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XOX plans march for autonomy
By MARSHALL WATKINS
University braces for large incoming class
No students to be accepted from wait list following yield jump
By MARY HARRISON
Chi Theta Chi (XOX) residents and members of the Stanford community will march on the office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs this morning in protest of the University’s decision to terminate the house’s lease and in support of the house’s continued independence. “The [University] has repeatedly ignored and evaded the residents of Chi Theta Chi during the process of their takeover,” said a Facebook event page dedicated to the march. “The residents of Chi Theta Chi and all those in solidarity will march . . . to make their voices heard.” According to the event page, which listed 85 attendees at the time of publication, protestors will march on the office of Student Affairs and make a direct case for the house’s continued independence. “With a forceful and passionate turnout . . . we can show the University that this cause will not go away,” wrote George Malkin ’13, a former XOX resident, in a post on The Unofficial Stanford Blog. Administrators first moved to terminate Chi Theta Chi’s lease on Feb. 8, citing “pressing life safety issues,” with the intent of assuming control of the house on April 2. The University later postponed the takeover until Aug. 31, when the annually renewed lease will expire. XOX Alumni Board representatives and University officials are currently close to an agreement that will provide for joint oversight of the house for a “minimum of two years.” XOX residents protested the University’s Feb. 8 announcement vociferously, disputing various rationales put forward by administrators as grounds for the lease’s termination and criticizing the lack of notice provided in advance of the announcement. In subsequent weeks, a petition supporting the house’s independence gathered more than 2,000 signatures, and the ASSU Undergraduate Senate unanimously approved a resolution advocating the lease’s renewal. “We believe the University is beginning to understand why independence is critical to the house’s unique character, thanks to the outpouring of support from alumni and the community at large,” wrote
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Due to a three percent increase from last year’s yield rate, the Class of 2016 will have about 50 more students than anticipated by the Office of Admission. Administrators across undergraduate departments are taking steps to accommodate this larger entering class, including keeping Gavilan as an all-frosh dorm, hiring more Pre-Major Advisors (PMAs) and potentially hiring more Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) professors and Thinking Matters teaching fellows. Freshman class size has steadily increased
over the past three years from 1,675 to 1,709 to 1,766 entering students, which is the current approximation for the Class of 2016, according to Dean of Admission Richard Shaw. “Right now, the count is 1,786 [students], but some will withdraw over summer,” Shaw wrote in an email to The Daily. The class of 2014 and 2015 will also gain 27 transfer students next year, according to Shaw. Stanford’s yield rate has been consistently increasing from 64 percent in 2002 to this year’s 73 percent rate. Because so many students accepted their
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A Mother’s Day tradition
VPSA establishes mental health advisory board
By ALICE PHILLIPS
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Dancers performed during the 41st annual Stanford Powwow held at the Eucalyptus Grove. The powwow, sponsored by the Native American Cultural Center, occurs every Mother’s Day weekend.
After implementing 18 recommendations from a 2008 report on campus mental health resources, the University oversight committee on the subject will now give way to a newly-created advisory board. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) director Ron Albucher and Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Sally Dickson will cochair the advisory board, which is expected to convene formally for the first time this fall. In 2006, Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 convened a mental health task force, which was charged with studying the campus climate and culture surrounding mental health. The task force published a report in November 2008, which included 18 recommendations that were to be implemented by an oversight committee. Now that the recommendations have been implemented, Albucher said the committee is no longer a useful body. “[The advisory board] will kind of take over from the oversight committee and continue to keep mental health, well-being, resiliency, even issues around substance use, all on the front burner, if you will, so that we keep refining what we’re doing and offering to meet student needs,” Albucher said. “We’ll have student representation on that advisory board; we’ll have faculty and staff as well.” According to Albucher, the new
board will use the next few months before fall quarter to solidify its membership, making sure a broad spectrum of groups on campus are represented. The board will also work to clarify and cement its purpose, and its scope of inquiry. The mental health advisory board is one of several such groups that report to Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman, including advisory boards on sexual violence and alcohol use on campus. One undergraduate and one graduate student will sit on the board, according to ASSU President Robbie Zimbroff ’12, who said Boardman has asked him to recommend students for the posts. “I want kids who are going to be — not just by resume — good candidates but also candidates who can consider lots of sides of any issue,” Zimbroff said. “We’re all for mental health and wellness, but that doesn’t mean anything when it’s such a nebulous term. You have to be able to see how things cut both ways.” Zimbroff cited as an example that when Resident Assistants (RAs) are trained to help students who are stressed or slipping through the cracks in getting support, there is a cost for the RAs as well that must be considered. “What are the implications of the RA, who’s also a student, doing this?” he asked. Zimbroff himself is currently serving his second year as an RA in Ujamaa. According to Zimbroff, he and
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WATER POLO GOES BACK-TO-BACK
CARD WINS SECOND STRAIGHT
By JOSEPH BEYDA
The last time that the Stanford and USC women’s water polo teams met at Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego, the Trojans swam away with a 10-9 victory over the top-seeded Cardinal in the 2010 national championship game. But when the two squads met yesterday with another title on the line, No. 1 Stanford wasn’t going to let another title slip away. The defending-champion Cardinal (26-2) got a late goal from senior driver Pallavi Menon and 15 saves from junior goalie Kate Baldoni to edge the Trojans 6-4 and capture Stanford’s third national championship in women’s water polo and 103rd overall. Baldoni’s 29 saves to just nine goals allowed over the tournament won her MVP honors, while Menon capped her Stanford career with seven goals over the weekend. “We definitely have some bad memories from being here two years ago, but this group, this team has an incredible spirit about them and this amazing attitude,” said head coach John Tanner. “They were relentless today.” Neither squad led by more than a goal before Menon’s bad-angle shot found the back
of the cage with just 1:11 left in the game. Menon and sophomore driver Kaley Dodson each had two goals, with Trojan goalie Flora Bolonyai stifling Menon on a late breakaway in the first half. “We were really frustrated with some of our missed opportunities,” Tanner said. “We thought 0we could’ve gotten ourselves a two, three, four-goal cushion, and we just struggled to stay up by one. But Kate was absolutely phenomenal, and finally Pallavi with that last goal to give us some breathing room at a critical time.” Despite the adversity it faced in the finals, the Cardinal’s road to Sunday’s showdown was a relatively smooth one. Stanford opened its weekend with a 17-5 win over No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer on Friday and a 12-3 victory over fourth-seeded UC-Irvine in the semifinals on Saturday. Against the Anteaters, freshman Ashley Grossman had a hat trick while Menon and freshman Cory Dodson each tacked on two goals of their own, and the Cardinal held the Anteaters scoreless over a 12:56 stretch of the first half after they had taken an early 10 lead.
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Junior goalkeeper Kate Baldoni was named the tournament MVP after she stopped 15 USC shots in Sunday’s national title game in San Diego. Baldoni and the Cardinal have now captured two consecutive NCAA crowns.
