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Volume 241 Issue 58

Arts Intensive apps increase
Number of applicants for Sophomore College remains steady, Arts Intensive sees more interest

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New York Times columnist Tom Friedman addressed a crowd in Cemex Auditorium Thursday. He discussed the need to address America’s decline in the 21st century through better national education.


Education critical, Friedman says
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author discusses the future of America

“America — its fate, future and vitality — is the most important foreign policy issue in the world [today],” said Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, to a packed Cemex Auditorium Thursday afternoon. “If America becomes weak, your children will grow up in a fundamentally different world.” Friedman’s talk was part of the Graduate School of Business’s (GSB) “View from the Top” lecture series, a student-run program that brings

prominent figures to campus to share their insights on effective leadership. Introducing Friedman as “one the most influential journalists of the last few decades,” Garth Saloner, dean of the GSB, emphasized Friedman’s reporting experience on the front line of issues ranging from the Arab Spring to the ongoing legislative gridlock in Washington, D.C. “The themes that he addresses in his reporting are those that any global citizen should be interested in,” Saloner said. Friedman opened the talk with a review of his recently published book, “That Used To Be Us,” which seeks to explore the reasons for America’s relative decline in the 21st century and offer so-

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Applications for Arts Intensive, one of four September Studies seminar-based programs offered in the weeks leading into autumn quarter, have risen for the coming academic year, according to Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS) administrators. The number of students who applied for Sophomore College, another September Studies program, has remained stable. More than 500 of the 1,709 freshmen in the Class of 2015 applied to at least one Sophomore College seminar for the coming academic year, resulting in 1,100 submitted applications by the April 9 deadline, according to Lee West, associate director of SIS. With 240 interested students, next year’s Arts Intensive program received 371 applications, 64 more than last year. “Slightly more than a third of all freshmen applied to at least one Sophomore College or Arts Intensive seminar (with some students applying to both programs),” wrote West in an email to The Daily. “While only freshmen can apply to Sophomore College, freshmen, sophomores and juniors can apply to the Arts Intensive program.” Of the Sophomore College applicants, 212 were accepted into

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their first choice seminars, and 266 were rejected from all of their choices as of May 8, according to West. For admitted students, this September may provide the chance to conduct evolutionary biology research in the Galapagos, explore a character in musical theater or experience an intensive Spanish immersion course. Arts Intensive received a range of applications this year, with nearly 50 percent coming from freshmen and the other 50 percent distributed equally among the other classes, according to Gina Hernandez, director of arts in undergradu-

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Steele talks ‘stereotype threat’ effect

Cardinal Carnaval


Interviews offer perspective to applicants
Alumni interviews permanent part of application process with 2016 cycle

79th annual Cubberley Lecture addresses social psychology

Claude Steele, dean of the School of Education, spoke about the concept of “stereotype threat,” which he developed largely through his own research, at the 79th annual Cubberley Lecture Thursday evening. “You can find [stereotype threat] virtually anywhere you look,” Steele said. “There is no group for which there is not a negative stereotype.” Stereotype threat is defined as a feeling of anxiety in a situation where a person has the potential to conform to a negative stereotype about his or her social group, whether that is race, gender, socioeconomic class or any other aspect of identity. Almost 400 audience members crowded into Cubberley Auditorium to listen to Steele present with two other researchers, Geoffrey Cohen Ph.D. ’98, a professor in the School of Education and the psychology department, and Greg Walton ’00, an assistant professor of psychology, who shared more current research on stereotype threat. To illustrate the idea of stereotype threat to the audience, Steele showed a clip from Eminem’s biographical movie “8 Mile.” In the scene, Eminem freezes up before the crowd because he feels threatened at a rap battle where he is the only white person in the club. “That was a rough day for Eminem,” Steele said. Walton presented another famous example of stereotype threat. He read a senior thesis written by Michelle Obama, who was a Princeton student in 1985. “‘It often seems as if, to them [white students and professors], I will always be black first and a student

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The Afro-Brazillian band Fogo Na Roupa led a colorful parade in White Plaza for Stanford’s first Carnaval. Latinos Unidos, Cardinal Nights and Spring Faire sponsored Thursday’s event.

The Class of 2016 admission cycle, the first after the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced the permanent installation of alumni interviews, saw similar success for the program. A three-year interview pilot program proved popular among both applicants and interviewers, and the University endorsed its full implementation in the next “five years or so,” according to the Admission Office. When the current program reaches its full capacity, the Office of Undergraduate Admission expects to work with around 10,000 to 12,000 alumni to interview around 30,000 to 40,000 applicants. During the most recent application cycle, about 10 percent of applicants were granted the interview option. According to Assistant Dean of Admission Debra von Bargen, the vast majority took advantage of the opportunity. These students had high school zip codes in the Atlanta, Denver, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and Washington, D.C., areas; attended school in the states of Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Virginia; or studied internationally in Ireland and the United Kingdom. As the program expands to more areas, the Office of Undergraduate Admission is also seeking to develop options for students in areas such as China and India that have growing applicant pools. To determine the value of the program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission evaluated alumni response and the overall impact of interviews on decisions made by the admission committee. According to von Bargen, benefits included allowing the applicant to expand on his or her ideas and interests, gain a personal connection to Stanford and present him or herself to the admission office in a more informal light. “We hope to get a sense from the conversation between the interviewer and the ap-

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This report covers a selection of incidents from April 30 through May 8 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety bulletin.
I A laptop was stolen from Arril-


stole a bike parked outside the Sherman Fairchild Science Building between 7:30 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. I A bike was stolen from outside Trancos between 3:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.


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lutions to a situation Friedman argues still hangs in the balance. “We just don’t know whether [a happy ending] is fiction or nonfiction,” Friedman said. Citing his experiences travelling to China and witnessing the investment in infrastructure and growth undertaken there, he argued that Americans cannot afford to be complacent or acquiesce to any sense of inevitability of a deceptively gradual shift in power. “That sense of resignation, that America’s best days are behind it and that China’s are ahead, is the topic of conversation across the country,” Friedman said. “No American should resign themselves to that. We are optimists, but we are frustrated optimists.” Friedman argued that the United States’ tendency toward complacency and an inability to build for the long run has led to missed opportunities — whether addressing globalization emerging from the end of the Cold War or the post-9/11 decade lost in Iraq and Afghanistan — rather than to rejuvenation. Noting ongoing technological advances such as video-conferencing and increased automation, Friedman argued that the dominance of the relatively selfcontained American economy has ended. “In terms of impact, it is as big as Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press,” Friedman argued. “When the world gets this hyper-connected, it’s like the whole global curve rose. Every

laga Family Dining Commons between 5:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.


bike seat was stolen from a bike parked outside Sweet Hall between 5 p.m. on April 27 and 8:45 a.m. on May 1. I A bike was stolen near the intersection of Lasuen Mall and Serra Mall between 9 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. I A rear wheel and a bike seat were stolen from a bike parked outside Meyer Library between April 24 at 8:30 a.m. and May 1 at 4:30 p.m.
I No incidents were reported.


male was cited and released on a warrant from Alameda County at 1:50 a.m. in Meyer Library. I A laptop was stolen from Roble Gym between 11:30 a.m. and 11:34 a.m.



male was cited and released for trespassing at 20 Pearce Mitchell Place at 2:05 a.m. I Six people were cited and released for trespassing in the Avery Aquatic Center at approximately 3 a.m., one of whom was cited for resisting a peace officer. I A bike was stolen from near 120 Quillen Court between 9 p.m. the previous night and 8 a.m.


