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Bill Gates shares optimism
Philanthropist visits the Farm to discuss innovation, developing world
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE and MARGARET RAWSON
GSB receives platinum LEED award
By MATT BETTONVILLE
I define [innovation] very broadly. It doesn’t necessarily mean a new piece of software.
— BILL GATES, Microsoft founder
Knight Management Center earns highest sustainability certification
The Knight Management Center, which became the new home to the Graduate School of Business (GSB) over the past year, achieved one of its major goals by receiving the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification — the highest level of sustainable building award currently possible — late last month. The Knight Center earned 60 accreditation points, well beyond the 52 required for platinum level certification. “The idea behind reaching the highest possible sustainability rating was to inspire our students to promote sustainable practices in the future, as well to save energy and water at the facility itself,” said Raj Chellaraj, associate dean for finance and administration at the GSB, in an email to the Daily. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an initiative by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote sustainable building development. Factors from different areas of energy sustainability contributed to the Knight Center’s high score, according to Chellaraj. Narrow buildings that allow for 90 percent of rooms to use natural lighting reduce the electricity load of the facility. In addition, photovoltaic panels produce 12.5 percent of the electricity used by the building, and 80 percent of water used in the facility is either collected rainwater or reclaimed water. These sustainability measures have been in place since the Knight Center opened in April 2011; however, the U.S. Green Building Council has a lengthy review process to ensure that these energy measures perform as expected before awarding LEED certifications, Chellaraj said. That process concluded in late March. “After a year in our new space, the Knight Management Center has exceeded our expectations,” Chellaraj said. Students and faculty alike have found the new campus to be a vast improvement over
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Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, addressed Stanford faculty, administrators and students Wednesday afternoon about the challenges of innovating for developing nations.
Bill Gates brought a different message to campus than many visiting CEOs and speakers during a presentation to a packed Cubberley Auditorium Wednesday afternoon. The private sector can’t do it all, the Microsoft founder said, emphasizing the importance of foreign aid and philanthropy to tackle the most pressing global challenges. Gates encouraged students to travel to places of poverty and expose themselves to these development issues, noting that nothing can replace on-the-ground experience. “As long as you have the awareness of these issues, you find yourself drawn in and deeply engaged,” Gates said after the event in an interview with The Daily. “My main advice would be, ideally before you become totally pulled into something, take a chance to go out to visit Africa, see what’s great and see what’s challenging.” “As I look back on my university experience I wouldn’t change anything but one thing, which is that I definitely got through school without having a sense of how the poorest in the world lived,” he told the audience assembled in Cubberley. Gates spoke primarily on health and agriculture, the two main areas of focus for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates founded and currently cochairs. Gates brings optimism to his philanthropic work and sought to impress this on his audience. “I want to give you a sense of optimism, excitement about the progress we’re making,” he said, beginning his presentation with graphs showing dramatic progress in global child mortality, hunger and poverty. Such upward trends, however, do not always reflect the situation in the poorest parts of the world, he said.
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SPEAKERS & EVENTS
Summers debates Taylor on growth policy
By AARON SEKHRI Problems?” along with Taylor. Wednesday’s event was the second of two debates, after a February meeting by the pair at Harvard. During the debate, moderated by SIEPR director John Shoven following 10 minutes of opening remarks from each speaker, Taylor argued for the affirmative and Summers asserted the negative, that government interventions are not an important cause of recent economic woes in the United States. Taylor, a government economist during multiple administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, began the proceedings by rebuking the actions of an “interventionist” government, which he claimed led to America’s anemic recovery, in which unemployment lingered and job creation remained stagnant. Taylor argued that the Obama administration’s initiatives created a grim picture, claiming that they exacerbated, rather than softened, the fallout from the 2008 ﬁnancial crisis. Taylor said that the “on again, off again” actions of the federal government created an economic climate of “uncertainty and unpredictability,” and that actions that deviated from established norms, historical
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Economists Lawrence Summers and John Taylor Ph.D. ’73 debated the implications of federal economic policy Wednesday afternoon as part of an event hosted by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) in Cemex Auditorium. Summers, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001, president of Harvard University from 2001 to 2006 and director of the National Economic Council for President Barack Obama through November 2010, addressed the topic “Are Government Interventions an Important Cause of Our Recent Economic
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Med school researchers discover hyper-adaptable fish
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Broad Institute have discovered the entire genome sequence of 21 threespine stickleback fish. “To the uninitiated, the tiny threespine stickleback might look like nothing more than a scruffy anchovy with an attitude,” wrote Krista Conger Ph.D. ’99 on Scope, a Stanford School of Medicine blog. “But this tough little fish, with its characteristic finny mohawk, is a darling of evolutionary biologists.” The researchers, led by developmental biologist David Kingsley, noted that the stickleback demonstrates some of the most dramatic and adaptive changes of any animal. “Many genes work in multiple places in the body,” Kingsley said. “If you change their protein product, you simultaneously disrupt everything that gene does. In contrast, if you alter the regulatory switches that control where and when a gene is expressed, it may become possible to confine a change to one part of the body, or one developmental stage, for example, and avoid possible lethal consequences.” The team discovered that the fish adapts to different environments by changing the same regions of its genome. In fact, they found 147 regions that varied in marine-freshwater evolution. Most of these 147 regions were small, with less than 5,000 base pairs of
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precedent and “sound rules” were one of the key causes of our recent economic predicament. In a reference to his personal research, Taylor said he had found that governmental ﬁscal policy created a “quantitative drag on growth” and that pertinent historical evidence showed that government transfers and purchases had only a limited effect on economic recovery. Taylor closed with the ominous statement that “failed” administration policies have “forced us to relearn what we should have learned 30 years ago, causing enormous pain to people and the economy.” Deferring to Taylor’s expertise on monetary policy, Summers focused on the area of ﬁscal policy, defending its implementation and efficacy. Summers argued that the stimulus was a sensible and necessary measure, and one that prevented an even greater crisis. Noting that the origins of the crisis “lie not in the stars, but in the failure of the government to regulate ﬁnancial ﬁrms adequately,” Summers emphasized the need of smart government “activism” when approaching problems as calamitous as those faced at the beginning of the economic crisis. Summers touted the stimulating effect of ﬁscal expansion at a time when interest rates were effectively at zero. He grounded his argument in the counterfactual scenarios that could have emerged without government intervention, and in comparative assessments of places where
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Riffat Masood, Consul General of Pakistan in Los Angeles spoke at “U.S.-Pakistani Relations: The Way Forward” Wednesday evening. The event focused on the current and future state of affairs between the nations.