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after study shows this, so what we wanted to examine was how a purely mastery-oriented environment affected goal orientations and whether these changes would endure when people returned to less ideal learning environments.” The researchers surveyed a group of eighthto tenth-grade students three times over a ninemonth period. These students were asked if they agreed with statements that aligned either with mastery- or performance-oriented learning, such as “It’s important to me that I learn a lot of new concepts in science” or “One of my goals is to show others that I’m good at science.” In the first survey, taken while participants were still in school, students scored high in performance-oriented learning. By the time of the second survey, however, students were placed in a mastery-oriented environment — a summer enrichment program — and their responses changed accordingly. The largest surprise, according to the researchers, occurred six months later when the students took a third survey. Students had returned to school, but they continued to score high for mastery-oriented learning. The study’s authors concluded that these results suggest that mastery-oriented environments have a lasting impact. According to O’Keefe, the study indicates that teachers and employers should take steps to foster a mastery-oriented environment.
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Study finds learning outlook affected by environment
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Students’ outlook toward learning is strongly influenced by their environment, according to a recent study co-authored by Stanford psychologist Paul O’Keefe. The study, published online in the journal Motivation and Emotion, divides motivation for learning into two distinct categories: mastery and performance. Students who learn for mastery are interested in developing new skills for their own sake, while those who learn for performance are focused on displaying their abilities to others. Psychologists tend to favor mastery-oriented learning since it emphasizes being motivated intrinsically and seeking out new challenges. Most schools, however, focus on performance-oriented learning, since students must demonstrate knowledge to others on tests and exams. O’Keefe — along with his fellow researchers Adar Ben-Eliyahu of the University of Pittsburgh and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia of Duke University — sought to explore the effects of being exposed to environments that favor mastery-based learning. “We know a mastery environment is great,” O’Keefe recently told the Stanford News Service. “We know mastery goals are great. Study
Committee formed to select Law School dean
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Provost John Etchemendy has established a committee to assist his search for a new Stanford Law School dean. Current Law School Dean Larry Kramer will leave the post on Sept. 1 to become the president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The committee, chaired by Law Professor Mark Kelman, is charged with evaluating candidates and advising the President and Provost about the candidates through an unranked list. Candidates currently at Stanford as well as outside candidates will be considered, according to a Stanford Law School press release. Kelman will be joined on the committee by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Stephanie Kalfayan, Professor of History and Political Science Jack Rakove, Law School faculty members Rick Banks, Juliet Brodie, Dan Ho, Pam Karlan and Mark Lemley, alumna Michelle Galloway ’87 J.D. ’89 and current student Teddy Kider J.D. ’12. Members of the Law School community can contact the committee with their input by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Abel Allison ’08, president of the Alumni Board, in a March 12 email to The Daily. In recent weeks, residents have been much more muted in their protests. According to Gerald Hanono ’12, XOX house manager, the shift was prompted by requests from administrators and the Alumni Board to create a less strained atmosphere for ongoing negotiations. However, as details of the proposed resolution emerge, residents and supporters have returned to a more vocal posture in an effort to more directly convey their displeasure with the settlement. Protest organizers singled out an alleged lack of clarity on how the house can regain its lease, as well as the loss of XOX’s singular autonomy under joint oversight, as particular sticking points. “Residential and Dining Enterprises and the Vice Provost’s Office have continuously displayed a fundamental lack of understanding of [XOX’s] culture,” Malkin wrote. “XOX’s culture is rooted in its independence.” Event organizers have also sought to portray the debate as one with implications beyond Chi Theta Chi, arguing that the decision to let the lease expire is simply a manifestation of sustained University efforts to “homogenize” residential life. “We ask you to stand with us (literally) to show . . . that Stanford is one community, that the injustices faced by one house affect us all,” the event page read. Following an all-campus breakfast at Chi Theta Chi at 9 a.m. on Monday,marchers will depart for the office of Student Affairs at 9.30 a.m. Contact Marshall Watkins at email@example.com.
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offer of admission, Shaw said that all students who were placed on the waitlist were released and admission for the Class of 2016 is officially closed. Although Stanford Student Housing was planning to convert Gavilan in Florence Moore Hall (FloMo) into a four-class dorm for the 2012-13 academic year, the residence will have to remain allfrosh in order to accommodate the large freshman class. Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, student affairs officer for ResEd, wrote in an email to The Daily that dorms in FloMo often change their class composition from year to year. “FloMo is the type of dorm that can accommodate a wide distribution of students depending on the needs of that year,” Brown-McClure wrote. Brown-McClure added that although the number of incoming freshmen will be higher next year, there is adequate residential staff in place to meet their needs. In addition to the strain on student housing, the office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) will also see effects of the larger incoming class. Freshmen are normally assigned to Pre-Major Advisors (PMAs) in groups of four to six other students. UAR has hired additional PMAs for next year in order to maintain the intimate size of PMA groups. In an email to The Daily, Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89 wrote that UAR is ready for the incoming class. “Luckily, our recruitment efforts this year already yielded the largest number of PMAs ever, so we’re in good shape on that front,”