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was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for driving under the influence near the intersection of Campus Drive and Junipero Serra Boulevard at 2 a.m. I Somebody was cited and released for driving on a suspended license and for being in possession of a stolen phone at 8:05 p.m. near the intersection of Campus Drive and Serra Street. I A male was cited and released for driving on a suspended license near the intersection of Campus Drive and Bonair Siding at 8:20 p.m.

male was arrested, transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for domestic battery and aggravated trespass between 2:15 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. in the Escondido V Highrise. I An injury vehicle-bike collision occurred on Mayfield Drive in front of Florence Moore Hall at 6:35 p.m.
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was cited and released for driving unlicensed in the 500 block of Mayfield at 6:05 p.m.

employer suddenly has more access to cheap automation, cheap labor . . . cheap genius. Average is over.” Friedman asserted that the technological revolution will require people to market their individual differences to employers even more than in the past. “Everyone is going to have to develop their ‘extra,’ that unique value that defines why they should be employed or promoted,” Friedman said. “We all [now] want to do work that can’t be described by an algorithm and so can’t be outsourced or automated.” Citing interviews with corporate leaders in the course of writing “That Used To Be Us,” Friedman described a common emphasis among employers on hiring and promoting creative and innovative employees better equipped to respond to a rapidly changing market. He argued, however, that the development of such individuals should be linked to greater government spending. “For us as a country, we have two education challenges,” Friedman said. “We need to bring our bottom to our average, and we need to bring our average to a global high . . . We need more and better education.” Succeeding in such a competitive global economy, according to Friedman, requires the development of individual skills, an emphasis on self-improvement and a relentless work ethic. “The minute you think you’re finished, that’s when you are,” Friedman asserted. “Stay hungry, take pride, be innovative and think entrepreneurially.” Audience questioning focused in part on the reasons for the United States’ recent decline so soon after the end of the “American Century.” Steele said. If there is no perceived stereotype or if the person does not care about performance in the given area, they will not be affected by stereotype threat, according to Steele. “What is interesting about stereotype threat is that what makes you vulnerable is being invested in the domain where your group has a negative stereotype,” Steele said. After describing the phenomenon of stereotype threat and giving examples of how it can be detrimental in the classroom, Steele, Cohen and Walton described various possible solutions to the phenomenon. The first and most important way to reduce the effects of stereotype threat, Steele said, is to reduce legal and societal barriers to certain identity groups. Steele gave several examples of these barriers, including Jim Crow-era segregation and bans on same-sex marriage. He also said that an important way to combat stereotype threat is to develop a “critical mass” of

“I grew up in a place and time where politics worked,” Friedman said. “We had a formula for success in this country, and we’ve gotten away from it.” He argued that renewed investment in education, more government-funded research, a balanced budget and increased expenditure on infrastructure would collectively offer the ability to re-energize the United States. “Tell me we’re going to preserve the American Dream for another generation,” Friedman said. “We want America to be to the world what Cape Canaveral was to America. We want America to be the place where everyone in the world comes to launch their moonshot.” Responding to another question on parallels between the Arab Spring and recent social unrest — emanating from similar issues, such as socioeconomic inequality and lack of economic opportunity — in the West, Friedman, who covered the Arab Spring extensively, was quick to differentiate between the two. “The Arab Spring is the greatest story I’ve covered,” Friedman said. “It was about the deepest human things — dignity, justice and the quest to get the tools and opportunities to realize one’s full potential. We aren’t stifled in that way.” Friedman concluded the talk by returning to the theme of a globalized economy and how the United States can excel within the new reality. “In a flat world, there’s no ‘here’ and no ‘there,’” Friedman said. “There’s just good, better and best.” Contact Marshall Watkins at people who share an identity, because it is easier for people to combat prejudice in groups. Affirmative action, Steele said, is an important step in developing critical masses for minorities on college campuses. Walton said that another important way to combat stereotype threat is to make minority students feel like they belong at school. In an experiment that Walton and Cohen performed with a group of college freshmen, they found that freshmen performed better if they knew how much their peers had struggled to find a place at college. Cohen said that while the techniques implemented by the experimenters did have a significant impact on the performance of the students in question, they did not have to be implemented by scientists. “These interventions sent the exact same message as valuable teachers send to their students every day,” said Cohen. Contact Mary Harrison at


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plicant what it might be like to have this particular individual join the Stanford community,” von Bargen said in an email to The Daily. “Our interviewer training stresses this last point, that the interview is designed as a conversation, not a quiz, and sets the Stanford program apart from many others.” The training that alumni undergo includes a series of sessions with admissions officers and alumni chairs and a new online presentation, in order to expose interviewers to sample questions and conversations. “I prefer the word conversation because I believe that’s how interviews should be conducted and not a Q&A session,” said alumni interviewer Taara Hassan ’03 in an email to The Daily. “Fortunately, all of the applicants I interviewed were so ‘rich’ in their lives and at such a young age that it was very easy to be naturally interested in what they had to say and share without forcing anything.” Alumni interviewer Steven Jewell ’74 expanded on the insight gained by these conversations. “It helps flesh out a person beyond what can be seen in the written word and on a computer screen,” Jewell said. “It provides additional insight into the person’s motivation and what excites them intellectually. In worst cases, it corroborates the written record, but on occasion it actually provides something quite unexpected and very helpful for assessing the candidate.” Nicole Himmel ’15 participated in an alumni interview as part of her application and described the experience as casual and helpful. “We met up at a little café, and he asked me about myself, what characteristics I thought I was the best at, what my friends thought about me, fun questions,” Himmel said. In addition to providing prospective students a forum to elaborate on information already presented in their applications,

the interviews are also a way for applicants to talk about other circumstances that affected their academic or extracurricular life in high school. The interviews are not required, even when available to students, but are merely an option for applicants who wish to participate, in areas where an alumni interviewer is available. “I would definitely recommend it [doing an interview] to anyone who’s applying to Stanford,” Himmel said. “It can only help you. I asked him about a lot of the interdisciplinary stuff and he had majored in his own interdisciplinary major, so that was cool getting that information from him.” The interview process also provides alumni the opportunity to re-engage with their alma mater and gain insight into Stanford’s future. “The optional interview process . . . exposes prospective students to Stanford’s ‘living history’ by interacting with [alumni] and allows for asking questions from those who had the amazing opportunity to experience the Farm,” Hassan wrote. “But it also allows [alumni] to remain connected and see firsthand the amazing individuals that may become part of and contribute to Stanford’s unparalleled learning environment.” Moving forward, the Office of Undergraduate Admission has not set a specific timeline on the complete integration of the alumni interview option for all candidates but is planning gradual expansion of the program in the coming years. “Our big challenge at the moment is creating a robust, userfriendly technology system to help us manage the expansion,” von Bargen said. “We are moving ahead, but with great care that we do it right from the outset. Because ours is a young program, relative to our peer institutions, we know we have many opportunities to improve and refine the program as we grow, and our alumni seldom hesitate to offer suggestions.” Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 “We enrolled 121 students in [Arts Intensive] 2011 and expect that this will remain roughly the same this year,” Hernandez wrote in an email to The Daily. “Occasionally a course is not filled through the initial application period,” West wrote, adding that at least one course has not been filled this year. “In those cases we invite any student who applied to Sophomore College or Arts Intensive (freshmen only) and was either waitlisted or not chosen for a seminar to apply for the open course. We fill spaces on a rolling basis; we are committed to filling every space in the programs.” According to West, the number of Sophomore College courses offered will not change in the foreseeable future, but students can expect an increase in Arts Intensive options next year

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second,’” Walton said, quoting Obama. Steele said that understanding stereotype threat could help to diminish the achievement gap between different races in the classroom. “It isn’t the entire bulk of the achievement gap,” he said, “but it’s a big part.” Steele cited one of his famous experiments done on stereotype threat, which found that, on average, African American students scored one standard deviation lower than white students on an IQ test. However, when African American students were told that the test was a puzzle, rather than a test of intellectual ability, the gap disappeared. “Your intelligence is not on the line in a puzzle . . . it’s your response to that stereotype that gets you distracted and prevents you from doing well on that test,”

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Claude Steele (left), dean of the School of Education, discussed research and remedies to “stereotype threat” with psychology professors Geoffrey Cohen (center) and Greg Walton (right) yesterday evening.
Over the next few months, 212 students will remain on waitlists. Those already enrolled, however, can look forward to preliminary class meetings over the last few weeks of spring quarter. “We’re going to about 10 different shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” said Jessia Hoffman ’15, who was accepted into the “Learning Theater” Sophomore College seminar after applying to two Arts Intensive seminars as well. “We’re going to get to talk to actors and go backstage.” “I’m going to be doing the ‘Face of Battle’ sophomore college with Scott Sagan,” said Ariella Axler ’15, a staff writer for The Daily who was admitted to her first choice seminar. “We get to go to Washington, D.C., Gettysburg and Montana and learn about Civil War battles by going to the sites, and at the same time we’re also going to undertake our own research topics . . . I’m excited to meet a lot of students that are also interested in the topic, because I think those will be people that I’ll be studying with in the future.” Contact Jordan Shapiro at jordansh


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ate education. “Most courses have two or three times the number of applications in comparison to the number of spots available,” West wrote, noting that the reason for such an influx of applications may be that students apply to multiple seminars. Some seminars, however, receive more than the usual average of around 40 applications, according to West. Particularly, “Darwin, Evolution, and Galapagos” received the most interest this year, garnering 153 applications, according to West. In comparison, one Sophomore College seminar received 14 applications this year.

