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University to offer five more online courses this month
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drowning in it.” Stanford’s biggest venture in online education thus far has been the creation of free online courses, also known as “MOOCs,” or Massive Open Online Courses. Stanford’s pilot program, which began last August, attracted more than 350,000 students around the world to its three classes. Recently, professors in the Computer Science department have pushed the notion of free online classes even further by founding their own online education start-ups. Professor Sebastian Thrun recently founded Udacity, an independent company. Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng founded Coursera, which will now be partnering with Stanford as the University’s platform for new courses. The new course offerings are Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Natural Language Processing, Cryptography, Game Theory and Probabilistic Graphical Models, all of which are scheduled to launch in mid March. Enrollment for the five classes has already reached 335,000. Internal changes In addition to the free online courses, the University has been working on more modest projects within the campus to enhance class experience for Stanford students. The Office of the Vice Provost for Education recently set up a Technology and Pedagogy Initiative to help faculty find methods to best achieve their teaching goals. Professor John Mitchell, currently serving as special assistant for educational technology to President Hennessy, identified four areas in which Stanford is trying to bring technology into education on campus:
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Stanford will offer five more free online courses this month through a new partnership with Coursera, an online education start-up founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, the University announced today. The partnership is the latest in a series of steps the University is taking to explore online education both on and off campus. President John Hennessy recently indicated that Stanford is deliberately pursuing ways to develop technology in and out of the classroom, comparing online education to a tsunami. “We want to get ahead of this wave,” he told the Faculty Senate at a January meeting. “I want to be surfing the wave, not
interactive video lectures, social networking forums for class discussion, interactive quizzes and tests that take place outside of the classroom and collaboration software to help students work on group projects. Some professors, including Koller, have already started to employ the “inverted classroom model,” in which students watch lectures at home before coming to class for more interactive discussions. “We like to make the time everyone
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SPEAKERS & EVENTS
SURF panel tackles Russian online gaming
By ROSS THORBURN The Stanford US-Russia Forum (SURF) teamed up with the student-run initiative Emerging Silicon Valleys Tuesday evening to host a panel of Russian entrepreneurs in a forum titled, “The Russians Are Coming: Global Online Games, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in a Changing Society.” The event aimed to inform students of the prospects of the Russian online gaming market and encourage collaboration between entrepreneurs in the United States and Russia. The forum, which attracted undergraduate and business and law students, featured prominent members of the Russian gaming industry, including Sergey Titov, CEO of Arktos Entertainment Group, and Sergey Klimov, founder of Snowberry Connection and Snowbird Game Studios. The speakers emphasized the opportunities to be found in the emerging Russian online markets, which they said have been developing rapidly in recent years.
New ASSU Constitution faces review
By JULIA ENTHOVEN
Document requires votes in Senate and Graduate Student Council
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The Stanford US-Russia Forum hosted a panel at the Stanford Law School featuring Russian CEOs and entrepreneurs Tuesday evening to discuss the future of the online gaming market and to encourage collaboration between entrepreneurs in the United States and Russia.
Titov and Klimov underlined the possibilities stemming from the exponential growth of the online gaming industry. Even through the financial crisis of 2007-08, the gaming user base grew by approximately 70 to 80 percent in Russia. Many gaming companies can be sold for several hundred million dollars once they develop an avid user base and advertising revenues, the pair said. Furthermore, vast possibilities remain in the mobile gaming market in Russia, which has remained relatively flat in recent years. Developing social games that use platforms such as Facebook to attract users is also
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Senate debates allocation of discretionary fund
By JULIA ENTHOVEN
With eight weeks remaining in their term, the ASSU Undergraduate Senators debated at their Tuesday night meeting how to allocate the $5,800 remaining in their discretionary fund. Since only eight of the 15 Senators attended the meeting, a lack of quorum at moments during the meeting
prevented the Senate from voting on several of its action items. In open forum, Galaan Dafa ’12, representing the Stanford Association for International Development (SAID), asked the Senate for suggestions on acquiring the over $50,000 necessary to bring Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, to speak at Stanford. Dafa said that after receiving confirma-
tion around four days ago that Blair is available to come to Stanford, the group has approached numerous financing organizations, attempting to accumulate the money within the next 10 days before the opportunity closes. The $50,000 is needed to pay exclusively for security and travel detail rather than honorarium, according to Dafa.
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SPEAKERS & EVENTS
International women’s week panel features student stories
By MARY ANN TOMAN-MILLER
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Student panelists Aditya Mantha ’10, Abena Bruce ’12 and Surabhi Nirkhe ’13 discussed their international community projects in a panel moderated by Anne FIrth Murray Tuesday afternoon.
In recognition of International Women’s Week, the Stanford Women’s Community Center held a panel discussion Tuesday featuring students who are actively engaged in international community service projects.Anne Firth Murray — a founding president of the Global Fund for Women, which provides funds internationally to seed, strengthen and link groups committed to women’s well-being — moderated the event. Murray, also a consulting professor in human biology at Stanford, stated
The ASSU Governing Documents Commission (GDC) concluded a series of public feedback sessions on a new draft of the ASSU Constitution Monday evening. Although no non-ASSU-affiliated students attended the final feedback session, the GDC’s co-chairs — ASSU President Michael Cruz ‘12 and ASSU Parliamentarian and Senator Alex Kindel ‘14 — said they are happy with the constitution’s direction and are optimistic about its chances of being passed by the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council (GSC). If approved by these bodies, the new constitution will require two-thirds approval by students on the spring campus-wide ballot. The GDC, which the ASSU Executive first charged with the task of rewriting the constitution in spring 2011, based the Constitution’s reforms on suggestions from internal officers and members of the Stanford community. One major change within the new governing document is the creation of two standing joint committees, a Joint Administration Committee and a Joint Nominations Committee, chaired respectively by the ASSU President and Parliamentarian. The committees would include representatives from the Senate and GSC and would meet three times a quarter. The second committees reflects and effort to expand oversight over the Nominations Commission, a branch of the ASSU that nominates students for University committees. The new constitution also seeks to compact the Executive, GSC and Senate bylaws into one document. Both Cruz and Kindel cited increasing centralization and improving the relationship between the Graduate Student Council (GSC), the Senate and the rest of ASSU as one of the new constitution’s major objectives. The GDC executive report noted that there is currently “very little communication between” the GSC and the Senate, which, according to Cruz, weakens ASSU advocacy for students. Rather than having one unified voice approach the University with petitions and recommendations, the current structure of the Senate, GSC and Executive creates inefficiency and redundancy, Cruz said. “One of the hugest disadvantages to this disconnect has been the decentralization of advocacy,” Cruz said. “It would be significantly more fruitful to have a singular policy advocacy group instead of multiple policy advocacy groups all representing ultimately the ASSU.” The GDC executive summary of the changes described the old governing documents as including “large swaths of irrelevant regulations.” Cruz noted that the documents also used circuitous legalese,
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Palo Alto City Council moves forward with new theatre and office complex
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF The Palo Alto City Council voted Monday to move forward on a plan proposed by John Arrillaga ’60 to build a new theatre and office complex next to the city’s transit center, agreeing in an 8-0 vote to spend $250,000 on design and environmental reviews. The Council plans to use funds from the $2.25 million Stanford gave the city last year, earmarked for pedestrian and bicycling improvements, as compensation for the University’s Medical Center expansion project. According to an article by the San Jose Mercury News, Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie said the money will go toward hiring an architect, urban designer and planner to work with the developer and
ensure that the proposal will indeed improve bicycle and pedestrian conditions. The proposed 60,000- to 80,000square-foot theatre and multistory office building, complete with a three-level underground garage, will replace the historic MacArthur Park Restaurant at 27 University Ave. on Stanfordowned land. The relocation spot for the restaurant has yet to be determined. The restaurant carries a rich history, having once served as a hostess house for visiting families of World War I servicemen, according to a previous San Jose Mercury News article. Emslie noted that the proposed complex would add to the site’s significance. “The importance of a site in this area is the link between the University and the city of Palo Alto,” Emslie said. “The area provides a direct link to the University Caltrain station, direct vehicular access and public visibility. The prominence of the site enables a theatre to be a community landmark while having a physical association with Stanford.”
