey Weinstein “God.” “The punisher . . . Old Testament, I guess,” she added. Speeches like this are why alcohol should be a part of all awards shows. “Homeland” wins big “Homeland,” Showtime’s new TV series about troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes), was not widely expected to win any awards going into the Golden Globes. It hadn’t generated the buzz that popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” had, nor did it have the audience of

FX drama “American Horror Story.” That didn’t stop the series from claiming both best drama series and best actress. And deservedly so — “Homeland” is a crisp, well-written look at the inner machinations of the CIA. Carrie, played to paranoid perfection by Claire Danes, is constantly teetering on the brink of a meltdown while chasing down threats to American security. The show blends action and drama skillfully, and with a few Golden Globes under its belt, “Homeland” can look forward to a bigger audience going into its second season. — halle

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ble getting an audience to tear up. This is further aggravated by the clumsy scenes with dialogue that often feels awkward and inadequately rehearsed. These scenes disrupt the flow of the story. This alienates the audience from what is otherwise an emotionally

involving journey. Thankfully the show always recovers its steam as soon as we hit the next dance number: the tempo, volume and melody of the music work together to elicit a strong emotional response. It is by no means a perfect production, but what it does

well makes up for its shortcomings. — alexandra

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Courtesy The Weinstein Company wild political policy, it is her throng of male subordinates who tell her how crazy it is: whether it’s taxing everyone the same amount regardless of income or waging war



Swinton, spends the time soulsearching and evaluating her role in raising her son. Was she too strict? Did she not love him enough? Did her husband love him too much? As these questions swirl through her head, the audience sees how her relationship with Kevin forms over his childhood. To put it delicately, it is not a spoiler to say that Kevin ends up committing a horrific crime for which he is ultimately put in prison. The

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he controversial movie “We Need to Talk About Kevin” has been kicking around the circuit since the Cannes Film Festival in May but is only just getting its American release. This is not because it is a bad film — on the contrary, it’s bold and compelling — but because it is an extremely challenging film that enters a very dark place. Based on the novel of the same name by female author Lionel Shriver, the film looks at the mother of one of the worst children in cinema, Kevin. The mother, Eva, played by the alwaysCourtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories engaging and expressive Tilda




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t was refreshing, though ultimately problematic, that Phyllida Law’s “The Iron Lady” refused to follow the straight biopic trajectory to tell the story of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Although remnants of her career are told in flashbacks, these have a different flavor than those we saw in Eastwood’s “J. Edgar”: they don’t all piece together in a straightforward story from start to finish. Instead, they are reminiscences of an icy woman gone mad. And therein lies the problem with the film: Law and screenwriter Abi Morgan are so busy editorializing about Thatcher’s career and life that they leave no room for the audience to make up our own minds, to consider the controversy of Thatcher’s career without being told what to think. Worse, the editorializing often comes in platitudinous remarks, like when Thatcher’s colleague tells her “if you want to change this country, you need to lead this country.” In the present, where we first meet Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep in her Golden Globe-winning performance), she is mad and alone, hallucinating about her dead husband and nostalgic for her glory years as prime minister. Her extreme ambition in her political career led her to alienate everyone in her life, from her children that she never had

time for to her colleagues whom she frequently berated without restraint. Of course, Streep nails her tics and affectations and gives us a glimpse at the three-dimensional character that the film dances around but never fully explores. Whenever Thatcher comes up with a

the vital stats to recover the The Iron Falkland Lady PG-13 Islands. Was Drama ALE there any SC 6 logical reason behind any of these policies? The film doesn’t provide enough context for us to decide: the only information we are given points to her senseless decisions. There’s a strange brand of feminism here. While the film has us admire her drive and success, it is constantly criticizing her for her lack of warmth and motherly affection: remember, today’s feminists, it seems to me, need to be superwomen that can do and have it all. Her ambition also causes her to treat all other women with disdain, frequently stating that she prefers the company of men, including that she prefers her son’s company to her daughter’s. There’s something altogether scary about a social-climbing woman from a lower-middle class family embracing conservative politics that simply label the poor as lazy. We aren’t really supposed to like her. The most interesting part of the film lies in its heart: in the relationship between Thatcher and her husband (Jim Broadbent). Broadbent plays yet another clever, slightly goofy but kind husband of a strong and

