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Frost fills for Modest Mouse
Stanford Concert Network records profit
By LUCAS OSWALD profit from ticket sales. “All profits will go into a fund for next year’s festival,” she said. Frost was open not only to Stanford students and affiliates, but also the general public. “The crowd that the musical artists drew is really fun,” Elizabeth Matus ’14 said at the show. “Lots of people from the city showed up, and I really don’t feel like I’m at school at all.” Attendees came not just for the music, but the atmosphere, as well. Frost is a renowned venue that has had an illustrious history of visiting artists, and its revival was long anticipated. “I had never heard of the first two artists but I was still really excited to come enjoy them,” said Emily Kizzia, ’12. “I would have come for any artist. I really came for the incredible vibes.” For most students, Frost had been mostly forgotten, as very few
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Modest Mouse headlined the Frost Revival Music and Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon at the Laurence Frost Amphitheater, marking the first time the venue had been used for this large of an event since the 1980s. The festival was planned by the Stanford Concert Network (SCN) and featured musical performances by Modest Mouse, Eyes Lips Eyes and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. In addition to the musical performers, Frost Amphitheater also housed numerous large-scale student art projects. According to SCN co-director Alberto Aroeste ’13, organizers sold 4,500 tickets in presale. The amphitheater has a capacity of 5,400. Katie Chabolla, SCN’s financial officer, confirmed there was a
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Frost Revival, sponsored by the Stanford Concert Network, aimed to bring large-scale concerts back to Frost Amphitheater. Saturday’s event, with nearly 5,000 attendees, was the first of its size for Frost since the 1980s.
events are held there and none come close to filling its huge capacity. “The biggest event I’ve been to at Frost before this was senior wine tasting,” Kizzia said. “That’s how I realized how incredible this event was going to be. I didn’t really know it was there before. And the fact that you can’t see any part of campus from inside makes me really feel like I’m not on campus.” During the past two New Student Orientations (NSO), Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten has entertained new students in concerts at Frost. “I feel like I got introduced to Frost right away because of the Victor Wooten concert during NSO,” Matus said. “It was so secluded yet open at the same time, and I thought, ‘What is this place? It’s absolutely beautiful.’ I was also excited because I had heard they were giving out these art grants so that students could
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Surgery is basic care, Wren says
Lack of trained surgeons leads to global inequity
By ERIN INMAN
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Brokaws talk end-of-life decisions
Father-daughter pair delves into ‘taboo’ health subject
By AARON SEKHRI
“As a nation and as a world, we have to reject the current dogma that surgery is not part of global health,” said Sherry Wren, Stanford Medical Center professor of general surgery, during her TEDx talk at Stanford on Saturday. Wren said surgery lacks a presence in global health agendas because it is perceived as a costly luxury item and requires more trained personnel. “It is a commonly held dogma that surgery is expensive and not cost effective,” Wren said. “Anybody in the U.S. with a surgery bill would think it’s expensive.” But Wren noted that surgery is cost effective. She explained that an average surgery costs between $11 and $33 per disability-adjusted life year, a measure used to assess disease burden. She then compared that to the cost of common public health campaigns like HIV treatment or condom distribution, which both cost hundreds of dollars more per disability-adjusted life year. Wren said that surgery is a part of basic care as opposed to a luxury item. Currently, surgery is a luxury item for those in low-income countries. Less than four percent of all surgeries are performed in low-income countries. Two billion people lack access to surgical care, and although one-twenty-fifth of people in the world undergo surgery, 30 percent of that population accounts for 75 percent of the operations, she said. Wren highlighted the fact that surgery is necessary for basic care, noting that 11 percent of diseases are treatable with surgery. These common diseases or ailments include burns, hernias, cancer, infection, congenital birth defects, gastrointestinal diseases, trauma and maternal-fetal health risks. Ninety percent of injury-related deaths occur in low-income countries, Wren said. Stressing that surgery should be considered basic care, she asked the audience to consider that one in every four men will have a hernia in his lifetime, amounting to 20 million per year. Finally, Wren said that a lack of
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Peabody Prize-winning journalist Tom Brokaw sat in conversation with his daughter Jennifer Brokaw, a physician, for a TEDxStanford talk on the need for families to be informed about end-of-life health care.
TEDxStanford aims to illuminate
By SASHA ARIJANTO
On Saturday, 27 speakers and artists delivered performances, demonstrations and talks to a packed CEMEX Auditorium for TEDxStanford 2012, Stanford’s first independently organized TED conference. The event, produced by the Office of Public Affairs in partnership with the Graduate School of Business and the School of Engineering, was organized around the central theme of illumination. The performances and talks were organized into three sessions throughout the day, dividing into the categories “Cultivate,” “Captivate” and “Celebrate.” The speakers — current students, alumni, professors
and deans — delivered talks in their respective fields of expertise, ranging from yoga to virtual reality to early detection of cancer. Speakers such as Jeremy Bailenson and Dan Klein ’90, communication and drama professors, respectively, who currently research and teach at Stanford, presented their work on virtual reality and improvisation. Bailenson and Klein’s talks were meant as a sample of their classes — Bailenson’s Virtual People and Klein’s Beginning Improvisation. While many of the event’s talks focused on innovation and new technology — reflecting Stanford’s entrepreneurial ethos — there were several instances during the day when speakers cautioned against ex-
cessive innovation and drive that lacks mindfulness for context and human needs. Krista Donaldson M.S. ’98 Ph.D. ’04 of D-Rev and a researcher at The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (informally known as the d.school) urged budding innovators to consider context when developing and delivering new technologies. Banny Bannerjee M.S. ’00, also of the d.school, warned that students’ tendency for binary, oppositional thinking leads to self-doubt and misguided self-reassurance. Julie Lythcott-Haims’89, associate vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of freshman and undergraduate advising, suggested in her
Peabody Award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw and his daughter Jennifer Brokaw ’88, the founder of Good Medicine, a private medical practice serving the Bay Area, appeared at Saturday’s TEDx Stanford conference, speaking frankly and honestly on the subject of end-of-life health care options. Tom Brokaw began the dialogue, framed as a conversation between father and daughter, by asking the audience to ponder the reason to have such conversations. “You are not expected to know, but you are expected to wish to know,” he said, quoting the late Yale president Bart Giamatti. The father-daughter pair dove straight into the matter at hand, describing death as “the greatest certainty we will ever have to face.” Jennifer Brokaw discussed statistics demonstrating that most American families are ill-prepared to deal with living wills or situations in which a family member is no longer able to make decisions for himself. “Only 30 percent of people have a living will . . . and those who do are in a position to leave their families better off emotionally and financially,” she said. During the talk, Brokaw asked her father what his wishes would be if he were ever in a state where
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Dean Julie stresses independence as key for kids
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“Once upon a time, a child came across a butterfly, struggling to emerge from its chrysalis, and filled with compassion, the child helped by peeling back the paper shell,” said Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at TEDxStanford on Saturday.“Soon, the butterfly emerged, but it could not fly. As it turns out, the butterfly needs the process of struggling on its own, in order to be able to fly.” During her talk, Lycott-Haims warned
against the dangers of what she calls the “padded cell of childhood.” “What worries me and my colleagues nationwide is the steady decline in the number of [undergraduate students] that are capable in going out into the world as adults,” LythcottHaims said. According to her, this behavior is a symptom of the increasing tendency of parents to overprotect their children. “We hover, we hover over them to ensure their success, hoist and intervene when needed,” Lythcott-Haims said. “But do you know what the message we send them is when we do that?”