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DNA,4so the research team was able to closely pinpoint which regulatory regions were most affected. “Some sections of chromosomes are chock full of differences that are contributing to evolution,” said Kingsley. “It is quite dramatic to look at the entire genome and see these powerful chunks being used over and over again.” The researchers’ findings will appear in Nature on April 5.
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Stanford reaches 50 million iTunes U hits
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF The first university to offer public access to lectures, concerts and courses on iTunes U in 2005, Stanford recently hit another milestone with free online education. As of March 14, over 50 million audio and video files have been downloaded from Stanford’s iTunes U page, the Stanford Report announced Monday. This new benchmark means that Stanford lectures have been accessed 10 million times since the start of the current academic year,
ﬁscal expansion had or had not taken place. Taylor and Summers found areas of consensus in the need for predictability, long-term approaches to pressing economic problems and intelligent banking regulation, but they diverged on a greater number of topics. Taylor criticized the Obama administration’s use of unpredictable and unprecedented governmental actions during the crisis, to which Summers responded, “Battleﬁeld medicine is never perfect,” underscoring his steadfast position that the magnitude of the recession required strong government activism. Taylor maintained his emphasis on data and historical evidence. The debate audience asked a diverse array of questions, engaging in topics such as healthcare, real estate, bank capital limits and bailouts. Students and organizers of the event said it was well received. “It’s just great to have so many students interested in such a debate,” Shoven said. “This was the largest SIEPR Associate event ever, with 500 people in attendance, and the debate was a good balance of agreement and disagreement.” Otis Reid ’ 12, chair of Stanford in Government, agreed that he enjoyed watching the debate, but had a complaint about the substance of some of the arguments. “It was fantastic to watch two great ﬁgures in a such an honest debate,” Reid said. “I just wish there had been more hard evidence on their parts, more show and a little less tell.” Contact Aaron Sekhri at asekhri @stanford.edu. could be a culturally sensitive issue: circumcision. While an AIDS vaccine may be over a decade away from development, male circumcision has been shown to reduce the transmission of AIDS by over 60 percent, Gates said. Gates highlighted a circular, plastic ring, “Shang Ring” or “PrePex,” that renders circumcision surgery much more efficient, sometimes taking only a few minutes. “It reduces the pain involved, it reduces the cost involved,” Gates said about the ring, adding that it would cost about $1 billion to roll out circumcision initiatives of this kind across Africa. “It’s just plastic,” he said of the simple solution to the complex health issue. The agriculture advance Gates presented also emphasized a simple solution to a devastating problem. A more efficient, triplelayer storage bag now stops weevil infestations in cassava, a protein-rich crop in West Africa. With two layers of polyethylene and an outside layer of plastic mesh to trap and suffocate weevils, these bags make a huge impact on post-harvest loss: 1.7 million households were able to increase their income by $150 dollars, or 30 percent, due to the triple-layered bags. After presenting these innovations, Gates asked about the future, “how hopeful should we be?” He answered his own question: “Well, I would say quite hopeful.” Prior to his talk, Gates met with faculty and students conducting research on campus related to global health. President John Hennessy, despite being on sabbatical since February, introduced Gates before his talk, recalling a conversation 15 years ago when Gates told him he was “too busy” for philanthropy. “He said that he was too busy leading Microsoft and didn’t have the time to be a thoughtful philanthropist,” Hennessy said, noting the dramatic shift in Gates’ career. Gates acknowledged that he didn’t enter the world of philanthropy until later in his life, though he encourages Stanford students not to wait. Following the talk, Hennessy presented Gates with a solar lantern created by students in Design for Extreme Affordability, a course that shares Gates’ mission to harness innovation to solve problems in the developing world. Contact Brendan O’Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org and Margaret Rawson at email@example.com.
when the University reached its 40 millionth download mark. Stanford claimed one of the larger shares of downloads from iTunes U, which had 600 million total downloads in September and which shows current estimates of 700 million visits. Stanford has been offering free access to select course lectures for seven years now, with over 300,000 subscribers and current full course offerings in Colonial and Revolutionary America; Programming Abstractions, Methodology and Paradigms; and Developing Apps for iOS. Lectures from the collection on iPad and iPhone Application Development boast all but two of the top 25 downloads from the Stanford page.
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“If you take Africa as a whole, because of population growth, they’ve made very limited progress against their poverty percentage,” Gates said, stressing the importance of continued aid and focus on the continent. “I’m very optimistic that we can make progress on these things,” he said. “The thing that makes me impatient about this, though, is that the normal market signals of what should we work on, what’s a priority, don’t cause us to prioritize this work.” Gates cited that more money has been spent developing drugs to combat baldness than to fight malaria. “Baldness is a bad problem,” he joked, “but it takes awhile to get it. You can buy a hat. Hats aren’t that expensive.” The challenge, Gates said, is to elevate the voices of the poor in the marketplace. Though noting that he does not advocate an alternative to capitalism, he said that the current system must be complemented by, “enlightened governments and philanthropy that can be quite catalytic.” Innovation provides the key to this effort, Gates said. “I define [innovation] very broadly, it doesn’t necessarily mean a new piece of software,” he said. “It can mean a bed net that doesn’t tear apart after a couple of years because they use some new fiber.” Gates presented three products in particular to demonstrate his theme of innovation, noting that the developing world requires innovation where the developed world does not. “It’s very different than what the rich world needs,” he said of techniques to overcome technological obstacles in the developing world. “The rich world doesn’t care that its vaccines have to be refrigerated.” The Gates Foundation has been integral in manufacturing and distributing a vaccine for Meningitis A, which recurs every few years in the “meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa. Partnering with Indian manufacturer Serum, the foundation hopes implementation of the vaccine will decrease disease levels by at least 90 percent. The vaccine, the first developed specifically for Africa, only needs to be administered once and is manufactured cheaply. Fifty million people have received vaccinations so far, Gates said. The next innovation Gates highlighted touched on what
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History of the liberal arts core
A look at the many incarnations of freshman liberal arts core programs at Stanford, from Problems of Citizenship to IHUM and the new 2012-13 course, Thinking Matters.
