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WEDNESDAY May 23, 2012
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Volume 241 Issue 66
ARP debate continues in Senate
Law prof. offers analysis of the Dear Colleague Letter
By JULIA ENTHOVEN
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Ross reflects on strategies for peace
Middle East advisor recommends route forward for Israel-Palestine in moment of global inattention
By NATASHA WEASER
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate heard a two-hour series of opinions Tuesday from individuals involved with the debate on the Alternative Review Process (ARP), Stanford’s judicial procedure for cases involving sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment and stalking. Except for the regular funding bills, which passed unanimously, the senators did not pass any new legislation or present a revised budget for the upcoming fiscal year, following rejection of the proposed budget by the Graduate Student Council (GSC). The senators had invited several involved students, faculty members and Judicial Affairs members to speak about the ARP to aid the senators in better understanding the involved issues. Professor Michael McConnell, law professor and fellow at the Hoover Institute, explained his interpretation of the Office of Civil Rights’ Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the document that caused Stanford President John Hennessy to unilaterally lower the standard of proof from beyond a reasonable doubt to preponderance of evidence in April 2011. McConnell said that the American Association of University Professors opposes a burden of preponderance of evidence and endorses a clear and convincing standard. He added that both civil rights organizations and the federal government are currently debating the DCL’s legal status. “Nothing is written in stone,” McConnell said. He told the senators that, because the ARP is currently in compliance with the DCL, they should be in no rush to approve the procedure. He also expressed worry about a general diminution of the rights of the accused. “The thing about the ARP is that it isn’t just one change,” he explained.“Any one individual aspect of it may actually be quite justifiable. But it is rather a cascade of changes, every one of which makes it more difficult for an innocent person to [defend themselves].” In a similar vein, K.C. Johnson, a professor of history at Brooklyn College, expressed over Skype his concern for the protections taken out of the ARP and cited a prevalence of false accusations. Max Sosna-Spear ’12, who serves on ARP review panels, countered Johnson and McConnell’s explanation and defended the procedure’s existing provisions, including the panel size and majority voting requirement. He also argued that the prevalence of false accusations is much lower than Johnson posited. “Certainly we increase the risk of false findings of responsibility,” Sosna-Spear said, “but precisely
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Ambassador Dennis Ross, a Middle East advisor to Presidents Obama, Clinton and H.W. Bush, spoke Tuesday on how both Israeli and Palestinian stakeholders can adjust to more toward peace.
Ambassador Dennis Ross, a prominent Middle East adviser to Presidents Obama, Clinton and George H. W. Bush, affirmed his belief Tuesday night in CEMEX Auditorium that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threats to attack Iran if an agreement on nuclear weapons is not reached are sincere. “I don’t think he’s bluffing,” he said in response to an audience member’s question. “Netanyahu defines his role as prime minister as protecting Israelis and protecting Jewish people — this is a part of his self-definition.” “If he believes Iran will cross the threshold, I do believe he will act,” he added. The statement was made following his presentation, which was attended by more than 400 people. Marty Zack ’14, president of
the Stanford Israel Alliance (SIA), introduced Ross as “one of our country’s leading champions in Middle East peace,” noting “he has dedicated almost his entire career to the cause.” Ross was appointed Middle East envoy under President Clinton and was heavily involved in the peace negotiations of the 1990s between Israel and Palestine. During this time, he helped broker the 1995 Interim Agreement and the 1997 Hebron Accord. In 2009, he was appointed special advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He left the post the same year to join the National Security Council staff as senior director for the central region and special assistant to the president. Ross stepped down from the position
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Law School seeks student views on new dean
Law students hope replacement dean will match responsiveness to students
By ANTONIO RAMIREZ At a Tuesday town hall meeting, law students were given an opportunity to engage and question the search committee that will recommend a list of candidates to the president and provost to replace Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer. Kramer announced in March that he will step down from his post to serve as president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. “Of the great qualities I’ve seen in Dean Kramer in the past three years I’ve been here, I think one of those is his responsiveness to students,” said Teddy Kider J.D. ’12, co-president of the Stanford Law Association and member of the dean selection committee. “The fact that there is someone at the top of the administration who I do think cares about students is important in a big way.” The current list of candidates for the position will be kept completely confidential until a new dean has been selected, as a way to ensure that certain candidates will consider running for the position. The committee expects to present anywhere from three to five candidates to University President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82. To select this list of candidates, the committee began holding meetings with the public two weeks ago. Around 50 students attended Tuesday’s town hall meeting, presenting a number of questions that led Law School Vice Dean Mark Kelman to describe students’ opinions as ranging from “valuable reinforcement of
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The Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students hosted its 150K Challenge Finale Tuesday afternoon at the Arrillaga Alumni Center. Winners in four different funding competitions received a cumulative total of $150,000 after successfully delivering their final pitches.
Santa Clara County Board delays vote until August
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to push back voting on two proposals that would have dipped into a fund the University created in 2001 under agreement with its General Use Permit. The board will take up the issue again in August. The two projects in question include a proposed pedestrian and bike bridge over Highway 101 and the completion of a Bay Trail link. These projects would cost $5 million and $3 million, respectively.
The fund of $10.37 million was established to counter the reduction of recreation space that resulted from Stanford’s 5-million-square foot expansion. Stanford Campus Residential Leaseholders (SCRL) claim that these projects would not benefit Stanford households and would be a misuse of the funds, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. “The two proposed projects would not mitigate the adverse effect,” wrote James Sweeney, president of the SCRL board, in a letter to the board on Sunday. “Thus spending these funds for these projects would be a breach of the contract and an inappropriate diversion of funds that were to be used only as a mitigation specific to campus residents and facilities users, not meant as a
general mitigation to the entire region,” the letter continued. Different proposals for the use of the fund, such as improving a trail around Alpine Road, have been presented and rejected over the past year. Meanwhile, proponents of the proposal — such as Corrine Winter, president and director of the Committee for Green Foothills and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition — have urged board members to examine the advantages she predicts the projects would have for those living in the surrounding areas. “The proposed projects will serve a far greater number of people and keep the whole area healthy and active,” Winter said in an article in the San Jose Mercury News.