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Organ donation: Legal fictions and Facebook timelines

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n May 1, Mark Zuckerburg, in an interview with “Good Morning America,” encouraged Facebook users to announce their intention to be an organ donor on their Facebook timelines. Announcing that you’re an organ donor on your Facebook timeline is not legally binding, but if you indicate an intention to donate, a link takes you to your state’s donor registry website where you can legally commit to being an organ donor. The announcement, according to some reports, has had a large and tangible impact: More than 100,000 people updated their statuses to indicate that they are donors, and 22,000 of them followed the link to their state registries. Though it is difficult to determine how many people actually registered, California has a telling statistic: An average of 70 people register as organ donors online each day, but in the day following Facebook’s announcement, 3,900 people signed up. Facebook’s dual aims — sparking a conversation around organ donation and enabling people to register to donate — are admirable for many reasons. But although we on the Editorial Board applaud Facebook’s decision, we contend that it is important to have a transparent conversation about the actual process of procuring organs now that organ donation has become a public part of one’s Facebook identity. The benefits of organ donation are clear. Over 114,000 Americans are currently on waiting lists for transplants and a person dies waiting for a transplant every four hours. Furthermore, 90 percent of Americans support organ donation, but only a third of licensed drivers register to donate. Viewed through this lens, organ donation is a simple decision to save a life when yours is taken, and adding organ donation to the Facebook timeline is laudable at best and innocuous at worst. Yet as bioethicists have pointed out, the process for determining death in order to procure a person’s organs is very rarely discussed in transparent terms.“Death and Legal Fictions,” a 2011 article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, describes the evolving definitions of death over the past 40 years. Traditionally, “whole brain death” is a prerequisite for organ procurement from a donor whose heart is still beating. However, recent neurological evidence has il-

lustrated that people can still perform core integrative functions — such as digesting food, healing wounds, growing and even successfully bringing a child to term — during “whole brain death” with the aid of mechanical ventilation. As a result, the authors argue that defining death in terms of “whole brain death” is a legal fiction:“Whole brain death” is a legal requirement constructed because many of us feel that people with brain death have “lost” the capacities that make them human. “Whole brain death,” however, is not really death, since the patient can still perform core physiological functions. “Whole brain death” is relatively rare in organ donations; more donations come from people with advanced directives that tell doctors to withdraw life support, thereby discontinuing circulation. Surgeons then wait before procuring the organs: usually two to five minutes after the cessation of cardiac activity, but sometimes as early as 75 seconds.The authors argue that determining death by this criterion is an “anticipatory fiction”: It allows us to treat something that is about to occur as if it has already happened.When a doctor withdraws life support, there is no certainty that circulation has irreversibly stopped in that short time period, but waiting too long damages the viability of the organs.As a result, defining death based on the cessation of circulation is another legal requirement that does not correspond to our intuitive notions of death. The authors ultimately conclude that these two determinations of death are ethical — the organ donor who consented to donation was at least theoretically aware that this is how death is determined. Furthermore, failing to determine death by these criteria would deny the donor their wish of organ donation. Yet the authors also argue that in practice, the donor is rarely aware of how death is determined; there is an alarming lack of transparency around the issue. One of Facebook’s aims in adding organ donation to the timeline feature is to start a robust conversation about the importance of registering to be a donor. We wholeheartedly agree, but we need to make sure that the facts regarding organ donation and “death” are as transparent as possible to ensure that people make informed decisions.

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back some terrifying childhood memory when the kids made fun of his name. I didn’t know what to say. “Um . . . yes? Is that okay?” It was the worst response I could’ve come up with. I wanted to crawl under my desk (not that it mattered because I was alone in my room). I wanted to hang up the phone. “I’m just surprised . . . “ What was he surprised about? Maybe my voice didn’t sound like what he expected, maybe I butchered the pronunciation of his name, maybe maybe maybe . . . “ . . . No one has ever called me by my name in an interview!” I should’ve been able to tell by his tone that he was happy about this strange turn of events, but I stupidly kept it going. “Oh! Well is it okay that I did? Did you like it?” If I hadn’t semiblown it before, I certainly had now. Thankfully, he chuckled. “Yes, that’s not a bad thing.” The rest of my interview with George went pretty well. And since our chat, I can’t help but think about his pleasant surprise at my use of his name. We hadn’t physically met, and yet the mutual use of first names was unexpectedly significant. It makes sense. Thinking about people in terms of their names tends to remind us that they’re individuals too — they’re not just the cashier, the waitress or the nameless phone interviewer. Obviously it might be impractical to go around pointedly using all of your friends’ first names. But maybe it won’t hurt to slip them into conversation a little bit

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ow often do you use your friends’ first names? Now that you think about it, is it really that often? You only have to use their name if you want get their attention from across the dining hall, right? You could probably go for days, weeks or even months just by using “dude” instead. There’s probably nothing wrong with this at all. But sometimes, rather than not use a name for someone you know, you have to choose whether to use a name for someone you don’t know. Was that too confusing? Here’s the story. A few weeks ago I had a phone interview. It was conveniently arranged for me via email a few days in advance, and the mysterious woman at the other computer informed me that I’d be speaking with “George.” And so, when I lugged myself out of bed at 8:45 a.m., I was prepared to pick up the phone for a nice, early 9 a.m. chat with George himself. At 9:01 a.m., the phone rang. “Hello?” I knew exactly who it would be, but obviously I couldn’t open with, “Hey you must be the guy from _________, right?” So I left it at hello. “Hello, is this Miriam?” “Hi George! Yes, this is Miriam.” Yes, I had jumped the gun a little bit. I used his name before he introduced himself. But come on, I was pretty excited to know that it was George on the line, and not some random wrong number. There was a pause. “Wow, you just called me ‘George,’” the voice said. Oh no, I had blown it. He probably went by “Jorge” or “Georgey” or “Gmoney,” and I had already brought

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more, to add the ever-so-slight intimacy that comes with first name usage. If this sounds crazy, think about how you feel when someone forgets your first name. It’s kind of annoying, right? You feel that nagging insecurity that you must not be special enough for them to remember you. Maybe your outfit was too plain or your personality was too boring. Or maybe you need a more interesting name, something short and catchy like “Miriam.” If you’re one of those people who’s bad with names, don’t be afraid to let it be known with an advance warning. Because otherwise, you might get yourself in a bad situation. A friend of mine was once at a party, obtaining one of the infamous mixed drinks readily available at the Phi Psi bar. Turning around, she found that a guy had smoothly sidled up to her and opened with a relatively lackluster pick-up line. But it got worse: then he asked her name. The problem? She had met him before . . . five times before. And yet somehow she had never been as interesting to him as she was on that particular Friday night. And so, never forget the value of using a first name. It can help you get a job, help you make a friend, and it can probably save you some embarrassment. If you remember her first name, go ahead and send Ms. Marks an email, using





Celebrating Stanford Cats
Dear Editor, The pioneering TNR (TrapNeuter-Return) program of the Stanford Cat Network featured in The Daily (“Cat tales,” May 9) has succeeded in humanely reducing the campus homeless cat population from 500 in ’89 to a few dozen healthy, feral (unsocialized) cats through spay/neuter, adoption and natural attrition. It also has been a personally-fulfilling and mutuallyenriching journey, as it has evolved and adapted to assure continued care of the cats. The seemingly endless supply will continue, until we spay/neuter our pets, reducing the population of unwanted animals to match the demand of loving homes for them. Despite being tired or busy or the weather being dismal, the cats must be fed. I welcome the peaceful, restorative routine of my daily feeding rounds for my feline friends. I feel personally violated and concerned for the cats’ safety when feeding stations are disturbed by intruders. Ours is a mission of compassion for these cats who are victims of our human shortcomings. Rescued tame newcomers need a comforting, secure holding place until foster homes are found. Recuperating feral cats need a quiet, safe place to recover. We are committed to no kill, and we find adoptive homes for healthy, tame cats who are positive for infectious feline leukemia. Our new enclosure was finished just in time to also provide a home for Milton, feral so unadoptable. He could not roam

freely on campus; he had nowhere else to go. Now, he still enjoys a sheltered life outdoors, where volunteers visit and care for him using isolation techniques to protect him from disease as well as other cats, whose health is not compromised. The FeLv virus is fragile, but it compromises the immune system of its host. Know that the homeless cat population from which most of us adopt our pets and into which others lose or abandon them — a revolving door — is a generally healthy population. Cats lost or abandoned by students do account for some of the several newcomers, a fact on residential campuses nationwide. You seek companionship but may assume a responsibility that is too much for your busy lives in transition. That is why we urge you, “Don’t Adopt” in the fall, then “Don’t Abandon” in the spring, in emails forwarded by Housing. There always will be needy pets to adopt when you are ready for that commitment. The SCN always needs volunteers, and we have urged you to help us. More students volunteered to feed, when there were many cats to see. We see fewer volunteers now that there are fewer cats. Volunteers must feed on faith that watchful cats are there depending on them. Our intervention makes the difference for the cats’ survival. SCN volunteers can’t be everywhere. We need the Stanford community to be alert for cats that need help and to know to contact us to intervene and rescue them. We invite you to visit our website
CAROLE MILLER Co-founder, Stanford Cat Network


