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SPEAKERS & EVENTS
Senator scrutinizes claims by Judicial Affairs co-chair
Statements at meeting were misleading, created confusion among ASSU reps
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE
Faculty panel talks opportunities, challenges of 2020
By AARON SEKHRI
Michele Dauber, Stanford law professor and co-chair of the Judicial Affairs Committee, made misleading statements to an assembly of student representatives last Wednesday regarding the new Alternative Review Process (ARP) for sexual assault cases on campus. ASSU Senator Ben Laufer ’12 said at the Senate’s Tuesday meeting, at which Dauber was not present, that he felt she “misled to the point where she even actually might have lied to us.” Laufer later apologized for saying Dauber may have lied. The misleading statement came when Dauber was discussing how sexual assault cases handled by Judicial Affairs are civil cases, which she incorrectly said never require unanimous agreement among jurors. “There is no such thing as a unanimous requirement in any civil case anywhere, ever,” Dauber told the assembly last week. “We just don’t have unanimous requirements in civil cases.” According to a Department of Justice Statistics Special Report on civil justice in state courts from 2004, 27 states require unanimous convictions in civil cases. Only 11 require a three-fourths majority and all others, except for Montana, require a higher percentage of agreement (Montana only requires two-thirds agreement). Dauber responded in an email to The Daily that the 2004 report is accurate, but warned of intricacies in the legal process, as different courts have different rules across states. No such nuance or qualification was included in her original statement at the meeting. In addition, Dauber said that by “we,” she was referring to the State of California, which she felt was clear given Stanford’s location. Laufer, Senator Alon Elhanan ’14 and Stanford Daily Senate reporter Julia Enthoven ’15 all stated that no such clarification was conveyed during that part of the meeting. All three stated that they were under the impression
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GCEP grants $8.4m for green research
Stanford teams develop efficient energy tech to combat greenhouse gas emissions
By ALEXIS GARDUNO
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Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has awarded $8.4 million to seven Stanford research teams for developing highefficiency energy technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “These awards support fundamental research on a broad range of potentially game-changing energy technologies,” said GCEP director Sally Benson, according to the Stanford News Service. The GCEP, an industry partnership supported by five firms —
ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger, Toyota and DuPont — and based at Stanford, has in total supported 93 research programs with $113 million in grants since the project’s 2002 launch. The GCEP portfolio includes research grants in fields ranging from photovoltaic energy to carbon capture. While GCEP’s grants are well known in the scientific community, they are only accessible for Stanford faculty. GCEP grants are explicitly targeted at funding research in its earliest stages, to counter the
“Visions of Tomorrow” was the theme at Wednesday evening’s Stanford 2020 Symposium, which included seven 15-minute presentations by notable Stanford faculty on a host of subjects ranging from global democracy to a food revolution. The event, financially supported by the ASSU, the Speaker’s Bureau and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and co-sponsored by 18 other campus groups, united seven faculty members of diverse specialties to discuss fundamental future trends and problems gleaned from their own research, and the multidisciplinary approaches to their solutions. The event was kicked off by David Kennedy, professor of history, who spoke about the potential for a water shortage in the American West in the near future, which he attributed to climate change, land subsidence and a flawed plumbing infrastructure. “The tremendous success story that is the development of the American West was made possible by massive irrigation,” Kennedy said. He warned that ongoing trends mean the future supply of water for humans is far less certain than a generation ago. Kennedy concluded by discussing the global scope of the problem and sharing his hope for the audience to work toward a solution. Larry Diamond ’73 M.A. ’78 Ph.D. ’80, director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), presented on the topic of a more democratic world, and shared his optimism for this trend to become the norm. This hope was compounded by his observation that “there exist many now functioning democracies despite relatively modest economic growth,” in contrast with the prevailing narrative that freedoms are closely connected to economic performance. “You don’t have to be a part of the middle class,” he asserted, “to believe in dignity, or in human rights.” The “clock is ticking for authoritarian regimes,” Diamond concluded, asserting that 2020 will be a much freer and more democratic time than today. Stan Christensen, a lecturer in civil and environmental engineering and a partner at Arbor Advisors, proceeded with the topic of negotiations, their importance, their under-appreciation and common misconceptions on the subject.
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SPEAKERS & EVENTS
Warsh discusses Dodd-Frank reform
By NATASHA WEASER
Ben-Ami advocates twostate solution
Speaker encourages dialogue within Jewish community
By MARWA FARAG
“Some will say it’s a bad thing and others will say it’s a good thing but too few will say ‘Dodd-Frank risks the following bad things, but there is an alternative,’” said Kevin Warsh ’92, former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Wednesday. Throughout his talk, Warsh emphasized what he deemed the “three fundamental pillars” of the economy — regulators, market discipline and capital standards — and how they should be applied to government legislation. Warsh, currently a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business (GSB), spoke to an audience of approximately 70 people at Paul Brest Hall Wednesday evening, in a talk titled “Real Regulatory Reform: A Practitioner’s Perspective.” The regulation in question, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is a federal statute signed into law by President Obama in July 2010 and intended to provide more extensive regulation of financial institutions following the recession in the late 2000s. The Dodd-Frank Act has come under extensive criticism for its complexity and, for some, excessive regulation. Although Warsh joked that his experience practicing
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Kevin Warsh, a former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and a fellow at the Hoover Institution, discussed financial reform Wednesday evening. Warsh expressed concern that Dodd-Frank is inadequate in regulating finance.
Website inefficiencies cause battery drainage
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Research on the battery-crippling effect of free apps, watching video or playing games on a smartphone is well known and highly publicized but, according to researchers at Stanford and Deutsche Telekom, even browsing popular web-
sites can cause rapid battery drainage. Researchers suggest that the inefficiency — caused by bloated and redundant code — can be reduced by almost 30 percent without inducing a diminished user experience, and noted that increased website energy efficiency will become increasingly important as smartphone usage continues to increase. Stanford computer scientist Narendran Thiagarajan and her research team measured the energy usage of an Android phone when downloading and rendering 25 popular websites over
a 3G connection.The team discovered that loading the mobile version of Wikipedia consumed over 1 percent of the phone’s battery, as did the Apple homepage, which offers no mobile version for smartphone users. The team repeated the measurements with locally saved versions of tested websites — removing the energy requirement posed by downloading the page — and rewrote the website coding to reduce energy usage by nearly a third.