— Mary Ann Toman-Miller
Researchers identify gene predicting smoking habits
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Researchers have discovered a gene closely linked to how much African Americans smoke, according to a School of Medicine press release. “Knowing that this gene is important in different ancestral groups . . . suggests it as a target for drug discovery and development,” said Sean David, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford, in the
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tion], are you really committed to the presumption of innocence?” Elliott Wolf J.D. ’13, who served as president of the Duke student body immediately following the 2006 lacrosse team scandal, warned senators of the impact of what he termed the “student affairs industry” on processes such as the ARP. Sosna-Spear said that he believes that all of the administrators involved in the ARP, excluding some faculty members who serve on panels, were trained in student affairs. Reporting on his experience at Duke, Wolf said he found that a concentration of faculty members who saw themselves as educators rather than adjudicators led to in-
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the point is that we are trying to shift the balance. Even with the ARP process, there are lots of people [who] aren’t coming forward. So I think there has to be some . . . weighing the likelihood of false responsibility and the very important interest of keeping this a safe community for all people.” “As it stands, I think the University is suffering far more from unreported offenders than from innocent people who are being expelled from the University,” he added. Refuting Sosna-Spear’s claim
that responding students in the ARP almost always concede the facts but argue that their actions were not criminal, Timothy Lau J.D. ’12, a member of the Board of Judicial Affairs, reminded the senators of the possibility of misidentification and urged them to increase the voting requirement in order to compensate for the low burden of proof. “The ARP process doesn’t just cover sexual assault; it covers sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence and stalking,” he said. “To say that no misidentification is ever going to happen . . . I think you’re all making a stretch, and you are subjecting people to unfair accusations . . . If you do [ignore the problem of misidentifica-
Nothing is written in stone.
MICHAEL McCONNELL, professor of law
creased bias, more false rulings and greater undeserved impact on student lives. “Every school below the U.S. News top 10 is now infested with professional staff with master’s degrees in ‘student personnel administration,’” Wolf said. “And sadly, they are more interested in fostering ‘teachable moments’ with students than in dispassionately find-
ing facts and meting out sanctions to serve as a deterrent.” “There aren’t two sides to this; there are many sides,” Senator Shahab Fadavi ’15 said at the meeting’s commencement, reminding his peers to develop a nuanced understanding of the ARP.Although several senators asked questions about various aspects of the ARP, there was no discussion among them at the meeting. Garima Sharma ’15 said that the Senate is planning to delay the approval of the ARP until fall quarter, which is when the procedure will be reviewed by the Faculty Senate. Contact Julia Enthoven at jjejje@ stanford.edu.
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press release. David was a co-leader of the study, which collaborated with more than 75 researchers across the United States. Drawing data from more than 32,000 African Americans, researchers concluded that the gene CHRNA5 is statistically relevant in predicting smoking behavior. Researchers previously found that the same gene is relevant in predicting smoking behavior of people with European ancestry. The study, however, found that the genetic marker correlated with smoking behaviors is in a different place on the gene depending on one’s ethnicity. According to David, it is crucial to understand how nicotine receptors vary across ethnicities because African Americans statistically have a higher risk of developing lung cancer, despite beginning to smoke later in life than other ethnic groups. Researchers also discovered a genetic marker that closely predicts number of cigarettes smoked per day. Stanford contributed 8,208 participants to the study, called the Study of Tobacco in Minority Populations, or STOMP. The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences funded the study, which was published Tuesday in Translational Psychiatry.
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information” to assessments that he “didn’t see coming.” One of the qualities that students consistently identified as an important trait in the future dean was continued responsiveness to students as previously demonstrated by Kramer. As part of Kramer’s willingness to engage with students, he has held periodic town hall meetings open to all and has committed himself to teaching classes and participating in school musicals every year. “I would agree that one of Dean Kramer’s biggest assets from a student’s perspective is that he is responsive to all students, especially students that he doesn’t necessarily agree with,” said Barbara Smith J.D. ’12. “He is still just as supportive with them as he is with anyone else.” Kramer has led a number of initiatives, including switching the law school’s academic calendar from the semester system to the quarter system. “Although we wish the law school rankings didn’t mean anything, they do,” Smith said. “It’s important to find someone who’s sensitive to that and who is going to continue the great trend that Dean Kramer has started.” Students also voiced concerns about the impression that Stanford Law School may be “a little California-centric.” “It is unfortunate because we’re the second best law school in the country and we don’t have
One of Dean Kramer’s biggest assets... is that he is responsive to all students.
BARBARA SMITH J.D. ‘12
more connections to places like Washington, D.C., and New York,” Smith said. “There’s certainly no discouraging of students who want to go to those types of places, but I’ve found that the search has been a little self-directed.” “It would be wonderful to have more East Coast, and even Midwest, sensitivity to what Stanford has,” she added. Contact Antonio Ramirez at ajram firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Andreas Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, discussed the process of innovation and its significance to Silicon Valley Tuesday evening as part of the Stanford Engineering Hero Lecture.