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hill that slopes down from the Dish to the Bay, but some parts of campus are much steeper than others. Going to Florence Moore Hall and the residences behind it is especially difficult. Another problem is the unevenness of sidewalks and bike paths. All roads and sidewalks have to have a slight grading, or slant, to them, so that the water will run off. The problem for individuals in wheelchairs is that they are constantly rolling in the direction of the slant, thereby putting a great deal of pressure on one side of their bodies. Of course, this is something that cannot be helped, but it is simply another facet of what it means to be in a wheelchair. A good friend of mine has permanently lost the use of his legs and has a wheelchair. He lives offcampus with his wife and child and commutes to campus via his wheelchair-accessible van. It has a side lift to help him enter and exit the van, and without it he would not be able to go to class. The handicap spots, then, are of utmost importance for students with disabilities. If he gets to the Oval and all of the spots are taken, he must then look for parking elsewhere, sometimes up to half a mile away. All of this, plus the time to drive there and get out of his van, makes him severely late to class, sometimes to the point that he might as well not go at all. That brings me to the point of this week’s column: a few weeks ago I saw a car pull into a parking space marked for handicapped people, and a bunch of people piled out jumping and laughing and generally carousing. I stared in disbelief as the group of friends proceeded to walk away from the now-parked car, with none of them showing signs of being injured. I assumed that they were parking there temporarily, until I saw the red temporary disability placard in the car. Now, it is possible that the individual driving the car was injured in some way that didn’t preclude jumping and that there were no obvious signs of injury, but it seemed as though something wasn’t right. I wouldn’t otherwise mind these individuals taking advantage of the law and getting a permit that they do not seem to need, but it does bother me that my friend often finds cars with red disability placards in the parking spaces near his classes. It is of course completely possible that the people using them fully need them, but based on the duration of time that the cars park in those spots, day after day, it seems much more likely that those people are using them as long as they can, and not as long as they are injured. Stanford could create more parking spaces on campus for individuals with handicapped parking placards, but that would do nothing to stop those who use placards even when they don’t need them. Instead of accommodating students who abuse the system, call your friends out when they do. Tell Sebastain what you think at

he Stanford campus is made for pedestrians, first and foremost. Many streets that were passable when I was a freshman no longer are, and the campus is becoming more restricted to traffic. Parking lots are being pushed farther and farther from the academic buildings, and as a result, more people choose to bike and walk. This is great for those of us who don’t want to worry about having to dodge cars in the Quad (although occasionally you will have to jump out of the way of a careless service vehicle or haphazard golf cart driver). The bad part about the campus being so pedestrian-driven is that students, staff and faculty with disabilities find it much harder to get around. The number of students at Stanford who are registered with the Office of Accessible Education for disability-related issues was less than 200 a couple years ago, but the difficulty in mobility for those who are registered can be insurmountable at times. There are several things that make it difficult for students in wheelchairs. If you are temporarily injured and in a wheelchair, you are presented with an immediate problem if you live in one of the many residences on campus that have multiple stories and no elevators. The good thing about Stanford, though, is that it quickly accommodates such situations and provides the necessary transfer housing needed. The only downside is that you have to move your belongings while injured and in pain. Besides housing, simply going to class can be difficult. Much of the campus is situated on a giant

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s the spring sport season winds down, it’s time for the sports sides of our brains to start drifting back to their cherished equilibrium: college football. So with midterms and no Sharks hockey to distract me (five more months and counting . . . ), I found myself sifting through YouTube for the last few years of Cardinal football highlights. Let me rephrase that — I found myself sifting through YouTube for the last few years of Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck highlights. Ask me about Stanford football and I’ll tell you as quickly as anyone that the Cardinal wasn’t just a oneman team over the last few years. Without a solid offensive line and dominant fullbacks, Stanford wouldn’t have made it to two straight BCS bowls and probably would have been left out of the 2008 postseason as well. Without consistent play from one of the nation’s best front sevens, the Orange Bowl would have been much more competitive, and USC would have clobbered the Cardinal each of the last two years. But still, highlights are highlights, and we all like to gravitate towards the big-play guy who is going to inspire rampant jersey sales, catchy slogans, widespread punning, inadvertentTwitter campaigns,etc.And folks, it just isn’t Toby Time anymore.We’re out of Luck. “Heisman” is officially Old English. It’s highly doubtful that anyone on the Cardinal roster will fully fill that void in 2012. But who is going to be the breakout player that captures our hearts for the time being? The easy choice is senior-to-be Stepfan Taylor, who has somewhat quietly rushed for 2,770 yards over the past three seasons, spending one year behind Gerhart and the other two as a member of a running-backby-committee. Despite the earlyround departures of stud O-linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin, the combination of Taylor and junior fullback Ryan Hewitt will be fun to watch now that the latter has a year of starting experience under his belt. Another guy that people will be very interested in is receiver Ty Montgomery, who quickly made himself useful during his freshman season when Stanford was ailing out wide. His speed just might bring us back to the days when Chris Owusu was returning kicks like nobody’s business, and for a team that will be short on experience at receiver again he should see a lot of playing time this season. Some folks might go all SEC on you (defensive players are people, too) and call on senior linebackers Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas as players to watch. It’s pretty safe to say that those guys will be the first two Cardinal players off the board in next year’s draft (no, the draft talk didn’t leave with Luck). But this is Quarterback U, and even though we might not have a quarterback as our star, we should probably stick to the offensive side of the ball. The guy I’m looking at as next year’s breakout player is none of the above, though. Instead, I’m picking tight end Levine Toilolo. He’ll be a senior next year but has just one year of playing experience, having redshirted in 2009 and then missed practically all of the 2010 season after injuring his knee on the Cardinal’s second play from scrimmage. How did that one year go? As the second tight end on the depth chart he only caught six touchdowns, the second-best total on the team. The only player who did better was fellow tight end Coby Fleener, who has now set sail for bluer, horseshoe-filled pastures with Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Remember all those three-tight-end sets the Cardinal ran last year? It will be up to either Toilolo or senior Zach Ertz to run the deep routes that Fleener so excelled at. Last year, Fleener averaged a team-best 19.6 yards per catch, compared with Toilolo’s 13.7 and Ertz’s 12.8. I’m not sure whether Toilolo would beat Ertz in a footrace, but one play from last season stands out. On the first play of the fourth quarter against Arizona, Stanford lined up with no men wide, but the call was a hard-sell play action, not the expected power run. On the right side of the line, Toilolo blew right past one linebacker; on the left side, Ertz threw his linebacker aside and raced past him. Both were wide open, but Toilolo was


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Sophomore shorstop Lonnie Kauppila (above) and the No. 12 Stanford baseball squad will host conference opponent Washington State for a pivotal three-game series starting tonight. The Cardinal is currently sitting in fifth place in the Pac-12 standings and will need a strong late-season run in the next three weeks if it wants to catch first-place Oregon, which remains three and a half games ahead of the Cardinal.