headstrong woman, not unlike the men he played in “Iris “or “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Her marriage to him was a helpful political move — he is a well-bred, respectable businessman; she is a grocer’s daughter with an Oxford education — but they really did love each other. When he proposes, she tells him that she needs a career outside of domestic life; he explains that’s exactly why he wants to marry her. Whether in the flashbacks or in her hallucinations, there’s a lovely tenderness between the couple, which shows a very different, almost inconsistent, side of the woman and just how much she depended on this loving man’s support. It’s no secret that Margaret Thatcher was hated by many, at least sometimes for good reason. Law really misses an opportunity to delve deep into what makes Thatcher tick, settling instead to present her as a washed-up politician, an old lady who is crazy now and had crazy ideas in her heyday. The few glimpses into her domestic life are well-played and involving; it’s unfortunate that the rest of the film is largely a study in caricature and a small, albeit highly-biased, history lesson. — alexandra


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hyper, non-chronological narrative of the film shows this early on, but obscures his abhorrent actions until the end. This non-linear timeline of the movie smartly places the most exciting and exhilarating events at its end and also does very well in establishing a nightmare-tinged chaos, but it certainly does not help the audience through the tricky narrative. It takes about 30 minutes to discern exactly where in the narrative the action takes place. Perhaps the main reason to see “Kevin” is for Tilda | continued on page 7 |


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feeling kitschy; the filmic flavor develops the drama in the period of a one act but with the intensity A list of songs Intermission staffers of a feature. Lawrence Neil ’14 and Jessica Waldman ’15 deliver are jamming to this week. painfully honest performances that swallow hard and drop down to the most vulnerable part of the “BLUE audience’s belly. The pure brutaliJEANS” LANA DEL ty winds itself back to the stage of REY innocent bliss, coloring “The Days” with a predictable but deeply satisfying sense of soured love. Ashley Chang’s script feels like a raw “The Glass Menagerie” with the local color of modern day. “RIDE WIT “Playing Co-Op,” written ME” by Patrick Kelly ’12, directed by NELLY Harry Spitzer ’12, caps off the show with a Stanford-centric comedy of video games and desire. The story portrays two best-friend gamers of opposite sex who vie for the companionship of a recent transfer and fel“HELENA low gamer of bisexual preference. BEAT” Between the geeky Roy (James FOSTER THE Seifert ’15) and the abrasively glib PEOPLE Lisa (Amanda Hechinger ’12), “Playing Co-Op” finds enough


CONTINUED FROM “ACTS” PAGE 3 material to ride giggles into fullfledged guffaws. Cultural allusions, awkward situations and well-crafted wit waft a sense of comical absurdity over the very real phenomenon of Stanford courtship, nodding to the wholesome nature of such a contrived practice. Seifert, who starred as an ill-fated Leland Junior in Ram’s Head’s fall production, impresses again with tightly wound wordplay and tactical vibrancy. The awkward innocence of Seifert’s Roy plays against Hechinger’s artfully brash Lisa to create a hilarious charade that will have the audience ready for a sequel. “The Original Winter One Acts” will be playing this weekend, Jan. 19-21, at 8 p.m. in Pigott Theater. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission and are available at, the Stanford Ticket Office, White Plaza and at the door. — sasha ARIJANTO
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CONTINUED FROM “HAYWIRE” PAGE 3 The film throws you into the fray with little explanation, but any confusion regarding the story falls to the wayside when Mallory springs into action. Carano is more than convincing as an action star because there are no illusions; she actually did what her character does. Unlike the Lara Crofts and Cataleya Restrepos of franchises past, Mallory needs no weapons. She can legitimately beat the crap out of anyone through sheer force and skill, and it is quite a sight to behold. Unfortunately, Soderbergh lets the inertia drag on too long between action sequences, which is when the façade slips and Carano’s non-acting background becomes obvious. Although to be fair, she is not given much substance to work with. The writing is weak and poorly scripted around Carano’s physical capabilities, which is a shame because the premise — a woman who can kick ass and doesn’t need to be subordinate to the male protagonist — has a ton of However, getting lost in this film is okay, even encouraged. Ramsay is working harder to create a tone than a narrative, and she succeeds in accomplishing her goals. Ultimately, the performances make this horrific and introspective story compelling to watch. “Kevin” is a must-see for fans of Swinton’s work — and everyone should be a fan of her work. — brady

potential. While a lack of character depth is practically a convention of the genre, in this case, it is as though there is not enough action to fill in the story’s gaps. Soderbergh seems to have tried to go for realism, which is admirable as far as action flicks go, but in between the fight scenes, things simply fall apart and the audience’s interest wanes. Without the dreaminess of “Drive” nor the kitschiness of “Kill Bill,” “Haywire” is merely caught in the middle ground of being different but not distinguishing. — misa