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last November. “I want to look conceptually and historically at the whole approach to peace and conclude with a new model,” Ross said. He traced peace efforts from the 1970s to the 1993 Oslo Accords, giving examples of various approaches, including Kissinger’s “incremental” approach and the Carter administration’s opposing “comprehensive” approach. “People describe me as someone who believes in ‘incrementalism,’ but my approach is you do what the context permits you to do,” Ross said. “Statecraft is about marrying objectives and means,” he added. “If context isn’t right, you have to find a way to change the context.” Based on this idea, Ross argued that a new approach and model is needed for the IsraeliPalestinian conflict because the current context for conflict is not conducive to negotiating peace. “I offer a hybrid model,” he said. “There needs to be a political process, but there needs to be something done from the ground up as well.” Citing polls that show that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution but express doubt about its possibility, Ross argued that peace cannot be achieved if the majority of each side thinks the other is not serious about a two-state solution. “One of the reasons why both publics don’t believe in it [the possibility of resolving the conflict] is that they’ve seen this movie before,” Ross said, referring to prolonged negotiations throughout the 1990s that yielded no significant results. Offering steps on both sides to break through the impasse, Ross suggested that the United States could help broker negotiations. On the Israeli side, Ross proposed several measures including reducing the level of Israeli control in the West Bank territories, providing more economic opportunities for Palestinians, recognize Palestinians who take a nonviolent approach and adopting legislation to offer compensation for settlers who voluntarily move out of the West Bank. On the Palestinian side, Ross listed steps including halting in-
citement, condemning violence, including Israel in maps in Palestinian textbooks and institution building. According to Ross, following these steps “will cause both sides to take a second look and change the dynamics of political negotiations.” Ross pointed out that the world’s attention is currently focused on “everything but the peace issue between Israelis and Palestinians. It has not gone away and it won’t go away.” However, he said he views this moment as an opportunity to push for progress in negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. “The Arab countries are all focused internally right now,” he said. “Both the Israelis and Palestinians have the space to do something. It is in this moment, when no one is paying attention, that we should and they should act.” Following the talk, former Middle East bureau chief for the Washington Post and communication professor Janine Zacharia joined Ross on stage for a question-and-answer session. Ross dismissed the notion that the current administration is focused on Iran and ignoring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The problem of Iran and the emergence of nuclear weapons weighs very heavily,” he said. “The administration is active behind the scenes [on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict] and approaching it in a low-profile way.” He also expressed optimism on the progress of negotiations with Iran, crediting increased pressure from the United States for improving the situation. “I don’t expect there to be a breakthrough tomorrow, but I don’t think we have the luxury of approaching talks like we have all the time in the world,” he said. “There needs to be a sense of urgency.” Moving to the topic of Syria, Ross highlighted a need to engage Russia in efforts to oust current Syrian President Bashar alAssad. Ross stated his support for a safe haven for the dictator on the Syrian-Turkish border. In response to a challenge from audience members of his definition of Palestinian identity, Ross said, “You cannot deny Palestinian national identity. We cannot make peace if we do not recognize the Palestinians.” Contact Natasha Weaser at email@example.com.
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Stanford band Den of Thieves performed at the Art After Dark festival last Friday. The five members, all seniors, came together in spring quarter of their sophomore year.
Student musicians find space to jam despite lacking music scene
By JOSEE SMITH
t’s 11:48 p.m. on a Saturday night. I’m standing in the backyard of 680 Lomita, wearing a tank top and shorts, regretting my decision to follow the mythical Exotic Erotic dress code. I sway to the live band’s music, trying to ignore the goose bumps on my arms. The live band finishes up one of their original songs, “Waldo,”
and transitions into a song we all know and love: “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. I jump around with the rest of the crowd, waving my arms in the air and forgetting I was ever cold as the saxophone player wails away on his instrument and one of the lead singers tells us we make him want to “Shout!” Stanford isn’t exactly known for its music scene, but the campus hosts a myriad of talented musicians, all
vying for a chance to play their music for people who appreciate it. The music scene isn’t always visible when you first look at our campus, but with some digging, trips to house parties and Facebook stalking, it starts to reveal itself. “When I first started at Stanford, I was primarily making music by myself,” said Ryan Edwards ’13. “This year I got involved with IDA [the Institute for Diversity in the Arts] and found other people to work with.” A junior sporting an afro and a longboard, Edwards has been involved in music his entire life, playing the harmonica in elementary school and taking the stage for the first time during a talent show in the fourth grade. He began dropping beats and rapping when he came to Stanford, mixing hip-hop with other genres such as jazz and electronica. Edwards formed a collective with people he met through IDA, and they began performing at different functions on campus, such as Wine and Cheese at Kairos and rush events. For Edwards, getting involved in the music scene was tough because it was not very visible to him as a freshman. “Finding people to work with was difficult during my freshman year because a lot of people would be like, ‘Oh, I’ll rap on a track with you because it sounds like fun and it sounds cool,’ but actually taking action and writing a verse and getting onstage and performing it in front of people, they don’t follow through,” he said. “It’s just a matter of finding the right people who are taking it seriously.” Edwards added that working with people is both more fun and important for learning collaboration. Others slid more seamlessly into the music scene at Stanford. “I took Music 171 [Chamber Music] last year and they offer jazz combos,” Jared Naimark ’14 said. “I wanted to do something easy to start, so I auditioned and was placed in a group.” The group fell apart at the end of last year but Naimark and two other members continued to play into this year and incorporated three new members. “It’s more of a band this year,” Naimark said. He started learning music at a young age and has been playing the saxophone since the fourth grade. He got involved in the music scene at Stanford by jamming with people in his freshman dorm, Larkin. “It can be tough getting everyone in the same room and hard to find committed people,” Naimark said. “There’s also been some arguments about the vibe of the group.” Harry Doshay ’14, another member of the group, began playing the bass when his dad left one in his room when he was younger. “He stuck the bass in the corner of my room, and after a while it started talking to me and so I started playing it,” Doshay said. “It can be difficult to get people to play on a regular basis at Stanford,” he continued. “I just try to play as much music as possible, at every opportunity.”
Their combo, named Too Big to Mail — its third name so far — has played at on-campus events such as Monday Night Jazz at the CoHo, Wine and Cheese at Kairos and Art After Dark. However, Naimark and Doshay are not interested in publicizing themselves too much. “I’d like to continue playing jazz and sax because it’s how I express myself, but we don’t necessarily want to put our name out,” Naimark said. “It’s just a fun thing to do, playing with friends.”
There are a lot of really talented musicians,but few bands.
