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Students protested the visit of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair outside Cemex Auditorium yesterday afternoon, in advance of Blair’s Thursday talk on African development. Campus emails advertising the demonstration likened Blair to Darth Vader due to his involvement in the Iraq War and ‘neocolonial’ business interests in Africa.
Tony Blair visits Farm, sparking controversy
Former British Prime Minister addresses African development
By AARON SEKHRI
Student demonstrators protest Blair’s alleged war crimes
By ELLORA ISRANI
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
“Africa, for me, is an endless source of fascination, inspiration and challenge,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a packed audience Thursday in Cemex Auditorium.“I am fascinated by its possibilities, inspired by its spirit and challenged by the immensity of its problems, which ache for solutions.” Blair’s talk, titled “A New Approach To A New Africa,” focused on using “effective governance” as a tool to develop partnerships between African and Western countries. The Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) co-sponsored the event. Blair spoke in detail about the challenges he sees in Africa’s future, his opinions on how to address them and the work of his own initiative, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), which works with several African nations to address development problems from the executive branch downward. Blair began his talk by expressing optimism for Africa’s future, but also cited numerous hindrances to the continent’s development, such as inadequate food supplies, energy concerns, disease and poor or non-existent infrastructure. “Today my focus is not [on] what we can give, but how we can partner,” he said. Blair emphasized the advisory role his organization pursues, as opposed to “a dependency between developing and developed nations.” Citing governance as “the distinguishing feature of successful emerging nations,” Blair said this means more than “simply honest government,” but an “effective government.” He proceeded to give five “illustrations” of his as-
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Former British PM Tony Blair spoke about a need to form partnerships between Africa and the West, expressing optimism for the continent’s future at his Thursday talk, ‘A New Approach to a New Africa.’
A group of around 20 students protested former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s visit to Stanford Thursday evening. Holding signs that read “The answer to colonialism is not imperialism” and “Africa’s resources are for Africa’s people,” protesters gathered outside of Cemex Auditorium, where Blair gave a public talk. Students protested in conjunction with the “Tony 2012” movement — which, according to its Facebook page, seeks to “bring the warmonger [Blair] to justice.” Blair was at Stanford to deliver a speech titled, “A New Approach for a New Africa.” He spoke to a packed audience about international aid, economic development and governmental process in developing African nations. “Tony Blair has been found guilty of war crimes under international law by more than one tribunal,” wrote Zoe Lidstrom ’12 in an email to The Daily. “There are any number of other war criminals that Stanford would never bring to campus because of the atrocities they committed, and yet it has brought Tony Blair. We are challenging the idea that we should excuse Blair’s actions.” According to Lidstrom, the protests had no official student group affiliation, but many of its participants are also involved with Occupy Stanford or Stanford Says No To War. “[We] who want to challenge this University to see its role in a larger global context and to understand why providing a place for Tony Blair to speak implicates us in perpetuating neo-colonial policies,” wrote Anna McConnell ’14 in an email to The Daily. Students mentioned Blair’s involvement in the Iraq War during his time as prime minister as a cor-
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FacSen debates number of reqs
By JOSEE SMITH
The Faculty Senate increased the proposed number of breadth requirements for undergraduates at its Thursday meeting, reverting back to a recommendation made by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report in January. Faculty representatives also rejected an amendment that would redefine the scope of the Breadth Requirements Governance Board, the body in charge of determining whether or not a
course meets a specified breadth requirement. “This experience has made me so proud of this institution,” said Acting President and Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82. “A heated disagreement is good because it shows that we care that much about undergraduate education.” Etchemendy opened the meeting by announcing a committee to search for a new athletic director, prompted by current Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby’s planned departure at the end of the academic year.
“We hope to have an athletic director in place by September,” Etchemendy said. “Patrick Dunkley will be the acting athletic director beginning June 16 after Bob steps down.” The meeting then moved on to a continued discussion of University undergraduate breadth requirements. Following the publication of the SUES report, the Faculty Senate received recommendations from the Committee on Undergraduate Stan-
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History Professor Carolyn Lougee Chappell spoke about an amendment to restore the number of proposed breadth requirements suggested by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report.
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favor of the current wording in the C-USP proposal, which they said would allow for more flexibility and freedom for the board in making decisions. Senior Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Biology Professor Martha Cyert drew the Senate’s attention to a section of the amendment, which she said tasked the board with the job of figuring out how to determine whether the courses it has designated as satisfying a category “are in fact attaining the majority of the learning goals associated with that category.” “Those assessment processes are a really, really important, huge task,” Cyert said. “Assigning that to the board is not realistic. None of us would agree to being on the board. It is not practical to give the board that task as well.” In response, Economics Professor Caroline Hoxby said she did not think the task would be too difficult for the board. “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck,” Hoxby said. “We wouldn’t have to study every chemistry class before deciding which requirement it fulfills. The board would focus on a small set of courses that were much less clear [about their breadth distribution].” The Senate voted to oppose the amendment to Board Governance, preferring the original CUSP wording. The Senate will discuss recommendations about the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and the annual budget report at its next meeting on May 31. Contact Josee Smith at jsmith11 @stanford.edu.
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dards and Policies (C-USP) in response to the document. C-USP has recommended that undergraduates take eight breadth requirement courses, despite the fact that that the SUES report suggested students take 11. The Senate discussed an amendment, which would return to the original SUES recommendation for 11 breadth courses. The amendment would require students to take courses that fit into the seven “Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing” categories first created by the SUES report. Students would be required to take two courses in “Aesthetic and Interpretive Inquiry,” two in “Social Inquiry,” two in “Scientific Analysis,” two in “Formal and Quantitative Reasoning” (with one in each branch), one course in “Engaging Difference,” one in “Moral and Ethical Reasoning” and one in “Creative Expression.” C-USP, however, has recommended double course requirements in only one of those categories. “Requiring one course in each category would be an invitation to superficiality,” said Susan McConnell, SUES co-chair, as to why her committee originally suggested requiring two courses in some categories, but not all. “For instance, it can be difficult for students to engage with science in just one course because there’s a language barrier. By requiring two courses, we create opportunities for students to gain familiari-
ty with the subject and then get in depth.” “The proposal does not increase the general education blueprint or narrow the space for exploration,” McConnell added. Debra Satz, senior associate dean for the Humanities and Arts, expressed approval toward the amendment, but said she feels that students should have more flexibility to take different courses. “I support a bigger footstep because I believe that students should have a wider breadth,” she said. Satz added a friendly amendment to the proposal to split the “Formal and Quantitative Reasoning” requirement into two different categories, stating that this division would add transparency. Faculty senators who spoke appeared split on which proposal to move forward. Many cited the need for students to have academic freedom as a reason to keep C-USP’s recommendation of fewer requirements. Others supported the amendment because it would result in increased exposure to breadth and department, which Biology Professor Patricia Jones said is similar to the requirements at Stanford’s peer institutions. The Senate ended up voting in favor of the amendment, and the higher number of breadth requirements. The senators then moved on to a discussion of the “governance” section of the amendment. Some faculty members said they felt that the Governing Board was being given less freedom — and more constraints — in an amendment. Most of the senators were in
Students for life
By ALICE PHILLIPS
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This report covers a selection of incidents from May 11 through May 15 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety bulletin.
GPS device and CDs were stolen from a vehicle parked near 114 Jenkins Ct. between 1:30 a.m. on May 11 and 9:40 a.m. on May 12. vehicle parked near the Escondido IV high rise between 10:30 p.m. the previous night and 11:30 a.m. side of Kimball Hall between 11:50 p.m. the previous night and 11:30 a.m.
cable and a headset were stolen from a vehicle parked near 112 Jenkins Ct. between 9 a.m. on May 11 and 7:40 p.m. on May 13.
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bike was stolen from outside the Thornton Center in the Terman Annex between 11 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. male was cited and released for driving on a suspended license near the intersection of Lomita Mall and Santa Teresa Street at 7:40 p.m. males were cited and released for being minors in possession of alcohol and for providing false identification to peace officers on Lane W at 11:35 p.m.
bike was stolen from outside of Polya Hall between 10 a.m. on May 10 and 9 a.m. on May 14. bike was stolen from outside the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building between 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.
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Rhodes Scholar and Ph.D. candidate Sherif Girgis, co-author of “What is Marriage?”, addressed students at the First Annual Pro-Life and ProFamily Reception Thursday evening.
