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New eDorm to launch on West Campus

ResEd, E2.0 collaborate to launch entrepreneurship-themed dorm

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The Faculty Senate voted Thursday afternoon to eliminate the Introduction to the Humanities program from the freshman curriculum, replacing IHUM with a Thinking Matters course. The Senate will revisit whether to require Freshman Seminars in 2015-16.


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2015-16 academic year. Earlier in the meeting, the Senate also voted on two revisions to the Universitys policies governing faculty conflicts of interest and outside consulting, which were prompted by new federal regulations. These measures, which had been discussed at the Senates Feb. 23 meeting, were unanimously approved without floor discussion. C-USP recommendations The Senate reviewed a report by the Committee on Undergraduate Standards

Concluding a multi-year review of the methods and goals of a Stanford education, the Faculty Senate voted Thursday in favor of replacing the current Introduction to Humanities (IHUM) program. Freshmen will instead be required to take a one-quarter Thinking Matters course starting this upcoming academic year. The Senate will reconsider a recommendation to require freshmen seminars in the

and Policy (C-USP) for a second time. CUSP issued the report in response to proposed changes to the freshman academic experience made in the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. Judy Goldstein, C-USP chair, opened the discussion by highlighting the most significant aspects of Thinking Matters, noting that while the School of Humanities & Sciences was in charge of the IHUM program responsibility for Thinking Matters will be

Marx House in Suites will become the new entrepreneurship-themed eDorm starting in the 2012-13 academic year, as a result of collaboration between E2.0 a student group focused on providing help and services for entrepreneurial students and Residential Education (ResEd), along with other administrators. According to ResEds website, students living in the eDorm will form startup teams, as well as attend seminars, guest lectures and dinners with mentors. According to Dean of Residential Education Deborah Golder, ResEd typically receives proposals for multiple prospective dorm themes each year, but decided to pursue the eDorm because of its potential to reach all types of students. From any academic discipline, a student could say they have an idea, and they want to explore it in the context of eDorm, Golder said. You dont have to identify with a certain group. Literally any upperclass student could express interest in this community of thinking and learning together. The notion of entrepreneurialism is truly universal in the Stanford context. Logistics Half of the 40 students in eDorm next year will pre-assign into the house through ResEd, and half will draw into Marx individually or with a group. The pre-assigned students will be selected based on their entrepreneurial nature, their love for innovating and their diverse skill sets and backgrounds that they can bring to the community, said Viraj Bindra 15, director of marketing for E2.0. Peter Thiel B.A. 89, J.D. 92 will be the faculty sponsor, and hell oversee selection. According to Golder, Suites was chosen for the location of the new dorm theme because students manage those spaces, and the new themed dorm has a goal of emphasizing student-initiated action. E2.0 is an organization on campus with some incredible resources, and we were trying to find one of the best ways to channel these resources to create maximum output at Stanford, Bindra said. What we identified as a chief mode for us to give those resources to students at Stanford was through a collaborative effort like eDorm. E2.0 and the eDorm E2.0 was a branch of ASSU until it separated in October, and had been working on establishing an entrepreneurship dorm prior to the split.

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Online privacy concerns experts

Stanford researchers address Googles open-ended policy

Stanford and Bay Area Internet privacy researchers and analysts are cautious about recent government calls for online privacy legislation and expressed concern about the possible direction of consumer privacy rights at Google. Researchers at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) commented on President Obamas recently proposed Federal Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and on new developments at Google, most notably the companys March 1 privacy policy consolidation and reports that Google was by-

passing Safaris default privacy settings and tracking users through cookies. CIS student fellow Jonathan Mayer, who published the initial report about Google and Safari, said that Googles new policy highlights a growing corporate concern over online consumer privacy. According to Mayer, a second year graduate student in law and computer science, the policy changes have already garnered international criticism and raised questions about the companys relationship with its consumers. Privacy is right now undergoing the renaissance that computer security underwent a decade ago, Mayer said. It wasnt until, give or take, the last five to 10 years ago that people really started to put their entire lives online. Mayer said that concerns for privacy protection have grown steadily, as consumers post more personal information on-

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line, and as advertising corporations determine practices for using this information. Aleecia McDonald, a CIS resident fellow specializing in Internet privacy, said in an email to The Daily, there has been a steady procession of problems, including

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Mammoth discovery team discusses Castroville fossils

By LINDSEY TXAKEEYANG Most of us have dreamt as a kid if were being honest of finding a mammoth, said anthropologist Timothy King 04 Ph.D. 06 to artichoke farmers Ryan and Martin Jefferson onstage at Cubberley Auditorium Thursday evening. And whats wonderful is that you guys did find it and you shared it with all of us. King is part of an extensive team that has uncovered about 30 to 40 percent of a Columbian mammoth found in Castroville, Calif., in Dec. 2010 by the Jefferson brothers. The brothers discovered the fossil in the fields of their farm after they found a strange rock that Martin Jefferson said he recognized as a mammoth tooth. Sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies, King and the Jeffersons came to Stanford to present on The Castroville Mammoth Project, along with site director Daniel Cearley and project illustrator Joshua Ballze. Martin Jefferson said that after discovering the tooth, he contacted a friend working for the Natural Resources Conversation Service to begin bringing in people who would know what to do. It was his landlords daughter, however, who put him in touch with California State Parks archaeologist Mark Hylkema, who is the team project director. Hylkema then assembled a team to form the Castroville Mammoth Project. The team consists of faculty and staff from multiple schools, including Stanford, Foothill College, Santa Clara University, UCLA, UC-Santa Cruz,

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Members of the Castroville Mammoth Project spoke about their experience excavating a mammoth fossil that Martin and Ryan Jefferson discovered on their artichoke farm in December 2010.

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James Mwaura and Charles Mbatia
I James Mwaura and Charles Mbatia, both current juniors, are running because they havent felt represented by their student government lately. Theres a feeling that a lot of these other slates have been in the ASSU for quite some time, and one of their main focuses is making the ASSU run more efficiently, Mwaura said. However according to Mwaura, this focus causes the ASSU to lose sight of what they are supposed to do provide students with a service. Our vision is very clear . . . we want to provide the best possible services and most unclouded dialogue, said Mwaura. Mwaura is involved in several business-oriented student groups, such as the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), while Mbatia serves as an officer for Intramural Sports, leadership experiences the pair says complement each other well. Of all the candidates, Mwaura and Mbatia stressed the importance of the ASSU representing the student voice to the administration the most. While the ASSU might be good at running itself, what theyre there for to represent the students for the administration theyre failing in that respect. They cited the Chi Theta Chi lease termination and rising tuition prices as areas where they would engage the University in conversation to represent student interest. A lot of times, you tend to wonder where your dollar is actually going, said Mwaura, referring to increases in tuition, bookstore prices and late night dining prices. The group brings several other new ideas as well including end-of-quarter yard sales, improving nontechie career fairs and working with faculty to bring online lectures to humanities classes, which often lack that option.



Stewart Macgregor-Dennis and Druthi Ghanta

I Stewart Macgregor-Dennis, current ASSU VicePresident, is widely credited with forming the new entrepreneur-themed dorm on campus. In fact, hes a bit of a campus celebrity, earning his own meme on the Stanford meme page MemeChu and going around to freshmen dorms to talk with students about the ASSU. While it was common knowledge Macgregor-Dennis would run for ASSU Executive, his running mate remained a question mark until now. Druthi Ghanta 14 has never been involved in the ASSU, though Macgregor-Dennis praised her for her effectiveness. Her more service-oriented and non-profit background combines well with my slightly more entrepreneurial background, said Macgregor-Dennis, adding that the pair had synergy when they met recently to discuss running together. Due to being ill, Ghanta was not available to interview with The Daily before publication. Though Macgregor-Dennis and Ghanta will not release their full platform until the beginning of spring quarter, Macgregor-Dennis cited several items, such as hard liquor consumption on campus and the lack of housing for international students during winter break, as examples of challenges he hopes to tackle. We dont have to go through the lengthy process of building relationships and figuring out how the ASSU works, Macgregor-Dennis said, commenting on his experience in the ASSU Executive. There are definitely areas where it took us a while to learn, as I think it does with all executives, MacregorDennis said of his current term with ASSU President Michael Cruz 12. I think [Druthi and I] will be able to start on day one. reservations and student groups.


The race for ASSU Executive has begun, and a number of slates have launched petitions on the ASSU elections site. The Daily sat down with the candidates to gain a better sense of what each slate hopes to accomplish if elected.

Robbie Zimbroff and William Wagstaff

I Robbie Zimbroff 12 and William Wagstaff 12 are ASSU outsiders, but the two Ujamaa Resident Assistants and future co-terms believe this offers them a fresh opportunity to reconnect the ASSU with the student body. While both have a track record and future plan focusing on promoting diversity on campus, their campaign isnt so simple the pair also wants to bring concrete changes to what they termed student problems. People with ASSU experience have already shown they fall into the same cycle of jargon and a big election cycle, where you promise big things, but they dont actualize in a way that people want, Zimbroff said. Talking with each other and other students about simple problems, such as a perceived lack of late-night dining options and poor quality of Vaden Health Center, the pair said they began to discuss the things they would do if in charge. Then they thought, Why not us? The ASSU is disconnected [from students], Zimbroff said. If we re-focus on what people are talking about, that could be a really positive thing. The pair also identified a problem of scope. By narrowing the focus of the ASSU to these student problems, the duo hopes to improve the efficiency of the ASSU. Were not going to be able to promise every single person every single thing that they want, Zimbroff said. All we want to do is to help people and take action toward those goals in concrete ways.


Brianna Pang and Dan DeLong
I Brianna Pang 13 and Dan DeLong 13 both served in this years ASSU Senate, with Pang as chair of the Appropriations Committee. Both have extensive experience working with students, in particular financial officers of different student groups.. The pair originally discovered their desire to be in student government while living in Toyon their sophomore year. They take partial responsibility for preventing Toyonito, the student performance center located behind Toyon, from being converted to a package center for East Campus. By bringing in University administrators, DeLong and Pang say they were able to advocate for students concerns that they would lose a valuable performance space. Through that experience, we realized the ASSU has a unique platform to affect change, being the intermediaries between students and administrators, Pang said. Both Pang and DeLong stress the ASSUs role as a facilitator instead of pursuing its own initiatives, the role of the ASSU Executive is to help student groups, they said. Why dont we give those student groups access to administrators, the funding, the resources and the tools that are necessary for those student groups to carry out their mission? asked DeLong. Unlike several other slates, Pang and DeLong are focused on reforming the internal workings of the ASSU. Referring to complaints about problems with Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE), the arm of the ASSU that manages student group banking and student investments on campus, Pang and DeLong said they would guarantee student reimbursement checks within seven days. Its an internal function of [the] ASSU, but it also affects so many students and student groups, Pang said. The pair also referenced transparency and talked about their plan to scan and make available to the entire campus all receipts of the ASSU and student groups.