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Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of advocacy group J Street, advocated for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and open discussion on Israel within the American Jewish community in a talk Wednesday at the Black Community Services Center. Ben-Ami discussed three areas of challenge facing Americans on subjects related to Israel — the future of the Israeli state, Israel in U.S. politics and how the American Jewish community can hold conversation on both subjects. He criticized Israel’s current path as “simply not sustainable.” “I start by acknowledging all that Israel has accomplished, but we have to be honest and acknowledge all of the challenges and the threats,” Ben-Ami said. He went on to detail the external and internal threats facing Israel, including “a terrible neighborhood” and the “extreme fringes of Israeli society.” These challenges, Ben-Ami posited, complicate the question of supporting Israel today. “Back when I was growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, supporting Israel was a really straightforward proposition: You simply stood
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with Israel,” he said. “Israel was David, a small country, facing down Goliath . . . Today the story is far less simple.” “The question of what it means to be pro-Israel is far more complex and the heart of the challenge today is the need to find a resolution to the longstanding conflict with the Palestinian people,” he added. Being pro-Israel today, as BenAmi argued and J Street advocates, means embracing a twostate solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, whereby a territorial compromise is the “only way that Israel can remain both a true democracy and retain its Jewish character.” “For those who care deeply about the future and security of a national homeland for the Jewish people in the land of Israel . . . the issue of a Palestinian state and the establishment of an accepted border between Israel and that state is an existential necessity,” BenAmi said. While acknowledging that Israel’s own citizens are ultimately responsible to make the choice to change the country’s course, he assigned a role to American Jews, as well. “We [friends of Israel] have to help our cousins in Israel to recognize the need to change course before it’s too late,” Ben-Ami said. Moving to the subject of Israel within American politics, BenAmi held that the United States must act as mediator between Israel and the Palestinians, comparing the relationship between the latter two parties to a “bad marriage” and arguing against direct negotiations. “This conflict is like a bad marriage, in which a couple needs a divorce and they need to come to terms on how to separate,” he said. “In my experience, you don’t lock an angry husband and angry wife into a room by themselves and ask them to divide up their assets . . . You need a mediator.” “That’s the role that the U.S. and the international community, perhaps through the Quartet or some new entity need to play,” he said, adding that the conflict is an “American national security interest.” Ben-Ami outlined the parameters for a solution that will form “the framework for a deal if there
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Dauber was speaking generally about the United States. The ARP represents a change in the Judicial Affairs Committee’s procedure regarding trials of students who are accused of sexual assault, sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. Under the new ARP, three of the four “reviewers” would be required to agree in order to decide a student’s case, which is consistent with current University policy. The Senate and Graduate Student Council (GSC) are currently deliberating whether to approve the pilot program ARP. Dauber commented on The Daily website, accusing the publication of publishing false accusations against faculty members after The Daily included Laufer’s quote in a Wednesday article (“Senate debates use of leftover funds,” April 25). Dauber wrote in the comments that the information she gave the Senate and Graduate Student Council was “entirely correct.” A 2004 report from the American Bar Association states that,
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“In civil cases, jury decisions should be unanimous wherever feasible. A less-than-unanimous decision should be accepted only after jurors have deliberated for a reasonable period of time and if concurred in by at least five-sixths of the jurors.” The report qualifies that a lesser number of jurors is acceptable if agreed upon by both parties. Laufer, Elhanan and Enthoven all said that the overall message of Dauber’s comments was that nowhere in the United States are civil cases required to be decided by unanimous vote. It is unclear whether the ARP seeks to conform to Federal or California guidelines or employs a hybrid of the two. The recommendation to lower the standard of proof to preponderance of evidence came from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, yet federal guidelines for civil jury cases require unanimous agreement. In California a simple threefourths majority is required, though juries on California civil cases consist of 12 jurors, while Judicial Affairs currently uses four jurors. No state currently uses four jurors for civil court cases. Contact Brendan O’Byrne at bob firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of advocacy group J Street, spoke Wednesday at the Black Community Services Center on the future of Israel and United States policy toward the Middle Eastern state.
ever will be a deal.”These included the establishment of two states based on pre-1967 lines with land swaps, a capital for both states in Jerusalem with an internationalized Holy Basin, a demilitarized Palestinian state with an international presence on the borders and compensation rather than right of return for Palestinian refugees. “Pro-Israel advocacy in this country needs to support and promote strong presidential actions now, to put these ideas forward and to press both parties to reach an agreement before it’s too late,” he said. Ben-Ami then touched on the “rules that govern the conversation about Israel within the American Jewish community,” particularly in regards to toeing the line between criticism of Israeli government policies and the “de-legitimization” of the state of Israel itself. “I would argue that it isn’t criticism of Israeli policy that threatens the health of the state of Israel,” Ben-Ami said. “It is the policies of Israel’s present government that threaten its future.” To this end, he called for open and respectful discussion within the American Jewish community. “To the extent that any of the doors of the Jewish community are barred . . . to those who question conventional wisdom on Israel, I think that those who are doing the barring within the American Jewish establishment are putting the future of this community at risk,” he said. Audience member Serena Eisenberg, Hillel executive director, inquired about the boundaries of the conversation J Street hopes to engender. “I don’t like the phrase ‘one state solution’ . . . I refer to it as [a] ‘one state nightmare,’” Ben Ami said. Other audience members posed questions on the polarization of the American Jewish community and the right of Americans to comment on Israeli domestic politics. The event kicked off the new Stanford chapter of J Street U, a national student-driven network of activists providing an alternative approach to Israel advocacy. Contact Marwa Farag at mfarag @stanford.edu.
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Palestinian activist Fadi Quran ’10 seeks nonviolent path to future in Middle East
without the proper permits. Last February at a protest in Hebron, Quran was again detained by Israeli authorities. This time, it was on charges of obstructing a law enforcement officer, assault and resisting arrest. During the incident, Quran was pepper-sprayed by police. Though he was released five days later on bail for lack of definitive evidence, Quran remains under investigation and is due for questioning again on May 3, as The Daily reported. Being in prison had a profound effect on Quran. He spent his first two days in solitary confinement. “When they [Israeli security forces] brought me in, I couldn’t see anything because of the pepper spray — the only thing open was my mind’s eye,” Quran recounted. The pain and isolation forced Quran to evaluate his priorities. “During that time, I thought about the world I wanted to see, the legacy I wanted to leave behind,” he said. “I was in pain and I was afraid for the first hour or two, but it was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life.” Quran’s resilience comes from a number of sources.As a teenager, he was moved by books about Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr., two activists who also spent time But Quran’s greatest source of inspiration continues to be his mother and grandmothers. “One of the things that I’ve learned through my life experience is that powerful women who work hard, who nurture and care for their family, friends and community, are the key to a successful society and to great individuals,” he said.“They are the greatest individuals.” Quran would also develop a close connection with the faculty and students at Stanford after his arrival in 2006. While he was applying to colleges, Quran hoped to pursue his interests in physics while studying a subject that could help him change the situation in Palestine. After consulting with friends and teachers, he discovered that Stanford was a place where he could do both. Life in California, however, was vastly different from the one Quran had in Palestine. “I remember days during the month-long curfews when I had to help my family and neighbors get bread,” Quran said. The dichotomy of those experiences and his life at Stanford, a “land of milk and honey,” was an important motivational tool. “Seeing how challenging life actually is for some people gives you something to prepare for, to work
By STEPHEN COBBE
t its core, quantum physics is a science of probabilities. When dealing with particle uncertainties and ambiguous dualities, a calculated likelihood is the closest thing to certainty. Fadi Quran ’10 believes there is a lesson in this concept that can be applied to his work in social activism. “The paths that particles take have multiple histories, each of which you must add together in order to predict the probabilities of where the particles may land,” Quran said. “In much the same way, as a social activist, every time I try and plan a strategy in advance, I take all the possible scenarios on that path and add them up to approximate what needs to be done to achieve the most successful result.” Quran, 24, has bachelor’s degrees in both physics and international relations from Stanford. He is a leading figure in the burgeoning Palestinian youth movement committed to achieving “freedom, justice and dignity” for the Palestinian people. The movement, according to Quran, is not associated with any political factions, and categorically rejects the use of violence to achieve its goals. Growing up in Ramallah in the West Bank, Quran witnessed firsthand the destructiveness brought on by violent protest during the Second Palestinian Intifada, which began in 2000. “Your whole worldview changes,” Quran said, as he recalled bullets flying through his sister’s bedroom. The devastation of the uprising impressed upon him a feeling of responsibility for changing the status quo in the Occupied Territories. In recent months, Quran and his movement have risen greatly in prominence, receiving coverage from news organizations such as The Washington Post, Time Magazine and Al Jazeera. The “Freedom Rides” the group undertook last November received especially strong media attention. Inspired by the freedom riders of the 1960s civil rights movement who defiantly rode on segregated buses through the Jim Crow South, Quran and fellow activists boarded an Israeli commuter bus in the West Bank, hoping to end what they see as a discriminatory system. Shortly after the bus departed for Jerusalem however, it was stopped and boarded by Israeli police. All six of the activists were arrested for trying to enter Jerusalem
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Inspired by the freedom riders of the 1960s civil rights movement who rode on segregated buses throughout the Jim Crow South, Quran, holding a sign stating “We shall overcome” boarded Israeli buses along with fellow activists in the West Bank last November. The group was arrested.