The transformation of the humanities at Stanford
By JENNY THAI
The IHUM epic
he Faculty Senate closed the book on the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program by voting on March 8 in favor of replacing the program with a one-quarter “Thinking Matters” course, scheduled to launch this coming fall. Although IHUM was a quintessential fixture of the Stanford experience for recent students, it was only the latest edition in Stanford’s history of freshman liberal arts programs, an undergraduate tradition that is nearly 90 years old. Pioneering liberal arts For the first three decades following the University’s founding in 1891, there was no freshman liberal arts core program in place. In 1920, a yearlong course, The Problems of Citizenship, became a requirement for all freshmen. Partly influenced by the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Problems of Citizenship course endeavored to teach students the necessary skills to become informed citizens cognizant of their political environments. Topics on the syllabus included Citizenship in a Democratic World and Scientific Method and Attitude. In addition to weekly lectures taught by faculty from various departments, students also had one-onone sessions with the instructors. The Problem of Citizenship program lasted until 1934, when dwindling student interest and shaky faculty support led to its termination. The golden age of the Great Books Unlike its predecessor, The History of Western Civilization program (Western Civ) , launched in 1935, was taught only by the History Department. Based on the Great Books programs of Columbia University and the University of Chicago, Western Civ was a single-track, three-quarter course that used a core list of fifteen “Great Books” to trace the development of European thought from the classical age to modernity. The course reflected a trend in American universities to rediscover European roots and affirm new prominence in global politics after the chaotic confusion and loss of identity during the decades following World War I. Western Civ was an immensely well-received program and lasted well into the 1960s. Although the course was antiquated in the sense that its reading list was composed of works by white European males, many alumni have cited the program as one of the best academic experiences they had at Stanford. “It helped me become a historian,” said John Reider, ’67 Ph.D. ’83, former senior associate director of admission at Stanford and former Structured Liberal Education (SLE) director. “Many people of my ancient era look back on the course with great fondness.” Challenging Western thought: a humanities free-for-all Swept up by the volatile political atmosphere that propelled campus disturbances in the latter half of the 1960s, Western Civ, along with many other liberal arts program requirements at other American universities, succumbed to the pressure of protesting students and faculty who condemned the antiquated rigidity of a structured liberal arts program. The dominating rationale was that students could only flourish if they were free from the constraints of specific requirements. “The reigning idea among Stanford students was that everything was equal and students should determine what they needed to know,” Reider said. “The world was their oyster. The faculty was very happy with that because they could teach what they wanted to teach.” Beginning in 1969, there was no liberal arts requirement to bind Stanford students. Where course selection outside their majors of study was concerned, students were given only a loose set of requirements and mostly left to their own devices on how to complete them. A return to structure: From Western Culture to a different CIV In the middle of the ’70s, it became clear to Stanford faculty that the courses students chose outside of their major disciplines were more than often haphazard and collectively lacked unity. In an attempt to remedy the situa-
Problems of Citizenship becomes Stanford’s first freshman liberal arts core requirement, according to the 2011 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. Western Civilization, modeled after Columbia University and the University of Chicago’s Great Books courses, replaces Problems of Citizenship. In an era of student protests and radical politics, Western Civilization is dropped as a requirement and students are free to choose their own courses. The Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program is introduced as an alternative for students seeking a Great Books program. Western Culture is introduced, bringing back the freshman liberal arts requirement. 500 Stanford students rally with Reverend Jesse Jackson on Jan. 15 to protest the patriarchal Euro-centric thinking of Western Culture, according to The Daily. “No one can be truly educated in the world, limited to one language and obsessed with one language,” Jackson said. Cultures, Ideas and Values (CIV) replaces Western Culture. The Commission on Undergraduate Education study recommends revision of CIV. Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) replaces CIV. Provost John Etchemendy and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education John Bravman appoint the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) to review the curriculum and make suggestions for revisions. The Faculty Senate votes in favor of replacing the IHUM program with a one-quarter Thinking Matters course.