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spends here, both for students and faculty, as effective and productive as possible,” Mitchell said. “Technology can help restructure a course so that the time people are in a room together is more interactive.” Currently, The Center for Teaching and Learning, recently joined by new Associate Director for Technology and Teaching, Amy Collier, is at the heart of these initiatives. Collier and her team meet with faculty one on one to determine what teaching strategies will make best use of classroom time. “We sit down with the faculty to identify what it is they want the students to leave their course with,” Collier said. “They need to ask: how do we know that they have learned these things, and can we assess that online? If we can, then how?” Mitchell said he believes that the process of reevaluating teaching strategies will help make faculty more effective. Mitchell himself has been preparing to teach one of his classes online. “What I found from doing this is that putting material I taught
one way in a different format is a good way to rethink it,” he said. “Viewing things in 15 minutes segments seems to be better for students, but it also seems to be a useful for the instructor — you have to think about making each 15 minutes self-contained and meaningful, since you don’t have 30 minutes to ramble. Questions going forward As Stanford continues to explore online education and its potential benefits for the University, there are still many questions that remain unanswered, especially regarding free online courses. The online courses currently offer grading but no accreditation, and there are no formal restrictions or guidelines for professors who wish to offer their courses online through sites such as Udacity or Coursera. One potential concern Mitchell identified is other universities incorporating Stanford’s free classes into their curriculum — and charging students for it. “It’s an unknown,” Mitchell said. “We have to think about it.” However, Mitchell said he feels Stanford should not be overly cautious. “One of our strengths is that our faculty are enterprising and energetic,” Mitchell said. “It would be a mistake for the Unihasn’t worked out,” said Dafa, who expressed his frustration at being unable to finance such a prestigious speaker. “It is nice that we’ve got this [opportunity] now . . . Being unable to find the funding at Stanford just seems paradoxical.” ASSU Elections Commissioner Adam Adler ’12 also requested funding from the Senate’s discretionary account for his event The Stanford 2020, a program modeled after TED Talks, at which seven to eight professors would present their research to students. Having run successfully last year, this would be the second annual Stanford 2020, Adler said. Adler added that the event could not receive funding through an ASSU Executive Action Grant, even though it had been awarded the funding last year. When asked why they hadn’t received the grant again, Adler speculated that the Executive might have been concerned about the event conflicting with its own agenda. “The Executive’s Service Summit is about the same time . . . and he [ASSU President Michael Cruz ’12] didn’t want our event overshadowing his event,” Adler said. “I think that’s what he is worried about.” “It is certainly not an obligation of the Senate to [fund] this, but it is something that is nice, and you have the money for it, and there aren’t any other initiatives stated that her goal is to “teach the older girls the curriculum I taught, and then teach them how to teach the younger girls” in an attempt to create a self-sustaining cycle. “The best piece of advice ever given to me was to learn another language,” Mantha said. He advised students to attend “as many conferences as possible to make contacts, find like-minded individuals and learn about summer opportunities.” When audience members asked the panel how to find and secure such opportunities, Bruce responded that networking is key. “I kept asking people who to talk to and introducing myself to people, saying, ‘I’m interested in global health, can you help me,’ and followed up with, ‘Do you know anyone else who I should talk to?’” Bruce said. The panelists discussed the ethical issues related to unavoidably short summer internships, during which many volunteers, according to Bruce, openly wonder, “Am I really helping? They train me, but I don’t know their history or culture.” “I learned more than I gave, which is difficult,” Bruce added. However, Murray injected, “Don’t be ashamed that you’re going to be learning so much.” “You’re in the first third of life, and you should be learning and finding out what kind of person you want to be,” Murray said. “There is nothing wrong with being on a steep learning curve,” she continued. “No doubt you have helped.” Contact Mary Ann Toman-Miller at email@example.com.
versity to stand in the way of trying new things. I think at the same time, we as a university and as a faculty will need to develop some ideas as to what is helpful for our university.” Collier said she believes that exploring public courses as a University endeavor also benefits students on campus. “I would say that this initiative has a heart and a soul,” she said. “The heart of the initiative is making the classroom space more engaging for Stanford students. The soul is sharing this information with the world. This is a contribution that we can make to the world, to people who don’t have the access to the resources at Stanford. What’s really great about this heart and soul method is that they can really work together — having an open online course with people across the world contributing to it could give you interactions that help you professionally as a student. They fit really nicely together.” Ultimately, Mitchell said that Stanford’s vision is both for its students and for the larger world: “If we could all do something good for the world while still serving our students — well, we all want to do that.” Contact Caroline Chen at cchen501 @stanford.edu.