— ALEX KLEIN
“We’re not really playing for money or publicity,” Doshay added. “I just want to keep playing with these guys and having fun. I’ll probably end up just like my dad and end up playing with a bunch of buddies, thinking I can rock, playing at my own birthday party.” Stephen Henderson ’11 M.A. ’12 has also been playing music most of his life. “I grew up on the east side of Maui that really harbored music,” he said. “I started playing the guitar and ukulele when I was 10.” When Henderson came to Stanford in 2005 as a freshman, he started a reggae band called Paradise Groove. He more recently started a music collective called the Dot Dot Dots. Henderson has been a professional musician since the age of 15 and has been producing professionally since he was 21. “Finding people to play with has to be something that happens organically,” Henderson said. “You have to share the same principles, be experienced enough and finish each other’s melodies . . . My own music is very sacred to me so I want to make sure it’s of quality.” When Henderson first came to Stanford, he didn’t find a class or a track to develop his music. He learned about the music industry by himself through independent research, as he felt there was no strong sense of artistic community. “People go to see other people perform because they know someone in the band, not because the music is good,” Henderson said.“It’s not necessarily indicative of a healthy community. You want your art to speak for itself.” In 2010, Henderson co-founded the Red Couch Project, which showcases independent artists in an accessible setting, giving up-andcoming musicians resources to develop their careers. In July, he plans on starting an independent production company with his older sister and has plans to build a studio. “It will be a safe, beautiful, sacred place for artists to play,” he said.
With six albums’ worth of material already, Henderson just wants to keep making music. “Hawaii’s music scene suffers a bit, so I’d like to help out there as well,” he added. Henderson’s influence is well known within the music scene on campus. “[At the Knoll] he’s created an open group of musicians who can come through and play,” said Ben Broer ’12, drummer of a Stanfordgrown band called Den of Thieves. “I think what he’s doing is fantastic, and I really admire him.” Den of Thieves features Broer on the drums, John Hollywood ’12 on the guitar, Alex Klein ’12 on the saxophone, Jason Loftus ’12 on the bass and Michael Davies ’12 on the keyboard. All five of its members have been in the group since its start. Their involvement in music grew from an interest in the craft and admiration of those older than them who were playing instruments. The band members dallied in music their freshman year and came together during spring quarter of their sophomore year. Klein described them as a Grateful Dead cover during their initial time together, though Hollywood and Broer disagreed. “We started out as a classic rock cover band, but we’ve developed our own style,” Broer said. All three agreed that it is tough to get involved in the music scene at Stanford. “There’s no place for musicians to congregate,” Klein said, adding that the Knoll could work as that place, if it focused less on computer music. He also expressed an interest in Frost Amphitheater being opened to student bands. “There isn’t a huge incentive for bands to play around [campus] either,” Broer added. However, Klein offered hope for the integration of music into campus life. “The music scene is changing for the better,” he said. “There are a lot of really talented musicians, but few bands.” Den of Thieves has played at a lot of events on campus, mostly weekly and biweekly “staples,” like Happy Hour at Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Wine and Cheese at Kairos and parties at Narnia. “We’re just starting to move off campus,” Broer said, citing a show in San Francisco this week in which the group will play original music. With graduation approaching, the members all have plans that will take them away from Stanford and away from the band, from going on to work in sound production to attending medical school. Though they may not continue performing, they stressed the value of their band experience. “It’s really important to take the time to do your art,” Henderson said. “If you could be playing music and you would be playing music, then you should be playing music. It has to be just important to you as your academics.” Contact Josee Smith at jsmith11@ stanford.edu.
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n February and March 2012, the Green Living Council and Aquacue, a water system electronics and monitoring company, sponsored the “Water Wars,” a month-long competition between the different dorms in Florence Moore (FloMo) to see which dorm could reduce its water consumption the most. The winning dorm was promised a prize of $1,000 for general dorm funds. A similar competition at the University of California, Merced incentivized students to cut their water consumption by 14 percent, an impressive reduction. This was to be a pleasant, good-spirited competition in support of a greater cause, right? Alas, according to Aquacue, early in the process, someone tampered with one of its monitoring devices by inserting wood chips so that the device stopped reporting any water flow. A backup device was left functioning, so no data was lost. More troubling, however, was that someone entered Loro’s bathrooms and left the showers and spigots running overnight, wasting copious amounts of water. By the end of the competition, Loro used 17,585 more gallons than its previous baseline consumption. For comparison, the winning dorm Faisan cut its previous consumption by 1,306 gallons and the most-improved dorm Gavilan cut its consumption by 10,301 gallons. The irony of the situation is painfully obvious. The person(s) who wasted incredible amounts of Loro’s water clearly missed the point that these Water Wars were intended to reduce water consumption — wasting water to give another dorm an edge defeats the entire purpose of the competition. The Editorial Board is concerned that this kind of behavior is part of a broader lack of respect for the community in many Stanford residences. This particular action is not typical of most Stanford students, yet many smaller acts of disrespect take place daily. In general, as Stanford students, we are incredibly blessed. Dorm residents have access to essentially unlimited food up to 19 times a week at dining halls or 10 times a week in self-operated houses, prepared with little to no effort on behalf of the students. Most residences have the luxury of a cleaning staff. It can be all too easy to become complacent in such an atmosphere. On occasion, we see this complacency rear its ugly head in the form of stacks of dirty plates abandoned in hallways or dorm kitchenettes,
common spaces torn apart by weekend revelers and the accursed phenomenon of vomit in bathrooms and hallways. In addition to being inherently distasteful, these acts of disrespect attack the very social fabric in residences — they promote an environment of unaccountability and strain relationships within residences and between students and staff. Perhaps we are spoiled by all of the services we receive. To that end, the Editorial Board believes that more ownership and accountability would create a residential environment that truly makes a home out of student housing. Although difficult to implement, one option is to have students participate in the upkeep of their residences even in a small way,as self-ops do with hash. Such a policy would complement, not supplant, existing custodial staff. If students were partially responsible for the upkeep of common areas and bathrooms, for instance, social attitudes among students toward behaviors like excessive intoxication and vomiting would be vastly different. The sink you puked in won’t be cleaned by some invisible force while you sleep or are in class — it will be cleaned by your neighbor and peer, who will not be pleased with your disregard for the community and will exert social pressure on you to show respect. Of course, these characteristics are present in Stanford’s co-operatively run residences, but the Editorial Board does not expect every Stanford residence to be a co-op. Nevertheless, it is clear that student attitudes need to change. The current reality in which costs of room and board are paid by some combination of funds from parents, students and financial aid means that students take Stanford and the lifestyle we are afforded here for granted. Wasting thousands of gallons of water to disadvantage peers in a competition would be unthinkable in the “real world.” Assisting custodial staff in maintaining residences makes students directly accountable for the actions they take that negatively impact residences. Programs like Stanford Habla build community a different way, giving hard-working Stanford employees the benefit of English practice and making students more cognizant of the people who tirelessly work “behind the scenes.” Even before this, pointing out generally disrespectful attitudes on the part of students who are undoubtedly intelligent will begin to cause much-needed change.