Lythcott-Haims wrote. Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Harry Elam wrote in an email to The Daily that UAR is developing a new online advising tool in addition to the PMA program. The new tool, called “Productive Pathways,” would help freshmen select courses and make sure they feel supported during their freshman year. UAR has also been planning to hire two new Academic Directors (ADs), independent of the Class of 2016 increased yield, as part of an effort to bring the overall ADto-student ratio down, LythcottHaims wrote. Elam added that more PWR instructors are needed, and that the new required freshman program, Thinking Matters, may have to hire more post-doctoral fellows to lead discussion sections in order to maintain small class sizes. Despite these necessary adjustments, administrators said they were thrilled with the larger-thanusual size of the incoming class. “On top of the obvious things — the academic excellence and infinite possibility — I imagine the genuine affection we all feel for the place comes through and matters to admits,” Lythcott-Haims wrote about why the yield rate was so high this year. “It is good news that Stanford has had such a strong response,” Shaw wrote. “The University has the capacity to manage this overage.” Lythcott-Haims added that there is only one potential problem with the freshman class size increasing. “In UAR, we love freshmen, so there is no such thing as too many of them, except to the extent we can’t fit them all in MemAud,” she said, referring to New Student Orientation events held in Memorial Auditorium. Contact Mary Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org. everybody.” The Cardinal’s senior class of Menon, driver Alyssa Lo, driver Cassie Churnside and defender Monica Coughlan was instrumental in setting the tone for the repeat champions all season long. “There’s so much vitality,” Tanner said. “Usually the seniors are looking at grad school or their career, and the freshmen add the energy. Our freshmen did have a whole lot of energy, believe me, but our seniors are every bit exuberant, and that really is uncommon in my experience.” And while the seniors’ contributions were certainly remarkable, Stanford will likely be the odds-on favorite to win a third straight national championship next season. Along with a strong class of incoming freshmen, the Cardinal will get back junior Annika Dries and senior Melissa Seidemann, who both redshirted this season in order to train with the U.S. National Team before this summer’s Olympics. After the game, Menon was asked how strong the Cardinal will be next year despite the absence of her fellow seniors. “Oh my gosh, unstoppable,” she said. “They’re only getting better. I’m so excited to watch this team flourish, there’s so much talent.” Until the 2013 campaign, though, Stanford can be content with the team’s third national title. “What I’ll remember is just the excitement that these guys created every workout, every chance to be around each other,” Tanner said. “We’re looking forward to the fact that we’re not flying home until tomorrow. We get to spend another evening together.” And what’s even better — they get to spend it with a brand new trophy. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@
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ASSU Vice President William Wagstaff ’12 are talking to student groups that deal with mental health and wellness on campus as part of their search for candidates. “It’s the toughest thing to deal with on campus when a peer dies,” Zimbroff said, referring to the recent deaths of student-athlete Sam Wopat on March 25 and junior English major Cady Hine on April 1. “I didn’t know Sam or Cady, and it’s weighed on me . . . There needs to be dialogue about how you deal with loss in a community and how you respond to issues of mental health on a university campus.” Zimbroff emphasized that these conversations should take place throughout the campus community and not just in Senate or advisory board meetings. “Two execs and 15 senators are never going to represent the undergraduate body completely,” he said. “We’re individuals, and when it comes to an issue like this, I think this is one where more participation rather than more representation is probably a good thing, hav-
ing people talk about this in their dorms to their friends.” He added that the dialogue surrounding mental health needs to be a continuing presence on campus beyond individual conversations or initiatives. “I don’t think you have a duck syndrome conversation, and then you check it off and you move on,” he said, referencing the wellknown phenomenon in which student stress or anxiety is masked by a deceivingly serene appearance. Zimbroff said he would like to see the mental health advisory board address issues such as duck syndrome and other academic mental health issues, directly in light of the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford report. Zimbroff cited one example of academic-related stress as the regimented curricula of 100-plusunit engineering majors, as compared to his 63-unit history major, in which students don’t have the flexibility to “figure out [their] passions.” “Having a really honest discussion in that area is something that works in conjunction with SUES,” he added. Contact Alice Phillips at alicep1@ stanford.edu.
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Trailing for the first time in the tournament, the Cardinal grabbed a 7-2 halftime advantage with a 6-0 run over that same time period, and the squad was perfect on its three penalty shots and went 6-for-10 on the power-play to advance to the final. USC scored 5:12 minutes into the game to take its only lead, but Menon struck back with a powerplay goal just 33 seconds later. Freshman Kiley Neushul, the MPSF Newcomer of the Year, added her third tally of the weekend to grab a 2-1 advantage for Stanford. Each team tallied in the final minute of the first period, but the back-and-forth affair gave way to a scoreless second frame that saw both goalies make key saves and several Trojan shots bounce safely off the goal post. The Trojans drew even a minute into the second half, but Kaley Dodson responded with a goal of her own just 10 seconds later to grab a 43 lead for Stanford. A minute into the final period USC tied the game again, and yet again it was Kaley Dodson who came up in the clutch with a power-play goal at the 4:13 mark that would end up being the game-winner. Then it was up to Menon to seal the deal in the final minute and a half. “I had taken that lob earlier from five [meters], and I was pleased with it, so I just fired it in and really just threw it as hard as I could,” she said. “I saw a little opening, and I was so happy. I looked back and the first person I saw was Kate, out to her waist, so excited. It was great to see that energy from
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LESSONS IN ESPERANTO
Universal language finds dedicated following on Stanford campus
spoke English. Samideano — that’s what we call each other. It translates to ‘same idea person,’ but what it means is that we’re on the same planet on the same level.” One of his other memorable experiences with the language was when he applied for citizenship in Hungary, and Esperantists translated the application for him. Esperanto is the most widely spoken invented language in the world. While no definitive number of Esperanto speakers exists, the BBC reports between 500,000 and two million speakers worldwide. It has a national organization that sets linguistic standards and is the only invented language for which speakers can be certified. Many musical lyrics and works of literature from different languages have been translated into Esperanto for the Esperanto-speaking international community to enjoy. For example, Trio finds the Winnie the Pooh Esperanto translation “fantastic.” At Stanford, Scott Parks ’13 cofounded the Esperanto Club. Parks became interested in learning Esperanto during the summer between his high school senior year and his freshman year, finding it “really, really easy.” “We decided we wanted to make a student group with the local Esperanto community and we have been meeting since then,” Parks said. Although many of the club members were interested in Esperanto, many were also interested in what Parks called “conlinging,” or constructive languages. “So we changed our focus to conlinging and linguistics in general and are working on learning Mandarin specifically this quarter,” he said. Parks noted that the local Esperanto community is strong but aging. According to him, not enough members in the student community or the younger generation are engaged in the effort to learn and spread the language. “Esperanto isn’t doing as well as it was 20 years ago,” he said. “But it isn’t going to die out anytime soon either — it still has an international standing. Esperanto gatherings . . . are still going strong.” Contact Catherine Zaw at czaw13 @stanford.edu.