SUNDAY, MAY 13
male was cited and released for being a minor in possession of alcohol near 675 Lomita Dr. at 12:01 a.m. male was cited and released for urinating in public and creating a public nuisance near 675 Lomita Dr. at 12:55 a.m. males were cited and released for creating a public nuisance near the intersection of Lomita Drive and Lane W at 1 a.m. male was cited and released for providing false information to a peace officer in the Roble Hall parking lot at 1:25 a.m. female was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for being publicly intoxicated at the Arboretum between 1:30 a.m. and 1:50 a.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
female was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for driving under the influence near the intersection of Mayfield Avenue and Santa Ynez Street at 12:09 a.m. male was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for being publicly intoxicated near the intersection of Campus Drive and Costanza Street at 1:10 a.m. male was cited and released for driving on a suspended license near the intersection of
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School of Business (GSB) Dean Garth Saloner, during which he remarked on the difficulties of managing political realities with the public expectations. “In my profession, you start as the most popular and least capable, and you leave the least popular but most capable,” Blair said. He then praised the leadership philosophy of Lee Kuan Yew, stating that “the best leaders do not care who brings the expertise, but just is concerned with getting the job done.” Blair noted that the world is experiencing “a paradigm change, where footloose capital coming from China, India and other countries means investors are looking for new opportunities.” According to Blair, African nations could benefit from this shift if they are able to “get their private sector framework right.” Student sentiments toward Blair’s visit varied, with roughly 20 students protesting Blair’s alleged war crimes in the Iraq War, and the fact that the University allowed him to speak on campus. Nicholas Moores ’15, who attended the event, said he thought it was well-received. “I thought that he presented a clear, progressive, perhaps simplistic at times, but overall, open-minded agenda to allow Africa to set the government framework it needs to, and ultimately take the matter of development into its own hands,” Moores said. Contact Aaron Sekhri at asekhri @stanford.edu.
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sertion, outlining the role of the executive branch, infrastructure, foreign investment, education and healthcare, and social capital. Characterizing his organization as “differing from traditional consultants,” Blair argued that AGI “did not simply fly in and fly out, but works hard on transferring skills.” He outlined the key principles of AGI, which he said are working directly with the “key decisionmaker” and focusing on “prioritization.” “Show me a leader with 100 priorities, and I will show you someone who will achieve nothing,” Blair said. He then discussed the progress AGI has made in countries such as Sierra Leone and Liberia by coordinating on investments in the energy sector.According to Blair, putting resources into these types of efforts was more fruitful than smallscale projects. “[Small-scale projects] may be very worthy in themselves, but don’t get a nation on its feet,” he said. Echoing his belief in partnership, and drawing lessons from a variety of sources, Blair said that emerging nations should, in the spheres of education and healthcare, “leapfrog many of the constraints and limitations which the legacy of our systems have created.” He also discussed the role of technology, which he said can be “something that generates extraordinary waves of emotion, feeling and impact.” Noting Stanford’s inextricable link to Silicon Valley, Blair challenged the audience to innovate and design new technologies to be leveraged for political good. Blair followed his formal address with a conversation with Graduate
PROTEST|Mixed greeting for Blair
nerstone to their opposition. “I wanted to organize a protest against Tony Blair because he lied to the international community, along with [former U.S. President] Bush, that Saddam Hussein had WMDs and that if we didn’t remove him from power then he would destroy the free world with those weapons, which is proven to be not only false, but lies,” said Josh Schott ’14. “He is a war criminal, and it is disgusting that this University is welcoming him. He should be in prison.” Students expressed frustration with Blair’s decisions as a political leader, as well as Stanford’s implicit “endorsement” of Blair’s policies through hosting his talk. “It frustrates me how Stanford students are often seduced by celebrity status and fail to actually hold (Western) leaders accountable for their violence and perpetuation of injustice,” wrote Alok Vaid-Menon ’13 in an email to The Daily. “Our silence is a tacit endorsement of Blair’s violent and criminal activities.” Protesters were angered by Blair’s actions as a prime minister as well as his current projects that focus on providing aid to six subSaharan African nations. Vaid-Menon called the specific subject matter “offensive.” “‘A New Approach for a New Africa,’ are you kidding me?” Vaid-Menon wrote. “The British Empire was one of the most dominating and violent empires and is directly implicated in the underdevelopment of Africa. Having Blair speak about ‘Africa’ (as if there were solutions that applied to all of Africa, a continent composed of many different nations and countries) constitutes, in my eyes, a pernicious form of neocolonialism.” Blair expressed a need for western involvement in African development during his talk. “When countries have emerged from prolonged periods of insecurity and conflict, the basic apparatus of government can be missing,” he said. “We have the means to help supply it.” However, Blair also mentioned third parties — among them “new donors” in China, India and Brazil — as necessary contributors to the development of sub-Saharan Africa. “You start at your most popular and least capable and you end at your least popular and most capable,” he said. Blair directly addressed the protests when speaking with The Daily after his talk. “It’s great that we live in a vibrant democracy, but sometimes what people protest about,” Blair said. “If you’re in Africa and you’re desperate to get a decent standard of life, some change of prosperity and proper education and healthcare, you actually need the outside world to be your partner in this. We don’t go into any of these countries unless people want us.” Blair did not address his time as prime minister with regard to his involvement in the Iraq war. Though Tony 2012 is an international movement — it had approximately 8,250 likes on its Facebook page as of publication — Stanford students were not involved until Blair’s visit to campus, according to Vaid-Menon. According to Schott, the protests were a singular effort against Thursday’s event and will not persist. Vaid-Menon said he was pleased with the turnout and passion of the demonstrators, but commented that he was disappointed in the way the University treated the protest. “They also prohibited us from using our megaphone, citing university policy, and had police watch our every move,” Vaid-Menon wrote, noting some irony in the situation. “We found it ironic that the University feels the need to take such safety precautions for peaceful demonstrators and yet allows a documented war criminal to freely speak.” Contact Ellora Israni at ellora@ stanford.edu.
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Speakers from IDEO, the d.school and the Stanford School of Medicine discussed how to design for prevention at the Public Health Extravaganza Thursday evening. The Stanford Journal of Public Health sponsored the event.
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Not just apathy - activists undermine participation
feel unsure about where their place is in an activist collective if they support one part of the group’s ideology but strongly oppose another. Simply put, there appears to be little space for ideological frameworks that are not perfectly congruous with activism writ large. We do not mean to suggest that campus activists are a monolithic ideological entity; indeed, we know that members of the same group are likely to have nuanced, different views about their own cause. Rather, we believe that because activist groups on campus are often so closely tied together, interested students who are ‘outside’ feel unsure about whether or not there is a space for their dissenting views in the campus activist community. Even if it seems self-evident to group members that their group is a safe space, a student may feel uncomfortable joining without a more explicit acknowledgment that their opposing views on a topic won’t be seen to diminish their participation. An added complication is that students may feel confused or alienated by the rhetoric of revolution that often accompanies discussions of social change. Quinlan’s article aptly pointed out that Stanford students generally feel validated by and comfortable working within a system. While most activist groups on campus have websites that state their mission and projects, students outside the activist community may still feel confused as to what the tangible end goals of campus activists are, particularly if it is couched in the politically fraught language of revolution. In this confusion, they may choose not to engage at all even on topics they fervently support. Here, students often draw a fuzzy line between “activist” groups and “service” groups, viewing the latter as defined by more concrete goals and the former with vaguer mission statements about how to enact change. The
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tanford is effective at producing many things, from paradigm-shifting research to groundbreaking patents. Yet in terms of on-campus conversation, Stanford is also a place that produces ideological echo chambers, to the detriment of campus conversation. The Stanford blog Static is one space that tries to break this trend, by providing a forum in which campus activists can share their ideas and projects with the broader campus and online communities. A recent post on Static by Lizzie Quinlan ’13, titled “A Few Thoughts on Activism and Stanford Culture,” examined why activism is not more prevalent on campus, pointing to student complacency, belief in the system and use of social media as primary drivers of apathy. While these are all valid critiques of Stanford culture, the Editorial Board would like to offer an additional explanation: the structure of activist collectives on campus provide a barrier to entry that deters interested individuals whose beliefs may not perfectly align with the dominant paradigm. Stanford students do not join activist groups in part because they may not subscribe to the multiple, intersecting ideologies that they perceive as the foundation of campus activism. Is there a place in the Occupy movement for a student who supports income redistribution but opposes gay marriage? Would a student feel comfortable joining Stanford Says No to War if she does not support the divestment petition that the group has sponsored,or Stanford Students for Queer Liberation if she supports the return of ROTC to campus? Stanford has built several extraordinarily effective activist collectives — witness, for example, the effective collaboration of Stanford Students for Queer Liberation, MEChA, the Stanford Immigrant Rights Project, and others on the recent event “Undoing Borders and Queering the Undocumented Narrative” — but this comes at a cost. Students may
