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Faculty, students laud Thiel class
Despite PayPal co-founder’s controversial views on higher ed, class highly reviewed
By TAYLOR GROSSMAN
While Peter Thiel has frequently courted controversy with his disparaging outlook on the merits of higher education, the famed venture capitalist’s decision to teach a Stanford class — CS 183: Startup — this spring has been met with approval from administrators and students alike. “Peter was the one who was interested in teaching the course from the onset,” said Mehran Sahami, associate chair for education in the computer science department.
Despite his celebrated accomplishments, including co-founding PayPal and being an early investor in Facebook, Thiel underwent the same process in proposing and designing the course as all other non-Stanford affiliates. “We thought there were certainly student demands to find out more about entrepreneurship and start-ups,” Sahami said. “This is a class that’s being offered through the CS department because it’s about technology, but in some sense it’s geared towards the business of technology rather than the technology itself.”
The class, capped at a capacity of 250 students, filled up rapidly and was still oversubscribed at the start of the quarter. “My ideal would be 10 people talking to Peter Thiel — a small little seminar — but obviously, given the level of interest, I think he manages [the large class] really well,” said Viraj Bindra ’15. “He is open to questions during class, but he otherwise keeps the lectures a good mix of defining the culture and defining the process, along with a lot of personal anecdotes that
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WORLD & NATION
Profs reform Med School lecture style
By ERIN INMAN
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Faculty examine Obama support for gay marriage
Hoover fellows say impact questionable, campus groups mobilize in response
By JOSEE SMITH
The traditional lecture-based format of medical education has become obsolete, according to two Stanford faculty researchers who have instead put forward a proposal for medical education in the 21st century. The model — devised by Chip Heath ’91, a professor in the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and Charles Prober, a professor at the School of Medicine — focuses on shifting large lecture-based classes to 10 to 15 minute videos online and using the resulting class time to work in small groups on application problems of the material — a “flipped classroom model” that makes material more “sticky.” “The average attention span to listen to a message is between 10 and 15 minutes before the mind wanders,” Prober said. “We want to take advantage of this limited attention span and large class size and move it onto a smaller stage.” An online platform for lectures also offers students greater flexibility, according to Prober. Students may watch videos as many times as they want, and may do so whenever and wherever it is most convenient for
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Daniel Ek, co-founder of Spotify, discussed his entrepeneurial career and the future of the entertainment industry on Wednesday afternoon, addressing issues such as piracy.
Spotify co-founder talks music
By FELIX BOYEAUX
SPEAKERS & EVENTS
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“I never really thought of myself as an entrepreneur,” said Daniel Ek, cofounder and CEO of the music streaming service Spotify, to a packed NVIDIA Auditorium Wednesday afternoon.“I simply see a bunch of problems to solve and needs to satisfy, issues that no one else wanted to do anything about. Eventually, I decided to do it myself.” Invited as part of the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thoughts Leader Seminar, Ek spoke on his entrepreneurial career as well as the fu-
ture of the entertainment industry. “An entrepreneur is someone who has an itch for a problem and is annoyed enough to solve it,” Ek said. After starting his first company designing and coding websites at age 14, Ek moved on to found the advertising company Advertigo. He has since worked as chief technology officer of the online community Stardoll and as chief executive officer of uTorrent, a BitTorrent client. He started his presentation, however, by explaining his ra-
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GSC extends NomCom terms
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF The Graduate Student Council (GSC) voted Wednesday evening in favor of extending current Nominations Commission (NomCom) appointees’ terms until June 17 or the completion of the current nominations cycle. The meeting was the GSC’s first since the transition from last year’s representatives on Sunday. Under the GSC bill, new appointees to NomCom will be jointly selected by the ASSU Executive, the GSC co-chairs and the Undergraduate Senate chair. The interim measure — which garnered eight votes in favor and one abstention from GSC representatives — was necessary to ensure student representatives for more than 40 University committees are nominated. The 13th Senate told this year’s NomCom that the committee’s responsibilities would be dissolved at the end of the year, likely in anticipation of an ultimately unsuccessful attempt at formulating an updated ASSU Constitution. As such, the Senate didn’t recruit new NomCom members after the commission’s term ended, expecting a revised format
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Gloria Vidal, Minister of Education in Ecuador, discussed Ecuadorian education policy and the impact of a new science curriculum on the Galapagos Islands on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of his support for gay marriage was a natural step for his presidential campaign, according to Stanford community observers. Several Hoover fellows and students weighed in on the announcement, its timing and its implications for the upcoming election. The timing of the announcement, shortly after Vice President Joe Biden endorsed gay marriage and North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment rejecting same-sex marriage, was more unexpected. “North Carolina sort of forced his hand,” said Tammy Frisby, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Advocates for gay rights were unhappy [by the amendment] and turned to their president.” Bill Whalen, also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, downplayed the groundbreaking nature of the announcement, noting that Obama had dropped numerous hints of his shifting perspective on the issue. “When he ran for president, he said he was opposed,” Whalen said. “He’s been ‘evolving.’” Frisby noted that the announcement would likely resonate disproportionately among college-age students, who have historically been more socially liberal. “College students are excited,” Frisby said, “because this is an issue on which the majority of youth fall on the pro-gay rights side.” Lindsay Lamont ’13, president of the Stanford Democrats, said that Democrats on campus were delighted by the announcement. “I’m surprised that he came out and was forthright about it, but I’m also really proud,” Lamont said. Lamont acknowledged that the move might harm Obama’s electoral standing in states like North Carolina — which voted Democratic in 2008 — but expressed support for the announcement’s motivation. “I think he wanted to be clear about his intentions