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Faculty Senate revises writing requirements
PWR classes to explicitly include oral, visual and digital modes of communication
By MARSHALL WATKINS
Volume 241 Issue 72
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Co-chair of SUES Susan McConnell spoke at Faculty Senate Thursday. The group focused on undergraduate writing requirements and heard an annual budget report at its second to last meeting of the school year.
The Faculty Senate approved revised writing requirements for undergraduates and heard an annual budget report at its penultimate meeting of the academic year Thursday. Acting President and Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 opened the meeting by delivering a personal statement in memory of former University President Richard Lyman. Lyman, who served as the University’s seventh president from September 1970 to August 1980, died Sunday night of congestive heart failure in Palo Alto. He was 88. Etchemendy praised Lyman’s work at Stanford as both an administrator and faculty member, noting that his time in office spanned a period of sustained stu-
dent protests and elevated tensions with administrators. “It was a period unlike any other in Stanford’s history,” Etchemendy said. “Dick not only preserved Stanford during this turbulent period, [but] he left us stronger and better. . . . We owe Dick Lyman a great debt for his guidance of our university during that time.” The Senate observed a moment of silence in Lyman’s memory. Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP) Chair Judy Goldstein then delivered a report on minor revisions to undergraduate writing requirements. Goldstein noted that C-USP’s recommendations on writing requirements would be “a little less contentious” than previous C-
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Two Stanford grads named 2012 Gates Scholars, bringing total to three
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Nehel Khalid Khanani ’09 and Lucinda Lai ’11 have been named 2012 Gates Cambridge Scholars, joining Sarah Mummah ’10 who was announced as a recipient in February. Khanani and Lai were named during the scholarship’s international selection round while Mummah was chosen in the first round for American citizens. Recipients of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, chosen from outside the United Kingdom, pursue graduate degrees of their choosing at the University of Cambridge. Fifty people from 23 countries were announced as scholars during the international selection round. Khanani earned bachelor’s degrees in history and international relations from Stanford in 2009. After graduation, she worked at the Indus Hospital in Karachi on a
Dean Julie hosts first annual student Awards Gala
Bridge Peer Counseling takes award recognizing top VSO
By NITHYA VIJAYAKUMAR On Thursday night, more than 100 students and faculty members attended Stanford’s first annual Awards Gala and Dinner, a celebration intended to recognize student achievements and contributions to the community. Event organizers said they hoped the gala will become a permanent fixture on campus. “We want this to be a new Stanford tradition — an opportunity for Stanford students to recognize the hard work and service to the community that these individuals do, and hopefully it serves as inspiration for the rest of the Stanford body,” said Imani Parker-Fong ’15, one of the event organizers. Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, associate vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, hosted the event, which featured performances by various student groups and the presentation of awards. While awards are usually presented individually by different organizations — for example, the Alumni Association and the ASSU — this was the first time that all awards were presented together. Awards include the The Stanford Fund (TSF) Partnership Program Award, the Deans’ Award, the Lyons Award, the Sterling Award, the Oustanding Achievement Award, ASSU Teacher of the Year, and ASSU Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) of the Year. The Bridge Peer Counseling Center took home the last award. “For us as an organization, it’s a nice way to communicate to other groups that we want to be a center for mental health on campus, and be more of a center of gravity than we are now,” said Devney Hamilton ’13, a peer counselor at The Bridge Peer Counseling Center. “Hopefully it’ll get more people interested in getting involved.” Parker-Fong and David Dindi ’15 organized the gala, under the mentorship of former ASSU President Michael Cruz ’12 and former ASSU Executive Chief of
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Representatives from the Stanford Concert Network (SCN) accepted the Deans’ Award from Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman. SCN was one of four organizations to receive the Deans’ Award.
Staff Lina Hidalgo ’13. Student groups such as Fleet Street, Mixed Company, Kayumanggi, Mariachi Cardenal and the Stanford Orchestra performed at the event. By hosting a gala open to all of the Stanford community, the organizers said they aimed to be inclusive to others beyond the award recipients. In addition to entertainment, the formal event also offered free dinner for all those attending. “It was cool seeing what other people are doing, taking time to showcase a small sample of what’s going on around campus,”
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A fleet of engineers
CDC predicts increased employment
Choy cites resources available to grads still on the market
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Students from the Smart Product Design Practice class tested their remotely operated water crafts in the Terman Pond Thursday afternoon. Members of the class used the boats they designed to protect their “base” and try to overtake the opposition’s “base” on the pond.
Forty percent of Stanford students obtain their post-graduation jobs through friends, alumni, faculty and family, according to Career Development Center (CDC) Director Lance Choy, which he said demonstrates the prevalence of traditional networking strategies in the job search. The CDC plans to survey seniors during dead week to determine how many have secured jobs and how many are still searching for positions. Choy, however, predicted that while some members of the senior class have jobs lined up, more members of the senior class will find jobs in the months after leaving Stanford. Expressing optimism about an improved employment market, he cited in particular the increased number of job listings on the CDC site over the past two years.
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Vice Provost for Budget and Auxiliaries Management Tim Warner MBA ’77. “Our financial position is very strong,” Warner said. “We’re running surpluses. . . . Some of the moves we made a few years ago to cut budgets and reset the University financially are really starting to pay off.” Warner emphasized the role of the strategic direction of the 201213 budget, which focuses on ensuring faculty salary competitiveness, strengthening budgetary support for undergraduate financial aid and otherwise responding to University spending priorities. He acknowledged, however, that critical revenue sources — such as health care services, federal research funding and investment income — may come under pressure in the year ahead. Warner predicted a total revenue sum of $4.4 billion during the upcoming academic year, up 4 percent from the 2011-12 fiscal year. The projected University surplus of approximately $220 million remains unchanged from this year. According to Warner, student income will serve as a significant contributor to increased revenue, with the figure set to rise by 3.4 percent from this year even as the University continues to increase the amount of financial aid offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. From 2007 to 2012, University expenditure on financial aid increased from $66 million to $127 million, with that figure projected to rise to $152 million by 2017. Nevertheless, Warner said Stanford has seen a largely robust recovery from the recession, noting a 3.6 percent annual growth rate in total revenues from 2007 to 2012, despite falling levels of federal research and financial aid funding. University reserves have grown by 6.8 percent per year over the same period, while Stanford’s endowment has nearly returned to pre-recession levels. “We’re not back to where we were before the recession, but we’re close,” Warner said. “We do need to turn attention to some of those revenue sources that may be under pressure.” Warner also noted that the 2012-13 budget includes significant capital expenditure, with a projected outlay of $529.5 million contributing to a three-year Capital Plan that will require approximately $2.1 billion in total expenditures for completion. The largest segment of capital expenditure, totaling $134.2 million, will be allocated to the Stanford Energy Systems Innovation (SESI), a renovation of Stanford’s central energy facility. The Faculty Senate will hear reports on the Emeriti Council and the School of Medicine at its final meeting of the year on June 14. Contact Marshall Watkins at email@example.com.
