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MONDAY February 13, 2012

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Volume 241 Issue 9

Fleet feet in the Foothills

Dancers fundraise, fight AIDS
24-hour dance-a-thon raises over $60,000

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Racers embarked on the first annual Stanford Dish Race Sunday. Individuals and dorm groups ran and walked the Dish course during the race, sponsored by the Stanford Running Club, which offered prizes for fastest times and highest dorm participation.


Software evaluates apps for plagiarism

Admissions Office uses Turnitin database on early admit essays

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions turned to computer software to combat application fraud this past fall when it began using Turnitin for Admissions to check application essays for plagiarism. Those admitted through restrictive early action to the Class of 2016 were the first to have their applications submitted to the database, which is already being used by approximately 100 colleges and universities around the country. “It’s really the few that attempt to get away with this sort of thing [plagiarism] that should be forewarned that it’s not in their best interest,” Director of Undergraduate Admissions Bob Patterson said. “It’s our expectation they’re going to be honest and open and transparent in their application, and when they sign off that everything is their work, that has to have meaning.”

Patterson said that while his office has not been made aware of any instances of plagiarism from applicants in past years, it was “concerned there could be.” He added that the University decided to utilize the software because of reports in the media about higher levels of plagiarism in applications. “If we do see that there is plagiarism in an application, we will definitely reach out to the student and ask for the student’s input, and then we would make decisions from there,” he said. The software compares submitted admissions documents with its extensive database of “Internet content, subscription content and previously submitted documents to create a comprehensive Similarity Report,” according to the Turnitin for Admissions website. This Similarity Report recognizes both word-for-word and paraphrased text matches, which are then highlighted and linked back to the corresponding documents in the database. The Report also gives the option of building an internal database for all of the institution’s applications, as well as the option of participat-

ing and submitting content to the central Turnitin for Admissions database. Stanford is one of only a dozen universities using Turnitin for undergraduate programs. Most admission offices currently use the software to assess graduate school applications. Anna De Cheke Qualls, director of graduate affairs and admissions at Johns Hopkins University, said that her office began using the software in Sept. 2011. According to Qualls, the software is important because the University requires applicants to give complete disclosure in their applications. If applicants don’t exercise that full disclosure, they are rejected, she said. “Our faculty have a greater ability to focus on applications, not authentication,” Qualls said. “We try to safeguard our institution and our departments from making an inappropriate decision.” The graduate admissions office at Johns Hopkins gives the software to various departments, which can then individually decide how they wish to use it. Qualls

More than 500 dancers, moralers and spectators gathered at the Arrillaga Alumni Center over the weekend for Stanford’s eighth annual 24-hour Dance Marathon. The event raised $60,085.97 — a nearly 7.7percent decline from last year’s total of $65,075.50 — to combat HIV/AIDS and support international awareness of the disease. As in previous years, dancers pledged to raise a target sum of $192 prior to the event. FACE AIDS, an organization founded in 2005 by Stanford students, previously matched funds raised by Dance Marathon. The event’s 2011 and 2012 fundraising totals both constitute significant drops from the 2010 high of $178,000, which Philip Tom ’14, Dance Marathon financial director, attributed to FACE AIDS no longer matching Dance Marathon’s fundraising total. Ninety percent of Dance Marathon’s proceeds will go to Partners in Health (PIH), which will use the funds for a community health workers’ program in Rwanda. $192 represents the cost of training and paying a community health worker in Rwanda for a year. “In lots of places, $50,000 — especially in healthcare — can’t get you that much,” Alex Coleman ’12, Dance Marathon’s overall director, said. “In some places like Rwanda, it is the difference maker. It gives mothers the chance to have their children live.” The remaining 10 percent of funds raised will go to Bay Area Young Positives, a San Francisco non-profit organization dedicated to serving young people diagnosed with HIV and raising awareness of the virus in local communities. Approximately 300 dancers — and 200 moralers, who support the dancers in three-hour shifts — registered for the event, a turnout similar to last year. While some registrants failed to show up at the event, event organizers commented on participants’ enthusiasm and cited particularly strong turnouts from freshmen and Greek societies. “Those that show up actually stay,” Rachel Seeman ’14, Dance Marathon’s campus outreach director, said. “It’s really cool to see the bonding among the group that stays from 1 p.m. to 1 p.m.” Seeman added that all funds raised go directly to Dance Marathon’s partners. Dance Marathon was funded partially through registration fees collected from dancers and moralers, but largely through ASSU special fees. Kay Williams ’12 emphasized the contribution of freshmen — who constituted a majority of dancers — to the event, in particular citing the ef-

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Girls able to rewire brain to prevent depression, study finds
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF A study by the Stanford Psychology Department has shown that girls’ brains can be rewired to not overreact to negative stimulation, thus preventing at-risk girls from experiencing depressive episodes, according to a Thursday press release. Negative stimulation can cause increased heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol production, which are all factors that can precede a depressive episode. The research team, led by professor Ian Gotlib and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, focused on 10- to 14-year-old girls who at-risk for depression because their mothers are depressed or have previously been depressed. The girls underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at the Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging, so that the researchers could observe how much blood flowed to the amygdala region of their brains when they were shown negative images — for example, a photo of an accident. The researchers then asked the girls to think about positive experiences in order to attempt to dampen the negative response, such as going to the beach or playing with pets. Participants also completed a “dot-probe task” in which they were shown one of two pairs of faces: a neutral