“We are sending the message: ‘Hey kid, I do not trust that you can do this without me,’” she said. As a result, Lythcott-Haims noted that there are more and more “adult children” that emerge into the world who are happy when their parents take care of them and who cannot tackle problems and face failures alone. However, she finished her talk on a positive note. “I still think there is time for us to do right by these amazing young people in our midst — our children, our future,” she said.
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Symposium focuses on‘Oscar Wao’ author
By TAYLOR GROSSMAN
The Junot Díaz: A Symposium event held Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 in Margaret Jacks Hall brought together scholars from around the country and the Caribbean to speak about the significance of the work of Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and creative writing instructor at MIT. “These two days are . . . a space of conviviality, inter-culturality, a forum for debate, a place to boast or simply just revel with each other,” said José David Saldivar, undergraduate program director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Saldivar was among the three principle organizers, along with Monica Hanna, associate professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, and Jennifer Harford Vargas, associate professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. “We were acutely cognizant of the fact that we would be organizing the first major international discussion on this important writer’s body of work,” Saldivar wrote in an email to The Daily. The two-day symposium consisted of four roundtable discussions as well as the annual Kieve Distinguished Speaker Lecture, delivered by Díaz. The Kieve Lecture, an annual event endowed by Anne and Loren Kieve ’69, aims to bring scholars and public figures from around the world to Stanford to address contemporary issues in race and ethnicity. “I recommended Junot Díaz for this honor because his work has profoundly displayed the issues of race and ethnicity as part of the human imagination,” Saldivar said. “In my previous experience as a fellow keynote conference speaker with Junot Díaz, I had personal knowledge of his ability to articulate these issues in a creatively passionate way.” In his address, Díaz first focused on issues surrounding race and ethnicity in his own fictional works “Drown” and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Stepping away from the podium, Díaz then moved on to a discussion of “The Lord of the Rings,” where he illustrated how he sees the novel as primarily centered on race. “Junot Díaz remained very accessible in the last part of his talk, when he answered questions primarily from the undergraduates in the audience about how race was so central to his reading of Tolkien’s work,” Saldivar said. “He concluded with remarkable attention and focus on his audience, the undergraduates who had come to see this amazing contemporary writer . . . By using a book known to almost all of the undergraduates in the standingroom only audience, he was able to engage and discuss difficult issues with them, issues that are present in our society today: race, power, violence.” The symposium was intended
to be accessible to its audience, with the four roundtable discussions designed to create an open dialogue between panelists and audience members, Saldivar said. After individual presentations by each panelist, the conversation was opened up to the entire room. “Symposium comes from the Greeks and means a space to drink,” Saldivar explained at the start of the event. At the first roundtable, standing behind the last row of chairs and leaning casually against the back wall of the Terrace Room, Díaz watched and listened as scholars debated his work. When the roundtable evolved into an animated discussion, however, Díaz became an active participant. Díaz lent his opinion on topics ranging from the interpretation of his own work to political issues of contemporary scholarship. After one panelist, Arlene Dávila from New York University, commented on the defensiveness exhibited by many scholars when writing about race and ethnicity, Díaz added his own thoughts on the issue. “How many books published about racism do not have the term white supremacy in their indexes?” Díaz posed to the audience. “The real beast is still off the page — no one wants to touch it.” The conversation was at its most animated after Silvio Torres-Saillant, a professor of English and Latino-Latin American studies at Syracuse University, posed a question to the panel. He asked the audience whether a problem existed in using literature to study the social sciences or vice-versa. “The marketplace is voracious for paradigms that transcend everything until you don’t know where to point your finger,” Torres-Saillant said. “White supremacy disappears, everything disappears.” Dávila was not as wary of the problem of intermixing these two types of studies. “As ethnic studies, we never have the purity of translation,” Dávila said. “We are in a very exciting space.” Torres-Saillant’s largest concern, however, was the common practice of treating Latin American texts solely as cultural relics, thereby neglecting traditional critical examination of the work’s literary elements. “What happens to a work of art when it is treated strictly as an anthropological artifact?” TorresSaillant said. “We need to admit that literature is a difficult thing that is not easily accessible, and that to study it requires as much training as an anthropologist does. We need to try to do them justice.” This problem was met with much agreement among panelists and audience members alike. While the first roundtable ended shortly after Torres-Saillant’s piercing question, this interpretive problem was far from solved. Contact Taylor Grossman at email@example.com.
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President John Hennessy met with students while visiting the BOSP center in Florence while on his sabbatical. He discussed the need to make overseas study practical for more student-athletes, engineers and pre-meds.
Hennessy visits BOSP in Florence
By SONYA CHAUDHRY AND TAYLOR MCADAM athletes and non-athletes. Athletes, engineers and science majors on the pre-medical track often lose the opportunity to study abroad because of strict schedules and requirements, he said. “It’s just as important to study abroad [as it is to learn the content of your major],” Hennessy said. “There is definitely enough time, you just have to plan ahead.” The directors of BOSP have made some changes that have increased participation from science and engineering majors in recent years, such as offering a wider variety of courses at the abroad locations, making the language requirements more flexible for students with schedule restrictions and reintroducing the overseas summer seminars. In addition to traveling for Stanford related purposes, the sabbatical has given Hennessy the opportunity to spend some leisure time in Italy. “[My wife and I] make an effort to come here once a year,” he said. “Florence is definitely our most frequented city in Italy.” Hennessy will spend this week in Italy before he returns to campus for graduation. “I’ve been doing lots of reading on the places I travel to and on higher ed,” he said. “I read two large history books on Egypt and China, and it was nice to be able to learn about the places before I visited them. I also read the biography of Steve Jobs. I wasn’t sure if I should read a biography of someone I knew personally, but everyone who read it said it was a must read. So, I finally did.” Contact Sonya Chaudhry at firstname.lastname@example.org and Taylor McAdam at email@example.com.