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USP recommendations on subjects such as breadth requirements — which were debated over multiple Senate meetings. Under the C-USP recommendation, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) would be expanded to include “oral, visual and digital communication,” as recommended by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. The CUSP recommendation also added an explicit stipulation that classes fulfilling writing requirements be taught by tenure-line faculty or academic staff. “We included that to assure the quality of the classes, when and if they’re offered by departments,” Goldstein said. “There is the overarching goal of integrating the program more fully into the departmental life of the University,” added Associate Professor of English Nicholas Jenkins. “It’s very important that the program reflect
the full academic spectrum of the University.” Susan McConnell, professor of biology and co-chair of the SUES committee, framed the increased breadth in the writing requirement as a reflection of ongoing trends in communications. “[In recent years] the means of communication have proliferated,” McConnell said. “What we hoped was that students wouldn’t be prevented from exploring the forms of communication that will be most helpful for them in their professional development.” The amended requirements passed the Senate by unanimous voice vote, bringing to an end a series of reforms of Stanford’s undergraduate education originating with the SUES report. “We’ve concluded the role of the Senate in putting in place a new vision for undergraduate education at Stanford,” said Rosemary Knight Ph.D. ’85, professor of geophysics and Senate chair, thanking SUES and C-USP committee members for their efforts. “The next few years are going to be really exciting.” The Senate then heard the annual budget report, delivered by camera that can image biological samples to a point of damage beyond which other molecular cameras cannot produce images. The results of the experiment were published in Science. The international team included researchers from Max Planck Institutes, DESY, Arizona State University, Cornell University, SUNY Oswego, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the Nikhef National Institute for Subatomic Physics, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Hamburg, the University of Lübeck and Uppsala University.
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pneumonia incidence research project under the purview of Interactive Research and Development. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in international relations at the University of Karachi while teaching Pakistan studies at L’ecole for Advanced Studies in Karachi, the city where she grew up. Lai earned a bachelor’s with honors in human biology from Stanford in 2011. She then worked with the Burma Border Project in Mae Sot, a Thai border town. Lai is currently helping a psychiatrist and the director of social services at a torture treatment center write a book about global mental health on the Thailand-Burma border.
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Granick to lead Civil Liberties Initiative at Law School
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Jennifer Stisa Granick will lead the new Civil Liberties Initiative at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS), the Stanford Law School announced Wednesday in a press release. The center will focus on analyzing the intersection between online technology and civil liberty, with emphasis on the study of cyber security, national security, government surveillance and free speech. Granick was a founding executive director of CIS, serving from 2001 to 2007, and lectured in cyber law and computer crime law at the Stanford Law School. She then served as the civil liberties director at the non-profit digital advocacy and legal organization Electronic Frontier Foundation from 2007 to 2012. She returns to Stanford after working as an attorney with the boutique Internet law firm, ZwillGen PLLC. “We are thrilled to have her back as the center enters a new stage of growth in this constantly evolving arena,” Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer said. Granick’s areas of expertise include computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, privacy, data protection, copyright and technology regulation under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, according to the press release. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the New College of Florida and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In addition to publishing law review articles, Granick has been a columnist for Wired Magazine.
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Researchers use laser to gain image of lysozymes
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory recently used the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) laser to visualize crystallized biomolecules such as lysozymes, which are small proteins found in egg whites. In the past, scientists have used X-rays to analyze the structure of biological molecules by observing how a molecule scatters X-ray beams. With the help of the LCLS, SLAC led an international team of researchers to use an imaging technique called serial femtosecond crystallography, which gathers an image by the emission of ultrashort, ultrabright X-ray laser pulses lasting one femtosecond (10-15 seconds), to obtain a high-resolution image of the molecule in question. The advantage of this high-resolution technique is that scientists can now use smaller crystals than in X-ray refraction analysis and can gain different insight into molecular dynamics, according to a SLAC press release. Researchers said they used lysozyme as their first research sample because it is easily crystallized. However, the team plans to use the same technique to image more-complex proteins in the future. This was the first study to use the Coherent X-Ray Imaging (CXI) instrument at SLAC. The CXI device is a type of molecular
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Hamilton said. This year, the TSF Partnership Program Award was presented to Raagapella, Colleges Against Cancer, Stanford Triathlon and Stanford Taiko. The Deans’ Award was given to the Solar Car Project, Ram’s Head, Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program and the Stanford Concert Network. The Lyons Award was given to Steven Crane ’11, James Estrella III ’14, Anna Doty ’12, Erica Fernandez ’12, Sarah Hennessy ’12, Katie Jaxheimer ’12, Stephen Trusheim ’13 and Marc Shaub, a graduate student in computer science. The Sterling Award was given to Jack Trotter ’12. The Outstanding Achievement Award was given to Tenzin Seldon ‘12 and Michael Tubbs ’12. Associate Director of African and African
American Studies Cheryl Brown and Artist-in-Residence at the Drama Department Cherrie Moraga both received the ASSU Teacher of the Year award. Remound Wright ’15 attended the gala to support friends. “The gala was great,” Wright said. “It was nice seeing the performances, and honoring and seeing people who do amazing things here at Stanford.” Organizers said the event was designed to inspire students to take advantage of the opportunities around them. “Students can benefit because it enlightens them to things that they may not know about that are going on around campus,” Wright said. “They may discover something that they themselves want to do, and wouldn’t have known if they hadn’t attended. Plus, it’s just good to show support to fellow students.” Contact Nithya Vijayakumar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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s announced recently, the Three Books Discussion for incoming freshmen will feature Chuck Klosterman’s memoir “Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota,” the DVD documentary “My Kid Could Paint That,” and the suite of “Smule” smartphone applications. Associate professor of music Mark Applebaum, who selected the works, said these “texts” are intended to motivate students “to ask broader questions about where art is made, what art is important and who should decide.” While we at the Editorial Board believe that encouraging students to think critically about art is a fine goal, we are disappointed with the selection of a smartphone application suite: not only does it alienate a significant fraction of the incoming freshmen, it strays too far from the purpose of the Three Books program. Three Books is designed to introduce students to the intellectual atmosphere found at Stanford. Yet we wonder if the inclusion of an app suite will prompt this desired effect. This is not to say that tactile learning is not useful under any circumstances. Rather, we have trouble pinpointing the intellectual potential of a set of apps that lets you autotune your voice or play an Ocarina. Even if the smartphone apps do showcase an intellectual component, will incoming students draw the appropriate conclusions? With three physical books, readers have considerably more time and space to reflect on various themes, drawing broader conclusions that link the texts. With one book, one movie, and one application suite, we doubt that the intertext connections will be as deep, particularly given that students are unlikely to spend more than 20 minutes with the apps and that the app suite will not be distributed until the chaos of New Student Orientation (NSO). At most, then, we believe the application suite should have been included as a fourth selection, perhaps as a supplement to a text drawn from the literature on “prosumers,” defined as average consumers who also produce high-quality art, often through the use of digital software.
Most of all, owning a smartphone should not be a prerequisite to participate in the Three “Books” program. Even if Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) works out the logistics of creating a website that hosts the apps over the summer, five of the seven apps make prominent use of a touchscreen, a feature on only a few laptops and personal computers. Anyone relying on this website will therefore have an inferior experience. Even though UAR promises to make smartphone devices available for checkout during NSO, the organizers have nevertheless implicitly created a classist norm for incoming students — that of owning a smartphone. This is a troubling standard, as there is a sizeable portion of incoming students that will not own such a device for financial, personal or other reasons. These students will be made to instantly feel different (and likely inferior) for not owning what amounts to a luxury device that few Stanford students truly need. Despite UAR’s best intentions, the message this selection sends will inevitably lead to feelings of exclusion during a time when the administration should be focused on smoothing the college transition for students from all socioeconomic classes. In short, we hope that Applebaum and UAR will make the smartphone application suite an optional fourth “text” and in its place send students a text — which need not be literary — that offers more opportunity for intellectual engagement. This is the Class of 2016’s first exposure to Stanford intellectual life, and the Three Books organizers should do everything in their power to make sure this opportunity is not wasted. In addition, this replacement text should be something that all incoming students can fully appreciate. One of the points of pride of the Three Books program is providing the texts free of charge so that students from all financial backgrounds can equally participate. Including the smartphone application suite breaks from this ideal, and we hope UAR does everything in its power to promptly remedy the situation and send a more inclusive message to incoming students.