Julian Okuyiga and Ben Hoffman

I Theres an inherent fallacy that the ASSU Exec can revolutionize our Stanford experience by incorporating changes into all these different facets of the administration and student life, said Ben Hoffman 13, of the Family Matters slate. Hoffman, along with Julian Okuyiga 13, are unique among the field this year because they propose no major changes for the way the ASSU currently operates. They largely want to keep the status quo, except for one, huge initiative: Bring back Lake Lagunita. The pair doesnt want to destroy the ASSU they (somewhat uncaringly) say they would appoint qualified and experienced cabinet officials, and maintain the ASSUs role as a liaison between student groups and the University. They just have a different focus. Wed put forth efforts to bring experienced people in as Cabinet officers, draw on that insight, but that wont be our biggest problem, Okuyiga said. It may be a long shot, but both Hoffman and Okuyiga have given the problem of Lake Lag some thought. Theyve identified four main issues: the tiger salamander, water usage, restoration of a derelict dam and liability issues. The solutions arent fully formed yet the slate suggested species relocation may solve the tiger salamander problem and requiring students to learn to swim like other colleges may solve the liability issues however the pair believes that with alumni support, bringing back the Lake is an achievable goal. -It would bring a whole new aspect to Stanford life in general, Hoffman said, recalling how alumni he has talked to recall their time around Lake Lag very fondly. The pair even noted that a place for Stanford students to chill, relax and unwind may improve mental health on campus. Or, as Hoffman put it, Solving the Stanford duck syndrome with a lake.



Daniel Koning and Kian Ameli
I The Stanford Chaparral decided to field a slate with a unique twist this year, taking the idea of crowdsourcing to its extreme the entire slate can be defined and modified by anyone. Daniel Koning 14 and Kian Ameli 13, sporting matching aviators and gloves, answered questions about their slates platform with poetic waxing on moonlight, and discussed the moral implications of supporting food trucks which the pair suggested may run someone over on campus. An interesting moment came when Ameli defined his vision for the role of the ASSU vice president. Its a subtly domineering role, Ameli said, turning to Koning to ask, Youre OK with that right? Youre my anchor, and I love you for that, responded Koning. Right, Amelia said. Another way to say it would be, first the worst, second the best. Despite their unconventional methods, dont jump to label the pair a joke-slate they see themselves as the channel for democracy. If people choose to treat us as a joke, well never rise above that, said Koning. But remember, this is democratization. The people decide. Well, qualified Ameli, whoever edits the Wiki decides. Two of the tamer suggestions currently on the campaigns wiki are banning all police from campus on weekends and dissolving the ASSU Senate.

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Harvard prof Louis Menand tells tale of Great Books


Harvard English professor Louis Menand declared the era of Great Books curriculum over at a talk Thursday evening at the Stanford Humanities Center. He added, however, that vestiges of the curriculum still linger, and the effect it has had on the structure of American universities has been profound. The Great Books are a collection of canonical Western texts, including authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Homer and Dante. Stanfords Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program is currently an effort to introduce freshmen to some of these works while the Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program makes them its focus.

According to Menand, a Pulitzer prize winner and contributing writer to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, the Great Books idea the grouping of those books together and elevation of them over others emerged in the late 19th century. They were intended for people who didnt have the chance to go to college, Menand said. Since then, he said, the market for Great Books has moved around, but there always seems to be a market someplace. For most of the 20th century, that market has been at least partly in universities. Menand focused on the histories of Columbia University and the University of Chicago, which both have Great Books core curricula, as well as Harvard, his own institution, which including eDorm. Well be tracking it throughout the year and making sure that its successful and were getting the maximum amount of utility out of our resources. ResEd agreed with this experimentation-based philosophy. If we find out that this works, we could create a model where we start piloting different programs, seeing if theres enough student interest and creating a process that allows some houses to evolve, Golder said. We want to get some data and make decisions based on that. Response from Suites Current Marx residents were not notified of the change apart from an update on the ResEd website. The entrepreneurship theme seems stimulating for people that choose to follow that life path, said Michael Zoldos 12, club manager of Beefeaters Eating Club, where all Marx residents eat. Overall, I think it will be something that positively benefits those individuals that live there and participate in the dorm activities. Morgan Priestley 12, CFO of GovCo Dining, which manages the four eating clubs in Suites,

has a more flexible program. Though Columbia was the first to institute a version of the Great Books curriculum, each university has been through multiple cycles and renamings since World War I. There has never been a golden age of Great Books curriculum, Menand said. Explaining how the idea of such a curriculum came about, he pointed to two factors in early and middle 20th-century America: increasing socioeconomic and racial diversity, as well as a trend of intellectual relativism in American thought. For example, Menand said, John Erskine, an English professor at Columbia who founded the forerunner to the schools current Literature Humanities program, noticed that Columbia students were increasingly first- or seconddoes not expect any major changes to eating club operations but is slightly concerned about the clash of cultures that eDorm might have with the rest of Suites. As long as the program stays within its bounds and doesnt completely change the Suites environment, doesnt completely take things over, then I think its going to be great, Priestley said. Were a little apprehensive of having them be at Suites mostly because the culture doesnt seem to fit, but I dont think it will be a big issue. Suites is a very independent place as it is. Not the first eHouse eDorm will not be the first housing option in Stanfords history to have an entrepreneurship focus. Naranja dorm in Lagunita had a social-entrepreneurship theme when it was a four-class dorm, starting in the 2001-02 academic year. Social entrepreneurship is a type of entrepreneurship based on starting a business or organization for the benefit of others. Andrew Deagon 09 was the theme focus assistant during Naranjas last year with the social entrepreneurship theme, in charge of organizing guest speakers and informing students about entrepreneurial events on campus. Deagon described the themes success as difficult because few students knew the dorm was themed until they lived there and only a handful of students were really dedicated to the theme. Resident Fellow Thomas Massey was the driving force behind the dorms entrepreneurial focus, and after his passing in Jan. 2009, no one else took on his role. Regarding eDorm, Deagon said, I think it has the potential to be extremely successful if its mar-

generation immigrants. He wanted to provide people of different background with a common culture, Menand said. At the University of Chicago, Robert Maynard Hutchins president of the university from 1929-1951 wanted to institute a four-year Great Books curriculum based on the ancient system of the trivium and quadrivium methods of the Renaissance. But American academia turned away from that model. When Harvard University set out to change its undergraduate curriculum in 2007, one of the things we discussed was a Great Books program, Menand said. We decided it was a bad idea to require it of everybody, he added. In the end, Menand said, The Great Books idea was a tolerated guest in the system of the modern

research university. Instead of the general, humanist approach of the Great Books thinkers, based on the idea that the classics were accessible to everyone, U.S. universities committed to specialization. The humanities had to make their way in a world science had shaped, Menand said. Minku Kim, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, said Menands lecture helped him think about how he would approach teaching his own students. It was a great opportunity to learn about the historical development [of the Great Books idea] . . . and how it connects to teaching and learning at Stanford, he said. Contact Neel Thakkar at nthakkar@


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ResEd and E2.0 held meetings with staff and University administrators, including heads of Student Housing and President John Hennessy, to shape and approve the project. In the past few months, E2.0 executive members Chase Harmon 13, Stewart MacgregorDennis 13 and Dan Thompson 13 met with advisers to revise plans. eDorm is one of a number of projects that E2.0 is currently working on. Other undertakings include an eResource Map to direct students to entrepreneurial resources on- and off-campus and Startup Bus, an effort to connect with entrepreneurial students across the nation. The organization has received some criticism about the level of success and effectiveness that the new themed dorm will have. This is a prototype of the concept of E2.0, and were trying to see how well it will work, Bindra said. We have eTracking in place, which is our initiative to monitor the success of all our initiatives,

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keted to the right students because there are a lot of great minds that could gravitate toward that, but I think that if the people that end up in Marx are there by accident, then it will be difficult to maintain. Looking forward E2.0 is currently working on a marketing campaign to inform students about the new housing 16 academic year. Im making these amendments in the spirit of endorsing the SUES report, Berman said. Maintaining that increased seminar participation remains a principal objective, Berman emphasized that he wants to make sure that available seminars offer sufficient breadth and depth before any such requirement is implemented. Were asking for several years in which we can pursue this strategy aggressively, Berman said. It could be the case that there are good reasons for students not to do it . . . Lets leave open the possibility that some students are making wise choices. Faculty discussion of the amendment focused on the adequacy of requiring only one course alongside PWR, citing IHUM as providing a common experience for all Stanford freshman that might not be adequately replaced. Dissenting opinions Carolyn Lougee Chappell, professor of history, argued that a freshman requirement should aim to bridge the gap for students between high school and university education. IHUM, in the course of a year, builds the skills that students will need for their whole university education, Lougee Chappell said. Im skeptical that one quarter is sufficient. Berman acknowledged that any freshman requirement should ease the transition to university classes, but said that hed encountered a majority of faculty that felt three quarters was excessive. He also expressed doubt that an extended freshman requirement would resonate academically with students. I dont think the way to solve the learning issues is by compelling students into courses they wouldnt take otherwise, Berman said. Noting the continued growth in the number of units demanded by majors, Chris Edwards, professor of mechanical engineering, emphasized the significance of ensuring

option. We are hoping by encouraging this collaborative, creative atmosphere, we will give a lot of people the opportunity to create great ideas and help others with theirs in order to start something really remarkable, Bindra said. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 that reduced requirements translates into greater freedom for freshmen to explore, rather than allowing departments to stipulate course requirements earlier in students academics careers. Jeremy Weinstein, professor of political science, also spoke out against the amendment. Contrasting the amendments wait-andsee attitude toward seminars with the original recommendations mandate for requiring it, he expressed doubt that faculty would engage with the initiative at the level required. The amendment is set up to fail, as departments dont have a strong incentive to offer more courses, Weinstein said. Just at the start Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Harry Elam noted that his office, department chairs and the Office of the Provost will commence a discussion next week concerning compensation for faculty participation in seminars. Elam said that thirty more seminars would be required to accommodate the entirety of the freshman class. I actually think we can [accommodate the added seminars], said Provost and Acting President John Etchemendy Ph.D. 82. I dont think its a forgone conclusion that itll be hard to do. Expressing concern that requiring freshman seminars might result in Thinking Matters becoming a dumping ground for students unable to find a seminar of interest, James Campbell, co-chair of the SUES committee, endorsed the amendment. Were just at the start of a really long conversation, Campbell said. I hope people will remember that as we implement a whole series of innovations. The Senate voted by a margin of 27 to eight votes to accept Bermans amendments, and by 27 to six votes with two abstentions in favor of the amended motion. Contact Marshall Watkins at