in prison. The Palestinian community, too, inspired young Quran. As a 10-year-old boy, he witnessed the selflessness of those who risked their lives to bring food to the needy and to assist the elderly who couldn’t leave their homes. “Usually when we think of mentorship, we think of individuals — here in Palestine, the whole community acts organically to grow and mentor young men and women,” he said. toward,” he said. Through classes and on-campus activism, Quran quickly developed his argumentative skills and cemented his place in the Stanford community. “One of the great things about Stanford is that you can debate issues without the sense of fear that might be created at other places,” Quran said. As a freshman, Quran became an active participant in the debate
over whether Stanford should divest from companies allegedly associated with the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank. Taking a strong stance on this controversial issue ensured his position at the center of numerous campus debates. According to faculty members and peers, he always conducted himself with restraint, openmindedness and tolerance. “Fadi [Quran] has an incredible capacity to empathize with the perspectives of others,” said Allen Weiner, senior lecturer in law, who taught a conflict resolution seminar in which Quran was a student. Weiner remembers moderating a debate in one of his classes when Quran came under substantial pressure from students on the proIsrael side of the argument. “What was really impressive about Fadi was how committed he was to finding areas of common ground and mutual understanding, while still being very staunch in his defense of the interests of his community,” Weiner said. Joe Gettinger ’11, who befriended Quran at Stanford, admired Quran’s insistence on understanding the other perspective on the divestment issue, but said he believes the most telling aspect of Quran’s character was his personal efforts to bridge the gap between communities. “I remember he would come to Shabbat dinner to get to know people and to learn about their perspective,” Gettinger said. “That really said a lot because there was very little to gain politically from such a move, it was really about getting to know the community. That’s what makes Fadi so special.” Being at Stanford also taught Quran important lessons in innovation and entrepreneurship that he would later apply to his start-up in alternative energy, Tayara Energy. Running the business, which is located in the West Bank, requires Quran to tap into his interdisciplinary education, making use of his skills as both a community organizer and a scientist. Quran sees the start-up as one step toward fulfilling the goal of Palestinian self-sufficiency. Currently, Tayara Energy’s major projects include designing a high altitude wind generator to provide electricity to rural communities, setting up programs to train young people in proper recycling procedures to benefit refugee camps and integrating affordable solar panels into more construction projects in the Middle East. When Quran is not participating
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Growing up in Ramallah during the Second Intifada inspired Quran to change the status quo. After graduating from Stanford, he returned home to lead a nonviolent youth resistance movement.
in protests or running his company, he studies constitutional law and revolutions at Birzeit University in Ramallah, where he is pursuing his master’s degree. Balancing activism, entrepreneurship and academics can often present a heavy load. The way Quran sees it, though, “it is not so much a question of balancing as it is a question of integration.” “A lot of the time at Stanford you’re taught to make compartments . . . something I’ve learned is that actually in most cases, I can integrate everything together through an interdisciplinary approach,” Quran said. But that doesn’t mean life isn’t full of stress for Quran. The day before his interview with The Daily, a friend of Quran’s was arrested in Bahrain. Quran spent an anxious night worrying about the fate of his friend and writing a paper due the next day. His community, he says, has become accustomed to arrests. “There is always a sense of fear and anxiousness when a family member or friend is arrested,” he said. “Sometimes there is a fleeting sense of despair, but it is not as raw as the first time was.” Regarding the future, Quran is cautiously optimistic, not only for the Palestinians, but for the whole region. All around him, he said, he sees a new generation of Middle Eastern youth focused on social and business entrepreneurship. He also sees young Arab academics in unprecedented numbers pursuing “science and truth.” All this, he believes, points toward a tipping point in the near future in which acts of nonviolence generate more acts of nonviolence until the Palestinian youth movement and others like it become fullfledged nonviolent uprisings. “Then, we will achieve peace,” he said. Contact Stephen Cobbe at scobbe@ stanford.edu.
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Erica Castello ‘12 from the Spoken Word Collective read her poem, “Genius,” which describes the experience of a victim of sexual assault. One line of the poem reads, “Rape is an active word turned passive,”describing the transition of the mental state of the victim, who initially feels rage against her attacker and then begins to question the blame of the assault, wondering if she too is culpable. “That’s one of the big steps, is letting a victim define their own experience,” said Mona Thompson ’13, publicity coordinator for the Women’s Community Center. “Understanding that somebody did something to you that was wrong.” Castello’s performance was part of Take Back the Night, a national and international vigil that takes place annually in protest of sexual assault and in support of sexual assault victims. Stanford’s vigil at the Women’s Community Center on April 25 was organized by the Peer Health Educator (PHE) program.