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were probably more squirrels than people in my neighborhood, and plenty of telephone poles and wires. From my room, I could always see a bunch of telephone wires suspended over a street, and so I’d pretty much grown up watching squirrels prance across electric wires. All this is to say, I had seen a lot of squirrels in my time before I came to Stanford. And in an eye-opening moment it occurred to me that, because she didn’t also grow up in my hometown, she might not have watched squirrels all her life. I had to investigate further so several minutes after the squirrel sighting, I made my move. “By the way, where are you from?” “Phoenix, Arizona.” Time to pop the question. “Just wondering, are there squirrels in Phoenix?” She gave me the same “you are weird” look that I had just given her, and then she remembered the squirrel episode and smiled. “There aren’t! I hadn’t really seen a lot of squirrels before I came to California.” And it suddenly all made sense. Something as small as a squirrel running across a wire, a sight I had completely learned to take for granted, was apparently mindblowing in the eyes of another person. Naturally, this realization in the context of squirrels running on telephone poles has wider implications. There are other things one might not have the chance to see: palm trees, mountains and vegan Chinese food, for those of us from the Chicago area. Other people may have grown up without seeing poverty, or wealth or inequality. If we’re not careful, we’ll tend to assume that other people have seen the same things that we have, that they must think the same thoughts as we do. And when our assumption is proven wrong, we’ll judge them. Maybe you decided that your friend with a huge house was “rich,” but then you learned about real estate values in their area.
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y the end of spring quarter, you can comfortably eat all your meals outside. Who wouldn’t want to eat outside? The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and by dinnertime you know that the rest of your day is doomed to be spent crouched at a desk in front of a computer. And so, earlier this week I found myself at a picnic table in a scenic little corner of campus. I was in the middle of telling some fascinating anecdote, when my dinner companion looked past my head and gasped in excitement. I hate being interrupted, so I was immediately on-edge. Whatever was causing her to lose interest in my story had better be good. But she was still staring past me, openmouthed and smiling. “What is it?” I asked, hoping the annoyance in my voice wasn’t too obvious. “A squirrel! Look, it’s a squirrel on the wire!” Oh. Seriously? A squirrel? Like the animal? On a wire, like the kind that stretches across telephone poles? I was totally unimpressed. But I tried halfheartedly to be excited too. “Wow . . . a squirrel!” How terribly exciting. The worst part was that, by the time I turned around, the squirrel had leapt into a tree and was nowhere to be seen. If a squirrel runs across a wire, and I’m not there to see it, did it actually happen? My brain was full of philosophical questions. But my dinner companion couldn’t get enough. “Did you see that squirrel? Crawling across the wire? Whoa!” I didn’t see the squirrel. And I didn’t think it was a big deal that squirrels can run across telephone pole wires. Plus, I’d seen it happen a million times before. I was ready to be judgmental and mentally file this girl away as a weirdo who would interrupt people to stare at squirrels running across wires. And then it hit me — maybe this girl had never seen a squirrel run across a wire before. I grew up in a Midwestern suburb full of squirrels. In fact, there
If you take pleasure in new stories, you’ll always be rewarded.
Maybe you laughed at your friend’s views regarding relationships and marriage before you learned about their cultural traditions. Maybe you belittled your friend’s political opinions before exploring their context — the household they grew up in, the information they could access, etc. In all the situations above, the key to less judgment lies in learning more. You find out where someone’s from, what their background is like and through asking questions and hearing stories, you come to understand the reasons for your differences. Coming to college has meant that we meet people from very different backgrounds. The only thing we need is open minds — a willingness to gather more information from other people. Sure, it can be time-consuming and even exhausting, but if you take pleasure in new stories, you’ll always be rewarded. And eventually, once you’ve heard everyone’s story, you may no longer need to pass any judgments. Send Miriam a story about squirrels or some other moment of near-judgment at email@example.com.
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have had four summers since coming to Stanford. The first was spent in basic training for the Marine Corps. The second was spent in Ramadi, Iraq on deployment, where I turned 21. The third was spent working on campus at the libraries, and the fourth was spent working for Maps and Records at Stanford libraries. One thing that all the summers had in common was the necessity to make money to survive. The summer I worked at the libraries, I was down to eating one meal a day some weeks, because I could only get part-time work, when I needed to make enough money to save up for the thousands of dollars needed for the school year. I’d love to be able to tell you the secret to making more money, but unfortunately I don’t have one. Instead I’m going to tell you that there are more important things than making money, and that your education will be worth any suffering that you undergo in seeking it. Hopefully you can live at home or find some chill homeless people to hang out with to save money.