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ccording to my calculations, we’re in the middle of week eight, which means two things: that summer is right around the corner and that most students are finding themselves buried under all the final papers and presentations that accompany the school year’s end. But in typical Stanford student fashion, the more work we have, the more ways we conjure to avoid it. Procrastinating is as natural to us as being busy is, and since most people tend to spend their time procrastinating on Facebook and my last column was all about getting people to take Facebook a little less seriously (which starts with spending less time on the site), I decided to compile a list of the best ways to procrastinate properly and productively. After all, if you can’t beat them, join them. So without further ado, I present the tips to professional procrastination: 1. Call home. Calling home is a fantastic way to procrastinate. Not only does it force those of us who are bad at staying in touch to check in and remind our families that we are still alive, but it’s also fail-proof, considering that your parents will never get mad at you for spending time catching up with them. Plus, chances are you’ll end this phone call a little more motivated than when you started it. Parents are really good at saying things like “I know you’ll do great on your midterm!” even when you know this may not be true. 2. Do your laundry or clean your room.
Cleaning is just not fun, and chances are, you rarely ever want to do it. However, chances also are that you find your problem set even less fun than you find cleaning. So if you’re really dreading your work, try taking a break and channeling that energy into vacuuming your floor or hauling your clothes down the three flights of stairs to the laundry room. You may not get your problem set done, but at least you’ll be able to wear your favorite shirt and look good tomorrow when you hop on your bike three minutes before the p-set is due so you can turn it in. 3. Go get food or coffee. Picture this: you’re sitting around with all of your friends. Everyone is working on their own thing, whether that’s writing a PWR paper or studying for a Chem 135 midterm, when suddenly one person lets out a loud sigh and says, “I’m starving. Late Nite, anyone?” Next thing you know, the person to your right is talking about how they definitely need to tag along so they can get a cup of coffee, and you start thinking about how you could probably use a cookie as a little pick-me-up, even though you’re not that hungry. Ten minutes later, you’re all at Late Nite sitting around a table, laughing, talking, running into other friends, basically doing everything but working, and this continues for at least 30 minutes. Getting food is the perfect way to procrastinate. After all, no one is ever going to challenge the legitimacy of your hunger, and you can always make yourself feel better about trekking over to Arrillaga or Lakeside by telling yourself that the energy drink you just
bought will get you through the rest of your assignment/night. 4. Make to-do lists. I’m fairly positive I spend more time making to-do lists than I spend doing the things on them. That having been said, writing down all the things you have to do and making a schedule of when you plan on doing them and how long they will take is usually a safe procrastination technique. In most cases, the sheer length of your list should scare you into getting started on your work. 5. Go jump in a fountain. With the weather having been so nice lately, it’s hard to miss the groups of students splashing around in the fountains. When it gets too hot to focus, just tell yourself that fountains are the most efficient way to cool off, slip into your bathing suit and go dive in (except not literally since you’ll hurt yourself). I highly recommend the newest fountain, which is located behind the Thornton Center and is a total beauty. So there you have it — the tools for proper procrastination. Hopefully, using any of the above will leave you a lot happier and a little less prone to further procrastination than when you started. Happy procrastinating Stanford! Still feel like procrastinating? Send Ravali an email at email@example.com.
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BURSTING THE BUBBLE
Clementi, Ravi and remorse
innocent prank. True. But we must remember that Mr. Ravi was not charged with Tyler’s death.What he did was, in the judge’s words, “colossally ignorant,” but he did not push Tyler off the bridge — at least not in the eyes of the law, and rightfully so.The burden of Tyler’s death is purely a moral one, and one that should weigh very heavily on Mr. Ravi for the rest of his life. The truth is that Mr. Ravi is also now irreparably damaged. He has been living in exile for the last two years. Work, at least work he is qualified for, is surely out of reach for the rest of his life. His mother sobbed during the trial about how her son does not eat, does not sleep, is not the teenager he should be. And every mother, and perhaps every son, should empathize with her sorrow. But does Mr. Ravi feel this emotional burden? Does he really feel remorse? The judge was very quick to point out in his verdict that though Mr. Ravi apologized to the Clementis in passing in his pre-sentencing
two-year tragedy may have come to a close Monday morning in a New Jersey courtroom as Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in prison for invasion of privacy, bias crimes and obstruction of justice. Most of us have heard this sad saga by now. Mr. Ravi arrives as a computer-whiz freshman at Rutgers University, meets his quiet, introverted roommate in Mr. Clementi and later remotely records Clementi’s intimate moments with another man on his webcam. He did this not once, but twice; he posted these videos to his public Twitter feed. Days later, Tyler Clementi wrote in his last Facebook post, “Jumping off GW Bridge, sorry.” Mr. Ravi’s sentence Monday morning represents a somewhat surprising conclusion to a case that has captured media attention for some 20 months. Indeed, Judge Glenn Berman’s verdict — 30 days in county jail — was immediately contested by both sides as they sought its appeal. “I’ve disenchanted both sides,” Berman admitted after both the prosecution and defense moved to stay the verdict. Many think 30 days is just not enough. This is someone’s life here — someone whose life was lost, whose family must suffer, whose friends have been hurt. This was no