ardonu min . . . ? Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton?” is Esperanto for “Excuse me, do you speak Esperanto?” While most people will not understand this phrase, the language was created to be a universal tongue. In 1887, L. L. Zamenhof designed Esperanto as the “universal language” in an attempt to break down the linguistic and cultural barriers that prevent crossnational conversations. In Zamenhof’s ideal world, everyone would continue speaking his or her native tongue, but speak Esperanto as a second “planned” language as a way to communicate with all people. Stanford offers a free drop-in class called “Conversational Esperanto, the International Language” on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bechtel International Center. Students can take the class for two credits a quarter through the Linguistics Department. The class website guarantees that, following coursework requirements, students and community members will learn the language within a year. “Even four lessons are enough to get more than just the basics,” the Esperanto at Stanford website reads. The teacher of the class goes by the name Trio, explaining that Ed Williger, his given name, just doesn’t work in some languages. “Trio is short and is pronounceable, and as of right now, I haven’t had any sort of problem with it,” he said. He is reluctant to call himself a teacher, but since he has been teaching the class for 21 years, he “guesses that he is a teacher just because he’s been doing it for so long.” Trio teaches voluntarily and has been on the Stanford campus teaching Esperanto at the same location and time for the last 21 years. Five students, ranging from young undergraduates to older alumni fill the small back room at the Bechtel International Center for his class, which begins with a cultural discussion as well as Esperanto music of all genres —
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from rap to rock. One of the students in the class is Julie Spickler ’62, who started to learn Esperanto in the summer of 1994 in a 10 lesson course. By fall, Spickler had finished the class and her teacher urged her to come to monthly meetings of the local Esperanto community in San Francisco to converse with other Esperantists. “I didn’t want to go at first because I thought it would be too difficult,” Spickler said. “But my teacher said to try it . . . you’ll find it is easier than you think . . . and sure enough I could understand half to three quarters of what the others were saying after just studying four or five months on my own without hearing anyone speak it.” She brought a book to class, “Konciza Etimologia Vortaro,” a concise etymological Esperanto dictionary, explaining that Esperanto is rooted in multiple languages. Mostly, Esperanto borrows from Romance languages because of Zamenhof’s own background. “He was very idealistic and lived in a town in Poland under Russian rule where there were four or five language groups which were not always friendly to each other,” Spickler said. “He decided
that to help decrease misunderstandings, they needed a common language. Though it’s true a common language doesn’t prevent conflict, it definitely helps.” Spickler has been attending the Stanford Esperanto class for the past 10 years and says that the number of students in the class fluctuates widely. According to her, some students come in for only a few classes and then leave, thanking everyone for helping them learn Esperanto so quickly. What she finds curious is that new students come in periodically, but the new male students never seem to meet the new female students because they come in at different times, a trend that Trio also noted. “We tell the guys, ‘Oh yeah, girls take this class. There are girls that speak Esperanto. You just never see them,’” Trio said. “This happens all the time — it’s a running joke among us old farts.” Trio is a computer consultant who uses Esperanto almost every day. He said that he sometimes plays online Go, a board game that originated in ancient China, with other Esperantists around the world. “Esperanto is my political work,” Trio said. “I believe in the
ideals of it, and I believe that everyone can work together if everyone decides to keep Esperanto as a common language.” “Esperanto really levels everyone out, since we all come in on the same ground, having it as our second language,” he said. “There are only a few native speakers of Esperanto, but they don’t dominate.” Native Esperanto speakers are those born into families that speak Esperanto and acquire the language from childhood. Trio became interested in Esperanto when he was studying economics in the 1970s. He had wanted to live in China, Sweden and Yugoslavia but realized that he would have to learn quite a few different and difficult languages. While reading the book “One Language for the World” by Mario Pei, Trio first encountered Esperanto and thought that it might solve the obstacle he was facing. According to Trio, the Esperanto community around the world forms a unique and global bond. “When the war in Yugoslavia broke out, I had stayed with Esperantists, who also took in other Esperantists who needed shelter,” Trio said. “You wouldn’t just do that with someone else if you both
Library use steady in uncertain times
2008 article in the Times Higher Education supplement stated, “School libraries are suffering, and even closing, as resources are cut, staff ‘redeployed’ and the Internet deemed more important to learning than printed matter.” Such a trend, however, has not materialized at Stanford, according to Andrew Herkovic, director of communications and development for the Stanford Libraries. “[The idea of] ‘the end of the library’ turns out to be completely untrue at Stanford,” Herkovic said. “We have not seen any net decrease [in users] over the years in each of the libraries, and I don’t think we will.” Of the 20 libraries at Stanford, Green Library is the most widely used, especially by undergraduates. According to Chris Bourg, assistant university librarian, Green has averaged over 600,000 visitors a year over the last five years. According to Hoover Library librarian Paul Thomas, most undergraduates tend to use Green Library. He added that “fewer students use our collections because [they’re] more geared toward scholars and graduate students.” Nevertheless, according to Nick Sierkierski, exhibits and outreach co-coordinator at the Hoover Institution, the Hoover Library does not lack undergraduate visitors. He cites the presentations and tours that he organizes for undergraduates, particularly for primary source materials used in classes in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and Structured Liberal Education (SLE). The libraries perform different functions on campus. Hoover Library, according to both Thomas and Sierkierski, is used primarily for primary source research, while Green and Meyer Libraries have more multifunctional roles. Herkovic pointed out that many students do work at Green Library and Meyer Library that they could also do in
their dorm rooms or anywhere else. “[Students] choose to come to the library because it’s the conducive place, it’s the fitting setting for doing their research and study and secondary reading,” he said. He held that the library provides a certain atmosphere rather than just being a repository of books. “People do everything, most of the human functions with the exception of eating [in the library] . . . there’s study and homework and sleep and love,” he said. Not surprisingly, the Stanford librarians report that the number of students in
the libraries increases tremendously during the last few weeks of the quarter. “It ebbs and flows, towards the end of each term, we tend to see more students; towards the end of the year, we tend to see more students,” Thomas said. Although the possible demise of the library has sometimes been closely linked to the increase in the digital availability of information, the Stanford librarians disagree that libraries may become obsolete. “I think it’s a complementary thing,” Sierkierski said. “You still need librarians and archivists and specialists that really know their way around the information to guide people to those places, so I think if
anything having our stuff available online leads people to come here.” Herkovic noted the increasing role of the library on the web. “The libraries spend many millions of dollars a year paying for subscriptions and online services,” Herkovic said. “In that sense, we become more and more important to how people get and use information but we may be less visible doing it.” “The mediation that libraries have always provided is still very much at play in a different form,” he added. — Elena Ayala-Hurtado
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y now, many on campus have read Ken Auletta’s New Yorker piece titled “Get Rich U.” The article raises many interesting questions, the most fundamental asking whether Stanford is too intertwined with Silicon Valley. Among students, the answer to that question depends on whom you ask. For many students, Stanford’s links to Silicon Valley benefit humanity through innovation and entrepreneurship. Others, though, believe that such close ties to industry conflict with the University’s mission to promote an environment where students and faculty can pursue scholarship without regard for profit. Both sides of the debate have merit. The Founding Grant, while establishing for the University’s efforts to be directed at the “cultivation and enlargement of the mind,” also directs it to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” In both respects, Silicon Valley deserves much praise: Innovations and wealth developed in the Valley contribute to academia and improve humanity in a myriad of ways. At the same time, regardless of which educational philosophy you prefer, certain aspects of Silicon Valley are troubling for the University and its students. Whereas a university’s aim is the pursuit of knowledge, this pursuit is only the aim of industry if the knowledge is profitable. It should come as no surprise that, until recently, the record yearly enrollment for CS106A was at the peak of the dot-com bubble in 1999-2000. Then and now, some fraction of the increase is due to students pursuing the field for primarily monetary purposes. Although this indictment is not particular to computer science — other majors have students in it for the money — the proximity of Stanford to Silicon Valley amplifies this effect. Not only do these students diminish enrollment in the less profitable academic fields they leave behind, but they have the potential to corrupt the culture of computer programming. This may help explain the “Brogramming” phenomenon, where machismo and a focus on short-term riches overshadow genuine innovation. Furthermore, given how courses in CS show a general bias toward professional training, the intellectual beauty of the field can become overshadowed by the message to harness the discipline for profit. Classes like “iPhone and iPad Application Programming” and “Startup” abound and are some of the more popular offerings in the major. Though many regard these subjects as harmless, some of the students taking these classes are focused more on the potential payout than an intellectual immersion into computer science. Critics find CS183 (“Startup”), taught by Paypal mogul Peter Thiel, particularly troubling; Thiel views elite universities as highly overvalued, and two years ago he started a program that paid students to drop out of college and start companies. There are other ways in which academic pursuit is influenced by industry. Online education, for instance, is widely considered one of the next frontiers of technology; as President Hennessy said recently, it will “change the world” and we “have to embrace it.” While we agree that online education will be transformative, we are not as convinced of his second claim. One of our previous editorials argued
that an overemphasis on technology can diminish the quality of education. Universities, then, should be wary of technology’s role for the future of education, not blindly embracing it. At Stanford, however, there is a profound conflict of interest in this debate. Two startups leading the online education field, Coursera and Udacity, have co-founders who are currently Stanford professors. There is speculation, at least with Sebastian Thrun’s (Udacity) class on Applied Machine Learning last fall quarter, that the course’s rigor was diminished to cater to the online audience. We fear that other professors who volunteer their courses for online education startups will feel similarly pressured to alter their courses, especially if a faculty member down the hall has a major stake in the venture.