As the financial state of your summer is something that may have already been decided, or is something that you have little control over other than trying desperately hard and waiting on others to respond to you, I think you should take time to focus on something that is more important than money: personal development. Generally little-to-no academic learning will take place during the summer, and so I encourage you to use that time to get to know yourself better. Think about religion and read the classics. Read the newspaper. Try to realize the importance of the mundane events that happen every day. Develop a fascination with the world around you; investigate machines and structure, the natural world. No matter what your field of study, you can
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Billy Gallagher takes the lede
By SCOOP SCOOPERSTEIN had a frat-gasm on the spot. Considered by many to be the Bash to Gallagher’s Franklin, Blanchat was understandably excited to see his fellow fratstar at the helm of The Daily. “I know he’s the right man to lead us all into this postmodern era,” Blanchat said. “I just wish he’d stop being so gender normative.” Blanchat then proceeded to celebrate by donning a red thong and dougie-ing the night away as his stripper alter-ego, Chadd Steele. No one was happier with the results than Deputy Editor Brendan O’Byrne ’14, who promptly vomited from excitement. In the throes of his celebratory fit, O’Byrne finally admitted his long-standing affair with Gallagher, which came as a surprise to no one. But not all Daily staffers were so ecstatic. When asked about her failed write-in campaign, Opinions Editor Amanda Ach ’12 responded that she was disappointed with Billy as a candidate. “He’s not adorable, Jewish or famous. Ummm, hello?” she said, before storming out of the office. Gallagher’s co-managing editor of news, Kurt Chirbas ’14 came audibly flip-flopping into the office as Ach left and offered some advice to the new leader, suggesting that he spend his summer consulting the classics. Managing Editor of Features Marwa Farag ’14 couldn’t have cared less about the results but was insistent that she is not familiar with caulk before she sped off in her golf cart. Staffers Nate Adams, Anna Schuessler, Sam Svoboda and Molly Vorwerck could not be reached for comment and were “I got some e-mails from the CDC that were helpful, but my interests are in public service, so I received more assistance from the Haas Center,” Nguyen said. “I chose the NIH because the position is very learning- and training-oriented.” Mia Shaw ’12 had a similar experience regarding her search for job opportunities post-graduation, and even though she did not find her position directly through the CDC, she still made use of some of the center’s services. Shaw is a human biology major with a focus in adolescent health and development. Next year, she will teach middle school science in the Las Vegas Valley with Teach for America. “I think the CDC is a valuable resource, one that I did not utilize enough during my time here at Stanford,” Shaw said. “They have helped me with reconstructing my resume, and I have enjoyed attending some of the panels and presentations they have held. Honestly, I probably would have used them more if I did not physically have to walk to the CDC building as often or if they had more job opportunities in the humanities.” The Stanford Alumni Association’s Alumni Career Services program also offers resources to recent graduates. “The CDC provides free counseling to students and alums one year out,” said Manager of Alumni Services Fedra Pouideh. “We then provide a list of career coaches available across the nation for those interested in additional services. Members of the Stanford Alumni Association receive a free coaching session.” Contact Sarah Moore at smoore @stanford.edu. ing yourself with others who share similar interests. This became quite acute while I was deployed; finding others whom you can talk to about your interests can be hard, but you will learn a lot more with others constantly questioning your assumptions and conclusions than you ever will by yourself. It is one thing to read a book; you will have a pleasant experience or a negative one, and you may or may not think that there is some inherent value in what you’ve read. It is another thing to read a book with someone else; by looking at the material with two sets of eyes, you can catch what someone else misses. Human beings have a fairly unique capacity in their ability to create things in the world and help shape who they are. I encourage everyone this summer to do just that: Take time to reflect on what’s important to you, and then change yourself and the world around you into the way you want things to be. Tell Sebastain how you want to shape things in an email to sjgould @stanford.edu. too busy to vote in the election. Sports Desk Editor and former Deputy Jake Jaffe ’12 was characteristically drunk when the results were released, but through slurred words expressed his undying approval of Gallagher’s victory. “I love porn!” he yelled, to no one in particular. Thanking the minions In his victory speech, Gallagher attributed his success to his former mentor, Vol. 239 Editor in Chief Zach Zimmerman ’12, and Copy Editor and College Championship Jeopardy semi-finalist Matt Olson ’14. Olson played a key role in Gallagher’s campaign as his cult following was critical in getting Gallagher the votes he needed for victory. When asked for comment, Olson muttered, “Fucking derby,” and then starting reciting from “Hamlet.” Departing EIC Margaret Rawson ’12 was excited about Gallagher’s victory. “I’m so glad to be done with this organization,” Rawson exclaimed, temporarily forgetting from fatigue that she’ll be indentured for another year. However, Gallagher’s victory was not without scandal. He will be receiving a lower salary than former EICs, as he still owes The Daily a significant sum in fines for damaging office property during Vol. 241. “I don’t even work here,” Gallagher said when asked to comment on the fines and his election. Still, Gallagher will serve as the fresh face of The Daily moving forward, and most staffers couldn’t be happier. After all, as O’Byrne remarked, “Having someone stick a finger up your butthole can’t be that unpleasant.”
After a long, hard-fought campaign, Billy Gallagher ’14 was elected as editor in chief of Vol. 242 of The Daily on Thursday night. Gallagher’s campaign platform was largely based on The Daily returning to antebellum labor practices, eliminating the opinions section and adding a puppy as managing editor of features. He began his career as a lowly freshman fellow, but quickly climbed the ranks, often charming staff members with his eloquent, politically correct commentary and philosophical insights. The man, the myth, the legend A native of Bryn Mawr, Penn., Gallagher’s patriotic upbringing surrounded by hockey-crazed relatives has thoroughly prepared him for his new role. Gallagher brings an innocent, youthful energy and a three-piece seersucker suit to his new post. The current co-managing editor of news claims he was inspired in his quest for power by former President Reagan and the dapper male leads of “Mad Men.” While he began his campaign mistakenly believing he was running for Kappa Sigma president, Gallagher was pleasantly surprised when he learned he would actually be in charge of The Daily. Those present for the announcement of the election results agreed that the eager young gun has come a long way since his time spent being stuffed into lockers in middle school. Fratstar Managing Editor of Sports and specimen of human achievement Jack Blanchat ’12 was so thrilled with the election results that he
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In a fluke moment of maturity miraculously captured by The Daily lens, Billy Gallagher ‘14 looked uncharacteristically composed following the announcement that he will soon join the legacy of Daily editors in chief.
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The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ recent Student Survey reinforces Choy’s assessment. According to the association’s research, about 26 percent of 2012 college graduates have a job lined up, compared to 24 percent last year. “Seniors can use CDC services up to 12 months after graduation,” Choy wrote in an email to The Daily. “They can make appointments with career counselors to review resumes, practice interviewing skills and learn various tips and strategies on how to find jobs. New alumni can use CDC job postings and attend career fairs. They are no longer eligible for Cardinal Recruiting (on-campus recruiting) once they graduate.” Choy explained that the jobsearch field is currently changing due to the increased use of social networking websites. “More and more employers are using LinkedIn, a social networking tool, to find candidates,” Choy wrote. “There are a number of efforts to use Facebook to find jobs, but that seems to be an on-going developmental effort.” However, traditional networking can still be critical for those seeking employment, Choy added. Andy Nguyen ’12 will be working at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Gene Regulation and Development Section of The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) after graduation. He took a more service-oriented approach to his job search.