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very once in a while, I like to go for a run on the beach. One of my favorite spots to hit the sand is San Gregorio State Beach — it lies just across the Santa Cruz range, is invariably quiet early on weekday mornings and offers a good stretch of hard-packed sand along a southern route toward Pomponio State Beach. At least, when the tide is out. When I first started frequenting San Gregorio, I never worried about the position of the moon. Absent a storm surge, no matter whether the tide was low or high, I could comfortably make my way around all the cliffs and headlands. But after a few winter storms, I found this was no longer true: Fierce waves had reshaped the coastline, piling up wide beaches at some points, but leaving bare rock in others. Now, if I don’t time my runs right, I’ll find myself knee-deep in ocean backwash. Although cross-checking with tide charts cuts back on my impulsive beach trips, I’ve found I really enjoy the ever-changing coastline. Unlike every other distance route I’ve carved out for myself here in California, the beach run holds something new for me every time. Of course, most of us — particularly those who own property along the coastline — prefer a bit more stability in our lives. After all, it’s one thing to have an extra sand mound to sprint up, and another thing to have your house fall into the ocean. That’s the worry of thousands of homeowners along both the East and West coasts of the United States. California in particular is the poster child for coastal erosion drama. The sea cliffs that line the San Francisco peninsula have given way before; it’s not hard to find the remnants of foundations along coastal trails. The bluffs overlooking the shoreline are themselves marked by warnings to stay back from the disintegrating edge. Elsewhere in the state, homeowners prefer an active response. One third of Southern California’s coastline has been backed by some human barrier, be it a carefully designed sea wall or a messy pile of concrete and boulders intended to buttress the coastal landscape. But planting solid structures in front of a dynamic sea comes with consequences. The walls and boulders may hold their ground, but deflected water scours away sand and gravel with an even fiercer intensity than unobstructed waves. In the end, while the absolute line drawn by man may hold, the sand on the seaward side
will disappear. Those of us who don’t own clifftop dwellings — and occasionally enjoy the sandy beaches below them — would probably prefer to let nature take its course. Standing back would certainly save us the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars spent maintaining shorelines. And in a world arguably overmanaged by human desires, it would be nice to leave something to Mother Nature. Unfortunately, it’s not just personal property that’s on the line. San Francisco knows this all too well as it looks west at a shrinking Ocean Beach. A major transportation artery and a major sewage line run a few meters inshore from the present-day mean high-tide line. The economic balance sheet gets a lot more complicated when you weigh the cost of relocating infrastructure against coastal reinforcements. Add in sea level rise and you have an urban planner’s worst nightmare. As humanity adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, we warm not only the air, but also the sea. Warmer water expands, and warmer ice melts. Together, these effects lead to a rise in sea level. Conservative models project a half-meter (roughly twenty inches, or the height difference between Shaquille O’Neal and Muggsy Bogues) average increase in sea surface height by the end of the century. San Francisco is anticipating a 14-inch rise by 2050. A couple of feet may not seem like much until you consider how many people are perched along the world’s coastlines. Six hundred million people face direct displacement by flooding; many more will lose food supplies as saltwater intrudes into low-lying soil. Add changing weather patterns and amped up storms to the mix, and whole cities could be inundated by storm surges. In San Francisco — and around the country — we have the luxury of combating global change. Collectively, we can afford to build, bulldoze and bludgeon our shores into a semblance of stability. But I’m not so sure I’d like to live in that concrete fortress. Following the sand inland is much more my cup of tea. Holly welcomes questions, comments, and running buddies at email@example.com.
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The ProFros are coming! The ProFros are coming!
make a friend or two since you’re interested in the same things. And trust me, speaking as the captain of a dance team here on campus, I can tell you that we’re as (if not more) excited as you when you want to talk to us about joining our student group, so there’s no need to hesitate before introducing yourself. 2. Befriend your fellow ProFros. I’m serious — do it. That having been said, be forewarned: Admit Weekend is awkward. You’re a bunch of high school seniors from across the world, stuck on a college campus together for a weekend. You all have something in common — after all, you all did get into Stanford — but you don’t have enough time to really get to know one other. Despite all of the awkwardness, you would be best served finding a few ProFros that you really get along with and exchanging numbers or adding each other on Facebook. Here’s why: At some point this summer, everyone in your life back home will get really tired of hearing you talk about Stanford. They don’t know what the difference between Wilbur and Stern is, so knowing what dorm you got assigned to doesn’t meant much to them. When this starts to happen to you, you’ll be glad you awkwardly exchanged numbers with the girl who sat next to you at the Dance Expo because you’ll have someone to text who will share your enthusiasm. And yes, this does actually happen. I’m still friends with three of the people I met at the Dance Expo during Admit Weekend 2010.
3. Get Stanford swag! Stanford is not one of those campuses where people act like they’re too cool to wear anything that says their school’s name on it; we’re the total opposite. I know people who would plaster themselves in Stanford bumper stickers if they could. If you know you’re coming here, then grab some Cardinal and wear it with pride. We’re excited to have you, so welcome to the Stanford family! 4. Don’t be afraid if Stanford doesn’t seem like the place for you. Everyone is going to spend all weekend telling you that Stanford is paradise, and it’s absolutely okay to disagree with that statement. I (obviously) love Stanford, and coming to Admit Weekend showed me that it was the place for me. Still, there’s a chance that you may not feel that way after heading home on Sunday. Don’t feel pressured to like Stanford just because it’s Stanford. Of course, we’d be thrilled to have you (that’s why you got in), but if you feel like you can’t see yourself calling this place home for the next four years, it’s okay. I’m sure you have tons of other amazing options and opportunities available to you, and I wish you the best of luck wherever it is you do end up! Now excuse me while I go join in on setting up for this weekend’s festivities. Let Admit Weekend 2012 begin! Speaking of shameless recruiting, Ravali would love to meet any ProFros interested in Bollywood fusion dance! Feel free to email her at email@example.com
dmit Weekend 2012 starts today, and that means it’s only a matter of hours before eager ProFros descend upon campus with their parents in tow. As much as we current students like to complain and moan about Admit Weekend, we all remember how excited we were when it was our turn to come to campus for the first time as an admitted student. We’re glad it’s your turn, Class of 2016, so here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your Admit Weekend experience: 1. Actively seek out the people and student groups you are interested in. Chances are you have spent many years of your life honing some great skill or talent. Some of you are fantastic musicians, others dancers and still others passionate community service project leaders. Others will want to leave their high school pursuits behind and pursue new interests in college. Whatever it is, you’re the only one who knows what you’re truly interested in, so use Admit Weekend to try to see what your options would be for pursuing your interests here at Stanford. Hearing about the hundreds of clubs that Stanford has is great, but that statistic doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know which clubs are relevant to you. Use Friday’s activities fair to actually put yourself in touch with the people you need to know. After all, not only are they the ones that can help get you involved when you arrive on the Farm in the fall, but there’s also a good chance that you can
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Visions of Tomorrow: Academia still a boys’ club
arlier this week, I received a Facebook invitation to Stanford 2020: Visions of Tomorrow. It looked awesome: “Come see 7 all-star professors talk about their research, why it matters, and what the world will look like in 2020.” I scanned the list of faculty with enthusiasm, noting how many of the professors I have admired or heard friends rave about. But as I reached the end of the list, my enthusiasm quickly turned to confusion, then disgust. Of the seven faculty members who presented at Wednesday night’s symposium, exactly zero of them were women. This level of gender disparity is unacceptable. And it’s particularly problematic for an event that explicitly looks toward the future. At last year’s symposium, there were two women; this year there are none. Maybe it’s just me, but in the future I’d like to see more gender equality, not less. The more I thought about it, the more outrageous the discrepancy seemed. On Wednesday, I posted a sarcastic comment to the event page: “Visions of Tomorrow: Because in the future, there will be no female faculty.” Adam Adler ’12, who is listed as an event creator on the Facebook page, commented in response: “Because in the present, female faculty do not respond to email requests.” (He included a winky smiley face, too.)