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THE YOUNG ADULT SECTION
take the face of it. Living in our shortterm time frames, sometimes we can’t help but go with the flow. Last week, this week, next week . . . after a while, late-night calls melt into theoretical commitments — the kind that “just happen” because no one accepts it, but no one rejects it. Most of us will admit, though, that we’re looking for someone who goes all-in for us on purpose. Most of us want to be with someone who consciously decides the same. But that’s a broader ideal, one that we keep pushing to the side for more instant gratification. We have a definite knack for keeping busy with cheap charms, while holding off on matters of the heart. It’s romantic procrastination, but it stings because it’s also self-compromising. We forget what we actually wanted. We get distracted. Interestingly, the same goes for our relationship with our money. The seed for this column was actually planted when some friends and I started discussing what our finances would look like post-graduation. Someone mentioned ominously that the way we use our money five years from now has probably already been set by our habits right now. I was slightly frightened. In the future, I want to channel most of my money to people other than me, and I don’t want to be reckless with spare change. That’s how I live now, though, at a school that already provides most of my needs. I’m selfish with my money. Another person close to me tried to reassure me by saying I couldn’t possibly be so idealistic this far out anyway, since I wasn’t earning income or facing real obstacles yet, which is true. Currently, I
Certain aspects of SiliconValley are troubling for the University.
In short, one is not hard pressed to find ways in which Stanford’s close link to Silicon Valley may negatively affect the academic environment. Turning next to students who look to leverage their Stanford education to improve humanity, we see that Silicon Valley’s ideal of being a hotbed of productive innovation with which to profoundly better the world is not always met. As tech-journalist Hermione Way wrote in 2011, “Everyone [in the Valley] is doing something amazing and trying to change the world, but in reality much of the technology being built here is not changing the world at all, it’s short-sighted and designed for scalability, big exits and big profits.” Although there are VCs and incubators devoted to social entrepreneurship, the current cash flow seems largely comprised of investments in social media companies. There is nothing inherently wrong with social media, but far too often the next app or website seems to add little real value and instead seems focused on drumming up hype to secure a large exit, Instagramstyle. The lure of this pipeline inevitably draws talent away from more productive ends, both in the Valley and outside it. Of course, one could just as easily point out that without Silicon Valley, entrepreneurship would not be as popular at Stanford. Or that without the money that wealthy donors with ties to the Valley provide, funding for less lucrative programs in the humanities and arts would decrease. But while Silicon Valley may offer unique benefits to the University, these come at a high cost. Since Silicon Valley and our Palo Alto campus are here to stay, Stanford should consider the influence that Silicon Valley can have on both its academic and utilitarian pursuits and remain true to its mission to further higher learning without entirely abandoning the spirit of innovation found in Silicon Valley. By better balancing these concerns, we will more closely follow the founding vision of Mr. and Mrs. Stanford.
y planner is packed, and it’s one of my biggest crutches. I would argue that everything inside is technically important because I can’t miss that meeting and I can’t forget that event. But when I stop and breathe, I slowly realize something, and only now in my last quarter at Stanford. I’ve been squeezing productivity like pulp from every hour and dropping much larger concerns. For four frenzied years, I’ve been researching corruption in Italian government, the nuclear situation in Northeast Asia and religious neocolonialism in Africa. But only recently did I realize that it’s the middle of May, and I haven’t yet responded to my grandfather’s email — the brief, but really loving one he sent me, in January. This is not my idea of good time management; I’m afraid of the girl letting this happen. This may be college, but we have peers saying,“I don’t know who I’m becoming anymore.” This is the pilot for the mid-life crisis threatening us 20 years from now. Melodramatic, but I’m serious. Already, in this supposedly non-”real world” world, lists and lists of things to do threaten to blur our bigger picture, at which point we ask, “Wait, what the hell am I doing this for?” It’s an issue of accidental worship, in which we idolize things we never meant to, and lose track of what we most meant to pursue. Micro versus macro; we don’t need to graduate to see the tension. Relationships can epitomize this. We’re on a campus that parties, so flippant hook-ups play their reruns every weekend. Most of these episodes aren’t award-winning lifechangers. But as we get caught in a mindless routine, sometimes they
don’t feel any real financial heat. But from here, a safe distance from my future self, I wouldn’t trust myself to keep exception from becoming precedent. As I grow up, I’ll go on trips; I’ll have a wedding; I’ll have kids; I’ll retire. And I could shelve my biggest priorities every time. It sounds like I’m projecting, but I’m not so sure. I wasn’t prepared for college graduation in a month, either. Perhaps stronger than the force of time is the beguiling nature of habit that makes us forget time passes at all. “IT’S WEEK WHAT?!” we say. At a school with a cornucopia of resources, opportunities and amazing events, our ultimate temptation is to drown in a life of breathless details. Personally, the most obvious manifestation of tabled priorities is the curiosity about the existence of a god. So many people are curious, letting themselves consider that there’s more than just this. So, if it’s possible to push an issue of that scale aside, all manner of other values can be forgotten — ideal love, good finances, the person we aspire to be, everything. Tomorrow never comes, which makes postponing our greatest intentions a dangerous game to play. I want to live in the moment, to be sure. I just didn’t foresee getting lost in it. These days, Nina is trying to tone down her incessant email-checking. But if you email her, she won’t leave you hanging. So go for it! At ninamc @stanford.edu.