and this shows how far the country has come, but it’s still risky,” Lamont said. Frisby added that the announcement might also diminish Obama’s backing among Hispanic and African American voters, who tend to be more socially conservative but who turned out overwhelmingly in favor of Obama in 2008. Kyle Huwa ’13, president of the Stanford Conservative Society, said that the conservative community on campus intends to focus on economic and domestic policy issues rather than social matters, and framed the announcement as politically calculated. “They sent out Biden first to test the waters and once he was received highly, Obama was able to come out,” Huwa said. Frisby framed the announcement as a means of providing an alternate focus on social issues in an election frequently touted — especially by Republicans — as one offering competing economic philosophies. “The election will be constrained by the economy,” Frisby said. “In the past, if the economy is doing well, voters vote for the incumbent. If it’s not doing well, they kick him out.” With the presidential election still six months away, the announcement could have uncertain ramifications in size and direction. “We just don’t know which way it will sway,” Frisby said. “It’s advantageous for Obama to put some of
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tionale for founding Spotify. “After the immense success of services like Napster and Kazaa around the millennium shift, it was clear to me that people wanted to consume music this way, on-demand and readily available,” Ek explained. The fast Internet infrastructure in Sweden led Ek to found Spotify — together with Martin Lorentzon — there in 2004. “Our goal was to create servers that were faster than the pirate servers,” he said. “We thought that if we managed to do this, we could get a big chunk of the 500 million people who consumed music illegally.” Ek said he thought that the problem was not that people did not want to pay for music, but rather that an efficient and convenient platform for doing so was unavailable at the time. “Because I was young and naive, I just thought ‘Hey, this can’t be too hard,’ but realized soon enough all the problems that arise from creating a service like Spotify,” Ek joked. “I did not even know that you needed licenses from the major [record labels]!” Getting permission from record labels has been Spotify’s single largest problem to date.The negotiations with Universal took over a year, and Spotify has yet to acquire the rights from bands such as the Beatles or Led Zeppelin. “We were convinced that our model would work, and that majors would make profits from letting us use their content,” Ek said. “But try
for yourself to go and tell a 67-yearold man who barely agreed to sell the music on iTunes for 99 cents apiece to now give it away for free.” The numbers have proved Ek right. While the average American spends $13 a year on music, the “premium” Spotify user pays $120. “This allows us to compensate the right-holders the way they should be for the great job they are doing,” Ek said. Responding to a question from the audience on whether Spotify might save the music industry, Ek said that the move away from physically purchasing music has created a need for innovation in the sector. “Sweden, the first country where Spotify was implemented, is now one of the few countries that have a growing music industry,” he pointed out. Ek also discussed the future of piracy, which he acknowledged as Spotify’s biggest competitor. “Most people want convenience and easy access [to music],” Ek said. “With Spotify, people can feel that they have all the world’s music in their music library.” He argued, however, that unless the television and movie industries work actively to solve the same problems the music industry is facing, illegal downloading will persist. “I cannot accept that it takes a year for a great TV show like ‘Game of Thrones’ to be seen in Europe,” Ek said. “I want content to be readily available, and if I am willing to pay for it, why not?” Ek concluded his talk by encouraging audience members to fix the issue, and pursue non-piracy solutions to the problem. Contact Felix Boyeaux at fboyeaux @stanford.edu. takeaway has been exactly what I’ve expected, which is kind of a crash course in how the Valley works . . . kind of comprehensively addressing how to make a company here and how to make it successful.” Sahami stated that, while faculty had been well aware of Thiel’s thoughts on higher education prior to approving the course, they saw no conflict between Thiel’s opinions and the course’s prospects. “Even though Peter may have some outspoken views about the value of higher education, in some sense we think it provides more information for students to make their own choices,” Sahami said. “That’s what education is supposed to be about.” Contact Taylor Grossman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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them. Videos are also broken up into segments chosen to match the average attention span. Quizzes can also be embedded into videos to further enhance instruction, Prober added, noting that the computer science department already does so. “Student responses can be tracked to indicate to the learner or teacher that acquisition of material has occurred,” Prober said. Online classes are “not a novel idea,” he added, referring to the popular Khan Academy tutorials. The School of Medicine has also been videotaping classes for 28 years. “[Those] videos are not designed to be watched in digestible parts,” Prober conceded. “Many students prefer watching lectures online so optimizing the structure of videos then makes sense. We
might as well make the delivery mechanism better.” After watching the videos and grasping the key concepts, students would then come to class for smaller group interaction. In one such interaction for a medical class, “you might be given a patient who has a disorder,” Prober said. “Your understanding of that pathway [learned online] becomes more relevant to you.” Medical education specifically can capitalize on this model, Prober said. “There’s nothing more profound than the narrative of a patient story,” he argued, referencing medically based television programs — such as “Grey’s Anatomy” or “House” — popular with the general population. “In medicine, medical students get hungry real quickly for understanding of where the first two years are taking them,” Prober said. “It can be hard to appreciate where that will connect to what you’ll be doing as a doctor. The more you can create that appreci-
ation in this interactive way, the more the students will appreciate why they are learning. In doing so, the material will become more sticky.” The School of Medicine adopted Prober and Heath’s “flipped classroom” approach for a biochemistry class last year. Compared to the year before — which used a traditional class lecture model — students gave more positive feedback and attended class in elevated numbers. Prober argued that the model’s principles could be applied in the future to other academic disciplines across the University and in other institutions. “There is and is going to be enthusiasm for making a change, but the flavor of change will vary across universities,” Prober said. “The notion of a new education model is not going to be a difficult sell, maybe just a difficult implementation.” Contact Erin Inman at einman@ stanford.edu.