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Overcommitted? Get over it. I
f you asked any undergrad to describe themself in one adjective right now, they’d almost definitely answer with “tired” or “busy.” Someone with a little more creativity or a tendency toward being overdramatic will use a better synonym — exhausted, swamped, crushed, etc. Pretty much everyone on the Stanford campus is some level of “busy.” But the question is, how does this make you behave? Think about a group project. Let’s say that you and four others have to compile a paper together, so you divide up the tasks in a relatively equal way. As soon as you assign sections, someone tentatively frowns, slowly raises a hand and fills you in. “Hey, so, I’m sorry, but I’m actually pretty busy right now. I’m going to this conference and I’m also taking 21 units. I’m the president of a student group, I have to write five papers by next week and I’m on my dorm’s IM basketball team.” The weird thing is, the person doesn’t sound crushed and saddened by this looming specter of work and the all-nighters that will follow. This person sounds excited, almost boastful, about how terribly overcommitted they are. “Look at me,” they’re saying, “I’m so busy and important!” Have you met the busy and important Stanford undergrad? Have you been one at some point? Either way, you know what I mean. My first thought when I meet one of these students is: “Congrats, you decided to take too many classes!” or “Cool, you chose to be in four student groups!” Because in the end being busy at Stanford is a choice, a decision that anyone can make. You can sign up for 20 units of engineering classes . . . if you want. You can join 10 different student groups — they won’t cross-check to see what you’re doing. You can even go to every single on-campus seminar, conference and (free lunch) event that you can find. No one will stop you. And you’ll be very, very busy. But the real issue, and one of the most common symptoms of the overcommitted student, is the point where they can’t understand how anyone else could possibly be as busy as they are. The students writing honors theses look at you and scoff, “Um, you’re not writing an honors thesis. You’re not busy.” The students on the Undergraduate Senate roll their eyes and say, “You’re not on ASSU; you’re not busy at all.” Repeat for any overcommitted student: Their thing is the most important, busy thing. Suddenly people are so wrapped up in their own schedules that anything you’re doing is completely unimportant. They can slack off on the group project; they can cut back on their duties in an extracurricular group, and if you subtly try to prod them into doing something, you get a lengthy explanation of how incredibly busy they are. And since you’re not taking those classes, managing those student groups and going to those conferences, you just don’t get it. Sorry. Sometimes this sets off a chain reaction, and people start trying to one-up each other. “You may have 18 units and be president of a student group, but I have 19 units and am president of two student groups! I don’t have time for this group project either!” Listening to these kinds of competitions just makes me want to take a nap. And as group members take turns explaining their schedules, there’ll always be a person or two who doesn’t speak up. Others see this and think, “Why’s she being so quiet?” or “Why isn’t he saying how busy he is?” And therefore, “They must not be busy.” False. Some people are busy, but they’re busy in different ways. Maybe they’re busy because they choose to read in their spare time, or to go to the gym regularly, or to intentionally spend more time with friends. Or maybe they’re just as busy with classes, student
Being busy at Stanford is a choice,a decision that anyone can make.
groups and events, but they don’t feel the need to actively let everyone know. Not everyone who’s busy feels the need to let everyone know about it. Now, I’m not suggesting that being busy is a bad thing or that Stanford students should all cut back — well, maybe that’s not true. If you can’t find time to eat balanced meals, sleep more than five hours every night and shower daily, then you should cut back. And there is something fun and exciting about being busy, about rushing from meeting to meeting and packing your day with activities. But instead of assuming that you might be the busiest person on campus, take a moment to appreciate that everyone here is busy in some way or another. Sure, you might not think that their activities are as “important” as yours are, but importance is subjective. If you take pride in how busy you are, at least have some respect for others’ busy schedules. If you email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, Miriam will try her utmost to reply. But she’s pretty busy.
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en Auletta wrote an article for The New Yorker (“Get Rich U,” April 30, 2012) that makes every Stanford parent even prouder to be a Stanford parent, and every wannabe Stanford parent make their high school junior take three extra full-length practice SATs. He described Stanford’s relationship with Silicon Valley and its place as an incubator of technological innovation and creativity. The relationship to Silicon Valley corporations and ensuing conflict of interests aside (that is the subject of an entirely different op-ed), Auletta described accurately how Stanford’s successes, at their core, are based on collaboration, communication, teamwork and friendship. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the founders of Instagram, provide one example of a perfect co-founder match — one had the idea, the other brought a complementary engineering skill set. And let’s not forget other famous Silicon Valley pairs who have made their mark: Sergei and Larry, David and Bill. Sergei Brin and Larry Page, Bill Hewlett and David Packard, that is. The photo of d.school graduate students that accompanied the article perfectly symbolizes Stanford’s obsession with a word that is rarely used in the context of engineering. Stanford is the epicenter of the Silicon Valley engineering community, a group of individuals sharing common occupations, geographical location, interests and values. When President Obama visited Silicon Valley, he sat down to dinner with the leaders of this community, now captured in an iconic photograph. Together with Bill, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, our very own University President John Hennessy, and other prominent Valley leaders, Obama raised his glass to toast. But more importantly, he acknowledged the way this community has fundamentally changed the way we live. As the breeding ground for “future leaders,” another catch phrase that can be heard almost every five seconds somewhere on the Farm, it makes natural sense that part of Stanford’s educational philosophy ought to include values like communication, negotiation, accountability and teamwork. If it’s cooperation that spawns innovation, it makes sense that these lessons, ne concern that has been brought up in the debate about the Chi Theta Chi lease termination is the loss of institutional memory. This is an issue that affects all of us who participate in student groups and other organizations generally. If you have ever been in a student group at the end of the year, two of the biggest concerns for the next year are what the goals will be and what the group will be like. Without the recruitment of new members, most importantly from the freshman class, the group can lose its identity. There is also the great risk that the group will die out entirely due to lack of membership. For XOX, this issue is extremely important. I think we can all agree that there is special value in tying location to identity. By giving members of a group a place to go where they can act and behave in a certain way, where it is not only accepted but even encouraged to act in that way, you are making them feel welcome. That encouragement of shared behavior is essential for developing the habits of character in individuals that will ensure that the character of the group continues. Community centers on campus are an example of importance of having a physical location for a group. Throughout history, possessing physical space has added to the legitimacy of individuals and groups. The power of physical ownership also helps recruit new members, on top of solidifying the group’s culture. When a group loses its location, it can lose the pull that having a physical location has on prospective new members. They also no longer have the same ease with which to meet those potential members and current members, and facilitate personal connections. The importance of making personal connections based on your identity cannot be overstated. That is why the loss of institutional memory can be so tragic. I propose though that there are ways to mitigate that loss. The best and most obvious way is to create a history of the group: Document activities, profile group members and, by all means, try as hard as you can to continue to meet as a group. Second, you need to put your name out there so that prospective group members can find you.
The loss of location doesn’t have to be the end of the group. While the consequential emotional distress that comes from being displaced is not something to dismiss, people need identity and connections. While I personally know very little of Chi Theta Chi, I fully sympathize with their predicament. It may be hard for me to relate personally to them, but I fully understand where they’re coming from in their fear of institutional-memory loss, because of my involvement in other student groups. I hope that they are able to come to better terms with the University with regards to the lease in the future, and at the same time keep their identities. Have you lost an institutional memory? Can’t remember? Email Sebastain about it at firstname.lastname@example.org
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resulting skepticism facing these “activist” groups is undeserved but ought to be acknowledged and addressed with more productive engagement with the rest of campus. There are ways, of course, to ameliorate this problem. The contributing reasons that Quinlan outlines for student apathy are accurate, and students should meet activism on campus with more of an open mind. At the same time, campus activists need to move beyond the mentality of “What’s wrong with other stu-
dents?” and examine the structures within their own organizations that might alienate their peers.This is not to say that there is something wrong with activist collectives as they stand — on the contrary, the construction of successful cross-group coalitions has been instrumental to many of the successes of campus activism. However, if campus echo chambers are to be successfully dismantled, it would behoove Stanford activists to go beyond the Stanford culture as an explanation for student disinterest. Examining the culture of campus activism and its relationship with the rest of the student body is equally important when discussing why students don’t engage more with activist collectives at Stanford.