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spread across the University. Goldstein added that freshmen will be able to choose Thinking Matters courses in a way similar to normal lecture classes, rather than being bound to a particular class or quarter. Goldstein also emphasized the reduced time commitments suggested by the C-USP report, which recommended requiring freshman to enroll in two courses one Thinking Matters course and one freshman seminar instead of the current three-quarter IHUM sequence. Freshmen would still take a Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) class as a requirement. Senate Chair Rosemary Knight, professor of geophysics, reminded the Senate of concerns about the freshman seminar requirement expressed in the Senates previous meeting. Senators had expressed skepticism that the University would be able to preserve the character of seminars if they were made mandatory citing issues with scheduling, inadequate seminar numbers and student and faculty enthusiasm. Amending requirements Acknowledging Knights concerns, Russell Berman, director of the IHUM and Introductory Seminar programs, put an amended version of C-USPs recommendations before the Senate for its consideration. While the amendment preserved the role of Thinking Matters as a requirement, it removed the freshman seminar requirement. Instead, Berman proposed that the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education work to expand seminar availability and encourage student participation in seminars. The Senate would reconsider the requirement of freshmen seminars in the 2015-

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n Feb. 29, the U.S. State Department announced a deal with North Korea. The country, under the new leadership of Kim Jong Eun, agreed to suspend its uranium-enrichment program at its Yongbyon facility, to halt long-range missile launches and to allow limited international inspection in return for 240,000 metric tons of food aid from the United States. This deal was not unprecedented. During North Koreas famine in the 1990s, the United States tried to use food aid to lure North Korea to the nuclear bargaining table.As Georgetown University Professor Andrew Natsios argues, these efforts have generally been unsuccessful in diminishing North Koreas nuclear threat. Similarly, John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, pointed to North Koreas continual flouting of commitments it has made to halt the progression of its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for aid. Yet the media discussion, focusing on the impact or lack thereof the deal would have on North Koreas nuclear capabilities, shows how critical attention regarding North Korea is disproportionately focused on national security issues and occludes the grave human rights abuses under which the countrys citizens suffer.The nation is an island state on multiple fronts: the apartments of North Korean citizens are outfitted with loudspeakers that blast propaganda from the party-controlled station and foreign visitors allowed to enter the nation are led on carefully maneuvered tours of Potemkin prosperity. Our limited amount of authentic information either comes from academics such as our own Professor Siegfried Hecker who are allowed to enter North Korea to examine its nuclear facilities, or defectors who often speak under conditions of anonymity. Much of the media attention seems to focus on the threat of a nuclear Korea to world security and, in the midst of this discourse, discussion of the countrys political, physical, and psychological repression of its citizens is unfortu-

nately drowned out. When the media does cover human rights issues in North Korea, the focus is typically on food shortages. Unfortunately, North Korean citizens not only face the threat of starvation, but around 200,000 are subject to persecution through political concentration camps, where tortures and executions are common and relatives of prisoners are also subject to imprisonment. Furthermore, these human rights abuses are not perpetrated by North Korea alone. Citizens who seek to escape the politically repressive North Korea by way of neighboring China are treated as illegal economic migrants by the Chinese government, making the refugees subject to arrest and deportation. China, openly flouting its commitment to the United Nations 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, refuses to grant the refugees protection, instead allowing them to be repatriated to face punishment in North Korea, including beatings, torture, detention, forced labor, sexual violence, and in the case of women suspected of becoming pregnant in China, forced abortions or infanticide, according to Roberta Cohen of the Brookings Institution. North Korea has many facets that make the nation a media spectacle, ranging from its burgeoning nuclear capabilities to the late Kim Jong Ils fondness for Hennessey cognac.Yet lurking behind North Koreas military danger is a torturous system of economic and political repression that robs its citizens of dignity and freedom. This political repression is at least indirectly aided by China, whose government provides some of the last significant economic and political support for the North Korean regime.We may never learn to love North Koreas bomb, but it is important that discussion of the countrys military capabilities does not overshadow important attention to the status of its repressed citizens and endangered refugees. We owe it to the North Korean citizens not to let their humanitarian crisis be eclipsed by our medias fascination with nuclear issues.

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Breaking the silence

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re you an early arriver to class? Or do you rush in breathless, five minutes late? If youre in the former category, youve probably experienced the pre-seminar silence. This is usually how it goes: You walk into section five-to-seven minutes early. Its quiet; very quiet. There are a few students in the room already, busily clicking away on their laptops or tinkering on iPhones. You pick a seat, not too near the other people but not necessarily too far away. You wait a moment or two and then follow suit by pulling out your own distraction. More students slowly filter into class. Theres still no conversation. Eventually a professor or TA rushes in, the clock strikes the appointed minute and class commences. These first five minutes of si-

lence before a class or a meeting, or a seminar, or whatever it is can drag on forever. Such a silence is strange to me. Everyone is in the room together; everyone will soon hear the same lecture and everyone may even engage in a lively debate with one another. But some powerful force holds back any form of preliminary chatter. Sadly, few try to break the metaphorical ice of silence. And with each new person who walks in the door, the ice becomes thicker. If you walk into a room full of silent people, will you start making conversation? Probably not. Let someone else talk, if they want. Its not your responsibility. But even if you did want to strike up a conversation, where would you begin? Often youre in a room with a bunch of people you

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barely know. Sitting in this room of strangers, your only commonality is the homework for the class. This makes conversation very difficult to start. What would you even say? Hey, whatd you think of reading for this week? I totally love democratic peace theory! No. Did you seriously expect to bond with the person next to you over the reading? It wont happen. Even if the person also liked the reading, no one wants to be labeled as that kid you know, the kid who actually does all the reading. So you decide to try the opposite approach.

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Sebastain Gould

State funded paradise

he other day I was considering what Stanford could do to help incoming freshmen. My own academic transition to Stanford came much easier than it would have if I hadnt gotten the education that I did get. The preparation that I am talking about was my high school in downtown Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. The acronym OSSM is pronounced awesome, and can readily be punned. OSSM fact: About 70 percent of the faculty hold doctorates. The high school is best described though as thirty-two acres of state-funded paradise. What made the rigorous twoyear state-funded public boarding school paradise was the commitment to the academic success of the students lucky enough and smart enough to be admitted to the school. At OSSM, there was a very straightforward list of classes that every student had to take, with little-to-no room for electives. If one did have room for electives, the only options were more science and mathematics, or an internship if you had the time. You could only go out on the weekend in the school vans that would take you to Wal-Mart, the

mall or the downtown area. You werent allowed to have cell phones, there was mandatory study time for several hours every night and after 11 p.m. the lights shut off and you had to go to bed. So why do I still insist that this seeming prison was paradise? While at OSSM, I had no obligations to my family or the world. My only purpose in life was to learn. Without going there I would not have been able to get into Stanford, nor would I possess the conviction that I have now that I should pursue knowledge simply for the sake of it, without worrying about the economic returns. My financial transition to Stanford came much harder than the academic one. Without any economic training whatsoever, Stanford threw me into class and said good luck. My summer before Stanford did not allow me to save the money that they expected me to have for books, and so I had to ask for a loan from a professor at OSSM and get a credit card. Jobs that undeclared, inexperienced freshmen could qualify for were really hard to find at Stanford too, and it took me several months to get one. Once I did find employment, it was hard to keep up with

my credit card because I was always skipping lunch to work more. This all matters because we were taught at OSSM that being a student is a full-time job. We were not students Monday through Friday, or Monday through Thursday as it is at Stanford; we were students always. That is why they forbid us from working; the only way you can work and still not do poorly in your courses is if the academic program isnt rigorous enough or if you are deliberately taking classes that are below your level. I understand that having to work and learn at the same time teaches you life skills and encourages maturity. I learned that because I started working when I was 15; poverty taught me the importance of money. What I cant understand is why Stanford expects students to earn money to contribute to their academics. The logic Ive heard uses desire to overcome difficulty as justification for this. If students really want to learn, then they should be willing to work for it. No argu-

Perceptions of higher education T

he etymology of university is institution of higher learning. University does not mean institution of higher profit. Unfortunately, this latter meaning is an apt description of some practices at universities, including Stanford. For instance, the University sells corporations access to students based on how much money a corporation is willing to pay the University. The Career Development Centers Employer Partner program explicitly states on the CDC website that Platinum level employers (corporations that pay $10,000 per year to $25,000 for three years) receive unlimited email distribution, premier double table location for Fall and Spring Career Fairs in White Plaza, up to twenty Cardinal Recruiting interview rooms per day, a campus-wide flyer distribution team and much more. This contrasts with the crumbs nonprofits receive, which are allotted just one email distribution per academic year, participation in workshops and career events, and a table at the Silicon Valley NonProfit Career fair in the upstairs of Tresidder.