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promising, the speakers said. Klimov remarked, however, that there is more to the industry than compensation alone. He said that it is more important that entrepreneurs remain passionate and believe in what they do. “I chose to do something with more creative freedom and a business that is not really established,” Klimov said. “That just doesn’t exist in the car industry or the insurance industry. The mix of technology and creativity gives you a lot of freedom.” The emerging Russian online technology market enables a great deal of creativity and flexibility, as it has yet to become a stable market, he added. The SURF panel examined recent economic changes in Russia, which have helped contribute to the success of the online gaming industry. The panelists explained that there were few barriers to entry in the industry, as salaries were relatively low but comparable to other lines of work. Globalization and an increased availability of capital from venture capitalists have helped many companies find success. Despite the improving economic environment, the panelists noted increased regulation and increasing costs as a negative consequence. Dmitriy Devishev, vice presi-
dent of online games for mail.ru, noted that these obstacles make far greater capital necessary to start a company, whereas previously a group of friends could start a company at minimal cost. However, there remained a general consensus among the panelists that the barriers to entry generally have been reduced over the years, despite the few difficulties that have arisen through increasing regulation. Finally, the panel discussed the increased prospects of collaboration between entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and Russia. They said that, surprisingly, language barriers prove a relatively minor inconvenience, with cultural barriers being a far more complex issue. The entrepreneurs explained that it takes knowledge of the local market to be successful in the industry, making collaboration between U.S. and Russian entrepreneurs necessary. Titov told the audience, however, that even with increased cooperation, it remains difficult for a company to be equally successful in the United States and Russia, as the countries are very different marketplaces, each with its own dominant culture. Titov offered one solution: closer work between graduates from the United States and Russia to achieve a greater international understanding and cooperation between the two dynamic markets. Contact Ross Thorburn at rosst@ stanford.edu. Panelist Surabhi Nirkhe ’13, a human biology major, spent her summer in India and Nepal working in tandem with two anti-humantrafficking groups. Nirkhe assisted at a residential school for young girls who are at risk of being trafficked “while their mothers are out working in red-light districts,” she said. Nirkhe developed a new curriculum to teach the girls health and life skills. The topics are “stigmatized issues there, so girls know little about this,” Nirkhe said. The Committed Communities Development Trust in Mumbai, India, funded her fellowship to work with girls at risk of falling victim to child marriage and prostitution rings. Panel member Aditya Mantha ’10, a current co-term student in epidemiology, reflected on his experience teaching emergency paramedic services in India and Nepal
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ASSU Appropriations Chair Briana Pang ’13 expressed frustration that the ASSU Speakers Bureau hadn’t offered to support the event. “The Speaker’s Bureau . . . has $86,000 in their honorarium line item and . . . $65,000 in reserves. Why can’t they pull from their reserves?” Pang said. “I feel like convincing the Speaker’s Bureau to give them the money is better than getting it from the buffer fund.” Dafa specifically asked the Senate to consider taking the funds from the ASSU buffer fund or Senate discretionary funds, but both suggestions were rejected. Senators rebuffed the idea to use their discretionary funds since the amount would provide only a fraction of the necessary support. Dafa claimed that he and other SAID leaders approached President John Hennessy and were advised to seek support through the Senate buffer fund. Both Senators and Director of Student Activities and Leadership (SAL) Nanci Howe expressed surprise that Hennessy would have advised this. “I’m pretty sure . . . we’ve tried to get Tony Blair [to come] in the last couple of years and it during the summer. He described the challenging role of a volunteer paramedic and recounted one instance when his supervisor had to “bail out” medical personnel being held hostage by rioters following a bomb blast. The third panelist, Abena Bruce ’12, a human biology major, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, with a Stanford program to teach emergency medicine to middle school students in poor, minority townships that are medically underserved. Bruce informed listeners that the National Institutes of Health “funds different colleges to [support service projects] internationally.” Panelists were concerned with how and to what extent their summer work could leave a lasting impact after they left their sites. Mantha said he would like to build “a peer leadership project” to sustain his work while others expressed a desire to return in the future. Bruce
on the table,” Adler added. He encouraged the Senate to draw from its discretionary funds, and said he hoped to secure the money this week so that he could focus on logistical questions, which necessitate funds before the quarter ends. “We do have $5,800,” Senate Treasurer Ian Chan ’14 said. “I don’t see any other significant proposals by any other committees to be needing any significant funding, nor do I see us giving all our $5,800 to bring Tony Blair here . . . We have seen this work before and it is worth trying to get it to work again.” The potential of the money being used to fund Tony Blair coming to campus — as well the desire to include the Executive in discussion — caused Senators Nate Garcia ’14 and Janani Ramachandran ’14, respectively, to abstain from the vote to fund Adler’s event, automatically disqualifying the budgetary allocation since fewer senators voted than was necessary for quorum. The Senate will return to the request next week. Without the necessary number of voters, the Senate also had difficultly passing a bill that would have extended the Special Fees submission deadline for several prominent student groups, including The Daily. Although he said he did not want to endorse the bill, Senator Ben Laufer ’12 changed his vote from abstention to approval after acknowledging the urgency of such an extension to allow the action to pass. Contact Julia Enthoven at jjejje@ stanford.edu.
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that the panel’s purpose was “to demonstrate that students can become involved in interesting experiences that will guide you through the rest of your human life.” She encouraged students to apply for grants that fund international service projects. “What you do may be important, but the way you do it is more important,” Murray added.“Go in a humble way with a learning attitude.” Murray recommended that students “interact in a way to solve problems jointly. People will open up and they may have the answers themselves, or not.” She highlighted the role that these experiences play in helping students chart their future course.
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Biking has been a part of Stanford’s culture for over 100 years, as proven by a group of bicyclists dubbed “the Encina wheelmen,” seen here posing in front of Encina Hall in 1891, when the hall was first opened.
As a result, Stanford has been designated the first and only Bicycle Friendly University at the Platinum level, the highest distinction given by the flurry of emails circulated among the League of American Bicyclists. Ultimately, campus administrators agree that student body earlier this quarter, sent by students must be the driving force ensuring the students warning their peers of a recent upsurge in biking citations by police offi- movement’s success in changing campus culture — cers stationed strategically around cam- especially in reducing the negative perception of pus at various intersections. This increase was only helmet use. “All student leaders have a huge role in this, as is one part of a larger and ever-growing movement on true for a lot of other topics,” wrote Donnovan Yiscampus to promote bike safety. Of the proponents of this movement, the Stan- rael ’89, manager of Relationship and Sexual Health ford Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) is a Programs and member of the “I Thrive @ Stanford” unit at Vaden Health Center, in an email to The major force. “If you’ve ever been the first person to an acci- Daily. “If an RA [residential assistant] or PHE [peer dent scene where there are serious injuries, it’s pret- health educator] in an all-frosh dorm stands up and ty traumatic,” said Deputy Allen James. “I liken it to says, ‘We want you all to wear helmets and we are being in wartime because I spent two years in Viet- going to model that by all of us wearing helmets,’ that is a powerful message.” nam.” Students with personal bike accident experience are some of the most vocal advocates for bicycle safety and awareness. Kali Lindsay ’12 is one such