paperwork, he made no mention of the man the court refers to as “M. B.,” Clementi’s partner, whose name was redacted for the trial. The usually stoic Ravi cried yesterday in the courtroom — not for his freshman year roommate, but for his mother, whose letter was punctuated by wails and sobs. And the defense made Dharun the victim. He’s been living in exile. He’s not been able to lead a normal life. He was just 18 when he did this! It was just a prank. Dharun’s reputation is forever tarnished. Dharun won’t be able to find work. Dharun won’t be able to pursue the American Dream his parents had for him when they immigrated with two suitcases and nothing else. Dharun this, Dharun that. Dharun a victim, just another victim. In many ways, he is. But in many ways he should know far better than to play this card, even if it’s just a lawyer’s strategy to get a lighter sentence (a successful one, as it turns
out). Because we now live in a world where after Mr. Ravi has finished passing through the scrutiny of the judicial system — which is no sure thing given both sides’ indignation regarding the verdict — he must pass through the scrutiny of the American people, who will judge for themselves this man’s character through the video and blog commentary that has already flooded the Internet after his sentencing. At least one judge will be looking, above all else, to see whether or not Tyler Clementi’s death has taken a moral toll on Dharun Ravi. Which is why it was very disappointing to hear in the courtroom, again and again, that Dharun too was a victim, that he too had his life destroyed, that he was improperly judged by the feeding frenzy that is the news media, that he does not deserve the scorn that this nation has for him right now. Yes, Dharun is a victim. But his
situation is self-inflicted. And if we can call him a victim, then I do not know what word we can use to describe Tyler or his family. Monday morning, the judge offered Mr. Ravi an opportunity to address the court. The cameras were still rolling, of course.The judge actually offered Mr. Ravi an opportunity to address the nation. He could have stood up and offered simple words of apology to everyone he has hurt: the Clementis, his classmates at Rutgers, the witnesses he tampered with and, above all, his family. Instead, he shook his head no. The nation is still waiting to hear Dharun Ravi apologize for what he has done. Given his apparent lack of remorse, it’s likely their verdict will be much harsher than 30 days in county jail. Want to join the court of public opinion? Contact Ed at email@example.com.
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tan Van Gundy is a great NBA coach. He’s a brilliant basketball mind who took a defensively dysfunctional organization and turned it into an efficient winning machine.His five-year stint with the Orlando Magic was easily the most successful coaching tenure in franchise history, with a Finals appearance in 2009 accentuating a 259-135 regular-season record. Now, Stan Van Gundy is unemployed because the culture of coaching has transformed to accommodate the ever-growing trend of players demanding more respect than those they should call their bosses. To say the position of NBA head coach is in a state of flux would be like calling Kobe’s shot selection a bit excessive. Of the 29 coaches currently employed by NBA franchises, only three began in their current roles before 2008, with just one, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, starting prior to 2000. Aside from Popovich, and possibly Boston’s Doc Rivers, it’s ridiculous to even attempt to make a case for any current head coaches as future Hall of Famers. This is disheartening. Basketball has skyrocketed in global popularity and, like any growing sport, has evolved to become scientifically analyzed and produced. Coaches and players fluidly understand certain facets of the game that just didn’t exist 25 years ago. With the game becoming visibly more skilled at every level, the NBA coaching fraternity should consist of 30 of the most qualified people in the world. The problem is, this isn’t the case. Out of the NBA writers I follow on Twitter, I could easily pick five that I would choose to serve as head coach for my team over a multitude of current leaders. These include people who didn’t play organized hoops past high school, which is irrelevant. The argument that these guys haven’t been there before and couldn’t guide a group of professional athletes is antiquated at best. Coaches are picked through a type of “old boys” club that promotes nepotism and perpetuates the cycle of promoting former NBA affiliates unsuited to fill the role. It’s why we’ve seen mind-numbing substitutions and even more ludicrous quotes coming from guys in charge of playoff teams. That can’t happen at the highest level of any sport. The root of the issue is money. As the battle to become a “max-contract player” wages on, those already in that upper echelon of salaries or those who feel deserving of greater recognition take it upon themselves to demean their bosses and stage verbal coups. Those in higher management are afraid of alienating star players — their moneymakers — and often force coaches onto the most uncomfortable of islands. How can a guy possibly do his job with the looming threat of a rebellious star constantly looming over everything? This past season’s Dwight Howard saga was brutal for me to endure as a Magic fan, but nowhere close to as painful as it must have been for Van Gundy. Dwight’s appalling lack of respect for his coach — who I believe transformed Howard into a dominant post defender — ultimately led to the coach’s demise. Van Gundy is a hard-ass, a no-nonsense basketball disciple who refused to give in to constant outside pressures. He went about his job, coached his team the way he thought it should be coached and managed to get the Magic to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year, with or without Howard.As a reward, he got canned. Star culture won’t budge without a dramatic change in player accountability. In an ideal world, every one of the 30 franchises would routinely and sufficiently punish players who refuse to adhere to a coach’s philosophy. That doesn’t mean that players shouldn’t have a say; they should just handle themselves professionally and with cautious candor. Without this radical alteration, coaching positions will continue to be occupied by multimillionaire babysitters who succumb to their leading scorers instead of teaching the game of basketball. I don’t want to be a part of that world anymore. This is possibly an exaggerated rant in the wake of Orlando’s recent decision, but basketball fans can’t possibly like the direction in which things are headed. People like Vinny
It’s not you, NBA coach, it’s them
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Junior Jake Stewart recorded a single, a double and two home runs in Tuesday night’s 10-5 victory over Santa Clara, marking one of the best games of his career. The No. 14 Stanford baseball team extended its win streak to eight games as it heads into its final regular-season series.