As a result, rich corporations like oil companies, financial institutions, consulting firms and tech companies enjoy tremendous advantage over employers with smaller pockets. If youve ever used the CDCs job database as a student or alumnus, youll notice the jobs listed mostly come from the four mentioned industries. Students who dont want to work for those companies receive little assistance from the career center in finding alternatives. The CDCs duty, however, is to serve the students, not leverage them for profit. The CDCs role raises deep questions about the University itself. The perception that the sole purpose of higher education is to train students to acquire a lucrative job is prevalent. This serves the Universitys coffers well because alumni with lucrative careers pay back the University with larger donations, but the real purpose of institutions of higher learning is to expand and strengthen students minds and intellectual prowess. It doesnt matter that Stanford is a private university; it

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new pair of pants. You dont have time to talk to the people sitting next to you youre busy and important! And those five minutes of idle chatter arent in your Google Calendar, so theyre not an option. The thing is, not everyone is that busy. Last week I arrived at a seminar class on the early side; there were three people in the room, and everyone was sitting in silence, glued to a laptop screen. I was disappointed that no one felt the need to talk to anybody else, and so my eyes naturally wandered to the laptop screen of the girl next to me. She was rapidly scrolling back and forth over her Facebook newsfeed. No typing, no composing, no scrutinizing of content. Did she just want to avoid conversation by seeming busy? I dont know. And I certainly cant generalize from her behavior. What I can say is that a few minutes of friendly conversation is worth the investment, and sometimes it just takes one bit of dialogue to break the ice in the room. I redirected my attention away from Facebook-idling girl and looked at someone else across the room. He was eating a burrito while trying to type something on his computer. Hey, what kind of burrito is that? I ventured. Everyone looked up from their computers. Did someone just say something? The burrito-eating guy looked a little surprised but finally told me: chicken. Ten seconds later he was asking me about something else related to the class. Soon we were engaged in fullfledged conversation. The silence was overcome, and all it took was one first move. Do you want to break the conversational ice with Miriam? Send her an email at


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Dude, the reading for this week was so boring. Can you believe people actually study this crap? Also no. First of all, you might offend someone who secretly loved the reading. But more importantly you risk the possibility that the professor will walk in precisely as you make your pronouncement. No amount of office hours would save this blunder. But wait, you say, what is this pressure to make conversation before section? Sometimes youre using your computer before class for an urgent and pressing need: You allotted those five minutes to send 14 emails, compose three happy birthday messages on Facebook and order a


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ment there I completely agree that one should ensure that students actually care about their education. What I cant understand is how forcing someone to work when they go to school proves that they actually value education. Are they worried that students who dont work will be lazy? Then simply put strict requirements on those students performances. Stanford expects students with a full ride to save around $3,000 from their summer earnings to use during the school year for expenses. If you get summer federal work-study money to help a professor do research at Stanford, the maximum amount you can earn is around $5,500. That means you have to live for

over three months on $2,500. For students who cant go home to live with their families, or dont have families to go home to, that amount is a paltry figure when you look at how much rent and living expenses are in the Bay Area. I loved my experience at OSSM because all I was asked to do was learn for the sake of learning. At least from the way financial aid is structured, it doesnt seem that Stanford holds that same belief. If Stanford wants to help incoming freshmen transition, perhaps it could help them transition financially, at least during their first quarter, by providing a book stipend and offering a class on how to manage their money in the future. Wish you had nothing to do but read books all day? Send Sebastain a list of your prospective reading materials at


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doesnt excuse the Universitys (subtle) attempt to funnel its students into a narrow career pool on a monetary basis. Students are not blameless for fostering this false perception of higher education. As students, we need to evaluate if the wealth we gain by taking a job with Goldman Sachs outweighs the substantial social harm this company inflicts upon innocent third parties. For example, Goldman Sachs created an oil speculation bubble in 2008 that caused food prices to soar, forcing 100 million people into starvation. We need to ask ourselves if the only purpose of our education is to make an unnecessary amount of money at the expense of others. We live in a culture that sets profit maximization as the most important goal. We ignore who is harmed in the process. Profit maximization through the exploitation of others is not natural, ethical or rational. Humans are social beings and depend on one another. There are other cultures and societies that equate collective well-being with that of the individual. We need to liberate ourselves from the false perception that our higher education is for the sole purpose of acquiring a

lucrative job. Once we develop an understanding of happiness that is derived from more than just material wealth, it can open up a plethora of opportunities. Some argue that if Stanford, Harvard, or Princeton students work for Goldman Sachs, then they can create change from the inside and introduce reforms. However, those who manage and work for such companies have always come from these elite universities in the first place. The highly educated workforce has not prevented these companies from profiting at the expense of others. On the contrary, many from these elite universities are responsible for bringing devastation upon our society and world. Because someone was a student at an elite university doesnt mean he or she has a higher moral compass than the rest of society; it only means the person is talented and can work hard for whatever goal set by the corporation. As students, we need to challenge our school to not sell us to the highest bidder and to act more like a university should, rather than a corporation. We also need to challenge ourselves and each other to think what effect the jobs and career paths we pursue will have on other people and society as a whole.
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Joseph Beyda

Crowds put tourney in jeopardy

he eighth game of this most recent incarnation of the Pac-12 Mens Basketball Tournament is just half over at the time Im writing this column, but it has already reminded us just what makes a conference tournament so special. Last nights four matchups were just about as good as they could get. Underdog Oregon State, the only team still alive below the top eight, knocked off No. 1 seed Washington. Arizona and UCLA, who dominated the conference in the 1990s, went to the final minutes of the Wildcats 66-58 win with the game still up in the air. Archrivals Stanford and Cal, going blow-for-blow for 40 minutes, faced each other for the third time in a season for the first time since 1990. Conference tournaments have become something of a given in college basketball, with every conference besides the Ivy League which is still living in the dark ages, sans athletic scholarships holding one each year. But that wasnt always the case, and the then-Pac10 departed from the tournament format between 1991 and 2001, with the regular-season conference champion getting the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in lieu of a conference-tourney winner. When the Pac-10 Tournament was re-instituted in 2002 by an 8-2 vote Stanford and Arizona, who had been on top of the conference for four years at that point, were the only naysayers the idea was to make it a major attraction on the Pacific Coast, according to the Pac-10s October 2000 release. And since just about everyone in the conference had a chance to make it to the Big Dance the tournament was expanded from eight to 10 teams with the addition of a playin round in 2006 regardless of regular-season performance, the Pac-10 Tournament had all the makings of an exciting display of West Coast basketball. But in recent years it has become a poorly attended event that attracted just 12,000 spectators to 19,000-seat Staples Center last season for the finals, despite its fair share of exciting action. The championship game has been decided by four or fewer points in each of the last four years, and three times in the last 10 seasons, a team seeded fourth or worse has taken home the conference title. This years tournament looked to be one of the most wide-open in conference history, with Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins saying that the Cardinal and 11 other teams all had a legitimate shot at competing. After top-seeded Washington was eliminated last night the championship is still completely up for grabs, and the entertainment value seems as high as ever. But only 6,747 fans were in attendance for Wednesdays opening games and the stands still looked pretty empty last night, even for the game between in-state schools Stanford and Cal. If anything, the stakes are higher in the Pac-12 Tournament this year with so many teams fighting for atlarge bids to the Big Dance, but fans still arent flocking to L.A. for the four days of games. Because of the ailing attendance, the conference has been forced to consider leaving the prominent Southern California market in search of a better venue announced by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on Wednesday as Los Angeles bid for the event comes to an end this season. One of the leading contenders is Las Vegas of all places, over 250 miles away from the nearest Pac-12 school, USC.That doesnt exactly seem like the right answer to increasing attendance, unless youre an Arizona or Arizona State fan who would have an hour-shorter drive to Sin City. Hopefully the Pac-12s new TV deals will spark some more interest in the tournament in the coming years, but regardless, its time to face the facts: Despite its postseason implications and down-to-the-wire showdowns year after year, this event just wont draw crowds in the near future. The 2008 tournament drew more than 80,000 spectators over four days, back when the Lopez Twins were battling Kevin Love in the Stanford-UCLA final, but the

The No. 4 Rice baseball team has yet to play a single game outside the state of Texas, but the Owls will be in for their toughest test of the season this weekend. In their first excursion from the Lone Star State, they will meet the No. 2 Cardinal at Sunken Diamond for a three-game series. And though Stanford (11-1) has already swept a pair of opponents that were ranked in the top 15 when they made their trips to the Farm (and have since dropped in the standings considerably), Rice seems like the real deal through 14 games this season, going 12-2 and winning all nine of its home contests. This will be the Cardinals last chance to work out any kinks before its conference season kicks off against No. 29 USC and No. 11 Arizona on back-to-back weekends. Its hard to find much to nitpick so far, though, as the squad ranks fourth in the nation in runs scored and has two starters amongst the top 15 strikeout men in the country, lefthander Brett Mooneyham (28 strikeouts) and righthander Mark Appel (26). A week ago on Friday, Stanford fell for the first time this season to unranked Fresno State (57), and if the Owls are going to leave Sunken Diamond with a series win, theyre going to have to use the Bulldogs 7-4 win as a model of how to dismantle the dominant Cardinal. Fresno States seven runs are notable in and of themselves Stanford has only allowed more than five on two occasions this

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Redshirt junior Brett Mooneyham (above) brings his 3-0 record and 1.71 ERA to Saturdays game against No. 4 Rice, as the No. 2 Cardinal baseball team tries to continue its strong start this weekend at home.
season yet the fact that they all came off projected No. 1 pick Appel is even more striking. Appels outing wasnt all bad, as he struck out 11 in eight innings and gave up just one hit per frame, but the difference in the game was the Bulldogs four-run sixth inning, a rare crooked number in the box score for a Stanford team that allows a run just once per three frames. Rice will have to duplicate the breakthrough offense it came up with in its 11-1 win over Tennessee on Sunday if it wants any chance of shaking the Cardinals solid pitching staff. Another key for the Owls will be shutting down the heart of the Stanford lineup just like Fresno State did a week ago, when the Cardinals 5-6-7-8 batters had no hits, struck out five combined times and reached base only once on a walk to junior catcher Eric Smith. The four men in those slots last Friday junior second baseman Kenny Diekroeger, junior designated hitter Christian Griffiths, sophomore shortstop Lonnie Kauppila and Smith have accounted for 38 RBI and 52 hits this season. In Stanfords 16-0 bounce-back win on Saturday, the group knocked in six runs and reached base seven times. Rices starters are more than capable of giving their opponents trouble, as this weekends likely rotation of senior Matthew Reckling, sophomore Austin Kubitza and freshman Jordan Stephens have yet to drop a decision this season. Reckling whose grandfathers name is on the Owls stadium has allowed just 10 hits in 22 innings pitched en route to an 0.82 ERA this sea-

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Card whisks past the Huskies

The Stanford womens basketball team took the first step on the road to a Pac-12 conference tournament championship last night, defeating Washington 76-57. Senior All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal with 18 points, while her younger sister Chiney added 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Ogwumikes were joined in double figures by freshman Bonnie Samuelson, who nailed a trio of three-pointers and tallied 11 points.


Stanford (29-1, 18-0 Pac-12) entered the game as the Pac-12 regular season champion and winner of eight of nine conference tournaments since the Pac-10 started the postseason tournament in 2002. However, the Huskies certainly did not lie down. Washington came out and played really hard. They gave us a challenge inside with

Regina Rogers, said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. I thought it was a very good first game. But we have some things to work on for next game. Washington played particularly rigorous interior defense, forcing the Ogwumikes off the block, where they usually dominate. Scoring on the block today wasnt as easy as it usually was, so we tried to expand the post game by going out and cutting to the basket and looking for each other high-low, Nneka Ogwumike said. I think it prepares us for the

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Andrew Zimmerman was not going to end his Stanford career quietly. The senior forward, who averaged less than four points and 13 minutes per game during the regular season, played the game of his life in Thursday nights quarterfinals matchup against the California Golden Bears, but ultimately it wasnt enough, as the Cardinal fell to the Bears 77-71 to end its rollercoaster season in a disappointing fashion. Zimmerman, known for his grizzly hairstyle and brute determination, scored a career-high 22 points on 8-15 shooting in his last ever game in a Stanford Cardinal uniform.

