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Queer series launches
One-unit spring quarter class ‘first of its kind at Stanford’

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (above, left) posed with new Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who was selected first overall on Thursday night. Luck is the fourth Stanford quarterback to be chosen with the No. 1 pick in the draft.


“It was great. It was everything I ever though it would be,” Luck told ESPN. “I can’t wait to start with the Colts.” Proudly displaying a blue Colts’ hat and horseshoe lapel pin, Luck’s message to Indianapolis fans was to “hope for the best” and promised that he would “come in and work hard” for his new team. “I feel so honored, so grateful to represent this city now and be a part of the team,” he said. Luck is the fourth No. 1 overall draft pick to come out of Stanford, following Bobby Garrett, the first pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1954, Jim Plun-

Luck and a horseshoe. Some things just go together perfectly. After months of waiting, the Indianapolis Colts finally made Andrew Luck’s NFL dream official on Thursday night, selecting Luck with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. While Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson had already announced that the Colts would select Luck earlier in the week, the Stanford star said the moment he’d been anticipating for over two years was still an exciting one.

kett, the Oakland Raiders’ choice in 1971, and John Elway, who garnered a trade to the Denver Broncos after being picked first by the Baltimore Colts in 1983. For now, Luck will be tasked with taking over a team that went 2-14 last year, as well as replace future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who was released by the team after missing the entirety of the 2011-2012 season with a neck injury. ““I realize you could go crazy trying to just measure yourself to Peyton Manning every day,” Luck told the

As part of an ongoing effort to expand campus dialogue of queer-related issues, the Stanford Program in Feminist Studies and the Queer Studies Coalition have collaborated on the University’s first queer studies lecture series, which is offered this spring as a 1-unit class. Queer studies postdoctoral fellow Shana GoldinPerschbacher called the series “the first of its kind at Stanford.” She teamed up with Alok Vaid-Menon ’13, undergraduate chair of the Queer Studies Coalition, to coordinate the weekly event. The class covers a range of topics, such as “By the Numbers: Gays, Lesbians and Their Families in the US” and “Queer History of Late Imperial China.” Lecturers come from various fields, with representatives from the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, the Department of History and the Department of Drama all participating in talks. “We wanted it to be a space where people could come and hear about queer studies and think about how they could apply these methods and theories to their own work, regardless of their field of study,” VaidMenon said. “I truly believe that queer critique and analysis is interdisciplinary and crucial for people from all academic backgrounds.” Both Vaid-Menon and Goldin-Perschbacher said the series keeps up with the growing support of queer studies on campus. In September 2010, the ASSU passed a bill encouraging the creation of a minor in queer studies. According to Goldin-Perschbacher, a “queer studies sub-plan” within the Feminist Studies major has been approved by the Registrar’s office since last summer, and the Department of Feminist Studies is also working to develop a Ph.D. minor in feminist and queer studies in response to interest from graduate students. “Stanford has been offering courses on queer studies for many years, but thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of student-led initiatives over many years, we’re adding more classes, a lecture series, a Book Salon [and] a postdoctoral fellow,” Goldin-Perschbacher said. “The issue with queer studies is that because it’s such a foreign field to most of us, most people don’t think it has anything to do with them,” Vaid-Menon said. The definition on the Department of Feminist Studies website describes queer studies as a “multi-discipli-

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Walzer probes morality in war

Chilling at Frost Auditorium


Profs weigh in on Republican VP prospects
Hoover senior fellow Condoleezza Rice tops list, expresses no interest

Arguing that “the good guys can win,” Michael Walzer, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, called for fixed and unambiguous rules in war during a presentation at Annenberg Auditorium Thursday night. Walzer addressed a host of issues pertaining to the morality of war and drew examples from many conflicts past and present from all around the world. Debra Satz, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, introduced Walzer as “the individual who, more than any other, has established political theories that have set the bar for thinking and writing about war.” Satz also praised his “novel and formidable approach to political philosophy.” Walzer began by describing “moral dilemmas in asymmetric wars as the most important current challenge to the current principles of just war theory.” This challenge pits armed forces’ desire for victory against their desire to act justly, he said. According to Walzer, this dilemma is the product of “increasingly significant, small-scale nonstate actors, insurgents and terrorist organizations” that resort to unconventional warfare to further their interests. “The problem is that one side says that the rules put in place penalize them for their weakness,” Walzer said. “And the other says that the enemy’s violation of those rules leaves them with no other options.” Putting forward his central premise, Walzer said that “the argument that to win wars you must stray from the rules of war will be shown as wrong.” He also stressed using public opinion as an arbitrator for the standards of war and called for a need to assess what victory truly means. Walzer ar-

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Prospective freshmen arrived at the Farm Thursday as this year’s Admit Weekend officially kicked off. Accepted students, who have until May 1 to confirm their spot in the Class of 2016, will spend the weekend getting a taste of life at Stanford.

With his sweep of five primaries Tuesday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney continues to consolidate his grip on the Republican presidential nomination, causing media attention to shift to his selection of a running mate. Stanford professors disagreed about just how important Romney’s choice may be come November. Speculation has recently revolved around Romney picking Condoleezza Rice, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and former University provost, as his running mate. Rice, who served as Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration, received the most support among likely Republican voters in a CNN/ORC International survey released last week. The survey asked registered Republicans and right-leaning independent voters to choose eight names they would like to see as Romney’s vice president. Rice was the frontrunner with 26 percent of the vote. Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who recently bowed out of the presidential race, came in second with 21 percent. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tied for third at 14 percent. According to Bill Whalen, a Hoover research fellow, the number one pick in the polls “doesn’t always pan out.”

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Sahami stresses tech education

And so it begins...

Lack of technological knowledge rooted in K-12 schooling, CS professor says
“Everyone here is going to be a leader in their field,” said Mehran Sahami, an associate professor in computer science, Thursday during a lunchtime talk at Old Union. “If you understand that technology will have a huge impact in the future and educate yourself accordingly, you will be able to make decisions that impact other people’s lives.” During the event, organized by Stanford in Government (SIG) as part of the Policy Lunch program, Sahami spoke about the importance of technical education in today’s globally connected world. “Technology plays a huge role in everyone’s life,” he said. “The biggest problem with our country is that our public policies have not been able to follow this development.” According to Sahami, the issues are concentrated within three major areas: cybersecurity, intellectual property and education. Bringing up issues such as the Stuxnet virus and stock market flash crashes, Sahami emphasized the major security breaches that our increasingly virtual society faces. “Think about what would happen if the credit card system were to go down,” Sahami told the 30 students who were present in the conference room. “You might just be worried that you will not be able to buy your pizza, but the dangers are much bigger than that,” he added, referring to the imminent collapse of our country’s economy if such a breakdown were to occur. Similarly, Sahami denounced the patent frenzy that is currently sweeping over the United States. “Intellectual property is one of those things that for a while did not get the play that it is getting now,” he said. According to Sahami, companies now have to give in to enormous cross-licensing deals in order to benefit from the patent portfolios of other companies. “There is serious money that is being put into this game,” he added. “When patents are awarded for things that your high school friends could have done, it is clear that we are stifling technical innovation. When there is a need for such crosslicensing deals, it probably means that we are awarding patents for things that are not so novel after all.” Sahami argued that the people who push for intellectual property policies would benefit from having a stronger technical background. “Patent lawyers who have no technical background . . .are clearly under-qualified to deal which such applications,” he said. “There is no doubt about that.” According to Sahami, the problem begins with the K-12 system. “Computer science is neither considered as math or as a science, but rather as vocational training,” Sahami said. He added that “students come to Stanford with an excellent training in math and English, but almost no computer literacy.” He argued that this is due to a fundamental problem in policy-making, saying that it is not because of a lack of student interest, but schools have not properly advocated the importance of technological education. “How come Palo Alto High School, across the street from arguably the best computer science institution in the world does not even offer AP Computer Science?” Sahami asked. He concluded his talk by challenging everyone present to take action. “I would encourage you to get the technical background to address the problems that you see. Try to inform yourself from the technological perspective,” Sahami said. Student attendees were enthusiastic about the talk. “Technology has always been what humanity has been pushing to make better use of resources,” said Zhe Zhang, a second year coterm student in environmental engineering who attended the lunch. “Professor Sahami brought up very interesting points and left me interested in such issues for the future.” Contact Felix Boyeaux at felix.boyeaux@stanford. edu.

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Stanford undergrads serving as House Hosts (HoHos) led prospective freshmen to their host dorms for the weekend. These accepted students will have the chance to attend academic expos, a Q&A with the Provost and a variety of social events on campus.