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most effectively taught outside the classroom, be incorporated into Stanford undergraduate life. How should Stanford build community? An entire department of the Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to cultivating a rich and meaningful residential experience at Stanford, Residential Education. Through themed houses, Resident Fellows and dorm staff, ResEd tries to create mini-communities that fit students’ needs. It’s funny, though, how an institution that prides itself on commitment to community left me “community-less” for two of my undergraduate years. I lived in Yost my sophomore year; I shared a room with my best friend, and yet, I’d never felt so alone. I didn’t learn the names of the other residents in the dorm until the middle of winter quarter, and I can’t even know for sure that I knew everyone’s name because I think there were some residents that I never met. They will forever remain, in my eyes, the “Ghosts of Yost.” Abroad at Oxford the fall of my junior year, with nothing to glue the residents together into a cohesive unit, I felt that I never really belonged to one of the many cliques that emerged in the second and third week. It didn’t help that
when I returned to campus, I was assigned to live in Oak Creek, two miles away from the heart of campus. It wasn’t until my senior year, when I made the commitment to live in a co-op as a resident in Chi Theta Chi, that I felt like I truly belonged and mattered. If I didn’t do my weekly chore, everyone cared. And if I didn’t show up to my cook crew, my housemates worried. As much as Stanford emphasizes community in its academic and entrepreneurial pursuits, I didn’t find community until my final year. Stanford also struggles to provide students with an adequate mental health support system, as has been covered extensively in the pages of this paper. If loneliness is a feeling more prevalent on this campus than we may acknowledge, then what should residential life at Stanford look like? How can Stanford build true, genuine communities that teach students compassion and accountability while encouraging independence and creativity? We are a generation that spends more time on the computer than doing just about anything else. We ask each other out on dates via email and via text, if we ask each other out on a proper date at all. So I question the motive behind some of Stanford’s recent actions. Is threatening to paint over the murals at the “Social Action through Non-violence” cooperative, Columbae, going to teach students about building community? Does revoking the
Chi Theta Chi lease show students how effective open communication and negotiation can be? Does building a graduate residence like Munger, that looks and feels more like a hotel, make students feel at home? One new massive dining hall, like Arrillaga Commons, may be a more cost-effective and efficient way to feed students, but making a student feel like just another kid in the buffet line doesn’t spark my creative appetite. Andreas Weigend, former chief of technology at Amazon.com, director of the Social Data Lab at Stanford, and former Chi Theta Chi eating associate writes,“Sharing is central to humans. We eat together, learn together, play together.” Our students, the leaders of tomorrow, need to know what it feels like to sit at a dinner table and break bread with their peers in a closeknit, intimate environment. Students need to feel like they own a stake, otherwise they might just pass through their Stanford experience, like I did for my first three years, without feeling anything. If community is what cultivates innovation, then this is where Stanford’s focus should be. Because chances are, one day after they’ve founded and sold a company to Facebook and made a few millions more after investing in another, they’ll be invited to a private dinner to share a toast with the president.
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Freshman pitcher David Schmidt (above) and the No. 12 Stanford baseball squad travel to Salt Lake City for a three-game series against Utah today. The Cardinal hopes to maintain its late-season momentum against the Utes, who are currently sitting in last place in the Pac-12.
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By JOSEPH BEYDA
It’s time for the No. 12 Stanford baseball team to flex its muscles. For the Cardinal (33-14, 14-10 Pac-12), anything less than a sweep would be a disappointment when it heads to Salt Lake City this weekend, with host Utah (14-35, 7-20) floundering in its first year as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The Utes have only one series win all season — taking 1-0 and 3-1 victories against 10th-place USC (22-25, 7-17) in the opening weekend of conference play — and have been outscored 303-198 in the process. Regardless, Stanford will have to avoid the fates suffered by fellow Pac-12 heavyweights Oregon and Arizona, which each dropped a one-run decision to Utah earlier this season. Even one such loss would be crippling for a Cardinal team that still is looking to make up some ground in the conference standings with six games to play. If it maintains its positioning in the Pac-12, Stanford is likely to host a regional, but it still has some work to do if it wants a chance to host one of the eight Super Regionals on its road to Omaha.
No. 10 Oregon is three and a half games ahead of Stanford and has three fewer games left, meaning that any Duck win or Cardinal loss in Pac-12 play would eliminate Stanford’s outright conference title hopes. No. 11 UCLA (36-13, 15-9) and No. 17 Arizona (33-15, 16-8), meanwhile, are still within the Cardinal’s reach. Stanford’s remaining Pac-12 schedule is the easiest of the bunch, but both schools will face the struggling Trojans and UCLA has a date with ninth-place Cal in Berkeley this weekend. After sweeping eighth-place Washington State at Sunken Diamond last weekend, the Cardinal is riding some momentum for a lateseason push like the one it put on in 2011, when the squad won three of its last four conference games. “Our defense has been solid and our pitching has been pretty good,” said sophomore Danny Diekroeger, who had RBI in all three games against the Cougars. “Hopefully our bats can get hot at the right time.” That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday, when Stanford rallied from a 3-2 eighth-inning deficit against the University of San Francisco to upend the Dons 6-3. The game also featured a triple from freshman Dominic Jose, who burst onto the scene against Washington State with two starts and his first career home run, a grand slam. Ever since the season-ending injury to sophomore shortstop Lonnie Kauppila, head coach Mark Marquess has had success with shaking things up in the field.
“I think we’re learning some things,” Marquess said, “and that’s what you need when you get to the postseason.” “Piscotty was the biggest thing,” he added. “We know he can start now.” Junior Stephen Piscotty had a stellar performance in his first career start on Saturday, giving up one earned run in 6.1 innings to earn his third win of the season. Even though Stanford’s starting leftfielder had made several relief appearances before last Saturday, his endurance on the mound, given the Cardinal’s lack of a true third starter, will come in handy down the stretch. Redshirt junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham, who was moved to the Sunday slot after missing a weekend with the flu, also held his own last weekend in his best outing over the last month. Whether or not he moves back to pitching on Saturdays, Mooneyham said the adjustment wasn’t a tough one. “Saturday and Sunday kind of feel like the same day,” he said. “Here at the ballpark the weather’s pretty much the same, the turnout’s pretty much the same. “It’s the same hitters and you’re throwing to [junior catcher Eric] Smith every day, so it doesn’t really matter,” Mooneyham added. In either case, Stanford pitchers are going to match up favorably with their Utah counterparts this weekend. The Utes are clearly the poorest pitching team in the Pac-12, and
en’s swimming coach Skip Kenney was here when Jimmy Carter was president, gas cost under a dollar per gallon and many of our parents were doing “The Hustle” in high school gyms across the country. In a month and a half, he’ll be gone. The famed coach announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending a storied 33 years with the Cardinal that saw him guide 31 straight teams to Pac-10/12 conference titles and bring seven national championships to the Farm. It’s hard to imagine doing the same thing in the same place for that long, and that well. But — not to diminish his achievements — Kenney is not alone in the world of college sports. At Stanford, 13 of our 35 varsity teams are led by a head coach who has held that position for at least 10 years. Baseball’s Mark Marquess, in the home stretch of his 36th year as the Cardinal’s lead man, is the only coach who has been here longer than Kenney, with women’s basketball’s Tara VanDerveer having held her post for 26 seasons. When a coach shows that kind of commitment to a program — and to a university — you’ve got to imagine that it trickles down to the players. The fans definitely appreciate it too, especially in big-name sports like football or men’s basketball, where there’s always a bigger buck to be made at the pro level. That’s why coaches like Mike Krzyzewski, who has been with Duke men’s basketball for 32 years, become the faces of their respective sports. Despite his recent fall from grace, Joe Paterno’s 46 years at Penn State made him a local demigod and a household name across the country. Football is the one sport in which too much of a good thing has never benefitted Stanford. The Cardinal has never held on to a football coach for 10 years, and even though you can’t blame football minds like John Ralston, Bill Walsh and Jim Harbaugh for leaving to go to the NFL, it sure would be nice to have some continuity of the type that Kenney brought to men’s swimming. Stanford will never be able to compete financially with many other coaching destinations, given its rightful commitment to academics. That’s why, when David Shaw was hired as head coach a year ago, Cardinal fans got a particularly warm feeling inside when he said, “I wanted this to be my last head coaching interview ever.” What about our athletic direc-
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MEN READY FOR ROUND OF 16
By DASH DAVIDSON
WOMEN IN QUARTERFINALS
By DAVID PEREZ
The Stanford men’s tennis team begins the final chapter of its season tomorrow when it plays its sweet sixteen match against the University of Kentucky. Held at the University of Georgia in Athens, tomorrow’s round of 16 will kick off the season-finale NCAA championship tournament. Stanford (19-8, 5-2 Pac-12) is seeded No. 11 and will be the underdogs in its match against the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats (28-5, 11-0 SEC). Friday’s match against Kentucky will be the second time the Cardinal and Wildcats have faced each other this season. Their first battle was on Feb. 19 in the consolation round of the National Team Indoor Championships. Stanford won that match 4-1 in what was arguably the team’s most impressive victory of the season. Stanford will be coming into the match following two solid wins last weekend against Sacramento State and Santa Clara in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament held here on the Farm. Momentum has been a fickle thing for the Cardinal this year, with its longest winning streak lasting a mere four matches. Although its winning streaks may not be long, Stanford has only lost consecutive matches twice on the season, both times coming against top-ranked UCLA and USC. One of the story lines this week will surely revolve around Cardinal senior
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Junior Matt Kandath (above) and the No. 11 Stanford men’s tennis crew will face No. 6 Kentucky in the NCAA tournament round of 16 on Saturday. The Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 4-1 earlier this year in one of its most impressive victories of the regular season.