Administrators await effects of Obama plans

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The Offices of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid are waiting to see what impact two national higher education initiatives, set forth by President Barack Obama in his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, will have on the University. University officials interviewed by The Daily, however, said they are confident Stanford is already meeting most, if not all, of the recommendations that the government may make. Obama proposed that all colleges be required to compile a uniform “college scorecard” to provide students with information such as the cost of attendance, average loan debt, ability to repay student loans and graduation rate. He also proposed changing how federal financial aid is awarded so that more aid would go to schools that actively attempt to keep costs down. Karen Cooper, director of financial aid at Stanford, said that the University already shares much of the information about its financial aid program that would be included in the proposed college scorecard. “We hope that [prospective stu-

dents] know all about our financial aid program when they’re applying,” Cooper said. To give students a concrete idea of how much financial aid they can expect to receive from Stanford, the University created a financial aid calculator on the office’s website, which Cooper said gets more than 10,000 hits per month. “It’s not just about meeting federal expectations,” said Richard Shaw, dean of Undergraduate Admission. “We’ve had our calculator for a long time before these new federal guidelines were announced.” According to Shaw, Stanford has been trying to implement measures similar to the President’s plan for quite some time. “We think we’ve been out ahead of the curve,” he said. “To be honest, we’re one of the most transparent universities, and we’ve always been transparent,” Shaw added. The University does not know exactly what information will be required as part of the scorecard, but both Shaw and Cooper said they are optimistic that Stanford will not have to drastically change its practices. “We don’t know exactly [what the

new requirements will be] . . . we’re in a period of watchful waiting,” Cooper said. She said she is not concerned about the President’s second proposal to direct financial aid to schools that make concerted efforts to lower their tuition costs. “Stanford is an expensive school, but on the whole because of our generous financial aid, [tuition] is typically not a factor in students’ . . . decisions [of whether or not to attend Stanford],” she added. “We think, certainly from our vantage point, that Stanford is a model in its opportunities given to low-income students,” Shaw said. For the moment, the University is waiting for the President’s administration to issue concrete guidelines about what exactly this new program will entail. “Even though we have a high tuition rate, Stanford is affordable for our families,” Cooper said. “We’re just waiting to see what the federal concept of ‘affordability’ is.” Contact Mary Harrison at mharrison15@stanford.edu.

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and happy face pair or a neutral and sad face pair. A dot appeared on the computer screen, which the participant then clicked. After clicking, she was led from the negative toward the more positive image in order to train the brain to not overreact to negative stimuli, according to the press release. Days after the experiments, the girls returned to the Stanford Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory to undergo an induced stress test so that the researchers could measure any change in physiological reaction. Thus far, the researchers have found that girls react less to stress following the experiments.
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Researchers find Viagra may cure rare pediatric lymphatic disease
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital may have discovered a surprising cure for a rare lymphatic condition in children, according to a School of Medicine press release. The sildenafil drug, commonly known as Viagra, has shown potential to cure these malformations and is the subject of a new clinical trial at the School of Medicine and Packard Children’s Hospital. Lymphangiomas “are overgrowths of the one-way lymph channels that return extra fluid from our tissues to the bloodstream,” read the School of Medicine press release. “Rarely, in infants and children, these channels grow abnormally large and cause deformity and death.” While lymphangiomas are mainly cosmetic, the risk that the lymphangiomas could interfere with organs such as the heart, lungs and throats necessitates medical action. Physicians noticed five months ago that sildenafil, which was being used as a

blood pressure medication, also had surprising affects on lymphatic malformations. “There has been no medical treatment for lymphangiomas; now all of the sudden there may be one,” Al Lane, a physician investigating the correlation, said in the press release. While the function of the drug in treating dermatological illness is still unknown, Lane said he suspects that it might help to drain the channels of the lymphatic system. While Viagra is most commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction, previous use of the drug to treat pulmonary hypertension in children reveals possible side effects, including nausea, headaches and, in a few rare cases, spontaneous erections. As of yet, the research team has treated three cases of lymphangioma, which have been documented and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Before they start routinely treating patients, however, the researchers will need to secure proper U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval through a placebo-controlled trial.
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Inter-dorm water conservation competition kicks off
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Florence Moore (FloMo) residence halls kicked off Stanford Water Wars, an inter-dorm water conservation competition, Sunday. Each hall’s water consumption will be measured from Feb. 12 to March 12 through an Aquacue Barnacle, a water management product that claims to record the amount of water used with at least 99.5 percent accuracy. The over 450 undergraduates living in FloMo will participate in the month-long event, sponsored by Stanford’s Green Living Council (GLC), Student Housing and the Silicon Valley company Aquacue. A similar competition at the University of CaliforniaMerced showed promising results; students reduced their water consumption by 14 percent and saved 89,000 gallons of water overall. The winning residence hall in FloMo will receive $1,000 in prize money. The GLC, founded in 2007, selected Aquacue’s products as the basis of this year’s competition in order to bring a more modern, technical approach to conservation on campus, according to a GLC press release. Students will have access throughout the month to real-time data covering the water use in their dorms. Simultaneously, the GLC will host multiple events to educate the residents about daily conservation techniques and the importance of water conservation. The seven residence halls, which were specifically selected because FloMo dorms have separate water lines, will compete in six groups to determine which dorm can save the most water per capita. Paloma and Mirlo residents will compete together due to the fact that they share a water

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A student rode a bike in the Florence Moore courtyard to power a blender during the Green Living Council’s kickoff event for Water Wars 2012. The FloMo dorms will compete to reduce their water usage for a month.
meter. FloMo Water Wars is part one of a two-part Stanford Conservation Cup hosted by the GLC. Part two will be an electricity conservation effort running March 2 to March 23.
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said that while her office has heard of anecdotal instances of the software’s use, including text matches in applications, the office needs more data about how the plagiarism-checking software is being used in individual departments to determine its functionality. Andrew Ainslie, senior associate dean at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, said that while faculty members have used the software in classrooms for many years at the graduate school, it has only recently been made available for admissions use. “Initially we used it to see what sorts of results it would get for us,”

Ainslie said. “It seemed like a great source of information about people who are plagiarizing, and it is able to verify the plagiarism.” Ainslie noted that the software links to places from where plagiarism is detected, such as when the application shares a quote with another document on the Internet. “It seems like a very useful tool to ensure that the people we allow into the program are the right kind of people . . . It is a pretty major offense to pass off someone’s intellectual property as your own,” Ainslie said. “We think it is important that students are honest in their applications,” Patterson said. “We just want to make sure we are doing everything that we can.” Contact Josee Smith at jsmith 11@stanford.edu.