Study links anxiety with cancer progression

Anxiety could be linked to the progression of cancer, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine in which high-anxiety mice showed accelerated cancer progression compared to their more assured peers. “Even though we hypothesized this before conducting our experiments, it was still surprising to observe that a psychological trait — before any experimental manipulation — was associated with increased tumor progression weeks and months later,” said Firdaus Dhabhar, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the study’s first author. Employing controlled doses of ultraviolet radiation to replicate the effects of repeated sun exposure — and thus prompt the onset of skin cancer — the study found that high-anxiety mice developed more numerous and more invasive tumors after several months. “The important advantage [of this research design] is that the model shows a time course and pathology of tumors that is very similar to that seen in people,” Dhabhar said. The mice’s tendencies toward high- or low-anxiety characteristics were measured using ethological tests in which the mice were presented with simultaneous, conflicting motivations to explore and to assure safety. For example, in one test set, mice were placed in an arena divided between light

and dark sectors. High-anxiety mice would more often seek safety and concealment by spending more time in the dark. Precancerous lesions appeared in all mice within weeks after the light exposure, and tumors developed within months. Only high-anxiety mice developed invasive cancer. “[High-anxiety individuals] are likelier to mount larger and longer biological stress responses to a given stressor,” Dhabhar said, noting that the results were similar to previous studies in which external chronic stressors were introduced. “Moreover, a high-anxiety individual may mount a response in some situations where a low-anxiety individual might not respond at all,” Dhabhar added. The accelerated tumor proliferation and invasiveness in the high-anxiety mice can be linked to a variety of biological markers, such as increased levels of the stress hormone corticosterone, a lack of immune cells involved in protecting against skin cancer and even the production of cells that suppress protective immunity. While the harmful effect of chronic stress on immune function is well-documented, the study is the first to connect cancer progression to the psychological tendency for anxiety. In the future, Dhabhar and the team intend to expand their research to examine how this relationship translates to humans. “I believe that the critical connection between mind and body needs to be further investigated using the tools, techniques and language of modern science,”

Dhabhar said. “Doing this will make the mind-body connection better understood and more widely accepted and, [more] importantly, make it possible for doctors and patients to work with and harness this connection in ways that would help people.” With an accurate model in place, Dhabhar said that he anticipates the study’s findings and implications to be utilized in new medical approaches to cancer therapy. “The bottom line is that following up these studies and their applicability to humans will require a significant amount of systematic effort,” he said. “However, that is the nature of science, and it is very well worth doing if there is a reasonable chance that it will help those who are ill.” Dhabhar cited drugs and cognitive-behavioral approaches as potentially being capable of ameliorating the effects of anxiety on cancer progression, though he stressed the need for careful research and pharmaceutical development to safeguard against counterproductive interactions between cancer drugs and antidepressants. “It’s bad enough that cancer diagnosis and treatment generate stress and anxiety, but this study shows that anxiety and stress can accelerate cancer progression, thus perpetuating a vicious cycle,” Dhabhar said. “The goal is to try to ameliorate or eliminate the effects of anxiety and chronic stress especially at the time of cancer diagnosis and during treatment.” Contact Steven Smallberg at armed forces with understanding. “Incompetence breeds brutality,” Walzer said. “I acknowledge that in the heat of battle some may lose their bearings, but welltrained and well-disciplined armies are less brutal.” He praised the work of retired U.S. General Stanley McChrystal as stressing this belief and applauded his value system that “morality and strategy can unite, and that it is important to sometimes take on more risk to prevent civilian harm.” The presentation was well-received, with one spectator publicly thanking Walzer for “the opportunity to simply hear you think,” a statement that met great applause. However, there were some who had mixed feelings about Walzer’s thesis. “There’s a fine line between ‘rules’ and ‘laws’ that Walzer acknowledges,” said Paul Bator, a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. “Whether the ‘rules’ have become more stringent or whether the enforcement of such rules by international courts of war has become more stringently applied is worth considering.” Contact Aaron Sekhri at asekhri


This report covers a selection of incidents from April 17 through April 20 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety bulletin.
I A female was cited and released

from a rack behind Nora Suppes Hall between 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. I A cable-locked bike was stolen from a rack outside Hewlett Teaching Center between 1 p.m. and 2:05 p.m.


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nary approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and queer life, political movements, identities, theories and cultures” that “seeks to destabilize the notion of normative sexuality and gender.” More opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about queer studies are necessary, as interest in queer studies seems to be growing, according to Vaid-Menon and Goldin-Perschbacher. “I know many students have wanted to learn more about queer studies or take classes in feminist studies or queer studies, but haven’t had room in their schedule,” Vaid-Menon said. The 1-unit class this quarter is open for anyone to attend regardless of enrollment. Lectures are held in the Blume Earthquake Center on Tuesdays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. According to Vaid-Menon, there is no homework. Contact Lindsey Txakeeyang at


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gued against using proportionality as an argument for civilian losses and using one side’s belligerence against civilians to justify retaliatory actions. “It is not enough to not intend to kill civilians,” Walzer said, “but to intend not to kill civilians.” Walzer did, however, concede that in the most extreme of situations some conventional rules of war can perhaps be subverted. “The controversial doctrine of supreme urgency is important to consider,” Walzer said. “Self-defense, in the context of an enormous looming danger, may allow an entity to violate the rules of just war.” He qualified this statement by reiterating that this sort of belligerence would absolutely require that the war be a just reaction to a large impending threat. Walzer argued against attempting to justify violations of the rules of war, asserting that “claims of legitimacy, conviction and justification cannot be the arbitrators of justice.” He furthermore expressed the need to inculcate


for petty theft at the Stanford Bookstore at 2:55 p.m. I Somebody was cited and released on two warrants out of San Francisco at 4:15 p.m. at Montag Hall. I A U-locked bike was stolen from outside the Ford Center between 3 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. I A male was cited and released for driving on a suspended license at 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of Campus Drive and Lane A. I A cable-locked bike was stolen from a rack on Avery Mall between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
I A U-locked bike was stolen from


male was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for driving under the influence at 3:45 a.m. near the intersection of Bowdoin Street and Pine Hill Court. I A U-locked bike was stolen from a rack near 535 Lasuen Mall between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. I A laptop was stolen from Phi Kappa Psi between 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. I An unlocked bike was stolen from a rack outside the History Corner between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. I A male was cited and released for providing a false ID to a peace officer at Theta Delta Chi at 11:35 p.m.
I A female was transported to the


outside the Wilbur Hall administration building between 8 p.m. the previous night and 10 a.m. I A cable-locked bike was stolen


San Jose Main Jail and booked for being publicly intoxicated near Roble Hall at 12:10 a.m.

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elcome, ProFros! We hope that Admit Weekend gives you some idea of the incredible opportunities available here at Stanford. Whether you’re a budding public servant, student-athlete, entrepreneur, artist, scientist, a combination of the above, or something else entirely, you’ll find a home here at the Farm (that especially includes those of you who are resolutely undecided). However, we’d like to share some important perspective to keep in mind over the course of this weekend. Below are five things we wish we knew as ProFros: 1. The people you meet at Admit Weekend will most likely not be your best friends at Stanford — and that’s OK. Some Stanford students remain close with the people they meet at Admit Weekend, but they’re frankly in the minority. So don’t fret if you don’t make a lifelong friendship during the three days you spend here. That said, there’s nothing wrong with engaging in conversations that go beyond the typical “name/hometown/prospective major/excitement about Stanford” cycle. 2. Check out community centers, regardless of your background. Events at community centers can open your eyes to new perspectives, critical frameworks and friendships, and they offer some of the richest programming that Stanford has to offer. This week alone various community centers hosted a lunch on women in the 2012 elections, a discussion with Jewish political theorist Michael Walzer and a lecture by activist Angela Davis. Moreover, the exchange of ideas and experiences that community centers promote is fundamental to the spirit of educational inquiry. 3. Despite appearances, Stanford is a richly intellectual place. During Admit Weekend, it’s easy to get caught up in the beautiful

weather, wealth of opportunities and laid-back culture. Don’t get us wrong — Stanford students know how to have fun, but we also know that we are here in large part because we like to learn. Every Frisbee-throwing, bro tank-wearing, fountain-hopping student you see has spent hours poring over a reading list in Green Library or struggling with a bug in a computer program. Academic learning doesn’t solely come from classes, either. Your future classmates will forever surprise you with what they are passionate about, and speaker events or debates are a great way to round out your learning in a non-classroom setting. 4. Admit Weekend is an introduction, not a representation. If you feel overwhelmed by the relentless energy and packed schedule, don’t worry. To get a more accurate picture of campus, skip some of the programming and walk around campus. Your life at Stanford may be structured around classes and activities, but what’s infinitely more important are the chance run-ins, late night discussions in dorm hallways and spontaneous journeys that you will embark upon as a student here. Our hope is that you seek out those experiences during your short introductory stay this weekend. 5. Finally, the decision on whether to come to Stanford is yours and yours alone. No matter the enthusiasm of your RoHo, HoHos, and fellow ProFros, you’re allowed to have doubts and questions about life at Stanford. Your admission is an enormous accomplishment, and you have a great deal to be proud of. We hope you come to Stanford, but if and when you make that decision, do so because it’s what you want, not because it’s what you think you should want. We hope you have had a great experience so far, and we wish you the best of luck at whatever school you end up attending.

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Stanford’s silence on suicide is wrong


ast week, a Yale freshman named Zach Brunt killed himself in a physics lab on campus. The next day, a candlelight vigil was held in front of his residence. Yale’s Dean of Students sent a campus-wide email addressing the death within 24 hours, and alerted students to available mental health resources. Last Saturday, a Harvard senior named Wendy Chang hanged herself in her room. That same day, a vigil was held inside her residence. That same day, the Dean of Harvard College sent a campus-wide email alerting students to the tragedy. A month ago, Stanford sophomore Samantha Wopat killed herself in her campus residence. The silence from University officials was deafening. I recognize that suicide is a difficult thing to discuss, especially on a college campus. It affects us all in different ways, and privacy restrictions at times restrain University action. However, nothing can excuse a weeklong silence about a student’s death, broken only by a short op-

ed in our pages. Additionally, no administrator has addressed campus about suicide. The University’s failure to foster a campus dialogue about mental health or mental illness is appalling. Should we not speak openly about suicide and mental illness? Is acknowledging your students aren’t always healthy a bad thing? Does Stanford truly believe that an event like this, which impacts so many students on so many levels, shouldn’t be addressed directly and honestly? What Harvard and Yale appear to recognize - and what for some reason Stanford seems incapable of realizing - is that students will talk about suicide. Stanford’s job is to make that conversation safe, open and informed by campus resources and mental health professionals. Their job is to make sure we know that they are there for us if we need them. Following a suicide of a fellow student, we needed them. They weren’t there. At Yale’s campus vigil, the head of Zach’s residence hall told students that Zach’s death should remind them, “We don’t live in a per-

fect world.” That’s an important message. Those are the words of a leader who wants his students to know it is normal to struggle and feel overwhelmed in the face of immeasurable tragedy, even if they happen to also attend a “dream school.” I fear Stanford’s unwillingness or inability to convey a similar message will only contribute to the silence that too often surrounds mental health problems and mental illness on this campus. Why did it take them a week to reach out to us? Why was there no meaningful, campus-wide response? Why did our peer institutions handle this in such a drastically different way? Tragedies such as these often raise hard, unanswerable questions. The lack of university response shouldn’t raise more. I know Stanford works hard to make this an exceptional university to attend. But sometimes, acknowledging this is not a perfect world can be an important step toward improving it.
BRENDAN O’BYRNE ’14 Deputy Editor, The Stanford Daily