Bradley Klahn, who will be returning to the same Athens courts where he won the 2010 NCAA singles championship. As was also the case back then, Stanford will be relying heavily on Klahn to anchor what has been a very unpredictable and constantly changing lineup cobbled together by head coach John Whitlinger. Recent matches have shown Whitlinger flexible view on his team’s composition, as evidenced by the many different doubles matchups and singles orders that Whitlinger employs, including splitting up the potent doubles combo of
The Stanford women’s tennis team defeated Northwestern 4-1 in the NCAA tournament round of 16 yesterday morning. With the victory, the Cardinal advanced into the quarterfinals, where it will see a rematch against Pac-12 co-champion USC. Four-seed Stanford (21-1, 9-1 Pac-12) and five-seed USC (23-3, 9-1) shared the Pac-12 regular season title this year, as both teams finished with only one loss in the conference. That one loss for the Trojans was a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Cardinal just over a month ago. Stanford’s side of the bracket now includes only teams from the Pac-12, as California and UCLA are set to face off against each other in the quarterfinal round. No Pac-12 teams are on the other side of the bracket. That side does include Florida though, the team that Stanford has faced in the finals each of the past two years. History seems to be repeating itself, as the Cardinal’s game against Northwestern was also a rematch of last year’s round of 16, when top overall seed Stanford took well over four hours to beat Northwestern 4-2. Stanford reached four points much quicker this year behind two-set victories from sophomore Nicole Gibbs, freshman Ellen Tsay, and junior Stacey Tan. As the third-ranked singles player in the nation, Gibbs comfortably defeated junior Kate Turvy, the No. 20 singles player, in straights sets
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his struggles, and needs to ignite his bat down the stretch run to become a regular contributor once again. The Utes saw an uptick in their own offensive production on Tuesday against in-state foe Utah Valley, which came into the matchup riding a 32-game win streak. Also the worst hitting team in the Pac-12 with a team batting average of .248, Utah rallied from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Wolverines, which coincidentally hold the best batting average in the country (.348), 11-10. The Cardinal is 23-1 when outhitting its opponents, so if Stanford can best Utah at the plate it should continue its winning ways and push the Pac-12 race right down to the wire. Tonight’s opener in Salt Lake City is scheduled for 5 p.m. PDT, with a 3 p.m. start tomorrow and an 11:30 a.m. finale on Sunday. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda @stanford.edu. back courts this season. The Stanford men’s tennis team is the most storied program in the history of college tennis, having won a record 18 national championships. The Cardinal’s success shows in its incredible 102-17 all-time record in the NCAA tournament. In recent years, however, Stanford has uncharacteristically underachieved in the NCAAs. Last season’s quarterfinal was deepest the team has gone since 2006. The last time the Cardinal won the whole thing and took home the NCAA crown was back in 2000, twelve long years ago. Tomorrow’s match against Kentucky will be a tough test for what has been an unpredictable Stanford team thus far this season. The Cardinal will square off against Kentucky at 1 p.m. PDT. Contact Dash Davidson at dashd @stanford.edu.
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their 5.30 ERA is the worst in the conference by over half a point, despite the presence of two second-year starters in junior righthanders Brock Duke and Joe Pond. The Cardinal still has some hitters of note who have put together underwhelming seasons and could really gain some confidence off those Utah hurlers. Kenny Diekroeger, winner of the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award, is batting .291, the worst mark of his career, and at just .239, outfielder Tyler Gaffney’s batting average is down nearly a hundred points from a season ago. Gaffney, who helped lead Stanford past Kansas State and No. 8 Cal State-Fullerton in its 2011 regional, only got one start last weekend in light of
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with scores of 7-5 and 6-3. Following suit, Tsay dominated against junior Brittany Wowchuk on court three while Tan beat sophomore Veronica Corning on court four. “We’re just happy to have won today,” said head coach Lele Forood. “We have to tighten up some things . . . if we are going to be contenders here.” Sophomore All-American Kristie Ahn did not make an appearance in Thursday’s match, and her condition is still day-to-day. She has been out with a foot injury for almost the entire year, but the coaches have not ruled out the possibility of her playing at some point during this tournament. Stanford started the day the right way by seizing the doubles point, which it did not do in last year’s meeting. Burdette and Gibbs highlighted the doubles play, winning 8-1 on court one. The doubles team of Tsay and Tan also managed to defeat the Wildcat duo of Wowchuk and sophomore Nida Hamilton 8-5. The duo of Burdette and Gibbs has something to prove in Saturday’s match with USC, as the Trojans’ top team beat the pair in the finals of this year’s Pac-12 doubles championship. “We’re hoping it’s USC [in the quarterfinals] for a little bit of a Pac-12 grudge match,” Gibbs said prior to USC’s 4-1 win over Baylor in the round of 16. The upcoming match against USC should be considerably tougher with the stakes increasing in the deeper rounds of the NCAA tournament. Stanford will square off against the Trojans in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 9 a.m. PDT in Athens, GA. Contact David Perez at davidp3 @stanford.edu.
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Klahn and fellow senior Ryan Thacher, who finished as the runners-up in last years NCAA doubles championship. As has been the case with several of Stanford’s matches lately, the back singles courts — beyond the stable top-three singles trio of Klahn, Thacher, and junior Matt Kandath — will undoubtedly prove pivotal in determining the success of the team. The three underclassmen that have been manning those back courts for Stanford — freshmen John Morrissey, Robert Stinemann and sophomore Daniel Ho — have all played like seasoned upperclassmen and have been steady winners, contributing to the team’s .580 winning percentage on the
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Freshman Ellen Tsay (above) and the fourth-seed Stanford women’s tennis team beat Northwestern 4-1 in the NCAA tournament round of 16 and will now move on to the quarterfinals to battle fifth-seed USC.
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tor? There are several possible successors to Bob Bowlsby, who is leaving to head the Big 12 next month, but my guess is that Stanford will consider longevity one of the most important factors in making its decision. Again, you can’t blame Bowlsby for bolting after six very successful years, but wouldn’t it be nice to have another Ted Leland (1991-2005) or Al Masters (192563) at the helm after his relatively short tenure? The only way that’s going to happen is if the new athletic director has deeper ties to Stanford, ties that can’t be broken by money alone. Marquess, for example, has been so successful in his nearly 40 years as the baseball head coach that he must have attracted some attention from a professional team or a college with deeper pockets along the way. A former two-sport
athlete on the Farm, however, Marquess has stayed put at his alma mater and continued to build a winning tradition here. That’s why I was skeptical when West Virgina athletic director Oliver Luck (who, by the way, said Thursday that he wasn’t interested in the Stanford job) became one of the biggest names thrown out there to replace Bowlsby. Two of his kids have been very successful Cardinal athletes, but that’s not going to keep him here for the long haul. My guess is that, if Stanford’s next athletic director isn’t an inside hire, it will be a former Cardinal athlete or long-time coach. Now that Bowlsby has extended Stanford’s winning tradition to football, it’s time for someone to carry the torch for the long haul. Skip Kenney, you interested? Joseph Beyda is really just hoping that Dave Chappelle will be Stanford’s next athletic director.Tell him about your favorite Chappelle’s Show moments at email@example.com.
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TOP 5: SCARIEST ANIMATED DISNEY CHARACTERS
Remember all those years of cringing away from the television as you watched VHS animated movies and the evil characters chanted their theme songs? Yeah, we and our beloved stuffed animals do, too. Luckily, we can usually count on Disney to give its villains their just deserts. Read on for Intermission’s top picks of the creepiest, meanest animated Disney foes.
Spiker and Sponge in “James and Giant Peach.”
Most of this story is pretty awful, too, but the abusive aunts who take custody of James after his orphaning runin with a rhinoceros are especially awful. They force him to work all day, threaten to beat him and eventually try to kill him. Luckily they are wrapped up in spider silk and arrested, which shows that law enforcement really is looking out for the well-being of the psychedelics.