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forts of the freshman “Morale Committee” in mobilizing a group of participants that the event’s upperclassmen organizers find it harder to reach. Differences from previous Dance Marathons included the introduction of a contemplation room, which featured materials on AIDS awareness and an “AIDS quilt.” The quilt included sections provided by members of the Stanford community who have had friends or family die of the disease. Nineteen student groups — from Dv8 to the Stanford Band — as well as University administrators such as Dean of Freshman and Undergraduate Advising Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, supported and entertained dancers throughout the night. Dancers were provided with snacks and meals, as well as the presence of paramedics in the case of any medical issue. Code Jam Elsewhere in the Alumni Center, approximately 30 hackers gathered for a 24-hour Code Jam held at the same time as Dance Marathon. The Code Jam shares resources and charity partners with Dance Marathon. The event, now in its fourth year and organized by Code the Change, tasks participating hackers with programming for a number of non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on projects easily accomplishable within the 24hour time frame. Coding tasks range from web development and web applications to specialized projects such as a collaboration with a Ugandan university on agricultural tracking. Sam King ’12, Code Jam’s director, acknowledged that this year’s turnout was significantly lower than last year’s high of 65 participants, but attributed the drop to Code the Change’s deci-

sion to put on two events per quarter. King approximated that the scheduling change would lead to a tripling in overall participant numbers without much additional cost or planning and the ability to scale the event to other schools.

We need to get rid of the stereotypes and show people that it’s about making the world a better place.
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“The reason we decided to step it up is that there was such a compelling demand for computer scientists who wanted to use their skills for social change — and also from non-profits who needed technical help,” King said. In addition to raising around $10,000 from corporate partners, King pointed to the scarce nature of computer scientists — and the market price of their work — as evidence of the value added by events such as the Code Jam. He added that such events bring issues of social justice to computer science. “Computer scientists need someone to show them the connection with social change,” King said. “We need to get rid of the stereotypes and show people that it’s about making the world a better place.” Contact Marshall Watkins at mtwatkins@stanford.edu.

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or a full 24 hours, from 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, the Arrillaga Alumni Center pulsated with energy and enthusiasm as Stanford’s eighth annual Dance Marathon rocked campus all day — and all night — long. After spending months fundraising for FACE AIDS, a student-led nonprofit committed to fighting HIV/AIDS, hundreds of students took a literal stand for the cause and pledged to stay on their feet for at least a portion of the event, if not all 24 hours. Walking into the building for my shift, I got a preview of the event’s energy from the welcome crew’s attitudes during registration. Their bright smiles matched their neon attire as they signed in dancers, handing out nametags and purple “Dancer” T-shirts to the participants. Inside the dance room, the enthusiasm was contagious. Throbbing speakers flanked a large stage, sending dance music booming throughout the room. The beams from colorful disco lights spun across the floor and climbed the walls, spotlighting the cardinal red balloons and banners made by dorms across campus to cheer on the dancers. Opposite the stage hung an enormous Dance Marathon calendar, showcasing the different holidays throughout the year that made up the marathon’s theme, “Seasons of Love.” Every three hours, the “season” would change and dancers would receive a bracelet to signify the amount of time they had been dancing. The dancers’ attire reflected their high energy. Neon tank tops, glitter spandex, pink tutus, short shorts, knee-high socks and colorful caps abounded. Several dancers who stayed for the entire event even brought enough clothes to put together different rally outfits throughout the 24 hours. During the first hour, I had the chance witness a piece of the camaraderie and community that would only continue to develop during the following 23 hours. When Shakira’s “Waka Waka” filled the room, one at a time we came together to learn the dance. By the time the song ended, at least half of the dancers were moving in sync, coordinating our shimmies and claps with one another and throwing our heads back at once. As a Dance Marathon tradition, every year the organizers choreograph a dance to a selected song for the dancers to perform at

every “season change” — that is, every three hours. This year, participants came together to learn a dance to Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” Some dancers were so engaged with the dance that they continued to groove even after they were permitted to sit down after the marathon event ended. Though the choreographed dances were certainly a highlight, several other moments from the 24 hours offered breaks from the constant movement. Talented student groups provided entertainment throughout the event, with not an hour going by without some sort of encouraging performance. A cappella groups, dance troupes and student bands all graced the stage with their presence, and the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) made a surprise performance to get the marathoners through their last hour. Some student groups provided dance lessons for participants, including Los Salseros and Swing Time.Another popular event was “yoga raving,” a relaxing and reenergizing yoga session complete with singing and a massage train. For those who needed a break from the loud music and endless dancing, board and video games from Jenga to Boggle to Super Smash Bros. to Wii Sports were on hand. For those dedicated students who could not afford to give up 24 hours without studying for upcoming midterms, the event offered tables tall enough for student to do schoolwork without breaking their promise to stay standing. These tall tables doubled as pillows for

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Students across campus came together this weekend to participate in the eighth annual Dance Marathon, a 24-hour fundraiser.
some dancers during the wee hours of the morning. While I expected there to be a significant difference in the levels of energy in the room between 1 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, I was amazed to see that the dancers seemed to have just as much, if not more, energy during their last hour of marathon-ing than during their first. “The Reveal,” the point at which the event organizers shared how much money the dancers raised, took place in the last 15 minutes of the marathon. Holding up one digit at a time, they dramatically disclosed that their fundraising efforts had brought in a grand total of $60,085.97 — to be donated to Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization that aims to deliver health and social justice to the world’s poorest communities, and Bay Area Young Positives, a nonprofit that provides support for young people with HIV. To celebrate this feat, the dancers took part in one more morale-dance before dancing to the last song, “The Final Countdown.” At exactly 1 p.m., the dancers simultaneously collapsed to the floor for the first time in 24 hours, only to pop back up a few seconds later to continue dancing — this time in celebration. While the dancing had come to an end, the event proved to be the best one-night stand of the year. Contact Nicole Kofman at nkofman@stanford.edu.