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Finding happiness
also am a member of FLIP, the First-Generation Low Income Partnership, which exists to help undergraduates who identify as FLIP, and am involved in the Military Service as Public Service project at the Haas Center for Public Service, which supports veterans of war and their friends and family on campus. I found these initiatives fairly late in my career at Stanford simply because I was not looking for them. I hope this column can serve as a warning to all of my readers, not just the prospective freshmen. Keep looking for things that make you happy. Keep seeking out new friends that will add to your knowledge about the world. Seek out people who will challenge your assumptions about others, and engage them in conversation about what makes them unique. Build an environment in which you test who you are as a person. The journey itself will be difficult and fraught with moments where you doubt whether or not there is value in going beyond your comfort zone, but in the end it will be worth it. Only when you truly know who you are can you be really happy. After all, how will you know what makes you happy unless you know who you are? And how can you know who you are unless you constantly test yourself to understand what you believe


Winning the heart and mind — of your professor


f you are reading this on Friday, the Stanford campus will be swarming with hundreds of admitted students. For 48 hours, these bright-eyed, bushy-tailed seniors in high school will be told that Stanford professors are one of the greatest aspects of this University, along with the weather and cool buildings. And they will be told to forge connections with these professors. Befriending a professor is no easy task, but it does come in handy. For one thing, a good relationship with your professor makes it easier to get that prized recommendation letter. How do you think those lucky few students managed to get a Rhodes Scholarship? You guessed it: five to eight letters of recommendation. After five years of everything from huge lectures to mediumsized seminars and three-person classes, I’ve seen my fair share of professors and the students who successfully charm them. There are several key strategies. Adopt them, and you can’t go wrong. The first strategy: sit as close to the professor as possible. Are you in a 15-person seminar? Sit by the head of the table. But be warned that, in a large lecture hall, this act will make you the “front-row kid,” and not everyone loves the frontrow kid. The front-row kid is often inquisitive, talkative and too eager to display his or her accumulated knowledge. However, there is a reason for

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this front-row kid’s confidence. When you’re in the front row, your entire field of vision consists of the professor. You know how that special someone makes you feel like you’re the only person in the room? That’s what it feels like to sit in the front row. Stare at your professor and do not look away. As far as you’re concerned, that professor is lecturing just to you. The professor will inevitably notice you. Between staring at PowerPoint slides and notes, the professor will inevitably cast his or her eyes into the audience. The kids in the front are less likely to be asleep, talking to a friend or texting. Now that you’ve sat in the front row, your professor sees you. Good work. The next step is to be receptive to whatever your professor says. Nod knowingly if the professor says something that begs a sign of agreement. Just be careful not to nod too much — you’ll look like a bobble head. Most importantly: laugh at any jokes. Some professors choose their favorite students with

he question most pressing for prospective Stanford students is whether or not they should attend Stanford University. After they have made the decision, with an appropriate amount of misgivings, they will no longer be bothered by that decision. I wholeheartedly endorse Stanford University and encourage everyone who has been accepted to come here; at the same time, I can understand those who may think that they would be happier elsewhere. I am here to tell you that finding happiness isn’t easy. It is not a simple matter of making a checklist of to-dos and then completing them as your happiness grows. Finding happiness requires an unspecified mixture of friends, family and activities. All of us have personal preferences; we enjoy some things more than others. One of the great things about Stanford is that there is such variety in the number of group activities available. While your interests may not be immediately obvious or analogous to any of the groups that already exist on campus, you will probably find some that are similar enough that you can take an interest in them; of course, if you do not find any that are suitable, you can always create your own voluntary student organization. I personally enjoy reading, writing, and playing video games, all of which are solitary activities. I

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and think? Finding happiness can be elusive at times, but not impossible. Stanford has a huge body of students and staff and faculty who care a great deal about each other. Finding those individuals is as simple as looking for them; and once you do, you will be in a supportive and enriching environment where you can flourish. One such freshman experience is SLE, Structured Liberal Education. I chose to do SLE my freshman year because I always wished that I could read the Classics with engaging peers. At Stanford I found that, and now Mark Mancall, the creator of the program, is my personal mentor. When you come to Stanford, find things that you think you will enjoy and try them. It’s okay to make mistakes — in fact, I encourage it. The engaging faculty, sunny weather and amazing opportunities to explore and succeed in the world all await you — and I say this to both the prospective freshman and the students already here. Go out and find greater happiness. Interested in SLE, veterans, or anything else you read in this article? Email Sebastain at


Chi Theta Chi: Father to daughter


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rowing up, I’d listen to my father’s stories about Stanford while we worked in the yard together, the tape deck playing blues music. My dad, Hardoncourt “Trip” Trepagnier (Statistics ’77), followed his older brother to Stanford, leaving Delaware for palm trees and sunshine. When he changed majors, he took advantage of Stanford’s generous leave of absence policy. He stopped out to work as a me-

chanic and ski bum for a year. When my dad returned in 1975, Chi Theta Chi was one of the few dorms open during summer quarter. He completed a few essential course credits, and graduated without taking additional quarters. My dad would often remind me about his introduction to blues music — by playing pool with his friends at Chi Theta Chi, in a room overlooking Campus Drive and

Hoover Tower. I drew into Chi Theta Chi my sophomore year and lucked into the best double on campus — the Pool Room. When I called my dad up to tell him, we realized that this was the same room where he discovered his love for blues. The view of Hoover Tower is now blocked by Munger Residences, and the pool table is

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same isn’t true this time around. “In this case, it’s no problem for Romney to make the claim that he’s a Washington outsider and youthful enough [as compared to Obama],” Krosnick said. He added that in 2008 the energy was around the historic nature of the election because an African-American was running. “Now, it’s an interesting question for Republicans to see the value in trying to make history as well,” he said, adding that it might create positive attention if Romney chose a female to be his running mate. According to Whalen, there are a handful of states that can change the election. “Romney cannot win without Ohio and Florida, so he might look for a politician who could be a difference between those states,” Whalen said. Media have pointed to Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Rubio as two candidates who may help Romney carry those states. When asked about other possibilities, Whalen said there is a process to predicting. “Keep an eye out for who he campaigns with,” he said. “Paul Ryan, Chris Christie. See who shows up with him the next few month, whose finances they look at and who all is asked to hand in papers.” “If Rice and others make statements about not wanting it, see who keeps the door open,” Whalen added. “You never say you want it but you can say you don’t want it. Everyone’s been a little coy so see who keeps the door open.” Whalen said that what the public sees and what the campaign sees are two very different things. “In 1992, Bill Clinton surprised everyone with Al Gore, which reinforced their message,” Whalen said. “In 2000, Bush picked Cheney, which made foreign policy sense for them and played out pretty well.” According to Krosnick, something that may help Romney make a statement would be to select a running mate who would become a signal for voters to pay attention, similar to McCain’s choice of Palin. But “at the end of the day, it’s between Romney and Obama,” Whalen said. Contact Josee Smith at jsmith11


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Rice has repeatedly denied interest in running as vice president. In a March segment of Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” Rice responded to questions about whether she would serve as Romney’s running mate by saying, “How many ways can I say it? Not me.” A poll released by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute last Thursday put Christie, Rubio and Representative Paul Ryan (RWisc.) as the leads for possible Romney running mates. Whalen agreed that it would be a departure for Rice to seek the vice presidency. “She leads the good life at Stanford,” Whalen said. While Whalen said that history indicates running mates “[don’t] mean much in the course of the election,” Jon Krosnick, professor of communication and political science, had a different view about the potential influence of a vice presidential pick. “It can be terrifically important,” Krosnick said. “Research has shown that the more voters who like the vice president pick, the more likely people are to vote for that candidate.” According to Krosnick, all other factors being equal, the vice president pick can be the one fac-

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tor that can push a candidate forward. “It won’t make a big difference, but it’s very likely to make a difference,” he added. Whalen and Krosnick agreed that the vice president candidate is frequently chosen to compensate for any weak points in the presidential candidate. “Romney’s vulnerability lies with women and Hispanics,” Whalen said. “Rice covers those two categories and she also appeals to African American voters.” According to Krosnick, one factor that was on the minds of voters in the 2008 presidential election was Republican nominee John McCain’s age. As a result, Krosnick said McCain chose

Sarah Palin — someone who was young enough to compensate for his weak point. “The second problem McCain had was that he was a Washington insider,” Krosnick added. “Obama was young and an outsider and could claim that he knew how the government worked from the inside, but had not been in too long. McCain needed to get someone who’d been in Washington even less.” However, Krosnick said the