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always learn something by looking outside of yourself, be it an engineering principle or a facet of human psychology. It is said that you don’t know something unless you can explain it to others; at the same time it is also said that you can never fully express the real truth. Whichever of these is true, I encourage you to write. The challenge of expression is an involved process that is a mind shaping in itself. Creating meaning from nothing but a blank page is difficult, and you can learn about yourself in the process. The combinations of words that arise when an individual mind is brought to bear on something are special because they are unique. Don’t worry if what you come up with doesn’t seem interesting or insightful. Stanford’s Structured Liberal Education (SLE) also taught me the importance of surround-
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CARD KICKS OFF REGIONAL AGAINST FRESNO STATE
By JOSEPH BEYDA
The Stanford Daily
THE ROAD BEGINS HERE
Don’t sleep on Fresno State. That’s a lesson that the college baseball world learned the hard way in 2008, when the unheralded, 33-27 Bulldogs took their conference tournament by storm and never stopped winning, staving off elimination six times en route to the program’s first NCAA championship in a men’s sport. The Bulldogs (30-26, 8-10 Western Athletic Conference) will again play underdog this year as the No. 4 seed in their regional, and it will be top-seeded Stanford’s job to quell another Cinderella run when the two teams meet on the Farm tonight in the first home regional for the Cardinal (38-16, 18-12 Pac-12) in four years. Also in town are No. 2 Pepperdine (34-21, 16-8 West Coast Conference) and No. 3 Michigan State (37-21, 13-11 Big Ten), which will meet at Sunken Diamond this afternoon before Stanford and Fresno State face off at 6 p.m. The 13th-ranked Cardinal may be the odds-on favorite to win its regional, but it will still be on upset alert all weekend long. “There’s so much more parity than there ever used to be, and I think that’s real healthy for our game,” said head coach Mark Marquess, who is coaching in a home regional for the 15th time in 36 seasons. “It shows when you don’t have Texas making the field of 64. “At this stage, if you make a couple of mistakes at the wrong time or don’t win a couple of big spots as a pitcher, you get beat,” he said. “It’s that equal. As I tell the players, a lot of times it’s not the best team that wins — it’s the team that plays the best. And I think that’s very true this time of year.” Though the Cardinal also reached the College World Series in 2008, it never crossed paths with the eventual-champion Bulldogs. But Stanford is no stranger to their tendency to play spoiler, as Fresno State was the first team to beat the Cardinal this year after the squad had opened the season at 8-0 against the likes of Vanderbilt and Texas. The Bulldogs beat up ace righty Mark Appel (9-1) for his only loss of the season on March 2, with sophomore centerfielder Aaron Judge hitting two home runs in his team’s 7-4 victory. Appel’s 11 strikeouts and complete game were not enough to secure a win. Stanford responded dominantly the next afternoon with a 16-0 victory and went on to win the series on Sunday. But the squad won’t have the same chance to bounce back this weekend, and if Fresno State can get to Appel again Stanford could be on the brink of elimination by Saturday morning. Marquess said that he isn’t putting much stock in the results of that early series. “I think that would make a lot of difference if we played them two, three, four weeks ago,” Marquess said. “But we played them the third week of the season, so that’s so long ago that it’s hard to say [if it matters]. The thing I do know about them is they’re a young team, they had a lot of freshmen who were playing, and at this time of year they’re probably not freshmen anymore. They’re probably [playing] like sophomores.” Regardless, Stanford holds a vast experience advantage over all its opponents this weekend, having swept its regional last season and traveled to North Carolina for a Super Regional. Fresno State hasn’t made it out of a regional since that magical 2008 run — being quickly eliminated in two games last year — and has only one player still on its roster from that championship team. Two-seed Pepperdine is playing in its eighth regional in 13 seasons under head coach Steve Rodriguez but has never advanced over that time period. Three-seed Michigan State, meanwhile, is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years. “We have that experience going to Fullerton, winning a regional, going to North Carolina with that Super Regional,” said junior catcher Eric Smith. “We now know what it takes to win a Super Regional, and what it takes to hopefully push our way into Omaha.” To the man at the top step of the dugout who has taken 16 of his teams to the College World Series, that knowledge is priceless. “Experience makes a big, big difference at each step,” Marquess said. “If you’ve never been to Omaha before, it’s hard to go there and win; it’s just so different.” To get past the Bulldogs tonight, Stanford is going to need its role players to take center stage. Junior outfielder Tyler Gaffney’s emotional play helped propel the Cardinal past favored Cal State-Fullerton in its 2011 regional, while junior leftfielder and pitcher Stephen
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Regional is a must-see event
he calendar has flipped to June, meaning the world of college sports is nearing its annual hibernation period. Almost every college sport has ended because most college school years have ended, so the athletics schedule is a little sparse. But it’s coming up on finals season, which means you need something to distract you from studying, your last-second search for a summer internship or, if you’re like me, your impending graduation and the jobless, directionless, nebulous blob known as the rest of your life. Fear not! The sports world (and the NCAA selection committee) has given us all another gift: Stanford is hosting a regional in the NCAA baseball tournament this weekend. The Cardinal will compete in a fourteam, double-elimination bracket, and the winner will go on to the Super Regionals. From there, a bestof-three series will determine the eight participants in the College World Series. In short, Stanford is beginning a tournament to decide the national champion, and in sports, there is nothing better than a tournament. Basketball’s tournament captures the nation’s attention for a whole month, while football’s lack of a tournament has created such an uproar that even Congress has gotten involved.
In baseball, no game is a gimme, and all four teams have a legitimate shot at advancing.
But for many, it doesn’t get better than the road to Omaha. In baseball, no game is a gimme, and all four teams have a legitimate shot at advancing from a regional. Take the 2008 Fresno State team. The Bulldogs barely got into the 64team tournament by winning the WAC tournament, and as a No. 4 seed in their regional, they had the equivalent chance of a No. 13 or 14 seed in basketball.Yet they beat the odds, becoming the lowest seed ever to make the College World Series and then continuing their magical journey all the way to winning the national championship, the first title in any men’s sport in the school’s history. This is particularly relevant this year given the fact that Fresno State is once again a No. 4 seed and, as chance would have it, the Bulldogs are starting the tournament against none other than Stanford. To make matters worse, Fresno State is the only team that managed to defeat Stanford’s Friday starter Mark Appel. So naturally, Appel and Fresno State are set to face off once more tonight. Getting to watch Stanford in a tournament like this is a treat, but being able to head over to the ballpark and see it live is another thing entirely. For the first time in four years, the Cardinal gets to play its regional right here on the Farm, which means that the team will get a homefield advantage, but also that we as fans get a rare opportunity to watch the tournament in person. It is commonly said that baseball is the best sport to watch in person, and Sunken Diamond is as scenic a spot for a game as you could ask for. They say every time you go to a game, you could see something you’ve never seen before, and Stanford has helped support that statement of late. A week ago, the Cardinal played the longest game in school history (18 innings and about six hours), including the first time in my life I’ve ever seen a walk-off win overturned after an argument with the umpires. What will happen this
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Sophomore right fielder Austin Wilson (above) and the No.13 Stanford baseball squad begin their regional tonight by hosting Fresno State with junior ace pitcher Mark Appel slated to start.
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Men’s golf wraps up third round of NCAA championship
The Stanford men’s golf team shot a third-round score of 290 on Thursday at the NCAA championship, its best score of the tournament, but not enough to
push the Cardinal into the final eight-team match-play portion of the tournament, played at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Stanford finished 19th overall with a final score of 885 (+33), tied with the University of Central Florida and 10 shots out of the top eight. Freshman Patrick Rodgers continued his solid play once
again on Thursday, recording a third-round 73 (+2) to leave him tied for ninth place. Rodgers is six shots behind leader Thomas Pieters of Ill., whose three-round total of 208 (-5) is good enough for a three-shot lead over Julien Brun of TCU. Stanford junior and Pac-12 individual champion Andrew Yun had the Cardinal’s lowest score of the day with a one-under 70.
The Cardinal’s season now ends in disappointing fashion, without a Pac-12 or national title. Stanford’s last NCAA championship victory was in 2007, before the tournament moved to its current format, where a match-play finale among the top eight teams decides the winner.
— Jack Blanchat
Junior Andrew Yun (above) led Stanford with a one-under 70 on Thursday of the NCAA men’s golf championship. Despite posting its best score of the tournament yesterday, the Cardinal failed to qualify for the final eight-team field.
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weekend? Finally, if you’re really looking for a reason to head on over to Sunken Diamond this weekend, here’s the simplest one: There will be some really good baseball. Stan-
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ford has as talented a team as any in the country, and at least two Cardinal players will likely be first-round draft picks in the majors. Appel and Stephen Piscotty, Stanford’s two All-Pac-12 selections, are expected to go in the first round this Monday when the 2012 draft begins, and there is a ton of talent behind them on both sides of the ball. The Cardinal has been up and down this year, but Stanford is solidly in the hunt
for the national championship with a good shot to beat any team it faces. The road to Omaha begins tonight, and I hope to see you there. Jacob Jaffe hopes that Stanford baseball will give him a good excuse to road trip to Omaha. Let him know what you think at jwjaffe@ stanford.edu and follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Jaffe.