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tion by establishing a new set of liberal arts requirements, a new Western Culture requirement was introduced. Western Culture was a course that aimed to renew the University’s commitment to Western intellectual thought and tradition. While the material in Western Culture shared many similarities with Western Civ, what set Western Culture apart from its predecessor was its multiple-emphases structure, a compromise between the single-track nature of Western Civ and the total absence of tracks in the ’70s. Western Culture included eight different tracks created by different departments to cater to a diversity of student intellectual interests. While tracks such as Literature and Arts stuck more closely to European intellectual tradition, other tracks such as Values, Technology, Science and Society offered reading material that emphasized the role of technology and science, which appealed to the engineering-inclined. Given the choice to select from a set of academic tracks, Western Culture initially showed promise for success. Yet the course was crippled by the program’s lack of a coherent reading list. Although each individual track had its own tailored reading list, in an effort to maintain the semblance of a common reading experience, the Western Culture program required all tracks to also follow a list of core texts. The imposition of a core reading list proved difficult as many tracks, particularly the Values, Technology, and Science track, could not coherently incorporate the core texts into the lessons. At the same time, the student population experienced a demographic shift resulting in an increased presence of minority groups, including African-American, Asian and Latino students. Disturbed by the Euro-centric nature of the tracks, the Black Student Union, later joined by campus feminists and other minority groups, spoke out against racism and sexism in the Western Culture curriculum. “The Western culture program as it is presently structured around a core list and an outdated
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OMEWHERE OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN — Over the course of four decades, Alvin, the famed submersible that explored the sunken Titanic and discovered black-smoker hydrothermal vents, has made more than 4,400 dives, but each time only three people are treated to a firsthand view. In all, 2,500 people have taken the plunge. Courtesy of my former life as an oceanographer, I know a grand total of five of them. Glimpsing the sea floor is a rare privilege. Human eyes have touched only 5 percent of it; we know less about the planet’s deepest reaches than we do about the surface of the moon. On nearly every submersible dive to the ocean floor, a new species is discovered. For us surface-dwellers, the growth forms that have evolved to survive the intense pressure and unbelievable blackness of the ocean floor are incredibly alien. Their weirdness extends beyond their physical appearance to metabolisms fueled by strange chemicals, or slowed to match the cold, barren environment. And yet, as they float through our TV screens or curve across still photos, they show a grace shaped by the liquid medium that envelops them. No wonder we were so eager for news last week from James Cameron’s solo journey to the Challenger Deep, the very bottom of the Mariana Trench. Not only did the famed director promise to assemble his footage into a documentary, but his feat of engineering and audacity also forced a fundamental point: with some (admittedly large) financial clout, anyone can reach the sea floor. Although, like the commercialization of space flight, deepsea ventures for the common man are a long time coming, their possibility ties the ocean ever closer to the realm of personal experience. This is the first step toward recognizing the intimate role the deep ocean plays in maintaining Earth as we know it. That realization couldn’t come sooner. The day after James Cameron surfaced from his record-setting dive, a new report was released on the state of the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico. Six months after the Deepwater Horizon’s 200 million gallon oil spill, a deep-diving scientific team (using manned and unmanned submersibles, including Alvin) found a benthic community struggling to recover. Miles from the spill source, they discovered corals choking on oil residues and pale brittle stars clinging to life, the sickly remnants of a once-thriving site. At the surface, fishermen are preparing to mark the second anniversary of the spill on their calendars, and wondering what this season’s catches will show. They doubt the reality will match BP’s rosy advertisements of recovery. After all, hasn’t it been 23 years since the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, where a damaged herring fishery is just beginning to turn the corner? For most of us though, out of
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sight is out of mind. Once oiled seabirds stopped washing up in media coverage, we started forgetting about the largest oil spill in American history. But deep below the sea surface, life is slow to forget. Like oil residues, bottom trawling (the marine version of clear-cutting responsible for our catch of flounder, cod, and scallops), ocean warming, acidification and various other types of pollution cause lasting damage. The damage we do to the deep ocean is also damage to its capacity to support human life. The deep ocean is the final recycling point for many nutrients, shunting them back to the surface to fuel life anew. And the deep ocean also slows global warming: cold, polar water traps human carbon dioxide emissions, and then sinks to the sea floor, trapping the greenhouse gas for up to a thousand years. The deep sea also holds the promise of new technology — compounds that could treat bacterial infections or cure cancer — and new resources in minerals and energy deposits that remain untapped. Of course, as Deepwater Horizon demonstrated, accessing these resources comes with risks — risks that increase with depth and that we cannot fully understand so long as we do not fully comprehend life in the deep sea. Skimming homeward over the Pacific Ocean aboard a giant Boeing 747, wide-awake despite the dimmed cabin and late hour, I briefly wished for a window seat. Of course, at our altitude, I wouldn’t be able to make out anything below. But I could imagine: the silhouettes of islands, the pinpricks of ships’ lights, James Cameron’s boat perched above the Mariana Trench and the invisible realm of life that lay thousands of meters below. One day, I might have an opportunity to see that life for myself. But until then — and because I’m not sure how much longer that life will be around — I’ll have to settle for documentaries. Send comments, questions or tell Holly she’s gone off the deep end via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The national pastime
vention can be summed up as follows: 1) Mistakes will happen, and that’s okay. 2) No one will ever get in trouble. 3) Friends will take care of each other. Obviously, a message that implies alcohol abuse has no consequences is not going to cause people to change their behavior. Why are repeated mistakes okay? Shouldn’t we be ashamed that a cadre of medical professionals is required to keep undergraduate, and especially freshman, social life running smoothly? There is a culture of acceptance here at Stanford that prevents alcohol abuse from being taken seriously. I do not mean to give the impression that I haven’t made my share of questionable late-night decisions. One warm spring night that year, my nostalgia for high school baseball reached a peak, and I enlisted a gang of Arroyo friends to break into the Sunken Diamond complex with me. I had scouted the facilities in advance, and I knew that the batting cages could be accessed by scaling a 12foot chain-link fence. We approached well after mid-
lived in Arroyo freshman year. Escondido Road is famous in some circles; for those who enjoy hearing ambulance sirens at all hours of the night, it is a pilgrimage site. Arroyo made its fair contribution to the Stanford Police’s emergency call logs that year. I actually could have been on firstname terms with many of the paramedics who serviced our dorm on a regular basis. “Hey, Bob. How’re the wife and kids?” I might have asked on a typical weekend night. “How you doing, Jeff? They’re just fine. Becky lost another tooth. Now who is it tonight?” It got to the point that someone decided that Arroyo needed an official alcohol intervention. Everyone was rounded up in the common room to brainstorm solutions. One suggestion was for everyone to start drinking earlier in the day so that our systems would have more time to handle the alcohol. No one had the courage to say that if you think there is an amount of alcohol that you have to drink each night, you have a serious problem. The closing words at the inter-
night carrying bats, balls and gloves. When we got to the fence, it became apparent that not everyone wanted to climb it. It did look taller than I had remembered, and getting down from the top looked a little tricky. Besides, even at this late hour, there was a steady stream of golf carts on the nearby paths that seemed to be patrolling the athletic fields. Figuring that they would definitely hear the ping of metal bats, we gave up on batting practice in favor of a Wiffle Ball game on a football practice field. It is obvious that midnight Wiffle Ball is not actively encouraged by the University, but since no one told me not to do it at NSO, I assumed it was allowed. The field was not well lit, forcing us to play on the edge closest to the streetlights. We also had to jump the waist-high fence, but overcoming barriers comes naturally to Stanford students. After about 20 minutes, a golf cart stopped next to our game and we were ordered to leave the field. “After this inning,” I said. At the same time on Mayfield Avenue and in dorm rooms throughout campus, hundreds of students, many of them underage, were drinking more than is safe or healthy. In addition to the health damage that is inherent to binge drinking, some of them also made bad decisions that further impacted their physical and emotional health, as well as that of others. Stanford students are adults (sort of), and in my view it is appropriate that paternalistic laws against underage drinking are practically unenforced on campus. But when fields are policed to prevent Wiffle Ball games, yet it is tacitly accepted that one of the most intellectual and high-achieving student bodies in the country supports a very visible subculture of escapist drinking, it makes me wonder what our national pastime really is. After a quarter in Italy, Jeff is always on the lookout for good, cheap Italian wine. Send him tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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facility run by both the GSB and Stanford’s Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design. The CoLab runs programs that draw students from all of the University’s schools to work together on hands-on projects in a setting that Chellaraj described as “garage-like,” in the start-up garage sense. “I feel like it’s helping to integrate the business school a little more,” said Paige Rosetti, an MBA student, of the CoLab. CEMEX auditorium, the Knight Center’s largest gathering space, has also become a major campus venue for events and conferences, attracting undergrads and graduate students from across the University. The school’s push for more individualized spaces has also panned out to be a major improvement over the old GSB. Rooms called “breakout rooms” are available for students to study and collaborate in freely. Chellaraj said that some faculty members have taken advantage of the new, flexible spaces in creative ways. For example, he said that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband co-led the seminar Crisis Management on the World Stage using the rooms.