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Promoting women’s rights in the ARP
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he Alternative Review Process (ARP) is a judicial review system used by Stanford in cases of sexual misconduct. Over the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of debate about which standard of proof should be used in the ARP. While it is easy to identify two sides in this debate and to pit them against each other, such a strategy oversimplifies the issue. The interests of the victim are not, as one might assume, diametrically opposed to those of the accused. This is not a zero-sum game between the accused and the abused; instead, the interests of these two groups complement each other. According to numerous studies, there are three reasons why most sexual assaults go unreported. The first is that many victims blame themselves for what happened and feel too ashamed to talk to authorities. The second reason is that victims want to avoid reliving the incident. Before we discuss the third reason, it is important to understand a few things about the ARP. Two years ago, when it came into effect, the ARP implemented a variety of reforms which make it easier for victims to approach authorities. These changes were effective: initial figures suggest the reforms led to a substantial increase in reporting of abuse to authorities. The changes made by the ARP, however, do not tell us anything about how the standard of proof impacts one’s willingness to come forward, since Stanford only recently changed the standard of proof used by the ARP. For its first year, the ARP operated using beyond a reasonable doubt. Stanford switched to preponderance of the
evidence (PoE) during the ARP’s second year. Current data does not suggest that the switch to PoE made it easier for victims of abuse to come forward. To the contrary, we have reason to believe the switch will actually decrease the rate at which victims will report abuse. To understand why, we can look to the third reason why victims do not report abuse. The third reason victims do not report sexual assault is out of fear they will lose the respect of their peers — that they will be perceived as troublemakers and blamed for harming the reputation of their abuser.The standard of proof in sexual assault cases does impact this reason in that it affects the extent to which women experience stigma. One might be tempted to think a lower standard of proof would decrease stigma by increasing the rate at which the accused are found guilty, legitimizing the claims of the victim. We contend that a lower standard of proof will actually make things worse for victims. The stigma experienced by victims of abuse does not depend simply on the verdict in a judicial affairs hearing, but is also impacted by the legitimacy and credibility of the process. A standard of proof is only as strong as its minimum requirement. The conviction of a man who is unquestionably guilty is no more legitimate than the conviction of someone who barely passes the PoE threshold. This means that even in clear cases, a woman who reports abuse will face doubt and scrutiny from her peers and will suffer the emotional distress that follows. Hence, even when she wins, she loses. The abuser will be gone, but the stigma will remain.
Worse still, the incredulity now has legitimacy, since rational people can, and indeed should, by definition, harbour a reasonable doubt about the validity of the outcome. But there’s more to it. PoE certainly makes it more likely that an accused man will be found responsible for sexual assault, but it does not guarantee such an outcome.We have shown that a lower standard makes a conviction less believable. A corollary is that a lower standard makes a finding of innocence much more believable. If a person is found innocent at the lowest standard of proof, then he would certainly have been found innocent under a higher standard. Since we know that people shun negative outcomes more than they desire positive ones, the impact is that the number of women who will come forward as a result of the lower standard will be outweighed by the much larger number of women who will now be deterred from coming forward for fear of the accused being proclaimed innocent. Since the standard is much lower, a woman who loses a sexual assault case is now much more likely to be seen as a troublemaker. Choosing a standard of proof is about balancing the rights of the victim and the rights of the accused. Thus far, student debates have placed the rights of these groups in opposition to each other. It is our hope that students and administrators will recognize that the rights of these two groups are interdependent, and that the preponderance of the evidence standard is harmful to everyone
ADAM ADLER B.S. ’12 RORY MACQUEEN B.S. ’12 M.S. ’13
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Stat on the Back
By JOSEPH BEYDA
n honor of Mother’s Day, it seemed fitting to talk about my own mom this week. Growing up, my mom had so many roles. On the weekends, she was a soccer mom. She drove players in her minivan, made the team banner, cheered from the sidelines, brought us snacks at halftime and even used her own limited soccer expertise to help as assistant coach. She was the ideal supporter of my soccer career (as well as my equally rewarding baseball and basketball careers) despite the fact that I showed about as much athletic talent as a gum wrapper. And I loved it. Sports have been my life for as long as I can remember, and I found a way to enjoy sports that I sucked at. I loved playing even though I’ve always despised exercise, and I would have a good time even though I was almost always on an awful team (it took until my third year of playing soccer for my team to win a game). Sports were just what I would do besides school. The only thing that caused me complaints was my aforementioned hatred of exercise (seriously, it’s the worst), but I never really thought much of it until my mom began to question some of my coaches for their methods. She would tell me about how youth sports used to be more about just kids having fun with less emphasis on being ultra-competitive. I know this might sound lame, but we’re talking about eight year olds in a recreational soccer league. You get a trophy no matter what. From then on, I started really noticing how intense people get about kids’ sports, and it’s not a pretty sight. Parents get thrown out of games for screaming at officials, players who have yet to reach middle school get verbally abused by coaches at the slightest error, and for what? For a first-place ribbon instead of a second-place ribbon? Of course, the goal of many parents is to give their child the best shot at becoming the next LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Andrew Luck or Albert Pujols (minus 2012). You can’t wait until you’re 18 to become Novak Djokovic or Tiger Woods, so kids have to start young to have a shot at being an elite athlete. The problem, though, is that you know these athletes’ names because there are so few who get to that level. What about the 99.9 percent of kids out there playing youth sports? Are “winning is everything”and“your best is not good enough” really the messages we want to be sending our kids? Naturally, competitiveness factors into sports, and it’s good to be competitive up to a certain point. But kids will be competitive on their own without those messages being drilled into their heads by adults. What kids can’t do on their own is put their latest Little League game in perspective. If your coach tells you that losing will ruin your life, then it’s going to ruin your life, at least for a while. And if you think this problem ends when kids reach middle school or high school, just take a look at the problems in college and professional sports. Some of the big issues in sports right now can be traced directly to the attitudes ingrained in kids through youth sports. Football is dealing with problems from blows to the head and unnecessarily violent play. Baseball has had to deal with the whole steroid debacle. Basketball is seeing most of the top players skipping their education, or at least blowing it off, in order to make money now.Think about it:If you’re told to win at all costs as a sixyear-old and every week of practice from then on, why wouldn’t you do whatever possible to get ahead? Then again, it’s definitely a twoway street. If you’re growing up idolizing athletes that hit players in the head and take illegal substances and skip college for the money, it’s hard not to want to follow in their footsteps. There will always be hypercompetitive kids with dreams of being a professional athlete who view youth sports as the first step on their path to stardom. But for the rest of us, youth sports are about having fun the way only kids can. And I just hope by the time I have kids, there’s still some fun left to be had in sports. Jacob Jaffe isn’t afraid to admit he’s a momma’s boy. Send some of your own Mother’s Day stories to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Jaffe.
Like Mom always said...