MENS BASKETBALL CALIFORNIA 77 STANFORD 71 3/08, Los Angeles Staples Center

Stanford (21-11, 10-8 Pac-12) was looking to follow in Oregon States footsteps, as the Beavers managed to shock the first-ranked Washington Huskies earlier in the day, upsetting them by a final count of 86-84. A win against Cal (24-8, 13-5 Pac-12) would have put Stanford in good position to claim the Pac-12 conference crown, and with it, an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. However, despite a quick start and a career-best performance from Zimmerman, the Cardinal came up just short in a hard-fought game. The two rivals traded baskets for much of the first half. In the first eight minutes, there were six lead changes and three ties, as neither team could pull away from its opponent. The Cardinal gradually managed to grab the lead, going up 28-21 on a pair of free throws

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Senior forward Josh Owens (above) scored six points, but got into early foul trouble as the Stanford mens basketball team was unable to hold a seven-point halftime lead against Cal in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament. Despite the Cardinals hot start to the season, it will miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

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guard Alan Crabbe hit a threepointer in transition with 16 minutes to go. Freshman guard Chasson Randle managed to halt a 153 Cal run with a driving layup to pull Stanford to within three. The Cardinal struggled to overcome this deficit, though, as a balanced and confident Cal offensive attack kept Stanford on its heels. Much of Cals offensive success could be attributed to senior guard Jorge Gutierrez. The senior knifed through the Stanford defense time and again, hurting them both in the paint and from the three-point line. Every time the Golden Bears needed a big shot, Gutierrez was the go-to guy. After Aaron Bright hit a three to cut Cals lead to three, Gutierrez countered with a long ball of his own to put the Golden Bears up 48-43. Still, the Card continued to cut away at Cals lead, finally managing to tie the game at 56 apiece after Randle went two for two from the charity stripe. After that, the Zimmerman show began. After a three-point attempt from Bright rimmed out, Zimmerman soared into the paint for an offensive rebound and put-back to tie the game at 60 with 6:03 remaining. At that point, Cal decided that it was not going to be embarrassed by its cross-Bay rivals for a second straight game, orchestrating a quick 10-2 run to go back up by eight with just 2:58 left. Just when the game appeared out of reach, Randle hit a huge threepointer with 1:40 remaining. He followed it with a runner on the next possession, cutting Cals lead to 73-69. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Card, as the Golden Bears managed to close out a 77 to 71 victory with solid free throw shooting down the stretch. For Cal, it was a tale of two halves. After committing doubledigit turnovers in the first period, they were much more secure with the ball down the stretch, giving it up just three times in the second half. Additionally, the Cardinal could not slow down Gutierrez, who torched Stanford for 22 points, 19 of which came in the second half. The senior guard made a strong case for Pac-12 Player of the Year with his Thursday night performance. Stanfords Chasson Randle followed up a phenomenal Wednesday night performance in which he scored a Pac-12 tournament record 27 points in the first half with 19 points. While Randle struggled offensively in the first half, he regained the form that has turned him into Stanfords premier scorer in the second. The story for Stanford was Zimmerman, who closed out his Cardinal career, one that has been defined by hard work, with a bang. He left every ounce of fight he had left on the Staples Center court, but it wasnt enough. While head coach Johnny Dawkins and his Cardinal players are surely disappointed by the abrupt end to their season, they were able to accomplish many things that past teams have failed to do. Dawkins eclipsed 20 wins for the first time in his short Stanford career, and the Cardinal will look to build on this momentum next season. The Pac-12 tournament continues tomorrow with the semifinal round. Contact Mike Schwartz at mikes23 of the mammoth, they will be the only known samples of Columbian mammoth hair. Ballze also said there are two more known sites on the Jeffersons 178-acre farm that are producing bones and fossils. On stage, King brought up the members of what he calls the most exclusive club in the Bay Area, the Mammoth Hunter Society. In addition to the Jefferson brothers, Roger Castillo and Ian Butler, who have each discovered a mammoth, represented members of the group. In 2005, Castillo found a juvenile Columbian mammoth along the Guadalupe River that is now on display in the Childrens Discovery Museum of San Jose. Butler is the most recent member of the society, having found the remains of an adult Columbian mammoth in Pacifica in fall 2011. The members said they are excited to be part of the club. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I think, Oh that was a good dream, Castillo said. And then I realize that it really happened. It makes me wish I could change my daily job duties, Martin Jefferson said about his familys artichoke fields potentially holding more Ice Age animals. Looking for fossils instead of looking at the fields. Contact Lindsey Txakeeyang at


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from senior forward Josh Owens. Unfortunately for Owens, he did not have a large impact on the game, as he was forced to sit due to foul trouble. Stanford managed to close out the first half well, as sophomore guard Aaron Bright hit a runner in traffic just as time expired to put the Cardinal up 30-23. Stanford was able to capitalize on 14 Cal turnovers in the first twenty minutes to take the lead. Zimmerman led Stanford with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting in the first half. However, the Cardinal lead wouldnt last long. Cal got off to a quick start in the second half, taking a 38-33 lead after sophomore

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Ohio University and others. This was a really good experience and opportunity for our students, King said. We said, Hey listen, would you like to go on an excavation for a number of months? We cant pay you anything, but you get to come home after the weekend and when friends are like, Oh, yeah, you know, I saw a movie and I went to the golf course, what did you do this weekend? its like, Yeah, I dug up a mammoth. The Castroville Mammoth Project has no funding, however, King said. Were not working on a grant or anything, King said, All of this has been done pro bono. That is, all of the labor is for free. Were doing it because we believe in it. A project of this size, however, does run into some expenses, King said. One such example would be the radio-carbon dating done on the uncovered bones. King said that friends and colleagues carried out the fossil dating. The Jeffersons also made a few donations. Other expenses came out of team members own pockets. During his lecture, King discussed the discovery of strands of hair among the bones. He said that if they turn out to be the hair


This report covers a selection of incidents from Feb. 27 through March 7 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety bulletin.
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outside of Meyer Library at 9:15 a.m. on a warrant out of San Francisco.


bike parked near Polya Hall was stolen between 9 a.m. and noon. was stolen between noon and 1:30 p.m.


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a wallet were stolen at the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.




C parking permit was stolen from an unlocked vehicle sometime between 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 25 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 28. stole a laptop computer from the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. age shelf in the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation between 8:15 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. stole a bag containing an iPad from a cubby in the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation between 2:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. U-locked bike was stolen from the racks outside of Arroyo between 6:10 p.m. the previous night and 9:50 a.m. was stolen between 11 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. men were cited and released for being public nuisances on Levine Field at 1:30 a.m. people were cited and released for trespassing in the Pearce Mitchell Complex between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. male was cited and released

male was arrested and transported to the San Jose Main Jail for domestic violence. The incident occurred in the Escondido Village High-rise between 8 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. female was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for being publicly intoxicated and resisting arrest near the intersection of Campus Drive and Arguello Way at 11:15 p.m.

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Alpha between 12:01 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. stole a backpack from the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation between 11 a.m. and noon. backpack was also stolen from the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation between 8:20 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. female was cited and released for assault and battery at approximately 1 a.m. on Buckeye Lane. bikes parked near 450 Serra Mall were stolen between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. iPhone was stolen from the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation between 9:30 p.m. and 9:35 p.m.

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Pac-12 just doesnt have that kind of player at the moment. Interest in basketball across the conference is down because none of its teams seem to be a threat on the national level, and until the Pac-12 reestablishes itself as a premier conference theres not much you can do to fill Staples Center, or any other venue for that matter. Joseph Beyda is seriously thinking about growing an Andrew Zimmermann-like beard. Let him know if he should at

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son, including a stellar performance in Rices 2-0 win over Dallas Baptist two weeks ago in which he gave up just two hits in 8.1 innings. Senior Michael Fuda, batting in the three-hole, paces the Owls at the plate. After missing a month of his 2011 season with a hamstring injury and hitting just .255, the centerfielder now leads the squad with a .424 average and 11 RBI, not to mention six doubles. Rice is also by far the best defensive team Stanford will have faced this season, and the only squad on the Cardinals schedule so far that has a better fielding percentage, .977 to Stanfords .971, putting the Owls in the top 30 nationally. By contrast, Texas sits at 185th and Vanderbilt at 257th with respective .958 and .943 percentages. Accordingly, the Cardinal cant expect to get many of the errors it took advantage of in its early series. The squad will need a lift from junior third baseman Stephen Piscotty, and though the preseason All-Americans 21 RBI are still a team-best, his pace has slowed a bit after a monstrous 11-RBI first week of the season. Stanford will once again try to lean on the top-to-bottom offensive consistency, as all but two starting batters are hitting .300 or better and six have driven in more than 10 runs. The Owls cant boast quite the same hitting prowess, with five spots in the lineup hitting .267 or worse so far. Both of these offenses tend to fade in the final innings in part because of late pinch-hitters who swing for the fences but often strike out with each team scoring 43 percent of its runs in the first three frames. Interestingly enough, however, Rice is a perfect 3-0 when its opponents score in the first inning, a feat accomplished eight times by the Cardinal, which has yet to lose in that situation. Tonights game begins at 5:30 p.m. before a 1 p.m. Saturday start and Sundays finale at noon. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@

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Senior Ryan Thacher (above) and the No. 9 Cardinal squad will host unranked Yale on Saturday following a two-week hiatus from competition after the ITA National Indoor Championship. The team will try to win its last match before it embarks on the Pac-12 conference season after spring break.