I was amazed to see that the dancers seemed to have just as much, if not more, energy during their last hour.
an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about HIV/AIDS. This year’s Code Jam coded for a number of organizations founded to improve the lives of others, much like FACE AIDS does for the HIV/AIDS community. For instance, a team of four worked on developing a web-based application for Nilsby, a non-profit that facilitates a support system for families with special-needs children, while another team of three coders volunteered to code for Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine (SIRUM), an organization that helps reduce the supply chain gap between hospitals with extraneous unused medicines and free clinics that lack such supplies. Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh and the city’s IT team were present at the event and collaborated with Stanford students to develop a program which lists the streets of Palo Alto, their conditions and the construction work the city has been doing on certain streets, along with an explanation of why this work is needed. Both the energetic atmosphere of Dance Marathon — and the inspiring causes for which these students were coding — encouraged the coders during the entire 24 hours of intense “hacking.” According to Elliot Lui’13, leader of the Nilsby project group, the event “[was] exhausting, but [we were] proud of what we were doing.” Despite the reputation many computer science majors have of being adept at staying up late and pulling all-nighters, the organizers put effort toward ensuring a good, and not too stressful, time for the participants. Angad Singh ’14, project director of Code the Change, noted that participants could take occasional naps during the 24 hours and were kept well-fed with an array of snacks, chips, juice and Gatorade. In order to stay pumped, the hackers took breaks to participate in Dance Marathon, dancing to get their blood flowing and keep their energy up for coding. The coders’ enthusiasm and effort certainly did not go unnoticed outside of the Stanford bubble. “It is an incredible selection of students, and their willingness to share their skills with all these community organizations, including the city of Palo Alto, is inspiring,” Yeh said. “All of these organizations clearly have a need for skills to be applied in a way that has a lot of social benefit and the students’ contribution of their skills is completely incredible.” Contact Nehan Chatoor at nchatoor@stanford.edu.



signia. The students, dressed in eccentric costumes such as tutus and Stanford capes in a blend of flamboyant colors, trickled into a room thumping with electronic music. While a huge number of students went up to the check-in desk for Dance Marathon, a

he doors of the Arrillaga Alumni Center flew open, revealing halls bedecked with red and white balloons and walls flanked by banners sporting FACE AIDS in-

good number went down the other end of the hall where Code Jam, informally referred to as the “Hackathon,” was being held. Code Jam is a campus-wide event open to those with coding experience. Coders volunteer to help out with a number of programming projects for various nonprofit organizations. Sam King ’12, Code Jam’s director, noted that a lack of “techie” involvement in Dance Marathon inspired the event in the first place. “There were not a lot of computer scientists participating in Dance Marathon, and that was probably because they wanted a

more tangible way of using their skills, so we started within Dance Marathon as the Dance Marathon Code Jam,” King said. “The collaboration worked really well because we bring a more direct service component to Dance Marathon, and Dance Marathon brings a lot of energy to our event,” he added. The purpose of Code the Change’s Code Jam is to allow computer scientists to work with non-profits in a beneficial — and unique — way. Code the Change helps students accomplish this in two ways: by aiding the nonprofits with their social change initiatives and by raising funds for FACE AIDS —

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In conjunction with Dance Marathon, Code the Change hosted Code Jam, a 24-hour event during which students coded for nonprofits.

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The rising price of higher education

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n Tuesday, Feb. 7, Stanford’s Board of Trustees announced a 3 percent tuition increase and a 3.5 percent room and board increase for undergraduates. Graduate programs all saw a similar tuition increase, with School of Medicine tuition experiencing the steepest rise at 3.5 percent. Viewed in isolation, a tuition increase of a few percent (roughly a thousand dollars) is not that concerning. At least this year, tuition increases are roughly on par with inflation. But consider that for the 1996-97 academic year, undergraduate tuition was $20,490. Now, fifteen years later, it is almost double that at $40,050. When adjusting for inflation, the tuition price has gone up more than 11,000 dollars. Not surprisingly, when announcing this year’s tuition and room and board increase, Chair of the Board of Trustees Leslie Hume made sure to emphasize that Stanford remains committed to offer-

ing one of the most competitive financial aid packages in the nation. The Daily Editorial Board applauds financial aid increases for easing the burden on many struggling families, making the Stanford dream theoretically in reach for all accepted students. However, that fact should not excuse rising costs that, over the years, have been significant; just above the aid cutoff, families have to make sizable sacrifices to pay the over $200,000 cost for a Stanford degree. Not to mention that Stanford loses a portion of accepted students to less prestigious schools that have lower tuition and/or offer significant merit scholarships. Although tuition increases for all colleges taken together have risen only slightly faster than inflation, tuition increases in the top 20 percent of colleges have risen considerably. It seems that $50,000 is becoming the norm among top schools, and costs are only going up.

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Divestment: Part I
This is the first in a series of four columns by the author dealing with divestment and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Miles Unterreiner
(SCAI), has revived again this year. It’s not hard to see what’s going to happen — in part because it has happened so many times already. SPER President Omar Shakir will deliver an eloquent presentation or two, which the same people attend every year. The Stanford Israel Alliance (SIA) will once again parade around White Plaza waving Israeli flags and serving falafel. Partisans on both sides of the issue will trade barbs in a series of op-eds in the Daily, while a highly charged emotional debate in the ASSU Senate may or may not result in a resolution being passed that may or may not have any effect on whether the University actually divests from any companies at all. At the end of the day, everyone will go home having accomplished little of concrete importance but feeling much angrier than usual.


Yes, families are still apparently willing to pay the high price. But what other options does a high school graduate have? The 21st century workplace demands that candidates have bachelor’s degrees, at minimum, to be competitive. Increasingly, a school’s selectivity matters, as well. Universities can continually raise the cost of higher education, and families have little alternative but to hand over their money assuming the students will break even on the investment. Stanford is no exception; despite its tuition increases, the number of applications has only increased. Top schools are caught in a vicious cycle to stay competitive; each year, they must offer more and more to attract students and faculty, and most already spend far more per student than the tuition level would suggest. Stanford’s most recent tuition increase will cover the rising costs of salaries and health care. Were these costs to re-

main constant, faculty would still be relatively well off, but Stanford would become a less attractive option for top research talent, who could simply choose one of Stanford’s peer schools offering a better package. To attract the best students in the face of rising tuition, Stanford must perpetually increase its financial aid packages and invest in expensive new facilities and programs to stay competitive. All of this means that, to remain one of the premier universities in the nation, Stanford must never regress and must always approximately match what its peer schools offer. Other top schools face the same dilemma, and these costs are being increasingly passed on to students and their families. In this higher education arms race, it is hard to see how tuition prices can level out. To help rein in rising costs, President Barack Obama has recently proposed

awarding less federal funding, such as work-study aid, to schools that have significant tuition increases. Some higher education experts have criticized his plan for, among other things, not differentiating between net tuition costs (which factor in financial aid) and the sticker price. Although his plan may be flawed, it is correct in its assessment that the status quo is unsustainable. On the one hand, popular outrage is palpable from students who can get into the most selective schools but have difficulty managing the increasing costs, even after relatively generous financial aid. At the same time, these schools face no shortage of applicants, students demand more resources and amenities from them, and prestigious employers reward graduates. Something needs to be done, and the first step is an open and honest dialogue about how our society values an elite college education.