The No. 12 Stanford baseball team entered the weekend with major questions on the mound, slumbering bats and an unimpressive 11-10 record in a conference that it was once a near-unanimous favorite to win. It leaves the weekend with three dominant pitching performances, a revitalized lineup and a sweep of Washington State behind it. The Cardinal (32-14, 14-10 Pac12) tried some new things against the Cougars (24-23, 9-14), and they paid off tremendously in the thirdto-last weekend of conference play. Star hitter Stephen Piscotty took the mound for his first career pitching start on Saturday, and Stanford got some of its biggest contributions at the plate from a pair of underclassmen — sophomore Danny Diekroeger and freshman Dominic Jose — who saw nearly no playing time at the start of the season. “We’ve had some guys who hadn’t got a chance to play early really come in and [make] a difference for us and help us win some games,” said head coach Mark Marquess. “That’s really going to serve us well as we go down the road, [getting] contributions from a lot of guys.” Though none of the teams above the Cardinal in the Pac-12 standings made a major misstep this weekend, the squad has climbed to fourth in the conference and is within striking distance of third-place UCLA (15-9) and second-place Arizona (16-8). Conference-leader No.10 Oregon (18-8) won the first two games of its series against USC and will remain three and a half games ahead of Stanford if it finishes off the Trojans tonight. But a Cardinal team that lost two very winnable games at Oregon State last weekend will take the sweep nonetheless. Nearly 4,000 fans showed up for Fireworks Night on Friday, but both teams’ offensive sparks took a while to materialize. Washington State righty Tanner Chleborad held Stanford scoreless into the fifth and junior ace Mark Appel allowed
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Sophomore Danny Diekroeger had at least one RBI in all three games this weekend, solidifying his position in the lineup at designated hitter and second base and propelling Stanford to its second Pac-12 sweep.
only six Cougar hits. Five of those hits were of the extra-base variety, however, and senior rightfielder Derek Jones set himself up to score the first run of the game when he doubled off Appel to lead off the fourth. Appel struck out the next batter but the ball got through to the backstop, putting Jones in position to score on a groundout by senior second baseman Tommy Richards. “There were a lot of two-strike hits, which usually I try to bear down [on],”Appel said.“They were sitting on off-speed pitches with two strikes, and we figured that out after the fourth inning or so and started pitching backward . . . It seemed to be effective.” Appel was dominant with two strikes the rest of the way, punching out 10 for the fifth time this season. Stanford erased the one-run lead in the fifth inning, getting two straight hits to lead off the frame before Danny Diekroeger made it 2-1 with a bases-loaded single. Washington State got a runner to third in the sixth after another leadoff double and a passed-ball strikeout, but Appel escaped the inning with his seventh punchout of the night.Two straight doubles from first baseman Brian Ragira and rightfielder Austin Wilson in the bottom half of the frame extended the Cardinal’s lead to 3-1. That insurance run would come in handy in the eighth, when the Pac-12’s leading home-run hitter in Cougar junior Taylor Ard sent a solo shot sailing over the left field fences. Though Washington State mounted an eight-run comeback to take in its series opener against Stanford a year ago, the Cardinal held on to its lead this time around to win 3-2. “Getting that Friday win is huge for the weekend,” Appel said. “It kind of sets the tone, and it’s very tough to come back, down 1-0, and win the series.” Stanford was still unsatisfied with its dipping production at the plate, though, as the Cardinal had put up five runs or fewer for the third straight game. The squad has only lost once when scoring more than five runs. “We hit some balls hard today [but] didn’t quite put up the runs we want,” Danny Diekroeger said Fri-
day night. “We’ve just got to keep bringing it and hopefully the bats will pick up.” And pick up they did on Saturday, when the Cardinal’s 15 hits were more than enough to take the series in an 8-3 victory. But the story of the afternoon was Stanford’s pitching, not its slugging. Piscotty (3-2), making his first career start after several successful relief appearances this season, dazzled on the mound by giving up just one earned run in 6.1 innings. In the meantime, he compiled a three-hit, two-walk day at the plate — through five innings, he had allowed just three baserunners and reached base three times himself. “We hadn’t tried Piscotty [as a starter], and obviously he was fantastic,” Marquess said. “He didn’t throw many pitches, and he kind of does it all for us.” The Cardinal broke the game open with two outs in the third. Danny Diekroeger doubled and Piscotty walked before a Ragira single opened the scoring, and a three-run shot from Wilson — his ninth home run of the season — made it 4-0. Piscotty singled to lead off the fifth and was pushed across on a triple by freshman third baseman Alex Blandino, but the Cougars quickly got that run back on a sixthinning double by Jones. Junior shortstop Kenny Diekroeger responded by leading off the bottom half of the sixth with a full-count double. Jose singled him home and later came around to score on a sac fly by Danny Diekroeger, increasing the lead to six runs. Two unearned runs by Washington State in the seventh made it 7-3 and forced Piscotty from the game, but redshirt sophomore lefthander Garrett Hughes easily finished off the last 2.2 innings, striking out three and improving his team-leading ERA to 2.21. A sac fly by junior centerfielder Jake Stewart was icing on the cake for the Cardinal, which clinched its fifth Pac-12 series win of the season with the victory.
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TWO TRIUMPHS AT TAUBE
By DASH DAVIDSON
CARDINAL TO SWEET SIXTEEN
Santa Clara call.” Every single point in the three doubles matches proved pivotal, as the matches were incredibly close. The team of Lin and Thacher fell 86 in the first doubles match, which was soon canceled out by Klahn and Morrissey’s 9-7 win on court two, putting the pressure of the first point on the shoulders of sophomore Jamin Ball and freshman Robert Stinemann. The two underclassmen came up clutch in a tight, back-and-forth match, ultimately winning 9-8 in a tiebreaker to give Stanford momentum and a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. “[The doubles win] was definitely crucial,” Ho said. “Santa Clara came out with a lot of energy. Winning the first point shut them down and gave us energy to go out in the singles and get off to a good start.” Singles play did indeed get off to a good start for Stanford, behind straight-set wins on courts one and five from Klahn and Ho that put the Cardinal on the brink of victory. After a loss by Thacher on court two, freshman John Morrissey
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Senior Mallory Burdette will return to her home state of Georgia as the Cardinal begins the Sweet Sixteen this week. Last time the Card traveled to Athens, Ga., it won the 2010 national championship.