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the previous GSB site, which currently sits empty to the northwest of Main Quad. “Night and day,” said Jeff Cabili, director of program and business development for the GSB. “There’s no comparison: it’s fantastic.” The Knight Center project sought to increase the natural light and open spaces in the GSB to make classes feel more open and inclusive. Cabili said that the windows and natural light make a big difference from the old facility, making the rooms feel open and breathable. He also said that classrooms have been restructured to offer tiered seating, allowing him to look directly at students as he teaches. Another goal of the project was to make the Knight Center a gathering area for people outside the business program, in addition to business students. The facility features over 50 percent open space, and centers around the Arbuckle Café, an indoor-outdoor dining facility that draws all kinds of students to the Knight Center. One feature of the Knight Center that has turned out to be a major improvement in the eyes of many students is the d.School CoLab located on the edge of the Knight Center. The CoLab is a collaborative
IHUM| Liberal arts core changes
philosophy of the West being Greece, Europe, and Euro-America is wrong,” said Bill King, chairman of the Black Student Union in his 1988 address to the Faculty Senate. “And worse, it hurts people mentally and emotionally in ways that are not even recognized.” Western Culture was replaced by Culture, Ideas and Values (CIV). While retaining the multitrack structure of Western Culture, the CIV track reading lists were diversified to include representative works from women and ethnic minorities alongside some traditional readings. More importantly, the core reading list binding all tracks together was dropped. The birth of IHUM Surprisingly, CIV, in comparison to its predecessors, was a relatively short-lived program. The Commission on Undergraduate Education study in 1994 revealed that many students found that the tracks were too diverse — not only in content, but also in workload and grading policy. Professors also felt that there were too many books to cover in a single year. Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) gradually replaced CIV in the late 1990s, the University’s tonic to clarify the CIV curriculum. The number of books designated for each track was reduced and tracks were modified to center around the universality of ideas. According to the IHUM website, IHUM courses dealt with the “issues, themes, ideas and values of human identity and existence,” rather than following a traditional canon. SLE, the “Great Books” haven While the main freshman liberal arts sequences have cycled through several incarnations, one residentially based program for freshmen has endured the test of time. Unlike IHUM and its predecessors, the Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program has remained largely unchanged since its founding. SLE developed from an evening seminar series titled “Social Thoughts and Institutions,” in which professors and students from various departments, as equals, read and discussed Great Books.
We should just be more imaginative in the kind of humanities courses we offer.
— RUSSELL BERMAN, director of IHUM
SLE became a fully-fledged residential program in 1974. With only minor modifications to its Great Books reading list, SLE’s Great Books approach has been rated consistently high in student evaluations. The self-selecting nature of SLE, which freshmen opt into in place of IHUM, is one of the main contributors to the program’s enduring success. “It’s very simple — they were voluntary,” Reider said. “They wanted to be there.” Thinking Matters and diversification of the humanities Although the findings of the 2011 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) on the lukewarm student enthusiasm toward the IHUM program may be a recent development, the student voices speaking out against the constraint of requirements echo the spirit of the ’60s, when pressure from students to direct their own liberal arts experiences was the strongest. Thinking Matters, a one-quarter course slated to replace the three-quarter IHUM program starting in the academic year 2012-2013, came from a SUES recommendation to increase the freedom freshmen, particularly those enrolled in major programs with high unit requirements, will have to explore courses outside their major fields of study. Thinking Matters will also break from the traditional mold of humanities instruction with its
Marwa Farag contributed to this report.
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development of innovative course themes. Proposed topics include Brain, Behavior and Evolution; Energy; Evil; and The Physics of One. Many of these courses will draw upon a diverse variety of disciplines, including those not traditionally studied alongside the humanities. As reported by The Daily in March, the Faculty Senate approved the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP) report supporting the SUES recommendation on March 8. Given the speed with which the Faculty Senate approved Thinking Matters — only two months after the SUES recommendation — some faculty are skeptical of the success of the proposed course, or view the amorphous, multi-disciplinary suggested course topics as a sign of the atrophying presence of the humanities at Stanford. “It wasn’t really that broken,” said Greg Watkins, assistant director of SLE. “The evaluations of IHUM from students were quite favorable, more favorable than student reputation. What the University has caved into is the demand for choice.” “Not that there’s something wrong with that but students were feeling the yoke of that requirement,” Watkins added. “I feel that it’s like giving up on taking responsibility for teaching in the humanities and requiring our students a certain level of education.” Other faculty members however are more optimistic, seeing Thinking Matters as a means of reviving declining student interest in the humanities. “I think it’s plausible for us to speculate that the humanities in the future will no longer be a burdensome requirement that everyone has to go through but it will be one among many different opportunities,” said Russell Berman, director of the IHUM and Introductory Seminars programs. “I say that if we are concerned that students will no longer take humanities, we should just be more imaginative in the kind of humanities courses that we offer.” Contact Jenny Thai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Junior Stephen Piscotty (above), one of the Stanford baseball team’s best hitters and its starting third baseman, saw important action on the mound on Monday, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings as the Cardinal came back to beat St. Mary’s 9-8 in 12 innings to break its three-game losing streak.