advocate. During her sophomore year, on her way to an appointment with an oral communication tutor, Lindsay was involved in a serious bike accident. “I kind of remember getting off my bed, and that was the last thing I remembered,” Lindsay said. “The next thing I remembered, really clearly, was my parents getting to the hospital about 2 a.m. . . . more than 12 hours later.” Though Lindsay was unable to recall the event itself, witnesses later told her that she had fallen between freshman dorm Larkin and Meyer Library, hitting her head on the right temple. She sustained epidural hematoma, an injury involving bleeding between the skull and brain. The injury caused initial short-term memory loss and dizziness, which prevented her from reading for almost two Ja m e s months, forcing came to Stanher to take the ford 20 years ago rest of fall quarter after working on the force in off. the East Bay. In addition to “When you’re his other duties, he teaches young you think, the SUDPS bicycle safety ‘Well, this can’t hapdiversion class, a onepen to me, and if it hour class usually does happen, I’ll be taught twice a month fine,’” Lindsay said. “I that allows students to started realizing this void their bicycle citais real, and this is tions in favor of bicymore than just a onecle safety education. time thing . . . it felt like I The $194 fine that accouldn’t control my mind companies a bike tickanymore.” et is part of what SERENITY NGUYEN/The While she was able to pushed James to become inStanford Daily return for winter quarter of volved in the movement and that year, it would be a year the class. and a half before Lindsay felt “I always felt so bad when like her former self again. She exwe were out here trying to enforce the law, because perienced unexpected panic attacks in seemingly inI would look at the students, and I’m thinking, ‘They’re going to be eating Top Ramen noodles for nocuous situations and had to undergo therapy to months to pay this stupid ticket,’ because I knew overcome her emotional instability. She is now a freshman RA and has become involved in camhow much it was,” James said. The bike safety movement emphasizes a collab- paigning for helmet usage and bike safety. “It’s hard when I still see my freshmen going orative effort among various departments on camaround and not wearing their helmets,” Lindsay pus. James, for example, works closely with Ariadne Scott, bicycle coordinator at Parking and Trans- said. “It’s hard to get up every day to go to class and portation Services (P&TS). An avid cyclist, Scott see people biking without their helmets, texting [or] aims to promote bicycle usage while implementing riding on each other’s handlebars.” She worked with both Scott and James, along programs to enforce student safety. She has not with the Office of Residential Education owned a car in over 23 years. “I think bikes symbolize freedom and the power (ResEd), to fund bike helmets for her entire dorm, to move and be self-propelled, . . . especially with Larkin. The program has been expanded to fund global warming and the idea that you can actually the purchase of helmets for all freshman dorms do something to offset that carbon [emission] by not and “everyone who wants them,” according to driving. You can have a direct [impact on] making James. While helmet usage is far from becoming the the world a better place,” Scott said. “We want peonorm, the accounts provided by students such as ple to ride — we just want people to be safe.” Some of the new measures designed to promote Lindsay and the efforts of P&TS and the SUDPS safety include stronger enforcement of bike laws, a may be beginning to take effect. “I’ve been on campus on and off since 1985, and bike safety summit in November with the Stanford I’ve never seen this much attention being paid to Trauma Center and signs below stop signs that read, “Bikes are required to stop at all stop signs.” P&TS promoting helmet wearing,” Yisrael said. “I’m hopsponsored a Bike Safety Dorm Challenge this past ing that we are reaching a ‘critical mass.’” fall in which the winning dorm, Muwekma-tah-ruk, Contact Erika Alvero Koski at firstname.lastname@example.org. won a free charter bus to Tahoe.
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he objects scattered around Jennifer Summit’s office give glimpses of the English professor’s interests. Framed medieval images embellish the walls, and on the bookshelf, nestled between volumes of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” are her own two award-winning books on medieval and Renaissance literature.A bookmark for the “What is a Reader?” project, which she directs, sits on the desk next to a folder from the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES), on which she serves as a committee member. “The work that I do is about reading and writing, the history of literature, the history of books and how people use them,” Summit said. Much of her academic efforts branch out from this fascination with the trends surrounding the literary process. Summit grew up around the Stanford campus and witnessed the great technological changes that came with the rise of Silicon Valley. “I remember growing up as a reader at the same time computers started infiltrating Silicon Valley,” she said. “A lot of the questions I’m interested in . . . come out of that personal wonder about media and the difference it makes.” As an undergraduate at Vassar College in New York, Summit started reading medieval literature and was immediately drawn in. “[Medieval literature] blew me away because it was so resistant to change,” Summit said. “In order to make sense of it, you had to put yourself in a completely different place intellectually.” Summit’s training in both medieval and Renaissance literature is unique among scholars, giving her a distinct perspective on early modern texts. Her research focuses on cultural change through literature. One concept that particularly fascinates her is the transition from manuscript to print culture. “Before print culture, manuscript was a form of both personal and mass production,” she said. With the popularization of the printing press as the prevalent mode for mass production of texts, the manuscript was relegated to being a much more personal means of communication — a change reflected in the Renaissance fascination with the individualized nature of handwriting. The questions Summit poses in her study of early literature are recapitulated in her “What is a Reader?” project, which examines current trends in undergraduate literacy. She directs this project in collaboration with UC-Berkeley and UCSanta Cruz. One study within the project contrasted how undergraduate students read on a physical page versus on a computer screen. This was partly in response to a similar National Endowment for the Arts study that concluded that, given new online modes of reading,
undergraduate students are experiencing a crisis in literacy. Summit’s study provided a less dire conclusion. “Page literacy seems to be good for intensive [detailed] reading, while screen literacy is good for extensive reading or skimming,” Summit said. She argued that the transition in modes of reading, like the change from manuscript to print, does not destroy the original medium, but simply redefines it. Summit has received many accolades for her research. “She is among the most admired scholars under 50 worldwide in both fields [of medieval and Renaissance literature],” wrote fellow English Prof. Roland Greene in an email to The Daily. Summit’s work has redefined the core of the English major. She was chair of the English Department when the new core was implemented, adding a core sequence of literary history. “[She] was its author as much as anyone can be,” Greene said of Summit’s role in the new curriculum. “Her chairmanship was characterized by a deeper attention to the undergraduate curriculum, which is undoubtedly a result of her commitment to undergraduate education.” Summit’s passion for teaching provides an outlet for her boundless ideas and energy. In previous quarters she has taught the literary history core, offering classes such as a workshop in paleography, the study of old texts, as a complement to her research interests. “I’m really interested in developing classes on the history of reading and writing, conceived as a long history that includes the present,” Summit said. Summit’s ability to integrate her research with her teaching impresses both students and fellow faculty. “Her teaching absorbs her research interests very well,” Greene said. “Students get the benefit of hearing a scholar thinking on her feet about her current work.” Bridget Whearty, a doctoral candidate in the English department and Summit’s advisee, has served as Summit’s teaching assistant. “Jennifer [Summit] encourages me to see all the work that professors do — teaching, research and service to the University and their professional organizations — in harmony rather than in conflict,” Whearty wrote in an email to The Daily. “She is passionate about connecting her research to her teaching in ways that invite her students to share in the labor of intellectual discovery.” For Summit, her intellectual curiosity is constantly driven by her research and teaching. “I’m always surprised by my research,” she said. “I think that when you stop being surprised by your research, it’s time to stop.” Contact Justine Zhang at justinez@ stanford.edu.