President John Hennessy visited the Bing Overseas Studies Program center in Florence Friday, emphasizing the importance of the abroad experience for all undergraduates in conversations with professors and students. “Being abroad is not only about in-depth study, but also about taking advantage of everything there is to see around you,” he said. Hennessy spent the morning with long-time Stanford in Florence professor Timothy Verdon. They then visited Palazzo Capponi, the 15th century palace that will house the Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence starting next fall. Hennessy had lunch with students and professors, sharing travel advice and his thoughts on Italy’s current political situation. Florence is the sixth BOSP campus that Hennessy has visited during his presidency. This March, Hennessy took the first part of his sabbatical to attend the dedication of the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing. Although Hennessy does not deal directly with BOSP operations, he does spend a considerable amount of time thinking about the abroad experience. As a graduate of Stanford engineering, Hennessy shared concerns and hopes for involving more engineering and pre-med students in the study abroad programs. Roughly half of the student body takes advantage of BOSP programs, through either quarter-long immersion or summer seminars, but BOSP and Hennessy would like to focus on the participation disparity seen between the various majors and between
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To do so, Lythcott-Haims proposed letting the rising generation explore and experience on their own. “We need to back off,” Lythcott-Haims said. “It is our job as parents to put ourselves out of the job.” Acknowledging that parents want to see their offspring succeed, Lythcott-Haims nevertheless concluded that the main burden should be on the child. “Sure, we want to see that our offspring has emerged from that chrysalis, but it is their job to do so,” she finished. “It is their job to fly.” In an interview with The Daily after the talk, Lythcott-Haims explained why she chose this topic
for TEDxStanford. “I am making my way out into the world by the end of June to write about the things that concern me,” she said. “Chief among them is the topic that I chose today. It was an opportunity for me to testdrive the ideas and see how the metaphors worked.” Lythcott-Haims is stepping down in June to pursue a master of fine arts in writing with an emphasis in poetry from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. According to Lythcott-Haims, Stanford tries to foster this idea of independence through several methods. “When parents seek to behave in ways that are overinvolved, we explain that we would really like to
have this conversation with the student only,” she said. “More proactively with students, we work on this notion of reflections, small group conversations with freshman students and advisors where the students can get to know themselves better.” Lythcott-Haims said she saw the TEDxStanford event as a tremendous success. “I loved it,” she said. “When I heard that TED was coming here, I was really excited for Stanford. The event was incredibly well-produced, very professionally organized and an immense pleasure to be part of.” Contact Felix Boyeaux at fboyeaux @stanford.edu. To counteract this disparity, she recommended that developed countries fund surgical training in low-income countries. Wren is currently working with Stanford on a training program in Zimbabwe. Reducing this disparity in surgeons is vital, Wren said. “Flying me to Africa to do operations is not a solution to the problem,” she said. “Basic health includes surgical care.” Contact Erin Inman at einman@ stanford.edu.
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well-trained personnel required by many surgeries is a barrier in considering surgery part of global public health. At present, a large disparity in number of trained surgeons relative to a country’s population is evident between low and high-income countries, Wren said.
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showcase their art.” Attendees were greeted at the gate by a 15-foot high octopus made entirely of bamboo that protruded from the ground. As guests made their way around the outer perimeter of Frost, they encountered forests of head-high mushrooms, tie-dye banners filled with poetry and a wall of clocks called “the Wishing Wall.” “Every five minutes, one of the clocks on the Wishing Wall strikes 11:11, and you are supposed to make a wish,” said Tina Miller ’14, the student who spearheaded the
Wishing Wall project. “The idea behind the wishing wall started with Japanese Omamori prayer lines, but instead of praying to a god, the Frost wishing wall was just a way to share your wish with the community. Guests are meant to make a wish and take a wish.” As attendees exited, 18-foot high neon Truffula Trees with mechanically rotating feather palm heads stood along the pathway, accompanied by a sign that explained they were a tribute to Dr. Seuss’ story “The Lorax,” whose protagonist speaks for trees affected by pollution at a nearby factory. At the base of the trees in Frost there was a basket of seeds with a sign instructing guests to plant the seed on their way out. The student art projects were
funded through grants distributed by Aroeste. Beginning three weeks before spring break, SCN began distributing flyers around campus for art project proposals. Soon after spring break, the group had narrowed their choices. “For a while, a lot of the art projects seemed impossibly daunting, but we were able to pull them all together with a lot of help from our volunteers, and they all turned out great,” Aroeste said. SCN is already planning the next Frost Festival. “We are working to make Frost even bigger and better for next year,” Chabolla said. Contact Lucas Oswald at loookas @stanford.edu.
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talk that parents foster more independence in children rather than cultivate safe spaces for undirected achievement. Some talks more closely resembled demonstrations, and the speaker would call upon the audience to act out a series of instructions. Louis Jackson ’91, whose teachings fuse the traditions of yoga with modern health science research, had the audience performing breathing exercises to achieve peace of mind. Klein called on audience
members to create the longest run-on sentence possible with those seated near them, while Esther Gokhale, an anthropologist and back pain expert, instructed the audience how to relearn proper pelvic posture and how to sit. Notable performances included 14-year-old cello prodigy Ila Shon and Pamela Z, who pioneered the live digital looping technique for music recording. Pamela Z projected a video with dance elements that created a multimedia experience in the auditorium. TEDxStanford comes on the heels of STAN (Science, Technology, Art and Nature), which was produced last May as a pro-
totype for events involving short talks interspersed with performances. Contact Sasha Arijanto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Art After Dark
he second annual Art After Dark festival, held in Old Union and White Plaza from May 17 to 19, featured over 250 pieces of artistic work from over 100 artists, ranging from spoken word to paintings to sculptures. The event was a collaborative effort between the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA) and Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS), seeking to showcase Stanford’s artistic talent while presenting an underlying theme of sustainability. The Daily discussed the festival with SOCA director Jennifer Schaffer ’14. The Stanford Daily (TSD): How did the event Art After Dark come to form? Jennifer Schaffer (JS): Last year, it was called Vision eARTh. Before that, the arts and sustainability events were held separately but on the same weekend. The art event was called “An Art Affair,” and the sustainability event was called “Future Fest.” Since then it has evolved because we decided that the festivals could benefit from being joined together. TSD: How so? JS: Both groups [SOCA and SSS] came to the mutual understanding that sustainable messages are best conveyed in creative ways and [through] innovative thinking — that’s why we find the partnership to be very effective. Our goal was that the event would focus on art, but would have a sustainable thread running through everything — even the infrastructure was sustainable. TSD: Can you talk a little more about the architecture at the event? JS: We decided to do a transparent tent so people could see the artwork from outside, as well as pillars with glowing solar lights. It was both aesthetically pleasing and gave a sense of unity throughout the exhibit. We definitely brought a design eye to the festival. TSD: How do you select what art to display? What were some of the highlights this year? JS: It was a really open and inclusive submission process. It was more about trying to figure out which part of the exhibit the art would best fit in and soliciting pieces. It is both a process of curating and having open submissions. TSD: What made this year’s exhibition different from last year’s exhibition? JS: There was definitely more electronic and interactive art. One of our goals was to stretch the way Stanford conceived of art in our community. I think that the quality and diversity of the artwork this year was phenomenal. We had Stanford DJs and bands, a film from the Stanford Film Society and performances from the Cardinal Ballet and the Stanford Shakespeare Company among many other shows and displays. We were trying to include every medium this year. TSD: Was there any difference in the events on the three different days? JS: Thursday had more of a street festival vibe while Friday and Saturday had more of a lawn party atmosphere during the day. We saw our biggest turnout on Saturday when it turned from laid-back to energetic during the night. TSD: What was the experience of planning the event like? JS: It was incredible but also incredibly busy. I got pneumonia right before the festival, so I relied heavily on the core team of SOCA and SSS members to put the event together. As a team, we have been working [on the event] tirelessly since before school started this year. There were also a lot of volunteers from the art and sustainable community and from all corners of campus. TSD: What does the event mean to you? JS: Personally, as a freshman, I perceived a lack of art on campus and wanted to be a part of something that would galvanize talented artists all across campus. I think we succeeded in doing that.