Stopping skid in Seattle
CARDINAL TRAVELS TO FACE WASHINGTON
By JOSEPH BEYDA
No one likes to be 10th in an 11-team conference, even just two weeks into the Pac-12 season. Yet that’s exactly where the No. 6 Stanford baseball team stands at the moment after four consecutive Pac-12 losses, and the Cardinal needs to get on the right track quickly if it
wants to compete in the nation’s best conference. A three-game series starting tonight against a weak Washington (16-9, 3-3 Pac-12) squad in Seattle looks like an opportunity to do just that for Stanford (17-6, 2-4), but there are no sure things in college baseball, especially when you have gone a meager 4-4 on the road to open up the season. Add that to a stretch that saw the Cardinal play eight games in nine days, ending in a thrilling 9-8 win over St. Mary’s on Monday, and this series could prove as challenging as any on Stanford’s upcoming conference schedule.
“Our coach always says that you’ve just got to come to play every day, no matter what,” said sophomore Danny Diekroeger, who had the game-winning hit over the Gaels as a 12th-inning pinch hitter. “You can’t make excuses [when it comes to fatigue]. You’ve got to go out and play, because the other team will always come to play.” Even though the Cardinal easily swept the Huskies at Sunken Diamond a year ago — Washington finished last in the Pac-10 — you never know when an opponent is going to be a
hen the confetti fell on the 40-0 Baylor women’s basketball team on Tuesday night, it wasn’t that surprising. After all, the Bears were untouchable this season, and had relatively little trouble dusting off the Cardinal in the semifinal on Sunday night. But the whole time the Bears were cutting the nets down, I kept wondering just how the Cardinal, which had been to five straight Final Fours, hadn’t managed to win one, just one, title during that time. When you go to the Final Four five times in a row, you almost expect a team to back into a championship win. If you keep giving yourself chances to win it all, you’re eventually bound to win one, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Instead, the 2007-2012 Stanford Cardinal is destined to go down in history as the women’s college basketball version of the early ’90s Buffalo Bills — a great team filled with great players, but not champions. The sad thing is, the Cardinal’s championship window, at least for now, seems to have passed. It’s hard to imagine that next year’s team will be nearly as competitive or complete. Without Nneka Ogwumike and with a group of relatively inexperienced freshmen expected to step up and play major roles, the Cardinal will probably still be the favorites to win the Pac-12, but not national title contenders. So just how did this window, when Stanford was so good for so long, pass without the Cardinal taking home a national championship? Surely it’s not talent — Candice Wiggins, Jayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike are three of the greatest players ever to play college basketball. It’s definitely not the coach —
How Card fell short five times
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Games and grad school
elanie Murphy, a guard on the Stanford women’s basketball team, received a full athletic scholarship in 2006 and planned to graduate in three years. She wanted to “move fast” and “keep options open.” But a season-ending knee injury suffered early in her sophomore year meant that if Murphy wanted to return to the court, she’d have to spend another year in school. “I saw an opportunity to get my master’s degree in communication for free,” Murphy said. “Needless to say, I jumped on the chance and even thought about going for my second master’s degree in psychology.” And with that same stroke of bad luck that tore her knee ligament, Murphy became a member of the rare group of athletes who are also pursuing their coterminal masters degrees. Twenty-nine varsity studentathletes are currently taking advantage of Stanford’s unique coterminal program that allows students to simultaneously pursue a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, according to Jim Young, senior assistant athletic director in communications and media relations. There are about 800 varsity student-athletes among 6,940 total undergraduates, which means that more than one in 10 students is a varsity athlete. But not all consider a master’s program at Stanford, where all graduate programs rank in the nation’s top five. “We encourage all our athletes to do the coterm program if they can,” said Beth Goode, senior associate athletic director in intercollegiate services. “But some of the undergraduate degrees take a lot of time, and the likelihood of fitting it all in is a lot tougher for others.” Athletes who coterm represent a rare group. The 29 student-athletes currently coterming were either just accepted into the pro-
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gram and are completing their senior years or are in their fifth year nearing the completion of a graduate degree. They play on 16 different teams — among Stanford’s 35 Division I varsity sports — and are enrolled in 12 different master’s programs, from engineering to linguistics. “I think having my bachelor’s in communication and my master’s in the communication field will help me in terms of credentials when I’m applying to jobs,” softball infielder Jenna Becerra ’12 said. “I used to want to be a professional softball player, but the league is very small. I figured since I have outside interests, I’ll probably be better off financially if I just go off my [Stanford] degrees.” Many reasons surround the decision to coterm. Some, like Becerra, add a graduate degree to their resumes before entering the work force while others attempt to delay “the real world” by spending another year at Stanford. However, this second route is expensive. A fifth year at Stanford purely as a graduate student means no financial aid from the University and tuition of about $50,000. Student athletes who play all four years and exhaust their eligibility — meaning they did not redshirt one year — are ineligible for a fifth year of athletic scholarship. The Stanford Athletics Department receives applications requesting financial aid for a fifth year and awards about 20 student athletes each year with some percentage of a scholarship. “Our priority in allocating the limited funding we have is in getting that first undergraduate degree so we’ll help those students first,” Goode said. “If we can help student-athletes beyond that as it relates to finishing a coterm or getting a second major or finishing a minor, then we’ll try to help as much as we can. But it’s all based on our budget and what the requests are in a given year.” The situation was different for
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Tara VanDerveer is already in the Hall of Fame for her efforts as a coach. So why has the Cardinal been unable to bring a big, shiny trophy home to the Farm over the last five Final Fours? In three of those five trips, it’s safe to say that the Cardinal was beaten by better teams. This year, Baylor and Brittney Griner were not going to be stopped on their road to a title. In 2009, an undefeated UConn team that was in the middle of the program’s 90-game win streak handily defeated Stanford in the semifinals, 83-64, and in 2008, the Tennessee Volunteers, led by all-universe forward Candace Parker, smashed the Cardinal in the title game, 64-48.