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ne of the more hotly debated changes recommended by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report suggests that all freshmen be required to take one Introductory Seminar (IntroSem). The response to this recommendation was swift, with current ASSU Senator Daniel DeLong ’13, currently mounting a campaign for ASSU vice president, publicly labeling it as “one of the most destructive recommendations that emerged from the SUES report.” Some students agreed with DeLong, arguing that a mandate would transform IntroSems into something resented by undergraduates, much like the Introduction to Humanities (IHUM) requirement. However, this argument ignores several key aspects of both the existing and recommended structure of IntroSems. This Editorial Board believes that requiring IntroSems will enhance the overall quality of undergraduate education at Stanford. The benefits of Introductory Seminars are numerous, including close interaction with faculty, the opportunity to explore a specific interest in-depth and the development of a network of peers with similar interests. IHUM struggled in part because its educational format limited these opportunities, with students placed in large lectures and given relatively little choice as to the topic of exploration. The argument that suggests Stanford students resent classes merely because they are mandated is also flawed. The Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) requires two classes, but is generally well regarded due to the seminar environment and the variety of course topics that fulfill the requirement. The Introductory Seminar requirement would offer a similar breadth of choice, with students able to choose from seminars in the humanities, sciences, engineering and social sciences. Statistics also don’t seem to support the fears of IntroSem de-
tractors. Every year, 2,300 freshmen and sophomores, or 70 percent, take an Introductory Seminar. Given that these courses are so popular already, it would seem plausible that many students who do not take an Introductory Seminar are interested in taking one but do not have the time, a problem that is particularly acute among athletes and STEM majors. By paring down the length of IHUM to a one-quarter Thinking Matters course and diversifying class times, the SUES report recommendations create the structure necessary to give the remaining 30 percent of students an opportunity to take an IntroSem. This is not to say that there will not be challenges in expanding the Introductory Seminars program, including ensuring a truly diversified set of classes to appeal to a variety of student interests, maintaining adequate funding and providing incentives for faculty whose IntroSem responsibilities may take them away from teaching larger lectures and higher-level courses. Some say that a mandate will lead to more apathetic students taking Introductory Seminars, lowering the overall quality of the classroom environment. However, these arguments are predicated on condescending assumptions of Stanford students and faculty as unmotivated and disengaged, a fundamentally flawed premise. Students, faculty and staff at Stanford are here to engage deeply on the most exciting intellectual ideas of the day, and the structure of an Introductory Seminar offers an ideal mechanism through which freshman can join the vibrant intellectual culture on campus. As an institution, Stanford does not shy away from challenges, and closing the gap of IntroSem participation is well within the realm of Stanford’s capability. The benefits of an Introductory Seminar are tremendous, and in mandating that all freshmen take one, the SUES report ensures that all students will access an exciting intellectual opportunity in their first year at Stanford.
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BURSTING THE BUBBLE
Time for the GOP to stand up to Rush
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hat does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke who goes before congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? It makes her a slut, right?” Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show on March 1. “It makes her a prostitute.” Never mind that his faux outrage is groundless; never mind that he can’t even be bothered to get her name right. Sandra, a third-year Georgetown law student, was rejected as a witness late last month on a congressional hearing on Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Never mind — and this may be difficult — his level of obscenity and amount of vitriol personally directed at an innocent student. Never mind that this episode has brought Mr. Limbaugh to a new low, which is really saying a lot because we certainly know better than to expect more from this shock jock overstaying his welcome. Let’s talk for a moment about the pushback — or lack thereof — against Mr. Limbaugh from prominent Republicans. John Boehner, the highestranking Republican in Congress, believes his “use of words was inappropriate,” leading George Will, the most sensible conservative voice in media today, to compare the impotent denunciation to “using the salad fork for your entrée.” “An entertainer can be absurd,” said Rick Santorum, presidential candidate and culture warrior, almost defending Mr. Limbaugh in the context of his niche in the party. He “cringed” at the comments, he said. What a pathetically cringe-worthy response. And of course, Newt Gingrich did what he does best. “I am astonished at the desperation of the elite
media to avoid rising gas prices . . . and to suddenly decide that Rush Limbaugh is the great national crisis of the week,” he said in trademark jackass style on Sunday. However, the very worst response came from the once-sensible Mitt Romney, who said Rush’s despicable “slut” comment was “not the language I would have used.” Perhaps his comment isn’t the worst based on what was uttered, but it becomes so knowing whose mouth the comment came from. Mr. Romney is the last of the presidential contenders for whom there was hope to find the bright, sensible center. It is now painfully evident that he extinguished this flickering candle many months ago. And what could he possibly be afraid of? A radio host who has pushed himself further and further away from relevance (and sanity) has just personally attacked a college student. The press asks you for a reaction. Why would you not offer an unqualified condemnation of this abuse — abuse far better suited to “Mean Girls” than our national discourse? Because, of course, this isn’t any radio host. His name is Rush Limbaugh, and though he no longer represents the GOP like Ed Schultz would have you believe, he somehow still has enough clout for politicians to think they need him. The fact of the matter is that they don’t. “Republican leaders . . . don’t have the courage to say what they say in quiet. Which [is that] Rush Limbaugh is a buffoon,” said political analyst Matthew Dowd. “Nobody takes him seriously.” Certainly in this pandering mess of a presidential field, no one has the courage to step up and reject Limbaugh’s blubbering buffoonery. As advertisers flee from his show as if it were contagious — no fewer than 25 businesses have pulled their material at press time
— Mr. Limbaugh may have finally succumbed to some of the pressure put on him in quiet. “My choice of words was not the best,” he said in a statement on Saturday. And how pathetic his ‘apology’ was: qualified, nitpickingly specific, reeking of insincerity. His “attempt to be hilarious” belied his disgusting diction; his characterization of Ms. Fluke’s “personal sexual recreational activities” belied any basis of fact. “My choice of words was not the best.” As walking yawn-fest Mitt Romney begins to pull away from his competitors in the presidential field, perhaps we should remember the choice of words he offered up when asked to remark on Rush Limbaugh. It was “not the language I would have used,” he said. How sad is the state of affairs when the plausible 45th president of the United States spits out an apology for Rush Limbaugh that so closely resembles the fringe fanatic’s own comment, he wouldn’t even hurdle the bar for academic plagiarism. If Mr. Romney had any courage at all, he would have stood up to Rush Limbaugh and firmly, unequivocally denounced him. Perhaps he does have that courage. Too bad what came out of his mouth wasn’t the language he should have used. Any language that Ed shouldn’t have used? Email him at email@example.com or tweet him @edngai.