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Piscotty had seven hits of his own that weekend. Two of Stanford’s wins — 10-3 over Kansas State in the opener and 14-2 over Illinois in the clincher — were powered by its offense, but if the 1-0 nail-biter over hometown Fullerton was any indication, the Cardinal’s pitching will have to be at the top of its game as well. Perhaps the most concerning is redshirt junior lefthander Brett Mooneyham (7-5), the Cardinal’s traditional Saturday starter. Mooneyham bounced back from a midseason slump with two strong outings against Washington State and Utah, but he struggled mightily in a 15-5 loss to Cal at home this weekend and seemed to have lost his command yet again. Piscotty (5-2) is also a question mark on the mound. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team for his hitting and has pitched admirably over the second half of the season, but has never thrown on this kind of stage before. Marquess indicated that he would be willing to switch Mooneyham and Piscotty in the order depending on their matchups, not out of a lack of confidence in either. “As far as the first game I think
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it wouldn’t be too wise for us to not pitch Mark,” he noted. “We’re not going to overlook Fresno State.” It is still unclear as to which Bulldog pitcher Appel will be facing off against tonight. Fresno State Friday starter Tyler Linehan left his May 18 start against Louisiana Tech after just four pitches and missed his team’s conference tournament, though he has been replaced by fellow-lefty Tom Harlan, a senior who has started 15 games and compiled a 2.73 ERA. Though his 83 strikeouts on the season pale in comparison to Appel’s 116, Harlan headlines the squad in that category, and the Bulldogs are eighth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (8.5). Fresno State isn’t as formidable at the plate, as its 5.1-run scoring average barely cracks the top 200 in the country. But the Bulldogs have some dangerous weapons in sophomore Aaron Judge, with his .459 on-base percentage, and junior catcher Austin Wynns, who has 20 doubles this year. If Stanford can win tonight it will face either the Spartans or the Waves on Saturday evening. Michigan State is impressive on paper — the Spartans are the 12th-best hitting team in the country (628) and have the 26thlowest ERA (3.17) — but has amassed those stats in the relatively weak Big Ten. Pepperdine’s strength is in its defense, as the Waves have turned 55 double
plays this season, but also boast a strong all-around hitter in Joe Sever, the WCC Player of the Year winner. If the Cardinal falls against the Bulldogs, it will need to pull out three straight wins — on Sunday afternoon, Sunday night and Monday night — to make it out of the regional. Given the overall quality of teams in the tournament, Marquess said there’s no guarantee that heavily favored Stanford will advance. “Twenty-five years ago you could’ve said one of these four or five teams would win the national championship, and you’d be right,” he said. “Now there’s probably 40 or 50 that can do it. I think that Fresno State, which it’s ironic that we play, was indicative of that when they won it. They wouldn’t have made the field of 64 if they didn’t get the automatic [berth], and it’s the same this year.” If the Cardinal can survive the weekend it would then likely play No. 3 Florida State or No. 22 Mississippi State, the overwhelming favorites in Tallahassee regional this weekend. But first the squad has business to take care of, starting tonight when Fresno State sets foot in Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal’s postseason opener is set for 6 p.m., with all of the weekend’s games to be broadcasted online at ESPN3.com. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda @stanford.edu.
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The Cardinal baseball team (above) will play on its home field all throughout the regional. However, it cannot overlook Fresno State, a dangerous team that defied the odds in 2008 by winning the College World Series.
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FLICKS TO CATCH THIS SUMMER
The countdown ‘til summer is at under two weeks, and what is more summery than going to the movies? Movie theater air conditioning provides a respite from the heat, and producers are counting on your retreat into the dark cool, so they’re saving their best for this sunniest of seasons. Here are five of the movies we’ll be watching this summer. designing furniture. Tatum was a stripper before he was an actor, which gives him both authenticity and authority in this role. He proved his comedic skills in “21 Jump Street” and his dancing skills in “Step Up.” A combination of hilarity and exotic dancing could make for Tatum’s best performance yet.
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tackles the assignment from an attitude of idealistic righteousness, Yardley only wants a salacious story to further his career. The townsfolk are vocally unhappy about the intrusion into the community’s past, and talks with Van Wetter in prison raise more questions than they answer. Determination to the point of recklessness seems to run in the family, as Ward decides to press on without Yardley and Jack con-
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A man places a wanted ad requesting someone to accompany him on his time-travel expedition. A magazine writer (Jake Johnson, “New Girl”) and two interns investigate the story, with the fantastic Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) answering the man’s ad. Look for a task as interesting as this one at your summer internship. From the producers of “Little Miss Sunshine,” this has potential to be a dysfunctional yet charming romp with a hint of magic.
“The Dark Knight Rises”
It’s basically a classic before its release. As the final installation in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy and the last to cast the stern Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, “The Dark Knight Rises” follows our superhero as he returns from near-exile to take down a terrorist leader. With the cultural relevance of terrorism and the ever-tanking economy, not to mention the obvious draw of another Nolan masterpiece and superhero flick, this film will be a blockbuster worth seeing, if not just for the reunion of almost the entire “Inception” cast.
Will Ferrell stars as a sleazy fifthterm incumbent for Congress locked in a cutthroat campaign against Zach Galifianakis, a dweeby citizen with political aspirations. The satirical look at political game-play and promises made feels especially relevant in an election year. This movie could do for politicians what Ferrell has done for anchormen and figure skaters. That is to say, make them even more quotable and better dressed.
What’s summer without a Pixar film? “Brave” takes us back in time to the Scotland Highlands where Merida refuses to conform to the expectations of young women and ends up invoking an awful curse that turns her kingdom into a chaotic mess. But she is brave and fixes it. Not only is this the first Pixar film with a female star, but “Brave” is also the first Pixar film starring a redhead (unless we count Nemo). Progressive representations aside, this film is sure to be a beautiful artistic achievement.