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Schemes, bribes and terminators
Crothers in front of the entire dorm. The winner this year was Ilya Gaidarov ’14, who believes his success was due to a combination of luck and talent. “It’s all about brains over brawn,” Gaidarov said. However, as for most other players, his experience was a stressful one. “It was the worst,” Gaidarov said jokingly. “I was so paranoid. At first, I wasn’t even that invested in the game. I just didn’t want to get shot.” Gaidarov’s initial plans to not take the game seriously were almost immediately changed. “During the day, I tried to be in a place where people couldn’t kill me, so I basically sat in my room during the day,” he said. “Then at night I would go out to kill my target.” To achieve victory, Gaidarov formed a partnership with another resident on his hall, Youssef Hedroug ’13, after Hedroug’s roommate tried to assassinate Gaidarov. “Because Youssef was honest, we were in a partnership,” Gaidarov said. “There were others who I knew I couldn’t trust.” “It was a bit hectic. I felt like I was always looking behind my back,” Hedroug said. “I didn’t leave my room, and I always had a friend with me as a witness so no one could assassinate me,” he said. For Gaidarov, part of the drive to win came from missing the experience during his freshman year. “I didn’t get to play freshman year, so I’m glad that we did Assassins,” he said. “I would have preferred doing it at the beginning of the year because I’ve gotten to know people better since playing.” Bastidas recalled assassination attempts when playing the game last year. “I had killed my person and thought I was safe,” she said. “But then I got out of the shower without my gun, and my assassin was waiting right outside the door and shot me.” “Last year I got really into it,” she added. “Even when I got out and wasn’t in the game, I was still so invested. This year I knew I wanted to do better.” Every year, dorm staff put in a great amount of effort to make the game a worthwhile and memorable event. Sometimes, they also participate as “terminators” who have the power to shoot residents who do not “kill” their target within 24 hours. “I think the staff put in the time because honestly, Assassins is a really fun game,” Wang said. “It’s a good break from regular activities.” “The terminators this year were intense. They had huge water guns, and I was actually scared,” Bastidas said. “They were bribing my roommate with donuts [to co-operate with them].” In spite of the occasional drama, paranoia and scheming terminators, the ultimate purpose of Assassins is to bring residents together. “Assassins is great because it gets everyone involved, even for people who don’t normally participate in a lot of dorm events,” Bastidas said. “It’s something fun — something you can laugh about later.” Contact Issra Omer at iomer@stanford. edu different type of conversation, but the two Brokaws said they were happy to address end-of-life care, an issue they said should not be the taboo subject that they believe it is. Tom Brokaw said he felt no hesitation discussing personal details with a large audience despite the subject matter. “In the family, we put everything on the table,” he said. “And given how instructive speaking to my daughter was when my mother was passing away, I felt that talking about this issue was almost journalistic for me.” Contact Aaron Sekhri at asekhri @stanford.edu.
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anessa Bastidas ’14 opens her door quietly, sticks her head out and glances suspiciously down the hallway. The coast is clear. She grips her water gun and sprints to the bathroom, where she is safe once again — at least temporarily. For an intense and fearful few days during spring quarter, paranoia and deception are the norm in most dorms. The game is called Assassins and no one is safe. The rules are simple — a player is assigned a victim to eliminate using a water gun. Once “assassinated,” the assassin will inherit the victim’s target. The last one standing is the victor. “It gets really intense,” Bastidas said. “People try to avoid common areas and carry their guns wherever they go.” The Assassins experience for Peter Wang ’15 differed. “I didn’t take the game too seriously, but some people in my dorm definitely did,” Wang said. “Some people came up with all these strategies to avoid the dorm as much as possible.” Assassins is a long-standing Stanford tradition played in many dorms across campus. Although widely considered a freshman experience, many upper-class dorms and students choose to participate as well. Crothers, an upper-class dorm, takes the game very seriously. This year, each hall in Crothers had its own preliminary round of the game, The last two people “alive” in each hall were allowed to go to the finals. This final showdown was held on the front lawn of
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he could not communicate them to a doctor. “I’m a realist, and so I never want there to be any heroic efforts to keep me alive if I am confined, am immobile or cannot communicate with the ones I love,” he said. Brokaw chided her father for his lack of specificity to illustrate that directives for such conditions must be exceptionally precise. “When families and doctors take some enormous decisions on
behalf of others, they need to make sure they are acting in line with the priority of their loved ones,” she said. Only 50 percent of terminally ill patients have some advanced directives prepared, she said. Moreover, of those 50 percent, only 12 percent had prepared the directives through consultation with a physician. The remainder wrote them with a lawyer. This, she argued, represents “a crisis in healthcare” as decisions that few are equipped to deal with are falling into the wrong hands. She praised the United States’ “superb and technologically advanced health care sys-
tem” but critiqued its structure. “Super-specialization means we end up talking to a lot of -ologists,” she said. She added that, as a result, important discussions with physicians who have a holistic knowledge of their patients occur less frequently. The conversation included a series of anecdotes intended to illustrate different aspects of life and death and the medical care that can sustain the former. The duo also elaborated on the financial angle of the matter, explaining the enormous burden of full-time medical assistance and saying that in some cases people sell off assets to cover
$100,000 to $300,000 per year in healthcare costs. “There is a lot of reengineering of our health care system that needs to take place,” Jennifer Brokaw said. “We have to ask ourselves: how do you add life to your years instead of years to your life?” Speaking to The Daily, she explained that the idea for the talk came from personal experience. “In my own family, my father is starting to deal with his relatives who are near the end of life, and it got him thinking about his own stage of life, and what he wants for himself,” she said. The initial invitation to the conference was for an entirely
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n April 2011, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter, specifying actions colleges and universities must take in order to promote an accountable culture with regards to sexual assault. The much-debated Alternative Review Process (ARP) is Stanford’s implementation of the letter’s prescriptions. The Editorial Board debated the merits of the ARP and was unable to reach a unanimous conclusion. What follows is the opinion of four members. Editorial Board Chair Adam Johnson ’13 recused himself from this editorial. The Dear Colleague letter is straightforward. It requires colleges to have a coordinated review process to respond to sexual assault reports that gives equal balance to both the impacted party (alleged victim) and responding party (alleged perpetrator) throughout the process. For instance, reviewers may not conduct pre-hearing interviews with one student but not the other, and both parties must have equal ability to call witnesses. The letter also specifically mandates a preponderance of evidence standard for sexual assault cases — a “more likely than not” standard, unlike the “clear and convincing” standard. Schools that do not implement the letter’s requirements risk jeopardizing their Title IX funding. In addition to being consistent with Title IX, we believe that the ARP is good policy, particularly the controversial preponderance of evidence standard. The stricter ‘clear and convincing’ standard is inappropriate for an entity like Stanford that, unlike a criminal justice system, does not have the power to compel testimony. Stan-
ford’s review process inevitably will have access to substantially less data than a true court of law, so the standard of evidence should reflect this discrepancy. But most significantly, the ARP is important because it promotes a culture of reporting and accountability that is desperately needed. Most of the ARP’s changes aim to make the process of reporting sexual assault friendlier and less intimidating. For instance, if the ARP allowed the two students to confront and cross-examine each other — the procedure in place before ARP’s adoption — far more sexual assaults would go unreported: No victim of sexual assault wants to be forced to interact with their assailant in a traumatic and intimidating manner. Moreover, we are not terribly concerned that the system will be abused by false reports.The problem we face now is chronic underreporting of sexual assaults. The statistics on sexual assault in college are grim: a 2007 report found that about one in five women and 6.1 percent of men are victims of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college. More frighteningly, a 2005 report found that fewer than 5 percent of completed or attempted rapes are reported. We therefore applaud the adoption of the ARP as a means of encouraging more victims to come forward, thereby establishing a healthier culture where sexual assault isn’t implicitly tolerated by an incredibly low percentage of reported incidents. Editor’s note: Editorial Board Chair Adam Johnson ’13 recused himself from this editorial, instead penning a dissenting op-ed (“Against the preponderance of evidence standard,” May 21).