EASY SWEEPS FOR CARD
By DAVID PEREZ
The No. 5 Stanford women’s tennis team took the first step towards a third straight NCAA tournament finals matchup by defeating Stony Brook and Yale at home in the first two rounds of the tournament. Stanford now travels to Athens, Ga., where it will likely face multiple Pac-12 teams, including the only team to have beaten the Cardinal all year, top-seeded UCLA. Fourth-seeded Stanford (201, 9-1 Pac-12) shut out both Stony Brook and Yale 4-0 over the weekend, setting up a thirdround match with Northwestern on Thursday in Athens. The last time Athens hosted the NCAA tournament in 2010, Stanford defeated Florida in the finals. Then-sophomore Mallory Burdette, a Georgia native, won the deciding match in front of most of her family and alongside her sister Lindsay Burdette, who was playing her last match as part of the Cardinal. “I obviously love going back there,” said Burdette, who will be hosting team dinners at her
family’s home in Athens. “All my family will be down there, and it’s a fun place to have the NCAA tournament.” Stanford also won the NCAA tournament when it was hosted in Athens in 2004 and 2005 and was the runner-up there in 2007. Playing in her hometown may also help Burdette forget about her heartbreaking loss in last year’s finals on the Farm. Burdette was again the last player on the court, but this time she lost in three sets to Florida’s Lauren Embree as the Gators clinched the title. Three current Cardinal players competed in the NCAA finals in 2010 and 2011: senior Veronica Li, junior Stacey Tan, and Burdette. That experience will be important for the Cardinal, especially because it will be facing some familiar foes. The squad’s match with Northwestern is a rematch of last year’s third round contest, which Stanford won 4-2. Stanford lost the doubles point and was down 2-1 at one point before winning
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The No. 11 Stanford men’s tennis team booked its ticket to Georgia for the Sweet Sixteen of the season-ending NCAA tournament this past weekend with two wins on its home court at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The Cardinal defeated Sacramento State 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in the first round and beat Santa Clara 4-1 in Sunday’s second round. Because they were held on campus, the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament evoked painful memories of last year’s Sweet Sixteen loss to No. 1 Virginia at Taube, but these two solid victories surely helped to push those old memories out of mind. They were both complete wins, showing off the depth and quality of the everchanging Stanford lineup. The Cardinal dominated Saturday’s win from beginning to end in the kind of easy victory that has been a foreign quantity to the team as of late. The doubles tandems of Dennis Lin and Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn and John Morrissey each crushed their Hornets opponents 8-1, securing the crucial first point of the match. Singles play featured a lot of the same one-sidedness. The three singles matches that ended up counting had a cumulative final score of 36 games for Stanford to just four for Sacramento State. A good deal of momentum was built in Saturday’s dominant first-round win heading into Sunday’s matchup against the upstart Santa Clara Broncos. Santa Clara, seeded No. 39 and appearing in its first NCAA tournament, upset higher seeded Texas on Saturday and charged into its second-round match against Stanford with a large following of boisterous crowd support. In Sunday’s match, the Stanford crowd was given the challenge of matching the flock of Broncos supporters. “The crowd was huge today,” said sophomore Daniel Ho. “Since Santa Clara brought a decent crowd themselves it was very important for us to match them in cheering . . . At one point in doubles, we actually missed a shot but the crowd was so loud that the ref was intimidated and overruled the
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Freshman John Morrissey may be making his first NCAA tournament run, but he was pivotal against Santa Clara on Sunday, earning a three-set singles victory to clinch a Stanford win in the second round.
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three straight singles matches. “Last year it was a battle,” Burdette said. “But we know what to expect of them this year, and I think we are ready for sure.” It is very likely that Stanford will then play two conference opponents if it advances. The top four teams on the Cardinal’s side of the bracket are all from the Pac-12. Stanford could potentially play USC in the quarterfinals, a team the Cardinal defeated 4-2 in the regular season. If that should occur, Stanford would then be in a position to avenge its only loss of the season, which came April 14 at home against UCLA. The Bruins have three freshmen that play singles, meaning half of their players have no postseason experience. UCLA’s relative youth could help explain its regular season meltdown, which saw the Bruins lose to USC in a match that would have secured a share of the Pac-12 title. “They have not responded well under pressure, especially at the end of the year,” Burdette said. Still, Stanford will be the underdog if it could make it to the semifinals, a position the team has come to relish. “We’ve proven throughout the
year that we play best when we’re in that position,” said Burdette. The Cardinal dominated this weekend as the heavy favorites. On Friday, the squad defeated Stony Brook, recipients of the American East’s automatic bid. Stony Brook had only five healthy players, forcing it to forfeit a point and giving Stanford a chance to give some extra rest for Tan, who is recovering from several lingering injuries. On Saturday, the Cardinal defeated Yale behind strong performances from its top three players, sophomore Nicole Gibbs, Burdette and Tan. Gibbs was the first to finish, winning 6-0, 6-1, followed by Burdette who won 6-1, 6-3. Tan finished off the Bulldogs with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over freshman Hannah Yu. “Yale was a step up in competition for us from Friday, and I think we handled it really well,” Burdette said. Next weekend will no doubt be another step up in quality, but one Burdette is confident the team can deal with. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work over the course of the year, and we’re really excited to get to Athens and show what we’re made of.” Stanford meets Northwestern on Thursday in Athens, Ga. at 9 a.m. PDT. Contact David Perez at davidp3 @stanford.edu.
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There was still work to be done on Sunday, however, and one game in the highly competitive Pac-12 could quite possibly mean difference between hosting a Super Regional and having to go on the road at the end of the season. Enter redshirt junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham, who has been struggling over the last month and missed his start last weekend with the flu. Making his first appearance in a series finale this season, Mooneyham got out of a basesloaded jam in the first inning and turned to his defense to make several huge plays: a leaping grab by Blandino to strand a runner at third, two acrobatic catches in deep right from Wilson that inspired a standing ovation and a diving stab by Piscotty in left field to save a run. Wilson also nailed a runner at the plate to help quash the Cougars’ first-inning rally. Mooneyham pitched well on his own part, going seven scoreless innings and striking out three. “I ironed out some mechanical difficulties; with the week off I was able to really focus on them,” he said. “I’m not really where I want to be yet, but [I took] a good step in the right direction today against a team that has some weapons.” Ragira gave him an early cushion with a leadoff double in the second that turned into a 1-0 lead on a Smith single. With the bases loaded and two outs, Stewart sent a shot to left that was caught at the wall, just feet from a grand slam. As it turns out, Mooneyham would get that grand slam in his favor just a few innings later. After Danny Diekroeger singled home a second run in the fifth, the Cardinal put runners at second and third in the sixth and Washington State elected to intentionally walk Kenny Diekroeger in favor of Jose. “We have this deal where pitchers who are on the bench each get a bomb card each game, and throw it once,” Mooneyham said. “And I
threw mine on that at-bat because Dom’s been hitting well in batting practice and stuff, and he’s probably getting some confidence now, getting a start this weekend. He made me look good.” Jose ripped the fourth pitch in relief from Spencer Jackson over the left-field fences — his first career home run — to all but guarantee Mooneyham’s sixth win of the season, his first since March 25. Mooneyham had compiled four straight losses since that victory over USC. Stanford has a great shot at continuing its push up the Pac-12 standings next weekend at Utah (13-34, 7-19), the only team in the conference with a sub-.500 record besides the 22-23 Trojans. Before making the trip to Salt Lake City, the Cardinal will host San Francisco at Sunken Diamond at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Check out complete audio from Stanford’s Friday win at stanforddaily.com.
Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@ stanford.edu.
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closed out the match with a threeset victory on court four to send Stanford to Georgia to compete for its 18th NCAA championship. Ho, for one, thinks that the Cardinal is ready for all the competition that awaits in the final four rounds of the NCAA tournament. “I think tennis-wise we are pretty well prepared. We just have to try to stay focused on the goal,” he said. For Stanford tennis, that goal invariably is an NCAA championship. The Cardinal is now in position to compete for that goal, starting at 1 p.m. PDT on Friday against No. 6 Kentucky. Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@ stanford.edu.
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