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n a recent Monday morning in Drama 103: Beginning Improvisation, two students sit on stage as their classmates watch. They’ve volunteered to act out an exercise about “status.” For example, a British lord would probably play “high” status, while an indentured servant most likely plays “low.” Standing on the side, teacher Dan Klein ’91 instructs the two to try to “one up” each other in status. They begin discussing their majors. “Oh, you’re a psych major?” the girl asks, one knee crossed over the other haughtily. “That’s so cute,’” Klein suggests. “That’s so cute,” she utters sweetly, rife with condescension. The class laughs, marveling at the transformation of the (otherwise kindhearted) student. Klein makes suggestions in a gentle voice. When he speaks in front of the class, his arms hang by his sides innocuously, and when he talks, there’s an irrepressible smile on his lips. He has a certain peacefulness about him; it’s the stillness of limbs, yes, and the steady deliverance of his words, but one gets the sense it’s something within. Klein is the kind of guy you want to ask, what’s it all about? Where does one find such serenity, such unspoken happiness? Long gone is the middle school theater director shrilly commanding his students to enunciate. Klein is like the Buddhist master of theater, but instead of daily meditation, his practice of choice is improvisation. But as it turns out, the two have more in common than you might think. How does one get “professional improviser” on a business card? For Klein, it started, incidentally, when he was a sophomore at Stanford and took Drama 103. “There was a girl involved,” he admits. A good friend of his. “She was funny and playful, and I sort of had this crush on her.” He smiles. “It was thrilling, it was scary. I never really fully let go when I first took it. I got the idea that I’m so supposed to talk without thinking beforehand, without editing and censoring, but I still couldn’t quite
Scar from “Lion King.”
Spoiler alert! He killed Mufasa. This probably goes without saying, given the fratricide incident, but this is the cruelest lion to ever grace the big screen. From his habit of sadistically toying with his prey to his dumb hyena coven to the way he leads the kingdom of Pride Rock into a period of starvation and sorrow, he’s a backstabbing dictator of an uncle.
The wolves in “Beauty and the Beast.”
They wait in the dark, two-dimensional woods, teeth gnashing, and then pounce on the smartest female character to grace the Disney opus. These wolves are the source of 85 percent of lupophobes. Plus, because they’re not technically the villains of the story, they survive to circle the castle for all eternity!
let go.” Then, in the beginning of junior year, Klein suffered a serious car accident and had to miss a full year of school. As part of his recovery for his head injury the following year, he took different types of classes to stimulate different parts of his brain. That’s when he remembered improv. Problem was, you weren’t allowed to take the class a second time. He thought he found a solution when the teacher at the time, Patricia Ryan, asked him to be her teaching assistant. He recalls sitting in class on that first day. “Dan, will you be the TA?” Ryan asked. Another guy named Dan stood up. “Sure,” he answered. Luckily, other-Dan was absent at the second class. Dan Klein got the job. He would TA the next year, too. That quarter he joined Ryan as she created SImps — a quasiacronym (at Stanford? who knew!) for the | continued on page 4 |
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Frollo in “The Hunchback of NotreDame.”
Actually, the entire film is a sordid, age-inappropriate romp. The movie’s redeeming innovation is having the hero be ugly, but we have Victor Hugo to thank for that. But you can just tell that the minister of justice is evil because he is old and has an accent, sure indicators in the Disney world that we’re dealing with a villain. Frollo kills the baby hunchback’s mother and tries to kill him too, but instead keeps Quasimodo cooped up Rapunzelstyle. He constantly sings about hell even as he lusts after gypsies. This guy is evil and claims the support of the government and the religious powers, which only compounds his power.
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Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.”
This manipulative octopus-human hybrid takes Ariel’s voice and then transforms herself into a beautiful raven-haired woman to steal Prince Eric’s heart away from bumbling little mute Ariel. A chameleon-villain is the worst kind of villain because she can even look pretty. Most villains are ugly, according to Disney, so when surface appearance can be altered, you’d better watch out.
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’m going to focus on the 180 seconds in my life that started the race towards my destiny,” said designer and Stanford grad Jason Mayden ’11. “It was an event that’s rather played out in impoverished neighborhoods, but for me, it became the catalyst towards my goals and dreams.” At TEDxStanford 2012 this coming Friday, Mayden will share with the Stanford community how this life-changing experience set him on the correct path toward achieving his goal of designing Air Jordan sneakers. Current director of innovation for Nike Inc.’s Digital Sport, Mayden will exhibit the various steps to success he has taken, ranging from community involvement to his fellowship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). A native of the South Side of Chicago, Mayden grew up with a knack for two things: sports and creativity. In love with sneaker culture, Mayden aspired to the ultimate goal in footwear: to design Air Jordan sneakers. To accomplish this goal, Mayden packed his bags and left for design school, where he majored in industrial design with a minor in graphic design. “I got an internship at Nike, and there I immediately began to work towards my goal of designing the Air Jordan,” Mayden said. Working his way up the corporate food chain, Mayden eventually achieved that goal, obtaining the position of senior
attended the Graduate School of Business, and it was always in the back of my mind as the place where dreams come true.”
footwear/innovation designer for Jordan Brand. Mayden’s creativity shines through in pairs of J’s such as the “Old School” and the “Air Jordan 2009,” as well as signature kicks Courtesy SoleCollector for L.A. Clipper point guard, Chris Paul, and New York Yankee shortstop, Derek Jeter. However, Mayden’s aspirations did not end at Jordan. He aimed his sights and applied to the Stanford GSB. “Stanford, to me, was just as big of a destination or opportunity as Nike was,” Mayden said. “I knew it was a place where I could become what I wanted to become. I knew Phil Knight [the founder of Nike] had
In 2010, Mayden entered the GSB as a Sloan Fellow and received a master’s degree in science with a concentration in general management. For a couple of years, Mayden was another student on campus who loved to chill in the same places students today know and love. “I was always sneaking my way over to Arrillaga to play ball or hang out,” he said. “Another interesting place is Tresidder! I loved it. I loved sitting there and just people-watching. Looking at all the people come and go, wondering to myself, what are their goals? What are their dreams?” With an obvious interest in people, it is no wonder Mayden is inclined toward community involvement. At Jordan, he was the lead designer for the Doernbecher Freestyle, a project with Nike and the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “[The Doernbecher footwear] directly connects to a charity and to kids that need it the most,” he said. “I’m so fortunate to be a part of the process, and each year that’s my favorite shoe. There’s nothing more special to me than seeing a kid’s face light up when they see this design or sketch that’s inspired
by them and to make them feel like they’re the celebrities, that they’re the athletes — I would look at that as the best product that I’ve worked on.” In addition to his work for the Doernbecher project, Mayden is a mentor for Big Brother’s Big Sisters and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. However, he has a different take on his mentoring role. “Most people give back to help those who are less fortunate,” he said. “I give back because I feel like I would be less fortunate if I didn’t allow myself to learn and see what other people are struggling with and what other people are concerned about. I remind myself of how much more I can give, how blessed I am and how far I’ve come. It really keeps me grounded and focused on identifying what’s best. I don’t look at is as giving back; I look at it as mentoring and cultivating the next generation of great, responsible, ethical leaders.” Blessed with artistic inspiration and a drive for success, Mayden has succeeded in ways others have only dreamed of. His story of achievement continues to this day, as he currently holds the role of director of innovation at the developing Nike Digital Sport. His focus on great things to come runs parallel to his wish to collaborate with such innovators as the street artist Banksy, fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. High aspirations in impressive company exhibit Mayden’s way of thinking — a thinking that is evident in the advice he offers to | continued on page 4 | friday may 18 2012
CONTINUED FROM “KLEIN,” PAGE 2 Stanford Improvisers — a campus improv troupe that’s still thriving today. “After my car accident, I had a different sense of what it meant to take a risk. Like, the idea of saying something in front of a group of classmates I hadn’t edited yet wasn’t quite as scary as getting hit by a drunk driver on El Camino. And so I was able to let go, just a little bit more, and I felt, I just kind of got it,” Klein recalls, beaming. His foray into improv has since blossomed into a career not only teaching Stanford students, but also leading workshops around the world. He recalls performing in front of Japanese dental implant salesmen using translator headphones (there’d be a joke, followed by a few seconds of painful silence, and then finally, laughter); performing on a highdefinition video conference in Copenhagen; performing alongside the CEO of the Nordic Stock Exchange in Stockholm after a workshop. “How did I get here?” he remembers thinking. Stanford students, Klein says, offer a particular gift. “When I tell students to shoot for average and fail cheerfully, I can feel this burden being lifted, and it’s one of my favorite things about teaching this population in particular,” he says. For a university marked by its high academic standards and its career-driven students, it’s tempting to think the cores of improv are incongruent, even contradictory, with the Stanford mentality. But Klein is quick to point out that the improv spirit is embraced on many levels. He brings up Patricia Ryan. During her thirty years teaching at Stanford, she formed a fruitful alliance with the product design faculty. What has emerged in part out of that relationship is the d.school, which Klein sees as the embodiment of improv’s spirit of collaboration, the notion of allowing mistakes to be gifts and a selfless desire “to make your partner look good.” But perhaps the most surprising thing to learn from this improv expert is that very little of improv is being funny. “That’s really about a third of it, if that,” he says. That’s also one of the hurdles of teaching newcomers to the practice: They come in believing that to succeed as improvisers, they have to be relentlessly funny. Having traveled around the world, Klein has come to believe that anyone’s capable of being funny. How? It turns out some of the funniest moments come from just being authentic. “I’m addicted to the pure, honest moments in the classroom when someone discovers something right there; it’s totally fresh and unexpected, and it surprises them, and it gets a huge house laugh . . . That’s what I’m going for. And I find that moment comes from anyone.” Klein admits it’s the laughs that got him into it. But he’s come to realize that improv is about so much more than