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Hypocrisy and the ARP debate
want to suggest that both ardent proponents and harsh critics of the Alternative Review Process — roughly speaking, although the partisan lines are not nearly this simple and clean-cut, “liberals” and “conservatives” — take a moment to reexamine their opinions about the ARP against the light of their own deeply held moral and ideological convictions. Because it seems to me that both sides have abandoned important tenets of their larger philosophies in their pursuit of policy victory. Let’s start with the so-called civil libertarian or leftist position. This campus recently witnessed a widely supported drive to collect signatures for a California ballot referendum outlawing the death penalty in this state on the grounds that (among other reasons) it is racially discriminatory, convicts and executes innocent people and denies the accused due process of law. More broadly, law-and-order liberals tend to worry a great deal about the possibility of false convictions in criminal cases, the right of defendants to adequate counsel and the overly harsh nature and length of criminal sentences. They also argue that severe punishment of offenders doesn’t necessarily bring “closure” or relief to victims or victims’ families, dismissing the “family’s feelings” rationale for imposing exacting retribution upon violent criminals. So what happened to the left’s supposed dedication to protecting the rights of the accused against the abuses of an overly harsh and inflexible system? It seems odd that campus liberals are now arguing for (among other things) a system that denies the accused the right to face his accuser, does not provide him with an attorney or qualified attorney substitute, eliminates the traditional right of the accused to be considered innocent until proven guilty, removes his right to call witnesses in his favor and to cross-examine the witnesses assembled against him and can place the accused in situations of double jeopardy. It might be argued in response that broader social paradigms simply don’t apply on a communal college campus, where everyone knows everyone else, racism doesn’t exist and the possibility for false convictions is low or nonexistent. First of all, that comparison is slightly illogical: areas of the country with less racism or a smallertown vibe don’t have fewer legal protections for accused criminals, and as Stanford sets up its own quasi-judicial system, it’s not clear why we should either. But for an illustration closer to home, let me refer you to a now-famous report from the Stanford Police Department of April 9th, 2011, reporting a sexual assault on Stanford campus by an unidentified male, “Black, around 30 years of age” — who suddenly morphed into an “Asian Indian” man who smelled of a “scent similar to apples” upon further reflection by the victim. Any chance for a false conviction there, or any sense that race might play a role in influencing memory or justice, even on this campus? But the standard “conservative” position on the ARP is equally bizarre and contradictory. Out of a broader ideological ethos that trumpets harsher punishments for all, fewer protections for alleged criminals and a swift resolution to cases involving people who were obviously guilty all along has magically emerged a deep and nuanced concern for the natural rights of unjustly accused Stanford males, unfairly trampled under the heel of an oppressive judicial system. Where did that come from?
As soon as the women of this campus are the victims, the conservative narrative seems to imply, the possibility for false convictions skyrockets; the Bureau of Judicial Affairs undergoes a nefarious transformation into a totalitarian regime bent on expelling innocent frat boys, rather than an institution dedicated to the pursuit of justice; and the lack of technical protections for the accused becomes an immense concern every student on campus should deplore, rather than a positive development facilitating the justified punishment of depraved felons. A little consistency, please. Ultimately, it seems that where the ARP is concerned, all sides are willing to throw their intellectual baggage out the window. Campus liberals become stern law-andorder enforcers, thumping their fists on the table and demanding justice for victims, while campus conservatives suddenly acquire a passion for the fine details of due process and fair trials, quibbling over the legal technicalities they usually detest when applied to society at large. As the ARP becomes the third rail of campus politics, emotional op-eds fly and the old Undergraduate Senate punts the question to the new senate, fearing to actually accomplish something important, let’s all take a moment and think about whether our opinions on this important policy issue are in fact consistent with our deeper underlying values. If we do, the final result will be more honest, more thorough and, in the end, a great deal more meaningful. Let Miles know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Against the preponderance of evidence standard
representative of a university being “deliberately indifferent.” In addition to the shaky legal justification, the preponderance of evidence standard goes against one of the core tenets of our judicial system: the presumption of innocence. Although a preponderance of evidence standard is not presuming guilt, it is hardly presuming innocence; only threefourths of the reviewing panel needs to be 50.1 percent certain that a sexual assault occurred. Some find this acceptable, noting that the same standard is applied to civil cases. But whereas the penalty in a civil suit is monetary, the internal penalty for sexual assault is often suspension or expulsion. If anything, the consequences of being found responsible in such cases warrant the stronger clear and convincing standard. While I am in favor of other aspects of the ARP — for instance, I agree that the accused should not have a right to confront the accuser — the preponderance of evidence standard opens the door for innocent students to be found responsible. In a criminal trial, if there is a generally low conviction rate for a given crime, we do not lower the burden of proof. Doing so violates the due process rights of the accused. If the loss of federal funds were not at stake, Stanford would ideally adopt the clear and convincing standard while pursuing other means to encourage sexual assault reporting that do not jeopardize the rights of the accused.