(Not) crying out for help
can’t remember exactly what it is, but there’s some statistic that gets thrown around a lot during New Student Orientation (NSO) about what percentage of Stanford students say that they have, at some point or another, felt as though they didn’t belong at Stanford. It’s one that most people tend to shrug off the first few times they hear it, myself included. When we’re first presented with that statistic, as new Stanford students, most of us are too busy feeling like we’re on top of the world to take it seriously. But then, one day, right in the midst of your busy Stanford life, it hits you in the gut, and you suddenly come across a horrible feeling: you feel overwhelmed. I don’t think there’s anything worse than feeling overwhelmed. It has stages, just like grief, and experience has taught me that the first is always denial. When I start to feel overwhelmed, I deny it so fiercely that, for an hour or two, I actually manage to convince myself that I’m actually underwhelmed. I tell myself that I’m worried for no reason, that everything is fine, and that, worst-case scenario, I can just not sleep for a day or two to get everything done. I don’t think this stage has ever lasted longer than a few hours, because following in its footsteps is the dawn of realization: that awful moment when you hit the wall that’s
made up of all the books, papers and extracurricular activities waiting to be completed. The denial melts away and is replaced by a strange sense of shock — you’re surprised that you have so much to do, but you’re also surprised that you didn’t realize it earlier. Then comes the anger, which is mainly directed inwards. I become angry at myself for signing up for too many classes, for not spending all my waking hours in the library, for making too many promises, for having gone out on Friday night, for watching that movie when I should have been reading and for spending time with my best friend when I should have been writing. I’m even mad at myself for writing this column when I should be studying for chemistry. It’s easy to get consumed in these moments (particularly as the week nine midterms and finals begin to loom ominously in the forefront of your thoughts). I’m as guilty as everyone else is, but what’s important to remember is that these obstacles are not the end of the world, and that maneuvering through
them is actually feasible. All you have to do is remember that college is about more than the numbers on our p-sets and tests. It’s about more than beating the average. It’s the one time in our lives when we’re surrounded by fascinating people with a variety of talents and interests, people who can be great resources when trying to deal with what seems like impending defeat. Thought I sometimes have difficulty admitting it, I’m saying it now: it’s okay to ask for help. I know, it seems like such an obvious solution, but I feel like it’s one that is often overlooked. The simple
fact of the matter is that everyone has different strengths, and that it’s totally acceptable to ask a peer to help you out with something that may not be your strong point. Sure, asking for help does mean admitting that something isn’t your forte, but it’s important to realize that asking for help isn’t the same as giving up. Giving up is considered a weakness, but asking for help simply means that you have developed a self-awareness that is going to help you grow. So, next time you feel stressed out, remind yourself that there’s nothing wrong with taking a mo-
ment or two to relax and reassess the situation to find out where you can turn for help. Despite what you may think, no one expects you to be Superman or grow an extra pair of arms (although if you have either of these skills, I would really appreciate a tutorial in how to go about getting them myself), so just breathe, pat yourself on the back and remember that at least we have sunshine! Ravali is serious about learning to grow an extra pair of arms. If you think you can help her, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Must-win March for women
DO OR DIE FOR MEN’S HOOPS
By MIKE SCHWARTZ
ONE FINAL SHOT
here’s home-court advantage, and then there’s what the 2012 class of Stanford women’s basketball accomplished in its four years on the Farm. Before we laud our departing players for what has been one of the most dominant runs by a group of seniors in the history of the sport, it’s important to put Stanford’s accolades in context. The fact that this information isn’t widely known speaks volumes to the distance women’s sports still needs to travel, but it doesn’t downplay just how unbelievably remarkable this team has been under head coach Tara VanDerveer. With a road win over California this past weekend, Stanford captured the inaugural Pac-12 championship, a fitting reward for the team that has won the past 12 conference titles. In fact, the last loss to a league opponent took place Jan. 18, 2009, when the Golden Bears bested the Cardinal in Berkeley. The squad hasn’t lost to its most hated rival in the eight meetings since. On a larger scale, Stanford has reached the NCAA tournament every year since 1988 and has made the Final Four 10 times since 1990. It’s safe to say that things could be worse. Now back to the elder stateswomen. In their 64 games in Maples Pavilion since arriving on campus in the fall of 2008, the Stanford seniors have won 64 times. For those sabermetricians at home, that is a grand total of zero losses. Those 64 contests are part of a 79-game home wining streak that dates all the way back to the 2007-08 season. In the past four seasons, the seniors have notched a ridiculous regularseason record of 108-8, an astounding mark by any measure. With three consecutive Final Four appearances and more individual awards than can fit into any respectably sized trophy case, Stanford is once again primed to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and make a compelling run at a national title, the only achievement missing from an otherwise flawless four years in Palo Alto. While basketball is traditionally a male-dominated sport, this group of seniors has kept Maples from deteriorating into a lifeless venue. The women regularly attract more fans than their male counterparts, and although the faces in the crowd may be a bit more wrinkled, you’d be hard pressed to find more knowledgeable and passionate fans in the Bay Area. For all the attention (deservedly) devoted to the success of Cardinal football, women’s basketball has quietly remained the premium model of athletic consistency, more so than any other contributor to the oft-mentioned 17 consecutive Directors’ Cups. Yet despite all their success, the fact of the matter is that the absence of a competitive men’s team has demoted basketball into the role of second fiddle on this campus. While this is a ludicrous thought for any pre-Harbaugh student, it’s something that’s accepted as universal truth by all others. Has the recent lack of hoops awareness cast an alltoo-unfair shadow over the illustrious careers of some of the school’s best athletes? You tell me how many other 800-game winners have failed to make national headlines. But this year can be different. It has to be. Four straight agonizing trips to the Final Four must amount to more than just free T-shirts and unrelenting disappointment. Cardinal fans can’t bear another Fiesta Bowl moment, where a victory sure to resonate throughout the country was ripped out of our hands. Stanford women’s basketball can’t be relegated back to the shadows, not when surrounded by a fan base begging for an injection of elation. Maybe it’s inappropriate to demand a title this year. After all, it’s impossible to knock a coach with a quarter-century of service under her belt and a team that has made a permanent home atop the AP standings. Plus, even if the Card can’t get it done this year, we know that any and all vacancies will be filled with the best talent that legacy can find. Good luck telling that to the
It’s finally March, which, in the world of college basketball, can only mean one thing: it’s tournament time. In the next two weeks, all of NCAA Division I conferences will host their league tournaments, with the winners of each guaranteed a spot in the Big Dance. For Stanford, and possibly every other team in the infamously weak Pac-12, winning the conference tournament is the only way in. This week is do-or-die for the Cardinal, as a loss means the Card goes home. Stanford (20-10, 10-8 Pac-12) travels down to Los Angeles as the No. 7 seed to take on No. 10 Arizona State (10-20, 6-12 Pac-12) at the Staples Center. On paper, the Cardinal’s first matchup appears to be favorable. But as Stanford has learned time and time again this year, no conference opponent can be overlooked. The Cardinal delivered one of its best defensive performances of the year the first and only time these two teams met at Maples Pavilion this season. Stanford held the Sun Devils to a meager 44 points on just 34 percent shooting. The Card also grabbed 15 more rebounds than Arizona State, using its athleticism on the blocks to outwork ASU. The freshman-sophomore backcourt of Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright were nearly unstoppable, scoring a combined 30 points on 12-of-23 shooting. Bright, who led all scorers with 16, added four assists to help lead the Card to a 68-44 victory. Much of Stanford’s focus this time around will be on stopping Arizona State’s monster in the middle, 7-foot-2 center Jordan Bachynski. Bachynski, although not considered much of a scoring threat, torched the Card in the paint for a game-high 20 points despite averaging just 5.8 per night. The matchup at the Staples Center will be different than the one at Maples, as Arizona State will be playing with junior guard Trent Lockett, who was sidelined in the first meeting with an ankle injury. Although his sixgame hiatus hurt Lockett’s play, he has recently regained the midseason form that allowed him to lead the Sun Devils in scoring. In the team’s most recent matchup against Arizona, Lockett scored a team-high 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Both teams are riding positive momentum heading into the conference tournament, as both are coming off upset wins in big rivalry games. Stanford ended Cal’s hopes of a regularseason Pac-12 title in a shocking 75-70 victory, as the Card was finally able to pull out a
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Sophomore guard Aaron Bright (pictured) and the Stanford men’s basketball team will need to bring their A-game to the Pac-12 tournament this week if the Cardinal hopes to keep its season alive and advance to the Big Dance. The team takes on Arizona State in the opening round.