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he Paperboy,” Lee Daniels’ dreamy 1960s drama about a pair of reporters determined to revoke a prison inmate’s death sentence in small-town Florida is more style than substance, foregoing a rich historical and cultural context for a messy adaptation of Pete Braxton’s novel that not even a brave performance by veteran actress Nicole Kidman can save. In the summer of 1969, Miami journalists Ward James (Matthew McConaughey) and Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) return to Ward’s hometown to investigate the case of death row inmate Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack), whose trial appears to have been a harried case of redneck justice. Desperate to help them in any way she can is Charlotte Bless (Kidman), a troubled and hypersexual woman who devotes her free time to writing inmates; it is through this exact correspondence that she and Van Wetter become engaged. Ward’s younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) tags along as well, although his motivation lies more in his infatuation with Charlotte than any particular interest in the case. The deeper the investigation gets, the more personalities and interests clash. Whereas Ward
tinues to pursue Charlotte with dangerous consequences for all. Kidman delivers a mesmerizing performance as the conscientious Charlotte, the sort of woman who sucks all the air out of the room when she enters. The rest of the cast is nowhere near as on target, although it’s difficult to say whether the script or the actors are to blame. Cusack’s | continued on page 8 |
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has his limo to shield him from the outside, but even Elise, who allegedly spends her free time wandering the city, remains equally aloof and disengaged. Despite their similarities, they simply cannot relate to each other, making selfaware references that they know that couples are supposed to communicate and yet they are unable to. Of course, Elise withholding sex doesn’t help the relationship either. What are the true values of time and money? This question constantly rears its head as it becomes increasingly apparent that Eric cannot possibly make it to the barber before closing and as he watches his fortune dwindle thanks to his stubborn investment decisions. Protestors brandishing dead rats and vandalizing his limo don’t faze him, and it is only when a former employee points a gun at his head that Eric begins to show an inkling of emotion. “Cosmopolis” undoubtedly
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‘dangerous method’ director’s modern ‘odyssey’
ollowing in the dense intellectual style of last year’s “A Dangerous Method,” David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” is heavily dialogue- and theory-driven, only this time the psychoanalysis has been replaced with economic and financial jargon in an eerily dystopian retelling of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name, this riveting commentary on capitalism could not have come at a more appropriate time. Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) is a 28-year-old Wall Street hotshot whose determination to get a haircut across town turns into an unexpected all-day ordeal. Delaying his journey through Manhattan is the president’s visit to the city, a celebrity funeral and an anarchist protest that bears strong resemblance to the Occupy
movement (although any similarity is purely coincidental since production ceased before Occupy Wall Street became a phenomenon). Isolated from the outside world in his custom-built white stretch limo, Eric’s only real links to reality are the brief interactions with his employees, advisors, wife and would-be assassins. Through these conversations, much more of Eric’s character is revealed than his cool, unaffected demeanor outwardly belies. His refusal to heed advice from both his workers, who urge him not to bet against the yuan, and his head of security, who wants him to take threats against his life more seriously, only hint at Eric’s simultaneous reckless ambition and indifference to his own destruction. Eric’s encounters with his new wife Elise (Sarah Gadon), an aspir-
ing poet from a wealthy family, reveal a different side as well. Not only is it evident that their loveless marriage was essentially a business merger, but also that, as the wealthiest characters, they are both woefully out of touch with society. Eric
has a lot to say about the current state of society — the economic crisis, the self-interested business culture, the unrest of the lower classes — but Cronenberg’s approach to the material has already proved divisive. Early promotional footage emphasizes the sex and action of the story but, like “A Dangerous Method,” the film has a distinct literary sensibility with much of the dialogue being lifted straight from the book. It’s a thinking fan’s film, but worth the effort because, after all, how often is it that life imitates art? — misa SHIKUMA
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t was last weekend in the arid hills of Mountain View that the I Love This City Music Festival — perhaps better dubbed I Love This Suburb after the venue change from the AT&T Lot to the local Shoreline Amphitheater — took place. Surprisingly enough, despite the countless organizational blunders, the festival managed to deliver a fantastic experience to the thousands who attended. The outlook was not so good. Only three weeks before the event was scheduled, the organizers announced the change of location, the lowering of the age limit to 16-plus and, most surprisingly, that the two-day passes were now $50 cheaper than when people originally bought them. As compensation, early ticket-buyers got access to priority seating. Fair enough. Of course, these announcements lead to many claiming reimbursements or threatening LiveNation and Skills — the producers of the festival — with lawsuits. The tension on the Facebook page was palpable. However, on the first day of the event, 25,000 people still showed up. Over 40 artists performed on the three different stages, but for fans of something other than hardcore dubstep, the main stage was the place to be. After queuing up for over 45 minutes to get into the reserved seating area in front of the main stage, paying 10 dollars for a hotdog and being informed that we would not be able to leave the reserved area — even for bathroom breaks — unless we were willing to give up our spot on the fifth row right in front of the stage, we were ready for the night to start. NERVO, the bubbling Australian twin sisters, was the first act we were able to catch, closely followed by a somewhat tired-looking
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MADDY SIDES/The Stanford Daily Claude VonStroke, whose bass made everyone’s ears ring and chests vibrate disturbingly. The problem was that his set went on and on, way past Chuckie’s scheduled appearance time. As the crowd began to get impatient and VonStroke slowly ran out of songs to play, word started spreading that Chuckie had missed his flight from Las Vegas. It was thus a disappointed audience that welcomed Steve Aoki onstage right before sunset. Luckily enough, Aoki’s showmanship, cake-throwing and crowd-surfing rubber boat managed to revive the atmosphere right in time for Duck Sauce’s appearance. Everyone in the audience was happily jumping to the sound of “Barbra Streisand,” wearing plastic duck noses tossed out by stagehands just before the show. Sebastian Ingrosso was next. Ingrosso, a third of Swedish House Mafia, started his set with the brand-new song “Greyhound” and finished with what has now become an EDM anthem, “Save The World,” which was sung in harmony by all 15,000 people present at the main stage. In the meantime, he managed to set fire to the audience with his pumping beats and laser show. Ingrosso’s mix was unequivocally the best performance of the festival and left the amphitheater in a state of buzzing happiness all through Afrojack’s set and until the doors opened on Saturday. Unfortunately, due to the fire marshals having to intervene to shut off the already overfilled seating area early on Saturday, I was a little irritated that we entered the amphitheater with just enough time to see Madeon perform his two most famous songs. The young Frenchman was overflowing with energy — an energy that he managed to transmit to the audience before giving over the decks to Laidback Luke, who was followed by Tiësto. David Guetta then opened his performance with a remixed version of “Titanium,” to which everyone sang along. As Guetta lowered the volume of the music to hear the audience sing, one could not help but to get goosebumps from the sense of unity that all the performers had managed to create. This was even more accentuated as Guetta finished with “Without You,” during which the entire crowd held on to each other, swaying back and forth, before jumping as Guetta dropped the bass for the last time of the weekend. | continued on page 8 |
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IN DEFENSE OF GAMING
or as much joy as they’ve brought into my life, video games seem to have an inescapable place on the rhetorical hitlist of pundits, parents and pollsters alike. The examples are endless, but here are some modern highlights to set the stage: In 2010, Fox News presumptuously lambasted Mass Effect 2 for featuring “full digital nudity and sex,” two things the BioWare classic most certainly did not contain. Just last week, Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee ignited Twitter during an interview when he alluded to “all this violence, all this horrible sexism” inherent to video games. Philip Zimbardo, a professor emeritus in my very own Stanford Psychology Department, attempted to take a more scientific approach to game criticism in a book he released last week. He argues that young males are being re-wired by porn and video games — they’re the same, apparently — to “demand constant stimulation” and are “desensitized to reality and real-life interactions with others.” (For whatever reason, he completely fails to address the 42 percent of all gamers who are women and the 50 percent of gamers over age 37.) Well-articulated or not, attacks on video games are nothing new. Even when our parents were playing Pong in their basements and Pac-Man at Pizza Hut, they shirked off a sizable population of player-haters. The big surprise? After all these decades of mashing buttons, the world is still spinning. Apples still fall down off the tree, not up. Winter follows autumn. Young people are still getting up to no good, falling in love, tending to families and settling down the same way they always have. Life marches on in the video game era, and I daresay it’s a touch better because of them. I won’t pretend that I can scientifically dismantle every argument against video games — not alone, at least, and not in a newspaper column. But as a lifelong gamer and a halfway-decent adult, I’m always eager to throw my hat in the ring.