here’s a brilliant montage in “V for Vendetta” when Inspector Finch, the troubled head of Scotland Yard, finally realizes that the government he serves is going to crumble. A premonition of the future, interspersed with recollections of the past, flashes before his eyes — fragmented visions almost too fleeting to capture on film, alternating flickers of memory and augury. “I suddenly had a feeling,” says Finch, “that it was all connected. And I could see everything that had happened . . . and everything that was going to happen. And it was all connected.” I’ve started to feel much the same premonitory dread about the divestment question, which Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER), formerly Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel

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Me, my day and I

am at the center of most of my problems, I’ve recently realized. I’m trying not to be. Very early in life, we started learning phrases like “Be positive” or “Look on the bright side.” But these isolated statements, in their Copperplate Gothic font underneath classroom pictures of foggy mountains, fast became trite. They are short and sweet, and they come out of emotional context, which makes them unpersuasive. They simply aren’t enough to sway the tall psychological structures in our heads that determine the way we perceive our lives. Yet we gravitate toward them, convinced they’re the best possible coping mechanisms. We tend to play exhausting games of forced optimism and say bright, empty things to other people to qualify the difficulties we’re facing. And, after all of the drama is over, we wave it away with “I guess it was all in my head.” This is how we can reminisce on high school and mock our silly “dramas,” and then move right into lamenting our current ones. And on we go. There’s a subtle bit of ex post facto pointlessness here. I don’t know if we truly expect our convenient, all-inclusive philosophies like “choose happiness” and “just be happy” to resolve any short- or long-term dilemmas. But I’ve noticed that in this entire process of learning how to be satisfied with everything in life, the emphasis is always on one single person and their mind. We’re constantly learning how to have our own great days by our own supposed mental powers. Just me. Just you. So simple. Really? When I was 11, my parents got divorced, and for a while I forgot how to live normally. Most of us

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have gone through something similar: an event happens, and everything else goes out of focus. I was told by various people to not be so sad, to look on the bright side, to smile, to remember [insert buzzword-of-choice-associated-with”optimistic” here]. But these expressions still directed everything back to me and my inner mental mess (which solves few important things on its own). As I began earning more of my family’s trust and personal histories, though, I began to see how many other people were implicated in an event I had assumed was exclusively mine. It was preposterous to assume that all of my troubles were, well, all of the troubles there were. There was more, and I was humbled. Recovery wasn’t about being “positive” about myself. It was about escaping emotional selfindulgence and considering that there were other complications for people beyond me to which I was unhelpfully contributing. Years have passed, and I’m still trying to tone down my volatility. Fast forward to last Friday. My woes: little homework accomplished, less cash in my wallet than anticipated, annoyance that I was tired before a ball that night, a denser weekend than I wanted . . . These aren’t necessarily little concerns, of course; altogether, they create the burden sustained by many of us students. What concerned me most, though, was that these thoughts, which were centered completely on me, were soaking up the attentions of the people around me. They gave me the spot-

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Stat on the Back

ell, I guess it’s about time we all admit that football season really is over. It was another incredible year, both in the NFL and in college. But as sad as it makes me, we’re now over a week into our post-football lives and over a month into the postStanford football doldrums. This means it’s time for basketball season, right? Well, yes, but with both Stanford teams doing what they always do, it’s hard to find much to analyze.The men’s team is in the midst of its usual conference nose-dive, losing five of its last six to drop to the middle of the Pac-12 before an unimpressive win over dreadful USC yesterday.The once-high hopes from a 10-1 start have vanished thanks to a 7-7 stretch that saw the Cardinal win just three games by more than eight points while losing six by double digits. Instead of looking for Stanford in the latest Bracketology, Cardinal fans are back to looking up CBI dates. Despite being incredibly successful, the women’s team is equally as predictable. Just like seemingly every year, Stanford is running over its competition in the regular season with just a lone loss to perennial nemesis Connecticut besmirching the team’s record. The Cardinal has allowed some teams to hang around, leading to a staggering three games decided by single digits. Stanford is great, and fans of the team are incredibly spoiled, but the fact remains that everyone knows the Cardinal will be one of the top seeds in the Big Dance. You can pretty much script Stanford’s way into at least the Elite Eight, so until then, the wins are just par for the course. So what is there for a Cardinal fan to do? Well, it’s Stanford, so there are always other sports for the Cardinal to dominate.And one of those, baseball, starts this week. So why not check out a few numbers, Stat on the Back-style, to prepare you for baseball season. 13: In 2011, head coach Mark Marquess’ squad reached the Super Regionals before falling to North Carolina. Stanford ended the year ranked No. 13 in the Baseball America poll. 2: This year, Stanford is expected to surpass last season’s output, as the Cardinal is ranked in the top four in every poll and No. 2 in the Baseball America poll. 7: A big reason for the high expectations is the amount of talent returning to the Farm. Seven of the team’s eight starting position players from last year returned, with just catcher Zach Jones graduating. 79: In total, the Cardinal returns 79 percent of its at-bats, 76 percent of its runs scored and 82 percent of its hits from the 2011 team that hit .299. In other words, the lineup is stacked. 8: How stacked is the lineup? Take Saturday’s Cardinal and White scrimmage for example. In that game, the Cardinal team was comprised of the starters while the White team was mostly backups. Right fielder Austin Wilson, who hit .311 and led the team with five home runs, was batting eighth in the Cardinal lineup. Yes, eighth.That’s what happens when you have speedsters Jake Stewart and Tyler Gaffney at the top of the lineup,