ADAM JOHNSON ’13 Stanford Daily Editorial Board Chair, Vol. 241
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hile sexual assault is an issue that needs to be taken seriously by campus administrators, subjecting students accused of sexual assault to the preponderance of evidence standard — the lowest burden of proof in our judicial system — is not the proper way to address such transgressions. While the guidelines in the “Dear Colleague” letter with regard to the burden of proof may be straightforward, the legal justification is tenuous at best. The Obama administration justifies using the low standard in these cases because it is what would be used, say, if Stanford were to be sued for discriminating on the basis of sex. As Hans Bader, a former lawyer for the Office for Civil Rights, wrote, “Students cannot violate Title IX; only schools can be sued under Title IX, not individuals . . . Moreover, Students ‘are not agents of the school,’ so their actions don’t count as the actions of the school.” The letter, by requiring a university’s students to be subject to the same burden of proof as the university itself, makes a logical leap that is far from self-evident. Indeed, in Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education (1999), the Supreme Court ruled that Title IX violations occur only when schools are “deliberately indifferent to sexual harassment . . . [that] deprives the victims of access to the educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school.” It is not clear how applying the clear and convincing standard (about 75 percent certainty) to sexual assault cases is
ot all schools are like Stanford, especially when it comes to people. Outside Stanford, fame comes from standout names, but on the inside, Stanford tries hard to get everyone on the same page. On the first day of NSO at Roble, for example, each RA already knew the name of each student that passed in the hall. This is how it is at every dorm. It isn’t inherently good or bad. Some students freak out when they first arrive and are called out loudly before saying a single thing. Other students feel warmly welcomed, exactly because they don’t have to say a single thing before being called out so loudly. Most dorms even feature a world map with all of the residents’ faces on it; in one glance, everyone is held together nicely in one frame. Stanford also places dining halls strategically close to living areas, so that not much transportation is required between sleeping and eating. So, for most Stanford freshmen, meals-with-friends equals meals-with-dormmates. Thus, the freshman dorm is often the central life headquarters, and opportunities for bonding are prepared in advance. Compare this to Carnegie Mellon, where “you’re on your own” (as my little brother said). The year after, though, there’s this thing called the “sophomore slump.” This phenomenon is shared by enough college students that it gets a title. It’s probably a complicated psychological phase that involves academic disillusionment and identity reanalysis, among other things. But, also, students just have to move their resi-
dence. In sophomore year, familiar faces that used to head down to 5:15 p.m. dinner together are dispersed. This small fact can make the second year at the same school feel like a different world. Many friends just don’t seem as close anymore — by location. They might even be “all the way across campus.” A lot of students seem to think this is the main reason they stop meeting. Beginning sophomore year, students even start saying it’s hard to meet new friends in classes. Either that or a friendship formed within 10 weeks ostensibly disintegrates by the next quarter. A friend’s sister at Harvard considers all of Stanford’s community campaigning very contrived: students dropped conveniently into community-looking structures and encouraged to make what look like friends. She sees it as misleadingly free of individual action. That reminds me of a girl at the Hume Writing Center (presumably a graduate student) I overheard, arguing that Stanford holds its students’ hands for everything. “OH, I never see you anymore!” we exclaim. It reflects a shift in friendship that apparently mystifies us. It’s not just from freshman to sophomore year that we feel our friendships take chilling turns. It happens every year we move residences, if in doing so we are separated from a particular hallmate. It happens every quarter when we change classes, and a classmate we used to see at least twice a week (plus to study) seems to drop off the face of the earth. What happened? But it isn’t that campus geography or the quarter system tarnish-
es relationships. Rather, these are just the things that slot us next to someone by default, fooling us into thinking we’re engaged in something real. We don’t always realize, though, that we’ve gotten close with a situation and not a person, or that we have only context in common. This is why, when settings change, the ground falls out from beneath so many supposed friendships. Relationships are maintained by outright effort. We prove our fondness for someone when we find ourselves pursuing them, especially when we didn’t have to before. This takes intention, re-prioritizing and proactivity. Most of the time, we don’t even register we’re doing this. We simply register a thought, which turns naturally into action, which represents a legitimate decision — which, ultimately, is the foundation for something real. Time tells, but so does place. I was thinking about this while my little brother was visiting me this past weekend. I realized how much I’ve always loved our friendship, across all of the distances we’ve been apart. I’ve also been thinking about this in the context of graduation, as greater distances between friends become the standard situation. Past that ceremony lies an immense space for us to decide which relationships are set in Stanford stone and which come with us wherever we go. For now, though, Nina’s set at Stanford — so email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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STANFORD SWEEPS BY YET AGAIN
By JOSEPH BEYDA
hile watching the Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich on Saturday, a friend wondered aloud whether Didier Drogba was a Hall of Famer or if there’s even a World Soccer Hall of Fame for him to enter. As it turns out, the International Football Hall of Fame (remember, most of the world calls the game played with your feet “football”) exists, but judging by the fact that the link to its home page doesn’t work and it hardly shows up on Google, it’s not really at the same level as those for baseball or football. At first, this seemed odd to me. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, so why wouldn’t it have something so basic as a hall of fame? Sure, there are national halls of fame, but soccer is such an international sport that it would seem to require one hall to rule them all (and I already gave it a tagline). Because let’s face it, there are a lot of halls of fame. Wikipedia has a whole article just listing them. But thinking about it more, I realized that halls of fame are not nearly as fundamental a concept as I had thought. After all, the first major hall of fame was for baseball, which isn’t quite 80 years old yet. The Baseball Hall of Fame was started because, one, there was a misconception that baseball had been invented in Cooperstown, and, two, it could make money. The motto for the Baseball Hall of Fame is “Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations.” These are great goals, and having a place to learn about the best players of the past is a good thing. But halls of fame are known much more for the select groups of former players (and coaches and others involved in the game) that get the honor of being “inducted.” I don’t have any problem with this, but choosing who to include in the elite class of players is an unenviable task, no matter what the sport. Think about it: if someone asked you to say who are the five best players in the NBA right now, or in the NFL or NHL or MLB or any other sport, you would almost definitely disagree. And these guys all face each other year after year. Imagine comparing players across generations. That is what hall of fame voters have to deal with, and all that’s hanging in the balance is the entire validation of a player’s career. No pressure. There’s no way to decide whom to induct without some arguments and flaws, but that still doesn’t stop me from having a beef with the major halls of fame. Last year, Bert Blyleven was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. When he retired in 1992, he had 285 wins and 3,701 strikeouts. In his first year of eligibility in 1998, he had 285 wins and 3,701 strikeouts, but he did not get into the Hall. For each of the next 13 years, his statistics did not change, but his Hall of Fame vote percentage did change every year, although it wasn’t until last year that the votes eclipsed the 75-percent threshold necessary for enshrinement. As of right now, he still has 285 wins and 3,701 strikeouts, but he’s now in the elite club of baseball players. What changed? Blyleven’s pitching didn’t. And you can’t tell me that people’s perspective on him changed for 14 straight years. But in the ridiculous system we have now, a player can be on the ballot 15 years in a row. And a lot of times, it takes several years to get the necessary total. My question is simple: why can’t you make up your minds the first time? Why not just wait 10 years or so after players finish playing so you get some perspective without many players dying before they can be eligible? Give voters one chance. A yes or a no, and that’s it. And while we’re at it, let vot-
Halls fall well short of purpose
The No. 12 Stanford baseball team did its job this weekend in Salt Lake City. Now, it’s going to need a little help in the final week of Pac-12 play. Only two games separate the top five teams in the conference, and the Cardinal (36-14, 17-10 Pac-12) is right in the mix after a crucial road sweep of Utah (1438, 7-23). Stanford, No. 11 UCLA and Arizona State are just two games behind conference-leading No. 10 Oregon (19-8), with No. 17 Arizona only a game back at 18-9. Stanford’s starting pitchers were instrumental in moving the squad into that tie for third place, allowing 15 hits and striking out 27 Utes in 23.2 combined innings. Redshirt junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham regained his traditional Saturday spot in style, posting double-digit strikeouts for the first time since March 3, while junior Stephen Piscotty continued his surprising success as a starter, giving up only one run over 6.1 innings on Sunday afternoon. “We knew Utah was a team that could beat us on any given day,” junior righty Mark Appel, who threw a complete-game shutout of his own on Friday, told GoStanford.com. “Their record isn’t that great, but they compete and they battle out there.” Top-to-bottom contributions at the plate backed up those pitching efforts, with each of the eight hitters that started in all three games knocking in at least one run over the weekend. Stanford’s infielders were particularly on top of things, with sophomore
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Third baseman Alex Blandino had a two-run home run on Sunday to complement two more RBI on Saturday and continue his stellar freshman season. Blandino has now knocked in 34 runs in just 118 at-bats and is second on the team with seven homers behind Austin Wilson.