to No. 19 Oregon State — the Cardinal will probably need to win at least eight of its last nine conference games, barring an Oregon collapse. However, the Cardinal isn’t spending much time pondering the seemingly endless scenarios surrounding its Pac-12 finish. “It’s our goal to go and win every game, and it’s kind of out of our control whether Oregon wins or loses,” said freshman third baseman Alex Blandino. “I just know that we need to go out and win as many games as possible. I think if we go out and take care of business the next couple of weeks, everything will work itself out.” Blandino did take care of business at Oregon State last weekend, going 5-for-12 and hitting three RBI doubles, but his team fell behind against the Beavers in all three games. Despite furious late-inning comebacks the Cardinal could only claim a victory in the se-

There are no easy weekends in Pac-12 baseball, but you would be hard-pressed to schedule a home stretch with more chances to make up ground than No. 12 Stanford’s final three weeks. With Stanford (29-14, 11-10 Pac-12) staring up at conference leader No. 10 Oregon (34-14, 16-8), the Cardinal’s upcoming series against the eighth-, 11th- and ninth-place teams in the Pac-12 are an opportunity that the squad can’t afford to let slip away. Stanford’s quest to improve its playoff positioning begins tonight at Sunken Diamond against a Washington State (23-20, 9-11) team that has lost its last two Pac12 series. To catch the Ducks — who finish their season by hosting 10th-place USC and travelling

ries opener, with its hopes for winning the series coming to an end in 10 innings on Sunday after a game-tying hit by junior shortstop Kenny Diekroeger. Even though the Cougars have fared worse than the Beavers this season, Stanford can’t afford to overlook Washington State, which beat Oregon in two of three games in Eugene just a week after the Ducks knocked off the Cardinal at home. Offense will likely be Stanford’s main concern after the disappointing trip to Corvallis. Thirteen of the Cardinal’s 14 defeats have come when it failed to score five runs, and the squad has yet to lose when leading after the first or second inning. “This weekend we were in every game, but we were coming from behind and it was

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One last chance

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Seniors Bradley Klahn (back) and Ryan Thacher (front) will lead the No. 11 Stanford men’s tennis team into the first round of the NCAA tournament against Sacramento State at home. The duo’s doubles team has a career record of 111-22.

The No. 11 seed Stanford men’s tennis team will hope to capitalize on its home-court advantage and two weeks of focused preparation this weekend as the squad enters the opening stages of the season-ending NCAA tournament. The Cardinal hosts Sacramento State on Saturday and, if victorious, will square off against either Texas or Santa Clara on Sunday. “The NCAAs are an exciting time for our team and we have had a good two weeks of practice to fully prepare ourselves for the tournament,” said senior Bradley Klahn. “The break in the schedule has allowed us to fully recover from injuries and make strides in our fitness and games to be at our peak form.” The Cardinal (17-8, 5-2 Pac-12) will be heavily favored in its opening matchup against Sacramento State (11-12), which advanced to the NCAAs for the ninth time in its history as the winner of the Big Sky Conference. When the two teams last met in January 2011, the Cardinal swept the Hornets; however, lineup changes in the Hornets’ squad and the heightened tensions of postseason tennis means nothing is guaranteed. “Every match from here on out is difficult and will challenge us to be at our best,” Klahn said. “There’s no overlooking any opponent, especially ones we are not familiar with. Every team is deserving of its tournament bid and will be fighting just as hard as we are to keep the season alive.” As a top-16 seed, the Cardinal’s first two matches will be held at the Taube Family Tennis Center before the tournament moves to Athens, Ga., for later rounds. Playing at home in the NCAA tournament last year, the Cardinal marched to the quarterfinals before falling in a 4-3 defeat to eventual finalist Virginia. “Home court advantage is huge in these first two rounds,” Klahn said. “Last year, the home crowd was incredible and really provided an electric atmosphere for our team to thrive in. Being comfortable on our own courts and in our natural surroundings will help us perform our best.” Facing the Hornets will also give the Cardinal the opportunity to return to its winning ways, after its run in the inaugural Pac-12 tournament was abruptly terminated in a

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Patrick Dunkley named interim athletic director
On Thursday, Deputy Director of Athletics Patrick Dunkley was named interim athletic director to fill the void left by Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, who will leave the Farm to take over as commissioner of the Big 12 Conference on June 15. Dunkley, who was appointed to the position by Provost John Etchemendy, has been with the Cardinal athletic department since the spring of 2011. Prior to his time in the athletic department, Dunkley spent almost a decade with Stanford’s Office of the General Counsel. In his time on the Farm, Dunkley has overseen human resources, NCAA, Pac-12 and institutional compliance, as well as other legal matters. Dunkley, a graduate of San Jose State University and Santa Clara University School of Law, spent more than a decade with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, an international law firm, and Charles Schwab, the American brokerage and banking company, before his time at Stanford. In addition to hiring Dunkley to oversee the athletic department in Bowlsby’s absence, Etchemendy also appointed two co-chairs to assist in the search for the new athletic director: Robert Simoni, the Donald Kennedy Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Jeff Wachtel, the senior assistant to the president. The university expects to find a full-time replacement for Bowlsby by September. the Pac-12 tournament with a three-round total of 8-under that included a tournament-best 65 in the third round, making him the top finisher among conference freshmen. Thanks to his strong play this season, Rodgers was named to the United States Palmer Cup team, which will pit the top college golfers from America against the top European college golfers this June in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Cantlay, a sophomore, and Spieth, a freshman, combine with Rodgers to make this the youngest group of finalists ever in the running for the Hogan Award. Only one freshman, Oklahoma State’s Rickie Fowler in 2008, has ever won the Hogan Award, and no sophomore has ever been crowned. The winner will be announced on May 21, prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. The winner’s university will receive a $20,000 grant to its men’s golf scholarship program while the other finalists’ schools will each receive $10,000 grants. In addition, the winner receives an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
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tough,” Blandino said. “It’s good to see that the team has that fight and that capability, but . . . it’s definitely more beneficial for our team and our pitching staff to get those runs early. It’s something we’re going to need to improve on looking forward.” Drawing first blood was not an issue for the Cardinal when these two teams met last year, as Stanford opened the scoring in all three games and returned from Pullman with a series win. But an eight-run rally from the Cougars in the eighth inning of the series opener dealt the Cardinal a 10-8 loss — the type of loss it just can’t afford this time around. Stanford’s effort the following afternoon is much more akin to what the squad will be looking for this weekend. Paced by thenfreshman Brian Ragira’s grand slam and seven RBI, the Cardinal jumped out to a 9-0 lead through two innings and didn’t look back, capturing a dominant 22-3 win. Stanford’s high-powered offense is still around for this year’s showdown with the Cougar pitching staff, but the same can’t be said for the Washington State hurlers. None of the Cougars who started five or more games on the mound are still around this season, and the squad’s four-man rotation consists of two freshmen, a sophomore and a junior college transfer. That group has produced predictably poor results for Washington State, which as of Monday ranked 10th in the Pac-12 in hits allowed per nine innings (10.58) and last in strikeouts (5.3). The Cougars might only be a middle-of-the-pack squad offensively in such a loaded conference, but they will be facing a Stanford rotation that in its own right has been struggling to find an identity as of late. Little has been certain over the last few weeks besides star righty Mark Appel, who went seven innings for the win last Friday in Corvallis. Junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham was a late scratch with the flu against Oregon State and is still coming off a three-week slump that saw him post a 9.00 ERA. And if the series comes down to a Sunday rubber game, there’s not going to be a clear answer on

Freshman golfer Patrick Rodgers named finalist for Ben Hogan Award
Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers was named a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, which honors the nation’s top college golfer, on Thursday. Rodgers is one of three finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the best player in college golf, along with UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay and Texas’ Jordan Spieth. Rodgers was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and made the all-Pac-12 first team after he recorded eight top-10 finishes this season, including two wins at the Fighting Illini Invitational in September and the Western Intercollegiate in April. Rodgers, a native of Avon, Ind., also placed eighth overall in opponent because it is win or go home. That scenario certainly adds an extra spark as we are fighting to keep our season going. The intensity and focus is higher, but it is still another match and we won’t adjust the way we approach it or play.” For Klahn and Thacher, the NCAAs also offer the chance to finish their already-sterling Stanford careers on a high note.The seniors have excelled on the individual and team fronts, collecting eight doubles titles together while leading the Cardinal to three straight postseason appearances. Klahn also collected the highest individual honor in college tennis in 2010 when he won the NCAA singles championship. “This is a special time of year, and the excitement around the tournament is unrivaled,” Klahn said. “That said, I’m anxious for the tournament to begin . . . I want to finish my final postseason, win or lose, with no regrets and be able to

the mound for head coach Mark Marquess. Freshman John Hochstatter, sophomore A.J. Vanegas and junior Sahil Bloom have all gotten looks in the Sunday spot, but none of the righties have distinguished themselves in that role recently. Vanegas’ 2.44 ERA is the best among Cardinal pitchers with at least five appearances, and he threw 5.1 combined innings of one-hit baseball in two relief stints last weekend. But he allowed 10 baserunners in his last start, a fourinning affair at UCLA on April 29 that Stanford eventually won behind strong pitching from Bloom. Tonight’s opener is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the Saturday game set for 2 p.m. and the finale on Sunday to be played at 1 p.m. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda


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three yards ahead and caught the easy touchdown pass. I don’t have nearly enough insight into the Stanford playbook to tell you whether Ertz was supposed to delay ever-so-slightly on that call, but the result was telling. If you ask me, Toilolo is going to be just a few strides ahead of Ertz this season, just as he was on that play. Ertz has had a lot of success on slant routes, though, and with Hewitt doing his fullback-tight-endhybrid-Spider-2-Y-Banana thing as the likely third tight end, Toilolo seems like the favorite to step into Fleener’s shoes. And at 6-foot-8, Toilolo is going to be the biggest target on the team for a journeyman quarterback that can’t possibly live up to Luck’s accuracy. He has also shown the ability to make some great, corner-endzone grabs à la Evan Moore, and you never know when those acrobatics will come in handy. As a tight end,Toilolo isn’t going to get nearly as many targets as Montgomery or account for as many yards as Taylor. But if he stays healthy he could going to be a huge — and I mean huge — part of a Stanford offense that will be in dire need of a catalyst. Joseph Beyda might be in Toilolove. Send him your best Valentine’s Card for Levine at

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4-0 defeat at the hands of No. 1 seed USC. Looking beyond the Sacramento State matchup, Santa Clara is familiar for Stanford, as the Cardinal triumphed over the Broncos 6-1 in late January. Texas, however, would provide more uncertainty — and perhaps a stiffer test — for the Cardinal, as the two teams have not met since early 2009. In either case, the Cardinal — led by Klahn and fellow senior Ryan Thacher — will hope to use the two seniors’ accumulated postseason experience to peak under the pressure of postseason play. “At this point in the season, the most important match is our next match,” Klahn noted. “There is no opportunity to look past the next

look back five to 10 years from now knowing I left everything out on the court for my team and have great memories about the tournament.” Given the Cardinal’s strong record, postseason experience and senior leadership, Klahn also expressed confidence in the team’s ability to go deep into the postseason. “Our team has a great opportunity this May to put all the hard work we have done over the last nine months into action,” Klahn said. “The only thing we can do is spill our guts out onto the court for one another and battle, and if we do that, I think this team is capable of anything.” The Cardinal will square off against Sacramento State at noon on Saturday at the Taube Family Tennis Center. Contact Marshall Watkins at

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JFK talked about it in a letter. We came to Stanford for it. We backdoor brag about it to our East Coast friends all the time. And now it’s oppressive. Yeah — we’re talking about the heat. And now that it feels like full-fledged summer in this socalled spring quarter and the administration seems to be installing new pools — we mean fountains — left and right, it’s time we decide just where to dip our toes. Here are Intermission’s Top 5 ways to beat the heat.

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Computer Cluster Camping
Somehow Stanford manages to continuously build and rebuild huge dining halls and gyms and centers for contemplation, but can’t spare a bit for some air conditioning. If the open window, portable fan and squirt gun just aren’t doin’ it for ya, camping out in the one air-conditioned room in the house will just have to do. And even if it’s just one step away from becoming a total study shut-in, at least there’s Internet, right?


It’s 85 degrees. Do you know where your sleeves are?
One may think, at first, that bro tanks are simply a fashion statement, letting people know you’re hip yet laid back, with it yet not too uptight. Indeed, the bro-tanker lives by the motto, “Sun’s out, guns out.” But these days, bro tanks aren’t just a sign of the chic or solstice, but a necessity for all those fated to brave the heat-soaked California air. Clever saying optional.

Coupa Café’s New Gelato Bars
If you, like some of us Intermission writers, are not actually obsessed with hot beverages, then putrid weather is your treat — a chance to finally escape all the requests to get Peet’s or Philz or Coupa. Unless, of course, you’re stopping by Coups — an affectionate nickname for the abbreviation-inclined — to get one of their new, hip gelato bars, aka swanky popsicles. The Bar Gelato by Naia, as it calls itself, comes in really cool flavors like burnt caramel, St. George spirits single malt and pomegranate sorbetto. Try every flavor, and turn down the temp from inside out.

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additions to the group include troubled doctor Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), archer Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). In “The Avengers,” Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s banished and disgraced brother, gets his hands on the Tesseract (last seen in “Captain America”), a blue, glowing cube of power that Loki uses to wreak havoc on earth. Nick Fury recruits the Avengers to stop him, and action ensues. I enjoyed how the movie capitalized on the ensemble cast, not falling victim to the one-hero ploy to carry the movie, nor turning to a boy-buddy dynamic to sustain the tension. Everyone had something to do, some role to play, and there really wasn’t a main character who dominated as the main “hero” the whole time. Even characters I thought would be slid aside, like the Hulk and Black Widow, all had their own storylines and pivotal plot moments. Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was fantastic as usual, tossing out some of the best lines in the movie. Hiddleston also captured Loki and is a step up above the typical comic book movie villain. He’s the perpetual underdog and you want to sympathize with him, but just can’t | continued on page 8 |


Fountain Shopping
Similar to but not the same as fountain hopping, fountain shopping allows you to dip into the cool waters of the many Stanford oases without the nausea induced from soggy jogging from fountain to fountain. Fountain hopping, designed to invigorate more than to alleviate the heat, is better suited for fall quarter when you are wont to explore new things, especially with your freshman dorm. Instead, to beat the heat, park your bathing-suited self in just one fountain and enjoy the disc tossing and tightrope walking of this jubilant campus. Perhaps the new college cam-


Carmelo Anthony
There it is, there it is. With a “Beat the Heat” article, how could we not make a pun about the Miami Heat? We don’t know much about sports, but we know that last week Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (that’s the one with Jeremy Lin) put up a 3-pointer with less than a minute left, and neither D-Wade nor LeBron James could salvage the game. Bummer.

ave you ever wondered what would happen if Thor fought Iron Man? How Joss Whedon would do directing a superhero movie? Whether a superhero crossover could work as a blockbuster? Well, you get to discover the answers for yourself in “The Avengers.” The mega superhero movie kicks off the summer season with lots of action, lots of superheroes and some semblance of plot. “The Avengers” is a massive crossover between several Marvel superheroes. Most of them have also starred or appeared in other recent Marvel movies, including “Iron Man,” “Thor” and “Captain America.” As much as it seems like a massive marketing ploy, I do appreciate the sense of continuity across the movies, and the film is at its best when it lets the characters banter and fight. Characters who have met in past movies remember each other, and there is little shuffling in terms of the casting. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Clark Gregg are all back as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Thor, Nick Fury, Pepper Potts and Phil Coulson, respectively. New




ou’ve probably heard this story before: An uptight but well-meaning professional slowly but surely falls in love with his boss’ sharp-tongued, fiercely independent daughter. Such is the premise of Tanya Wexler’s newest film, “Hysteria,” starring Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal as the reluctant lovers. The catch? Set in Victorian England, Wexler’s uproarious film boasts an unlikely historical backbone that most romantic comedies lack: the invention of the vibrator by Dancy’s character, Dr. Mortimer Granville. “It was a movie I wanted to see, and it didn’t exist,” said Wexler of why this particular project drew her out of the 10-year filmmaking hiatus she took to start a family. “It made me laugh instantly, [but] it’s also an empowerment narrative.” For those who aren’t quite up to speed on their, ah, history of sex accessories, the vibrator was invented in late eighteenth-century England and adopted as a treatment for “hysteria,” a catch-all diagnosis for women of the era. Doctors like Granville associated their symptoms (including weeping, nymphomania, frigidity and anxiety) with problems with their uteruses and, in a completely nonsexual way, treated them with “massages.” “Neither men nor women really had a concept of women having orgasms,” explained Wexler. “There was no guys-taking-advantage-of-ignorant-women. Everyone was kind of equally naive in thinking, ‘Something’s wrong with women — apparently most of them — and it’s because their uterus is wandering around in their body and, if we just give them a massage, they will feel better.’” “It’s a pretty good massage, I would guess,” she continued. “And if you don’t think there’s anything