PERFECT SINCE FINALS
By JACOB JAFFE
After a two-week break for finals, the No. 6 Stanford women’s tennis team got right back into action with four dual matches in eight days. The Cardinal (14-0, 6-0 Pac12) showed no signs of rust, though, winning all four dual matches without dropping a single point. Stanford’s first match after the break, a March 25 matchup with No. 38 Washington State, was canceled due to rain, so the Cardinal did not get underway until March
28, when the squad traveled to Las Vegas to take on No. 51 UNLV. The extra layoff was not an issue, though, as Stanford swept the three doubles matches against the Lady Rebels, losing just six games in total. Singles was similarly dominated by the Cardinal, as Stanford dropped just one set en route to a 7-0 win. The lower courts of doubles particularly favored Stanford, as the Cardinal lost only 20 games in eight sets on courts three through six. Including doubles, Stanford’s junior Stacey Tan, freshman Ellen Tsay, senior Veron-
ica Li and junior Natalie Dillon won 65 games and lost just 22. After dismantling UNLV, the Cardinal returned to conference play, hosting the Arizona schools over the weekend. The results were similar, as Stanford rolled over No. 27 Arizona State 7-0 before beating No. 28 Arizona 4-0. Against the Sun Devils, Stanford again lost just one set en route to the sweep. In singles, Arizona State reached five games in just two of the 10 sets on the way to its first shutout loss of the season. Injuries also played a role, as the Sun
Stanford did have two very real chances to win a title during that stretch.
That said, Stanford did have two very real chances to win a title during that stretch. In 2010, the Cardinal held an eight-point halftime lead over the same UConn team that had beaten it the year before, but eventually succumbed to the talented duo of Maya Moore and Tina Charles, 53-47. While the Cardinal did have four superstars on that team — Appel, Ogwumike, Jeanette Pohlen and Kayla Pedersen — bad luck, coupled with an ankle injury to Appel, was the main factor that kept the Cardinal from bringing home a ring.Appel, suffering from a sprained ankle and a stress fracture in the same foot, went 0-for-12 from the field that night in San Antonio, scored zero points and ultimately failed to be the difference-maker that she had been in every game in her career up to that point. And as tough as that loss was to swallow, Stanford’s best chance to win a title was last year, when Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike, Pedersen and Pohlen all had magnificent seasons — but it all fell apart in six terrible minutes in the semifinal game against Texas A&M. Leading by 10 points with six minutes left to play in the game, everything began to implode for the Cardinal. First, the Aggies cranked up the defensive pressure. Next, several dubious foul calls started to go against the Cardinal. Finally, Chiney Ogwumike fouled out, leaving Stanford without its best defensive player, and the collapse was complete. The Aggies went on to win the national title, but you couldn’t help but feel that the Cardinal players had almost been cheated out of the national title that was supposed to finally be theirs. Over these past five Final Four runs, it’s been extremely disappointing that the Cardinal hasn’t taken home a title, mostly because it has played so well for so long and still hasn’t achieved its ultimate goal. Sometimes you get beat by a better team. Sometimes you’re victims of bad luck and injuries. Other times there’s really no way to explain just how you couldn’t pull off the win. Altogether, it appears the moral of the story is clear: No matter how hard you’ve worked, and no matter how many times you get a chance to achieve your goal, you’re not guaranteed anything. And that’s a lesson the Cardinal has learned in all too bitter a fashion. Jack Blanchat knows that all his hard work will not guarantee feedback from readers. Help him achieve his goal at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @jmblanchat.
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Devils were forced to forfeit the third doubles match and the sixth singles match. The Cardinal had similar success against the Wildcats before rain ended the match early. The threat of bad weather caused the singles matches to go before the doubles matches, and when sophomore Nicole Gibbs finished off her match on court one to give Stanford a 4-0 lead, the match was called. Junior Mallory Burdette, Tsay and Li also won in straight sets, while Tan and Dillon did not complete their matches. Stanford ran its shutout streak to six consecutive matches with an easy 7-0 win over Cal Poly on Wednesday afternoon. The Mustangs (7-7) are just the fourth unranked team Stanford has faced this year, and they were no match for the Cardinal at Taube Family Tennis Center. Stanford won every set and needed just one tiebreaker to dispatch Cal Poly. In doubles, Stanford took care of business on all three courts, winning 8-3, 8-3 and 8-4. Head coach Lele Forood changed up the singles lineup, giving Tan a break and allowing sophomore Amelia Herring to secure her first win in a singles dual match. Gibbs and Burdette had no trouble on the top two courts, as each won by an identical 6-1, 6-1 score. Herring closed out the sweep with a 7-6, 6-4 win on court six. The Cardinal will look to continue its shutout streak against another unranked opponent in its final nonconference match of the season when Stanford hosts Santa Clara this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Contact Jacob Jaffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COTERM|Varsity athletes make the most of it
Stanford football long snapper Andrew Fowler, a sixth year senior graduating with a master’s in management science and engineering and a bachelor’s in art history with a minor in economics. The redshirt senior transferred from Williams College after his freshman year without a promise for a spot on the football team or hope for an athletic scholarship or University financial aid. “It took a while to get but finally this year — my senior year and last year of football — they offered me a scholarship because I earned the starting long snapper job,” Fowler said. “So I’m very thankful for my parents for supporting me all those other years.” Money can be a deal breaker, but it does not deter some studentathletes from pursuing a master’s degree. Where there is an academic commitment, there is a way. Each master’s department determines the policies and procedures of its application process. In addition to grade point average requirements, some departments collect Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores while others specify that the student must be pre-approved by a tenured professor who will act as graduate advisor. The University requires a coterminal program to total at least 45 units on top of the total 180 undergraduate units. Of the 29 current coterm athletes, five are on the men’s volleyball team, the most from any sport. “We have a study area when we travel,” said John Kosty, head coach of men’s volleyball. “Last year, our average team GPA was a 3.4, and we’ve won five consecutive NCAA Collegiate Men’s Team Academic awards [given by the American Volleyball Coaches each team already having claimed a game in the series. UCLA got two quick outs to seemingly crush the Cardinal’s chances, but a base hit and a walk set up then-sophomore