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enhance our learning,” Bindra added. Thiel did not respond to multiple requests for comment by The Daily. Thiel’s critical view of higher education is well known — he billed CS: 183 through a spokesman as potentially “the last class you’ll ever have to take” and recently opened the Thiel Foundation, which offers $100,000 to budding entrepreneurs to drop out and pursue start-ups full time. However, his incendiary comments have thus far been confined to the media rather than the lecture hall. “During class, he will never make those views the focus,” Bindra said. “His focus is very much more on educating people for whenever they feel ready . . . which might be enough to make some people feel ready enough to drop out and start their own business, but I don’t think that that’s a focus.” “He has been only laudatory of Stanford, describing it as perhaps the pinnacle of higher education today,” said Aaron Sekhri ’15, a Daily writer. “He has indeed very seldom discussed his reservations against higher education in the class.” Bindra argued that Thiel’s experience as a start-up founder and investor offers the most valuable insight to enrolled students. “That kind of perspective definitely comes through even in a huge lecture,” Bindra said. “The
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under the new Constitution. The GSC bill echoed the attempts of the 14th Undergraduate Senate to address the issue Tuesday evening.The Senate passed the same bill — reinstating members of the outgoing NomCom — as an interim measure. Other options, such as nominating ASSU President Robbie Zimbroff ’12 as unilateral chair of an interim commission, were rejected by Senators on the grounds that they would defy ASSU bylaws.
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‘Never holding anything back’
tanford undergraduate Cady Jeanne Hine died of an undisclosed accident at her home in Palo Alto on April 1 at the age of 24. A junior English major, Hine battled severe bipolar disorder, drug addiction and grief over her mother’s suicide, which led her to take multiple leaves of absence. An op-ed by University staff last month (“Another loss,” April 17) noted Hine’s contributions to improving mental health on campus through the founding of Stanford Peace of Mind (SPOM). Hine’s close friends and classmates reflected on her impact on their lives, painting a picture of a wild, selectively honest, fiercely loyal and trusting friend. ‘She always did weird very well’ Edwin Smolski ’07 described his first encounter with Hine at Stanford Hospital and commented on Hine’s tendency to disregard social propriety in favor of saying what was on her mind. “I remember that she would say things that you’d think were inappropriate,” Smolski said. “But people would always crack up when she would say them, but [her words] were a little bit more than that.” “She was the kind of friend . . . [who] had a huge presence,” said Helena Bonde ’12. “She’d come into your life and she’d just grab hold of it. She was never one for holding anything back.” Bonde met Hine in 2008, when the latter returned to Stanford to finish her last quarter of Structured Liberal Education (SLE) after taking multiple leaves of absence. The two bonded over shared experiences of familial loss and grief. “Normally I’m afraid that even talking about the troubles I’ve had in the past or in the present is just going to alienate other people,” Bonde said. “But with Cady it was the opposite — it brought us closer together.” Smolski recalled that following the death of her mother, Hine displayed an urn with her mother’s ashes wherever she was living, allowing guests to open it and view the ashes. “She made me see a different kind of reverence that wouldn’t necessarily follow the lines of what people would normally see . . . I feel that really made me think about the preconceived notions I had in terms of loss and grief and feeling difficult things, what’s appropriate and what’s not,” Smolski said. Hine was also known for her sharp wit and adventurous spirit. “There was always some adventure she would lead us on,” said Jack Cackler ’09, a SLE classmate. “She just had a zest for life and an enthusiasm that was kind of fun to be around.” Hine’s free-spiritedness made her an irreplaceable friend. “If Cady couldn’t hang out with you, there was no one else who would fit that role,” said Leah Calvo ’09, who befriended Hine during their freshman year. “It was like, ‘Oh crap, no Cady. Who else do I call? I don’t know anyone who would enjoy that show or enjoy that movie.’” “She always did weird very well [and was] very comfortable with people who didn’t fit [into] other people’s categories,” Calvo added.