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Courtesy San Francisco Film Society naughty, and that’s what you’re supposed to do to function, then it’s much better than getting leeched or whatever else.” So, yes, Victorian doctors doled out “manual massages” as legitimate medical treatments, which is why the vibrator gained popularity as a time- and energysaving device. “The vibrator was invented for a man,” Wexler said. “And in that, I mean it was a labor-saving device for a guy because his hand got tired. “If you read Rachel Maines’ book ‘Technology of Orgasm,’ she says that these treatments often went on for an hour or sometimes more,” she added. Now that is one hell of a massage. But I digress. As much as “Hysteria” might appear to be about sex from my enlightening discussion with the film’s director, it also has a lot to offer in the form of social and political commentary. Gyllenhaal’s character, for example, denounces her upper-class privi-

lege in favor of charity work and supporting women’s rights. “People want things that are new and fresh, but at the same time they’re scared because they don’t know how to put it out there in the world,” Wexler said of her seven-year struggle to get the film into production. “I think the reason ‘Hysteria’ is tricky is that it’s set in Victorian England but it’s not a period piece,” she said. “It’s a pretty contemporarily paced and thoughtthrough romantic comedy that, because of the facts of history, happens to be set in [the past].” Having viewed the film at its premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was one of my personal favorites, I can attest that it feels refreshingly relatable. “I don’t think Victorian people sat around thinking, ‘Aren’t we quaint in our cute little dresses and our silly ways?’ Wexler said. “They thought, ‘Electricity is coming! We’re on the cutting edge of medicine and women’s | continued on page 6 |

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the Caribbean food — the jerk chicken from Coconuts was especially popular. Although I was at first overwhelmed by the selection, I finally decided to start my gastronomic adventure at 1 Oz. Coffee, a mobile coffee vendor that prepares fresh espresso drinks for special events. I had a perfectly crafted macchiato, delivering just the right amount of caffeine to rev my appetite for what was to follow. Next, I decided to try food from Left Bank, a French bistro located in Menlo Park. For four tickets (equivalent to $4), I received the vegetarian quiche printanière and a side salad. The quiche was more vegetable and cheese than egg, allowing the flavors and textures of the fresh vegetables to come through instead of being lost in a yolky abyss. The side salad was a beautifully composed mix of spicy arugula, flavorful olives and a zesty dressy. While I would like to say that I was able to try more of the offerings, I cannot lie. It might be larger than average, but my appetite is in fact finite. But there is always room for dessert, especially when it is a sure winner. The Prolific Oven offered two different cakes, and I could not leave White Plaza without having consumed a piece of the chocolate mocha cake, a cake that I have loved since coming to Stanford three years ago. After sampling the goods, I was able sit beside the Claw and enjoy live musical performances by various Stanford groups and enjoy the sunny day on campus. “A Taste of Palo Alto” definitely created a carnival-like atmosphere, reinforcing the image that comes to mind when one thinks of springtime at “Camp Stanford.” The vendors this year were Siam Orchid, Garden Fresh, Coconuts, Left Bank, Kikka Sushi, Martinelli’s, Buca di Beppo, 1 Oz. Coffee and the Prolific Oven. I tasted Palo Alto and I liked it. — rachel ZARROW
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ast Sunday marked the third annual “A Taste of Palo Alto” event. Hosted at Stanford by the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi and the sisters of Alpha Epsilon Phi, the charity event featured many local restaurants that donated servings of their specialties to benefit the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. While Stanford students devoured almost all of the offerings in sight, student organizers from AEPhi and Phi Psi favored

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hy choose just one thing to love when there are so many options? (Sidenote: that could be the motto of college kids everywhere). We decided not to choose and in the spirit of all things lists, here’s a medley of things we’re loving this week. Other than college kids, of course. Purity Ring: This boy/girl duo doesn’t even have a record out, but you can download the awesomely trippy track “Odebear” on their website for free. It’s ambient and groovy, and sounds a bit like Beach House. Like I said, awesomely trippy. A great soundtrack for certain things — like doing homework. Why, what were you thinking? Jason Segel: Although his new flick “The Five-Year Engagement” is sometimes too cute and not quite as charming as “Forgetting

Sarah Marshall,” Jason Segel is just as lovable as the vulnerable loser. If Intermission could find a boyfriend as kind, funny, and totally in tune with our chick problems, well, we wouldn’t be writing this article right now, would we? Plus pirated re-runs of “Freaks and Geeks” still get us as tingly as they did when we were too young for TV-14. Miracle Berry Fruit Tablets: I know it looks like I’m trying to discreetly convince you to buy drugs, but fear not, I’m a kindly law-abiding citizen. Thanks to some protein found in the “Miracle Fruit,” bitter and sour foods suddenly taste mind-blowingly sweet. Apparently an orange will taste like heavenly nectar and a lemon will taste like a piece of candy. Winston, bring me the vegetables! If you love good meaty journalism about the downfall of Sears, Joe Francis, the Google-sponsored race to the moon, the sinking of the Concordia cruise ships, murder cases, scandals and any other obscure topic that strikes your interest, you’ll find it here. The free site gathers and graciously distributes the best articles from The New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone,and a host

of other publications. Some are recent and some oldies, you know, like if you feel like going on the road with Axl Rose in 1991 . . . Japantown: If you find the time to go to San Francisco, God bless you, tell me your secrets! Secondly, check out Japantown if you haven’t already. It’s less touristy and cleaner than Chinatown, plus it has an arcade of Japanese photobooths, mochi stands, killer sushi, and Sanrio galore, so you can indulge those fantasies of being a Harajuki doll. Maybe that’s just us. In any case, you can have a good chuckle at the girls dressed up as their favorite anime characters and the geisha and samurai holding hands on the escalator. — alex BAYER
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Courtesy Mumbo ith the market flooded with hundreds of thousands of mobile apps for every conceivable purpose, how is a busy consumer to know what’s worth downloading and what’s not? We’ve broken down, by category, some of the best apps you’ve probably never heard of. Social Sharing: Mumbo. Think Instagram, but with more personality and fewer gratuitous self-portraits. This free social sharing app allows you to share and edit your photos with filters and stamps, generate memes, share your location and start interactive polls on multiple social networks or customizable friend groups. Available for iOS, Android and the Web. Fashion: Poshmark. Your neighborhood swap meet in the palm of your hand. This free fashion-shopping app allows you to sell and buy used and new clothes á la eBay’s auction model and set up swap meet parties, called Posh Parties, with your neighborhood Poshmark community. The posting process is seamless (pun intended) and easy-to-use with picture filters to posh up the look of your old wardrobe. When your dorm “closet” just isn’t enough space, turn to Poshmark to alleviate your load of bro tanks. Available for iOS. Restaurant & Food Guides: Foodspotting. Find and recommend dishes, not just restaurants. This free and delicious restaurant guide allows you to visually taste dishes and menus from your local neighborhoods with useruploaded pictures of favorite dishes to accompany restaurant reviews. Because we all know how difficult it is to navigate an


graphic novels — with their patented Guided View technology that presents each page on a panel-to-panel sequence. Their library includes 500 free comics, along with a library of over 20,000 graphic novels from famous publishers like Marvel and DC. And if you’ve been drooling over all those “Dark Knight” trailers Chris Nolan keeps teasing us with, you may want to do some studying up with Comics. Available for iOS and Android. — heidi SIGUA
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and play a resource-gathering ethnic food menu and village-build— they just list ing simulation of ingredients! — the the Oregon Trail picture menu can adventure with come in handy, Courtesy Poshmark your own customizespecially around the able crew and Bay Area. Another perk to the app is that you wagon. The mini games have expanded to can read reviews of local restaurants from more than just squirrel and bison hunting; food critics like Anthony Bourdain, culinary the lucky pioneer in you can now fish for adventurer and TV celeb. Available for iOS, trout and create your own frontier village. Android, Blackberry and the Web. And you didn’t come west for nothing, so Games: The Oregon Trail: American embrace those Lewis and Clark roots and Settler. Because dying of dysentery is just as start ‘splorin! Available for iOS and Android. fun now as it was when you were in third eReader: Comics. An ideal app for “The grade. Avengers” bandwagoners. This free gaming app allows you to This free eReader app allows you to read relive the floppy disk days of your childhood your favorite comic books — excuse me,