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downstairs, but in that room I could feel the presence of Chi Theta Chi past. After my sophomore and junior years I worked for Stanford’s Conference Services. More than 200 camps and conferences are held at Stanford, with over 18,000 youths visiting through academic and athletic camps. It’s easy for students to feel like strangers on campus, lost in a crowd of middle and high schoolage campers. I recognize the importance of these conferences — the camps create jobs and help offset student room and board fees. However, there are few housing options for students staying the summer at Stanford. Students are either locked into an expensive dining plan at a residence hall, or they live in Mirrielees apartments. I spent my junior year at Mirrielees after returning from Oxford, and while it offers independence, there is no community. I never met my neighbors, or even my Residential Assistant. Chi Theta Chi is the only co-op open during the summer. As a Conference Services employee I earned a free room, and I could access a kitchenette near my dorm. But I didn’t want to buy a full set of kitchen equipment, and I didn’t have a car to drive to the grocery store. Some of my coworkers ate out for most meals, and others spent more than $1,500 on a dining plan. Instead, I paid Chi Theta Chi $700 to be an Eating Associate, joining one cooking or cleaning crew each week. I attended every dinner, and accessed the open kitchen for other meals. But more out the students who are faking it. Does this sound familiar? The whole process is a bit like The Bachelor(ette). You are engaged in a struggle to woo a central figure. You must differentiate yourself from the pack without compromising your dignity. You must also preserve your relationship with the other students in the class. The seminar can’t deteriorate into insults and hair-pulling (okay, maybe that’s just in The Bachelor). In the end, much like in The Bachelor, only one person walks


s the director of the Community Action Board’s response to the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report, I appreciate that The Daily Editorial Board invested time and energy into engaging with our letter. However, I was disappointed by their conclusions. I take issue with several points raised by the five members of the Editorial Board. Infusing the Stanford curriculum with discussions of identity and privilege is NOT akin to promoting an “overemphasis on creating agents of social change.” Rather, it is about acknowledging and understanding the complicated histories and identities of underrepresented students at Stanford. Nor is this issue about “transforming some Stanford courses into sites of social and political activism.” Instead, it’s about recognizing that the history, stories, and struggles of minority-identified students are part of the dominant bodies of knowledge that we perceive as normative in this institution. All that we — the 21 student groups, the ASSU Executive and the ASSU Undergraduate Senate that signed the letter — are asking is that minority students see themselves reflected in the academy without being called “activists. I imagine that many critics of our response to the SUES report do not understand the feeling of being excluded from the syllabus in every course they take. Sometimes, it’s not about rational expressions of racism, sexism, etc. — it’s about the subtle, emotional experiences of being the victim of

these destructive “-isms” without having a rational, articulate method of describing what one feels. Imagine taking a literature course where you can’t relate to any of the texts, because the authors are all of a different race and gender. Or a course about U.S. history where the history of your gender or ethnic identity is limited to one lecture. In the words of Dr. Angela Davis, “The history of people of African descent is the history of the United States.” Histories of minority peoples in the U.S. are central, not peripheral to, what most students think of as “normal” American history. Not to mention that major programs that do engage issues of identity and power (like Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity) are often derided and seen as “easy” majors. The histories, identities, and interests of minority students are devalued by the current academic structure. Furthermore, the Editorial Board writes that it, “values courses that may have nothing to do with social issues.” The truth is, every course has something to do with social issues. Income inequality in the U.S. is clearly connected to race. So why shouldn’t there be more economics classes about it? When engineers study Hurricane Katrina, they should look beyond the levees, and toward the history of failed engineering projects and urban planning policies that primarily affect low-income residents of New Orleans. Identity is not something to be relegated to one major or course. These questions of identity, privilege, and inequality are integral to scholarly forget about it. But a shared laughing moment will live long in your professor’s memory, so it’s worth taking the risk. Laugh freely. At this point in time, you and your professor have shared eye contact, smiles and hopefully laughter. And yet, your relationship can progress no further under the watchful eyes of other students. It’s time for some one-onone time. It’s time for office hours. Don’t waltz into office hours without a plan. Prepare some topics of discussion and a few

ship in a variety of fields. Finally, I want to address what I believe is the crux of the Editorial Board’s piece: fear. The fear of being ignorant, overwhelmed and outnumbered. The authors write that, “A view of liberal arts education in which courses should become training grounds for social activism threatens to marginalize thinkers who fail to engage in socially relevant questions or who present less tolerant views on women, minorities and privilege.” The Community Action Board and its supporters are not asking for courses that make some students feel attacked and marginalized. We are asking those students to appreciate the historical experience of feeling attacked and marginalized through exposing themselves to courses that deal with issues of identity and privilege. As a White student who knows the total awkwardness of taking a class on African American history for the first time, I ask you to embrace the feeling of ignorance and discomfort. Yes, others in the class might know more than you about the topic. Yes, you might feel terrified of “saying the wrong thing.” But you will find that these classes increase your own comfort with your privileged identity, and make you a more empathetic and educated friend, scholar and leader. Increasing the courses that incorporate identity and privilege into their syllabi is not a radical act — it is one that allows all Stanford students truly equal access to this university.
HOLLY FETTER’13 ASSU Chair of Communities

importantly it gave me a community of fellow students: I biked to Chi Theta Chi before my shift, enjoying a bagel, coffee and great conversation in the dining room. In the evening I would watch movies in the courtyard, and I spent my days off with residents on hiking trips. Were it not for Chi Theta Chi, I would have spent two summers lonely and broke. Instead, I was rich with friends. My senior year I returned as a manager — the Alumni Liaison. I organized an Alumni Barbecue that was attended by more than 50 alumni. A dozen men came from the Class of 1960, who lived in Theta Chi when it was fraternity. Listening to their stories — how they packed twice as many students into the house, in bunk beds on a screened-in porch — was the highlight of that weekend. One frat brother wrote to me afterward, “I think it’s wonderful to see how you are all managing the house! And I’d like to move in and stay there forever!” If Chi Theta Chi’s lease is terminated, it won’t be open yearround to students — instead, it will house conferees over the summer. The alumni board will no longer lend its wisdom, history, and support. Manager positions unique to Chi Theta Chi — including the Fix-It Manager, Capital Improvements Manager and Alumni Liaison — will be terminated. Should the University revoke Chi Theta Chi’s lease, my opinion of Stanford will change forever. I would not feel right supporting an institution that puts revenue before the needs of students. To ignore the outcry from alumni, friends and faculty would be a betrayal — to Stanford students of the past, present, and future.
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humor. If your professor cracks a joke, don’t be shy in acknowledging it with a smile or quiet chuckle. Sometimes, the joke won’t be very obvious. Was that a joke or a sign of genuine bitterness at not getting tenure? Occasionally you will laugh in error. Your professor will dismiss you as a little strange and prompt-

thoughtful questions. Most importantly, ask your professor about his or her career first — don’t forget that your professor is a lot more accomplished than you. He or she doesn’t care that you were in mock trial in high school or that you’ve been to China once. Rather, this is the time for you to show that you are interested in your professor. You have to be aggressive. This professor is being courted by several — or dozens or even hundreds — of other students. At the same time, be genuine. Some professors can sniff

away with the ultimate letter of recommendation and, obviously, the lasting emotional connection. And much like the successful relationships that emerge from The Bachelor, it helps when you’re not motivated by the material reward. It helps when you seek a good relationship purely for its inherent value. And your professor will be able to tell. Feel free to send Miriam any feedback to, especially if you’re one of her professors.

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Regarding gender equality in ‘Stanford 2020: Visions of Tomorrow’


his year, I organized the Stanford 2020: Visions of Tomorrow Symposium. The event, which I first organized and co-founded last year, gives seven of Stanford’s top faculty the opportunity to make informative presentations about their research, why it matters, and where it is going. Like last year, this year’s symposium was an unqualified success. The event venue was filled to maximum capacity (with over 200 attendees), our speakers were nothing short of awe-inspiring, and the attendees left happy and intellectually satisfied. In the days leading up to the event, I received numerous concerns about our speakers. They were all male. These concerns reached their high point a few days ago, when I was accused in an op-ed in The Daily of not valuing gender diversity (“Visions of Tomorrow: Academia still a boys’ club,” April 26). Nothing could be further from the truth. In planning Stanford 2020, I, along with my co-chair,

Philip Bui ’11, reached out to six female faculty members (this represents over 1/5 of the professors we contacted, a number on par with the female-male faculty ratio at Stanford). Of the six, three replied. Two of the three were previously engaged, and one agreed to participate. But, like the best laid plans of mice and men (and women, where applicable), event planning does not always go as expected. Roughly one week before the event, we received an e-mail from the female faculty member who, because of a conflicting event, had to step down. With less than one week to go, what were we to do? Cancel the event? The venue had already been booked and professors had planned other engagements around us. Contact a female professor and tell her that we needed a token woman on the panel and that, with less than one week of notice, she should prepare a presentation? That is certainly not considerate. Event planning is and should

be organic and flexible. When planning the event, Philip and I reached out to professors, both men and women, who we knew, through personal experience, would engage our audience. It so happened that the ratio of female-male faculty members we reached out to was pretty close to the ratio present among University faculty. It also so happened that this year seven men and one woman agreed to participate in our event, while last year, two women agreed to speak, one of which was a professor of gender studies. There was no discrimination, nor was there a lack of consideration towards women faculty members. Instead, there was thoughtful planning that, when executed, led to a fantastic event. The goal of Stanford 2020 was not to illuminate gender disparity. But it so happens that we now have the opportunity to discuss

this important issue. While women outperform men at most undergraduate institutions, there is still a sizable gender gap when it comes to professorships. Perhaps more problematic is that because there are fewer women in academia, and because universities have an interest in promoting the visibility of their women faculty, women professors receive more service and outreach requests (like Stanford 2020) than their male counterparts. Ironically, these service activities leads to a substantial decrease in the amount of time women have to spend on research, which hinders, rather than helps, their prospects of advancement. This does not mean women faculty members should not be invited to events like Stanford 2020. Instead, it means we should recognize that the solution to gender disparity at the university level is not as sim-

ple as we would like it to be — instead, the solution requires deep thought, careful consideration, and a true understanding of the problem. I am a member of the Class of 2012, and my Stanford career is approaching its end. While I am about to move on, it is my hope that the Stanford community will continue to work towards a solution to the gender gap here and at other universities. Philip and I saw an opportunity to make a difference with our symposium, and we did. But we aren’t unique — any Stanford student can make a difference. It is easy to get funding for a summit, or a symposium, or a VSO, or a whatever. Stanford is an amazing place, but with effort, initiative, and energy, we can make it even better.
ADAM ADLER ’12 Stanford 2020 co-chair