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‘Protecting her own’ While Hine’s friends remembered her bluntness about voicing her thoughts, they recalled fondly that not everything she said was true. Prone to exaggerations and half-truths, Hine’s provocative proclamations often served as a means of protection for herself and more often, for others. “Cady wasn’t ‘truthy,’” Calvo said.“She didn’t shy away from something that had to be said but there were times when she had the gall to say things that were outrageous and openly nonfactual, but she would do it to protect her own.” During Hine’s residency in Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF), she was known for keeping pet chinchillas in her room against housing regulations. “There was a fire alarm one day, she ran outside of the house and had them clutched to her chest to save them . . . She would have felt terrible if they died, but there was no fire. Stanford Housing sent out their person to see if there was really a fire. Cady had more gall than anyone I ever knew — the housing guy came up and was like ‘Are those animals?’ at point blank range, and she just looked into his eyes and said, ‘Stuffed animals,’” Calvo recalled. “She never got reported,” Calvo said.“I don’t think she had to get rid of them.” Calvo then recounted the tale of Hine’s year in Escondido Village’s (EV) ‘couples with children’ housing, during her brief engagement to a student she met at Foothill College. “They came up with a story to get family housing — that she was pregnant,” said Arthur Alvarez, a Stanford undergraduate whom Hine listed as her Stanford emergency contact after befriending him during her freshman year. “Her real baby was three or four chinchillas and two rabbits.” Calvo said that by June, when Housing discovered Hine’s ruse, Hine had ended her engagement and was renting out her EV apartment to a UC student. Stanford Housing then terminated her contract. ‘Anything to survive’ Hine’s friends described her dark sense
of humor, but also said that her willingness to help anyone in need and her struggles with personal tragedy were challenges for Hine. According to Bonde, Hine was severely bipolar and struggled with heroin addiction. “I know that there were drugs at times and I know that some of that very well may have been self-medicating for some of the pain and trauma she’d been through,”
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Calvo said, noting that she and her mother, a doctor, once helped Hine research and check into a rehabilitation facility. Bonde said Hine had been clean for almost two years by the time of her death. Alvarez said Hine was adamant about coming back to Stanford the fall following her mother’s death instead of taking time off. “I thought that was very brave of her,” he said, commenting on Hine’s coping strategies.“Her way of coping was through humor, which was fine but awkward for some.” Calvo shared an example of this black humor — when Hine revealed to her that she had attempted suicide on campus.
“The way she said it was ‘Yeah, I tried to hang myself, but my roommate walked in,’” Calvo recalled. “She made that so funny. It was basically like ‘Duh, I tried to kill myself and it failed.’ She always made me laugh about the darkest things.” Bonde said that even during times of suicidal thoughts, Hine reached out for help. “Even when she attempted suicide, she did everything else first,” Bonde said. “She went and got help, she knew about the resources on campus and she took advantage of them.” Philip Vuong, a former Stanford student and a close friend of Hine, said that Hine ‘would do whatever it takes to survive,’ including a series of odd jobs to support her attendance at Stanford. “She was a stripper — she whipped men for a living — she worked as a dominatrix,” Vuong said. Alvarez recounted going with his partner, Smolski, and Hine to strip clubs in the area for auditions, laughing nostalgically at the memory. “Her big thing was always ‘How do I fund myself?’” Alvarez said. “I do not know how she got away with a lot of things she did.” Alvarez and Calvo noted with humor more of Hine’s odd jobs. “She also worked as a fairy princess for children’s parties,” Calvo said. “She was so beautiful — the girls always loved her.” Calvo said that Hine often tried to take care of others, even at the expense of her own well-being. Calvo, Bonde, Alvarez and Vuong all noted that people frequently took advantage of Hine’s trust. “She would run in and was always ready to make a difference and always ready to help people who had been through bad things,” Calvo added. “Sometimes she overstretched her capacity in helping people — or she would help them so much that she would be off balance,” she added. ‘Absurdly lucky to have known her’ None of Hine’s close friends who spoke with The Daily were seriously involved with SPOM. Most commented that her legacy with the student group is likely the same as in their circle of friendship. “Especially at the funeral, I just heard a lot of people say things like ‘Cady made me feel like it was okay for me to talk about this or that,’” Bonde said. “She lived life in the moment and made her decisions as she went along,” Alvarez said. “She didn’t apologize very much.” Vuong held that Hine was not a ‘martyr’ for mental health. “I don’t want her to be remembered as a mental health case,” Vuong said, recounting a conversation he and Hine had on his last birthday. “I asked her the meaning of her life. ‘Have fun, enjoy the ride. Sleep around, do drugs.’ It was a funny answer.” “[She was] a little wild, erratic. She didn’t have the most stable life, but she definitely had one of the more interesting lives I knew,” Calvo said. “I feel so lucky to have known her — absurdly lucky. I don’t think I’ll ever meet someone like that again — someone who is so free, yet so haunted at the same time.” Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at kbailey @stanford.edu and Jenny Thai at jthai1 @stanford.edu.
I don’t think I’ll ever meet someone like that again — someone who is so free, yet so haunted at the same time.