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: 12:10pm, 3:20pm, 7:00pm, 10:10pm Haywire: 11:40am, 2:10pm, 4:50pm, 7:50pm, 10:30pm Red Tails: 12:20pm, 3:40pm, 7:10pm, 10:20pm Underworld: Awakening: RealD3D: 11:10am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:45pm; Digital Cinema: 11:50am, 5:00pm, 10:35pm Beauty and the Beast: RealD 3D: 1:20pm, 3:55pm, 6:40pm, 9:10pm; Digital Cinema: 11:00am Contraband: 11:20am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:50pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:50pm, 10:35pm Joyful Noise: 11:00am, 1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

War Horse: 11:45am, 6:20pm We Bought a Zoo: 3:10pm, 9:40pm The Adventures of Tintin: RealD3D: 1:35pm, 6:50pm; Digital Cinema: 11:00am, 4:10pm, 9:30pm The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: 11:10am, 2:40pm, 6:30pm, 9:55pm Carnage: 12:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:40pm Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: 12:40pm, 3:50pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: 12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:05pm, 10:05pm Hugo: RealD3D: 11:30pm, 6:10pm; Digital Cinema: 2:50pm, 9:20pm

CONTINUED FROM “KEVIN” PAGE 6 “FEEL SO CLOSE” CALVIN HARRIS Swinton’s breathtaking performance. As an actress who never disappoints, Swinton fully realizes the inner turmoil of this guiltridden mother. Every emotion is seen on her face as she navigates the frustration, anguish, brief joys and damaging lows of motherhood. Her tremendous ability to show the subtle line between exasperation and fear elevates this film from ordinary to extraordinary. She has been racking up nominations from the Screen Actors Guild to the Golden Globes and is primed to receive a deserved Best Actress Academy Award nomination come next week. The young Ezra Miller delivers a chilling performance, as does John C. Reilly — another welcome addition to the film. British director Lynne Ramsay creates a truly bizarre and interesting film that is entirely her vision. She uses a vast amount of vivid imagery and incongruous set-pieces to show the detached and tortured state of the protagonists. While all very effective, it can also be startling, often difficult to follow or digest. “Kevin” not only wears its arthouse affectations on its sleeve, but it throws them at the viewer boldly and with total abandon.


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friday january 20 2012



How to love thy neighbors



oxy remembers the long-ago days of her freshman year, when she was still young and naïve. Before she could even say NSO, she was warned against the dangers of dormcest. But willpower isn’t exactly Roxy’s strong suit, and boys are no exception. When fine male specimens are presented in front of Roxy day-in and day-out, it’s inevitable that she’s going to go for a little “in and out” of her own. After several years of experience, Roxy’s developed a finely honed list of the dos and don’ts of dormcest, which she’s proud to share with the world. DO: Keep it on the DL. Roxy has never been one to advocate keeping things quiet (in or out of the bedroom), but dormcest is a notable exception. The only thing more awkward than that first encounter with your dormmate post-hookup is everyone else knowing how awkward you feel. Plus, Roxy always finds sneaking around and hooking up in dark corners exciting. Secret agent role-play, anyone? Accept that it’s not actually going to stay on the DL. Secrets at Stanford are much like Roxy — they spread quickly. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen, or the . . . lounge. Use protection. No one wants a dorm baby. ‘Nuff said. DON’T: Hook up with your next-door neighbor. Roxy appreciates the convenience factor of a two-foot walk of

shame, but she also knows that no one looks good on his or her way to the bathroom at 8 a.m. And keep in mind that the walls in Stanford housing are pretty thin: hearing him or her get over you by getting under someone else is definitely not ideal. Double-dormcest with roommates. Sexiling is a sad but necessary part of the college experience. Sexiling someone who’s still waiting for more than a half-assed drunken hookup is just plain mean. Hook up in common areas. Just because everyone in the dorm wants to know your business doesn’t mean they want to see it firsthand. (And Roxy suggests you avoid the ones who do.)

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