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shortstop Lonnie Kauppila. “Those younger players have really worked hard and weren’t starting to begin with, but they’ve gotten the opportunity,” said head coach Mark Marquess. “We’ve needed them, and they’ve come up big for us, so that’s huge.” Though neither Danny Diekroeger nor Brett Michael Doran has more than 30 atbats on the season, the two sophomores currently lead the team with their respective .429 and .375 batting averages, with freshman Alex Blandino not far behind at .328. Nine of the Cardinal’s 10 runs in the squad’s nailbiter of a win over BYU on Friday were driven in by underclassmen. Sophomore rightfielder Austin Wilson led the charge with five RBI, including a line-drive solo homer, and says that the team’s discipline at the plate has been a major contributor to its recent success. “We’ve been seeing the ball very well, I’d have to say, cutting our strikeouts down,” Wilson said. “[If we] just keep on doing that, don’t go out of the zone, don’t chase pitches, and just be able to get our pitch and don’t miss it, I think we’ll be fine.” On the other hand, the Bruins’ strength is in their upperclassmen, with catcher Tyler Heineman hitting an impressive .405 and four other juniors batting .346 or better. That’s a far cry from last season’s UCLA squad, which had just two starters hitting above .300 and relied on the likes of righties Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer — chosen first and third in last year’s MLB draft, respectively — to bring in wins. Stanford topped that Bruin team in a whirlwind series at Sunken Diamond a year ago, taking the rubber game with a four-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth. And UCLA’s pitching staff isn’t quite the imposing force it was in 2010, with its 2.44 ERA from last season up almost a full point. The Bruins’ all-sophomore rotation of righties Adam Plutko, Nick Vander Tuig and Zach Weiss is untested and could be exploited by Stanford’s top-tier hitters. That bodes well for the Cardinal, especially given the Bruins’ struggles in a series loss at No. 21 Oregon State last weekend. But UCLA is in second place in the conference for a good reason, and Marquess knows that his team doesn’t have much margin for error. “If you don’t play well on a given weekend, Oregon beats us two out of three and beats UCLA two out of three, and then they go home and play Washington State, who’s not that highly ranked, and they lose two out of three,” he said. “If you don’t play well on a weekend, no matter who you’re playing in our conference, you’re going to get beat. We just have to worry about playing well. “UCLA is very good, is playing very well — offense, defense, and their pitching — so it’ll be tough for us,” he added. “But they’re all tough.” The Cardinal will be looking to junior

Joseph Beyda


uffering through the second half of Cal’s 37-16 Big Game win in 2008, with 56 Stanford’s bowl hopes slipping away in the eleventh hour, I remember the murmurs going through the crowd: “When are they going to burn this Luck guy’s redshirt, already?” We had heard that quarterback Andrew Luck was special. But back then we really had no idea just how special he was, and we also didn’t realize what an incredible supporting cast he had alongside him. Four of the members of Cardinal football’s Class of 2012 have walked or will walk across the stage at Radio City Music Hall this week in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. As we watch them go — Luck at No. 1, David DeCastro at No. 24, and Coby Fleener in the early second round, with Jonathan Martin closely after — something will really begin to sink in: We’re going to miss these guys. A 31-8 record as starters since 2009. A 17-game win streak spanning two seasons. Three straight bowl berths, two of the BCS variety. Even with the Cardinal’s remaining talent, that’s going to be a tough act to follow. So, as Stanford fans are so fond of doing, let’s look back on better times and relive the top five moments for Luck, Fleener, DeCastro and Martin over the last three seasons. 5. Nov. 20, 2010: Cal crushed 48-14 at Memorial Stadium After throwing a late interception to cost Stanford a shot at the 2009 Big Game, Luck responded dominantly in Berkeley a year later. The No. 7 Cardinal jumped out to a 45-0 lead through three quarters, with Luck going 16-for-20 with two touchdowns and famously barreling over Cal’s Sean Cattouse on a 58yard run in the first quarter. Stanford added 232 yards on the ground and the Axe was returned to its proper home on the Farm. 4. Oct. 29, 2011: Stanford beats USC in triple-overtime slugfest Looking to get its third straight win on the Trojans’ home turf, the No. 6 Cardinal needed a victory to extend its school-record 15-game win streak. Luck and Matt Barkley each fired three touchdowns, but No. 20 USC erased Stanford’s four-point halftime lead to grab a 10-point lead of its own early in the third quarter. Luck engineered two scoring drives in a row, including a 62-yard throw to Ty Montgomery on a gadget play from deep inside Cardinal territory. The Trojans came back yet again, and Luck had a chance to engineer the game-winning drive in the final minutes. But the golden opportunity turned into disaster in a heartbeat, as the star quarterback misread a route and threw a pick-six, seemingly handing the game to USC on a silver platter — on national TV, no less. Not so fast. Luck drove 76 yards for the tying score, and Stanford was perfect in the overtime session. Just after Luck converted the two-point try in the third overtime,A.J.Tarpley recovered a USC fumble in the endzone to secure the 56-48 win and keep the Cardinal’s perfect season going. 3. Oct. 9, 2010: Last-second field goal downs the Trojans It might not have gone three overtimes, but this one was played at Stanford, which definitely counts for something. The No. 16 Cardinal couldn’t pull away from the Trojans in the first half and nearly fell behind on a fumble in the final minute of the second quarter. Luck saved the day, delivering a monster blow to Shareece Wright to save a touchdown. Those points would come in handy later on, with Barkley throwing for 390 yards and putting his team on top 35-34 with just 1:08 left. But Luck wasn’t done, completing three straight passes on Stanford’s 62-yard drive and centering the ball for a last-second field-goal try. Nate Whitaker’s field-goal try was perfect as time expired, and Cardinal fans flooded onto the field to celebrate their quarterback’s heroics. 2. Jan. 2, 2012: Cardinal comes up just short in the Fiesta Bowl It’s the only loss on here, but a BCS Bowl is a BCS Bowl, and the de facto third-place game between No. 3 Oklahoma State and No.4 Stanford was a dandy. Luck’s last college game was arguably his best, as he completed 27 of 31 passes for 347


Looking back in time

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Freshman third baseman Alex Blandino (above) is batting .328 so far this season for the No. 9 Stanford baseball squad. The Cardinal hopes to extend its four-game winning streak as it goes on the road for a pivotal three-game series against conference rival No. 11 UCLA starting today.

Things seem to be clicking for the No. 9 Stanford baseball team at just the right time, with a key Pac-12 series against No. 11 UCLA (27-10, 11-7) in Westwood, Calif. kicking off tonight. Going a perfect 4-0 and scoring at least eight runs in all four of its games this week,

Stanford’s bats finally seem to be coming together again with five weekends of conference play remaining. But it hasn’t been preseason All-American juniors Kenny Diekroeger and Stephen Piscotty leading the charge; instead, the Cardinal (26-10, 8-7 Pac-12) has been getting much of its production from players who have been making some of their first starts of the season due to injuries to centerfielder Jake Stewart and

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Cougars no match for Card

Nearly three months ago, the Stanford men’s volleyball team knocked off then-No. 1 BYU twice in back-to-back matches. The Cardinal used the pivotal sweep as a launching point for its eight-match winning streak during the midseason stretch, creating momentum that the team has carried into the postseason. Even with the stakes raised in the semifinal round of the MPSF Tournament, last night proved to be no different for the No. 3 Cardinal (22-6, 18-5 MPSF) as it once again defeated No. 4 BYU (24-7, 17-6 MPSF) by the score of 3-1, including a 35-33 marathon fourth set to close out the victory. Stanford has lived up to its status as the tournament’s second seed, blowing past two top-10 teams in one week to earn a spot in the finals against No. 2 UC-Irvine, the fourth seed in the tournament. The team’s latest dominant performance against a tough Cougars team suggests that the Cardinal is playing its best volleyball at the right time. Playing in front of a crowd of 1,000 people at USC’s Galen Center, senior outside hitter Brad Lawson was outstanding as usual, finishing with 17 kills and five assists. Sophomores Brian Cook and Steve Irvin joined Lawson in doubledigit kills, notching 16 and 12 kills, respectively. “I think the biggest factor in our win was how we handled each point tonight,” said Lawson. “We were in the moment and were able to move on after bad plays, close calls and big points from BYU.” The Cardinal edged out the Cougars 25-21 in the first set, amassing an exceptional 0.400 hitting percentage and 18 kills as a team. After BYU answered with a victory in the second set,

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Sophomore outside hitter Brian Cook (above) had 16 kills in the No. 3 Stanford men’s volleyball team’s victory over No. 4 BYU in the semifinal of the MPSF Conference Tournament. The Cardinal will take on a tough No. 2 UC Irvine in the finals on Saturday.

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Sophomore Kristie Ahn (above) won the Pac-10 Singles Championship last year, but will be unable to play in the inaugural Pac12 Championhip for the No. 5 Cardinal due to an injury. However, she will cheer on four of her teammates who won their opening-round matches of the Pac-12 Championship and will move on to the next round of tournament play starting today.