Let’s start with some facts. Video games certainly do “re-wire” our brains, but not always in a bad way. According to independent research from the University of Rochester, for example, subjects who played action-oriented games made decisions 25 percent faster than others without sacrificing accuracy — and more adept gamers can make basic decisions up to four times faster than others, again with no decline in accuracy. Practiced gamers can also keep track of up
Courtesy Frugal Dad to six things at once, compared to four for non-gamers. Another study found that game-playing women were better able to mentally manipulate 3D objects, a skill at which men are generally more adept. A longitudinal study by Linda Jackson on hundreds of Michigan middle schoolers found that more time playing games correlated to higher scores on a standardized assessment of creativity, completely regardless of the games’ genres. If you put on a headlamp and get your hands dirty on Google, you can dig up plenty of fodder for the pro-game fire. Video games can improve literacy in four- and five-year-olds, help employees train at over 20 percent of Fortune 500 companies, ease pain during medical operations, cure lazy
eyes and reduce surgical errors by nearly 40 percent. Two-thirds of gamers use them to bond with friends, and nowadays, fitness games can even teach us yoga and give us a legitimate workout. All that info is out there, waiting to be found. I just wish more people would bother to look for it before they make ignorant claims about the world’s largest entertainment industry. But my personal love affair with video games isn’t grounded in statistics. At its core, it rests on a lifetime of positive, formative and moving experiences. The Zelda series has inspired my imagination, ever more intensely, since I was five. Pokémon Red and Blue, simple as they were, helped me learn to read. Final Fantasy VII drew out my first tears in response to a story of love and death — you may know the scene I’m referring to. Halo LAN parties, and the pizza that accompanied them, brought me together with friends of my youth. Even Grand Theft Auto III, that most egregious of transgressors, gave me a safe and healthy outlet for the kind of boyish, real-life trouble-making that any young man needs to get out of his system. (I’m sure that, like me, some of you reading this played GTA or Halo in your friends’ basements without their parents having a clue. Naughty indeed, but harmless.) Since video games have undeniably made a large impact on the world, I wish people on both sides of the argument would open their eyes to the more subtle nuances of this intricate medium of expression and give it the respect, if not admiration, that it deserves. — detonate adams
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A list of songs Intermission staffers are jamming to this week. Can you give reason for the rhyme?
“I’M SO TIRED” THE BEATLES
“UNDER YOUR SPELL” DESIRE
“TEENAGE CRIME” ADRIAN LUX
“ROLLIN’” JACKIE CHAIN FT. KID CUDI
“WHERE IS MY MIND” PIXIES
PALO ALTO’s GOT
liked Palo Alto Sol before Mark Zuckerberg did . . . or at least before last Friday’s New York Times reported that he did. According to the Times article, Palo Alto Sol was one of the restaurants chosen to cater his wedding to Priscilla Chan on May 19. Palo Alto Sol, located on California Avenue, offers diners a wide selection of unique dishes from Puebla, Mexico. Upon entering Sol, one immediately feels transported to another world or at least to a lively fiesta. While it’s often difficult to get a table, diners will find that Sol is worth the wait
— especially since the wait often includes chips, salsas and perhaps a margarita at the bar. After being welcomed by the friendly servers, whether waiting at the bar or seated at my table, I am always pleased with the aforementioned tortilla chips. The chips are served with three salsas — one mild, one smoky and one zesty. The fresh guacamole, also a personal favorite, provides a mild respite from the fiery yet addictive salsas. The Sopa Azteca, one of their specialties, is a massive bowl of tortilla soup, loaded with avocado, tomatoes, tortilla strips, cilantro, cheese and chicken. Sopa Azteca is the ultimate comfort food; while I won’t claim that it’s a bottomless bowl, a la Olive Garden, it is a rather hefty and potentially shareable portion. During my most recent visit, what impressed me most was the section of Sol’s dinner menu devoted sole-ly, (pun-intended) to Enchiladas. I tried the Chipotle Cheese Enchiladas, which were drenched in a smoky and complex sauce. Other popular items include burritos, fajitas, and various combination platters. After a satisfying dinner at Sol, it’s easy to see why the Facebook billionaire chose this restaurant to cater his wedding. It’s that good. — rachel ZARROW
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friday june 1 2012
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tanford is deep inside Silicon Valley, and Roxy (who generally prefers it when people are deep inside her) has learned a thing or two about technology during her time here, other than that teledildonics lecture in the virtual people class. Technology (when used properly) can be a great tool — not just for changing the world, but equally importantly, for getting people laid. In the spirit of information sharing and open communication, Roxy’s prepared some tips for using 21stcentury tools to, ahem, get your silicon into her valley. Texting Roxy’s covered the art of booty texting before, but she’d like to remind everyone of one key point. While Roxy doesn’t always advocate subtlety, Roxy also doesn’t usually leave evidence of her indiscretions (sheets can be washed, cell phones probably shouldn’t be). At least early on in the texting conversation, Roxy recommends you keep your intentions close to the vest . . . once you meet up, you can remove said vest and, you know, all other clothing. Pictures Similar to but even more dangerous than texting is sending naked pictures. Unless you want to go the way of Roxy’s favoritely named politician (a certain Mr. Weiner), Roxy advises caution. Of course, you may have heard of Snapchat, since it’s been covered extensively by the media. The magic of Snapchat is that while you may have a number of pictures in which you are . . . uncovered extensively, you don’t have to fear they’ll
get anywhere near the media, because the picture disappears in a matter of seconds. You might say Snapchat is the only time Roxy has any patience for something that stays up for fewer than 30 seconds. Location tracking They say knowledge is power (and Roxy loves having the power in her relationships), but sometimes knowledge is also just plain creepy. That’s the case with apps that allow you to see exactly where someone is. If you’re habitually taking note of someone’s location via Glassmap or Find My Friends, you’ve crossed the line into serious stalker territory — a path that is scarier than the one that leads to KA. Roxy recommends you avoid involving these tools in your pursuits entirely lest you end up in handcuffs (and not in a kinky way). Technological Difficulties Unfortunately, technology occasionally fails (Roxy’s met men who could last longer than her laptop battery), and when that happens, you have a few options. You can always try spitting some good, oldfashioned game. Like meeting someone who doesn’t hope to one day start a company, getting hit on in person can be a refreshing change. Of course, if you, like Roxy (and allegedly quite a few freshman girls), have something of a thing for RCCs, tech failure can be your perfect opportunity. “Excuse me, I just can’t seem to get my iPhone onto the Stanford network. Maybe I could get you off instead?” Know any RCCs looking to hook up more than just cables? Send them Roxy’s way at Intermission@Stanforddaily.com.
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In the car back to campus, despite the irritation that the production company created, we could not help but smile at those two days we spent in Mountain View, feeling like a part of something greater. — felix BOYEAUX
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CONTINUED FROM “PAPERBOY,” PAGE 2 blank-faced interpretation of the convict is so out there that he’s practically playing the part as if he’s off in his own movie. Efron amounts to little more than a pretty face, and Oyelowo is equally bland as Yardley, save for a well-delivered one-liner that makes his character’s pure selfinterest clear for the first time. Published in 1995, “The Paperboy” has spent years in development, with Pedro Almodovar originally set to helm the adaptation, however it ended up being directed by Daniels, an American who previously directed “Precious.” Daniels tries to capitalize on the story’s sociopolitical undertones, and indeed the black-white divide in the wake of the Civil Rights movement is one of the strongest plot threads to emerge, thanks to the strong supporting role of the James family housekeeper, played by Macy Gray. Unfortunately, the director’s style is too heavy-handed over the film’s form, with gratuitous montages and an over-reliance on voiceover. Key pieces of information are dictated rather than portrayed, detracting from what otherwise could have been a rich characterization. (Ward, whom we are told is secretly gay, comes to mind here). “The Paperboy” ricochets between tones and genres in a way that never quite comes together to feel cohesive. It tries hard, but ultimately doesn’t dig deep enough to rise above melodrama. — misa SHIKUMA
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