LEAH CALVO ‘09, friend
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Jekyll and Hyde
— it spends $3 million lobbying in Washington each year, and more on ad campaigns convincing Americans of the critical importance of fossil fuels. The bottom line is simple: If you sell oil, coal or gas, acknowledging climate change is bad for business. But what all these companies also understand, very clearly, is that climate change is happening, and that it can, in itself, be bad for business. For example, melting permafrost threatens the stability of the Alaskan oil pipeline. And intensified hurricanes increase damage to Gulf of Mexico drilling rigs. And then there’s the elephant in the room: fossil fuel supplies are finite, and we’re already on the downhill side of production. Major oil and gas companies are adding alternative energies to their portfolios, hoping to ensure their survival in the post-fossil fuel world. Perhaps that’s why in 2002, long before it froze out Heartland, ExxonMobil committed $100 million in research funds to Stanford’s own Global Climate and Energy Project. The company also invests in energy conservation research at MIT, Carnegie Mellon and other research universities. Exxon is not alone. Consider BP, now self-styled “Beyond Petroleum.” Or flip through the API’s seven-page list of the ways its member corporations are addressing climate change. Many of these efforts have been in the research pipeline for a decade or more, occurring behind the scenes at companies whose public relations machinery busy denying climate change. This year, investors at ExxonMobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips have filed multiple shareholder resolutions asking for management transparency. They want to know what plans are being made for climate change, whether greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced and if hydraulic fracturing is really still on the table. They want to know how their stock portfolios will sustain growth in an unsustainable market space. These focused demands, and the gradual change in opinion of the American public, have forced many energy corporations to green their image, highlighting renewables research and hiding ties to the Heartlands of the world. It’s our job as consumers — of oil and of advertising — to see those ties anyway. Because as long as environmental concerns threaten the profits of these big corporations, a very powerful Mr. Hyde will be working in Dr. Jekyll’s shadows. Share comments, critiques and your beliefs on funding transparency with Holly via email at email@example.com.
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nd-of-year academic stress getting you down? Here’s a spirit-lifting tip: Open your browser and Google “Heartland billboard.” You’ll quickly find The Heartland Institute’s latest propaganda piece: a mug shot of Ted Kaczynski next to the words, “I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?” Heartland’s not-so-subtle subtext: If you think the climate is changing, you’re no better the Unabomber. The billboard, which appeared alongside a Chicago highway, was the first in a series that would have included other standout characters like Osama bin Laden and Charles Manson. But the message was so outrageous (almost humorously so — see Grist.org for some telling spoofs) that the backlash — which included public withdrawals of funder support — convinced Heartland to cancel the ad within hours. The incident is the latest in a series of ethical quandaries that have cropped up since the think tank switched on its climate change denial machinery. The Heartland Institute bills itself as a pro-business non-profit with a $6 million annual budget for education, lobbying, advertising and regular installments of its “International Conference on Climate Change,” which features climate change skeptics from around the world. Recently leaked internal documents describe (mis)education plans and public opinion campaigns designed to perpetuate the embarrassingly prevalent American disbelief in human-driven climate change, despite overwhelming scientific consensus to the contrary. Heartland is just one part of the pervasive climate change denial machine, which spans think tanks, interest groups and political parties. Its financers represent an even broader spectrum, from private donors to corporations built on fossil fuel usage. But it’s getting harder and harder to figure out who’s paying for which messages because, as evidence for climate change mounts, Americans are getting more suspicious. For example, in 2005, Heartland stopped naming its funding sources, pulling another shroud between its messages to the American public, and those who fund them. Given Heartland’s position on climate change, it’s not surprising to note that, since 1998, the think tank has received more than half a billion dollars from ExxonMobil — a multinational energy company that would do particularly well by convincing us not to worry about our carbon footprints. Though ExxonMobil reportedly cut ties with Heartland in 2006 after being embroiled in a public relations fiasco surrounding its support of climate change denial, it remains a key member of the American Petroleum Institute. The API is the political voice of the oil and natural gas industry in the United States. Backed by 400 member corporations — including ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell
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A look at Stanford burgers T
he residents and visitors of Stanford, Calif. enjoy a range of dining options within the grounds of the world’s second-largest contiguous university campus. It is therefore with the utmost humility that I attempt to contribute to your understanding of this culinary landscape, as I talk about the burgers at Stanford. There are far more hamburgers to be found at Stanford than meet the eye. Every dining hall offers a variant of the Stanford Dining Burger. The Alumni Café has a burger on Thursdays. Numerous concession stands sell hamburgers during athletic contests. Schwab Executive Services and other catering companies produce burgers for private, unpublicized events, presenting challenges to data collection. In addition, football weekends bring in legions of tailgaters who grill their own meats in an uncontrolled environment. That said, I have reached a few conclusions about Stanford burgers. As I remember last year’s offerings from Manzanita and Wilbur, they reflect the range of burgers found at undergrad dining halls. The ingredients were mediocre but satisfying, and for the most part students were happy to have what they considered a truly acceptable burger in the convenience of their dining halls. Typically nondescript, these burgers were sometimes enhanced at Wilbur when they appeared as grill specials, with the addition of chipotle aioli, bacon, mushrooms or grilled onions. In particular, the bison burger at Wilbur was legendary. Manzanita cooked its patties beforehand and simply reheated, as was readily apparent from the tray of moist, grayish cooling patties behind the serving counter; if Wilbur did the same, it was less transparent about the practice. The difference showed, though not as much as one might expect. I assume most dining hall burgers today are similarly unremarkable, falling somewhere within the ManzanitaWilbur spectrum. The Axe and Palm presents an interesting case study in the commercialization of school spirit. In an effort to capitalize on the recent success of the football team, a football-themed redesign has been in place for a couple years now. A panoramic photo of the gridiron taken from field level covers an entire wall, giving a bizarre impression of being on the sidelines of a game frozen in time. Stylized images of Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck in action or surrounded by band members blanket all remaining surfaces, except for a few framed Daily articles chronicling great moments in Stanford Axe history and an enormous scoreboard emblazoned with a “Big Game Countdown” that could have been displayed in a quarter of the space. Burgers have names like The Axe, The Touchdown, The Big Game and The Heisman, and they are not too good. The meat has a slimy exterior and little taste, and is accompanied by a soggy wilted lettuce leaf. If you don’t specify otherwise, they might pawn off a cold whole wheat bun on you. Despite all of this, some Stanford students appear to think highly of The Axe and Palm. Several of the people I asked named TAP as the best burger joint on campus. They were usually not overly enthusiastic about it, suggesting that they may not have known the extent of other options, but they named TAP nevertheless. Enlightened palates might question their loyalties, but TAP’s place in undergraduate cultural life may well be affecting students’ perceptions of its quality. Like TAP, the Treehouse has a claim to being a campus institution, which it leverages through burger names such as The Cardi-
I encourage you to explore some of the lesser-known, out-of-the-way burger options at Stanford.