Six players from the Stanford women’s tennis team were in action yesterday for the first day of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif. Each of the six was competing individually, as the women’s conference tournament does not have a team component, unlike the Pac-12’s men’s tournament. Stanford’s players, just one day after their 7-0 Pac12 title clinching victory over Washington State, are looking to build on last year’s success in this tournament. Three out of the four 2011 semifinalists came from Stanford, although sophomore Kristie Ahn, last year’s eventual winner, is injured and will not have a chance to defend her crown. Junior Mallory Burdette, the No. 5 ranked player in the country, won her opening match 6-3, 6-1 over Washington’s Andjela Nemcevic in one of the day’s earlier matchups. No. 57 Stacey Tan also won Thursday morning, defeating Arizona’s Kim Stubbe 7-6 (1), 6-4. Tan was one of the Stanford players to lose in last year’s semifinals, along with sophomore Nicole Gibbs. Gibbs, who is the No. 1 seed of the tournament and the No. 3 player in the country, lost the first set to UCLA senior McCall Jones, but came back on the last two sets with winning scores of 6-3 and 6-2. In the Invitational section of the tournament, which is a different bracket from the Championships, junior Natalie Dillon and sophomore Amelia Herring both lost. The big challenge still lies ahead for the Cardinal players as this year’s tournament field is especially talented. “It will be good experience because a lot of the top ranked players are in the Pac-12,” said Burdette, who is the No. 3 seed in the tournament. In fact, four of the top 10 players in the nation are from the Pac12, as well as nine of the top 25. The four Stanford players are split up in the draw so that none of them can meet until the semifinals. The draw is also set up so that a finals rematch between Gibbs and Burdette is possible. The two met at the USTA ITA Northwest Regional Championships final earlier this year, where Gibbs narrowly won 64, 6-3, 7-6(3). The two of them will be sharing the court with certainty as the top seed in the doubles draw, which starts Friday. Last year, Burdette won the NCAA doubles championship alongside now-graduated Hilary Barte, which means she and Gibbs have been playing doubles together for less than a full season. “In the past, the Pac-12 tournament has been really big for me in doubles, and this year I can get prepared with [Gibbs] against great competition,” Burdette said. Play will continue all weekend, barring interference from rain. The final for the 32-team singles draw is scheduled for Sunday morning. The championship of the 16-team doubles draw is set for later the same day. Contact David Perez at have to give a lot of credit to our defense and middle blockers as well. They put up great numbers and Mochalski’s serve to close out the match was huge.” The fluid, solid play that has characterized the team’s recent matches should certainly give the Cardinal confidence as it prepares to face UC-Irvine for the MPSF Tournament title on Saturday. But beating the Anteaters will be no easy task. Shortly after Stanford defeated BYU last night, UC-Irvine followed suit by defeating No. 1 USC in five sets. The fact that the Anteaters were down two sets before storming back to win the last three makes their win all the more impressive. Stanford will square off against UC-Irvine for the MPSF Tournament title at 7 p.m. on Saturday at USC’s Galen Center. Contact George Chen at gchen15


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yards. Martin and DeCastro were huge factors on the offensive line and fueled the Cardinal’s 272-to26 yard rushing advantage. The effort wasn’t enough, however, and after Stanford missed two crucial field goals, the Cardinal would have to leave Glendale emptyhanded in the 41-38 OT loss. 1. Jan. 3, 2011: Orange you glad You can make the argument that the Cardinal’s defense won it the 2011 Orange Bowl, sacking dynamic Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor eight times and shutting out the No. 12 Hokies in the second half. But the lasting image of Stanford’s first bowl win in the BCS era will forever be Andrew Luck to Coby Fleener. The pair combined for three

touchdown passes, all in a 14:44 span in the second half, all for over 35 yards. It was Fleener’s breakout game on the national scene and also one of Luck’s finest, as the junior threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Just like that, the Cardinal was bringing home a bowl full of oranges. But the thing that Stanford students will always be most grateful for happened years earlier, when the group went out on a limb and committed to a struggling program not far ahead of a 1-11 season. They transformed Stanford into a world-class football program, and for that they will be sorely missed. Joseph Beyda can’t believe that Coby Fleener wasn’t picked in the first round, but hopes that somehow the Luck-Fleener duo will be reunited in Indianapolis. Let him know what you think at


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Stanford regained the upper hand with a 25-18 win in the third set. But it was the fourth and final set that proved to be the most exciting, with the Cardinal trying to clinch the match and the Cougars hoping to stay alive. In the set alone, there were 28 tie scores and 16 lead changes. BYU was on the brink of extending the match to a fifth set, but the resilient Stanford players foiled the Cougars’ four set points. Following a critical point coming from Irvin’s block, sophomore middle blocker Mochalski ended the marathon set and the match with an ace to secure the 35-33 win. “That was such a fun match to be part of, and I am tremendously proud of our team. It wasn’t a

clutch performance by any one person,” Mochalski said. “As a team, we fought off game point after game point and stuck together until that last serve. Everyone on our team made a clutch contribution at some point. We were confident in each other the entire time down the stretch and knew we could pull it out.” The Cougars certainly put up a fight. BYU sophomore outside hitter Taylor Sander led the Cougars with 27 kills while senior setter Joe Kauliakamoa dished out an impressive 56 assists. But it wasn’t nearly enough to throw the Cardinal players off sync or intimidate them down the stretch. “I’m so proud of how we grinded out each point, especially late in the fourth set,” Lawson said about the team’s clutch performance late in the game. “We relied on each other and just trusted that we’d be there for each other at crucial moments. I

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righthander Mark Appel and redshirt junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham to shut down the Bruins’ bats, if Stanford wants any chance of leaving Los Angeles with a series win. If everything goes right for Stanford this weekend — meaning a sweep of UCLA, three losses by Arizona and two losses by Oregon — the squad could conceivably be at the top of the Pac12 come Monday, which would be huge after the Wildcats and Ducks dominated Stanford in their respective series with the Cardinal. But even if Stanford can make up just a little ground in the competitive Pac-12, the weekend will have been a success. Tonight’s opener is scheduled for 6 p.m., with a 2 p.m. start time on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start time on Sunday. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@

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New Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was not the only Cardinal player chosen in the first round of the NFL draft, as the Pittsburgh Steelers selected guard David DeCastro 24th overall. Continued from front page

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Colts’ official website. “I don’t think that would be a sane way to live . . . I’ll just try and put my best foot forward and work hard every day. One day, if I can be mentioned alongside Peyton Manning as one of the quarterback greats, that would be a football dream come true.” The redshirt junior quarterback was the 19th Stanford player to ever be picked in the first round, and the first Cardinal player to be picked in the first round since the 49ers selected offensive tackle Kwame Harris with the 26th pick in 2003. Luck is expected to sign a fouryear, $22 million deal with the Colts later this week, a contract comparable to that of last year’s number one pick, the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton. After Luck finally put on the Colts’ blue and white, he didn’t have to wait long to see one of his Cardinal teammates join him in the NFL, as the Pittsburgh Steelers selected guard David DeCastro with the 24th pick. Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said it was a “nobrainer” pick that late in the draft, as the tough, physical guard was expected to be picked in the middle of the first round. “Really, we didn’t think David would be there at [the 24th pick]. We valued him very high,” Colbert told the Steelers’ official website. “As we said the other day, there were a few special players in this group that we thought would be easy to evaluate and he was one of them.” “I went into the thing with no expectations,” DeCastro said of his unexpected slide. “The draft has so many variables. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I am just thankful that I am on a great team and a great franchise. I am just excited.” Luck and DeCastro both going in the first round marks the first time since 1982 that two Stanford players were selected in the first round since 1982, when the Atlanta Falcons picked tackle Bob Whitfield with the eighth pick, and the Browns took fullback Tommy Vardell with the ninth pick. But while Luck and DeCastro now know where they’ll be playing for the next few seasons, fellow Cardinal teammates Coby Fleener and Jonathan Martin must wait until this evening to have their names called, as the two highly rated prospects both slipped out of the trade-filled first round. While both Fleener and Martin should go in the first 10 or 15 picks of the second round, a first round that could have been filled with four Stanford players was instead left curiously devoid of Cardinal, as several teams reached for prospects that were far less highly regarded than either Fleener or Martin. The NFL draft resumes Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. PST, at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat

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We live in a time when people casually throw around sayings like “the soundtrack to my life” and “my life is a movie, and you just Tivo.”This week Intermission’s wondering: If our Stanford lives are really reel-worthy, what would the movie be like? Here are our top five picks for Stanford movies that haven’t been made (yet).


“Full Moon On the Quad”
Part “American Werewolf in London” and part “National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze,” this romantic thriller documents a young freshman girl in her experiment with debauchery and moonlight. Meanwhile, a lurking senior boy is not as he appears. Hits theatres at midnight by the second moon of the school year.

Serra dorm and Serra Street, hilarity ensues. “Benj and Tim” promises to be the brogrammer comedy of the year. Some knowledge of C++ helpful; no children under freshman year allowed.

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“Hot Prowl”
This Hitchcockian, cerebral drama follows our junior heroine, Angelica, as she fends off a creeper in the night. Missing window screens, wandering videophones and the scent of apples lead to paranoia and suspicion in the mystery to discover just who stalks the streets from the Faculty Club to the Rains houses. Campus security advises you keep your windows shut and doors locked and to stay tuned for a screening near you!


In this sequel to “PWR1,” former freshman flings rekindle an old flame while pondering the rhetoric of politics of business on the Internet. After parting ways during a frenzied spring quarter and summer vacation, these two sophomores realize their maturity in a familiar, sophomoreonly environment. In theatres autumn, winter and spring quarters of the second year.

With all the power plays of a courtroom drama and the intensity of a countdown mystery, “Elections” tells the tale of a Daily journalist in his investigation to unwrap scandal and deception in the heat of spring elections. MemeChu-worthy actors run the gamut of political brawls, but only the truth will make it to print. For limited release this spring.