that. “What I really love is changing for the audience’s emotion,” he says. “Laughter is the easiest one to hear, but to do something that has an effect on the audience, that’s really amazing.” There’s a distinctly humanist element to how Klein explains improv. In some ways it’s even spiritual. He discusses “masks,” the characters people put on to obscure their true selves, not just in performance but in life. “To be as simple as possible, some people hide by retreating, and some people hide by advancing,” he explains. The great beauty of improv, and theater by extension, is that it allows people to peel away their defenses. If there’s an irony to this, that the artifice of the stage gives voice to this wonderful authenticity, it’s quite a fascinating one. The core of theater, Klein says, is about connecting and being authentic. There’s got to be something truthful at the core of the performance. That’s where the humor comes in: when an audience is watching a person, a performer, “having an authentic reaction in the moment.” In the process, Klein has learned a thing or two about humans. He recalls being intimidated 12 years ago when he first started leading workshops with corporations. He expected these people to be serious, highpowered, demanding, critical. It took a while to realize that every group is just people. Everyone, even the most high-powered CEO, has insecurities, things they’re working on and strengths. And most importantly, “everyone needs to be witnessed.” Klein’s great ability is to create a space where people can feel safe taking a risk, in front of colleagues or even strangers. “I can’t believe this is my job; I really can’t believe it,” he says. “It’s almost like all those lessons about improv really were true: say yes, pay attention, notice what are the offers and gifts, make use of the mistakes and twists and turns and see where it takes you. And it’s kind of amazing that I find that it’s taken me here, where I literally get to play every day, and that’s my job.” Klein smiles wide. “Whatever it was that made me feel like this was valuable and worthwhile to me, I think this is really true for other people. People want to connect with each other. They want permission to mess up and do it together and be witnessed. And they want to sometimes be brilliant and have it be okay if they’re not. “I’m just lucky,” he continues. “I think improvisers are lucky because some of the skills improvisers are taught actually make you luckier. You’re able to notice more things, you’re able to turn negative things into positive things and you’re more likely to connect with people and increase the chances of something fortuitous happening.” He leans over and whispers: “That’s what my Ted Talk is about.” How does one become a professional improviser? Klein might give you this simple advice: by being an improviser in life. To improvise is to say yes, embrace mistakes, live in the moment and listen, closely, to others. Is it any wonder, then, that students flock to Klein’s classes and, at the tail end, marvel at how much they’ve grown not just as improvisers, but as people? Perhaps this proves that the essence of improv is authenticity, which everyone possesses in bucket loads. And how about Klein’s remarkable serenity? That, too, is solvable. When you’ve chosen to live with fresh eyes, keen ears and an open heart, and what’s more, spend your time giving these abilities, these gifts, to others, you court a lot of good in your life. And surely, a lot of laughs. — alex BAYER
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CONTINUED FROM “MAYDEN,” PAGE 3 Stanford students. “Dream out loud,” he said. “A lot of times, when you go to a university, so many people have big dreams and big goals, but what’s funny about it is that so many people keep it inside of themselves because they don’t know if people will think their goals are attainable. At Stanford, people are typically more outspoken than the average person, so you have the ability to dream out loud.” An athlete, artist, designer, mentor, observer and collaborator, Jason Mayden has experienced quite a bit. The events that sparked him to leave Chicago and the paths that have led him to Jordan, Nike and Stanford will be unveiled on Friday, May 19, at his TEDxStanford talk. — isaac HALYARD
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parents,” she said, “is leading to the underconstruction of young adults” who followed a “checklisted childhood” of demanding expectations devised by parents, schools and society. Lythcott-Haims wants to help parents understand that “their job as parents is to put themselves out of a job,” to step back enough that they don’t get in the way of their child’s creativity and self-discovery. She also has a message for young people: The way to lead an authentic life is to know yourself and have the courage to be true to yourself. Everyone, she said, needs the process of self-discovery, to learn to focus on what is meaningful and to follow through. Lythcott-Haims underwent a similar process: After earning her undergraduate degree in 1989 from Stanford and then a law degree at Harvard, she began practicing law in Silicon Valley. It was lucrative and prestigious, she recalled, but after four years, “I was miserable. It was difficult to turn away and say I’m choosing something different.” But she did, | continued on page 7 | strong emphasis on advocacy, it has changed to producing more physical products. “Unlike just donating money or items, the key difference in development is designing products that have value,” she said. D-Rev’s design process focuses on creating value from human needs. From using medical devices to address jaundice in infants to rubber knee joints for amputees, DRev’s approach is to constantly try to improve its products and the way they are integrated in the life of the user. For Donaldson, understanding for whom one is designing is critical. To gain this understanding, Donaldson goes straight to the source. | continued on page 6 |
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hen you’re a young adult, your own voice needs to be the strongest one you hear. It is your college experience to own, to have agency over — you need to be the author of it,” said Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, known affectionately as Dean Julie, who will speak at Stanford inaugural TEDx event this Saturday. The charismatic LythcottHaims is taking her own advice — listening to her own voice — as she leaves Stanford at the end of this quarter to embark on a new career: writing. In fact, she plans to use her TEDx talk to “try out ideas with the audience” for a book she hopes to write about the role of parents in the lives of college students and young adults. “The over-involvement of
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mid bright green rubber and metal mechanisms, a prosthetic leg leaning on a table and muffled noises from the back room, Krista Donaldson, CEO of D-Rev, a nonprofit that develops products to help the health and income of the impoverished on a global level, is busy at work. For Donaldson, who will be a speaker at Stanford’s first-ever TEDx conference, working at DRev is exactly what she wanted to do. Donaldson, who also currently serves as a lecturer and researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (“the d.school”), knew from
the start that she wanted to be involved in the intersection of technology and development. “It’s funny — you usually hear about people making a big discovery about what they want to do, but, for me, I’ve always been interested in engineering for social good,” Donaldson said. “It really started when I was at Vanderbilt and led an alternative spring break trip that got me thinking about how to involve public interest in engineering,” she added. Donaldson’s enthusiasm led her on a journey in design, both in the United States and abroad.
After becoming the first intern at KickStart International, an organization aimed at using product development and design to eradicate poverty, Donaldson spent four years working in Kenya. The lessons she learned in Kenya have influenced her philosophy on design and engineering for change. “My time in Kenya made me take a more systematic approach to design, from the input to the output,” she said. “It made me see the critical questions, such as who is selling the product, who is going to be paying for it, how do we know that the product will be used correctly — if at all? “For social innovation, you have to get at the core; you have to use product design and development with a renewed look at the
social sector,” she added. Through her innovative ideas and passion, Donaldson was awarded a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to use her unique perspective on design and engineering in Iraq. Her time abroad also gave her insight to making a meaningful impact through design. “It really is where rubber meets the road,” Donaldson said with a laugh. “The products need to be manufacturable.” “You need to bear in mind that you are designing products in emerging markets and for populations that haven’t used that product,” she said. Donaldson’s experiences have led to a change in D-Rev’s philosophy. Though D-Rev once had a
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ne of the most exciting and avant-garde events at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival was the live documentary presentation of director Sam Green’s “The Love Song for R. Buckminster Fuller.” It screened twice at the SFMOMA on May 1, a presentation facilitated in tandem with the SFMOMA, which has a current exhibit on Buckminster Fuller in the Bay Area. Sam Green provided live voice-over commentary for the film, and indie rock band Yo La Tengo performed the film’s score
live. In this setting, the film became a hybrid of cinema and theatre and the images on screen more like a visual aid to a live performance than a stand-alone piece. Buckminster Fuller was the quintessential Renaissance man: a designer, thinker, architect, innovator, writer and lecturer decades ahead of his time. Although perhaps most widely known for his thick, black glasses and geodesic domes, Fuller’s legacy extends far beyond that. He was a strong proponent of big-picture thinking and was, in many ways, a champion of
design thinking. Although some of his ideas can be easily dismissed as far-fetched, the point wasn’t always to build everything he proposed but to expand people’s horizons about how they think about the world and making things work. As we learn through the film, Fuller kept an archive of all of his activities — including every receipt, every memo and every television appearance — in what is now known as the Dymaxion Chronofile. It is the most extensive archive of any single person’s activities, owned and housed by Stanford University’s libraries, and was the primary source material for the film and the exhibit. There are excerpts in the film showing Buckminster Fuller meeting the hippies on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, as well as some of his television appearances. The film is essentially a montage of photographs and archival footage of Fuller and his work, with a few present-day interviews with scholars of the Chronofile. The difficulty with both the SFMOMA exhibit and Green’s film is that, by choosing to focus on Fuller in the Bay Area, they have also chosen to ignore the greater context of his work. In fact, Green did not interview anyone for his documentary who actually knew or worked with Fuller personally, despite the fact that many of them
are still alive and active. Without this context, it becomes far too easy to dismiss him and some of his farfetched ideas as the products of a crackpot rather than an innovator trying to challenge the status quo. For example, the World Games workshops Fuller ran — where motivated people came together to hear him speak, get inspired and work to solve the world’s biggest problems from food security to sustainable development — weren’t in the Bay Area, and thus they are altogether ignored in the film. Because Fuller’s concept of “Spaceship Earth,” a place that we all have to share with limited resources that we need to preserve, was not a Bay Area specific idea, it too is ignored.