nal and The Axe. Their burgers are better than The Axe and Palm’s — they have to be, since the Treehouse cannot rely on meal plan dollars to stay in business. While certainly enjoyable, the burgers are hardly life-changing. I also encourage you to explore some of the lesser-known, out-of-the-way burger options at Stanford. One has to admit that Russo Café at Munger, while a vaguely elitist café, serves a solid burger special. Even better, there is Tootsie’s, an Italian lunch spot on the corner of Stanford Shopping Mall next to the Medical School. They serve a fancy burger made of veal, pork and beef with good shoestring fries. There are still many Stanford burgers I’ve never had, so go out and try them all. Make sure to let me know what I’ve missed. Questions, comments, suggestions, anonymous tip-offs? Contact Jeff at email@example.com.
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these social issues on the table to redirect the national conversation away from the economy to other issues he can speak about,” Huwa said. “Talking about the issue [of same-sex marriage] isn’t going to get him the election,” Whalen noted. “It’s going to be the economy.” Both Whalen and Huwa highlighted the fundraising and activist interest generated by Obama’s announcement, in what Whalen suggested might be an attempt to recreate the “transformational” sentiment linked with Obama in the 2008 election. Whalen also noted that, while Obama expressed his support for the concept of same-sex marriage, he made no legislative promises for his second term and has continued to depict the debate as a state-level issue. “This is no indication that he’s willing to take up the fight and push for a constitutional amendment,” Whalen said. “You can parallel this with Branch Rickey [a Major League Baseball executive] saying he favors integration in baseball but not putting Jackie Robinson on second base.” Contact Josee Smith at jsmith11@ stanford.edu.
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By CHRISSY JONES
NCAAs continue vs. Northwestern
The Stanford women’s tennis team breezed through the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships on its home courts last weekend with wins over Stony Brook and Yale. Now the Cardinal faces its true test in Athens, Ga. Fourth-seeded Stanford (20-1, 9-1 Pac-12) traveled cross-country on Monday morning in preparation for its match against 13th-seeded Northwestern today. This will be the Cardinal’s 27th straight appearance in the NCAA round of 16, and Northwestern’s ninth straight. Ironically, Stanford will be playing Northwestern in the third round for the second consecutive year. In a match that went until early in the morning last May, the Wildcats (20-8, 10-1 Big Ten) came close to crushing then-No. 1 Stanford’s hopes at a national title earlier than expected. Senior captain Veronica Li, however, looks back on last year’s battle as something that benefited her team in the long run. “It’s great to have a tough match in the beginning because, if you can secure a victory, it gets you ready for the rest of the tournament,” Li said. “Last year, that match helped remind us to stay tough out there and fight for each point.” Northwestern went up 2-1 early in the match with a victory on court four after Northwestern’s Kate Turvy’s had a straight-set defeat of Stanford’s Stacey Tan. This year, Turvy will likely face sophomore Nicole Gibbs on court one, the court both players have manned for their respective teams throughout the season. Stanford also dropped the doubles point in last year’s matchup, something the players intend to change this year. “We want to play with a lot of confidence and scare some people out there,” Li said. “We’ve definitely put in a lot of work in doubles, especially in the last month or two. Everyone seems to be really in sync and working as a team.” Li, who has been playing No. 3 doubles with junior Natalie Dillon, commented on her partner’s play. “She’s really competitive and it’s such a huge advantage to have someone you can trust to fight and pull out the big points,” Li said. This year will mark Dillon’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament both as a doubles and singles player. Sophomore Kristie Ahn, a critical member of the squad who has
ince the NFL draft, I’ve been spending a lot of time sifting through the Internet in order to learn about the situations that the former Stanford football players are now in. After all, football season never really ends. For some, like Andrew Luck, it means high expectations abound. Like my colleague Tom Taylor, I can’t resist occasionally looking at the inane banter that populates the comments section of these articles about Luck. Down in the Stygian depths of these pages, I frequently found a refrain that goes something like this: “If he had any good wide receivers at Stanford, he would have been incredible.” While this is usually used as a defense of Luck’s college career (as if he needed one) or an explanation of why he’ll be good in the pros (again, as if he needed one), this set me to thinking: where exactly have all of Stanford’s wide receivers been hiding over these past few years? While there have been some success stories at wideout these past few seasons — Ryan Whalen and Griff Whalen became two of Luck’s favorite targets even though both started their Stanford careers as walk-ons, and Ty Montgomery was a smashing success in his freshman campaign — many of Stanford’s recruited wide receivers have never quite seen their careers get off the ground. This is partially due to the fact that tight ends Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo have been so prolific, but there still is a gap of talent out wide that begs to be explained. So, through the magic of the Internet, I set out to examine just what has happened to the “elite receivers” on the Farm. Perhaps the profound gap at wide receiver is due to the strange semi-disappearance of two players that were perceived to be cornerstones of Stanford’s passing game for years to come. In 2009, the Cardinal brought in one of its strongest recruiting classes in years on the heels of the class that included future first-rounders Luck and David DeCastro. That included two four-star wide receiver recruits, Jemari Roberts and JamalRashad Patterson. Roberts, from Long Beach, Calif., was ranked the 18th-best receiver