The Stanford mens tennis team returns to action this Saturday against a rare East Coast opponent: the Yale Bulldogs. The Cardinal has been off for two weeks since the annual ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the end of February. The team is in the midst of a lull in its schedule before competition picks up after spring break in the buildup to Mays NCAA Championship. Stanford will be looking to try to build off of the momentum that it has generated in its past few matches. The return of senior allAmerican Bradley Klahn has infused life back into a Cardinal lineup that had seemed listless for much of the beginning of the dualmatch season. Klahns presence has provided some needed depth for head coach John Whitlingers squad and has consequently given the Cardinal much better head-to-head singles matchups in its contests. Since Klahns return,

the Cardinal is 3-1 against quality opponents, including top ten teams Virginia, Baylor and Kentucky. Coach Whitlinger must hope that Stanfords momentum has not dissipated over the course of the two-week break from team competition. When asked about this possibility, senior Ryan Thacher said Stanford would be ready. The team has taken the past few weeks to address some of the health issues that often arise mid-season, Thacher said. That said, practices have been very focused and guys seem anxious to get back out on the court. Health issues like the back injury that sidelined Klahn for the beginning of the season are serious concerns for the Cardinal and this two-week lull is the perfect time to address them. We know that teams really look forward to playing us on our home courts, and we will have to be ready to compete against Yale, said Thacher. Hopefully, we can continue to build off the momentum from our last few

matches as we enter into spring break. The Bulldogs (4-3) are definitely considered to be underdogs heading into Saturdays match with No. 9 Stanford. Junior John Huang and Daniel Hoffman, two products of California Huang from Irvine and Hoffman an Atherton native lead the Bulldogs in singles. Stanford is currently 9-4 on the season in what promises to be a very competitive and strong Pac-12 race as always. In the mix is USC, the three-time defending national champion, and UCLA, which demolished Stanford in a 6-1 win a month ago. In recent years however, Stanford has started off slowly much like this season but then went on to play its best tennis in May. Saturdays match is the Cardinals final match before spring break. The action begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Taube Family Tennis Center. Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@stanford. edu. 12) is the four seed in the inaugural Pac-12 tournament. At the Feb. 2 meeting in Tempe, Stanford defeated the Sun Devils by a score of 62-49. In that game Nneka unsurprisingly dominated in the post to a tune of 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Chiney followed her older sister close behind, racking up 20 points and 16 rebounds of her own. If the Sun Devils hope to upset the Cardinal, ASU will need to find an answer for Stanfords powerful post game. The Cardinal outrebounded the Wildcats 48-24 in the last meeting, and outscored them in the paint by a 34-20 margin. The semifinal matchup will tip off at noon on Friday in Los Angeles. Contact Dean McArdle at


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games that are coming up. Its not going to be handed to us from here on out. While the Washington defense kept the game close, the Stanford defense kept the team ahead. The Huskies shot just 31 percent from the floor, and were limited to seven assists as a team. Experienced upperclassmen led the Washington attack. Redshirt senior Regina Rodgers paced the Huskies with 13 points. Redshirt senior Mackenzie Argens and senior Mollie Williams also contributed 12 points apiece. The 6-foot-3 Rodgers also stymied Nnekas inside game and forced the Player of the Year can-

didate to take more outside shots. Its always good to [play] a good post because its a challenge, both defensively and offensively, said Nneka. Stanford fans collectively held their breath during a scary moment when Rodgers smashed an elbow into the face of Nneka while going up for a shot. The senior reeled away with blood streaming from both nostrils, but shook it off and continued to score at a torrid pace. When she went up for that basket my face was just where her elbow was, Nneka said. I dont think she tried to flagrantly foul me or anything, she just made her move. Washington won the tip and a quick three-pointer by Jazmine Davis gave them an early lead in a back-and-forth first half. Minutes later, with the scoreboard reading

the 12 to 11 Stanford, Nneka and sophomore guard Toni Kokenis orchestrated an eight-point run that stretched the Cardinal advantage. Stanford held the lead through the remainder of the half and went into the locker room up 37-24. Early in the second half, the two teams traded baskets until the Cardinal went on a 12-to-zero run that gave it a 22-point lead and sealed the victory. With the win, Stanford advances to the semifinals of the tournament to take on Arizona State. The Sun Devils defeated instate rival Arizona 68-53 last night. Senior forward Kimberly Brandon, the Sun Devils leading scorer, led ASU with 15 points and six rebounds. Center Kali Bennet also scored in double figures for the Sun Devils with 10 points. Arizona State (20-10, 10-8 Pac-

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Stanfords womens basketball team beat Washington in its first game of the inagural Pac-12 tournament on Thursday night. Senior Nneka Oguwimke led the team with 18 points. The Cardinal will face Arizona State University on Friday at noon in the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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privacy problems from what were once highly trusted brands and companies. Government and press are responding to the same underlying issues that companies are not respecting users choice and control over data pertaining to them, McDonald said. Google privacy changes According to Mayer, the only two things that have substantially changed with Googles privacy policy are that Google is now able to use web search history with all the other data it collects, and that it now has access to YouTube data. Otherwise, Mayer said that the policy is still too open-ended and raises concerns of liability. One real issue about moving towards an open-ended privacy policy is lets say they do mess up, or move in a direction thats less consumer friendly, now theres not a lot to hold them to, Mayer said. Mayer added while Google has maintained a good reputation with the exception of particular issues regarding data collection, as in the Safari case there is still value in being able to hold companies responsible for privacy matters. Lee Tien 79, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), said in an email to The Daily that Google only partly succeeded in alleviating privacy concerns. The short story is that Google did a good thing in terms of transparency by explaining what they were doing, but did a poor job of explaining what was new and different, Tien said. Mayer said that there is a current debate over Googles legal liability with regards to the Safari incident, as well as whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would need to enforce Googles statement on its website, advising Safari users that disabling Safari cookies would mean disabling Google cookies as well. Federal action On Feb. 23, the Obama Administration unveiled a Federal Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights aimed precisely at the issues raised in conversations about

Googles practices. McDonald said it is merely a coincidence that Mayers report was published just before the federal announcement. While EFF is in favor of the federal formulation, legislation must now be created since it is currently only a statement of rights, Tien said. McDonald agreed that the legislation would most likely only happen in a second Obama term, but for now the Do Not Track

Companies are not respecting users choice.

(DNT) policy which allows users to opt out of being tracked on major browsers and other online corporations with access to consumer information is the most reliable form of privacy policy enforcement for companies like Google. Tien said the EFF gives Google credit for agreeing to implement Do Not Track into the Chrome browser by the end of the year. Mayer predicted that DNT will serve as a political football in coming weeks, given that its the furthest along of all the attempts at making a multi-stakeholder, good-faith effort at a solution to a consumer privacy problem. Mayers current research looks into how the advertising industry plans to adopt the DNT technology, as well as how he foresees this being an unsuccessful strategy, he said. Regardless, Mayer said he has high hopes for Do Not Tracks future as currently the most reliable form of enforcement. Initiatives like DNT are going to be the standard bearers into a new generation where government does place some demands on companies interaction with personal information, Mayer said. Contact Ileana Najarro at


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The Robber Barons will have you laugh-

Stanford original takes on race and humor


At this point in the quarter, its easy to remember why being a kid is so fantastic and, of course, were all looking for procrastination in any form: especially a movie. As we sob over a generation of kids who have never seen Cinderella because theyre too busy texting on their iPhones at age seven, Intermission takes a look at the greatest Disney animated classics.

ing, too. We promise.

San Jose gives a fresh perspective on Beauty and the Beast

Our Mind Games guru breaks down Mass Effect 3

California Avenue Farmers Market proves uppity, but tasty

NASA gets a second chance with Space Chronicles

Multiple personalities, multiple wins

Roxy takes on politics on Super Tuesday

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the original story, as evidenced in the final product. However, everyone secretly wants to have as epic an adventure as Alice did, even if it requires sketchy sidekicks.

with United States of Tara

Fantasia (1940)
One of Disneys early productions, Fantasia transforms eight classical works into cartoon form with the help of Mickey Mouse, who plays a starring role as a sorcerers apprentice. Though seen as one of Disneys high-brow movies, resulting in mixed reviews from critics, Fantasia represents one of Disneys more successful deviations from the norm during the Disney Princess era.

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Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin was one of Disneys first attempts at reaching a larger market it was the beginning of the wave of more international tales, such as The Lion King and Mulan. One of the last hand-drawn animations produced by Disney, Aladdin gives hope to every viewer as it weaves a tale of endless possibilities in both romance and material possessions.



Cinderella (1950)
This wouldnt be a top Disney list without Cinderella, one of the major films of Disneys golden era and a giant leap into the hearts of countless little girls. With some of the most memorable Disney compositions (Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, The Work Song,) and the perfect happily ever after, no fairy tale will ever top that of Prince Charming and his princess.


The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King still stands as Disneys highest grossing 2D animated film in the United States, and for good reason. Rereleased in 2011 in a 3D version (and yes, we still cried during the film . . . ), The Lion King follows Simbas transformation into a king after his fathers demise. Mostly, though, Scar is one of the most epic villains in cinematic history. Too bad his kids werent equally cunning.

n Saturday, March 3, a lecture hall in the Geology corner, typically utilized for academic events, played host to a show far from the likes of an IHUM lecture. People filled the room to witness the end of quarter show of the Robber Barons, Stanfords only sketch comedy group. In a little over an hour, the Robber Barons provided laughs with a show entitled NOW THATS WHAT I CALL ROBBER BARONS! The group performed 15 tracks (or short skits), many of which tied

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Kids love Alice because it makes no sense. White Rabbits, Mad Hatters, random growth spurts, cards as people Lewis Carroll was allegedly under several influences while writing

in to the 90s pop music and culture theme. The show started with a welcome routine in which members of the group Tristan Kruth 12 and Kevin Hurlbutt 14 thanked the audience for coming to the show. The welcome quickly developed into an intervention of Kruths Altoid addiction. Hilarity and absurdity ensued, giving the audience a taste of was in store for them. The Robber Barons showcased a variety of skits, one of which included a sexual, innuendo-filled impersonation of Winston Churchill. Many of the skits were well-written satires of everyday Stanford scenarios that the audience could relate to and thus got some big laughs. Scenarios included a dining hall argument over the last burrito, a manipulation of the RA interview process, a hilarious, somewhat douchey retelling of a study-abroad experience and the statisticfilled PowerPoint presentation of a professors findings on the infidelity of his wife. The real audience favorite, however, was a skit that included the impersonations of and a mock rap battle between two students who have acquired a degree of campus fame: Stewart MacGregor-Dennis 13, the ASSU Vice President; and Ralph Nguyen 12, a comedian and creator of the popular Facebook page MemeChu. A third party ultimately decided the battle, when a member dressed as Andrew Luck | continued on page 8 |




n opening night of Beauty and the Beast the audience was filled with parents and their young daughters, many of whom were dressed as princesses. While this is an appropriate and fun musical for kids, with enduring music, it is based on an 18th-century fairytale and thus is a bit outdated. While its a story of inner beauty triumphing over outer beauty, it must be noted that the story requires that the beautiful woman, Belle, see past the bad looks and bad temper of the man, the Beast, and not the reverse. Would the story be so popular and believable if the gender roles were reversed? Its the 21st century, so is it too much to ask for a tale about a beautiful man and an ugly woman with inner beauty where the man must see past her looks? But curmudgeon aside, this is a thrilling production of the musical Beauty and the Beast. Its the same tale, as old as time, from the 1991 animated film, but with seven extra musical numbers and an amazing spectacle on stage. Beauty is the eighth-longest running Broadway musical: It ran for 13 years and is now remounted and on tour, stopping