It’s absurd and shameful that the nearly twenty groups that cosponsored the event could not muster up even a single female faculty member to speak. I know from experience that planning academic events is a tricky business. The timeline of reaching out to faculty and hearing back about their availability can be stressful, especially if you seek a balanced diversity of departments, genders, races and backgrounds. But that is not an adequate explanation for why there are no women on this panel. When people agree to organize an event like this, they are implicitly agreeing to the difficulties that such a task necessarily entails. Frankly, it doesn’t matter to me if the event’s organizers had to email fifty female faculty members to secure three or four for this event. The planning process is invisible to the audience. The only thing we see is the end result, for which the organizers took responsibility. Simply put, I expect more — and I’m not the only one. (It took the staff of the Women’s Community Center, where I work, just a few hours to come up with seventeen all-star female professors who would have been a great fit for this event. We can help with brainstorming next time.) It’s clear that event organizers gave significant consideration to securing faculty from diverse disciplines, including political science, religious studies, mathemat-
ics, and medicine. Why isn’t gender considered an important diversity concern? It should be. Our culture’s consistent failure to position women as intellectual leaders contributes to stereotype threat, which impedes women’s leadership aspirations and reinforces stereotypic beliefs that men are naturally more fit for the academy than women. Women comprise nearly 50 percent of Stanford’s undergraduate population; nation-wide, that figure is close to 60 percent. But as one moves into the upper echelons of academia, that parity dis-
appears. At Stanford, women are 37 percent of graduate students, and a truly bleak 26 percent of faculty members. (So if the event organizers had passively represented the statistical reality of gender balance at Stanford — not deliberately provided a more equal vision, perish the thought — they would have had one or two women present.) I would protest the lack of female faculty at an event like this no matter which university hosted it, but the absence is even more appalling because we’re not at just any university. The Stanford community prides itself on being
a leading institution. We need to be setting the standard for gender equity in academia, just as we do for teaching and research. Our departments have their pick of the top scholars in every field. There’s no excuse for the exclusion of women from events like this one; female academics of exceptional renown are all around us. My vision of tomorrow includes equal numbers of women in leadership positions and at decision-making tables. There’s nothing forward-thinking about an old-fashioned boys’ club.
MIRANDA MAMMEN ’14
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“These three pillars need to be complementary,” he said. “I am worried that market discipline and capital standards are being relegated instead of revived. “The risk of Dodd-Frank is that we end up with several oligopolistic systems on top of the financial center that will make it increasingly difficult for smaller regional banks to function,” he added. While Warsh expressed general support for reform in the banking system, he expressed concern that “at the core . . . [the] Dodd-Frank act will be no equal to the task.” He also emphasized that looking toward other countries for examples of successful reforms of the banking sector isn’t an option, due to sustained and extensive differences in banking systems between nations. Criticizing the concept of “too big to fail” as static, Warsh advocated for a system in which “an early assessment of financial firms and vibrant competition among them is the best way to avoid another financial crisis.” “The largest firms must tell regulators [that] their failures will not endanger the economy,” he said. “If they can’t pass this simple test then they should be diminished.” Prior to his 2006 to 2011 term on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Warsh served from 2002 to 2006 as special assistant to the president for economic policy and executive secretary of the White House National Economic Council. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley as vice president and executive director. Contact Natasha Weaser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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law extends only to a 14-week internship stint at a law firm, he asserted, “my legal training and my exposure to law made me a better regulator.” “I would never claim to be an expert, but I learned a lot from observing the system as a regulator and policymaker,” he added. Warsh criticized, however, the bias toward regulation as a remedy for the post-recession economy, stating that the other two “pillars” have not received enough attention and investment. He called the notion “that with more regulators, with more funding and more power, bad things won’t happen” an oversimplistic and erroneous one.
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“Most of the people in this room will be doing jobs in 10 years that do not exist today,” he argued, asserting that negotiation will be critical to success in new areas. “Managing debates is negotiation, and the process can be more important than the potential solutions put forward.” Christensen asserted that a successful negotiation entails “a framework to negotiate, preparation, a problem-solving rubric based on fairness and a focus on the long term.” Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and Philosophy Thomas Sheehan delivered his talk on “modern scholarship of Jesus of Nazareth,” as a “figure in history as contrasted with a figure of faith.” Sheehan said that Jesus’ progression from prophet to divine figure took over seven decades, creating a “paradigm shift in the study of Christianity.” Christopher Gardner, director of nutrition studies at the Prevention Research Center discussed a “food revolution” as the solution to the enormous problem of “feeding everyone on the planet,” emphasizing “Stanford’s unique position to attack the problem.” Gardner described his involvement in Stanford’s first Food Summit in 2010, where he drew expertise from each of the University’s seven schools to arrive at the concept of a “systems approach to food,” wherein large, individual
actors can be made more aware of their food decisions. Next came Ravi Vakil, professor of mathematics, who spoke of Stanford’s pedagogic philosophy as a quality research and teaching institution, and the implication of this “big bet” for the challenges we will face in the future. “The number of different exceptional faculties we have here is not accidental. It is intentional to our mission to provide an education which is both broad and deep,” Vakil said, arguing that those characteristics “are not in tension.” The University “is for those students who create for themselves, and not who want to be given,” he added. “When confronted with the choice of broad versus deep, research versus teaching, pure versus applied, or basic research versus solving large problems, we should immediately, instinctively, and aggressively reply, ‘all of the above,’ no matter how challenging,” Vakil said. Paul Wise, professor in child health, concluded the symposium with a discussion of the “unnecessary dilemmas individuals face when they see the collision of their technical learning against the reality of the undeveloped world.” “This acute existential disorientation, as I call it, is unfounded . . . and I hope that I am looking at individuals who take this dual struggle for efficacy and justice as always inextricably linked,” Wise said. Contact Aaron Sekhri at asekhri @stanford.edu.