in the country, and Patterson, from McDonough, Ga., was seen as the 28th-best pass-catcher in the country. Roberts, at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, looked like he would pair with Patterson, who is 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, as a pair of deep threats that would help push the Cardinal back to its winning ways. But three years later, the two four-stars have little to show except tales of unrealized potential. While Patterson did reach the end zone to score his first (and only) career touchdown against San Jose State in 2009, perhaps his most wellknown career highlight is when he was ejected from the Cardinal’s 2009 48-14 blowout win over Cal for throwing a punch at a Bear player before the opening kickoff. Sadly, Roberts is best known for . . . nothing. The former four-star has yet to catch a single pass in his Stanford career. However, their time on the Farm — and their time to make a mark — isn’t up yet, as Patterson will be a senior in the fall and Roberts will return for his redshirt junior season. While they still have a year to realize their potential, Stanford has also driven away a pair of promising wide receivers over these last few seasons. The next recruiting season, the Cardinal brought in three-star quarterback Darren Daniel, an Alabama native, and, with Luck entering his senior season, new head coach David Shaw and his staff converted him to play wide receiver the next spring.Additionally, the Cardinal secured an early commitment from Tai-ler Jones, a four-star recruit from Georgia, but Jones eventually changed his mind and signed with (yuck) Notre Dame instead. Daniel was generally pretty impressive in spring practice, showing off a lot of athleticism as both a pass-catcher and a wildcat quarterback, but he ultimately decided that the switch wasn’t for him, and elected to transfer, where he ended up at Itawamba Community Col-
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Captain Veronica Li (above) is the only senior on the Stanford women’s tennis team, and she will look to use her experience as the Cardinal heads to Athens, Ga. for the third round of NCAAs.
battled injuries since last year’s NCAA tournament, hopes to make a comeback this year. At this point, though, her return still seems up in the air. “I think we’re taking it one day at a time, but it’s a conversation between her and coaches and trainers,” Li said. “As teammates, we are doing our best to support her, but we know that she’ll be a huge part in our success and do her best to contribute in whatever role she plays.” Li also made clear that supporting the team is what’s most important at this stage in the season. The NCAA rules for the tournament mandate that each match is the best of seven points, so if a team goes up 4-0, then the remaining matches go unfinished. Some players find this format to be disruptive and frustrating. “You know, people are finishers and people love to be able to go out and give a win,” Li said. “For the players that do, it’s great. For the ones that don’t get to finish, it’s definitely tough to stop short because a lot of girls get better as they go. You’ve got to be ready for anything, though. You’ve got to focus on your court and play each point the same. If your team wins, it’s all for the better.” As captain and the sole senior on the team, Li is the most experienced player on the squad. Her advice to freshman Ellen Tsay and the other players participating in their first NCAA is to enjoy the moment. “It’s such a special experience to play for a team and to have gotten this far,” Li said. “You have to enjoy it. Winning isn’t necessarily the thing I remember the most. It’s more about the little things like playing music in the parking lot or hanging out at night in a room and watching a funny movie. My memories are mostly of spending time with the team.” That being said, there’s no doubt the Cardinal is ready to take on the nation’s elite teams,
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Senior David Chung (above) hopes to finish his college career off with a berth in the NCAA Championships. The Stanford men’s golf team can qualify for NCAAs by placing in the top five of this weekend’s 13-team NCAA Regionals. The action starts today at the Stanford Golf Course.
Home cooking at NCAA Regionals
By AUSTIN BLOCK
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After a disappointing fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, the Stanford men’s golf team has the chance to redeem itself at the NCAA Regionals, which start today at the Stanford Golf Course. The Cardinal is seeded second behind Cal in the 13-team tournament. Stanford will be led by Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Patrick Rodgers and in-form junior Andrew Yun, who won the Pac-12 Championships two weeks ago and finished fourth at the Western Intercollegiate two weeks prior. Golfweek lists Yun as the nation’s 12thranked collegiate golfer, and Rodgers is ranked third. Rodgers was recently named one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, which is perennially awarded to the nation’s best college golfer. No sophomores and only one freshman, current PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler, have ever won the award. If Stanford finishes in the top five of the re-
gional tournament, the team will then travel to Los Angeles for the NCAA Championships at Riviera Country Club, which begins May 29. Following three rounds of stroke play in the 30team tournament, the top eight teams will face off in match play to determine the NCAA champion. For now, the Cardinal’s focus is on regionals. Fortunately for Stanford, this week’s field is not as strong as some of the other fields the team has faced this season. After No. 7 Cal, the highest-ranked teams the Cardinal will compete against are No. 14 San Diego State, No. 22 Central Florida and No. 23 LSU. Stanford is currently ranked eighth nationally. Rounding out the lineup for regionals is sophomore Cameron Wilson, who started strong at Pac-12s before being disqualified for a scorekeeping mishap, freshman Patrick Grimes and senior captain David Chung. Players competed in four rounds of qualifying last week to determine which five would play this weekend. “It was a difficult test for everybody and put the guys under a lot of pressure,” Rodgers said.