first baseman Brian Ragira, sophomore second baseman Danny Diekroeger and freshman third baseman Alex Blandino all homering and junior shortstop Kenny Diekroeger adding two RBIs of his own. The Cardinal might not have put up more than two runs in any inning this weekend — which was only the case for Stanford in one other series this year, when it lost two of three Oregon — but the consistency was enough to earn it three comfortable victories.
As Stanford fans are accustomed to by now, Appel (9-1) stole the show on Friday night with his fourth complete game of the season, just hours after having been named a Howser Trophy semifinalist, an award presented annually to the best player in college baseball. His 13 strikeouts put him at 109 on the year, just shy of his career total of 112 from before this season, and at one point, he retired 12 batters in a row during the Cardinal baseball team’s first-ever visit to the Utah campus. “The slider was moving really well,” Appel said. “Especially for the high altitudes, you wouldn’t expect that.” Junior catcher Eric Smith was the only player with an RBI hit in the game, as he opened the scoring with a two-run single in the top of the fourth. Then, Stanford’s small-ball gradually extended its lead, with two RBI groundouts and two sac flies building a comfortable six-run cushion for Appel to work with over the final three innings. The potential No. 1 overall draft pick got a flyout with two runners in scoring position to end the game and preserve his shutout. Mooneyham’s effort on Saturday was arguably just as impressive, especially considering the lefty’s up-and-down season that saw him lose four in a row before his recent resurgence. He retired the first six Ute batters he faced and struck out at least one in each of the first five innings, but given his recent efforts to fix some mechanical issues, Mooneyham (74) still wasn’t satisfied. “[I was] a little bit inconsistent in the beginning of the start mechanically,” he said. “I just talked to [pitching coach Rusty] Filter after the second, ironed it out and felt like I had a lot better command after that.” The Cardinal got on the board
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VIRGINIA CUTS CARD AGAIN
By MARSHALL WATKINS
The No. 11 Stanford men’s tennis team once again encountered heartbreak in the quarterfinals of the NCAA team tournament this weekend, losing 4-0 Sunday to No. 3 Virginia after defeating No. 6 Kentucky 4-1 in the round of 16 on Friday. The loss against Virginia (281, 11-0 ACC) was the second time in as many years the Cardinal (20-9, 5-2 Pac-12) has fallen against the Cavaliers in the final eight, with a run to the quarterfinals last year being brought to an abrupt end in a 4-3 decision against the eventual finalists. The Cardinal entered the match against Kentucky (28-6, 11-0 SEC) as nominal underdogs seemingly peaking at just the right time, after emphatic victories over Sacramento State and Santa Clara in earlier rounds of the tournament. The Cardinal was also looking to replicate the upset at Kentucky, when the Card won 4-1 at the National Team Indoor Championships in February. “Beating [Kentucky] at indoors certainly gave us plenty of confidence going into the match that, if we had a complete team
effort, we could get the job done,” said senior Bradley Klahn. The Cardinal, however, fell behind quickly, losing the doubles point with the pairings of senior Ryan Thacher with junior Denis Lin and junior Matt Kandath with sophomore Jamin Ball both losing 8-2. “We got our tails whipped in the doubles,” Klahn said. “But when we came out after the break for singles, I could see it in everyone’s eyes that we were going to turn the match around.” The Cardinal did just that, picking up the first set in all six singles matches. “There was never any doubt in our team that we could come out with four points,” Klahn said. “Those first 30 minutes of singles really set the tone for the match, reversing any momentum Kentucky generated from the doubles.” The Wildcats fought back, winning the second set in four of the matchups, but Klahn, playing at the No. 1 position, and Thacher, playing No. 2, triumphed 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 7-5 respectively to put the Cardinal ahead 2-1.
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Senior Ryan Thacher remembers all too well what happened when Stanford and Virginia met in the NCAA Tournament last year, and the result was the same this time around, with the Cavaliers eliminating the Card.
Card eliminated in quarterfinals
By DAVID PEREZ
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In each of the past two seasons, the No. 5 Stanford women’s tennis team has reached the finals of the NCAA tournament, but the Cardinal will not complete the trifecta, as its season came to an end after a 4-2 loss to USC in the quarterfinals in Athens, Ga. Fourth-seeded Stanford (21-2, 9-1 Pac-12) entered Saturday’s match as the only one-loss team in the nation. The squad had beaten USC (24-3) 4-2 at home earlier in the season, though the doubles point was not played that day due to inclement weather. That was fifthseeded USC’s only conference loss, and the Trojans also finished 9-1 in the conference
and shared the Pac-12 title along with Stanford. On Saturday, the Cardinal dropped the doubles point for only the second time all season — an ominous sign, considering the first time was in its lone regular-season loss to UCLA. Stanford’s No. 2 doubles team of freshman Ellen Tsay and junior Stacey Tan finished first, winning 8-5, but then sophomore Nicole Gibbs and junior Mallory Burdette fell 8-6 on the first court in a rematch of the Pac-12 Championship doubles final. The pair fell behind USC’s Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria 7-2 before winning four straight games to make it 7-6. That was the closest they would get, though, and Gibbs and Bur-
dette are now 0-2 this year against USC’s top pair. Senior Veronica Li and sophomore Kristie Ahn lost 8-6 in their first match since early March to clinch the doubles point for the Trojans. Ahn, an All-American last year, was making her first appearance for the team since a foot injury sidelined her more than two months ago. She also appeared in singles, where her match was abandoned in the third set after USC clinched the victory. “[Getting Ahn back] was really positive for us going forward,” said head coach Lele Forood. Stanford’s chances in singles looked
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Weekend fun on the Farm
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Modest Mouse headlined Frost Revival on Saturday. Eyes Lips Eyes and Benjamin Francis Leftwich also played.
Caleb Rau and Friends performed for Art After Dark Saturday night.
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Sunday’s solar eclipse as seen at Stanford, where the eclipse peaked at 6:33 p.m.
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Students, alumni and professors alike attended Frost Revival, which was also open to the public.