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lack of resources that can often defeat the jump from theory to largescale applications. “GCEP has gained international recognition for supporting research in fundamental and applied research related to energy and the environment,” wrote Jennifer Dionne, professor of materials science and engineering and one of the grants’ lead investigators, in an email to The Daily. Dionne’s team will investigate methods of making a new kind of electrode that converts photons from low-energy to high-energy states. Such advances would make photovoltaic cells more efficient and maximize the potential for harvesting solar energy. “Our proposal is fundamental, in that we are exploring new ways of utilizing spectral regimes of the solar spectrum that are wasted with conventional photovoltaic and photo catalytic technologies,” Dionne wrote. Another team of researchers will also work to develop new materials for energy conversion applications, in this case by attempting to identify new thermally and chemically stable nano-materials that efficiently convert heat into electricity. Such materials could be used to maximize energy efficiency in power plants. “By doing that we think we can double the efficiency of solar thermal power plants, and reduce the cost of the electricity produced, because we believe that the additional energy converter we could put on top of the existing system would
not be very expensive,” said Igor Bargatin, an engineering postdoctoral scholar. While these research projects may be geared toward future industrial application, researchers emphasized that technologies developed may also find use in a residential context. “We would like to have the ability to do this in the home at a smaller scale,” Bargatin said. “You can have a system that does not vibrate, does not produce noise, does not require maintenance — if we can fabricate it efficiently [for] cheap then it’s a cheap application.” The research team is currently working on validating its theory, but plans on then modifying samples in order to begin gathering data for the project. Bargatin called three years a “reasonable timeframe” for developing useful applications from the current conceptual stage. While GCEP initially struggled to get corporate sponsors on board, Richard Sassoon, GCEP’s managing director, emphasized the symbiotic nature of the current relationship. “It’s a big, large corporation looking in the long-term; it does need to see what is coming in the pipeline, and what are the new trends that could be taking place,” Sassoon said, referring to ExxonMobil’s initial sponsorship and subsequent attempts to bring other firms to GCEP. “GCEP provides a starting point for that type of research,” Sassoon added. “It’s an involved discussion on both sides. In the end, we’re happy that GCEP is around and doing the work that it’s doing.” Contact Alexis Garduno at email@example.com.
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Projected Round – 1st
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The NFL draft begins today at 5 p.m. and will continue through Sunday. The Daily breaks down the prospects for Stanford’s top graduating players hoping to have their names called this weekend.
The Colts have already announced they’ll take Luck with the first overall pick, solidifying what we’ve known for over two years now – Luck is the best college quarterback prospect to enter the draft since Peyton Manning, the man he’ll be replacing in Indy.
“Is one of the safest, surefire QB selections in draft history with few discernible blemishes and has slam-dunk potential in a rhythm offense.” (Pro Football Weekly)
Projected Round – 1st
Just about everybody sees DeCastro as the second-best offensive lineman in this year’s draft class behind USC’s Matt Kalil. Won’t slip past the 20th pick, and is likely to be taken by the Chiefs (11th pick), Cardinals (13th) or Cowboys (14th).
“Big, physical, nasty, strong technician with distinction as the best pulling guard in this year’s draft class. Is a proven, perennial Pro Bowl-caliber plug-and-play starter with no glaring deficiencies in his game.” (Pro Football Weekly)
Projected Round – 1st
Scout’s take The skinny
Martin didn’t play exceptionally well this year and had a miserable pro day a few weeks ago, so his stock has fallen from the beginning of the year, when he was expected to be a top-10 pick. However, he’s still a late-first-round talent, and might end up with the Browns (22nd pick), Texans (26th) or Giants (32nd).
“He’s got the NFL size, length and overall athletic skill set. However, he's not a natural anchor player and doesn’t strike me as a guy who is ever going to be real physical at the next level. Looks like a finesse tackle who will get over-drafted because of athletic talent.” (National Football Post)
Projected Round – 1st
Fleener’s stock has gone through the roof lately, with a fantastic pro day and the performance of big tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis boosting his value. Fleener likely won’t slip past the 49ers (30th pick), but start looking for his name to pop up when the Steelers, Broncos and Texans hit the board.
“An impressive pass catcher who can win both down the field and underneath versus man coverage. Has the frame and flexibility to develop into a solid blocker as well and looks like a future starting-caliber NFL tight end.” (National Football Post)
Projected Round – 7th or Free agent “Reads and reacts quickly, gets early jumps on the football and puts himself around the the receiver, but always has to play man instead of ball because of lacking range. Isn’t afraid to throw his body around. However is too stiff to play in space at the next level and make plays on the football.” (National Football Post)
Howell has had a few injury issues and isn’t that big, thus hampering his value, but his bighit ability, secure tackling and decent coverage skills mean he’ll be a backup safety and special teams starter in the NFL.
Projected Round – Undrafted free agent “Thomas has been reliable the past two seasons at Stanford yet lacks the measurables to be anything other than a backup in the NFL. He offers potential in a zone system at cornerback or safety and comes with a special teams mentality.” (Sports Illustrated)
Thomas doesn’t really have a position at the next level (some have even theorized that he’ll play cornerback, despite his struggles to cover anyone in man-to-man) but he’s still been turning the eyes of people with his consistent play and minimal injury history. Has worked out for the 49ers, Patriots, Texans and Chiefs.
Projected Round – 6th-7th “Has a terrific makeup that translates to consistent on-field effort. Low-voltage athletic ability restricts his ceiling, however. Size, smarts and toughness might fit best with a team employing a hybrid scheme in which he could provide depth at multiple spots.” (Pro Football Weekly)
Masifilo wasn’t much of a factor on many teams’ draft boards, but his solid pro day showing, where he bench-pressed 225 pounds a colossal 38 times, showed he has the strength to at least compete for a spot along the trenches in the NFL.
Projected Round – 6th-7th “Well-built, athletic, competitive, mentally tough secondary receiver and kickoff returner who flashes playmaking ability when healthy but has been physically battered. Longterm durability could affect draft standing and potentially cut short pro career.” (Pro Football Weekly)
Owusu’s troubles with concussions are well-documented, and that unfortunately hampers his value; some teams have even taken him off their draft boards because of his health issues. His ability to play special teams will boost his status and ultimately be the difference-maker that induces one team to take him.
Projected Round – 7th or Free agent
Scout’s take The skinny
“Perhaps the most intriguing prospect at Stanford’s Pro Day, clocked at a startling 4.35 Bademosi, who projects as a safety at the next level, had a startlingly good pro day that put on his first 40 attempt and also demonstrated incredible explosiveness in the vertical and him on several teams’ radars. He worked out for the 49ers recently, and apparently has broad jump. Graded by some clubs as a corner and others as a developmental free safety received some interest from the Patriots and Chiefs. prospect, Bademosi may have earned a draft selection at Pro Day.” (NFLDraftScout.com)
Projected Round – Undrafted free agent “Slashing runner with one-cut style. Average speed. Above-average power. Effective in short yardage. Also makes good special teams decisions. Good hands. Long injury history and not used often due to injuries in 2009 and 2010.” (Dynasty Draftnik)
While Stewart is a short-yardage stud, he was so infrequently used at running back over the last few years that it’s hard to see him sticking on an NFL roster as just a running back. That means his best bet at the next level is to make the practice squad or play special teams.