“Benj and Tim Go to Chipotle”
In this buddy adventure, a philosophically inclined Benj and his techie-friend Tim crave some late-night, semi-ethnic food, but when they run into mischief and campus security between


alph Nguyen’s celebrity is spreading. He’s been approached at Mardi Gras and Coachella, and the barista at Pete’s Coffee in Town and Country gave him a free drink when he recognized him. Some people even ask to take pictures with the Stanford senior, creator and star of popular YouTube videos like “Shit Stanford Students Say” and “Shit College Freshman Say.” He’s been making money on the Internet since the sixth grade, but began his YouTube career making videoblogs with, in his words, “really inane commentary on the 2008 election status” which earned him a couple thousand dollars in ad money. Currently, Nguyen has ten YouTube accounts that he regularly uploads with content. “Some of them are funnier than others; some of them are informational,” he said. Others are “so bad” that he does not want his name associated with them, hiding them under about five different pseudonyms. For inspiration for new content, Nguyen looks to the news and to Internet trends. “I’ve always been a part of Internet culture, but I think that now Internet culture is becoming more mainstream,” Nguyen says of his penchant for adapting Internet trends to Stanford-specific phenomena. Nguyen is the creator of the popular MemeChu Facebook page of Stanford-themed memes, now run by him and six other students. His Stanford videos and the MemeChu page have involved a lot of collaboration to refine his ideas and create the content. Apparently, there is a lot of shit Stanford students say that hit the cutting room floor, as his initial script was eight minutes long, and his actors helped him choose the best two-and-ahalf minutes of content. As far as other campus celebrities go, Nguyen turns to a co-collaborator on “Shit Stanford Students Say,” declaring: “[Senior] Mary Glen Fredrick is the funniest girl on campus.” Nguyen believes his Internet fame has been a positive experience. He encourages people who recognize his meme-star face to approach him, especially if they can offer him a job. One of the most surprising things to


Courtesy Chamal Samaranayake Nguyen about this whole experience is that other people will ask for advice on their YouTube careers or for feedback on their comedy scripts. “Like I have some sort of authority over them,” he laughs. Nguyen might do one last video aimed at the Stanford community, but otherwise is trying to adapt his online career to target different audiences, especially women and “tweenies,” which he thinks are untapped, but viable, “money making hotspots.” In less than two months, Nguyen will graduate with a co-term in sociology, a major in computer science and a minor in psychology. After graduation, he is headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a comedy writer and performer, with a long-term plan that includes becoming rich and famous, getting married and divorced, having three children and losing his house. But in the meantime, he’ll continue making videos, writing scripts and performing stand-up — all the while trying not starving or become homeless. — savannah KOPP
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tepping into the Chappie offices isn’t unlike setting foot into your older brother’s room. A really weird, cool older brother. In the small, square room where the Chappie regulars and their guests congregate once a week (that’s 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Nitery 2nd floor), a pair of battered sofa chairs face a ring of mismatched sectionals. Candy-colored vintage Chappie issues line the wall; they could easily pass for your brother’s retro comic collection. In the corner, next to a bird cage (no explanation available), is a bookcase of Chappie-themed memorabilia: a few cans that once held “Chappi” brand dog food, a framed photograph of Die Antwoord’s badass emcee Yolandi Visser showing off a “Chappie” tattoo on her forearm, another framed photograph of the crew crashing Kirsten Dunst’s birthday. Yes, they did that. For those on the outside, the Chappie is impenetrable. Weird, absurdist, not funny — the Chappie has weathered such labels its entire 106-year existence. What the people on the inside will tell you is that the Chappie doesn’t seek to be embraced by the mainstream; its lifeblood is in opposition. The group has had historic friction with the University administration, such as in 1961, when editor in chief Brad Efron ran a risqué parody of Playboy, causing the magazine to undergo suspension. Legend also has it that in 1975 editor in chief Mike Dornheim ’75 hooked up a speaker to a vending machine after the heiress Patty Hearst was famously kidnapped in Palo Alto and cried out from behind the glass, “Help, I’m trapped! I’m Patty Hearst!” (A frightened girl called the police, twenty squadron cars showed up and entered into a standoff with the vending machine.) The Chappie continues its history of pranking today with its annual publication of an imitation Daily. In fact, many pranks

Courtesy Alex Hertz between The Chappie and The Daily have played out in past decades. In 1980, a group of Chappie pranksters managed to sneak a photograph and false report into the paper that members of the University’s bowling team died in a plane crash. The paper printed an apology and explanation of the hoax. Today, sitting in those two especially worn-out chairs are the current Old Boys (as the editors in chief are called), Sam Coggeshall ’12 and Alex Hertz ’13. As resident Old Boys, the pair presides over the publication of this year’s issues and front the Wednesday meetings (in case you’re wondering whether there have been female Old Boys, the answer is yes). Coggeshall, a spiffy-dressing senior with a brown, curly fro and a goofy smile, and Hertz, a clean-cut junior with a penchant for chambray button-downs and a laid-back grin (I don’t know why I’m fixating on smiles), are roommates, best friends “4 lyfe” (Hertz tells me) and a bit of a balancing act. Hertz describes himself as the creative force, channeling into the Chappie his absurdist and silly brand of humor. He describes Coggeshall as approaching humor from an intellectual stance; Hertz tempers his fellow Old Boy’s trademark energy, while Coggeshall keeps in check Hertz’s absurdist humor. What results is a lovely family portrait and the makings of a hit CBS sitcom. As described by Hertz: Coggeshall is the boring father figure, Hertz is the crazy uncle and they’re raising a son together, which would be the Chappie. So how about that damn humor? The question on everyone’s lips is: Do people get the Chappie, and does it matter if they do? For the denizens of this office, the majority would say no. Hertz describes his mission as producing the funniest magazine possible; sure, he’d like to see it be accessible, but pre-

serving that signature Chappie voice is more important to him. Perhaps Old Boy Emeritus Joshua Meisel ’12 puts it best, when he relates to me some wise words from the comedian Dan Minsk, a successful stand-up comedian despite his high-brow, obscure humor. Standup comedians, he explained, have control over the timing of their jokes; that’s how they make their material funny. Therein lies the challenge of publishing humor in a magazine: It’s up to the reader to find for him or herself the rhythm of the jokes. It would be like scattering music sheets on the sidewalk and expecting passerby to appreciate a symphony’s aural beauty. This presents somewhat of a catch-22 when it comes to ASSU special fees. As many know, the Chappie recently failed to gain student-voted special fees for the second year in a row, a blow to its ego if nothing else. How does a publication that prides itself on its contradiction of the mainstream reconcile with its needs for, well, money? In cases like this, the popular vote is important. And unfortunately, that’s something the Chappie simply isn’t engineered to attract. Time will tell which direction the Chappie will choose to take when, next year, two new Old Boys, Kian Ameli ’13 and Daniel Koning ’14, will take over the beat-up sofa chair thrones. For now, Hertz invites us to look forward to the upcoming “Funk” issue, of which he is particularly proud. The Chappie is weird, proudly so. And at the steering wheel of this weird, weird ship are two quirky guys sitting in a pair of beatup La-Z-Boys, fighting the “man” (that would be the Stanford status quo) one “Face Cat” at a time. That is to say, one absurdist joke at a time. Amen. — alex BAYER
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artist, the film raises the question of whether one must be unhappy in order to truly succeed in his craft. “Somebody Up There Likes Me” Bob Byington’s quirky comedy follows Max (Keith Poulson), a mysteriously ageless and dispassionate restaurant server whose budding romance with co-worker Lyla (Jess Weixler) leads to a series of unexpected positive outcomes. Over the course of the next several decades, Max goes from being a dejected divorcee just scraping by to the co-owner of a successful pizza and ice cream business. The characters’ perpetual emotional muteness contrast with the bizarrely improbable situations they find themselves in, resulting in an offbeat and sometimes unsettling tone. But as the narrative slowly and disjointedly unfolds, it reveals a surprisingly heartfelt message true to its title. The film’s soundtrack, featuring original music by Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, is also worthy of note. | continued on page 8 |

e’ve been buzzing over the San Francisco International Film Festival and here are a few more of our top picks from the fest, which continues until May 3. No time to make the trek up to the city? Not to worry, these films will all be making their way to a theater near you in the next few months. “Chicken with Plums” From graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi and writing/directing partner Vincent Paronnaud, the team that brought “Persepolis” to the screen in 2007, comes a new visual masterpiece. Steeped in Satrapi’s family history and infused with magical realism, “Chicken with Plums” is the tragically comic story of NasserAli (Mathieu Amalric), a gifted musician who loses the will to live after his wife smashes his beloved violin during a quarrel. Set in 1950’s Tehran during Nasser-Ali’s last days, the film frequently travels back and forth through time examining his life and loves, offering insight and explanation into why he chose to leave this world. A sentimental elegy to a talented but troubled


Courtesy San Francisco Film Society up close at the Castro tonight, where he will receive a directing award and screen his early film “Dead Again,” or catch Yo La Tengo doing a live score at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the documentary “The Love Song for R. Buckminster Fuller” on Tuesday (come early to make the Rush line). In the meantime, here is a taste of films that have already screened and will be screening at the festival in the coming week. “Back to Stay” This first feature by Argentinean filmmaker Milagros Mumenthaler is an astute and observant film set in Buenos Aires, following three college-age sisters coming to terms with their grandmother’s recent death. The film takes place almost entirely in the house where they live, which they inherited. It’s a film about the secrets the sisters keep, the alliances that form within a family, the comfort of sisters and the effect of the space in which they live. We discover that many parts of the house were off limits when their grandmother was alive, and we watch as the girls explore these foreign spaces in a home with which they feel less and less connected. Mumenthaler lingers on each of the girls for takes that span minutes, letting the wonderfully nuanced performances really shine as we see the signs of insecurities, love and grief; these are especially pronounced in the few scenes when all three sisters are on camera in a single shot, allowing us to see both the private and communal moments they share together and how they trespass on each other’s privacy. At the center of the film is the eldest sister, Marina, the most down-to-earth one: shy, intelligent, compassionate and insecure about many things, including her body. We watch as she copes with her sister Sofia’s secrecy and betrayals, and as she looks on both disapprovingly and enviously as Sofia uses sex to earn attention; there is so much that is unsaid between these two. “Back | continued on page 7 |

he San Francisco International Film Festival kicked off last Thursday, and the crowds haven’t waned since. The main festival headquarters in Japantown at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and the San Francisco Film Society Cinema are full of excited cinephiles young and old, there to take in films from all around the world the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, with beautiful, crisp, clean, digital projection. Among the weekend’s most popular films were Norway’s “Oslo, August 31st” (reviewed in a previous Intermission) and Italy’s “Terraforma,” which had a series of sold-out screenings and eager, lastminute planners in the rush lines. Don’t despair if you missed them, though, as they are both scheduled for theatrical releases this year. If you haven’t had a chance to catch a film at the fest yet, there is still plenty of time, as the festival runs until May 3. Between now and then, you can see Kenneth Branagh



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ometime near the end of yesterday, Nintendo released its annual summary of the last fiscal year. Video game financials? Boring, I know. But the day’s most interesting event lies beyond the numbers. With the industry’s biggest tradeshow barely five weeks away, it’s the last chance for Nintendo to make a PR splash before the lights come on at the company’s E3 conference in Los Angeles. In this case, it’s their last chance to correct a mistake before it blows up in their faces. At last year’s E3, Nintendo took the veil off the first new console the industry had seen since 2006. With the original Wii struggling to captivate the fickle mainstream base that put Nintendo on easy street for several years, this new set of hardware represented the company’s effort to not only reinvigorate the average non-gamer, but to bring its core fans back home by stepping into the HD era — finally. As Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime put it, the Wii U was meant for “you” and “me.” But Nintendo’s showy confidence of June 2011 was undermined by a simple, fatal misjudgment in marketing. The new name, punchy as it was, confused some, alienated others and embarrassed the rest. The stakes were higher than ever, and Nintendo was going all in with a hand that looked bad to everyone at the table but themselves.