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The Stanford women’s basketball team came through a tight first half at lunchtime yesterday to soundly defeat UCLA 82-59 and finish up a home sweep of the Southern California schools. It was the end of perhaps the toughest home stand of the conference season for the No. 4 Cardinal (22-1, 13-0 Pac-12), facing teams ranked, respectively, third and fourth in the Pac-12: the Bruins (12-12, 7-6) yesterday and USC (13-11, 7-6) last Thursday. The game marked the second time in a week that two pairs of sisters had squared off on the Maples hardwood; this time it was a chance for UCLA’s senior guard Rebekah Gardner and sophomore forward Rhema Gardner to face off against the Ogwumikes. The final combined performance: 44 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford’s pair versus 17 and seven for the Bruins’ siblings. Sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike didn’t make it to her seventh straight double-double, but a strong rebounding effort by junior forward Joslyn Tinkle made up for any missed boards. The first half did not run as smoothly as the Cardinal would have hoped. After falling behind on the first basket, Stanford took early control of the game, running out to a five-point lead with just over five minutes gone. But the Bruins refused to roll over, stabilizing the deficit reining the Cardi-

nal back in. With just over five minutes left in the half, the Bruins took back the lead as Stanford struggled. An uncharacteristic turnover by senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike that allowed UCLA sophomore guard Thea Lemberger to steal the ball highlighted a difficult few possessions for the Cardinal, but Nneka quickly overcame any distraction to take the lead back with a fast-break layup. By the break, Stanford had its fivepoint lead back. “We knew coming in it was going to be a big game,” Tinkle said. “And they came out of the gun hot, they were all over us, and we had a little bit of a lapse there in the first half. But we caught ourselves at halftime, got that second wind and we came out for the second half ready to take over and push ourselves.” After the break, Stanford stretched further ahead, and even when UCLA managed to close back to within seven midway through the second half, the Cardinal answered back with a 14-0 run that finally killed off the Bruins’ challenge. “Credit to Stanford,” UCLA head coach Cori Close said. “When you let them be who they want to be, they are the best in the country and it was imperative for us to force them to be something else. If it was a pretty game, I knew it would be in their favor. If it was a little uglier, it would be to our favor.” In the second half, UCLA was

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Senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike and sister Chiney clearly outmatched the Bruins’ Rebekah and Rhema Gardner, who were held to a combined 17 points while the Ogwumikes totaled 44.
also almost certainly hurt by playing the bulk of the game — and the Pac-12 season — with just six players. While Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was able to rotate her players, fatigue and foul trouble made their mark on the Bruins. It wasn’t just UCLA that had problems, though. Both Chiney Ogwumike and sophomore guard Toni Kokenis got into early foul trouble for Stanford, which reduced their time on the court, and Nneka Ogwumike had six turnovers. VanDerveer, however, wasn’t overly concerned by these statistics, appearing excited by

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The Stanford men’s basketball team was tired of losing. Having dropped five of its last six games, the Cardinal traveled down to USC hungry for a win. While the Trojans put up a fight, Stanford pulled away in the second half to emerge with a 5947 victory. The Trojans (6-20, 1-12 Pac-12) have suffered through a brutal season hindered by injuries and were utterly outclassed by Stanford on Sunday. The Cardinal (17-8, 7-6) dominated USC in every facet of the game, leaving no doubt as to which side would prevail. As a whole, the Cardinal had one of its better shooting games in recent memory. Stanford shot 44.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from threepoint range. The team also played tremendous defense, holding USC’s leading scorer Maurice Jones to just 10 points on 2-of-14 shooting and the team to just 31.3 percent shooting. Coming into the game, many expected Stanford’s big men to dominate, as injuries have reduced USC’s roster to the point that they have just one forward and one center on the roster. The Cardinal did not disappoint, controlling the paint for the entirety of the game. The Trojans were out-rebounded by a shocking 44-18 margin and mustered just one offensive rebound to Stanford’s 12. However, the Trojans were able to stay in the game due to sloppy play by the Cardinal, which committed 19 turnovers to USC’s eight. The teams went back and forth to start the game, with Stanford going into the half up just two. After the break, Stanford began to take charge. The Cardinal scored eight unanswered points to stretch the lead to 10. In fact, Stanford held USC without a field goal for the first five and a half minutes of the second half, at which point it had taken a commanding lead.

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Senior forward Andrew Zimmermann made a rare start for the Cardinal against USC, finishing with seven points and seven rebounds to help keep Stanford in the hunt for a Pac-12 tourney bye.
Freshman guard Chasson Randle led the Cardinal charge, dropping all 16 of his points in the second half.The freshman shot 6-for-11 from the field and 4for-5 from behind the arc, continuing the hot shooting he has exhibited throughout the Cardinal’s road trip to LA. Three nights earlier against UCLA, Randle also had 16 points, again on 6-for-11 shooting. Randle had a major impact on other aspects of the game as well, notching three of the team’s four steals and committing just one turnover, proving why he is one of the top freshmen in the Pac-12. Redshirt senior center Josh Owens, Stanford’s leading scorer, had another dominant game against the depleted USC frontcourt. The captain scored 15

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Junior Matt Kandath dropped Stanford’s only singles match of the day, but took BYU’s Patrick Kawka to three sets. Ranked No. 106 in the country, Kawka knocked off No. 75 Kandath 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 (3).

The Stanford men’s tennis team bounced back from its miserable showing against USC and UCLA last weekend and secured a solid 5-2 victory over visiting Brigham Young University. The No. 9 Cardinal (6-2, 0-0 Pac-12) handed the No. 52 Cougars (3-5) their 20th loss in 22 matches against the Cardinal in the history of the schools’ tennis programs. Friday afternoon’s match was a backand-forth affair that featured the Stanford squad yet again losing the initial doubles point in what surely is becoming a growing concern for Head Coach John Whitlinger. In the three doubles matches, the No. 1 team of senior Ryan Thacher and freshman John Morrissey continued their strong play and provided the lone win for the Cardinal. Courts two and three went the way of the Cougars behind another impressive showing from their strong freshmen duo of Dean Ormsby and Keaton Cullimore, who are undefeated

on the season at No. 3 doubles. Stanford rebounded well from the doubles loss in singles play — something the team was unable to do in the matches against the Southern California schools last weekend — and were quickly able to regain control of the match. Thacher easily dispatched his opponent at No. 1 singles, dropping only four games in two sets and setting the tone for the singles matches. Junior Walker Kehrer, who took advantage of his addition to the starting lineup with a straight-sets victory on the No. 6 court, followed up Thacher’s win on the other bookend court. With the lead now in hand, Stanford was able to play its more familiar role as front-runner and coasted to victory, winning on courts three, four and five before dropping the final match of the day, a three-set thriller on court two between junior Matt Kandath and BYU’s Patrick Kawka, ranked No. 106 in the country. Friday’s win was a large improvement