Projected round – Undrafted free agent “Shows terrific quickness in and out of his breaks. Consistent route-running was mentioned Whalen has put some nice things on film, but his measurables are all going to leave him by more than one scout attending his Pro Day workout as similar to the sharp cutting ability lacking when he’s in a draft with guys like Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd. But remember, that helped 2011 undrafted free agent Doug Baldwin emerge as the Seahawks' leading the player he compares most favorably to – Wes Welker – was undrafted, too. receiver as a rookie.” (NFLdraftscout.com)
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I’m sick of RG3 draft talk
STANFORD TAKES ON BYU IN MPSF SEMIFINAL
By DANIEL E. LUPIN
country — USC, UC-Irvine, Stanford and BYU are Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the latest national rankings.The good news for Cardinal fans, and fans of the MPSF in general, is that the at-large bid to the four-team NCAA tournament will almost definitely come from the MPSF. The flipside of that, however, is not so inviting: Stanford will have to beat two of the four best teams in the country to assure itself a place in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal sports an overall record of 3-3 against the rest of the remaining field, defeating BYU twice during a season-changing weekend in Provo earlier this year along with a split against Irvine and a 0-2 mark against USC. That being said, the story of the match between Stanford and BYU promises to be much different this time around. When these two teams last met on consecutive nights in early February, BYU was at a significant disadvantage despite playing on its home floor — the Cougars were without firstteam All-MPSF outside hitter Taylor Sander, who leads the MPSF and is second in the nation with 4.80 kills per set. Stanford was able to exploit this weakness in the Cougars’ attack, holding BYU to a .272 hitting percentage for the weekend. Stanford’s calling cards all season long have been defense and superior passing. The return of Sander to the lineup significantly increases the challenge for the Cardinal, which will be forced to
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onight, 32 players will walk across the stage at Radio City Music Hall, jam awful-looking hats on their heads and finally begin their NFL careers in earnest after months of waiting and preparing. More importantly, it means that the preposterous cycle of media coverage that leads up to the NFL draft will end, and Mel Kiper, Jr., Todd McShay and their cronies can all retreat to the respective bridges they live under. More importantly, the first round of the draft will finally signal the end of the months-long “debate” of whether the Colts should pick Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III with the first overall pick. I can’t fully express how excited I am about the end of this debate, because, quite frankly, I am sick of seeing and hearing about Robert Griffin III. It’s not because I’m worried that the Colts will flip-flop and pick Griffin first or because I’m jealous that Griffin ended up with the Heisman this year, but it’s because I think Griffin’s rise to become the new poster child of the NFL represents everything that’s wrong with the NFL draft. First of all, let’s get this out of the way: Griffin is nowhere near as good as Luck, and yet, many draft experts spin us the story that Griffin would be a better pick. Why? Because Griffin is a far more exciting player to watch play football. Several times a game, he makes one of those “oh-shit-how-did-he-do-that” plays that ends up in the SportsCenter Top 10. Meanwhile, Luck’s highlight tape is full of short, on-target passes flecked with the occasional long run and a single one-handed catch against UCLA. Luck’s brilliance is understated, and only comes through after repeated viewing, while Griffin’s video-game good plays make you jump out of your seat. You don’t need to see a Powerpoint presentation to see why Griffin is a great college football player. And because Griffin is so exciting to watch, draft experts have conveniently obscured the fact that he ran a (somewhat gimmicky) spread offense at Baylor, never had to take snaps from under center (a necessary skill in the NFL) and got all his plays from the sideline and never was required to make passes that required complex reads of a defense. While Griffin was an accurate passer, a fast runner and an all-around delight to watch play football, things that should be major question marks (or at least big developmental steps in Griffin’s NFL career) have basically been overlooked. What’s more, Griffin has only really had one outstanding season, and went from a guy that was above average, but essentially unheard-of outside the Big 12 to a “surefire NFL star” in just one year. For a lot of prospects, a one-year breakout makes scouts wonder where all that performance was beforehand, but apparently nobody has questioned that about Griffin’s game. Second, Griffin irks me because he’s inescapable. He’s a total media darling, or as Sports Illustrated writer Peter King says, he’s the beneficiary of “the circle-jerking of a jil-
The second-seeded Stanford men’s volleyball team is in Los Angeles tonight for the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tournament, needing two more wins to garner an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal (21-6, 17-5 MPSF) will take on the thirdseeded BYU Cougars (24-6, 17-5) for the third time this season for a chance at the finals in what promises to be one of the more exciting matches of the season. The eventual champion of the MPSF tournament will have earned it, considering that the remaining teams in the tournament comprise the top four teams in the
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Seniors Gus Ellis (left) and Evan Barry (right) will look to close out their Stanford men’s volleyball careers with a second trip to the NCAA tournament. To get there, the second-seeded Cardinal will need to beat thirdseeded BYU in tonight’s MPSF semifinal in Los Angeles and then possibly knock off either USC or UC-Irvine.
contend with a BYU team that already features five other AllMPSF performers — middle blockers Futi Tavana and Russell Lavaja, opposite Robb Stowell, setter Joe Kauliakamoa and outside hitter Josue Rivera. BYU’s hitting percentage as a team for the season is third-best in the country at .326. Whether or not Stanford can consistently stymie the nowhealthy BYU attack will be the key to the match. “If we can serve tough and limit our errors, and consistently put up good balls for Evan Barry to set, then I think we should have a lot of success,” said sophomore outside hitter Steven Irvin. Despite all the matchup problems Stanford will have to contend with, BYU’s task to stop its opponent will be no easier. In fact, Stanford is one of just three teams, along with BYU and USC, that features six all-conference selections, led as always by first-team performers and Stanford record holders Brad Lawson and Erik Shoji. In addition to Lawson and Shoji, senior setter Evan Barry and sophomores Brian Cook, Eric Mochalski and Irvin were AllMPSF selections. “[Today’s match] is going to come down to serving, passing and smart attacking,” Lawson said. “BYU is a notoriously great blocking team and they also have some potent weapons from the service line. If we can control their serves and pass well, we’ll be able to keep their big block guessing, which will make it a lot easier for us to side out and score points.” From a statistical standpoint, Stanford’s offense has been even more efficient than BYU’s — Stanford sits second in the country with a team hitting percentage of .343 for the season, with four of the Cardinal’s top five hitters sporting hitting percentages above .320. If the Cougars want to come away with better results than the last time they matched up with the Cardinal, they will have to come prepared to face an efficient and diverse offense. A win for the Cardinal in Thursday’s semifinal would probably guarantee the Cardinal a bid to the NCAA tournament if top-ranked USC defeats Irvine, because Stan-
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Utes first up in Pac-12 tournament
By MARSHALL WATKINS
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Having concluded the regular season with convincing victories over Pacific and No. 14 California, the No. 10 Stanford men’s tennis team seems to be peaking at just the right time as it enters postseason play in the form of the inaugural Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif. “The team is excited about the opportunities ahead of us,” said senior Ryan Thacher. “The last week of practice was the best of the year, illustrating the team’s focus heading into the postseason. I am confident in this team’s ability to make some noise in the Pac-12s and in the NCAAs following that.” The No. 3-seed Cardinal (16-7, 5-2 Pac-12) will face No. 7-seed Utah today in the quarter-