center fielder Jake Stewart for an RBI single and senior catcher Zach Jones for a game-tying double. A blooper from sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger sealed the 5-4 win and sent the Bruins packing with stunned looks on their faces. Those shocked expressions returned to Sunken Diamond on Monday night, with the Gaels leaving town with a last-minute loss of their own. “It’s really similar to [the UCLA game],” Danny Diekroeger said. “Guys just came and got hits and showed how much heart we have to come back and put up five runs in the bottom of the ninth.” Last year’s comeback win was followed by a midweek victory over Cal two days later, but the Cardinal quickly fell back into a mini-slump, losing to St. Mary’s the following afternoon then dropping two of three at Arizona State the next weekend. Eventually it would be the Washington sweep that Association]. All of those teams, including the 2010 national championship team, were over a 3.4 GPA.” Evan Barry, the team’s starting setter, is a senior coterm earning a master’s in management science and engineering. He will try out this summer for professional teams in Europe. Since he began the coterm program, Barry can take a leave of absence for up to two years — giving him enough time to play in Europe and come back to finish his graduate degree. Barry learned from Stanford teammates before him. “Evan Romero and Cameron Christoffers both cotermed in management science and engineering, stayed a fifth year without any volleyball commitments and had a good time,” Barry said. “I wanted to do that, too, and having them as role models was helpful for my decision.” Dreams of becoming a professional athlete have not deterred student-athletes from obtaining a graduate degree. Some have done both. The choice then becomes which one happens first. Romero chose to finish his graduate degree before playing volleyball professionally in Switzerland. “Getting my coterm was actually Plan A,” Romero said. “I knew all along I’d want a master’s degree when I started Stanford. If anything, playing abroad for a year or two was the ‘hopeful plan’ that just happened to work out. When I’m done playing, the additional studies and extra credential will hopefully help me with the next step.” Contact Estela Go at email@example.com. helped pull Stanford out of its funk. Will the Cardinal have similar success against the Huskies this time around, then? Picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 ahead of only conference newcomer Utah — Colorado doesn’t have a varsity baseball team — Washington has been moderately successful so far, taking three of six games from the middle-of-the-pack Oregon schools. Offensively, the Huskies are only in the top five in the conference in two statistical categories: hit by pitches (35) and sacrifice bunts (27). The squad’s fielding is a whole different story. The Huskies are second in the country in fielding percentage, and their .983 mark is within one thousandth of national leader Radford, out of the Big South. Though Washington has only turned seven double plays all season — good for 289th in the nation — that’s in part because it doesn’t allow many base runners, ranking in the top 10 nationally in hits allowed per game (7.22). The Husky rotation is led by righty ace Aaron West, who has gone 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA to start his junior season. West sets up an
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Setter Evan Barry is one of 29 current Stanford athletes taking advantage of Stanford’s coterminal program, which allows them to pursue both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree while competing in varsity athletics.
interesting matchup with Stanford junior righthander Mark Appel (31), who was in position for the win last Friday before the Cardinal gave up five runs in the bottom of the ninth at Arizona. Getting over those road woes is crucial at this point of the season for Stanford, which would jettison itself into the top half of the Pac-12 with a sweep this weekend. “I think we’ve got our confidence up,” Piscotty said. “We have two days off. We’re going to practice, get better and take that confidence and go into the weekend.” The series is moved up a day for Easter Sunday, so Appel and West will square off tonight at 5 p.m. at Husky Ballpark in a rare Thursday opener. Tomorrow night’s game also begins at 5 p.m. in Seattle before the 1 p.m. finale on Saturday. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@ stanford.edu.
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handful, as St. Mary’s demonstrated Monday night on the Farm. The extra-inning victory hardly resembled Stanford’s other wins over the Gaels earlier in the season by the combined score of 15-4, as the Cardinal needed a five-run, ninth-inning rally and some clutch relief pitching from junior Stephen Piscotty, known much better for his skills at third base and at the plate. “I think this win shows that we’re not mentally fatigued after getting beat three times [at No. 8 Arizona],” Piscotty said after the game. It was hardly the first time that a recent Stanford team had battled back to claim a win at the tail end of a slump. After opening its Pac10 season with four straight wins a year ago, the Cardinal lost five conference contests in a row, including a disastrous home sweep by Oregon State. With No. 11 UCLA in town the following weekend, Stanford trailed the Bruins 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth in the rubber matchup,
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Softball struggles over spring break
The Stanford softball team was riding high going into spring break, having won 19 games in a row, but the week off from school was not good to the Cardinal, as it went a miserable 2-5 during the break. In its first series of Pac-12 play, the No. 14 Cardinal couldn’t take a single game from archrival Cal, which swept all three games at Smith Family Stadium. Friday’s contest was a 9-0 blowout that saw the Bears give junior pitcher Teagan Gerhart just her second loss of the season, dropping the pitcher’s record to 20-2. After a rainout of Saturday’s contest, the Bears took both halves of Sunday’s doubleheader, snagging a 4-3 victory. The Cardinal couldn’t complete a comeback after getting down 3-0 in the first inning, and then Cal completed the sweep with an 8-0 win, again at the expense of Gerhart, who saw her struggles in the circle continue for the second straight game.
Stanford rebounded to pick up a 9-2 midweek win against Santa Clara, then traveled to Arizona to take on the Wildcats in a threegame set. The Cardinal continued its winning ways in the Friday game against Arizona, as Gerhart tossed a two-hitter and struck out nine in a 4-1 win, as senior Maya Burns paced the Card by going 2for-3 at the plate with two RBI. The win streak wouldn’t last for long, though; the Wildcats responded by hitting around freshman pitcher Nyree White for eight earned runs in a 9-1 Arizona win. The Wildcats then picked up the rubber game with a 3-1 win on Sunday to end the Cardinal’s road trip on a sour note. Stanford now returns home to continue Pac-12 play at home against Oregon this weekend, as it continues its tough schedule with nine conference games over the next 11 days. The Ducks and Cardinal square off at Smith Family Stadium on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and finish the series Saturday at noon.