Sometimes, all you need is a little revenge — especially against a heated rival — and there’s been no better rivalry on campus recently than the Stanford women’s tennis team and the Florida Gators. No. 2 Stanford (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) had the opportunity to play top-ranked Florida (5-1, 0-0 SEC) this past Sunday, trying to erase last year’s heartbreaking loss in the NCAA finals against the same team — and the Cardinal did just what it set out to do, coming away with a dominant 5-2 win and momentum for the rest of the season. The Stanford-Florida rivalry has been heating up recently. In 2010, thenfreshman Mallory Burdette clinched Stanford’s 16th national championship with a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory and a 4-3 overall win against the Gators. In early 2011, Stanford was still on top when the two teams met in the finals of the National Team Indoors Championships in February. Stanford won, 4-2, with Stacey Tan clinching the match. But Florida finally gained the advantage when, in the finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament, Burdette found herself on the losing side of the clinching match, a 4-3 loss that handed the Gators the title. It makes sense then that fans of the team closely watched Burdette’s match Sunday as she again faced off against Lauren Embree of the Gators. Clearly coming out with extra motivation, Burdette dominated her opponent from start to end, coming away with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. A vocal home crowd and Burdette’s own control of the points gave her the win. “Honestly, I don’t think I had beaten her since I was 14 years old on clay courts way back in the day,” Burdette said. “I’ve put in a lot of work on my finishing shots, my overheads, my volleys and just being more aggressive in general, and I think she didn’t really have anything to hurt me today. It was just a matter of me executing.” Sunday’s match was important for sophomore Kristie Ahn as well, as it was her first singles match back after a prolonged absence due to injury. Ahn struggled in the first set, but turned it around in the second. In the third-set tiebreaker,Ahn ran away with the first four points and eventually won 10-4. “I thought it was going to be great at first, but it actually turned out to be really emotional in so many ways,” Ahn said about her return to action.“It was remarkable though. My game has a lot to improve on, but just in terms of mentality, it’s still there. Just remem-

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two Oregon teams would be great for the Cardinal as it strives to make a late season comeback. Stanford and Oregon State tip off at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion this Thursday night. Contact Anders Mikkelsen at amikk @stanford.edu. particularly pleased by its sweep of all three doubles matches and en route to claiming the ever-important first point. “Doubles has always been difficult for us against the Gators,” Burdette explained. “For us to go out there and win all three matches, [the coaches] were really happy. Doubles, volleys and overheads — that’s what we’ve been working on throughout the fall.” Burdette said the Cardinal was taking away a ton of confidence from a big win over the nation’s number one team, but it wasn’t about to start coasting now that it extracted its revenge on the Gators. “This year, we have a lot of other schools to worry about as well as the Gators,” Burdette said. “USC and UCLA are really tough. They’ll be great competition for us. We’re taking a lot of confidence from this one, but we still have a lot more tennis to play this season.” Contact Will Seaton at wseaton@stanford.edu. ments this year. Of the team’s 54 games, 30 are at Sunken Diamond (last year the Cardinal had 25), and only three are outside the Pacific Time Zone (the three-game set with new conference member Utah). The only non-conference road series is just down the highway against Fresno State, whereas last year Stanford traveled to Rice, Texas and Vanderbilt. Still, the Cardinal has to play that same trio of highly ranked nonconference foes this year, but all will have to travel to the Farm.The Commodores, No. 10 in the Baseball America poll, will have first crack at Stanford this weekend in the seasonopening series for both teams. 6/15: The College World Series begins on June 15 in Omaha.You might want to start looking up flights. Jacob Jaffe won’t admit it, but he’s still in the running for the open catcher spot after showing off his hands in a stunning 2011 Ink Bowl performance. Send him some non-suggestive hand signals for the last week of the preseason at jwjaffe@stanford.edu and follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Jaffe.


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points on 6-of-8 shooting and added five rebounds. With the win, Stanford completed its first season sweep over the Trojans since 2005, which was also the last time Stanford was able to beat USC on the road. In fact, after its loss to UCLA Thursday night, Stanford had lost its last 13 games in the city of Los Angeles.With the victory, however, the Cardinal moved back up to a tie for sixth in the conference, three games behind leaders Washington and California. While an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament still seems very unlikely, Stanford does have a chance to play its way into March. Three of the Cardinal’s last five games come against teams ranked above it in the Pac-12, and victories against each would greatly increase its chances of finishing the regular season in the top four of the conference and receiving a first round bye in the season-ending Pac-12 tournament. This week, Stanford returns home to face Oregon State and Oregon. The Beavers are up first and would love to get revenge for their quadruple-overtime loss to the Cardinal earlier this season. Oregon State sits two games back

from Stanford in the standings. Oregon presents the greater challenge for the Cardinal. The Ducks are third in the conference, two games above Stanford. They beat the Cardinal by 11 points in the team’s last meeting, and the Cardinal would love to make a statement on its home court. A sweep of the

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for the Cardinal team that was embarrassed at the hands of its Southern California rivals so badly that it prompted senior Bradley Klahn to say, “I hope everyone takes away from this that they don’t want to see that happen again, especially on our home courts. I think it’d be hard to find a time where Stanford’s lost 7-0 at home in our history.” Following Tuesday’s 6-1 drubbing of Hawaii, this win over BYU is an important building block of confidence for Whitlinger’s squad as it tries to put those two bad losses far in its rear-view mirror. This newfound confidence will be put to an immediate test as Stanford has another quick turnaround, welcoming No. 33 Fresno State to the Taube Family Tennis Center for a match this Tuesday afternoon before taking off for Charlottesville, Va. to take part in the National Team Indoor Championships over President’s Day Weekend. Tuesday’s match against Fresno State starts at 1:30 p.m. Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@ stanford.edu.