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in San Jose this week. The new production reimagines this simple fairytale as live theatre, with lavish sets, fabulous choreography, appropriate genre acting and memorable songs composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman. The production is at its best during the songand-dance numbers, which are beautifully choreographed by Matt West. The opening number in a provincial town effortlessly introduces us to the hustle and bustle, as the townspeople meet and greet and Belle bemoans her existence as an outsider meant Courtesy Joan Marcus for bigger and better things. The most thrilling Belles unwanted suitor, full of arrogance and dance routine is in the famous Be Our biceps, beloved by all the other local women. Guest, where the clocks and dishes invite Deninghoff is so over-the-top that while Belle out to dinner in the castle. Women Gaston remains incredibly unlikable, hes not dressed as plates circle and fan around Belle; altogether creepy, and hes a great source of forks and knives parade and dance; and laughs. theres even some impressive back flips done The sets, designed by Stanley A. Meyer, by a man dressed as a carpet. West creates a are lavish and magical, effortlessly transportconstant feeling of action and liveliness thats ing us from a terrifying forest to a baroque never too chaotic. castle and then to a quaint provincial town. As this is a fairytale, the characters are These locations may all occur on the same all played as over-the-top caricatures. Most stage, but you constantly feel like youre travof the time this works, though it does make elling to a far-off place. There are multiple some of the jokes difficult to land with the set pieces that wheel on and offstage from adult audience. Emily Behny as Belle has houses to the library to the town square wonderful stage presence, and while her which not only evoke place but also help to character is the relatively banal bright-eyed drive the action and blocking on stage. youth, shes instantly likable and always Theres a beautiful scene that plays out seems natural in her movements; shes also between Belle and the Beast in the library, got a great voice. Baritone Dane Agostinis as where they snuggle up over a good book, the Beast is playful in his approach to the high up on the set piece. Meanwhile, the serBeast in need of taming; he plays for the vants, on the ground and stage right, watch laughs, but its a welcome choice since it the couple hopefully. Theres enough physigives us some sympathy for the Beast early cal space between them both vertical and on. Best of all is Gaston (Logan Deninghoff), horizontal that you can actually believe

that Belle and the Beast cant hear or see the servants and that the servants inhabit something of a different world than the Beast. The lighting designed by Natasha Katz works beautifully with the sets and is responsible for creating much of the magic. The spotlight on the Beast when the curse is broken is startling as the rest of the stage goes dark. The lighting cues throughout are used wonderfully to isolate parts of the stage, like allowing Belle and the Beast to court in a small corner downstage while the moonlight looms over everything else: the stage doesnt seem empty, and it creates a romantic mood. The spectacle is flawless, and its exciting to see how the production has imagined the enchanted forest, the wolves, the witch, the costumes and all of the locations. Theres a lot of technical know-how involved which makes for sets so perfect that despite their extravagance, they can go unnoticed because they simply fit. Its impossible to leave the | continued on page 5 | friday march 9 2012



Cal Avenue Farmers Market

armers Market. There was a time when the phrase would invoke an image of your quirky middle school physics teacher heading into town on a tandem bike carrying empty hemp-knit bags to pick up his weekly stock of unpronounceable root vegetables. That era has passed. Today, farmers markets are a refuge of terminally hip foodies. The same crowd that waits hours amidst snowdrifts and yappy, purebred dogs at famed Parisian macaron maker Ladures new Upper East Side outpost also arises early and adjusts brunch plans on the weekends in order to hit up the farmers market. Youre just as likely to see artisan lattes (more about that later) at a farmers market as you are to see a back-to-the land love child in a tie-dyed muumuu.

So naturally, our fair city of Palo Alto has not one, but two every week. Although the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market has its merits, the California Avenue Farmers Market is certainly the more rarefied of our local options and therefore much more interesting to write about. Its become a Sunday staple for many Stanford students, most notably the type who wears sundresses and posts photos to Instagram of salted, caramel-flavored cupcakes (guilty as charged). True to farmers markets new image, California Ave. on Sunday mornings is a literal smorgasbord of the Bay Areas trendiest artisan producers. Every week, youll find a huge array of local produce, obscure ethnic snack foods and fresh-baked

goods. This past week, I counted no fewer than ten different orange varieties for sale from just as many family-owned organic farms within a hundred-mile radius of the Stanford campus. Point Reyes-based Cowgirl Creamer always operates a small tent to sell some seriously high-quality cheeses; my personal favorite is the perfectly balanced, triple-cream Mt. Tam (unfortunately, it costs about twenty dollars a pound). Another must is Bay Breads stand, which sells fresh baguettes, quiches and other pastries the same stuff youll find at a string of completely yummy cafes throughout San Francisco (Boulange, Caf Rigolo, etc). A dedicated kitchen

EVIE DANFORTH/The Stanford Daily manager to my sorority house, I picked up a bag of chocolate croissants and a boule of walnut bread this past week for everyone; everything was gone within thirty minutes. Equally popular were the two rotisserie chickens I brought back from RoliRoti, a gourmet food truck equipped to cook chickens on slowly rotating spits. And while they may have been every sorority-girlbefore-Cabos worst nightmare, the rosemary potatoes cooked in grease drippings from the chicken spits now hold a very special place in my heart. Sadly, the girls in my house will never know how wonderful the artfully adorned lattes from ZombieRunner (yes, a running store) taste I had drunk the last drop within minutes of purchase. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the California Avenue Farmers Market is an absolute must on any serious (or semi-serious) tour of the Palo Alto food scene. It isnt the sort of farmers market you would have found in Jerry Garcias Palo Alto, but frankly thats a huge improvement. evie DANFORTH
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and nuanced, is an emotionallygrounded, character-driven family drama about how the Gregson family manages to stay whole despite and sometimes because of Taras dissociative identity disorder. I mean, when it wants to be, this show can be dark. Im not talking about the creepy, unsatisfying serial killer arc in the third season. Im talking about moments like the one when Marshall Gregson sets the family shed on fire to get back at T, one of Taras personalities, for making out with the guy hes crushing on. Or when Charmaine, Taras sister, tells Tara she doesnt want her near her newborn baby in case she transitions into another personality and hurts the baby. These moments are all driven by believable emotion, and its hard not to feel a pang of sympathy for Tara and her family when watching. Of course, that only makes it all the weaker when the shows

ike its title character, The United States of Tara has multiple personalities. At times its a comedy, poking fun at the zany situations Taras multiple personalities get her family into. At other times it tries to be a suspense-driven thriller its most annoying personality, and one that thankfully only emerges in the back half of the last season. But its true personality, the one thats most developed

Courtesy Showtime other personalities emerge. After all, it might be funny to see Buck, Taras southern hick personality, come out and crack a few jokes, but once youve seen the emotional trauma he puts the family through when he starts a relationship with a local barkeeper, his appearances become much less funny. Its a difficult line to toe, and oftentimes United States ends up on the wrong side. | continued on page 7 |




our Little Injuns, produced as part of the Drama Graduate Student Showcase, examines the portrayals of Native Americans on film and on stage, showing how stereotypical Indian characters continually force out real Native characters and their true stories. Injuns opens on a Broadway show rehearsal for a play that features Native American characters. The stage manager, four actors and a tech crew member are rehearsing for Twilight The Musical, featuring characters including Jacob Black, Pocahontas, Chief Wahoo and Grandma Willow. The rehearsal is quickly interrupted when four actual Native Americans wander into the space looking for an author to write their story. After some resistance, the stage manager decides to direct their story for the stage, already seeing the interpersonal drama unfold CONTINUED FROM BEAUTY, PAGE 3 theatre without humming one of the tunes, from Gaston to Belle to the title number Beauty and the Beast: the music, if not the story, is timeless. Nevertheless, I cant help hoping that something a bit more modern, a bit more feminist and a bit less encouraging of the beautiful princess fable will come out soon to entertain our young girls. Because while its good fun to dress up like a princess at age five and escape to the world of Beauty and the Beast, it might be nice to give young women something more realistic and empowering to aspire to. alexandra HEENEY
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between the four Natives. Through their retelling, we learn the tragic story of one of the Natives relation with his two troubled children and the mans mother (the childrens grandmother). The dark story unfolds while the nonNative actors watch and attempt to re-present the stories on their own. The Natives grow frustrated with the actors stereotypical representations and the censuring the stage manager attempts to impose on the controversial subject matter. The actors and stage manager, meanwhile, find themselves at odds with how Natives are usually presented on stage versus the actual Natives and the real stories they are presenting. The script for Injuns was written and directed by Myrton Running Wolf, a drama Ph.D. student and Native American. The script for the piece is complex and socially pointed, carefully weaving the tragic story of one Native family along with ideas about dilemmas in portraying Natives on the stage, on TV and in film. In his directors note, Running Wolf acknowledges that the script was loosely adapted from Luigi Pirandellos famous Six Characters in Search of an

Author, the title of which explains the connection. Like in Six Characters, the four characters in Injuns are not real people, but they do have real stories to tell. While Running Wolfs script is strong, the production falls short of achieving its power and poignancy. Each of the actors has strong moments in the show, but characters fade when they are not the focus of the action. One notable performance comes from undergraduate Rachel RoseFigura 13, who gives a hilarious performance as Pocahontas. RoseFiguras role offers welcomed comic relief in an often-dark piece. Running Wolf also acts in the piece, playing the Native American father, and the fact that he plays a role serves as a possible explanation for the general lack of direction in the piece as a whole. Actors seem to move with little certainty or specificity. Much of the movement and choreography feels forced and confused, and the dialogue runs at a sloppy pace; the actors often overlap lines, and several pauses seem to go on longer than originally intended. In terms of technical elements, Injuns is fairly simple. The set is a simple, bare

rehearsal studio. The costumes, like the set, are primarily rehearsal or street clothing, with the exception of a stunning and elaborate Indian dress worn by RoseFigura. The dress is suggestive of a Pocahontas costume and is humorously mocked by the Native American daughter as a buckskin Halloween stripper outfit. While the production feels underrehearsed and largely unfocused, Four Little Injuns is honest and rich in its perspective on Native American characters and stories in theater and on stage. Running Wolfs ideas are strong, and with a skilled and dedicated director, the script could really amount to a powerful show, giving Native Americans a play worthy of their history just the kind of show the Native characters in Injuns so earnestly seek. Four Little Injuns will play again in the Nitery Theater this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Visit for more information. paul BROWNLEE
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A list of songs Intermission staffers are jamming to this week. NO LIGHT, NO LIGHT FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