“I think we have a great team and I really like our chances.” But Yun said the weaker field and homecourse advantage would not lull the team into a false sense of security. “I don’t think we’re going to have that problem because we’ve only won one tournament,” Yun said. “I think everybody on our team understands that winning is a habit, like our coach always says, and I feel like if you want to get things rolling and go into nationals on a high I think we have to get that win under our belt . . . I think everyone wants to get that win and I think they’re really motivated to play well.” Yun and Rodgers both agreed that playing at home puts no extra pressure on the team. “Since we do have so much support, it’s very easy to have momentum on your side,”Yun said. “When you’re not playing that well, people are there cheering for you and encouraging you to do better, and when you are playing well, everybody is on your side.”
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“I don’t see really any extra pressure playing at home, I just view it as we know the golf course better than most,” Rodgers said. “We still have to go out there, though, and hit the shots and get the job done, but I really like our chances.” The course will play more difficult than usual, as the greens will be firm and fast and the rough has grown long. In light of these factors, team captain Wilson Bowen said players need to make sure they keep the ball in-play off the tee and that they leave themselves with uphill putts. This tournament will mark the Cardinal’s first playoff appearance since last year’s NCAA Central Regionals, where the team stumbled to a sixth-place finish and narrowly missed out on the national tournament. Yun said last year’s disappointment is not on his mind. “I feel like our team is a lot closer this year, our team is playing a lot better this year, and even the same guys that we had last year weren’t playing as well as they are this year,”Yun said.“It’s a totally different story, and I think we’re going to have a lot better result this regional.” The three-day tournament begins at the Stanford Golf Course today. Contact Austin Block at aeblock@ stanford.edu.
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Stanford men’s swimming head coach Skip Kenney is calling it a career after 33 years on the Farm. The 69-year-old coach was one of the legends of the swim-
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Stanford men’s swimming head coach Skip Kenney (above) is retiring after the U.S. Olympic Trials. Kenney led the Cardinal to seven NCAA championships and 31 straight conference titles in his 33 years.
the best quarterback in college football has been the primary factor in that — but it still is interesting to consider just how unlucky the Cardinal has been with its wide receivers as of late. Hopefully, that won’t be the case for any of the four wideouts coming to Stanford this fall as part of the fantastic 2012 recruiting class. That way, Brett Nottingham or Josh Nunes can have the one thing that Andrew Luck just might have been missing in his time on the Farm. Jack Blanchat was also recruited to play wide receiver, but the coaching staff thought he was better served as a sports writer. Find out if his 40 time wasn’t up to par at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @jmblanchat.
ming world, winning 31 consecutive conference titles from 1982 through 2012, a streak that more than doubles the previous Pac-10 record for any sport (John Wooden’s 14-year streak in men’s basketball at UCLA). During this same 31-year period, Kenney led Stanford to a topfour national finish every year, the longest streak in history. Kenney won seven NCAA titles in his 33year run after the Cardinal had just one title and four top-three finishes in the 45 years before Kenney arrived. Under Kenney’s leadership, Stanford produced 72 individual NCAA champions, 134 AllAmericans and 1,086 total AllAmerican awards in 33 years. In addition, 20 athletes went on to the Olympics, winning a total of 18 medals. Kenney coached many of them as Olympic head coach of men’s swimming in the 1996 Games. Perhaps most importantly for the six-time National Coach of the Year and 20-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Kenney had a 100 percent graduation rate during his tenure at Stanford, including 10 Academic All-Americans. The Long Beach State graduate never swam competitively, but he has made an enormous impact on the swimming world as a coach. Kenney will coach Stanford swimmers through the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 2 before calling it quits.
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lege in Mississippi. This February, while the Cardinal was bringing in its best recruiting class in school history, Daniel signed his letter of intent to play for Alabama State, continuing his football career just an hour and a half away from his hometown of Phenix City, Ala. Jones, on the other hand, has already made his mark felt at Notre Dame, where he’s renamed himself “TJ Jones” and accumulated 672 yards and six touchdowns in his two years as a Golden Domer. Altogether, the lack of depth on the outside hasn’t slowed the Cardinal down — of course, having
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but the players are taking it one step at a time. “We are a team that doesn’t prepare differently for certain matches,” she said. “We try to do the best we can day-to-day, and I don’t think we’re thinking about the whole tournament, but instead the next match we are going to play.” For right now, that focus is on getting past Northwestern. The match will take place at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Contact Chrissy Jones at chrissyj@ stanford.edu.
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