Yet these are two of Fuller’s key legacies and proof that he was a leading-edge thinker. The reference to T.S. Eliot’s “Love Song for J. Alfred Prufrock”, a poem about a lovable but pathetic man, in the film’s title is no coincidence. It’s sadly an apt metaphor for Green’s view of Fuller: affectionate, but somewhat unimpressed. Perhaps the film would have done better to draw its inspiration from the Beatles’ song “Fool on the Hill,” in what could have been a much less ignorantly critical ode to Fuller without ignoring his controversial idiosyncrasies. — alexandra HEENEY
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CONTINUED FROM “DONALDSON,” PAGE 5 “When we went to India, we asked a young man about his thoughts on the knee joint, and he said that he didn’t like the clicking sound that the knee joints made since it made it hard for him to blend in,” Donaldson said. “We took what he said and designed a new version that doesn’t make any noise, and now the prosthetic leg blends in better.” This philosophy on the intersection between engineering and international development is one that Donaldson is excited to share at Stanford’s TEDx conference. “I am honored to be asked to speak at the conference,” Donaldson said. “I think it’s going to be a really good dialogue that is going to push us to think about the role of technology and ingenuity in society.” Donaldson said she believes that engineering and design are powerful tools that can bring about social change and make a true impact. “It’s really inspiring because everyday, everywhere you look, you see something that has been developed on some level by an engineer,” she said. Using engineering and design in an affordable, effective way for social good is what Donaldson and D-Rev continue to explore. “Enabling people to help themselves is what it’s really about,” Donaldson said. — issra OMER
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ne late night in the summer of 2009, I sat bleary-eyed and jittery over a rickety card table in my parents’ basement. I’d been there for what felt like days. A completely disassembled Xbox 360 lay strewn in pieces before me, each component resting gently on its own six-inch square of newspaper. A clap of thunder rattled the window as I steadied the screwdriver in my hand. By the next morning, I’d brought a console back from the brink of death — and even managed to trick it out with a new heat sink and some other goodies. I’m hardly a bona fide techie, and frankly, that was some hard shit. But when that pile of bolts sparked to life and I heard that disc drive purr . . . let me tell you, it felt damn good. Most people don’t ever think to open up a console. Or a phone, a calculator or even an alarm clock — and certainly not a proper computer. But as anyone who’s built a PC from scratch can tell you, there’s an unexpected emotionality to the experience of powering something on when you can think to yourself, I had a hand in making that. If more people are going to experience that quiet euphoria,
the barrier for entry needs to be lower. People also need a better reason to break out the toolkit in the first place — in this era of massproduced laptops and AppleCare, we’re getting used to the (very incorrect) idea that if we ever want a different experience from our computer, we should just hand it to a Genius or pony up for the next year’s model. And with the way we are taught to use our technology — companies emphasize computergenerated software more than parents encourage their kids to be astronauts — we occupy ourselves with software-based tech start-ups and settle for the hardware they hand us. For better or worse, we’re sheltered from ever encountering the inner workings of a computer, even as we become increasingly dependent on them. Ironically, that trend is concurrent with an almost opposite one: Hardware prices have absolutely plummeted in recent years, and it’s never been easier to
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piece together computer parts from different marketplaces on the Web. For the mainstream consumer, we need something in between those disparate extremes. Something, that is to say, must change. I have to wonder if console manufacturers could make the difference — after all, it certainly would’ve made that summer night a little less nerve-wracking if my Xbox had beenmeant to be opened. For the uninitiated, it might be instructive to explain what a radical shift it would be for a company like Nintendo or Sony to sell a console with exchangeable components. Since their inception, video game consoles have been all about minimizing maintenance and maximizing entertainment. You sit down on your couch, turn the thing on and forget about it — there are no files to manage, no drivers to hunt down and certainly no
graphics cards to update. It’s a trade-off, of course. It opens the gaming experience to more people, but closes off the technical tweaking that enthusiasts crave. (And let’s be honest: A unified, simple device is always going to be easier to market.) I should note that modifiable consoles aren’t entirely hypothetical, but most historical examples are fairly cringe-worthy. The Sega Genesis 32X was overpriced and under-supported, while the Nintendo 64 disc drive never even saw release outside of Japan. The Nintendo 64 also had an interesting expansion pack to add a whopping four megabytes of RAM, but only two games ever truly took advantage of it. The only example in the current generation might be the PlayStation 3, which allows users to swap in a new hard drive. Those examples are outdated and mostly superficial, and the industry has changed since they came along. I’m not sure if the industry is ready for properly customizable consoles, but at the very least, it’s time to re-evaluate the question. — nate ADAMS
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CONTINUED FROM “DEAN,” PAGE 5 joining the administration at Stanford. Now she is embarking on a new challenge: earning a master’s of fine arts and pursuing writing, in particular poetry, at a master of fine arts program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. When she was a freshman, her professors said her writing needed a lot of work — “and they were right,” she said — so she set about improving it. “The things we fear feel like a big wave we’re running away from, and I had to turn around and face the wave,” she said. In 2007, she read a poetry collection by Lucille Clifton called “Good Woman.” Never before a poetry fan, she was mesmerized, recognizing a voice that resonated with her own. She began writing her own song lyrics. Now her poetry touches on identity issues, relationships and political commentary. incredible legacy at Stanford, espe“When you get to be my age, cially with the Reflections program you appreciate more and more she created for future classes. The that life is short, and if there’s a biggest lesson? “Things are going voice telling you there’s something to go wrong, but you’ll be okay,” out there you want to do, you have she said. “You’ll learn from it — to listen,” Lythcott-Haims said. But that is what life is about.” she won’t lose sight of her time at — katie KRAMON Stanford — “it has been a great contact katie: laboratory and observatory” — email@example.com and wants to use what she has learned here to make a difference elsewhere. She leaves an friday may 18 2012
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chool may be out for our friends at semester schools, but here at Stanford we’re still working, playing and getting hard. Roxy’s midterm schedule may be unrelenting, but so is her desire to party. And fortunately, this coming weekend offers plenty of opportunity — here’s how to get the most out of (and get the most action during) the next few days. Durandom Hookup What more could Roxy possibly want out of a party? No explanation needed. Frost Revival Concert Stanford Concert Network hopes that the upcoming concert in Frost will restore the venue, which hosted the Grateful Dead in the 1970s, to its former glory. Roxy’s more concerned with whether there will also be a revival of the ’70s attitudes about free love. If so, there are plenty of conveniently located trees and bushes to explore en route to a little one-on-one exploration, and no need to be modest. For those of you who missed Coachella, Frost Revival will be a great chance to channel the hipster inside you — but fortunately for those also trying to get inside a hipster, people will probably have showered more recently (Roxy likes it dirty in all but the literal sense). More into high profile than hipster? Roxy certainly wouldn’t be coy about hooking up with a
member of Modest Mouse. She’s willing to accept a little competition — Roxy knows she’s the one who’s going to end up in the “little motel” or, more likely, a megafancy hotel downtown after the show. Bay to Breakers Every year, Stanford students make the pilgrimage to San Francisco to participate in Bay to Breakers. The event provides a pretense for every undergrad’s favorite hobbies: day drinking and wearing costumes.
Of course, the only thing better than putting on rally is taking it off. Bay to Breakers may technically be a race, but for Roxy, it’s more about the journey than the destination. After all the drinking and running around, not everyone reaches the official finish line — but there are plenty of opportunities to finish elsewhere. Have your own, private marathon somewhere along the course. Starting to feel that your current hook-up is a little stagnant? There’s no better opportunity to get some fresh air than by hooking up outside. It’s definitely going to be a big weekend. Roxy’s got enough stamina . . . do you? Looking to train for your “marathon” at Bay to Breakers? Roxy’s got plenty of experience. Schedule some one-on-one workouts at Intermission@stanforddaily.com.
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