recently spent the better part of 1,000 words explaining why, after no small amount of personal distress, I decided to let go of my obsession with experiencing Mass Effect 3 in the best way possible if there is such a thing and just play through the damn game on its own terms, come what may. After 15 hours back on the Normandy with my crew, you might call me hypocritical for coming back with a column explaining the ideal way to play Mass Effect 3. And you might be right. But to be fair, this time Im not focusing on the peripheral parts of the experience: the visuals, the sound, the controller and so on. Im talking about the direct experience of whats going on in your head when you play the game. In other words, a lot of your enjoyment from Mass Effect 3 is going to depend on your attitude. It might sound picky, but no game in recent memory has boasted quite the buildup or payoff that Mass Effect 3 does if you play it right, that is. First of all, I might have to burst some bubbles. Electronic Arts and BioWare Project


might thank me later. Be a completionist Mass Effect 3 goes out of its way to instill a sense of imminent demise. The Reapers are coming, and youre not ready. I give the game a world of credit for selling me on the notion that Earth is totally screwed if we dont do something right now. But like just about any game with an apocalypse-to-come, there arent any gameplay mechanics that are naturally compatible with that notion (I should note that in some ways, the Dead Rising games actually take a shot at this idea.) In other words, you can take all the time you want. Its an odd juxtaposition to the games oppressively ominous tone, and it lessens the immersion a bit. But once you get over it, theres plenty of good story content to soak in. So go ahead and scan every planet, listen to every conversation and talk to everyone. Really, everyone. Like youre playing Dragon Quest in 1988 and you have no clue where to go. Besides, if you arent playing Mass Effect 3 for the story and dialogue, why the hell are you playing it at all? Forget the DLC Electronic Arts managed to irk more than a few fans when word got out that Mass Effect 3 would reserve a sizeable chunk of downloadable content (DLC) exclusively for
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Director Casey Hudson have emphasized how accessible the Mass Effect three-quel is for newcomers to the series. Thats understandable from a marketing perspective, but its completely wrong. It takes about 30 seconds into a truly new game in Mass Effect 3 when it asks if you suffered the loss of Kaidan, Ashley or numerous unknown people in the earlier games to realize that it simply shouldnt be played on its own. There are simply too many gnarls to the series plot, and too many of its twists are made poignant by the simple fact that they are chosen by the player. But by the same token, I cant imagine a more rewarding game to cap off a trilogy so long in the making. Even if Mass Effect 3 were junk, Id have to play it. Like a good round of poker, Ive been at the table too long. By now, Im committed to the plot. For a game with the predominant theme of sacrifice, its strangely fitting that you have to make some concessions to properly enjoy Mass Effect 3. I know its a little pretentious to help someone enjoy a single-player game . . . but youll just have to deal with that. You





Space Chronicles explores the universe

he astrophysicist and prolific science writer Neil deGrasse Tyson, popularly hailed as the intellectual heir of the late Carl Sagan, has recently published a collection of essays and interviews, entitled Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (W. W. Norton, Feb. 2012). In a style reminiscent of the bestselling Surely Youre Joking, Mr. Feynman, Space Chronicles discusses such varied topics as the history and future of space exploration, the state of science education in the United States and the continued relevance of NASA in todays political discourse. The anthology presents a compelling case for continued government investment in NASA and a cautiously optimistic outlook on human space exploration. Given the cancellation of the shuttle program and the increased reliance on private enterprise to achieve even suborbital spaceflight, such visionaries are ever more crucial in keeping our dreams of the cosmos alive; Tyson, in Space Chronicles, proves himself a formidable champion of the cause. Tyson delivers lucid analysis on the motivations that drive exploration, namely war, CONTINUED FROM TV, PAGE 4 The character development drives this show, which is why when the plot takes center stage it feels a little lacking. All of these characters are distinctly human; they all have their own problems: take Kate, the other Gregson child (played by Brie Larson, who Im happy to see again after first meeting in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), maturing from a petulant teenager to a mature adult.

economic gain, and curiosity. This last, he argues, is what makes the National Air and Space Museum one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, and brings eager audiences to the American Museum of Natural History where he is director of the Hayden Planetarium whenever an astronaut is slated to lecture. The allure of the great unknown, the final frontier, is more powerful than that of any other natural phenomenon.

Courtesy NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team Such fascination, however, is not enough when faced with the realities of budget constraints and governmental turnover. His anthology takes readers on a vivid journey back to the days of the space race under President Kennedy, when every Soviet technological success was seen as a blow to American pride and a threat to national security; the government spent millions on human spaceflight, and science-fiction writers predicted space colonies on Mars and beyond. He holds out the possibility that with China and other nations catching up to the United States, perhaps our Cold War-era competitive drive will kick in to save NASA. Tyson also tackles, quite ambitiously, the problem of science and engineering education in the United States. In the space race era, astronauts were lauded as national heroes, and shuttle launches were broadcast in every school cafeteria, generating unprecedented enthusiasm for engineering and the hard sciences among the nations youth. In a particularly farsighted line of argumentation, Tyson contends that the nation needs, now more than ever, a similar symbol of human scientific achievement and that a robust space program is the best way to fill the gap. The cost to the nation a fraction of a penny of every tax dollar is negligible compared to the militarys annual budget, he observes, and would produce greater returns in terms of research and development on related technologies. He cites a wide array of inventions, ranging from biomedical to automotive technologies, that originated in NASA research. Such cross-pollination between disciplines, Tyson argues, is central to continued American innovation. He writes, For the U.S. space program to die along with the crew of the space shuttle Columbia because nobody is willing to write the check to keep it going would be to move backward just by standing still. Space Chronicles is an extremely literate, timely and convincing defense of the value of a particular American dream. Tyson argues that it is in our nature to explore, to face that final frontier with all the courage that our ancestors marshaled in crossing the Atlantic, and that the best investment our government could make toward the future of our country, and indeed the world, would be to fund the manifestation of our hopes and dreams. sarah GUAN
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She changes her mind as quickly and often as Tara changes her personality, but unlike Tara, she grows by leaps and bounds in an evolution that sometimes feels rushed, but never forced. When it comes to TV, Im often invested more in the story than in the acting; bad acting will pull me out of a show, but good acting tends to just blend in to the background for me. But its

impossible to talk about United States without Toni Collette, who plays Tara, and the way she effortlessly pulls off not one, but eventually eight different characters, each distinct from one another in dress, voice and manner. Tara is completely different from T, and both are completely different from Alice, the 50s housewife and so on. Though it stumbles a few

times, eventually United States manages to end on an emotionally strong note. In fact, youd never guess that the third season finale wasnt originally written to be a season finale. Things in the Gregson family still arent good, but its better that way. Im a sucker for ambiguous endings, after all, and after years of getting worse, it doesnt make sense that it would just snap back to normal. Its as

close to a happy ending as the family can believably get, and after three years of putting up with the discordant states of Tara, boy does that family deserve it. aaron BRODER
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there may be videos, Roxy certainly oxys appreciation for paswont be posting them online for sion extends outside the any grouchy Republican pundits. bedroom and onto the Even with the politically campaign trail. While Roxys best Tuesdays usually involve shirtless uninitiated, Roxy knows that the men and a respectable amount of right turn of phrase can be a total wine, this past Tuesday was surturn on. Im definitely a fan of big prisingly super for a day filled . . . government. Did you hear with neither alcohol nor men Roxy what Boner, ahem, Boehner said wanted to see naked. today? After Roxy drops a few Why, you might be wonderhints, most people will drop their ing, is Roxy so interested in pripants. mary season? Like Roxy, the Republican voters have demonImpressed that Roxy resisted making strated that they arent interested in any Santorum jokes? Send her your monogamy; their inability to stick best ones at intermission@stanfordwith just one man reminds Roxy of her typical weekend. And, of course, Roxy loves a heated caucus. As it turns out, politics are a great way to get the bed Barack-ing all night long. If youre pursuing an intellectual, political type, the best way to get blood flowing (to all their organs) is with a well-timed comment about the latest Romney or well then, email us! Santorum speech. Roxy can think of at least one constructive outlet for the inevitable frustration her comment will bring on. MANAGING EDITOR And while Roxys idea of a Andrea Hinton good party involves significantly DESK EDITOR fewer senior citizens, the GOPs stance on birth control has proven Sasha Arijanto surprisingly useful. Want to stick COPY EDITOR it to Rush? Lets have completely Willa Brock protected sex right now. Though

players who bought the $80 Collectors Edition. (Unless you fork over about $10 for it, of course.) What really upset people, though, was that the From Ashes DLC, as its called, included a new party member. Whats more, this character is a Prothean. If youve put in a few hours across Mass Effect 1 and 2, that sounds like something you wouldnt want to miss. But for better or for worse, its nothing to lose sleep over. From Ashes is a reasonably well-put-together piece of content, but it doesnt add anything qualitatively new to the experience. On top of that, I certainly havent seen any Prothean-sized holes in the story so far. After an admittedly interesting introduction that you can catch on YouTube, hes a pretty forgettable character.

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Adjust your expectations, but dont lower them Mass Effect 3 puts you face to face with a lot of major issues that the series has teased out over the years, and for the most part, it lets you decide how they play out. That, of course, is the central draw of the whole game. But if you expect big decisions to mean flexible decisions, youd be wrong. Where the original Mass Effects story had a blank slate to work with and its sequel had some wiggle-room, Mass Effect 3 carries the significant burden of tying everything up. That means that in terms of player choices, Mass Effect 3 flows more like a river than an ocean. But that otherwise disappointing fact comes with an important silver lining, which I think more than makes up for it. Unlike its predecessors, Mass Effect 3 is primarily about seeing how old decisions resolve themselves, which is rewarding in its own way. Its different, but refreshing once you get used to it. Mass Effect 3 feels like a subtly different game, but given all the loose ends that BioWare needed to tie up, I applaud them for making the necessary changes to maintain the core experience while adjusting it to be a conclu-

sion rather than a table-setter. nate ADAMS

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CONTINUED FROM BARONS, PAGE 2 stepped in and dropped his own verse. Outside of Stanford humor, the group provided an eclectic variety of skits, ranging from the divorce trial of Mickey and Minnie Mouse (which included an amusing Donald Duck impersonation by Mary Glen Fredrick 12) to a skit that captured the trials and tribulations of a new student who didnt have a butt. Playing well with the 90s theme, a student led a delusional existence in which he believed himself to be a character from the popular teen series, Saved by the Bell. All in all, the show was hysterical. The Robber Barons showcased an array of skits filled with absurdity, childhood nostalgia and Stanford satirical humor to shape an ordinary Saturday night into a hilarious experience. isaac HALYARD
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