Out of necessity, I’m writing this just before the event I’m referencing — which, as I said, already occurred. That might sound like a backwards way to write a column, but its relevance isn’t diminished even under the admittedly curious circumstances. This moment, though quiet, is a pivotal one for Nintendo. To properly capture its uneasy tension, I need to com-

fully wooed with the “It’s different!” approach of the Wii, the intuitive conclusion is that a Wii U is simply an add-on to the one console they already have sitting under their TVs. They aren’t familiar with typical hardware cycles or alternative gaming platforms, and they certainly don’t keep up with enthusiast gaming news. The Wii U is just another controller to them, like

Courtesy Nintendo mit my thoughts without the benefit of hindsight. If Nintendo makes what I’d call the right move, consider this an impassioned defense of that decision. If not, the clock is ticking — so consider this the boldest warning that an unpaid student-journalist can possibly muster. While the name “Wii” was so boldly different that it turned heads everywhere, adding a pathetic relic of ’90s online chatrooms — the “U”, of course — is such a subtle change as to be imperceptible. For the casual gamers that Nintendo successthe Wii Balance Board or Classic Controller Pro, only this time it’s a tablet. And who could blame them? After all, Nintendo never actually showed off the console itself in any of its marketing materials last year, but just trotted out a tablet with the Wii U name slapped on it. As a member of the old Nintendo guard, meanwhile, I’m not alone in saying that the “Wii U” moniker is disappointing. We accept the Wii for what it is, but only under the oncesafe assumption that Nintendo

would eventually come out of the powder room and get down to business, flexing its technical muscles once again by making a system that pushes boundaries but still allows for the types of games we grew up loving. The continuation of the Wii brand opens some old wounds for us, and frankly, it makes me a little sad to think that Nintendo’s most loyal supporters aren’t at the top of their priority list. You might be wondering: what would I name the new console? It’s not easy to say. I understand why Nintendo wants to keep its most successful brand name alive, especially when continued failure means reaching even deeper into the war chest. That tactic was successful, after all, with the Game Boy brand and a host of other consoles. But subtitles like “Color,” “Advance” or “Pocket” — members of Game Boy line, in this case — carry self-evident hints of real, qualitative differences. The same can be said, quite obviously, of numeric titles like the Atari 7800, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2. So, my suggestion? Keep it simple, stupid: Wii 2. That’s what my brain says, anyway. My heart might prefer something more . . . original. — nate ADAMS
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eeling more grown-up than their first collaboration, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller’s newest film “The FiveYear Engagement,” about a nearperfect couple that can’t quite seem to tie the knot, still maintains that delicious mix of awkward realism, raunchy jokes and sentimentality sans cheesiness that made 2008’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” such a hit. Unlike most romantic comedies that culminate in happilyever-after marriages, “The FiveYear Engagement” begins with sous-chef Tom’s (Segel) proposal to girlfriend Violet (Emily Blunt) and charts the ups and downs that follow. The couple’s first hurdle comes in the form of Violet’s acceptance to a post-doc psychology program at the University of Michigan, which forces them to

that they gave it a go. And to their great credit, Blunt and Segel carry the film with aplomb, managing to be charismatic leads who still feel relatable. As the screenwriters, Segel and Stoller go to town on gender roles, poking fun at who wears the pants in the relationship and why. More generally, though, they explore how one finds that balance of maintaining self-fulfillment while keeping the other person happy. Life is messy, as is demonstrated again and again, with a tendency to get in the way of what often seem like the bestlaid plans. But, borrowing from Violet’s psychological experiments (which, meta alert, figure prominently in the story), in the end, even the worst of situations is what you choose to make of it. — misa SHIKUMA
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uproot from their comfy Bay Area for what initially promises to be only two years. But, as the title suggests, it isn’t quite that simple. While Violet flourishes in her new academic environment, Tom struggles to find his niche in the gastronomically under-developed college town. The more he feels as though his career has stalled, having settled for making sandwiches at a local delicatessen, the more dissonant their lives seem to become. Faced with constant pressure to wed from friends and family alike, Violet and Tom can’t help but wonder themselves if their special day will ever come. As much as the movie focuses on Tom and Violet, the all-star supporting cast should be reason enough to see it. Alison Brie (“Community”) steals scenes as Violet’s unintentionally upstaging

Courtesy MCT younger sister, while Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), as a snarky postdoc, never fails to deliver on laughs every time her character tells it like it is. Tom’s newfound Midwest friends, including a pickle enthusiast played by Brian Posehn (“Just Shoot Me”) and an emasculated stay-at-home dad played by Chris Parnell (“Saturday Night Live”), are equally memorable. Although the third act is somewhat overextended, it’s still enjoyable because, having seen the relationships flourish early on, you care about the characters and want to see them through — whether it means marital bliss or going their separate ways and being content in the knowledge

CONTINUED FROM “CINEPHILE,” PAGE 4 to Stay” is, in a sense, a coming-of-age story as Marina gains confidence and deals with her grief, and we learn that her sisters aren’t as put-together as she may have originally believed. There isn’t much plot so much as a series of uneventful scenes in which immense amounts of information about the complexities of the characters are beautifully revealed. It’s best seen on a big screen where you can get immersed in the rhythm of the film and the spaces the characters inhabit, and it’s one of the best films at SFIFF. “Bernie” Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Bernie,” which will hit theatres in mid-May, may be a disappointment to fans of his heady, dialogue-driven films like “Waking Life” and “Before Sunrise,” but it is an improvement from his recent string of mediocre, mainstream films like “School of Rock” and “Bad News Bears.” “Bernie” is a mockumentary based on the true story of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a mortician in Carthage, Texas, who after befriending and then killing the universally hated widow Marjorie (Shirley MacLaine), seemed like he would actually be acquitted because he was so well-liked in town. Bernie is a perplexing character who seems just as kind-hearted as he is a scheming opportunist, and it’s left to the audience to decide whether he befriended Marjorie in pursuit of her fortune or as just a good Samaritan. Linklater finds a good deal of humor, if not laughs, in his myriad of interviews with local characters full of local color and by cleverly juxtaposing the serious and ridiculous: a song-and-dance of “Seventy-Six Trombones” abruptly follows Marjorie’s murder. But the film remains little more than a moderately pleasant and fleeting distraction. “Bonsai” “Bonsai” centers on a painfully pathetic aspiring writer, Julio, as he recounts his failed college romance with a large dose of nostalgia while encountering romantic strife in the present. Julio claims to be working as the amanuensis for a famous writer, but we realize that his supposed employment is a fiction. Since he has told his current romantic interest about the job, he decides to fill notebooks with his own prose instead. There are a few perceptive moments about youthful romance, like the pretensions of college students who decide they need to read Proust to one another in bed, one page a day, expecting to be together long enough to finish their optimistic journey through the novel. Yet the film lacks narrative structure, and the multiple time periods make the film feel desultory rather than working to unite themes and show growth. Julio is also such a loser that it’s hard to care about his goings-on and feel anything but sorry for the women he encounters. There is some beautiful photography with rich colors and the omnipresent image of the perfectly kept Bonsai tree — perhaps a metaphor for Julio’s own sense of the need to control his life — but, on the whole, the film falls flat. — alexandra HEENEY
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oxy’s favorite color is usually nude, but after three-plus years at Stanford, she’s found herself partial to going green. In the spirit of sustainability (and because Roxy’s hooked up with her fair share of earth systems majors), she’s decided to offer some tips on environmentally friendly hookups. Reduce, reuse, recycle Roxy has tried to internalize the principles of sustainability into all aspects of her life. And while Roxy isn’t one to reduce her excesses, she doesn’t say no to occasionally recycling a boy from her past. Just, you know, so he doesn’t go to waste. And for the reusing? Roxy’s never been known for her restraint; she makes sure to reuse as many times per night/day/between classes as possible.

save energy is switching off who’s on top. If you’re lucky, Roxy might even give you . . . LEED certification. Some other tips Roxy recently learned that having babies is just about the worst thing that you can do for the environment. So if you feel like you’re on the verge of some major ahem emissions, you’d better capture and sequester them. Eating meat is also pretty bad for the environment, so Roxy suggests you cut down on your meat consumption . . . outside the bedroom, of course. Know any climate change skeptics? They may not believe in global warming just yet, but Roxy can heat things up beyond the point of denial. Send them her way at

Courtesy San Francisco Film Society CONTINUED FROM “FLICKS,” PAGE 4 “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” Sibling rivalry reaches new heights in the latest film from filmmaking brothers Mark and Jay Duplass. In 1990, Mark (Steve Zissis) and Jeremy (Mark Kelly) held an exclusive 25-event competition to decide who was the “better” brother. Thirty years later and still at odds with each other they decide to rematch, time has placed only new obstacles in their way. Not only are the brothers spectacularly out of shape, but Mark also now has a wife and young son that prevent him from dropping everything to indulge in random acts of pettiness. Or do they? Just as sure as boys will be boys, “The Do-DecaPentathlon” is a humorous look at people who just never quite seem to grow up.

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