By JOSEPH BEYDA
Junior centerfielder Jake Stewart had already singled, doubled and homered when he came to the plate in his fourth at-bat on Tuesday night, needing a triple to complete the first cycle of his Stanford career. Instead, he added his second home run of the evening instead to polish off one of the best games he’s played on the Farm. Stewart went blow-for-blow with Santa Clara on Tuesday night, as No. 14 Stanford equaled its longest winning streak of the year with its eighth straight victory to stay hot heading into its final regular-season series. Stewart’s full-count, two-run homer in the eighth inning was a huge boost for the Cardinal (37-14, 17-10 Pac-12) in its 10-5 win over the Broncos (25-26, 4-17 West Coast Conference). “I was just trying to get on base every single time I was up,” he told GoStanford.com. “That’s what the leadoff hitter’s job is, and I was just trying to do that all day.” Stanford closes out its nonconference season with an impressive 20-4 record, including a near-perfect 10-2 mark in midweek games. The Cardinal still has its sights set on the close race for the Pac-12 title as it prepares to host Cal this weekend. Stanford, Arizona State and UCLA all trail Oregon by two games and are one back of Arizona, meaning that a series win against the Golden Bears would guarantee the Cardinal at worst a third-place finish. With the Ducks squaring off against competitive instate rival Oregon State — which dominated one of the teams’ two midweek meetings this
year — Stanford is by no means out of contention for its first conference title since 2004. Even though last night’s win won’t help the Cardinal move up in the standings, the allaround effort had to be pretty encouraging for head coach Mark Marquess. Besides Stewart’s heroics, freshman designated hitter Dominic Jose and sophomore rightfielder Austin Wilson each had three hits, with the former doubling twice and the latter netting a two-bagger of his own. After a moderately productive four-hit weekend against Utah, Stewart didn’t give Bronco starter Tommy Nance any time to settle in, blasting the first pitch of the game for his fifth homer of the season. “I was looking for a fastball somewhere in the zone that I could put a swing on,” Stewart said. “Luckily I got one up in the zone that I could drive somewhere.” Stewart and sophomore second baseman Danny Diekroeger then opened up the third with back-to-back walks, but Stewart was thrown out at home on an infield grounder and only Diekroeger came around to score. Santa Clara cut into that tenuous 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the third on an error by Wilson — just the fifth of the season for the .970 fielder — but Stewart helped break things open in the fifth when he got on base to lead off an inning for the third time. He later scored on a single by sophomore first baseman Brian Ragira, with Wilson tacking on a fourth run on his ensuing double and freshman third baseman Alex Blandino making it 5-1 with a hit of his own. The Broncos got their second run off junior
righthander Sahil Bloom in the bottom of the fifth, and climbed back within striking distance when designated hitter Quinton Perry tattooed freshman righty David Schmidt’s second pitch in relief for his fourth home run of the year. Stewart responded with a leadoff double and came around to make it 6-3, but Santa Clara sophomore Kyle DeMerritt came back with a double of his own to spark a two-run Bronco rally in the bottom of the seventh. A double play in the eighth seemed to set up Santa Clara for a comeback, but Stewart’s tworun jack with a full count extended the Cardinal lead to 8-5. “We try to keep those rallies going with two outs and nobody on,” Stewart said. “The wind was blowing out and it was helping me out a little on that one.” Stanford added two more runs in the ninth — marking the first time all game that the team had scored without Stewart coming to the plate — on a two-run double by Jose. Hitting from the right side in response to a Bronco pitching change, Jose was thrown out at third trying to extend the play, but a scoreless bottom of the ninth clinched the 10-5 win. Redshirt sophomore lefthander Garrett Hughes (2-1) got the win after his scoreless, two-inning start. The Cardinal now has two days of rest before it hosts Cal (27-24, 15-10). Stanford won both conference games in Berkeley last year, with the finale cut off due to rain with the Cardinal leading 7-1 in the fourth inning. Contact Joseph Beyda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEORGIA ON THE MIND
Gibbs, Burdette earn top seeds
By CHRISSY JONES
Senior duo hopes for strong finish
By MARSHALL WATKINS
The Stanford women’s tennis team saw its hopes for a second national title in three years crushed in a 4-2 loss to USC on Saturday, but four Cardinal players, sophomore Nicole Gibbs, junior Mallory Burdette, junior Stacey Tan and freshman Ellen Tsay, remain in Athens, Ga., to represent Stanford in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships this week. Despite Saturday’s abrupt ending to the team’s season, Gibbs said that it provides an opportunity for the returning group to learn and improve for next year’s dual-match season. “Our coaches and our captain [senior Veronica Li] spoke in the locker room afterwards,” Gibbs said. “We reflected on the match, as we do after any loss or any win. This team has been through a lot of adversity, and it was a good moment to observe the year and figure out how we can grow from it.” However, No. 3 seed Gibbs and her Cardinal teammates will have little time to reflect, as they must quickly refocus their attention from team play to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, which commence on Wednesday for singles and Thursday for doubles. “There is definitely a differ-
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Bradley Klahn (above) and Ryan Thacher will represent the Stanford men’s tennis team in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. The duo holds the No. 4 seed in the doubles draw, and both received at-large bids in the singles draw.