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both the overall team performance and that of her star player. “Honestly I don’t really get mad at [Nneka],” VanDerveer said. “She does so many great things for our team, so many intangible things. She is a tremendous leader, she gets clobbered in there and she doesn’t complain, she is just so big-time. So a couple of turnovers, that’s not going bother me.” Stanford now heads out of California for the last time before the NCAA tournament, traveling up to the Beaver State to face Oregon State this Thursday and then Oregon on Saturday. The Cardinal needs just one win in the last five Pac-12 conference games to guarantee at least a share in the title, but the Beavers hold the honor of being the team that has pushed the Card hardest so far this season, narrowly losing 67-60 at Maples Pavilion, so Thursday’s clash is expected to be a serious test. Stanford and Oregon State square off this Thursday in Corvallis, Ore. at 7 p.m. Contact Tom Taylor at tom.taylor @stanford.edu ishly through unfair family dynamics that actually had little to do with me.The world always seems like it’s ending when I forget my world is not the world. I forget that there are more people than me — an exceedingly better place to send my concerns. I used to be comforted by the fact that my life was all mine. It was all about control and superior mental states and feeling great and pretending to be constantly upbeat. But I would hope that there is more that I can offer to this world than just that. I’m sure that there’s more to the day than just feeling good about my own day. But to be honest, it really would make Nina’s day to hear from you. Don’t be shy! Email Nina at ninamc@stanford.edu. imagine the nails and shrapnel softly ripping through faces and flesh at the Sbarro restaurant in downtown Jerusalem on August 9th, 2001, remember the babies suicide-bombed to pieces on the Haifa beach in 2003 and truly think about how it would feel to be the child or spouse of one of the Israeli athletes massacred at the Munich Olympics in 1972. But peace also cannot happen until Israeli supporters know the scourge of daily thirst felt by Palestinian children who see, from behind a fence, Israeli settlers drinking clean water on land that used to be theirs. It cannot happen until Israeli supporters truly know what it means to live under military blockade, to huddle in squalor without adequate food while on the other side of a wall not far from you people live in relative comfort. Peace cannot happen until Israel supporters truly feel sympathy for the hundreds of Palestinian children killed by Israeli fire, just as they would for Israeli children. In short, it all sounds hopelessly idealistic and incredibly naive, just another pie-in-the-sky fantasy concocted by a foolish American. But over the course of the next three columns, I hope to convince you that it can happen here, and to offer a concrete, practical vision of how such a movement might look. Throughout it all, I hope very much to hear and learn from you, my readers. I’ll listen and change my views based on what I hear from you. Miles really does want to hear your opinions, so email him at milesu1@stanford.edu. Best email gets a prize!!

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bering that I’m playing for my team, not just for myself — that was important.” Senior Veronica Li had another great showing, putting Stanford one point from the win with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Olivia Janowicz. On the next court over, freshman Ellen Tsay lost in a third set tiebreaker 62, 4-6, 0-1 (1) after appearing dominant early on.The last match off was sophomore Nicole Gibbs, who lost a fight to Allie Wills 4-6, 6-2, 4-6. The clincher of the day came from Tan, playing at the third position. Tan stole the first set from Mather in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5), before cruising to a 5-0 advantage in the second. Mather orchestrated a minor comeback to 5-3 before Tan won her match and won the day for Stanford, 7-6, 6-3. Burdette said the Cardinal were some changes.With the departures of Chris Reed, Jordan Pries, Danny Sandbrink and Scott Snodgress, the Cardinal lost 48 percent of its innings pitched from last year’s squad, not to mention 53 percent of its strikeouts. Pries and Sandbrink were two of the team’s top starting pitchers from last year’s squad, Snodgress was a key reliever, and Reed was a shutdown closer. How well Stanford can replace them will likely determine how far it can go in the postseason. 99: One aid to the pitching staff is the return of left-hander Brett Mooneyham, who missed all of last season with a hand injury. In 2010, Mooneyham racked up 99 strikeouts, the most of any Stanford pitcher over the last three seasons. If he can regain his past form, he will form a dynamic 1-2 punch with right-hander Mark Appel, the Friday starter who is projected by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft. 30: The final piece of the puzzle for any team is its schedule, because who you play and where you play can make all the difference.After a brutal 2011 schedule, the Cardinal can at least make fewer travel arrange-


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followed by RBI machines Stephen Piscotty, Brian Ragira and Kenny Diekroeger and solid contact-hitter Lonnie Kauppila. Let me say it again: the lineup is stacked. 140: As mentioned before, the main departure from the lineup is Jones, and the hole he leaves could be a big one. Jones has started 140 of the last 145 Stanford games behind the plate, so the Cardinal has not developed a clear backup for him.This year, utility infielder Eric Smith has been moved to catcher to compete with Christian Griffiths — who missed last year with an injury — Trevor Penny and Wayne Taylor, a promising freshman who may need some more seasoning in the field. As of now, there has not been a clear choice for the starting catcher job, so it will be an area to watch throughout the season. 48: While the starting lineup is almost all the same as in 2011, the 2012 pitching staff has had to undergo


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light and I gave them my attitude. It wasn’t that I needed to be more positive and less negative. It was that either way, I was all about me. I often see my day as a pie chart, and I feel uncomfortable knowing that self-satisfying matters usually color the majority of it. Yet by now, I am quite aware of the irony — that the more I withdraw, turn inward and analyze my highly individual issues, the more I start selfdestructing. “Self-improvement” campaigns are my weakness: a personal obsession with “healthy eating” that caused my worst health issues, or a period of time raging self-

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I would hope that we entrepreneurial Stanford students could come up with something better and more innovative than that. If there is no hope for reconciliation here, in sunny Palo Alto, far from the poverty-stricken streets of Gaza and the desiccated craters of the West Bank, among a student body famous for its optimism and good nature, then it is hard to see how there can be reconciliation anywhere. But how? Where would we start? How would we go about shifting a paradigm deeply entrenched and seemingly immovable — a diplomatic roadblock on which political careers have foundered and the best-laid plans of nations gone awry? First, reconciliation cannot begin until each side begins to feel the other’s pain, and until both sides agree that they find certain things unequivocally unacceptable, whoever the victim and whoever the perpetrator. Reconciliation cannot happen unless Palestinian supporters stop responding to Auschwitz-Birkenau with a coldly automatic “yes, but . . . “ Peace cannot happen until Palestinian supporters imagine themselves trapped in the slowly falling body of Leon Klinghoffer, the disabled Jewish-American shot at point-blank range and thrown overboard from the Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists in 1985. Peace cannot happen until Palestinian supporters

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