close game that came down to the wire, thanks in large part to two offensive rebounds from Bright in the final minute. Down in the Grand Canyon State, the Sun Devils redeemed themselves by avenging an earlyseason blowout, defeating Arizona in a surprising 87-80 win. Stanford and Arizona State have had similar seasons that began with high hopes but ended with disappointment. However, the Card players are confident heading into the tournament, and after upending Cal, there is no reason to believe they can’t make a run at a conference championship. A win against the Sun Devils would mean another date with Cal, a game that would have major postseason implications. The Card will look to keep its season alive tonight at 6 p.m. in the Staples Center. Contact Mike Schwartz at mikes23@stanford. edu.
Softball sweeps through DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton
For the second weekend in a row, the Stanford softball team bashed its way past all opponents, finishing with a 5-0 record in this past weekend’s DeMarini Invitational. In the three-day, roundrobin tournament, the Cardinal defeated Indiana, Northwestern, Florida International, Michigan State and East Carolina by a combined score of 32-4. On Friday, No. 10 Stanford (18-3) rode the right arm of junior pitcher Teagan Gerhart to two victories, a 7-3 win
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The Stanford baseball team remains undefeated in midweek contests this season after a painless 5-0 victory at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. The Card improved to 11-1 on the season with the win.
By JOSEPH BEYDA
Pechanec, Card cruise to victory
By CONNOR SCHERER
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The No. 2 Stanford baseball team won its third midweek game of the season Tuesday afternoon at Saint Mary’s, as three Cardinal pitchers held the Gaels to just five total hits in a 5-0 victory for the squad’s second shutout in three games. Stanford (11-1) got three-hit performances from junior centerfielder Jake Stewart and junior third baseman Stephen Piscotty on a day when the Cardinal’s top five batters each came around to score once against the Gaels (8-5). The Cardinal opened the scoring in the first inning for the eighth time this season, a particularly impressive stat because Stanford has yet to allow an opponent to bring home a runner in the opening frame. Sophomore lefthander Ben Griset struggled with his command for Saint Mary’s, and despite having given up just three walks and posting a 1.38 ERA in his 13 previous innings of work, he loaded the bases with Stanford’s first three batters of the game. Junior Kenny Diekroeger singled home Stewart and
junior leftfielder Tyler Gaffney with one out to make it 2-0, a strong start to the second baseman’s two-hit, three-RBI performance. The Gaels threatened with a baserunner of their own in the first, as sophomore Ricky Boas reached on an error, advanced on a groundout and then stole third with just one out, but Stanford sophomore A.J. Vanegas got out of the inning unscathed. The afternoon quickly turned into a bounceback outing for the righthander, who came into the matchup with five earned runs to his name in only 3.1 innings pitched this season. He struck out the side in the bottom of the third against the top of the Saint Mary’s lineup and added two more punchouts over his five innings of three-hit work to earn the win, his first decision of the season. Stanford’s bats were also held relatively quiet in the early going, however, as the squad stranded three runners in scoring position between the second and fourth frames. The squad extended its lead to five in a
In the final regular-season meet at Burnham Pavilion of her career, senior Nicole Pechanec made sure to go out with a bang, as she won the overall competition with a career-best score of 39.450 points. She helped the No. 11 Cardinal earn its best score of the season (196.575) as well as the double victory against No. 17 Arizona (195.025) and No. 47 Cal (191.450). It was a day of record breaking for Stanford, which ended up setting 15 season-best and eight career-best scores by the end of the afternoon to extend its streak to 34 straight victories against conference opponents at home. The team has now won 26 straight meets over Cal, which hasn’t beaten the Cardinal since 2000. Starting on vault, freshman Ivana Hong’s 9.900 led Stanford to a 49.200, 0.100 points shy of its season-best score in
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reer-high 9.950, the best individual score in any event all season for Stanford. Pechanec put up her second score of 9.900 or better in the event to round out her career-best performance. Seniors Jenny Peter and Alyssa Brown were also honored and helped the Cardinal improve to 9-3 on the season. The Stanford women compete next against Arizona State on Friday. Though posting a season-high score for the second straight week, the No. 4 Stanford men’s gymnastics team lost to No. 1 Oklahoma for the second time this season.The Cardinal was hoping to exact revenge for a loss to Oklahoma in Berkeley earlier this season, but the Stanford effort ultimately fell short, losing to the Sooners 356.950-351.400. After the first two rounds, the Cardinal had a 0.200-point lead. The early going was highlighted by junior Eddie Penev’s 15.900 in the floor exercise, which earned him second in the event. Freshman Sean Senters also put up an impressive score, but his 15.200 was not enough as the team lost the event, 60.050-59.950. It was on the pommel horse where the Cardinal made up its deficit, capitalizing on a poor performance by the Sooners. Stanford turned a 0.100-point deficit into a 0.200point lead with a 58.550 on pommel horse, led by junior John Martin, who won the event with a 15.250. However, Oklahoma took advantage of the rings in the third round to regain the lead — a lead it would not surrender for the rest of the meet. Although junior James Fosco earned the victory in the event with a score of 15.600, the Sooners outscored the Cardinal 60.550 to 58.550 to hold a 1.800point lead going into the fourth round. The Sooners were able to expand their lead, as Stanford score’s dropped in the final few rounds to let Oklahoma run away with it. Penev would ultimately finish second overall with a score of 87.900. The loss dropped the Cardinal to 4-5 on the season, but the team is improving its score each week and looks poised to make a surge with playoffs around the corner. The team has two meets this coming weekend, as it competes at Ohio State on Friday and at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. Contact Connor Scherer at email@example.com.