Having seen their dual-match season come to an end on Sunday afternoon in a heartbreaker against Virginia, members of the Stanford men’s tennis team will look to bounce back and conclude the season on a high note as they enter the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships today in Athens, Ga. Stanford will once again be represented by seniors Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher in both events. The pairing will be the No. 4 seed in the 32-team doubles draw, and both seniors received at-large bids in the 64-man singles draw. The singles tournament will open on Wednesday, with the doubles event beginning a day later. Both competitions will see an entire round completed each day, culminating in two finals scheduled for Monday, May 28. The event, which will take place at the University of Georgia, will see Klahn hoping to replicate his performance on the same courts in 2010, when he stormed to the NCAA singles title as a No. 13 seed. “I have very fond memories of this place, winning it two years ago here, and I had goose bumps as we drove into town last week for the team event, seeing all the familiar spots that bring back great memories,” Klahn said. While Klahn missed the beginning of the season with an unpredictable back ailment, he has a record of rising to the occasion in the postseason and appears to be peaking at just the right time. Klahn has lost just twice in his past 13 singles matches, with both defeats coming against top-
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seeded two-time national champion Steve Johnson of USC. “I feel prepared and excited to start the individual portion of my final NCAAs,” Klahn said. “I had two matches against top-five guys in the team portion of the event . . . and those two matches helped sharpen my game for the individual tournament.” Klahn will in fact repeat the singles component of the Virginia matchup in the first round, facing the Cavaliers’ No. 4 seed, Jarmere Jenkins, on Wednesday for the second time in four days. Their match on Sunday was abandoned with Jenkins a set ahead. “It is obviously a very deep field this year, and I can’t look further than my first match against [Jenkins],” Klahn said.“I’ve always taken a step-by-step approach to tournaments like the NCAAs, and this week is no different. I feel confident in my health and in my game, and that’s the most important thing for me right now.” Meanwhile, Thacher will look to replicate the form that saw him lead the Cardinal lineup for the first
part of the season in Klahn’s absence and attain a 22-13 overall record. Thacher will face Texas Tech’s Gonzalo Escobar in the first round. As a doubles pairing, Klahn and Thacher have been a remarkably successful team, collecting eight doubles titles together throughout their careers. The NCAA doubles title has thus far proved elusive, however, with the pair falling to Texas A&M in a tightly contested final last year. Klahn downplayed the suggestion that the lack of playing time the two have recorded together during the season might hurt their chances as they prepare to take on Andre Dome and Matt Fawcett of Cal Poly in the first round. “Ryan and I have been playing doubles together for over three years now, so I am not worried about any rust in our partnership,” Klahn said. “We haven’t lost any recognition of each other’s tendencies and have been able to get some practice in as a doubles team the last few days.” For both Klahn and Thacher, the upcoming week offers the chance to finish their already-sterling Stanford careers on a high note, after acquiring numerous individual honors and leading the Cardinal to two straight NCAA quarterfinals.
“It’s a difficult feeling to know that this is my last college tournament ever,” Klahn said. “I have been lucky to play at such an incredible university, and college tennis has provided me with memories that will stick with me forever. “I won’t approach this tournament any differently because it is my last one,” Klahn added. “I will still go out and enjoy the moment and compete like I always do, and be determined to leave college tennis on a high note.” Klahn downplayed the psychological impact of the Cardinal’s exit from the team tournament against the Cavaliers, claiming that the match experience had instead helped him and Thacher prepare for the individual competitions. “What has happened in the team event is in the past,” Klahn said. “Yes, it is difficult for me to look back and know that I will never play a dual match again, but at the same time I am lucky to have an opportunity waiting right around the corner to try and win another national championship.” Both Klahn and Thacher will play their first-round singles action today, before starting doubles play tomorrow. Contact Marshall Watkins at email@example.com.
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Sophomore Nicole Gibbs, who captured the Pac-12 singles title in April, is seeded No. 3 heading into today’s NCAA Singles Championship. She and partner Mallory Burdette are seeded No. 2 in the doubles draw.
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ent mental aspect when playing individually,” Gibbs said, “because if you lose, you’re done. Your teammates aren’t there to bail you out.” Gibbs, the top-seeded Stanford player, manned court one for the Cardinal all season and put up a 31-5 overall record. She captured the ITA Northwest Regional Championship in October, the first singles title of her career, and captured her second title on April 29, winning the Pac-12 Championship. Riding an 11-match win streak, the AllAmerican is entering the tournament with reserved confidence. “I don’t think this tournament will define me one way or another,” she explained. “I’ve had validating performances in other individual tournaments this year, I’ve felt comfortable with my dual record and I’ve felt like I’ve played well. I’m going in with a lot of confidence, but the draw is stacked with the best players in the country so it’ll be a challenge.” She opens play against Virginia’s Emily Fraser on Wednesday, whom she described as having “an all-court game style with a big serve.” No. 5 seed Mallory Burdette will take on South Carolina State’s Maria Craciun, and No. 25 seed Stacey Tan will face Rice’s Natalie Beazant. Both Craciun and Beazant are unfamiliar opponents for the Cardinal, but if Stanford’s representatives can make it deeper into the tournament, they could encounter more familiar Pac-12 faces. The doubles tournament commences on Thursday as the second-seeded pairing of Gibbs and Burdette takes on Princeton’s Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff. This will be Gibbs and Burdette’s first opportunity at redemption after losing their doubles match on Saturday to USC’s Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian. Santamaria and Christian are not in the Stanford pair’s quarter of the draw, but Gibbs would relish a rematch on the national stage. “I have a feeling that, if we were to meet, it would be late in the tournament,” she said. “We would love to make up for those two losses, but it would be a chal-
lenge for sure.” But before focusing on revenge, the dominant pairing of Gibbs and Burdette will have to get past Bartlett and Graff, a first-team All-Ivy League doubles team. “Personally, I’m focusing on getting a higher percentage of returns in the court, moving across the court to cut off ground strokes and poaching more,” she explained. “[Burdette and I] only experienced two dual-match losses all year so we aren’t making monumental changes, but we do have to bring the intensity.” Tan and Tsay, an at-large selection to compete in the doubles draw, will seek to bring a similar intensity against their opening opponent, No. 8 seed Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews of Notre Dame. Both Stanford pairs will have to adjust to altered rules in comparison to the regular season. Unlike regular season dual matches, where doubles are played as eight-game pro sets, the NCAA doubles tournament will require the best two out of three sets. This, along with singles play, naturally will place significant physical stress on the body. “I’m definitely waiting for the storm to come,” Gibbs quipped. “But we have all the tools necessary here to deal with it, and we’re all planning on finding a way to keep our bodies running.” Individual play begins today with Burdette’s match at 9:30 a.m. PDT, followed by Gibbs and Tan at 12:30 p.m. PDT. Doubles play opens on Thursday, May 24, with times to be announced. Contact Chrissy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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