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physically look down on. While fetching the milk, Simon walks by their classroom, where he sees his teacher hanging from the ceiling, dead. Alice is the only other student who sees her like that; the rest of the students are quickly ushered away. The school deals with this in the way the 21st century dictates: by making discussion about the event taboo in general discourse, but forcing all the students to see the school psychiatrist to deal with their grief. They need a new teacher, too, and we meet Monsieur Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) when he shows up shortly thereafter. He isn’t responding to a job posting, but he did read about the teacher’s suicide in the newspaper and assumed that the post must be open. He is polite, well-spoken, kind and charismatic in

an Old World kind of way; his good manners seem like a relic from another time. We soon learn that Monsieur Lazhar is an Algerian political refugee in the middle of court proceedings to immigrate to Montreal where he now resides. Montreal feels foreign in many ways, from the winter to the climate to the Quebecois-isms, which are foreign to French speakers from the rest of the world. The teachers and students want to hear his backstory because they romanticize him as exotic and his immigration experience as an exciting adventure as opposed to what it is for him: a hard, foreign journey taken because he had no other choice. He only answers in broad strokes: it’s too painful to | continued on page 8 |

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f you’ve seen the trailers for the new Canadian film “Monsieur Lazhar,” you might be tempted to characterize it as just another “Dead Poets Society” or “To Sir With Love” — that is to say, a film about some perfect teacher who changes the lives of troubled children. Though “Monsieur Lazhar” is about a teacher and his middle school students, it’s a film that involves complicated characters in difficult situations and is neither as dire nor as simple as it may seem. It’s a film about the things we can’t (but desperately need to) talk about. There are no overwhelmingly significant moments, just a series of small ones that

eventually build to help the characters grow, grieve and start anew. And it’s absolutely moving and affecting: tears were shed, but they were every bit earned. The film opens with recess in a Montreal middle school at the height of winter, and the kids are outside bundled up in toques and ski jackets. School friends Alice (Sophie Nelisse) and Simon (Emilien Néron) are talking outdoors when Simon remembers it is his day to fetch the milk for the class, so he goes inside to get it. The camera gets down low, at level with Alice and Simon, so we see them fill the screen and at eye level, not as people we can

Courtesy Music Box Films CONTINUED FROM “HYSTERIA,” PAGE 3 rights and science! This is the most exciting time to be alive!’ “Well that sounds very familiar to me,” she added. “It sounds like now.” Indeed, many of the attitudes expressed in the film toward changing technologies and social mores are sure to hit pretty close to home in a way that manages to feel simultaneously humorous and poignant. Who knows, maybe in another century, some new generation of bright young filmmakers will be satirizing us in 2012. “My friend calls this film the ‘thinking woman’s romantic comedy,’” said Wexler, who studied psychology at Yale University before receiving her M.F.A. in film at Columbia. “[I’m] not trying to solve all the problems of gender inequality and whatever; I’m just trying to have a laugh and have something that includes me.”

“Hysteria” hits theaters on May 25.
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overeager host certainly comforts them. Unfortunately, what ensues is not the delightful clash of cultures that one expects. Instead, the elderly Brits stick mostly to themselves, have relationship issues and struggle with their issues amongst themselves. They do interact with the locals to some extent, and the hotel owner has some issues with an arranged marriage, but the script seems like it would have been groundbreaking in 1982. For instance, Muriel shows momentary kindness to her maid. We then learn that the maid is an untouchable in the Indian caste system, and this brief acknowledgment is the most meaningful moment of her life. This inaccurate and pedantic showing of the treatment of cultures just feels perfunctory at best and exploitative | continued on page 8 |




hile I hate to paraphrase Dame Judi Dench at the end of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” her character notes in her “e-lec-tronic” blog that sometimes success is measured by how you cope with failure. Following her mantra, the audience will surely have to test themselves and succeed admirably. As “The Avengers” swept through box offices, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was served up as the perfect counterprogramming. Instead of a wide, sprawling team of brawny men in shiny spandex suits exploding space monsters, the AARP card-carrying crowd could turn out to see a wide, sprawling team of British acting royalty in dowdy clothes flounce around India. As any new convert to the BBC’s incomparable “Downton Abbey” will tell you, a little Maggie Smith goes a long way, and excitement for this independent British travelogue was at a fever pitch. The trailers delineated the flimsy concept pretty well. Seven geriatric Brits, for their own personal and tragic reasons, decide to retire at a hotel in exotic India for “the elderly and beautiful,” run by an over-eager Indian native (Dev Patel of “Slumdog Millionaire”). Dame Judi Dench (“Casino Royale”) plays Evelyn, a widow looking for a change; Tom Wilkinson’s (“Michael Clayton”) character Graham is returning to India to look for a long lost friend; Bill Nighy (“Love Actually”) and Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey”) portray

the Ainslie couple, constantly dealing with their relationship problems; and the exquisite Maggie Smith (“Harry Potter”) is Muriel, a single woman who is forced to go to India for urgent surgery. With another pair of sexually charged geriatrics who provide for comic relief, they all bravely leave for India. Before they depart, the band of Brits make several comments about how worried they are about interacting with the Indians, eating curry and living in a third world country. These come off as insensitive at times, but as these stories tend to go, surely they will all learn a lot about the culture while learning something about themselves. This seems to be reinforced when they get to the titular Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and it is not as advertised. They are the only guests, but their

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CONTINUED FROM “MONSIEUR,” PAGE 6 talk about. There certainly are romantic aspects to Lazhar. He starts his class with a dictation from Balzac and is surprised when his students find this French ancient. He muses about how he worries that the children will grow up to be adults but still speak like children, and he has a knack for metaphors. But it takes him some time to understand the culture in the classroom and the effect that the teacher’s death had on his students. He mistakenly assumes a boy with his head on his desk is sleeping, when in fact the boy suffers from severe migraines, which the rest of the class knows. The film focuses on Lazhar, Alice and Simon, and how Lazhar unobtrusively helps them cope and grow while he comes to terms with his own past. Alice quickly emerges CONTINUED FROM “BEST,” PAGE 7 at worst throughout the entire film. This inconsiderate treatment of cultures doesn’t really affect the movie though, as director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) mostly chooses to ignore India and the culture around them. It never creates a new vision, resting comfortably with its dry British wit and the subtleties of any repressed drama. For a decent British independent comedy, it is definitely possible to find worse, though. The film wildly succeeds as an antidote to “The Avengers,” and this is all it needs to do. — brady HAMED
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CONTINUED FROM “AVENGERS,” PAGE 2 “Monsieur Lazhar” is a film about language: its limitations and its possibilities. Lazhar can’t or won’t talk openly about his past; the children are forced to talk about their grief but only at designated times. Lazhar teaches language and personal expression, and he values it when students speak their mind, but he also knows and has learned the hard way that unwelcome words can be dangerous. So much of what happens in the movie relies on what is and isn’t said, and the tacit deals that we make, for better or worse. “Monsieur Lazhar” is quietly observed, withholds judgment, asks many questions and offers no easy answers. — alexandra HEENEY
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as a precocious student: smart, fiery and mature beyond her years. Simon carries around a deep sense of guilt for the events because of how they transpired — his teacher knew that it was his day to fetch the milk and that he would see her, he thinks — and he was responsible for slander against the teacher. Sophie Nélisse, who plays Alice, is a very pretty, very cute girl, but the movie doesn’t play this up. Instead, she looks the way a middle schooler looks: with imperfect hair sometimes, unglamorous in the school uniform or in real winter gear, but still beautiful. This is a microcosm of the film as a whole, which wonderfully treats children as complex human beings and not just cute objects or convenient plot devices. It’s not just their hair that’s messy; their lives are messy, too.

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quite bring yourself to his level. But even with all the witty quips and balanced characters, the first half of the movie fails to establish a consistent tone. It seems to fluctuate between extremely serious and slightly humorous. It also feels convoluted, with an excessive amount of comic-book science that would have been more entertaining had it taken itself less seriously. The movie got on a much better footing when the Avengers banded together and started fighting the common enemy.

Overall, it’s a fun summer movie. “The Avengers” isn’t going to be remembered as one of the great superhero movies of the decade, but it’s a decent action film. Don’t forget to stay for the credits. There’s a midcredit scene that you don’t want to miss and another post credit scene that’s more of an Easter egg. — mei-jsin CHENG
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