finals. The Utes (12-11, 1-6) cruised to a convincing 4-0 victory over No. 6-seed Oregon yesterday to progress to the quarterfinals. The winner of today’s match will face No. 2seed (and the No. 1 team in the nation) USC, in the semifinals on Friday.The victor in the other quarterfinal, between No. 4-seed Cal and No. 5-seed Washington, will square off with No. 1seed (and No. 5 nationally) UCLA earlier on Friday for a place in the final on Saturday. While Utah’s struggles in conference play may bode well for Stanford, the competition between the two teams in early April was tightly contested. In an indoor match at high elevation, and in front of a partisan crowd, the Cardinal jumped out to a 3-0 lead but struggled to put the Utes away, eventually clinching a 4-3 victory in the penultimate match. For this match, however, both teams will be
much better-known entities. Utah’s lineup will remain unchanged, while Stanford will likely make only one change — starting junior Denis Lin ahead of freshman Robert Stineman — from the earlier contest. Nevertheless, Stanford will look to take advantage of momentum garnered through two emphatic victories over Cal and Pacific, as well as greater stability and depth in the lineup against a Utah team that had dropped five straight before winning its last two matches. The Cardinal should also be able to exercise a significant advantage over the Utes in individual matches, with the presence of two top50 players — No. 27 Thacher and No. 36 senior Bradley Klahn — going unmatched by Utah. Looking ahead to the prospective semifinal
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Co-champs eye tourney
By CHRISSY JONES
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lion of us covering the draft for far, far too long.” Griffin’s catchy nickname, engaging personality and inability to say “no” to a photo shoot or video interview means he’s been showing up everywhere, all the
With a 7-0 sweep over Washington State in Ojai, Calif., yesterday, the Stanford women’s tennis team officially brought its regular season to a close. The No. 31 Cougars (18-6, 6-4 Pac-12) were no match for No. 5 Stanford, who surrendered only one set all day. The meeting, rescheduled after a rainout on March 25, cemented the Cardinal as co-champions of the Pac-12, alongside No. 4 USC (20-3, 9-1). Apart from 2009, Stanford (18-1, 9-1) has taken at least a portion of the conference championship every year since 1987. Stanford captured the doubles point first and continued to roll with six straight singles victories. Junior Stacey Tan was the first to finish with a decisive 6-0, 6-0 blow to her opponent, Ksenia Googe, as junior Mallory Burdette followed in suit with a shutout victory over Washington State’s Elisabeth Fournier. Sophomore Nicole Gibbs, freshman Ellen Tsay, senior Veronica Li and junior Natalie Dillon all contributed wins as well. “Today we had to take care of business,” said head coach Lele Forood. “And we did. We had a really good performance.” Forood acknowledged that, despite finishing the regular season as Pac-12 co-champions, Stanford has suffered some uphill battles. “We are not healthy,” Forood said. “[Sophomore Kristie Ahn] is still not available, but we’re optimistic about getting her back for NCAAs and she’s been working incredibly hard. Even [sophomore Amelia Herring] has been injured and had to have a procedure on her wrist.” That leaves the Cardinal with six healthy players, the number required for each match. “Our backs have been against the wall,” Forood said, “but this group is very resilient and has done a great job.” Luckily for Stanford, Herring will return for the Pac-12 invitational draw this weekend. All of her teammates, apart from Ahn, the defending champion of the Pac-10 tournament, will participate in singles, doubles or both at the tournament. The women’s singles draw will consist of 32 players, and the doubles draw will include 16 teams. Gibbs, who has manned court
I am sick of seeing and hearing about Robert Griffin III.
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Junior Stacey Tan (above) double-bageled her opponent in Stanford’s makeup match against Washington State yesterday as the Cardinal swept the Cougars to earn a share of the conference title. Stanford will now shift its attention to the Pac-12 tournament, where Stanford will compete for the singles and doubles crowns.
one for Stanford all season, will appear in the main draw, along with teammates Burdette, Tan and Tsay. When asked who her toughest opponents will be, she pointed to none other than the ones she practices against every day. “First and foremost, [Burdette] and my other teammates,” she said. “It’s very uniquely difficult to play someone on your team. You’re so used to it being a support system, and there are certain internal pressures associated with playing the other girls. We have to do it all the time though, so whatever happens, it’s not the end of the world to win or lose. I just want to improve with each match and put myself in the best situation for NCAAs.” Forood added to Gibbs’ sentiment. “It’s not like they stop talking to their teammates,” Forood this season, and an improved result could do wonders for the team’s confidence heading into a possible NCAA tournament showdown. A win by Irvine on Thursday, however, would turn the landscape upside down. The winner of the final would obviously advance to the tournament, but a loss by Irvine in the final would complicate things severely. Winning in the semifinals would mean that the Anteaters would hold a 2-1 series advantage succumbing to 7-0 sweeps on both occasions. However, with the Trojans’ confidence likely dented as they come off their first loss of the season — a narrow 4-3 defeat against rival UCLA — the opportunity for the Cardinal to get revenge should provide a tantalizing challenge after overcoming today’s test. “We are taking it one match at laughed. “They’re kept in separate quarters, so they wouldn’t meet each other until the semifinals anyway. It certainly happens, though, and everyone handles it very well.” After this weekend, Stanford will have almost two weeks until the start of NCAAs. Although not confirmed, Forood hinted that an exhibition match against the USTA’s top juniors is in the works for May 2. “It gives us our only competition in the period between Pac-12 and NCAAs,” Forood said. “And quite frankly, it gives me the chance to see the top juniors.” Gibbs, who trained with the USTA program for many years, thinks that such a match would be beneficial in helping the players remain sharp during the time off. “These are players that I trained with, so it’s fun to see who over the Trojans this season, something the NCAA tournament committee would certainly have to take into account. In order to be in the mix, though, the Cardinal must first take care of business against BYU. Stanford’s road to the tournament resumes today at 5 p.m. at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Contact Daniel E. Lupin at delupin @stanford.edu. a time starting with Utah,” Thacher said. “The conference is deep and we know that we can’t take any team lightly. That said, I think that everyone is quietly and eagerly awaiting the rematch with USC if we can get there.” The Cardinal and the Utes will square off today at 2 p.m. in Ojai. Contact Marshall Watkins at email@example.com. will go pro, and who are viable options to recruit at Stanford,” she said. “I think that it would be a fun exhibition match to tune us up.” Stanford will also put to good use its own depth in the time between Pac-12s and NCAAs. “We made some changes to the way we practice after playing USC and UCLA two weekends ago,” Gibbs said. “We’re trying to get more focus and drive instilled during practice and everyone’s been doing a good job. Tons of fitness, too. We need to start getting ready for that Georgia weather.” In the meantime, the Cardinal players will take the courts of the Ojai Valley Athletic Club today. The singles and doubles finals will be held on Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. at Libbey Park. Contact Chrissy Jones at chrissyj@ stanford.edu.
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ford would then, at worst, have finished second in the conference and second in the conference tournament. But to say Saturday’s final is not important would be a complete misjudgment. Stanford has not had much success against the Trojans
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matchup against the Trojans, however, Stanford will likely face a significantly stiffer challenge. The Cardinal has struggled to gain any traction against USC in two matchups this year, with Stanford
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Freshman John Morrissey (above) and the Stanford men’s tennis team will compete in the first ever conference team competition at the Pac-12 tournament when the Cardinal battles the Utes for the right to take on USC.
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