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Fewer than 24 hours after Frost Revival ended, Blackfest 2012 began in Frost Amphitheater Sunday.
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Rapper E-40, a Bay Area native from Vallejo, took the stage at Blackfest 2012.
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Audience members relaxed at Frost Revival on Saturday. Organizers of the event said that 4,500 tickets for the concert were sold during presale. The concert saw a total of nearly 5,000 attendees spread out on the grass of the amphitheater. The venue, which has hosted famous acts including the Grateful Dead, can hold approximately 5,400 for picnic-style seating.
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ers pick however many players they want. The Pro Football Hall of Fame mandates that between four and seven players be inducted per year. It makes sense for their ceremonies, but it makes no sense if you want to get the best players every year, which is part of the reason why guys like Cris Carter and Tim Brown are still awaiting their call to the Hall. At some point, there are just so many issues that I have to wonder if a hall of fame is really necessary. But, at least for major American sports, it’s too late. You can’t really stop inducting people now, so let’s at least fix the process so it makes sense. The best players in history deserve at least that. Jacob Jaffe is still sore that the Stanford Daily Sports Columnist Hall of Fame hasn’t sent him his official induction letter yet. In its place, send your condolences to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Jaffe.
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in the first when Piscotty reached on a two-out error and Ragira doubled him home. A Kenny Diekroeger sac fly made it 2-0 an inning later and two more runs came around in the fourth, thanks to a wild pitch and another sac fly, this one from junior centerfielder Jake Stewart. Ragira brought out some power again with a two-run homer in the fifth to force Ute starter Joe Pond from the game. Mooneyham allowed Utah’s first run of the series on a seventh-inning single by Utah second baseman Cory Hunt, but the sophomore was gunned out by Stewart trying to stretch it into a double, ending the inning. Two more insurance runs on a single by Blandino in the ninth clinched a series win for Stanford, but the Cardinal knew that it really needed a third win if it wanted to continue to improve its playoff positioning. It was up to Piscotty to hold down the fort in his second career start, and even without the flair for
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strikeouts of Stanford’s other two starters, he threw 6.1 solid innings for the second weekend in a row. Danny Diekroeger opened the scoring with a third-inning solo homer, marking the 29th time that the Cardinal has scored first this season. The squad had gone 24-4 in those previous 28 contests, and Blandino made sure that trend would continue with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season, in the top of the sixth to make it 3-0. After a Ragira fielder’s choice extended the lead to four, two straight Utah hits in the bottom of the seventh left runners at the corners with one out, a potentially dangerous situation. Stanford head coach Mark Marquess replaced Piscotty with sophomore A.J.Vanegas and only one of those runs would score, as Vanegas struck out three Utes over his 2.2 innings to secure his fifth save of the season and Piscotty’s fourth win. The Cardinal will head to Santa Clara to face the Broncos at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and will then close out its season against crossbay rival Cal at Sunken Diamond next weekend with postseason positioning on the line. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda @stanford.edu.
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promising early, as it won five of the six first sets. Li and Gibbs were able to secure wins in their second sets, but every other match went to a decisive third set. Forood had foreshadowed this issue earlier in the week when Stanford defeated Northwestern. “We have to find a way to finish some of those matches a little bit better in the future if we’re going to be contenders here,” she said. Li, the only senior on the team, got a 6-4, 7-5 win — her 80th career singles victory — in what would turn out to be the final match of her Stanford career. Burdette’s 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 loss was her first defeat in a dual match all season. The Georgia native had been 19-0 in team competitions. Tsay also lost her final two sets, falling 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 on court five. The return of Ahn moved Tsay back one court from her typical place on court four and shifted Li to court six, while junior Natalie Dillon did not play for the first time in this tournament. The clinching game was on court three, where Tan lost in a third-set tiebreak, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5). “[The match was] a pretty amazing roller coaster,” Forood said. “I don’t think anybody knew the outcome until it really ended.” Tan, Burdette and Gibbs will now gear up for the singles portion of the NCAA tournament, which starts on Wednesday. No. 3 Gibbs will be one of the favorites of the tournament and is the most likely to make a deep run, although No. 5 Burdette will also be a threat. The two actually faced off in the final of the ITA Northwest Regional Championship in October, and it took Gibbs three sets to beat Burdette. Gibbs, who is riding an elevenmatch win streak, also won the Pac-12 singles championship last month, defeating Tan along the way. Stanford’s top two doubles teams will also be competing next week in the tournament. Burdette and Gibbs are the second seed, while Tan and Tsay, ranked 25th, have an at-large bid. Contact David Perez at davidp3 @stanford.edu.
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Sophomore Daniel Ho extended Stanford’s lead further with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory on court five, before freshman John Morrissey clinched the win on court four with a 6-1, 3-6, 5-4 triumph. Morrissey’s win, which was marked by several dramatic shifts in momentum, concluded when a series of code violations assessed against his opponent culminated in a default with Morrissey serving on match point. “Friday’s performance was one of the best I have seen all season and in my four years at [Stanford] as far as the team coming together, showing grit and determination and playing well at the right time,” Klahn said. “[Kentucky] certainly didn’t make it easy for us, but I was really proud of our team for sticking with our game plan and staying tough down the stretch.” Last year’s quarterfinal defeat against Virginia — as well as a 4-1 loss at the Indoors in February — quickly came to mind for the Cardinal as it prepared for Sunday’s match against the Cavaliers, who were entering their eighth straight NCAA tournament quarterfinal. “For all of us who were involved in last year’s match, we know how close we came to pulling off the win, and every one of us believed we could and should have won that match,” Klahn said beforehand. “Similarly, we played them very tough this year on their home courts, and that gives us a lot
of confidence.” The Cardinal started quicker in the doubles than against Kentucky, with Klahn and Morrissey triumphing 8-5 out of the No. 2 position, but losses by the other two pairings meant that the Cavaliers were able to clinch the doubles point. Unlike Friday’s match, the Cardinal struggled to reassert itself in the singles component and suffered a collapse on the middle courts. Kandath, Morrissey and Ho all lost in straight sets, allowing the Cavaliers to claim victory before the Cardinal could get onto the scoreboard. Freshman Robert Stineman, who was leading 6-4, 2-1 on court six when his match was abandoned, was the only Stanford player to win a set. The loss brings the Cardinal’s team season to a close, marking the fourth straight year that Stanford has surpassed 20 wins but also extending a relative drought in the NCAA tournament. Despite holding a record 18 national championships and an all-time 103-18 postseason record, the Cardinal has failed to progress beyond the quarterfinals since 2003 and last lifted the tournament trophy in 2000. Nevertheless, the season isn’t over yet for Klahn and Thacher. Both seniors will participate in the NCAA singles championships as at-large bids and will combine as the No. 4 pairing in the doubles tournament. Both competitions will begin on May 23 in Athens, Ga. Contact Marshall Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior Veronica Li won the final match of her Stanford career 6-4, 7-5 over USC’s Valeria Pulido on Saturday. Li is the only graduating senior on a Cardinal team that will look to threaten for a national title next year.
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