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the event. Hong’s performance accounted for one of five scores of 9.900 or above for the Cardinal. Pechanec put up a 9.825 for the Cardinal, which got out to an early 0.375-point lead over second-place Arizona. Entering the meet in the top 10 nationally in uneven bars, Stanford tied its season-best score in the event with a 49.400, the same score the team put up last time it faced
Cal on Feb. 12. Pechanec led the charge, posting a 9.925 in the event for only the second time all season (the last time being against Cal as well). The Cardinal managed to win the beam event despite four of its six competitors scoring under 9.800 and the team finishing shy of 49.000. Sophomore Amanda Spinner won the event once again, recording a 9.850. Pechanec followed close behind with a 9.800. The Cardinal sealed the victory on the floor exercise, tying its second-best score of the season with a 49.000. Junior Ashley Morgan highlighted the event, scoring a ca-
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three-run fifth inning. Piscotty led off with a single, sophomore first baseman Brian Ragira advanced on a fielder’s choice and Piscotty moved to third thanks to a Gael error. Diekroeger singled home a run, and sophomore rightfielder Austin Wilson knocked in two more with no outs still on the board, but the Cardinal could not do any more damage and the game stayed at 5-0. Stanford’s 12 hits on the afternoon only translated into those five runs, with Saint Mary’s sophomore Ryan Brockett holding the Cardinal scoreless in his four innings of relief despite giving up five base knocks. Thirteen Stanford runners were stranded on the basepaths, four more than the squad’s average. Cardinal pitching continued its dominance over the Gaels, with junior righthander Sahil Bloom replacing Vanegas in the
sixth and retiring the first five batters he faced. Freshman closer David Schmidt came in for the ninth and didn’t allow a hit, improving his already-impressive ERA to 1.00 and opponents’ batting average to .161. Stanford now prepares to meet No. 4 Rice (11-2), which surprisingly lost last night 3-2 to Texas State, which received the 43rd most votes in last week’s coaches’ poll. The Owls also will play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tonight, so the Cardinal may be able to take advantage of their fatigue in its final nonconference series of the season. Stanford has yet to lose in its seven home games thus far and has already swept two ranked opponents at Sunken Diamond in Vanderbilt and Texas, both of which have since slipped out of the top 25. Friday’s game against Rice begins at 5:30 p.m., with a 1 p.m. start set for Saturday and a noon finale set for Sunday. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda @stanford.edu.
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women who will be playing for the final time in their careers. It has been 20 years since the program won a national championship. In that magical year of 1992, the current Stanford seniors
weren’t yet old enough to hold a basketball. They are now, and they’ve been put in a position to leave a lasting mark on the sport. Will the fourth time finally be the charm? More than anything, Zach Zimmerman never wants to see Geno Auriemma smile again. Share your opinions of the UConn coach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior Nicole Pechanec finished her career in Burnham Pavilion in dominant fashion, recording a career-best score of 39.450 in a double victory for the No. 11 Stanford women’s gymnastics team.
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over Indiana and a 1-0 battle over Northwestern. With the two wins, Gerhart improved her record on the season to 15-1 thanks to her combined 12-strikeout, twoearned-run performances. On Saturday, the Cardinal offense exploded to record a 10-0 blowout win in just five innings against Florida International, with Gerhart again tossing a shutout in her three innings in the
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circle to pick up her 16th win of the year. In a game full of offensive highlights, sophomore Danielle Miller, who had her first home run of the season, and junior Jenna Rich, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, stood out for the Cardinal. Stanford continued its dominant play on Sunday, blowing past Michigan State with an easy 11-0 win in five innings, and closing out the weekend with a 3-1 victory against East Carolina. Once again, Gerhart started both games in the circle and picked up both wins, racking up 10 strikeouts in her 11 innings of work.
The Cardinal now returns to the Bay Area for seven games in a row, starting at Saint Mary’s today before returning to the Farm to host the Louisville Slugger Classic at Smith Family Stadium from March 9 to March 11.
Track and field readies for NCAA Indoor Championships
On Tuesday, the Stanford track and field teams had nine athletes named as qualifiers for this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho. The Cardinal men will have five athletes competing in six individual events and a relay, and the women have four members participating in five individual events plus a relay. On the men’s side, the Cardinal will boast a lineup of distance specialists, with three qualifiers in the 5000 meters and two in the 3000. Senior Chris Derrick leads the way for the team as the fourth seed in the 5000 and the ninth seed in the 3000, but redshirt senior Elliot Heath, who has not run since January, will be the one defending his crown in the 3000. Fellow redshirt seniors Jake Riley and Brendan Gregg will also compete in the 5000. The No. 13 Cardinal men will also compete in the distance medley relay on Friday with a crew of runners that includes senior Amaechi Morton, who will also run in the men’s 400 on Saturday. The Stanford women also have a strong contingent of distance runners competing this weekend, with junior Kathy Kroeger competing in the 5000 and 3000. Freshman Aisling Cuffe will join Kroeger in the 3000 on Saturday. The No. 16 women’s squad will also compete in the distance medley relay on Friday. Additionally, the Cardinal will have two competitors for championships in the field, as senior Katerina Stefanidi will compete in the pole vault on Saturday, and redshirt senior Arantxa King takes on the women’s long jump on Friday. The Cardinal track and field teams take to the Jackson Track at the Idaho Center in Boise this Friday, March 9. The competition extends through Saturday.
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which made the documents dense and difficult to understand. Kindel agreed, adding that the existing constitution contains contradictory clauses that often make it nearly impossible to interpret. The new 32-page ASSU Constitution is half the document’s former length. The proposed constitution also requires that the ASSU Executive charter a Governing Documents Commission every three years to reexamine the functionality of the document’s regulations. According to Cruz, the commission decided on every three years so that every Stanford student — except master’s candidates — would see at least one GDC during their time at Stanford. “One thing that we wanted to make sure never happened again was inheriting a document like this, a document which hasn’t seen significant change in more than a decade,” Cruz said. “One of the problems [with the old structure] was that nobody ever did have to look at it to see where the
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document was. And now it will have to be looked at at least every three years.” Because of negative feedback from ASSU senators, Kindel and Cruz have altered or abandoned some of their initial amendments, including a proposal to add a second vice president to the Executive and to decrease the number of elected undergraduate senators from 15 to nine, according to Kindel. Ratifying the new document The GDC held four open feedback sessions for the student body to ask about the new governing documents and make suggestions. After the constitution was presented on Feb. 25, the feedback sessions were all held within a week. Although both Cruz and Kindel said that the first three sessions were well attended, they did not give approximate attendance figures. Sjoerd de Ridder, a graduate student and GSC representative, said that he saw eight people at one of last week’s feedback session, although most of the attendees were ASSU representatives, he added. “I think it [is] not surprising that the people who feel strongly about the ASSU and its constitu-
tion are already in some way or another involved with the ASSU,” Ridder said. Students can still contribute their opinions and questions over email until the Senate’s vote this Tuesday. If the Senate and GSC both approve the governing documents through a constitutional amendment, the document will be subject to a student vote during the spring election. The new constitution must receive approval from twothirds of student voters — with at least 15 percent of the student body voting — and the Board of Trustees before taking effect next fall. Since the objections and concerns of most of the ASSU officers have already been addressed, Kindel said he expects the document to pass following public forum debate. “Not too much is contentious right now,” he said. The Senate tabled a discussion about the constitution at its Tuesday meeting this week, while the GSC is scheduled to begin debate on the document today. Both groups will vote on the amendments next week at their respective meetings. Contact Julia Enthoven at jjejje@ stanford.edu.
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